Chrysler: Credit the Bankruptcy, Not the Bailout

“We received confirmation this morning…that Chrysler Group repaid, with interest, by wire transfer to the United States Treasury and by bank transfer to the Canadian government, every penny that had been loaned less than two years ago.” That simple statement by Chrysler (and Fiat) CEO Sergio Marchionne that Chrysler had paid off its taxpayer loans […]

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Is Plain Language the New Newspeak?

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” It may be a bit dramatic to quote the opening of George Orwell’s classic 1984, but there is something quite Orwellian about the effects of H.R.946 – a piece of legislation that passed last year without much division, and that is […]

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Schwarzenegger had mixed record on prison crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Even before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that California must drastically reduce its prison population, the state had begun taking steps to relieve severe overcrowding at the direction of a former actor-turned-governor who alternated roles between get-tough cop and social worker reformer. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger insisted in 2005 that […]

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Don’t Cut Defense to Fund State

It is no secret that when it comes to the use of power, the Obama Administration vastly prefers “soft” power to the military variety. In a recent article in Politico, Michael Clauser, executive vice president of the Society of National Security Professionals, writes that proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget will “reignite a key Washington […]

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Chicago Prepares for Global Warming Apocalypse

The City of Chicago is preparing for the absolute worst. No, it’s not the financial crunch they’re worried about. While cities across the country are considering closing libraries, cutting services and even pleading for bankruptcy in order to avoid economic Armageddon, the Windy City is preparing for a global-warming-induced environmental apocalypse. The New York Times reports […]

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