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  • Couple's Property Rights Battle Headed for High Court

    10/14/2011 8:59:09 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    CBN ^ | October 14, 2011 | CBN
    One Idaho couple's property rights battle with the government has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Mike and Chantell Sackett bought land in Priest Lake, Idaho, to build their dream home in a residential development. As the Sacketts were preparing to build, however, the Environmental Protection Agency blocked them. EPA officials informed them their property is protected wetlands and accused them of violating the Clean Water Act. The agency then threatened to fine them $37,000 a day. "Bullying, that's what the EPA does," Chantell Sackett told Spokane, Wash., TV station KXLY.
  • Congress passes 3 free trade agreements (Bush signed, Obama delayed 3 yrs)

    10/13/2011 2:05:59 AM PDT · by Clairity · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Oct 13, 2011 | Jim Abrams
    Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. Republicans criticized Obama for taking several years to send the agreements, all signed in the President George W. Bush administration, to Congress for final approval. Many among Obama's core supporters, including organized labor and Democrats from areas hit hard by foreign competition, were unhappy that the White House was espousing the...
  • Romney's plan to tame the Chinese trade dragon

    10/11/2011 8:12:24 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 6, 2011 | Monitor Editorial Board
    ... In a speech today, Mitt Romney took an unusual step for a GOP leader. He suggested the United States restrict trade with China over its many predatory tactics that hurt foreign businesses – from stealing patents to reneging on contracts to allowing fake Apple stores to outright bans on certain imports or services. ...
  • China's march through the Caribbean continues

    10/09/2011 12:32:51 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 25 replies · 1+ views
    China is continuing its bold economic and geopolitical march through the Caribbean and Latin America, using its growing economic might to dole out grant aid and soft loans to win friends and influence governments, continuing its plans to displace the United States as the region's major trading partner in the not-too-distant future. For two days this week, a large Chinese delegation led by Vice-Premier Wang Qishan spent hours in talks with Caribbean leaders and business delegations. By the time the forum ended in Trinidad's capital of Port of Spain, Beijing had unveiled measures worth $6.3 billion aimed at sealing better...
  • Is "cloud" just a slick marketing term for "outsourced"?

    10/08/2011 5:55:49 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 43 replies
    (vanity)
    Ever find yourself not trusting something or someone from the first moment - but not knowing why? For instance the first moment you saw a politician, instantly not trusting them but you just couldn't place why? *cough* John Edwards *cough*. Well that's what I thought the first time I heard about "cloud computing".
  • Rick Perry backer Robert Jeffress: Mitt Romney not a Christian

    10/07/2011 5:17:45 PM PDT · by freespirited · 195 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/07/11 | Alexander Burns
    Texas evangelical leader Robert Jeffress, the Baptist megachurch pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, said Friday afternoon he does not believe Mitt Romney is a Christian. Jeffress described Romney's Mormon faith as a “cult,” and said evangelicals had only one real option in the 2012 primaries. Continue Reading “That is a mainstream view, that Mormonism is a cult,” Jeffress told reporters here. “Every true, born again follower of Christ ought to embrace a Christian over a non-Christian.” Asked by POLITICO if he believed Romney is a Christian, Jeffress answered: “No.” Jeffress's comments represent the first major...
  • China Forced Abortion Opponent Chen Guangcheng Possibly Killed

    10/07/2011 9:37:23 AM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    China Forced Abortion Opponent Chen Guangcheng Possibly Killed Beijing, China -- Reports are emerging today that Chan Guangcheng, a prominent human rights activist who had led the fight against forced abortions under the one-child policy in China, may have been killed by Chinese officials. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/10/07/china-forced-abortion-opponent-chen-guangcheng-possibly-killed/
  • China Practices Fixed Trade, Not Free Trade

    10/06/2011 3:55:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 6, 2011 | ROBERT J. SAMUELSON
    Just how many American jobs have been lost to subsidized Chinese exports is unclear. Economist Robert Scott of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank, estimates 2.8 million from 2001 to 2010. A study by three academic economists concludes that imports from China account for about a quarter of lost U.S. manufacturing jobs from 1990 to 2007; that's almost 1 million jobs. These are both large declines, but they are only a modest fraction of America's present jobs shortfall. The recession cost 8.8 million payroll jobs. These numbers should frame our thinking about China's economic policies. On the one...
  • The Folly of Central Planning

    10/06/2011 9:49:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Over 65 M completed new homes sit unused in China,  along with public buildings/accompanying infrastructure... If the Chinese property bubble pops... what then? The massive public projects under way in communist China today include sprawling housing developments, retail shopping districts, and 'forests' of skyscrapers. Since they were built to support the country's ongoing economic boom and real-estate rush, all these tower block condos, economic centers, and recently-built neighborhoods should be bustling with hard-working Chinese newcomers from the countryside... or so you'd think.But satellite pictures taken earlier this year revealed that China's odd unused-housing stock glut has only gotten worse, if anything: they indeed...
  • Second Chance in Debt Deluge

    10/05/2011 3:32:22 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 1 replies
    The New American ^ | August 25, 2011 | Charles Scaliger
    With the raising of the debt ceiling, the “official” federal debt immediately surged past a new and unwelcome benchmark: The national debt now exceeds 100 percent of the gross domestic product for the first time since the Second World War era. With the debt now at $14.58 trillion and climbing vertiginously every day even as the economy continues to stagnate, it will not be very long before the national debt reaches 200 percent and higher. In fact, with over $45 trillion owed to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid recipients both present and future, the actual size of the national debt...
  • CNBC-W:. Nebraska Warren Buffett furniture company, outsourcing to China?

    09/26/2011 2:22:03 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 10 replies
    (vanity - seen on CNBC World, today)
    That's certainly how it sounded, in a CNBC World interview I just watched. Let's roll out a "windfall profit" tax on any and all Buffett outsourcing, formerly made by any eliminated American employees of his. We can call it the "Buffett Tariff"!
  • Declining Birthrates, Expanded Bureaucracy: Is U.S. Going European?

    09/16/2011 12:51:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/16/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    To President Barack Obama and many other Democrats, Europe continues to exercise something of a fatal attraction. The “European dream” embraced by these politicians — as well as by many pundits, academics and policy analysts — usually consists of an America governed by an expanded bureaucracy, connected by high-speed trains and following a tough green energy policy. One hopes that the current crisis gripping the E.U. will give even the most devoted Europhiles pause about the wisdom of such mimicry. Yet the deadliest European disease the U.S. must avoid is that of persistent demographic decline. The gravity of Europe’s demographic...
  • Lack of Leadership Creates Reagan and Thatcher Nostalgia at Summer Davos

    09/16/2011 8:27:40 AM PDT · by CutePuppy
    CNBC ^ | September 15, 2011 | CNBC
    The global crisis and a perceived lack of leadership in the West seem to be creating nostalgia for two previous leaders who radically reformed their countries, albeit with plenty of controversy. But what's even more striking about this sense of déjà vu, is that the names of American President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - two leaders, who fought for freedom and rallied the West against Communist rule - were being invoked by a senior Chinese policymaker at the summer Davos in Dalian, China. “The U.S. economy needs fundamental reforms, bigger reforms, bigger policy changes than President...
  • Time to Say Goodbye to the WTO

    09/14/2011 7:41:50 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | Sept. 14, 2011 | Phylis Schlafly
    The WTO is trying to tell us that our Country of Origin Label is against free trade. Dump the WTO.
  • Free-trade agreements topping jobs agendas

    09/09/2011 3:24:22 PM PDT · by triumphant values · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2011 | Vicki Needham
    President Obama is expected to call for, once again, the passage of three pending free-trade agreements in Thursday night's speech to Congress, a move likely to evoke more grumbling from Republicans. The White House and some congressional lawmakers see eye-to-eye on the trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama, yet they are unable to agree on the process to get the job done. The Republican-led House stepped up pressure on the Obama administration on Wednesday night by easily passing a Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) bill, considered the first step to moving the long-delayed trade accords. Now, the Senate...
  • Why are three free-trade deals languishing on Obama’s desk?

    09/06/2011 5:02:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5 | Mitch McConnell
    According to the White House, President Obama has been huddling with advisers on a jobs plan he’ll present to Congress this week. One thing he could do immediately is finalize the free-trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama that have been languishing on his desk. For nearly three years, Republicans and a number of Democrats have been calling on the president to approve these deals to create a level playing field with America’s competitors overseas, vastly expand the market for U.S. goods, strengthen our ties with three important allies and create jobs for Americans. Yet the deals have been...
  • On this day of Huntsman threads: How Huntsman can break out from 1%... (vanity)

    09/04/2011 2:00:34 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 25 replies
    (vanity)
    OK we've had a couple Huntsman threads today, thought I'd add one before I give up on the guy entirely. I propose a thread, to advise former US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jon Huntsman, how he can become popular and get his mojo.
  • DOD Report Highlights Administration Incoherence on China

    08/25/2011 2:32:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 8/25/11 | Dean Cheng
    Whether it is the delayed release of the 2011 Department of Defense (DOD) report on Chinese military and security developments or Vice President Joe Biden’s statements regarding Chinese human rights, it is becoming clear that the Obama Administration has an utterly incoherent view of the People’s Republic of China. Biden apparently sees his statement (“Your policy has been one which I fully understand—I’m not second-guessing—of one child per family”) as actually arguing against the Chinese policy. Similarly, even as the Administration was signaling, just before the Vice President’s trip, that it was not going to sell Taiwan badly needed F-16...
  • Muslim Brotherhood to Ban Skimpy Bikinis and Alcohol?

    08/25/2011 1:46:21 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 39 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/25/11 | Brian Koenig
    What! Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is going to ban scantily clad women in bikinis and Appletini's with little umbrellas? So that's what Egyptian democracy looks like. I was beginning to wonder. According to The Media Line, the Sharia law regulations are aimed primarily at westernized, sunbathing tourists: "Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January. But that did not stop the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, from demanding stricter regulations over what tourists can do and wear while visiting the country. The party is urging officials to...
  • Yellow Journalism

    08/22/2011 5:34:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2011 | Staff
    Media: Just days before the U.S.-Colombia free trade pact heads for a vote, the Washington Post publishes a story claiming Colombia's miracle is a sham. This is a smear unworthy of the name "journalism." Topping the front page in its Sunday edition with "A case of aid gone bad in Colombia," the Post attempted to rewrite history by claiming the U.S.'s $8 billion Plan Colombia military program that broke the back of its drug cartels was really ... a waste. Pay no attention to the safety, security and economic growth that have made Colombia such an attractive partner for a...