October 2009

Kelo Protection

There is a fair amount of angst regarding Prop 11, designed to address the very real problems presented by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo v New London decision. In that case, the Supreme Court eviscerated our property rights by allowing local government to take...

Strong Fumes Cost Taxpayers

Potter County officials may have spent too much time researching the object of their latest desire. Exposure to heavy fumes is the only way one can reasonably explain the purchase of $450 per gallon paint. Potter County commissioners instructed Facilities Director...

Wentworth’s Award for Appropriating

It is one thing for legislators to get an award they’ve earned — such as the Taxpayer Champion and Advocate Awards we present to those working to protect our economy. But it’s more than a little unseemly when a group created, and funded, by...

Embarking On Waste

The news in the past 24 hours highlights the contradictions unfolding in the debate over the nationalization of health care. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) persisted in his call for the ineptly named “public option” though he suggested this...

Carona: Tax First?

Just how out of touch must one be to advocate a 50-percent hike in gasoline taxes in the midst of the worst recession in 60 years? And just how ridiculous is it to suggest that a tax hike is “the only near-term answer” to solving a government problem? One...

Stimulus $ tracking: does anyone care?

“A Houston Chronicle review of the federal government’s distribution of $787 billion in economic stimulus money approved by Congress found that the highly touted Web site designed to let the public know how much of their tax money is going to their home...