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Elm Tree Dreams Die Quietly

1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.

1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.

1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.

1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME […]

Government Shutdown: Did Private Charity Make Up the Difference?

One libertarian response to the cry “heartless!” is to reassure a sentimental critic that they need not worry. Government spending, they say, has “crowded out” private charity. Once government spending on behalf of the poor and suffering is cut back, private charitable contributions will surge to take its place.

Gorfias:

I think public spending crowds […]

The Can Kicks Back Promises to Send Your Can to Capitol Hill: Will It?

“The Can Kicks Back” calls itself a a social movement of young people who all just happened to decide on their own last year to kick-start a young movement of young people burning to tax poor people more, tax corporations less, and slash social programs.

If you believe that “movement” is real, I’ve got […]

Senate Hides Behind Secret Votes in Defunding Research

To no small degree, the United States of America rose in prominence because of innovation, and to no small degree that innovation has been funded through research funded directly by the federal government and indirectly through its support of higher education. In economist Edwin Mansfield’s classic study of American industrial innovation, for instance, he finds […]

David Walker for President: The People, The Connections

Five names have emerged in the leadership of The Committee to Get Walker Running, an entity at draftwalker.com that yesterday morning was nothing but a splash page…

…but which by yesterday afternoon was being used to vigorously (and with non-disclosed funding) promote the candidacy of David Walker for President of the United States via […]

Unity08 All Over Again: Americans Elect Leader Steps Down to Start Draft David Walker Campaign

When it became clear that despite its money and inside connections Unity08 was not attracting popular support, its two chief leaders abandoned their pretense to not having a preferred presidential candidate and stepped down from Unity08 to start the Draft Bloomberg Committee. It turned out that the connections between Unity08 and the Draft Bloomberg Committee […]

No Labels CoFounder Mark McKinnon: “We Don’t Have Any Special Interest Money.” Bullshit or No?

Since its founding in 2010, the 501c4 corporation called No Labels has refused to identify the names of its funders. Mock-interviewing No Labels co-founder Mark McKinnon on his comedy show this week, Stephen Colbert asked him about No Labels’ cash supply:

Stephen Colbert: Do you guys have money? Do you guys have cash? ‘Cause you’ve […]

Violating Charter and Bylaws, No Labels and Americans Elect Promote Presidential Bid of Pete Peterson-Funded David Walker

Americans Elect and No Labels, mysterious political corporations that don’t disclose their funders, say they’re not promoting any Presidential candidate… but the behavior of Americans Elect and No Labels seems to be at odds with what they say. Read here for documentation of this mismatch as it applies to David Walker. […]

Ten Questions for Americans Elect, February 2012

After almost two years of asking Americans Elect questions and not getting answers from them, I’m grateful to Kris McAlister of the new Americans Elect “Northwest Web Team”, who has written to me and very kindly solicited my questions so that those questions can be posed to the Americans Elect leadership through inside channels.

As […]

Disclosures Americans Elect Can Make About its Funders Right Now — Without Retaliation Against Them

Pity the secret funders of Americans Elect.

Americans Elect refuses to tell the public who the millionaires and billionaires are that laid out the seed money for this first ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination. Why? According to Americans Elect Political Director Darry Sragow, if the public knew the funders’ names, then the public […]

The General Election Pledge Americans Elect Hasn’t Made

It’s only 85 days until the first ballot of the Americans Elect presidential nomination, the first ever all-online presidential nomination in which a corporation will decide which candidates can run, the same corporation will run the election, and yes, the very same corporation is in charge of how the votes are counted. What else do […]