The first two official entries in the More Room Through Coach Link Contest are Timatollah and Deep Thoughts. Get your links in.
Blogging has been light the last couple of days because, since I last posted, I had to give a talk about health policy in Charlottesville, attend the annual reunion of Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows, and pick up my new dog. I should return to normal blogging on Monday.
Your tax dollars workin’ it. U.S. Army personnel have used government-travel charge cards at strip clubs, for Internet gambling, to buy cars, an engagement ring, racetrack betting, and even Elvis photos from Graceland. The strip clubs were even used to $38,000 in cash. The Army processed all travel card applications it received — denying credit to no one.
This morning I called for the ouster of Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta because of the failures of the Transportation Security Administration which fall under his department’s jurisdiction. This afternoon, John Magaw, head of the TSA itself, was forced out. He’s a scapegoat. As I indicated this morning, Mineta’s comments that are hostile to the civil liberties of Americans and indifferent to fiscal responsibility mean that he is the one that must go.
What if you offered to give away stuff but nobody came? I thought my mention of a giveaway contest would draw some feedback. No emails. So, without your input, I will just boldly go . . . With the a couple clicks and keystrokes you could get some of my goodies. You can win: 1,000 American Airlines miles 15 free drinks on Southwest airlines (substitutable for 2 United and 2 Continental drink coupons) a USAirways club pass an Alaska Airlines confirmed first class upgrade Here’s how it will work. Link to More Room Throughout Coach from your website. E-mail me and let me know about the link. At least one hit will have to come from your link (from someone other than you or your immediate family) for the link to be valid. The contest…
An important, if pithy, lesson. Politics treats transparency as damage and routes around it.
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Norm Mineta must go. His financially mismanaged Transportation Security Administration is nearly out of money and he’s blackmailing Congress for more funds by threatening “draconian measures” which will cause travel delays. This on top of his callous disregard for civil liberties, declaring “we will strip-search everyone, including pilots, before this is over and if they don’t like it we have a nice jail cell for them.”
Holders of the United Airlines Visa should call 1-800-359-8252 to register your card for double miles on all purchases through October 31st.
RiShawn Biddle points out Larry Kudlow’s bizarre claptrap that the problem with the US economy and the stock market is that we don’t have enough war: “Could it be that a lack of decisive follow-through in the global war on terrorism is the single biggest problem facing the stock market and the nation today? I believe it is…The shock therapy of decisive war will elevate the stock market by a couple-thousand points.” Make no mistake, to Kudlow “decisive follow-through” means getting tough on “Iraq, Iran, and Syria, but also to Saudi Arabia, and perhaps even Egypt” War doesn’t increase prosperity. Some individuals benefit in the short term (manufacturing in service of war efforts, for instance) but only by trading off with other sectors. More importantly, war grows the state and extracts revenue from the economy.…