The power of the legislative branch to control spending in the Anglo-American tradition predates the founding of the American colonies. It was at the core of the dispute between the Crown and Parliament during the reign of James II of England back in the 1680s. James II abolished Parliament for not paying for his military appointments, and the King paid for the transgression with exile.
As recounted last year in The New American, the American Constitution Party (ACP) has achieved major party status in Colorado, due in large part to the campaign for Governor of Tom Tancredo (left), former Republican Congressman from the state. Ironically, now that the ACP has gained this level of official acceptance, the red tape associated with maintaining this existence is discouraging it from getting comfortable in the new role as a legitimate alternative and besides, it's expensive to buy into this high-stakes game.
On Friday the Obama administration announced that it will make at least $1.3 billion available to female and Hispanic farmers in order to settle discrimination complaints those groups have filed against the Department of Agriculture.
Item:In The Hill for April 6, Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), the second-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, wrote an op-ed entitled “Seniors, Say Goodbye to Your Healthcare,” charging that “the Republican budget dismantles Medicare as we know it — forcing seniors to purchase insurance on their own, no matter the cost or how sick they are. Their proposal slashes Medicaid by $1 trillion — threatening our sickest seniors and disabled Americans with no option for long-term care.”
House Speaker John Boehner�s speech to the Economic Club of New York on Monday night revealed much about the pressures he is facing in the fight over increasing the debt ceiling. In attendance were investors, bankers, and other Wall Street suits looking for reassurance that Congress wasn�t going to spoil their party by taking away their punch bowl of profligate government spending, but also that any cuts in spending would be modest and deferred into the future. Such reassurance would keep interest rates low, bond prices high, and commissions and fees flowing in their direction.
Tomorrow the White House will host a special evening in celebration of American poetry and prose. Among the poets, musicians, and artists who will attend is controversial rapper, Common (photo, left).
Others to be honored at the event scheduled by First Lady Michelle Obama are Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann, and Jill Scott, all of whom will be reading, singing, or otherwise celebrating the influence of prose and poetry on the American culture.
The showdown in Congress over the debt ceiling appears to have begun as the House's top Republican, Speaker John Boehner (left), issued an ultimatum to congressional Democrats on Monday that Republicans will not vote for an increase in the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by trillions of dollars in spending cuts.
According to Boehner, any approved increase to the debt ceiling should be in conjunction with spending cuts that are greater than the amount of the permitted increase in the debt. He explained:
Yesterday, Gallup poll released the results of its poll conducted from April 30-23 that reveals an unprecedented and dramatic change in the nation�s political climate. According to the poll, a majority of Americans, and, most notably, Republicans, believe that the United States needs a third political party.
The poll indicates that fifty-two percent of Republicans support the creation of a major, third political party, and an even greater number of Tea Party supporters made the same assertions. According to The Hill, the data �underscores the occasional tensions between grassroots conservatives and the GOP establishment.�
Last week, Amtrak began a week-long celebration marking its 40th anniversary. Unfortunately, given the company’s track record and inability to turn a profit throughout its tenure, even Amtrak’s founder notes that there is not much to celebrate.