Archive for ‘Spending’

January 17, 2013

Daily Scoop: GW’s Interior Secretary’s New Bathroom Cost WHAT?

KempthorneAs we watch the congressional Republicans demand sacrificial spending cuts for not hobbling the U.S. economy over raising the debt ceiling, the cost taxpayers paid for George Bush’s Interior Secretary’s personal bathroom has come to light.Dirk  Kempthorne, former Idaho governor, served as the Bush Administration’s Secretary of the Interior from 2006 to 2008. It took six years but the bill for his personal restroom renovations has finally been released and it cost taxpayers a whopping $222,000, more than many houses cost.

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September 4, 2012

Economy Worse Under Obama?

It’s been said before, many times in fact, but Senator Chuck Grassley’s recent reassertion that, “It [the economy] has gotten worse under Obama” continues to be a head scratcher for those with memories that span beyond the latest cable news cycle. The repetitious Republican talking point has indeed become fact for many who loyally follow the conservative platform yet for many others the drumbeat message eventually makes them ask themselves, “Has the economy really gotten worse under President Obama.”

The short answer is, “Yes,” but the the more insightful, pragmatic answer is, “No.” It’s confusing, I know, but bear with me while I hash out an explanation.

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June 8, 2012

Wisconsin Recall: Glimpse of the Darkside or Wake-up Call?

After the Tuesday Wisconsin recall many a political pundit assessed the results of this Midwestern state’s impact on the presidential elections. Is Wisconsin a representative microcosm of American politics from which national contests can be accurately gauged? Or did the entire effort speak more to significant political divides within the US and the ease in which we are swayed by rhetoric and the money spent perpetuating it?  

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April 7, 2012

Tracking Campaign Ad Cash; What Can You Do?

Amidst the fallout of Citizens United, politcal action committees (PACS), and now SuperPACS, have propagated across the airwaves and social media with little or no transparency of their sources of funding. In an effort to bring some accountability to the public arena ProPublica; the Pulitzer Prize winning, independent, nonprofit, online news publication; has launched a grassroots effort to document who is spending money on what…And YOU can help.

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February 11, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Romney’s severely conservative budget promises

This article from the Washington Post is the second analysis of the fiscal plans Mitt Romney would implement should he be elected to occupy the White House. The first examination of his previously released plan by the Tax Policy Center was posted here on January 7th. The results were not altogether positive.  Unfortunately, for the presidential candidate, these more recent federal budget ideas unveiled at the 2012 CPAC conference did little to alleviate concerns for their viability, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities findings.

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November 13, 2011

The Daily Scoop: George Washington’s Foresight for the Debt Panel

This is an interesting opinion piece discussing how the country’s founders’ foresight is still very applicable to the issues of today. This foresight goes beyond Washington as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and others still have much we can all learn from.

New York (CNN) — The clock is ticking in Washington on the bipartisan super committee, those 12 members of Congress tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction by Thanksgiving.

More than 140 of their colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, are encouraging them to be bold and go bigger — reaching $4 trillion of deficit reduction in order to put the U.S. on stable long-term fiscal footing and avoid another round of downgrades.

But if their colleagues’ counsel isn’t persuasive, there’s an additional voice the super committee could find inspiration from — the original founding father, George Washington.
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November 1, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Bachmann says Obama responsible for All Iraq War costs

Michele Bachmann: “Under Barack Obama’s watch, we have expended $805 billion to liberate the people of Iraq and, more importantly, 4,400 American lives.”

During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Oct. 28, 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., sought to blame President Barack Obama for the costs and lives lost in Iraq.

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October 30, 2011

The Daily Scoop “FACT CHECK: GOP lawmakers spin funding tall tales”

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an outrageous tale: The federal government spends one out of every $10 in transportation aid on wasteful projects such as refurbishing a giant roadside coffee pot and constructing turtle tunnels.

But it’s not exactly true.
To make their case, lawmakers have exaggerated and misrepresented some projects that have received aid. Read More….