The mainstream media can handle politicians who talk about cutting government on the campaign trail but abandon those views once in office. They cannot, however, deal with those who actually follow through on their promises, as witness an Associated Press story that is positively apoplectic about the “vision of the future” being presented to Montana residents by “newly elected lawmakers from the loose-knit, largely conservative anti-tax tea party coalition.”

On Thursday, less than two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata was buried in Brownsville, Texas, a Houston police officer was shot twice during a massive crackdown on drug cartels in the U.S. in response to Zapata’s death. A suspect was also shot in the raid on a Houston home. Both men survived, and reports are that veteran officer Nainash Patel's wounds are not life-threatening. According to on February 25, authorities made 33 arrests, seizing drugs, cash, and guns.

On Wednesday, February 23, by a vote of 24 to 7, the Texas State Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 1, which calls for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Under a proposed change being considered by the national network overseeing organ transplant policy in the U.S., younger and healthier kidney patients would be given priority consideration for donor organs. Currently, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a non-profit organization that contracts with the federal government to coordinate organ placement, gives priority consideration to those who have been on a waiting list the longest, as well as to patients who are the sickest and most critically in need of a kidney.

Some of the most disturbing and well-organized political incidents in U.S. history are riots and civil unrest, such as what is now boiling in the state of Wisconsin, where leftist and unionist forces have commandeered the state capitol, Madison, and are demanding that Republican Governor Scott Walker bow to their demands for collective bargaining and other exorbitant government benefits and pensions.