For all of 2007, the big three network newscasts devoted 1,157 minutes for the war in Iraq. Halfway through 2008, they’ve offered up a meager 181 minutes. Instead, the mainstream media inflates generic non-issues into The Most Pressing News Story of the Week. The latest hullabaloo is over one sentence by Gen. Wesley Clark, during an interview with Bob Schieffer:”Well I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”To which ol’ Bob startles and blurts out: “Really?!” (more…)
-> Electoral Compass USA: analyzes your position on “the issues” compared to the presidential candidates.
Issue : Candidate I’m closet to
Gun control: Obama
Income: tie Obama/Clinton
National Security: Richardson
Law and order: tie Obama/Paul
1. Barack Obama
2. John Edwards
3. tie Bill Richardson / Hillary Clinton
1. Fred Thompson
2. Mike Huckabee
3. Mitt Romney
Speaking of Obama, he recently co-led a bipartisan effort to make government spending more transparent by founding USA Spending.Gov. The massive website allows anyone easy access to all federal spending records with unprecedented openness & detail.It allows me to discover, for example, that in my Ohio district (#13) the single largest contract in 2007 was from the Department of Veterans Affairs for $56.2M awarded — after open competition and 4 competing bids — to Microtechnologies LLC to perform “automatic data processing and telecom services.” I also learned that the Department of the Interior paid Envirocom Construction $455k to replace an aqueduct and that General Services Administration paid Jeter Systems a nice $243k for furniture.
Nationally, the Lockheed Martin Corporation scored biggest in 2007, snagging $24.5 billion, or 7.6% of the federal budget. Those bastards at KBR Inc. weaseled their way into a mere $3.9B.
It was also interesting to compare states — noting, for example, that Virginia has 2.6% of the US population but gets 9.8% of all federal money; not surprisingly, Maryland (home to Lockheed Martin) & D.C. (home to Matt Shiraki) also fare well. New York is the biggest loser, home to 6.4% of Americans but only getting 2.6% of the payout pie; Illinois and Michigan follow behind NY.