Former Bush administration Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who helped inaugurate the Bush-era torture policy and locked up American citizens without trial, will receive a "Defender of the Constitution" Award from the American Conservative Union at the group's annual CPAC conference. Rumsfeld will be promoting his soon-to-be-released book, Known and Unknown, at the CPAC conference.
The Cato Institute�s massive 262-page study, Downsizing Government, by Chris Edwards, is the most recent offering of suggestions and recommendations for cutting severely the size, cost, reach, power and influence of the federal government in the lives of American citizens. In general, those citizens welcome such suggestions, according to Rasmussen Reports, which announced that two out of three Likely Voters they polled �prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than a more active one with more services and higher taxes.� Surprisingly this was supported by almost half of those Likely Voters who were also Democrats, along with 67 percent of unaffiliated voters, and 90 percent of Republicans voters.
When William Daley, the new White House Chief of Staff said U.S. taxpayers should not pay for infrastructure improvements, it might have sounded to some like a good thing. But the statement he made to Bob Schieffer on Sunday's Face the Nation on Jan. 30 deserves closer examination.
As President Obama used his State of the Union address to highlight the introduction of open homosexuals into the nation’s military, the Pentagon was putting the finishing touches on a plan that will specify how recruiters, commanders, and others within the defense community will comply with the dismantling of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official policy that has kept practicing homosexuals from openly serving in the armed forces.
Though it is touted to reveal budget cuts, President Obama's multi-trillion-dollar budget-to be submitted to Congress on February 14-will fittingly reveal a love affair between the federal government and spending. The budget will also likely set up a conflict between fiscal conservatives and congressional spenders that will take Congress to the 2012 elections.
The effort by Idaho lawmakers to nullify Obamacare has suffered some temporary setbacks, but is scheduled to be introduced in the Idaho House State Affairs Committee on Monday, February 7. House Bill 59 (H.B. 59), sponsored by Representatives Vito Barbieri and Judy Boyle, and Senators Monty Pearce (photo at left), Steve Vick and Sheryl Nuxoll, declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 ("Obamacare") to be "not authorized by the Constitution of the United States," and therefore, "null, void and of no effect regarding any Idaho citizen."
House Republican leaders are currently reconsidering an earlier GOP proposal to privatize the Medicare program. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is currently testing support for his idea to replace the program with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan. Once tested, the Republicans will then decide whether they should include the plan in the budget they submit next spring.
In a development that ought to surprise no one, the Obama administration is planning to release its plan for new gun-control legislation within the next two weeks. The fact that Obama made no mention of such legislation during this week’s State of the Union address is hardly an indication that such a move is not on the administration’s agenda; it simply means that while the Democrat leadership is loath to let a crisis “go to waste,” that does not mean that they intend to broadcast their intentions, either.
Experts are now predicting that the future of Social Security is even more bleak than originally stated. Congressional budget experts now assert that if Social Security continues to run at a deficit, all of its trust funds will be drained by the year 2037. Of course, the CBO’s estimates rests upon the false notion that there is actually real money in the trust funds.
Utah may be the first state to select a state gun. Lawmakers are considering a bill to designate the Browning M1911 the official sidearm. But, according to The Star, Jan. 26, protests have already arisen, making the debate not about honoring Browning, but about gun rights because of recent mass shootings.
A handful of Democratic state senators in Hawaii have quietly defied a decision by their legislative body to abandon opening prayers. On January 26, a week after the 25-member senate caved in to threats by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force a halt to the prayers, the nine Democrats "held hands, bowed their heads, and sought God's blessing, signaling that they'll still pray despite last week's vote abandoning official invocations," reported onenewsnow.com.