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  • US House votes to cut $650 million in aid to 'traitor' Pakistan

    07/19/2012 4:30:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 29 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, July 20, 2012 - 1:40 IST | Press Trust of India
    Washington, DC - The US House of Representatives has passed an amendment unanimously that cuts down $650 million in military aid to Pakistan as Republicans sought to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions. Congressman Ted Poe had demanded a $1.3 billion cut, but later settled for the 650 million cut. "Pakistan is the 'Benedict Arnold' to America in the war on terror. They are disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States," Poe, who had moved the amendment, said. "This so-called ally continues to take billions in US aid, while funding the militants who attack us. And we've...
  • Don't Die in 2013: Confiscatory 55% Death Tax Set to Take Effect

    07/19/2012 3:45:30 PM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies
    ATRF ^ | 2012-07-18 | Blake Seitz
    Current Law The 2001 tax relief bill (EGTRRA), drastically reduced the impact of the death tax over the course of a decade, so that it was eliminated entirely for one year in 2010 — a good year to die, joked a number of pundits. The bill lowered marginal rates and increased the applicable exclusion amount, but it also included a provision allowing individuals to carry over exclusion dollars that were unused by their spouse at the time of his or her death. This “portability” measure effectively increased the applicable exclusion for many households, in some instances putting millions of dollars...
  • Most members of Congress keep their tax returns secret

    07/18/2012 1:56:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    McClatchyDC ^ | July 18, 2012 | Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Nancy Pelosi was emphatic. Mitt Romney’s refusal to release more than two years of his personal tax returns, she said, makes him unfit to win confirmation as a member of the president’s Cabinet, let alone to hold the high office himself. Sen. Harry Reid went farther: Romney’s refusal to make public more of his tax records makes him unfit to be a dogcatcher. They do not, however, think that standard of transparency should apply to them. The two Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives are among hundreds of senators and representatives from both...
  • Your Guide to Sleazy Democratic Party-Backed Banks

    07/18/2012 4:03:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod and his hatchet people are still yammering about GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney's overseas investments. It's time for the Romney campaign to educate voters about all the shady financial institutions embraced by Democrats right here on American soil. The fat-cat narrative attacks on Republicans won't go away by making nice with the White House -- or by relying on Beltway journalists to drop their double standards and vet the president's own bad bank entanglements. Indeed, The New York Times admitted this week that their staff and other political journalists from every major media outlet submit...
  • Times That Try Men’s Souls

    07/17/2012 5:28:38 PM PDT · by street_lawyer · 3 replies
    www.constitutionjournal.com ^ | July 17, 2012 | Frank J. Morelli
    Times That Try Men’s SoulsMost of us have the herd mentality. It is comforting for us to stay in the middle of the herd where it is safe, while the point person and those around the periphery display unusual courage. America’s socio/economic landscape has been scorched by a burning desire for change 70 years in its development. Somehow the corporation has become an evil empire. Corporations built the Ford automobile, gave us the electric light bulb, the telephone, the microwave, private corporations accounted for 79--90% of life saving pharmaceutical products.Some believe that politicians possess a degree of honesty not found...
  • Handful of Congressional Races Eat Democrats’ Campaign Resources

    07/17/2012 12:08:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 07/17/2012 | Abby Livingston
    The severity of the climb back to the majority facing House Democrats could be summed up in one fundraising report filed this week: veteran Rep. John Tierney’s. Tierney, who is embroiled in his wife’s family’s legal troubles, has been outraised for the past three quarters. The Massachusetts Democrat’s latest fundraising report showed that he ended June with $693,000 in cash on hand, compared with the $802,000 his Republican opponent had in the bank. Tierney’s situation is indicative of a broader problem for House Democrats, whose “Drive to 25” campaign is complicated by a handful of races that should be safe...
  • U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek speaks out against vague language in legislation

    07/17/2012 10:28:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/15/2012 | Rep. Dan Benishek
    Imagine government without responsibility toward its citizens — let me give you a hint, it looks a lot like Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime. America is blessed with a Constitution that protects Americans so they are not afraid that each new leader will turn the country into a fascist nation. No matter how much anyone disagrees with a president's policies, we can take solace in the protections of the Constitution. The Constitution's authority is supreme and every piece of legislation must fit within the Constitution's limits. This is why I, along with many constituents of Michigan's 1st District were so worried...
  • FCC Oversight Hearing Puts Regulation and Taxes in Spotlight

    07/17/2012 8:54:05 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-07-11 | [Staff]
    [Last week], the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology dragged all five FCC commissioners up to Capitol Hill to oversee the agency on a wide range of issues. As to be expected, there were some notable takeaways on regulation, taxes, spectrum, and more. First, Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) managed to get FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to commit to maintaining a “light touch” approach and not enact new regulations on fiber networks, including price controls. The FCC adopted the policy back in late 2003, noting that such requirements “tend to undermine the incentives of both incumbent LECs and...
  • Runoffs in N.C. Set Stage for Republican Pickups

    07/17/2012 7:36:11 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | July 17, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    Voters in three North Carolina Congressional districts head to the polls today to decide the GOP nominees in runoff elections. The Tar Heel State represents House Republicans’ most fertile territory this cycle, with the party expected to net a gain of at least two seats and as many as four. 8th district The most competitive race tonight is taking place in the 8th district, pitting former Hill aide Richard Hudson, backed by the establishment, against dentist Scott Keadle, a former Iredell County commissioner who is backed by the anti-tax Club for Growth. “We’re finishing strong,” Hudson told Roll Call on...
  • Politicians Have To Stop Doing What They Have Done Since WWII Or "The Markets Will Do It For Them"

    07/15/2012 6:17:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 14, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    In an interview on Bloomberg TV, RDM Financial's Ron Weiner summarizes the thing that keeps him up at night as in over thirty years he has never seen "The fate of the world economy rests so much on politicians." Pointing out the sad reality that since WWII the US has always spent more than it earns; he warns that if the politicians don't make it right, then "the markets will!" The heuristic bias to accept the spending status quo, as for most young-to-middle-aged people 'it has always been this way' - just like rising home prices (and the current hope-for-a-housing-recovery...
  • Jackson Jr's Mom: Congressman absent due to "enormous disappointment" not being senator or mayor

    07/14/2012 7:33:01 AM PDT · by VideoPaul · 130 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 7/13/2012 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mother, Jacqueline Jackson, told a Rainbow/PUSH conference Friday that her son has suffered years of “enormous disappointment.” “I’m not ashamed to say ... he thought he was going to be a senator. He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband,” she said.
  • Washington was making Rep. Tim Ryan sick … until he found mindfulness

    07/12/2012 9:18:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    When Rep. Tim Ryan recently published a book touting the benefits of a meditative practice known as mindfulness, the Ohio Democrat had a target audience: anyone and everyone suffering from chronic stress, emotional exhaustion, information overload. In other words, himself. His co-workers. Oh, and pretty much the rest of America, too.
  • Breaking: Sarah Palin Endorses Florida Congresswoman Sandy Adams

    07/12/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 12, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    From Congresswoman Adams: Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Conservative Sandy Adams for U.S. House Orlando, FL – Today, freshman Sandy Adams announced that she had earned the endorsement of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Governor Palin’s support is proof-positive that Sandy Adams is the conservative choice for Florida’s new 7th Congressional District. “Governor Sarah Palin has led the charge for conservatives,” said Adams. “While many politicians subscribe to the notion of the status quo, Governor Palin has risen above it. She knows that the true power of our country comes from the American people – not the...
  • Sen. Reid Refuses to Call Vote on Obama's Plan to Extend Tax Cuts; Will Media Report?

    07/11/2012 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 11, 2012 | Ken Shepherd
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday rejected a Republican request to vote on President Obama’s income tax plan amid defections within his caucus on tax policy," Alexander Bolton of The Hill newspaper reported just before 10:30 a.m. today. "Reid appeared exasperated by the Republican request to vote on extending the Bush-era tax rates when Democrats would prefer to focus this week on a small-business tax package estimated to create 1 million jobs," Bolton added. You may recall that on Monday, President Obama renewed his call to extend the Bush tax cuts for every income bracket except that covering...
  • Mystery Solved: Dem Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. In (Arizona) Rehab For Drugs And Alcohol…

    07/11/2012 3:35:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 83 replies
    Weazel Zippers ^ | July 11, 2012
    BREAKING: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: Rep Jesse Jackson Jr is in a rehab facility in AZ suffering from alcoholism and addiction -@JesseRodriguez — HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) July 11, 2012
  • Obamacare's FSA Contribution Cap Will Tax Chronic Medical Conditions

    07/11/2012 1:34:59 PM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-07-09 | Blake Seitz
    Current Law Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) are tax-privileged accounts available to employees through an employer “cafeteria” health plan. Employees agree to make a fixed annual contribution to the account which will be deducted from their pre-tax salary. This exempts the contribution from income and payroll taxes. That money can then be used to pay for “qualified medical expenses” incurred by the account holder, his or her spouse, and any other dependents under the age of 27. The contribution amount is currently unlimited, but money left in the account is forfeited every calendar year under the so-called “use it or lose...
  • Army Pulls Candidate's Mistakenly-Awarded SF MOS (Democrat, naturally)

    07/10/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 4, 2012 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army has revoked the Special Forces military occupational specialty of an Arkansas political candidate who claimed he served as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kenneth Aden, a Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Steve Womack for Arkansas' 3rd District, has said in interviews he served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Green Beret, though a DD-214 and other documents he released to substantiate the claim only raised questions. In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Special Warfare Training Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Aden was dropped from Special Forces training in April 2008 "after failing...
  • House Speaks Out Against Government-Controlled Internet

    07/09/2012 10:35:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-07-05 | [Staff]
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved a resolution that urges President Obama to resist any international attempts to regulate the Internet. The United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will meet in Dubai this December and initiatives that will put the Internet under greater government control are expected to be up for vote. The committee-approved resolution, introduced by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), is intended to show the international community that the United States is united behind an open and innovative Internet, free from government control. But the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), the ITU meeting that will...
  • Raising Minimum Wage: A Help Or Harm?

    07/08/2012 6:30:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | July 8, 2012 | Staff
    Back in 1912, Massachusetts became the first place in America to introduce a minimum wage, but it would take another quarter century before a national minimum wage was set. President Franklin Roosevelt made it law in 1938, that any hourly worker had to be paid at least 25 cents an hour. It was revolutionary, and very few countries had anything like it. Every few years, the federal minimum wage would go up, helping millions of Americans inch closer to a middle-class lifestyle. Something changed in the early 1970s, however, and since then, the minimum wage has fallen by around 25...
  • Requiring Congress to Read Bills Before Passing Them Proposed

    07/07/2012 11:58:09 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 6 July 2012 | John Semmens
    Senator Rand Paul (R-Ken) has proposed that members of Congress be given a reasonable amount of time to read bills before they are asked to vote on passing them. This proposal was denounced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) as “an unnecessary impediment to action.” “I find it appalling that Republicans in this body are repeatedly trying to throw up roadblocks to progress,” Reid complained. “The notion that senators must read bills before they vote to make them into laws is fallacious. We have a staff that reads these bills for us. There is no need for us to...
  • Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Grappling With 'Physical and Emotional Ailments' (He's institutionalized)

    07/06/2012 3:40:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Amy Bingham
    Nearly two months after taking a leave of absence from Congress, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional office today said he is being treated at an "in-patient medical facility" for an unnamed ailment. "Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," Jackson's spokesman Frank Watkins said in a statement. "At present, he is undergoing further evaluation and treatment at an in-patient medical facility." Jackson took a leave of absence from his House duties in early June because of "exhaustion." His condition is now "more serious than...
  • Ancient Wisdom Declares Obamacare Ruling Worse Than Even Obamacare

    07/05/2012 6:43:52 PM PDT · by billflax · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/05/2012 | Bill Flax
    “A republic, if you can keep it.” Ben Franklin Masked by chatter around judicial wrangling, electoral ramifications and how the surprising Obamacare decision impacts policy, many miss the wretched significance of Chief Justice Roberts’ twisted logic. He has empowered runaway government certain to incite chaos. The Affordable Care Act reflects the logical continuation of a decades-long drift toward domineering by Washington over every facet of life. Not logical as in likely to succeed. Few government initiatives do. But logical because rather than scuttle past failures, subsequent congresses spawn new efforts to offset what prior funding merely squandered. Taxpayers already footed...
  • Savannah Guthrie proves that Obama was born in Huwaii? Or did she mean Huwai, Indonesia?

    07/05/2012 10:13:24 AM PDT · by chatter4 · 6 replies
    A YouTube user by the name of Bigone5555J made an observation that needs some attention. His video covers the discovery that Obama was born in Huwaii according to Savannah Guthrie. Savannah Guthrie is the reporter that was allowed to be the only member of the press to feel and photograph the real Certificate of Live Birth (according to her). Why she was appointed as the only individual allowed access is certainly curious, but even more suspect is the two low resolution photographs issued of Obama’s long form Certificate of Live Birth touted as the authentic paper document copy with seal...
  • Time for PMQs

    07/05/2012 9:28:39 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 4 replies
    Mark Levin's Radio Show ^ | 7/3/2012 | Mark Levin
    I listened to Mark Levin's show the day before the 4th of July in which he talked about restoring constitutionalism in our three branches of government. It certainly piqued my interest especially in regard to abolishing the 17th amendment and restoring power to the states in appointing senators - a position I've supported for some time. I sent Mr. Levin an email with my small suggestion for improving the sorry state of Congress. I'm also wondering what other Freepers thought of Levin's talk show that day. The following is my email to Dr. Levin. I tried to put a bit...
  • New "Freedom Index" Shows How Your Congressmen Voted

    07/05/2012 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Sopater · 11 replies
    New American ^ | Tuesday, 03 July 2012 17:30
    Every member of Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Yet much of what the federal government does — from foreign aid to ObamaCare — falls outside the specified powers of the Constitution. How can this be, particularly when the votes in support of U.S. government overreach run contrary to the wishes of most constituents?Part of the problem, obviously, is that many congressmen do not take their oath of office seriously. Many do not use the Constitution as their guide for determining how they vote on important legislation. And even when they do, they...
  • Impeach Barack Obama - Article I: Libya

    07/03/2012 11:52:03 AM PDT · by TenthAmendmentNetwork · 12 replies
    Tenth Amendment Network ^ | 7/3/2012 | Marc Gindin
    ..Continuing the Tenth Amendment Network series on the case to impeach President Barack Obama... Article I: Violation of the War Powers Resolution of 1973 with regards to President Obama's troop deployment to Libya.
  • Republican Leaders Betray Conservatives on Spending... Again

    07/03/2012 10:05:18 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 15 replies
    On Friday, while voters were still trying to digest the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, the House and Senate passed an omnibus spending bill. The storms that wrought so much damage in the Washington, DC metro area Friday night might very well have been a manifestation of divine displeasure over the betrayal of conservatives by the massive spending in the student loan, highway construction, and flood insurance bill. As John Hayward noted in Human Events, "Those three subjects have nothing to do with each other, but packaging them together made it far more difficult to vote against any specific portion...
  • US House bill would ban special taxes on downloads, software, other digital goods and services

    07/02/2012 4:38:02 PM PDT · by bizlawnews · 6 replies
    FierceTelecom ^ | 7/2/2012 | Chris Rizo
    Purchases of digital goods and services--including movie streaming, cloud-computing, e-books and IT applications--would no longer be subject to special state and local taxes and other discriminatory levies, under bipartisan-supported legislation advancing on Capitol Hill.
  • WSJ Economist: 75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on Backs of Those Making Less Than $120K a Year

    07/02/2012 7:22:33 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/30/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Take Your Medicine, America… Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, told FOX and Friends this morning that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year.
  • 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....
  • TRAITOR JOHN'S BAR and SUPREME TAX COURT

    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
    www.FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com 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...
  • WILL STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS CONVENE IN 2013 OR 2014 ?

    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...