Proving Ronald Reagan�s adage that Democrats �never met a tax they didn�t hike,� President Barack Obama is planning to �call for tax increases for people making over $250,000 a year, a proposal contained in his 2012 budget, and changing parts of the tax code he thinks benefit the wealthy,� the Wall Street Journal reports. Obama is also expected to �propose cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, and changes to Social Security.� But if those cuts are anything like the so-called cuts in the recent budget compromise, they will amount to small reductions in proposed increases, not genuine cuts.
When President Obama announced that energy giant British Petroleum would fund a $20 billion fund to compensate the victims of the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, many warned of the potential for abuse. Regardless, the Obama administration kowtowed to the demands of George Soros’ Center for American Progress and demanded that BP set up the escrow account. Now, just one year after the compensation fund was created, investigations reveal that the funds from the account have been used for purchases unrelated to the oil spill.
Republican leaders in Congress have been pining to amend the federal pay system, to curb government spending and trim the skyrocketing deficit. Many Republicans and Tea Party activists claim that federal workers are grossly overpaid, particularly when compared to the private sector workforce. Naturally, Democrats and liberal activists claim the contrary.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, a leftist Democrat from New York, claims the latest group of Republican Congressmen were sent to Washington so they can kill women.
New York’s 26th Congressional District was pushed into the national spotlight last February when a shirtless photo of Congressman Chris Lee surfaced online. Lee resigned almost immediately, and Governor Andrew Cuomo set May 24 as the date for the special election to elect a replacement.
Following several earlier failed attempts, the Idaho Senate, in the closing hours of the legislative session, passed a bill aimed at limiting the state's "discretionary" participation in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, commonly known as ObamaCare). HB 298 passed the state Senate on April 5 by a vote of 24-11, before the legislature adjourned for the year on April 7. The bill, which had earlier passed the House on March 30 by a vote of 50-17, is being called "nullification lite" or "grandson of nullification" by some pundits. But Senator Monty Pearce, the original sponsor of the effort to stop implementation of ObamaCare in Idaho, calls it a "one-toed bill."
Real estate magnate Donald Trump’s likely candidacy for President in 2012 surfaced last September with an anonymous telephone poll of voters in New Hampshire. Denying any involvement in the poll, Trump claimed, “I never heard of this poll but I’m anxious to find out what it says.” He obviously found out what it said about his chances, and, in October, began tip-toeing into the presidential race. On CNN’s American Morning, he commented that running for President is “not something I talked about or considered, but somebody has to do something or this country is not going to be a great country for long.”
The finger of Speaker of the House John Boehner is hovering over the power button of the federal government. Despite his posturing, those in the know report that he does not want to push it.
By a vote of 64 to 5, the Idaho House of Representatives on April 5 approved legislation declaring a state of emergency, due to the "uncontrolled proliferation" of Canadian wolves introduced by the federal government under the Endangered Species Act.