On Monday, May 16, Fox News� conservative pundit Glenn Beck announced to both his radio and television fans that he would be launching a follow-up of sorts to his August 28, 2010 �Restoring Honor� rally in Washington D.C. His upcoming "Restoring Courage" rally � scheduled for August, this time in Israel � has already been the subject of criticism by some on the Left.
A branch of the AFL-CIO confirmed last Friday that the Office of Management and Budget is in the process of considering unionization. The largest office within the executive branch, the OMB is a primarily neutral entity responsible for overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and supervising the administration of other executive branch agencies. It prioritizes funding and assesses competing funding demands among agencies. Because the OMB is responsible for what The Blaze calls "White House number-crunching," its unionization could pose problems in terms of the number crunching being nonpartisan.
States cannot grant their citizens wider freedoms from search and seizure than federal courts do, and police may manipulate events that allow them to avoid getting Fourth Amendment search warrants from judges for home searches, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled May 13 in the case of Kentucky v. King. The 8-1 decision included a stinging dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, one of the most liberal justices on the bench.
The economic free-fall of the beleaguered state of California is continuing apace. In January, when Governor Jerry Brown took office, the state's deficit was a mind-numbing $26.9 billion. Its fiscal woes could not have come as a surprise to the Brown family — Jerry, Pat, and Kathleen — all of whom have spent years in state political offices and have actually been involved in the creation of this deficit.
Just one year ago this week the Senate Special Committee on Aging, headed up by wealthy and aging Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), announced that massive shortfalls in funding for Social Security could be papered over with just a few modest "tweaks":
Modest changes can be made over time that will keep the program in surplus. They are not draconian, as the report points out, and they can be done and [they] will be done.
Putting aside the fact that Social Security is not "in surplus" and has not ever been actuarially sound since it began in 1935 (the same year Kohl was born), the "modest changes" he and his committee recommended at the time were, in fact, "draconian":