As promised in his address to a joint session of Congress last week, President Barack Obama on Monday sent his proposed economic plan, the American Jobs Act, to Capitol Hill and urged legislators to "pass it immediately." He maintained that the bill "could add a significant amount to our Gross Domestic Product, and could put people back to work all across the country" and that it would not "add a dime to the deficit."
Voters in New York's Ninth Congressional District are coming out today to vote for their new congressman, who will replace disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner, a Democrat. While the seat has been held by a Democrat consistently for the past 78 years (the last Republican to represent the district was Andrew Petersen, who represented the district from 1921-1923), political analysts and pollsters have strong reason to believe that history may be made tonight if Republican candidate Bob Turner (left) defeats his Democratic opponent, Assemblyman David Weprin.
Analysts are warning that serious chaos could ensue as a coalition of radical activists, leftist organizations, self-described "revolutionaries" and anti-capitalist agitators -- some of whom are reportedly linked to the Obama administration -- plots to "occupy" Wall Street starting on September 17. Under the banner of a "Day of Rage," critics and supporters say the protests could be just the start of something much bigger -- and the list of targeted cities in the U.S. and around the world is still growing.
Votes in a republic must be counted honorably or elections are worse than useless. Political machines after the Civil War learned the tools for stealing votes en masse. Immigrants not conversant in English, and leaning upon the largesse of local governments for a wide range of help, could be instructed how to vote and be trusted to do so. The rise of voter blocs, in which certain groups of Americans could be reliably expected to vote for certain political parties, made the legitimate function of elections weak — creating uncertainty about who would hold office.
The CNN/Tea Party Express presidential debate September 12 featured a staple question of the Ron Paul candidacy — the Federal Reserve Bank — but didn't give Representative Paul a chance to weigh in on the nation's central bank.