February 7, 2009
It's time for another round of "Well, That Took Ten Seconds on Google!"
WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele today released the following statement concerning the executive order quietly signed by President Barack Obama on Friday ordering the use of union labor for federal construction projects:
"President Obama's executive order will drive up the cost of government at a time when we should be doing everything possible to save taxpayer dollars. Federal contracts should go to the businesses that can offer taxpayers the best value - not just the unions who supported the Democrats' campaigns last year. Quietly signing executive orders to payback campaign backers undermines Obama promise to change Washington. It is a disappointment for Americans hoping for more transparency and less politics as usual in Washington."
The Bush administration is importing many of the contracting practices blamed for spending abuses in Iraq as it begins the largest and costliest rebuilding effort in U.S. history.
The first large-scale contracts related to Hurricane Katrina, as in Iraq, were awarded without competitive bidding, and using so-called cost-plus provisions that guarantee contractors a certain profit regardless of how much they spend.
"Well, That Took Ten Seconds on Google!"™
February 5, 2009
I guess they don't know any reporters
Is anyone else terrified with the state of our economy being so bad that the Associated Press now needs to do a publicity stunt to get free news coverage?
February 3, 2009
Hooked on phonics
Four years of this. Minimum.
February 2, 2009
I understand that there's a subsection of liberals who just seem to enjoy being outraged. I also understand that there's a noble subsection of liberals who want purity in their leaders, not just as a sign of their commitment to better values in Washington, but at a bare minimum just being able to avoid valid criticism from the right.
But contrary to others, my abilty to exhaust vehement hatred toward people like Tom Daschle for having a very stupid accountant is limited by, well, I guess shit that might actually have damaged the country. After eight years of George Bush having a cabinet filled with cronies who thought spying on Americans and torturing non-Americans were awesome activites, you'll excuse me for not being fazed and/or hurdled into a screaming rage over the discovery that rich people fuck around on their taxes. I mean, for godssakes, Obama's nominee for Attorney General is being held up because he apparently recognizes that 24 is a fictional television program. Can we get started with that decade-due return to focus, please?
Liberals and conservatives have seemed to coalesce around the idea that they hate Tom Daschle. How being rich and not correctly reporting how rich he was- something he immediately and voluntarily corrected before even being nominated by Obama for a cabinet post that has absolutely nothing to do with taxes, by the way- puzzles me. I'm struggling to find a reason beyond kneejerk hatred of Daschle, boredom, and/or desperate desire for an ideological purity that doesn't exist. I'm not saying I love the guy, but man, for me to be telling you that you guys can get pissed about anything is serious.