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  • Democrats, Looking Past Obama, Are a Party Without a Cause

    07/23/2016 1:17:17 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/23/2016 | Jonathan Martin
    PHILADELPHIA When President Obama takes the stage here this week to begin his monthslong political farewell, it will mark a bittersweet moment for Democrats. Mr. Obama is not going to be missed only because he is beloved by the faithful. The president has also fulfilled two longstanding if often elusive goals of his party: He has largely transcended the traditional moderate-versus-liberal split, papering over internal divisions. And he passed a sweeping health care law. But without the unifying presence of Mr. Obama in the White House, or the organizing aim of expanding health care, it is unclear who will...
  • The FAA Reauthorization Is a Big Government Gift to Unions

    07/14/2016 7:46:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Terry Schilling
    A new bill in the House of Representatives, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), seeks to “privatize” the air traffic control system, which would strip oversight away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and create a new, private, non-profit corporation to oversee air traffic control (ATC) operations.On the surface, this bill might sound like a good idea. But the word “privatize” is a misnomer. Instead of fixing legitimate problems with the FAA, the AIRR Act would overhaul the entire ATC system and replace a bureaucracy that is currently accountable to Congress with...
  • Federal Government Says a Farmer Broke the Law by Plowing His Land

    07/03/2016 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Earlier this month a federal court in California ruled that a farmer plowing his land without a permit from the federal government is breaking the law. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers, without any notice or due process, ordered the owners of Duarte Nursery to cease use of their land for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The violation: plowing. The California court agreed with the federal governments action, despite the fact the CWA specifically exempts normal agricultural activities like plowing from regulation. This overreaching assertion of federal power is not an isolated incident. For decades, the EPA...
  • The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

    06/22/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | By Darryl Fears
    President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed by Congress early this month in a rare bipartisan vote. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the Ford administration in the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and...
  • Democrat Wants Taxpayers to Pass Drug Test to Qualify for Deductions [semi-satire]

    06/19/2016 10:26:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) has introduced legislation that would require taxpayers to pass a drug test before being allowed to itemize deductions on their 1040 tax forms. The bill is in retaliation for state laws that require welfare recipients to pass drug tests in order to receive benefits. "I am sick and tired of Republicans forcing poor people to jump through hoops to receive the money they are entitled to under the law," Moore complained. "We enacted these programs to help the unfortunate. Few members of society are as unfortunate as drug addicts. They are slaves to chemicals that their...
  • Lawmaker wants the rich to be drug tested before receiving high-dollar tax deductions

    06/18/2016 5:40:00 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 63 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Andrew Bahl
    Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., in February. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) A Congresswoman who is sick and tired of drug testing welfare recipients has introduced a bill in Congress that would subject the rich to many of those same requirements. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., unveiled Thursday the Top 1% Accountability Act, which would require those claiming itemized deductions of more than $150,000 on their tax returns to submit to drug tests or file for less generous tax deductions. The proposal is a shot across the bow at Republican governors in states, including Moores home state of Wisconsin, that require the...
  • How Uncle Sam Became Uncle Tyrant -- If Washington Wants To 'Get' You, It Now Can

    06/17/2016 7:00:21 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Steve Forbes
    OUR FOUNDING FATHERS understood that tyranny wasnt likely to come from a foreign invasion but from the step-by-step erosion of our freedoms by an expanding government. This is what we are facing today.... ...ominous trends threaten us... ...the typical professional in this country unknowingly commits several federal crimes during a typical workday. If Uncle Sam wants to get you, he can. An 11-year-old girl in Virginia, who saved a woodpecker from a cat, was hit with a fine for transporting a protected species. A fisherman who threw back some undersize fish he had caught was hauled into court...
  • My Lunch with Hillary

    06/15/2016 5:05:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 15, 2016 | John Stossel
    I had lunch with Hillary Clinton. Really. I was on vacation on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, at a hotel that's a mixture of villas-for-rent that stand right next to big houses owned by rich Americans. One day, several black SUVs arrived -- men in suits wearing earpieces got out. I asked another tourist, "What's that about?" "Bill and Hillary Clinton may stay here," he said. Another tourist said, "That's just a rumor." But a few days later, Secret Service men surrounded a big house owned by Black Entertainment Television billionaire Bob Johnson. He's a big Clinton supporter. It was...
  • Trump Implicitly Suggests That His DOJ Would Take Down Amazon For Antitrust

    06/14/2016 10:42:09 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 29 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 06/14/2016 | Mike Masnick
    There was a fair bit of coverage on Monday of the news that the Donald Trump campaign had removed the press credentials from the Washington Post because the campaign was upset with the Washington Post's coverage of the campaign. While it got a lot of attention, it was quickly pointed out that Trump has revoked or barred at least six other news outlets from receiving press passes, including Politico, the Huffington Post, the National Review, Buzzfeed and the Daily Beast. This issue is being discussed in lots of media circles. But what interested me much more was buried deeper in...
  • Congress backs bill to put chemicals under federal scrutiny

    06/07/2016 8:34:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 7:10 PM EDT
    Toxic chemicals used in everyday products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture have been linked to serious illnesses, including cancer, infertility, diabetes and Parkinsons disease. Under current law, only a small fraction of chemicals used in these products have been reviewed for safety. A bill that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, styrene and BPA, that have gone unregulated for decades. The bill would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate new and existing chemicals against...
  • Obama Blames 'Right-Wing Radio' for Making 'People Think Big Government is the Problem'

    06/02/2016 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 06/01/16 | Trey Sanchez
    "It's pumped into cars and bars and VFW halls all across America." President Obama visited Elkhart, Indiana on Wednesday and during a town hall meeting blamed "right-wing radio" for distorting his economic record and for making "people think big government is the problem." "I hope you don't mind me being blunt about this," the president said, "but I've been listening to this stuff for a while now and I'm concerned when I watch the direction of our politics." When Obama visited Elkhart seven years ago, the unemployment rate was near 20%. Now, he boasts that the rate has dropped...
  • Government Can't Help; It Can Only Hurt

    06/02/2016 4:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall. ^ | June 2, 2016 | Ron Paul
    Three recent stories regarding three government agencies the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons. In recent months, many Americans have missed their flights because of longer-than-usual TSA security lines. In typical DC fashion, the TSA claims the delays are because of budget cuts, even though Congress regularly increases the TSAs funding! The TSA is also blaming the delays on the fact that few Americans have signed up for its PreCheck program. Under PreCheck, the TSA considers excusing...
  • Solar Energy's Real Problem

    05/26/2016 9:32:19 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 26, 2016 | Ryan Yonk and Devin Stein
    Ivanpah, the world's largest solar power plant located in California's Mojave Desert, caught fire last Thursday, causing damage to one of the plant's three towers. This latest engineering setback is the least of the plant's woes. Prohibitive economic realities are the true problem. Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided to postpone its continued support of the struggling facility, which was touted as the future of solar power when it opened in 2014. But after receiving $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the Department of Energy (DOE) and $535 million from the U.S. Treasury Department, the facility's...
  • Small Businesses Worry About Adjusting for Overtime Rules

    05/20/2016 11:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | SARAH MAX
    With a broad new class of workers becoming eligible for overtime, many small businesses are scrambling to figure out how to factor the regulations into their bottom line. The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the final details of new labor rules to increase the salary cutoff for overtime pay. Although the plan was outlined a year ago and employers have several months to comply, many say the change will be a challenge to small businesses that pride themselves on a scrappy, entrepreneurial culture. We are pretty flexible, said Kelli Glasser, who is president and chief executive of Exhibit Concepts, a...
  • SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK LEE AMENDMENT, PRESERVE AFFH (Obama's Plan to Ghettoize Your Neighborhood)

    05/20/2016 9:28:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 141 replies
    PowerLine ^ | May 20, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    The Lee Amendment to defund President Obamas Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation failed in the Senate yesterday because not enough Republicans backed it. The Amendment was tabled by a vote of 60-37. Jeremy Carl aptly describes this vote as a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense. It is a victory, as Carl says, for turning the federal government into a National Zoning board, forcing high density housing on unwilling cities and towns, and letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic and income balance of local communities.
  • The federal government wants colleges to limit questions about applicants' criminal records

    05/09/2016 1:39:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | by Joy Resmovits
    US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. wants colleges to stop asking applicants about their criminal histories early in the admissions process. Because a disproportionate number of people who have been charged with crimes are people of color, the U.S. Department of Education says, these questions increase the barriers disadvantaged students face when seeking an education. We believe in second chances and we believe in fairness, King said in a statement. We must ensure that more people ... have the chance at higher education opportunities. The Department of Education is sending a guide, called Beyond the Box, with suggestions...
  • EPA under fire for money to 'anti-farmer' campaign

    05/03/2016 7:21:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 1, 2016 | By Joseph O'Sullivan
    Recent advertisements, splashed across billboards, buses and radio waves, have taken a pointed approach to discussing the link between farms and water pollution. Now, the EPA is under fire for its indirect funding of the campaign. One example, which ran on buses, included a photo of livestock standing in a stream and text that read: "Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk." The What's Upstream? campaign has drawn criticism for both its approach and its funding - which includes grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency. Lawmakers have called it an "anti-farmer campaign." The Whatcom Transportation Authority pulled the...
  • DC Metro may shut down entire rail lines for months

    03/31/2016 6:18:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Entire rail lines in Washington's Metrorail subway system could be shut down for months at a time to conduct repairs, the transit system's leaders acknowledged Wednesday. Board of directors Chairman Jack Evans raised the possibility during a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments conference, saying there is not enough time to complete work during nights and weekends, according to The Washington Post.
  • Plan to Rescue Puerto Rico Advances, Led by House Republicans

    03/24/2016 5:48:20 PM PDT · by cll · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 3/24/2016 | Mary Williams Walsh
    Politicians in Washington are coalescing around a financial plan to rescue Puerto Rico, just weeks before an expected major default on bond payments that would spread more turmoil through the islands shaky economy. The plan, being drafted as legislation by House Republicans, would not grant Puerto Ricos most fervent request: permission to restructure its entire $72 billion debt in bankruptcy. It would, however, give the island certain crucial tools that bankruptcy proceedings can offer but only if it first comes under close federal oversight and meets other conditions. The oversight would be provided by a five-member voting board, selected...
  • This entire system is rigged against your prosperity

    03/19/2016 5:36:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 01 March 2016 | Sovereign Man
    On January 26, 1841, two years into the First Opium War between Chinas Qing Dynasty and the British Empire, Commodore Sir Gordon Bremer hoisted the British flag above Possession Point in Hong Kong. At the time the islands population numbered less than 10,000. Most were illiterate fishermen. Hong Kong was also devoid of any meaningful natural resources except for well-placed geography. So when the war ended in 1842 and British diplomats formally annexed Hong Kong into their empire, they turned it into a free port almost immediately. This means that no taxes were charged on goods traded in Hong Kongan...
  • BART chaos expected to go on indefinitely

    03/17/2016 9:06:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/17/2016
    BART service between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations will be shut down indefinitely and overall service will suffer for months as the transit agency tries to get to the bottom of a baffling track problem crippling trains by the dozens, officials said Thursday. Transit officials warned passengers Thursday afternoon that for the foreseeable future, riders who want to travel between the Contra Costa County stations will have to use a bus bridge arranged by the transit agency through four bus agencies. Those buses will travel on freeways that are sure to be more packed as they...
  • Rep. Yarmuth: GOP Wants To Emasculate Govt At Every Possible Turn

    03/17/2016 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 16, 2016 | 4:03 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) was critical of budget battles within the GOP saying, Republicans want to emasculate government at every possible turn and want to starve the beast. Yarmuth made the statements at a press conference Tuesday while discussing the lack of the Republican conferences to produce a budget.
  • Is Trumps Rise Giving Progressives Second Thoughts?

    03/16/2016 4:19:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 16, 2016 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Herewith, an under-asked question for our friends on the progressive left: Has Donald Trumps remarkable rise done anything to change your mind as to the ideal strength of the State? I make this inquiry because, for a long while now, I have been of the view that the only thing that is likely to join conservatives and progressives in condemnation of government excess is the prospect that that excess will benefit the Right. Along with their peculiar belief that History takes sides and that improvement is inexorable and foreordained, most progressives hold as an article of faith that, because it...
  • Washington DC is shutting down the entire subway system on Wednesday with no notice - safety checks

    03/16/2016 2:24:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/16 | Kelly Mclaughlin & AP
    Washington DC is shutting down the entire subway system on Wednesday with no notice for urgent safety checks The entire Washington, DC, subway system will shut down for at least 29 hours to inspect electrical components on the tracks following a fire near one of the system's tunnels, officials said on Tuesday. The shutdown comes after a fire broke out on Monday about 4.30am in the tunnel outside the McPherson Square station in downtown Washington. The fire led to delays on the orange, blue and silver lines, which go through the station. The Metro subway system will shut down at...
  • House GOP likely to move ahead with budget plan

    03/14/2016 7:59:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 14, 2016 10:07 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Republicans controlling the House are pressing ahead with an annual fiscal measure despite hardening opposition from tea party conservatives over its endorsement of higher spending permitted by last years bipartisan budget and debt deal. Several GOP lawmakers exiting a Monday evening strategy session said House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price is expected to unveil a 10-year budget plan on Tuesday and hold a committee vote this week. The committee confirmed later Monday that it is moving ahead. [] Price, R-Ga., has worked hard to try to develop consensus but has so far been stymied by several dozen conservatives who continue...
  • Kasich breaks ranks, speaks of climate change

    03/14/2016 3:51:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 107 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 4/10/12 | Joe Vardon
    In a room full of Republican donors last week, Gov. John Kasich said something you dont normally hear at a GOP fundraiser. This isnt popular to always say, but I believe there is a problem with climates, climate change in the atmosphere, Kasich told a Ross County Republican function on Thursday. I believe it. I dont know how much there is, but I also know the good Lord wants us to be good stewards of his creation. And so, at the end of the day, if we can find these breakthroughs to help us have a cleaner environment, Im all...
  • Justin Fever Puts Canadas Economic Freedom at Risk

    03/10/2016 7:57:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 10, 2016 | Anthony B. Kim
    Justin Trudeau, Canadas new prime minister, is currently visiting Washington to deepen ties with President Barack Obama and make headway on an ambitious left-leaning agenda on a wider range of issues. From an economics perspective, the summit is basically like Trudeaunomics-meets-Obamanomics, which can double the risk of undermining Canadas economic freedom and dynamism. [] The U.S. has fallen from the 6th freest economy in the world, when Obama took office, to 11th place in 2016. Americas declining score in the index is closely related to the Obamanomics, which has been hurting the economic livelihood of the poor and minorities the...
  • Opting out of school lunch program appeals as a palatable option

    03/06/2016 5:59:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Tribune-Review ^ | March 5, 2016 | By Mary Pickels
    Students at Penn-Trafford High School aren't buying that lunches prepared under federal guidelines that restrict calories, sodium and portions are their best option. So they literally are not buying them. "I would say, on average, we've lost about $20,000 a year each of the last five years," Penn-Trafford business manager Brett Lago said. "We are not in the food service industry to make money, but we don't want to lose it." School lunch participation nationally dropped from 31.6 million students in 2012 to 30.4 million in 2014, according to the federal Department of Agriculture. Pennsylvania statistics show school lunch participation...
  • Donald Trump Is The Next Barack Obama

    03/01/2016 5:37:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 138 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 29, 2016 | Angerlo Codevilla
    The difference between Donald Trump and Barack Obama amounts only to whatever difference may exist between each emperor’s set of cronies.The Obama years have brought America to the brink of transformation from constitutional republic into an empire ruled by secret deals promulgated by edicts. Civics classes used to teach: “Congress makes the laws, the president carries them out, judges decide controversies, and we citizens may be penalized only by a jury of our peers.” Nobody believes that anymore, because no part of it has been true for a long time. Barack Obama stopped pretending that it is. During the twentieth...
  • Rep. Crowley: GOP Delaying Budget To Reduce The So-Called Size of Govt

    02/29/2016 4:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 29, 2016 | 11:26 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    House Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) says the GOP is delaying the release of their budget to figure out where to make cuts, "because we know what their desires are in terms of reducing the 'so-called' size of government." Crowley made the comments at a press conference last week. "They have postponed - they are punting the release of their own budget for at least another three weeks, maybe even more," Crowley said. ...
  • More Bozeman Students Buying School Lunch After District Leaves Federal Program

    02/29/2016 7:23:53 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2016
    More students are buying lunches at Bozeman schools since the district abandoned the National School Lunch Program after deeming the nutritional rules too strict. Revenues in the fall semester increased nearly $50,000 compared to the previous year. Last year the school board voted to let the high school drop out of the federal program, saying the nutritional guidelines were costing the cafeteria customers. Bozeman Public Schools Food Services Director Bob Burrows says the high schoolers weren't purchasing school lunches because they knew they wouldnt get enough food. According to Burrows, the USDA set a one-size-fit- all approach for how many...
  • Report: Mitt Romney to Endorse Marco Rubio

    02/21/2016 9:42:55 AM PST · by Rockitz · 73 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 February 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is finally getting off the sidelines to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), in a final effort to defeat Donald Trump after the billionaire took early states in New Hampshire and South Carolina by storm. According to the Huffington Post’s Scott Conroy, Romney had been waiting for Jeb Bush to exit the race before endorsing Rubio citing “respect" for the former Florida governor.
  • GOP governor stays popular in Democratic Massachusetts

    02/14/2016 7:55:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2016 10:31 AM EST | Bob Salsberg
    While partisan battles rage in Washington and state capitals, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker thrives in one of the nation's bluest states. He trades compliments, not jabs, with Democratic legislative leaders and has forged close relationships with other key Democrats, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Democrats, in fact, occupy several key posts in his cabinet and inner circle. [...] For the most part, Baker has sought compromise over confrontation since narrowly defeating Democrat Martha Coakley in the 2014 gubernatorial election. Four years earlier, in a losing campaign against then-Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, Baker came off as angry and partisan, even...
  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2017

    02/13/2016 10:14:22 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    1-20-2017 | You
    Open thread to write the 2017 stimulus act. Republican and Democrat versions welcome.
  • Kasich: ‘I’m Not Establishment’

    02/11/2016 7:25:18 AM PST · by Rockitz · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 10 Feb 2016 | Jeff Poor
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, reacted to the claim that he is a so-called establishment candidate, given his finish in New Hampshire and compared to two of the front-runners, Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), that he is running against. Kasich dismissed the label of “establishment” and touted his record in Congress as proof that he didn’t go along to get along as an establishment politician might do. “I’m not establishment,” Kasich said. “Sean, I make the establishment upset. ...
  • It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system

    02/07/2016 8:25:05 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies
    Salon ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | Bill Curry
    Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 08:01 PM +0900 It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system Sanders has ended the coronation and fired up the grass roots. Now Clinton's electability argument is crumbling too Bill Curry It would be hard to overstate what Bernie Sanders has already achieved in his campaign for president, or the obstacles he’s had to surmount in order to achieve it. Not only has he turned a planned Hillary Clinton coronation into an exercise in grass-roots democracy, he’s reset the terms of the debate. We are edging closer to the...
  • I just had a thought (vanity)

    02/07/2016 7:00:41 PM PST · by Baynative · 108 replies
    mental ^ | 2/7/16 | Yours truly
    I have been a consistent nay sayer when ever the idea of Hillary Clinton facing justice comes up. I have been harshly critical of the house committees and their inability to bring about any action on the email server or Benghazi. I am down to my last nerve on this whole affair taking so damn long. BUT...
  • In Defense of the GOP Establishment [Understanding the limitations of what they have to work with]

    02/03/2016 8:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | James Arlandson
    When you were a rowdy teen, your parents were the Establishment. Now that you're a parent, what are you? The anti-establishment, cool parent? Not likely. Rather, you're a grownup who tries to keep the peace in your discordant household; who tries to negotiate among self-interested, imperfect family members who have competing goods and goals; and who tries to instill a long-range vision for the future in your desire-ridden family who wants instant self-gratification. Welcome to the Establishment. You're a bona fide member now. Here's a defense of the amorphous, notional Establishment, as I see it, if it even exists in...
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot

    02/03/2016 10:11:47 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    FedBixOpps.gov ^ | FedBixOpps.gov
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot 10--Mini-Caliber Robot Solicitation Number: DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 Agency: Department of Justice Office: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Location: Administrative Programs Division (APD) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-84. The associated North American Industrial Classification System...
  • US to collect equal pay data from all big employers

    01/28/2016 9:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2016 12:02 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    The Obama administration is expanding a data collection program aimed at ferreting out abuses of equal pay laws. President Barack Obama in 2014 directed the Labor Department to collect data from federal contractors about what they pay employees, sorted by gender, race and ethnicity. Obama's new proposal will cover all businesses with 100 or more employees, regardless of whether they contract with the government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will collect the data. ...
  • FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

    01/27/2016 2:57:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Tali Arbel
    The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. Introducing competition could also help lower people's cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994. Meanwhile, prices of common consumer electronics like cellphones, TVs and computers have fallen sharply....
  • Shutdown: House Will Hold No Votes This Week Because of Storm That Has Passed

    01/24/2016 8:28:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 5:31 PM EST | (Staff)
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives is postponing votes it had expected to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will not hold votes until Monday, Feb. 1--as a result of the heavy snowstorm that hit Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday. ...
  • Obama: ‘Government Generally Is Something…We Have to Work for…Fight for…Invest in…’

    01/23/2016 2:21:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 23, 2016 | 12:58 PM EST | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    President Barack Obama told members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a speech at the White House on Thursday that "government generally is something" we have to "fight for." "Unlike, sometimes, government officials at other levels, mayors understand that the services and the effectiveness of local government and government generally is something that we can't take for granted, that we have to work for and fight for and invest in every single day," Obama said. "Mayors can't wait for Congress," Obama said in the speech. "Mayors can't get stuck in partisan gridlock." ...
  • Trump Promises 'Great Management' - We Need Limited Government

    01/23/2016 4:20:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | January 23, 2016 | Yuval Levin
    Donald Trump is no conservative. That's not a crime, it's just a reason to vote against him. Many fine people are not conservatives. But the reason Trump's candidacy should worry the Right runs much deeper than that: He poses a direct challenge to conservatism, because he embodies the empty promise of managerial leadership outside of politics. Trump's diagnoses of our key problems - first and foremost, that America's elites are weak and unwilling to put the interests of Americans first - have gained him a hearing from many on the right. But when he gestures toward prescriptions, Trump reveals that...
  • Donald Trump wants to tax the rich. Will Republican voters agree with him?

    01/21/2016 7:53:12 PM PST · by TBP · 75 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    The chatter continues this morning about Donald Trump’s call for raising taxes on the rich.
  • Hate Government? Sit Down Before You Read This

    01/17/2016 4:54:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    I consistently state our government is too big and it cannot handle all the responsibilities it continues to take on itself. President Obama has stated we, the American citizens, keep asking the federal government to do more. Even if you believed that, he could Just Say No. After you read this you will understand why. My friend Steve received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It stated that the five-figure amount of money he had overpaid on his 2014 tax return and had asked to be applied to his 2015 return was being confiscated for child support payments...
  • FLASHBACK--Obama’s First Speech to Congress: I Don’t Believe in Bigger Government

    01/11/2016 4:55:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    cns news ^ | 1l11/16 | Terrence P. Jeffrey
    Seven years ago in his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama declared that he did not believe in “bigger government.” “As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President's Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets, not because I believe in bigger government--I don't--not because I'm not mindful of the massive debt we've inherited--I am,” said Obama in his Feb. 24, 2009 speech to a joint session. A week before this speech, Obama had signed the American Recovery and...
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • Hope N Change: After 7 years of Obama, public says government is the nation's top problem

    01/08/2016 4:09:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/7/2016 | Staff
    Leadership: "In this present crisis," Ronald Reagan said at his inauguration, "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." But it took Barack Obama to get the public to believe it.
  • Next President's Second Task

    01/03/2016 5:48:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    Many people do not understand the inability of the Republicans to accomplish more in Washington. They can certainly put a stall on many of President Obama's appointments, especially judges who will outlast this president's term, but the president has too much power. If we look forward to the next president, who will be a Republican -- short of a fit of stupidity -- that person will have a lot to do and it is clear what their second task will be. The obvious first task is to review all of Mr. Obama's executive orders, many of which are lawless, and...