Citizens Against Government Waste has released it’s 2010 “Pig Book”, a study on pork spending projects in Congress. Here, you can view a sortable database of the projects as well as download the .pdf of the booklet. Also available are the archives of previous pig books.
Take a look! See what Congress is doing!
Be sure to check out FreedomKentucky’s spending database, too!
Bashing health insurance companies has become all the rage these days.
The Obama administration, congressional leaders and their allies in activist groups and the press have based their health care propaganda on poll numbers indicating that “voters generally like medical providers and generally don’t like health insurers,” writes John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation in his latest Carolina Journal commentary.
While he doesn’t portray insurers as some kind of saints, Hood does offer a point rarely considered in mainstream media discussions of health care policy:
“The existing health insurance industry is not itself a creation of free markets coordinating individual decisions and enterprises. It is the creation of government interference in the market.”
Hood makes the case here for how such intrusion has distorted the market, leading to practices that increase costs.
Hood concludes: Since such consumer-driven health care is growing, “Americans may change their perception of health insurers, too. That’s one reason the Left must destroy consumer-driven health care and impose government-run health care soon, before it runs out of villains to bash.”
In a win for more transparency from our schools, the Kentucky Attorney General ruled today that schools have no right to withhold any information on a student from the parents.
Read the details here.
Recently the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government release it’s iPhone app to the citizenry. It allows the user to report abandoned vehicles, illegal activity, animal control issues, illegal dumping, etc… In addition, a user can submit photos and use a GPS like function to pinpoint the exact location of the “incident”.
I like this. It shows an effort by Lexington leadership to step into the current times and use the web to cut costs and reduce work loads. This is only scratching the surface of how Lexington could better utilize technology to cut costs through materials and labor.
As neat as this phone application is, there are a couple categories I’d like to see added to what is able to be reported.
- Taxpayer money waste: how about an option to report your tax money being wasted!
- Gov’t Accountability: how about an option to submit pictures of government buildings that aren’t up to code?
- Responsible government: I think it is imperative that we recognize when the government is acting responsibly. The ability to submit a photo when we see that happening would allow the citizens of Lexington to respond to their representatives and show them what we are pleased with in the city.
Let our leaders know what we want!