Posts Tagged ‘Michael Coleman’


June 17, 2009


Back in March, President Obama traveled around the country warning Americans that America might not survive unless his $787 billion Stimulus bill was passed.  So are we better off since Obama & Co passed their “New Deal”?   The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 345,000 jobs had been lost in the month of May, and that unemployment increased to 9.4 percent.  

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a report highlighting “100 examples of questionable stimulus projects.”

The White House criticized the conservative senator’s report and flatly denied all but a few claims of waste.  I guess Obama should’ve have read his bill before signing it!  I don’t think Americans can handle 3-1/2 more years of all this hope and change.

• $2 billion earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL
• $39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout
• $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)
• $200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities
• $275 million for flood prevention
• $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries
• $650 million for the DTV transition coupon program
• $307 million for constructing NIST office buildings
• $1 billion for administrative costs and construction of NOAA office buildings
• $100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings
• $300 million for constructing FBI office buildings
• $800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities
• $10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners
• $1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)
• $100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program
• $10 million for urban canals
• $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars
• $1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)
• $300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees
• $198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters
• $255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)
• $500 million for State and local fire stations
• $180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities
• $500 million for wildland fire management
• $110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
• $522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
• $650 million for abandoned mine sites
• $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution
• $1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth
• $412 million for CDC headquarters
• $500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD
• $160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service
• $750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD
• $224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico
• $850 million for Amtrak
• $100 million for lead paint hazard reduction

Congratulations! You bought a congressman a Lexus!

June 1, 2009



Have you ever wondered how your tax dollars are being spent?  While you’re cutting back on every expense to find a way to save for retirement, pay for your children’s education, and put food on the table, you’ll be happy to know that some people are still living large: United States congressmen are livin’ it up on the expense account.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) dug through the volumes of expenses charged to the taxpayer-funded accounts of United States congressman. A couple of highlights:

Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings spent $24,730 in taxpayer money last year to lease a 2008 luxury Lexus hybrid sedan.

Ohio Rep. Michael Turner expensed a $1,435 digital camera.

Eni Faleomavaega, the House delegate from American Samoa, bought two 46-inch Sony TVs.

Rep. Howard Berman expensed $84,000 worth of personalized calendars, printed by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, for his constituents.

Travel is another big cost center, with many lawmakers claiming funds for commercial air or train travel to and from their district, and for mileage on their cars or personal planes while they are there.

Around 100 lawmakers lease cars using their official allowances. The majority lease American cars. Sport-utility vehicles, such as Ford Escapes and Chevy Tahoes, are among the most popular choices.

Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana paid $20,000 for a 2009 lease on a Toyota Highlander, a hybrid SUV.

Rahm Emanuel, who resigned from his Illinois congressional seat in January to become President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, recorded a $33,000 printing expense in the fourth quarter. An aide to Mr. Emanuel said it was for an official mailing sent to every household in his district.

Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat, spent $2,793 on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop, which is marketed to the military, in September, about three months before he lost his re-election bid in a December runoff.

Rep. Tim Mahoney, a Florida Democrat, include an $11,000 payment on his House-issued credit card to cover airfare for him and an aide incurred in September, with the line “A/F Mahoney/Mitchell.”

If lawmakers don’t seek reimbursement for all of their allowance money for the year, the remainder doesn’t roll over to the next year, but stays with the Treasury.  Treasury?  I guess nobody wants their money to end up in the hands of tax cheat Tim Geithner!

Date Night For The Enchanted Couple..

June 1, 2009


“As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan’s theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills,” RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said in an “RNC Research Piece.”


GM’s reorganization………………..$   30 billion

GM’s Debt……………$ 172 billion                                      

Air Force One to New York for 1 Night………………..$ 100,000.00

To Never Hear Obama Say “Inherited” Again…………..priceless


Columbus Blue Jackets Need Bailout!

May 28, 2009
The owners of the money-losing Columbus Blue Jackets want a tax increase on beer, wine and cigarettes to underwrite a county takeover of the arena where they play.

Such a move would defy the will of local voters who repeatedly rejected public financing of the facility built by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Get the full story from our newspaper affiliate, Business First

The prospect of significant tax hikes also has touched off a battle between financial backers of the Blue Jackets and beer brewer Anheuser-Busch, which operates one of its 12 U.S. breweries in the city.

The company’s president flew to Columbus on Thursday for meetings with Gov. Ted Strickland and leaders of the Ohio Legislature. The team wants the proposal inserted into the budget that starts July 1.

This news comes just days after Mayor Michael Coleman  announced that 297 police officers will be laid off if the voters do not pass his proposed tax increases.   Among those to be laid off will be the 25 officers President Obama used in his photo op. to sell everybody on his spending package. 
The only thing this administration is capable of doing is tax and spend.  We may have to wait until 2012 for our stimulation!

It’s Vacation Time For Mayor Coleman And We Are Paying For It!!

May 12, 2009




By Denise Yost
Managing Editor,
Published: May 11, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio—There’s no question the City of Columbus is suffering in uncertain economic times.
Every dollar spent is being examined, including business trips overseas.
Toward the beginning of the nation’s economic decline, the mayor and other city workers traveled to Israel to visit our sister city in an effort to bring tech jobs to Columbus.
Mayor Michael Coleman and his chief of staff were sponsored by the Jewish Federation and went free of charge, but two other city workers also went, using thousands of taxpayer dollars.
Tonight, NBC 4‘s Matt Alvarez gets answers directly from the mayor about the trip.
The City of Columbus has a current budget shortfall of $16 million and that budget crunch has lead to cuts in yard waste pick-up, to shuttering rec centers, from furloughs to hiring freezes. Now, there’s a move to raise taxes.

“The consequence of not achieving this tax will be devastating for our community,“ Coleman said.

Against that dramatic backdrop, the mayor has also worked to drum up business for the city and it has led to a trip nearly halfway around the world. But has the benefit of this mission justified the cost?

In April of last year, the mayor, his chief of staff, as well as education and business leaders traveled to Israel to see if technology companies in the region could bring business and jobs to Columbus.

We sifted through the records of the trade mission. Here’s what we found:

The mayor and chief of staff were sponsored by the Jewish Federation, but two development department employees went to Israel for advance work and the trip costing you, the taxpayer, $21,000.

“First of all, the reason we went to Israel is because it is a marketplace that is expanding technology and are focused on new products,“ Coleman said.

The mayor points to the following developments:

A major Central Ohio company says this trip has resulted in product development that is likely to result in millions of dollars of new lines.

Also, Columbus is marketing an Israeli electronic medical records company that is looking for a city in the U.S. to land.

The mayor also says there’s momentum building in the region to develop an investment fund to help attract businesses from Israel to Columbus.

In addition to that, a technology-based business incubator is also considering a move.

But it’s been more than a year since the mayor’s trip, and so far, lots of interest and speculation, but not a lot of jobs.

“I’m telling you, there’s a company that says there’s several product lines that will generate millions of dollars and jobs and opportunities in this community,“ Coleman said.

The mayor went on to say, it takes time to move international companies to Columbus. He also says due to the city’s current economic situation, he turned down two other International Trade Mission trips—one to Saudi Arabia, the other to China.

“We gotta fight for every job even if it’s international. Will I ever go to Israel again for the purpose of bringing jobs to the city of Columbus? Yes I will,“ Coleman said.

NBC 4 has learned Monday that an Israeli company that produces surgical items is outsourcing some jobs to Central Ohio—specifically Bridgehead Solutions will have gained ten jobs because of the mayor’s trip to the Middle East.

Below is a copy of the trip costs:

Business Mission to Israel

Planning Trip:
Airfare   $1,329.70
Partial – Living Expenses     $652.15
Ground Package   $2,992.00
International Cell phone     $115.00
Total Planning Trip:     $5,088.85

Airfare       $1,329.70
Ground Package   $2,980.12
Total Planning Trip:   $4,309.82

Total Planning Trip:   $9,398.67

Business Mission:

Airfare   $1,481.70
Ground Package   $3,583.00
Meal Allowance/Misc   $1,256.17
International Cell Phone     $105.07
Total Business Mission:   $6,425.94

Airfare   $1,647.70
Ground Package   $3,583.00
Cell Phone/misc.     $205.36
Total Business Mission:   $5,436.06

Total Business Mission: $11,862.00

Total Planning & Business Mission: $21,260.67

Who are the lucky 10??  Maybe they are 1 of the 1,500 teenagers Obama promised would have jobs this summer…

Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to a 25-year high in March as the state continued to lose jobs amid the recession, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said reported in April.
The state’s unemployment rate increased from a revised 9.5 percent in February to 9.7 percent last month, the highest rate since April 1984, department spokesman Brian Harter said.

Maybe Mayor Coleman is still star struck from his meeting with the anointed one!!  WAKE UP MIKE!!!