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  • Background check websites used by Freepers

    03/18/2012 2:34:57 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 15 replies
    I need to a full background check on someone, any recommendations for a website you have used?
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAMES MADISON!

    03/16/2012 9:42:16 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 6 replies · 1+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | March 16, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    Madison, who's recognized as playing the most significant role in drafting the Constitution, has some of the very most powerful, educational, inspirational, and prophetic quotes of any of our great founders. Most of Madison's famous quotes deal with constitutionally limited government, describing it and justifying it. Reading them causes several bells to go off, because his words illuminate both the "how" and the "why" our government has so drastically bastardized the U.S. Constitution and the founding principles, created to protect us from out-of-control, all-powerful, tyrannical government, which has been the norm throughout history...
  • Government's Pot of Gold Grows on St. Patrick's Day

    03/16/2012 7:43:47 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-03-13 | [Staff]
    St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by an estimated 127.5 million people in the United States, all of whom must first pay a heavy price to government for partaking in the Irish revelry. This year, the cost of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is driven up by government by 29.9 percent. Every tradition of the holiday carries a reminder that taxpayers’ luck has run out when it comes to the cost of government: Religious practices, parades, beverages consumed, decorations hung, special meals made and celebratory clothing donned are all targets of government taxation. These traditions are all subject to forms of income...
  • Risky Business: ExIm is Banking on Short Memories

    03/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-13 | Paul Petrick and Kelsey Zahourek
    On September 30, 2011, the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank’s renewable charter expired, but bureaucratic resiliency has been reaffirmed once again. This state-run financial institution is the rent-seeker’s dream, funneling taxpayer dollars to politically-connected interests. Kept alive via continuing resolutions, the ExIm Bank now seeks a full resurrection with the help of a bipartisan cadre of congressman. Founded in 1934, the ExIm Bank operates under a contradictory dual mandate of providing loans that the private sector deemed too risky to make while guaranteeing taxpayers a reasonable rate of return. America’s experience with subprime mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exposed the...
  • Vital Records Indicate Obama Not Born In Hawaii Hospital (PART 3)

    03/13/2012 3:39:58 PM PDT · by rxsid · 225 replies
    thedailypen.blogspot.com ^ | 3/12/2012 | Penbrook Johannson and Daniel Crosby
    "VITAL RECORDS INDICATE OBAMA NOT BORN IN HAWAII HOSPITAL (PART 3) DIRTY LITTLE SECRET: Historical evidence provided by the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Reference Library System now confirms the information appearing within the image of Obama’s alleged 1961 “Certificate of Live Birth” disregards his actual foreign birthplace while, instead, providing a statistically based “geographic allocation” which is a result of a widely misunderstood natality data reporting policy which began in 1950. Stalling for four years since Obama announced his candidacy in February of 2007, under mounting political pressures and legal challenges, the White House unveiled a...
  • Texas Shows That the Size of Government Matters

    03/13/2012 10:17:47 AM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-12 | Patrick Gleason
    The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently updated a key chart from their 2010 paper, Texas vs. California: Economic Growth Prospects for the 21st Century.TPPF Vice President of Research Bill Peacock on the chart’s importance: The chart shows that Texas has much lower government spending as a percentage of the private economy than the U.S. or our largest competitor, California. In other words, Texas generally imposes a lower spending burden on it citizens, which translates into lower taxes. But a low spending burden isn’t a constant in Texas. The chart also shows that Texas spending burden has increased at certain times....
  • THE LIQUIDATION OF GOVERNMENT DEBT (.pdf format)

    03/12/2012 9:27:29 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 11 replies
    imf.org ^ | March 2011 | Carmen M. Reinhart & M. Belen Sbrancia
    ABSTRACT Historically, periods of high indebtedness have been associated with a rising incidence of default or restructuring of public and private debts. A subtle type of debt restructuring takes the form of “financial repression.” Financial repression includes directed lending to government by captive domestic audiences (such as pension funds), explicit or implicit caps on interest rates, regulation of cross-border capital movements, and (generally) a tighter connection between government and banks. In the heavily regulated financial markets of the Bretton Woods system, several restrictions facilitated a sharp and rapid reduction in public debt/GDP ratios from the late 1940s to the 1970s....
  • New Study Shows Polygamy Leads to Higher Levels of Crime, Violence, Poverty, and Gender Inequality

    03/11/2012 10:34:06 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 9 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2012 | Answering Muslims
    New Study Shows Polygamy Leads to Higher Levels of Crime, Violence, Poverty, and Gender Inequality Interesting. Islam institutionalized polygamous marriage. Researchers have determined that polygamous marriage in a culture leads to higher levels of crime, violence, poverty, and gender inequality. Hence, Islam institutionalized a practice that led to the problems we now see in Muslim societies: rampant violence, poverty, and gender inequality. Shouldn't Allah have known better? For those unfamiliar with Islamic teachings, here's a quick review. According to the Qur'an, Muslim men are allowed to marry up to four women: Qur'an 4:3—And if you fear that you shall not...
  • For Whom Does God Want Us To Vote?

    03/09/2012 5:07:13 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 12 replies
    CleanTV ^ | 3-9-12 | Jerry McGlothlin
    For who does God, our Creator, want us to vote? Of course, the answer is for whomever He tells us to vote. Ask in prayer and vote for who God tells you to vote. But what if He doesn't name names? Here are some scriptures that give direction on voting biblically: Exodus 18:21 says: "Choose able men from all the people--God-fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain and corruption--and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, to be their rulers." So if it's important to have honest leaders over groups of 1000, then how much more important is...
  • Theology of Integral Mission

    03/07/2012 3:33:04 PM PST · by juliosevero
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Theology of Integral Mission Can the Gospel be used as a mere platform for an ideology? “Theology of Integral Mission is a [Brazilian] Protestant variation of the Liberation Theology”. — Ariovaldo Ramos, in the Marxist magazine Diplomatique. Ramos is a former president of World Vision in Brazil. By Julio Severo Note: This is a message by me to Brazilian evangelicals, because Theology of Integral Mission is by far the most serious problem in the Brazilian churches, making them prey to political opportunists, and because the dominant political ideology in Brazil, in churches and society, is socialist. I hope that this...
  • Reminder: Bob Kerrey Cast the Deciding Vote for the Clinton Tax Hike

    03/06/2012 11:44:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-02 | Kristie Shu
    Bob Kerrey looks to be a challenging replacement for Ben Nelson in the Nebraska 2012 senate race, so constituents need to be reminded of his left-leaning track record. Most prominent was his August 1993 deciding vote in favor of Clinton’s 1993 tax hike, which he himself declared as the “biggest tax increase in the history of the country.” “Kerrey helped lead the fight to unravel Ronald Reagan’s bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 when Kerrey supported first George H.W. Bush’s 1990 tax increases and then Bill Clinton’s 1993 tax increases,” stated Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Both...
  • Australian Ethicists Argue the Right to Kill Babies After They’re Born

    03/04/2012 2:37:48 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 8 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | Liberty Counsel
    An article entitled After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live? was recently published in the London-based Journal of Medical Ethics, advocating that if abortion is allowed, then society also has the right to kill a newborn child. This outrageous deduction by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva takes abortion to its logical conclusion. The abstract states: “By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue...
  • Managing the Stress of Big Family Events

    03/04/2012 2:22:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 10 replies
    Special Guests ^ | 3-4-12 | SpecialGuests
    As winter gives way to spring, a number of holiday and other family events—be it Passover, graduation, first communion, you name it—stand before us. And, with them, comes a certain degree of anxiety for most of us, knowing that it means spending some “quality time” with our extended family. No matter how much we may love them, bringing all those personalities together is an inevitable recipe for tension. That’s why we can all use a coach like etiquette expert, Marie Dubuque—an unparalleled guru in interpersonal relationships and a wellspring of common-sensibility advice for all of us humans who can’t help...
  • SCIENTIFICALLY CREATED TO “enterTRAIN" YOUR BRAIN

    03/03/2012 6:22:48 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 3 replies
    Special Guests ^ | 3-3=12 | Special Guests
    "The Satori Sound's motivational music has a way of ALWAYS making me feel inspired, energized, excited, positively upbeat and ALIVE!” - Sarah DeAnna - Supermodel, fitness guru, and author of Model Skinny MARINA DEL RAY, CALIFORNIA– It is now possible to have fun while you “enterTRAIN” your brain. You can fill your iPod with MP3s that motivate, energize and increase your personal potential. Artist Adam Gockel has found a way to synthesize science, sound and song. The result for his clients is an aural ascent – upward to a higher plane of performance, productivity and motivation. Are You Ready!?! is...
  • Remembering Breitbart:Larry O’Connor Show..John Nolte (amazing,probably 1st live internet wake)

    03/03/2012 2:32:07 PM PST · by STARWISE · 6 replies
    BreitbartTV ^ | 3-3-12
    COMPLETE TITLE: Remembering Breitbart: Larry O’Connor Show With John Nolte Lots of laughs, lots of tears, lots of Righteous Indignation. A four hour special, live call-in show taped at midnight ET, March 3, 2012 featuring Breitbart.tv Editor-In-Chief Larry O'Connor and Big Hollywood Editor-In-Chief John Nolte discussing the tragic death of Andrew Breitbart. Listeners called in until 4:00 AM ET. Two videos of this at the article page and HERE.
  • One Month to Go Until We Have the World's Highest Corporate Tax Rate

    03/02/2012 9:17:23 AM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-01 | Ryan Ellis
    Just one month from today, Japan will lower their corporate income tax rate from 39.5 to 35 percent. When they do so, the United States will officially have the dubious distinction of possessing the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world, a federal/state integrated rate of 39.2 percent. ... Country Corporate Income Tax Rate United States 39.2% OECD Average 25% Canada 27.6% Mexico 30% Japan 35% Germany 30.2% France 34.4% President Obama last month proposed a plan to raise net taxes, but in the process lower the U.S. corporate rate to about 32 percent... Read more: http://www.atr.org/one-month-worlds-highest-corporate-tax-a6748#ixzz1nyr3QeES
  • WHERE IS ROMNEY’S GUN?: 2nd Amendment Groups Concerned About His Candidacy

    03/01/2012 6:53:10 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 14 replies · 4+ views
    SpecialGuests.com ^ | 3-1-12 | Special Guests
    The truest of conservative political pundits argue that, as a Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is just Obama in a Reagan suit—and, thus, even as the longstanding frontrunner in the primary, he can’t seem to close the deal on getting the nomination. To this point, most of the critical attention he’s receiving has to do with his record on social issues. But, as Larry Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America (GOA), points out, Romney’s moderate inclinations and flip-flopping habits are converging on the conservative staple issue of gun rights—leaving folks like Pratt very concerned. In...
  • Brazilian Marxist Bishop Killed by Adopted Son

    03/01/2012 1:54:06 PM PST · by juliosevero · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    <p>The Anglican bishop for Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco was killed along with his wife by their son.</p> <p>Edward Robinson Cavalcanti, 68, and his 64-year-old wife Miriam were stabbed to death on Sunday, March 26, in their home in the city of Olinda.</p>
  • U.N. Seeks to Centralize Power over the Web, Threaten Internet Freedom

    02/29/2012 2:00:20 PM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-02-27 | [Staff]
    This week, talks for updating the treaty on Internet governance will begin in Geneva. This treaty could result in the granting of numerous new powers over the Internet to the United Nations. The push to finalize the treaty by year’s end comes from a number of countries, including Russia, China, and many Arab states. Their aim to give the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more power is based on a desire to impose international controls and regulations onto the Net, threatening technological innovation, free speech, and the free flow of information. A number of the proposals for these new powers...
  • Headlines and links I followed today...

    02/28/2012 8:10:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Nachumlist ^ | 2/28/12 | Nachum
    Video of the moment:   LA Gov. Bobby Jindal Eviscerates Obama Administration On Energy2/28/2012Obama and IsraelNetanyahu will urge Obama to publicly back attack on Iran, sources sayTop US General Grilled on Iran Strike For the second time in two weeks... Sen. Lindsey Graham took aim at the Pentagon's top man over deteriorating relations with Israel. ...US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey .. told a Senate panel he did not counsel Israel against attacking Iran over its nuclear program.Israeli Officials angry and dismayed that Obama is conducting secret back channel talks with IranWhy won't Barack Obama cut...
  • (REAL) DRIVER'S LICENSE, PLEASE: Former 9/11 Commission Counsel Explains Security Threat

    02/27/2012 6:22:34 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 5 replies · 2+ views
    WebToday ^ | 2-27-12 | WebToday
    For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. As states continue to crack down on things like voter ID while others continue to seek ways to enforce immigration laws, near all states are now also trying to protect their most coveted form of ID-- the driver license. Initially responding to the controversial federal secure driver license law, REAL ID, states have learned by implementing the REAL ID Act they have curbed the identity theft and fraud used extensively by the illegal alien population and criminals. Janice Kephart, Director of National Security Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies...
  • White House Privacy Proposal Sets Stage for Web Regulation

    02/27/2012 11:01:48 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-02-24 | [Staff]
    [On Thurs]day, the White House released a framework for online consumer privacy with the aim of enacting federal standards. While the report rightly does not make an outright call for heavy regulation, it does set the stage for federal action – whether legislatively or through agencies – that could create burdens on web companies and fundamentally upend the way consumers use the Internet today. Last year, at least six different privacy-related bills were introduced in Congress, all with varying degrees of heavy-handedness. At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer privacy proceeding largely stalled, but paved the way for...
  • The Democrat Race Lie

    02/25/2012 9:12:26 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    Black & Right ^ | Bob Parks
    In 2010, Democrats gave their website a facelift and whitewash. Check out the screenshot to see what they used to say about their civil rights history compared to now. "Democrats are unwavering in our support of equal opportunity for all Americans. That’s why we’ve worked to pass every one of our nation’s Civil Rights laws, and every law that protects workers. Most recently, Democrats stood together to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act." "On every civil rights issue, Democrats have led the fight. We support vigorous enforcement of existing laws, and remain committed to protecting fundamental civil rights in America." This...
  • “Stimulus” Costs Continue to Grow

    02/24/2012 2:50:36 PM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-02-23 | [Staff]
    This month CBO has published another report that shows the cost of the “stimulus” package will be more than initially estimated. During consideration of the “Stimulus” bill in 2009 the CBO initially projected an “increase in budget deficits by $787 billion” as a result of the legislation between 2009 and 2019. In August of 2010 the CBO adjusted the anticipated cost from the ‘Stimulus’ to be $814 billion. The last quarterly report increased that estimate to $825 billion. Now the CBO’s report for February 2012 states the actual impact was $831 billion. If this pace is consistent, based on the...
  • Obama vs. GOP Candidates: Tax Plan Comparison

    02/24/2012 10:57:07 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-22 | Ryan Ellis
    Mitt Romney this week released “version 2.0” of his tax plan. It and those of his GOP primary competitors stands in contrast to the tax plan offered by President Barack Obama in his FY 2013 budget. In this budget, he announced that he is for tripling the tax rate on dividends, raising the tax rate at which the majority of small employer profits face taxation, hiking the capital gains rate, bringing the death tax to nearly half of an estate’s value, and raising taxes to hurt energy consumers. The list of tax hikes in the Obama budget is frankly staggering....
  • US gay group wants to defeat Russian law banning homosexual propaganda

    02/24/2012 9:27:40 AM PST · by juliosevero · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    US gay group behind the shutdown of Julio Severo PayPal account wants to defeat Russian law banning homosexual propaganda By Julio Severo The world is cheering a new law in St. Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia, banning homosexual propaganda. Yet, AllOut is not cheering. It is calling upon gays and government officials in America, Europe and around the world to defeat the Russian law protecting children from gay indoctrination. The American gay group launched an international campaign this week to exert pressure on Russian lawmakers. AllOut says, “Over the past few months over 250,000 people have joined All...
  • Kelo Needs Congressional Correction

    02/23/2012 12:17:51 PM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-22 | Paul Petrick
    Last month, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 1433. This bill would suspend federal economic development funds for two years to any state or municipality that expropriates private property via eminent domain for a private purpose. H.R. 1433 enjoys the bipartisan support of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as well as more than two dozen other co-sponsors. If enacted, this legislation would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government entities to expropriate private property at...
  • Obama's Business "Tax Reform" Is a Tax Hike in Disguise

    02/22/2012 1:40:02 PM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-22 | Ryan Ellis
    The Obama Administration today released a business tax reform plan which is hardly worthy of the name. It raises taxes on employers by hundreds of billions of dollars over this decade, makes both larger and smaller companies less competitive than today, and would do nothing to make American companies more competitive around the world. Raises taxes on employers with unemployment over 8 percent. The Administration plan is shameless in admitting that this is not actually business tax reform. Rather, it's a net tax increase on business with some shiny baubles that might remind one of real tax reform. How does...
  • Indiana warns Obama of eligibility 'default'

    02/21/2012 11:00:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    WND ^ | 2-21-12 | Bob Unruh
    A state commission in Indiana that was asked to review whether Barack Obama is eligible to be on the state’s 2012 ballot has scheduled a hearing for Friday, and warned the parties to the argument that those who fail to attend may be subject to a default decision. The notice was signed by Trent Deckard and J. Bradley King, co-directors of the Indiana Election Commission, and regards case No. 2012-176, which is a challenge to Obama brought by Karl Swihart. “The hearing is called to determine the merits of the candidate challenge pursuant to Indiana Code 3-8-1-2,” the notice, addressed...
  • Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun (Netherlands general- MUST see)

    02/18/2012 9:47:59 PM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    TED ^ | Jan 2012
    Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gunPeter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. At TEDxAmsterdam he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace. General Peter van Uhm is the Chief of the Netherlands Defence staff. He has had an outstanding career over four decades in the Dutch military. In the Netherlands, he is know from his personal tragedy. On 18 April 2008, one day after Van Uhm was appointed...
  • Chairman Kline Takes on Failing Education

    02/17/2012 11:30:12 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-02-17 | [Staff]
    No Child Left Behind is an example of why the 'one size fits all' mentality is an improper way to govern. Placing standardizations as well as allocating specific resources at the federal level is not working. Our education system is decaying. With increasing costs and decreasing scores it is clear that reform is necessary to ensure that the future of our nation have the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy. Chairman Kline of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee is sponsoring two pieces of legislation to address this issue. The two bills reform federal education...
  • House Republicans Rollback Obama's Pro-Union Regulations

    02/17/2012 9:58:35 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-14 | Christopher Prandoni
    After a yearlong fight, House Republicans land a blow against the politicized National Mediation Board (NMB). After assuming office in 2009, President Obama appointed two pro-union members to the three member NMB, the federal agency that oversees union-employer relations in the transportation industry. Effectively controlling the board, Obama’s Democrat appointees rewrote long-held election law to make it easier for unions to organize transportation workers. While the National Labor Relations Board’s nefarious activity has received much publicity, Obama’s regulatory overreach began with the NMB. Since the National Railway Act’s was ratified in 1926, a union needed to receive a majority of...
  • The Obama Budget: More Budget Gimmicks, More Spending

    02/16/2012 10:09:14 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | [Staff]
    Today, President Obama released his budget for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The spending blueprint mirrors other plans he has put forward during his administration. It keeps spending at unprecedented levels, fails to address the looming entitlement crises and uses budget gimmickry to claim fake savings and unrealistic projections. The budget continues to call for spending at historic levels: the request sets spending for the fiscal year at $3.8 trillion and projects $47 trillion in spending over the next ten years Holds spending at 23 percent of the next ten years, two percent higher than its historical average Uses totally dishonest...
  • My experience with the IRGC [they get reckless]

    02/15/2012 3:58:25 PM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    http://forum.internet-haganah.com/showthread.php?585-My-experience-with-the-IRGC-they-get-reckless ^ | Last edited by Aaron; 15 February 2012 at 12:56. | Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "Reckless doesn't mean not dangerous. Quite the opposite. They may fail spectacularly, or be wildly successful. One thing I believe we can count on is that they will take risks, act swiftly, and burn as many assets as they have to along the way in order to do what Khamenei wants."
  • Obama Budget Raises Taxes on Small Employers, Savers, Families

    02/15/2012 11:02:04 AM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    President Obama released his FY 2013 budget [Monday] morning. By his own numbers, his budget raises net taxes over the next decade by $1.56 trillion (Table S-9, page 225). As a percentage of the economy, tax revenues would rise all the way to 20.1% of GDP in 2022, far higher than the historical tax revenue average of 18.3% of GDP (Table S-1, page 205). Here are some of the tax lowlights: All 20 of the new or higher taxes in Obamacare are assumed to take place. That means that there will be a 3.8 percentage point surtax on investment income....
  • The Old Dominion Strikes New London

    02/14/2012 1:31:32 PM PST · by 92nina · 1+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-14 | Paul Petrick
    On February 13, a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at eminent domain abuse sailed through both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. This legislative action qualifies the amendment for a plebiscite vote in November. The amendment would stipulate that compensation resulting from eminent domain seizures include lost profits and access in addition to the value of the underlying real estate. This change has the support of Virginia property rights advocates including Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. If enacted, this constitutional amendment would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government...
  • Obama Proposes Nearly $90 Billion in Tax Hikes on Energy Producers

    02/14/2012 10:27:01 AM PST · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Christopher Prandoni
    Obama Energy Tax Proposals The President’s FY 2013 budget contains billions in tax increase on energy production and consumption. These taxes will result in higher prices at the pump, increased utility bills, and fewer American jobs as companies flee the U.S. and companies cannot recover their investments. Below is a breakdown of energy taxes Obama put forth in his 2013-2022 budget: [HTML Chart was over 300 words so I could not carry it over.] ATR Recommendations Congress should reject these new tax increases and move to rapidly increase access to domestic energy resources in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, part...
  • House to Pass Payroll Tax Relief for Rest of 2012

    02/14/2012 8:50:19 AM PST · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-13 | Ryan Ellis
    The U.S. House this week will vote on H.R. 4013, a bill which will continue payroll tax relief for the remainder of 2012. In all of 2011 and through February of 2012, the Social Security payroll tax rate nominally paid by employees has been reduced by two percentage points, from 6.2% to 4.2%. For someone earning $50,000 annually, this has reduced their FICA tax by $1000 over the year. Americans for Tax Reform is supportive of this extension of payroll tax relief: Now is not the time for workers to see their take-home pay decline because their taxes went up....
  • OK Gov. Mary Fallin Releases Bold Tax Reform Plan

    02/10/2012 10:07:04 AM PST · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-07 | Will Upton
    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, in her State of the State Address, outlined a bold plan for tax reform focused on reducing rates and consolidating Oklahoma’s seven tax brackets. The plan would end Oklahoma’s complicated seven bracket income tax structure that begins taxing on the first penny any Oklahoman earns, instead replacing the structure with three brackets – Oklahoman’s making below $15,000 a year would pay a 0-percent rate, those making under $35,000 would pay a 2.25-percent rate, and those making $35,000 and above would pay a 3.5-percent rate. The Tax Foundation ranks Oklahoma as 38th in the nation in terms...
  • The Education and Workforce Committee holds hearing on NLRB "Recess" Appointments

    02/09/2012 8:46:13 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-08 | Heather Ginsburg
    Today the Committee on Education and the Workforce hosted a hearing on the President’s January recent recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. To refresh everyone’s memory, President Obama made “recess” appointments to the NLRB early last month, while the Senate was not actually in recess. The Senate was in what is called a pro-forma session. In the context of appointees, longstanding Senate procedures consider pro-forma recess nearly identical to standard recess. Therefore, recess appointments cannot be made at this time. Recently, several different organizations have decided to file suits against the administration for these illegal appointments. During yesterday’s...
  • Illegal Immigrants Pay Income Tax, Won't Get Deported Says Initiative

    02/08/2012 10:34:05 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    KIONrightnow.com&#8206; ^ | Feb 08, 2012 | Brooke Holmquist
    SACRAMENTO, Calif- A new tax proposal could be the answer to our state's budget mess. The proposal? Tax illegal immigrants. The people behind the initiative said they can get illegal immigrants to pay income taxes, but first the Governor must get a promise from the federal government, it won't go after anyone here illegally and is part of the program. "Trying to get the federal government to not spend resources on those folks who are filing and paying I don't know why that would come about, I would suspect some sort of political motivation in Sacramento visa vie Washington." Attorney...
  • ATR Opposes Retroactive Tax Hikes

    02/07/2012 2:24:53 PM PST · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-07 | Ryan Ellis
    As a general matter, retroactive tax hikes are bad tax policy and even worse governance. There's a reason the Founding Fathers put a prohibition on "ex post facto" laws in the Constitution. When it comes to taxes, it's not fair for employers and families to comply with the tax code only to find that the rules then changed after the fact, and after it's too late to do anything about your original choice. It's "heads I win, tails you lose" government at its worst. Yet that is precisely what Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is proposing to do...
  • Has your Governor Issued a Proclamation Honoring Ronald Reagan on Feb 6th?

    02/07/2012 9:02:12 AM PST · by 92nina · 7 replies
    Ronald Reagan Legacy Project ^ | 2012-02-06 | John Kartch
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each year the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project asks governors from all 50 states to issue a proclamation declaring February 6th “Ronald Reagan Day”. Today, The Ronald Reagan Legacy Project proudly commends the governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- who have recognized Reagan’s 101st birthday in their states. “It is wonderful news that thirty-three governors have declared today “Ronald Reagan Day” in their states. It is sad that sixteen Democratic governors place partisan politics above respect for a great President,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project. Governors who have issued proclamations honoring Reagan...
  • Did Bernanke See His Shadow?

    02/06/2012 10:22:13 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-03 | Alexander McArthy
    While many Americans celebrated Groundhog Day [last Thurs]day, lawmakers in Washington were participating in a more regular tradition: debating the state of the economy. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took the stand before the House Budget Committee to defend the central bank’s recent policy decisions, a performance that mirrored the pomp and circumstance of the activities in Punxsutawney. Bernanke’s repetition of poor policy prescriptions was a fitting way to celebrate the national holiday. Once again, he insisted that interest rates will remain low without affecting inflation, and that government spending will increase job growth. In fact, Bernanke warned lawmakers ahead...
  • Shrinkage: Rick Santelli on the Jobs Report Number (lies, adjustments, smoke&mirrors)

    02/04/2012 4:16:59 PM PST · by STARWISE · 16 replies
    CNBC's Rick Santelli puts his perspective on the Jobs Report. Believe it or not 1.2 million Americans dropped out of the Jobs Market which enabled the Unemployment Rate to drop. VIDEO - RICK SANTELLI
  • The Top Five Tax Polling Questions Anyone Would Ever Need to Know

    02/03/2012 8:07:10 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-02 | [Staff]
    Tax questions are among the most commonly polled issues by America’s opinion survey industry. It is important that conservatives use this positive tax polling data to our advantage, since the American people are generally supportive of the conservative message on taxes. "Do you favor or oppose completely eliminating the estate tax, that is, the tax on property left by people who die?" When the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Public Radio and Harvard University asked about the "death tax," 60% favored eliminating it; 54% favored eliminating the tax when it was called the "estate tax" in another question on the same...
  • President Obama's State of the Union Address: What Was Missing?

    02/02/2012 11:39:02 AM PST · by 92nina · 8 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-01-26 | [Staff]
    After President Obama's third State of the Union address this week, the Cost of Government Center decided to take a look at how this speech different from joint addresses past. The speech, while rife with the President's usual demands for tax hikes on families and small businesses, was more of a campaign speech than an executive joint address. It is telling, then, that the President spent more time avoiding many of the top issues of past addresses than mentioning them. Notably absent from the speech was any mention of his plan to salvage the economy via government “stimulus.” The President...
  • Judicial Activism Jeopardizes Jobs

    02/02/2012 10:34:05 AM PST · by 92nina
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-27 | Paul Petrick
    Last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again used the Clean Water Act to bludgeon industry and property owners. In Georgia-Pacific West, Inc. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the nation’s most infamous appellate court held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been misinterpreting its own regulations for more than three decades. The EPA has traditionally considered the cultivation of trees to be an agricultural activity. The jurists of the Ninth Circuit have determined that they have the expertise to overrule decades of regulatory precedent and deem forestry a manufacturing activity. Unfortunately for the two and half million...
  • Job news = good news? Not exactly

    02/01/2012 11:18:22 AM PST · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    The Register is reporting this morning that private employers added 170,000 jobs in January. So, isn’t that good news? Well, probably for those 170,000 people, whoever they are. But economists tell us that, give or take, from 125,000 to 200,000 enter the job market monthly. That means . . .
  • Three Things to Know About the CBO Budget Report

    02/01/2012 10:46:59 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-31 | Ryan Ellis
    It's Christmas in the geeky budget world today. While everyone else is thinking about the Florida GOP primary, DC budget and tax wonks are reading the annual "CBO Budget and Economic Outlook." Here's my three takeaways after reading the report. They are by no means exhaustive: 1. If all scheduled tax increases are avoided, tax revenues will still come in at historical levels. CBO has to use a "current services baseline," which means they have to assume that Congress will let the path of current law run its course. That means that Obamacare is implemented, the 2001/2003 tax relief goes...