Despite the plight of the federal deficit and the American economy, President Obama has proposed spending $8 billion for a bullet train program, which will serve as only a down payment for the $53 billion over the next six years. Obama has touted the high-speed train program as a symbol of American innovation, but others contend that it is financially irresponsible.

Kentucky’s newly elected Senator Rand Paul has pleased conservatives with his calls for fiscal and constitutional conservatism, ranging from abolishing the Department of Education and all foreign aid to proposing substantial cuts to the federal budget. Now Paul has joined the crusade to end Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s efforts to work with the United Nations to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

Conservative lawmakers in Arizona have fired another salvo in the battle against illegal immigration. Legislation pending before a committee in the Arizona Senate would require hospitals to determine the immigration status of patients. 

Last week, the United States House of Representatives failed to extend several provisions found in the Patriot Act under a special expedited procedure that requires a two-thirds majority vote. To the surprise of House Republicans, the measure failed by seven votes, prompting Republicans to bring the bill up once again under a rule, which requires only a simple majority. Not surprisingly, the vote passed on Monday night by a vote of 275 to 144, extending the provisions of the Patriot Act an additional nine months.

The director of the Congressional Budget Office believes that ObamaCare, the ballyhooed health-care bill a federal judge recently declared unconstitutional, will force about 800,000 Americans out of the workforce.