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  • What real parent empowerment looks like

    01/03/2012 8:06:37 AM PST · by inkling · 53 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | Jonathan Butcher
    Imagine if your child’s assigned elementary school had puddles of urine in the bathroom, mouse droppings in the cafeteria, and clogged water fountains. Now imagine if your complaints were rejected by the principal. Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based group at the center of the “Parent Trigger” or “Parent Empowerment” movement, reports that these were the deplorable conditions at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif., when parents organized to help turn things around. The parents put pressure on school officials and formed a committee to help develop solutions. This idea — empowering parents to take ownership of reforms long overdue at...
  • Don’t Shoot the Brunette Messenger

    12/29/2011 2:40:49 PM PST · by gabriellah · 24 replies · 1+ views
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/28/2011 | Christine Rouselle
    To say that the past two weeks have been a little crazy would be like saying Ronald Reagan “squeaked by to win reelection” in 1984. I had my first television interview, I’ve appeared on countless radio shows, and was featured on The Blaze, National Review, and The Associated Press ran a story about me throughout the country. Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, Mark Levin and Howie Carr all gave my blog post either a shout-out or an on-air discussion. To say I’m floored would be an understatement. This has been the most exciting week of my life. One...
  • ACORN Visits Obama White House

    12/08/2011 5:42:18 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.8.11 @ 6:08AM | By Matthew Vadum
    Leaders of the resurrected radical group ACORN are lobbying the Obama administration in what appears to be a concerted effort to game the electoral system to help Democrats, new evidence suggests. At least five Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now leaders have visited the White House this year alone. One of those ACORN officials has been involved in vetting Department of Justice hires who may help to enforce the voter fraud-enabling National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), also known as the Motor-Voter law. The Department has come under fire for refusing to enforce Section 8, which requires states to remove...
  • NRA to make serious push for suppressor (aka 'silencer') law reform?

    12/07/2011 3:07:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 December, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    This past summer, Missouri passed a law that, among marking a great many other advances in gun rights, made firearm sound suppressors (popularly, but inaccurately, referred to as "silencers") far easier to legally own. Previously, only those with a federal firearms license (FFL), as is required for gun dealers, could own suppressors in the state. Missourians are still, of course, unfortunately under the thumb of the onerous federal laws regulating suppressors ($200 tax stamp for each suppressor, detailed background check with fingerprints, the legal jeopardy one places oneself in by owning both suppressors and "Chore Boy" pot scrubbers, etc.). The...
  • Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired

    12/06/2011 9:55:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | Jason Hart
    One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo.A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2?Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. In Hamilton, a $5.9 million death tax haul will delay the inevitable: Inflation coupled with...
  • When Romanticism Trumps Reason, You Get Radical Chic Catastrophes (Radicalism Is Chic Alert)

    11/29/2011 3:51:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Rubin Reports | 11/29/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The radical is always the more glamorous. People wear Che Guevara tee-shirts. They don’t wear Samuel Gompers, A. Phillip Randolph, Edouard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky, or Jean Jaures tee-shirts, yet those largely forgotten social democratic and labor heroes achieved far more benefit for reform and workers without murdering a lot of people. Rosa Luxembourg, the nastiest rich spoiled brat in Zamosc, is fondly remembered though her career was a disaster and helped create the conditions that eventually brought about Nazism. Who knows about Frances Perkins, who did far more to help workers and was the first woman ever to be in...
  • Catholics (and Friends and Kin of Catholics): Stop "Holy Mother the State" - Stop CCHD

    11/26/2011 9:52:12 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    This Roamin' Catholic ^ | November 25, 2011 | My Blog
    November 2011 Re: Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Dear Fr. Pete, With reference to yesterday’s conversation, thank you for permitting me to: Lay out some context about the dangerous situation Catholic institutions in the U.S. are facing right now; Show how this is tied in to distortions in our concept of mission, including --- in context ---CCHD’s over-all projects and priorities, which I would say are problematic in themselves; and Do a fast review of the most glaring “short term” CCHD grantee problems: there are only a handful of these, but they flow almost inevitably from flaws in the...
  • Tax Simplification, Part II

    11/17/2011 3:18:26 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | November 17, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Saving $1,756 Billion, Overnight -By: Larry Walker, Jr. -“There is no doubt that many provisions in the Tax Code benefit narrow groups of taxpayers, but the dirty little secret is that the largest special interests are us – the vast majority of U.S. taxpayers. Virtually all of us benefit from certain exclusions from income, deductions from income, or tax credits.” ~National Taxpayer AdvocateAccording to Article I, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” And,...
  • Former NY Gov. Spitzer: Obama Hasn't Reformed Wall Street (as he holds back tears)

    11/10/2011 9:43:03 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11-10-11 | Newsmax Wires
    Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is disappointed with fellow Democrat President Barack Obama’s treatment of the financial industry. That’s a sector that Spitzer frequently took on as New York state attorney general. “The president embraced a very status quo vision of Wall Street,” Spitzer told Al Jazeera news service. “He did not lead an effort to fundamentally reform the way our financial sector operates. He put Tim Geithner in as Treasury secretary, and Geithner and [National Economic Council Director Lawrence] Summers together were very much status quo voices.”
  • School Reform Is Making Advances across America/ ( Slow but Steady K-12 Socialist School Reform)

    11/09/2011 6:24:40 AM PST · by wintertime · 6 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 9, 2011 | Gary Jason
    I always like to report progress on a subject close to my classical liberal heart -- namely, the reform of our grotesquely dysfunctional K-12 public school system. School reform (from a classical liberal perspective) involves at least two things: school choice (i.e., putting the resources for education in the hands of parents, not the educational bureaucrats -- preferably by vouchers) and school employee accountability (i.e., tying teachers' compensation to their actual performance). Of the two, school choice is fundamental, because allowing parents and students to choose where they want the students to attend forces school administrators to worry about student...
  • Pontifical Council Reflects on the Global Economy

    11/04/2011 4:34:46 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 5 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 11/4/11 | Noman
    Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson and Monsignor Mario Toso, President and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, released a note last week entitled "Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems In the Context of Global Public Authority." The PCJP shares its reflections on the demands that integral development, globalization and the financial crisis make on society. It expresses the considered opinions of its authors and the Council. As with all communique's involving Catholic Social Doctrine, this one focuses on the common good and human dignity, the pillars on which CSD conceptually rests. Like...
  • Cuba Legalizes Private Home Sales (Private Real Estate Legal Again In Cuba)

    11/03/2011 9:33:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/03/2011 | BBC News
    The ban on property sales took effect in stages after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959. Parents were able to pass property on to their children, but buying and selling property was not allowed. The rules have meant that for decades Cubans could only exchange property through complicated barter arrangements, or through even murkier black-market deals, often involving illegal payments and bribes. With the new law, Cubans will be allowed to own a maximum of two properties - their main home and a holiday home. A popular aspect of the law will be the abolition of the...
  • San Francisco police gaffes good for prison realignment plans

    10/21/2011 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | October 21, 2011 | Ari Burack
    Two drug-related police scandals inadvertently have helped The City prepare for an influx of inmates under the state’s recently implemented prison realignment plan. The inmate population at San Francisco’s jails dropped sharply in early 2010 after the Police Department’s drug lab scandal came to light and again this year after allegations began surfacing about police misconduct during drug raids at residential hotels, Sheriff’s Department statistics show. By Oct. 3, when courts began redirecting prisoners convicted of minor offenses to county jails instead of state prisons, San Francisco jails were running at just 60 percent of capacity. “The crime lab fiasco,...
  • Some Latinos see Obama 'betrayal' on immigration

    10/09/2011 7:50:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    89.3 KPCC ^ | October 09, 2011 | Brian Naylor
    Latino leaders say the administration hasn't done enough to push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, while deporting too many immigrants. Still, the administration has sued to overturn tough immigration laws in two states, and is weighing challenges in others. For the president, it's a difficult political balancing act. President Obama came into office with strong Latino support, having won two-thirds of the Latino vote, according to exit polls. But for some, that support has turned to disillusionment. "There's a deep sense of betrayal and disappointment towards the Obama administration," said Sarahi Uribe, coordinator of the National Day Laborer Organizing...
  • CNN Poll: Majority of Americans do recognize Social Security is in need of reform

    09/30/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2011 | Tina Korbe
    In further support of Ed’s theory that the third-rail curse is behind us, a CNN/ORC poll released yesterday evening shows that a majority of Americans think Social Security is either “in crisis” or has “major problems.” Perhaps even more importantly, a majority of those polled said they favor at least partial privatization.Twenty-two percent said the Social Security program is “in crisis,” up from just 17 percent in 2005, while another 49 percent said the program has “major problems.” A full 52 percent said they favor “a proposal … that would allow workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes...
  • Ohio firearms and concealed carry laws change Friday, September 30

    09/30/2011 7:28:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 29 September, 2011 | Ken Hanson
    Ohio concealed carry licensees, and gun owners in general, benefit from multiple changes in Ohio laws that take effect this Friday, September 30, 2011. Prior to explaining the changes in the laws, I must first take care of some personal business. As readers of this website are aware, last fall I had concerns about John Kasich's commitment to these two bills, should he be elected governor of Ohio. (Both bills were pending in the last legislative session, during the last Ohio gubernatorial election.) I wrote very confrontational posts on this website expressing these concerns. People are "quick to damn and...
  • Gingrich's New Contract With America

    09/29/2011 9:45:05 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies ^ | 09/29/11 | CaroleL
    Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich will officially release his 21st Century Contract with America this afternoon. The former Speaker of the House says the plan to "fundamentally change the trajectory of America" would most likely take a President Gingrich two full terms to implement and includes new choices in how Americans would buy health insurance, pay their income taxes and save for retirement.
  • Pelosi for tax reform only if it increases revenue

    09/16/2011 10:59:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/15/11 | Mike Lillis
    Pelosi for tax reform only if it increases revenueBy Mike Lillis - 09/15/11 01:21 PM ET The top House Democrat warned Thursday that the GOP's push for sweeping tax reform would win Democratic support only if it increases overall revenues. Republican leaders have been highly critical of the nation's 35 percent corporate tax rate, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected Thursday to ask the budget supercommittee to overhaul the tax code as part of its deficit-slashing mandate. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) preempted Boehner's speech Thursday with the stipulation that any such tax overhaul would have to...
  • Obama signs patent reform bill

    09/16/2011 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2011 | David Goldman and Alan Silverlain
    (CNN) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952. "We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs." Obama used the occasion to promote his $447 billion jobs plan, calling patent reform a "part of our (larger) agenda for making us competitive over the long term." Among other things, the measure, dubbed the America...
  • Entitlement Reform

    09/07/2011 5:09:40 AM PDT · by evilrooster · 2 replies
    Now that’s something we’ve been hearing for years…we have to fix entitlements to get control of the budget. Government revenues can’t keep up with growing demands.Revenue...if I hear another politician use the term revenue I’m going to go nuts. Tell me, what good or service does the government produce that generates revenue? Absolutely nothing!Government obtains funding through taxation – which means they are funded by the people. Why don’t they call it what it really is, an allowance. And much like the weekly allowance provided to a child, once it’s gone you have to wait until it’s replenished!The problem with...
  • Comprehensive pro-gun reforms in effect Sunday(MO)

    09/05/2011 6:11:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 3 September, 2011 | Jeff Leonard
    Major changes in Show-Me State gun laws will take effect Sunday as Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 294 into recently. While many of the changes will affect concealed carry permit holders, the new law provides for several other significant provisions all of which tend to favor gun owners. The most significant change brought about by the new law deals with the age at which Missouri residents may apply for a concealed carry permit. Prior to this change, those interested in obtaining a permit had to wait until they reached the age of 23. The new law lowers it to...
  • Perry's Campaign Against the New Deal

    09/02/2011 7:14:46 AM PDT · by rob777 · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 9/1/2011 | Michael Gerson
    It is an ideological milestone that the emerging Republican front-runner is as skeptical of the New Deal as anyone in his position since the New Deal. During the 1936 election, Republican nominee Alf Landon called Social Security "unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted and wastefully financed." Now, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" that tells young workers a "monstrous lie." It is a "failure" that "we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now." It is true that Barry Goldwater, during the 1964 campaign, said, "I think Social Security ought to be voluntary."...
  • Ryan’s Budget and 2012 : Will entitlement reform be swept under the rug in the 2012 campaign?

    08/23/2011 7:09:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2011 | Andrew Stiles
    Even with House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) deciding not to enter the fray for the GOP presidential nomination, his entitlement-reforming budget resolution, approved by the House earlier this year, is almost certain to play a prominent role in the race. Whichever candidate Republicans select will be forced to either defend it against the inevitable onslaught of Democratic “Death to Granny” scare tactics, or put forward a compelling alternative plan of his or her own. If the conservative uproar following Newt Gingrich’s comments on Meet the Press in May — in which he called Ryan’s plan “radical” and...
  • Perry Moves Right on Immigration

    08/21/2011 11:44:34 AM PDT · by magna carta · 66 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21,2011 | Robin Abcarian and Maeve Reston
    Immigration advocates in Texas were heartened last year when the Republican governor, Rick Perry, flatly stated that Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants "would not be the right direction for Texas."
  • Obama Talks Up Entitlement Changes as Dems Resist (Holy Cow!)

    08/16/2011 12:17:25 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 121 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Aug 2011 | Jim Angle
    President Obama has again acknowledged the necessity of doing something many Democrats fiercely oppose -- reforming entitlement programs, such as Medicare and Social Security. On a Midwest bus tour stop in Minnesota, Obama spoke in favor of changes to entitlement programs being eyed by the 12-member congressional committee charged with finding budget savings that will get past partisan gridlock, stave off future credit downgrades and increase the federal debt. "There have been times when our side, when Democrats aren’t always as flexible as we need to be," Obama said. "Sometimes I do get frustrated when I hear folks say, 'You...
  • Hunger striker seeks audience with Deal on immigration

    08/11/2011 8:52:49 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 9, 2011 | David Ibata
    A Mableton man who is in the 40th day of a hunger strike to protest Georgia’s new immigration law is seeking an audience with Gov. Nathan Deal as his condition weakens, Channel 2 Action News reports.Salvador Zamora was in a wheelchair, accompanied by supporters, as he delivered a letter Tuesday to Deal’s office in the state Capitol. Zamora is protesting HB 87, the Georgia immigration law that took effect July 1, the day his hunger strike began. “These laws are not good not only for the immigrant community, but are not good for Georgia,” Zamora told Channel 2. “We need...
  • LAT: Debt ceiling deal accomplishes little (Business as usual, no entitlement reform, no hope)

    08/02/2011 9:33:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/2/11 | David Lauter
    High-stakes negotiations force people to reveal what they really care about, and in the 11th-hour deal to stave off a federal financial default, President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans each made clear their top priorities. For Republicans, it was preventing any tax increase to upper-income families. For Democrats, it was ensuring no cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and a handful of other programs that aid the elderly and the poor. And for Obama, it was getting a deal that would end the threat of an economy-shaking default until after the 2012 presidential election. None of the key players was...
  • Bill gives upstanding folks a second chance

    07/30/2011 6:02:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 14 July, 2011 | STATE SEN. LARRY OBHOF
    As reported in The Dispatch (“Bill can expunge gun-crime record,” June 17), the legislature recently gave a small and specific group of people the opportunity to clear their records of particular concealed-carry firearm violations. This is part of Senate Bill 17, which clarifies where and how Ohio’s concealed-carry permit holders can carry a licensed firearm. The majority of states allow permit holders to carry concealed firearms in vehicles. Unlike most other states, Ohio’s concealed-carry law had a number of additional complex rules regarding how a weapon must be carried in a car. As a result, some law-abiding citizens unintentionally violated...
  • Mr 0bama is not a dictator

    07/24/2011 4:52:04 AM PDT · by Mike Acker · 13 replies
    2011-07-24 | Mike Acker
    Mr. 0bama seems to think he can order Mr Speaker Boehner to write a spending bill to his personal liking. well mr 0bama: that ain't how it works here: you ARE NOT a DICTATOR and mr harry reed: you need to debate the bill that was sent to you and respond. anything less under these circumstances in malfeasance
  • Budget is a Victory for the MNGOP and the People of Minnesota

    07/20/2011 2:04:40 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies
    mn gop ^ | 7-20-11 | tony sutton
    First and foremost, Republicans were able to eliminate a $5 billion differential between what Gov. Dayton wanted and the final $34.3 billon general fund budget without raising taxes. Republicans even eliminated a tax – the 2 percent provider tax hidden on every patient bill issued in Minnesota – a $10 billion savings to patients over 10 years. Beyond controlling taxation, the Republican budget controls spending. The budget bill signed into law by Gov. Dayton contains significant government redesign and reform that increases the efficiency of the way government does what it does and more significantly, also changes what government does,...
  • Solving the Debt Crisis | A Catch-22

    07/17/2011 6:27:50 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 17, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    ~ Pass The Monetary Reform Act ~By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~The Obama Administration’s solution for fixing the nation’s impending destruction, due to its own out of control deficit spending, is to increase the debt ceiling now, and worry about spending cuts later. The Obama Administration is under the impression that more borrowing power will enable the nation to maintain its AAA Credit rating. The Catch-22 is that an instant increase in the debt ceiling will result in an instant downgrade to the nation’s credit rating. You see, the problem is not the level of the nation’s debt ceiling; the problem...
  • The Monetary Reform Act of 201X | Authentic

    07/14/2011 9:22:57 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 37 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 14, 2011 | Larry Walker
    The Two Step Plan to National Economic Reform and RecoveryStep 1: Directs the Treasury Department to issue U.S. Notes (like Lincoln’s Greenbacks; can also be in electronic deposit format) to pay off the National debt.Step 2: Increases the reserve ratio private banks are required to maintain from 10% to 100%, thereby terminating their ability to create money, while simultaneously absorbing the funds created to retire the national debt.These two relatively simple steps, which Congress has the power to enact, would extinguish the national debt, without inflation or deflation, and end the unjust practice of private banks creating money as loans...
  • Can the Ryan plan rescue Republicans?

    07/13/2011 3:45:25 PM PDT · by Qbert · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/13/2011 | James Pethokoukis
    So what are Republicans, particularly those in the House, going to do? Debt ceiling deadlines are fast approaching. And many in the GOP leadership, particularly in the Senate, think the party’s anti-tax resolve will dissolve if markets start to tumble... [Snip] It now looks like somewhat of a strategic error for Republicans to have pushed for so much in exchange for a hike in the debt limit. The Obama White House seems perfectly willing to take negotiations right up to — and past – the Aug. 2 deadline because it thinks it can win the political fight. [Snip] But perhaps...
  • All Hail the (Democratic) King

    07/12/2011 12:30:12 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 11, 2011 | AHMED CHARAI and JOSEPH BRAUDE
    IT isn’t news anymore when an Arab ruler facing mass protests pledges sweeping reforms. But Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum may be the most significant development in the Arab world all summer. For the first time since the Arab Spring began, a population broadly embraced its leader’s reforms and scaled back antigovernment demonstrations. In the weeks before the referendum, over 100,000 people had taken to the streets; after the vote only about 10,000 did. A sizable majority of Moroccans approved the new Constitution, which calls for King Mohammed VI to cede half his power to a prime minister appointed from...
  • Patent Reform Favors Corporations, Multinationals

    07/11/2011 5:00:30 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 24 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Andrea Hayley, Epoch Times Staff
    America’s 200-year-old patent system is about to be reformed, and the changes will cut out the very heart of innovation in this country, warn many independent inventors, small business owners, and manufacturers, angel investors and venture capitalists. “We are playing Russian roulette with the basis of the American economy, which is innovation,” said Kevin Kearns, president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council (USBIC). Critics say the reforms will devastate opportunities for the disruptive innovators of the future—the start-ups and independents who could invent the next iPhone challenger, for example. It will also promote the domination of patents, and patent...
  • Debt Mayhem | End Fractional-Reserve Banking

    07/10/2011 11:32:01 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 19 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 9, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    An Empire Built on Sand ~~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~Those of us who lived through the financial crisis of 2008 are most familiar with the drawbacks of fractional-reserve banking. It's core theory, that wealth is created through debt, is now so ridiculously out of control, that every newborn American citizen today enters this world more than $46,000 in debt. Those naive enough to think that America’s most pressing problem started in January of 2001, or some other arbitrary date, need to look back a bit further, to 1913 to be precise. In America, taxpayers have been the suckers, while...
  • Monetary Reform, Part II | Lending and Interest

    07/04/2011 11:30:11 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 11 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 3, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    - By: Larry Walker, Jr. -The interest that U.S. taxpayers pay on behalf of the federal government, for the privilege of having money in our wallets, and to cover irresponsible deficit-spending, is only the beginning of our woes. When it comes to our personal credit needs, American citizens are once again shackled and sold down river. With regards to borrowing and lending, we may be able to take a few pointers from Islamic banking. I know what you’re thinking, but just bear with me. Let me make one thing clear, I am a Christian, and I do not agree with...
  • Monetary Reform, Part I | End the Debt

    07/04/2011 11:24:08 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 5 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 3, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    ~ By: Larry Walker, Jr. ~The rich rule over the poor. The borrower is servant to the lender. ~ Proverbs 22:7 ~Free Our Money - So what’s the problem? You know, you think about it all the time. It’s debt, debt, debt! The way our economy is set up now, the only way it can grow is through incurring more debt, either by government, business or consumer borrowing. Our economy cannot grow without increasing its money supply, and the only way that new money can be introduced, under the present monetary system, is through debt. But growth through debt really...
  • Cuba to lift ban on home and auto sales

    07/02/2011 3:24:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    NHK ^ | 07/03/11
    Cuba to lift ban on home and auto sales In a move aimed at jump-starting its economy, Cuba says it intends to lift a ban on sales and purchases of homes and cars as early as the end of this year. The Cuban Communist Party newspaper Granma reported the new policy on Friday. The Caribbean socialist country has basically banned sales and purchases of homes and vehicles since the 1959 revolution. Currently, Cubans are allowed to own one dwelling per person. Under the new policy, they will be allowed to sell the building. The newspaper says that a ban on...
  • Jerry Brown's office calls Republicans 'basically moronic'

    06/27/2011 5:54:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 27, 2011 | Shane Goldmacher
    With California's new fiscal year starting Friday and no compromise with the GOP on a budget in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown's chief spokesman called Sacramento Republicans "basically moronic" for failing to strike an agreement. Brown wants a fall election on taxes and to extend vehicle and sales tax hikes that will otherwise expire by Friday. Republicans are demanding pension, regulatory and spending policy concessions in exchange for such an election. They have balked at extending taxes. "The Republicans in Sacramento are basically moronic. But we’re hopeful that they can realize we’re on an unsustainable trajectory here, one that is not...
  • National medical malpractice reform could boost Obamacare

    06/23/2011 10:09:17 AM PDT · by A Strict Constructionist · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | John Baker
    Lawyers for states challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare must privately think that with friends like House Republicans, they need not worry about enemies in the Justice Department. Read more:
  • Here's my idea of welfare reform...comments?

    06/22/2011 9:31:03 AM PDT · by gimme1ibertee · 88 replies
    Me | 6/22/11 | Self
    Here's my idea of welfare reform: comments? (document presented in language of applicant)Public Assistance Implementation and Usage Contract. This contract, entered into on (date) and expiring on (18 months from implementation date) by the (state agency) and applicant(s) listed herein (must submit names of applicant and children born to her via birth records),allows for the provision of food,housing allowance,child care and education for the purposes of job placement during the contract period,and is understood by all parties concerned that the provision of aforementioned assistance is on a one-time basis,not to be repeated or reinstated at any time for any reason...
  • Defending The Ryan Plan

    06/17/2011 10:17:06 AM PDT · by CaroleL ^ | 06/17/11 | CaroleL
    Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) appears in a new national ad countering his Democratic critics (and fellow Republican Newt Gingrich) regarding his Medicare reform plan. The ad was created by conservative seniors advocacy group 60 Plus Association and features the House Budget Chairman in several clips ably defending his proposed overhaul of the currently unsustainable entitlement program.
  • Dear Everyone Who Works For The Government: This Is Your Future

    06/08/2011 2:35:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/08/2011 | Robert Johnson
    In an effort to balance his state's pension system, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reached a deal with the Senate cutting benefits for state employees. Lisa Fleisher at WSJ broke the news. Some key details: * Require current employees to give up more of their salary into the pension system. * Give up annual cost of living increases. * Pay a percentage of their health care premiums in a tiered system based on their salary. * Require new employees to work longer to get full benefits. * Contractually require the state to make payments into the fund. * Appoint...
  • Sarah,America is watching. Please defend our Founders on tax reform, deficits and honest money!

    06/08/2011 6:41:03 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 2 replies
    American Constitutional Research Service ^ | 6-7-2011 | John William Kurowski
    What is so disturbing to observe among those who are running to hold our nation’s offices of public trust is, rather than identifying and working to withdraw legislative authority which allows our folks in Washington to cause economic misery and hardship, they engage in endless table talk regarding which of their opponents has supported specific legislation that has inflicted the miseries we experience. Occasionally those running for office may even be bold enough to offer a plan to re-arrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship. But is it not common sense and in the best interests of a nation...
  • Nevada passes concealed carry reform

    05/26/2011 8:39:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Reno Firearms Examiner ^ | 24 May, 2011 | Mike Searson
    By an overwhelming majority vote in the State Legislature, the State of Nevada passed AB282, Concealed Carry reform which allows permit holders to carry any semiautomatic handgun of their choice after qualifying with one, protects the privacy of permit holders, eliminates the "background check and fee" when purchasing a new firearm and keeps the cost of a permit renewal down to $25. This bill will become law on July 1, 2011 if signed by Governor Sandoval. Nevada is a great place to live for Firearms Enthusiasts. The state allows for "open carry" of a firearm by non-prohibited types, concealed carry...
  • Oh my: Pawlenty calls for Medicare and Social Security reform — in Florida

    05/25/2011 11:40:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/25/2011 | Allahpundit
    First he goes after ethanol in Iowa, now this. What’s next? Telling Texans it’s time to wean themselves off of barbecue? Good lord. This isn’t a campaign, it’s an intervention.Alternate headline: “Tim Pawlenty now unelectable in not one but two early primary states.” A day after telling Iowans their beloved ethanol subsidies will have to go, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty used a stop in senior-heavy Florida to call for reining in Social Security and Medicare benefits for future retirees…It’s part of a tough-medicine tour, designed to highlight Pawlenty’s willingness to tell “hard truths.” He’s also planning to visit Washington...
  • Obama says Syria's Assad must reform or go

    05/19/2011 2:43:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/11 | Nazih Siddiqi _ Reuters
    BOQAYA, Lebanon (Reuters) – Syria deployed tanks in a border village on Thursday, witnesses said, ignoring growing pressure from Washington which called on President Bashar al-Assad to stop trying to crush popular unrest or step aside. "The Syrian regime has chosen the path of murder and mass arrest," Obama said in a condemnation of Assad's military campaign to suppress a two-month wave of protests demanding greater freedom. Rights groups say more than 700 civilians have been killed in the repression, which continued on Wednesday as troops backed by tanks deployed in a Syrian border village, clearly visible from adjacent Lebanon....
  • Missouri General Assembly Passes Comprehensive Firearm Reforms!

    05/16/2011 7:48:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 May, 2011 | nra-ila
    House Bill 294 Now Goes to Governor Nixon! Today, the 2011 Missouri legislative session closed with a fundamental victory for Missouri gun owners! Thanks to NRA member support, Missouri’s General Assembly approved comprehensive firearm reforms, sending House Bill 294 to Governor Jay Nixon for his signature. House Bill 294, authored by state Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-20) and sponsored in the Senate by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), is a comprehensive firearm reform bill that would address a number of Right-to-Carry issues important to Missouri’s law-abiding gun owners. The Missouri Senate passed House Bill 294 by an overwhelming 27 to 6...
  • Third-Rail Myths. The political cost of entitlement reform is inflated.

    05/04/2011 4:37:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/03/2011 | Michael Tanner
    If there is one thing that Democrats, Republicans, and the media all agree on, it’s that Republicans are running a grave risk by trying to reform Medicare. Remember, they will point out, that Republicans tried to reform Medicare in 1996 under Newt Gingrich and suffered terribly at the polls as a result. And furthermore, they’ll remind you, voters punished Republicans when George W. Bush tried to reform another entitlement program, Social Security. This message is reinforced by polls finding that Republican proposals are unpopular, and by the angry and raucous reaction to the plan at congressional town halls. It’s a...