6:21 PM, Apr 4, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
At a Democratic National Committee fund raising event in Atherton, California Thursday morning, President Obama declared that the United States government still needs to get its fiscal house in order:
We still waste money in all kinds of things that don't work, and we have the capacity to shift those dollars into things that do work and that will grow our economy. And we can reduce our deficit, stabilize our debt, and do so without sacrificing the kinds of investments that are going to be required to grow.
During his remarks, the president spoke of the need to invest in education, meet environmental challenges, catch up on "$2 trillion in deferred maintenance," invest in science and research, and invest in new energy sources of the future.
He did not cite any specific examples of how the government is currently wasting money.
7:25 PM, Aug 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Just before breaking away for summer recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 26-3 to approve $61.3 million in spending to fix the Capitol Dome. Only 3 senators on the almost 30-person body voted against the measure.
8:29 AM, Apr 24, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Until last week, Mitt Romney had trouble getting potential voters to care so much that they would crawl over ground glass to get to the polling station and vote for him. But now, the man and moment may have come together, thanks to employees of the General Services Administration and the Secret Service.
Every picture tells a story.9:16 PM, Apr 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The 411,618 square foot Solyndra building in Fremont, California has been put on the market:
4:28 PM, Apr 18, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A clown and mindreader stood in front of Senate office buildings, passing out their resumes to employees of the Government Services Administration (GSA), who were on Capitol Hill to testify, and asking the embattled government bureaucrats for jobs.
11:33 AM, Apr 17, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In times past, government "service" was the career choice for people who didn't really believe in fun. Or had never had much practice at it, anyway. The federal bureaucrat, back then, dressed gray and thought in columns of figures. The kind with many, many zeroes. Washington, D.C., in those days, was a dreary town famously described by John F. Kennedy as a place of "Northern charm and Southern efficiency."
Harrisburg’s waste to energy to bankruptcy sagaOct 31, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 07 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
On October 12, Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy. The move took most of America by surprise—
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