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  • Sen. Mike Lee Pleads: Abolish Common Core

    09/02/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Sen. Mike Lee has called on Americans to join him in the effort to abolish the federal Common Core education standards "As a U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the federal government make a mess of everything it touches," the Utah Republican wrote in the email sent out Monday morning. "And if they're allowed to stay, Common Core standards will be the ObamaCare of education," he wrote. "Common Core is the DC takeover of our school system. It will dumb down standards and cheapen the education our children receive." All kids in America "deserve the best education in the world. The only...
  • Don’t Nationalize the VA’s Failures: They are endemic to government-run health care.

    05/22/2014 7:03:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2014 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    A health-care system run and funded by a national government has been caught covering up its waiting lists, leaving patients without care for so long that they have died before they were attended to and, worst of all, perhaps, fudging the numbers in order to make itself and its political masters look more competent. I’m from England, and I’ve seen this movie before. Many American conservatives have responded to the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs is being run precisely as one would have reasonably suspected that the VA was being run by training their fire on the...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 95 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • Common Core Architect Now Dumbing Down SAT

    03/10/2014 3:57:15 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 11 replies
    The New American ^ | 10 March 2014 | Alex Newman
    Common Core Architect Now Dumbing Down SAT 10 March 2014 One of the key “architects” of the controversial Common Core national standards announced an overhaul of the SAT that has critics up in arms.... Related articles: Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education Orwellian Nightmare: Data-mining Your Kids Debunking Myth of Common Core Education as “State Led”
  • The Countdown to the Nationalization of Retirement Savings Has Begun

    02/05/2014 12:30:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    International Man ^ | 02/05/2014 | Nick Giambruno
    Simply put, the new myRA program put forward by Obama is at best a sucker's deal… or worse, it's a first step toward the nationalization of private retirement savings. (Note: If you haven't yet heard of myRA, I'd strongly suggest you read this excellent overview by my colleague Dan Steinhart.)Even before the new myRA program was announced, there had been whispers about the need for the US government to assume some risk for US retirement accounts. That's code for forced conversion of private retirement assets into government bonds.With foreigners not buying as many Treasuries and the Fed tapering, the US...
  • 'Imagine: Living in a Socialist America'

    01/21/2014 7:07:11 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/20/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a new book by Fred Jerome, a compilation of essays from these and other noteworthies: This anthology features essays by revolutionary thinkers, activists, and artists-including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, civil rights activist Angela Davis, incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu Jamal, and economist Rick Wolff- addressing various aspects of a new society and, crucially, how to get from where we are now to where we want to be, living in a society that is truly fair and just. I suppose that's one way to describe their vision. I might ask the question, "fair and just for whom"?...
  • The Russians Are Shrinking!

    05/04/2013 1:54:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2013 | OLIVER BULLOUGH
    Vladimir Putin is more than a year into his third term as president of Russia, and he is likely to dominate the country's next decade as he dominated the last—just as Joseph Stalin and Leonid Brezhnev dominated their own times in the Kremlin. Like Putin or loathe him, he embodies an era. But centuries from now, the history books will barely remember the human rights abuses or oil pipelines in today's coverage of Russia. Mr. Putin will be remembered for one thing only: missing the chance to save his nation from a lingering decline. The United Nations predicts that, by...
  • Obamopoly!

    03/28/2013 3:24:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 28 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    The object of the game is to destroy American capitalism by having the government take over everything!  Like it or not, you're already playing... and not winning.
  • US Has 'Effectively Nationalized' Home Mortgage Industry

    03/15/2013 5:41:54 AM PDT · by wesagain · 6 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Mar 14, 2013 | Glenn J. Kalinoski
    The home mortgage sector in the world’s largest economy has been “effectively nationalized,” says George Melloan, former deputy editor of the editorial page for The Wall Street Journal. Government agencies — primarily Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but also the Federal Housing Administration — insured or purchased more than 90 percent of home mortgages originated in 2012, a $1.3 trillion business, compared with 30 percent in 2006, according to ProPublica data. Melloan, author of “The Great Money Binge: Spending Our Way to Socialism,” traced the situation back to the end of the last century, citing government and “powerful” lobbies. Editor's...
  • No Venezuelan Spring: 4500 Cuban Military on Venezuelan Soil: $10B Annual US Subsidy at Stake

    01/08/2013 5:53:27 PM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 1-8-13 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Miami Herald is reporting Hugo Chávez early demise was recognized long before the rest of the world was privvy to the details of a late diagnosed and lethal cancer. With the help of Cuban brothers Fidel and Raúl, and Chávez' hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan presidential election was moved from December 2012 to October 2012, two months that the report says were crucial. In October Chávez could still stand before his supporters to applaud his re-election, but there was no certainty that he could do so in December. He returned to Cuba for a fourth round of cancer treatments in early...
  • Fiscal Cliff: Why Congress Might Have to Mess with the 401(k)

    11/29/2012 11:20:58 AM PST · by Perdogg · 196 replies
    Time ^ | 11/29/12 | Dan Kadlec
    One of the earliest fears about tax-favored savings accounts like IRAs and 401(k) plans was that when this pool of savings grew large enough Congress would not be able to resist tapping it to help solve the nation’s debt problems. We’re about to find out if those fears—persistent for decades—have been justified. Everything including the sacred mortgage deduction is on the table as lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, a year-end avalanche of scheduled spending cuts and tax increases. With a combined $10 trillion sitting in IRAs and 401(k) plans, retirement accounts make a juicy target. Some of this money...
  • GOP Study Shows Companies Would Save Money By Dropping Health Care Offerings, Paying Tiny Fine

    05/02/2012 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 2, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    None of this will come as a surprise to anybody who's been paying attention. The employer fine is light and ObamaCare exchange subsidies heavy... how else would it play-out, then... The companies can even raise salaries with some of the savings and everybody wins.... except the taxpayers of course, who will be covering the whole debacle with money we never had in the first-place: Trying to build their case that President Obama’s health care law will destroy traditional employer-sponsored insurance, House Republicans released a study Tuesday showing that the largest companies could save billions by kicking workers off their current health...
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    netwmd.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • Obama to pitch $52M plan to regulate oil markets [Maxine Waters Dream Coming True]

    04/17/2012 6:02:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/17/12
    Under pressure to take action on rising gasoline prices, President Obama wants Congress to strengthen federal supervision of oil markets, increase penalties for market manipulation and empower regulators to increase the amount of money energy traders are required to put behind their transactions. The White House plan, which Obama was to unveil Tuesday, is more likely to draw sharp election-year distinctions with Republicans than have an immediate effect on prices at the pump. The measures seek to boost spending for Wall Street enforcement at a time when congressional Republicans are seeking to limit the reach of federal financial regulations.
  • Instead of socialism, allow banks to fail

    03/05/2012 12:28:01 PM PST · by SmileRight · 17 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 3/5/2012 | John R. Smith
    A scary word, nationalization. It conjures up images of banana republics, czarist Russia and European socialism. Now the “progressives” are trotting out this nationalization/collectivist concept as a solution to their scare-mongering alarms over “too-big-to-fail” banks. First, one warning bears mentioning: Statements that U.S. banks are too big to fail are uninformed. Banks aren’t too big to fail; they are “too interwoven to fail.” Scale is needed to compete globally. If U.S. banks are forced to downsize because they are too big, we destroy our leadership in world financial markets. It’s the inter-relatedness of the banks that gives the U.S. economy...
  • Maxine Waters (D) Slip of the Tongue Reveals True Intentions (Socialism for America)

    12/18/2011 12:18:30 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    slip of the tongue reveals the true intentions of Maxine Waters (D) during a house hearing while arrogantly grilling oil executives including John Hofmeister, President of Shell Oil Company. This liberal, Maxine Waters starts to be honest by revealing herself as a Socialist, but stops, stumbles and then comes up with a more accepted answer. Oops! The guy next to her sighs with relief when she finally gets the words out America would want to hear her actually say, the lady next to him seems to be holding back her laughter. A pathetic real time revelation of the true identity...
  • Paris prepares a plan to help its banks (nationalization of 2 or 3?)

    10/05/2011 4:21:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    Le Figaro ^ | 10-5-11 | Marie Visot
    Paris prepares a plan to help its banks The Agency for State Holdings (EPA), meanwhile, has been working for several days in a scheme that would allow the French to enter the capital of financial institutions. In the heart of summer, the little phrase from the Executive Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde , the need for recapitalization of banks in Europe had created an uproar on this side of the Atlantic, both in government than among bankers. In France, especially, we stick tooth and nail for several weeks this summer's strategy, namely the implementation of the plan to rescue...
  • Rep. Weiner: TARP banks already 'effectively nationalized'

    04/22/2009 1:56:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies · 1,415+ views
    Examiner ^ | 4/21/2009 | Eric Moskowitz
    Representative Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn) of New York's 9th congressional district, said banks that received funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) are already "effectively nationalized."When asked at a question-and-answer session last night at NYU Law School about whether the Obama administration's contemplation of converting preferred shares of banks obtained as part of the bailout process into common stock would amount to nationalization, Weiner said it would.Further, he reasoned, since the federal government currently exercises leverage over bank actions by dint of holding the option to convert preferred shares in banks to common stock (thereby technically gaining board representation,)...
  • The concept of Net Neutrality goes back to the 1800's

    06/03/2011 1:32:22 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 84 replies
    Some have argued that the concept of net neutrality goes back to the 1800's. In one way, they're correct, but it's not the way they think they mean. The father of Net Neutrality, Tim Wu has this to say: In the class at MIT, Wu floats some hypothetical ways you could fight abuse. One would be creating mechanisms that are "something like term limits for monopolists. In theory, the government could say, 'Well, this company has clearly shown it's corrupt. ... So let's just nationalize their source code.'" That's straight forward enough. That does not sound like freedom to me....
  • Bolivia cuts retirement age, nationalizes pensions

    12/03/2010 9:28:25 PM PST · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Business Week via AP ^ | December 3rd 2010, | CARLOS VALDEZ
    LA PAZ, Bolivia Bucking a global trend, leftist-led Bolivia is lowering its retirement age and nationalizing its pension funds. Bolivia's Congress approved legislation early Friday to make Bolivians eligible for full pensions at age 58. The country's 70,000 miners will get to retire two years earlier. The previous retirement age was 65 for men and 60 for women. Bolivia's decision to lower its retirement age runs counter to a global trend to raise retirement ages as life expectancies rise, birth rates drop and national treasuries come under strain from pension obligations. France raised its minimum retirement age to 62 last...
  • Bolivia nationalizes 4 power companies

    05/02/2010 12:45:35 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 362+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/1/2010
    Bolivian President Evo Morales announced a workers' day takeover of four power companies on Saturday, expanding the state's dominion over key industries. Morales signed the nationalization decree at offices of one of the companies in the central city of Cochabamba hours after police and soldiers moved in to secure them. The companies include Bolivia's largest power producer, Empresa Electrica Guaracachi SA, which is controlled by Rurelec PLC of Britain, as well as Empresa Corani SA, a hydroelectric company operated by GDF Suez, which itself is partly owned by the French government. Also nationalized were the Valle Hermoso company, operated by...
  • Chavez Government Seizes 120 Tons of Food from Venezuela's Largest Company

    07/12/2010 4:34:50 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 17 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | July 12, 2010 | Unknown
    Chavez Government Seizes 120 Tons of Food from Venezuela's Largest Company CARACAS – Venezuela’s National Guard seized roughly 120 tons of merchandise Thursday from the country’s largest food company, the guard’s commander said. The “preventive confiscation” came after authorities say they detected inconsistencies in reports from the Empresas Polar conglomerate about the content of several warehouses in the western city of Barquisimeto, Gen. Luis Bohorquez Soto told state television. He said the guard seized more than 91 tons of wheat flower, 12 tons of butter, five tons of rice and more than 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) of cooking oil, among...
  • It Takes A Pillage

    07/01/2010 5:25:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 1, 2010 | Investment Business Daily staff
    Retirement: Argentina nationalized private pension funds in 2008 under the guise of shielding them from the economic meltdown. But the funds have been used by lawmakers. That couldn't happen here, could it? Socialist President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the state was protecting private retirement from "policies of plunder." By moving tens of billions from the private sector and placing it in the public fisc, she claimed to be providing "an example" for others to follow as the global financial crisis heated up. The Argentine Congress, making a promise it didn't intend to keep, said it would make sure the...
  • Arrogance in the Executive

    06/05/2010 5:59:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 18 replies · 577+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 14, 2010 | Andrew B. Wilson
    Real leadership means never having to say youÂ’re the boss. There is no surer sign of weakness and insecurity than the repeated assertion of your own power and authority. This truth has somehow eluded Barack Obama. Hence the unending (and off-putting) self-puffery in his recent presidential press conference. Again and again, the president felt obliged to remind us of the centrality of his own position in responding to the Gulf oil spill, as if this would counteract the horrible pictures of thousands of gallons of oil gushing out of the ocean floor. Quoth the president: The American people should know...
  • PROPOSED NATIONALIZATION OF CHURCH SCHOOLS BY BRITISH COALITION GOVERNMENT

    05/31/2010 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 3 replies · 126+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 05/31/2010 | Jeremy Reynalds
    "The Christian Democrats are pointing out that continuing encroachment by government into school admissions is an unwelcome move that approaches nationalization. The party says that if pursued, it would be a grave violation of parental rights as primary educators of their children." Our president is so enamored of the British health care system, could this move be tried in the U.S. soon, too??
  • Unions Want to Take Over Your 401(k)

    03/23/2010 4:05:47 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 208 replies · 5,876+ views
    MoneyNews.com ^ | 3-17-10 | Gene J. Koprowski
    One of the nation's largest labor unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is promoting a plan that will centralize all retirement plans for American workers, including private 401(k) plans, under one new "retirement system" for the United States. In effect, government pensions for everyone, not unlike the European system and regardless of personal choice. The SEIU, which was integral to the election of Barack Obama as president, is working with the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI), and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, on SEIU's plan, called "the Retirement USA Initiative." Claiming that the retirement system...
  • Vanity - If anyone cares to join me in this petition

    03/19/2010 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Retired Greyhound · 12 replies · 427+ views
    Me
    As a citizen of the United States, I hereby declare that the Federal Government is in violation of the Constitution, and my rights as an individual, with their pursuit of the Health Care Reform Bill, and, therefore, I refuse to be subject to any of the “requirements” or “obligations” imposed by the legislation. I refuse to purchase health insurance under the threat of fine or imprisonment. I refuse to pay any increased taxes associated with this bill. I refuse to have my tax payments be diverted to handpicked states and constituencies who were promised special “deals” during this fraudulent process....
  • 'Toyotathon of death' ridiculed

    02/05/2010 11:25:08 AM PST · by La Lydia · 15 replies · 514+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | February 5, 2010 | Andrew Clark
    A blizzard of safety concerns surrounding Toyota has put the Obama ­administration in a delicate position as it seeks to avoid the temptation of boosting the fortunes of Detroit's struggling US carmakers by bullying the Japanese manufacturer too aggressively. Toyota has swiftly become the butt of jokes in the US. The talkshow host Jon Stewart this week dubbed the firm's pedal problems "the Toyotathon of death". Speculating on the reaction of the bosses of General Motors and Chrysler, Stewart said: "Boys, we're back in the game! All we had to do was have the leading competition become a death trap."...
  • Government takeover of student loan industry appears to be moving forward using pending budget bill

    01/21/2010 5:25:00 AM PST · by tunedin · 43 replies · 1,117+ views
    CNSNews ^ | January 20, 2010 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A bill currently before the Senate would empower the Obama administration to nationalize the student lending industry, eliminating the federally subsidized private loans millions of university students rely on to finance their educations. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act – currently being considered by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee – would eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)program.
  • Venezuela Nationalizes French-Colombian Retailer Exito

    01/17/2010 1:36:09 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 36 replies · 1,835+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2010 | Darcy Crowe
    CARACAS (Dow Jones)--President Hugo Chavez ordered Sunday the seizure of a French-owned retail chain on accusations that it raised prices after Venezuela devalued the currency by half. "Until when are we going to allow this to happen?" Chavez asked during his Sunday television program in reference to the alleged price hike by Almacenes Exito, headquartered in Colombia and controlled by French retailer Casino Guichard-Perrachon S.A. (CO.FR). The Venezuelan leader said that new law may need to be approved to carry out the nationalization. "I'm waiting for the new law to begin the expropriation process," he said. "There's no going back,"...
  • Is The Housing Finance Market About to Be Nationalized?

    01/04/2010 11:17:04 AM PST · by FromLori · 11 replies · 740+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 1/4/10 | Robert Wenzel
    There's a scary couple of paragraphs in a WaPo editorial today: The Obama administration has promised to roll out its ideas for fixing Fannie and Freddie early this year. Anticipating that, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank with ties to the administration, has proposed new entities called chartered mortgage-backed securities issuers (CMIs): privately owned firms that would package mortgages into securities and sell them with an explicit federal guarantee. Securitization fees would go into an insurance fund to protect taxpayers against defaults. Profits and product lines would be tightly limited by federal regulators The CAP proposal...
  • South Africa meteor display caught on film

    11/28/2009 6:48:17 AM PST · by the scotsman · 20 replies · 2,607+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 28th November 2009 | Matthew Moore
    'Breathtaking CCTV footage of a meteor lighting up the night sky over South Africa has been posted online.'
  • Government Motors 1975

    11/26/2009 5:40:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,113+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn, 2009 | CLAIRE BERLINSKI
    CLAIRE BERLINSKI Government Motors 1975 America should learn from Britain’s disastrous takeover of its biggest auto company. PETER MARLOW/MAGNUM PHOTOS Striking became a way of life for British Leyland autoworkers during the seventies. After the Second World War, the United Kingdom’s newly elected Labour government resolved to build of Britain a New Jerusalem. It nationalized the commanding heights of the economy and inaugurated the cradle-to-grave welfare state. By the 1970s, the UK faced an economic crisis unrivaled since the Great Depression. Shabby and hopeless, Britain had become, in Henry Kissinger’s words, a “tragedy” of a nation, reduced to “begging, borrowing,...
  • FDIC's Bair pushes for regulatory changes (Fed could run "large" companies) (Big Govt® at work)

    11/09/2009 2:54:10 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 269+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-11-02 | David Twiddy
    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Monday said Congress needs to provide regulators greater tools to control the risky financial behavior that helped trigger the recession and to unwind major firms on the verge of collapse. FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair said she supports such a winding-down process for financial institutions other than banks. But she does have reservations with a proposal now before the House, which would cover the costs for the government of dissolving troubled companies with fees charged to businesses after the firms' meltdown occurred. Bair says that fund should be...
  • Venezuela seizes a landmark Hilton Hotel

    10/14/2009 6:47:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,902+ views
    AFP ^ | October 13, 2009
    President Hugo Chavez has ordered the "acquisition by force" of a landmark Hilton Hotel on Venezuela's Margarita island, the government's Official Gazette announced Tuesday. The facility, on the Caribbean resort island of Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, was targeted for state takeover less than a month after it was used to host the Africa-South America Summit. It is not the first time Chavez's government has checked into a Hilton and stayed for good. Caracas has already seized the Hotel Hilton in Caracas, rechristening it the Hotel Alba, a reference to the Venezuelan-led leftist regional alliance Alianza Bolivariana para las Americas...
  • If Obama Had Told Us Before His Election

    10/13/2009 8:44:16 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 69 replies · 3,139+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 10/13/2009 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been elected? That's the question so many are asking today. If Obama had told us he would appoint 34 czars, reporting only to himself and not vetted or confirmed in the constitutional way, building a powerful unitary executive branch of government, would he have been elected? What if he had told us that his green jobs czar had been a Communist, that the science czar wrote in a college textbook that compulsory "green abortions" are an acceptable way to...
  • Venezuela prepares to nationalize coffee companies (Chavez claims dodging of price control laws)

    09/18/2009 5:14:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 862+ views
    Forbes ^ | 9/18/2009 | Fabiola Sanchez
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez's government is preparing to nationalize the nation's largest coffee producers, claiming the companies have refused to comply with federal price controls. Commerce Minister Eduardo Saman said he is recommending the nationalization of coffee plants belonging to Caracas-based companies Fama de America and Cafe Madrid. He did not say when the nationalizations could take place But Chavez told journalists that his government has not made a final decision on the nationalization of the plants. "If they give me an excuse, I'll nationalize them," he said. Saman said the measure had been encouraged by workers displeased...
  • Corporate Shills for Hope and Change

    08/21/2009 10:03:15 AM PDT · by khnyny · 4 replies · 664+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 21, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Money from pharmaceutical firms and health care companies is dirty, evil, and corrupting – except when key members of Team Obama are pocketing it. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs derides grass-roots opponents of socialized health care as industry-funded lackeys with questionable motives and conflicts of interest. But what about the corporate shills at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Two weeks ago, the White House embraced $150 million in drug industry ads supporting Obamacare. This week, Bloomberg News reported that White House senior adviser and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod’s former public relations firm, AKPD Message and Media, has raked in some $24...
  • Mugabe 'preparing for war'

    08/10/2009 6:13:13 PM PDT · by wgflyer · 14 replies · 2,025+ views
    News24.com ^ | 6 August, 2009 | Unknown
    Cape Town - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is stockpiling arms and ammunition and preparing for war, the Democratic Alliance warned on Thursday.... ..."Mugabe is [also] talking to Venezuela, Cuba and Korea to fund a war-chest in preparation for the referendum and election, following the implementation of the global political agreement (GPA) brokered by former president Thabo Mbeki on behalf of SADC."... ...James said Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party appeared to be "mobilising for war against their own citizens"....
  • Chavez supporters attack opposition TV station

    08/03/2009 7:04:48 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 19 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/03/09 | Raymond Colitt & Ana Isabel Martinez
    Several dozen militant backers of Hugo Chavez on Monday stormed the headquarters of an opposition TV station that the Venezuelan president has threatened to shut down amid his crackdown on private media. Activists with the UPV, a radical left-wing party that backs Chavez, forced their way past security guards to enter Globovision headquarters in Caracas and fired tear gas inside the compound, images broadcast by the TV station showed. Globovision, a small but critical station, broadcasts news programing and has been highly critical of Chavez. Chavez's government condemned the attack, although Globovision's owners said they suspected the president was behind...
  • Obama, Chavez Are Both Nationalizing Private Companies, Venezuelan Political Analyst Says

    07/28/2009 11:51:19 AM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 272+ views
    CNS News ^ | 7/28/09
    enezuelan President Hugo Chavez is taking over private companies in order to deal with the economic crisis that has affected both his country and the United States, and the Obama administration is trying to do roughly the same thing, Venezuelan political analyst Dr. Luis Vicente León told CNSNews.com Monday. “I don’t like to make comparisons (between the U.S. and Venezuela) because you can only compare concepts,” León, a noted political analyst and pollster in Venezuela said in Spanish. “But conceptually, one can say that in order to solve the crisis, President Obama has had to overtake private companies.” He added:...
  • Obama on the flying trapeze

    07/11/2009 3:55:40 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies · 737+ views
    Globe & Mail ^ | 07/11/09 | Rex Murphy
    "We've seen him [Barack Obama] in action for a bit more than six months. What we can say with confidence, now that we have the evidence of his actions, is that had he run on (a) transforming the U.S. economy by massive federal government intervention, (b) taking an owner's stake in the automobile industry, (c) transforming the rules of America's energy economy, (d) instituting a national health-care system - all of these simultaneously and in the centre of a financial meltdown - Barack Obama wouldn't merely have lost the election, he wouldn't have got as many votes as gnarly old...
  • CEO vows better performance as GM exits bankruptcy

    07/10/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 41 replies · 2,292+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 07/10/2009 | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS
    DETROIT – General Motors completed an unusually quick exit from bankruptcy protection on Friday with ambitions of making money and building cars people are eager to buy. Once the world's largest and most powerful automaker, new GM is now leaner, cleansed of massive debt and burdensome contracts that would have sunk it without federal loans. But GM, whose 40 days under court supervision was far shorter than anyone predicted, faces the worst auto sales slump in a quarter-century. At a news conference, CEO Fritz Henderson said the revamped automaker will be faster and more responsive to customers than the old...
  • Top US senator, hospitals near health care deal

    07/06/2009 7:41:20 PM PDT · by sf4dubya · 12 replies · 687+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Monday July 6, 2009, 9:50 pm EDT | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- With health care legislation at a crossroads, the nation's hospitals are near agreement with a key lawmaker and the White House to pick up part of the cost of President Barack Obama's plan for expanded coverage, officials said Monday. The precise size of any deal was not available, although several days ago, talks were focused in the area $155 billion over a decade. These officials said under the emerging agreement, hospitals would accept lower-than-anticipated payments under Medicare and Medicaid, the federal health care programs for seniors and the poor. Any agreement involving Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of...
  • 6/24 News Stories Conservatives Should Digg

    06/24/2009 9:36:28 AM PDT · by Seth_Stuck · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Conservative Diggs & Buries ^ | June 24, 2009 | Conservative Diggs & Buries
    Here are the major news stories from the past two days you've just GOT to read and Digg! http://diggsandburies.blogspot.com/
  • Obama’s Post-Capitalist America

    06/22/2009 10:31:21 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 33 replies · 832+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 22, 2009 | By Daniel Greenfield
    We don’t have to work too hard to envision what Obama’s Post-Capitalist America will look like, because it’s here already. The basic ingredients bureaucratization and overregulation have already destroyed sizable chunks of American industry and business over a number of decades. Now with nationalization on the table, we’re getting the first glimpses of what the American auto industry and medicine will look like, nationalized.
  • NET LOSSES (Mark Steyn)

    06/22/2009 2:59:47 PM PDT · by JLS · 33 replies · 1,290+ views
    The National Review ^ | 22 June 2009 | Mark Steyn
    NET LOSSES Steyn on America Monday, 22 June 2009 A mere year ago the notion that the government would take over General Motors would have seemed incredible. Yet here we are, with the president of the United States firing the CEO and personally calling the mayor of Detroit to assure him he has no plans to move the head office out of the city. Not literally, not yet. But in any practical sense it’s now headquartered in Washington. In another twelve months, I wonder what currently unthinkable scenarios will have become faits accomplis.
  • ABC News to air Obama interview on health care

    06/15/2009 8:58:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies · 1,685+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | June 15, 2009
    NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News will present a prime-time interview with President Barack Obama on health care issues next week. The network's special will air June 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern, on two-hour tape delay. Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer will moderate the White House discussion with a live audience, also taking questions submitted by viewers. That morning, Sawyer will interview Obama for "Good Morning America." Gibson will anchor that evening's edition of "World News" from the White House Blue Room.
  • Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson: Government Unfairly Shutdown My Parents' GM Dealership

    06/10/2009 7:11:32 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 139 replies · 5,418+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 10, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Many have claimed the federal government was playing fast and loose with the rules surrounding its takeover of General Motors and the circumstances surrounding the selection of which dealerships would remain open and those that wouldn't. Fox News' Gretchen Carlson came forward with evidence of this through a personal account of dealership closings. Carlson, a co-host on the Fox News Channel's morning show "Fox & Friends," appeared on Glenn Beck's June 9 program and questioned the logic behind the decision reached by the government and General Motors (GM) to close down a dealership that has been in her family for...
  • Gas prices continue upward climb

    06/12/2009 9:37:04 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 15 replies · 1,192+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 6/12/09 | Nuke Gingrich
    2009-Jan 01/05 173.7 01/12 183.5 01/19 189.8 01/26 189.0 2009-Feb 02/02 194.4 02/09 197.8 02/16 201.6 02/23 196.3 2009-Mar 03/02 198.8 03/09 199.3 03/16 196.4 03/23 201.4 2009-Apr 04/06 209.0 04/13 210.4 04/20 211.2 04/27 210.2 2009-May 05/04 212.9 05/11 229.0 05/18 236.0 05/25 248.5 2009-Jun 06/01 257.2 06/08 267.3 sourceYou may notice that the average retail price of gas that President Obama inherited was around $1.89. Five months into the Obama presidency, the price has increased by 41%. The price spikes of 2008 brought calls for nationalization of the oil industry by a handful of Democrats, but at...