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 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.”
While more and more lawmakers seem to be coming to terms with the dire straits of the American economy and the impossibilities of sustaining the deficit, few seem prepared to do what is necessary to resolve the problems.
James O'Keefe, the young conservative journalist who brought down ACORN in a series a secretly recorded videos, has done it again. This time, he bamboozled two top executives of National Public Radio into having lunch with members of a fictive Muslim educational organization supposedly founded by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
After spending more than three weeks in Illinois seeking to block a Republican reform bill aimed at reining in a multi-billion dollar deficit and the powerful government-sector unions, at least some of Wisconsin’s 14 missing Democratic state Senators could be preparing to return to Madison, according to news reports.
Pro- and anti-reform activists in Wisconsin are seeking to recall state Senators over Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to rein in spending and the powerful government-employee unions that have been protesting the measure for more than three weeks. The efforts are drawing support and money from across the nation as conservative and liberal groups, along with a battery of unions, urge their members and supporters to get involved.