In an effort to steal some of the thunder from conservative pundit Glenn Beck, who hosted the impressive Restoring Honor rally in Washington D.C., on August 28 that boasted more than half a million attendees, liberal satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced their intent to host rallies on the National Mall. According to the National Park Service, Comedy Central, the station for which Stewart and Colbert work, has applied for a permit to host an event at the Washington Monument on October 30.
President Obama has once again circumvented the United States Congress by appointing Elizabeth Warren to the influential position of special adviser to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rather than having Warren come before a Senate confirmation process. Obama's critics have called his decision "an affront" to the alleged transparency he promised during his campaign.
President Obama raised eyebrows on Monday when he alluded to the possibility of making changes to his economic team during a question/answer session of a town-hall style meeting aired on CNBC. According to the President, Chief Economic Adviser Larry Summers and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner “have done an outstanding job,” but the White House was in the process of considering “other options.”
In response to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which bans the use of incandescent light bulbs by the year 2014, General Electric has shut down its last factory in the United States that makes the bulb. Thousands of jobs have been lost as a result of the closing of these factories since the act was signed. The close of the last remaining factory, located in Winchester, Virginia, will result in the loss of 200 more jobs — though job loss is just one of a variety of negative consequences of the ban.
In an early straw poll, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) was the choice for presidential nominee in 2012 over such conservative luminaries as Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney. Capturing 24 percent of those voting at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this past weekend in Washington, DC, Pence relegated even Senator Jim DeMint to a barely visible 5 percent.
Since Christine O’ Donnell’s victory in Delaware’s GOP primary last week, it seems that much of the media and political circus — including the Republican establishment — has been out to prove that she was Delaware’s "wrong choice." While the GOP has withdrawn its contempt for O’Donnell, media outlets like the Huffington Post and MSNBC continue to target the Delaware candidate. The newest attack against O’Donnell comes in reference to comments the GOP candidate made years ago regarding witchcraft on the television show Politically Incorrect.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was criticized for adding controversy to what should have been an uncontested military defense policy bill by including an amendment that would provide amnesty to illegal aliens, and a provision that suspends “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” Democratic Senator Roland Burris further complicated the passage of the bill with the inclusion of an amendment that would end a longstanding ban on military abortion at overseas hospitals.
On September 18, a Doctors Tea Party took place at Utah State Capitol Plaza in Salt Lake City. It was a gathering of approximately 100 doctors who are determined to defeat the Obama Health Care Legislation. (The event's slogan was "Doctors United Against ObamaCare.") Some members of the Doctors Tea Party group have been traveling from state to state in an effort to garner support for legal opposition to the Obamacare mandates that threaten their profession.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released September 14 indicates that only 25 percent of the public trusts the government to do what's right most or all of the time. Of the remainder, 66 percent say they trust fedgov to do what's right only some of the time, with eight percent saying they never trust the government.
Not surprisingly, it was the Nestor of the Founding Generation who made the most lasting and dramatic impact on the final day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Benjamin Franklin, hobbled by gout, was the central player in three scenes of the final act of this history-changing event.
Last Tuesday, September 7, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he intended to focus the current lame duck session on "mopping up" leftovers from the previous session, these included a national renewable energy policy, a small business jobs bill, and another stimulus bill. Reid said, "We are still going to be in Congress, working, after the election. There are things that we have to do. There is a lot of mopping up to do." Reid failed to mention one small item that his lame duck session is determined to ignore altogether: the Bush "tax cuts" which are set to expire without Congressional action by the end of the year.