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Taxpayers Were Almost on the Hook for an Additional $469 Million When Solyndra Went Under

By Doug Powers  •  October 6, 2011 09:06 AM

**Written by Doug Powers The Obama administration was preparing to toss another very expensive life preserver, but Solyndra had already forever slipped beneath the rolling, green waves. From the Washington Post: The Obama administration’s Department of Energy was poised last summer to give Solyndra a second major taxpayer loan of $469 million, even as the […]

Charles Rangel on Debt Ceiling Debate: What Would Jesus Do?

By Doug Powers  •  July 9, 2011 02:43 PM

Selective non-secularism

Obama’s Economists: Each Job ‘Saved or Created’ by the Stimulus Cost $278,000 (So Far)

By Doug Powers  •  July 3, 2011 02:02 PM

**Written by Doug Powers As Jeffrey Anderson at the Weekly Standard pointed out, the White House releasing a fiscal report on the Friday before a long holiday weekend can only mean one thing: There’s not much good news in it for the White House, and, ergo, taxpayers. Such is the case with the White House […]

Who’s Up For Another Fannie Mae Bailout?

By Doug Powers  •  May 9, 2011 11:20 AM

**Written by Doug Powers Thank goodness the Dodd-Frank bill took care of the problems, eh? From Reuters: Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB) on Friday said it would ask for an additional $8.5 billion from taxpayers as it continues to suffer losses on loans made prior to 2009. The largest U.S. residential mortgage funds provider […]

Because No Job is the Greenest Job of All

By Doug Powers  •  May 5, 2011 01:20 PM

**Written by Doug Powers Stimulus Update Five hundred million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known to Michelle’s readers as “Porkulus”) went to the US Department of Labor earmarked for “green jobs training programs,” and $490 million of that has already been awarded. How’s that working out? According to the most recent […]

Obama’s Energy Speech: Pledges to Cut Oil Imports, Drill for Green Ingenuity Domestically

By Doug Powers  •  March 30, 2011 02:41 PM

Brazil, baby, Brazil

Saving $4 Million Per Year a Big Deal, NPR/PBS Funding Insignificant

By Doug Powers  •  March 22, 2011 11:12 AM

Footnote: Ideas that save too much money are inconsiderable

Amtrak CEO Forced to Take Car to Biden Station Ribbon Cutting Because His Train Broke Down

By Doug Powers  •  March 19, 2011 03:33 PM

**Written by Doug Powers Today, a Wilmington, Delaware train station was officially renamed for Joe Biden, the man charged with ensuring that every stimulus project comes in on time and on budget. Naturally this particular station came in $5.3 million over budget. That, however, was a small price to pay to add another piece to […]

House Votes to Defund NPR

By Doug Powers  •  March 17, 2011 08:30 PM

With bonus Weiner rage

Biden’s Train Has Finally Come In

By Doug Powers  •  March 15, 2011 08:01 PM

Joe gets his own station, you get the bill

Obama: Makes No Sense to Defund Public Broadcasting

By Doug Powers  •  March 11, 2011 03:54 PM

**Written by Doug Powers If the same amount of taxpayer dollars were going to Fox News, would it be considered such a meaningless pittance? President Obama defended public broadcasting from cuts on Friday, emphasizing that defunding networks like NPR and PBS would do little to rein in spending. […] “I think it’s going to be […]

Harry Reid: Save the Cowboy Poets!

By Doug Powers  •  March 8, 2011 03:36 PM

**Written by Doug Powers Harry Reid’s love of all-things-cowboy dates back to his great great grandfather Bucky Ried, who, as legend has it, once taxed a man to death just for snorin’ too loud. That trait has stayed with the family, and now the Senate Majority Leader is leading the fight to maintain taxpayer support […]

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

By Doug Powers  •  March 5, 2011 10:21 AM

**Written by Doug Powers Quick note: Apologies for the slow posting the past couple of days. I’m “on the road” and haven’t gotten in as much time for a little writing as I originally hoped — which is merely an admission that I’ve failed miserably at the art of simultaneously blogging while playing blackjack. The […]

Barbara Boxer: Republicans Have a Vendetta Against Elmo

By Doug Powers  •  March 1, 2011 03:05 PM

Tickle me budget cuts

Brothels, Communists, and Other Things That Will Go Unmentioned at the Ted Kennedy Institute

By Doug Powers  •  March 1, 2011 11:11 AM

**Written by Doug Powers The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will make no mention of these things, but if you ask me they’re worthy of an entire wing: The late Sen. Ted Kennedy arranged to “rent” a brothel for a night while on a visit to Chile and other Latin American countries decades ago, according to […]

Cartoon Aardvarks Lobby for PBS/NPR Funding, and So Does That ‘Arthur’ Character

By Doug Powers  •  February 17, 2011 09:58 AM

Vermin on the Hill

Seizing the Future: Budget battle in Washington; Obama: “Live within our means”…by spending into oblivion

By Michelle Malkin  •  February 14, 2011 10:01 AM

Oh, no. It’s another White House White Board (click here for Austan Goolsbee’s turn last week). Here, OMB Director Jack Lew tells you how spending into oblivion “while still investing in the future” = fiscal responsibility. With Obama math, anything’s possible: Takeaway sentence from ABC News’s description of the Obama budget unveiled today: “At no […]

It’s the Pork That Binds Us: John Kerry Issues Dire Warning Against Cutting Size of Government

By Doug Powers  •  January 11, 2011 01:50 PM

The big reach

Harry Reid Can’t Understand Why His Colleagues Neglected Their Constitutional Earmark Duties

By Doug Powers  •  December 17, 2010 11:13 AM

**Written by Doug Powers Back in October, Harry Reid reminded voters how tirelessly he’s worked to fulfill his constitutional duty of spending as much taxpayer money as humanly possible. Now Reid’s humble Jeffersonian mission is being slowed and he can’t understand why. A little frustrated, Harry? I think Harry’s angry because, hey, he single-handedly saved […]

Chris Christie Coins What Would Be the Perfect Campaign Slogan

By Doug Powers  •  November 14, 2010 10:32 AM

**Written by Doug Powers If Chris Christie ever decides to seek higher office, he recently stumbled across what would be the perfect campaign slogan. From The Corner: “Let me help you pack.” That’s what Gov. Chris Christie told one of the state’s top administrators when that administrator commented publicly that he could leave New Jersey […]

Miracle Worker: Obama Matches 214 Years Worth of US Debt in Less Than 24 Months

By Doug Powers  •  October 18, 2010 10:45 PM

**Written by Doug Powers President Obama, assisted by his willing accomplices in Congress who have helped swipe the national credit card like giddy teenage girls at the mall with daddy’s Visa, have made history. From CNS News: It’s official: The Obama administration has now borrowed $3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. It took […]

Obama Was For ‘Shovel Ready’ Before He Was Against It

By Doug Powers  •  October 13, 2010 02:27 PM

**Written by Doug Powers From the New York Times, January 2009: On “Meet the Press,” fill-in host Tom Brokaw wants to know how quickly Barack Obama can create jobs, and the president-elect promises to move fast. After all, he says, he’s met with a bunch of governors “and all of them have projects that are […]

At Last, a Democrat Takes Ownership of the Health Care Bill

By Doug Powers  •  September 17, 2010 03:13 PM


Dems Spending More on Anti-Obamacare Ads Than Pro-Obamacare Ads

By Doug Powers  •  September 16, 2010 02:01 PM

The running of the donks

Obama’s New Chief Economy Comic: ‘Recovery Summer’ About Projects, Not Jobs

By Doug Powers  •  September 13, 2010 10:07 PM

**Written by Doug Powers That Austan Goolsbee never stops with the comedy. From Fox News: Vice President Biden wasn’t talking about jobs when called this the “summer of recovery.” He was talking about construction projects. That’s the explanation top White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee gave when asked about the more than 280,000 jobs lost […]

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