Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Government Pay Boom - WSJ.com

The Government Pay Boom - WSJ.com: "It turns out there really is growing inequality in America. It's the 45% premium in pay and benefits that government workers receive over the poor saps who create wealth in the private economy.

And the gap is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 1998 to 2008 public employee compensation grew by 28.6%, compared with 19.3% for private workers. In the recession year of 2009, with almost no inflation and record budget deficits, more than half the states awarded pay raises to their employees."

NASA snacks cost sky-high $66 per person - Business - SunHerald.com

NASA snacks cost sky-high $66 per person - Business - SunHerald.com: "During the three-day conference, the 317 attendees snacked on “light refreshments” of soda, coffee, fruit, bagels and cookies at a cost of $62,611, according to a NASA Inspector General report. That’s $66 a day per person"

Mike rips pay-to-play amid push for probe - NYPOST.com

Mike rips pay-to-play amid push for probe - NYPOST.com: "ALBANY -- Mayor Bloomberg yesterday branded efforts by state Senate Democrats to extract $50,000 campaign contributions from union leaders 'the ultimate pay to play,' as outraged good-government groups urged a criminal probe of the blatant fund-raising demand.

'Pay to play is just something we shouldn't have,' declared Bloomberg."

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FOXNews.com - Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income'

FOXNews.com - Democratic Senator: Health Care Law to Address 'Mal-Distribution of Income': "As Democrats tout the moral underpinnings of the federal health care system overhaul -- ensuring health care coverage for nearly all Americans -- one senator appeared to go off message when he said the legislation would address the 'mal-distribution of income in America.'"

Friday, March 26, 2010

AT&T sees US$1-billion health-care hit

AT&T sees US$1-billion health-care hit: "NEW YORK -- AT&T Inc said on Friday it would record a US$1- billion non-cash charge for the current quarter related to the new U.S. health care reform law, as lawmakers called on the company and three other large employers to testify about expected cost hikes."

Thursday, March 25, 2010

� 2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark - Big Government

� 2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark - Big Government: "And when they didn’t get it, they did what they always do: they lied.
Alinsky taught them well: the ends justify the means. And that’s how the Democrats play. They love using black people as symbols of oppression. They love to use them for staged rallies, staged walks and staged protests. It’s why they fought so hard to keep the heavily minority ACORN alive. They were the portable army that would cry racism in front of your place of business until the company paid them off to go away."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stupid

SteynOnline - Steynposts

SteynOnline - Steynposts: "Ah, that famous Canadian hospitality. One Franois Houle, Provost of the University of Ottawa, writes to warn a forthcoming visitor to the campus, Miss Ann Coulter, that Canadians enjoy only the right to government-regulated 'free speech' and that therefore she may be liable to criminal prosecution:"

Dear Ms. Coulter,

I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday. We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus. We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States. I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here. You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression. For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges. Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed. I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind. There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus. Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.

Sincerely,

François Houle
Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5
téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737
télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103

Friday, March 19, 2010

American Thinker: Breaking the Obama Code: The Green Money Machine

American Thinker: Breaking the Obama Code: The Green Money Machine: "As a few dozen�dot-com billionaires gathered in a Palo Alto living�room�one evening in early 2007, then-Senator Obama rallied potential new donors over the speakerphone. After the call, host John Roos, a prominent lawyer, emphasized what most of his guests already knew. The clean-energy revolution was gaining momentum. The election in 2008 would be the critical moment. The ethics-based green revolution could be passed into law, and Obama was their guy. Roos raised much�money and opened many doors for Obama that evening. �In May 2009, despite initial�criticism from Japan,�Roos was given the plum appointment of U.S. Ambassador."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Michael W. McConnell: The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution - WSJ.com

Michael W. McConnell: The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution - WSJ.com: "Democratic congressional leaders have floated a plan to enact health-care reform by a procedure dubbed 'the Slaughter solution.' It is named not for the political carnage that it might inflict on their members, but for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.), chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, who proposed it. Under her proposal, Democrats would pass a rule that deems the Senate's health-care bill to have passed the House, without the House actually voting on the bill. This would enable Congress to vote on legislation that fixes flaws in the Senate health-care bill without facing a Senate filibuster, and without ..."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Power Line - A "proud tradition" Eric Holder did not take pride in

Power Line - A "proud tradition" Eric Holder did not take pride in: "Holder apparently failed to disclose his involvement in this brief when he was up for confirmation early last year, even though the Senate questionnaire he was required to fill out specifically requested such information and directed him to provide to the Senate Judiciary Committee copies of any briefs filed with the Supreme Court. He disclosed three amicus briefs but made no mention of this one -- or another one renewing his support for Padilla when the case returned to the Supreme Court again in late 2005. . . .Had Holder disclosed these briefs to the Senate Judiciary Committee, no doubt he would have been extensively questioned about the views expressed in them. It is disappointing, and perhaps troubling, that he did not."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Detroit looks at downsizing to save city - Washington Times

Detroit looks at downsizing to save city - Washington Times: "The current plan would demolish about 10,000 houses and empty buildings in three years and pump new investment into stronger neighborhoods. In the neighborhoods that would be cleared, the city would offer to relocate residents or buy them out. The city could use tax foreclosure to claim abandoned property and invoke eminent domain for those who refuse to leave, much as cities now do for freeway projects."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Organizing for America | The Talk

Organizing for America | The Talk: "Approaching your parents about who they are voting for can be intimidating if you’ve never talked about politics with them before. But this campaign has been built by supporters sharing their stories about what inspires them and why they want to see change in this country. Here are some ideas for ways you can talk to your parents about why you support Barack:"

Baucus targeted in rum dispute

Baucus targeted in rum dispute: "“This issue is about one point — the appropriate use of approximately 2.7 billion dollars in taxpayer money. This isn’t about where Diageo receives a free distillery, but about the proper use of federal tax dollars. Diageo has some explaining to do to the U.S. Congress and American people,” said Patricia M. Neal, on behalf of Bacardi Corporation."

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ruth Marcus: The ethics watchdog is still sleeping � Redding Record Searchlight

Ruth Marcus: The ethics watchdog is still sleeping � Redding Record Searchlight: "Rangel was wrist-slapped because the committee determined that he should have known the Caribbean jaunts he went on with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus were underwritten by corporations, in violation of House rules. The New York Democrat's most serious ethics problems, trifles such as failing to declare income on taxes and financial disclosure forms, are still - what a surprise! - under review by the ethics committee."