Americans can give thanks this holiday season for an end to the reckless and destructive 111th Congress.
This is the Congress that passed Obamacare — against the wishes of a substantial majority of the public — on Christmas Eve last year. In the dead of night, Democratic lawmakers stuffed the monstrous 2,700-plus page bill with special-interest goodies and political payoffs such as the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase.
Treasurer Bill Lockyer raised eyebrows last week by arguing in a newspaper column that “California isn’t broken,” but it is not allaying the fears of the state’s hard-pressed taxpayers. If California’s top financial official is in deep denial about the state’s precarious situation, then it is time for the rest of us to be very concerned indeed.
What: Reported in the 2009 Federal Real Property Report that the number of underused buildings grew 4 percent in 2009, while the amount it costs agencies to operate buildings with underused areas increased 63 percent to $1.66 billion.
You could tell as much from the contrast between his petulant postelection press conference and his peppy pre-Christmas press conference. In the former he was crabby about accepting Republicans' demands that income tax rates on all taxpayers not be raised.