As long as we have government, we will have government trying to find ways to get money. In the early days of our nation, when the needs of government were modest, the ways of raising revenue were modest as well.
The Wisconsin Senate caused an uproar after splitting its budget-repair legislation into two parts to be able to pass government-union reform provisions even without the Democratic state senators, all of whom fled to Illinois weeks ago in an effort block the proposal by preventing the super-majority quorum required for fiscal votes.
Union spokesmen for government workers have expressed fears that Governor Scott Walker’s actions in Wisconsin would result in a domino effect of union-restricting legislation across the nation. As it turns out, these fears may not be unfounded, as Idaho state legislators have now passed a bill similar to that favored by Walker in Wisconsin. However, many voters and taxpayers disagree with union officials that reducing the power of government employee unions is a bad thing.
As violence continues to spread south of the U.S.-Mexican border, one of those who had been charged with the responsibility of enforcing the law has been forced to flee the rising tide of lawlessness in her community and her nation. Marisol Valles García, the police chief of Praxedis G. Guerrero, is the latest official to flee Mexico, and is now seeking asylum in the United States.
On Tuesday, March 8, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that overhauls the nation’s patent system, allowing the Patent and Trademark Office more flexibility to have more control over its financing and implementing a system that rewards the first inventor to file a valid application. The legislation — America Invents Act — passed in the Senate easily and without issue, 95 to 5.
One of the most controversial political happenings of the political season, in the 112th Congress, is Republican Rep. Peter King’s launch of an inquiry probing the extent and nature of Radical Islam in the United States. Rep. King’s panel looks towards investigating radicalization in the American Muslim community, and Rep. King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, insists that the congressional hearings are "absolutely essential": "I am facing reality[;] my critics are not. Al Qaeda is changing its tactics. They realize that it's very difficult to attack from the outside[;] they're recruiting from within.
As reported by The New American earlier this week, state legislators are riding to the sound of the guns and courageously reaffirming the constitutional requirement that anyone seeking the office of the presidency qualify as a “natural-born citizen” of the United States.
When the internationalist-minded Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) decided it was time to take a hard look at the growing influence of the Tea Party movement in America, it selected “one of the country’s leading students of American foreign policy,” Walter Russell Mead, to do the study. Appearing as the headline article in Foreign Affairs for March/April 2011, his article is entitled “The Tea Party and American Foreign Policy.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission is once again under fire for ethics charges. Just two years ago, the agency was implicated for its failure to detect Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Now, it’s SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro (pictured) who is under Congressional scrutiny for hiring David M. Becker — a man with financial connections to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme — as SEC’s general counsel.