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  • Krugman’s “Gotcha” Moment Leaves Something to Be Desired

    07/26/2014 12:24:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve had some fun over the years by pointing out that Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So I shouldn’t be surprised that he wants to catch me making an error. But I’m not sure his “gotcha” moment is very persuasive. Here’s some of what he wrote for today’s New York Times. Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage. California also moved enthusiastically to implement Obamacare. …Needless to...
  • HuffPo Attacks Companies for Making Too Much Profit

    07/22/2014 3:33:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    The Huffington Post is beside itself with indignant rage over companies moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying the highest corporate income tax in the industrialized world. Feeling that Secretary Jack Lew was onto something when he accused companies of being economic traitors for reducing their tax burden, the HuffPo let loose a string of economic illiterate ramblings about the indecency of corporate profits.Early last week, the drug firm Mylan stomped on the Stars and Stripes as it ditched America for the Netherlands. Then, on Friday, the drug company AbbVie similarly renounced America. For 30 pieces of silver, it will...
  • Governments are Racing to Make the Internet a Gun-Free Zone

    07/21/2014 8:53:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Despite the fact that I consider the prevailing majority of Facebook posts to be the single largest culprit of wasted broadband, I do hold a certain amount of awe for the internet. Shortly after Al Gore invented the technology, the instantaneous exchange of information became a global phenomenon. (Although, those early dial ups can hardly be considered “instantaneous.”) The internet might be, in most cases, the last beacon of relative freedom. Ideas can be spread, information disseminated, and cute kitten pictures shared… All with a simple click of a wireless mouse. While there is an amazing amount of debauchery...
  • Crony-Capitalism is A Great Way to Kill a Gun Company

    07/19/2014 11:31:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    t they do best: Go on strike. By 1988, the company had lost a number of high-dollar contracts, and the end of their beginning was clearly at hand. In the decade to follow, their competitors warmly embraced America’s newfound fascination with the civilian market, concealed carry, and home defense. Colt, on the other hand, decided to take a more pragmatic approach. And, by “pragmatic”, I mean “liberal” approach: A wealthy industrialist, from the heart of a non-gun-owning Manhattan family, decided he could steer the company to better times. With a man who knew nothing about guns at the helm, Colt...
  • Obamacare’s Creepy Uncle Sam Strikes Again

    07/17/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last September, I shared a disconcerting video showing an unfortunate young woman getting her OB/GYN exam from a very creepy version of Uncle Sam. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that “Creepy Uncle Sam” does not discriminate. In this video, a young man faces the unpleasant experience of getting his prostate checked.
  • Everything You Need to Know about Greece…Plus Remarkably Bad Poll Numbers for Obama

    07/04/2014 10:37:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    We’re going to touch on two topics today. I realize that not that many readers care about Greek economic policy, but sometimes other nations can teach us very important lessons. For better or worse. And in the case of Greece, the lesson is that government intervention and bureaucracy is an enemy of entrepreneurship. Probably the most amazing – and weird – example is that the Greek government wanted stool samples from entrepreneurs seeking to set up an online company (and, just to be clear, I’m not talking about furniture). We now have another example, but it’s seems more tragic than...
  • Historians claim typo in Declaration of Independence changes its meaning

    07/04/2014 9:10:19 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 45 replies
    downtrend.com ^ | 07/04/2014 | Robert Gehl
    And, of course, an over reaching government agrees...
  • America's DNA: 'The Federalist Papers'

    07/03/2014 3:06:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    There are many ways to lose freedom -- conquering armies, surrendering without a fight. Unfortunately, we are currently surrendering our freedom, not to a foreign power, but to our own government. The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established. Progressives prefer a "living Constitution," which is constantly changing to conform to their ideology. What it is not is the Constitution established by the Founders. In a comprehensive publication, "The Roots of Liberty: Unlocking...
  • Americans Losing Confidence in All Branches of U.S. Gov't

    06/30/2014 10:40:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Gallup ^ | 06/30/14 | Justin McCarthy
    Americans' confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court (30%) and Congress (7%), and a six-year low for the presidency (29%). The presidency had the largest drop of the three branches this year, down seven percentage points from its previous rating of 36%.
  • New Poll Shows Americans Have Lost Faith in Promises of Big Government

    06/30/2014 10:22:52 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 30 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new Gallup survey finds that Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen dramatically, reaching record lows for Congress (7 percent), the Supreme Court (30 percent), and a six-year low for the presidency (29 percent). Survey results were based on telephone interviews conducted June 5-8, with a random sample of 1,027 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. The presidency, currently with Barack Obama in power, has experienced the largest...
  • O’Toole: Why is Congress still running the transportation system?

    06/28/2014 9:12:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Greeley Tribune ^ | June 27, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has proposed a three-month transportation bill. Three more months, he says, will give Congress a chance to figure out a long-term solution. The only problem is that Congress had three months three months ago and did nothing. Meanwhile, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., have proposed to increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon. Considering that the gas tax hasn’t been increased in more than 20 inflation-filled years, this would seem to make sense.It doesn’t, however, because a gas tax increase assumes there is a shortage of funds for transportation. Instead, the real...
  • Trademark Office and Sen. Reid Pressure Football Team Owner Again

    06/22/2014 3:03:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s cancelation of federal trademark registration for the name Washington “Redskins,” after ruling it disparages Native Americans, puts pressure on team owner Daniel Snyder and the National Football League (NFL) to change the name but falls far short of settling the issue. The split, 2-1, decision by unelected trademark board members shows the increasingly heavy hand that politics is playing in the activities of the private sector, since the ruling followed recent public calls for a name change from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The team counters that the long-standing “Redskins” name...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • Opposition to Common Core becoming cornerstone of many campaigns

    06/16/2014 5:28:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/15/14 | Nikki Krug
    From school board races to Senate primaries, the education reform package known as Common Core is proving uncommonly divisive this campaign season, popping up as an issue in primary elections all over the country. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Republican, cites opposition to Common Core as a key reason for her endorsement of state Rep. Chris McDaniel over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s hotly contested Republican Senate primary. Former Oklahoma state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, a Republican, says Obama administration pressure on states to adopt Common Core “is a prime example of why I’m running for the Senate.”
  • Obama’s emissions plans bad for business

    06/09/2014 3:30:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hartford Business ^ | 6/9/14 | Scott H Segal
    A lot of attention was generated by last week's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of a proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels — all by 2030. Aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the effort is being billed as flexible, far-reaching and even a money-saver for American citizens. The policy is a homerun for the Obama administration, improving everything from our skies to our pocketbooks, right? Not so fast. To truly understand the implications of the EPA's announcement, it's worth sifting through the hype and asking a few clarifying questions.
  • Harry Reid Threatens Private Property in America

    06/02/2014 5:36:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | Star Parker
    The Commerce Department reports that first quarter GDP contracted by one percent. The Wall Street Journal notes that a contraction of GDP during a time not in recession is rare. So we continue in the slowest economic recovery since the end of World War II, with unemployment, in the 6th year of the Obama regime, at 6.3 percent, still well above its historic average. According to a recent Gallup poll, the economy is the number issue on the minds of Americans. Ninety one percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats say it is the most important issue facing the...
  • [AZ} Gov. Jan Brewer signs child welfare overhaul bills

    05/29/2014 4:08:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2014 6:52 PM EDT | Bob Christie and Astrid Galvan
    Less than a year after revelations that thousands of child abuse and neglect reports in Arizona had gone uninvestigated, the state has overhauled its child welfare agency, funding it with tens of millions more than in the past. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed into law two bills that created and funded a new child welfare agency, now known as the Department of Child Safety. […] Brewer proposed the overhaul after revelations late last year that more than 6,500 abuse and neglect reports were closed without investigation by the old Child Protective Services department. The governor set up a...
  • Government Agency Scraps Employee Ratings To Avoid ‘Discrimination’

    05/26/2014 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/25/14 | Scott Greer
    One government agency has decided that the results of employee ratings are too discriminatory, and eliminated the process entirely. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Monday that it will now award all employees the highest rating regardless of performance reviews. The CFPB, which oversees transactions in the financial sector for the federal government, decided to no longer conduct employee reviews because there were just too many apparent “significant disparities” between the races, ages, and locations of its employees. According to American Banker, this new policy is set to cost over $5 million dollars, as it will now pay employees...
  • Veterans, PTSD and US Government Abandonment

    05/27/2014 4:28:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Combat veteran Kryn Miner, 44, served 11 deployments in seven years. He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury after a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2010 threw him into a wall. It was one of 19 blasts he endured over two decades of service to his country. On April 29, Kryn died after being shot by his teenage son, who was acting in defense of himself, his mother and his siblings because Kryn had threatened to kill them and pulled out a gun. Prosecutors ruled that it was a justified shooting, absolving the teen from facing...
  • Will GOP pass O-Care replacement?

    05/26/2014 3:59:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/26/14 06:19 AM EDT | Molly K. Hooper
    House conservatives will press their leaders this week to move on an ObamaCare replacement bill before the August recess. But it’s unclear if there are enough votes to pass it. According to several GOP lawmakers, members of the conservative-leaning Republican Study Committee (RSC) plan to wear lapel pins to the weekly conference meeting that state, “HR 3121, There’s a Better Way” as a sign of support for moving a bill that is co-sponsored by 130 House Republicans. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) the lead sponsor of H.R. 3121, the “American Health Care Reform Act of 2013,” told The Hill that RSC...
  • Government Should Curb & Control Your Needs & Desires - Jerry Brown

    05/21/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | May 20, 2014 | Jimmy Z
    You gotta hear this - in context, he was advocating for "slow speed" rail in California (the biggest boondoggle I have ever seen in my life). But then he stumbled into what liberals want us all to do, always, so that we can fit into their communist scheme. LISTEN:
  • Tax Reform Useless Without Spending Reform

    05/20/2014 2:26:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Recently, Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a "tax reform" plan that they claimed would provide the American people with a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system. While this plan does lower some tax rates and contains some other changes that may make next April a little less painful for Americans, there is little in it to excite supporters of liberty. Taxes may even increase under this plan for some Americans, as it eliminates some of those tax deductions labeled “loopholes.” When I served in Congress I opposed bills that “closed loopholes” because closing loopholes is just a fancy way...
  • 1934 Editorial Cartoon - Planned Economy or Planned Destruction

    05/18/2014 7:18:32 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune | Sunday May 18, 2014
    Plan of Action for U.S. - SPEND SPEND SPEND Under the guise of Recovery - Bust the Government - Blame the Capitalists for the failure - Junk the Constitution and declare a dictatorship Deplete the Resources of the Soundest Government in the World!
  • Graduation, Celebration and the Obfuscation Generation

    05/18/2014 4:56:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    It’s no secret that university graduates are becoming more intellectually lazy with each passing year. It is also undeniable that they are becoming more arrogant, in spite of the fact that they are less capable of forming solid opinions and defending them with well-reasoned arguments. A letter written to me (by a recent UNC-Wilmington graduate) is illustrative. I've reproduced it below with my usual angry and fearful rhetoric interspersed at appropriate intervals: Dear Dr. Adams: I was perhaps struck most by the tone of your rhetoric, which was both angry and fearful. (By way of background information, this newly-minted graduate...
  • Medvedev instructs ministry to work on 10% layoff of public servants

    05/13/2014 10:10:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the Finance Ministry to prepare and submit proposals by July 1, 2014 to lay off 10% of public servants, said the government official website which posted Medvedev’s instructions upon results of his annual report on government’s working results in 2013 at the State Duma. The Prime Minister delivered the annual government report on April 22. The premier stated particularly to ponder another 10% cuts of public servants in regions and at the federal level, because Russia needs “a modern, compact and effective state personnel oriented at people’s requests.” Meanwhile,...
  • Hope Comes to RHOB 2123--Fred Upton Leads a Cure Strategy for the 21st Century

    05/11/2014 11:22:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | James A. Pinkerton
    The white-marble Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington DC, looks like a giant courts building or a central bank, fully intimidating and imposing in its hulking stony blockiness. And the US Congress, of course, is an institution best known for its tedium, albeit a tedium that is regularly punctuated by fiery partisan combat. On a typical day, the Rayburn building--acronymed as RHOB--is a place where politicos and bureaucrats struggle for and against some special interest, yea or nay, on regulation or appropriation. And the biggest single activity in RHOB, or in any of the other five office edifices on Capitol...
  • 5 Reasons Big Government Can Never Work The Way Liberals Claim It Does

    05/11/2014 9:14:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2014 | John Hawkins
    “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” -- Ronald Reagan Relying on big government to help you out would be like relying on the Girl Scouts to spearhead an invasion of Iran. It's the wrong people, in the wrong place, doing the wrong job. Whether Democrats or Republicans are in charge, our government is barely functional. That's certainly not a shocker. Anyone who has had dealings with the federal government can tell you that it's slow, stupid, expensive, belligerent and incompetent. But, here's the $64,000 question: WHY...
  • The Slow-Motion Train Wreck of Entitlement Programs

    05/09/2014 12:23:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The Census Bureau just released a report on America’s aging population. The big takeaway is that our population will be getting much older between now and 2050. And since I’m a baby boomer, I very much like the fact that we’re expected to live longer. But as a public finance economist, I’m not nearly as happy. As I explain in this interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Digital Network (and as confirmed by BIS, OECD, and IMF data), the United States is going to get deluged by a tsunami of entitlement spending. Dan Mitchell Discussing the Slow Motion Train Wreck...
  • The Constitution or Good Ideas?

    04/30/2014 5:13:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Let me run through a few good ideas. I think it's a good idea for children to eat healthful, wholesome foods. In the raising of our daughter, before-dinner treats were fresh vegetables, and after-dinner treats were mostly fruits. I arrive at my gym sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., at least four times a week, to lift weights and use the treadmill. During the warmer months, the treadmill is substituted by a weekly total of 40 to 60 miles on my bike. My exercise regimen is a good idea. Another good idea is to wear a bike helmet while...
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • John Paul Stevens Proposes New Constitutional Amendments

    04/24/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, thinks the Constitution needs at least six amendments in order to bring the country more in line with what he believes is good for us. He outlines them in his new book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." It is a revealing look into liberal thinking and the ideological opposite of radio talk show host Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring...
  • BLM-Bundy Confrontation Ignites new “Sagebrush Rebellion”

    04/23/2014 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2014 | Bob Barr
    One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government. In reaction, an alliance of ranchers, farmers, and other concerned citizens – the “Sagebrush Rebels” as they came to be known -- challenged the move and sought to return the land back into the hands of the states. Ronald Reagan, at the time running for president, supported...
  • Texas AG to Land-Grabbing Obama BLM: ‘Come and Take it’

    04/22/2014 3:30:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    TPNN ^ | April 22, 2014 | By Todd Cefaratti
    Tensions between states’ rights supporters and the federal government remain high after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) retreated last week at the Bundy Ranch after a tense standoff with hundreds of supporters, many of whom were armed. The Bundy Ranch situation has escalated little over the course of 20 years, but finally, the BLM stepped too far when they claimed dominion over thousands of acres of land in Nevada and began seizing Cliven Bundy’s cattle. The response by patriots throughout the country was swift and awe-inspiring as citizens flocked to the middle of nowhere to support the rancher, including...
  • Social Security

    04/22/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Rational Voter · 36 replies
    Citizen Primer ^ | April 22, 2014 | Eric Patrick
    "Some think Social Security is going bankrupt, but since the program uses taxes from current workers to pay current retirees, it is impossible for it to go bankrupt. The program also doesn’t contribute to the national debt or the deficit as some have suggested. All taxes and spending for the program happen independently of the federal budget." "Social Security took in more money than it paid out in benefits until 2010, which created an enormous trust fund, but since 2010, the program has paid out more in benefits than it has received in taxes. Should this trend continue, the trust...
  • Government-Forced Retirement at 57?

    04/22/2014 4:10:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    These words of Thomas Jefferson's are etched under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." Imagine if Jefferson had finished that thought with these words: "Unless, of course, you're 57 years old and a U.S. federal law enforcement officer." In the beginning of our republic, our Founding Fathers fought for freedom from governing tyranny, including for those who worked in government. And if a man's work ethic, health and passions allowed him to labor until his dying breath, he...
  • 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,...