I just got this in email.
Subject: Hurricane Irene Reveals Regulatory Waste
I just received my Dec-Jan “Vermont Property Owners Report” and within its pages is this little nugget of information:
“Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced Oct 31. that the state’s estimate for repairing state roads and bridges (not including local roads) had been drastically reduced, from an earlier estimate of $620 million to a cost of between $175 million and $250 million.”
And then later on in the same article:
“Transportation officials said the lower repair estimates came about because the state found that emergency repairs had been accomplished more cheaply without the planning and permitting costs that accompany normal road projects. Because a state of emergency had been declared, repair efforts were accomplished without such things as utility relocation, environmental mitigation, surveys, municipal coordination and legal proceedings.”
AMAZING what can be accomplished and at what REDUCED COST without all of the RED TAPE!!!
Imagine what all of the red tape costs us in reduced productivity and taxes!!!! A savings of 60-70% in road building costs…
Thank you IRENE for revealing what can be done in an EMERGENCY and what should be done EVERY DAY.
Dec 2, 2011: Meredith Parente peacefully distributes life saving literature to women outside of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania Liberty Avenue. She now finds herself the subject of a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice.
Similar to David Hamilton, Scott Retta, and Mary Pine, she is being prosecuted under the federal FACE Act. The Government is seeking to keep Ms. Parente an additional 25 feet away from the already existing 15 foot buffer zone. If that’s not enough, they also want Ms. Parente to pay over $25,000 in damages and fines.
We will continue to report on the Obama administration’s egregious abuse of power under the FACE Act until there is an end the persecution of peaceful prolife sidewalk counselors. If you want to help LLDF defend people like Ms. Parente, you can make a donation today.
Check this out!
Nancy Pelosi says she wants to disclose information about Newt Gingrich from when she was on the ethics committee.
First of all I’d like to thank Speaker Pelosi for what I regard as an early Christmas gift. If she’s suggesting she’s gonna use material she developed while she was on the ethics committee, that is a fundamental violation of the rules of the House and I would hope members would immediately file charges against her the second she does it.
Video of Newt’s full response at http://www.therightscoop.com/newt-fires-back-at-pelsoi-bring-it-on/
I’m liking this guy more and more.
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection says,
I posted yesterday the spot on article by Byron York, The insider-outsider divide over Newt Gingrich, which delves into the great divide between Washington Republican political players (politicians and media) who have their noses out of joint over Newt because he was mean to them in the 1990s, and the general Republican electorate which remembers the glory days of the takeover of the House, the Contract with America, balanced budgets, and welfare reform.
There is a disbelief how a Tea Party-motivated electorate could support an “insider” like Newt, particularly an insider who did not make many friends in the Republican party and media.
I think the question answers itself. Newt is not seen as beholden to anyone, and that is what makes his insider status non-toxic, and a plus. He’s the insider who is on the outs with the insiders.
This story really touched me!
As you know, I have 2 kids deployed right now. Hand-made things from strangers mean SO MUCH to them. My dd sent us an anniversary card, a beautiful little piece of scrappy art, that was hand-made by http://operationwritehome.org/. She said it was her new favorite support-the-troops group. The card was truly lovely … it took some serious time to make it. My husband and I were very touched and uplifted that someone who’d never hear or know what happened to her art went to that much trouble so some soldier could send it to a loved one.
Go to http://www.operationgratitude.com/ for a list of things that are good (or bad) to send to soldiers. Operation Gratitude is a tax exempt organization and welcomes monetary donations to help them pay for the postage/packing expenses – about $15 per package this year. Their Holiday Drive is underway. For more about happy hookers, including patterns (crochet, knit, sew), go to http://www.operationgratitude.com/2010/08/05/scarf-hat-cool-tie-project-details-materials-size-patterns/