Last year congressional Democrats attempted to pass the DISCLOSE (Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections) Act, which would have required disclosure (hence the strained acronym) of large donors to organizations engaging in political activities, giving the Federal Elections Commission the power to regulate political speech on the Internet, and prohibited federal contractors from donating to political causes. Though the bill passed the House of Representatives, it twice failed to overcome procedural hurdles in the Senate, dooming it to well-deserved defeat.
First there was Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Then there was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Might there soon be Sen. Robert Paul (R-Texas, left) also?
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that this youngest of Ron Paul's sons, a family-practice physician living in Fort Worth, is indeed considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Proving Ronald Reagan�s adage that Democrats �never met a tax they didn�t hike,� President Barack Obama is planning to �call for tax increases for people making over $250,000 a year, a proposal contained in his 2012 budget, and changing parts of the tax code he thinks benefit the wealthy,� the Wall Street Journal reports. Obama is also expected to �propose cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and changes to Social Security.� But if those cuts are anything like the so-called cuts in the recent budget compromise, they will amount to small reductions in proposed increases, not genuine cuts.
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.�
Who 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.
With 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.