Stupidity at the GSA: It Gets Even Worse
Yesterday I wrote about the incredible stupidity behind the $823,000 Las Vegas conference that has landed the General Services Administration at the center of criticism and hearings on Capitol Hill. It’s clear from the April 2 report filed by the GSA’s Inspector General, Brian Miller, that a culture of abuse had taken hold at the agency, where those planning the conference flouted federal procurement rules, ignored the GSA’s own regulations, and overpaid for everything from a $2,700 room party to $44 breakfasts.Read more »
GSA scandal: Is Congress engaged in hearing overkill?
(CBS News) Congress is holding a pair of hearings today on spending by the General Services Administration (GSA), the federal procurement agency that has come under fire for a 2010 fundraiser that cost taxpayers more than $822,000. Those two hearings follow two other hearings earlier this week into the GSA scandal.Read more »
A while ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine who had recently graduated from college. He was, coincidently, a Socialist who was espousing the virtues of public schools and Socialized Medicine. He was, however, unwilling to admit that those things were paid for through the threat of violence from the state. If I do not pay my taxes, I explained to him, then I will be arrested. If I do not want to be arrested and I choose to defend myself I will likely be shot and killed.Read more »
Last year, almost 1,800 people followed Superman's lead, renouncing their U.S. citizenship or handing in their Green Cards. That's a record number since the Internal Revenue Service began publishing a list of those who renounced in 1998. It's also almost eight times more than the number of citizens who renounced in 2008, and more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.Read more »
Repeal the Drinking Age
Somehow, and no one seems to even imagine how, this country managed to survive and thrive before 1984 without a national minimum drinking age. Before that, the drinking question was left to the states.Read more »
First Cigarettes, Now Bacon and Eggs
You knew it was coming.
First they came for the cigarettes, then Hank Williams Jr. got knocked off Monday Night Football for being politically incorrect, and now they're coming for the butter.
Denmark, on October 1, put a $1.29-per-pound tax on all foods that hit 2.3 percent in saturated fats. That's on top of a 25 percent surcharge imposed last year by Denmark's food police on all ice cream, candy, sugar, soft drinks and chocolate.Read more »
American taxpayers own close to 200,000 vacant houses, and over the next year they will spend more than $40 million just to mow lawns at these properties. Taxpayers also foot the bills to paint walls, fix cabinets, plant flowers and more -- expenses that just last year, exceeded a half a billion dollars.Read more »
WASHINGTON -- Video excerpts from the lavish 2010 General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas surfaced Thursday, adding fuel to a growing controversy over wasteful government spending.
A six-minute clip released on Capitol Hill features a music video of a GSA worker rapping about becoming "commissioner" in a song dotted with jokes about spending freely on computers, employee bonuses and "all the things your buildings never had."Read more »
Yuba County prosecutors said the case against Benjamin and Russell Bartholomew was not a free speech issue and that it is really about the brothers not following law enforcement instructions on April 28, 2011, when questioned by Yuba County Sheriff's Deputy Kenny Sowles.Read more »
The new work shifts the state line in several areas a few hundred feet one way or the other. That has created a bureaucratic nightmare for some. Lewis Efird's company owns the land where a gas station was built in what he thought was South Carolina, but is now North Carolina. He said the move makes the station worthless because higher gas taxes will raise his pump prices 30 cents a gallon and the fireworks that boost his profits are illegal in North Carolina.Read more »
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