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  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • Report: FBI Visiting Gun Shops Looking For “People Talking About Big Government”

    04/16/2014 7:14:09 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-16-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The FBI is reportedly visiting fun shops looking for people talking about “big government.” InfoWars reported: FBI counterterrorism agents are visiting gun shops in South Carolina to investigate “suspicious purchases” made by people who talk about “big government,” according to a new report. Author Brandon Turbeville says he was approached by an individual who works in a Columbia, South Carolina gun shop to relate the story of how an FBI agent entered the store on Monday, showed his credentials, before proceeding to ask a series of stunning questions. Telling the gun store worker he was tasked with visiting all the...
  • Bundy vs. BLM: A Visceral Reaction

    04/15/2014 2:03:49 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/15/14 | Peter Kirsanow
    One can be a supporter of the rule of law and still recoil in anger and disgust from the militarized display of force by the federal government toward Clive Bundy. The disproportionate nature of the government’s reaction to Bundy suggests this has less to do with delinquent grazing fees than it does with the selective assertion of raw governmental power — sending a message not just to Bundy or a disfavored group, but to America as a whole. The same federal government that deploys Bureau of Land Management shooters tricked out like SEAL Team 6 directs Border Patrol agents to...
  • CBO ISSUES DIRE DEBT WARNING OF 'FISCAL CRISIS'

    04/14/2014 12:56:30 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 14, 2014 | By Wynton Hall
    New figures by the Congressional Budget Office released on Monday reveal that over the next 10 years the U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio will double to 78%. Over the last four decades America's average debt-to-GDP ratio was 39%. At the end of 2007, federal debt was just 35% of GDP. The CBO report says gross federal debt will soar from $17.7 trillion to $27 trillion over the next ten years. CBO warned of the dire consequences the nation's debt will have if gone unchecked. "Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences," says the report. "Federal spending on interest payments...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Tax Tyranny

    04/10/2014 8:04:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Anxious and somber faces greet me as I step into the crowded waiting room. A sense of dread fills the air. Men and women sit silently, clutching folders and envelopes, stacks of papers and piles of files. The fear in the air is so thick you can almost cut it with a knife. I join the morbid group as I slump into the nearest empty chair and wait for my turn to see....the ACCOUNTANT! It's tax time, and even though we go through the same depressing ritual year-after-year, it just doesn't get any easier. If I think about it too...
  • A Government Admission of Wrongdoing

    04/10/2014 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Last week, National Intelligence Director Gen. James R. Clapper sent a brief letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he admitted that agents of the National Security Agency (NSA) have been reading innocent Americans' emails and text messages and listening to digital recordings of their telephone conversations that have been stored in NSA computers, without warrants obtained pursuant to the Constitution. That the NSA is doing this is not newsworthy -- Edward Snowden has told the world of this during the past 10 months. What is newsworthy is that the NSA has...
  • NLRB Wants to Stop Businesses From Moving

    04/09/2014 11:56:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    RealClearPolicy ^ | April 7, 2014 | Peter Schaumber
    Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer's decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions. The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with both the law and the dynamics of our free-enterprise system. It will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation. Griffin's intent was disclosed in a...
  • ‘Fat Texts’ and ‘Fart Regulation’ Coming to You from the Nanny State

    04/09/2014 7:40:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Common Constitutionalist
    Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties. Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing while they regulate behind our backs. Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides. Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted...
  • Switzerland Points Way to Fully Homogenized Society

    04/09/2014 3:02:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Walking the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, one might stumble upon the following ad for an apartment: “1BR/1BA: No smoking, drinking, loud music, electricity, Facebooking, selfies, text messaging (or cell phones altogether), deodorant, hair spray, perfume or cologne, fast food, guns, things that look like guns, things that don’t look like guns that could be made to look like guns, or anything else that might possibly cause someone discomfort or consternation. Send telegram for appointment.” It may sound like a joke, but it really is not. It is exactly the type of environment developers from the “Healthy Life and Living Foundation”...
  • Only Government Can Help?

    03/29/2014 1:20:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Hey you. Yea, you, running a business. Or opening a franchise. Or preparing to retire after a lifetime of hard work. Mike Konczal has a message for you: Stop congratulating yourself and accept the fact that all your success is only possible because you’ve got a massive, federal welfare state backstopping you every step of the way. Konczal is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute (Franklin, not Theodore, if that even matters). He’s penned an essay in the latest issue of Democracy that does a better job than Barack Obama did explaining the president’s “You didn’t build that” philosophy. Sure,...
  • Common Core emerges as potent election issue for fed-up parents

    03/29/2014 11:17:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2014 | Ben Evansky
    Parents across the country may hold the key to this year’s mid-term elections as they vent their anger over the implementation of a controversial education achievement measure called the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the initiative in a bid, they say, to improve education standards in Math and English, and give new life to what many view as a sagging education system. Indiana recently voted to back out of Common Core. But many parents see the initiative as a bid by the federal government to take over the education system. They...
  • Bullies Rule

    03/26/2014 4:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Stossel
    We're told government protects us, but protectors quickly become bullies. Take the Food and Drug Administration. It seems like the most helpful part of government: It supervises testing to make sure greedy drug companies don't sell us dangerous stuff. The FDA's first big success was stopping thalidomide, a drug that prevented the nausea of morning sickness. It was approved first in Europe, where some mothers who took it proceeded to give birth to children with no arms and legs. The FDA didn't discover the problems with thalidomide. It was just slow. The drug application was stuck in the FDA's bureaucracy....
  • Denmark’s Party Boat and the Ever-Expanding Welfare State

    03/18/2014 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My all-time most-viewed blog post wasn’t the parable about beer and the tax system. Nor was it the joke about California, Texas, and the Coyote. Those won the silver and bronze trophies. The gold medal belongs to the two pictures that explain how the welfare state begins and how it ends. Those images make a very serious point that the social capital of a nation gets eroded and the economy gets overburdened when there are too many people riding in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon. And I’ve been especially fond of the wagon cartoons because they...
  • 36% of Workers Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings

    03/18/2014 6:01:32 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | John C Ogg
    America may have recovered handily from the Great Recession, and the bull market may now be five years old, but in no way should America think that it is remotely immune or even insulated from the next economic shock. It remains a fact that Americans just have too small a nest egg in savings — many with little or no savings and investments whatsoever. A report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which is collected on employees who participate or have the option to participate in retirement plans, says they just are not doing enough. Many metrics of the...
  • Government Workers Cost 45% More Than Private Sector Workers - Duhhhhh!!

    03/15/2014 7:07:52 AM PDT · by harpu · 16 replies
    www.bls.gov ^ | 03/12/14 | Economic News Release
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector. For the month of December 2013, employers in private industry spent an average of $29.63 per employee hour worked, but the equivalent cost for a government worker averaged $42.89 per hour. Not only do government employees average 33% higher pay than those in the private sector, their pension and retirement benefit costs are now an incredible 254% higher also. Given that compensation formulas for federal,...
  • Climate Scientist: Liberals Will Use Carbon Tax to Make Government Bigger

    03/13/2014 6:36:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 13, 2014 - 1:16 PM | Melanie Hunter
    At a hearing Thursday on the Keystone oil pipeline, James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress that 100 percent of the proceeds from a proposed carbon tax should go to the public, because liberals will try to use part of it to “make the government bigger.” “An important point is that such legislation I think needs to be introduced by conservatives, because I’m afraid liberals will try to take part of the money to make the government bigger. Not one dime should go to the government. 100 percent should go to the public,”...
  • Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks

    03/12/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Patrick George
    Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks After drawing considerable ire from the public over a program that tested drivers for drug and alcohol use — the latter secretly and without their consent — federal transportation officials today said they will no longer surreptitiously collect breath samples from drivers at roadblocks. The Associated Press reports that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official said roadblock testers will now get motorists' permission before using a passive alcohol sensor, which previously gathered breath samples before drivers could consent to the study. NHTSA has been conducting their National Roadside Survey of...
  • Obama: "A Trillion Here, a Trillion There, and it is Still Not Nearly Enough Money"

    03/12/2014 1:43:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - The federal government has grown obscenely fat over the years, and under President Obama it's gotten much fatter, eating into our economy and the very foundations that made America great. It has outgrown our incomes and now threatens us with suffocating debt, costly regulations, punishing mandates, and a punitive tax code that's invaded every nook and cranny of our society and our daily lives. You don't hear much about this growing crisis, certainly not in the national news media which never saw a federal domestic program it didn't like. Even a lot less in Congress which enacts our...
  • Obama: It’s time to give America a raise

    03/08/2014 10:04:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 6:02 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says he’s hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it. …
  • Greenfield: Government Power is an Economic Inequality

    02/25/2014 6:03:06 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 14 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Government Power is an Economic Inequality Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The liberal defenders of government power attack concentrations of wealth, but in the true concentration of wealth is not found in the hands of a few billionaires, but in the hands of the government. The editorialists talk about income inequality and the 1 percent, but they focus on individuals rather than institutions,  and it is the concentration of wealth and power in institutions that threaten civil liberties. The top 10 wealthiest men and women in America barely have 250 billion dollars...
  • Obama’s New Budget: Burden of Government Spending Rises More than Twice as Fast as Inflation

    03/05/2014 7:30:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 5, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The President’s new budget has been unveiled. There are lots of provisions that deserve detailed attention, but I always look first at the overall trends. Most specifically, I want to see what’s happening with the burden of government spending. And you probably won’t be surprised to see that Obama isn’t imposing any fiscal restraint. He wants spending to increase more than twice as fast as needed to keep pace with inflation. What makes these numbers so disappointing is that we learned last month that even a modest bit of spending discipline is all that’s needed to balance the budget. By...
  • Cronyism, Corruption, and D.C. Nepotism

    03/04/2014 7:50:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    No matter how much I pontificate about Washington corruption, there’s no way I can get across the true extent of the DC establishment’s self-serving behavior. Washington is rich because government is big and the beneficiaries of this system are enjoying their status as America’s new gilded class. It’s even gotten to the point where children and other family members also put their hands in the cookie jar. I guess we can call this a system of hereditary corruption. Heck, maybe we can even create hereditary titles for this new elite. The Duke of Pork. The Earl of Sleaze. The Marquise...
  • Before We Leap

    02/18/2014 5:46:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    There seems to be a rising chorus—even among some on the right—that marriage is over and we need to give up on the civil institution of marriage. I’m reminded of the blonde starlet, Mae West. This Hollywood celebrity was asked why she didn’t marry one of the handsome young men who always followed her around. “Marriage is a great institution,” said Mae, “but I’m not ready for an institution.” Married or not, Mae West understood marriage better than some federal judges and some policy analysts. When we hear them say “let’s privatize marriage,” what they are really saying is...
  • University Textbook Says Reagan was Extreme, Sexist, and Pessimistic

    02/18/2014 5:33:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What is a leftist supposed to do when history doesn’t perfectly fit their ideological narrative? Well… If you’re in charge of creating textbooks for college students, you just write your own version of historical events. And while you’re at it, throw in a few editorial comments cleverly disguised as “facts”. Apparently, the end result should look something like the textbook that a University of South Carolina student was required to read. In a nutshell, it explained that Ronald Reagan was a sexist, that Conservatives hate people, and that the “rich” like to exploit the lower classes because they don’t want...
  • Before You Dig: 8 Snow-Shoveling Tips (Bloated Government Barf Alert!)

    02/15/2014 7:13:41 AM PST · by McBuff · 53 replies
    Arlington Patch ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mary Ann Barton
    Ever wonder what a "Loss Prevention Manager" of a "Risk Management Division" of Arlington County, Va does for a living? You didn't? That's what I thought. Well apparently, he dresses up in a suit, tie and overcoat, puts on his ear muffs and then tells us how to shovel snow. Yes, that's right, how to shovel snow. Oh, you think you already know how to shovel snow and don't need a high salaried public employee to tell you how to do it "properly?". . well, think again. His knowledge of how to shovel snow properly is impressive; probably representing hours...
  • The Wages of Cronyism, Big Government, and Corruption

    02/11/2014 8:45:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death,” but the same can’t be said of Washington, DC. The bureaucrats, lobbyists, politicians, contractors, insiders, cronyists, and influence peddlers have rigged the system so that they get rich by diverting money from people in the productive sector of the economy. How bad is the disconnect between Washington and real America? Well, according to Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index, people in every state have a negative outlook. But there is one outpost of giddy prosperity, and that’s the District of Columbia, where residents have a 20-point gap compared to the most optimistic...
  • Why a weak jobs report isn’t as bad as it looks (spin cycle)

    02/07/2014 6:50:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2014 5:05 PM EST
    … Unemployment didn’t just fall to a five-year low of 6.6 percent; it fell for the right reasons. Nearly 500,000 Americans poured into the job market last month, and 616,000 more people said they had jobs. Previous drops in the unemployment rate had occurred partly because many Americans gave up looking for work and therefore were no longer counted as unemployed. Factories, mines and construction firms hired at a healthy pace. These so-called goods-producing industries added 76,000 jobs in January, the most since January 2006. Hiring by goods producers is typically seen as a harbinger of an improved job market....
  • CVS’s decision isn’t really about smoking

    02/07/2014 1:51:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 5, 2014 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    When CVS Caremark Corp. Chief Executive and President Larry Merlo announced that his drugstore chain would stop selling tobacco products , one of the first to respond was the president of the United States. The speed of the president’s statement indicates that CVS’s decision was likely coordinated with the White House. Every day, countless business decisions are made without any comment from the White House. Something unusual was going on. This is troubling. It gives the appearance of preference for those who curry favor with the powerful, and it squeezes out smaller entrants who can supply innovative products and services...
  • New rules announced to ensure safety of infant formula

    02/06/2014 4:09:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 6, 2014 | Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration is laying out new requirements to ensure the safety of infant formula. The rules announced Thursday are designed to make sure that formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before they are distributed. They would also require formula companies to include specific nutrients, including proteins, fats and vitamins.
  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • Predator drone helps convict North Dakota farmer in first case of its kind

    01/28/2014 7:40:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 91 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Jan 28, 2014
    <p>A North Dakota farmer convicted of terrorizing law officers two years ago is the first American to be sentenced to prison with the help of a Predator drone, Forbes reported.</p> <p>Rodney Brossart, who was accused at the time of stealing six cows from a neighbor, was arrested after a summer-long standoff in 2011. Authorities say Brossart family members refused to allow deputies on their farmstead and didn't show up for court hearings.</p>
  • Schumer seeks to poison Tea Party ["government can be a force for good"]

    01/23/2014 4:19:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file. Schumer, one of the Democrats’ most influential strategists, will argue in a major speech on Thursday that super-wealthy Tea Party donors have hijacked the grassroots movement that grew out of the economic anxiety of the 2008 financial collapse to suit their pro-big business agenda. He’ll lay out a blueprint for how Democrats can exploit what he argues is a weakness in the opposition in the address at the Center...
  • A conservative case for universal coverage

    01/17/2014 3:43:32 PM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | january 17, 2014 | avik roy
    Switzerland and Singapore achieve universal coverage while spending a fraction of what we spend, and they ensure broad access to high-quality doctors and the latest technology. Switzerland has a system of universal, subsidized private insurance exchanges that look much like Paul Ryan'sMedicare-reform plan and Obamacare's exchanges. Unlike Obamacare, however, the Swiss exchanges actually work. In Switzerland, there are no public options or government insurers like Medicare or Medicaid. Everyone is in the private system. The poor get a premium support subsidy that covers the cost of their premium; as one moves up the income ladder, the size of the subsidy decreases. Wealthy and...
  • Study: Chris Christie's New Jersey Least Economically Solvent State in U.S.

    01/17/2014 6:57:22 AM PST · by ZULU · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2014 | Frances Martel
    More bad news for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. As he tries to survive an explosive corruption scandal and stave off a federal audit on use of Hurricane Sandy funds, a new study ranks New Jersey the least economically solvent state in the nation.
  • DOE Plugs Energy Rating for Homes, Similar to MPG Rating for Cars

    01/13/2014 8:14:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    CNS ^ | January 13, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes. DOE says its energy-scoring software -- called the Home Energy Scoring Tool -- is like a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating because it allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency. The software is part of the government's effort to reduce the nation's energy consumption; but it's also billed as a way to keep home-retrofitting going, at a time when stimulus funds...
  • Government agency calls 'Redskins' offensive

    01/09/2014 7:31:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/09/2014 | Lisa Desjardins
    Washington (CNN) – The heated debate over the Washington Redskins name has now moved beyond living rooms and corporate offices to the U.S. government itself, with one agency making an unequivocal ruling that the term "Redskins" is offensive slang. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected an application to trademark the name "Redskins Hog Rind," writing that the term "Redskins" is "a derogatory slang term that refers to, and is considered offensive by, American Indians." The agency cited five definitions from online dictionaries - from The Oxford Dictionary to Yahoo – that labeled the word as offensive or disparaging. In...
  • Crime wave spurs tobacco shop design rethink

    01/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    Budapest Business Journal ^ | 1-7-14 | Gerg&#337; Rácz
    The central government is set to ease the design requirements for tobacco stores as a response to the recent wave of robberies targeted at the units, commercial broadcaster RTL Klub has reported.
  • If you like your light bulb, you can keep your light bulb

    01/05/2014 5:38:17 AM PST · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/33/2013 | Chip Wood
    Actually, just like Barack Obama’s promise regarding health insurance, this one’s not true either. As of Jan. 1 (Happy New Year, by the way!), the import or manufacture of 40-watt or 60-watt light bulbs is now forbidden in the United States. This follows the ban on 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs, which had already been implemented. I wish we could blame this on the current Administration, but actually this assault on our freedom of choice goes back to 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act and it was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Yep, the...
  • Obama administration mulls loosening tech hiring rules after ObamaCare rollout

    01/05/2014 1:59:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2014 | WSJ
    The Obama administration, stung by the failures of the HealthCare.gov rollout, is considering loosening hiring rules for technology specialists and creating a new federal unit dedicated to big tech projects, officials said. The steps, some of which President Barack Obama could announce this quarter, are designed to address the lack of concentrated talent in civilian federal agencies to manage large technology projects—a shortcoming exposed by October's disastrous launch of the federal health-insurance site. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services initially served as its own general contractor on the project, but its lack of technical expertise quickly became apparent. Only...
  • Poll: 70 percent have no confidence in government

    01/02/2014 6:16:40 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    ap ^ | January 2, 2014 | Dennis Junius
    1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes. ... 70 percent lack confidence in the government’s ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.
  • The price of political ignorance: More government

    01/02/2014 10:02:16 AM PST · by DWar · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2014 | George Will
    It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Nevertheless, many voters’ paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials’ accountability.
  • US Chamber of Commerce Vow to Take on Tea Party a Stupid, Divisive Move

    01/02/2014 8:12:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/02/2014 | Matt Towery
    Could there be a group that looks more insular, elitist and out of touch than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? One strategist for the chamber says they want "no more fools" nominated for office by the Republicans. By "fools" he meant Tea Party candidates and their ilk, and the chamber is readying to spend $50 million to defeat them in 2014. This, from an organization that has launched a thousand sinking ships. Recall that this is the same crowd that helped Mitt Romney and John McCain win GOP nominations for president. (They also supported Fred Thompson, who turned out to...
  • Where the jobs are: There's an explanation for why the U.S. is choking on the dust of China & India

    01/02/2014 7:05:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/02/2013 | Jeff Danziger
    A friend recently got stuck when he tried to explain to his son, who was struggling to find a job, how our economy got to be the way it is. He asked my help since I am a well-known crank on the matter. I offered him three short anecdotes: Last summer I was in a Home Depot standing in front of a veritable mountain of new air conditioners. They were all from China, which was no surprise. But to be annoying I asked a passing clerk where they were made. He was a young man, hired more for the spring...
  • Public lacks confidence in government, poll finds

    01/02/2014 4:35:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 2, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Only one in ten people in the United States says the government works well, and doesn’t need to be changed, a new poll indicates. Half of the public, by contrast, said the government either needs “a lot of changes” or wanted a complete overhaul, according to a recent poll by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Seventy percent of people surveyed said they aren’t confident in the government’s ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.” The pollsters asked people which issues they want the government to tackle in 2014. Healthcare reform...
  • Watch what Happens when a Pair of Girls Open-Carry in a Walmart

    Polioce officer is totally ignorant of the 2nd Amendment
  • Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?

    01/01/2014 5:36:13 AM PST · by gooblah · 28 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | July 11 2011 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffielld
    Abstract: For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has reported that over 30 million Americans were living in “poverty,” but the bureau’s definition of poverty differs widely from that held by most Americans. In fact, other government surveys show that most of the persons whom the government defines as “in poverty” are not poor in any ordinary sense of the term. The overwhelming majority of the poor have air conditioning, cable TV, and a host of other modern amenities. They are well housed, have an adequate and reasonably steady supply of food, and have met their other basic needs, including medical...
  • Fast food CEO: How govt regulation is driving us abroad

    01/01/2014 5:22:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 1,201; | Katie Little
    Easier to open in Siberia than California "Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy," Puzder said. "We'd love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it's easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California." In the U.S., the company's Hardee's division is expanding in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and South Florida. Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. division is growing in Texas and the Seattle area. Challenges to U.S. expansion Puzder named ethanol regulation, which has resulted in higher beef costs, a rising minimum wage...
  • Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 65 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nicholas Loris
    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people. 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and...
  • OH Bill Would Require Parents to Undergo State Investigation Before Homeschooling

    12/20/2013 7:25:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | December 20, 2013
    A new bill proposed by Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Ohio) would require parents who have decided to homeschool their child to undergo an investigation by social services, who would then decide whether or not it would be permitted. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website is reporting that on December 3, 2014, Senate Bill 248 was introduced in Ohio. This bill is the latest attack against families from state legislatures who want to severely restrict choice to homeschool children. The HSLDA summarizes this bill: It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine...
  • Obama Could Save His Presidency by Shrinking the Size of Government

    12/20/2013 4:05:08 AM PST · by Marcus · 21 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | December 20, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard has noted a strange paradox concerning the president. It seems that Obama knows perfectly well how cumbersome and inefficient big government is. However his solution to anything relies on big government. Barnes implies, and indeed almost outright suggests, that President Obama has within his grasp a way to save the rest of his presidency and go out with a legacy that goes beyond being an enormous failure. He could devote the rest of his second term in an effort to reform government, to make it more efficient and responsive to the American people.