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  • Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some ($20 billion) in a Corporate Pension Rule Tweak

    07/01/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/28/12 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some in a Corporate Pension Rule TweakBy MARY WILLIAMS WALSH Published: June 28, 2012 Lawmakers looking for money to finance low-cost student loans and fix aging highways have found about $20 billion in an unlikely place: company pension funds. Pension funds are not exactly brimming over with extra money. In 2006, Congress was concerned enough about bolstering them to pass legislation closing loopholes and making companies set money aside more quickly. But the highway bill that Congress is rushing to complete by Friday contains a measure that would let companies slow their pension contributions again....
  • A Californian Sees the Writing on the Wall

    07/01/2012 2:14:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | July 1, 2012 | John McLaughlin interviews Rep Tom McClintock, CA
    .........AT: In the last number of years, the House votes out specific legislation, it goes over to the Senate, and Harry Reid sits on it..... TM: The continuing resolutions ought to abide by the process I've just outlined. Unfortunately, instead, the continuing resolutions which originate in the House are pre-negotiated with Harry Reid. So, the House is then bound by the diktats of Harry Reid, who is not even a member of the House -- and that's what I object to. I've said, once each house has acted independently, as the Constitution envisions, and we have a conference process that...
  • Wealthy Conservatives Working to Unseat Obama, Take Back Senate

    06/30/2012 11:32:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | June 29, 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson announced his intention on Friday to give $10 million to political action committees controlled by Charles and David Koch who in turn are themselves giving substantial sums to unseat President Obama and turn control of the Senate back to the Republican Party. Adelson's intentions are to give upwards of $100 million in support of conservative causes. He explained: What scares me is the continuation of the socialist-style economy we've been experiencing for almost four years. That scares me because the redistribution of wealth is the path to more socialism, and to more of the...
  • Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt

    06/30/2012 7:29:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jun 29, 2012
    Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Modified: Jun 29, 2012 08:50PM WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress. The House voted Thursday afternoon to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over the documents. President Barack Obama invoked his executive privilege authority and ordered Holder not to turn over materials about executive branch deliberations and internal recommendations. In...
  • Repealing Obamacare: Why Mitt Romney and the Republicans Will Come Up Short (From the Left)

    06/29/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | June 29, 2012 | Michael Luciano
    Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans from Mitt Romney to Speaker John Boehner have pledged to repeal the ACA, which is set for full implementation by 2015. Until the decision was announced, it seemed almost unthinkable that the Supreme Court and its constructionist majority would deem a law giving Congress the power to mandate commerce a valid exercise of its constitutional powers. Four justices felt that the individual mandate, which requires every American to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, fell within the ability of Congress to regulate interstate commerce....

    06/29/2012 9:11:30 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 15 replies
    Graewoulf | june 28, 2012 | Grewoulf
    Esteemed Chief Justice John Roberts yesterday opened a new watering hole in the District of Corruption. This was a surprise move, according to close personal friends Eric Holder and Barack Obama. Un-named sources close to Roberts say that the original name had to be changed from Traitor John's Bar and Grill to Traitor John's Bar and Supreme Tax Court due an unexpected shortage of Federalist Steaks, Robert's personal favorite meal. Yesterday, the Government declared Federalists to be an Endangered Species, and thus effectively converted the Grill into the Supreme Tax Court that should last for at least two generations of...
  • A Statesman in Congress

    06/29/2012 8:31:53 AM PDT · by An American! · 5 replies
    Letters from an Ohio Farmer ^ | June 26, 2012 | Ohio Farmer
    June 26, 2012 A Statesman in Congress To the Members of the 112th Congress: This Friday marks the 160th anniversary of the death of Henry Clay (June 29, 1852). With only a few years excepted, Clay served in the House of Representatives and the Senate from 1803 until his death almost 50 years later. When he died, he was the most famous American of his day and received many, many eulogies. One of them came from a little-known, former one-term Congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who eulogized Clay as "my beau ideal of a statesman." In calling Clay a "statesman,"...
  • The Supreme Court Shrugged, And We're All Left Eating Broccoli-Yaron Brook

    06/29/2012 7:18:37 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 8 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 05/29/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents Yaron Brook came on today to discuss the ramifications of the upholding of Obamacare. The decision, while in and of itself a shocker, shows us that we now live under a government that knows no limits. If they want to mandate broccoli consumption, the Congress is free to do so. What other dastardly mandates will arise from this Obamanation? This is yet just another part of the systematic assault on personal liberty and freedom. The very idea of forcing people to engage in market place activities against their own will would have made the Founders fly into an...
  • Urologists Concerned About "key aspects" of Law

    06/29/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 15 replies
    Modern Medicine ^ | Jun 28, 2012
    "While we strongly advocate the provision of care for the millions of uninsured Americans who will benefit from the legislation, we are concerned that there are key aspects to this law that will, ultimately, hurt this nation’s ability to provide widespread care for its citizens," the statement said. "Since the PPACA was passed in 2010, organizations representing urologists nationwide have been working with lawmakers and regulators to demonstrate how certain provisions of the PPACA—including the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board [IPAB] and the value-based modifier—will negatively impact physicians’ ability to provide quality care to patients. Though we applaud...
  • Why Congress Doesn’t Work

    06/28/2012 9:22:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | June 25, 2012 | Leo Linbeck III
    Faced with a complex, hard-to-solve problem, there is a natural human tendency to solve a much simpler, easier one instead. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, dubs this cognitive process “substitution.” We know our political system is broken. The signs are everywhere: knee-jerk partisanship, massive debts and unfunded liabilities, widespread citizen dissatisfaction, trillion-dollar deficits, rampant public and private corruption, and a federal government that has less support than King George III at the time of the American Revolution. But fixing the system is a staggeringly complex undertaking. The causes of its dysfunction are deep and...
  • What Would President Romney Do? Romney’s promised to scrap Obamacare—and if he wins he can do it

    06/28/2012 8:44:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Slate ^ | June 28, 2012 | Matthew Yglesias
    The Supreme Court’s decision to let the core elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stand kicks the fate of the Obama administration’s signature initiative where it properly belongs—into the domain of politics—where a Romney administration would still have ample opportunity to dismantle the main elements of the law. One thing President Romney probably couldn’t do, however, would be the politically expedient step of simply repealing the legally controversial and politically unpopular fine levied on people who decline to purchase health insurance. Both Romney (who embraced a mandate as governor of Massachusetts) and Obama (who opportunistically opposed a...
  • Frum: Repeal Is a Fantasy

    06/28/2012 5:43:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 28, 2012 | David Frum, Canadian Über RINO
    The Republican Plan B is to repeal Obamacare on Day 1 of a Romney presidency. Good luck with that. First, today's Supreme Court decision will make it a lot harder to elect Mitt Romney. President Obama has just been handed a fearsome election weapon. 2012 is no longer exclusively a referendum on the president's economic management. 2012 is now also a referendum on Mitt Romney's healthcare plans. The president can now plausibly say that a vote for the Republicans is a vote to raise prescription drug costs on senior citizens and to empower insurance companies to deny coverage to children...
  • Eric Cantor Already Scheduled House Vote on ObamaCare's FULL REPEAL

    06/28/2012 10:59:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 42 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | June 28, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    First week after August recess... Obama and his congressional minions swore back in 2008/09 'you will not see your taxes increase one single dime'- and they never would have got this leviathan passed on the Hill had they been even slightly more honest about it. So consider this- some (like former AG Alberto Gonzales) even think Roberts/SCOTUS just handed the election to Romney- as the Court cannot be labelled as biased to the Right now -no way- and the truth has at long-last come out: ObamaCare is the largest tax increase in the history of the US -nay, the...

    06/28/2012 10:20:56 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 34 replies
    Graewoulf | June 28, 2012 | Graewoulf
    Now that Chief Justice John Roberts has destroyed the boundary between the Judiciary and the Legislative Branches of the US Federal Government by changing a legally approved fine into a tax with no vote from the Legislature, there is no limit to what laws the SCOTUS can now reinterpret to their benefit. The Backdoor conversion of a fine in Obama"care" into a tax by Justice Roberts requires that the people convert the other Rogue rulings of the SOCTUS into rulings consistent with the US Constitution. Obviously this cannot be done by lawyers, as lawyers do not obey rules, they just...
  • The Black Caucus Is Staging A Walkout During The Eric Holder Contempt Vote

    06/28/2012 5:26:52 AM PDT · by blam · 134 replies
    TBI ^ | 6-28-2012 | Grace Wyler
    The Black Caucus Is Staging A Walkout During The Eric Holder Contempt Vote Grace Wyler Jun. 27, 2012, 9:33 PM The Congressional Black Caucus is planning to stage a walkout during tomorrow's House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, according to a letter that is being circulated among Democratic members of Congress. “We adamantly oppose this partisan attack and refuse to participate in any vote that would tarnish the image of Congress or of an attorney general who has done nothing but work tirelessly to protect the rights of the...
  • Tax Hikes in Obamacare: How Will SCOTUS Rule?

    06/27/2012 12:15:34 PM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-27 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    On the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, taxpayers are reminded that the President’s healthcare law is one of the largest tax increases in American history. Obamacare contains 20 new or higher taxes on American families and small businesses. On Thursday, Americans for Tax Reform will do a full analysis of the tax implications of the Court’s decision. Arranged by their respective effective dates, below is the total list of all $500 billion-plus in tax hikes (over the next ten years) in Obamacare, where to find them in the bill, and how much your taxes are scheduled to...
  • Anti-Israel Candidate Demands Recount after Huge Loss

    06/27/2012 4:54:32 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    New York City councilman Charles Barron, who has called Israel a “terrorist state,” was clobbered in his bid for a Congressional seat but blamed the media and demanded a recount. Barron lost out to state Assemblyman Hakeen Jeffries in the race to succeed retiring 24-year incumbent Congressman Edolphus Towns. The redrawn district is highly Democratic and Jeffries can expect to coast to a victory in the November elections against the Republican party nominee. Jeffries won the primaries Tuesday night by a whopping 72-28 percent margin. Democratic party leaders went all out to prevent an upset victory by Barron, which would...
  • Jon Kyl warns Obama: ‘Impeachment is always a possibility’

    06/26/2012 8:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Capitol Column ^ | June 26, 2012
    Arizona Senator Jon Kyl stated his belief that “impeachment is always a possibility” regarding President Barack Obama’s recent immigration policy shift, during an appearance Tuesday on the Bill Bennett radio show. “If the president insists on continuing to ignore parts of the law that he doesn’t like, and simply not enforce that law, the primary remedy for that is political,” said Mr. Kyl. “And you have it two ways: one is oversight through the Congress to demonstrate what they’re doing wrong and there are some potential criminal charges there for dereliction of duty. Although, I haven’t looked that up yet....
  • Farm Bill 2012: Over-regulation Strikes Again!

    06/26/2012 10:13:13 AM PDT · by 92nina · 25 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-26 | Haylee Ham
    To the disappointment of those who wanted to see reform and fiscal responsibility prevail, Debbie Stabenow’s (D-Mich.) farm bill passed in the Senate on Thursday with a vote of 64-35. The proposed bill fails to reform certain programs like sugar, makes other wasteful programs like dairy even worse, and creates a whole new entitlement program for farmers, while spending 60 percent more than the last farm bill and only cutting a paltry $23 billion from the deficit over the next ten years. This farm bill will leave a wide path of destruction behind it: consumer prices will increase, costly entitlement...
  • Homeland Security suspends immigration agreements with Ariz. police

    06/25/2012 11:31:56 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 167 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 25,2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police. Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport. “We will not be issuing detainers...
  • Democrats Want Voters out of Immigration Debate

    06/23/2012 10:55:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | June 23, 2012 | Alexis Garcia
    President Barack Obama's recent decision to grant immunity to young undocumented Latinos proves that he does not want the public involved in the immigration debate. After failing to secure meaningful reform, the president took the extraordinary step in circumventing Congress and issued an executive order deferring deportation laws calling it the "right thing to do." Though only Congress has the authority under the Constitution to define citizenship, the president -- sensing political disaster in November -- usurped congressional power to enact his own agenda. While Latinos applaud this move, they should worry that the President's expansion of executive power sets...
  • Obama & Holder Ordered Gunwalking Operation

    06/22/2012 8:31:18 PM PDT · by Gargantua · 46 replies ^ | June 22, 2012 | Gargantua
    Back in 2009 the White House held a news conference announcing their new plans for taking action against the Mexican drug cartels. President Obama's spokesman lays out the plan ordered by President Obama and Attorney General Holder. Two questions arise rather quickly: 1) How can they now claim not to have had any idea about this badly bungled operation until it was made public following the Brian Terry murder? 2) Why are Darrell Issa and the rest of the GOP Congress allowing this slow-waltz of pathalogical liars to parade before these hearings when they have access to the same vidoe...
  • Grassley: WH must provide Congress with a ‘privilege log’ for Fast and Furious documents

    06/21/2012 10:03:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/21/12 | Matthew Boyle
    On Thursday, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley ripped President Barack Obama for his assertion of the executive privilege to keep hiding Operation Fast and Furious documents from Congress. Grassley said the White House must provide a “privilege log” detailing what documents Obama is exercising his power over, and what his legal argument for doing so is. (Snip) “The attorney general repeatedly claimed that the Justice Department was making an ‘extraordinary offer’ Tuesday night,” Grassley continued. “The only thing extraordinary is that the attorney general offered a promise to produce documents one day and then asked the president to claim executive
  • Obama Was Born in Huwaii

    06/21/2012 7:50:23 AM PDT · by chatter4 · 84 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 21, 2012 | Chatter4
    "Upon a close inspection of the photo Savannah Guthrie took of Obama's long form Birth Certificate, I've found that the document states that Obama was born in "Honolulu, Huwaii." This could be one reason why Obama and the State of Hawaii refused to allow the public to see this document. Obama's lawyers have argued this would be too much of an embarassment for him to produce this document in Court."
  • House appropriators advance spending bill that would slash the EPA’s funding

    06/20/2012 5:15:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Ah, such a tease! I can’t say I have much faith that, the way things stand right now, this bill will make it through untouched, but it’s beautiful to think about nonetheless.A House committee has managed to advance a 2013 spending bill that would impose deep cuts and restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency. The bill cuts EPA by $1.4 billion, about 17 percent, compared to current funding. The GOP points out that this brings the EPA below fiscal 1998 funding.House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who hails from coal country, said he is especially proud of the measure,...
  • JEC Dems Push Fraudulent Tax Study, Washington Post Buys It

    06/20/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-20 | Ryan Ellis
    There is a breathless article in today's Washington Post by Lori Montgomery detailing a study by JEC Democrat staff of the House GOP budget's tax reform plan. The headline of the report is that the tax plan, if implemented, would be a net tax hike for middle and upper-middle income households, and a giant tax cut for high income households. The only problem is that the analysis contains a fatal flaw that Lori Montgomery should have seen. The fact that she did not is troubling, to say the least. The House GOP budget empowers the Ways and Means Committee to...
  • Savannah Guthrie Photographed Two Different Birth Certificates

    06/20/2012 8:49:32 AM PDT · by chatter4 · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 20, 2012 | Chatter4
    Savannah Guthrie posted two pictures she took of Obama's long form Birth Certificate, but, it can be clearly seen that she photographed two different documents.
  • Obama Joins Holder In Contemptuous Cover-up

    06/20/2012 8:12:49 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies ^ | 06/20/12 | CaroleL
    When it comes to the government's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation, Attorney General Eric Holder is running out of places to hide. But now he has President Barack Obama aiding and abetting his efforts to keep the truth about the program from both Congress and the American people. Facing a House committee vote today on whether he is in contempt of Congress for not turning over requested documents, the desperate Mr. Holder sent a letter to the White House today requesting that the president, " assert executive privilege over the identified documents." And Mr. Obama has complied.
  • New bill looks to increase minimum wage to $10

    06/20/2012 12:23:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Arizona Daily Wildcat ^ | June 19, 2012 | Max Efrein, journalism and history junior
    Minimum wage has been a topic of debate ever since the creation of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. Just this month, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois has attempted to once again bring the discussion into a modern context. Jackson introduced a bill to Congress that calls for an immediate raise of the federal minimum wage up to $10 from its current standing of $7.25, according to the New York Times. This may seem like an extreme jump, but this increase was proposed in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. In fact, President Obama stated back...
  • King Obama's illegal immigration edict is royal insult

    06/19/2012 6:56:46 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 7 replies ^ | 06/19/2012 | Jeff Crouere
    On Friday, President Obama once again displayed his utter contempt for Congress and the rule of law by unilaterally announcing that his administration would no longer deport up to 800,000 illegal immigrants who arrived in this country at a young age.
  • Three Different "True Copies" (of Obama's long form)

    06/19/2012 8:12:41 AM PDT · by chatter4 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 19, 2012 | Chatter4
    Although the Hawaii Department of Health claimed they sent Obama two certified copies of his "original Certificate of Live Birth", three different versions of Obama's long form Birth Certificate have been released to the public and all three are different.
  • WSJ Editorial Board, Walker, Rubio Rebuke Jeb Bush’s “Grand Bargain” Tax Increase

    06/18/2012 8:05:30 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-15 | John Kartch
    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following his recent remarks endorsing a hypothetical 10-1 promised-spending-cuts-to-tax-hikes deal, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been cheered by left-of-center editorial pages across the land as well as Democrat elected officials including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Meanwhile, Bush’s tax increase position has been rebuked by, among others, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and the Wall Street Journal editorial board. RUBIO: On Wednesday, BloombergBusinessweek reported: Florida Senator Marco Rubio said he wouldn’t accept revenue increases as part of a deficit deal that also cut spending to prevent a U.S. fiscal crisis, saying it’s a “different...
  • Kerry Bentivolio for U.S. Congress, MI-District 11 WOWS Tea Party

    Folks, Link only @ YouTube as Kerry Bentivolio addresses the Rattle With Us Tea Party Group in Plymouth Michigan. The word I hear on the street is he went over bigger than his EGOP opponent, ( Whose video is also on You-Tube ). Note, this is the district of Thaddeus McCotter and post his registration to run mess-up, this will need to be a write-in vote.
  • We are so screwed

    06/16/2012 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Jerrybob · 36 replies
    Fox news | 6/16/12 | self
    Perfect example of how screwed up things are in this country; how up is down and backwards: News story on Fox yesterday about how the EPA is using drones to spy on farmers in Nebraska, Iowa and two other bordering states. Congress, went the report, is seeking to pass a law prohibiting the EPA from doing this. Made me think: wait just a minute.... Isn't Congress supposed to be the premier law-making body in this country, and isn't the EPA merely an agency of government? Then all that should be needed is a phone call from someone in Congress to...
  • Cong. Leaders Call for Investigations of Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of the Obama Administration

    06/16/2012 8:04:02 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Red State ^ | 14 June 2012 | Staff
    Washington, DC, June 14, 2012: Five influential Members of Congress called yesterday for the inspectors general (IGs) of government departments with national security responsibilities to investigate whether their agencies are being subjected to influence operations mounted as part of what the Muslim Brotherhood calls its “civilization jihad.” This initiative holds out hope that a grave, and largely unremarked, threat may thus be recognized and thwarted in time. The authors of letters sent to the IGs for the Departments of State, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security and theOffice of the Director of National Intelligence are: Rep. Michele Bachman, a member of...
  • Obama's policy strategy: Ignore laws

    06/16/2012 7:34:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | June 16, 2012 | STEVE FRIESS
    President Obama returned Friday to a trusted tactic — satisfying his political allies by not doing something. Conservatives were angry when Janet Napolitano announced the administration would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants but they should have seen it coming. On issue after issue - gay rights, drug enforcement, Internet gambling, school achievement standards - the administration has chosen to achieve its goals by a method best described as passive-aggressive. Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his...
  • Phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress

    06/15/2012 1:08:59 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 15 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | June 15, 2012 | Numbers USA
    Phone Numbers and Mailing Addresses of Members of Congress Select the letter below matching the first letter of the congressperson's last name.
  • Lisa Jackson Blames Cheap Natural Gas for EPA’s Job-Killing Policies

    06/15/2012 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Lisa Jackson
    In a recent interview with The Guardian, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, stated that it is not her policies that are driving coal-fired power plants out of business, but rather organic changes in the American electricity market. Scapegoating natural gas, Jackson claims that low natural-gas prices and booming gas production are depressing coal consumption. But what Jackson fails to mention is that explicitly due to the EPA’s stringent regulations that some coal production is now non-econommical. The price coal-fired power plants would have to pay to comply with new, burdensome regulations is so expensive, that many coal mines are forced to...
  • Kelly Won't Challenge Barber in November (AZ update)

    06/14/2012 5:19:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    The Hotline ^ | June 14, 2012 | Scott Bland
    Two days after losing the special election for Gabrielle Giffords's old House seat, Republican Jesse Kelly has decided to forego a run for Arizona's new 2nd Congressional District this fall. "Looking at the results from Tuesday, we have decided to withdraw from the race for Congress in AZ-02 and to seek other opportunities," Kelly said in a statement Thursday."I will forever be thankful to our generous supporters and volunteers." Kelly's withdrawal vaults Air Force veteran Martha McSally to front-runner status for the GOP nomination in the new district. McSally finished second behind Kelly in the special Republican primary earlier this...
  • Kissing Cousins and Carbon Taxes

    06/14/2012 11:54:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-14 | Hugh Johnson
    Testifying in front of the Senate Finance Committee on tax and energy issues, Harvard’s Dr. Dale Jorgenson proposed a tax increase on fossil fuels equivalent to a 1.5 percent increase in federal revenues as a percent of GDP. Chairman Baucus asked if the increase is a “cousin” to a carbon tax and Dr. Jorgenson replied “a kissing cousin.” Defending the tax increase as a way to reduce consumption of carbon based fuels; Dr. Jorgenson claimed such a tax would be most effective if heavily weighted towards coal—this sounds like a carbon tax to us. A carbon tax harms American industries...
  • 20 Republican Senators are Still LOST at Sea; Please Sign the Letter ASAP and Do Your Job

    06/14/2012 11:07:33 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 12th | checkmate2012
    As another hearing is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:00am on the Senate floor and we get closer to a June vote on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), I would like to call out attention on the remaining 20 Republican Senators that have not yet signed the letter to Sen. Reid which would block the passage of this bill. Yes I wrote about this few weeks ago in hopes that RedStaters would help prod their Senators into getting on board to stop this UN agenda. There has been some success since my last diary, probably due to your...
  • The Farm Bill and Broadband Access

    06/14/2012 7:42:55 AM PDT · by 92nina · 12 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-06-13 | [Staff]
    I know what you’re thinking: what does a piece of legislation guiding American agriculture programs have to do with broadband access? And you’re right to be asking that question since the answer should be: nothing. As we’ve frequently written, the USDA has long run a program to hand out taxpayer-subsidized loans to rural broadband companies. This time, however, some lawmakers are finally questioning the program’s value. Little positive can be said about USDA’s Rural Utilities Service broadband loans. With a budget that hovers around $800 million, the program has a long history of waste, fraud, and abuse. The USDA’s Inspector...
  • Baucus vs. Ryan on Tax Reform

    06/13/2012 10:38:05 AM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-12 | Justin Sykes
    In a press release Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) likened the U.S. tax code to Hydra, the "mythical Greek beast." While the complicated U.S. tax code is reminiscent of an ancient multi-headed water beast, Senator Baucus' suggested methods of slaying such beast will prove ineffective. Senator Baucus' goals for tax reform suggest measures of increased spending and revenue. While in line with the tax reform measures of the Obama Administration, Baucus' means of achieving such goals run contrary to the budget proposed by the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. As stated in the Ryan Budget, "Washington...
  • See No Evil, Speak No Truth, And Us

    06/13/2012 9:45:25 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 2 replies
    The Daily Rant ^ | June 8, 2012 | Mychal Massie
    I freely admit to being rigid and borderline inflexible pursuant to my low opinion of those elected or appointed to political office. But even using that as a high bar of contempt, Obama, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, and Janet Napolitano fail to come even close to exceeding it. The overwhelming majority of Americans have no idea how incestuously corrupt and self-serving politicians can be, and that the majority of those in the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch of the Federal Government, in fact, are. Specific to that point, Fast and Furious, the illegal international gun-smuggling operation, is a case study...
  • Mr. Schiff Returns to Washington [Video]

    06/12/2012 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Third Person · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | June 8, 2012 | Peter Schiff
    Does Washington have the American taxpayers'interests as their top priority? Watch as lobbyists drown out your voice and Peter fights the tide.
  • Long delayed ethics charges against Rep Maxine Waters to finally go forward

    06/12/2012 9:02:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/12/2012 | Doug Book
    It was in August of 2010 the House Ethics Committee decided to proceed with charges against California Congresswoman Maxine Waters for contriving to procure “special favors” for the Massachusetts-based, OneUnited Bank. And although “Waters has done her damnedest during [these] three years to exploit as many legal technicalities as possible to try to get the investigation halted…” it now looks as though the jig might finally be up. (1) In 2008, Representative Waters set up a meeting between officials of the Treasury Department and members of a “trade association” of minority owned banks. The meeting, however, consisted almost exclusively of...
  • Lessons Not Learned? "Grand Bargains" Don't Work

    06/12/2012 7:08:14 AM PDT · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-06-11 | Mattie Duppler
    Faced with the coming threat of the largest tax hike in history, commentators are salivating at the idea of another "grand bargain" that gets Republicans to agree to raise taxes on American families and employers. Any lawmaker willing to consider such a deal is poised to become another fool of history. The 1990 Budget Deal: Starting May of 1990, President George H.W. Bush huddled with Democrat House and Senate members at Andrews Air Force Base. What was Promised: Congressional Democrats convinced a number of Republicans to join them in a bipartisan deal promising $2 in spending cuts for every $1...
  • Pileup at the White House

    06/11/2012 9:06:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/11/2012 | Dana Milbank,
    It has been a Junius Horribilis for President Obama. Job growth has stalled, the Democrats have been humiliated in Wisconsin, the attorney general is facing a contempt-of-Congress citation, talks with Pakistan have broken down, Bill Clinton is contradicting Obama, Mitt Romney is outraising him, Democrats and Republicans alike are complaining about a “cascade” of national-security leaks from his administration, and he is now on record as saying that the “private sector is doing fine.” Could it get any worse? Early Monday morning, Obama learned that it could. His aides delivered the news to him that his commerce secretary had been...
  • North Dakota: New Poll Shows Kevin Cramer Surge for House Seat

    06/11/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 11, 2012 | By Shira Toeplitz
    Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer (R) could upset his party-backed opponent in the Tuesday primary for North Dakota’s open at-large seat, a new poll suggested. Cramer led fellow Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, 60 percent to 21 percent with 19 percent undecided, in a Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the local Valley News Live/KFYR-TV. The poll surveyed 625 likely voters from June 4 to 6. It had a margin of error of 4 percent.
  • State results dim Dems' hopes for House takeover

    06/11/2012 9:32:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/11/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    California voters threw a wrench Tuesday into fellow Californian Nancy Pelosi's plans. The former House speaker from San Francisco, once third in line for the presidency and architect of the key legislation of President Obama's first term, is making a longshot bid to regain House control this year.The minority leader was counting on California, home to an increasing number of Democratic Party voters and where new legislative district maps forced four veteran GOP lawmakers into retirement, to deliver half a dozen of the net gain of 25 seats she needs. After the results of last week's primary election in the...