When the Obama administration and congressional Democrats decided that they could start mandating that every American citizen make purchases as dictated by the federal government, the lurch away from rule under the Constitution to living by federal diktat was clear to virtually everyone. That the mandates imposed by ObamaCare are unconstitutional has now been made clear by the courts. And now at least one legislator in South Dakota is demonstrating the absurdity of the entire endeavor through a little legislation of his own.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow embarrassingly called attention to a story on the website Christwire that indicated former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin had advocated for an American invasion into Egypt. What Maddow did not know at the time was that Christwire is a satirical site.
For the third year in a row, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin declined an invitation to serve as the keynote speaker at the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, set to take place next week. This year's excuse is that the conference conflicts with her schedule.
With the 2012 presidential election already on presidential aspirants' front doorstep, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is hiking the campaign trail, stomping the path of ethanol subsidies.
Craig Becker is a longtime lawyer for big labor. Among his clients have been the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). When President Obama appointed him to the National Labor Relations Board, the independent federal regulatory agency that deals with union and employer compliance with federal labor laws, among other things, that nomination was rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate. President Obama seemed very eager to have him on the NLRB. The President then gave the labor lawyer a recess appointment which allows him to serve through the current year. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when Speaker, severely criticized this appointment.
Four San Diego firefighters forced by their supervisor to take part in a "gay pride" parade in 2007 have won their case against the city after the California Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court's decision in their favor.
House Republicans are turning their attention to the Environmental Protection Agency and their overreaching regulations. Today, they will be unveiling legislation to ban the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The legislation is expected to move through the House without issue.
When Austan Goolsbee, chief economic advisor to the Obama administration, was asked about the impact not raising the debt ceiling would have on the country, he said, �This is not a game. If we hit the debt ceiling, that�s essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history.� He continued:
Former Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who helped inaugurate the Bush-era torture policy and locked up American citizens without trial, will receive a "Defender of the Constitution" Award from the American Conservative Union at the group's annual CPAC conference. Rumsfeld will be promoting his soon-to-be-released book, Known and Unknown, at the CPAC conference.
The Cato Institute�s massive 262-page study, Downsizing Government, by Chris Edwards, is the most recent offering of suggestions and recommendations for cutting severely the size, cost, reach, power and influence of the federal government in the lives of American citizens. In general, those citizens welcome such suggestions, according to Rasmussen Reports, which announced that two out of three Likely Voters they polled �prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than a more active one with more services and higher taxes.� Surprisingly this was supported by almost half of those Likely Voters who were also Democrats, along with 67 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 90 percent of Republicans voters.