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  • NC governor recommends suspending democracy to focus on jobs

    09/27/2011 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 235 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/27/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    As a way to solve the national debt crisis, North Carolina Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue recommends suspending Congressional elections for the next couple of years. “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” Perdue said at a rotary club event in Cary, North Carolina, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that.” Perdue said she thinks that temporarily halting elections would allow members...
  • Coming soon: The IRS will do your taxes for you

    09/07/2011 5:54:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 6, 2011 | Matt Lewis
    Imagine this scenario: The IRS may soon just do your taxes for you — and send you the bill.If this sounds farfetched, it’s not.With a new congressional “super committee” tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in cuts by November, creative ways to find additional revenue are in high demand. And allowing the IRS to prepare you taxes could be one solution.The idea has been around for a while, but has been picking up steam in recent years. In 2006, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) argued it would close a $345 billion annual difference between what the government believes taxpayers...
  • White House: No More Photo Re-Enactments

    05/12/2011 12:55:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies · 1+ views
    AP/ABC ^ | 5/12/11 | David Bauder
    The White House said it is ending its long-running practice of having presidents re-enact televised speeches for news photographers following major addresses to the country, a little-known arrangement that fed suggestions of fakery when Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. After Obama's live, late-evening address from the East Room of the White House on May 1, five photographers were ushered in to shoot pictures as the president stood at the podium and re-read a few lines of his speech — a practice that news organizations have protested for years. Even though The Associated Press and other news...
  • Net Neutrality: A Tax on the Internet

    05/09/2010 11:25:25 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 651+ views
    The Street ^ | May 5th | Mike Jude
    A recent study I conducted for Stratecast estimated the effects that net neutrality regulations would have on consumers and the greater U.S. economy. Our model attempted to look at such regulations on broadband operators through the eyes of a CFO, who is charged, both from a legal and business perspective, to invest the funds of the company wisely. The model indicates that in the presence of net neutrality, investment in infrastructure would decrease, our economy would suffer with job losses, and the costs would ultimately be borne by the consumer. The most negatively impactful of net neutrality options, strict non-discrimination,...
  • Progressives and their Orwellian Newspeak

    10/29/2009 8:54:22 PM PDT · by mainstreetradical.com · 9 replies · 740+ views
    MainStreetRadical.com ^ | Oct. 28, 2009 | James Devere
    Reminiscent of the authoritarian regime in George Orwell’s 1984, the Obama Administration introduced some “newspeak” terms into our political debate earlier this year. The “war on terror” became an “overseas contingency action” and “acts of terrorism” became “man caused disasters.” Seemingly innocuous changes in statements appeared to do no harm at the time. Now, however, when one looks at the execution of “overseas contingency actions,” the change in semantics reflects a change in urgency. We have seen Obama drag his feet in Afghanistan while our casualties mount. Rather than denounce “acts of terrorism,” we are striving to understand “entering a...
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....