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  • Florida's Reform of Gun Law Already Working

    07/12/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen stopped a deadly knife attack with a warning shot.  Under the new law, that went into effect a few days ago, he can be certain that he will not be charged. Specifically, the new bill is the "Threatened Use of Force" bill, which was passed by legislators after scrutiny of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.   That scrutiny  revealed that prosecutors were using the mandatory sentencing law to pressure people who believed they had acted in self defense, to plead out instead of going to trial.  A wide variety of groups, from the Unified Sportsmen of...
  • 4 Questions for Politico

    07/03/2014 3:53:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Water, Carried: Politico‘s Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown sum up “How immigration reform died.” Some questions for them: 1) Is it true “reformers largely won the August recess [of 2013]? That sure wasn’t my recollection. My recollection is that initial opposition to amnesty at town halls was muted, in large part because frightened GOP congressmen simply stopped holding town halls. Reporters sympathetic to the “reformers” immediately rushed write stories claiming that “Immigration Reformers are Winning August.” (SNIP) You never seem to carry water for opponents of “comprehensive” legislation. Do we need to leak to you more? Take out...
  • 6th District Congress: Where do GOP candidates stand on immigration reform? (Wisconsin)

    07/03/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-1-14 | By Kyle Maichle
    SHEBOYGAN – On Monday, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said that immigration reform will not be decided by the Congress in the 2014 calendar year. The decision to not pursue immigration reform led President Barack Obama to consider taking executive action on the issue. Wisconsin Election Watch talked to all three Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District on where they stand on the issue of immigration reform. More: Glenn Grothman wins endorsement of Rick Santorum Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) felt on whether Congress should pursue immigration reform that: “Not this year. First and foremost, we need to secure the...
  • How immigration reform died

    06/27/2014 6:42:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, had just explained why she declared him the “deporter in chief” in a speech in early March. Obama, who was infuriated when he first heard Murguia’s remarks weeks earlier, sat in silence, trying to keep his anger in check, according to advocates in attendance. (SNIP) In January, King held a key piece of paper in his jacket pocket during the immigration discussion at the House GOP retreat in Cambridge, Md....
  • [MS Candidate in the 2012 election] Shawn O'Hara (I) (A Third Choice- MS Senate)

    06/24/2014 9:16:01 PM PDT · by RginTN · 4 replies
    Shawn O'Hara is a familiar name in Mississippi politics because he has run for several statewide offices under a variety of party labels, but he has yet to win an election
  • Immigration Reform Can't Wait

    06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 39 replies
    WSJ ^ | 18 June 2014 | Rupert Murdoch
    There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers. When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party. Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single,...
  • 11 Top CEOs Write Congress: Pass Immigration Reform

    "In their letter, dated Tuesday, the chief executives of McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Choice Hotels, Tyson Foods, Exelon and six other corporations say the ability to hire foreign, “less-skilled” workers when Americans won’t fill physically demanding jobs is “indispensable” to their businesses.
  • Politico Poll: 71% support comprehensive immigration reform

    05/20/2014 8:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2014 | AllahPundit
    Nothing makes a diehard eeyore like me happier than a depressing poll, but even I’ve got to call BS on this one. C’mon, Politico.That 71 percent includes 90 percent of Latinos, 78 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Republicans — and frankly, I’m surprised the totals for each aren’t higher. Except to the small minority of the population that follows immigration news closely, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is almost totally meaningless. News junkies recognize it as a term of art to describe a compromise on border security and legalization; to everyone else, which is pretty much everyone,...
  • Conservative Activists Boo Eric Cantor Over Support for Amnesty; Boot His Ally From Virginia GOP

    05/11/2014 5:45:02 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 23 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 05-11-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right NewsFurious over his support for amnesty for illegal aliens, conservative activists gave Rep. Eric Cantor a rough "welcome" in his own district -- sending a message that the House GOP leadership would be wise to heed before they hand Barack Obama a victory on "immigration reform". Cantor (R-Va.), the House Majority Leader was "heckled and booed" by conservatives and Tea Party activists at the 7th Congressional District Convention held in Richmond Saturday.  — and that wasn’t even the worst of it.
  • Is THE REPEAL 16 COLALITION really trying to end taxes calculated from incomes?

    05/08/2014 7:21:53 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 5 replies
    5/8/14 | johnwk
    Is THE REPEAL 16 COLALITION really trying to end taxes calculated from incomes?  As stated at repeal 16.org, “The Coalition to Repeal the 16th Amendment (Repeal 16) is comprised of a broad range of individuals and organizations including the Tea Party Patriots, Americans For Fair Taxation, Americans for Limited Government, Competitive Governance Action and Free Market America.” According to REPEAL 16 ORG, its stated goal is to “end our corrupting tax system and the oppressive IRS”. They go on to ask “What is the Repeal 16 Bill?” And they answer the question as follows: ”Congressman Jim Bridenstine has introduced a bill...
  • Steyer targets Rubio in anti-Keystone ad

    05/02/2014 8:46:19 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer's political action group is targeting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in an anti-Keystone XL pipeline ad set to air Sunday. NextGen Climate, founded by Steyer in 2013, announced on Friday that Rubio would be the subject of its ad blasting the proposed $5.4 billion pipeline after the senator was selected in an online poll. "Oil lobbyists take Rubio for a sucker," the 60-second ad states. "Sen. Rubio, don't get taken for a sucker."
  • Are ‘Repeal and Replace’ and ‘Reform’ for Obamacare Interchangeable?

    05/02/2014 2:56:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/02/2014 | Avik Roy
    Ramesh is kind enough to cite a recent piece of mine for Forbes, describing it as a continuation of my “lonely campaign to get conservatives to drop the idea of ‘repealing and replacing’ Obamacare and instead to embrace reforming it.” But it’s only lonely if by lonely he means “shared by a large plurality of the electorate.” Let me cite the data. A Pew Research poll asked whether or not politicians should “make the law work as well as possible,” or “make it fail.” The “work” side won 30–19 overall, and 36–19 among independents. (“Make it fail” won among...
  • GA: Governor Deal Signs Modest Gun Reform Bill

    04/26/2014 9:51:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Deal signed Georgia's modest gun law reform today, 23 April, 2014.  Gun law reform has been stalled in Georgia for several years, leading to the measure that makes several modest changes in Georgia's law.   None of the changes are particularly radical.   All, with one possible  exception, have been adopted in other states before this law was passed.  From FoxNews.com: The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows...
  • Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots disappoints constitutionalists!

    04/23/2014 4:35:12 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 13 replies
    4-22-2014 | johnwk
      SEE: Tea Party Patriots Use Elections to Push 'Flat' or 'Fair' Tax Monday, 14 Apr 2014 06:05 PM The Tea Party Patriots are pushing a "flat tax" or a "fair tax" rate in the coming elections to stop the endless hiking of taxes on Americans, group President Jenny Beth Martin says. "A flat tax, a fair tax — either one is better than what we have now," Martin told Ed Berliner and Diane Dimond, guests hosts of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "The tax code has grown and grown and grown. It's time to address the fact that...
  • Louisiana Congressman Admits Kissing Staffer in Video

    04/07/2014 4:21:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 75 replies
    Time ^ | Maya Rhodan
    Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.), who touted his Christian values while campaigning, says he is the man seen in a grainy video, passionately kissing a woman in his office two days before Christmas. He said, "There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness"
  • How badly must Republicans lose for immigration reform to win?

    04/01/2014 7:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/01/2014 | By Simon Maloy
    Immigration reform looks to be dead. Again. With the 2014 midterms bearing down and House Republicans standing pat, activists who pushed hard to get a bill passed in this session of Congress are making valedictory speeches about their efforts and looking to the future.MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin spoke to several pro-reform advocates who now expect President Obama to do what he can through executive orders. The strategy extends beyond November to the next presidential contest. "Immigration advocates hope to repeat the cycle by forcing the White House to take unilateral action," Sarlin wrote, "which would set the stage for Latino voters...
  • Why Good Tax Reform is Difficult

    03/24/2014 8:21:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/21/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The best tax systems include low rates, a wide base and limited exemptions that minimize the distortions caused by policy, while easing the burdens of paying the tax. But many of the provisions that make the tax code so complicated are advocated for, and relied upon, by a variety of special interest groups, meaning changing the system is extremely difficult. But that's what Congressman Dave Camp, R-Midland, is trying to do. The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee has introduced a plan that would overhaul the tax system. U.S. Rep. Camp The plan appears to generally lower rates...
  • A Conservative View of Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Bill

    02/27/2014 5:39:24 AM PST · by xzins · 8 replies
    RedState ^ | February 27th, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the House Ways Committee Chairman, released his draft proposal for comprehensive tax reform. The mere proposition of positive tax reform is a welcome development. Even though we clearly lack the votes to enact any tax reform until at least 2017, it is still important to stand on bold colors and offer an alternative vision to the current socialist path from this administration. On the other hand, if we are going to propose Republican ideas for tax reform just for messaging purposes, we should put forth the boldest tax plan possible – one that embraces completely the...
  • Balancing the annual budget and tax reform ___ Tea Party candidates need to have concrete solutions!

    02/15/2014 2:55:34 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 9 replies
    2-15-14 | johnwk
    Is it not our duty, more than ever, and as Tea Party Activists, to inform the American People about the brilliance of our Founder’s original tax plan and how our Founders intended to extinguish deficits if imposts, duties and excise taxes were found insufficient to meet Congress’ constitutionally authorized expenditures? In 1995 and 1996 Congress held Hearings on “Replacing the Federal Income Tax”. My submissions before the Committee on Ways and Means which were presented under the heading “American Constitutional Research Service” are part of these recorded hearings, and I recently found they are available on line. My two submissions...
  • Scott Walker administration launches tax reform website

    02/12/2014 5:09:12 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-12-14 | AP
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin residents can submit their tax reform ideas under a new website created by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Creation of the website, taxreform.wi.gov, comes as Walker's Revenue Department secretary and the lieutenant governor are holding meetings with business owners to gather ideas. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says the website gives everyone a chance to share their thoughts. The website includes videos from past roundtables in Beloit, Eau Claire, Superior, Green Bay, Platteville, La Crosse and Stevens Point. It also includes information about taxation in Wisconsin and other states. Walker has floated the possibility of eliminating the state's income tax,...
  • Meet the 99.999999 Percent: They’re worried about jobs and growth, not inequality.

    02/10/2014 8:46:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/10/2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Forget about the 1 percent versus the 99 percent. It’s really more like the 0.000001 percent versus everybody else. A tiny group — mostly comprising the Obama White House, a bunch of Washington Democrats, progressive economists, and the media elite — continues to fixate on income inequality as America’s greatest challenge. Most everybody else, the 99.999999 percent, sees things differently. Surveys continue to show Americans most worried about jobs and economic growth, not the income gap between the top and bottom. It’s a rational view given new employment data from the government. The January jobs report showed only 113,000 net...
  • Senator Cruz: keep income tax, lower top rates

    02/10/2014 3:36:57 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 28 replies
    2/10/14 | johnwk
    SEE: TheBlaze, Feb. 4, 2014 ‘A Pattern of Lawlessness’: Ted Cruz Outlines Why Even Democrats Should Be Concerned About Obama Administration’s Actions "Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said there is a “pattern of lawlessness” underway by the Obama administration that is truly “breathtaking,” and it should not only concern Republicans. “Suppose the next president says, ‘I’m instructing the Treasury Department [to] no longer collect taxes at a higher rate than 25%,” Cruz remarked on Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday. “That happens to be policy I agree with. I would love to see moving towards tax reform and lowering the top...
  • Immigration reform delay creates frustration in AZ

    02/09/2014 7:02:08 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    KPHO ^ | Feb 07, 2014 | Jason Barry
    HOENIX (CBS5) - Arizona remains front and center in the debate over immigration, but the big news this week came from Washington D.C., when U.S. House Speaker John Boehner cast doubts on whether immigration reform will happen this year. Immigration reform activist Erica Andiola was not surprised. The undocumented immigrant and co-founder of the Dream Action Coalition has been leading the fight for change. "We want to be able to understand the politics, but at the same time it's frustrating," said Andiola. "I know they're still thinking about elections and how it will affect their party, but for us undocumented...
  • Senator Cruz still promotes the socialist/progressive’s tax upon incomes?

    02/04/2014 4:39:05 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 52 replies
    2/4/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Ted Cruz readies for next round of tea party-fueled fight Gromer Jeffers Jr. 03 February 2014 10:36 PM Now, Cruz said, he wants to engage voters on other issues as well. He said he hoped Congress would use this year to overhaul tax and regulatory policy. And later he expressed his support for ideas like a flat federal income tax rate for everyone, saying people should mail back their tax returns on a postcard. “We need to get back to the policies that work, like fundamental tax reform,” he said. This is very disturbing. What we really need to...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • House GOP writing 'principles' for immigration reform

    01/08/2014 6:22:59 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 41 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — House speaker John A. Boehner told rank-and-file Republicans that his leadership team was drafting “principles” for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks. Boehner made the remarks Wednesday during the first private meeting of House Republicans in the new year. House Republicans have struggled to respond to the Senate's immigration bill that passed in June, which would create a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally. Boehner refused to bring the Senate bill up for a vote in the House last year and instead said the House should consider a...
  • Britain's version of Tea Party rocks political system across the pond

    01/05/2014 4:59:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 52 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 04, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    The often stale British political system is being rocked by its very own Tea Party. The UK Independence Party (UKIP), formed in 1993 opposing Britain’s entry into the European Union, failed to make an electoral dent for a long time. However UKIP has built up steam in recent years and is spearheading a seismic shift in the British political spectrum. In this year’s local elections – the British version of midterms -- UKIP took a stunning 23 percent of the vote, up from the 3.1 percent they won in the 2010 national election. Their leader, Nigel Farage, is buoyed by...
  • Sanctuary State: California Now Lets Illegals Practice Law, Get Licenses, Bars ICE Enforcement

    01/02/2014 7:37:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 26 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-02-2014 | John Urban
    With the new year comes new insane laws from California, making it officially America's Sanctuary State -- treating illegal aliens who broke the law to enter the U.S. as well as law-abiding citizens, protecting illegals from deportation, and putting public safety at grave risk. In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), signed eight bills handing special rights to illegal aliens. The controversial legislation includes allowing illegal alien obtain driver's licenses, preventing employers from denying jobs based on "immigration status", and barring state and local law enforcement from detaining illegal aliens when directed by ICE, DHS or Border Patrol. The legislation claims that...
  • Amash-backed bill aimed to end NSA spying programs garners even bipartisan support

    12/13/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by kobald · 24 replies
    MLive (Michigan) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Andrew Krietz
    An even split of Democratic and Republican legislators back a bill supported by Rep. Justin Amash, aiming to end the country's domestic surveillance programs. The legislation, titled The USA Freedom Act, would, if signed into law, curb the National Security Agency's ability to conduct communications sweeps and close a "back door" to information by requiring a court order when performing searches of Americans in data already collected without warrants. The Hill reported during the weekend that the bill has at least 102 cosponsors, including 51 Democrats and 51 Republicans... According to The Hill, members of Congress are placing increased pressure...
  • Corker-Warner GSE Reform Similar To Single-Payer Healthcare (It Won't Work Either)

    12/12/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/12/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    It doesn’t look like any GSE (housing finance) reform will be taken up in 2013. Partly because the leading contender, the Corker-Warner housing finance “reform” bill is so flawed. What does Corker-Warner do exactly? It shuts down two enormous mortgage insurance companies (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and creates one gargantuan government insurance company (Federal Mortgage Insurance Corporation). Ah, nationalized mortgage insurance. This is particularly bizarre given that the FHA already exists as a national mortgage insurance agency for mortgages. Like single-payer healthcare systems (as in UK’s NHS), you take what the government decrees for you. But Obamacare is really...
  • Next for pension reform: Chicago (only $29 billion in the hole)

    12/08/2013 5:35:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    For Chicago lawmakers who thought Tuesday's pension vote was politically dangerous, just wait until next year. Then on the docket in Springfield: gravely needed reforms for the retirement systems that benefit Chicago teachers, city workers, laborers, firefighters and police. **SNIP** Combined, the city of Chicago's four pension funds are $19.5 billion in the hole and only 36 percent funded. Add another $9.5 billion in unfunded liability from the Chicago teachers' fund for a grand total of $29 billion.
  • Gov't World: Less Choice, Higher Prices (Healthcare, Mortgage Markets And Corker-Warner)

    12/01/2013 8:47:43 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I fondly remember the days of Milton Friedman with his book and PBS series “Free to Choose.” That was in 1980 at the end of Carter-era and the beginning of the Reagan Revolution. Fast forward to 2013. We now have less freedom of choice, thanks to Congress and the Administration. Take for example healthcare insurance. Now, everyone must have healthcare insurance, even if you don’t want it. I went to healthcare.gov and saw that my choices were slim and my insurance premium rose to $1,366 per month. And no subsidy. Plus, I get to pay for sex change operations, Sandra...
  • New Campaign Rules Proposed for Tax-Exempt Nonprofits

    11/26/2013 2:44:32 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to issue new rules that would curtail political activity by tax-exempt nonprofit groups, with potentially significant ramifications for one of the fastest-growing sources of campaign spending. The proposed rules, announced by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, would expand and clarify how the I.R.S. defines political activity and then establish clearer limits for how much activity nonprofits can engage in. Such a change — long urged by government watchdog groups — would be the first wholesale shift in a generation in the regulations governing political activity. The move to curtail nonprofits follows...
  • (Exempt) Dianne Feinstein joins push to keep health plans (Obamacare reform?)

    11/13/2013 2:28:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    It’s not just red-state Democrats who want to take aggressive steps to mend controversial provisions in Obamacare. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she will co-sponsor a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to require insurance companies to continue offering their existing health care plans — a way to make good on President Barack Obama’s promise that consumers can keep their current coverage if they like it.
  • Reforms which might help thre situation

    Fixing Outmoded Institutions Ever wonder how states like Florida whose legislatures are overwhelmingly Republican still vote for bad dem candidates for president, or how you get a dem senator in a place like Louisiana? What you're seeing is that manufacturing votes cannot buy a state house. In other words, dems can manufacture all the votes they want in places like Dade County or Philly, and the GOP will still win its own territories, it's only in a national or atatewide race that vote manufacturing can decide a race for a public office. That says that the very first thing we...
  • Lawsuit Reform is a Key Free-Market Issue

    10/03/2013 12:49:34 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-2-13 | Amy Anderson
    For a marketplace to function properly, a legal system must incentivize good behavior and punish bad behavior. Lawsuits exist to make the wrongly injured financially whole by the injurer. If the wrong party is required to pay for an injury, justice is not served. Likewise, if an individual is awarded a windfall of overcompensation for an injury, justice is not served. These scenarios are just as problematic as if a defendant were to not compensate the injured for an injury they legitimately caused. Lawsuit Reform for Competitive State Economies, a new report from the Task Force on Civil Justice, translates...
  • Welfare Reform Is as Necessary as Immigration Reform

    09/11/2013 6:47:12 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 12 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 September 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    It is no coincidence but on the contrary highly significant that the British modern welfare state was born after the Second World War.  Having fought together against Hitler provided that sense of unity that is necessary for people to willingly financially support total strangers. For a welfare state to succeed that sense of an entire society's belonging figuratively to the same family is a conditio sine qua non. Another necessary condition is a general sense of trust, the perception that the welfare recipients will not exploit and take advantage of the welfare donors' generosity. Both these indispensable conditions have now...
  • Idiocracy Reform: Corker-Warner WORSENS Taxpayer Risks Compared To Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac

    09/02/2013 7:45:41 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have certainly had their share of problems and controversies. Both are in conservatorship with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) after suffering devastating losses. This comes after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac denying they have a government guarantee, but were bailed out by the Federal government after all. I never thought in a million years that Republicans, Democrats AND the Obama Administration would be on board with winding down the Democrat Darlings. But former Obama FHA Commissioner Dave Stevens summed it up nicely: “There is a bipartisan effort here that’s thoughtful and...
  • Reforming Immigration

    08/23/2013 10:22:21 AM PDT · by ConvictionsofFaith · 7 replies
    Convictions of Faith ^ | 8/22/13 | Convictions of Faith
    The DREAM Act is really remarkable and the fact that the American people have largely accepted it is even more remarkable. It essentially creates a standard that doesn't exist in any other portion of our laws. There are no laws that I know of that protect the children of AMERICAN CITIZENS who commit crimes in the way that this DREAM Act does. Innocent American children suffer every day as a consequence of their the actions of their parents. Think about this simple example. Lets say you are 3 years old and you are being cared for by your single dad....
  • Obama border crackdown hasn’t convinced GOP

    WASHINGTON -- By most, if not all, measures, President Barack Obama has surpassed his predecessors in ramping up security along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border of the United States. There’s more money being spent, an increase in border agents and more fencing. The number of people being deported is up and the number of people apprehended trying to enter the United States is down. The flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico has slowed. Yet if Obama thought that tough action on the border would help persuade reluctant Republicans to support a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws, he was wrong....
  • Don't give us your poor, tired excuses; Reform immigration now

    08/17/2013 6:54:07 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    Lexington Herald Leader ^ | Aug 17,2013 | Jon Larson
    Border security" is a bogus holdup for immigration reform. Let us prevent this worthy legislation from becoming a giant rip-off benefitting the military-intelligence industry. Millions of people in this country have paid a deplorable price for surreptitious border passage. So-called "coyotes" have extracted up to $10,000 per person per trip; yet these victims have been subjected to mass murders, tortures, locked vans abandoned in deserts, kidnappings and rape. Why does anyone assume that coyotes act independently of the heavily armed cartels in their nearly sovereign territories?One proposed immigration strategy suggests we should punish the victims by imposing a bureaucratic maze...
  • Michigan "will be ground zero in a free market revolution in health care" - Avik Roy

    08/16/2013 10:22:05 AM PDT · by taildragger · 9 replies
    Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck's Website ^ | Friday, August 16, 2013 | Colbeck Staff
    (LANSING, MI) -- Senator Patrick Colbeck and Representative Nancy Jenkins were joined in a Lansing press conference by a group of experts in the medical and financial fields to discuss the implications to the State of expanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA - aka Obamacare) and a proposal to reform Medicaid that would expand access to coverage without expanding government (SB's 459/460).
  • Rubio: If we don't pass immigration reform, Obama might legalize illegals by executive order

    08/13/2013 3:40:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 8/13/13 | Allahpundit
    Skip to 3:45 for the key bit, in which a guy who’s willing to go nuclear in a quixotic bid to defund ObamaCare warns his party not to be too obstinate in resisting immigration reform — or else. Mark Krikorian summarizes his logic this way: Mark Krikorian @MarkSKrikorian Give your toddler all the candy he wants, because otherwise he´ll just take it anyway: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/marco-rubio-immigration-executive-order-95487.html … (Snip)In fairness to him, Rubio’s not making this up. Amnesty shills on the left have warned, with increasing volume lately, that King Barack might decide to grant de facto amnesty to illegals via executive order
  • Uh oh: Chuck Schumer suddenly okay with House GOP’s piecemeal approach to immigration reform

    08/08/2013 9:32:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2013 | AllahPundit
    p>The chief Democratic spokesman for comprehensive reform is suddenly mellow about the Republican approach? Dude, I’m nervous. “I actually am optimistic that we will get this done,” Schumer said about a bill taking shape in the House during an interview on CNN. “I’ve had a lot of discussions with various members of both parties in the House. Things are moving in the right direction.”…“We would much prefer the comprehensive bill, but any way the House can get there is all right by us,” Schumer said. Actually, let me rephrase. Dude, I would be nervous if I thought the House Republican...
  • Obama Says Immigration Reform Would Boost Home Values

    08/07/2013 9:44:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/7/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Fixing the nation's "broken" immigration system "would actually help our housing market," President Barack Obama told enthusiastic high school students in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday. "It's pretty simple," the president said. "When -- when more people buy homes and play by the rules, home values go up for everybody. And according to one recent study, the average homeowner has already seen the value of their home boosted by thousands of dollars just because of immigration.
  • Testimony Before the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Fundamental Tax Reform

    08/02/2013 11:10:46 AM PDT · by Taxman · 29 replies
    self ^ | 08/02/13 | Captain Frank L. Davis, Jr., USNR (Ret)
    Statement of Frank L. Davis, Jr., Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and National Director of Legislative Affairs, National Retail Sales Tax Alliance Testimony Before the House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Fundamental Tax Reform Mr. Chairman, Mr. Rangel and Members of the Committee; my fellow Americans. It is a privilege to be asked to testify this afternoon. My name is Frank Davis. I am a retired Naval Reserve Aviator, having spent 28 1/2 years in active and reserve service to my country. I consider myself still serving, albeit in a somewhat different capacity, but with the same goal in...
  • "Comprehensive" Immigration Reform and Severe Indigestion

    07/15/2013 12:05:19 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 15, 2012 | Dan Miller
    Even First Lady Michelle would caution against consuming an entire ten course meal in one mouthful and direct instead that each bite be chewed separately and thoroughly, swallowed cautiously and then digested. Comprehensive immigration reform has more than ten courses, yet we are in danger of swallowing an entire garbage pail full without even examining the contents. Comprehensive reform in generalAddressing all aspects of complicated matter in one swell foop, demanded quickly because "we can't wait," often turns out to have been a serious blunder. That happened with ObamaCare and could easily happen again should comprehensive immigration "reform" produce an even worse situation than now exists...
  • Will Pelosi Kill Immigration Reform?

    07/09/2013 3:24:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/09/13 | STEPHEN MOORE
    Republican House leaders say that the most daunting obstacle to an immigration compromise is Nancy Pelosi. They worry that the minority leader may sabotage anything short of a full Senate-like comprehensive bill. Mrs. Pelosi still hasn't telegraphed her final strategy, but senior members of her caucus continue to insist that "no Democrat will vote for anything without a path to citizenship" for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. If Mrs. Pelosi urges her fellow Democrats to oppose all GOP measures that don't contain legalization and other substantial portions of the Senate bill, it could stymie any progress on...
  • Real Immigration Reform

    06/29/2013 7:59:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2013 | Steve Deace
    For months now I have written extensively in numerous national publications about the treacherous legislation that is the “scamnesty” bill that will pass out of the U.S. Senate this week. When you have a “gang” writing legislation you get gangster government just like this. All of the people -- and by all I mean all -- claiming to be conservative who are either still advocating scamnesty or defending those that are fall into one of four categories: 1) Woefully uninformed to the point that they should no longer criticize anyone else for being a low information voter, and should perhaps...
  • “Immigration” Bill – About Amnesty or ELIGIBILITY??

    06/28/2013 11:37:07 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 23 replies
    The National Patriot ^ | June 27, 2103 | Craig Andresen
    If you don’t think there’s anything to the whole Obama fraudulent birth certificate thing… Think again. If you don’t think he’s terrified of the truth coming out via the Sheriff Joe Cold Case Posse and Mike Zullo’s investigation… THINK AGAIN!!!!! This Dictator and his band of socialist leg humpers are DESPERATE for a solution and they are trying to rush through legislation to cover his eligibility and other personal issues related to it. Friends and Patriots…That piece of legislation is cleverly hidden in one of todays most watched issues. It’s called… IMMIGRATION REFORM!!! Socialists want to render Obama’s ILLEGAL activities,...