The Cato Institute’s just-announced ad campaign in major newspapers around the country asks rhetorically, “This is leadership?” and then neatly summarizes numerous areas where major budget cuts could be made. The ad questions the debate currently taking place over almost invisible cuts to the federal budget: “The House Republican leadership has proposed $61 billion in spending cuts — but that’s less than 4% of this year’s massive $1.65 trillion federal deficit.” And the Democrats have managed to squeeze out an even more modest proposal of a mere $10 billion.
After failing to intimidate lawmakers with protests and threats into backing down on the budget-repair bill reining in the collective-bargaining privileges of government employees, unions in Wisconsin sent out letters promising potentially illegal boycotts and attacks against businesses in the state that refuse to publicly support their demands.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever has said that United States Border Patrol officials have repeatedly asked him to reduce, even stop, arrests of illegal immigrants trying to cross the United States border. Dever’s allegations come just days after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims that the U.S.-Mexican border is more secure than ever before.
Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, is the organizer behind Thursday’s “Continuing Revolution” rally at the Capitol, and said that: