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Where The Team Thomas Money Went

Via: LooseLips

What do a $143.71 tab at Hooters, an $84.74 bill at Bed Bath & Beyond, and a $350 payment to a Maryland-based animal trapper have in common?

They’re all charges made during a one-week span in October 2009 on the debit card belonging to Team Thomas, the NONPROFIT then run by Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. that was supposed to help introduce the District’s youth to golf, baseball, softball, and tennis.

And they’re also expenses that you, if you’re a District taxpayer, might have helped pay for, says Attorney General Irv Nathan.

It’s not just a tasteless restaurant tab, household items, and pest control services from Bowie that seemingly have nothing to do with youth sports and may have been purchased on the public’s dime. Bank records obtained by LL through a Freedom of Information Act request show dozens of unusual expenses on Team Thomas’ debit card from 2007 to 2009, including about $7,500 at golf courses around the country, more than $10,000 worth of golf equipment, and around $5,000 on hotels.

The records show that Team Thomas paid for regular expenses, including phone bills, a $362.33 satellite TV charge, and a subscription to Sports Illustrated. The bank records show charges to Best Buy, Home Depot, and local grocery stores, too.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/looselips/2011/07/06/where-the-team-thomas-money-went/

 

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Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: TPM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going after Sen. Orrin Hatch for saying that the poor need to “share some of the responsibility” for shrinking the debt.

“The top 10 percent are paying 70 percent of all income taxes. The top 50 percent pay something like 98 percent of all income taxes. Fifty-one percent don’t pay anything,” Hatch said.

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“Republican priorities are completely out of whack and Orrin Hatch’s comments prove that point,” DSCC’s Shripal Shah told TPM.

“It’s bad enough that Republicans are doing everything they can to protect tax breaks for millionaires and special interests, but the fact that the Republican idea of shared sacrifice means going after the those who are struggling the most is completely reprehensible,” Shah said.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/dems-go-after-hatch-for-saying-poor-need-to-do-more-to-shrink-the-debt.php

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Buffett: GOP Threatening To ‘Blow Your Brains Out’ Over Debt Ceiling

Via: Huffington Post

Republicans are playing a dangerous game by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

We RAISED the debt ceiling SEVEN TIMES during the BUSH Administration,”  Buffett told CNBC on Thursday. Now, the Republican-controlled Congress is “trying to use the incentive now that we’re going to blow your brains out, America, in terms of your debt worthiness over time.”

If Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit of the federal government by August 2, the date when the U.S. will reach the limit of its borrowing
abilities, it will likely begin defaulting on its loans.

According to the U.S. Debt Clock, America’s total public debt equals close to $14.3 trillion which, according to the CIA World Factbook, is roughly 60 percent of the annual gross domestic product.

But even with this information, Buffett is unfazed.

“We had debt at 120 PERCENT of the GDP, far higher than this, after World War II and no one went around threatening that we’re going to RUIN the CREDIT of the United States or something in order to get a better balance of debt to GDP.”

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my new favorite blog: TYWKIWDBI (“Tai-Wiki-Widbee”)

“Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently.”

“Knee-deep wading is bliss for camels in Chad’s Archeï, a canyon whose trapped waters hold a zoological surprise. Fertilized by beasts’ droppings, algae are eaten by fish that are preyed upon by an isolated group of crocodiles.”

Photo credit George Steinmetz, via National Geographic, where you can download a wallpaper-sized image.

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