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Monday, April 12, 2010

Congressional "Free" Travel Not Free to Taxpayers

How many taxpayers would love to have a bank account that "automatically refills itself and has no spending limit attached," as Congress does?

See this Paul Singer article in the April 13 Roll Call:
Members of Congress and their staff racked up almost $15 million worth of foreign travel in 2009, but Congress didn't have to pay the tab.

Under a Korean War-era law governing Congressional foreign travel, Congress doesn't pay for its own trips abroad, and there is no apparent limit on what the government can spend for Members' hotels, taxicabs and room service.

When a Congressional committee holds a field hearing in Wisconsin or a Member of Congress flies to a conference in Arkansas with a few staff members, those travel costs are paid for out of the annual budgets of either the committee's or the Member's office.

But when a Congressional delegation travels overseas, the accommodations are made by the State Department and billed back to a government account that automatically refills itself and has no spending limit attached.

The travel account dates back to a 1950s law that allowed the U.S. government to hold excess "foreign currency" in accounts around the world and use those balances to pay on-the-ground expenses of visiting Congressional delegations.

For years, the Treasury Department used revenues from sales of grain abroad or the income from foreign assistance loans to pay for Congressional travel, but in 1977 the U.S. comptroller general ruled that practice out of bounds.

So Congress amended the provision in 1978 to establish that "whenever local currencies owned by the United States are not otherwise available" to pay for local travel costs, "the Treasury shall purchase such local currencies as may be necessary for such purposes, using any funds in the treasury not otherwise appropriated."

Translation: The government can use whatever funds it has lying around to pay the travel costs of Congressional delegations overseas.

This language creates two conditions that are rare in federal budgeting. First, it establishes a "permanent appropriation," meaning Congress does not have to approve spending for its own travel each year, as it does for other Congressional budget items such as office supplies and salaries. Second, the program has no dollar limit...
Lots more here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:51 PM

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on "Hannity" Tonight

Hannity

Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will appear on the "Great American Panel" on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" program at 9:00 PM eastern on Tuesday, March 16.

Deneen has been interviewed on Fox News Channel, Hot Tea Radio and many other media outlets lately about the health care debate and how it is growing the tea party movement. Today saw several tea party rallies in Washington and across the nation related to the push for a health care vote this week, so it is likely Deneen will be speaking about this important issue tonight.

Check your local listings for Fox News Channel on cable. Fox News is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

This post was written by David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at info@nat[email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 2:14 PM

Friday, February 26, 2010

"We Don't Think the Government Should Be in Control of All This"

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the differences between conservatives and the White House on the way to improve our health care system:

Hat tip: RealClearPolitics.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:25 PM

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Harry Reid Proves Deficit Commission is a Joke

What a joke President Obama's "deficit commission" (deficit of leadership, I'd say) is. Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that one of the three big-spending liberals* he's appointing to a commission intended to convince us the left isn't spending us into perdition is Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Baucus has since 2007 held the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, which has oversight over the fiscal fortunes of Social Security and Medicare, both of which are insolvent. Does Baucus do anything about this? Does he even hold hearings to seriously discuss what to do?

No, except for spending much of the last couple of years working to expand the burden under which these systems operate (when he wasn't taking his girlfriend, who was on his taxpayer-financed staff payroll, on taxpayer-financed tours of exotic locales), Baucus has been doing nothing about the insolvent Social Security and Medicare systems.

And now we're supposed to believe he cares enough about the federal deficit to help make the hard decisions that can get the country out of this mess? Ha!

P.S. I hope the GOP gives one of its slots to Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who is likely to sit at all the meetings -- these meetings all will be on C-SPAN, right Mrs. President? -- and say "where in the Constitution does it give us the authority to spend this? Where in the Constitution does it give us the authority to spend that?" The leftists will ignore him but the public would love the fact that they can't give him an answer.

* The other two are Senators Dick Durbin and Kent Conrad, whose big-spending ways are legendary.



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:01 PM

Monday, February 01, 2010

Populism & the Tea Party Movement: Deneen Borelli on Fox & Friends

For all the Deneen Borelli fans out there, here's the video from her appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, where she discussed populism and the rise of the Tea Party movement:


Hat tip: Thanks to CEOMonitor for uploading it to YouTube.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:27 PM

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If Federal Outlays Were U.S. Carbon Emissions...

CO2Molecule.jpeg...we would have had a deficit of $52 billion in 2009, rather than the $1.44 trillion that we had (see historical tables here).

U.S. carbon emissions were an estimated 5,495 million metric tons in 2009, roughly 9.4% more than they were in 1990 (5,022).

If federal outlays had grown at the same pace, our spending would have been about $1.739 trillion (constant 2000 dollars) last year, while revenue would have been $1.687 trillion. We would had a surplus of $208 billion (Kyoto-Protocol-style 7%-below-1990 levels).

...And yet everybody thinks we've been irresponsible with carbon emissions.

Written by David A. Ridenour, vice president of the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. Please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 5:32 PM

Monday, January 25, 2010

ACORN Funding in Cap-and-Trade Bills?

ALT TAGCaroline May

Policy Analyst Caroline May has an op-ed about funding for ACORN being in cap-and-trade legislation in a dozen papers nationally this week.

An excerpt from the piece as printed in the Providence Journal:
...ACORN could receive a windfall should the cap-and-trade legislation now making its way through the Senate eventually become law.

In June, the U.S. House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act -- better known as Waxman-Markey for its sponsors, Henry Waxman of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- ostensibly to alleviate global warming by mandating an 83 percent reduction in U.S. carbon emissions by 2050.

A similar bill, introduced in the Senate by Barbara Boxer of California and John Kerry of Massachusetts, has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Buried in both bills are provisions that would allocate vast amounts of federal money to community development organizations such as ACORN.

Members of Congress who played to public outrage by vociferously objecting to ACORN's abuses may now want to take the time to read some of the more obscure provisions of the proposed climate bills.

Section 264 in the Waxman-Markey bill provides up to $300 million in funding for "community development organizations" so they can assist businesses and others in low-income neighborhoods with "conservation strategies, supplies and methods to improve energy efficiency."

Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson, writing in The National Review, help put this funding in perspective: "Think federally subsidized consultants paid $55 an hour to tell businesses to turn down their AC in the summer."

The Kerry-Boxer bill contains similar language...

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:43 PM

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Note to Project 21 Fans: Glenn Beck Rebroadcast of Most Recent Show Featuring Project 21 Members

GlennBeckLogoThe Fox News Channel is rebroadcasting, right this minute, the second of two Beck shows featuring a discussion with black conservatives (including Project 21 members).

If you can't catch it on the Fox News Channel for whatever reason, Booker Rising (a website I often visit, but don't mention as much as I should) has made available the video of the entire show, which is entitled "A Time To Be Heard."

We also posted on this blog the segments of the show featuring Project 21 members. Go here to watch Lisa Fritsch; go here to watch full-time Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli on the "A Time To Be Heard" Glenn Beck broadcast.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:01 PM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wall Street Journal on Climategate Grant

"WSJLogoFuzzy.jpgMichael Mann Received Stimulus Money: A Case Study in One Job 'Saved'," the Wall Street Journal editorializes this morning on the stimulus funds grant received by Climategate scientist Michael Mann:
As for stimulus jobs - whether "saved" or "created" - we thought readers might be interested to know whose employment they are sustaining. More than $2.4 million is stimulating the career of none other than Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann.

Mr. Mann is the creator of the famous hockey stick graph, which purported to show some 900 years of minor temperature fluctuations, followed by a spike in temperatures over the past century. His work, which became a short-term sensation when seized upon by Al Gore, was later discredited. Mr. Mann made the climate spotlight again last year as a central player in the emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, which showed climatologists massaging data, squelching opposing views, and hiding their work from the public.

Mr. Mann came by his grants via the National Science Foundation, which received $3 billion in stimulus money. Last June, the foundation approved a $541,184 grant to fund work "Toward Improved Projections of the Climate Response to Anthropogenic Forcing," which will contribute "to the understanding of abrupt climate change." Principal investigator? Michael Mann...
Read the rest here.

We're not quoted in this, but National Center Senior Fellow/Free Enterprise Project director Tom Borelli provided information to the Journal for the piece.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:18 AM

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Investor's Business Daily Covers Our Work on Misdirected Stimulus Funds; Spying on Icebergs

InvestorsBusinessDailyLogoFuzzy.jpgInvestor's Business Daily is editorializing today about our press statement on the half-million-dollar "stimulus" grant to Climategate scientist Michael Mann of Penn State.

I love the beginning (the title, "Stimulating Fraud," is pretty hard-hitting):
With double-digit unemployment in a jobless recovery, half-a-million stimulus dollars have saved a ClimateGate scientist whose work could lead to economic disaster. To save this job, we'd lose millions of others.

As we've gone from jobs saved or created to jobs funded in ZIP codes and congressional districts that don't exist except in galaxies far, far away, many interesting nuggets have been mined from the government's recovery.gov, which tracks the administration's lack of progress.

It's one thing to fail to create real jobs. It is quite another to fund the jobs of people who would put millions of Americans out of work...
Read the rest here.

Also, I neglected to mention when it happened, January 7, that Investor's Business Daily published an editorial about our statement on intelligence resources being used to monitor climate change:
We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears?

One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are.

At the urging of Al Gore...
...read the rest here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:31 PM

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Urges Penn State to Return the Mann Grant

PittsburghTribuneReviewLogo.jpgMy hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, which has among its readers quite a few Penn State alumni (and future students), is urging Penn State to return the Mann grant:
Granting more than half a million federal stimulus dollars to a professor whose Climategate role prompted a Penn State University investigation is politically motivated misuse of public money at its worst.

Michael Mann received the three-year, $541,184 grant in June, according to The National Center for Public Policy Research, a nonpartisan educational foundation in Washington. Creator of the discredited "hockey stick" temperature graph that purportedly buttressed the case for man-made global warming, he's a key figure in the leaked Climategate e-mails that show data were manipulated and destroyed and contrary research was suppressed to bolster scientifically suspect climate-change orthodoxy.

Penn State is right to scrutinize Mr. Mann's "scholarship." But the university need not await its own decision on his future employment to do the right thing for taxpayers. As the center urges, Penn State should return the money to the U.S. Treasury immediately.

Whoever approved Mann's grant should be removed from the public payroll. And all other stimulus grants should be reviewed to tell taxpayers just how much of their money was misspent to promote Democrat eco-wacko dogma under the dubious stimulus guise of "job creation."

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:02 AM

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rebuttal to Huffington Post's "Right Wing Attacks Climate Scientist with Outrageous Spindoctoring"

Kevin Grandia, managing editor of the left-wing anti-global warming skeptic website DeSmogBlog, has posted an article on the Huffington Post about our exposure (along with that of others) of Michael Mann's $541,184 grant from federal stimulus funds.

Kevin must have known the article was fundamentally incorrect when he submitted it to the Huffington Post.

The post, entitled "Right wing attacks climate scientist with outrageous spindoctoring," can be read here. It was actually written by one of Kevin's DeSmogBlog writers, Mitchell Anderson, and appeared on DeSmogBlog at http://tinyurl.com/desmogblog on Friday.

Because the Huffington Post is one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world, and Kevin/Mitchell's article there was so off-the-wall wrong, I posted a comment on the Huffington Post correcting the basic facts. The comment, which makes the most sense if you read the Huffington Post piece first, is:
Kevin Grandia and Mitchell Anderson embarrass themselves with lines such as "How they arrived at this $450,000 error is unknown - it is puzzling when such free market capitalists clearly can't operate a calculator..."

Mitchell and Kevin are talking about the wrong grant, and Kevin, at minimum, must have known this before he posted this here. Their article here links to the National Center for Public Policy Research (which employs me) press release (partially reprinted by Friskaliberal.com, also linked to here), which calls for a return of a grant of $541,184.

Kevin wrote us Thursday to ask about the grant. We IDed the grant for him as National Science Foundation award #0902133, which is for $541,184.

So Kevin knew, before posting this here, that "the climate denial echo chamber" (as he so charmingy calls us) wasn't talking about an entirely different, $770,000 grant to Penn State/ U of HI, of which Mann received a small portion.

The real story: in June 2009, Penn State accepted a $541,184 grant, to cover three years, to Michael Mann's work. Climategate then exploded. Apparently believing Climategate to be serious, Penn State opened an investigation into Mann's work. Our position is that under these circumstances, the grant should be returned to the National Science Foundation, so the funds can be awarded to another scientist.

Kevin and Mitchell seem to think this would be awful. I'm not sure why. Maybe just because we're the ones who suggested it.
Addendum, 1/17/10: Apparently AlterNet has posted this as well. Why aren't these very major websites doing even superficial fact-checking before they publish pieces?

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:35 AM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tom Borelli Discusses Climategate, Greening of California on Glenn Beck


Tom Borelli, Ph.D., director of our Free Enterprise Project, was on the Glenn Beck Show Friday with Eric Bolling, guest host, discussing both the granting of economic stimulus funds to Climategate scientist Michael Mann and also Arnold Schwartzenegger's efforts to "green" California.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:38 PM

Friday, January 15, 2010

Climategate Stimulus Grant Covered by Fox, Limbaugh, Many Others

Our press release revealing that over half a million dollars in federal stimulus money is funding the work of a key Climategate scientist, Penn State's Michael Mann, has been receiving a lot of attention.

Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Channel interviews Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project

Rush Limbaugh reads and comments upon our press release about a half hour into his show

Here's how the story was covered on Rush Limbaugh.com:
Story #3: Climate Hoaxer Mann Gets Porkulus Slush Fund Grant

RUSH: From the National Center for Public Policy Research: "In the face of rising unemployment and record-breaking deficits, policy experts at the National Center for Public Policy Research are criticizing the Obama Administration for awarding a half million dollar grant from the economic stimulus package to Penn State Professor Michael Mann, a key figure in the Climategate controversy." Michael Mann is one of the guys doctoring all the data at the Hadley Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the UK. You was one of the guys "hiding the decline" in global temperatures. He got a half a million dollars in stimulus money -- once again, illustrating that it is a slush fund. It is not an economic stimulus package, and it was never intended to be one except in your mind.
The Washington Examiner covered the story in a "The Daily Outrage: Mann Money" story. The Examiner wants people to call the office of Vice President Joe Biden about this. To find out why, click here.

Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters wrote a post with news about another climate change-related grant Penn State has recently received that is funded with federal stimulus money.

Said Noel:
...Potentially adding insult to injury, Penn State received additional stimulus funds to investigate the impact of climate change last week:
A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This grant appears to have nothing to do with Mann's department. However, given the high-profile the university is currently under as a result of his involvement in ClimateGate, it seems absurd that any federal funds involving climate change would be going to this school while it is investigating its chief proponent of this myth.

Maybe more importantly, why are economic stimulus funds being given to a university for scientific research in the first place, especially one with such political overtones?...
Noel concludes:
...I'm sure now that NCPPR has exposed this hypocrisy, press outlets across the fruited plain will be aggressively investigating economic stimulus grants to Mann and others involved in the ClimateGate scandal in order to inform the public about how their tax dollars are being spent.

Of course, I'm not holding my breath.
In a post early Thursday morning, Gateway Pundit provided background information on the hockey stick itself, as well as Climategate, before discussing this grant.

Media Matters attacked us for saying anything about this; according to them, the activities that make up the scandal known as Climategate are business-as-usual, and therefore, not worthy of note. If you say so, guys!

FoxNation covered it here (thanks for telling us about this, Media Matters!).

Frugal Cafe Blog Zone has a funny cartoon illustrating its editorial on this.

Other blogs with coverage included:
ClimateDepot
Tom Nelson
Climategate.com
Greg Pollowitz on NRO's Planet Gore
Frisk a Liberal
Red State
Sweetness and Light
Prison Planet
Minnesotans for Global Warming
Say Anything
Right Side News
Free Republic
Gore Lied
The Black Kettle
Common American Journal
Mayrant and Rave
Bernard's Blog
CongressCheck.com
American Conservative Values
The Layman's Corner
Gathering of Eagles: NY
Liberal Whoppers
Osmoothie
Asheville Tea Party
Tory Ardvaark
MaddMedic
Penraker
Holy Coast
New Research Findings Two
NorCal Blogs
Don On
The Way It Is
Are You Freaking Stupid?
A Clear and Present Danger
Thoughts.com
Doomdaily Newspaper
Musings from the Chiefio
Rainy Skies
Web of Evidence
Right Links
If your blog covered our press release and I missed it, I apologize. I also know that we had a lot of calls and bookings from talk radio shows today, but, regrettably, I don't have a list available at present.

If the mainstream press is covering it, I'm at this point unaware of any examples.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:35 AM

Re: Climategate, Left-Wing DeSmogBlog Website Asks Us for Research Help

DeSmogBlogLogo.jpgKindness is not usually a term one associates with the anti-Holocaustglobal warming denier website DeSmogBlog, but its staff has made an exception today.

Managing Editor Kevin Grandia is so concerned about the American taxpayer being fleeced through wasteful disbursements of stimulus funds, he's trying to help us publicize the unfortunate decision of the Obama Administration to give over a half a million U.S. taxpayer dollars to Climategate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

It's really very kind of Kevin, especially when you consider that DeSmogBlog is a Canadian website, run by a for-profit public relations firm. How many Canadian for-profits worry about U.S. taxpayers being shafted? And after normal working hours, too!
From: Kevin Grandia [email protected]>
Date: January 14, 2010 9:52:52 PM EST
To: [email protected]
Subject: Mann claim

Hi David,

I am looking for your evidence backing your claim that Mann received stimulus money. I cannot find anything in your press release or on your blog. I also searched the Recovery.gov datbase and cannot find it. Obviously, it is imperative that such a claim is backed by solid sources and research so I would appreciate you sending this on to me as soon as possible.

Regards,

--Kevin Grandia
Managing Editor
http://www.desmogblog.com

DeSmogBlog's much anticipated book, "Climate Cover Up: the crusade to deny global warming" is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble - get your copy today! http://www.desmogblog.com/climate-cover-up
And thank you, too, Kevin, for telling us about DeSmogBlog's book highlighting the important work of many of us in the U.S. skeptic community (polite people don't call us "deniers," Kevin) who don't want to disproportionately hurt poor people by raising energy prices based on models that disagree with one another or on an injudicious analysis of the rings of a small number of carefully-selected trees. As it is always interesting to see what the neighbors next door have to say about one, Kevin, I'd be happy to read your boss's new book if you send me a free copy. You might be interested also in my book, which describes in sad detail the way the Canadian left has screwed up your health care system. You can get a free copy of it here. Be warned, though, since you live in Canada, it might come across as kind of terrifying. I regret that, but some leftist Americans want to do to us what yours did to you, and we really have to warn people.

Back to the Michael Mann grant. I can tell from your email, Kevin, that looking in three places on the Internet for information on the grant before giving up has kind of tired you out. Really, I don't blame DeSmogBlog for this, as you are PR professionals, not researchers. I'm sure if we were talking about the best way to market a new brand of laundry detergent, you'd know lots more than we would, so why should I expect you to know a lot about government? Or climate?

So I will help you out a little. The $541,184 grant from our taxpayers to Climategate scientist Michael Mann is National Science Foundation grant award #0902133. Is documentation about it online? Maybe, Kevin, but how would you learn to do research if we did all your work for you? And besides, if you want to claim we made it up, isn't it your job to prove it?

P.S. I know DeSmogBlog -- amusingly, for a PR agency website -- is in the habit of painting anyone with a differing point of view as a corporate whore, so be aware that the total funding we receive from all corporate sources combined amounts to about one-half of one percent of our total income. About 98 percent of our income comes from small gifts from over 100,000 people who are darned worried about the job-killing, price-raising and liberty-restricting agenda of people like you. Should you write about us, I doubt you'll be able to resist claiming we're corporate funded, but you won't be able to claim we didn't tell you by how much.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:34 AM

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tom Borelli to Discuss Climategate Scientist Stimulus Grant on Fox Business Network

FoxStuartVarney.jpgNational Center for Public Policy Free Enterprise Project Director Tom Borelli, Ph.D., will be a guest at 1 PM Eastern on Stuart Varney's show on the Fox Business Channel.

Tom will be discussing the federal grant, through the so-called "stimulus," of over a half million dollars to the work of Climategate scientist Dr. Michael Mann.

SCHEDULING UPDATE: The interview time has been changed to 1:40 PM Eastern.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:51 AM

Friday, January 08, 2010

Three Questions for the Congressional Leadership

MPatterson102209b.jpgAre you "open," "honest," and ethical"? These are three questions National Center for Public Policy Research Policy Analyst Matt Patterson asks the Congressional leadership in a new paper just out today.

The paper, "Bad Faith & Broken Promises: Accountability and Transparency Casualties of Health Care Debate," asks:
* Is it "honest" to hide the true cost of your legislation with budgetary gimmicks in which three years of new taxes precede the bulk of the spending, making your program seem more affordable than it really is in an artificial budgetary window?

* Is it "open" for the Congressional leadership to "secretly craft the final bill behind closed doors," far from the prying eyes of the press, the public, and the rest of Congress, or to have important procedural votes in the middle of the night, or pass critical legislation on Christmas Eve, when most sane people are blissfully distracted from the machinations on Capitol Hill?

* Is it "ethical" to buy the votes of recalcitrant members of your caucus with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in backroom deals, such as "the inclusion of $100-$300 million in added federal aid for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, the home state of Sen. Mary Landrieu," in return for her vote, or the offer to Senator Ben Nelson of "a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion" for his home state of Nebraska, in exchange for his vote?
"Despite promises made by Congressional leaders, they have shepherded health care legislation through Congress in a manner that is demonstrably secretive, unethical and dishonest," Matt says. "Promise after promise made by the Congressional leadership to conduct an open, bi-partisan process to reform health care has been shamelessly broken. It's really quite astounding; Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama, don't even try to pretend to hold to their many and frequent promises to conduct open and fair negotiations to reform American health care."

Matt concludes: "The question we have to ask ourselves is: Why have they done this in secret? What is it about this process that they don't want the public, the press, or even fellow members of Congress to see?"


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:19 AM

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tape of Tom Borelli on Glenn Beck

For any of you who missed it, here is a tape of Tom Borelli's appearance on the Glenn Beck Show Tuesday, with guest host Charles Payne.

The quality of the tape is not great, for which I apologize, but the substance of the interview comes through fine.

Addendum, 1/6/10: I changed the video link to a better copy, posted on YouTube by GlennBeckClips. The original video I had posted here is still available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS31VFLabWE.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:26 AM

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ObamaCare - All the Hallmarks of a Scam

MPatterson102209b.jpgA couple of summers ago, I moved from New York City to Washington, D.C.

Now, finding a new home long distance can be a tedious and enervating task -- train rides to unfamiliar cities, cab rides in unfamiliar neighborhoods, lots of wasted time and money. Fortunately these days online real estate listings make the process somewhat easier; at the very least it is another resource available to the prospective renter/buyer.

But online offers pitfalls of its own. During my search, I would often inquire via email about an online ad for what seemed like a nice apartment, only to get a response along these lines:
"Dear Sir,

I am overseas, but will send you the keys for apartment as soon as you send me check."
Of course, there was always a reason why I couldn't see the apartment first; there was no one available to show it; the apartment was about to be sold and so I had to send the check right away in order to secure it, etc.

ObamaCare is me reminding more and more of these online swindles. Consider, for example, the staggered nature of the proposed Senate bill (if passed and signed into law, of course) -- new taxes starting right away in 2010, with most of the costs and benefits delayed until after 2014. The Democrats seem to be saying: "Send us your money now, then you'll get your health care."

But it's much worse than that, of course. With the real estate scammers, I had the choice to not send them my money -- and then to report them to the authorities. Congress will not ask for our money -- they will take it. And if the delivered program does not operate as advertised -- if it busts the budget, or leads to rationed care -- who do we report Congress too?

Unfortunately, thomas.gov does not come with a "flag" button for rotten or dishonest legislation.

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Posted by Matt Patterson at 4:16 PM

Monday, December 21, 2009

Senator Whitehouse's Hysteria

Project 21's Bob Parks is not at all thrilled with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), for saying this about people who don't want to cripple our health system, bring forth the date of Medicare's bankruptcy and spend ourselves into perdition:
They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.
To this, Bob replies:
President Obama's almost-constant apologies to the world for the our nation's actions and his socialist economic policies at home have energized a normally lethargic American people into gathering in American cities and storming the steps of the Capitol in protest. Senator Whitehouse would have us all just shut up and give Obama his political victories unchallenged. Not doing so makes us all guilty of unprecedented rudeness and - dare I say it - racism.

Despite liberals' historically dismal and revisionist civil rights history, when things with this President fall apart, they are all too willing to resort to playing the race card. The problem is - whether it's the Black Panthers in Philadelphia or Professor Gates in Cambridge - Barack Obama and his administration have conducted themselves so poorly in office that the race label really doesn't bruise the skin anymore.

If President Obama had not entered the presidency with his signature arrogance, the American people may have had more patience, but he and his liberal allies have talked down to the American people like we were stepchildren they were forced to tolerate. Statements like those of Senator Whitehouse only further harden the opposition's resolve.
For myself, I believe Senator Whitehouse has perceptions that are no more reliable than those of a gnat. Too bad this gnat has power and spending ability.

P.S. Here's what Mark Tapscott had to say about it.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:12 AM

Sunday, December 20, 2009

From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark - The climate change conference in Copenhagen adopted a new, bold, historic agreement...

... to continue to talk. Wow, and accomplished in just two weeks!

The last-minute deal, helped along by our deal-closer-in-chief Barack Obama, was three-pages long (not counting appendices) and included a number of non-binding commitments, including...
* The U.S. and other developed countries will help raise $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing nations with climate change mitigation and adaptation. In return, these nations agreed to accept the cash. The cash specifies on that "[m]itigation actions... be subject to... domestic measurement, reporting and verification."

* Developed nations also agreed to provide some $30 billion in aid between 2010 and 2012, with the U.S. pledging $3.6 billion of that amount.

* China and other developing countries agreed to what is being widely reported as international verification of their action to address climate change, but they agreed to do nothing of the kind. The agreement calls for the establishment of "guidelines" for international "consultations and analysis," but significantly, no international verification. And, lest there be any doubt that China won't tolerate such verification, the agreement specifies the guidelines it issues "will ensure that national sovereignty is respected."

* China, now the world's largest emitter of carbon, agreed to cut its "carbon intensity" by between 40% and 45% by 2020. Sounds good, doesn't it? But there's a difference between reducing carbon intensity (the amount of carbon emitted per dollar of GDP) and overall carbon reduction, which the U.S., EU and other large emitters committed to undertaking. India, too, vowed only to reduce its carbon intensity by between 20% and 25% by 2020. Both countries could meet these targets and still see their emissions grow substantially.

* State parties agreed to a goal of limiting global warming by 2 degrees Celsius, but as the above makes plain, they didn't establish a blue print – certainly not one that is binding to achieve this goal.
Obama hasn't had such a stunning success in Copenhagen since he closed the deal for Chicago to host the next Olympic games. Oh right - scratch that.

Though the climate summit was a spectacular failure for President Obama, it was a great victory for the American people.

The Heritage Foundation estimates that the imposition of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade regime, the type of system most likely to be imposed to ensure the U.S. meets its carbon reduction targets under a binding treaty, would destroy an average of 1.15 million jobs every year between 2012 and 2030. So President Obama's failure to deliver a treaty may have been his single biggest contribution to fighting unemployment in the United States.

Even if he didn't mean to do it.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Copenhagen Accord

David Ridenour e-mailed me a final copy of the so-called Copenhagen Accord; you can download a PDF of it here if you are interested.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:40 PM

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Quote of Note: The True Cost of ObamaCare

MPatterson102209b.jpg"Far from providing "affordable" care for everyone, ObamaCare would come at a painful price -- higher insurance premiums, more and higher taxes, fewer jobs, lower wages, a reduced standard of living and an erosion of privacy and individual liberty."

-Matt Patterson, Policy Analyst, The National Center for Public Policy Research, "No Free Lunch: The True Cost of ObamaCare," Townhall.com, November 13, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:05 AM

Monday, December 07, 2009

Quote of Note: Democrats' Health Care Sleight of Hand

MPatterson102209.jpg"As a former (recovering) professional magician, I've seen and perpetrated my share of sleight-of-hand. But I have never seen anything quite like the linguistic and budgetary legerdemain Democrats have performed to make President Obama's health-care plan appear 'affordable.'

Congressional Democrats have been forced into such chicanery because of the price goal the president set for his reform, which, he claimed in September, 'will cost around $900 billion over 10 years' -- less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This $900 billion target is seemingly arbitrary, but is psychologically important - the president must know that the trillion dollar mark would be a deal breaker for many citizens and lawmakers. (Retail goods are labeled 'only' $9.99 instead of $10 for the same reason.)

Congressional Democrats have bent over backwards, sometimes painfully, to accommodate the president's target price. For example, the $848 billion price tag that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims for his new health care overhaul package is a mirage, produced by 'assuming unrealistic tax increases and Medicare cuts that members of Congress will not be willing to follow through on,' as spoiler-sport Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) points out.

This sort of trickery has been going on all year long. On October 29, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi crowed that her new health-care reform bill 'meets President Obama's call to keep the costs under $900 billion over 10 years.' -- The claim was pure misdirection, a wild gesticulation to distract from the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that the gross total cost of the bill is $1.05 trillion over ten years. But don't look there!

And even that astronomical $1.05 trillion figure is only arrived at because Pelosi's bill backloads the spending in the 2010 to 2019 timeframe - in fact, the vast majority of the spending in that period would not kick in until after 2013!  That's three years of little or no spending to artificially bring down your cost. Ta dah!"

-Matt Patterson, Policy Analyst, The National Center for Public Policy Research, "Democrats' Health Care Sleight of Hand," FOXNews.com, November 29, 2009


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:30 AM

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Health Care Bombshell: ObamaCare Would Doom Medicaid

Writing for the Heritage Foundation, Dennis Smith and Ed Haislmaier have today exposed a huge political drawback to the liberal health care bill: ObamaCare -- without intending to -- could, almost certainly would, be the death knell of Medicaid, America's health care safety net for the poor.

Smith and Haislmaier convincingly demonstrate that the states can't afford Medicaid under an ObamaCare regime -- costs to the states would reach $725 billion over the 2013-2019 period alone. What's more, staying in Medicaid under ObamaCare effectively puts the federal government in charge of about a quarter of each state's budget, and every state except North Dakota would come out better financially by abandoning Medicaid.

Fiscally and logically, withdrawing from Medicaid would be a no-brainer for the states. It could even be seen as a compassionate choice, as ObamaCare provides subsidies to help low-income people buy health insurance unless they receive Medicaid. So, a state legislature or governor could reason, why not get rid of the burdensome, unaffordable and -- let's be frank, substandard -- Medicaid program? The poor of my state will still get help with their health care bills, because Washington D.C. will provide it!

The Heritage paper explains all this in far greater detail, and it is a must-read for anyone following the health care debate. (The paper is quite readable for people who aren't health care wonks, by the way.) If the mainstream media has any competence at all (I doubt it very strongly), it will cover this heavily, as the repercussions are immense.

A closing thought (from me): When Barack Obama was running for president, I don't recall him promising an end to Medicaid and steep cuts in Medicare, but if he gets ObamaCare through, it looks like that's what he'll be delivering. Surprise!

Full disclosure: Ed Haislmaier is a member of the National Center for Public Policy Research's board of directors.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:16 PM

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

David Obey's War Tax

Here's a Rush Limbaugh partial transcript from today on the subject of House Appropriations Chairman David Obey's call for a "war tax" to fund, as this stirring Congressional leader put it, "whatever we're doing in Afghanistan if we decide to go ahead" (that sound you don't hear is Osama bin Laden quaking in his boots):
RUSH: David Obey wants to raise taxes on everybody to pay for the Afghanistan war. Last night ABC's World News Tonight Jonathan Karl had an interview with him.

OBEY: If we don't pay for it, then the cost of the Afghan war will wipe out every other initiative that we have to try to rebuild our own economy whether it's the president's; whether it's the Democrats in Congress, whether it's the Republicans. Ain't going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan.

RUSH: That's just not true. It's another fraudulent lie from one of the Four Corners of Deceit: Government. "Ain't gonna be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan"? We don't have any money now, you locoweed! We're $1.4 trillion in debt. I'll tell you what we should do, given what he said here. "If we don't pay for it, then the cost of the Afghan war will wipe out every other initiative..." Let's pay for the Afghan war then and wipe out every damned one of these stupid, destructive initiatives. There was more. Karl said, "Talk us through exactly what you're proposing here."

OBEY: We've been told for the last year that we have to pay for every dime that the new health care reform bill will cost, and that's estimated to be about $900 billion over two years.

RUSH: Not true. It's $2 trillion!

OBEY: At the same time we're being told by people who support General McChrystal's approach to expanding the war in Afghanistan that we need to be prepared to hunker down and accept what could be a decade-long commitment in Afghanistan. If we do what has been in the papers about the size of that package, that also is about $900 billion. Except that's not being paid for. So what we're suggesting is that if we're going to pay for health care, we also ought to pay for whatever we're doing in Afghanistan if we decide to go ahead.

RUSH: We're not "paying for" anything. How can you say we're paying for it when we're $1.4 trillion in debt? It's not $900 billion, it's $2.5 trillion. The whole thing is rigged. The tax increases start three years before the payouts. That's how it's made to look like it doesn't cost anything. Deficit neutral? When's the last time anything government did did not cost more than what they projected? When's the last time a government program came in below cost? Well, Medicare Part D did, but that was Bush. And finally, "Let me ask you about your motives. Two years ago you proposed a similar tax on the war in Iraq. It was a nonstarter then. What makes you think your colleagues are going to support it now?"

OBEY: I don't know if they will, but two years ago the economy had not yet collapsed. Two years ago we didn't have a runaway deficit which we have now thanks to the collapse of that economy. And two years ago, we weren't being asked to expand another effort in Afghanistan that we're told might last ten years. We saw the progressive movement in this country back before the twenties wiped out by World War I. We saw Harry Truman's Fair Deal wiped out by Korea. We saw Lyndon Johnson's Great Society wiped out by Vietnam. I don't want to see the restructuring and reforming of our own economy wiped out because we get stuck in a ten-year war, a war that isn't paid for.

RUSH: What in the name of Sam Hill is he talking about? Lyndon Johnson's Great Society wiped out by Vietnam? It was no such thing. That's insane! Spending on the Fair Deal, the New Deal, the Rotten Deal, the Raw Deal, and the Great Society, never stopped. We're still spending on it! It's an entitlement. The Vietnam War didn't wipe out anything except the United States. It didn't wipe out any of these programs. This is what I mean, folks. They live in The Universe of Lies and Fraud. The Four Corners of Deceit are government (who you just heard from) academia, science, and media.

Rush is right (as usual! -- I'm happy to admit I've been a dittohead since being introduced to Rush -- at least, his non-KQV persona -- at the famed Howell Heflin "offshore drilling" CNP meeting circa, I think, 1988 [Rush says it was '92 or '93, but I think he's off by a few years. I believe I went home after that speech and found Rush on the dial for the first time, and had to listen to a Baltimore station if I wanted to catch all three hours of the show, because WMAL in DC only ran two hours.]).

On the war tax itself: National defense is one of the few things the federal government should be paying for, so go ahead, Rep. Obey, make us pay one -- but we'll expect you to drop most of the other taxes.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Media Matters on Deneen Borelli (Ever So Briefly)


MediaMatters has posted a clip of Project 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli speaking on Sean Hannity's Fox TV show on Friday the 13th.

MediaMatters headlines its post "Borelli on Hannity: A 'big message' in black community is 'you are owed something... and don't have to work hard.'"

If you watch the complete clip (see above), or follow Deneen's work, it is clear Deneen is concerned that this philosophy of life has been expanding in all American communities.

MediaMatters focuses, though, only on this one comment of Deneen's relating to the black community. Perhaps this is a special concern of theirs.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Project 21's Deneen Borelli on "Hannity" on Friday Night

HannityLogoProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will appear on the "Great American Panel" on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity" program at 9:30 PM eastern on Friday, November 13.

Deneen will discuss the progress of health care reform in the Senate, the track record of Obama's "stimulus" spending and how Jim Carrey can't seem to say nice things about capitalism despite being one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.

Check your local listings for Fox News Channel on cable. Fox News is available on channel 118 on Fios, channel 205 on Dish Network and channel 360 on DirecTV.

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Posted by David W. Almasi at 6:54 PM

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Bush By Any Other Name

President Barack Obama is often likened - and clearly sees himself as spiritual successor - to presidential luminaries like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt. But he is fast on track to following the footsteps of a less celebrated predecessor - George H.W. Bush.

Candidate Bush accepted his party's nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention with the immortal, Peggy Noonan-penned promise "Read my lips: no new taxes." When President Bush later agreed to raise taxes as part of the 1990 budget negotiations, he wrecked his re-election chances and became a one-termer.

In September, 2008, candidate Obama promised, "I can make this firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making $250,000 will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes."

Oops. The health care bill the House passed on Saturday, for which Obama personally lobbied members of Congress, contains - new taxes. Lots of them. New taxes that will effect earners of all income levels, but which will especially hurt small-business owners.

Of course this bill, like all of the health care proposals recently debated by Congress, was instigated by, and created at the behest of, Barack Obama, who promised in his February joint address to Congress, "quality, affordable health care for every American." That he could promise such a bauble while simultaneously vowing not to raise our taxes "one dime" betrays either a stunning economic ignorance - or deep mendacity.

Obama has clearly studied the greats, Lincoln and F.D.R. But he should also have made an examination of the less successful presidents, like George H. W. Bush, lest he repeat their mistakes and suffer their fate in political purgatory.

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Posted by Matt Patterson at 1:15 AM

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It Came From Capitol Hill....

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Just in time for Halloween, Nancy Pelosi unveils a terrifying, spine-tingling, stomach-turning behemoth...

H.R. 3962!!

Mammoth tax increases! (cue taxpayer scream)

Hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts! (cue grandma scream)

Massive expansion of Medicaid! (cue states scream)

Oppressive new government mandates! (cue Liberty scream)

1,990 pages of budget busting, mind numbing legalese! (cue my eyes scream)

Read, if you dare: H.R. 3962, the scariest thing to slither out of Capitol Hill... since the Baucus Proposal.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Radio Day

I'm having another of what I call "radio days," in which I do a lot of radio interviews -- in this instance, on the latest developments in the health care debate.

If you care to tune in, I will be on the following stations (please note, all times given are Eastern):

KURV McAllen, TX
7:11 AM ET

WFLA Tampa, FL
7:23 AM ET

KTRH Houston, TX
7:34 AM ET

WTVN Columbus, OH
7:45 AM ET

WSYR Syracuse, NY
8:06AM ET

KIDO Boise, ID
8:20 AM ET

KVI Seattle
8:35 AM ET

KCOL Fort Collins, CO
9:17 AM ET

WHLO Akron, OH
9:40 AM ET


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Nero Profited While Rome Burned

Looks like the lobbying profession, taken as a group, couldn't be happier that the feds are messing up our health care system so badly.

Notice that the lobbyists quoted in the The Hill story by Jeffrey Young that I linked to above apparently did not want to be identified by name. I guess they still have enough pride to be ashamed of themselves.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:29 PM

Monday, October 19, 2009

Medicare Confusion

I'm a little confused. Maybe you can help me out. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus wants to cut $500 billion from Medicare to cover about 30 million uninsured. That's over 10 years. Handing the entire amount out to the uninsured would work out to about $6,666 annually for each family of four.

That should be sufficient for a health care plan of some kind. Presumably the resultant reduction in cost shifting would lower costs, too. So why does he plan to spend an additional 330 billion?

Hmm... Couldn't be about control, could it?

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:10 PM

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Deneen Borelli to Appear on Fox and Friends

FoxandFriendsLogoProject 21 Fellow Deneen Borelli will be a guest on the Fox New Channel show "Fox and Friends" Monday, October 19. She is expecting to discuss the White House war on Fox News as well as left-wing pressure on the White House to adopt a second "stimulus" package.

If you want to tune in, you can catch her at approximately 6:15 AM Eastern.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:08 PM

Thursday, October 01, 2009

What's Happening Now

Tim Cavanaugh: Another fiscal year older, another $1.65 trillion in debt.

Michael van der Galien: Everybody loves clowns, right?

GE gets its payoff.

Jules Crittenden: Intelligence without experience is like knowing how roller skates work without ever having skated. (One guess who he's talking about.)

PhRMA spends $9.4 million more promoting left-wing health care "reform"; forgets left-wing health care means drugs gets rationed.

Patterico tries to get a Washington Post correction. Good luck with that.

British Christian hotel owners charged with criminal offense after discussing religion with Muslim guest.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:34 AM

Friday, September 25, 2009

Outrage of the Day: Tax-Financed Business Loans to Wealthy, Politically-Connected Investors

I need go no further than posting the first sentence of Josh Mitchell and Stephen Power's Wall Street Journal News story, "Gore-Backed Car Firm Gets Large U.S. Loan: "A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Finland that will sell for about $89,000."

If it makes you feel any better, the loan was approved by a senior advisor to Obama's Energy Secretary, Stephen Chu. The car venture is partially backed by a firm of which Gore is a partner. The firm has made $2.2 million in political donations, mostly to Democrats, including Obama.

Mitchell and Powers quote Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste saying about the car, "This is not for average Americans. This is for people to put something in their driveway that is a conversation piece. It's status symbol thing."

Do read the whole thing.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:47 PM

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Has the Congressional Black Caucus Ever Been Polled on the Slavery Question?

Here's a bit of irony for a Sunday evening, courtesy of James Taranto, writing in his Best of the Web column published by the Wall Street Journal:
Only seven Congressional Black Caucus members voted to defund Acorn, and here's the honor roll...:

Sanford Bishop (Ga.)
William Lacy Clay (Mo.)
John Conyers (Mich.)
Artur Davis (Ala.)
Hank Johnson (Ga.)
Kendrick Meek (Fla.)
Laura Richardson (Calif.)

That is to say, fewer than 1 in 4 Black Caucus members voted to stop spending taxpayers' money on an organization that has been caught on video at least five times offering advice on how to practice slavery.
To be fair, hypocrisy may not be involved. I'm not sure anyone has ever polled the Congressional Black Caucus on the slavery question. Maybe a handful of its members have been for it all along.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:15 PM

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Daily Kos Wants Tea Party Participants to Forgo All Government Services, But Still Pay All Taxes

At times, activists of the superficial left write such stupid things, it is embarrassing to read them.

Such is the case with a Laura Clawson Daily Kos post Friday in which lefties are encouraged to send a faux "Socialist Free Purity Pledge" around the Internet. The gist of Clawson's message is that anyone who attended a Tea Party rally is a hypocrite if they from this point forward ever use a single thing funded by the federal government.

The post had at the time I read it 265 comments, most of which were favorable to the idea, which many of them actually thought was clever.

I ask myself, can the activist left be so uniformed as to believe that when it comes to government spending, there are only two positions possible, that of wanting the feds to spend more and grow larger, and that of wanting the feds to spend not one penny? That anyone who does not support President Obama's government-expansion plans is, ipso facto, the strictest of libertarians?

Seeing how badly the left governs when in office, I conclude "yes." Yes, they really can be this ignorant.

Which explains why the leftists in Congress and the White House think socialized medicine works and that the best way to deal with the Kremlin is from a position of slobbering, supplicating subservience.

The leftists think anyone who attended a Tea Party rally should sign a document pledging they will never use a government service again...

...but what the lefties don't put in their "Socialist Free Purity Pledge" is a pledge of their own to pass legislation offering to refund the tax dollars coercively paid by every person who might choose to sign their Purity Pledge and who sticks to it.

So selfish, these lefties. In their bitter little world, even the people who don't use any government will be forced to pay for it.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:58 AM

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

What's Happening Now

Penny Starr: Obama pitched health care to young people in audience before his national speech to students.

Rich Noyes: How media covered HillaryCare. Look familiar?

Michael Barone: The convenient fantasies of President Obama.

Prohibition coming back -- but in Britain? (H/T JunkScience.com)

When do the hearings begin? (H/T Devon Carlin)

We were wrong, says Commonwealth Foundation.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 6:08 PM

The New Obama is A Deficit Hawk (Or So He Claims)

President Obama is saying he won't sign a health care bill that adds "one dime to the deficit":
"There are some principles that, if they are not embodied in the bill, I will not sign it," Obama said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts aired on "Good Morning America" today.

Yet the president declined in the interview to draw a line in the sand on a so-called "public option," offering government-run health insurance to those who cannot find coverage privately.

Asked if the must-sign elements include that option, the president said: "I will give you an example -- if it's adding one dime to the deficit, if it's not fully paid for," then he will not sign the legislation...
Nice words, but if he means them, why has he been working for months for the trillion+ dollar House health care bill?

Surely even a man who spends tax dollars as easily as does our president considers a trillion dollars to be real money.

Or perhaps he's signaling an intention to cut even more from Medicare?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:10 PM

Saturday, September 05, 2009

What's Happening Now

Government health care strikes again: 30 a day died in South Africa.

High taxes hurt soccer.

Scotland isn't the only nation releasing terrorists.

If government health care doesn't cure you, Joe Biden will claim it did.

Will Charlie Rangel face criminal charges?

Tom Blumer: "How crazy is it that Ford has to 'negotiate' a new contract with the United Auto Workers union, even though the union has ownership interests in two of its principal competitors...?

A competency question.

Jane Chastain: Cash for Clunkers not good for the environment.

Should government be able to harvest your organs without obtaining consent?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:12 AM

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Another Cash for Clunkers Clunker

During the Cash for Clunkers program, GM sales dropped 20 percent vs. last year's and Chrysler's dropped 15 percent.

Ford sales increased 17 percent.

The reason -- aside from the fact that people don't want to buy from Government Motors -- is that GM and Chrysler didn't have sufficient inventory of the kind of cars that qualified for the program.

So, let's see here... Government-run companies couldn't anticipate the demand from a government-run incentive program.

I knew they didn't understand the free market, but they don't understand government either.

And if Chrysler and GM didn't have sufficient inventory for demand, why the heck were the two companies matching the cash for clunkers program with their own incentive program? Why not apply their incentive to the vehicles that didn't meet Cash for Clunkers' specifications?

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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 9:34 PM

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What's Happening Now

Media: Obama's a neologist; Bush was just dumb.

Jokes to play on the President.

Where does YOUR state rank? (H/T Coyote Blog.)

Examiner: If Americans were getting an average of 20 miles to the gallon before Cash for Clunkers, they are getting 20.0046 mpg after it. In a best-case scenario.

All hail Octavia: A novel new national debt relief program.

"Jackass" was the correct term.

Americans want the legal opportunity to opt out of Social Security, 49% - 37%.

Dr. Roy Cordato: And they say private insurance companies are the bad guys.

Evil doesn't die easily.

Think scientists are objective? Read this.

The power to force people to buy stuff is not in the Constitution.

Superman job: Fact-checking the White House.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:33 AM

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