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  • Obama Admin Blocks Texas’ De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

    12/12/2011 8:12:59 PM PST · by hocndoc · 44 replies ^ | December 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration has turned down a request from Texas to run its Title X family planning program, funded with federal taxpayer dollars, without funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The adminsitration sent a letter to inform the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of its intent to deny a request to extend the Medicaid Women’s Health Program if Texas complies with its law banning contractors “that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.” Earlier this year, Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to...
  • ID: Rep. Dennis Lake, "Errand Boy" for the Tax Hike Lobby

    12/12/2011 2:49:53 PM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-12 | Joshua Culling
    Here he goes again. Idaho Rep. Dennis Lake, Chair of the powerful Revenue and Taxation Committee, is poised to introduce a massive tobacco tax increase in 2012. The proposal is being supported by a coalition of special interests lobbying for higher taxes. Lake has unsuccessfully agitated for higher tobacco taxes consistently in the past. Rather than take on the difficult decisions and prioritization expected of a legislator, Rep. Lake is content to erode Idaho's competitiveness by raising taxes. In fact, he has essentially deemed the pro-tax coalition his puppetmaster: 'Lake told Monday that is he serving as an “errand...
  • SC to settle election scuffle in TX - map signed by Perry accused of diluting minority voting power

    12/10/2011 2:12:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 169 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 10, 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Supreme Court to settle election district scuffle in Texas as a map signed by Rick Perry is accused of diluting minority voting power Texas’ March primary will likely be delayed after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked the use of state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges. The court issued a brief order late Friday that applies to electoral maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress that would have ensured minorities made up the majority in three additional Texas congressional districts. The justices said they will hear...
  • Justice Department Warns Alabama Law Enforcers On Immigration

    12/06/2011 8:15:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 06, 2011 | Pete Williams and Kari Huus
    Justice Department Warns Alabama Law Enforcers On Immigration By Pete Williams and Kari Huus The Justice Department has sent a letter to dozens of local law enforcement agencies in Alabama that receive federal money, warning them that they risk losing that funding if they're not careful in how they enforce the state's tough new immigration law. The Obama administration has already sued the state, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. Now it's keeping the pressure on by addressing how the law is carried out. The law, HB56 passed by the Alabama Legislature in June, attempts to combat illegal immigration by...
  • Governors of California and New York Encourage Employers to Kindly Leave

    12/08/2011 8:48:37 AM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies · 1+ views
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-07 | Patrick Gleason
    ...Brown was unable to pass the largest state tax increase in U.S. history earlier this year because legislative Republicans, whose votes were needed due to California's 2/3rds vote requirement to raise taxes, kept their pledge to constituents to oppose any and all efforts to raise taxes. So Brown is now going out to collect signatures, with financial backing of government sector unions and Hollywood, to put an income and sales tax hike on the ballot. (Side note: Brown should hire ATR to consult him, because as we told him back in January, his tax hikes wouldn’t get through the legislature...
  • NAACP to petition UN to stop voter-ID legislation in states

    12/06/2011 9:09:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 54 replies · 2+ views
    I understand that the NAACP opposes voter-ID laws. Given the long history of fighting against uses of state law to deny blacks and other minorities the franchise until the Civil Rights Movement prevailed, their deep skepticism over proposed stricter enforcement of eligibility laws can’t help but recall echoes of voter suppression in their communities, even if the new laws are innocent of any racial animus. We still have plenty of mistrust that will take generations to undo, especially given that we still have those with living memories of having been denied the right to vote. Still, if the NAACP wants...
  • Rick Perry’s Second Time At Bat

    12/04/2011 7:10:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 93 replies
    Red State ^ | December 4, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    Last night on Fox News’ candidate forum, Governor MItt Romney defaulted to quoting David Brooks from the New York Times. There’s why Herman Cain’s supporters will be looking at Gingrich and Perry. In fact, last night a number of Cain’s Iowa staff moved to Rick Perry. Rick Perry will get another look. He will get another look because while the grassroots and Republican voters in general are moving to Gingrich, conservative leaders around the country are rapidly running up their watch towers to light fires against Gingrich. They remember him from the 90′s and they don’t trust him. Rick Perry...
  • LIVE THREAD: Huckabee's Republican Presidential Forum: 8/7 Eastern/Central 5:PM Pacific

    12/03/2011 4:00:01 PM PST · by onyx · 882 replies
    Watch the preview for the rules and a little insight about the questions and the questioners. Short commercial ad first. Six candidates are participating. Eddie Haskell Hunstman has declined the invitation. Herman Cain suspended his campaign today and will not participate.
  • When preaching small government, stay out of marriage

    12/01/2011 11:18:07 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 40 replies
    Daily Iowan ^ | 11/1/11
    If the Republican presidential contenders wish to remain truthful to their rhetoric of decentralization of power in Washington, they should take a break from wooing social conservatives and stand for states' rights in regard to gay marriage. Because many likely Iowa caucus-goers describe themselves as very conservative on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, many candidates feel they need to reach out to the far-right if they plan to get the presidential nod. However, a staunch, conservative position on social issues will likely hurt them in the long run, because it undermines their more-appealing small-government policies.... The three...
  • Nevada Think Tank Files Complaint Challenging Ability Of Government Employees To Serve Legislature

    11/30/2011 5:16:54 PM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Nevada News Bureau ^ | | 3:02 pm November 30th, 2011 | By Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A conservative Nevada think tank today filed a complaint in district court against Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, saying the separation of powers clause in the state constitution prohibits government employees from serving in the Legislature. Denis works for the state Public Utilities Commission as a computer technician. Attorney Joseph Becker with the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation said his client William Pojunis is qualified to perform, and would like to apply for, Denis’ job.
  • Rick Perry: A Near-perfect Gun Record as Governor of Texas

    11/27/2011 7:18:31 PM PST · by Chasaway · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 11/22/2011 | Gun Owners of America
    Perry is nearly perfect with regards to his gun record.
  • Save A Seat for Uncle Sam at the Thanksgiving Table!

    11/23/2011 10:41:53 AM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-20 | Jacob Feldman & Mattie Duppler Corrao
    Thanksgiving is a time for reuniting with friends and family, but the government wants to be part of your celebration too. Whether you stay home or travel for the holiday, government is a significant contributor to the costs of the celebration. Of an identified $10 billion in spending that occurs during Thanksgiving weekend on the wine and beer, the gas and plane tickets, and the meal itself, government taxation composes 35.86 percent of those expenses—approximately $3.6 billion in revenues. Many of these Thanksgiving items are subject to the increased costs of income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other...
  • Iowa conservative group Family Leader won’t endorse Cain, Paul or Romney

    11/22/2011 11:40:03 AM PST · by marty60 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/22/2011 | By Perry Bacon Jr.
    A key Iowa social conservatives group announced Tuesday it will not endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or businessman Herman Cain, but is still evaluating if it would back one of the other candidates. The Family Leader, which hosted a forum that six Republican candidates attended last Saturday, said in a statement that its board had narrowed its choices of an endorsement to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-senator Rick Santorum (Penn). The statement said the group would not consider endorsing Romney, who the group criticized for skipping its event. The...
  • Do States Have a Right to Do Wrong?

    11/22/2011 7:37:49 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    During the Thanksgiving Family Forum (TFF) this past Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz asked the Republican candidates a very interesting Tenth Amendment question: “Do states have a right to do wrong?” In case you missed it, the TFF was another unusual event in what is proving to be a very unusual campaign season. Held in a church in Des Moines, Iowa, and with all the GOP contenders in attendance except for Mitt Romney and John Huntsman, it was not a debate as much as a discussion – and a rather intellectual one. The candidates were asked about their faith, trials and...
  • Political Scandals Show Why Government Should Be Limited

    11/17/2011 3:25:51 PM PST · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2011 | Bill Flax
    “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson Scandals captivate our attention as sensational headlines punctuate the mundane din of modern life. Whether the manufactured: Herman Cain’s seemingly spurious charges; the incompetent: Fast and Furious’ deathly fallout; or the typical: Solyndra’s cronyism – each highlights power abused. Such corruption has become so pervasive, that movements from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street sprang to protest a perverted system. Jeremiah warned that man’s heart is deceitful, something the Founders...
  • Gun Rights vs. States’ Rights

    11/14/2011 2:46:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | November 10, 2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    Evidently, the House is likely to pass a bill that would require states to respect concealed-carry permits issued in other states — even if the traveler’s home state has very different criteria for awarding a permit.Concealed carry is a good idea, and so is reciprocity when states enact it voluntarily — but this is a bad idea, as it goes beyond the proper functions of the federal government. The stated constitutional justifications(PDF) for the law are to protect the Second Amendment (as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment), to protect the right of interstate travel, and to protect interstate commerce, but none...
  • Marketplace Fairness Act: Internet Tax, Round Three

    11/10/2011 9:32:02 AM PST · by 92nina · 12 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-10 | [Staff]
    Today, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act (PDF), a third bill unveiled in Congress this year to allow states to tax Internet and out-of-state sales. The bill aims to level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Currently, under the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Quill v. North Dakota, online retailers not based in a state do not collect and remit the state’s sales tax. While the legislation contains improvements over the previously introduced Main Street Fairness Act, the Marketplace Fairness Act would result in an automatic tax increase...
  • Feds Say They Have 'Express Authority' to Investigate Alabama Public Schools Over Immigration

    11/05/2011 1:15:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 27 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Friday told Alabama's attorney general that it has the "express authority" to investigate potential federal civil rights violations in Alabama's public schools authorized by the state's controversial new immigration law. Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez informed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange of the federal government's powers two days after Strange requested that the Justice Department cite what legal authority it had to collect enrollment data on Hispanic students in his state's public schools. "The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is tasked with investigating potential violations of civil rights laws that protect...
  • Buckeye Collective Bargaining Battle A National Bellwether

    11/03/2011 7:29:13 PM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/03/2011 | Bill Flax
    With few statewide elections and nothing nationally in 2011, several initiatives in Ohio provide bellwethers with broad implications for 2012. Issue 2, if passed, will uphold Senate Bill 5, a Republican attempt to alleviate looming budget problems by decelerating the expansion of employee compensation packages via collective bargaining reform. Thanks to a gargantuan grassroots effort, Issue 3, the Healthcare Freedom Amendment, will test Obamacare’s mettle. It would prevent pretentious governments from forcing citizens to finance their care in fashions fancied by bureaucrats. The attention afforded these contests across the ideological spectrum from Rush Limbaugh to the Huffington Post underscores their...
  • Alabama says NO to DOJ request for school info.

    11/03/2011 4:38:53 AM PDT · by RobertoinAL · 55 replies
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The State Department of Education is advising school superintendents to hold off on providing enrollment data to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ had requested Alabama school superintendents provide a list of all students who had withdrawn from schools since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez sent a letter to Alabama school systems wanting to know how many Hispanic students are enrolled in schools and how many have withdrawn since the beginning of the school year. Educators reported the new law caused many Hispanic students to stay home in the...
  • Lone Star GOP slow to endorse Perry

    10/25/2011 2:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | October 25, 2011 | MARIN COGAN & MANU RAJU lwith Jonathan Martin
    He may be able to boast about his successes in Texas political life, but there’s one group of Texans that hasn’t exactly rushed to embrace Rick Perry: the Lone Star State’s congressional delegation. In the 10 weeks since Perry joined the race, endorsements from Texas Republicans on Capitol Hill have been slow coming, a muted expression of support that reveals the lingering tensions between the state’s executive and its representation in Washington. Whether it’s disagreements over earmarks or a clash over the bank bailout, there’s a sense on Capitol Hill that Perry hasn’t worked to build close relationships with the...
  • A Second Attempt to Tax Online Sales

    10/24/2011 11:07:29 AM PDT · by 92nina · 27 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-21 | [Staff]
    Last week, Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Steve Womack (R-AR) introduced the Marketplace Equity Act of 2011 (H.R. 3179), which permits states to require out-of-state Internet retailers to collect the state’s sales tax with certain conditions. The legislation is the second state Internet-sales tax bill introduced in Congress this year, following the Main Street Fairness Act. The Marketplace Equity Act is unacceptable to taxpayers as currently written. The measure lacks any taxpayer protections or other provisions to ensure state taxes are lowered as they are expanded to online and remote sales. The bill would also mark a blow to the...
  • Warning! Progressives’ NPV Plan for White House Control, 2012 & Permanently

    10/21/2011 11:46:20 AM PDT · by unspun · 23 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jacquerie of Wake Up America
    By Jacquerie Wake Up AmericaWhile the lamestream media holds public attention on GOP candidate rivalries, a "progressive" strategy is underway to eliminate the role of the states in electing a U.S. President. By transferring electoral votes to a "national popular vote" this "Compact"  would  usurp the role of the states as safeguarded by our Constitution. In doing so, it could also neutralize Obama's critics -- totally. This may be the most vital - and time sensitive - expose WAM has ever uncovered and shared! And it's happening now, under the radar, with the general public in the dark. This "ultimate vote fraud" is...
  • Proposed General Welfare clause doctrine [Vanity]

    10/21/2011 10:27:01 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    Vanity | 10/21/2011 | Self
    How's this for a doctrine of applying the General Welfare clause in justifying any control or money being spent by the Federal government ? If the effort in question can be done at the local or State level, then it must be done at the local or State level - and must NOT be done at all by the Federal government. Basically, if localities or States are doing it then the Federal government need not - and must not - do it. Quite simply because the fact that localities or States are doing something proves that they can. For roads,...
  • Europe's Debt Crisis Is No Failing Of Federalism

    10/20/2011 5:13:59 PM PDT · by billflax · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/20/2011 | Bill Flax
    Assorted pundits chronicling Europe’s debt crisis bemoan that insufficient federal authority undermines systemic solutions to the fiscal pressures arising from the continent’s Mediterranean underbelly. Those enamored with state cures for any conceivable ill believe an overriding central authority should force dissimilar nations to act in unison. The proffered salve for festering sovereign debt sores is increasingly concentrated power. This sounds strikingly similar to the incessant prattle emitted across America’s airwaves: partisanship and political paralysis thwart Washington’s ability to act. Washington needs more control. Always more. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner waxes, “You have this terribly damaging political dysfunction here and in...
  • Federal Spending Cuts Don't Justify State Tax Hikes

    10/18/2011 2:15:36 PM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-18 | Ryan Ellis
    There’s a rumor floating around Washington that one of the ideas the “Supercommittee” might consider is a Medicaid cut and expanded state powers to tax. The idea is that Washington wins by cutting Medicaid spending. States break even because they lose Medicaid funding from Washington, but can raise taxes in areas they now cannot. What is the interest of taxpayers in an idea like this? This is a bad idea. At the end of the day, spending (but not taxes) would be cut in Washington, only for taxpayers to see their tax bills go up locally as their state governments...
  • Obama’s Choice: Dirty Oil (Keystone XL Oil Pipeline) or Clean Water and Land?

    10/17/2011 3:13:50 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies | 10.17.11 | Syver Alton Larsen and MJ
    One big decision looms ominously on Obama’s horizon and he will not be able to blame anyone but himself for the consequences. Obama must render the momentous verdict by November 1 to give or not to give approval for the historical Keystone XL Pipeline Project. This pipeline will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels… tar sand oil… vastly different from regular oil, being ten times heavier than water and very corrosive. Presidential permission is required because the 2,147-mile pipeline crosses the border between Canada and eight states of the United States. The present route is scheduled to cross prime...
  • Natural Gas Project Brings New Life To PA's Rust Belt Economy

    10/14/2011 7:34:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-13 | Marshall Bornemann
    Mining has, without question, seen the most growth out of any industry as of late. Pennsylvania is fortunate for being located in the wake of the oil-and-gas rich Marcellus Shale formation. In the next few years (by 2015), that wake will provide more than 12 billion cubic feet of gas per day. This boom in natural gas drilling is giving manufactures reason to hire new workers. Youngstown, Ohio, is a great example of what seemed to, for years, be a depressed town until natural gas drilling became a new means for work and economic prosperity. Employment has more than doubled...
  • Justice Dept. Sets Up "Hotline" For Illegals to Complain About Alabama's Immigration Law (CALL!)

    10/13/2011 3:04:47 PM PDT · by montag813 · 70 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-13-2011 | John Hill
    The Obama Admin. shows once again who its REAL constituents are: ILLEGAL ALIENS. The Department of Justice, which is appealing Alabama's outstanding new law, has set up a "hotline" number for illegals to report "civil rights" incidents under the new law. Opponents of Alabama’s new immigration law can now call the Justice Department directly to make complaints about the state’s effort to crack down on illegal immigrants. The Justice Department has set up a hotline and email for the public “to report potential civil rights concerns related to the impact of Alabama’s immigration law.” Clearly the DOJ is trying emotional...
  • Obama Tears Down His Own Wall Street

    10/13/2011 8:57:53 PM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/13/2011 | Bill Flax
    With plummeting popularity and the Jobs Bill perished, President Barack Obama attempts to rekindle the passion from 2008 by increasingly brazen demagoguery. The president demands the “rich” should “pay their fair share” with similar vigor as President Ronald Reagan challenged Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” The resultant demise of Berlin’s wall ought to have fully refuted Marxism forever. Unfortunately, class invective endures, as exemplified by the “Occupy Wall Street” contagion. Listening to their socialist tantrums, you’d think Wall Street should be shackled by the same jackboots that occupied East Berlin. Obama “sympathizes” with the protesters, perhaps reminiscing about...
  • It's Time for Another Round of Repatriation

    10/12/2011 1:04:58 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-07 | Ryan Ellis
    What Is Repatriation? Under U.S. tax law, a company that earns a profit overseas must, in general, pay income tax to the overseas government AND to the IRS if they bring the remaining profit back to the U.S. The company gets a credit for the foreign income tax paid, but the difference between the foreign tax and the U.S. 35 percent rate must be paid to the IRS. In practice, deferrals and other tax rules allow companies to keep foreign after-tax earnings locked overseas, but that money generally remains unavailable to be used in the United States. This is known...
  • Fifty Bucks or Your Life

    10/09/2011 5:55:29 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    AxXiom for Liberty ^ | 10-08-2011 | Kaye Beach
    “If we can prevent someone from being killed, that’s the intent,” City Councilman Brad Egbert said. If it can possibly save one life…then we should do it, right? Do what? You are probably wondering. Well, pass another law outlawing stupidity. In this particular case caring lawmakers want to prevent idiots from walking out into traffic because they are more absorbed in their phones than they are in living. Never mind the fact that no one has even died from this particular form of idiocy in Rexburg. . it’s .all in the name of safety. If you are caught risking your...
  • Caught In the Middle: schools seek relief from NCLB (Perry blasts Obama education puppet masters)

    10/07/2011 12:01:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Monitor -- McAllen, Texas ^ | October 7, 2011 | Neal Morton
    Local educators likely will have to continue living with the widely criticized federal No Child Left Behind education law, which flunked nearly one-third of all Hidalgo County schools this year. Last month, President Barack Obama detailed several education reforms that states must fulfill before he grants waivers to the bill’s stringent requirement that 100 percent of students reach math and reading proficiency by 2014. But Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott recently hinted the White House has not convinced him the state needs to apply for a waiver. “He is leaning toward not applying, but he hasn’t decided,” said TEA...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Obama Denounces New GOP Voting Laws, Says Justice Department Is Investigating

    10/04/2011 1:07:15 PM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | 10/4/11 | Berman
    In an interview with Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish last week, President Obama for the first time denounced the wave of new laws passed by Republicans designed to restrict the right to vote for millions of Americans. Said the president: I will say that my big priority is making sure that as many people are participating in our democracy as possible. Some of these moves in some of the other states that we’ve seen try to make it tougher to vote, restricting ballot access, making it hard on seniors, making it hard on young people. I think that’s a big...
  • Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws

    09/30/2011 2:59:08 AM PDT · by Irenic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2011 | Jerry Markon
    The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court.
  • Forget Multiculturalism: Restore The Vision Of The Founding Fathers

    09/29/2011 7:36:53 PM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/29/2011 | Bill Flax
    A history professor once postulated that the most pivotal battle shaping America’s destiny was not Yorktown or Gettysburg, but Quebec in 1759. There General Wolfe demolished French claims to Canada, which confirmed that America would develop decisively within the Anglo-protestant mold. The latest Economic Freedom of the World rankings (for 2009) highlight the good fortune that resulted from Wolfe’s win. Many commentators will rightly deplore America’s precipitous descent over the past decade – down to tenth, yet another startling detail leaps from the page. Eight of the ten freest lands were once owned by Britain. The nations enjoying limited government,...
  • The Tea Party's States Rights agenda makes GOP candidates' positions almost unimportant

    09/28/2011 11:54:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/28/2011 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Since 2000 we have heard, “This is THE most important election in our lifetime,” and it has been true in every case. This next presidential election will be the most important election in our lifetime; and it will be won by the Republican who appears to be the most conservative person in the field. Nevertheless, the next president is likely to be the weakest Chief Executive in 80 years. Franklin Roosevelt’s central government power grab is ending and States Rights are coming back. A more TEA party Congress With the exception of McGovern ‘72 and Mondale ‘84 when the top...
  • "20 Is the New 25" in Corporate Income Tax Reform

    09/27/2011 7:52:57 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-26 | Ryan Ellis
    There’s a new coalition that’s been formed to advocate for corporate income tax reform (lower the rates, broaden the base) called the RATE Coalition. Provided that this is done in (at worst) a tax revenue-neutral way, this is a good thing—a very good thing. But the question remains—what corporate tax rate is low enough to justify the tax reform endeavor? The United States has the highest statutory income tax rate in the developed world. According to the OECD, the U.S. has a marginal corporate tax rate of 39.2% (including state corporate tax rates, which must be done to compare apples...
  • An Epilogue to the Kelo Case

    09/22/2011 10:03:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-09-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    Reason Magazine featured a great article that chronicles a new twist in the famous Kelo vs. New London case. This landmark case radically increased the size of government under the eminent domain clause by forcing Susette Kelo to leave her house so that the City of New London could use the land for “economic development” in 2005. The new twist comes from a story recounted by a journalist and author Jeff Benedict. Benedict recounts a recent book reading of The Little Pink House (written on the Kelo case) in which Justice Richard N. Palmer, one of the 4 judges who...

    09/20/2011 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 20, 2011 | Becket Adams
    What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm by Becket Adams With the introduction of The American Jobs Act, Americans may soon witness a rerun of the Obama healthcare struggle. Much like its predecessor, president Obama’s newest bill contains certain provisions that would appear to benefit those who wrote the bill more than those for whom the bill was supposedly written. For instance, buried deep, deep on page 133 of the bill, it states: SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not...
  • Obama’s Jobs Bill Ends State Sovereignty – Wake Up Governors!! (blog with a good point to make)

    09/20/2011 5:42:53 PM PDT · by Danae · 25 replies ^ | No date | AJ and Toddy Littman
    By: AJ for NoisyRoom Contributor: Toddy Littman Section 376 of Obama’s tax and spend “jobs” bill ends state sovereignty, turns our Republic into a dictatorship and destroys the foundation upon which our country was built. The fundamental transformation of America is almost complete.Read the bill. (Emphasis added) “SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY.(a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity-(1) IN GENERAL-(A) WAIVER- A State’s receipt or use...
  • Protecting One at the Expense of Many

    09/19/2011 10:31:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-19 | Kelsey Zahourek
    ...Unfortunately, the GSP expired in December 2010 and was never reauthorized due to the actions of one Senator. In February of this year, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, refused to lift a hold on the bill because he wasn’t able to insert a provision that would increase tariffs on Bangladeshi imports in order to protect Alabama sleeping bag manufacturers from competition. As a result of the Senator’s protectionist leanings, tariffs were raised on approximately 3,400 imports, affecting $23 billion in global trade. Well, Sen. Sessions is at it again. According to Roll Call:"Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has enlisted the aid of...
  • Jobs Bill Force States to Surrender Sovereignty

    09/17/2011 6:07:41 PM PDT · by RobertClark · 69 replies
    The White House ^ | 09/13/2011 | White House
    SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not be immune under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. (b) Waiver of State Immunity- (1) IN GENERAL- (A) WAIVER- A State's receipt or use of Federal financial assistance for any program or activity of a State shall constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity, under the 11th Amendment to the Constitution or otherwise, to a suit brought by an employee or applicant for employment of that program or activity...
  • Current TPP Negotiations Focus on IP Protection

    09/16/2011 9:02:36 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-09-13 | Kelsey Zahourek
    “...The US currently has one of the strongest and fastest growing biotech and pharmaceutical industries in the world. Weakening of IP rights not only is detrimental to the economy, but also puts the public’s health and safety at risk. Drugs being researched and manufactured today have been proven effective against life threatening diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis and diabetes due to reliable patent laws that encourage innovation. Research and development is very expensive, and companies need to have an incentive to keep inventing life-saving drugs. Any trade agreement negotiated by the United States must include an IP chapter that provides...
  • AP Exclusive: Long-term care plan alarms ignored (CLASS)

    09/14/2011 3:03:44 PM PDT · by maggief · 12 replies
    AP ^ | September 14, 2011 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators. Part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the program is in limbo as a congressional debt panel searches for budget savings and behind the scenes, administration officials scramble to find a viable financing formula. A longstanding priority of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, or CLASS, was spliced into...
  • Obama admin skirts New Hampshire’s elected officials, awards $1 million to Planned Parenthood

    09/14/2011 2:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 14, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    CONCORD, New Hampshire, September 14, 2011 ( - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is bypassing state authorities in New Hampshire to restore Planned Parenthood’s funding directly. Earlier this summer the state’s Executive Council voted to redirect Planned Parenthood’s $1.8 million share of Medicaid funding to clinics that do not perform abortions. Immediately after, however, the Obama administration threatened to deprive all of New Hampshire’s Medicaid facilities of federal funding unless the Executive Council reversed its decision. Kansas and Indiana have received similar threats this year. Now the Obama administration says it has bypassed the Executive Council and awarded...
  • President Obama Visits North Carolina, Where His Policies Have Taken a Heavy Toll

    09/14/2011 2:50:24 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2011-09-13 | Patrick Gleason
    President Obama will be using taxpayer dollars to do what is effectively a campaign event tomorrow in North Carolina, not coincidentally a place which many consider to be a must-win state for him in next year’s election. While in the Tar Heel State, President Obama will be touting his new "Jobs Act," which entails another round of “stimulus, but don’t call it stimulus” spending in excess of $400 billion, mostly funded by tax increases. In a recent column in The Daily, the NRO’s Reihan Salam laid out some good reasons as to why Obama’s new proposal, in addition to being...
  • At Long Last: The Final Cost of Government Day Arrives

    09/13/2011 1:12:50 PM PDT · by 92nina
    Center for Fiscal Accountability ^ | 2011-09-10 | Jacob Feldman
    ...In the last ten years, Connecticut legislators have increased taxes by $10.47 billion – an average tax increase of $2,969.90 on each man, woman, and child. Connecticut taxes have increased the 2nd most per capita since 2002. These taxes are used to increase state spending programs and do not even include how local governments also increase the tax burden. If one examines only state and local taxes, Connect taxpayers pay 12.0 percent of all income each year in these liabilities – the third highest rate in the nation. Unfortunately, Connecticut does not appear to be looking to relinquish their last-place...
  • Appeals Court Dismisses VA Challenge to Obama HC Law

    09/08/2011 12:13:39 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/8/11
    Federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Virginia's challenge to President Obama's health care law, saying in a ruling that the state doesn't have a right to bring a lawsuit. The unanimous decision from the three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court's decision to declare the law unconstitutional and is the second appellate court ruling in favor of the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. But the court on Thursday stopped short of ruling whether the individual mandate in the health care law is constitutional; it strictly...