Today’s Headlines — Feb. 24, 2009 Utah governor to D.C. GOP: You’re ‘inconsequential’ — Spending bill stuffed with earmarks — Recession’s new winner: Granny underwear Lean times for frilly lingerie — Treasury, Citigroup debate control Nationalization fears hit stocks — FBI praises foreigners, disses U.S. Mueller sees terror prevention — Pakistani Taliban unite against U.S. — Levy suspect had detainment status — Clooney | Read More »

    What We Lost With The Passage Of The Stimulus Package

    Here is a little list: The ability to restore fiscal discipline, given that we passed a stimulus bill in the House that spends more than did the massive New Deal boondoggles of years past. The ability to have a separate and vigorous argument over education policy, given that federal education outlays have been doubled in the stimulus bill. The ability to have a separate and | Read More »

    The Rengel Rule and other fun Legislative Ideas

    The Rengel Rule immunizes taxpayers from owing back taxes and interest on taxes by simply writing Rengel Rule on their Taxform. I got a better idea. Or a few. Hillary Clinton called Dissent Patriotic and I accept that with one caveat, the highest form of Dissent is Sedition and Treason. I offer your the Dissent Taxation Act. It immunizes any American from paying taxes, all | Read More »

    How to Hide Up to $12 Billion in Pork Barrel Projects

    It’s been interesting to follow the debate over earmarks in appropriations bills. Everyone knows that they increased dramatically in recent years, to the point where public anger at the practice led Congress to consider ‘reforms.’ There seems to be little confidence that Congress has really learned the lesson though, so the discussion about earmarks in Barack Obama’s risky spending scheme has been illustrative.

    Ready for Another Helping of McCain-Feingold?

    Did the headline put your stomach in knots? I thought so. But after McCain-Feingold (I), McCain-Lieberman, and McCain-Kennedy, it was inevitable that eventually Senator McCain would engage in a bipartisan reform effort that would make conservatives happy, right? Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) are putting their band of reformers back together and hitting the halls of Capitol Hill in pursuit of their | Read More »

    Business (of Earmarks) as Usual

    In February 2003 my Navy Reserve (SEABEE) Unit was mobilized for duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We didn’t actually call it that at the time, it was Desert Storm II, or “Operation Go Find Sean Penn and Whup His Butt Back to Hollywood”. We were excited, nervous, and anxious to go after not being used for Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan after 9/11. Folks were definitely sure | Read More »

    Chris Carney (D, PA-10) defends a 200% ROI on Speaker Pelosi’s earmark.

    Ed Morrissey wants to know what it is with PA and pork, although that’s probably a rhetorical question. Our latest edition comes to us via a debate between Rep Carney and his challenger Chris Hackett: Ed notes: “That’s not a rescue plan — it’s a payoff”… and he’s right:

    About that $150k: Dear Republican National Committee

    Dear RNC, RNC donor here—McCain campaign donor too. I’ve followed news reports about money spent on Gov. Sarah Palin’s large family—clothing, baby goods, what have yous. Gov. Palin is in the news 24/7 it seems; Democratic media just cannot get enough of our vice-presidential candidate. And now we’re talking line items on financial disclosures. Now I saw Sen. John McCain tonight on the news. He | Read More »

    Obama’s church strategy in 2000

    Google 2001 strikes again, and leads to an interesting find. In his 2000 congressional campaign to unseat incumbent Bobby Rush, State Senator Barack Obama turned to his allies in the pulpit to support his candidacy. Over a dozen backed him–including Rev. Michael Pfleger (and perhaps a few other familiar names): More than a dozen South Side ministers said Monday that they won’t back U.S. Rep. | Read More »

    Obama’s Earmarks (VIDEO)

    You never know where your taxes will go

    A pattern of nepotism is growing around Obama. Obama awarded Illinois grants to relative’s group Michelle Obama: “Don’t Go Into Corporate America” In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, | Read More »

    Michelle Malkin Is Dead Wrong on “Tax Pork” in the Bailout

    I was shocked to read this morning that [Michelle Malkin] (, in her totally legitimate opposition to the bailout, equated tax cuts with spending increases. The New York Post did the same thing on their [cover] ( Scarborough was positively livid this morning on Morning Joe. What the hell is going on here? In an effort to get the bailout through, the Senate appended to | Read More »

    Section 105(d) of the Bailout Must Go

    Here is what it says: TRANSFER OF A PERCENTAGE OF PROFITS.DEPOSITS.Not less than 20 percent of any profit realized on the sale of each troubled asset purchased under this Act shall be deposited as provided in paragraph (2). USE OF DEPOSITS.Of the amount referred to in paragraph (1) 65 percent shall be deposited into the Housing Trust Fund established under section 1338 of the Federal | Read More »

    Yes, why isn’t this news?

    That’s Jenn Rubin’s question about this. A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent. You and I frequently speculate that if | Read More »

    Biden’s Astronomical FY09 Earmarks!

    Joe Biden’s earmarks for FY09 look to total about $330 million. This is one of 100 senators, one of 535 federal legislators, whose state population is so small it only affords 4 electoral votes. No wonder we have huge deficits. I hope McCain nails him and Obama to the wall for their outrageous earmark requests. Senator Biden continues to review and submit eligible requests to | Read More »