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  • Landlords suing over Seattle’s ‘first come, first served’ rental ordinance say it’s unconstitutional

    03/24/2017 9:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Q13 FOX News ^ | March 24, 2017 | BY HANA KIM
    A lawsuit in Seattle pits some fundamental rights against each other — it’s civil rights that ban discrimination, and property rights that allow owners to decide what to do with their homes and land. The issue is with a new law that requires landlords to rent to tenants on a “first come, first served” basis. The goal is to make sure all renters are treated equally. But the landlords who are suing say the program is a bureaucratic nightmare and unconstitutional. Critics say it’s all about the survival of the fastest, but supporters say it levels the playing field for...
  • SSI program shows that socialism is a failure and liberals don't care.

    03/22/2017 8:12:11 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 34 replies
    mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Social Security... The SSI program. Liberals hail it as the toast of socialism. Liberals promulgate SSI as proof that government cares. The social secuirty program cares, the program is there to help those who cannot help themselves and that welfare state is superior to Christian charity. According to New York Times columnist and leftist Charles Blow, "Social security is the gift of Washington to the American people. It is what makes America a higher standard in freedom and prosperity." Just like everything printed by the Bolshevik News media including the Times and its left wing mouth pieces, nothing could be...
  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • McConnell: Federal job creation agency won't be cut

    03/20/2017 5:05:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 2:17 PM EDT
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll fight a proposal to eliminate a 52-year-old federal agency that seeks to create jobs. McConnell told WYMT-TV Saturday that he’s opposed to the proposal to do away with the Appalachian Regional Commission, which is contained in President Donald Trump’s budget for Fiscal 2018. In fact, McConnell said, “We are not going to allow any cuts” to the commission. …
  • Republicans Start Lining Up to Fight for the N.E.A. and N.E.H.

    03/18/2017 10:07:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2017 | Michael Cooper, Sopan Deb
    Several key Republican lawmakers are expressing support for the programs, which, since their near-death experiences during the culture wars of a generation ago, have taken pains to counter accusations of coastal elitism by making sure to distribute their grants widely across all 50 states. -snip Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who is the chairwoman of a crucial Senate appropriations panel that oversees the endowments, said in a statement, “I believe we can find a way to commit to fiscal responsibility while continuing to support the important benefits that N.E.A. and N.E.H. provide.” Her backing, like that of some other...
  • Big Government Republicans Rebuke Trump Budget

    03/17/2017 12:56:12 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 44 replies
    Kentucky Republican congressman Hal Rogers, who has spent more than three decades on the House Appropriations Committee, including six years as the chairman, rejected President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget as Congress begins consideration of the president’s rearrangement of priorities. “While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that many of the reductions and eliminations proposed in the President’s skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive,” said Rogers, one of the so-called “cardinals,” the nickname for the lawmakers controlling how federal money is spent. Rogers said he was concerned about cuts to programs in...
  • Will you listen to this speech audio? Unbelievable.

    03/16/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    (He) stated his position when he said that the history of government, the history of liberty, was the history of the limitation of governmental power. This is true as an academic statement of history in the past. It is not true as a statement affecting the present. It is true of the history of medieval Europe. It is not true of the history of twentieth-century America. In the days when all governmental power existed exclusively in the king or in the baronage and when the people had no shred of that power in their own hands, then it undoubtedly was...
  • Medical, science research faces huge cuts under Trump budget (National Institutes of Health Budget)

    03/16/2017 4:00:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2017 | Jen Christensen
    Although the details are scarce, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, paints a dramatic picture for the American science and medical communities that is facing huge potential budget cuts. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a civics class, the Constitution states that it’s Congress that gets to decide how to spend the government’s money and how to tax its citizens, so this proposal is not the final word on what goes and what stays. But a President essentially starts the conversation, and for many scientists, it’s not a happy...
  • EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulation

    03/16/2017 11:55:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 16, 2017 | By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner
    President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday proposed a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, as the White House seeks to eliminate climate change programs and trim initiatives to protect air and water quality. The White House's proposed 2018 EPA budget, with the biggest proposed cut for any federal agency, comes as Trump seeks to clear away regulations he claims are hobbling U.S. oil drillers, coal miners and farmers. The proposed cuts are a starting point in negotiations with Congress, and could be tempered. The proposal would eliminate 3,200 EPA employees, or 19 percent of the current workforce....
  • Dem: Congress Should ‘Educate’ The Rest Of America On Importance Of ‘Sacred’ DC

    03/13/2017 8:58:06 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 8, 2017 | Kathryn Watson
    Americans who live outside of the nation’s capital should understand the District of Columbia is “sacred ground,” according to a Virginia congressman who represents a district that is among the wealthiest in the country thanks largely to its heavy concentration of highly paid federal workers. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) Wednesday that Congress may need to “educate” people on why federal departments and agencies should be centralized on the “sacred ground” of D.C. Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, made the comments as the committee debated a House resolution encouraging federal agencies to relocate...
  • Trump's 'drain the swamp' pledge will face toughest test in reducing federal workforce

    03/13/2017 8:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/13/2017 | Rick Moran
    As hard as it will be to pass health insurance reform, tax reform, and infrastructure legislation, President Trump's toughest challenge will come in trying to cut the numbers of federal workers. Hard numbers are difficult to come by, but budget and government experts are calling the planned reductions in the federal workforce a "historic contraction" not seen since the drawdown after World War II.  Cabinet secretaries will have some leeway in how they reduce their departments' workforces.  Some may rely on the normal attrition that occurs in any workforce with retirements and vacancies created by promotions being responsible for...
  • President Trump: Wipe Out Starvation in Central Africa

    03/11/2017 10:05:12 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 100 replies
    Freep | 3/11/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    Worst Humanitarian Crisis since 1945 Twenty million people at risk of starvation in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, NE Nigeria. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-says-world-faces-largest-humanitarian-crisis-since-1945-1489223549 My Congressman, McClintock CA 4th, represents rice farmers. All these countries eat rice. We pay farmers billions not to grow food. No starvation is natural. All starvation is man-made geo-political manipulation, slow motion murder for political power gain. Please ask the President to declare an international crisis. A new Marshall Plan for Africa. Bomb them with food. What a positive PR blizzard for the Trump Administration.
  • What to do when the reality of big government slaps you in the face

    03/09/2017 4:20:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    <p>Slap them back twice as hard. You have the force of God and the people with you. You have been raised up by God to smite the evil America-hating, Christian-hating, Jew-hating, freedom-hating SOBs.</p> <p>You were elected by we the people (per the constitution) to drain the swamp and make America great again. One nation under God!</p>
  • Wow: Two new polls show massive majorities favor new infrastructure spending

    03/09/2017 12:57:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 8, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Man alive. How often do you see poll results like this anymore?That’s from Quinnipiac. CNN asked the same question and got a slightly less enthusiastic response — but note the partisan numbers: Republicans are now more gung ho to spend on infrastructure than Democrats are, huh? Gotta be “the Trump effect” at work, with the right rushing to embrace Trump’s priorities as the left inches away from them. Here’s a famous bit from an interview Steve Bannon gave last November, 10 days after Trump’s victory: “The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The...
  • We Need A Moore's Law For Government

    03/09/2017 4:27:42 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/8/2017 | Staff
    Big Government: This week, IBM showed that it could cram data into a single atom, part of the private sector's never-ending quest to make things smaller and more efficient. If only government would follow this model. IBM Research announced on Wednesday that it was able to put a holmium atom — a rare earth element — on top of a magnesium oxide surface, and with "a pulse of electric current from the magnetized tip of scanning tunneling microscope ... flip the orientation of the atom's field between a 0 or 1," according to the journal Nature, which published the findings....
  • How big government hides its enormous growth

    02/28/2017 3:01:29 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 26, 2017 | George F. Will
    So, since 1960, federal spending, adjusted for inflation, has quintupled and federal undertakings have multiplied like dandelions, but the federal civilian workforce has expanded only negligibly, to approximately what it was when Dwight Eisenhower was elected in 1952. Does this mean that “big government” is not really big? And that by doing much more with not many more employees it has accomplished prodigies of per-worker productivity? John J. Dilulio Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania and the Brookings Institution, says: Hardly. Since 1960, the number of state and local government employees has tripled to more than 18 million, a growth...
  • Poll: Is It Time for a VAT in the U.S.?

    02/12/2016 8:45:19 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 64 replies
    wsj ^ | 2-12-2016
    Most other developed nations already have a VAT -- a system in which taxes are paid by each business in the different stages of production of a good or service, and, ultimately, directly or indirectly, by the consumer. VAT is considered a consumption tax, since it taxes what people consume, rather than how much they earn or their profits from investment. That's also a reason why some consider it unfair for lower-income households. And critics say it could let government take a bigger slice of the overall economic pie, enabling higher spending. Its supporters, meanwhile, say VAT is better for...
  • Thank the Heavens for Hank Paulson's Wonderful Memory

    02/07/2010 8:19:18 AM PST · by FromLori · 18 replies · 648+ views
    Economic Policy Journal ^ | 2/7/10 | Robert Wenzel
    Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Jr. is out with his new book, On the Brink, where he details his version of events that occurred on Wall Street and Washington D.C.during the financial crisis while he was Treasury Secretary. All that you really need to know about this fairy tale can be found in the front of the book in what is labeled as "Author's Notes". In this preface, Paulson tells us that he doesn't take notes and doesn't use email and his staff was frustrated because he didn't send out memos, but fortunately, he tells us, he has a very...
  • U.S. State Department Begins Effort To Undermine French Election

    02/10/2017 12:06:36 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 18 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Sundance
    Those who follow the messaging from within the unofficial news agency of the U.S. State Department, CNN or CNNi, might have noticed a report delivered by Wolf Blitzer yesterday claiming the Russians were set to influence another nationalist election victory, this time in France.
  • How to Stop ‘Coup of the Bureaucrats’: Cut the Departments

    02/01/2017 10:21:00 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 76 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 2-1-2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/that there is “a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing” President Donald Trump’s agenda. What Breitbart News called the “coup of the bureaucrats” earlier this week is well under way, with apparent coordination by former Obama administration officials working on the outside: (snip) ..... As former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy wrote recently, in recalling challenges George W. Bush faced in confronting the bureaucracy, firing is usually not an option: “Another thing we learned about early on was the lifetime tenure rules–technically known as ‘civil-service protections.’ These...
  • N.J. property taxes hit another new high in 2016

    01/25/2017 8:01:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ^ | January 25, 2017 at 7:01 PM | Susan K. Livio and Carla Astudillo
    New Jersey’s infamously high property tax bills topped $8,500 per home in 2016, a 2.35 percent increase over the previous year, according to figures released Wednesday by the Department of Community Affairs. Property owners paid $8,549 — $196 more than they did in 2015 when the average tax bill rose about 2.2 percent, according to the analysis. The average residential bill has risen from $8,161 in 2014 to $8,353 in 2015 to $8,549 in 2016. Each year, the average bill set a new high bar for what Garden State property owners pay. […] Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray said...
  • We Still Need the Tea Party!

    01/25/2017 6:47:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/17 | James Sharpe
    Do not allow the Tea Party to become a relic of the past. We’ve come too far to stop fighting now. Flashback to early-2009: The US was in the first one hundred days of the Barack Obama presidency. Many Americans already knew what to expect in the coming four (or eight) years. Others may have voted for President Obama hoping for the best but not realizing the kind of damage that he would be able to inflict upon our nation. Those who saw it coming had already begun to organize. We marched. We met. I attended a rally in Columbus,...
  • Rick Perry: ‘I regret’ calling for the elimination of the Energy Department

    01/19/2017 6:44:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/19/2017 | By Ben Wolfgang
    As he tries to convince the Senate to put him in charge of the Energy Department, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tell lawmakers Thursday that he was wrong to recommend eliminating that same department. During his 2012 presidential campaign, Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for energy secretary, advocated getting rid of the Energy Department, along with several other federal agencies. At one GOP primary debate he was unable to remember all of the departments he sought to scrap, leading to his infamous “Oops” moment. More than four years later, Mr. Perry now is a full-throated supporter of the...
  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 7:58:01 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 17,2017 | PAUL BEDARD
    Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts. Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through. At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government. The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said. The spending reductions...
  • Trump Eyes 10% Spending Cuts, 20% Slash Of Federal Workers

    01/17/2017 6:49:57 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 114 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 01/17/17 | PAUL BEDARD
    Making good on a promise to slash government, President-elect Trump has asked his incoming team to pursue spending and staffing cuts. Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through. At least two so-called "landing teams" in Cabinet agencies have relayed the call for cuts as part of their marching orders to shrink the flab in government. The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said. The spending reductions...
  • More Americans say government should ensure health care coverage

    01/17/2017 8:28:53 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 37 replies
    Pew Research ^ | January 13, 2017 | Kristen Bialik
    As the debate continues over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and what might replace it, a growing share of Americans believe that the federal government has a responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. ... The belief that the government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage has increased across many groups over the past year, but the rise has been particularly striking among lower- and middle-income Republicans. Currently, 52% of Republicans with family incomes below $30,000 say the federal government has a responsibility to ensure health coverage...
  • Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

    01/08/2017 6:55:09 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Gallup ^ | January 5, 2017 | By Noam Fishman and Alyssa Davis
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As businessman Donald Trump prepares to become the nation's 45th president, Americans continue to express more concern about the threat big government poses to the U.S. than big business or big labor. Two in three Americans (67%) identify big government as the country's biggest threat. That is below the record high of 72% in 2013 but still on the higher end of the range since the mid-1960s. Meanwhile, the 26% of Americans who name big business as the biggest threat remains down from 32% in 2009 amid the economic recession, but it is near the average since...
  • When city retirement pays better than the job

    12/31/2016 3:18:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | Jack Dolan
    James Mussenden doesn’t bring up his pension in casual conversation. No point getting his golf partners’ blood boiling. The retired city manager of El Monte collects more than $216,000 a year, plus cost-of-living increases and fully paid health insurance. “It’s giving me an opportunity to do a number of things I didn’t get to do when I was younger, like travel to Europe, take some things off my bucket list,” Mussenden, 66, said recently. He even flew to Scotland to play the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, a mecca for golf enthusiasts.
  • The Intrinsic Tendency of Corruption in Government vs. That of Good Faith in the Free Market

    12/16/2016 4:11:30 PM PST · by Jim 0216 · 2 replies
    Sons of Constitutional Liberty ^ | 12/16/16 | Jim Newell
    Why do government buildings and equipment seem so often to be run down? Why do U.S. Post Offices so often look so dilapidated like they haven’t been cleaned up since the 50s? The answer is the simple fact that people don’t really care too much about how they spend other people’s money or how they treat buildings and equipment in which they have no vested interest. Government money comes from private individuals who have little to say about how this money will be spent, so it’s “free money” to be spent however the government wishes. Government buildings and equipment belong...
  • 18 States Sue Feds Over Expanding ‘Critical Habitat’ to Areas With No Protected Species

    12/09/2016 5:38:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2016 | 5:48 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Eighteen states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over Final Rules that expand the definition of “critical habitat” to include areas that are currently unoccupied by any threatened or endangered species. The Final Rules, Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat, which were published in the Federal Register on February 11 and went into effect March 14, expand the definition of “critical habitat” to include areas in which “species presence or habitats are ephemeral in nature, [or] species presence is difficult to establish through surveys (e.g. when a plant’s ‘presence’ is sometimes limited to a seed...
  • Government spending figure worrying sign for Norway’s economy

    12/08/2016 7:26:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 8 December 2016 14:22 CET+01:00
    For the first time in 20 years, Norway’s government spending exceeds 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to the latest figures from Statistics Norway, government expenditures on public administration cost 1.550 billion kroner between October 2015 and September 2016. Not only is it the first time in two decades that expenditures have accounted for more than half of Norway’s GDP, the spending figures also mark an increase of 4.9 percent from the previous year. …
  • GOP Bill: No Flag, No Federal Funds For College

    12/06/2016 4:11:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 6, 2016 | 9:49 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    54 Republican legislators have signed on to a bill that would forbid federal funds to any “institution of higher education that removes, censors, takes down, prohibits, or otherwise halts display of a flag of the United States.” H.B. 6433 or the “Protect Our Flag Act” is sponsored by Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio). …
  • Law Professor: 17th Amendment 'Disenfranchised States'

    12/06/2016 2:31:55 PM PST · by george76 · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Amy Furr
    The 17th Amendment, which allowed the popular election of U.S. senators, “disenfranchised” state legislatures and altered the U.S. Constitution's checks and balances, Chapman University Law Professor John Eastman told an audience of state legislators in Washington, D.C. last week. The amendment made it easier for Congress to pass legislation, which eventually led to the massive growth in federal power that the states are still grappling with today... “What the founders did is come up with this counterintuitive notion that adding an extra layer of government would provide less government and greater liberty. And it only worked if those governments were...
  • Mr. Trump, PLEASE do something about corruption in major cities (i.e. Chicago, Memphis, etc.)

    11/27/2016 10:24:28 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 30 replies
    News | 27 November 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Mr. Trump, PLEASE as one of your tasks, set up a DOJ task force to completely shut down corruption in major cities across the United States. Chicago is one and we all know it. Memphis is so bad, you're likely to be robbed on the street, shoot the thug and end up in court in front of a judge who was related to the thug. New Orleans isn't much different. Detroit is a complete hellhole, third world country experience. Please do something about the corruption! Make America great again!
  • Repeal the 17th Amendment to stop secession

    11/19/2016 5:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Repeal the 17th Amendment Yahoogroups | November 15 | Brian Duffy
    All: Thanks for responding. Paul, I agree with you, but there is a part of me that believes there might be something we can do. Dan, I agree with some of you your points, mainly the first, which is where I see my effort moving toward. Though, I am not sure how you measure the “corruptness” of the states verses the federal government. I consider the states nothing more than vassals of the federal government, some more than others. Lee, I am serious only to a point. In that I agree with Dan and I see this as first an...
  • After Trump's Election: ‘EPA Employees Were in Tears'

    11/14/2016 9:14:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 121 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 14, 2016 | 11:33 AM EST | Penny Starr
    People who work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy are having a hard time coping with the election of Donald Trump as president, with many reporting depression and some being advised to take sick leave, according to an article published Friday by Environment and Energy Publishing (E&E). “U.S. EPA employees were in tears,” the article stated. “Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. “Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off,” it stated. “Others might retire early. “And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory,” the...
  • Trump win resets culture war debate on abortion, LGBT rights

    11/13/2016 11:48:25 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 39 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org ^ | 11/13/2016 | David Crary & Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For the combatants in America's long-running culture wars, the triumph of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans was stunning - sparking elation on one side, deep dismay on the other. Advocates of LGBT rights and abortion rights now fear setbacks instead of further gains. But the outcome emboldened the anti-abortion movement and breathed new life into the religious right's campaign for broad exemptions from same-sex marriage and other laws. Kelly Shackelford, head of First Liberty Institute, a legal group that specializes in religious freedom cases, said that, for his cause, the environment will transform from "brutal" under...
  • FEDERAL AGENCIES Tears, angst as workforce braces for Trump takeover

    11/13/2016 9:31:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 125 replies
    eenews.net ^ | 11/11/16 | Robin Bravender and Kevin Bogardus
    U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early. And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump's victory. "People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed," said John O'Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, "people were crying," added O'Grady, who works in EPA's Region 5 office in Chicago. "They were recommending that people take sick leave...
  • Where do Trump and Clinton stand on making your commute better?

    11/04/2016 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | October 25, 2016 | Marni Pyke
    They may not ride in crammed trains or carry angst over potholes but feuding presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both want to fix America's infrastructure. The focus on improving public transit and highways couldn't come soon enough for local commuters, say two experts. "There is a desperate need to invest more into mass transit in Chicagoland," Regional Transportation Authority Chairman and former state senator Kirk Dillard said. "Most states significantly assist in the mass transit arena, but that is not the case today in Illinois," Dillard added, noting New York City budgets about $196 per capita on mass...
  • Good News: 35% Of Government Workers Might Quit If Trump Wins

    11/02/2016 4:58:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 62 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/1/2016 | Staff
    Big Government: A new survey finds that more than a third of federal workers are threatening to quit their jobs should Donald Trump prevail in the presidential election. If only that were true. A survey of federal employees by the Government Business Council and GovExec.com found that 14% said they would "definitely" consider quitting their jobs if Trump wins the election on Nov. 8, another 13% said they might consider it. Just 65% said they'd stay on at their jobs no matter who wins. Whatever Trump's many flaws, that's an awfully tempting reason to cast a ballot for him. Except...
  • Sowell: The Left's Vision

    10/31/2016 2:14:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 1, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    The political left keeps announcing, as if it is a new breakthrough discovery of theirs, that life is unfair. Have they never read Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," more than two and a half centuries ago? What about economic historian David S. Landes' statement: "The world has never been a level playing field"? In the joint autobiography of Milton Friedman and his wife Rose, they say: "Everywhere in the world there are gross inequities of income and wealth. They offend most of us. Few can fail to be moved by the contrast between the luxury enjoyed by...
  • BIG GOV'T INC Socialism and tyranny are profitable to liberals and destructive to individuals

    09/23/2016 7:06:57 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 3 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Well, you've no doubt heard the arguments made by socialists against private property, against corporations and the profit motive. We are taught that profit is a form of theft from the workers rather than being positive influx of cash resources payment of wages, dividends and investments in expansion. The concept of owning property is also in of itself theft to socialists, for the earth belongs to us and everything belongs to everybody. Profit and property has another meaning, it is what sends signals to our economy on where resources and assets must be placed in order to achieve further productivity...
  • Want a fat state pension at 37? Join the Social Democrats [Berlin, Germany]

    09/21/2016 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 21 Sep 2016 17:07 GMT+02:00
    Berliners have reacted with disbelief after the mayor’s head spokeswoman was placed on a temporary retirement plan of €6,385 per month — and at the ripe old age of 37. […] City officials said on Tuesday that Berlin mayor Michael Müller’s former head spokeswoman Daniela Augenstein had been placed on temporary retirement, just two days after the Berlin election. Because she held a position as state secretary, Augenstein is entitled to be paid her full salary for the next three months, which the Berlin interior department told Spiegel Online would be “around €8,906” per month. …
  • The Fall of Rome-Are there Lessons to be Learned?

    09/04/2016 4:18:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    THE FALL OF ROME was a culmination of external and internal factors. GREAT WALL OF CHINA By 220AD, the Later Eastern Han Dynasty had extended sections of the Great Wall of China along its Mongolian border. This resulted in the Northern Huns attacking west instead of east. This caused a domino effect of tribes migrating west across Central Asia, and overrunning the Western Roman Empire. OPEN BORDERS Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders: Visigoths, Ostrogoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Alemanni, Thuringians, Rugians, Jutes, Picts, Burgundians, Lombards, Alans, Vandals, as well as African Berbers and Arab raiders. Will and Ariel Durant...
  • Why It Matters: The Role of Government

    08/31/2016 5:03:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2016 7:52 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    It’s the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right? Few think it’s just right. Ever since the first Americans bucked their colonial overlords in Britain, America has been wrestling with the delicate balance between a government that creates opportunity and one that inhibits it. Every four years, the presidential election offers a referendum on whether Washington should do more or less. Traditionally, Republicans have been viewed as the party of smaller government. This year, it’s not so simple. …
  • Obama: 'One of the Most Urgent Challenges of Our Time is Climate Change'

    08/15/2016 10:42:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 15, 2016 | 6:02 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    President Barack Obama picked one of the hottest weekends in the Northeastern U.S. to discuss climate change. “One of the most urgent challenges of our time is climate change,” the vacationing president said in his Saturday radio address. He touted his efforts to cut pollution, including from cars and trucks, assuring Americans, “we’re not done yet.” Obama announced that before he leaves office, “We’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. We’ll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025. And...
  • Hillary Clinton's plan to tax and wipe out the middle-class

    08/06/2016 10:52:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU__9f0kEb0&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z13ltx55tpb0jd4s322jgxtrzletuvjlg Hillary Clinton plans to raise taxes for the workers the affluent and middle class. Pay roll taxes and national sales taxes for workers, Higher income taxes for the rest with the middle class bearing the brunt of these taxes. With commentary by Mike Savage Also get a load of some of the people who are gonna benefit the most from these new taxes, yokels, alcoholics, potheads, anarchists, thugs and crazies!
  • EXCLUSIVE: Gary Johnson: Clarifying my views on religious freedom, Mormons

    08/04/2016 10:05:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 2, 2016 | Gary Johnson
    A few days ago, trying to maneuver through a “scrum” of reporters in Philadelphia, I was asked about my views regarding religious freedom and non-discrimination laws. Given the divisiveness and pain that have accompanied several state religious freedom laws, I approach attempts at legislating religious exceptions to anti-discrimination laws with great sensitivity and care.
  • How Long Has a Conservative Movement Existed in America?

    08/04/2016 7:46:01 AM PDT · by pinochet · 32 replies
    I was reading about how Phyllis Shlafly has attended every Republican Convention since 1952. In 1952, the conservative candidate was Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, who was a bitter opponent of FDR's big government policies. Shlafly supported him. The establishment candidate was Gen. Eisenhower. But who was the first prominent American conservative activist? My vote would be for Albert Jay Nock (1870-1945), who led a national intellectual movement opposed to Woodrow Wilson's big government policies. He also opposed World War One. Before Wilson came into office in 1913, America did not have an income tax. It was, therefore, not necessary...
  • Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on the middle class

    08/02/2016 10:49:30 AM PDT · by KMG365 · 9 replies
    https://youtu.be/6Q3VZOT_k_0