McCaskill Hilights Crackdown on Wasteful Wartime Contracts
August 29, 2012

(AP) – Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is highlighting her efforts to root out waste in wartime contracting with the aid of Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.

The two Democratic senators were campaigning in Independence and St. Joseph on Wednesday. McCaskill is being challenged on the November ballot by Republican Congressman Todd Akin.

McCaskill is chairwoman of Senate’s contracting oversight subcommittee. She and Webb also sponsored a measure that created an independent commission to review defense contracts.

That panel released a report last year estimating that between $31 billion and $60 billion had been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade because of lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption.

60 Years on the Throne. So, Flush Already!
June 3, 2012

A London woman, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, marked 60 years on the British government payroll this week. It may be one of England’s longest stints for an individual on the government payroll, in what amounts to a patronage job.
Windors’ father and her uncle held the same post before she got the job, supposedly through family connections.
Both her husband and four children have similar positions in the British government.
Windsor was named to the position in 1952.
Even though working for the government, she has been able to amass a fortune by American standards. Her wealth is estimated to be in the area of $500 million US dollars
She was able to withstand a controversy in the early 1990’s when she admitted she and her family were not paying British taxes. That changed when a new law was passed.
News reports indicate Windsor has no plans for retirement, but she is hopeful one of her relatives can get her job after she leaves the post.