Monday, July 18, 2011

Government-funded electric car company folds; more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds lost

Activist Post: Government-funded electric car company folds; more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds lost
Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

The State of California is completely overwhelmed by debt; roughly $377 billion in debt to be specific. To make matters worse, the City of Salinas and their residents are now going to have to eat over half of a million dollars in losttaxpayer dollars. Mike Ryan, President and Co-Founder of the now-defunct Green Vehicles company just added insult to injury by breaking the news to city officials via e-mail.

This represents something far too common in today’s world of bloated, incompetent government: funding of non-viable or unreliable projects with taxpayer money with no guarantees.

Green Vehicles received two loans from the government of Salinas since 2009, one for $300,000 and an additional $240,000 loan after the corporation began showing their hand as a failure.

In situations like these, the people of Salinas who are having their hard-earned money squandered by bureaucrats should be able to dictate the terms and approval of a loan. Perhaps if the local government held a town hall and/or a vote they wouldn’t be struggling to get a measly half of the lost funds returned.

'Ending wars best resolution to US debt'

PressTV - 'Ending wars best resolution to US debt'

With an August 2nd deadline for raising the debt limit nearing, a new survey shows most people believe the best way to resolve the US debt crisis is 'to end wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.'

About 80.5 percent of the respondents to a Press TV poll believe “ending war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya and reducing military spending” is the best way for the US to reduce its 14-trillion-dollar debt.

A total of eight percent said the best resolution was for the US to default on its debt, and 2.9 percent of the respondents believe Washington could get loans from foreign banks or governments to bailout its economy.

The US officially hit its 14.3-trillion-dollar debt ceiling on May 16, up from 10.6-trillion-dollar when Barack Obama took office in 2009.

Small Arkansas Town Wants To Ban Free Speech, No “Group” Will Be Able To Meet Without Cities Permission :

Small Arkansas Town Wants To Ban Free Speech, No “Group” Will Be Able To Meet Without Cities Permission :

The Intel Hub
By Alex Thomas
July 18, 2011

A small Arkansas town of 850 is attempting to ban groups from meeting to talk about the city without first getting permission from the city itself.

In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the Gould, Arkansas City Council has moved to ban all groups from discussing the city, even in their own home!

Mayor Earnest Nas, in strong statements supporting the peoples constitutional rights, said he is willing to go to court to stop this plan.

“This is America and even though this is Gould, Arkansas, this is still part of America. And in America, you can’t just vote and violate peoples constitutional rights,” said Nash.

This ordinance would effectively ban citizens from talking about the city at the dinner table, boy scout meetings, and book clubs. In fact, the ordinance is so Orwellian that the interview that the local Fox affiliate did with the mayor would actually be considered illegal under the proposed city ordinance.

A prominent lawyer looked over the ordinance and immediately deemed it unconstitutional.

Spokane Conservative Examiner

John DiPippa, Dean of the Law School at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, expressed disbelief when he first read the proposed law.

“The truth is the city of Gould doesn’t have the authority to tell anyone that they have no right to petition them, no right to speak and no right to exist in their city,” DiPippa told Fox16.

If the precedent is set in Gould, Arkansas it is only a matter of time before it is proposed in a town near you.

If the city council of this town actually believes that they can legally stop citizens from talking about city issues in the privacy of their own home they have another thing coming. This is America not Nazi Germany.

Gould Council bans citizens group

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