Alabama editorial roundup

Washington Times Politics - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:50

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

Oct. 20

Anniston (Alabama) Star on taxes versus morality:

Consider the Alabama Legislature's recurring question: Should it do what is morally right, or should it continue with business as usual?

And, by business as usual, we mean shortsighted, party driven ...

Undercover video shows progressives condoning voter fraud in Colorado

Washington Times Politics - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:41

DENVER — A Project Veritas undercover video released Wednesday shows pro-Democrat field workers in Colorado discussing ways to commit voter fraud under the state's new all-mail election system.

Project Veritas Action founder James O'Keefe is shown having discussions with staffers from Work for Progress, Greenpeace and a Democratic ...

Senator Bruce Starr on keeping the internet tax free

Oregon Catalyst - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:30
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Senator Bruce Starr spoke at a Taxpayer Association “Pizza Town Hall” event in Hillsboro, along with economist Dr. Eric Fruits and Jason Williams, Taxpayers Association of Oregon Director . The main topic was educating people … Continue reading →

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Washington Times Politics - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:11

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

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ACT 47 CHANGES NOT ENOUGH

Pennsylvania's lawmakers have concluded that the commonwealth's struggling cities are on their own.

They adopted changes to Act 47, the state law covering distressed cities, to establish tighter timetables for city governments to emerge from ...

Houston's First Amendment Problem

TownHall - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:00
The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. 2014-10-22T00:01:00-04:00 2014-10-22T16:00:10Z Dr. Ben Carson

Watchdog sues EPA over industry role in fuels rule

Washington Times Politics - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:48

A top ethics watchdog group said Wednesday it is suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to reveal the role the oil industry played in Obama administration deliberations on the mix of renewable fuels in the nation's gas supplies.

Officials with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) also ...

White House to election-year Democrats: Don't blame Obama

Washington Times Politics - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:24

President Obama is not to blame for what ails Democrats at the polls — that's the word from White House press secretary Josh Earnest to vulnerable candidates who are fleeing the commander-in-chief's presence.

"The success of many of these Democratic candidates will depend on their own success in motivating voters ...

Here's how big government bureaucrats have wasted $25 billion of your money

Freedom Works - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:21

Before the Continuing Resolution and debt ceiling battle last year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley, tried to dismiss the push for spending cuts. “[T]he cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that," said Pelosi. "We all want to reduce the deficit. We’re all committed to that. Put everything on the table. Review it. But you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts. Right now, you’re taking trophies."

Um, yeah, false. There may be wailing and gnashing of teeth about the sequester, but, in reality, there's still plenty of wasteful federal spending that could and should be slashed. And it's not like Congress has to go very far to find a starting point. This morning, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released Wastebook 2014, an annual report outlining the 100 most egregious examples of government spending.

"With no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem is not just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing," said Coburn, who has fiercely opposed government waste during his congressional career. "Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up some of these projects."

"I have learned from these experiences that Washington will never change itself. But even if the politicians won’t stop stupid spending, taxpayers always have the last word," he added.

While there are many in Congress from both parties who, like Pelosi, either deny that there is room to cut or don't want to bother with trimming back Washington's bloated bureaucracy, the 2014 iteration of Wastebook offers $25 billion in wasteful spending from an alphabet soup of federal agencies. Here are some examples from the report:

  • Federal agencies spent $19 million on paid vacations for bureaucrats
  • The National Institutes of Health dropped $387,000 on Swedish massages for rabbits
  • The National Science Foundation spent $171,000 to study the behavior of gambling monkeys
  • The Department of Agriculture doled out $200,000 to help New York-based Empire Brewing build a beer farm
  • The National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research spent $307,524 on synchronized swimming for sea monkeys
  • The State Department wasted $90 million to promote U.S. culture throughout the world
  • The Department of Homeland Security spent $450,000 on gym memberships for its employees
  • The Department of Transportation gave Fresno, California $16 million to build a road through a "ghost mall"
  • The United States Postal Service has spent $77 million to subsidize shipments of soft drinks and other items to remote towns in Alaska
  • The National Science Foundation dropped $5.2 million on fictional voicemails from a post-apocalyptic world

Yeah, man, there's totally nowhere else to cut waste from the budget, right, Nancy Pelosi?

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