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The High Cost Of Unemployment

The High Cost Of Unemployment

As Congress continues to dither over extending long term benefits for the unemployed, the human cost continues to mount. Numerous articles, including some here at The Fiscal Times, have documented the economic damage that long-term unemployment and the loss of federal benefits has done to jobless workers. But the damage is not all economic. Unemployment […]

April 1, 2014 / More... ( comments)

GM’s Faulty Ignition Switch Could Have Been Fixed For 57 Cents

“I am deeply sorry,” said the new CEO of General Motors to a congressional panel. CEO Mary Barra has testified in a congressional hearing today saying that she was disturbed by past GM comments that the cost of replacing defective switches in some cars was too high. ‘I am deeply sorry,’ Barra said at the […]

April 1, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Republican Benghazi Probe Cost Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars

Let’s hope conservative fiscal hawks who also hate President Obama and think he and Hillary Clinton killed four Americans in Benghazi are happy with the money spent to find out nothing. The Pentagon said Tuesday that its work to comply with the six congressional investigations into the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, has cost […]

March 26, 2014 / More... ( comments)

You’ve Seen One Republican Rep, You’ve Seen Them All

It has long been a well known axiom in Washington that Republicans have much better party discipline than Democrats.  The recent battles between the Tea Party and the “establishment” has called that into question.  Ryan O’Donnell explains that it shouldn’t. If you only take away one thing from this graph, it should be that the […]

March 18, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Congress Has Worked 28 Days Out Of 69 So Far In 2014

There have been 69 days in 2014 so far. Congress has worked 28 of them. http://t.co/xmNdycCraT — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 10, 2014 Repost This Article Now read this:Sebelius For Senate? (Apr 16, 2014) David Koch: 50-50 Chance Republicans Take Back Senate (Apr 13, 2014) Meet The Republican Candidate For Governor Who’s A Sex Offender […]

March 10, 2014 / More... ( comments)

President Takes Last Stab At Warming Relations With Congress

Outreach to Congress has been the focus of a new White House initiative that the administration helps will advance his legislative agenda. Under the direction of new legislative affairs director and longtime Senate operative Katie Beirne Fallon, Obama’s weekly schedule now includes time for phone calls to lawmakers. Members are getting more invitations to fly […]

March 8, 2014 / More... ( comments)

America’s Longest-Ever-Serving Congressman To Retire

That would be Dearborn’s John Dingell. Dingell, 87, told the Free Press that he’d reached the decision to retire at the end of his current term — his 29th full one — rather than run for re-electon because it was time, given a list of achievements that any other member of Congress would envy, and […]

February 24, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Republican Congressman Threatens To Defund Obama’s Vacations

Appearing with Jeanine Pirro on Fox News, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy responded to the question, “Can anything be done to stop President Obama’s power grab?” by saying, among other things, that Congress would use the power of the purse to take money away from the president’s vacations. GOWDY: We are not going it fund your […]

February 20, 2014 / More... ( comments)

101-Year-Old Florida Man Running For Congress

Joe Newman says he has the experience necessary to be a congressman. Newman is competing for Florida’s 16th Congressional District; fighting for Vern Buchanan’s seat. After living for 101-years, Newman has seen what this country is capable of and he believes Congress can do much better. It can be said that experience is the greatest […]

February 19, 2014 / More... ( comments)

NJ Congressman Rush Holt To Retire

One of the brightest members of Congress is, sadly, not running for reelection. Mr. Holt is perhaps most popularly known as the five-time “Jeopardy!” champion who later won a celebrity round against Watson, the IBM supercomputer. In and around Princeton, where he had been assistant director of the Plasma Physics Laboratory, bumper stickers on Priuses […]

February 18, 2014 / More... ( comments)

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