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  • Americans want the government to "redistribute wealth by heavy taxes on the rich"

    05/05/2015 11:13:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 44 replies
    Vox ^ | MAY 5, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    Americans are eager to see the government "spread the wealth around" through heavy taxes on rich people. This, according to Gallup, is a relatively new phenomenon, with a clear preference for soaking the rich really only emerging in the past four or five years. On a different polling measure, Gallup finds that at least since the mid-1980s a large majority of Americans have expressed a preference for a flatter distribution of income. But that's something that could, at least hypothetically, be achieved in a whole variety of ways. Taxing the rich in order to redistribute income to the working class...
  • FDA to Crack Down on Home-based soap makers

    05/04/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 93 replies
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...
  • Hate Congress? Blame the well-intentioned reformers

    05/01/2015 10:04:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 1, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    The 1968 Democratic presidential primary is rightly remembered as a famous mess culminating in bloodshed. It seemed likely that the unpopular President Lyndon Johnson would suffer a great embarrassment or even a primary loss after Robert Kennedy entered the race, prompting him to declare that he would neither seek nor accept his party’s nomination for another term. The Kennedy surge was cut short when he was shot and killed in a California hotel. The stage appeared set for a victory by the anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy until George McGovern entered the race in late spring. The two fought a bitter...
  • Americans don't like big government - but like programs like SS & Medicare

    04/30/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Yahoo.news ^ | 04/30/15 | Amanda Becker
    a new poll shows that Republican voters who rally to that cry still want to maintain many federal programs. The results, from an online poll of 4,770 adults from April 10 to 24, highlight a dilemma for Republican candidates such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who have made reducing the size of government a top campaign theme.
  • Michigan's Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Exceeds Costs by 22 Percent

    04/30/2015 12:59:37 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/29/2015 | Jack McHugh
    The Foundation for Government Accountability has just published a report on state enrollments under the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. Here’s what the authors say about Michigan: When Republican Governor Rick Snyder lobbied the Michigan legislature to adopt his Obamacare Medicaid expansion plan, he too sold it on the promise of low and predictable enrollment. His office predicted no more than 477,000 able-bodied adults would ever sign up, with 323,000 signing up in the first year. But more able-bodied adults enrolled in ObamaCare expansion in the first three months than the state thought would sign up during the entire year. Despite the...
  • Up From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner — and Now, Regulation Target

    04/29/2015 12:16:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Amir Siddiqi
    I’m an immigrant who has realized the American dream. But Washington’s new labor rules are a nightmare. In 1985 I left my home in Pakistan at age 19 and came to the United States with the help of an uncle. I considered this my best chance to start a life away from the government control and corruption that troubled my country. That proved true. Through hard work, I learned to run restaurants and I now own dozens of stores as a franchisee. But the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to upend my business model by muddling the distinction between...
  • A How-To When Changing the Constitution

    04/29/2015 8:15:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/23/2015 | Michael Van Beek
    A new study published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy makes the case for a new state-led process for amending the U.S. Constitution. Nick Dranias, the study’s author and president of the Compact for America Educational Foundation, argues that Michigan should join the effort already under way to use this new process to create a constitutional amendment to require the federal government to balance its budget. Gov. Rick Snyder already signed a resolution in 2014 calling for such an amendment to the Constitution, but Dranias writes that that effort likely won’t amount to much. Instead of using such resolutions,...
  • Lessons from a happy place: Limited government and low taxes make Switzerland improbably successful

    04/28/2015 7:09:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 04/28/2015 | Richard Rahn
    Geneva, Switzerland — What is the happiest place? Last week in its annual “World Happiness Report,” the United Nations reported that Switzerland was No. 1. The United States ranked No. 15, and the African country of Togo came in last, at number 158. Switzerland is arguably the world’s most successful country — and most improbably so. It is landlocked and without much in the way of natural resources. It has four official languages, many different religious groups, and is surrounded by warring neighbors. Yet, it has remained an island of peace and prosperity. The last armed conflict on Swiss territory...
  • University of Minnesota SDS Delivers People's State of the University Address

    04/27/2015 9:04:31 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    Just an hour after UMN President Eric Kaler delivered his annual State of the University address, Minneapolis activists, led by Students for a Democratic Society members, delivered their own address. Dubbed a "People's State of the University Address", the address centered on the struggle of students, staff, and faculty, including inflated administrations, the need for a diversified campus, tuition hikes, and greater difficulties for workers. This was in contrast the the address delivered by Eric Kaler which was little more than a PR stunt for the university.read more
  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Backers of Tennessee in-state tuition for undocumented students say they'll try again next year

    04/23/2015 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 20 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | April 23, 2015 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- As the Tennessee House debated a bill Wednesday that could determine whether he can eventually afford college, 15-year-old Carlos Reyes was in the balcony. In the end, the bill to allow some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities failed by one vote, 49-47. Fifty votes were needed to approve the bill, which had passed in the Senate. The measure is dead until next year. "It does make me feel kind of upset," said Reyes, a high school student from Murfreesboro whose parents brought him illegally to the U.S. "I really hope they pass...
  • Colorado lawmakers start work on marijuana refund proposal

    04/22/2015 10:52:54 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Albuquerque Journal News ^ | 4-22-2015 | Kristen Wyatt, AP
    Colorado lawmakers started work Wednesday on a proposal to ask voters to keep some $58 million in marijuana tax collections. Colorado voters already approved the taxes on recreational pot sales in 2013. But because that ballot measure didn’t account for a quirk in state law related to new taxes, the money will have to be refunded unless voters again approve the 10 percent sales and 15 percent excise taxes. Colorado voters approved the taxes the first time by a 2-to-1 margin. The new ballot measure has broad bipartisan support, with lawmakers calling the measure a do-over of what voters already...
  • Immigration and Barack Obama's New Americans

    04/22/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 14 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/22/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    While the American voters sent a message of repudiation against the overreach of the executive branch in the November 2014 elections, the executive responded by informing the voters that their message would be ignored. As Republicans won in a landslide election that gave them control of Congress by vowing to stop the overreach of the Obama administration, it simply didn’t matter. In an interview with the Huffington Post last month, Barack Obama conveyed this message by stating that he will, “try to reach out to Republicans and see if they can work with us and where they’re not willing to...
  • Feminist Professor: "Worst" Form of Gov't is One Run by Competent, Able People

    04/22/2015 12:28:23 PM PDT · by rightistight · 35 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/22/15 | Aurelius
    In a stunning display of not knowing what words mean, self-described feminist professor Elizabeth R. Upton has declared that a government run by people of merit who are competent and able to handle difficult situations is actually one of the worst forms of government. Dr. Upton posted on her Twitter profile (by retweeting another college professor, Dr. Adam Kotsko) that the "Second worst utopia" is "a pure meritocracy," asking, "Do we really want to be ruled by people who believe they *deserve* to rule over us?" Dictionary.com defines "meritocracy" as "an elite group of people whose progress is based on...
  • Port politics starves military, costs growers and energy producers

    04/22/2015 7:54:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/22/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Between the egotistical unions, misguided misinformed environmentalists and pushover government bureaucrats, free enterprise is under fire and our men and women at arms are underfed. Few things are more despicable It wasn’t enough that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union targeted Portland container-terminals run by ICTSI Oregon, effectually shutting down Terminal 6 by goading Hapag Lloyd into closing operations which supplied 20% of Portland’s container traffic. Hanjin, which began servicing the U.S. Army after World War II, had already abandoned the port taking 80% of T-6’s traffic with it, but the shortsighted union stranded inland farmers and backstabbed the military....
  • Surgeon general tells Elmo: Get vaccinated [Prov 22:3]

    04/20/2015 12:02:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/20/2015 | PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Getting vaccinated will feel only like a pinch, the U.S. surgeon general assured Sesame Street's "Elmo" character last week. The California measles outbreak is officially over, but Surgeon General Vivek Murthy urged Elmo to get vaccinated in a video released by the Obama administration Friday. "It's my job to make sure everyone stays healthy," Murthy tells Elmo in the video."Get all your vaccinations in time" to stay healthy, he continued. "Don't worry, Elmo, it's just a little pinch and it's safe. And tell all your friends on Sesame Street to get vaccinated too..."
  • Why Is the Government Stealing Raisins from Honest Farmers?

    04/19/2015 7:15:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2015 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In a depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So FDR’s “brain trust” produced “price stabilization”...
  • Speculation: What is President Obama's "endgame"?

    04/18/2015 9:55:40 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 69 replies
    Me | 4/18/15 | TheLouiswu
    What do you suppose President Obama's endgame will be for the last part of his presidential term?
  • 'Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?'

    04/16/2015 9:54:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 4/16/15 | LEE SMITH
    One of the important pieces of news to come out of Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to the White House Tuesday is that Iraq will be receiving delivery of F-16s. At Commentary, Max Boot asks if this is such a wise move, “Why Are We Giving F-16s to an Iranian-Infiltrated Government?” As Boot explains, “the government of Iraq is heavily infiltrated by Iranian agents,” and Abadi himself is an Iranian ally, selected by Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani to replace the former prime minister, also an asset of Tehran’s, Nuri al-Maliki. “Does it really make safe under those circumstances...
  • We Thought We Were Free

    04/15/2015 12:27:36 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 10 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/15/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand”, wrote Milton Mayer in his book They Thought They Were Free published in 1955. What Mayer was describing in his book was the ever widening gap between the government and the people that happened “so gradually and so insensibly” no one seemed to notice. “Each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) notes Mayer, “as...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz on the Larry Kudlow Show

    04/15/2015 11:04:16 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 7 replies
    Youtube Larry Kudlow Show ^ | 4/11/2015 | Larry Kudlow
    Audio in link- Sen Cruz talks about a number of important issues, 1:00 Foreign issues- Iran, terror, 8:10 Economic growth and Ted's tax plan to be released.
  • The Betrayal Papers: Part V – Who is Barack Hussein Obama?

    04/15/2015 4:59:00 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 16 replies
    http://www.rightsidenews.com/2015041535722/editorial/rsn-pick-of-the-day/betrayal-papers-part-v-who- | April 15, 2015 | American Report
    IntroductionThe Betrayal Papers have thus far investigated and explained the Obama administration and their alliance with the international terrorist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood. The articles analyzed several aspects of White House policy, foreign and domestic, and compared them to the objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood. Parts V and VI will explore the personal ties that bind Obama, as well as the progressive American left, to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a portrait of a conspiracy that has reached unprecedented heights of global control.“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” Has there ever been a president whose personal history...
  • Remember Cliven Bundy? Yep… he’s still #winning

    04/14/2015 2:40:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Most of you probably remember the saga of Cliven Bundy from last year. The Nevada Rancher was in a legal battle with the federal government and the state of Nevada over grazing fees and property rights which turned into a standoff between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and a literal army of Bundy’s supporters. Cliven’s cattle had been rustled out from under him and parts of his land blocked off. After some tense moments in the confrontation the BLM blinked first, packed their things and left. They vowed at the time that Bundy hadn’t heard the last of...
  • Tax Time and the Bible's Story About Government

    04/14/2015 9:08:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2015 | BY REV. MARK H. CREECH
    Back in the 1980s, I was an associate minister in charge of the children's ministry at a church in upstate New York – not far from Buffalo. The church had a children's worship that met on Sunday mornings separate from the adult's traditional morning worship. The children's church service featured special characters that would share the Gospel in ways that resonated well with kids. There was, "Tick-Tock the Grandfather Clock," "Jack, the Pirate," "Moe, the Hobo," and "The Old Circuit Rider," who actually rode a real horse to church on the Sundays he visited. The youngsters loved it and attendance...
  • A Warning To Washington

    04/12/2015 12:44:59 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 19 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 04/12/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    Tensions are reaching an all time high in the atmosphere outside the beltway of Washington, D.C. “Today in America a despised minority that is really no minority is the target of an establishment that considers this minority unworthy of respect, unworthy of rights, and unworthy of having a say in the direction of this country”, writes Kurt Schlichter of Townhall. Growing out of personal misconduct, gross neglect, and habitual disregard of public interests by our elected officials, our nation of laws is quickly degenerating into a nation of men. The President, with the outward support of the Democrat party, rules...
  • The world burns as Obama calls for banning 'gay conversion' therapy

    04/10/2015 12:11:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    The world is blowing up, the U.S. economy is still in the pits, and the administration is demonstrating an incompetence rare even for Washington.  So, naturally, the president has turned his attention to the pressing issue of transgender rights.  It is vital that transgender people get to use the bathroom of their choice and that nobody rag on them, or make fun of them, or ignore them.  Valerie Jarrett wrote the press release: In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called...
  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australia’s SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar “organs-on-demand” transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australia’s News.com, described...
  • Smart Meters: Enforcement Of Mandatory Water Restrictions Is Only Just The Beginning

    04/08/2015 1:43:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Smart meters are now being used by authorities to crack down on “water wasters” in the state of California, but this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as what they can be used for. Ultimately, smart meters are designed to be part of an entire “smart grid” that will enable government bureaucrats “to control everything from your dishwasher to thermostat“. And in recent years, there has been a massive push to install smart meters in as many homes in the United States and Europe as possible. Back in December 2007, there were only 7 million smart meters...
  • On Marriage: Never Give In. Never, Never, Never…

    04/07/2015 9:17:49 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 15 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Trevor Thomas
    The battle raging over religious liberty on several fronts across the U.S. has been quite revealing. Most telling are the lengths to which liberals continue to go to ensure that the homosexual agenda roars on undeterred. As Ross Douthat has alluded, the political and cultural melee we’ve endured the last several days is because the perversion on marriage wrought by liberals has prospered to the point that an ever growing number of Americans have found themselves in the crosshairs of today’s gaystapo.
  • UN CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICIAL SAYS “WE SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT” TO DEPOPULATE THE PLANET

    04/07/2015 7:21:38 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 52 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 2013 | Climate One
    Officials within the UN are pushing the notion that the human population should be reduced in order to effectively combat climate change. The long standing notion has been continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation with Climate One founder Greg Dalton regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change. The comments are made at 4.20 into the following video: Climate One Interview
  • Hey, Christian Business Owners: The Government Isn’t ‘Forcing’ You To Do Anything

    04/07/2015 7:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/07/2015 | Sally Kohn
    You may have heard that the government is forcing businesses not to discriminate. It isn’t. If you chose to run a business, you have to follow the laws. If you don’t, that’s a choice—and you choose to suffer the consequences. Still, in the wake of the controversy surrounding Indiana’s law, conservatives don’t see it that way. Even potential Republican presidential candidates are getting in on the assertions. Rick Santorum recently said: If you’re a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print ‘God Hates Fags’ for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those...
  • Answer Us This, George Stephanopoulos: Should the government compel expression?

    04/07/2015 6:48:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/07/2015 | Quin Hillyer
    ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, and MSNBC’s Ed Schultz will soon be in the dock (below, figuratively speaking), but first, let’s make this clear: The battle over various Religious Freedom Restoration Acts has nothing to do with a dislike of, or desire to discriminate against, homosexuals. Let this also be clear: The organized Left and its media mouthpieces have won this week’s skirmishes, largely because the Right’s would-be champions proved to be invertebrate; but advocates of religious freedom have not lost the war, and cannot, must not, and will not retreat — and we have every chance of ultimately...
  • Reduce Out-of-Control College Costs by Ending Government Subsidies

    04/06/2015 9:05:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/06/2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    IÂ’ve written many times about the shortcomings of government schools at the K-12 level. We spend more on our kids than any other nation, yet our test scores are comparatively dismal. And one of my points, based on this very sobering chart from one of my Cato colleagues, is that AmericaÂ’s educational performance took a turn in the wrong direction when the federal government became more involved starting about 40-50 years ago. Well, the same unhappy story exists in the higher-education sector. Simply stated, thereÂ’s been an explosion of spending, much of it from Washington, yet the rate of return...
  • Fundamental Concepts – Guess what Conservatives? We can't win [Weirddave]

    04/04/2015 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Bratch · 31 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | April 4, 2015 | Open Blogger
    Earlier this week, Drew M wrote another chapter in his long running “Let It Burn” saga, Can The GOP Be Reformed? Some Say No, Others Are Wrong. It's a good essay, I encourage anyone who missed it to take a moment to read it, because I'm about to take issue with it. The issue I have with Drew's thread has nothing to do with it's content. I happen to think that his observations are spot on, and I agree with them. The GOP isn't a conservative party. It isn't going to ever be as conservative as he, and I, and I suspect...
  • The Article V Initiative: The way for the states to end Washington’s spending

    03/30/2015 10:40:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | Herman Cain
    Checks and balances. If you’re frustrated by the refusal of Congress to stop its fiscal insanity – and how could you not be? – it’s time to start realizing that the Constitution gives states and the people more power over Congress than most realize. And right now there is an effort called the Article V Initiative that would wield and deploy that power. Most people don’t know, because they have never been taught, that Article V of the Constitution empowers the people through their state legislatures to propose amendments. Specifically, Article V proscribes a process in which two-thirds of state...
  • Enough is Enough, It’s Time to Downsize the Federal Government

    03/30/2015 10:39:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/30/15 | David Coughlin
    Repair and realignment of our federal government The size of the federal government has exploded over the last century. The legislative and judicial branches of government have grown to serve the increased number of states and its growing population. The size and scope of the executive branch has grown to reflect an expanded role of the federal government over the last 100 years. Apparently the staffing of fourteen separate Cabinet Departments were not enough to manage the current executive branch, so Barack Obama felt the need to appoint a number of “czars” to focus on special emphasis areas. Recent studies...
  • Who is Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad? (vanity)

    03/29/2015 6:56:50 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 5 replies
    today | self
    Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and president of Khalilzad Associates, an international business consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. He has been involved with U.S. policy makers at the White House, State Department and Pentagon since the mid-1980s, and was the highest-ranking Muslim American in the Administration of U.S. President George W. Bush. Khalilzad's previous assignments in the Administration include U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. President Bush in 2002 appointed Khalilzad...
  • Israel President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Forming New Government

    03/25/2015 4:42:34 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 5 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | March 25, 2015 | Joel Leyden
    By Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem, Israel — March 25, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the President’s Office of Israel to the Israel News Agency. President of Israel Reuven Rivlin this evening, appointed outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK, with the task of forming the 34th Government of Israel, at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. The President signed the official letter of appointment in his office with Prime Minister Netanyahu, before going on to make public statements. “In democracy, majority rules, and the majority has made its voice heard clearly in this election,”...
  • American People Must Say No to Washington's Foolish Policy of Constant War

    03/19/2015 1:06:48 PM PDT · by ruthles · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 3/19/2015 | doug bandow
    American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound.
  • Stop MN Gas Tax Hike

    03/18/2015 6:06:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    galt.io ^ | 3-17-15 | MR RIGHT
    So Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota wants another new tax--this time adding a 6.5% gas tax at the wholesale level, along with license fee increases and a new metro-wide sales tax for, you guessed it, mass transit. A lack of government revenue isn't what plagues our roads. About 25% of the current federal gas tax of 18.4 (not including diesel) cents per gallon is siphoned off for non-highway uses, primarily via the Mass Transit Account. As a result, the HTF must now rely on general fund bailouts to survive. Recent history here in Minnesota also proves a similar point. In...
  • Christian Homeschool Kids Who Spent Two Months in State Custody to Return Home on a Trial Basis

    03/19/2015 8:07:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Four of the seven Arkansas Christian homeschool children who were removed from their parents home in January will finally be returned to live full time on a 60-day trial basis after the family reached a mediated agreement with the Arkansas Department of Human Services on Tuesday. The children's mother, Michelle Stanley, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the agreement will also allow for the three older children to return home on the weekends and to stay at home during their spring break, which is next week. Stanley explained that the mediation hearing, which was only supposed to last three...
  • Federal Agencies Made $125B in Improper Payments Last Year

    03/17/2015 6:06:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Fox via AP ^ | March 17, 2015 | Staff
    Federal agencies made $125 billion in improper payments last year, including tax credits to people who didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working, said a government report released Monday.
  • The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse - “Tea Party-ization” of white Catholics

    03/15/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Salon ^ | March 15, 205
    It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters. There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate...
  • 25 Statist Propaganda Phrases (And How To Rebut Them)

    03/15/2015 9:19:16 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 14, 2015 | Tylor Durden
    3. “The social contract” A valid contract must be presented honestly and agreed to voluntarily, without duress or fraud. The social contract does not meet this standard because the state will initiate the use of force against anyone who does not voluntarily enter into the social contract. The state is also not automatically dissolved when it fails to uphold its obligations under the social contract, so the presentation is dishonest if it even occurs at all. Therefore, the social contract cannot be considered a legitimate contract.
  • Carly Fiorina Shapes Herself as the Republican Foil to Hillary Clinton

    03/13/2015 10:50:16 AM PDT · by illiac · 52 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | Amy Chozick3/13/15
    WASHINGTON — She has been the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, a senior adviser to a Republican presidential nominee and a candidate for the United States Senate. But Carly Fiorina recently took on her boldest role yet: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s loudest critic. Over the past few weeks, Ms. Fiorina has mocked Mrs. Clinton’s globe-trotting as secretary of state, assailed Mrs. Clinton’s use of only a private email account to do official business, and even accused Mrs. Clinton of stealing intellectual property. From her. Twice. Ms. Fiorina insists she has no problem with Mrs. Clinton personally — only with her liberal philosophy...
  • Major survey finds record low confidence in government

    03/12/2015 8:56:40 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    AP.org ^ | 3/11/15 | Emily Swanson - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years. The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress. By contrast, half have a great deal of confidence in the military. The survey is conducted by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. Because of its long-running and comprehensive set of questions...
  • Amazon Tax

    03/11/2015 6:58:12 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 35 replies
    11 March 2015 | NapSCOORDINATOR
    Interenet Tax
  • Hillary Just Recused Herself

    03/10/2015 8:56:02 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 83 replies
    March 10, 2015 | self
    Hillary’s press conference showed We the People there will never be a safe way for Hillary to become President. She said she had a private server in her private home thinking she had some degree of privacy by doing so. But Hillary there’s one thing you didn’t think of. Doing government business on a separate private server in your home was a national security risk. Didn’t you understand that? We can comfortably conclude that, at a bare minimum, the Chinese and Russians have everything that was; repeat was, on your private server. I know you, in the middle of an...
  • The Unprecedented Nature of Hillary's Email

    03/10/2015 12:51:49 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 54 replies
    self | 10 Mar 2015 | Self
    There may be precedence of using private email accounts in government, but I don't know of anyone having their own hardware system at their private residence. Using accounts at google still allows subpoenas to be issued to the ISP such that data can be retrieved from archives, even if the user has deleted them. Quite frankly, I'm not concerned about Hillary's email to other .gov addresses. I'm sure they're benign. I'm also sure she knows when something is classified. As a Secretary of State, if you wanted to hand off something classified, what better way to do it than in...
  • Have any ‘Reformicons’ Worked in Government?

    03/09/2015 8:42:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 9, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    If you think you haven’t heard of “reformicons” or “reform conservatives,” don’t sell yourself short. You are already familiar with this latest movement within the Republican Party, albeit under different branding. This piece, entitled “The Good Right” (as compared with … ?), sums up the Reformicon agenda this way: Yuval Levin, one of reform conservatism’s brightest thinkers, told Sam Tanenhaus that “a shrinking or scaling-back of government” was not his aim. He sought “an entire reimagining of it.” He argues that “a true Burkean conservatism would recast the federal government as the facilitator and supporter of local institutions who are...