Stimulus Plan  (Page 2)

For Those Who Love The Stimulus, Let Them Come to Warren, Rhode Island

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 9:36am 4/14/2011 at 9:36am

Last July I reported on the absurdity of federal Stimulus Plan money going to building miles of new sidewalks in Warren, Rhode Island, in areas where few people walked.

Last November, I reported on the fact that the unnecessary new sidewalks were built improperly.

Now I can report that fixing the unnecessary improperly built sidewalks...

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The “Rant Heard ‘Round The World” Gets Better With Time

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 9:22am 2/24/2011 at 9:22am

Thanks to Instapundit. for reminding me that it was just two years ago that Rick Santelli fired off the Rant Heard ‘Round The World:

It gets better with time, and applies equally to the public sector unions which expect taxpayers to subsidize pensions and benefits which the taxpayers themselves do not have.

Santelli...

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Before We Spend $53 Billion On High-Speed Rail, Can We Get Low-Speed Rail To Run On Time?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:20pm 2/16/2011 at 5:20pm

Florida Governor Rick Scott has rejected Stimulus funds for the beginnings of a high speed rail system in Florida, claiming the proposed rail system was unnecessary and wasteful. 

These stimulus funds were just a part of what the Obama administration hopes will be

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Can You Believe It, They Screwed Up The Sidewalks

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 1:36pm 11/6/2010 at 1:36pm

In the rush to find “shovel ready” projects at which to throw stimulus money, the feds funded a sidewalk project in Warren, Rhode Island, one town over from where I live.

I featured this project in my post in early July, Miles of Sidewalks, and Empty Stores:

Warren, Rhode Island, has new sidewalks...

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I Beat Obama By 22 Months

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7:40pm 10/13/2010 at 7:40pm

Barack H. Obama, September 2010, as reported by The New York Times (h/t HotAir) on October 12, 2010 (emphasis mine):

During our hour together, Obama told me he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency. But he did identify what he called “tactical lessons.” He let himself look too much like...

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Demonizer-In-Chief Upset People Demonize Him

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 6, 2010 at 9:35pm 9/6/2010 at 9:35pm

Obama’s line, in his Labor Day speech in Milwaukee before union leaders and a union crowd, that “[t]hey talk about me like a dog,” is getting all the attention.

But you really need to read the entire speech.  It is classic Obama, living in a time warp, declaring that unions are the past...

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Great News – Gov’t To Lose Money On GM IPO

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 10:13am 9/4/2010 at 10:13am

The announcement that General Motors would sell shares in an initial public offering was greeted as vindication for the federal government bailout of GM.  The IPO would be a way to pay back taxpayers and even to generate a profit for the government.

But it is...

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Rhode Island Uses Emergency Education Funds To Plug Budget Gap

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 2:28pm 9/1/2010 at 2:28pm

The much ballyhooed mini-Stimulus passed in August to help avoid teacher layoffs already was in trouble because many school districts were sitting on the money rather than hiring teachers.

Now the Republican Governor of Rhode Island, Donald Carcieri, has gone one step further, using the funds to plug a budget gap, as reported...

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America “May Have” Won 3.3 Million Jobs!

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 10:54am 8/25/2010 at 10:54am

The credibility of the Congressional Budget Office suffered a grievous blow during the health care debate when the CBO was forced by Harry Reid to “score” Obamacare using preposterous and plainly contrived assumptions in order to keep the cost estimates below a trillion dollars.

Now, the CBO is damaging itself some more...

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The Second Time As Farce

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 5:22pm 8/18/2010 at 5:22pm

NY Times:

As schools handed out pink slips to teachers this spring, states made a beeline to Washington to plead for money for their ravaged education budgets. But now that the federal government has come through with $10 billion, some...

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From The “Democrats Wouldn’t Dare” File

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 10:08am 8/5/2010 at 10:08am

Nothing would surprise me anymore.

Some are expecting an “August Surprise” in which Democrats would propose that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac write off hundreds of billions in mortgage debt owed by people who are under water (i.e., they owe more than the house is worth).

Call it the Mother of All Walking...

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The Ultimate Walking Around Money

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 7:00am 8/4/2010 at 7:00am

John McCain and John Cornyn Tom Coburn have just released a devastating report on the 100 most wasteful stimulus projects, titled Summertime Blues.

Being someone who has taken an unnatural interest in Stimulus-funded sidewalks, I searched the report, and sure enough found this:

10. Town Replaces New Sidewalks With Newer Sidewalks...

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So We’re Buying A Sidewalk To Heaven

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 4:49pm 7/25/2010 at 4:49pm

Thanks to a reader from Rhode Island for sending photos of another multi-million dollar sidewalk project in our humble unit-of-measurement state.

You will recall my now-classic post about the miles of sidewalks leading from Warren, Rhode Island, to the Massachusetts state line, Miles of Sidewalks, and Empty Stores.

I have not observed this...

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Pension System “Choking The State”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:40pm 7/20/2010 at 12:40pm

Those are not my words. Those are the words of Democratic Rhode Island General Treasurer, and candidate for Governor, Frank Caprio.

As reported by The Providence Journal:

Within a year, the taxpayer cost of provid...

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Blood Pressure Friday

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 16, 2010 at 4:45am 7/16/2010 at 4:45am

It really is frustrating to hear Obama administration officials tout 3 million jobs saved or created.

How many of those jobs did several miles of sidewalks in Warren, Rhode Island, save or create?

Now that the project is over, the jobs are gone. But you still count them.

And you will count them a...

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Miles of New Sidewalks, and Empty Stores

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 1:30pm 7/6/2010 at 1:30pm
Warren, Rhode Island, has new sidewalks from the center of town down Rte 103 to the Massachusetts border,...
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Is Paul Krugman Heartless, Clueless or Confused (Pick Only One)?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 5, 2010 at 8:36am 7/5/2010 at 8:36am

Paul Krugman reserved July 4 for what must be a deliberate deception, Punishing the Jobless, on the issue of extending unemployment benefits, which recently failed to pass the Senate.

Krugman blames Republicans, whom he terms “heartless”:

By the heartless, I mean Republicans who have made the cynical calculation that blocking anything President Obama...

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