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.
When William Daley, the new White House Chief of Staff said U.S. taxpayers should not pay for infrastructure improvements, it might have sounded to some like a good thing. But the statement he made to Bob Schieffer on Sunday's Face the Nation on Jan. 30 deserves closer examination.
As President Obama used his State of the Union address to highlight the introduction of open homosexuals into the nation’s military, the Pentagon was putting the finishing touches on a plan that will specify how recruiters, commanders, and others within the defense community will comply with the dismantling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official policy that has kept practicing homosexuals from openly serving in the armed forces.
Though it is touted to reveal budget cuts, President Obama's multi-trillion-dollar budget-to be submitted to Congress on February 14-will fittingly reveal a love affair between the federal government and spending. The budget will also likely set up a conflict between fiscal conservatives and congressional spenders that will take Congress to the 2012 elections.
The effort by Idaho lawmakers to nullify Obamacare has suffered some temporary setbacks, but is scheduled to be introduced in the Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Monday, February 7. House Bill 59 (H.B. 59), sponsored by Representatives Vito Barbieri and Judy Boyle, and Senators Monty Pearce (photo at left), Steve Vick and Sheryl Nuxoll, declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ("Obamacare") to be "not authorized by the Constitution of the United States," and therefore, "null, void and of no effect regarding any Idaho citizen."
House Republican leaders are currently reconsidering an earlier GOP proposal to privatize the Medicare program. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is currently testing support for his idea to replace the program with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan. Once tested, the Republicans will then decide whether they should include the plan in the budget they submit next spring.