January 4, 2010, CNN’s Audrey Singer wrote an article, "Census 2010 Can Count on Controversy," which predicted a variety of controversial issues that would surround the 2010 Census. Singer’s focus was on the “political and equity arguments” that would likely erupt. However, what Singer did not predict were questionable hiring practices and abuse of taxpayer money.
The Internal Revenue Service is collecting taxpayer dollars in more ways than one, thanks in part to the roughly $800 billion in economic stimulus money approved by Congress. The IRS has been awarded $80.5 million of federal "stimulus" money for a $92 million renovation of its complex in Andover, Massachusetts.
According to the Associated Press, “A group of conservative attorneys say they are on a mission from God to unseat four California judges in a rare challenge that is turning a traditionally snooze-button election into what both sides call a battle for the integrity of U.S. courts.”
Kentucky Republican U.S. Senate nominee and Tea Party hero Rand Paul made a major change to his campaign staff this week, promoting Jesse Benton to campaign manager and relegating current campaign manager David Adams to campaign chairman. Benton has served as an aide to Rand Paul's father, former presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, and is related by marriage to the family.
The rage of frustrated voters has manifested itself in a reform that could transform American politics. A June 8 California ballot question would eliminate party primaries and, instead, provide that all candidates for elective office face each other in a first round election. The two top vote getters would then meet in the general election to determine which candidate is elected.
In what appears to be a race to incorporate policies now that might not pass muster after November elections deplete Democratic majorities, on May 27 both the Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House voted to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military.
I find it interesting that many people believe they have a right to demand “rights” — such as jobs, welfare, and healthcare — in the United States even if they are present here illegally. Disregarding for now the rightness or wrongness of their claim of rights, I begin to wonder, “Where will their rights end?” If the only real claim that people have to being entitled to stuff, stuff that must be paid for by other people who are forced by government to “donate” cash to the cause, is that they reside in the country (again, illegally) and that it’s unfair for them to go without something that others have, then doesn’t it seem that there ought to be many more rights?
Last week the President of Mexico set off on a human rights lecture tour of Washington, D.C. and chief among his claque of foot tappers was the President of the United States.
Florida this year sent to the Congress of the United States its application for a convention for the purpose of proposing a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Florida is, by some counts at least, the 33rd state to apply. But the legislatures of New Hampshire and South Dakota have recently voted to rescind their applications. So are we now three states away from the 34 needed to require Congress to call a convention? Or one? Or 15 or so (arrived at by subtracting all the states that have rescinded their calls over the past 22 years)?
Linda McMahon, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, said Wednesday night that she did some of the research for what became a front-page story in the New York Times about how Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal falsely claimed to have served in Vietnam.