Credit 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.
Speaking 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.
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.
Oklahoma 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.
The 2010 fiscal budget proposal from the White House forecasts spending $3.9 trillion during the current fiscal year, as compared to $3.0 trillion last year, and it calls for spending $3.6 trillion in fiscal 2010. By comparison, the Obama administration's proposed cuts — which amount to around $17 billion thus far — are miniscule.
The political profiling scandal at President Obama's Department of Homeland Security just keeps on growing. On Tuesday, May 5, the Washington Times reported on a newly leaked DHS document on "extremism" which reinforces concerns that the DHS is treading a dangerous path of attempting to stigmatize and criminalize, in the minds of members of the law enforcement community, those who dissent from or peacefully oppose government policies and the trend toward omnipotent government.
Although he officially abandoned his presidential bid last summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s star continues to brighten. Once shunned by the mainstream media and marginalized by the national leadership of the Republican Party, the modest Ob-Gyn-turned-congressman has become something of an éminence grise these days, feted and fawned over by the likes of Fox News, which once dismissed him as a quack.
Former Bush administratorturetion officials are trying to manipulate the text of Justice Department ethics report from behind the scenes, according to the May 6 Washington Post. But of more interest is the Post report that torture memo author John Yoo signed a nondisclosure agreement about public comments on the reputedly 200-page report that was drafted beginning in January of this year.
With the impending retirement of Justice David Souter from the Supreme Court, speculation was rampant over the weekend on TV talk shows and other news outlets about who President Obama’s new Supreme Court justice nominee will be.