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  • Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage

    01/28/2015 10:12:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 101 replies
    CNS.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Curtis kalin
    Seattle to Fine Residents for Throwing Food in the Garbage In an attempt to shame residents of their city, a new Seattle law will levy a fine on homes that do not properly sort food out of their garbage. Emblazoned with a red citation tag, violators will start to be fined anywhere from $1-$50 in July. For now, Seattle residents will be publicly shamed by the ‘Scarlet Letter’-like tags. US Food Waste Food waste is a big, and still growing, problem. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo) "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins,...
  • Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That [first though, red tag shaming]

    01/28/2015 4:05:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2015
    In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans. "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He's on the front lines of enforcing these rules. Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for...
  • World War II vet works to convince the IRS that he's not dead

    01/23/2015 4:39:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Lori Kurtzman
    iegfried Meinstein discovered that he was dead in April. He seems to be handling the news well. “It isn’t really a problem in my daily life,” he said, sitting at a table in his Upper Arlington assisted-living facility. “Everybody accepts my money.” This probably requires a little more explanation, so here it is: The Internal Revenue Service thinks 94-year-old Meinstein bought the farm, bit the big one, took a permanent vacation. And despite his family’s best efforts, the IRS hasn’t changed its mind. “If they keep insisting, what is it you say?” Ron Meinstein asked his dad. “‘Eventually, they’ll be...
  • State Persecuting 88-year-old Doctor Who Treats Poor From His Car

    01/22/2015 8:34:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 21, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    Doctors’ house calls are considered a thing of the past, but not in the appointment book of Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, an 88-year-old physician from Edwards, Mississippi. The good doctor will see you no matter who you are, where you are, or how much money you have — as long his 2007 Toyota Camry can deliver him to your location. But now his state’s medical board wants to see him gone. Dr. Landrum, a WWII veteran, was forced to make a change after crime drove him from his Edwards, Mississippi, office two years ago, and he couldn’t find another space...
  • GOP abuzz over Mitt Romney’s liberal lexicon on poverty, foreign policy

    01/21/2015 11:45:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Ralph. Z. Hallow
    Mitt Romney’s opening pitch for a third shot at the White House left many Republicans scratching their heads, in part because his plans to fight poverty and tyranny seemed to borrow the lexicon of liberals like FDR, LBJ and Woodrow Wilson. With a full house of Republican National Committee members listening aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Mr. Romney implored his party last week “to lift people out of poverty” and “to make the world safe.” The first phrase is a favorite of liberals who gush over Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs...
  • 20 Years of Wolves in Government Clothing

    01/20/2015 4:50:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2015 | David Spady
    The 20th anniversary of a government program to bring gray wolves to Yellowstone Park marks two decades of debate over the Federal government’s role in forcing wolves on individuals, communities and states that may, or may not, want them. Sixty Canadian wolves planted in Yellowstone Park in 1995 and 1996 have turned into thousands of wolves roaming the surrounding states. For those who idolize wolves as an icon of the wilderness, this week marks the historic success of a government program to bring a species back to an area it once roamed prior to the settlement of human populations. But...
  • Gas tax narrative builds as lobbyists lick their chops

    01/12/2015 4:18:37 PM PST · by ash-housewares · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/12/2015 | Javier E. David
    Gas prices are plunging across the country, a product of surging U.S. energy production that has put the country in the same company as Saudi Arabia and Russia. However, in a strange twist of fate, that same dynamic is bringing to the fore a topic once thought to be anathema, especially in a Republican-dominated Congress: higher gas taxes. The drop in fuel prices has occurred for a record 102 consecutive days, according to the AAA, putting more than $14 billion of disposable income in consumers' pockets. However, the federal gas tax has been lodged at 18.4 cents for more than...
  • Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax - "in thoughtful way"

    01/09/2015 4:13:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2015 | Laura Barron-Lopez and Keith Laing
    Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out. The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way pay for upgrades to the nationÂ’s crumbling roads and bridges. Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that "nothing is off the table" when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to...
  • Trust

    01/07/2015 4:44:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | John Stossel
    Trust -- society depends on it. For most of history, our ancestors lived in clans with other family members, or in small villages. Everyone pretty much knew who was trustworthy. People behaved better because they wanted good relationships with family members and neighbors. It's one reason that today we trust friends and family more than strangers. Only recently have humans interacted with lots of people. Today, "50 percent of the population lives in cities," points out entrepreneur Julien Smith. "We're surrounded by strangers, and you end up with these systems in place that progressively get built (to determine:) 'should I...
  • McConnell Pledges to Avoid 'Scary' Excesses and 'Strident Stands' of 'Far Right'

    01/05/2015 9:27:44 AM PST · by INVAR · 62 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 5, 2015 | Tim Graham
    “Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be ‘scary.’”... Democrats are dubious of McConnell’s pledge to avert edge-of-the-cliff moments. They believe he will run into the same problems that have bedeviled House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) during the past four years — including the inability to corral rabble-rousers such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to support an agenda that conservative critics will probably view as not bold enough in challenging Obama. Appeasing those far-right conservatives will lead to an agenda that Democrats hope to exploit in...
  • Income Inequality Author Turns Down Prestigious Award

    01/03/2015 8:44:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    French economist Thomas Piketty, author of the surprise best-selling Capital in the 21st Century turned down France's top award, the Legion D'Honneur. "I do not think it is the government's role to decide who is honourable", said Piketty. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman called it "the most important economics book of the year - and maybe of the decade". Krugman likely says that because he believes in Piketty's socialist solutions to income inequality. Thomas Piketty's Capital Review Piketty's book is a massive 696-page slog. Fortunately, Harvard Business Review offers this synopsis: Piketty’s “Capital,” in a Lot Less than 696 Pages.The...
  • NYT Credits Big Government Spending for American Prosperity

    01/03/2015 8:18:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The folks over at the New York Times are keeping up their tradition of shilling for big government spending. In a recent column, the Times suggests that a recent uptick in government spending is creating prosperity, and boosting the economy. According to the Times: For a long stretch, government spending cutbacks at all levels were a substantial drag on economic growth. Now, finally, relief is in sight. For the first time since 2011, local, state and federal governments are providing a small but significant increase to prosperity.Yeah… Government is taking your money, spending it on redistributive welfare programs and special interest...
  • It’s time to abolish the CIA

    01/02/2015 6:43:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    The CIA should be abolished. After a trial run of 67 years, the agency has proven a sorcerer’s apprentice. The director and his subordinates have became insufferably arrogant Platonic Guardians hiding behind secrecy in the belief that the rest of us are too stupid or naive to judge what risks to accept to preserve liberty and the rule of law. The CIA has made Americans less safe. Its incorrigible anti-democratic ethos was epitomized by legendary chief of counterintelligence James J. Angleton. He voiced contempt for the Church Committee’s investigation of chronic agency abuses, i.e., the “Family Jewels.” As reported in...
  • Another “Oops” Moment for Paul Krugman

    12/31/2014 10:55:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m tempted to feel a certain degree of sympathy for Paul Krugman. As a leading proponent of the notion that bigger government stimulates growth (a.k.a., Keynesian economics), he’s in the rather difficult position of rationalizing why the economy was stagnant when Obama first took office and the burden of government spending was rising. And he also has to somehow explain why the economy is now doing better at a time when the fiscal burden of government is declining.
  • Top Ten Left-Wing Goals of the Obama Administration in Its Remaining Two Years

    12/28/2014 4:01:53 PM PST · by Delacon · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Virgil
    Now that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have launched their new friendship initiative with Cuba, progressives are thinking more optimistically about what else might be possible in the remainder of the president’s term. After all, since the November 2014 elections, Obama has moved sharply left on immigration, climate change, and net neutrality. So why shouldn’t the Left hope for more? What might be next on the Obama agenda? Breitbart News has obtained one such to-do list: 10. Marijuana to be completely decriminalized under the ever-expanding doctrine of “prosecutorial discretion.” In the meantime, the administration will push...
  • Josef Stalin and the Problem of Political Opposition

    12/27/2014 5:36:38 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 27, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the Problem of Political Opposition... In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers declared the only legitimate purpose of government: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness… that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” So, this was not just the plan for the United States. This part of the Declaration comes before the listing of our Founders’...
  • California readies for 900 new laws

    12/26/2014 5:46:56 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 46 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 26, 2014 | Melody Gutierrez
    New Year’s Day will usher in hundreds of new laws in California, including a landmark law that allows undocumented individuals to receive a driver’s license. In all, California will add 930 new laws, most of which will go into effect Thursday. Some of the most talked-about laws won’t take effect until July, such as a statewide ban on plastic bags, required sick leave for employees and a requirement that new smartphones come with antitheft technology.
  • Bill aims to get inspectors out of home kitchens

    12/26/2014 12:05:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | December 26, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    BLAND, Va. — Virginians who try to sell homemade food from their kitchens are feeling the heat from state and local inspectors.“I have to turn down my neighbors when they ask if they can buy pesto I make from my own basil plants,” says Bernadette Barber, a farmer in Lancaster, Va.And this isn’t just a rural phenomenon.In Arlington, government inspectors shut down a home-based soup maker, even though no customer complaints had been registered. Others have encountered similar fates, stripping them of needed income.Legislation served up for the 2015 General Assembly would turn the tables.HB 1290, sponsored by Delegate Rob...
  • Why Cafeteria Food Is the Best

    12/23/2014 3:50:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2014 | By JANE E. BRODY
    Many parents undoubtedly think they are doing the best for their children by having them bring lunch from home instead of eating the lunches served in school. But recent studies clearly prove them wrong. Home-packed lunches, the research showed, are likely to be considerably less nourishing than the meals offered in schools that abide by current nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. That program is, distressingly, increasingly under attack. But the program must not continue to be undermined, and more schools should be encouraged to participate. Nearly 32 million of the more than 50 million children in public...
  • The Dictatorship of Obama’s Bureaucrats

    12/22/2014 5:07:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Early in the morning, two hundred thirty eight years ago, George Washington and the Continental Army reached the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. Much like today, no-one really wanted to go to New Jersey, but they were forced by circumstances to make the arduous trek. Washington’s force of 2,400 men surprised, and ultimately defeated, the 1,400 Hessian mercenaries who were fighting on behalf of the British Crown. A much needed win was tallied under the Patriot’s side of the scoreboard, emboldening the Continental Army and our quest for freedom. Washington had lead his men through the icy waters of the...
  • 57 Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Urge Senate to Nix Sacred Land Giveaway

    12/12/2014 3:34:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Indian Country Today Media Network ^ | December 12, 2014 | by Gale Courey Toensing
    More than 70 tribal nations have urged the U.S. Senate to defeat or remove a section of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would transfer a part of the publicly-owned Tonto National Forest that is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe to a giant international corporation for a massive, environmentally devastating copper mine. “If such a land transfer provision seems out of place in a defense bill, that’s because it is. If the idea of transferring the ownership of federal forest lands to foreign mining companies seems absurd, it’s because that’s true, too,” said Fawn Sharp, President of...
  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • Propagandist Jon Gruber also Shilled for Mike Bloomberg

    12/09/2014 11:44:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Jonathan Gruber seems to be giving the propagandists of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia a run for their money. In addition to bragging about hoodwinking the American public into believing that healthcare reform was actually about reforming healthcare, he has also called abortion a “social good” because it kills “marginal children” in poor communities. This gem of a human being, unsurprisingly, was also a vocal advocate for former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s cigarette tax… Ya know, the $5.85 tax on each pack of smokes (which inevitably drives tobacco sales to the criminal, tax-evading, entrepreneurs like Eric Garner)? According to Breitbart.com:Michael Bloomberg, who is...
  • The Liberal Policies that are Killing A Gun Company

    12/07/2014 8:24:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 80 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Given that our Commander in Chief is a surprisingly decent firearm salesman, it’s a little odd that one of America’s most prolific gun manufacturers might soon be facing an agonizing financial death. But, that’s exactly where Colt is headed if things don’t change drastically. It takes a very specialized form of failure for a gun company to miss out on the Obama-inspired run on guns, the “assault weapon” craze of the 2000’s, and the proliferation of Concealed Carry in the 1990’s, but that’s exactly what happened. And, worse, this isn’t Colt’s first foray into fiscal failure. In fact, this...
  • Obama Sues Companies for Complying with Obamacare

    12/05/2014 9:55:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    What’s the easiest way to avoid getting sued by the Obama Administration? Well… If you come up with an answer, let the rest of us know. A company that has supported the President and his Affordable Care Act, is currently being sued by Obama for following the law. (Wait… “Affordable” Care Act? Can we sue Democrats for false advertising yet?)Welcome to Obama’s America. Where you can literally get sued for trying to comply with the law. (Boy… That’ll teach you.)Honeywell International Inc., and two smaller firms, are being sued for taking advantage of a specific provision in the ACA that...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasn’t until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • Study: Gov't Profits More From Wal-Mart Sales Than Wal-Mart Does

    12/03/2014 1:17:41 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 36 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/3/2014 | Kerry Jackson
    Here's a kick in the pants for Wal-Mart haters and lovers of big government, two groups that almost perfectly overlap.
  • Obama requests $263 million for body cameras, training in response to Ferguson, Missouri

    12/01/2014 1:50:54 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 69 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 12/1/14 | Steve Holland
    Obama asked Congress on Monday for $263 million for the federal response to the civil rights upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, and is setting up a task force to study how to improve modern-day policing. The funds would pay for body cameras for police officers to use and expand training for law enforcement in an attempt to build trust in communities such as Ferguson, where a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, the White House said... The $263 million would be spread over three years and would...
  • The Hunger Games: A story of how big government is not your friend.

    11/25/2014 12:24:45 PM PST · by PlatiFIST
    Mark Meuser dot com ^ | 11/22/2014 | Mark Meuser
    This law is ridiculous and is already having unintended consequences. With all the confusing jargon (intentions) its hard to tell what the real consequences are. So to avoid this confusions the Lynden Pioneer Museum is removing all of the WWII era firearms from the museum and returning them to its owners. Still this is the other headache trying to get this returned under i-594 ruling.Read the rest here.
  • Taking the Crony Out of Capitalism

    11/23/2014 11:54:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    “What too few in Washington appreciate — and what the new Republican Congress must if we hope to succeed — is that the American people’s current distrust of their public institutions is totally justified.” So wrote Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in The Federalist shortly after the big election earlier this month. “Americans are fed up with Washington, and they have every right to be.” You can say that again. When Democrats swept the 2006 mid-term elections to re-take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, it was much more a repudiation of the pork-barreling, corrupt crony behavior of that Republican...
  • FCC official warns Obama-backed net neutrality plan would bring 'immediate' Internet tax

    11/17/2014 2:16:02 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 17, 2014
    Internet users would be forced to pay a new federal tax on their monthly bills if the government approves regulations recently endorsed by President Obama, a member of the Federal Communications Commission predicts. Commissioner Mike O'Reilly addressed what's known as "net neutrality" at a Washington seminar on Friday. That law requires telecommunications companies to pay into the FCC’s “Universal Service Fund” -- and would likely require the same of Internet companies. But O'Reilly says history clearly shows that the fees would quickly be “passed off” to customers, just like they are now on monthly phone bills. “Consumers of these services...
  • Obama is the Problem - Walmart is the Solution

    11/17/2014 10:22:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Once again, we can say "thanks" to a private sector that is routinely berated by the government-loving statists of the Democrat Party. It turns out that the heartless corporations, and not the big-government juggernaut of good intentions, are the ones actually doing good for Americans, their families, and their communities. In a piece of news that is tailored fit to annoy the liberal in your life, it turns out WalmartÂ’s healthcare plans are measurably more compassionate than the stock plans offered by Obamacare. IÂ’ll give you a minute to fit that last thought on a bumper sticker that you can...
  • Obamacare, Medicaid, and a (Very Tepid) Defense of Jonathan Gruber

    11/14/2014 3:41:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve been fretting for a long time that poorly designed entitlement programs are going to turn America into a decrepit welfare state.Medicare obviously is a big part of the problem, but the fraud-riddled Medicaid program may be even worse.The program is a nightmare for both federal taxpayers and state taxpayers.In an article for the Daily Caller, John Graham of the Independent Institute has some very grim analysis of the fiscal black hole otherwise known as Medicaid. In 2014, total Medicaid spending is projected to grow 12.8 percent because Obamacare has added about 8 million dependents. A large minority of states...
  • Al Gore: ‘It’s Time For A National Policy On Food’

    11/12/2014 8:45:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    And you’ll never guess why! Well, unless you guessed “global warming,” which is what you did the moment you saw Al Gore’s name. He cannot and will not shut up about it. And I, for one, don’t want him to.Here’s the President of the Environment: It’s time for a national policy on food. Brilliant essay in today’s Washington Post: http://t.co/bvGjpej5wN— Al Gore (@algore) November 9, 2014 If Al Gore thinks it’s brilliant, it must be hilarious. Let’s take a look!
  • Indian prime minister expands council of ministers

    11/09/2014 4:06:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 9, 2014 8:08 AM EST | Nirmala George
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expanded his council of ministers Sunday in a bid to boost the government’s agenda and kick-start the economy. Twenty-one new ministers took the oath of office at a brief ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. […] Although Modi had promised during the election campaign that if elected he would head a lean government, political analysts said the expansion became necessary because ministers were overburdened, slowing Modi’s economic reform agenda. …
  • Tim Scott Schools Roberts: Key To Future is Freedom, Not Government

    11/06/2014 6:34:00 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina isn't already on 2016 GOP VP shortlists, perhaps he should be. His appearance on today's Morning Joe could hardly have been a more impressive audition. When Scott expressed his concern for kids growing up in poverty, Roberts equated such concern with supporting a laundry list of liberal agenda items, implictly faulting Scott for his opposition to them. Scott responded by taking Roberts to school in an entirely undefensive manner. He reminded Roberts that 40 years of Dem congressional rule and a bigger-than-ever government, actually led to a significant increase in black poverty. Individual...
  • Criminalizing America – How Big Government Makes a Criminal Out of Everyone

    10/27/2014 5:33:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 33 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-27-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Hear the story of George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, was convicted and sent to prison for failure to comply with obscure laws involving his small business – selling orchids from his backyard. George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, developed a small business selling imported orchids out of his backyard greenhouse. Norris did his best to make sure he was in compliance with laws and regulations regarding his hobby. That’s why he was surprised to come home one day to find his house being raided by armed federal agents. After spending his life savings and borrowing what he could to...
  • It’s Rarely About the Environment Anymore

    10/25/2014 8:47:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, todayÂ’s battles are rarely about the environment.As Ron Arnold and I detail in our new book, Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the save-the-Earth money machine, todayÂ’s eco-battles pit a $13.4-billion-per-year U.S. environmentalist industry against the reliable, affordable, 82 percent fossil fuel energy that makes our jobs, living standards, health, welfare and environmental quality possible. A new...
  • GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING AS WELL OR ECONOMICALLY AS THE PRIVATE SECTOR

    10/23/2014 2:09:01 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 23, 2014 | by ASHLEY PRATTE
    Next Monday, October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s iconic “Time For Choosing” speech. It was a speech that sparked the modern Conservative Movement, ignited a fire in the hearts of conservatives, and launched Ronald Reagan’s public policy career. This week as part of a year-long “Time for Choosing: The Next Generation” initiative, Young America’s Foundation is releasing a series of videos in conjunction with the anniversary of this significant speech. The fourth video focuses on the private sector. Ronald Reagan understood the evils of communism and socialist policies. He knew by diminishing the role of the private...
  • Federal Persecutors

    10/22/2014 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | John Stossel
    A group of Washington overlords -- federal prosecutors -- sometimes break rules and wreck people's lives. President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America's next Attorney General. The prosecutorial bullying is detailed in a new book by Sidney Powell, "Licensed to Lie." She reports that the Department of Justice's narcissistic and dishonest prosecutors destroy people by doing things like deliberately withholding evidence. Remember the Arthur Andersen accounting firm? It was killed off by ambitious prosecutors who claimed the company helped Enron commit accounting fraud and then shredded the evidence. But instead of charging people who allegedly ordered...
  • The Problem of Pain

    10/21/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Barney Brenner
    The problem of pain, to borrow a title from C.S. Lewis, is that with regard to our enormous national debt, there is none. As great an impending disaster as it’s alleged to be, you’d think there’d be signs of suffering. No less a luminary than Rush Limbaugh speaks of his Dad’s warning when Rush was a kid that this immense obligation, only $1 trillion at the time, would be our undoing. Yet now at 17 times that size, it appears just a calamity without a consequence. But the reason for this is simple: we’re engaged in the biggest can-kicking endeavor in...
  • Patrick quietly transfers 500 managers to public employee union

    10/19/2014 9:39:47 AM PDT · by W. · 64 replies
    The Boston Glob ^ | 10/18/2014 | Michael Levenson
    As he prepares to leave office, Governor Deval Patrick is quietly transferring 500 of his managers into the state public employee union, a move that will qualify them for a series of 3 percent raises and insulate them from firing when the next governor takes over. Rolling the managers into the 22,000-member union will effectively protect them from any house-cleaning that might occur when the next governor takes office in January — a particular likelihood if Republican Charlie Baker were to take over after eight years of Democratic leadership. Union employees generally have to be removed “for cause,” while managers...
  • California Obamacare cronies got paid big via no bid state contracts

    10/15/2014 1:18:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    <p>I feel like I have to say this every time a story like this comes out of California, and stories like these come out of California all the time.</p> <p>California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director.</p>
  • Poverty

    10/11/2014 8:18:14 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | John Stossel
    Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “War on Poverty.” It sounded great to me. I was taught at Princeton, “We’re a rich country. All we have to do is tax the rich, and then use that money to create programs that will lift the poor out of poverty.” Government created job-training programs for the strong and expanded social security for the weak.... Johnson’s War brought further progress, but progress then stopped. It stopped because government is not good at making a distinction between needy and lazy. It taught moms not to marry the father of their kids because that...
  • A Poll Accidentally Reveals the Truth

    10/07/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 7, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Associated Press, in partnership with GfK, a German market research firm, jointly released a poll. No big deal there, as people release polls every hour or two, especially in election season. But this one was considered unusual, because it revealed a truth that scared the American Left to their very core: Americans don’t appear to trust government to solve their problems anymore. As with every poll, interpretation is dependent on whether we trust the questions to have been asked objectively (we don’t), whether the respondents were given a comprehensive and clear array of possible answers to choose (they never...
  • Government’s Demand For Data Truly Is Insatiable

    10/01/2014 9:39:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bob Barr
    The launch of the new iPhone 6 late last month set a record for Apple, selling 10-million units in the first three days. In spite of the record-setting sales, it was not long before consumer enthusiasm for the new technology dulled with reports of alleged problems, including a potential for bending if sat on for long periods; a phenomenon quickly dubbed “Bendgate.” The release of the iPhone 6 presented another, more serious problem for a much different demographic: government snoops. Rather than continuing to be the rope in a tug-of-war between consumer privacy and warrantless government requests for consumer data,...
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Former ATF Agent: Empower Police To Nab Terrorists Smuggling Cigarettes

    09/29/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 28, 2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Strict laws must be put in place to combat New York City’s massive tobacco smuggling problem, former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Assistant Director Rich Marianos told The Daily Caller News Foundation.“Street gangs, narcotics crews, Russian and Asian organized crime networks, and terrorists are trading cigs for guns, narcotics — even humans,” Marianos, who was with the ATF for 27 years, said.NYC’s disproportionately high cigarette tax is allowing hardened criminals and even terrorists to fund illicit activity and make huge profits, with almost no risk, thanks to lax tobacco smuggling laws.Since 2006, the tax rate on NYC...
  • Why is the Chamber Endorsing Democrats?

    09/28/2014 3:57:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | September 28, 2014 | Easton Randall
    Most businesses offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their goods or services. We have heard about it all time, most of us even taken advantage of this offer from time to time. In light of this, it would be interesting to ask whether the U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers the same level of guarantee to their members that the rest of us get from them. Because if they do, it is about time their members start asking for their money back. Members of the Chamber join because they need a voice in Washington to fight against the federal intrusion we...