Entries by Joe Miller

Labor Department May Sink Another $14 Million into Solyndra

Taxpayers will likely shell out another $14.3 million in federal aid to the 1,100 people formerly employed by defunct solar company Solyndra. The Labor Department announced Monday that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance payments for those former employees, which may pay out about $13,000 for each. TAA is designed to compensate American workers laid […]

Former Obama fundraiser Rezko gets 10-year sentence

A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced Antoin “Tony” Rezko, a former Chicago fundraiser for President Barack Obama, to 10-1/2 years in prison for corruption and extortion. Rezko’s conviction was among a slew of guilty pleas that led to the conviction in two trials of former Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and several of his aides. […]

Jet-Set Congress

By Joe Miller.  An interesting story last week in the Washington Post details Senator Harry Reid’s extravagant trip to China this past April.  The trip, which included some Republicans, cost the government at least $66,000 worth of per diem and “miscellaneous” expenses.  Family members and staff also traveled on the taxpayer’s dime. It’s no small […]

European Union: designed to exclude democracy, invite tyranny?

(By Christopher Booker):  So, as headlines scream that vain bids to save the euro threaten us with “Armageddon”, the EU’s ruling elite has toppled two more elected prime ministers, to replace them with technocratic officials who can be trusted to do Brussels’s bidding. The new Greek prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was the man who, as […]

Jack Abramoff: Congress is hopelessly corrupt

(By Jack Abramoff):  As I built what became the nation’s largest individual lobbying practice — with 40 employees at its peak — I remained the only lobbyist in the firm who had not previously worked on Capitol Hill. Former Congress members and staff are everywhere on K Street, the lair of the lobbying world. Why? […]

The fruits of international socialism: the EU bans advertising that water prevents dehydration

Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration. … (By Victoria Ward and Nick Collins):  EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and […]

80% of ‘Green Energy’ Loans Went to Top Obama Donors

(By Wynton Hall):  With Energy Secretary Steven Chu set to testify Thursday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the government’s $573 million loan to failed solar panel maker Solyndra, an explosive new list of energy loan amounts to President Obama’s top fundraisers, bundlers, and supporters has been released by Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer, […]

Decision time for the GOP

By Joe Miller.  The congressional super-committee, according to a story in the Washington Post, is creating an “identity crisis” within the Republican Party.  During the 2010 elections, Republicans promised to come to Washington D.C. and fight the proponents of big government, crony capitalism, and socialism.  Although some have stuck to their guns, most notably the […]

Will the GOP Establishment Blow It by Picking Romney?

(By Thomas Sowell):  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for 50 years. One of the often-repeated catch phrases of our time — “It’s the economy, stupid!” — has already stopped thinking in some quarters for a couple of decades. There is no question that the state of the […]

Is money’s deep role in politics the root of our woes?

(By Gergen/Zuckerman at CNN.com): This past Sunday’s “60 Minutes” and the latest issue of Newsweek bring back to the fore the complicated issue of money and politics. Both highlight a new book by Peter Schweizer, “Throw Them All Out,” which rails against what Schweizer calls “honest graft.” Schweizer charges that leaders from both houses of […]