In 2010, American Thinker posted an interesting defense of a flat tax, noting that it would help preserve privacy and freedom of speech by eliminating the need for the federal government to know virtually every aspect of a taxpayer’s financial assets. Two years later, some people are seeing truth in the magazine's assessment that the administration may be using the Internal Revenue Service to silence its opposition.
Congressmen are not only sending millions of tax dollars back home in earmarks that affect the value of their own property but also funding projects in which family members are involved.
That’s the latest revelation describing high-level graft and corruption on Capitol Hill, courtesy of the Washington Post. In an investigative project titled “Capitol Assets,” the newspaper shows that “public projects meet private interests,” and that what some Americans believe — that almost all politicians are crooks — might have some merit.
A shave and a haircut will cost you more than two bits just about anywhere, but it’ll run you over two Hamiltons at the U.S. Senate barbershop — more than double what barbers in some parts of the country charge. Yet despite these high prices, the shop, which is supposed to be self-sustaining, ended up $300,000 in the hole last year and got its own taxpayer bailout, proving once again that government is incapable of performing even the smallest tasks cheaply and competently.
President Obama, in full-blown campaign mode, has launched a project to recruit his adherents to counter any attacks on himself or his record in the months leading up to the election.
ABC News reports, “The Obama campaign is today beginning a new effort to enlist and educate at least 2 million supporters for a ‘grassroots communications team’ they’re calling the Truth Team.” These administration allies will be mobilized in 13 swing states — Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.
In the aftermath of the Washington Metro's deadliest crash over two years ago, Congress is considering federal regulation to make mass transit systems safer nationwide.
According to the Washington Post:
This week two bills that address safety are expected to go before the House and Senate for debate. One of the proposals would give the Federal Transit Administration oversight and the authority to set standards.
Another brave state legislator has joined the resistance to federal tyranny by defending the constitutional right of states to govern themselves.
On February 3, Oklahoma Rep. Charles Key (R-Oklahoma City, left) offered a bill that would officially request that the Congress of the United States repeal Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Furthermore, the legal effect of those two sections would be void in Oklahoma.
Georgia’s Supreme Court has overturned a law banning advertising for assisted suicide, ruling that it unconstitutionally restricts free speech. The legislature had enacted the law in 1994 in an attempt to keep “right to die” proponents such as Dr. Jack Kevorkian from offering their services in the state.
The Intolerable Acts was the name used by American colonists to describe a series of oppressive measures passed by the British Parliament in 1774 relating to the amount of self-government permissible in the American colonies. The acts sparked outrage and firm resistance to the tyrannical regime of King George III throughout the 13 colonies.
It is increasingly difficult to distinguish the friends of liberty from the foes. Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is perceived by Republicans to be a “conservative,” but despite that misleading label, Ryan is determined to hand a crown, jewel by jewel, to the President in the form of line-item veto power.
“The time for austerity is not today,” White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew declared on the February 12 Meet the Press, providing an apt motto for President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal, which foresees trillions of dollars in deficit spending, phony spending cuts, genuine tax hikes, and a refusal to address budget-busting entitlements. In other words, it’s a typical Washington budget proposal.
If President Obama is reelected in 2012, he would unlawfully seek to infringe upon the God-given right to keep and bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, warned National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre on Friday.