As the lame duck congress gets ready to leave Washington, all the newly elected representatives are scurrying around Capitol Hill looking for places to live. Many of them, however, aren’t looking for a house or an apartment, they are arranging for cots so they can sleep in their offices. […]
Except for what was considered the surprising reelection of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, political pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux, said that watching the election returns coming in Nov. 2 was “almost boring” because the outcome was expected. […]
In a polling of 12 Congressional races facing freshman Democrats, Sean Miller, the Hill Newspaper campaign reporter, told Chuck Conconi in an interview on Focus Washington that the races are tight, but that there still […]
The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus. “Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations” Opens at the Smithsonian Sept. 29. The exhibition features more than 200 artifacts on view for the first time in the United States.
“Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from Sept. 29 through May 1, 2011.
“‘Cyprus: Crossroads of Civilizations’ celebrates Cyprus’ 11,000-year history and showcases some of the latest discoveries from the early era of Cypriot archaeology,” said Sophocles Hadjisavvas, guest curator of the exhibition. “This unique exhibit shows the rich heritage and cultural contribution of Cyprus to the world. We look forward to having Smithsonian visitors explore Cyprus and the treasures this island has to offer.” […]
Christina Wilkie said the Obama’s keep the White House open after 5 p.m. and have been strong supporters of the In Performance at the White House series. She said the Obamas are different from the previous George W. Bush years. President Bush was known to be in bed by 8 p.m. […]
Voters all across the country are not only voting against the status quo, but are not supporting moderates in either the Republican or Democratic parties, pollster Dr. Ron Faucheux, president of the Clarus Group, said yesterday. […]
According to Shane D’Aprile, the political campaign reporter for the Hill newspaper, those decisions will include which Democrats the party will support for reelection, and which ones it won’t. D’Aprile said, “Democrats can’t support every Democratic candidate. They have a financial advantage and have to be selective as to where they are going to put their resources.” […]
Bob Cusack, Managing Editor of The Hill, sat down with Chuck Conconi to discuss the current state of affairs in Washington. With partisan politics at a high, Bob Cusack weighs in on what has been done, what can be done, and what must be done to keep Washington politics moving forward. […]
Open Government open source, open standards, open specifications. There is a huge amount of confusion and misunderstanding on what these terms mean when it comes to technology, and which products and tools fit into each […]
How are Americans viewing the public education system, and the concern over the growing problems with American high schools? The Alliance for Excellent Education, a policy and advocacy organization in Washington, DC, commissioned a bipartisan […]
Focus Washington’s Chuck Conconi sits down with Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris to discuss his peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka as well as his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary […]
We were are the Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C. last week and caught up with Rob Pinkerton, Director of Government Solutions for Adobe Systems, and Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs, after their Thursday […]
Laurel Ruma, Gov 2.0 evangelist for O’Reilly Media and co-chair of Gov 2.0 Expo, gives a sneak preview of sessions coming up at Gov 2.0 Expo, including City of Los Angeles, the first cloud computing deployment in the local government level. For more information about Gov 2.0 Expo, visit http://www.gov2expo.com. […]
Supporting President Obama’s initiatives promoting transparency, participation and collaboration, Gov 2.0 Expo’s co-chair and Microsoft’s Mark Drapeau talks with Focus Washington TechView shares with us a sneak preview of the key angles of the Gov 2.0 Expo event. To learn more about what the event has planned around cloud computing, collaboration and social media in government, visit http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010. […]
The New York State Senate chief information officer Andrew Hoppin talks with Focus Washington TechView on what Gov 2.0 means to him. Hoppin walks us through the re-launch of his organization’s website using an open source software platform so citizens can participate in the policy making process without the need to travel to their offices. Hoppin will be speaking at the Gov 2.0 Expo, and you can learn more about this event at http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010. […]
Opening access to information could bring significant benefits to citizens services. Focus Washington TechView spoke with the city of San Francisco chief information officer Chris Vein who explains us how his city is developing innovations solutions to achieve open government-related applications, such as crime mapping. As an example, Vein walks us through the concept of how two developer mothers created a listing of services for activities with their children, such as best parks to go with their kids, best schools, best services for their kids, etc. It is a mommy application that shows that the opened information can make real changes in the lives of its citizens. And the city is now working with other cities to further this vision. For more information about the Gov 2.0 Expo, visit http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010. […]
The Sun Gazette (no, I won’t link to it) is a local “newspaper” delivered free of charge to where I live in the Washington, D.C. area. I put quotes around the word “newspaper” because it’s really a brochure for the local real estate industry that masquerades as a news source. Not only are most of its ads from real estate agents, it even has ads for homes for sale that are written by the paper’s staff and are published so that they look look like news stories.
Most important, the front-page lead stories are almost always cheerleading for local home sales, with headlines that, no matter what the statistics cited in the story say, somehow always give the impression that things are getting better and that this is a good time to buy buy buy.
The Sun Gazette usually just goes directly in the trash with all of the other garbage, but this week’s edition deserves to be mentioned…or, actually, ridiculed. Yes, it had the usual cheerleading front-page story about home sales being up, but the headline mentioned the federal home-buyer tax credit as the reason for the jump in sales. The fifth graph in the story (Note to the Gazette’s editor: If it’s in the headline it should also be in the lead) began by saying “Sales likely were strengthened…” by the tax credit. A follow-up story on page 5 had a headline that said home sales had been “buoyed” by the federal tax credit.
I mention all of this because in addition to being a cheerleader for the local housing industry, the Sun Gazette routinely rails against government involvement of any kind in anything, but especially in economic matters. It always finds a reason to complain about government deficits and debt and challenges local federal office holders who support policies that increase them. In this same edition, for example, the Sun Gazette includes an editorial that celebrates the election of what it calls a fiscally conservative local city council.
There’s no indication whatsoever that the newspaper even realizes how inconsistent it’s being. On the one hand its very close ties to the local real estate industry require that it celebrate a federal policy that increases the budget deficit. On the other hand, its standard editorial position is that the government should stay away and allow the economy to operate on its own. In this case it can’t do both but, in this case, when it was in the Sun Gazette’s direct personal interest, increasing the deficit was okay.
Excuse me while I head to the trash.
So says the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Here’s the whole story from yesterday’s USA Today (Hat Tip: Taegan Goddard at Political Wire). Putting aside the snarky, politically motivated quotes from people with an agenda in the story, here’s the data-driven money quote:
Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8.% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.
As we celebrate Earth Day this year, governments and education organizations are looking to further their environmental efforts in helping make our planet cleaner and more sustainable. Technology can play a fundamental role in supporting […]
More than one billion people in 190 countries will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year. Along this theme, Bruce Klein, Ciscos SVP for the U.S. Public Sector organization, joins Focus Washington […]
On the day of his Capitol Hill testimony, Ross Brickley, president of CCRx of NC, Inc. and former president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, founder of the Quality Care Coalition for Patients in […]
For the most coherent explanation of the differences, and the perceptions of, the term “open” as applied to open source, open standards, and open government, check out this blog post on GovFresh from Bobby Caudill […]
The Atlantic sponsored a State of Union for Technology forum this morning, featuring White House CTO Aneesh Chopra—we were there, and asked Adobe’s Rob Pinkerton for his take on Aneesh’s keynote.
The Food and Drug Administration has begun warning consumers that baby bottles and plastic containers containing Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, may pose hazards to your health. The FDA recently cautioned the American public not […]
The White House today, led by the President himself, is conducting a very interesting, and I think unprecedented, brainstorming with some of the nation’s top CEOs. The topic– modernizing government– may seem a little dry, […]
It’s no surprise that students who drop out of school are harming their own individual prospects. But now, an Alliance for Excellent Education study, partnered with State Farm Insurance, shows exactly what that problem can […]