As expected, the bill to raise the federal debt ceiling that House Republicans brought to a quick vote today failed overwhelmingly. The bill, which would have unconditionally increased the debt limit by $2.4 trillion — the precise amount requested by the Obama administration — garnered only 97 Yea votes, all from Democrats. A combined 318 Democrats and Republicans voted Nay, and seven Democrats voted Present.
Saturday, May 28, marked yet another successful Nullify Now! tour, this time in Los Angeles, California. Sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center, the Foundation for a Free Society, The John Birch Society, and other liberty-promoting groups, the event took place on the 30th flloor of the AT&T Tower, boasting a fabulous view of the downtown area of Los Angeles. With an impressive view, an array of prominent speakers, and fellowship building, the event proved to be an enormous triumph.
In the latest act of treason from the illegal-alien lobby, Los Angeles city council members have announced they want the city to stop full participation in the federal Secure Communities program, which matches the fingerprints of local arrestees against the database maintained by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
The purpose of Secure Communities is to identify illegal aliens so they can be deported after they serve sentences.
Imagine this: An illegal alien murders your son. The killer is caught, but the prosecutors suggest a plea bargain for a lesser crime, promising that the murderer will be deported as soon as his sentence is served. You agree to the plan. After the illegal serves his sentence, Immigration and Customs Enforcement takes him into custody. But instead of deporting him, he's released back on the streets.
Remember the halcyon days of the late 1970s, when inflation, interest, and unemployment rates all soared into double digits? Back then the top marginal income tax rate in the United States was 70 percent, which may just have had something to do with the economic malaise of the period.