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  • Obama challenges Congress to help create jobs

    03/01/2014 5:51:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 1, 2014 6:02 AM EST
    President Barack Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama points to the launch of two new high-tech manufacturing hubs and a competition to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, mass transit, ports and railroads. Obama says Congress can help in both areas. …
  • U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget

    12/28/2012 4:00:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for...
  • Prediction: Global Warming Will Cause Everything

    06/26/2012 1:11:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 26, 2012 | Daren Jonescu
    The following news headline appeared on the internet last week: "Scientists warn global warming will fuel spread of ticks that carry Lyme disease." The corresponding article begins this way: Another effect of climate change may be crawling up your leg this summer as you frolic in the woods. Scientists say our warming world is speeding the spread of ticks that carry potentially debilitating Lyme disease. Okay, given that many in the climate change fraternity -- including, famously, Phil Jones of East Anglia University -- have been forced to concede that global warming has been on "pause" since 1995, how exactly...
  • Republican (Michael Burgess R-Texas) to revive lightbulb war

    05/07/2012 4:09:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/07/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Republican to revive lightbulb warBy Andrew Restuccia - 05/07/12 04:43 PM ET A House Republican is planning in the coming weeks to revive the GOP offensive against federal lightbulb efficiency standards. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) will offer an amendment to Energy Department spending legislation that would block funding for implementation of the standards, the lawmaker's office told The Hill. The standards have come under fire from conservatives in recent years. Republicans won the inclusion of a similar provision in an omnibus spending compromise that House and Senate lawmakers agreed to in December. The provision blocked funding for implementation of the...
  • Anti-bullying icon bullies students with obscenity-laced anti-Christian rant

    04/29/2012 2:02:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 28, 2012 | Rick Moran
    Part of the hypocrisy of the "anti-bullying" movement is that the concept of bullying is never defined in a meaningful way. Evidently, bullying is one of those things that is defined by the "victim." Hence, we have the spectacle of the man who created the video "It Gets Better" can speak against the bullying of gay kids, but then turn around and bully kids with Christian beliefs - and get away with it. Fox News: As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly...
  • How Progressives Work

    01/15/2012 5:44:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    As hype around the general election ramps up, it looks like progressives again will do anything to hold on to power and advance their agenda. Events this week gave us a peek behind the curtain into the mind of the honest, “tolerant” class and exposed how they work. Let’s take a look. The Shell Game One thing about political lefties: They assume the general public is even dumber than their ideas. Surveys repeatedly show Americans are not liberal, that the word evokes a negative reaction from a large percentage of people. So what do they do? They start calling themselves...
  • Is Suburbia Doomed? Not So Fast.

    12/01/2011 6:32:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/01/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    This past weekend the New York Times devoted two big op-eds to the decline of the suburb. In one, new urban theorist Chris Leinberger said that Americans were increasingly abandoning “fringe suburbs” for dense, transit-oriented urban areas. In the other, UC Berkeley professor Louise Mozingo called for the demise of the “suburban office building” and the adoption of policies that will drive jobs away from the fringe and back to the urban core. Perhaps no theology more grips the nation’s mainstream media — and the planning community — more than the notion of inevitable suburban decline. The Obama administration’s housing...
  • Hawaii Adopts Obama Style Tax Hike On Rich

    07/09/2011 1:19:44 PM PDT · by Clairity · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 9, 2011 | Janet Novack
    Despite all the talk about curbing tax breaks for corporate jets and big oil companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the largest dollars in President Barack Obama's proposed deficit-reducing tax hikes ($293 billion over ten years) come from limiting the value of itemized tax deductions claimed by the better off. While it's gotten little notice on the mainland, Obama's birth state has just raised its taxes on the well off in much the same way. Last month, Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie signed S.B. 570, making Hawaii the first state in the nation to place a dollar cap on the itemized...
  • Freepers please help a true conservative (FL, Paul McKain [I])

    06/05/2010 10:59:03 AM PDT · by Gen.Blather · 15 replies · 378+ views
    Self ^ | 6/5/2010 | Bern Pearson
    I'm trying to help Independent Paul McKain (http://www.paulmckain.com/) who is running for Allan Boyd's seat. Paul is a true conservative running as an independent because a study we conducted said that a Republican was unlikely to take this gerrymandered district. Paul needs talking points at the national level for the coming debates and for his advertisements. I recall seeing several articles on FR as Obama made the World Apology Tour. One of them talked about agreements he'd suggested and world leaders signed that would prevent any future Ronald Reagan from doing what the original did to get us out of...
  • Something Suspicious about the Timing of the Racial Slurs stories

    03/24/2010 8:56:22 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 48 replies · 832+ views
    links below | 3/24/2010 | sickoflibs
    I was following the health reform stories very closely on Free Republican as well as FNC, MSNBC and CNN and noticed some coincidences in timing that look suspicious. These Tea party slur accusations (link below) on Saturday were very close in time to the immigration reform march on Sunday. I was also following the deal that the Hispanic Caucus demanded from the White House to secure their votes on Health reform which they talked about on FNC amazingly. HereÂ’s a sequence of stories (below) and ping me if you see a possible connection as I do. Members of the Congressional...
  • Panel Absolves Climate Scientist [Dr. Michael E. Mann.....]

    02/03/2010 1:04:54 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 887+ views
    Panel Absolves Climate Scientist By JOHN M. BRODER WASHINGTON — An academic board of inquiry has largely cleared a noted Pennsylvania State University climatologist of scientific misconduct, but a second panel will convene to determine whether his behavior undermined public faith in the science of climate change, the university said Wednesday. The scientist, Dr. Michael E. Mann, has been at the center of a roiling dispute arising from the unauthorized release of more than 1,000 e-mail messages from the servers of the University of East Anglia in England, home to one of the world’s premier climate research units. While the...
  • The real inconvenient truth: The whole world needs to adopt China's one-child policy

    12/10/2009 9:06:35 AM PST · by omega4179 · 84 replies · 2,121+ views
    Financial Post, Canada ^ | 12/08/09 | Diane Francis
    The "inconvenient truth" overhanging the UN's Copenhagen conference is not that the climate is warming or cooling, but that humans are overpopulating the world. A planetary law, such as China's one-child policy, is the only way to reverse the disastrous global birthrate currently, which is one million births every four days. The world's other species, vegetation, resources, oceans, arable land, water supplies and atmosphere are being destroyed and pushed out of existence as a result of humanity's soaring reproduction rate. Ironically, China, despite its dirty coal plants, is the world's leader in terms of fashioning policy to combat environmental degradation,...
  • The right reform for the Fed (Bernanke defends bailouts, pushes globalist central banking)

    11/27/2009 11:14:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 820+ views
    (snip) I am concerned, however, that a number of the legislative proposals being circulated would significantly reduce the capacity of the Federal Reserve to perform its core functions. Notably, some leading proposals in the Senate would strip the Fed of all its bank regulatory powers. And a House committee recently voted to repeal a 1978 provision that was intended to protect monetary policy from short-term political influence. These measures are very much out of step with the global consensus on the appropriate role of central banks, and they would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the...
  • CITY YEAR : GIVE A YEAR. CHANGE THE WORLD.

    11/27/2009 11:53:43 AM PST · by WVKayaker · 19 replies · 797+ views
    ADVERTISEMENT ON SPEED CHANNEL ^ | UNSURE | Steve Woodsum
    FROM THE WEBSITE: City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 19 U.S. locations and one in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service. Major corporations and businesses participate in our mission by serving as strategic partners, team sponsors, and national...
  • Mass. keeps an eye on US bill’s funding ban (Romneycare subsidized abortion)

    11/10/2009 9:56:43 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 762+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2009-11-11 | Lisa Wangsness
    WASHINGTON - Massachusetts officials are closely monitoring an abortion funding ban in the sweeping health care legislation before Congress to make sure that it does not restrict women’s access to abortion coverage in the state. Abortion is a covered service for low-income Massachusetts women enrolled in subsidized insurance plans available since 2006 through the state’s landmark health care law.But the bill that squeaked through the US House late Saturday would prohibit private insurance plans from covering abortion if they accept federal subsidies. It also bans abortion coverage in the new government insurance option. State officials say there are too many...
  • Candidate Obama on Mandated Insurance (Obama lied, people died!)

    11/09/2009 7:32:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 822+ views
    Throughout the primary campaign last year, Obama consistently said one of the genuine, important policy differences between him and Hillary Clinton was that he did not support an individual mandate to buy health insurance. I know people who voted for him in the primary on this one issue. One example of many: Senator Clinton. . . believes that we have to force people who don't have health insurance to buy it. Otherwise, there will be a lot of people who don't get it. I don't see those folks. And I think that it is important for us to recognize that...
  • Health Care Bills Passes the US House (220-215)

    11/07/2009 8:07:41 PM PST · by jern · 834 replies · 41,727+ views
    Just had the 218th vote, which is what they need to psas th ebill
  • Social Security strained by early retirements

    09/27/2009 9:16:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies · 3,668+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/27/09 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER,
    WASHINGTON – Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that's happened since the 1980s. The deficits — $10 billion in 2010 and $9 billion in 2011 — won't affect payments to retirees because Social Security has accumulated surpluses from previous years totaling $2.5 trillion. But they will add to the overall federal deficit.
  • Barney Frank wants Cabinet post (HUD Secretary)

    09/07/2009 4:01:15 PM PDT · by earlJam · 81 replies · 4,593+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/7/09
    Barney Frank wants Cabinet post By Bob Cusack - 09/07/09 05:07 PM ET Rep. Barney Frank is interested in capping his political career as a member of the president’s Cabinet, according to a new biography of the Financial Services Committee chairman. Frank (D-Mass.) told author Stuart Weisberg that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary. However, the 69-year-old lawmaker stresses that his departure from Congress is not imminent. He first wants to pass more legislation on affordable housing, saying, “I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can...
  • Barney Frank wants Cabinet post [after getting Federal gov't "back in the housing business"]

    09/07/2009 4:02:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 1,106+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-09-07 | Bob Cusack
    Rep. Barney Frank is interested in capping his political career as a member of the president’s Cabinet, according to a new biography of the Financial Services Committee chairman. Frank (D-Mass.) told author Stuart Weisberg that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary. However, the 69-year-old lawmaker stresses that his departure from Congress is not imminent. He first wants to pass more legislation on affordable housing, saying, “I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business.”
  • GOP Pollster Finds Political Parallels to 1994 on Health Care [but RINOs may assist Obama]

    08/27/2009 4:12:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 1,665+ views
    Roll Call / Politics Daily ^ | 2009-08-27 | Steven T. Dennis
    Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies released a new poll Thursday suggesting parallels between opposition to former President Bill Clinton’s failed health care plan and the opposition to President Barack Obama’s plan this year. In polls taken by the firm in June 1994 and August 2009, about a quarter of those surveyed supported the reform efforts and more than a third opposed them. “It’s déjŕ vu all over again,” McInturff told reporters. McInturff, who polled for the effective “Harry and Louise” television commercials that the insurance industry ran during the Clinton-era debate, counts insurance companies, hospitals, doctors and...
  • AZ 2010: McCain To Hold Central Valley Health Care Town Hall [today!] [heads up, Ariz. Freepers!]

    08/26/2009 10:19:21 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,005+ views
    Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will hold a town hall to discuss health care reform Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm PT. Immediately following the town hall, Senator McCain will participate in a media availability. WHO: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)WHAT: Town hall on health care reformWHEN: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, (ALL TIMES LOCAL) Press check-in - 4:45 pm Town hall – 5:30 pm Media availability – 6:30 pmWHERE: North Phoenix Baptist Church 5757 North Central Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85012 ***Press attending the event should register with Leah Geach at leah_geach@mccain.senate.gov no later than 3:00 pm...
  • The Apollo Alliance ( what are they building ? ) (VIDEO)

    07/30/2009 7:04:41 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 1,572+ views
    Glenn Beck via RBO ^ | July 29th | Procrustes
    Below Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck explains the Apollo Alliance on his July 28 show. Beck mentions the Obama administration’s “stimulus” blueprint, “The New Apollo Program: Clean Energy, Good Jobs,” which you can read here.
  • My Message for Michelle Malkin [Meghan McLame] [says GOP needs more RINOs, should emulate Obama]

    08/11/2009 2:10:41 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 3,138+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2009-08-11
    The Daily Beast's Meghan McCain on why the far-right pundit, who says McCain needs to shut up, won’t be getting her wish—and why telling moderates to get out of the party is bad for the GOP. BY MEGHAN MCCAIN Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and author of the recent book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies, was asked during a live chat on Politico’s The Arena on Friday which conservative political figure or commentator needs to shut up. Guess who her answer was? Yeah, that’s right—yours truly. So Michelle Malkin successfully rounds out...
  • Lindsey Graham Pledges to Work with Dems on Immigration Reform [McLame poodle "ready and willing"]

    08/10/2009 9:29:52 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 2,235+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 2009-08-10 | David Knowles
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is working behind the scenes to help Democrats craft a new version of former President Bush's immigration reform bill. Graham also supported the Bush/Kennedy/McCain bill back in 2007. As The Wall Street Journal reports: Wes Hickman, a spokesman for Mr. Graham, said in a statement that "Senator Graham is ready and willing to play a key role in immigration reform. He intends to work with many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle." The new bill will most likely be introduced in September by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Graham has been working with...
  • Pawlenty vs Romney On Health Care [as Romney surrogates defend RomneyCare, contend that "it works"]

    08/06/2009 12:21:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 2,116+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-08-06 | Chris Cillizza
    (snip) Romney, who ran, in part in 2008 on his ability to forge consensus on health care in the Bay State, has generally avoided engaging Pawlenty on the issue. But, when asked about Pawlenty's repeated jabs at his boss, Romney spokesman Eric Fehnrstrom offered a subtle pushback on the idea that the Massachusetts plan is a recipe for health care disaster. "There's a reason why states and national health care reformers are copying the Massachusetts health care law, and that's because it works," said Fehrnstrom. "Mitt Romney is the only governor in history to get insurance coverage to nearly all...
  • McCain: I'm not in favor of a public health insurance option [rejects purely gov't-run health care]

    08/02/2009 5:31:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,484+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – As negotiations over a health care reform bill drag on in the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. John McCain says he is not in favor of the approach most likely to be put forward by a bipartisan group of six senators negotiating on the committee. . . . . . McCain does not favor a pure public option run by the federal government and the Arizona Republican says he also does not favor insurance co-operatives – an alternative to government-run, single-payer insurance that has been proposed by North Dakota Democrat Sen. Kent Conrad who sits on the Senate...
  • Mass. Treasurer Rips Mandated Health Insurance [Romney Care is a failure]

    07/30/2009 12:24:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 4,164+ views
    In 2006, the state of Massachusetts required every single one of its residents to get health insurance, and every single one of its businesses to provide it. Otherwise, residents and employers would be fined. Some have asked, as national healthcare reform works its way through Congress, is there anything we can learn from the Massachusetts experiment? Yes, according to the state's treasurer, interviewed today on CNBC: Whatever you do, don't do what we did. In a blisteringly frank interview, treasurer Tim Cahill laid out some jaw-dropping stats, which eviscerated the plan and excited every conservative's worst fears about government getting...
  • Romney's Folly - Health-Care Mandates Are a Middle-Class Tax

    07/25/2009 12:10:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 2,026+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | July 25, 2009 | Michael F. Cannon
    Amid negotiations with leading Democrats over health-care reform, Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, commented, "The federal government is in the process of nationalizing banks, nationalizing General Motors — I'm going to make sure we don't nationalize health insurance, and the 'public option' is the first step to doing that." Grassley is correct, and conservatives are right to oppose Pres. Barack Obama's proposal to create a "Fannie Med." But when it comes to nationalizing health insurance, there is more than one way to skin the consumer. Indeed, there is talk on Capitol Hill that Grassley...
  • Editorial: Socialists still need a few GOP sheep

    07/22/2009 2:05:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,876+ views
    (snip) Since Democrats have enough votes to shove almost anything they want through the Senate, why suddenly all this talk about seeking "bipartisan reform"? Because Democrats can't tell the truth. They know socialized medicine will cost enough billions to lower the standard of living for millions of Americans, but they have to pretend they believe otherwise, that it will somehow "save money." They can't run for re-election in 2010 -- any more than they could run in 2008 -- on an honest platform of, "We'll raise your taxes to the sky and borrow the nation into bankruptcy to get to...
  • Pay of Top Earners Erodes Social Security [it's time for more taxes?!] [barf alert]

    07/21/2009 1:20:27 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,788+ views
    Fund Expected to Be Exhausted in 2037. BY ELLEN E. SCHUTZ The nation's wealth gap is widening amid an uproar about lofty pay packages in the financial world. Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the U.S., according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data -- without counting billions of dollars more in pay that remains off federal radar screens that measure wages and salaries.
  • Analysis: House Health Care Bill’s Price Tag Tops $1.6 Trillion

    07/20/2009 9:21:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 1,505+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2009-07-20 | Steven T. Dennis
    How much does the House Democrats’ health care overhaul cost? Is it $1 trillion or $1.6 trillion? Democrats argue the number should be $1 trillion, a number provided by the Congressional Budget Office for the net cost of the portion of the bill affecting health insurance, and they boasted in press releases that the bill actually creates a $6 billion surplus over the coming decade. But the gross cost of the bill is much higher, more than $1.6 trillion, according to a Roll Call analysis of the CBO data. And despite more than $800 billion in tax and fee hikes,...
  • Don't mimic the Massachusetts Way on health care reform [Romney Care is a failure]

    07/07/2009 7:54:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 2,536+ views
    In 2006, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was hailed as a visionary for signing one of the most expansive health reform bills in the country. "MassCare" aimed to expand health insurance, achieve universal coverage, and bring down costs through a complicated set of government controls and subsidies. Just over three years later, many lawmakers are pointing to the Bay State as a model of success -- and pushing for similar policies at the national level. The reform packages put forward by both the President and Democrats in Congress contain many of the essential elements of MassCare, including an individual mandate requiring...
  • Papal Message Seeks "Global Authority" for Economy

    07/07/2009 10:30:02 AM PDT · by TheRiverNile · 810 replies · 19,334+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2009 | Phillip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a "world political authority" to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat. The pope made his call for a re-think of the way the world economy is run in a new encyclical which touched on a number of social issues but whose main connecting thread was how the current crisis has affected both rich and poor nations. Parts of the encyclical, titled "Charity in Truth," seemed bound to upset free marketeers because...
  • U.S. House May Include Surtax on Wealthy (4% above $200K)in Health-Care Package

    07/07/2009 9:56:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 154 replies · 7,657+ views
    Bloomberg | July 7, 2009 | Ryan J. Donmoyer
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg.com, story here .
  • ME: Snowe seeks bipartisan health bill [RINO wants to surrender to Obama]

    07/06/2009 9:41:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 2,467+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-06-29 | Jerry Harkavy
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Olympia Snowe, a key figure in shaping federal health care legislation, said Monday that a government-run plan that would take effect if the private insurance market fails to deliver affordable coverage could bridge the partisan divide that threatens to derail President Barack Obama's efforts to reform the system. Snowe, R-Maine, said she's working with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to establish that kind of a framework in the bill expected to emerge next month from the Senate Finance Committee. In an Associated Press interview in Portland, Snowe said it would be unfair to include a government-run...
  • SC: Foreign tourists wanted [new Federal gov't tourism agency?] [Graham says yes to more gov't]

    07/05/2009 9:48:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 1,288+ views
    Grand Strand marketers turn eyes toward Europe. BY MIKE CHERNEY MYRTLE BEACH — When it comes to attracting foreign visitors to the Grand Strand, some local tourism leaders are looking to Congress for help. The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, which has been introduced in the House and Senate, would create a nonprofit corporation to advertise the U.S. as a travel destination in foreign countries. The campaign would be funded by industry contributions and a $10 fee on foreign travelers who do not have to pay for a visa. The travel industry, including the U.S. Travel Association and the American...
  • Tough Senate battle likely on energy bill [but Snowe, Collins, McCain may cave]

    07/05/2009 12:33:04 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies · 2,905+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 2009-07-05 | Jim Tankersley
    Washington -- President Barack Obama's landmark bill on energy and global warming squeaked through the House this week only after the White House made dozens of concessions to coal, manufacturing and other interests. As the battle moves to the Senate, Obama faces demands for more concessions, including to open the coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Senate will take up issues that were glossed over or omitted from the House bill. Among them is giving the government sweeping new powers to overcome local objections and approve thousands of miles of new transmission lines to carry electricity to coastal...
  • Barney Frank: Let's spend TARP profits before taxpayers can get them [on subsidized housing, ACORN]

    07/03/2009 10:28:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 2,404+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-07-01 | Byron York
    When President Obama announced on June 9 that some financial institutions would be allowed to repay Troubled Asset Relief Program dollars, he said the massively expensive TARP bailout had made money for the federal government. "It is worth noting that in the first round of repayments from these [TARP recipients], the government has actually turned a profit," the president said. Indeed, TARP supporters have long held out the hope that the program might be profitable. But now Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has come up with a proposal to spend any TARP profits before...
  • 7 more banks fail as FDIC mulls rules for sales [6 in Illinois as Obama says markets stable]

    07/02/2009 8:43:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 2,142+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-02
    7 more banks fail as FDIC seeks stronger rules for buyers of failed banks. BY STEPHEN MANNING and DAVID PITT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Six Illinois banks and one bank in Texas were shuttered Thursday as government regulators proposed new rules for private equity firms seeking to take over failed banks. That brought the number of U.S. bank failures this year to 52. That's more than double the 25 which failed in all of 2008 and the three closed in 2007. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was appointed receiver of all seven. The total cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund from...
  • Obama: Health Care Reform Will Impact All Americans [wants to raise taxes]

    07/01/2009 1:18:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 1,343+ views
    CBS ^ | 2009-07-01
    <p>When Debby Smith was diagnosed with a second tumor in her kidney, causing her renal failure, she had no way to pay for health care. So she turned to President Obama.</p> <p>The president comforted the tearful questioner at the health care town hall meeting he held Wednesday at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va.</p>
  • Romney Urges Republicans to 'Stand Up' to Obama's Policies [as he extols the virtues of Romney Care]

    07/01/2009 8:31:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 150 replies · 3,217+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-07-01
    (snip) On health care, Romney pointed to the successes of his own plan but criticized Obama's for its emphasis on a public option. "The president's plan makes an enormous error by saying we're going to put government into the insurance business. We got everyone in Massachusetts insured and we did it without putting government into the insurance business," he said. "We said instead we're going to help people get private free enterprise kind of insurance they can buy from a number of different companies." He said the system led to plunging premiums while offering a healthy choice of options for...
  • It Takes a Congregation

    06/27/2009 1:13:40 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 9 replies · 1,040+ views
    First Things ^ | David Goldman
    Contrary to what we hear incessantly, marriage is not a right; it is an estate, a condition. There are conditions of life that have nothing to do with rights. One doesn’t have a right to go through puberty. One either does or doesn’t. What is the condition of being married, and what makes it possible to attain it? Franz Rosenzweig’s anthropology—in which religion is a response to man’s sentience of death, and the sentience of death is not only an individual but also an communal characteristic—may help answer that question. Humankind fights mortality in two ways. The first is to...
  • Sen. McCain remains thorn in Obama’s side [McCain thinks he's president] [love-hate relationship]

    06/25/2009 7:01:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 987+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-25 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama made a vigorous effort after the election to court Sen. John McCain, hoping his campaign rival would become a Senate advocate for his ambitious agenda. Instead, McCain (R-Ariz.) has emerged as one of the chief gadflies leading Republican opposition to Obama’s biggest legislative initiatives. Nevertheless, Obama and other Democrats still cling to the hope that McCain can be persuaded to help advance their priorities.
  • McCain sees trouble for health, climate bills [wants the Democrats to do things *his* way]

    06/19/2009 6:10:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,425+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-06-19 | Richard Cowan & Simon Denyer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two of President Barack Obama's top priorities -- healthcare reform and reducing global warming -- are in disarray on Capitol Hill, with no sign of bipartisan consensus, Senator John McCain said on Friday. The Arizona Republican, who was defeated by Obama for the presidency last November, said in an interview with Reuters that climate change legislation "is just dead in the water. It's not got momentum." Efforts to overhaul America's costly healthcare system need to begin anew after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said a draft bill would cost $1 trillion and insure only 16 million of...
  • House Health-Care Bill to Include $600 Billion in Tax Increases

    06/12/2009 1:07:23 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 111 replies · 6,468+ views
    Bloomberg | June 12, 2009 | Laura Litvan
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  • SOC SEC AND MEDICARE PROJECTIONS: 2009-unfunded liability has reached nearly $107 trillion

    06/11/2009 8:41:56 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 12 replies · 3,795+ views
    The 2009 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports show the combined unfunded liability of these two programs has reached nearly $107 trillion in today's dollars! That is about seven times the size of the U.S. economy and 10 times the size of the outstanding national debt, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior policy analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis. The unfunded liability is the difference between the benefits that have been promised to current and future retirees and what will be collected in dedicated taxes and Medicare premiums. Last year alone, this debt rose by $5 trillion. If no...
  • Immigration is added atop heavy agenda

    06/04/2009 9:30:03 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 9 replies · 607+ views
    National Review ^ | 06/04/09 | Alexander Bolton
    Immigration is added atop heavy agenda By Alexander Bolton Posted: 06/04/09 08:17 PM [ET] Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) added yet another huge task to his 2009 agenda, saying the chamber would take up a broad rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws in a year already crowded with debates on healthcare, climate change and a Supreme Court nominee. Passing immigration reform, which has eluded Congress in two of the past three years, is a mighty task and is being led this time by Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Democratic Conference leadership team. It also comes...
  • Obama demands government-run health option [Romney Care] [would "compete" with private sector]

    06/03/2009 8:37:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 1,031+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-03 | Jeffrey Young
    President Obama came off the sidelines Wednesday and laid out his healthcare reform requirements in a letter to key lawmakers. He told Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy (Mass.) and Max Baucus (Mont.) that their legislation must include a government-run insurance option that would compete against the private sector. He also reaffirmed his support for a Massachusetts-style insurance exchange.
  • Obama fashions a government of many czars [hurl]

    05/29/2009 2:12:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 1,524+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2009-05-29 | Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Name a top issue and President Barack Obama has probably got a "czar" responsible for tackling it. A bank bailout czar? Herb Allison. Energy czar? Carol Browner. There's a drug czar, a U.S. border czar, an urban czar, a regulatory czar, a stimulus accountability czar, an Iran czar, a Middle East czar, and a czar for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, which in Washington-speak has been lumped together into a policy area called Af-Pak. There are upward of 20 such top officials, all with lengthy official titles but known in the media as czars, and next week there...