May 24, 2012
Re "GOP hopefuls could sidestep tax orthodoxy," May 19 Hooray for the candidates who are willing to stand up to Grover Norquist by refusing to sign his anti-tax pledge. We need more brave souls in the GOP who want to compromise rather than obstruct. As for those Republicans who have already signed the pledge to never vote for tax increases, I challenge you to do your part: refuse to take a government salary, benefits or use expense accounts. Doing so won't cost voters anything if you support a tax increase because you can say you eliminated an expense.
May 20, 2009 |
Battered by a scandal over politicians' expense accounts, the speaker of Britain's House of Commons bowed to the inevitable and announced his resignation Tuesday, becoming the first person to be forced from the post in more than 300 years. In a terse statement lasting just 30 seconds, Michael Martin told his fellow lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber that he would step down June 21. "Since I came to this house 30 years ago, I have always felt that the house is at its best when it is united.
May 16, 2009 |
Forget the fat-cat bankers with their million-dollar pensions. The people who have even the most reserved of Brits spluttering with outrage today are the politicians who ordered the moats on their country estates cleaned and who bought hundreds of sacks of horse manure (presumably for gardening purposes) -- and tried to charge taxpayers for it. It's all part of a snowballing scandal in Britain that is fast leaving promising political careers in tatters.
September 9, 2008 |
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a per diem allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business. The governor also has charged the state for travel expenses to take her children on official out-of-town missions. Her husband, Todd, has billed the state for expenses and a daily allowance for trips he makes on official business for his wife. Palin, who earns $125,000 a year, claimed and received $16,951 as her allowance, which officials say was permitted because her official "duty station" is Juneau, according to an analysis of her travel documents by the Washington Post.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2007 |
The state judicial commission announced Wednesday that it is investigating allegations that Orange County Superior Court Judge Kelly W. MacEachern filed false and misleading expense claims for a legal conference in San Diego. MacEachern, a former prosecutor elected to serve on the bench in 2003, could be removed from her seat, censured or admonished if the Commission on Judicial Performance determines she lied about her participation in courses during last year's conference.
February 8, 2007
ALMOST NOBODY, until this week, said a bad word about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. A darling of royalty and rock stars, it has been seen as one of the world's most effective and important anti-poverty organizations, raising billions of dollars to fight deadly diseases in poor countries.