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  • Obama proposes Social Security cuts

    12/22/2012 7:09:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 12/20/12 | Patrick Martin
    Obama proposes Social Security cutsPatrick Martin 20 December 2012 **SNIP** The White House decision to propose cuts in future Social Security benefits is of enormous political significance. Social Security has long been characterized as the “third rail” of American politics—touch it and you die. Obama and Boehner are seeking to break this taboo and create a new political framework for imposing brutal austerity measures on working people. Whatever the immediate outcome of the talks in Washington, whether or not a deal is reached before December 31, the overall direction is clear: entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are...
  • The New Robber Barons

    12/22/2012 7:06:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    An oil and natural gas boom is underway in the United States, born of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” It has created tens of thousands of well-paying jobs directly, and hundreds of thousands more in hundreds of businesses that supply and support the industry and its workers. In North Dakota, the unemployment rate is 2.4 percent, in large part because of a huge increase in natural gas and crude oil production from deep shale rocks that yielded nothing prior to fracking. The new technology is also driving job growth, higher incomes, and increased tax revenues for hard-pressed...
  • Cravaack likely leaving Minnesota, politics

    12/22/2012 7:01:53 AM PST · by DManA · 11 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 12/22/2012 | Kevin Diaz
    After unseating Minnesota’s longest-serving congressman and interrupting 63 years of DFL dominance on the working-class Iron Range, political newcomer Chip Cravaack is moving on. . . . “It really depends on Traci,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I’ve got a feeling I’ll probably be heading back there, unless some huge opportunity opens up in Minnesota, I’ve got two small kids who need their dad.” The family’s move to New Hampshire last year became a political liability in a district that already skewed heavily Democratic. The move came about after one of his boys, who is autistic, suffered a seizure...
  • Crony Capitalists Endorse Higher Taxes on their Small Business Competitors

    12/22/2012 6:36:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    December 21, 2012 by Dan Mitchell I’m a big fan of lower corporate tax rates.I also want to eliminate worldwide taxation so American companies can be on a level playing field when competing for market share around the world.And I want to get rid of the double taxation of dividends and capital gains in part because these reforms will boost business investment.Given this track record, I don’t think anybody could accuse me of being an anti-big-business activist.But I do get very irritated when politically connected corporations use cronyism to guard their interests at the expense of other taxpayers and the...
  • 56%: Obama's Approval Soars to 3-Year High

    12/22/2012 6:34:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 52 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 21, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama's job approval soared to a three-year high as of Tuesday night, according to the Gallup poll, hitting 56 percent for the first time since the fall of 2009.
  • VICTORIA SOTO’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE

    12/22/2012 6:30:10 AM PST · by Bill Russell · 13 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/22/2012 | Bill Russell
    On December 14, 2012, when Victoria Soto stood in her classroom and heard the gunshots taking the lives of the school administration staff and the students in another classroom, she had very little freedom of choice. Her contractual responsibilities as a teacher required her to safeguard the lives and health of the students she taught. But it was her love for her students required her to stand between them and the evil coming through the doorway. She had very limited options in accomplishing her duty and calling. Perhaps she could have tried to save herself by squeezing into a closet...
  • President resigns after riots leave 22 dead in Argentina

    12/22/2012 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    Mail on Line ^ | 12/22/12
    President Fernando De la Rua resigned and fled the government palace in a helicopter, driven from office by a devastating economic crisis and days of rioting that left 22 people dead and homes and supermarkets across Argentina ransacked. De la Rua's sudden downfall yesterday came amid Argentina's worst unrest in a decade. Screeching tear gas canisters arced across the capital and police fired rubber bullets at thousands of anti-government protesters in the runup to his fall. Rioters looted houses and stores in other cities, and more than 200 people were injured nationwide. "I'm delighted he's finally gone. Thank God!" said...
  • Let Freedom Ring!

    12/22/2012 6:23:59 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    How about that? Not just Barack Obama can "reset" American policy toward Russia, or give it more "flexibility," to quote his not-so-confidential promise to that country's newest czar. (Our president didn't realize he was talking into an open mike at the time.) It turns out that, in this remarkably well-designed government of divided powers, Est. 1787, Congress can do a little resetting itself. Now that co-equal branch of government has reset the terms of trade with Russia, formerly the Soviet Union of unlamented memory, sic semper tryannis. Congress even got the president to sign on to the effort. This latest...
  • Advertising guru blames Obama's 'class warfare' for Hamptons mansion sale

    12/22/2012 6:22:24 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 22, 2012 | JENNIFER GOULD KEIL and SELIM ALGAR
    He got taxed out of town. Legendary advertising guru Jerry Della Femina is the latest Hamptons fat cat to unload his East End spread at the precipice of the dreaded fiscal cliff, The Post has learned. The flamboyant Madison Avenue guru has sold his 8,500-square-foot estate — the host of many legendary Hamptons bashes — for $25 million, and blames his flight squarely on President Obama’s fiscal policies. “I want the proceeds of this sale to go to my kids and my grandkids,” said the man behind iconic ad campaigns for Meow Mix and Absolut Vodka. “I don’t want my...
  • I Told You So! Of Course Washington will Steal Your Retirement Benefits

    12/22/2012 6:21:04 AM PST · by Renfield · 48 replies
    The Daily Bell ^ | 12-6-2012 | Ron Holland
    Today the twin fake memes of a "Fiscal Cliff" and "Austerity" are combining to create a contrived excuse to tax and steal far more of your wealth and income, including your retirement benefits. The press is filled with articles and editorials like one recently at CNBC entitled "Amid Tax Talks, a cry of 'Save My 401(k)'." Many retirement, offshore and political experts including Jeff Berwick, Larry Grossman and others are now warning how government revenue needs and austerity measures by the Obama Administration today threaten the private retirement system and benefits of millions of successful Americans. Back on January 28,...
  • RI Teacher Says"I Quit!"/ Government schooling child abuse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBSgchJe2Z0 At about 2:20 in the video, Mr. Round begins listing what is occurring in his government school. He states that only 4 or 5 of the children in his class were able to consistently endure this treatment. Please think about this. Question: What would happen if parents treated children this way in the home? Question: What would OSHA officials have to say if employers treated their adult employees this way? Answer: It would be called what it is: Abuse! Where are all the "good" teachers standing up and protesting this? Where are the mass resignations? Where are these so-called...
  • CA educators reject NRA call for guns in schools

    12/22/2012 6:18:20 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    edsource.org ^ | December 22, 2012 | Kathryn Baron
    California educators and Democratic politicians are rebuking the National Rifle Association for suggesting that more guns in schools would keep students, teachers and staff safer. The NRA broke its silence about the massacre of children and teachers last week at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, holding a news conference Friday in Washington, D.C. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in a quote heard around the country. He called on Congress to put armed police officers in every school in the country....
  • Law Firm Hit With $429,000 Verdict Over Faked Asbestos Suits

    12/22/2012 6:05:58 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/21/12 | Daniel Fisher
    A West Virginia jury found two members of a Pittsburgh law firm liable of civil racketeering for conspiring with a radiologist to fabricate evidence in asbestos lawsuits against railroad operator CSX.
  • Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper spray (CAPTION the occupy freeloader)

    12/22/2012 6:05:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    KATU ^ | 12/21/12
    Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper sprayBy KATU.com Staff Published: Dec 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM PST PORTLAND, Ore. - An Occupy Portland protester who was blasted in the face with pepper spray was found guilty this week of ignoring police orders and will now have to pay a fine. **SNIP** A judge has now fined Nichols $260 for not listening to police and following their orders that day.
  • Christmas is a Reminder and a Test

    12/22/2012 6:04:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    "The greatest gift which America has received from the Lord is the faith which has forged its Christian identity," Pope John Paul II wrote in a document on the Church in America in 1999. Here at the end of 2012, the words might be the rallying cry of the season -- a reminder, a challenge, a warning -- and a gift to be pondered born of a grotto in Bethlehem. And it's not just something for Christians. As the pope wrote at the time: "The evangelization which accompanied the European migrations has shaped America's religious profile, marked by moral...
  • 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

    12/22/2012 5:59:14 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-22-2012 | Michael Snyder
    75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe By Michael Snyder December 20th, 2012 What a year 2012 has been! The mainstream media continues to tell us what a "great job" the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve are doing of managing the economy, but meanwhile things just continue to get even worse for the poor and the middle class. It is imperative that we educate the American people about the true condition of our economy and about why all of this is happening. If nothing is done, our debt problems will continue to get worse,...
  • HOUSE REPUBLICANS CIRCULATE PLAN TO OUST BOEHNER FROM SPEAKERSHIP

    12/22/2012 5:53:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 102 replies
    Big Government ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | by Matthew Boyle
    Several conservative House Republican members are contemplating a plan to unseat Speaker John Boehner from his position on January 3, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Staffers have compiled a detailed action plan that, if executed, could make this a reality. The Republicans, both conservatives and more establishment members alike, are emboldened after the failure of Boehner’s fiscal cliff “Plan B” on Thursday evening. Dissatisfaction with Boehner is growing in the House Republican conference, but until now there hasn’t been a clear path forward. Those members and staffers requested anonymity from Breitbart News at this time to prevent retaliation from Boehner...
  • Obama tries to rescue fiscal talks for post-Christmas deal

    12/22/2012 5:46:49 AM PST · by MulberryDraw · 9 replies
    Rooters ^ | 12/21/12 | David Lawder and Roberta Rampton
    The White House on Friday tried to rescue stalled talks on a fiscal crisis after a Republican plan imploded in Congress, but there was little headway as lawmakers and President Barack Obama abandoned Washington for Christmas. In remarks before flying to Hawaii for a break...
  • Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries

    12/22/2012 5:44:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/22/12
    Recent "teacher arrested" Stories, Video and Galleries 9/12 Ex-teacher of the year accused of having sex with student 6/12 Teacher accused of inappropriate relationships due in court 6/11 Teacher accused of hitting student with belt
  • Rev. Jackson: Armed police in schools not answer

    12/22/2012 5:16:18 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2012
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the National Rifle Association's call for armed police in schools is no solution to mass shootings. Jackson reacted Friday after the NRA's top lobbyist said armed police were the only way to stop another tragedy like last week's mass slaying at a Connecticut elementary, where a gunman killed 20 students and six teachers. Jackson says armed police officers "couldn't compete" with an attacker with an assault weapon, and that a ban on such weapons was needed. He says he's disappointed that the NRA "showed no remorse" and offered more guns as a solution. He says...