A headline on the Politico website told the story — or, more accurately, the part of the story Politico and much of the rest of the news media want told: "Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty gets third."
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which has been cited for decades as a case study in government inefficiency, waste, and top-heavy bureaucracy, has announced that it will make deep cuts to its staffing, as well as overhaul the generous benefits package it provides to employees. According to the Federal Times, the USPS will cut 120,000 workers — about a third of its work force — by 2015. In addition, the government agency is seeking to set up its own health benefits plan for postal workers, as well as eliminate pensions for new employees.
A straw poll shows which way the wind is blowing and for Tim Pawlenty (left), it was an ill wind in Ames, Iowa, Saturday that that blew the former Minnesota governor out of the presidential race in record time. Politico reported Monday that Pawlenty's announcement that he was through, a mere 12 hours after the voting, marked the fastest knockout of a White House contender in the history of the Ames polling.
The recently released study of “heavy hitters” by the Center for Responsible Politics showed the amount of money the top 140 political donors gave to Democrats and Republicans from 1989 through 2010. Four of the top six gave $170 million over that period, with $151 million going to Democrats, and less than $3 million going to Republicans (the difference going to unaffiliated or independent political groups). In simple math, Democrats received 89 percent while Republicans got less than two percent.
Homosexual activists have once again pressured the head of a trendy company heavily patronized by the "gay" community to back out of a scheduled speaking engagement sponsored by a Christian organization. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (pictured at left) was booked to speak August 12 at the annual Global Leadership Summit sponsored by the Chicago-based mega-church Willow Creek. "The annual event draws tens of thousands of viewers via satellite," noted the Chicago Sun-Times, and boasts such past speakers as former President Bill Clinton, General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and rock-star-turned-"humanitarian" Bono.