When the conservative National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the liberal U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) announced their report "Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending," the authors acknowledged that "while these proposals won't get us all the way [to significantly reduced government spending], it is a start that could establish some common ground and make government more accountable in the process."

In the midst of a drug war with Mexico so severe that Americans have been warned not to venture into sections of U.S. territory on the U.S.-Mexican border, the Obama administration has agreed to allow Mexican long-haul rigs into the United States without constraints. The White House is enacting the provision to meet the requirements of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Two days after Oklahomans voted in the mid-terms to ban Islamic, or Sharia, law from state courtrooms, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it would file suit. Said suit was filed on Thursday, and on Monday, Fox News reported a prominent Muslim had won a temporary restraining order in federal court.

con-conThe vigorous and timely advocacy of the enforcement of the 10th Amendment has been well chronicled in the pages of The New American and elsewhere. There are, in fact, organizations devoted exclusively to that task. While no constitutionalist worthy of the distinction can doubt the vital nature of that mission, there is another amendment whose prominence in recent headlines must concern those dedicated to the advancing of constitutional principles of freedom and good government: the 17th Amendment. That amendment required the direct election of U.S. senators by the people, thereby eliminating the election of U.S. senators by state legislatures.

True to her promise last April, Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-District 150, at left) has introduced legislation in the Texas House of Representatives that would follow the lead of Arizona in dealing with the problem of illegal immigration. If Texas’ HB 17 becomes law, state and local police in the Lone Star State would have the same authority granted to law enforcement officers in Arizona under SB 1070 to make inquiry concerning the nationality and legal status of individuals and arrest those who are in the country illegally.