The major media have widely reported that President Barack Obama has greatly underestimated the extent of the deficits to come, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the new president’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal published March 20. However, little attention has been devoted to the fact that even the CBO budget projections look very optimistic.
In early March, veterans’ groups got wind of a plan by the Obama administration to charge veterans’ private health insurance companies for service-related injuries. “Currently,” according to CNN.com, “veterans’ private insurance is only charged when they receive health care from the VA for medical issues that are not related to service injuries, like the flu.” Veterans are worried that the proposed plan would cause their private insurance rates to skyrocket and quickly max out their private insurance.
A recent report issued through the Missouri State Highway Patrol is stirring alarm among citizens and some elected officials that Christians, political conservatives, and opponents of unconstitutional government action are being targeted for intimidation and harassment — or worse. The drafters of the report clearly are attempting to create in the minds of law-enforcement personnel an association between violent “right-wing extremists” and the millions of law-abiding Americans who oppose gun control, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve System, the income tax, illegal immigration, and abortion.
War means big government and an excuse to clamp down on constitutionally protected freedoms, AntiWar.com co-founder Eric Garris tells The New American in an interview. The longtime libertarian political activist is the webmaster of AntiWar.com, the non-partisan, daily global news source on war and empire. He spoke with TNA correspondent Thomas R. Eddlem.
President Obama’s plans are fast diverging from candidate Barack Obama’s campaign promises on Iraq, AntiWar.com co-founder Eric Garris tells The New American in an interview. The longtime libertarian political activist is the webmaster of AntiWar.com, the non-partisan, daily global news source on war and empire. He spoke with TNA correspondent Thomas R. Eddlem.
It is said that on the final day of deliberation at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a female passerby asked an exiting Ben Franklin, "Well Doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" He replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it." But if Ben Franklin were alive today to witness the unlimited, king-like power of President Barack Obama, he would answer that we are definitely living under an elected monarch.
Obama’s administration notified the French sponsors of the United Nations declaration that calls for the decriminalization of homosexuality around the world that the United States was now willing to sign on. The UN’s supposedly non-binding document was signed by all 27 EU members, 70 countries in total, but not the United States, until now.
During a March 17 combined hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, several U.S. officials put the spotlight on a new aspect of border control — stopping the southbound flow of guns and laundered cash into Mexico.
Just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse for Illinois Sen. Roland Burris, it got worse. The state's governor and its senior U.S. senator, Majority Whip Richard Durbin, had already called for his resignation over his conflicting testimonies about his contacts with Rod Blagojevich, the scandal-rich governor who appointed Burris to the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
Over the past several months, a steady drumbeat in elite media circles has been pounding out a persistent theme: global crises have exposed the limits of national sovereignty and underscored the necessity for nations to embrace "global governance."
Governor Mark Sanford (R) of South Carolina has repeatedly made national headlines by being one of the fiercest critics of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. Controversy arose when rumors surfaced that Sanford might reject some or even all of the stimulus money for South Carolina.