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  • Court Tosses Out Unconstitutional Internet Tax in Illinois

    04/27/2012 9:52:52 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-26 | Kelly William Cobb
    Back in March of last year, Illinois joined a small cadre of states putting a new tax on online sales into law. Backed by Gov. Quinn (D-Ill.), the law was designed to force out-of-state retailers who advertise in Illinois to collect and pay sales taxes. Yesterday, however, a Cook County Circuit judge rightly ruled the law violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that states can not force out-of-state companies to collect and fork over sales taxes levied on in-state consumers, unless they have a physical presence in the state. That landmark case,...
  • The State of Oklahoma Fights Back - Way to go Oklahoma!

    04/26/2012 9:32:23 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 54 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM - OKLAHOMA FIGHTS BACK ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Oklahoma is the only state where Obama did not carry one single county in the last presidential election...not a single one! Take a look: Lately, while a lot of attention has been focused on Arizona 's new immigration law, and a good one it is... LOOK WHAT OKLAHOMA IS DOING Oklahoma passed an amendment,, 37 to 9, to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. But, hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values...! HB 1330, so... Guess what..........Oklahoma...
  • Utah's Liljenquist Pledges to Work to Repeal NDAA and 17th Amendment

    04/25/2012 4:09:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The New American ^ | April 25, 2012 | Joe Wolverton, II
    Candidate for Senate Dan Liljenquist (left) pledged to The New American that should he be elected to the U.S. Senate he will offer legislation explicitly repealing the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a press conference held on April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (MDT), the former Utah State Senator and current GOP challenger to six-term Senator Orrin Hatch described the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA as “an overreach and a violation of the Bill of Rights.” He said that had he been in office when Congress voted to pass the NDAA he would have...
  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law

    04/25/2012 9:57:32 AM PDT · by DBeers · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Mark Sherman
    Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.Liberal and conservative justices reacted skeptically to the Obama administration's argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check, and another provision allowing suspected illegal immigrants to be arrested without a warrant, part of Arizona law aimed at driving illegal immigrants elsewhere."You can see it's not selling very well," Justice Sonia Sotomayor told Obama administration Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.It...
  • Arizona Defends SB 1070: Border In The Court

    04/24/2012 6:13:30 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 24, 2012
    Immigration: In an unusual move, Arizona's immigration law comes before the Supreme Court before its adjudication by lower courts. Will the high court let states protect their borders by enforcing federal laws the feds won't? The federal challenge to Arizona's SB 1070, the state law designed to help stem the flow of illegal aliens, is headed to an unexpectedly earlier resolution as the Supreme Court has expedited its review and begins hearing oral arguments on Wednesday. This can't be good news for an administration at war with both Arizona and the courts and already fearful that its landmark legislation, ObamaCare,...
  • North Carolina's Taxpayer Information Act: A Model for the Nation

    04/23/2012 8:53:03 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-19 | Patrick Gleason
    North Carolina has been in the media recently for all the wrong reasons, whether it be the state Democratic Party scandal or the John Edwards trial. It is time for the media and the public to talk about the right reasons that attention should be paid to the Tar Heel State, namely that the state is home to one of the most pro-taxpayer pieces of legislation ever crafted. The aforementioned legislation is The Taxpayer Information Act (HB 315), and it is the brainchild of NC Speaker Pro Tem and candidate for Lt. Governor, Dale Folwell. The Taxpayer Information Act is...
  • The Shame Of Waco

    04/21/2012 8:51:11 PM PDT · by SolidRedState · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | April 21, 2012 | IraqVeteran8888
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H8Zc5jN72s&feature=context&context=G2567afcFUAAAAAAAAAA
  • The Nanny State Update

    04/20/2012 12:51:43 PM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-04-20 | [Staff]
    Nanny Bloombergs at it again; exasperated environmentalists try another approach to save spotted owls; and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood moonlights as a traffic cop all in this weeks edition of Nanny State overreach. Highway to Hell: Last week we brought you news of Nanny State regulators at NHTSA battling what they now call the distracted driving epidemic. Perhaps they should add Transportation Secretary LaHood to their expanding list of potential distractions. In a fit of self-righteousness LaHood claimedduring a speech this week that he hasnt used a cellphone while driving in over three years. LaHood also stated that he...
  • Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville (Starting today, Wednesday 18 April)

    04/18/2012 7:07:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 113 replies
    The Constitution Party ^ | 17 Apr 12 | CP
    04/17/2012 Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville Amidst Unprecedented Voter Dissatisfaction with Obama and Romney Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, announced the 2012 National Convention of the Constitution Party which will be held April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. American voters who support limited, constitutional government, traditional American values, the protection of American jobs and preservation of individual liberty can take heart! They will not be limited to a difficult choice between Obama and Romney as the one likely to be the least threat to their life, liberty, property and other interests. The Constitution Party will be offering...
  • Tombstone, Arizona is ground zero for state sovereignty

    04/11/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT · by inkling · 11 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 11, 2012 | Nick Dranias
    In a showdown between the Obama Administration and the Town Too Tough to Die, the U.S. Forest Service is refusing to allow the City of Tombstone to repair its mountain spring water infrastructure after the 2011 Monument Fire destroyed pipelines and catchments. Despite Gov. Jan Brewers declared state of emergency to empower Tombstone to restore its municipal water supply, the feds continue to block Tombstone, citing the Wilderness Act, which was passed decades after Tombstone secured the water rights. The Forest Service's decision risks the lives and properties of Tombstone residents and tourists due to the loss of adequate fire...
  • WILL IT TAKE A REVOLUTION?

    03/31/2012 7:35:00 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 31, 2012 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    We are told that it is up to the Supreme Court to determine what laws are constitutional, but that is hardly in line with the limiting principles offered by the U.S. Constitution. That power the courts claim to have is called Judicial Review, and it is addressed nowhere in the Constitution. In fact, the federal courts seized that power for themselves through an opinion written by Justice John Marshall in the Marbury v. Madison case of 1803. Yes, thats right, the courts gave that power to themselves. By deciding if laws are constitutional, and since the Supreme Court is a...
  • 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 worlds 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, weve spent this amount of money. Were not seeing the results. Weve got to change course dramatically? . . . President Obama: Look, Im 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 charts 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 isnt 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 hes 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. Its strange that Santorum doesnt 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 · 88 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 Georgias House of Representatives. From the rostrum, Gingrich told lawmakers that he would fight for a very strong states'-rights platform at the RepublicanPartys 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, were 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...
  • Kelo Needs Congressional Correction

    02/23/2012 12:17:51 PM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-22 | Paul Petrick
    Last month, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 1433. This bill would suspend federal economic development funds for two years to any state or municipality that expropriates private property via eminent domain for a private purpose. H.R. 1433 enjoys the bipartisan support of Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as well as more than two dozen other co-sponsors. If enacted, this legislation would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government entities to expropriate private property at...
  • Should Georgia exempt itself from federal law?

    02/21/2012 10:09:59 PM PST · by Sprite518 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    AJC ^ | 2/21/2012 | Kristina Torres
    The measure has the backing of the Senate's top two leaders -- President Pro Tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock -- who have signed on as co-sponsors. "The federal government has excessively abused the authority of state and local governments for some time," Albers said, explaining why he sponsored the proposal. SR 889 has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • Newt speaks to Oklahoma legislature

    02/21/2012 10:05:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    KRMG- News Talk Radio ^ | February 21, 2012 | Dan Potter
    OKLAHOMA CITY A special guest speaker adressed today's joint session of Oklahoma Legislature. Newt Gingrich only spoke to lawmakers for just over 10 minutes, but his message was focused. He said, "I want to talk about three examples of the change we need." At the top of the list, he touted a movement started by Gingrich and managed by Texas Givernor Rick Perry to strengthen the 10th amendment and return power and tax money to the states. It's something Ronald Reagan tried to do 30 years ago and failed. Gingrich says times have changed. "And there's a lot deeper...
  • Chairman Kline Takes on Failing Education

    02/17/2012 11:30:12 AM PST · by 92nina · 5 replies
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-02-17 | [Staff]
    No Child Left Behind is an example of why the 'one size fits all' mentality is an improper way to govern. Placing standardizations as well as allocating specific resources at the federal level is not working. Our education system is decaying. With increasing costs and decreasing scores it is clear that reform is necessary to ensure that the future of our nation have the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy. Chairman Kline of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee is sponsoring two pieces of legislation to address this issue. The two bills reform federal education...
  • Would Electing a non-Romney Shake up Establishment's Control of Members and Votes on the Hill?

    02/15/2012 3:12:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 1+ views
    February 15, 2012 | Vanity
    Could there be a real awakening - the removal of the Establishment's shackles from elected officials and their votes - if Americans vote in a non-Romney nominee? I imagine the GOP Establishment cringes at the idea - the spectacle and sense of power that would create [shrink government; states' rights, remove Federal Agencies.....] in "We the People!" This conservative "revolution" could have positive consequences outside of the Executive. Will our elected officials' loyalty return to their constituents and away from their fear of party leadership's power over their re-election fate? Will they remember who they serve? Will more conservatives rally...
  • The Winner of the Civil Rights Movement was . . . Washington, DC

    02/14/2012 1:55:32 PM PST · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/14/2012 | Bill Flax
    Amidst flowery February orations, in retrospect, the Civil Rights movements main beneficiary appears to be Washington. State segregation ceased, which is well, but forced federal integration remains, well, wrong. Washington rightly overturned denials of freedom oppressing southern blacks, but did so by infringing on others liberties elsewhere. En route, civil rights became the sine qua non of American statism. Civil rights legislation provided the primary catalyst for governments escalation since WWII. Sadly, the Civil Rights Act brought neither legal equality as proposed in theory; nor equality of outcomes to which the Left strove in practice. The CRA failed doubly. First,...
  • The Old Dominion Strikes New London

    02/14/2012 1:31:32 PM PST · by 92nina · 1+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-02-14 | Paul Petrick
    On February 13, a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at eminent domain abuse sailed through both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. This legislative action qualifies the amendment for a plebiscite vote in November. The amendment would stipulate that compensation resulting from eminent domain seizures include lost profits and access in addition to the value of the underlying real estate. This change has the support of Virginia property rights advocates including Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. If enacted, this constitutional amendment would strike at the heart of the 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. City of New London. This ruling allowed government...
  • OK Gov. Mary Fallin Releases Bold Tax Reform Plan

    02/10/2012 10:07:04 AM PST · by 92nina · 7 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-07 | Will Upton
    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, in her State of the State Address, outlined a bold plan for tax reform focused on reducing rates and consolidating Oklahomas seven tax brackets. The plan would end Oklahomas complicated seven bracket income tax structure that begins taxing on the first penny any Oklahoman earns, instead replacing the structure with three brackets Oklahomans making below $15,000 a year would pay a 0-percent rate, those making under $35,000 would pay a 2.25-percent rate, and those making $35,000 and above would pay a 3.5-percent rate. The Tax Foundation ranks Oklahoma as 38th in the nation in terms...
  • Newt, Nancy Pelosi and the Nadir of American Politics

    02/07/2012 4:50:17 PM PST · by billflax · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/07/2012 | Bill Flax
    Nowhere is the haughtiness of American politics better displayed than with our dueling former Speakers. The latest love spat between Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi illuminates Americas sorry political state. She keeps coyly insinuating she knows something and will time its release for maximum damage. It appears Mr. Gingrich is finished anyway, and Im no fan. His infidelities trouble me. His overarching concern seems to be Newt Gingrich, a not uncommon trait in politicians, but hardly the attribute of a transcendent leader. His prior associations with Mrs. Pelosi promoting Cap and Trade and frequent policy flip-flops reveal an unscrupulous opportunist....
  • The Civil Rights Movement's Wrong Turn

    02/06/2012 3:57:20 AM PST · by billflax · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/06/2012 | Bill Flax
    This February, let's acknowledge several forgotten heroes from black history. We ought to laud those who actually strove for what the laundered historical ledger pronounces as the all-encompassing intent of the civil rights movement: laws affording equal protection regardless of race. Sadly, these stalwarts in the struggle against segregation have been consigned to historical obscurity by the politically correct acclaim for their resentment-fomenting rivals. Popular culture extols Marxists like W.E.B. Du Bois, despite his repeated praise for Stalin and Mao, even while he despised everything America represents. Dubois's heritage is best perpetuated by Jeremiah Wright, Jessie Jackson, and Al Sharpton...
  • Judicial Activism Jeopardizes Jobs

    02/02/2012 10:34:05 AM PST · by 92nina
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-27 | Paul Petrick
    Last year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals once again used the Clean Water Act to bludgeon industry and property owners. In Georgia-Pacific West, Inc. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the nations most infamous appellate court held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been misinterpreting its own regulations for more than three decades. The EPA has traditionally considered the cultivation of trees to be an agricultural activity. The jurists of the Ninth Circuit have determined that they have the expertise to overrule decades of regulatory precedent and deem forestry a manufacturing activity. Unfortunately for the two and half million...
  • Blame Government Rules for TV Blackouts

    02/02/2012 8:29:59 AM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-01-30 | [Staff]
    Last week, two hundred thousand Bostonians were nearly apoplectic over the threat of a TV blackout that could have caused them to miss their beloved Patriots playing in this years Super Bowl. A deal reached between DirecTV and Sunbeam Television, which owns the local broadcasting affiliate carrying the game, means it will go on. However, consumers directing their anger at content and cable providers are often unaware that most of the fault lies with government retransmission rules. TV blackouts are unfortunately nothing new, the occasional result of negotiations between broadcasters and content providers, and the cable, satellite, and telcos that...
  • Three Things to Know About the CBO Budget Report

    02/01/2012 10:46:59 AM PST · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-01-31 | Ryan Ellis
    It's Christmas in the geeky budget world today. While everyone else is thinking about the Florida GOP primary, DC budget and tax wonks are reading the annual "CBO Budget and Economic Outlook." Here's my three takeaways after reading the report. They are by no means exhaustive: 1. If all scheduled tax increases are avoided, tax revenues will still come in at historical levels. CBO has to use a "current services baseline," which means they have to assume that Congress will let the path of current law run its course. That means that Obamacare is implemented, the 2001/2003 tax relief goes...
  • Obama Eligibility Challenges Spread to 6 States

    01/30/2012 8:25:22 PM PST · by devattel · 83 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | January 30, 2012 | Robert Unruh
    An administrative law judge in Georgia could decide as early as this week whether voters in the state convinced him Barack Obamas name should be removed from the 2012 presidential ballot because he is not qualified to hold the office. But win, lose or draw, the fight isnt going to be over, as other cases are erupting across the nation, with challenges being raised anew even in Obamas own adopted political network in Illinois. The Georgia hearing was before Judge Michael Malihi, and while none of the lawyers who appeared in the proceedings was willing to predict what the decision...
  • The Rule of Law or The Rule of Obama

    01/29/2012 11:04:30 AM PST · by devattel · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 29, 2012 | Jerry Philipson
    Americans face many stark choices in the 2012 election for President but the starkest of all is whether or not they want their President to be bound by the Constitution and act within the law or to act as a dictator outside the bounds of the Constitution and the law. Given Obamas behaviour and stated intentions, the choice cannot be more stark for Americansdo they want to live in a dictatorship with Obama as the dictator or do they want to live in a free country where their leader is accountable to the people and the countrys institutions and not...
  • A hidden cause of Baltimore's population loss: abortion

    01/26/2012 4:22:37 PM PST · by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It · 16 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 23, 2012 | Diana Schaub
    Population increase is a natural sign of political health. By that measure, Baltimore has been sick a long time. Six straight decades of depopulation have reduced the city by a third. The "experts" assert that immigration is the key to a population rebound. In his Persian Letters, Montesquieu reflects on the fate of the great cities of Constantinople and Isfahan: "People, attracted for a thousand reasons, ought to flock to them from every direction. Yet they are decaying internally and would long since have perished, had not their sovereigns in almost every century caused entire new nations to enter and...
  • President Obama, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Share Tense Tarmac Moment

    01/26/2012 8:44:03 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/26/2012 | Hazar N. Ghanbari
    Longstanding tension between Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Democratic President Barack Obama flared into the public spotlight Wednesday just after Air Force One touched down in Phoenix. Brewer, who was on the tarmac to greet Obama, hand-delivered a letter before engaging the president "intensely" for several minutes, including pointing her finger directly at him, according to Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown, acting as a pool reporter for other media outlets.
  • A Classical Liberal Defense Of The Constitution

    01/24/2012 5:25:09 PM PST · by billflax · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/24/2012 | Bill Flax
    Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. Lord Acton Americans have long been blessed. Weve never been perfect but this cynical, politically correct age tends to harp more on our deficiencies than highlight the astounding prosperity that a generally free society brought. Today, some of our youth assume wealth their birthright while disparaging its capitalist wellspring. Americas heritage was one of free markets with limited, constitutional government. Independence was born less from revolution than a defense of historic liberties based on innate, natural rights. The founding vision affirmed tradition...
  • Indiana Considers Eminent Domain Reform

    01/23/2012 11:18:34 AM PST · by 92nina · 3 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2012-01-20 | Paul Petrick
    On January 12, the Indiana Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal, & Civil Matters passed Senate Bill 54, an important step in the fight against eminent domain abuse. This legislation would mandate that state universities seeking to acquire private business property to compensate the business owner for estimated future earnings in addition to the traditional fair market value of the property. Senate Bill 54 is the brainchild of State Senator Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) and was prompted by the plight of a Muncie, Indiana businessman who found himself in competition with the biggest of all big businesses, the government. For the last...