Thursday, President Barack Obama announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) will accelerate its purchase of new cars for the government fleet by investing funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy about 17,600 new, fuel efficient vehicles produced by American auto companies by June 1, 2009. President Obama directed his administration to speed up the purchase of these vehicles to increase demand for American auto companies during these difficult economic times.
The White House chief economic adviser, Lawrence Summers said Thursday that the “sense of freefall” in the US economy would end in the next few months, although he did not rule out deflation and more job losses. Also, he said that there were still “substantial downdrafts” in the economy, but the government’s intervention and the natural recovery cycle were impact the economy positively. Mr Summers declined to estimate where unemployment would peak.
Thursday, the President, along with Secretary Gates and Secretary Shinseki, announced that the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have taken the first step in creating a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record. Currently, there is no comprehensive system in place that allows for a streamlined transition of health care records between DOD and the VA.
Lance Armstrong, winner of the Tour de France on seven occasions, could very well be punished by the French anti-doping agency AFLD. The agency claims that Armstrong violated protocol and did not remain under the direct and permanent observation of the tester, although the actual test of his blood and urine showed no traces of drugs.
No one would ever accuse conservative radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger of harboring progressive views on parenting. But if this excerpt from her new book, “In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms,” is any indication, the good doctor’s 16th opus may turn out to be her most culturally tone-deaf dispatch to date.
Florida Lt. Governor, Jeff Kottkamp, facing a formal complaint over the frequent use of state airplanes from a Clearwater retiree, David Plyer, has named high fliers, former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major Harding and former Florida Attorney General Richard Doran as his defense team. Meanwhile, Florida Commission on Ethics finds the complaint “legally sufficient” and has begun a preliminary investigation.
63 percent of Floridians will pay higher taxes if they know how the money is going to be spent. This is the result of a recent Mason Dixon poll. A majority of Floridians believe that it is more important for the state to deliver education and health care services, than to hold on to the commitment not to raise taxes.