Foreign Affairs, the mouthpiece of the Council on Foreign Relations, is like a 500-pound canary: When it speaks, people listen. Gary North referred to the article in the November-December 2010 issue entitled "American Profligacy and American Power" as “a turning point … the first official announcement … that the Federal deficit is out of control … which threatens the survival of America’s position as the world’s most influential political-military participant.”

The GOP opposition to extending the Bush era tax cuts solely to the middle class has been adamant, and may lead to a compromise that would allow a tax cut extension for all Americans.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus proposed a “tax extenders package” on December 2 that pertains to a slew of energy issues, including an extension of ethanol subsidies, as well as a continuation of benefits for those who produce biodiesel, natural gas vehicles, and energy-efficient products and appliances for the home.

As Congress appears to be approaching a compromise on the Bush tax cuts, other major issues with which they need to contend are the federal budget and the START treaty. Little time will be afforded to a number of energy and environmental bills.

The New York Times has long maintained a pseudo-aristocratic attitude toward American society. Its nicely manicured contents, which seem to ooze respectability, hide the fact that its history is one of betrayal of the truth.