Debt ceiling increases by president. Why did Ronald Reagan hate America?
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule–and both commonly succeed, and are right… The United States has never developed an aristocracy really disinterested or an intelligentsia really intelligent. Its history is simply a record of vacillations between two gangs of frauds.~H.L. Mencken
The U.S. Secret Service does more than protect Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the agency also pays him rent.
Since April, Mr. Biden has collected more than $13,000 from the agency charged with protecting him and his family for use of a rental cottage adjacent to the waterfront home he owns in a Wilmington, Del., suburb.
Mr. Biden, listed not as vice president in federal purchasing documents but as a "vendor," is eligible for up to $66,000 by the time the government contract expires in the fall of 2013, the records show.
Officials say the arrangement came about when a previous tenant moved out of the cottage and the Secret Service moved in.
Edwin M. Donovan, special agent in charge at the Secret Service's Office of Government and Public Affairs in Washington, said the agency pays $2,200 in rent per-month, the same amount a previous tenant had paid before moving out.
We've been down this road before:
After angry callers kept insisting that the Secret Service is paying enough rent to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton (for space on their property in Chappaqua, N.Y.) to underwrite the Clintons' mortgage, we checked with the agency that protects presidents, former presidents and their families. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin told us that the agency is paying the Clintons only around $1,100 a month — a figure based on a government formula and the standard arrangement in such situations.
The right wing has a nonstop bullshit factory, but sometimes they just relabel old products.
July was Iraq's second-deadliest month of the year, with 259 Iraqis dying in violent attacks. "Iraq remains an extraordinarily dangerous place to work," said U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen. "It is less safe, in my judgment, than 12 months ago."
Thanks for the memories
Debt Ceiling Party Finally Shows Signs of Hazy Come Down
Oh look, Washington's McDebtpocalypsegeddon inferno dance party is finally winding down. Or is it? Can it actually be true? Here is Obama claiming that the fiesta keg is all but empty, and boy does he look tired/hungover/ like he made out with John Boehner a few more time than he wanted to. A deal! A debt deal has been reached. What sort of "party favors" will America take home from this particular congressional coke-n-hookers sleepover party binge?
Uh, let's see, spending cuts of about $2.4 trillion and a coupon for a bag of fried donut holes, everyone! "The result would be the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was president," Obama said. How about a return to Eisenhower-level taxes for the wealthy? No, the Democrats lost their balls and the Jell-O shots contest yet again. What else? Oh, America gets another bipartisan debt commission that everyone will ignore. Bad party favor, America gets one of those every year. Is there anything fun for the American people in the goody bag? No, just a little note that says, "the global economy will not collapse tomorrow, you're welcome."
Pending final passage, the agreement marked a dramatic reach across party lines that played out over six months and several rounds of negotiating, interspersed by periods of intense partisanship.
"Sometimes it seems our two sides disagree on almost everything," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in floor remarks.
"But in the end, reasonable people were able to agree on this: The United States could not take the chance of defaulting on our debt, risking a United States financial collapse and a world-wide depression."
Both Houses still have to vote on this, but as far as the markets are concerned, the Panic Is Over. Don't forget to sign the guestbook on the way out, etc etc. [AP]
Sarah Palin's favorable documentary "The Undefeated" tanked in box offices, bringing in just $5,200 last week. Not only are overall sales down, but in its third week, per-theater sales also plummeted 62 percent from $6,500/theater to just $1,762/theater.