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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Money for Nothing?

(Fox News) - Some late-night budget maneuvering in Maine's Democratic-run state legislature has preserved the $71,000 a year job of nuclear safety inspector. But, the state's only nuclear power plant was shut down in 1997, and the inspector position was eliminated by the state legislature three years ago.

The Waldo County Citizen newspaper reports Republicans say one Democratic lawmaker was actually trying to save the job of a longtime political ally who was nuclear safety adviser.

Instead, the inspector's job was saved, even though it does not officially exist. However, the man who has held that job for 30 years does not meet the original educational requirements for the position, so a new law must be written to allow him to stay on.


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