With great fanfare, the Obama administration celebrated its first policy victory of the year — the $17.6 billion jobs bill. Eleven Republican Senators helped push the bill through the Senate, 68-29.

As the House of Representatives rushes to pass the version of a healthcare bill passed in December by the Senate, particular emphasis is being paid by Americans to key provisions in the measure. One of the most controversial elements, and one of most importance to many voters, is whether the bill under consideration will permit federal dollars to fund abortions.

Republican Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a strategy even before President Obama was inaugurated, according to the New York Times. Recognizing that Republicans had lost control of the Senate as well as the presidency, that strategy was to use his 30-plus years of political wheeling and dealing to slow down the Democrat juggernaut, and wait for reinforcements.

Nothing gives this writer purer pleasure than to report on the multitude of states’ rights initiatives being passed by state legislatures across our great Republic. As happy as such news makes me, it must in equal measure drive the journalists at the establishment’s “newspaper of record” — the New York Times — crazy.

Mount Vernon StatementOur country is in trouble. Ongoing military commitments, enormous indebtedness, high unemployment, failing schools, citizen restlessness, and a President and Congress trying to lead the nation into socialism. So what should be done to correct all of this?