The public outcry against the privacy violations of Transportation Security Administration agents continues to be impassioned. This week, an unsettling video of a woman undergoing TSA screening at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport went viral, once against drawing attention to the various unconstitutional endeavors being undertaken at airports nationwide.
A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney on the way to formally launching his campaign for President in the state with the nation's first presidential primaries. The handsome, well groomed, tanned, and relaxed former Governor of Massachusetts made his much-anticipated announcement at the Bittersweet Farm of lifelong Republican activists Doug and Stella Scamman in the New Hampshire seacoast community of Stratham and all, apparently, went according to plan. Except for one thing. Further south on the seacoast, the Sarah Palin magical mystery tour turned up in the shoreline community of Seabrook.
The trickle of bad news about the economy has turned into a torrent, and is now threatening President Obama’s chances at reelection. On Wednesday the Institute for Supply Management issued its manufacturing index, which was expected to rise. Instead, it fell, to 53.5, perilously close to the edge of recession in manufacturing. John Silva, an economist at Wells Fargo, was blunt: “We had an economy that was in recovery mode. But now we’ve downshifted.”
Nowhere on the planet is common sense a scarcer commodity than in Washington, D.C. The $14 trillion in federal debt — much of it held by foreign, and frequently unfriendly, countries — would seem to be sufficient evidence of that. As if that weren’t bad enough, it now emerges that many of those same creditor nations are also the recipients of U.S. foreign aid.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, while many were getting their first taste of summer — ergo, not reading the news — it was reported that U.S. hospitals were experiencing shortages of both common and specialized drugs, so much so that they are looking for substitutes and combing the globe for overseas suppliers. An Associated Press story announced that some “89 drug shortages occurred in the first three months of this year, according to the University of Utah’s Drug Information Service (UUDIC)…which tracks shortages for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacies.”
Rep. Rick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, told the Washington Business Journal last week that “instead of rewarding those small businesses that choose to compete and win contracts, the government essentially pre-accuses them of cheating on their taxes and withholds 3 percent of all payments. This is flat-out wrong and this burdensome requirement should be repealed.”
Who says bipartisanship is dead? When it comes to unconstitutional wars, the leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties sing from the same hymnal. Thus, while President Barack Obama, a Democrat, prosecutes his illegal war in Libya, the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is pulling out all the stops to ensure that Congress doesn’t get in his way.
Last month, Indiana boasted being the first state to stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood by cutting off the funds it administers through Medicaid. Naturally, the move was expected to entice a number of legal challenges. Instead, however, the law has been challenged by President Obama’s Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick (left).
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American taxpayers may be interested to know that even as union bad behavior has seemingly been growing out of control, as unions remain some of the largest contributors to Democratic campaigns, and while the nation continues to struggle with massive unemployment, taxpayers continue to be burdened by the increasing cost of unions. Lawmakers in Washington are beginning to turn their attention to these costs and pursue measures by which taxpayer money may be spared.
Lawmakers in California are advancing a number of controversial bills through the Senate and Assembly, including legislation that would provide financial aid to undocumented university students. Another prevents “Bell-style” financial scandals, pension “spiking,” and disruptive picketing at military funerals. Other measures include provisions that permit local police to closely monitor social networking sites, and would end the necessitated fingerprinting of food stamp recipients. In total, 200 bills were passed in the Senate or Assembly and moved to the other house for a vote.
Freshman Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stepped into a First Amendment controversy on the Sean Hannity radio show May 27 with remarks that some have interpreted as meaning Paul favors imprisoning people who attend controversial speeches.