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  • Just the Facts on Big Spending

    05/25/2012 8:09:21 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-24 | Hugh Johnson
    Unlike most normal people, we closely follow Twitter wars between competing economists. On Wednesday, AEI economist James Pethokoukis took issue with Rex Nutting of MarketWatch.com who claimed Obama is not a big spender because spending rose 1.4 percent during his Presidency. First of all, Nutting doesn’t give credit to Tea Party conservatives for preventing rapid spending growth of the kind President Obama’s budget proposes. Secondly, Pethokoukis points at two overlapping metrics which accurately show Obama’s big spending tendencies—baseline spending and spending as GDP. Nutting’s baseline is FY2009 part of which fell under Bush’s final budget and represented the initial injection...
  • Republicans Backing Off Holder Contempt Charges, Exemplifies Systemic RINO Problem

    05/24/2012 5:24:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-24-12 | M. Catherine Evans
    Republicans in Congress better wake up and start freezing some of their own targets against the left if they hope to see a GOP victory in November. The level of corruption, from murdered federal agents to looting taxpayer monies got green companies like Solyndra to the war on religion should be enough to have our elected representatives up in arms. Yet, there are still legislators who remain squeamish in the face of our constitutional republic's impending demise. Sarah Palin got it right on Monday while on Fox News' "Hannity." "This phony, hypocritical, one-sided call for a cease-fire by the left...
  • Washington power seekers wage war against due process

    05/24/2012 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/24/2012 | Doug Book
    Before the dust began to settle around New York City’s twin towers, Washington’s political elites were contemplating the benefits in sheer legislative power a terror attack of such magnitude could bestow upon the benevolent despots of Capitol Hill. In a secretly recorded, 1992 address to the Bilderberg Organization, Henry Kissinger made this statement: “Today’s Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened [their] very existence.” Though Kissinger was speaking...
  • Sen. Reid Blocks Ban on $4 Billion Illegal Immigrant Tax Credit Loophole

    05/23/2012 6:35:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/23/2012 | Wynton Hall
    A bill that would close an IRS tax credit loophole that allows the IRS to funnel over $4 billion to illegal immigrants is being held up by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, has been vocal in his disdain for the blatant misuse of taxpayer monies: I’m disappointed that the Majority Leader objected to our effort today to prevent billions in tax credits from being wrongly sent to illegal immigrants claiming they have dependents, many of whom do not live in...
  • The House's octogenarian incumbents

    05/24/2012 8:39:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/24/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the Tea Party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle. I think Lugar, 80, lost because he was out of touch with Indiana. He started the primary registered to vote at an Indiana home he had sold in 1977. The Lugars have resided in Virginia ever since. Lugar had been working in Washington for so long that he didn't realize he needed to keep up at least the...
  • THE CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY: Boehner said to be blocking Issa committee vote on contempt

    05/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5/22/12 | Dutchman6
    Lapdog AP reporter Jordy Yager writes: Rep. Issa might not have the votes to push forward Holder contempt charge> Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) might not have the votes in his own committee to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. A number of Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are wary of moving forward with Issa’s proposed measure, putting the powerful chairman in an awkward position as he attempts to build support for the move. . . Two of the committee’s 23 Republicans have declined to support the measure at this point, while five other...
  • Excerpt from Elaine May's "A New Leaf" (1971). With Walter Matthau (This is our economy today)

    05/23/2012 7:42:41 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Excerpt from Elaine May's "A New Leaf" (1971). The idle and spoiled Henry Graham (Matthau) learns from his accountant/lawyer (William Redfield) that he (Graham) is broke.
  • Reid Blames Tea Party Extremism for Looming 'Taxmaggedon'

    05/22/2012 4:45:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 22,2012 | Sunlun Miller
    Another line in the sand has been drawn as Congress faces a daunting lame-duck year-end fiscal crisis dubbed around Capitol Hill as "Taxmaggedon." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., responded to a letter from Senate Republicans today in which they called for an immediate extension of the Bush tax cuts, with a message of his own: that's impossible before the election.
  • Student Loan Payroll Tax Increase: Another Attack on Small Business

    05/21/2012 11:34:19 AM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 15 replies
    heritage.org ^ | May 8, 2012 | By Curtis Dubay
    President Obama is campaigning heavily for Congress to prevent the lapsing of a special low-interest rate on student loans. Specifically, unless deferred, the interest rate will rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on federal Stafford student loans issued after July 1, says Curtis Dubay, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has proposed to offset the cost of continuing to subsidize these loans by raising taxes on small businesses to the tune of $9 billion over 10 years.[2] This is the latest in a series of tax increases on small businesses pursued...
  • Ted Deutch wants to stifle free speech

    05/21/2012 7:12:05 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 16 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/21/2012 | John R. Smith
    Ted Deutch has passed the point of merely being wobbly on business issues. The Florida congressman is now firmly entrenched in the anti-business ranks of the Beltway. Deutch crossed the line when he introduced a bill in the U.S House to silence the financial voice of American business in our elections process. He is proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning businesses, and political groups created by businesses, from contributing money to political candidates at the federal, state and local levels. Deutch would also forbid spending money to influence the outcome of ballot issues. He believes that businesses should...
  • Will U.S. Sovereignty Be LOST At Sea? Obama Signs U.N. Treaty That Redistributes Drilling Revenues

    05/20/2012 10:18:50 AM PDT · by Innovative · 207 replies
    Forbes ^ | may 20, 2012 | Forbes OpEd
    A proposed Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which has been signed by President Obama but not yet ratified by Congress, will subordinate U.S. naval and drilling operations beyond 200 miles of our coast to a newly established U.N. bureaucracy. If approved, it will grant a Kingston, Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority (ISA) the power to regulate deep-sea oil exploration, seabed mining, and fishing rights. As part of the deal, as much as 7% of U.S. government revenue that is collected from oil and gas companies operating off our coast will be forked over to ISA for redistribution to poorer, landlocked...
  • Extend the Bush Tax Cuts Now

    05/18/2012 4:51:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2012 | Larry Kudlow
    House Speaker John Boehner is playing a heroic role right now. In his efforts to prevent the Bush tax cuts from expiring, Boehner is aggressively taking on President Obama's leadership ineptitude on the economy. In essence, Boehner is pushing a Republican policy to wrap up a debt-limitation bill and extend the Bush tax cuts in one fell swoop before the election -- and before all the last-minute, crisis-oriented political machinations that would come in a lame-duck Congress, threatening another credit downgrade and leading to a business-hiring freeze and plunging stock market, all of which happened last year. Tax-cut certainty is...
  • Prepare for War? – ALERT Republican-Led House Votes to ALLOW Military Action Against Iran

    05/19/2012 5:07:13 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    theintelhub .com ^ | May 19, 2012 | Staff
    The Republican led House has voted to allow U.S. military action against Iran if the regime threatens the U.S. or it’s allies (Israel) with nuclear weapons. According to a section of the National Defense Authorization Act, “it shall be the policy of the United States to take all necessary measures, including military action if required, to prevent Iran from threatening the United States, its allies or Iran’s neighbors with a nuclear weapon,” reported Raw Story. The use of the word threaten literally makes it possible for the U.S. to attack Iran whenever they please by simply claiming that they were...
  • Judge strikes down NDAA, rules Obama must obey Constitution

    05/19/2012 10:02:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/19/2012 | Doug Book
    In a considerable setback for a president eager to ravage the due process rights of the American people, Federal Judge Kathleen Forrest granted a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, striking down those sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 which sought to provide Barack Obama the power to indefinitely detain citizens without benefit of their 5th Amendment rights. Signed very quietly into law on New Year’s Eve, the controversial Act has been roundly criticized as unconstitutional by groups on both the political left and right. Of greatest concern was Section 1021 which grants the United States military authority...
  • Senators to Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ to Respond to Facebook’s Saverin’s Tax ‘Scheme’

    05/17/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Senators to Unveil the ‘Ex-Patriot Act’ to Respond to Facebook’s Saverin’s Tax ‘Scheme’ Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has a status update for Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin: Stop attempting to dodge your taxes by renouncing your U.S. citizenship or never come to back to the U.S. again. In September 2011, Saverin relinquished his U.S. citizenship before the company announced its planned initial public offering of stock, which will debut this week. The move was likely a financial one, as he owns an estimated 4 percent of Facebook and stands to make $4 billion when the company goes public. Saverin would reap...
  • Senators Propose Barring Those Who Drop Citizenship From Reentering U.S.

    05/17/2012 12:26:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    NPR ^ | 17 May 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who renounced his U.S. citizenship, is now facing backlash from politicians: Two U.S. senators are proposing a plan that would prevent people like Saverin from reentering the country. As we reported yesterday, by some estimates Saverin may save $67 million in taxes by giving up his citizenship."We simply cannot allow the ultra-wealthy to write their own rules," Sen. Bob Casey, the Democrat from Pennsylvania said in a statement. "Mr. Saverin has benefited greatly from being a citizen of the United States but he has chosen to cast it aside and leave U.S. taxpayers with the bill....
  • New Study: High Corporate Taxes Stifle Small Businesses

    05/17/2012 7:32:47 AM PDT · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-16 | Hugh Johnson
    It’s generally best to speak to experts when making broad claims about national policy. For instance, if we want to analyze U.S. corporate tax policy it’s probably best to take the word of a few tax attorneys than, say, a constitutional law scholar. A new study by Jonathan Sallet and Robert Rizzi, partner attorneys in the tax practice of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, highlight the constricting nature of corporate tax rates. ATR has previously highlighted the job-killing nature of high corporate taxes and the anti-growth effects of maintaining the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world. Published by the...
  • BREAKING: Democrat-Held Senate Rejects Obama's Horrific Budget, 99-0 (AGAIN!!!)

    05/16/2012 3:46:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Guy Benson
    For the second consecutive year, the Democrat-controlled United States Senate has unanimously rejected President Obama's 2013 budget.  The final vote was 99-0, making the the running two-year tally 196-0.  This move follows the House of Representatives' 414-0 rebuke of the same fiscal blueprint earlier this year.  Astonishingly, not a single Senate Democrat has voted in favor of any budget for three years, even as they refuse to offer a plan of their own.  Democrats have claimed that three fig leaves mitigate this embarrassing spectacle:   (1) "The Senate has already passed a budget!"  False. The Senate has not passed a...
  • Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate

    05/16/2012 1:44:58 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/16/12 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it. Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year. Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor. Democrats disputed that it was actually the president's plan, arguing that the slim amendment didn't actually match Mr. Obama's budget document, which ran thousands of pages. But Republicans said they used all of the president's numbers in the proposal, so it faithfully represented his plan. Sen. Jeff...
  • Dream Act students sue to stop Senate filibuster (illegals sue0

    05/15/2012 3:07:59 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-15-12 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrant students and members of the House sued the Senate this week to try to overturn the upper chamber’s filibuster rule, arguing that the 60-vote supermajority requirement violates the Constitution and is blocking important legislation such as legalization for illegal immigrants. If successful, the lawsuit, filed Monday, would rewrite the way the Senate operates — though courts generally have been reluctant to meddle in internal congressional rules.
  • Is the filibuster unconstitutional?

    05/15/2012 11:49:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 May 2012 | Ezra Klein
    According to Best Lawyers — “the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” — Emmet Bondurant “is the go-to lawyer when a business person just can’t afford to lose a lawsuit.” He was its 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust and Bet-the-Company Litigation. But now, he’s bitten off something even bigger: bet-the-country litigation.Bondurant thinks the filibuster is unconstitutional. And, alongside Common Cause, where he serves on the board of directors, he’s suing to have the Supreme Court abolish it. In a 2011 article in the Harvard Law School’s Journal on Legislation, Bondurant laid out his case for...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL--John Boehner is stalling Fast and Furious contempt citation of Eric Holder

    05/13/2012 10:01:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 64 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/13/2012 | Doug Book
    If Darrell Issa has any thoughts of the full House voting on his Oversight Committee’s citation of contempt against Eric Holder, he will first have to clear the idea with the Attorney General’s staunchest allies and political defenders—Republican Speaker John Boehner, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Republican Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy. Upon the Speaker’s office being provided a draft of the citation last week, a spokesman for the Republican leadership said “While there are very legitimate arguments to be made in favor of such an action, no decision has been made to move forward with one by the Speaker...
  • Lawmakers stay largely silent over Chinese takeover of US bank branches

    05/14/2012 10:36:28 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 11 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 13 May 12 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. lawmakers have been unusually silent about federal regulators' decision to allow a Chinese bank to take over 13 bank branches in New York and California, suggesting that they think American banks have much to gain. Members of both parties usually relish the chance to bash China on everything from government subsidies to the yuan's exchange rate. Yet Wednesday's decision by the Federal Reserve to certify a Chinese bank acquisition for the first time was met by near-universal silence.
  • NYT: Harming the Troops (GOP House Meanies won't let homosexuals marry on DoD installations)

    05/13/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | The Editors
    Republican lawmakers love to say they are protective of religious freedom and supportive of the military. Last week, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee passed two measures that undermine both in an effort to deny equal rights to gay men and lesbians. It was particularly disturbing to see this implacable campaign of intolerance at work during a week in which President Obama announced his support for the expansion of the right to marry to all Americans. Just hours after Mr. Obama tried to lead the nation forward, the House Armed Services Committee was turning the clock back. On a...
  • What Has Made Congress More Polarized?

    05/11/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that: “[P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in political polarization, said their studies of congressional votes found that Republicans are now...
  • The NMB and the Bureaucratic Mess They've Created

    05/11/2012 1:38:58 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-09 | Heather Ginsberg
    As we all know, the National Mediation Board (NMB) is a government agency full of unelected bureaucrats looking to promote unions. Most recently the Board worked on further limiting workers’ rights by changing union election rules. The political allies of the unions are now trying to explain that the NMB oversees union elections in the same manner that Congressional elections are held. However, we all know that there are inherent differences between these elections. These include unions lack of term limits, the fact that elections last several weeks and the voting members can cast their ballot from home over the...
  • House Votes to Limit DOJ Funding Unless Holder Comes Clean (142 Democrats votes for it)

    05/11/2012 6:59:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2012 | M Catherine Evans
    The House voted on a controversial funding limit amendment Wednesday evening to stop Attorney General Holder from lying to Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Comments the move to cut off Holder's DOJ allowance for 2013 unless he tells the truth about the gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious. The amendment to H.R. 5326, an appropriations bill funding Holder's agency for 2013, was in response to a February 4, 2011 letter to Congress in which DOJ officials denied any involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. Months later after damaging contradictions and discrepancies surfaced the Department was forced to rescind...
  • Will We Ever Have a Free Market Farm Bill?

    05/10/2012 1:45:23 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-09 | Kelly William Cobb
    This week, the House will vote to slash Agriculture spending by $33.7 billion. This presents a huge opportunity to reform agriculture in a free-market direction, yet it’s an opportunity being squandered by Congress. For one thing, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is pushing a Farm Bill that reportedly contains only $24.7 billion in spending cuts. Yet not all farm programs are treated equal and some don’t even rely on direct payments to farmers at all. The most market distorting programs rely on a convoluted system of supply management and price control programs, where government buys...
  • House to Eric Holder: Stop lying to us

    05/10/2012 8:59:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/09/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House Wednesday evening voted overwhelmingly to prevent the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to lie to Congress. The vote came in a Wednesday evening series of amendments to a bill, H.R. 5326, funding the Justice Department for 2013. Members approved the language in a 381-41 vote; all 41 "no" votes came from Democrats, although 142 Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the amendment. The vote reflects the ongoing frustration Republicans — and apparently some Democrats — have with Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offered the novel funding limitation amendment earlier in the day. The amendment...
  • Congress To Amend NDAA To Give DoD & NSA Greater 'Cyberwar' Powers

    05/10/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 1 replies
    Remember the NDAA? Yeah, for a variety of reasons that bill got a lot of attention last year -- mostly focused on the question of detainment of terrorists. But there are some other nuggets in the bill, including one tidbit about "military activities in cyberspace." The existing version of the NDAA does grant the Defense Department the ability to conduct such military activities, but only "upon direction by the President" and if the purpose is to "defend our Nation, Allies and interests," subject to existing laws. However, the House Armed Services Committee is getting ready to do a markup on...
  • House to vote on Trayvon amendment

    05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT · by rarestia · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House's debate on the Commerce Department spending bill. Emphasis added
  • His Fulltime Job - Obama’s shameless electioneering

    05/08/2012 1:40:49 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2012 | Fred Barnes
    President Obama is breaking new ground in his campaign for reelection. He is going where incumbent presidents have never gone before. He is doing things for which President George W. Bush would have been pilloried. And Obama is doing all this in plain view.
  • NAACP Annual Report Card for the 112th Congress - every GOP in the House and Senate received an F

    05/08/2012 11:33:54 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    The NAACP Washington Bureau has produced an annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card since 1914. This resource is designed to provide NAACP members with insight into the general voting patterns of their congressional representatives over the course of the year. The NAACP Civil Rights Legislative Report Card demonstrates how every Member of Congress voted on the bread and butter civil rights issues and priorities important to the NAACP.
  • Obama's Second Term Transformation Plans

    05/08/2012 3:05:56 AM PDT · by beejaa · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2012 | Steve McCann
    ..."The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama's first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of "transforming America" in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress. That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders... "The most significant accomplishment of Obama's first term is to make Congress irrelevant. Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in...
  • Taking a scythe to the Bill of Rights by George Will

    05/06/2012 5:08:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2012 | George F. Will
    ...Now comes Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) with a comparable contribution to another debate, the one concerning government regulation of political speech. Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 26 other Democrats and one Republican, he proposes a constitutional amendment to radically contract First Amendment protections. His purpose is to vastly expand government's power - i.e., the power of incumbent legislators - to write laws regulating, rationing or even proscribing speech in elections that determine the composition of the legislature and the rest of the government. McGovern's proposal vindicates those who say that most campaign-finance "reforms" are incompatible with the...
  • Obama might finally acquire elusive internet "kill switch"

    05/06/2012 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/6/2012 | Doug Book
    For three years Barack Hussein Obama and his handlers have labored to create a functioning dictatorship in the midst of a constitutional republic. It was shamefully easy at first. With unassailable majorities in House and Senate, even a Republican leadership unafraid to contest the excesses of the first black president would have been powerless to slow the implementation of his agenda. The left passed ObamaCare, giving itself the means of executing a calculated program of attrition against millions of reliably Republican seniors. At the same time, a corrupt Department of Justice worked to undermine the 2nd Amendment, interfered with the...
  • The Race To Take The Senate

    05/05/2012 12:32:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-12 | Curt
    Now that it appears Romney will be our nominee I have little hope of taking the White House this election year. So instead our efforts should move to taking the Senate and keeping the House to ensure that anything Obama tries to do in his continuing destruction of this country is stopped dead in its tracks. So far we are not in bad shape. In the Senate currently there are 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 Independents (who should be counted as Democrats since they always vote with the Dem's) so 53 to 47. 23 Democrats and 10 Republicans have...
  • Healthcare Slush Fund Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

    05/03/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-03 | [Staff]
    After using an Obamacare slush fund to pay for the student lending bill last week, House Republicans have sparked a firestorm of public speculation on what the $15 billion pot of taxpayer money has actually been used for. Reports now reveal hundreds of millions are being spent from Obamacare’s Public Health and Prevention Fund on a variety of government-run programs under the guise of public health. Among the more ridiculous examples of government waste, slush fund grants from the fund distributed through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program went to $7.5 million on pet spaying in Nashville because...
  • NBC: Tax loophole costs billions

    05/03/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/26/2012 | Bob Segall
    Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it! Note: This is part one in a two-part series. Read part two here. INDIANAPOLIS - Inside his central Indiana office, a longtime tax consultant sits at his desk, shaking his head in disbelief. "There is not a doubt in my mind there's huge fraud taking place here," he said, slowly...
  • Arbitrarily Low College Loan Interest Rates Harm Students, Taxpayers

    05/02/2012 2:27:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2012 | Jarrrett Skorup
    A government policy of subsidizing loans and encouraging people to borrow huge amounts that many won’t be able to repay has run-up $1 trillion worth of questionable debt. A growing number of experts fear that borrowers are paying more than the market can support, and some economists are warning of a bubble that could trigger a larger financial crisis. A spokesman for the President’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the industry is likely “too big to fail.” Unfortunately, these are not headlines from the 2008 home mortgage meltdown. They instead describe current reports about the state of student higher education...
  • Kristi Risk cannot be spared, she fights. (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/1/12 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana's primary approaches, One congressional race offers a conservative choice. Risk would have one the last primary in '10, but there were a number of "tea party" candidates against one establishment candidate. The runoff election has finally arrived...
  • Victims of Communism Day

    05/01/2012 12:43:34 PM PDT · by Persevero
    US Congressional Record ^ | 1/10/63 | Rep. Herlong
    In memory of the millions of victims of communism all over the world, I submit the following for the perusal of my fellow FReepers. Here's to a world free of communism. Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963 Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the...
  • House GOP wants to haul EPA official (Al Armendariz) before Congress over 'crucify' comments

    04/27/2012 3:51:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    House GOP wants to haul EPA official before Congress over 'crucify' commentsBy Andrew Restuccia - 04/27/12 06:12 PM ET House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans want an Environmental Protection Agency official to testify on his 2010 comments comparing enforcement of air pollution laws to crucifixion. Republicans pounced this week on EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz’s comments soon after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) drew attention to them in a Wednesday floor speech. The comments quickly became the subject of a GOP campaign to blast the Obama administration’s environmental policies, with Republicans arguing in a stream of media interview and statements...
  • Palin backs Lugar's opponent in primary (She backs Mourdock not LugarINO

    04/27/2012 3:00:01 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/2012 | David Catanese
    Sarah Palin has endorsed Richard Mourdock in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana dubbing the insurgent challenger as the "conservative choice" in the race against Sen. Dick Lugar. ... "Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate... and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent political class in D.C." ...
  • Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    04/27/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2012 | Matthew Boyle -
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. It now appears Issa is currently moving forward without the support of House Speaker John Boehner. Holder’s Department of Justice has provided only about 7,000 pages worth of the more than 70,000 pages of documents Issa has subpoenaed related to Operation Fast and Furious. Issa and many others on Capitol Hill have threatened for months that they’ll hold Holder in contempt without actually doing it. This 48-page contempt citation is the first official step in...
  • Senate Passes Watered-Down Postal Bill

    04/27/2012 8:21:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-26 | Christopher Prandoni
    After refusing to pass a budget for three years, the Senate today moved a postal “reform” bill that edifies the upper chamber’s refusal to confront the nation’s fiscal problems. Rather than reform the postal service’s bloated bureaucracy, the Democrat Senate has expanded the federal carrier’s authority and pushed it further towards bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the already watered down Senate bill only worsened throughout the amendment process; nearly every amendment that would have made S. 1789 more like Issa’s Postal Reform Act failed. ATR highlighted many of S. 1789’s shortcomings in an earlier letter: Given that over 80 percent of the Post...
  • Congress to Sebelius: “This mandate is going to end up in the Supreme Court”

    04/26/2012 2:32:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Becket Fund ^ | 4/26/12 | admin.
    Sebelius admits she did not consult Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty when drafting HHS mandate In this morning’s Congressional House hearing, Sebelius admits she did not consult Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty or have a legal memo prepared before she drafted the mandate. The mandate, unprecedented in American history, forces religious institutions to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-causing drugs, including the morning-after pill and the week-after pill, against their deeply held religious beliefs. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is the first and leading law firm to challenge this mandate–filing in four states and three circuits across...
  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Boehner: '1-in-3 chance' GOP could lose House

    04/23/2012 4:11:17 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2012 | staff
    "But there's a one-in-three chance we could lose," Boehner said. "I'm being myself -- frank. We've got a big challenge, and we've got work to do."
  • Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election

    04/23/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election By Judd Gregg - 04/23/12 05:44 AM ET The president is in full campaign mode. So is Congress. The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections. Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” it appears that although everyone in Washington is still there, no one is actually there. This being the situation, one might ask — Why don’t they all go home? They could leave Washington to the pundits and lobbyists. President Obama could go back to Chicago and campaign from there, reconnecting...