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  • More Freedom Attack, Food Safety Act

    03/10/2009 9:31:17 AM PDT · by fightinbluhen51 · 94 replies · 5,471+ views
    HR 875 - The Federal Take-Over of Food Regulation On February 4, 2009 Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (HR 875), a bill that would establish the Food Safety Administration (FSA) within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). HR 875 represents a tremendous expansion of federal power, particularly the power to regulate intrastate commerce. While the proposed legislation tries to address the many problems of the industrial food system, the impact on small farms if the bill becomes law would be substantial and not for the better. HR 875 is a major...
  • Aiding The Enemy

    03/17/2008 7:00:15 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 520+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 3-17-08 | Editorial
    Aiding The Enemy INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 3/17/2008 Media: Is there anything to the theory that an enemy gains strength when its opponent demonstrates a lack of will to fight? Yes, say two Harvard scholars, and it has happened in Iraq. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Radha Iyengar, a health policy economist, and Jonathan Monten, an international security program research fellow, found that "in periods after a spike in war-critical statements, insurgent attacks increases by 5% to 10%." The results might surprise some. But there's no reason they should. North Vietnamese generals knew they had a chance for a favorable outcome in their war...
  • Keeping up the Pressure (New Ping List)

    06/28/2007 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Politicalmom · 151 replies · 3,196+ views ^ | June 28, 2007
    The purpose of this list will be to inform FReepers about the nefarious or noteworthy activities undertaken by our "representatives" in Washington D.C.
  • Will Democrats pass anti-corruption test?

    05/25/2007 12:47:27 PM PDT · by GFritsch · 10 replies · 376+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 5/25/2007 | Editorial Staff
    OUR OPINION: CONGRESS SHOULD APPROVE LOBBYING-REFORM PACKAGE Congress is held in such low esteem by the American public that many an honest citizen will scoff upon hearing that lawmakers are debating a bill grandiosely titled ''The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.'' Surely, some will think, this is some kind of hoax designed to appease critics without actually changing the way legislators and lobbyists swap favors on Capitol Hill. Surprise: It may sound like a joke, but it isn't. Congress' low numbers The latest Gallup poll shows an approval rating for Congress of only 29 percent -- as...
  • Sixteen-Year-Old Who Worked as Capitol Hill Page Concerned About E-mail Exchange with Congressman

    09/28/2006 3:21:37 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 311 replies · 7,551+ views
    Sixteen-Year-Old Who Worked as Capitol Hill Page Concerned About E-mail Exchange with Congressman September 28, 2006 3:06 PM Rhonda Schwartz and Maddy Sauer Report: A 16-year-old male former congressional page concerned about the appropriateness of an e-mail exchange with a congressman alerted Capitol Hill staffers to the communication. Congressman Mark Foley's office says the e-mails were entirely appropriate and that their release is part of a smear campaign by his opponent. In the series of e-mails, obtained by ABC News, from Rep. Foley (R-FL) to the former page, Foley asks the young man how old he is, what he wants...
  • The Noblest Oblige: My Two Cents on Double Standards

    06/26/2006 6:49:45 PM PDT · by Natty · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Spare Change | May 25, 2006 | Dave Aland
    My son has had to learn a hard lesson: sometimes the guilty don’t get caught. You’ve seen it before – a bunch of kids get into some kind of mischief at school, but the teacher doesn’t catch them all. Some of them take the fall, while some (usually the more clever) simply walk away. As we have told our son, it may not always be fair, but there it is. Lately, however, it seems that the “more clever” amongst us are getting away with all kinds of mischief that would land the rest of us in jail – and while...
  • A 'chasm' in Congress deepens over immigration

    04/03/2006 1:26:33 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 76 replies · 1,330+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 3, 2006 | Michael Kranish
    WASHINGTON -- The congressional fight over the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants flared into even greater uncertainty yesterday, with a leading Democrat saying there is a ''chasm" between the House and Senate, and Republicans clashing over whether to embrace President Bush's approach on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, striving to repair the split in the Republican Party, said he wants the Senate to vote by Friday on a revised version of the proposal that has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee's bill would enable undocumented immigrants to try to earn legal status after meeting...

    02/09/2006 4:56:45 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 14 replies · 419+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 2/8/2006 | By Tom DeWeese
    Congress is going through the process of trying to fix the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Why do they think it needs fixing? Because, quite simply, the ESA is the worst law ever to be enacted by Congress. For thirty two years the ESA has taken control of private land out of the hands of the owners in the name of protecting endangered species. Yet, the ESA is actually responsible for the destruction of whole industries and the towns they supported, as lumber mills are shut down for lack of cut trees. Farmers and ranchers have lost vital grazing land. Urgently...
  • Thomas Sowell: Cheap Politicians

    12/26/2005 10:31:03 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 62 replies · 1,721+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | December 27, 2005 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    I don't make a million dollars a year but I think every member of Congress should be paid at least that much. It's not because those turkeys in Washington deserve it. It's because we deserve a lot better people than we have in Congress.The cost of paying every member of Congress a million dollars a year is absolutely trivial compared to the vast amounts of the taxpayers' money wasted by cheap politicians doing things to get themselves re-elected. You could pay every member of Congress a million dollars a year for a century for less money than it costs to...
  • Do Americans Care if America Ends?

    12/02/2005 5:08:45 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 68 replies · 1,802+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 12/2/2005 | Nancy Levant
    It’s an interesting question, and one that I was asked today. I have pondered the question for years, and have come to the conclusion that those born after the mid to late 1960’s are not patriotic citizens by the same definition as those born prior to the 60’s. In fact, I’ve heard many 20, 30, and even 40-somethings claim that they held no particular allegiance to the United States, as they consider their country to be Imperialistic, dishonest, exploitative, and devious. But we older citizens must realize that the younger generations have not had the benefit of time, wisdom, and...
  • GOP Senator Takes A Stand

    10/30/2005 6:55:53 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 13 replies · 274+ views
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 10-30-05 | Chris Casteel
    GOP Senator Takes A Stand By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - He's the same Tom Coburn -- alienating some folks, inspiring others, inviting praise and scorn, prompting questions about whether he's the taxpayers' best friend and his own worst enemy. Tom Coburn in word and deed "Why would you want to be up here when you're 68 years of age? If you have any type of life, (Congress) is the last place you'd want to be." "There are a lot of people who are in the Congress that would never achieve in the private sector anywhere close to the...
  • Immigration worries Republicans

    07/16/2005 2:34:21 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 144 replies · 2,198+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/16/2005 | Stephen Dinan
    Republican congreesional members' constituents care more about immigration and border security than any othe issue, according to a new congressional insiders poll.Seventeeen of the 37 Republican House and Senate members who responded to the National Journal's survey identified immigration as the issue "most on the minds of your consituents these days." That easily topped the next closest issue, the economy, which gained 10 votes, followed by gasoline prices with four votes and terrorism with threee votes.One Republican called immigration the "highest-octane issue in America," while another said, "It is here that the mismatch between the federal government's inaction and the...
  • Congress faces hot-button issues

    01/03/2005 12:55:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 333+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/3/5 | Rob Hotakainen and Kevin Diaz
    WASHINGTON - After a year of relatively light lifting, Congress returns to work Tuesday facing a busy domestic agenda that could signal major changes in the way Americans pay taxes and plan for their retirements. President Bush plans to focus on two big-ticket items in the 109th Congress: He wants workers to be able to invest part of their Social Security contributions in private accounts, and he wants to simplify the federal tax code. Both plans are ambitious, and their success or failure could go a long way toward shaping the president's legacy in his second term. Republicans, who are...
  • Lawmakers Are Stunned By New Images of Abuse

    05/12/2004 8:00:57 PM PDT · by Archangelsk · 76 replies · 676+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 051304 | By Charles Babington
    <p>Scores of lawmakers yesterday viewed unreleased photos and videos of Iraqi detainees being sexually humiliated and physically threatened. The images, which included Iraqi corpses, U.S. troops having sex with each other, and previously undisclosed videos of at least one inmate ramming his head into a wall, convinced some legislators that the number of Americans who violated military protocol is larger than previously thought.</p>
  • Shelby on Chris Matthews Show (what a joke)

    04/08/2004 4:55:33 PM PDT · by plain talk · 18 replies · 225+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/8/2004 | J. Swaim
    On the 4/8 Chris Matthews show, Matthews asked Richard Shelby, my Senator from Alabama "Don't you wish Condi Rice would have spoken in public about Al Quaida before 9/11" (paraphrase). Shelby paused and mumbled some useless response but failed to point out that Dr. Rice HAD mentioned Usama in Oct, 2000. I just blasted Senator Shelby for being so uninformed and urge others to contact his office.
  • Iran Terrorist Group Finds Support on (Capitol) Hill

    04/02/2003 6:39:10 AM PST · by mountaineer · 3 replies · 228+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 2, 2003 | Sam Dealey
    Some members of Congress are refusing to drop their support of a Middle Eastern group, even though the State Department says its terrorist fighters are attacking U.S. and coalition troops in southern Iraq. The group, known as the National Council of Resistance (NCR), is the political arm of the Mujahedin-e Kalq (MEK), an organization of Iranian dissidents backed by Saddam Hussein. “They’re a combatant,” said Greg Sullivan, a spokesman for the State Department’s Near East Affairs bureau. “They’re being targeted. Targeting data is being provided to the Pentagon. We believe they are undertaking some of the action in the south...
  • Why Government is Screwed Up (Humor)

    03/05/2003 6:34:00 AM PST · by dark_lord · 11 replies · 257+ views
    email | Unknown | The Web
    Travel Agent of 30+ years: I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. I got a call from a Candidate's Staffer, who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa." Her response ... (click)....

    02/15/2003 12:49:21 PM PST · by forest · 17 replies · 346+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #302 ^ | 2-16-03 | Doug Fiedor
    Here's a test we can give to any of our Congress- Critters who say they support the Constitution and the Second Amendment. It's a simple little test that will only require they formally lend their name to that which they say they profess. A few days ago, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced H.R. 648, a bill: "To protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right." The bill is rather straightforward. In short, it states that: "A person not prohibited from...
  • Freep a poll

    01/09/2003 7:32:35 AM PST · by 2timothy3.16 · 17 replies · 208+ views
    Time to freep a poll,How high do gas prices have to go before you demand drilling in Alaska?
  • Talking business amid tough climate

    08/13/2002 9:00:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/13/02 | Mary Anne Ostrom
    <p>Go slow. That's the message from valley business leaders to politicians.</p> <p>At a Monday gathering of Silicon Valley tech executives and Democratic members of Congress, much of the buzz was about how to emerge from the wave of business scandals with as little new regulation as possible.</p>