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  • Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

    03/30/2012 6:29:41 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jack Kenny
    Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday what has long been known but seldom spoken. During the third and final day of Supreme Court hearings on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional, Roberts said states have been compromising their sovereignty for decades through increased reliance on the federal government for money and accompanying directions on the governance of state affairs. "It seems to me that they have compromised their status as independent sovereigns because they are so dependent on what the federal government has done," the chief justice said during Wednesday's nearly three hours of...
  • U.S. Continues to Underperform in Property Rights Protections

    03/29/2012 10:27:36 AM PDT · by 92nina
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-03-29 | Kelsey Zahourek
    The Property Rights Alliance is pleased to herald the publication of the 2012 International Property Rights Index (IPRI), the world’s most comprehensive measure of intellectual and physical property rights among nations. Sixty-nine international organizations partnered with the Washington, DC-based Property Rights Alliance and its Hernando de Soto Fellowship program to produce the sixth annual IPRI. The IPRI utilizes three primary metrics to create a composite score: Legal and Political Environment (LP), Physical Property Rights (PPR), and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Most importantly, the IPRI stresses the great economic disparities among countries with strong property rights and those without. Nations comprising...
  • Texas wins latest round with EPA in federal court

    03/28/2012 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 March 2012
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A federal appeals court scolded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday for rejecting a series of state pollution control projects in Texas that federal regulators said failed to satisfy requirements of the Clean Air Act. The ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped short of ordering the EPA to accept the previously rejected Texas measures. Yet the three-judge panel directed the agency to take another look at the state's regulations and issue a quick decision.
  • Western states demand feds return public land amid clamor for more drilling

    03/27/2012 6:41:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 27, 2019 | Joseph Weber
    Several Western states, fed up with a federal government some claim is locking down public land against oil drilling, are demanding Washington return millions of acres to state control. The pleas mark a new front in the battle over states' rights, and one state has already codified its demand into law. Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, a Republican, signed a law several days ago that asks the federal government to return 20 million acres, which could be used to develop oil and other natural resources to bolster the state economy. Republican state Rep. Ken Ivory said Tuesday the land is...
  • Back to the Future? (Thomas Sowell)

    03/26/2012 10:30:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies · 46+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 27, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    When a 1942 Supreme Court decision that most people never heard of makes the front page of the New York Times in 2012, you know that something unusual is going on. What makes that 1942 case — Wickard v. Filburn — important today is that it stretched the federal government's power so far that the Obama administration is using it as an argument to claim before today's Supreme Court that it has the legal authority to impose ObamaCare mandates on individuals. Roscoe Filburn was an Ohio farmer who grew some wheat to feed his family and some farm animals....
  • National Popular Vote: Goodbye, Sweet America.

    03/20/2012 10:47:18 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 19 replies
    Publius Hulda Blog ^ | 3/13/2012 | Publius Hulda
    Our Constitution is under constant attack.1 One of the most pernicious attacks is being waged by those who seek to override the constitutional provisions under which The States, as political entities, elect the President; and to replace it with a national popular vote (NPV) under which inhabitants of major metropolitan areas will choose the President. What Form of Government Did We Create In Our Constitution? Before you can see why it is so important that The States elect the President, and why the NPV is so execrable, you must understand how our “federal” government was structured and intended to operate....
  • The Latest Effort in Global Taxation

    03/20/2012 10:11:15 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-19 | Kelsey Zahourek
    The prospect of instituting a global tax in some form or another is constantly rearing its ugly head. Bill Gates can often be heard advocating for global taxes on financial transactions, aviation, and energy. There are even serious talks of a U.N takeover of the Internet. The latest foray into global taxation is calls by international organizations and the WHO to institute a global tax on tobacco products through the Solidarity Tobacco Contribution to fund international projects aimed at alleviating global poverty. The level of taxation would depend on the wealth of the country, meaning the U.S. would be hit...
  • Read an excerpt from Grover G. Norquist and John R. Lott Jr.'s new book -- 'Debacle'

    03/18/2012 8:15:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2012 | John R. Lott Jr. and Grover G. Norquist Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/15/read-e
    Editor's note: FoxNews.com is pleased to present an excerpt from "Debacle: Obama's War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future " the new book by Grover G. Norquist and FoxNews.com contributor John R. Lott Jr. Chapter 3: The Stimulus Made Things Worse What Was Promised Matt Lauer: At some point will you say, “Wait a minute, we’ve spent this amount of money. We’re not seeing the results. We’ve got to change course dramatically?” . . . President Obama: Look, I’m at the start of my administration . . . And . . ....
  • TN House passes resolution condemning Agenda 21

    03/15/2012 2:05:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/15/12 | Chas Sisk
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120315/NEWS/303150098/TN-House-passes-resolution-condemning-Agenda-21?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Texas Shows That the Size of Government Matters

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

    03/10/2012 12:04:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Even when I agree with Rick Santorum, listening to him argue the point almost makes me change my mind. I also wonder why he’s running for president, rather than governor, when the issues closest to his heart are family- oriented matters about which the federal government can, and should, do very little. It’s strange that Santorum doesn’t seem to understand the crucial state-federal divide bequeathed to us by the framers of our Constitution, inasmuch as it is precisely that difference that underlies his own point that states could ban contraception. Of course they can. States could outlaw purple hats or...
  • Obama administration to end funding for Texas health program over state's abortion law

    03/09/2012 7:08:53 PM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/9/2012 | AP
    The federal government will stop funding a Texas health program that serves 130,000 low-income women because of a state law that bars abortion-affiliated clinics from getting public money, a top U.S. health official said Friday. The federal money, which covers 90 percent of the state's $40 million program, will be phased out between May and September because the law violates federal regulations requiring that women have a choice in medical care, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a trip to Houston. That means the Women's Health Program will join a long list of programs nationwide on the...
  • Utah on verge of passing bill demanding Feds relinquish public land

    03/06/2012 7:06:52 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 06, 2012 | unattributed
    Lawmakers who want to seize control of federal lands are pushing a legal battle they insist is winnable despite multiple warnings their effort is highly unconstitutional and almost sure to fail in court. Utah is poised to become the first state to pass a package of bills that demand the federal government relinquish claims to huge sections of public land. A proposal that advanced Wednesday demands that by 2014 the federal government cede control of nearly 30 million acres -- nearly 50 percent of the entire state. A bill setting an identical deadline is also moving in the Arizona Legislature....
  • Health Care Compact Bill Would Shift Power Back To The States

    03/06/2012 1:53:23 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/5/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Legislation recently introduced in the Michigan Senate to authorize the state's entry into a multi-state Health Care Compact. If approved by Congress - and the chances for that may be less unlikely than they first appear - this would profoundly shift the balance of power away from the federal government and back to the states in a critical area. The multi-state Health Care Compact would devolve all regulation in this area to states and turn over funding for the two largest health-related social welfare programs — Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor — to states through no-strings-attached...
  • MittvMitt: The story of two men trapped in one body (DNC attack on UNELECTABLE Mitt is Devastating)

    03/06/2012 8:24:17 AM PST · by xzins · 91 replies
    http://www.mittvmitt.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K9njHHyRI7g (half a million hits and climbing)
  • County sheriffs oppose adding Second Amendment to Iowa Constitution

    03/03/2012 7:53:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    timesrepublican.com ^ | 3 March, 2012 | LYNN CAMPBELL
    DES MOINES - Iowa's guns rights would be among the strongest in the nation, under a proposed state constitutional amendment that cleared the Iowa House this week. Democrats say the measure would eventually allow people to bring guns into Iowa's schools, the Capitol and other public buildings. That concerns county officials. "I think one of the concerns for counties is in our courthouses where there are emotional situations, what that could lead to, particularly domestic disputes," said Sioux County Supervisor Mark Sybesma. "In our treasurer's office, a lot of times people come in very disgruntled - emotions and that type...
  • One Month to Go Until We Have the World's Highest Corporate Tax Rate

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

    02/29/2012 11:18:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 29, 2012 | Michael Finnegan
    With his presidential aspirations riding on support in the Deep South, NewtGingrich opened his final one-week dash to the crucial Georgia primary on Wednesday with a states' rights plea laden with racial symbolism. His setting was the chamber of Georgia’s House of Representatives. From the rostrum, Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a “very strong” states'-rights platform at the RepublicanParty’s national convention this summer in Tampa,Fla. “I want to return power back home to an extraordinary degree,” said Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker who represented Georgia in Congress for 20 years. For generations, politicians in the South...
  • Texas Jumps on the Planned Parenthood Banned Wagon

    02/27/2012 4:42:36 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 20 replies · 1+ views
    FRC - Email | Tony Perkins
    Texas is going ahead with its secession plan--from Planned Parenthood. Late last year, the state quit its partnership with the abortion tycoons, dropping Planned Parenthood from its lucrative contract under Texas's Women's Health Program. Attorney General Greg Abbott and state legislators were adamant that health providers who offered abortions had no business participating in the program. With $16 million up for grabs, leaders passed an outright ban on Planned Parenthood, ending its eligibility for the state's Medicaid funding. That didn't sit well with the Obama administration, which swooped into Texas and demanded the state reconsider. When it wouldn't, officials with...
  • Texas to administration: Never mind your threats, we’re cutting Medicaid to abortion providers

    02/24/2012 5:11:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | Tina Korbe
    At CPAC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry quipped, “I haven’t left the fight; I just went home, reloaded my Mag and am fighting on a different front.” Clearly, he wasn’t kidding. Texas today cut Medicaid funding to abortion providers — even though the administration threatened to cut the state’s funding if it did so. The Daily Caller reports: On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program.The administration...