Posts in category "Government"

What would Abe Lincoln think of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

I thought about writing about 10 reasons Abe Lincoln would roll over in his grave if he was here today to witness Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But I haven’t. Because it takes the kind of simple-minded arrogance for  Andrew Feinberg in a Chicago Tribune op-ed  (“10 reasons Abe Lincoln would roll over... Read more »

The GOP "Establishment" bogeyman

Like the bogeyman hiding under a child’s bed, the Republican “establishment” is supposed to scare everyone, but it never seems to actually appear. See, like the bogeyman is used to frighten kids into good behavior, the accusations about the fearful Republican “establishment” is supposed to terrify voters into supporting “outsiders” like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz... Read more »

Scott Turow's useful suggestion for replacing Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

It’s the brightest and most insightful essay I’ve read so far about how to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scott Turow, a lawyer, former federal prosecutor, and author of popular novels, suggested that everyone take a deep breath in the heated debate. Appoint someone, he said, who would restrict, not expand the... Read more »
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Mission creep: Medicaid money now can be used to house the homeless

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided that Medicaid money, intended for clinical services and medications for the poor, now can help the chronically homeless to find and maintain permanent housing. According to Pew Charitable Trust, Advocates for the homeless have welcomed the CMS move,... Read more »

Public employee pension funding estimates screwed up

Here are two related stories that indicate that actuaries screwed up the real cost of public employee pensions. In the first, a prominent actuary, Jeremy Gold,  blames his fellow actuaries for irresponsibly underestimating the costs. As he said: ““I’m here to tell you a story about how a profession failed to fulfill its duties to the... Read more »

The real pay gap is between public and private sector workers

Here’s a stunning finding: Federal employees on average earned 78 percent more in total compensation than comparable private sector workers in 2014. That’s according to a Cato Institute study, as reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal: Cato’s Chris Edwards cited data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to show that the average federal worker... Read more »
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EPA girds itself with body armor and 1,000 lawyers

Illinois’ Open the Books finds gigantic waste in the U.S. Environmental Protection Again. As reported in Investors’ Business Daily: Illinois-based Open the Books scanned tens of thousands of checks written by the EPA and totaling more than $93 billion from 2000 to 2014. The audit discovered hundreds of millions of dollars of questionable expenses, including... Read more »

Obama: "Sony made a mistake." How to Respond to Cyber Attacks?

Well there you have it. Obama states that Sony “made a mistake” by not releasing a the movie, “The Interview.” Good for him. What’s more, he said we would respond. Again, great to hear. Looks like the president understands to some degree the gravity of this situation. Now the question comes, how do we respond?... Read more »

Religious and pro-life groups also harassed by IRS

The popular impression is that President Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service harassed only tea party and patriot-like groups seeking tax-exempt status. If it were only so. Allegations of IRS harassment of pro-life and religious groups reach as far back as Obama’s early administration and extend beyond the agency’s Cincinnati office, which is the focus of... Read more »
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Full frontal nudity could be the future of network TV

The Federal Communications Commission in considering relaxing its rules on indecency on over-the-air, commercial television stations. Said an FCC circular: After the Supreme Court’s decision [here and here] in FCC v. Fox Television Stations , Inc., 132 S.Ct. 2307 (2012), in September 2012, Chairman Genachowski instructed Commission staff to commence a review of the Commission’s broadcast indecency policies... Read more »
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