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Profitable NonProfit

US National Debt Clock

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Our mission is to build a network of funding sources and a community of activists who will advance an agenda that embraces a philosophy of Constitutional Limited Government, the Rule of Law, Economic Freedom, and the traditional values that sustain individual initiative, personal autonomy and responsibility.

Our network community is dedicated to replacing current elected liberal central planners who believe in command and control socialism by a few elite technocrats, the few ruling the many, with leaders who support the freedom of the individual, free markets engaged in free trade, and free market solutions to healthcare, retirement, energy and education.

"Profitable Nonprofits" are a subject I have discussed before. This issue focuses on Politicized Profitable Nonprofits, those nonprofits whose results are intangible, not quantifiable, not measured by any meaning or metrics Therefore, the results are empirically unverifiable. The intended purpose is the unspecific and anodyne "economic development." There is no way of knowing whether the purpose has been achieved, that is, whether the economy has developed other than self-serving statistics from the Nonprofit itself. However, it is clear that the political advocate benefits from the support of those whom his political power benefits: Support those who support you and The Forgotten Taxpayer pays for it all.
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PA Budget Goes to Profitable NonProfit

What is The Forgotten Taxpayer's Return his and her $23 million dollar Nonprofit investment? As the Penna Budget stalls in the General Assembly, it is worthwhile to know where the money has gone and will, likely, go.

Another profitable nonprofit for those connected to the elected. The government seems to be acting like a venture capitalist rather than a government. And The Forgotten Taxpayer does not seem to be getting much of a return on his and her investment. Forcibly taking money from taxpayers and giving to other citizens would be a government function or result in much economic benefit. While Democratic House Appropriations Chair Dwight Evans, publicly, claims to be for "the little guy", it seems his supporters are doing extraordinarily well based on the relationship at the expense of The Forgotten Taxpayers' investment. This is evidence of the pernicious effect of WAMs, based on whom you know and not on how it benefits The Forgotten Taxpayer. "Economic Development" like "The Public Good" is unverifiable, anything goes, no limits, a game without any rules.

WAM's: 3 Part Series

Associated Press and Marc Levy have done an outstanding job of journalism in this three part series on Pennsylvania WAMs. WAMS are Pennsylvania General Assembly's jargon for Earmarks and perform the same purpose; reward rank and file for 'correct' votes, help solidify voter support among WAM beneficiaries and entrench incumbents. Righteous Liberal Tim Potts of DemocracyRisingPa has aggregated all three parts:

Part 1 New light shed on lawmakers' secretive grants
6/21/2009 AP Marc Levy

Part 2 Lawmakers' grants showered unevenly across PA 6/22/2009 AP Marc Levy

Part 3 Top Pa. legislators benefit most from grants 6/24/2009 AP Marc Levy

US National Debt Clock: Real Time

The National Debt Clock is something we need to keep checking. We cannot, in my opinion, continue to borrow and borrow without real world consequences. This is, also, a very neat graphic. I don't know this organization but this appears legitimate. You can follow the National Debt at Twitter which is maintained by Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The National Debt numbers appear to be roughly equivalent.

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