On the anniversary of the birth of James Madison, historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg penned an elegant and insightful article in honor of the Father of the Constitution.
Wisconsin’s elected government is under fire again from Democrats, socialists, and government-teachers’ unions over a proposal to cut some state funding for most public-sector schools while limiting their ability to make up the lost revenue through property-tax increases. Critics decried the measure partly because they believe it will increase the number of private educational options available to Wisconsin families.
National Public Radio (NPR) is one of America's most reviled institutions among conservatives. The taxpayer-funded federal agency, which broadcasts in every state, is biased in its scope of programming, featuring a slate of exclusively left-wing commentators and hosts who have made their philosophies known throughout their various media appearances. Despite being paid for by all American taxpayers, NPR features programming that the average American has little use or patience for. NPR has failed to understand the basic principles of supply and demand -- while a media outlet logically should feature programming that its benefactors (in this instance, the taxpayers) find interesting and would support, NPR does not appeal to a diverse cross-section of the American populace.
In the annals of politicized science, Trofim Lysenko provides a supreme example of ignorance and ignominy wedded to power. Lysenko was a two-bit horticulturist who rose to great prominence in the Soviet Union under dictator/mass murderer Joseph Stalin, becoming director of the Soviet Academy of Sciences's Institute of Genetics. Subjugating science to communist ideology and personal whim, Lysenko succeeded in outlawing biological research that was not in accord with his crackpot notions of genetics.
James O'Keefe and his Project Veritas released yet another audio recording of a conversation with an executive for National Public Radio, this one purporting to show that leftist hedge-fund tycoon George Soros has been funding NPR for years. The tape was released the same day the House of Representatives voted to cut off funding to NPR.
The Senate is considering passage of Senate Amendment 183 to S 493, an amendment sponsored by Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The McConnell Amendment would "prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change."
A mere four months after GOP contender Sharron Angle was defeated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Angle has announced that she will seek another Congressional bid in 2012. In a YouTube video released on Wednesday, as well as via Twitter tweets and an email to her supporters, Angle declared that she will run once again to "stop the liberal agenda."
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that Americans' confidence in their government has plummeted in the last decade. In August 1974, around the time that President Nixon resigned, 15 percent of Americans were pessimistic about their government and 55 percent were optimistic. Over the last 24 years, until 1999, the percentage of Americans who were optimistic about their government was relatively high, ranging as low as 45 percent and as high as 55 percent. The percentage of Americans who were pessimistic about their government hovered in the low 20s during those decades.
Legislators in the Hoosier State have jumped on board the pro-legal immigration bandwagon in a big way. By a vote of 31-18, the state Senate of Indiana passed Senate Bill 590, a measure that if enacted would make 18 changes to current state law, including mandating an “English only” policy “in public meetings, public documents, by officers and employees of state or political subdivisions in performing their duties, and providing information communicated electronically by the state or a political subdivision"; empowering law enforcement to investigate the immigration status of an individual reasonably suspected of being illegally present in the state, provided that such person is the subject of “a lawful stop, detention, or arrest of an individual for a violation of a state law or local ordinance”; and imposing fines on businesses that knowingly hire someone without legal permission to work in the United States.
During a speech she gave at an event organized by the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) declared: "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world at Lexington and Concord.” The statement is an unfortunate mistake as the battles at Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired were fought in Massachusetts, about 70 miles south of the venue where Bachmann was speaking.
After union protests in Nashville, Tennessee disrupted a state Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, state troopers forcibly removed seven union protesters from the legislative office in the Capitol building.