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.
For the families, friends, and comrades in arms who have lost loved ones in our nation's wars, Memorial Day is never just an excuse for a three-day vacation or a camping excursion. It's a time of pain and loss, and remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in service to their country. Our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are depersonalized and far removed from most of our lives; the life-and-death reality of those theaters of operation is only brought home to us periodically by the headlines about a local boy whose life was ended by an IED explosion, a sniper attack, or a convoy ambush.
The illegal alien drunk driver who struck and killed a police officer in Houston had not only been twice deported but also twice released from police custody after he was apprehended.
A Christian pastor who ministers to Muslims has ended the latest attempt of officials to outlaw free speech in "Dearbornistan," as Dearborn, Michigan, has been labeled because of its high Muslim population. George Saieg took the city and its police chief to court after they told him he could not pass out leaflets on city streets during the annual Arab-American Festival. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled in the pastor's favor. The city may not, it said, prohibit Saieg from attempting to proselytize among "Dearbornistan's" Muslims.
Freedom of movement, enshrined in Western law as far back as the Magna Carta, continues to suffer at the hands of government in the United States. All airline passengers are subjected to (often humiliating) searches and can be denied their right to travel by government agents. Railroad and subway passengers are often searched as well. Now, it seems, even taking a taxi in New York City can precipitate treatment as a criminal suspect — a constitutional violation that the New York Civil Liberties Union is challenging in court.
One reason the U.S. Government debt has rocketed into the fiscal stratosphere, the Center for Public Integrity reports, is that the Obama administration has increased the government's fleet of limousines by 73 percent. It's a small reason, admittedly. But it's a reason nonetheless.
The Obama regime has added 174 limousines in which federal functionaries can ride in style. That increases the number from 238, during the profligate years of Bush the Spender, to 412 today.
A local church in Charlotte, North Carolina, learned the hard way that arborilogical endeavors can be expensive after receiving an excessive fine for improperly pruning its trees. The city of Charlotte fined the Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, amounting to a total violation of $4,000.
While the U.S. Senate continues to enjoy a full week of vacation, the U.S. House of Representatives has resumed regular business and plans to begin the annual appropriations process of voting on 13 appropriations bills, the first of which is the Homeland Security bill and the Military Construction and Veterans’ Affairs bill. The House will also be voting on a bill to increase the debt ceiling later this evening.
Fearful of the potential 5-4 outcome many are suspecting will come of the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Obama’s signature healthcare law, Democratic lawmakers are doing their best to convince Justice Clarence Thomas to gracefully bow out of the case that is expected to come before the Supreme Court within the year.
And just for safe measure, one so-called “election watchdog” has demanded an FBI investigation of Justice Thomas’s 2010 campaign finance ruling.