It’s Okay, It’s Somebody Else’s Money: Pelosi Spends $100K+ for In-flight Services in Just Two Years.
By marfdrat on May 5, 2013
Must be nice to have other people’s money at your disposal. Pelosi, who is richer than 98% of the population, obviously thinks it’s okay to use the taxpayer’s money to indulge in all kinds of fancy in-flight services while she flies all over the world with the Air Force (she’s too good for commercial air travel).
By marfdrat on March 23, 2013
Braves Flying Squirrels need a new stadium. So says the Atlanta Braves AAA San Francisco Giants’ AA team management, and various mayors over the past decade (see what I did there? Same argument, different decade).
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It’s Okay: It’s Not Her Money. Michelle to Stay in Hawaii while Barack Returns to DC for Fiscal Cliff Theater
By marfdrat on December 26, 2012
I know – all presidents and their wives take vacations. It seemed, though, that all the Republicans who “vacationed” during Christmas went to their own homes or ranches. But then, why would Obama want to go to Chicago? The weather isn’t very nice there in winter.
By marfdrat on October 17, 2012
This issue was mentioned at least once in last night’s debate, when Obama claimed -again- to have “saved” the auto industry. Neither Obama nor anyone else in the administration talks about the costs of that bailout to taxpayers, who still haven’t been -and probably never will be- made whole. In a September article that preceded the DNC in Charlotte, Daniel Ikenson covers the details of the auto bailout that you won’t hear Obama talk about.
By marfdrat on September 18, 2012
Not one. Can you?
By marfdrat on August 24, 2012
If you want to get ahead, kids, you better learn how the system works. (H/T Instapundit)
By marfdrat on August 6, 2012
“Hindsight is always 20/20,” the royal presence sniffed, clearly irritated with the peasants who have been second-guessing his investment genius. “It went through the regular review process, and people felt that it was a good bet.”
Bankruptcy filings last week revealed that taxpayers will recoup at most $24 million of the $527 million in federal loans that Solyndra used in its failed solar company. Scott Whitlock at Newsbusters notices that the lamestream media mostly ignored this.
By marfdrat on August 2, 2012
You pay $2.00 for a Pepsi bought on the train, but each one costs the Treasury $3.40. Super.
From the Washington Examiner:
Taxpayers lost $833 million over the last decade on the food and beverages supplied by Amtrak, which managed to spend $1.70 for every dollar that received in revenue.
By marfdrat on October 26, 2011
Besides being improper use of taxpayer funds, what a crummy gift. Is Bill Ayers getting any royalties?
By marfdrat on April 2, 2011
If you’ve followed the events in Wisconsin at all, you know the state legislature passed a law that alters the long-standing rules of negotiation between unions and the state. The unions are not happy at all about it. Having lost the battle in the ballot box, they’re turning to some unscrupulous tactics to exact their revenge on the taxpayers.
By marfdrat on February 16, 2011
Governor Rick Scott of Florida gets it. High-speed rail projects aren’t “investments in the future,” they’re millstones placed around the necks of already-overburdened taxpayers. He has decided to reject $2.4 billion in federal funds for projects in Florida
By marfdrat on February 5, 2011
You have to admire the chutzpah of billionaire know-it-all and nanny-stater extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg. He doesn’t mind telling the lowly taxpayers of NYC whether they can, or should be able to smoke, or put salt on their food. Though he prefers to live at his upper East side townhouse (which, by the way is worth about $30 million) he does a lot of entertaining at Gracie Mansion – the official residence of New York City’s Mayor (how many other cities have “official” residences for their mayors? Can’t they just live at their own house?). To make sure the entertainment is sufficient -especially the food- Mayor Mike employs not one, or two, but THREE chefs, at a cost of $245,000 annually to the taxpayers. Nice, if you can get away with it.
By marfdrat on January 19, 2011
You don’t have to look far to find evidence for why Kahl-ee-for-nee-yah (wait, he’s not the governator anymore) is in the crapper financially. Here’s one more reason:
San Francisco has a “public” radio station, KALW 91.7. I use the quotes around public, because you and I both know these stations can’t survive without funding from the government or quasi-governmental institutions, like the Corporation for “Public” Broadcasting, government grants, and universities (most of which are state-supported). At least, they couldn’t survive using their present business model, which is to beg listeners for the remainder of their operating funds on a semi-annual or annual basis. I guess selling advertising is just too gauche for something as urbane as “listener-supported” radio