James CartwrightAs 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.

Monty PearceThe 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.

In a development that ought to surprise no one, the Obama administration is planning to release its plan for new gun-control legislation within the next two weeks. The fact that Obama made no mention of such legislation during this week’s State of the Union address is hardly an indication that such a move is not on the administration’s agenda; it simply means that while the Democrat leadership is loath to let a crisis “go to waste,” that does not mean that they intend to broadcast their intentions, either.

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