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  • Congress Releases Details on Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Extension

    02/16/2012 11:34:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Accounting Today ^ | February 16, 2012 | Michael Cohn
    House and Senate negotiators have released a conference committee report spelling out several of the provisions of the payroll tax cut extension legislation, which also extends unemployment benefits and the “doc fix” for Medicare reimbursements for physicians. The bill would extend the 2 percentage point cut in Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes to 4.2 percent through the end of the year. The payroll tax cut provision would put a full $1,000 in the pockets of the typical American family over the course of 2012, according to the office of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. Under current law,...
  • Great news: Deal struck on extending temporary tax cut that hasn’t boosted the economy at all

    02/16/2012 9:55:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/16/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Yeah, I know I'm supposed to feel all warm and fuzzy about the fact that Democrats and Republicans didn't play this out to the 11th hour, like they do with every other dispute these days. We're supposed to cheer because the system worked and it produced a bipartisan result in a year that will see precious few of them. Too bad that it sucks money out of an already-ailing trust fund while delivering none of the economic impact promised when we tried it last year:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Congressional negotiators resolved all differences on an agreement to extend...
  • Congressional negotiators reach deal on $150 billion economic plan

    02/16/2012 1:27:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2012 | Paul Kane
    In a pact early Thursday morning, congressional negotiators gave final approval to an economic plan worth more than $150 billion that would extend a payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits. A key roadblock was overcome when the lawmakers agreed to require new federal workers to contribute more to their pension plans, clearing the way around 12:30 a.m. for a majority of the House-Senate conference committee to begin signing the deal. The pension provision represented a concession to key Maryland Democrats who, even after prodding from President Obama, did not grant their support until current federal workers were shielded from the...
  • Unequal Protection Under the Health Care Law

    02/15/2012 11:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 15, 2012 | Hal Scherz
    One of life's minor annoyances occurs when someone receives preferential treatment because of his wealth or perceived power. Many people have experienced this firsthand when a "VIP" comes into a restaurant and jumps ahead while they've been waiting for a table. This offends most Americans because it is contrary to our sense of fair play. It divides people into elites and everyone else. This is where we are heading with health care. Don't think so? Well, on October 11, 2011, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) declared that PSA screening for prostate cancer in healthy men was no longer...
  • An agency-by-agency guide to Obama's budget

    02/14/2012 11:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2013 that aims to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years but still envisions growth in the government's major health benefit programs. The agency-by-agency breakdown: ------ Agency: Agriculture Spending: $154.7 billion Percentage Change from 2012: 4.8 percent increase Discretionary Spending: $23 billion Highlights: Obama's budget envisions savings of $32 billion over 10 years by cutting some farm subsidies, such as eliminating direct payments, which are made regardless of price and crop yield. Other subsidies are paid only when prices dip or a farmer's revenue drops....
  • Constitutional One Man Rule

    02/14/2012 5:15:15 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 33 replies
    There is a political landmine in our Constitution. As with the real thing, which can lie dormant for many decades and eventually kill non-combatants, Article II Section 3 grants a power that could unintentionally injure our liberties 220+ years later. No American President has exercised this power.1 However, for a president hostile to our traditions, who invokes the Constitution when it serves his purpose and ignores it when it does not, this potentially explosive clause could, under certain circumstances provide the legal basis for one man rule. From Article II Section 3: “ . . . and in Case of...
  • Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    02/14/2012 3:02:45 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    On Tuesday Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House committee on Oversight and Government Reform, took a major step toward holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to provide subpoenaed documents and other information about Operation Fast and Furious.
  • Protecting Life and Religious Liberty and Standing Up To Activist Judges

    02/14/2012 12:34:11 PM PST · by Kansas58 · 3 replies
    Newt Gingrich website ^ | 1/1/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Combat judicial activism by utilizing checks on judicial power Constitutionally available to the elected branches of government. (Read an extended white paper on restoring the proper role of the judicial branch here.)
  • House to Pass Payroll Tax Relief for Rest of 2012

    02/14/2012 8:50:19 AM PST · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    The U.S. House this week will vote on H.R. 4013, a bill which will continue payroll tax relief for the remainder of 2012. In all of 2011 and through February of 2012, the Social Security payroll tax rate nominally paid by employees has been reduced by two percentage points, from 6.2% to 4.2%. For someone earning $50,000 annually, this has reduced their FICA tax by $1000 over the year. Americans for Tax Reform is supportive of this extension of payroll tax relief: Now is not the time for workers to see their take-home pay decline because their taxes went up....
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Brotherhood lawmaker: US aid to Cairo 'assured'

    02/13/2012 10:59:52 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/12/2012 | OREN KESSLER
    Senior Muslim Brotherhood official tells 'Al Hayat' if the US cuts aid to Egypt, it would be violation of 1979 peace accords. US aid to Egypt is guaranteed by the Camp David Accords, and stopping it would be a violation of that treaty, a high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker said Sunday. Essam El-Erian, who also serves as chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said that should aid from Washington be cut, the Brotherhood would consider changing the terms of Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. El-Erian told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat the US needs to understand that “what was...
  • 52% Say GOP Agenda In Congress Is Extreme

    02/13/2012 7:13:59 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 122 replies · 1+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Feb 12, 2012 | Rasmussen Reports
    While positive ratings for Congress remain at an all-time low, more voters than ever see the Republican agenda in Congress as extreme. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of Likely Voters say it would be more accurate to describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream, while 52% feel extreme is a more accurate description. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives' Employers

    02/13/2012 6:48:12 AM PST · by redstateone · 8 replies
    BigGovernment.com ^ | February 13, 2012 | Wynton Hall
    In his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives...
  • Gingrich: If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles

    02/11/2012 10:50:08 PM PST · by JediJones · 114 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/25/2011 | Newt Gingrich
    The Washington establishment believes that the government shutdown of 1995 was a disastrous mistake that accomplished little and cost House Republicans politically. The facts are exactly the opposite. While the shutdown produced some short-term pain, it set the stage for a budget deal in 1996 that led to the largest drop in federal discretionary spending since 1969. The discipline imposed by this budget — overall spending grew at an average of 2.9 percent a year while I was speaker of the House, the slowest rate in decades — allowed us to reach a balanced-budget deal in 1997. ...the balanced budget...
  • Democrats Failure To Pass Budget Is Illegal

    02/10/2012 5:45:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 10, 2012
    Leadership: Two top Democrats in Congress say the legislature doesn't really need to pass a budget. Excuse us, but passing a budget isn't optional; it's required by law. Is this the future of rule under the Democrats? House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is tired of passing budgets as the law demands. He thinks Congress can just keep spending money without any sort of budget. "The fact is, you don't need a budget," he said last Tuesday. "We can adopt appropriations bills. We can adopt authorization policies without a budget. We already have an agreed-upon cap on spending." Actually, "the fact...
  • FBI Announces that Americans Are Now a Threat to America

    02/10/2012 8:27:20 AM PST · by opentalk · 39 replies · 1+ views
    RLC ^ | February 7, 2012 | Dave Nalle
    Following the pattern of other provocative statements about potential domestic terrorist threats from the Obama Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a statement exposing the threat of “hundreds of thousands” of “sovereign citizens” who can turn violent “at the drop of a hat” during encounters with the police. Citing three specific cases in three years and a trend of an increase in arrests of believers in individual sovereignty from 10 to 18 cases per year, mostly for non-violent crimes, the FBI declared law enforcement to be “inundated” with threats. This may be the most exaggerated and offensive...
  • America's police state: The drones are coming

    02/10/2012 8:31:56 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Pittsburgh live.com ^ | February 10, 2012
    America's police state: The drones are coming Friday, February 10, 2012 A new federal law accelerating domestic use of government aerial surveillance drones brings America frighteningly close to an Orwellian police state. President Obama is expected to sign the FAA Reauthorization Act, which expedites approval for federal, state and local police to use these drones. The Federal Aviation Administration's existing case-by-case approach is chilling enough -- it's being sued over its refusal to disclose publicly which agencies use drones and how they're used. Still, it's known that the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection arm uses drones domestically....
  • (Shortened Title) STOCK Act Won't Stop Millionaire Congress Picking Winners and Losers

    02/10/2012 6:00:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2012 | John Ransom
    The House yesterday passed a new "reform" measure aimed at curtailing the practice of trading on securities with inside information amongst members of Congress and their staff. Suprise! Some members of Congress were arriving in Congress and becoming rich on the experience. Ever wonder how people go to Congress and become millionaires? The publication last year of a new academic report cleared up for us at least one way the millionaires' club known as Congress benefits.A report from four scholars, Alan J Ziobrowski; James W Boyd, Ping Cheng; and Brigitte J. Ziobrowski, titled Abnormal Returns From the Common Stock Investments...
  • Republican Military Hero Will Announce Her Run For Congress Today

    02/09/2012 2:29:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/2/12 | Jim Hoft
    Colonel Martha McSally was a pilot in the United States Air Force. She was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat. McSally is also the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron, the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS) based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. in 2001 Martha McSally successfully challenged the military policy that required US and UK servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country. .....
  • The Education and Workforce Committee holds hearing on NLRB "Recess" Appointments

    02/09/2012 8:46:13 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-08 | Heather Ginsburg
    Today the Committee on Education and the Workforce hosted a hearing on the President’s January recent recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. To refresh everyone’s memory, President Obama made “recess” appointments to the NLRB early last month, while the Senate was not actually in recess. The Senate was in what is called a pro-forma session. In the context of appointees, longstanding Senate procedures consider pro-forma recess nearly identical to standard recess. Therefore, recess appointments cannot be made at this time. Recently, several different organizations have decided to file suits against the administration for these illegal appointments. During yesterday’s...