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  • Trashing Tricare...Obama to cut healthcare benefits for active duty and retired US military

    02/27/2012 1:42:26 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies · 10+ views
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/27/2012 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay sharply more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers’ benefits untouched. The proposal is causing a major rift within the Pentagon, according to U.S. officials. Several congressional aides suggested the move is designed to increase the enrollment in Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges. The disparity in treatment between civilian and uniformed personnel is causing a backlash within the military that could undermine recruitment and retention. The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the...
  • Times Square bomb hero to run for Congress ( NY challenge R Nan Hayworth)

    02/27/2012 2:16:19 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal online ^ | February 26, 2012 | AP
    NEW YORK — A Times Square vendor who alerted police to an attempted car bombing in 2010 is announcing his candidacy for Congress. Duane Jackson said his brush with terrorism and celebrity taught him that it made sense to get involved. The 59-year-old Navy veteran plans to announce his candidacy Monday morning in Buchanan, in Westchester County north of New York City. The Democrat hopes to unseat freshman Republican Nan Hayworth in New York's 19th Congressional District. On May 1, 2010, Jackson noticed a suspicious SUV abandoned by his cart, strapped with explosives that were smoking but never detonated. He...
  • Inhofe writes book on 'hoax' of global warming

    02/25/2012 8:06:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Tulsa World ^ | Feb 25, 2012 | Jim Myers
    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe years ago declared man-made global warming a hoax and more recently declared victory over his opponents in that long-running debate. Still, the Oklahoma Republican believes his work is not done. Next week, the senator said his plans for the book's introduction include interviews with several broadcast personalities known for being on the other side of the debate. Published by WND Books, which described it as a coup de grace to the global-warming movement, the book is titled "The Greatest Hoax," with the subtitle "How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future." Next week, the senator said,...
  • Attempt to block MetroRail funding fails

    02/24/2012 11:27:32 AM PST · by The Pack Knight · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle @ chron.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Stewart M. Powell
    WASHINGTON - The committee chairman described it as a "food fight," an after-midnight bout as Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold tried to jimmy legislation to block federal money for Metro to build or extend the University and Uptown light rail lines. In the end, his effort failed. But the wrangling in the wee hours last week spotlighted the countless little-noticed struggles that take place across Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to steer taxpayers' dollars toward projects they favor – and away from projects they oppose. In this case, the stakes were potentially the future of Houston's light rail system and the...
  • Bad Week For Freedom

    02/24/2012 1:02:04 AM PST · by Shane · 3 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | February 14, 2012 | Jim Quinn
    With each passing week it seems this country spirals further into the depths of a frightening dystopian fantasy reminiscent of Huxley and Orwell’s dark world of isolation, fear and government brutality portrayed in their masterpieces Brave New World and 1984. I keep speculating whether it’s me that’s crazy and not the things I’m witnessing on a daily basis. The President signs the National Defense Authorization Act, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress, which allows the government to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge. And there is barely a squeak from the docile masses as they are soothed by Obama...
  • Obama Signs Payroll Tax Cut and Unemployment Benefits Extension

    02/23/2012 3:30:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Accounting Today ^ | February 23, 2012 | Michael Cohn
    President Obama has signed into law an extension through the end of the year of the payroll tax cut, unemployment benefits, and the so-called “doc fix” to prevent Medicare physician reimbursement rates from plunging. Obama had pushed for the extension, arguing that it would provide the average taxpayer with an extra $40 in a typical two-week paycheck. The payroll tax cut was in effect last year, cutting Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes 2 percentage points, from 6.2 to 4.2 percent. However, Congress was only able to agree last December on how to extend the tax cut for another two...
  • Kelo Needs Congressional Correction

    02/23/2012 12:17:51 PM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-22 | Paul Petrick
    Last month, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 1433. This bill would suspend federal economic development funds for two years to any state or municipality that expropriates private property via eminent domain for a private purpose. H.R. 1433 enjoys the bipartisan support of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as well as more than two dozen other co-sponsors. If enacted, this legislation would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government entities to expropriate private property at...
  • Should Threats Against Legislators Have Stricter Penalites?

    02/23/2012 8:03:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/19/2012 | Jack Spencer
    A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would outlaw death threats against public officials or their immediate family members. But even before it was formally introduced, questions arose: Why just public officials? Why not everyone? Public officials are defined in Senate Bill 943 as the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, directors of state executive branch principal departments, members of the state Legislature, and justices and judges of the state judiciary. People elected or appointed to these posts but not yet serving are included as well. Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, the bill sponsor, defends limiting the scope of...
  • Will Generation 'Gimme' Work for the American Dream? Eye-opening insight into America's youth

    02/21/2012 10:34:12 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies · 1+ views
    This is just plain sad. These kids are in for a rude awakening. For some it's too late...they've already been indoctrinated into socialism, Marxism et al......
  • House Committee Misses Chance to Question Sec. Napolitano on Immigration Enforcement

    02/20/2012 11:11:28 AM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | February 20, 2012 | Jonathan Osbourne
    The House Homeland Security Committee hosted a hearing Wednesday afternoon called “An Examination of the President's FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security” with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. The Congressmen in attendance were Peter King (Committee Chairman) of New York, Lamar Smith of Texas, Dan Lungren of California, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Michael McCaul of Texas, Bennie Thompson (Committee Ranking Member), Loretta Sanchez of California, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Yvette Clarke of New York, Laura Richardson of California, Danny Davis of Illinois, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Patrick Meeham of Pennsylvania, Scott Rigell...
  • Voice of 'Black' Reason

    02/20/2012 3:20:39 AM PST · by BeauGalt · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | Kevin Jackson
    Mr. Jackson is a voice of reason, in a sea of confusion, and rabid racism...
  • Sarah Palin was right

    02/18/2012 4:57:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2012 | David Merritt, former CEO, Center for Health Transformation
    In the summer of 2009, when the outrage over the Democrats’ emerging health care reform bills was at its height, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was excoriated by the left for saying: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” The roiling debate over the HHS decision to mandate...
  • The History of American Debt:1775-2011

    02/18/2012 1:31:18 PM PST · by orthodoxyordeath · 3 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | August 8, 2011 | Matthew Monos
    Standard and Poor downgraded the credit rating of the USA from AAA to AA+. Add in the fact that they downgraded the credit of institutions such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae for being too reliant on government (shocker!), are mulling downgrades of Britain and France, and said they might downgrade the USA again in a few months if the situation doesn't improve, and we're looking at financial free-falls worldwide. This of course has prompted a renewed interest in American debt, since the S&P said that was the main factor in this downgrade. In fact this morning John Chambers, Managing...
  • Chairman Kline Takes on Failing Education

    02/17/2012 11:30:12 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-02-17 | [Staff]
    No Child Left Behind is an example of why the 'one size fits all' mentality is an improper way to govern. Placing standardizations as well as allocating specific resources at the federal level is not working. Our education system is decaying. With increasing costs and decreasing scores it is clear that reform is necessary to ensure that the future of our nation have the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy. Chairman Kline of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee is sponsoring two pieces of legislation to address this issue. The two bills reform federal education...
  • House Republicans Rollback Obama's Pro-Union Regulations

    02/17/2012 9:58:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    After a yearlong fight, House Republicans land a blow against the politicized National Mediation Board (NMB). After assuming office in 2009, President Obama appointed two pro-union members to the three member NMB, the federal agency that oversees union-employer relations in the transportation industry. Effectively controlling the board, Obama’s Democrat appointees rewrote long-held election law to make it easier for unions to organize transportation workers. While the National Labor Relations Board’s nefarious activity has received much publicity, Obama’s regulatory overreach began with the NMB. Since the National Railway Act’s was ratified in 1926, a union needed to receive a majority of...
  • GOP likes Kelly for Giffords special

    02/17/2012 6:24:56 AM PST · by CanadianYankee · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/12 | DAVID CATANESE
    Republicans favor Jesse Kelly as their candidate for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona House seat, according to a poll released first to POLITICO. A Wenzel Strategies survey, paid for by Citizens United Political Victory Fund, shows Kelly is ahead of his nearest GOP primary challenger by close to 25 percentage points in the special election. The poll, taken Wednesday and Thursday of this week, puts Kelly at 43 percent to State Sen. Frank Antenori's 18 percent and sports commentator Dave Sitton's 10 percent. Twenty percent aren't sure. The poll included 700 respondents and has a 3.68 percent margin of error....
  • 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...