Perhaps the mainstream media was a bit too busy searching for violence within the Tea Party movement to notice that a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday it was time for the Wisconsin protesters to “get a little bloody.”
Many Americans, including a growing number of political figures, claim to be conservatives. Not only do some attach this label to themselves, media operatives fasten it on a veritable parade of others, some of whom they wish to harm with the label and some of whom they seek to boost, however unworthily. But the wide-ranging views, some even contradictory, issued by these individuals should result in a good deal of head scratching. Why? Simply because, currently, there isn’t any commonly accepted definition of what it means to be a “conservative.”
As Congress nears its March 4 deadline for the expiration of the current continuing resolution that is funding the federal government, and budget negotiations between Congressional Republicans and Democrats are at a standstill, politicians are facing the reality of a potential government shutdown. For some, however, a shutdown could have potentially positive consequences.
In anticipation of the 2012 election season, President Obama�s campaign organization, Organizing for America, is preparing for Summer camp to recruit and train a new group of community organizers. The mission of the �Summer Organizing Fellowship� reads: �Effective organizing doesn�t happen in a vacuum. It takes commitment, time, and hard work to build a movement around a cause.�
As the intense protests in Wisconsin move into their second week, The New American took a look at Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed reforms, critics’ claims, as well as the fiscal situation of the state. It turns out state and local governments are facing massive deficits, and the unfunded government-employee pension liabilities are enormous. The so-called “budget repair bill” would aim to start solving some of the problems.
On Wednesday, February 16, the Idaho House became the first state legislative body to pass a measure to nullify the entire ObamaCare law within a state.
The measure, HB117, was sent to the state Senate by a vote of 49-20. Only seven Republicans voted against the bill along with all of the House Democrats.
Yesterday, President Obama�s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was declared the victor of Chicago�s Mayoral race against former school board chief Gery Chico, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, and City Clerk Miguel del Valle. Emanuel will be succeeding Mayor Richard Daley, who announced his retirement last fall after serving as Chicago�s mayor for more than 20 years.
Newly elected Republican Congressman Allen West of Florida is not one to pander to his audience, nor does he adhere to doctrines of political correctness. At a Monday town hall meeting held in Pompano Beach, Florida, he exhibited these very qualities during the Question & Answer segment.
Following the lead of their comrades in Wisconsin, leftist Democrats in Indiana's legislature, beholden to the state's powerful unions, have fled the state to stop consideration of budget cuts and right-to-work legislation they don't like.
Video footage of the AFL-CIO�s Richard Trumka boasting about his close ties to the Obama administration is going viral. In the video, Trumka leans back, drapes his arms over the chairs, and reports that he is a weekly visitor of the White House, sometimes as often as a couple of times a week. �I have conversations every day with someone in the White House or in the administration,� he proclaims. �Every day.�
Government debt � the amount of money borrowed by the federal government, state governments, and subdivisions of those two levels of government � is now greater than the entire economy. This obligation or debt of the government is now a dizzying 122 percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the nation. The only other time that debt has been this high in America's history was at the end of the Second World War, when wartime spending included a huge slice of the entire economy. The post-war boom and the explosion of pent-up consumer demand quickly generated revenues, however, which reduced that public debt substantially.