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Archive for the 'Government' Category

There Are Too Many Government Employees, And They’re Paid Too Much

by @ Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Filed under Government, Government Waste, Individual Liberty, Politics

Fact Checking The State Of The Union

by @ Thursday, January 28th, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Government, Politicos & Pundits, Politics

The Cato Institute fact-checks last night’s Presidential address:

Getting Serious About Downsizing Government

by @ Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Filed under Government, Government Waste, Individual Liberty, Politics

The Cato Institute has launched a new site, DownsizingGovernment.org, committed to cutting waste from the federal budget: The research on the site also exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them and the constituencies they purport to help—are remarkably ineffective at achieving their core aims. “Some people have lofty visions […]

Is Ron Paul Right About Earmarks ?

by @ Wednesday, March 11th, 2009. Filed under Economics, Government, Government Waste, Politics, Ron Paul

The Club for Growth calls his thinking backwards and alleges that he’s enabling more and more spending, Don Surber just calls him daft, but Ron Paul has an argument in favor of earmarks that does make sense: NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Speaking of a lot of money, the battle about the money they’re spending on Capitol […]

The Truth Hurts

by @ Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008. Filed under Government, Politics, Republicans

H/T: Bearing Drift

So What If The Post Office Fades Away ?

by @ Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. Filed under Business, Economics, Government

Today’s Washington Post laments the fact that tough economic times, and changing communications patterns, are leading to tough times at the U.S. Postal Service: Things are looking bleak for the U.S. Postal Service. It projects that it will deliver 9 billion — that’s with a “b” — fewer pieces of mail in fiscal year 2008 […]

The Bush Administration Takes The Express Lane Down The Road To Serfdom

by @ Tuesday, October 28th, 2008. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, George W Bush, Government, Politics

If you thought it ended with the bailout deal, boy were you wrong. Now, the Bush Administration is exploring ways to come to the aid of Chrysler and General Motors: WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is examining a range of options for providing emergency financial help to spur a merger between General Motors and Chrysler, […]

Well That Didn’t Take Long

The vultures have already started claiming their piece of the $ 700 bailout package: WASHINGTON (AP) – The bailout is now the hottest lobbying game in town. Insurers, automakers and American subsidiaries of foreign banks all want the Treasury Department to cut them a piece of the largest government rescue in U.S. history. The betting […]

Thanks Again, Mr. President

by @ Wednesday, October 15th, 2008. Filed under Economics, George W Bush, Government, Government Waste, Politics

The federal budget deficit has ended the fiscal year with another record: WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — The federal budget deficit rose to $455 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 as financial market strains slowed economic growth while spending rose the most since 1990. By comparison, the deficit a year earlier was $162 billion, […]

The End Of American Capitalism, Or Just Business As Usual ?

by @ Friday, October 10th, 2008. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, Government, Politics, Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

In a front-page story, the Washington Post speculates that the current financial crisis, and the Bush Administration’s response to it, signal the end to “American capitalism;” The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is claiming another casualty: American-style capitalism. Since the 1930s, U.S. banks were the flagships of American economic might, and emulation by […]

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