Stryker siblings not very charitable

November 11th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, local transparency No Responses

Stryker Corporation announced it “will cut 5% of its global workforce by the end of next year to reduce costs in the face of new fees on device makers required by the U.S. health care law,” reports the Detroit Free Press. According to Stryker, “job cuts will reduce annual pretax operating costs by more than [...]

Spotlight on your private medical records

September 27th, 2011 by Amy Categories: health care, school district 3 Responses

At least two national media outlets are concerned enough to report that Obamacare allows the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) access to everyone’s private medical records. According to the Washington Examiner:
America is learning about the federal government’s plan to collect and aggregate confidential patient records for every one of us.
In a proposed rule [...]

Shining a light on National Popular Vote

May 11th, 2011 by Amy Categories: Uncategorized No Responses

National Popular Vote, a.k.a. “Koza Scheme”, has been working overtime in state legislatures to destroy one of the Founding Fathers’ greatest institutions the Electoral College. As a contributor to Save Our States, a group dedicated to defending and promoting the Electoral College, it is time to expose National Popular Vote for what it is — [...]

Knowing how your legislators vote–the most basic transparency

January 18th, 2011 by michael Categories: Public Utilities Commission, media No Responses

Voters and residents of South Carolina move closer to finally being able to know how their legislators vote on issues critical and mundane alike, after a bill passed unanimously in the state’s lower chamber:
South Carolina law would require legislators to take a roll call on most of their votes under a proposal fast-tracked by House [...]

Earmark Defeat a Victory for Transparency

December 17th, 2010 by michael Categories: general, health care One Response

The takedown of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill is both unprecedented and the result of a concerted effort to focus on transparency that is now assisted by public furor against pork, as Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey points out in “Transparency Killed the Earmarking Stars”:
How often do omnibus spending bills go down to defeat? [...]

Stop 'corruption on steroids': Become a Citizen Auditor

September 22nd, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, health care, higher education, local transparency, media, school district No Responses

What happens when government is allowed to operate outside the purview of the public? “Corruption on steroids,” as District Attorney Steve Cooley described the abuse of taxpayers in Bell, CA.  Cooley further described the situation in a news conference announcing the arrest of eight elected officials and government employees from the small town outside of Los [...]

Ol' Scottie Pippen had a farm…

May 26th, 2010 by Amy Categories: local transparency No Responses

NBA star Scottie Pippen made more than $18 million in 2002. But you may not know that he also was a farmer! He was so good at cultivating the earth that the federal government paid him more than $130,000 over a five-year time period to not grow anything on his farm.
According to a 2002 Heritage [...]

Shining a light on national debt

May 11th, 2010 by Amy Categories: Uncategorized One Response

Mothers Against Debt (MAD), a new project from Transparency Czarina Amy Oliver Cooke, just release a video that illustrates the reality of what our national debt is doing to our children. At COST we like promote our motto: No taxation without information.  Perhaps our children should promote the original motto: No taxation without representation. After [...]

The joke of transparency

April 28th, 2010 by Amy Categories: general, local transparency 2 Responses

The White House press corps finally gets the joke…and now knows that it is on them.
In a story about why reporters are unhappy with the Obama administration, Politico writes: [Robert] Gibbs said at one of his briefings, “This is the most transparent administration in the history of our country.”
Peals of laughter broke out in the [...]

Freedom of the Press?

April 21st, 2010 by Amy Categories: local transparency No Responses

Apparently not.
The most transparent White House ever?
Recently the White House press corp met with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to air “grievances” about lack of access to President Obama.
And yesterday, Politico reported:
Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members [...]