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  • Bloomberg News Writer Blames Paul Ryan for Failure of 2010 Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Plan

    08/21/2012 11:32:45 AM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-20 | Tom Blumer
    If we're to believe a report by Heidi Przybyla at Bloomberg News on August 13, the country might be operating under bipartisan deficit-reduction framework instead of being without a budget for over three years if it weren't for Wisconsin Congressman and GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Her lead: "Representative Paul Ryan was a pivotal figure in killing the 2010 Bowles-Simpson agreement, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now holds out as a model for putting America’s fiscal house in order." There are many deceptions and unsupported assertions in Przybyla's report, but before getting to some of the others, many of...
  • Farm and/or Drought Bailout

    08/19/2012 5:57:11 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 11 replies
    8-19-12 | Self
    I need some help with status of the "farm bailout" I understand it, Congress is going on recess, and, prior to this, we are likely not bailing out farmers due to pork added to such bills...perhaps this is rhetorical, but is Boehner so stupid that he can't get in front of a microphone and say, "we'll pass something if the Dems would remove pork from the bill and make it just the farm bailout"? From what I see, 0bama's agencies, i.e., him, will get compassion points if we let this go by and look like Scrooge. Sure, I had government...
  • People to Congress: Do your job or we'll sue

    08/19/2012 2:34:49 PM PDT · by cap10mike · 11 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 19, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    “It’s good to be king!” is an oft-quoted line from Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.” In America, every man is supposed to be king, every woman queen, and members of Congress are supposed to be our servants. We sometimes forget that last part. Three people in Orlando have not. On Aug. 15, Charles Klein, Sally Baptiste and Theresa Kajkowski filed a lawsuit in Florida's Middle District Federal Court. Nothing unusual in that -- lawsuits are filed every day, especially in litigation-prone America. What’s unusual is that the plaintiffs name the entire membership of the U.S. House and...
  • Gross … Code Pink Activists Dress Up as Vaginas for "Free Abortions" Rally

    08/19/2012 11:32:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 49 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 18, 2012 | Twitchy
    Code Pink members attend We Are Woman rally in vagina costumes Mainstream media outlets struggling to find a tasteful way to cover the “Pussy Riot” protests in Russia have another challenge on their hands, this one much closer to home. Representatives of Code Pink (as identified by the poster of the image) attended today’s “We Are Woman” rally dressed as vaginas. This clearer photo identifies at least two of the vaginas as representatives of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist Campus project. The costumes did garner attention, if not necessarily respect.
  • The Steep Cost of US Dairy Programs

    08/17/2012 8:50:57 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-14 | Laurel Kays
    As the all but certain September fight over the 2012 Farm Bill looms, Americans would do well to remember that despite the happy, “Got Milk” images we associate with dairy products, in every purchase of milk, cheese, yogurt, and other such products is an extra cost incurred by the government’s irresponsible dairy programs. These outdated programs inflate prices and put taxpayers on the hook for expensive subsidies while largely benefitting large-scale, high income farm operations. US dairy policy is made up of a complicated set of programs which work both to create steady demand and to raise prices for dairy...
  • Approval of Congress falls to all-time low (Gallup has it at 10%.)

    08/15/2012 11:21:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/15/12 | Joel Roberts - The Ticket
    Just 10 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday, tying the lowest mark in the 38 years the poll has been conducted. That number was previously reached this past February, but bounced back a bit in subsequent months. Eighty-three percent of Americans disapprove of Congress, the poll shows. ... Of the 3,914 bills that have been introduced in Congress so far this year, just 61 have become law — less than 2 percent. Last year, after Republicans took control of the House, Congress passed just 90 bills. Only one other...
  • Amnesty for illegal aliens begins today and Congress couldn't care less

    08/15/2012 9:39:01 AM PDT · by workerbee · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 8/15/12 | Bob Dane, Kristen Williams
    This lazy August morning while many Americans are on vacation blissfully detached from current events, one of President’s Obama’s most radical transformations of the American landscape takes hold. A lawless, unlegislated illegal alien amnesty becomes reality today as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) begins to officially accept applications (no personal interview required) from almost 2 million illegal aliens seeking “deferred action.” Americans won’t like the amnesty and they won’t like how it was done, but they’re not to blame. Only Congress has the power to act against a president who throws the constitutional system into chaos by...
  • Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote

    08/13/2012 3:13:11 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/16/12 | Erik Wasson and Daniel Strauss
    A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. Obama's 2012 budget failed 97 to 0 last May after Obama himself last April said he wanted deeper deficit cuts. The House earlier this year unanimously rejected Obama's budget. (Failed 414 - 0)
  • Lingle ties Hirono to Congress

    08/13/2012 1:17:27 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Maui News ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | Oskar Garcia, AP
    Honolulu - Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is opening the final push in her race for a U.S. Senate seat by tying her opponent, Mazie Hirono, to a Congress that has abysmal approval ratings. Lingle said Sunday that Hirono wants to make the election about Hawaii's pride in President Barack Obama and her tough childhood, rather than about what's best for Hawaii's future. Lingle told reporters the day after easily winning her Republican primary that Hirono is an example of why just 12 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. Lingle says Hirono has missed many votes...
  • Missouri Muslim Charity Director Pleads Guilty

    06/30/2010 12:41:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    SNIPPET: "On Friday, Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the now defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA (IARA) based in Columbia, Missouri, pled guilty to three counts of a federal indictment charging that he illegally sent more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions, conspiracy, and tax violations. Federal agents raided IARA's offices in 2004, seized its assets, and said it was part of a global network of similar Islamic charities that supported terrorist organizations. As part of his plea agreement, Hamed admitted the U.S.-based charity was part of this international network, with the IARA branch based...
  • Ryan plans to stay on ballot for re-election

    08/11/2012 9:29:18 AM PDT · by randita · 26 replies
    JS Online ^ | 8/11/12 | Alison Bauter
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will be on the ballot twice Nov. 6 now that he has been picked by Republican Mitt Romney as his running mate. Ryan will remain on the ballot for re-election to his seat in the House of Representatives, said Susan Jacobson, finance director/campaign manager for his House campaign. Ryan represents the 1st Congressional district that includes Janesville, Kenosha and much of southeastern Wisconsin, including portions of Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. He has been won election to the seat seven times. Ryan (R-Janesville) could run both for vice president and for re-election to Congress thanks to a 1968...
  • Tim Kaine Suffers Amnesia on Failed Tax Hike Attempts

    08/10/2012 10:52:51 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-10 | Paul Blair
    Yesterday, Democrat Tim Kaine asked his Republican opponent to join him in taking a “balanced” approach to avoiding the looming sequestration cuts. Unfortunately Tim Kaine seems to suffer amnesia on his attempt to implement the same kind of “balanced” approach while he served as Virginia’s Governor. Such an approach included billions of dollars in new and higher taxes. Kaine called on George Allen to “set aside his Pledge,” and work for a “responsible path forward.” Translated, what Tim Kaine means is that he’s asking Allen to break his written commitment to Virginia taxpayers and join with him in an approach...
  • Rep. Allen West gets blowtorched

    08/10/2012 5:52:59 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 26 replies ^ | August 10, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    U.S. Rep. Allen West subjected himself to a flaming blowtorch Wednesday to demonstrate the power of a revolutionary new fire retardant made by a Jupiter company. GelTech Solutions, which has earned international recognition for what it calls a lifesaving product, invited West to participate in a firsthand demonstration of the patent-pending technology. Called FireIce, it has been featured on national TV programs like the “Stossel Show.”
  • Allen West to Alcee Hastings on Chick-Fil-A: Did you expect filet mignon and caviar?

    08/08/2012 2:40:36 PM PDT · by T.O.K. · 32 replies ^ | August 8, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    U.S. Rep. Allen West accused fellow Congressman Alcee Hastings of “political elitism” over comments Hastings made to an online media site about an alleged Chick-Fil-A incident. Hastings told the Huffington Post that West had offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus about six months ago, when he brought in chicken and biscuits from Chick-Fil-A when it was his turn to provide lunch at a weekly meeting.
  • Eric Hovde Needs a History Lesson in “Grand Compromises”

    08/08/2012 10:42:44 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-07 | Paul Blair
    When Eric Hovde claims that he “pledges” to support reducing tax rates, he is really hoping that voters ignore prior statements where he has promised otherwise. Hovde has told Wisconsin voters that he would accept a tax hike deal with Democrats as part of a grand compromise. According to Politifact, Hovde “has told voters that he would accept a budget-balancing deal that gets $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenue.” Hovde’s admission leaves voters wondering if he understands the basic premise of a budget “compromise.” Perhaps Eric Hovde is not aware that budget compromises between Republicans and...
  • Harry Reid’s smear attack on Mitt Romney masks Dems’ problems

    08/07/2012 5:52:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | The Editors
    Weak economy, no job growth and huge deficits should be the real target. When he descended into smarmy innuendo about Mitt Romney’s taxes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was merely executing a tactic that is increasingly central to President Obama’s reelection campaign. High unemployment and trickling job production have foreclosed Obama from running strong on his domestic record. So he’s painting Romney as a rich, out-of-touch tax chiseler as a distraction from the accumulating woeful economic reports. Reid took the rhetoric into the pits with a claim that someone had told him Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years,...
  • Rep. Allen West's Chick-fil-A Treat Gnaws at Black Caucus

    08/07/2012 2:41:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Rep. Allen West's Chick-fil-A Treat Gnaws at Black Caucus By Amy Bingham | ABC OTUS News – 1 hr 13 mins ago Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have lunched on their fair share of fried chicken, but when the group's only Republican member, Rep. Allen West of Florida, brought Chick-fil-A for his turn to provide lunch, "every member" of the group was offended, caucus member Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., told the Huffington Post this week. West provided the now-controversial chicken sandwiches about six months ago, but Hastings' recollection of the delivery carries fresh potency in light of Chick-fil-A CEO...
  • RAISE Act Seeks to End Union Stranglehold on Wages

    08/07/2012 10:30:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-08-03 | Tom Fletcher
    After suffering embarrassing defeats in New Jersey and Wisconsin, organized labor seems destined for yet another setback. The RAISE Act, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is legislation that seeks to eliminate union meddling when a business wants to increase their employees’ wages. Writing in the National Review, Rubio called the status quo “unfair to workers and out of touch with the modern workplace.” Enacting the RAISE ACT would pay immediate dividends for employees and businesses alike. A Heritage Foundation report found: “By offering workers the opportu¬nity to earn higher wages, the RAISE Act provides an incentive for increased productivity....
  • Fearing an Impasse in Congress, Industry Cuts Spending

    08/06/2012 11:01:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/06/2012 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    A rising number of manufacturers are canceling new investments and putting off new hires because they fear paralysis in Washington will force hundreds of billions in tax increases and budget cuts in January, undermining economic growth in the coming months. Executives at companies making everything from electrical components and power systems to automotive parts say the fiscal stalemate is prompting them to pull back now, rather than wait for a possible resolution to the deadlock on Capitol Hill. Democrats and Republicans are far apart on how to extend the Bush-era tax breaks beyond January — the same month automatic spending...
  • House passes bill eliminating Senate confirmation for presidential appointees

    08/04/2012 9:15:46 AM PDT · by GregNH · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/31/2012 | Alex Pappas
    Update:The House passed the legislation Tuesday night by a vote of 261-116. The bill now goes to President Obama’s desk for his signature.The House of Representatives is set to consider legislation Tuesday that would exempt certain presidential appointees from having to be confirmed by the Senate. But a number of conservative groups are arguing that the “Presidential Efficiency and Streamlining Act” amounts to Congress neutering itself and giving the executive branch unprecedented power. Presidential appointees that would no longer require Senate confirmation under the legislation include the treasurer of the United States and the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation...