Bipartisan chicanery marked passage of the federal budget through Congress last week, with the Democrats using statistical deceit to hide deficit figures and the Republicans allowing the budget to pass without a fight while posing as dogged opponents of the massive deficit spending bill.
A full week after House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) jumped in front of the cameras and proclaimed “here it is, Mr. President,” on the Republican budget alternative, the House Republicans have finally released some of the details of their fiscal plan. But the details the Republicans unveiled on April 1 show they are strongly in favor of continuing huge annual deficits and piling up the national debt in a big way: they just want to do it at a rate of about $100 billion less per year than Obama.
The New York Times calls the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act the "largest expansion of government-sponsored service programs since President John F. Kennedy first called for the creation of a national community service corps in 1963." As anything that's created under the Kennedy name, the bill involves ever-bigger government. It authorizes what President Obama ominously calls an "army of 250,000 Corps members" who will serve in paid positions of national service, more than triple the 75,000 now in AmeriCorps.
President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel, Yale-educated Dawn Johnsen, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 19, after a hearing that lacked true intensive questioning. She awaits a full Senate vote before leading the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel as the assistant attorney general.
The Campaign for Liberty held a regional conference on March 27-29 that was viewed as a huge gamble by participants. After all, over 10,000 people attended the rally in Minneapolis last summer that launched the constitutionalist group founded by Congressman Ron Paul. What would happen if a mere handful attend the first regional conference in St. Louis? Overheard by this writer in the registration line: “If there’s not a good showing here this weekend, the national media will have a field day declaring the Campaign for Liberty to be dead-on-arrival.”
"Two nights ago the president said, 'We haven't seen a budget yet out of Republicans.' Well, it's just not true because — here it is, Mr. President," House Minority leader Rep. John Boehner told the press March 26, holding up a blue booklet entitled The Republican Road to Recovery.
In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” When he uttered those words in 1961, JFK knew that America was already a nation of volunteers who gave freely of both time and money to religious, charitable, and community institutions. Hence, he did not try to push legislation promoting altruism.
Disregarding the exponentially longer tradition of the teachings of the Catholic Church on abortion, officials at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, have elected instead to continue the much shorter tradition of having sitting presidents give the commencement address at the university’s spring graduation ceremony.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed March 20 to hear a free speech case and will choose between defending the First Amendment and the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. The case involves Hillary: the Movie, a critique of onetime presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by Citizens United, a conservative non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 4 organization.