This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has proven to be not only a boon for constitutionalism, but also a vindication of what true, constitutional conservatives have long advocated and warned of: that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is not a principled champion of fiscal and constitutional conservatism, but is instead an opportunist whose ideological alliances serve no cause other than his own self interests.

President Barack Obama was preaching economic patriotism when he addressed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, urging the nation's business leaders to consider what they can do for their country, as well as for their balance sheets.

In the coming months, the Department of Health and Human Services will be ironing out the details of the CLASS Act and submitting information to employers in preparation for enrolling their employees into the voluntary program in 2012.

While communities across the nation have taken steps over the past year or two to mandate that their public buildings be �smoke free,� the City of New York has taken the anti-smoking crusade one step further. In early February its City Council approved a bill banning smoking in the city�s 1,700 city parks and along its 14 miles of city beaches.

If you have a product you would like to export but you don�t want to pay to advertise the product in foreign countries, don�t sweat it. Just get taxpayers to foot the bill instead. That, in a nutshell, describes the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Market Access Program, an annual redistribution of $200 million from average citizens to fat cats such as Sunkist, Welch�s, and Blue Diamond for the purpose of promoting exports of their products.

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