Why Chrysler became bankrupt: Daimler to pay $185M over bribery

Daimler to pay $185M over bribery
March 23, 2010
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- Daimler AG will pay a $185 million fine to resolve civil and criminal charges brought over accusations it paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to at least 22 foreign governments over a 10-year period, The Detroit News has learned.

Attitude is everything!

We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.
- Booker T. Washington

Leaders of Tea Party, GOP to meet on strategies

WASHINGTON — About 50 leaders of the grassroots Tea Party movement will meet in Washington today with Republican Party chairman Michael Steele and other top party operatives to discuss campaign strategies and conservative principles.

State Budget Woes A Drag On Growth, And Will Get Worse

On Friday February 12, 2010, 7:03 pm EST
As Washington works to rev up the economy and spur hiring with yet another dose of stimulus, state and local governments are busily applying the fiscal brakes.

Tax hikes, spending cuts and layoffs top the agenda as states continue to wrestle with severe budget crises that largely can't be deferred by borrowing.

Does Washington know what is going on in the Country?

The Washington elite don't have an idea what the American people want or need. Obama talks about investing in new technologies, wind mills and light rail. Do we care about these?
Wind Mils have been around for hundreds of years they don't work because they are unreliable and inefficient, Who among us is asking for light rail? Trains have also been around for a long time. The automobile brought along their demise.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recently co-sponsored H Res. 847, sponsored by Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL), which calls for the ongoing health care negotiations to be conducted with media coverage available to the American public.

Congressman Latta has also signed a discharge petition on H Res. 847. The discharge petition, after gathering 218 signatures, would force a roll call vote on the resolution.

Japan Alters 'Clunkers' Program Amid US Autos' Concerns

UPDATE: Japan Alters 'Clunkers' Program Amid US Autos' Concerns
Dow Jones
January 19, 2010: 05:28 PM ET
By Josh Mitchell
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Japan said it would loosen the rules of its car- buying incentive program so that more imports would qualify for the government- funded rebates, a change pushed by U.S. officials and auto makers who accused the program of an anti-American bias.

Ohio’s Tax Code Hinders Economic Growth

In May 2009, Forbes ranked Toledo as the worst job market among mid-sized cities, citing massive industry decline in the past decade. However, the plight of our community is not isolated; Cleveland, Dayton and Youngstown make the list for worst job markets in the nation, and businesses continue to hemorrhage from our borders. National Cash Register abandoned Dayton over the summer, and this month American Greetings announced plans to possibly relocate from its Brooklyn headquarters.

Obama wants banks to pay for auto bailout losses

January 14. 2010
Obama wants banks to pay for auto bailout losses
David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
The White House wants the nation's largest financial institutions to repay taxpayers for the costs of bailing out banks and automakers.

Under the proposal, the largest 50 banks -- including GMAC Inc. -- would pay $90 billion over 10 years to cover taxpayer losses under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?

Wachtmann: Lawmakers from Columbus or Washington?
Hard to Tell the Difference

COLUMBUS— State Representative Lynn Wachtmann (R- Napoleon) today issued the following statement:

Latta against estate tax

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement today after voting against H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009.

Latta against climate change legislation

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) gave testimony during the House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research hearing regarding Climate Change Legislation and its Potential Economic Impacts on the Farming Sector.

Latta on the passage of National Military Family Month resolution

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after House Resolution 861, which supports the objectives and values associated with National Military Family Month, passed the House of Representatives.

“The families of military personnel understand the sacrifices of commitment to America’s interests through service in our armed forces. It is in challenging moments as we face today that we truly rely on the dedication of America’s military families.”


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s speech at West Point this evening.

Guernica interviews Marcy Kaptur about her thoughts on the foreclosure crisis

Last April, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio attended a Washington dinner where Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, was a speaker. Kaptur, whose district includes Toledo and counties along the Michigan border, had recently been told by local realtors that JP Morgan Chase was a top forecloser in the area—and this in a district devastated by the economic downturn. Foreclosures had almost doubled, unemployment was close to 20 percent in some areas, and Toledo was now the eighth poorest city in the nation.

Latta Calls for Oversight Board to Review Stimulus Spending in Ohio

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and seven Republican members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and asked him to establish a bipartisan, independent oversight board to review how stimulus funds are being spent in Ohio. A copy of the letter can be found here. This is the second letter sent to Governor Strickland calling for such a board to be created.

Ohioans Demand Real Reforms and Accountability

House Policy Committee seeks to diminish government waste, increase accountability

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House Policy Committee today unveiled a package of ten proposals to spur government reform, streamline efficiency, strengthen accountability and transparency in state government while working to reducing the economic turmoil suffered by families across Ohio.

Latta Upper Sandusky Citizen Forum

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a Citizens Forum on Monday, November 23rd from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Upper Sandusky High School Auditorium located at 800 North Sandusky Street, Upper Sandusky.

The Citizens Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss important issues facing Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.

All media and the public are invited and encouraged to attend.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3962.

“From the beginning of the health care debate this year, constituents in my district and millions of Americans made it clear that they do not support the government takeover of our nation’s health care system which is exactly what Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama’s plan, H.R. 3962, does.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced that on Wednesday, October 28th, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law which included TRICARE legislation Congressman Latta authored.

Congressman Latta’s TRICARE language was amended into the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2010 during debate in the House and Senate.

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