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  • In 2015, the Government Employed Over 277,000 Regulators

    08/12/2016 10:16:00 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/12/16 | Matthew Andrews & James Gattuso
    Want to work in a field that has more than quadrupled in size since 1960? Consider being a regulator for the federal government. Even during the last recession, the regulatory agencies were hiring. In 2015, the U.S. government employed more than 277,000 regulators. To put that number in perspective, it’s 50,000 more workers than General Motors Co. employs throughout the entire world. We’ve all heard of the regulatory agencies that constitute the “fourth branch” of government. It has cost our economy over $100 billion during the Obama administration.
  • UN Backs Secret Obama Takeover of Police

    08/04/2016 5:50:25 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 74 replies
    http://www.lifezette.com/ ^ | 08/04/2016 | Robert Romano
    The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees. This is one of the most effective ways to reduce discrimination in law enforcement and it needs to be beefed up and increased to cover as many of the 18,000-plus local law enforcement jurisdictions.” That was United Nations Rapporteur Maina Kai on July 27, a representative of the U.N. Human Rights Council, who on the tail-end of touring the U.S., endorsed a little-known and yet highly controversial practice by the Justice Department to...
  • Are State and Local Elected Officials Making Themselves Irrelevant?

    07/19/2016 9:08:13 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 7/19/16 | James Wilson
    Our federal government was not assumed by royalty or nobility, but was created by the sovereign states. The creature and the limited delegated authority entrusted to it at creation cannot be superior in power to their creator. The federal government may be larger in size, but not necessarily greater in authority. Understanding this foundational principle and enforcing proper governmental boundaries are essential to protecting the people from the tyranny of a large, centralized government. America’s application of this principle is unique in that local elected officials are not considered lesser in terms of authority, but greater. For example, county sheriffs...
  • WH responds to petition to label Black Lives Matter a "terror" group

    After days of violence and heightened racial tensions in the U.S., the White House responded this week to an online petition asking the federal government to formally label the Black Lives Matter movement as a "terror group." "Terrorism is defined as 'the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,'" read the "We The People" petition, created July 6 on the White House website. "This definition is the same definition used to declare ISIS and other groups, as terrorist organizations." Black Lives Matter, the petition said, "earned this title due to its actions in Ferguson, Baltimore, and even...
  • Common Core Does Not Prepare Students for College, New Report Finds

    06/14/2016 8:10:31 AM PDT · by milton23 · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/14/2016 | Mary Clare Reim
    A recently-released report confirms what Common Core critics have suspected all along: Common Core State Standards do not adequately prepare students for college-level work. The ACT report finds many concerning shortcomings in the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by most states. Notably, the report reveals: While secondary teachers may be focusing on source-based writing [essays written about source-based documents], as emphasized in the Common Core, college instructors appear to value the ability to generate sound ideas more than some key features of source-based writing.
  • America Goes Away: Fred Left Behind in Mexico

    05/17/2016 7:50:15 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 51 replies
    Fred Reed On Everything ^ | May 12, 2016 | Fred Rees
    Mail arrives in my inbox all the time, telling me that by going to Mexico I have sold out, fled, abandoned the United States. I’m a coward and a traitor, just like Lord Haw Haw, and Kim Philby, and probably hate America more than Barack Obama does. It is is irrational. They think that just because I went to Mexico, I left the US. They don’t understand. I didn’t leave the United States. It left me. It was a bait-and-switch operation. I signed on to one country, and they slipped another in under me. I want my money back. In...
  • Central Valley congressman wants taxpayers to know what empty federal buildings are costing

    03/03/2016 7:49:00 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 3, 2016 | Sarah D. Wire
    The federal government spends more than $1.7 billion a year to maintain 770,000 empty buildings while other agencies are leasing or buying new space, and Rep. Jeff Denham is fed up. This is something that hasn’t been handled in Republican or Democrat administrations because it’s too big of a bureaucracy,” Denham (R-Turlock) said in an interview in his office. “There’s no incentive for the agencies to sell.” He said if politicians are going to talk about cutting government waste, selling empty buildings is a good start. ... We have very little communication between agencies,” Denham said. “We’ve seen agencies that...
  • 14% of Federal Employees Say They’d Leave If Donald Trump Becomes President

    02/01/2016 3:57:03 PM PST · by drewh · 107 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 1st, 2016 3:30 pm | Jim Hoft
    More proof that Trump would clean up Washington DC– In a recent poll – 25% of federal workers say they would consider leaving their jobs if Donald Trump becomes president. Gov Exec reported: Donald Trump leads the Republican field among federal employees, but many still say they would never work for him. One in four federal workers would consider leaving their jobs if Trump were elected president, according to a new survey conducted by the Government Business Council, Government Executive Media Group’s research arm. About 14 percent of respondents said they would definitely consider leaving federal service under President Trump,...
  • Trump Effect - Federal Government Auto-Balances Deficit Before Even First Vote Counted

    02/01/2016 4:10:34 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 2-1-2016 | sundance
    February 1, 2016Trump Effect - Federal Government Auto-Balances Deficit Before Even First Vote Counted by sundance Fantastic News !!! This is beyond stunning. 25% of Federal Government Employees agree to quit their jobs if Donald Trump wins the presidency. This action would thereby guarantee a balanced budget within the first fiscal year of his administration.(Via Executive Government) Donald Trump leads the Republican field among federal employees, but many still say they would never work for him.One in four federal workers would consider leaving their jobs if Trump were elected president, according to a new survey conducted by the Government Business...
  • Life Under an Iron Fist

    01/16/2016 6:55:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    Activists protesting federal land mismanagement and the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond recently occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Oregon. Some facts, context and perspective may help people understand what's really going on here. At its core, this is about the often callous, iron-fisted hand of the federal government being slammed down on American citizens. Examples abound - from the IRS targeting 200 conservative groups, to the seizure of cars and bank accounts of innocent business owners, to heavily armed Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) agents bursting into Gibson Guitar facilities over phony exotic wood violations,...
  • The Government Boldly Just Set Up Another Real Estate Meltdown

    01/13/2016 9:02:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2016 | Michael Hausam
    Fannie Mae, the federally sanctioned mortgage giant, has just announced a new program that shows that they learned absolutely nothing from the last real estate meltdown. This new program, called "HomeReady" in a fit of hopeful and wishful thinking, reduces loan underwriting standards. It's designed to allow "underserved" individuals the opportunity to buy a home - focused primarily on low-income and minority borrowers. Other than the last group of under qualified borrower-friendly loans and regulations from the mid-2000s, it's the stupidest real estate loan idea that I've ever seen. The new loan "features" reduced credit score requirements and allows borrowed...
  • Feds to states: No, you cannot ban Syrian refugees

    12/02/2015 12:12:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Was ^ | 12/02/2015 | By Niraj Chokshi
    More than half of the nation's governors say they will not accept Syrian refugees in their states, but they may have little choice. States cannot pick and choose which refugees to take in, federal officials with the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement warned in a letter sent out last week. If they deny services to any group of refugees, states may risk losing resettlement funding altogether. "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion," ORR Director Robert Carey wrote....
  • Sen. Cruz: Every One of Us Should Stand with Law Enforcement (Video & Transcript)

    11/17/2015 8:21:34 PM PST · by Isara · 10 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | November 17, 2015
    Chairs hearing focusing on how the federal government undermines state and local law enforcement Sen. Cruz Opening Statement - How the Fed Govt Undermines State & Local Law Enforcement (video) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chaired a hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts titled “The War on Police: How the Federal Government Undermines State and Local Law Enforcement.” This hearing, consisting of two panels, highlighted the challenges facing police officers and how the federal government can impact law enforcement nationwide.“The men and women of law enforcement risk their life...
  • Cruz denounces officials 'holding up police officers for vilification'

    11/17/2015 3:37:43 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz admonished the Obama administration's interactions with law enforcement as creating a culture where police officers feel under attack. Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday titled, "The war on police: How the federal government undermines state and local law enforcement." While Cruz was back in Washington, D.C., on official business, the senator wasted little time using the heated rhetoric he vents from the stump on the campaign trail. "Everyone here agrees that we should enforce the law and we should vigorously enforce America's civil rights laws. In any government organization, there can be bad...
  • For Obama, ignorance is bliss when it comes to criminal records

    11/03/2015 5:53:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/03/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, but for Barack Obama, that doesn’t matter in the initial screening federal employees. Ari Melber reports for MSNBC: President Obama on Monday announced a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees. It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” – the effort to eliminate requirements that job applicants check a box on their applications if they have a criminal record. While the rule was once seen as a common sense way for employers to...
  • Live Thread of the U.S. Senate debate on Government Funding CSPAN

    The U.S. Senate, along with the U.S. House will discuss government funding. The bill before the U.S. Senate would fund amnesty, the Iran Nuke Deal, & even Planned Parenthood. GOP leadership has joined the democrat party & most of the media in the lie that government funding must be passed. /us-senate-debate-government-funding
  • Bureau of Land Management set to close 600 miles of Colorado roads

    09/29/2015 9:46:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 96 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 25, 2015 | Marjorie Haun
    Despite a long process involving collaboration between local officials the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Western Colorado, the federal land agency is proceeding with the closure of roads that have been traveled for 50 or more years. The road closures comprise a portion of the BLM’s Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Mesa County, of which, 73 percent is controlled by the federal government . ... public roads, used by off-roaders, hunters, farmers, ranchers and, during wildfire season, firefighting crews. ... Jody Green, a member of Public Lands Access Association and long-time activist working to preserve access into federally-managed lands,...
  • There Are More Republicans in Federal Government Than You Might Think

    08/16/2015 3:11:54 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 13 replies
    Government Executive ^ | August 14, 2015 | Eric Katz
    Given the proclivity of Republican politicians to deride the federal government and the bureaucrats that fill its ranks, it stands to reason Democrats would be more likely to seek out Uncle Sam for employment. And that is true. But only barely. In a recent survey conducted by Government Business Council, the research arm of Government Executive Media Group, 44 percent of respondents identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents, while 40 percent identified as Republicans or Republican-leaning independents. The remaining respondents were undecided or did not identify with either party, though a plurality of them said they were “conservatives.” Top-level management...
  • New National Monuments Are Established by Obama

    07/10/2015 4:12:22 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | JULY 10, 2015 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    President Obama announced on Friday that he was designating new national monuments covering more than a million acres in California, Texas and Nevada, his latest use of executive power to preserve public land. The designations, made under the Antiquities Act of 1906, bring to 19 the number of national monuments that Mr. Obama has established or expanded. They cover more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters. Republicans have criticized Mr. Obama, who has turned to that law more than any other president, for his expansive use of his authority to preserve sites of ecological, historical or cultural...
  • U.S. now fears second major breach exposed more employee data

    06/15/2015 1:42:57 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Jun 12, 2015 | Martyn Williams
    A second major cyber breach that might reveal far more personal and damaging information appears to have hit the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The breach was apparently carried out by hackers with connections to China and targeted a database containing copies of the government's Standard Form 86, according to news reports citing unnamed government officials. The form, available online, is a 120-page questionnaire that's answered by people seeking a national security clearance.
  • CRB Killed the Radio Star

    05/28/2015 3:20:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jerry Rogers
    It’s the Buggles and 1979 all over again. Except this time it’s not video killing the radio star, it’s the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) threatening to kill Internet radio. “I heard you on the wireless back in fifty two Lying awake intent at tuning in on you If I was young it didn't stop you coming through” Why does it matter? Well, as my teenage daughters made clear to me over the holiday weekend, their favorite Internet radio platform is with them all the time, wherever they go, on whatever device. Don’t mess with their music. After church this past...
  • A Modest Proposal for Education Reform

    05/28/2015 12:37:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Before he passed away recently, John M. Templeton, the distinguished physician and philanthropist, questioned: "Should we tolerate a public educational system with its entrenched self-interest which virtually every inner-city parent knows is destroying any hope or possibility of their children achieving meaningful opportunity in a 21st-century economy?" A growing number of parents say no. Now critics of the public school system are coming forward with alternatives to it, and many of them are parents, often parents of disadvantaged students, usually parents that fear for the fate of their children in schools in the inner city. Stephen Moore, an...
  • Map: How much each state relies on the federal government for revenue

    01/10/2015 12:09:42 PM PST · by BBell · 41 replies
    Washington post ^ | 1/9/15 | Niraj Chokshi
    Nearly $1 in $3 in state revenue comes from the federal government, according to a new analysis. While taxes are responsible for most state general revenues, the federal government is responsible for about 31.5 percent of the total, according to the nonprofit Tax Foundation.
  • State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land

    10/28/2014 3:00:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-28-14 | Karla Jones
    State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by the federal government to be transferred to the states. Officials at the summit included Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell; Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and state Senator Jennifer Fielder of Montana. The statement, which was ratified unanimously at the gathering, calls for the federal government to honor the...
  • New Record: Federal Tax Revenues Top $3T for 1st Time

    10/15/2014 1:29:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM | Ali Meyer
    Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues not only hit a record high in fiscal 2014, but marked the first time that tax revenues have ever topped $3 trillion, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement. In fiscal year 2014, inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $3,020,848,000,000, but the federal government still ran a $483,350,000,000 deficit during that time. Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s “total receipts,” including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “miscellaneous...
  • Professors Must Defy Feds To Protect Victims

    09/16/2014 6:23:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mike Adams
    The federal government is in desperate need of both rape and sexual harassment victims. These victims are needed in order to justify sweeping nationwide changes to the campus judiciary. These changes include holding quasi-rape trials on college campuses using a preponderance of evidence standard, instead of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Also included in these changes is suspension of double jeopardy protection so that women can repeatedly try accused rapists until they achieve the desired result of conviction, regardless of actual guilt or innocence. In order to achieve such an affront to widely accepted principles of due process an epidemic...
  • Meet OIRA – The Secretive White House Office With Disturbing Regulatory Powers

    08/07/2014 3:52:10 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | August 06 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Have you ever heard of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as OIRA? Yeah, neither had I. As someone who prides himself on being a relatively informed citizen, it is always shocking and disturbing when I learn of a powerful organization operating in the shadows of America’s faux democracy with which I am almost entirely unfamiliar. While I’m sure I’ve read many articles in which OIRA was mentioned, I had never fully understood exactly what it is, and how it is used by lobbyists and large corporate interests to further entrench the established oligarchic power structure. We...
  • Americans Got $2 Trillion in Benefits from Federal Government in 2013

    08/04/2014 8:07:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 - 4:53 PM | Ali Meyer
    The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs, according to data from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service’s Monthly Treasury Statement. The treasury statement summarizes the financial activities of the federal government, including data on government receipts, outlays, and surplus and deficit totals. The September 2013 monthly treasury statement calculates these metrics for the entire fiscal year of 2013, which began on October 1, 2012 and ended on September 30, 2013. According to the statement, the federal government’s total outlays, otherwise known as spending, for means-tested and non-means tested government programs—not including...
  • Independence Day, 2014

    07/03/2014 12:49:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    After a brief holiday last week, I returned to some heavy reading courtesy of the federal government. Some of the materials that I read were gratifying, and one was terrifying. In one week, the Supreme Court told the police that if they want to examine the contents of our cellphones, whether at traffic stops or serious crime scenes, they need to get a warrant. The court told small-business owners that they needn't pay for government-mandated insurance policies that provide for abortions for their employees, because the government is without authority to command them to do so. It told the president...
  • Feds ignite suspicion with explosive buying spree

    05/16/2014 10:39:11 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    WND ^ | May 15, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Two days after WND uncovered a U.S. State Department plan to buy hundreds of pounds of plastic explosives and thousands of containers of liquid explosives, the agency – which refuses to comment on the discovery – awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts for the blasting supplies. The explosives, including hundreds of pounds of C4, originally were to be shipped to Sterling, Virginia, home to the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail Unit, or DPM/U. The unit is tasked with sending secure pouches and crates to U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, as previously reported. The original contracting documents still mention the...
  • BREAKING: Utah Turns the Tables… Takes Land from Feds

    05/08/2014 1:33:11 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies
    Capitalism Institute ^ | 5/7/2014 | MICHAEL CANTRELL
    With the Cliven Bundy story still fresh on the minds of many Americans, it’s a shock to see a state government turn the tides on the federal government by passing legislation that demands it hand over control of 30 million acres of land. It’s become commonplace to see news stories of the opposite phenomenon, as the federal government, working through the Bureau of Land Management, has time and again trampled on the private property rights of its citizens and claimed lands for itself. This is not the case in Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill earlier this year...
  • Creatively Destroying Government

    05/03/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    If you want to understand how markets, and creative destruction, work, just turn to the comics page in your local newspaper. If you can find a copy. Newspaper circulation is tumbling. Yet comics, and the newspapers they appear in, exist in the free market. As newspapers fade, people will be forced to find other ways to follow their beloved strips. Artists will adapt. Some will go out of business. Others will thrive, perhaps by moving to Web-only strips supported by advertising. Government, on the other hand, doesn’t adapt. To cite one example, the federal government runs at least 47 programs...
  • Federal government is America's biggest real-estate tycoon

    04/16/2014 11:42:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 04/16/2014 | Rahn Forney
    I have never paid close attention to the massive federal Bureau of Land Management. I'm an East Coast guy; never been West, where the BLM is a much, much bigger name, and, for some, a bigger headache. The BLM, according to its website, tends to a huge amount of turf: 258 million surface acres of the United States. It sees to the mineral rights of 700 million acres. The latter number is 13 percent of the total land acreage of the United States. Yet, by its own count, BLM only manages 40 percent of the territory actually owned by the...
  • Why does federal government own 84% of Nevada and what can Reid do to give it back?

    04/16/2014 11:38:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 04/16/2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Many say Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could easily arrange for his home state to get back most of the 84 percent of Nevada territory owned and controlled by the federal government. So does the Democrat represent the interests of Nevada, or does he put the interests of the U.S. government and the Democratic Party over his own stateÂ’s needs?Nevada would get what it deserves if Reid drafted a measure to treat Nevada the same way as other states. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives would eagerly vote to treat Nevada like a grown-up. Instead, Reid runs the U.S. Senate...
  • 9 of the best memes explaining why Cliven Bundy was right and the government was wrong...

    04/15/2014 4:30:34 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 37 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-15-14 | The Looking Spoon
    You can read what seems to me to be a decently comprehensive look at the whole Bundy Ranch incident at Breitbart here. It's not really all that pro-Bundy and the hard facts don't make him seem too sympathetic.So it's a good thing we have memes to put things in the right perspective.
  • Tax Day

    04/08/2014 9:15:53 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 3 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | 04/08/2014 | Citizen Primer
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhCs9r33tM&feature=youtu.be
  • Nobody’s in Charge

    04/05/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another -- after taking a cut off the top. "In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine," notes John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily, "taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others." But who decided to spend that money? If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you...
  • Yet Another Pre-School Program?

    03/29/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    When some people hear that the president has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time!” But they’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. And no fewer than 12 of them are explicitly designed to provide early childhood education. The rest, however, also allow funds to be used for that purpose. So if the federal government is already bankrolling -- excuse me, if you and I and other taxpayers are already bankrolling...
  • Obama Administration’s Plan to Study Newsrooms Is Drawing Plenty of Public Opposition

    02/19/2014 5:18:47 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/19/2014 | Fred Lucas
    A plan by the Federal Communications Commission to study how news organizations select stories has prompted about 10,000 people to sign a petition saying “no government monitors in newsrooms.” That’s according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which announced the petition Wednesday and said it reached that number within the first two hours. The agency announced a Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs last year, explaining that it wanted to understand the process of which stories are selected, station priorities, content production, populations served, perceived station bias, and perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the “critical...
  • The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War

    01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST · by mhutcheson · 443 replies
    Snap Out of it, America! ^ | 1/20/14 | Michael Hutcheson
    President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that “Honest Abe” Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the “evil” Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes...
  • Feds Blow $100 Billion Annually on Incorrect Payments

    01/15/2014 10:10:10 AM PST · by detective
    yahoo news ^ | 01/15/2014 | Rob Garver
    Between 2002 and 2012, federal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars ($688 billion) on payments that should never have been made. Every year, according to their own recordkeeping, the agencies that administer major federal programs are now paying out more than $100 billion dollars improperly, and even though they’re aware of the problem, they recover only a tiny fraction for taxpayers. This adds up to huge losses for the U.S. Treasury.
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Gallup: More Americans than ever name “big government” as the biggest threat to U.S.

    12/18/2013 4:20:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    That escalated quickly. Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time. It wasn’t so very long ago — as in, 2009, hem hem — when Americans’ primary concern for big government as a threat to the...
  • Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat

    12/18/2013 12:41:01 PM PST · by Zeneta · 40 replies
    Gallup Politics ^ | December 18, 2013 | by Jeffrey M. Jones
    Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor PRINCETON, NJ -- Seventy-two percent of Americans say big government is a greater threat to the U.S. in the future than is big business or big labor, a record high in the nearly 50-year history of this question. The prior high for big government was 65% in 1999 and 2000. Big government has always topped big business and big labor, including in the initial asking in 1965, but just 35% named it at that time.
  • Federal government not as important as politicians believe

    12/19/2013 12:30:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Review ^ | December 18, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Entering the world of official Washington is a bit like the mythical trip Alice took through the looking glass. Everything is upside-down and nonsensical. This was highlighted most recently in a Wall Street Journal article about how the American people have “a deepening distaste for all Washington institutions” and “angst over Washington dysfunction.” At the same time, the reporter noted that Americans were “surprisingly upbeat about their own lives.” Solid majorities were happy with their personal finances and “more optimistic about the economy.” This disconnect is surprising only to those who have gone through the D.C. looking glass and believe...
  • Beware the Government’s High-Tech Nose

    12/04/2013 9:12:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In 1958, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater framed his opposition to the National Defense of Education Act (NDEA) in the form of an old Arabian proverb: “If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” Goldwater, the grandfather of the modern conservative movement, understood government at its most basic. Through my years spent inside the federal government, as a former analyst for the CIA, a Reagan-appointed federal prosecutor, and then as a U.S. Congressman -- I can personally vouch for the accuracy of Goldwater’s observation about the true nature of government: No matter how much...
  • Obama’s “Society of Fear”

    11/14/2013 4:38:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In observational experiments, researchers constantly battle a phenomenon called the “Hawthorne effect,” where subjects of experiments alter their behavior when aware of being studied. For example, in 2011, researchers at Carnegie Mellon mailed postcards to customers of an electric company, informing customers they were the subjects of a company study on electricity usage. Researchers found that customers who received weekly postcards – simple reminders that their electricity usage was being observed -- cut electricity usage by nearly three percent. The Hawthorn effect is not just limited to psychological studies. Behavior modification is the hallmark of any “society of fear,” in...
  • PunditFact/PolitiFact: Media Bias Strikes Again -- At Me

    11/14/2013 4:22:07 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Larry Elder
    When PunditFact -- the new offspring from the folks at PolitiFact -- contacted me, they wanted sources for "all of the claims" in the following statement I made Nov. 4 on CNN's "Crossfire": "In 1900, at all three levels of government -- federal, state and local -- government took less than 10 percent of the American people's money. Now, we're talking about 35 percent, and when you add a dollar value to mandates, we're talking almost 50 percent." What's the problem? PunditFact rated the statement as "mostly false." For added measure, PunditFact called the assertions "eye-popping." No, I was not...
  • CARSON: Your government is morbidly obese

    10/30/2013 9:35:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2013 | Ben S. Carson
    We have all heard the news stories about people so morbidly obese that they could not exit their house or apartment. I remember one story of a person who had to be lifted out with a crane after a wall was removed. These people are addicted to eating, and in some cases, ate incessantly even though they knew that they were jeopardizing their health and eventually, their lives. They grew so large that they were barely able to move and rendered themselves largely useless except as a food-disposal unit. This reminds me of our federal government, which was once agile...
  • Could the Different States Become Separate Countries in the Future?

    10/17/2013 8:45:51 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 245 replies
    Governor Rick Perry was once alleged to have stated that Texas could secede in the future. But he now states he opposes succession: http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2012/11/13/rick-perry-texas-secession-petition/1702359/ If the different states were to become different nations, the federal government would cease to exist. That means that the federal debt would be reduced to Zero. But the price that Americans would pay, would be the loss of super power status. Would Americans be better off or worse off, if the states were to become different countries?