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Zero Based Budgeting (CongressionalGlossary.com)

Zero Based Budgeting (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms “Zero Based Budgeting is a method of budgeting in which all expenses must be justified for each new period. Zero-based budgeting starts from a ‘zero base,’ and every function within an organization is analyzed for its needs and costs. Budgets are then built around what […]

In Washington, a divided America is good for business.

In Washington, a divided America is good for business.

Washington is an endless maze of funhouse mirrors, a fact we’re reminded of once a year when the Hill publishes its 50 Most Beautiful list, replete with people who are Washington hot, which is a step above rehab hot and two levels below jury duty hot. All are miles below what the rest of the […]

Uber Wars: How D.C.Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology

Uber Wars: How D.C.Tried to Kill a Great New Ride Technology

Last month, California became the first state to establish a set of regulations on the bevy of new companies that summon rides-for-hire via smartphone apps. Most prominent among such services are Lyft (a pure “rideshare” in which the fee you pay is officially a donation) and Uber (which offers various services in 31 cities in […]

Corruption in Alexandria, VA?

Corruption in Alexandria, VA?

[Alexandria (VA) City Architect Henry] Lewis started raising hell and — to make a long story short — [Jeremy] McPike got him fired. An Alexandria jury found that Lewis had been wrongfully terminated, according to the anti-retaliation provisions of the Virginia Fraud against Taxpayers Act, and awarded him $104,000 in back pay. The city is […]

James Madison, Wisdom and Warnings

James Madison, Wisdom and Warnings

These quotes of James Madison are from Wikiquote. More Madison quotes can be found at Notable Quotes. Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and […]

July 4, 2013.  The Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2013. The Declaration of Independence

The United States Constitution and The Declaration of Independence Another version of the Declaration of Independence is here. The Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands […]

Recent CRS Reports

Recent CRS Reports

How Legislation Is Brought to the House Floor: A Snapshot of Parliamentary Practice in the 112th Congress (2011-2012), CRS Report R43039, April 15, 2013 (14-page PDF) The STOCK Act, Insider Trading, and Public Financial Reporting by Federal Officials, CRS Report R42495, April 12, 2013 (13-page PDF) Trends in Discretionary Spending, CRS Report RL34424, April 15, […]

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

The Federal Prison Population Buildup: Overview, Policy Changes, Issues, and Options – CRS Report R42937

Since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Some of the growth is attributable to changes in federal criminal justice policy during the previous three decades. An issue before Congress is whether policymakers consider the rate of growth in the federal prison population sustainable, and if not, […]

Virginia, Commonwealth of

Virginia, Commonwealth of

Sic Semper Tyrannis – Thus ever to tyrants The phrase was recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, as part of the commonwealth’s seal. The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia shows Virtue, spear in hand, with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny, whose crown lies nearby. The Seal was […]

Declaration of Independence – Happy Independence Day!

Declaration of Independence – Happy Independence Day!

Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia . . . . . . . . . . . .