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Friday, August 28, 2015

Posts Tagged ‘government’

The County Commissioners Column

The County Commissioners Column

April is National County Government Month By: Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III People often are unaware of the roles county government plays in their everyday lives. Often people think cities and counties perform the same functions, and in some areas they do, however there are many functions counties provide both inside and outside city limits. As county commissioners we have heard people tell us they don’t live in the county, they live in one of our wonderful cities or ... Full Story

Why Civility Matters

Why Civility Matters

By: Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson I’m getting to the age where I can look back on several decades of public service and talk about the “good old days.” Old lawmakers love to talk about what the legislature used to be like when they served. A favorite topic is the lack of civility in today’s government and public discourse. While the lack of civility certainly isn’t new, we ought to be concerned about it today because it hampers progress on difficult issues and has a ... Full Story

Park Rangers speak out

Park Rangers speak out

Anonymous Park Rangers Speak Up by Land of Enchantment We have been recently treated to the Congressman who told a Park Ranger in DC that she should be ashamed of herself. (Because of the government shutdown he and his party had worked so hard to bring down upon us all!) She did not have the liberty to mouth off at his small-minded, mean-spirited willful ignorance. The National Parks Conservation Association has just released a video which shares the words of Park Rangers. Turns ... Full Story

Tea Party’s Biggest Mistake

Tea Party’s Biggest Mistake

The Tea Party Republicans' Biggest Mistake: Confusing Government with Our System of Government By Robert Reich (about the author) Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama and a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act, has just changed his tune. He now says: "My primary focus is on minimizing risk of insolvency and bankruptcy. There are many paths you can take to get there. Socialized medicine is just one of the component parts of our debt and deficits that put us at financial ... Full Story

How is the sequester affecting federal agencies?

  How is the sequester affecting federal agencies? The government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester took effect on March 1, forcing $85 billion in budget reductions by the end of September. The federal workforce faces furloughs, hiring freezes, and reduced overtime. Agencies say the cuts will mean reduced government services. Initial effects include closing of contract airport towers and longer customs lines, but other reductions will materialize in coming months. ... Full Story

The “Makers” are really the

The “Makers” are really the “Takers”

    16 Giant Corporations That Have Basically Stopped Paying Taxes -- While Also Cutting Jobs! It's a golden age for corporate profits. So why don't our biggest corporations pay more taxes?   By Paul Bucheit The brackets are set for the big dance — the dance around tax responsibility. Most of the teams are in the bottom bracket. In this league, the lowest score wins. Outside the stadium our nation's kids and seniors and low-income mothers may be dealing ... Full Story

Sequester-Pain for the neediest of our society

Sequester-Pain for the neediest of our society

    The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot By Robert Reich   Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public's business, and to sow distrust among the population. Imagine further that the plotters infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread big lies about the government. Finally, imagine they not ... Full Story

The Koch Brothers Empire: ruling America

The Koch Brothers Empire: ruling America

    Inside The Koch Empire: How The Brothers Plan To Reshape America   This story appears in the December 24, 2012 issue of Forbes. A man who, by FORBES’ careful measure, is one of the 50 most powerful people in the world, one of the 20 wealthiest–and one of the dozen most vilified–is perpetually in a position to reflect. But given it’s Charles Koch’s 77th birthday, the calendar demands it. Especially with the presidential election that Charles has ... Full Story

Investing in Progress

Investing in Progress

              By Josh Knauer As a software entrepreneur, I find it ironic to see people going online to rail against taxes and government spending. The Internet grew from government research financed by earlier generations of taxpayers. So did computers, GPS technology and many other technologies we take for granted today. The Global Positioning System (GPS) we access from our phones, computers and cars was developed and is still ... Full Story

Poor who owe child support could lose federal benefits

Poor who owe child support could lose federal benefits

                Poor who owe child support could lose federal benefits        By Associated Press, Thousands of poor and disabled men stand to lose their only income next year because of a change in government policy that will allow states to seize every dollar of federal benefits from people who owe back child support.Previously, states could capture only 65 percent of benefits from people who opted to be ... Full Story

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