Monthly Archives: June 2008

>Bixby on Fiscal Sustainability

>While reading the testimony of Robert L. Bixby of the Concord Coalition, I came across the following quote: Some people may believe that the federal government should both tax and spend at about 18 percent of the GDP, while others … Continue reading

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>Update: Mugabe wins!

>Mugabe has been sworn in for another term as Zimbabwe’s President. I think the most amusing part of this is that he invited his opponent, who was forced out of the running due to violence against his supporters, to his … Continue reading

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>Zimbabwe, sham elections and hyperinflation

>Zimbabwe held sham elections today. They’re not even trying. People are instructed to copy down the serial number of their ballot so it can be verified that they voted for the country’s dictator, Robert Mugabe. Those who cannot prove they … Continue reading

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>WMATA Budget – Fare increase in 2010?

>According to the budget approved yesterday (PDF – see attachment B), WMATA is relying on $35.8 million dollars collected in the first half of 2008 to balance the budget for fiscal year 2009 (July 2009-July 2010). Unfortunately, that same idea … Continue reading

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>When you have bad news, ignore it

>If a Supreme Court ruling doesn’t go your way, and the regulatory agency tries to tell you that CO2 is a pollutant, you can always just ignore the problem and it will go away: The White House in December refused … Continue reading

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>New PARP Request

>I have made a new Public Access to Records Policy (PARP) request of WMATA: Presentations, reports, memoranda or other documents presented to the WMATA Board, any subcommittee of the board, or to WMATA management concerning the effort to incorporate WMATA … Continue reading

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>Response from WMATA regarding operating surpluses

>I wrote to WMATA asking what happens if there is an operating surplus (more revenues that expected, not more revenues than costs), for example from the fares collected from the record ridership they’ve been having. From the presentation before the … Continue reading

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