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Incomprehensible, outrageous, jaw-dropping factoid of the day (HT to a frequent tipster):
At a separate news conference, (State of Michigan Treasurer Andy) Dillon noted that 65 people work full-time just handling payroll in the Detroit police department.
According to Wikipedia, the Detroit Police Department had 2,770 officers in 2011. The City’s web site was running slow (/surprise), so Wiki was the best source available.
There are private companies with tens of thousands of employees and complex payroll systems and workers spread out all over the country who either have far fewer than 65 internal employees doing payroll (and, I would assume, benefits), or who outsource most or all of it to firms like ADP, Paychex, Paycor and others for a tiny fraction of the cost.
Look at it another way: If Cisco, which had 37,000 U.S. employees (as of 2010), devoted the same resources to processing payroll (and benefits) as Detroit does to its Police Department, it would have over 850 people working full-time on that task. I guaran-freaking-tee you that Cisco does not have over 850 people (and probably fewer than 65) working full-time on that task, or is spending nowhere near that equivalent in the likely case that it is outsourcing those functions.
Appeasement: ‘US to accept civilian nuke program in Iran’ (HT Instapundit, who calls it ”If you like your nukes, you can keep your nukes”) –
President Obama signals Iran that US would endorse nuclear program if Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs up claim that Islamic Republic won’t purse atom bomb, US paper reports.
US President Barack Obama has signaled Tehran that the Washington would accept an civilian nuclear program in Iran if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei can back up his recent claim that his nation “will never pursue nuclear weapons,” the Washington Post reported Friday.
But of course, Iran needs nuke reactors for domestic energy generation because they’re so starved for fossil-based fuel resources … Oh, wait.
Denying the obvious (HT Washington Examiner) –
So these investments — in things like education and research and health care — they haven’t been made as some grand scheme to redistribute wealth from one group to another. This is not some socialist dream. They have been made by Democrats and Republicans for generations, because they benefit all of us and they lead to strong and durable economic growth.
Gehrke at WashEx: “In short: Obama was careful to avoid the ‘spread the wealth’ phrase today, but he defended the Buffett Rule by making the ‘spread the wealth’ argument first made in 2008.”
If there’s a Guinness Book of Records entry for “Most Bureaucratic Babble on a Single Web Page,” the “Mission, Vision and Goals” page at the General Services Administration would appear to be the hands-down winner.
At the Oregonian (yes, the Oregonian) — “Global warming ‘hiatus’ in recent years helps spur skepticism.” The story title in the paper’s print edition was “Global Warming without Warming.” Yeah, at the Oregonian. There is hope that sanity might prevail against globaloney.