As 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.
National debt has provoked debate and criticism over the past 30 years but nothing like the tirades and temper tantrums we’ve seen since the beginning of the Obama administration. Launched as a focused attack strategy under the Tea Party movement, the massive US debt and how to deal with it has become one of most ideological, partisan issues in the post-Great Recession political climate pitting supply-siders against Keynesians.
Republicans say he is, and Democrats say he isn’t. And they both use numbers and past presidents’ records to make their point.
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.
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.
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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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….