South Carolina Citizen Journal

June 29, 2011

U.S. cost of war at least $3.7 trillion and counting

Filed under: Economy, Federal — NotforHire @ 1:37 pm

According to this Reuter’s article, the cost of U.S. wars could reach 4.4 trillion dollars.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/29/us-usa-war-idUSTRE75S25320110629

September 29, 2009

Governor’s office takes stimulus money

Filed under: Ethics, Federal, Sanford, South Carolina — NotforHire @ 5:47 am

I am curious to know what the Governor’s office is doing with the $13.9 million in stimulus money that it took.

Anybody? Bueller?

And the Lt. Governor’s office took $419,000? Can we get an accounting for this 14 million dollars?

September 26, 2009

Wind Turbine Test Facility

Filed under: Economy, Energy, Environment, Federal, South Carolina, U.S. Congress — NotforHire @ 7:47 am

South Carolina is “in a race” for a 45 million dollar test facility for super size wind turbines to be funded by the federal government. Other states on the track are Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Michigan.

Oh, to win this race. It is imperative that South Carolina become energy independent as soon as possible, and such a facility could act as a catapult in that direction.¬† But I wonder which state will win the race. Do we really think it will be the state from which a congressman(and I do use that term loosely), at a joint session of our nation’s congress, shouted out “you lie” at the chief executive?

Though it would be a really great thing for our state, I am not holding my breath.

September 10, 2009

Joe Wilson

Filed under: Education, Ethics, Federal, South Carolina, U.S. Congress — NotforHire @ 8:00 am

Maybe next time he could throw a shoe. Maybe he could run naked through the chamber.

Maybe Mr. Wilson’s representation of our state should be reconsidered.

January 13, 2009

Sanford and the bailout

Filed under: Economy, Federal, Sanford — NotforHire @ 1:04 pm

Wait, somethings up with the economy? Really? I’m pretty sure, if we keep it quiet, no one will notice that the U.S. economy has been completely run into the ground.

Governor Sanford seems, with his recent statements against the huge federal bailouts, to perhaps be positioning himself for a run at the presidency. Well that is all fine and well for him as a citizen, but as Governor of our state what he needs to be doing is positioning us to get a good share of what will be coming down the pipeline from Washington. I’m not saying that I wholly disagree with his position- you can’t solve a debt problem with more debt, but the Democrats and the Republicans, who have shared power in this country for decades, and are both culpable¬† in creating this disaster, will certainly do their best to spend there way out of it.

So what the Governor(and the legislature) should be doing, instead of posturing against the inevitable, is coming up with a plan to use this money to transform our infrastructure to prepare us for what will surely be a tumultuous and challenging 21st century.

Hey, that, or we could just use all the money to repave all our roads a couple of times.

Sanford and the Unemployment Commission

Filed under: Bureaucracy, Federal, legislature, Sanford, South Carolina, Taxes — NotforHire @ 1:02 pm

Well, I have to hand it to our Governor. It was a joke, saying he would not request the federal money to fund our states unemployment commission, but it looks like he might be successful in getting the four person board eliminated and the director put directly under the executive branch. That’s not bad.

What needs to be looked at though is why the fund was losing money in 2007, and a proper funding formula put in place for the future.

January 7, 2009

Value of a Dollar

Filed under: Economy, Federal — NotforHire @ 10:44 am

Dollars. Greenbacks, Benjamins, bacon, bread, bucks, clams, smackers, simoleans, moolah, cold hard cash.

According to Niall Ferguson’s ‘The Ascent of Money’, since 1957, ‘the purchasing power of the dollar, relative to the consumer price index, has declined by a staggering 87 percent’.

Ah, holiday reading.

December 5, 2008

Federal Political Appointees

Filed under: Federal — NotforHire @ 2:02 pm

I read today that there are 600 political appointees working in the Pentagon.

Maybe that should be rolled back to, oh I don’t know, maybe ONE, the secretary of defense? This over insertion of appointees, and it is no doubt just as bad in all the other cabinet departments, surely is a drag on government efficiency.

November 25, 2008

Congressional Travel

Filed under: Federal, U.S. Congress — NotforHire @ 10:07 am

To those recently outraged by the Detroit automaker’s CEO’s recent travel by private jet to hearings in Washington, I say that what we need to look at is how much congress spends on travel and on housing.

I vaguely remember a news article when Nancy Pelosi first became speaker of the house, about her request for a larger plane so she and her entire staff could fly from coast to coast without refueling. It is time to put a limit on congressional travel and here are some initial recommendations, open for discussion:

ONE round trip first class ticket per senator and congressman per congressional session. If they want to travel their families then they are welcome to pay for it. This goes for congressional staff as well. Staff works in Washington as locals, and can pay for their own travel.

Housing should be limited to five thousand dollars a month, prorated for the time that congress is in session only. Again, congressional staff works in Washington as locals and receives no money for housing.

How much do we spend on each congressional office for staff salaries, travel and housing anyway? I sure would like to see those numbers.

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