A coalition of government-union members, socialists, and other protesters — some of whom were bussed in from out of state — raucously invaded Madison, Wisconsin, beginning on February 16, to demonstrate against a budget bill backed by Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Article II of the United States Constitution requires that a person be a "natural born citizen" of the United States in order to be eligible to hold the office of President.
Democratic Wisconsin state senators who fled to Illinois in an effort to block a vote on Republicans’ budget-repair proposal could be in hot water if they don’t come back to work — the legislature voted to hold them in contempt and send law enforcement out to get them. Government-employee layoffs are also imminent if the missing State Senators do not return, according to Gov. Scott Walker.
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.
In 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that included an amendment which banned the incandescent light bulb. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. Since the signing of the law, a number of Republicans have targeted the bill as another example of government overreach. One such Republican is Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who introduced H.R.5616 in 2008 to blunt the law passed in the prior year.
The U.S. Navy is suffering yet another scandal involving sex between men and women sailors. The Navy admitted to London's Daily Mail that the commanding officer and command master chief of a guided missile destroyer steaming for duty in the waters of Libya have been ordered off the ship.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is no stranger to controversy. The TSA has been the subject of much scrutiny from civil libertarians and constitutionalists, who have criticized the agency’s numerous affronts against the natural rights of American and foreign travelers, who have been subjected to violations of their bodily integrity and right to property.
As the anti-reform protests in Madison, Wisconsin, drag into their third week, much has been said about how peaceful, respectful, and well-behaved the demonstrators have been. But there are certainly some glaring exceptions which, while not adequately covered by the mainstream media, deserve some attention nonetheless.
Unions — in both the public and private sectors — have been thrust back into the national spotlight following weeks of unrest over proposed reforms, particularly in Wisconsin, but in other states as well. Countless commentators and analysts of all persuasions have offered their opinions on the matter. And the outcome of ongoing battles, all of them agree, will have far-reaching repercussions.