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  • 4200 New Regulations in Obama Pipeline- so far

    08/25/2011 6:46:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 25, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    Way back in January President Obama ordered "a government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."   From that statement alone, you might conclude that Obama already knew that finding needless, burdensome regulation in the 81,000 pages of the federal register would be easy pickings.  More than seven months later, the Administration has announced the results of that exhaustive review.  By the White House's own undoubtedly inflated estimate, the net benefit will barely be worth one-tenth of one penny of every dollar of expense caused...
  • Federal Asset Seizures Rise, Netting Innocent With Guilty (Big Government Tyranny Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:12:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-08-22 | John R. Emshwiller & Gary Fields
    New York businessman James Lieto was an innocent bystander in a fraud investigation last year. Federal agents seized $392,000 of his cash anyway. An armored-car firm hired by Mr. Lieto to carry money for his check-cashing company got ensnared in the FBI probe. Agents seized about $19 million—including Mr. Lieto's money—from vaults belonging to the armored-car firm's parent company. He is one among thousands of Americans in recent decades who have had a jarring introduction to the federal system of asset seizure. Some 400 federal statutes—a near-doubling, by one count, since the 1990s—empower the government to take assets from convicted...
  • Regulation Business, Jobs Booming Under Obama

    08/16/2011 7:19:19 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/15/2011 | John Merline
    If the federal government's regulatory operation were a business, it would be one of the 50 biggest in the country in terms of revenues, and the third largest in terms of employees, with more people working for it than McDonald's, Ford, Disney and Boeing combined. Under President Obama, while the economy is struggling to grow and create jobs, the federal regulatory business is booming.
  • Who's Picking Your Berries? Feds Find Young Children on Strawberry Farms (OMG! kids working?)

    08/11/2011 3:39:47 PM PDT · by yoe · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 11, 2011 | AVNI PATEL
    Nearly two years after ABC News cameras uncovered young children toiling away in Michigan's blueberry fields, federal investigators have found yet another disturbing example of illegal use of child labor in the berry industry. Three southwest Washington strawberry growers were fined $73,000 last week after the U.S. Department of Labor found children between the ages of six and 11 working in their strawberries fields in June. While an exemption in the federal child labor law allows 12- and 13-year-olds to work for unlimited hours on large agricultural operations, children under the age of 12 are strictly prohibited from working under...
  • Oath Keepers: FBI Wants Surplus Stores To Spy on Customers

    08/11/2011 9:20:24 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 139 replies
    Oath Keepers ^ | Aug 8, 2011 | Stewart Rhodes
    FBI_Terrorist_Indicators Oath Keepers Exclusive: An FBI Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force handout being distributed to Colorado military surplus store owners lists the purchase of popular preparedness items and firearms accessories as “suspicious” and “potential indicators of terrorist activities,” instructing store owners to keep records on and report people who: “Make bulk purchase of items to include: Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers Meals Ready to Eat Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks High capacity magazines Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles” The FBI handout, entitled “Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores” also instructs surplus...
  • Fed Up: A Texas Bank Is Calling It Quits (Regulated to Death)

    08/11/2011 8:35:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/11/2011 | Robin Sidel
    Main Street Bank lends most of its money to small businesses and is earning decent profits. But the Kingwood, Texas, bank is about to get out of the banking business. In an extreme example of the frustration felt by many bankers as regulators toughen their oversight of the nation's financial institutions, Main Street's chairman, Thomas Depping, is expected to announce Wednesday that the 27-year-old bank will surrender its banking charter and sell its four branches to a nearby bank. Mr. Depping plans to set up a new lender that will operate beyond the reach of banking regulators—and the deposit-insurance safety...
  • Proposed road rules for farmers anger some

    08/03/2011 9:16:10 AM PDT · by bkopto · 72 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | July 25, 2011 | Tom Lutey
    Tractors lumbering down country roads are as common as deer in rural Montana, but the federal government wants to place new driving regulations on farmers and ranchers. “It’s a huge deal for us,” said John Youngberg of the Montana Farm Bureau. After years of allowing state governments to waive commercial driver’s license requirements for farmers hauling crops or driving farm equipment on public roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is poised to do away with the exceptions. Regulators are suggesting that all wheat shipments be considered interstate, even when farmers making short hauls to local grain elevators aren’t crossing...
  • Obama, Congress reach a debt deal

    07/31/2011 5:58:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 151 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 31, 2011 | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing the clock to avoid a government default, President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders reached historic agreement Sunday night on a compromise to permit vital U.S. borrowing by the Treasury in exchange for more than $2 trillion in long-term spending cuts.
  • Are baby boomers to blame for debt crisis?

    07/30/2011 10:32:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 215 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-07-29 | Ed Hornick
    Baby boomers -- those born between 1946 and 1964 -- have been described as "the pig in the python" and the "sandwich generation." They lived well, grew up in relative abundance and, some say, expected their Social Security, health care and government support to be there as they grew old. Now, as the future of the country's economy is up in the air, is this group of 80 million aging Americans -- many of whom are sprinting toward retirement age -- the ones to blame for the nation's shaky economic system? (snip) Thomas Firey, a senior editor at the conservative...
  • How Much Land Does the Federal Government Own?

    07/27/2011 4:38:42 AM PDT · by don-o · 100 replies
    All Voices ^ | July 18, 2008
    This data was originally published in Stanford Magazine. It demonstrates what percentage of the land in each state is owned directly by the federal government.
  • The Government Just Admitted For The First Time It Is Using Cell Phone Data To Track Your Location

    07/26/2011 2:06:08 PM PDT · by tutstar · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/26/2011 | Robert Johnson
    A group of Senators questioned the general attorney for the National Security Agency Tuesday about whether U.S. intelligence agencies are using cell phone geo location data to track U.S. citizens without their knowledge. According to The Wall Street Journal, the leader of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olson told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that: "There are certain circumstances where that authority may exist."
  • As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared

    07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT · by DManA · 62 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 23, 2011 | GARY FIELDS and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
  • Ted Nugent: You have the right to remain stupid

    07/18/2011 8:53:11 AM PDT · by Salgak · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/13/2011 | Ted Nugent
    (Excerpt: Full article at link above) You have the right to remain stupid, and what you say and do can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. Unfortunately, the court of public opinion is expanding into a stupid-is-as-stupid-does joke. And it has a president and gang of thieves in the United States government to represent it. So goes the sheeping of America. Welcome to Euro II. With the level of dishonesty, fraud, abuse of power, corruption, rampant irresponsibility, downright criminal behavior and vehement refusal to be accountable, our government has clearly lost its collective mind...
  • Fed says Congress needs better growth plan (Fed to Washington: get your act together)

    11/09/2010 4:45:07 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2010-11-09 | Jeffry Bartash
    Central bankers urge tax, regulatory reforms, pro-trade policy. WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Top Federal Reserve officials on Monday said the central bank has done everything it can to help a weak U.S. economy. The rest is up to Congress and the White House. In separate speeches, three senior Fed executives said Washington needs to fashion better tax and regulatory policies that encourage businesses to invest in the U.S. and create jobs. They said there is little else the Fed can do to boost domestic growth. "It is absolutely imperative that the Congress and the president attack the long-run budget problems the...
  • Folks recommend working for the government, poll finds (BARF ALERT)

    10/16/2010 6:32:13 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-10-15 | Ed O'Keefe
    A majority of Americans would recommend pursuing a government career to a close friend or relative just getting out of school, according to a new Washington Post poll on perceptions of federal employees. Fifty seven percent of respondents to the survey said they would recommend a public sector career, while a third of respondents said they would not. (snip) ...a majority of self-identified independents, liberals, moderates and conservatives said they would recommend applying for a government job... (snip) Full results from the poll will be published in Sunday's Washington Post.
  • Stop (you'll love this image)

    10/09/2010 1:08:09 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Stop ^ | October 9, 2010 | Stayfree
    I didn't know that the White House Commie had such a thick skin...
  • Pigs Of Waste – The Nuge Weighs In

    08/26/2010 7:25:48 AM PDT · by 84rules
    84rules News & Commentary Blog ^ | August 26, 2010 | 84rules
    Pigs Of Waste - The Nuge Weighs In 84rules August 26, 2010
  • (Ted) NUGENT: Drunk on stupid

    08/03/2010 10:36:04 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 481+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2010 | Ted Nugent
    In these tough and turbulent economic times, we need to look for small things we can be thankful for. For example, I am thankful President Obama is not a lifeguard, as I believe he would toss concrete blocks to drowning swimmers instead of life preservers. Why do I believe that? His economic policies are drowning our economy, leaving many Americans unemployed or underemployed, and he knows it. Mr. Obama can squawk all he wants and blame everyone from President George W. Bush to Tea Partiers to Fox News, but our anemic economy is the result of his willingness to allow...
  • A hidden world, growing beyond control (A lot of pulp with no juice)

    07/19/2010 3:43:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies · 4+ views
    washington post ^ | 7/19/2010 | Dana Priest, William Arkin
    The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and...
  • Who's to Blame for Obamacare? Two Republicans (Obama is the ultimate Republicrat legacy)

    12/22/2009 7:29:27 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 215 replies · 4,034+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2009-12-22 | Mark Skousen
    This week the Senate grinches stole Christmas. The Obama Nation is getting Obamacare. It’s easy to blame the sixty Democrats, as the Wall Street Journal does, for "the worse bill ever." It solemnly declares: "These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command--and control regulation." True enough. But what's the root cause of this permanent disaster? Sorry, friends, but it’s not the Democrats, nor the American people who elected them. The real culprits are two Republicans who ran the show the previous eight years: George W. Bush and his "master political strategist" Karl Rove....