Washington Policy Laid Bare

Many of us have feared this for many years.

And here it is.

It’s in a letter from the Congressional Budget Office to Wyoming Senator Judd Gregg, and it makes clear that the federal government plans to take from the working (actually, the grandchildren of the working, since we’re talking deficit spending) and give to the “underemployed.”

A dollar’s worth of a temporary tax cut would have a smaller effect on GDP than a dollar’s worth of direct purchases or transfers, because a significant share of the tax …

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Government Unions Distort Facts in RJ Ad

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This Sunday, page 5B of the Review Journal was a full-page ad, paid for by a consortium of local government unions apparently stung by the growing public awareness of how they pillage taxpayers. Bear in mind – no actual government workers were involved in the ad, just the government unions.

The five highest-paid Chamber employees are compared with two high-paid (not highest) government employees and three average pay figures.

The ad pitches more money and benefits for government union members by suggesting …

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$500K in school funding up in smoke

This will make you sick:

“I don’t know what their ultimate qualifications are. I just know they cost us $15.76 an hour right now,” said Paul Gerner, associate superintendent for the school district’s facilities division.

During the last school year, the district spent almost half a million dollars on fire guards.

Channel 13 Action News broke the story. You can bet it wasn’t Jim Rogers’ channel 3!

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Nevada makes The Economist (look bad)

From the latest issue of “The Economist” magazine:

Nevada has long been a low-tax, low-services state. But its culture is changing. The working-class Latinos who have moved there, often from California, are less libertarian and keener on public services than older whites. In November voters in Reno and Las Vegas approved an increase in hotel taxes to pay for schools. They also handed control of the state Senate to Democrats for the first time since 1993. The new political majority will need to keep the state …

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Charged Appetitie

I have always said the only sure thing that comes from overfeeding government is that you increase government’s appetite for more money.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal noted the same phenomenon:

The states with the biggest deficits tend to be the most profligate. California has by far the biggest gap — $40 billion — thanks in part to a 40% increase in spending over the last five years. Arizona, Florida and Nevada also have deficits of roughly 20% of their operating budget; each of these states …

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Nevada Economy

Here’s the fourth quarter 2008 “Nevada Economy In Brief” published by the Nevada Employment Security Department.

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