credit cardsCredit card reform legislation that President Obama is expected to sign sometime over the Memorial Day weekend is a mixed bag, to say the least. Offsetting the deluge of new regulations Congress is set to impose on credit card issuers is a surprise, last-minute insertion lifting the federal ban on firearms in national parks wherever state laws permit. That insertion garnered strong bipartisan support.

Nancy PelosiSpeaking on CNN's State of the Union program on May 17, House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's allegation that the Central Intelligence Agency had misled her about the spy agency's terrorism-related interrogation tactics.

obama promisesPresident Barack Obama flagrantly broke two explicit campaign promises last week, namely that he would promote more “openness” in government and end President Bush’s attempt to stage “trials” under unconstitutional “military commission” rules set up by the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA).

National Service The nightmarish future of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World is a world where people are bred for servitude to government and hypnotized by repetition for serving a totalitarian state with the three-word slogan “Community. Identity. Stability.” Community means “government,” and identity is only important in the context of service to that government. Every human is hypnotized from infancy with the words: “Every one works for every one else. We can’t do without any one.” Everyone was liable for service to the state, and that servitude was couched in terms that implied a phony voluntary, even charitable, eagerness.

ConstitutionOklahoma continues to lead the nation in Constitution-oriented legislation at the state level. The Tenth Amendment resolution introduced in the Oklahoma legislature last year by Rep. Charles Key has led to at least 30 states introducing similar Tenth Amendment resolutions so far this year. These amendments call for the restoration of the balance of power between state and federal governments in accordance with the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. At least 12 states, including Oklahoma, have already passed a Tenth Amendment resolution in one or both houses.

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