Michael Tennant

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 16:50

Is ObamaRail the New ObamaCare?

ObamaCare proved to be a winning issue for Republicans last November, and rightly so: It is expensive, intrusive, and � most especially � unconstitutional. What is the next expensive, intrusive, unconstitutional Obama project that the GOP can use to win the next election? According to The Hill, it�s Obama�s plan to provide 80 percent of Americans with access to high-speed rail over the next 25 years, a boondoggle the newspaper dubs �ObamaRail.�

Joe BidenWho would have thought the Obama administration, friend of the gay rights lobby, would actually force someone into the closet? Yet that is precisely what happened to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers when he showed up at a fundraiser attended by Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Drudge Report.

You�d never know President Barack Obama proposed a domestic discretionary spending �freeze� by looking at the 2012 budget he submitted to Congress. According to The Hill's Erik Wasson, Obama�s budget includes an 11 percent spending increase for the Department of Education and a 9.5 percent increase for the Department of Energy.

On February 17 the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood for the remainder of the fiscal year. The amendment was part of a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through September 30 and prevent a government shutdown.

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

Obamas No New Debt Ploy

ObamaWith his latest budget proposal, President Barack Obama is trying to convince the American people that after years of spending taxpayers’ money like water and running up record debts, he has suddenly become a debt hawk. In a February 15 press conference he said that under his budget “we’re not going to be running up the credit card anymore.” Two days earlier, Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew told CNN’s Candy Crowley that “our budget will get us, over the next several years, to the point where ... we’re not adding to the debt anymore.”

If you have a product you would like to export but you don�t want to pay to advertise the product in foreign countries, don�t sweat it. Just get taxpayers to foot the bill instead. That, in a nutshell, describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Market Access Program, an annual redistribution of $200 million from average citizens to fat cats such as Sunkist, Welch�s, and Blue Diamond for the purpose of promoting exports of their products.

In a nation where individuals were treated as equals before the law, a person’s racial and ethnic identity would be irrelevant to public policy. But in a nation in which there is much to be gained politically by identifying oneself with a particular racial or ethnic group, such classifications are the stuff of knock-down, drag-out fights.

Touting President Barack Obama’s “responsible, sensible and achievable plan to put the country on a fiscally sustainable path” in a New York Times op-ed, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew (pictured) performs some creative accounting to lay all of the blame for the state of the federal government’s finances on the George W. Bush administration. Pointing out that in 2001 “the country had a projected surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next decade,” Lew argues that the Bush tax cuts, combined with Bush’s expansion of Medicare, are the cause of the enormous deficits the country is now facing.

Even in peacetime, government lies are so commonplace as to hardly be news. During wartime, however, the government fib fabricator goes into overdrive — as does the coverup machinery. Decades may pass before wartime lies are exposed, and even more time may elapse before the government admits to having deceived the public.

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Founding Fathers for ObamaCare?

Thomas JeffersonDid the Founding Fathers support the idea of government-run healthcare? The question seems to answer itself. The Founders had just thrown off the shackles of big government, putting in its place a limited federal government with explicitly defined powers, none of which involved medical care.