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DOJ Shakeup: ATF Chief Reportedly Connected to ‘Fast and Furious’ Resigns
Melson is by no means out of a job. While perhaps a step down on the government ladder, his new role will be a senior position with the Department of Justice as adviser to the Office of Legal Programs. Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis, B. Todd Jones, will take over for Melson as Acting Director, effective Wednesday. The Attorney General complemented Melson’s good work as Acting ATF Director and wished him well with his new responsibilities.
Update: WI Mayor Gives Labor Council an Ultimatum After GOP Banned From Parade
The Mayor’s office released in a statement: “The banning of a political party from participation at any event co-sponsored by the City is against public policy and not in the best interest of all the citizens of the City of Wausau. And therefore, we encourage the event organizer to invite all interested parties, or reimburse the city for other costs.”
‘This Is WAR’ — Congressional Black Caucus Travels US Cities Using Violent Rhetoric: Declares ‘War’ on Racist Tea Party, Says Tea Party Wants to Lynch Blacks, Calls for Bank Runs, Civil Unrest in Their Neighborhoods and Homes
The people in the videos should be arrested and charged with: Inciting to riot, Sedition, Insurrection, Hate Crimes and I am sure a number of lesser charges. So Issa where are the investigations? So Holder where are the charges? So Boehner and Pelosi where are the admonitions?
That Was Fast & Furious: U.S. Attorney For Arizona, Dennis Burke Resigns
“My long tenure in public service has been intensely gratifying. It has also been intensely demanding. For me, it is the right time to move on to pursue other aspects of my career and my life and allow the office to move ahead," Burke said in the letter. Burke was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona in 2009. Burke's departure comes the same day as the transfer of ATF acting director Kenneth Melson to a new post.
What Liberals Fear More Than Obama Losing
The left are now wringing their hands fearing their agenda is overripe, blaming everyone else for their own spoiled pickling. While Obama's sinking prospects for re-election are disquieting, the real source of liberals' despair is their sudden, unexpected realization that the progressive agenda is dead in its tracks and will likely be in full retreat after 2012.
Obama: 7 Regulations Would Exceed $1 Billion
Obama lists four proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules and three Department of Transportation rules estimated to cost in excess of $1 billion. One of the proposed EPA rules — an update to the health-based standard for smog — is estimated to cost the economy between $19 billion and $90 billion.
Judge blocks Alabama immigration law
Chief District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn said she didn’t have enough time to consider the law in full before the Sept. 1 date it goes into effect, so she halted its enforcement until she has time to fully consider the case and make a broader ruling later next month.
Is Martial Law and Dictatorship Around the Corner?
In the three years since Obama took office, he has pushed legislation that has disregarded the US Constitution, given the federal government more power over businesses and the financial market and placed the nation on the verge of financial collapse. Obama has instituted one socialist policy after another. The Communist Party USA has officially endorsed him for the 2012 election.
Rush: Obama Was Hoping Hurricane Irene Would Be a Disaster
RUSH LIMBAUGH – “I’ll guarantee you that Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster an another excuse for his failing economy. If he’s out there blaming tsunamis, blaming earthquakes, and whatever other natural disasters there are. This one was made to order but it just didn’t measure up.”
Hurricane Irene,National guard almost drown Manville, NJ
The water can be seen licking the bottoms of traffic lights and nearly reaching the very top of the truck’s cabs as they travel down the road. Unfortunately, they eventually get two deep, the cabs becoming fully submerged, and the rescuers are forced to radio in for help themselves. It’s a clear sign that, while some are viewing Irene as an overhyped disappointment, others have had their lives completely upended by the storm.
House GOP announces jobs plan focused on cutting regs and taxes
In a memo to rank-and-file Republicans, Cantor said the House will target 10 major regulations for elimination, and will also seek to enact one major tax cut for businesses. Republicans are offering the agenda as a contrast to President Obama’s jobs plan, which is set for formal announcement next week and is expected to include stimulus spending.
Republicans to Unveil Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN
The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would require the UN to adopt a voluntary budget model in which countries selectively fund UN agencies rather than according to a set formula.
The entitlement tsunami is here
“Social Security has contributed not a single penny to the deficit,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this February. But when Annenburg’s FactCheck.org investigated Reid’s statement they concluded, “That’s not true.” According to the 2011 Trustees report, the Social Security system will pay out $46 billion more in benefits than it will take in this year.
Education College Students in Favor of Wealth Distribution Are Asked to Pass Their Grade Points to Other Students
He said many students on college campuses support high taxes on the rich, but when put into relative terms, cringed at the thought of spreading around their academic wealth. In a video posted on Exposingleftists.com, one student said, “If I do give GPA points to students that don’t deserve it, it isn’t fair, I work for what I have.”
Unions splitting from Democrats in 2012, Trumka says
Going forward, Trumka said, the labor movement will build up its own political structures and organizations rather than contribute to and depend on the Democratic Party’s political operation. This puts the AFL-CIO into a position where the creation of a third party is not just a theoretical possibility, but perhaps a likely outcome.
Stunning Map: Want to See Where the World’s Unrest is Spreading?
Below you’ll be able to see where in the world food riots are taking place. But not just food riots, you’ll also see where governments have been overthrown, where protests and other riots are occurring, where there’s inflation, and even where social media has been shut down. It’s a fascinating map.
After DOJ raid: CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor; Democrat Competitor Uses Same Wood
Gibson’s press release claims that, while this incident marks the second raid of their facility in around two years, this is the first of the raids to cost the company time and resources, as they needed to shut down operations. It seems as though this was all for naught.
Boehner Asks Obama to Disclose Costly US Regs
With a battle looming over U.S. regulations on businesses, the top Republican in Congress asked President Barack Obama on Friday to identify all proposed rules with a projected economic impact of at least $1 billion.
The Clinton Surplus Myth
While not defending the increase of the federal debt under President Bush, it's curious to see Clinton's record promoted as having generated a surplus. It never happened. There was never a surplus and the facts support that position. In fact, far from a $360 billion reduction in the national debt in FY1998-FY2000, there was an increase of $281 billion.
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in Trouble With IRS
...Americans for Limited Government researcher Richard McCarty, who was alerted to the controversy by a federal government lawyer, said, “The company has been short-changing the tax collection agency for much of the past decade. Mr. Buffett’s company has not fully settled its tax bills from 2002-2009. Yet he says he’d happily pay more. Except the IRS has apparently been asking him to pay more going on nine years.” Apparently, not paying taxes in full is an annual occurrence under Buffett’s watch. Considering the size of the company, the amount of unsettled taxes could total in the tens of millions.
Jihadist Cleric Calls Sabotaging Western Economies a Religious Duty for Muslims
“Every Muslim should participate and contribute in sabotaging the economies of the Crusader states, whether this is through economic boycott or by targeting their property with vandalism and arson.”
FCC Officially Kills Fairness Doctrine
Conservative critics of the Fairness Doctrine believed the rule violated broadcasters’ rights to free speech and feared Democrats would try revive the regulation to silence conservative talk radio programs. While the doctrine was essentially abandoned in 1987 during the Reagan administration, it remained on the books until Monday
Liberal Dem calls for resignation of White House jobs czar
Kucinich said GE's business practices — including aggressive efforts to minimize corporate taxes and a recent deal with China that could eliminate U.S. jobs — make Immelt unfit to counsel the president on job-creation strategies.
Dem Rep: Obama Will Have "Very Tough Time" Winning Re-Election
“At this point it pretty much depends on how far out there the Republican nominee is. You know with a respectable--someone who is a little bit toward the middle of the road--Republican nominee, he’s going to have a very tough time getting re-elected,” said DeFazio.
Obama HHS caught campaigning for Democrats
New documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request show that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spent over one million taxpayer dollars promoting Obamacare in coordination with the 2010 mid-term elections. This seems to be a blatant violation of the Hatch Act, among other laws.
Are the black flash mob attacks on whites Obama’s fault?
Folks, I believe human beings are responsible for their behavior. However, as America’s first black president, fair or unfair, Obama assumes enormous responsibility in terms of his influence on black youths. This is why it is so unfortunate that American black youths’ ultimate role model is a characterless, race-baiting political hack.
‘Flash Mob” Reporting Exposes Dangerous Racial Bias in Liberal Media
What makes this even more startling is that it is just one of many examples of racial mob violence occurring around the country, without any comment from national figures such as President Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder. But if whites were attacking blacks in this manner, you can bet it would have already have become a national story worthy of comment from national political figures.
Ron Paul: “They’re Setting The Stage For Violence In This Country”
Paul was asked for his opinion on whether H.R. 645 (The National Emergency Centers Establishment Act) could lead to Americans being incarcerated in detention camps during a time of martial law. “Yeah, that’s their goal, they’re setting up the stage for violence in this country, no doubt about it,” responded Paul.
Verizon Strikers Head Back to Work Without New Agreement
This back to work agreement comes just before the CWA would begin paying up to $300 per week in strike benefits to its striking members, saving the union up to $10 million per week out of its union treasury. (Note: It is unknown whether the IBEW has any strike benefits for its members.)
Exxon fighting regulatory “pirates” in Gulf of Mexico
Employing an extreme technicality, these regulators claimed that Exxon’s request in 2008 for a short suspension of activity to upgrade and make safer its drilling operation amounted to an abandonment of three of its five permits, simply because Exxon hadn’t signed a contract with another partner, Chevron, by the time the suspension was completed
Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer: At Last Obama Has a Jobs Plan - For Illegal Immigrants
Obama has finally come up with a plan for jobs, Arizona governor Jan Brewer said on Friday. The only problem is that it will only benefit illegal immigrants! But she vowed to fight against the new policy “We’re going to have to battle back and hopefully we will have the American public on my team,” she said. “I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to back down. I will continue to fight to enforce the rule of law and to protect Arizona and the people of America. This battle is far from over.”
US Jobless Claims Up, Gasoline Lifts Consumer Prices
The number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits rose last week and consumer prices increased at the fastest pace in four months in July, highlighting the challenges facing the Federal Reserve.
Rep. Allen West: I'm a 'Modern Day Harriet Tubman' Freeing Voters From Democratic Party's 'Plantation'
So you have this 21st century plantation that has been out there where the Democratic party has forever taken the black community for granted and you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of the plantation and now the black people on that plantation are upset
Obama's Justice Department Investigating S&P
The investigation began before Standard & Poor’s cut the United States’ AAA credit rating this month, but it is likely to add fuel to the political firestorm that has surrounded that action. Lawmakers and some administration officials have since questioned the agency’s secretive process, its credibility and the competence of its analysts, claiming to have found an error in its debt calculations.
Fmr. HUD Secretary: Obama Still a Community Organizer
“When you are a community organizer, what you get most of the time is people telling you what their problems are and why they don’t succeed.” In many cases, they are blacks who blame their lack of achievement on whites. “When I was running public housing in Dallas, blacks would come in and tell me, ‘You know, we can’t do this because the white man keeps us from doing this,’ and I would always say, ‘Well I did, and I came up in a segregated environment,’” Jackson says. “I said, ‘You can do it, if you choose to do it.’”
SEC Destroyed Probe Files, Grassley Says
SEC lawyer Darcy Flynn says in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) that the organization has destroyed 9,000 files since 1993 regarding securities-law violations at institutions including Goldman Sachs Group, Lehman Brothers Holdings and hedge fund SAC Capital.
Exxon sues government over lucrative canceled Gulf leases
Exxon also said the prospect of collecting millions of dollars in bonuses and royalties on new leases gave the government an incentive to single it out for "unprecedented adverse treatment" by canceling the leases.
New EO from Obama to push diversity in the federal workforce
The details of the initiative have yet to be worked out. Instead of creating a new administrative body, as did Obama’s 2009 executive order on veterans’ employment, the diversity initiative will lean on a council of deputy agency chiefs, along with the Office of Personnel Management, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Another "White People Need Not Apply" directive from Obama.
Dow, S&P Tumble as Obama’s Policies Draw Record Disapproval
On Thursday, U.S. stocks extended losses, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down nearly 500 points for the fourth time this month, amid concern that the global economy is slowing and speculation that European banks lack enough capital.
Maxine Waters Ask Blacks for Permission to Attack Obama
In a swipe at Obama’s bus tour through small-town Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, she said, “He went to rural communities and he went with a plan…to invest money in those rural communities in order to develop jobs. “We want the rural poor to be attended to,” Waters said in an interview on CNN. “But we also want the urban poor to be attended to.”
Billions Go to Alternate Energy in India
As the White House considers curtailing subsidies to traditional domestic energy suppliers, its support of alternative energy has soared — and it’s sending millions to India. A new report from the Department of Energy shows that subsidies to the solar and wind industries skyrocketed 626 and 946 percent, respectively, between 2007 and 2010. Total subsidies to these industries rose from $5.1 billion to $14.67 billion in that period
Obama Halts Deportation of Illegal Aliens
The Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria such as attending school, having family in the military or are primarily responsible for other family members’ care.
Father, Son Arrested for Harassing Palin Family
Pennsylvania father and son were arrested Thursday on charges they made harassing phone calls to the family of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her attorneys, an FBI spokesman said. The arrest of Craig Christy, 47, and his son Shawn,19, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, came a day after they were charged in a federal indictment filed in Alaska with making the harassing phone calls from August 1 to August 9.
Beck Blasts Boehner After Rep. Walsh Says House Members Banned From Israel Event
Glenn Beck had some strong words for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Thursday after Rep. Joe Walsh said a group of congressmen that wanted to attend next week’s Restoring Courage event in Israel were barred from doing so by the House Ethics Committee.
First Responders Not Allowed to Attend 9/11 Memorial Service
Bonnie Giebfried was a first responder during the September 11 attacks almost 10 years ago. On that day, she was twice entombed in sheared building fragments, and escaped twice. She transported people to safety and set up makeshift triage stations. She watched bodies hit the ground and suffered three asthma attacks. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s decision to not allow first responders to attend this year’s memorial ceremony at Ground Zero is a fresh wound for Giebfried.
OBAMA APPOINTS MONSANTO'S VICE PRESIDENT AS SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE COMMISSIONER AT THE FDA
Michael Taylor was just appointed senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. This is the same man that was in charge of FDA policy when GMO's were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety. The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and death than anyone in history has just been made the US food safety czar.
Gun Rights Win in Florida: State Law Will Soon End Local Firearms Restrictions
Starting October 1st, any public official who passes or enforces gun regulations below the state level faces a $5,000 personal fine and could even be removed from office by the governor for enacting or enforcing local gun laws.
FBI wants businesses watching for customers paying with cash
FBI and other agencies are asking managers of surplus stores to spy on their customers, watching whether they pay in cash, make "extreme" religious statements or purchase products such as waterproof matches. And the request from the government also is going to gun shops, fertilizer suppliers, motels and hotels, authorities say.
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Against Obama's Health Care Law
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a provision in President Obama's health care law requiring citizens to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, but didn't strike down the rest of the law. The decision is a major setback for the White House, which had appealed a ruling by a federal district judge who struck down the entire law in January. But the case is clearly headed to the Supreme Court, which will have the final say.
Bachmann wins GOP 2012 test vote
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state's caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.
Pawlenty quits race for president after disappointment in Iowa
After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. "We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn't happen, so I'm announcing on your show that I'm ending my campaign for president," the former governor said on "This Week."
'There No Longer is a Formal Economic Briefing in the Oval Office Every Morning'
"When you ask about the economic team, it's kind of like, 'What economic team?'" said Edward Mills, a financial policy analyst with FBR Capital Markets. "They are very thin at a very critical time." The administration needs all the firepower it can muster, experts said. Yet the team is missing a key messenger in selling Obama's policies. The post of chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors — an influential position — is vacant and is likely to remain so at least into the fall.
Some AFL-CIO unions boycotting 2012 Democratic convention?
The selection of Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic national convention in 2012 has prompted a boycott from one of the party’s most reliable and needed constituencies. More than a dozen unions in the AFL-CIO have informed DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in writing that they will not attend the convention, which takes place over Labor Day but will also be held in a city with no unionized hotels, and in a right-to-work state:
Gallup: Obama job rating sinks below 40% for first time
New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.
Pelosi finally makes picks for supercommittee
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has selected Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) for the "supercommittee" on Thursday. All three are either current or former members of Pelosi's leadership team who are seen as close to the former Speaker. So predictable. The Dems have loaded up on major obstructionists.
Dems: 'We should have picked Hillary'...
Obama is facing mounting doubts within his own party about his re-election prospects, with fellow Democrats beginning to ask if Hillary Clinton would have made a better president.
Muslim Americans Give Obama 80 Percent Approval, Highest of Major Religions
According to the survey, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approve of the job Obama is doing; 60 percent of atheists, agnostics, and those of no religion approve; 50 percent of Catholics approve; 37 percent of Protestants approve and 25 percent of Mormons approve.
PHOTO OUTRAGE: White House Violates Wishes of SEALs' Families
An official White House photo of a saluting Obama was distributed to news media and published widely. It also was posted on the White House website as the "Photo of the Day." It showed Obama and other officials in silhouette and did not depict caskets.
Nugent: Presidential Master of Economic Disaster
The United States of America is clearly much too big a community for the community organizer to organize. The president knows that. It’s also becoming abundantly clear to the producers of this country that Mr. Obama is not on their side, which is why the free market has never trusted him. Speak with any small-business person, and he or she will say the same: Mr. Obama is bad for business.
Sony Hosted Obama Fundraiser, Releasing Bin Laden Movie Before Election
There may be an overtly political reason that moviegoers will be seeing the story of the Osama bin Laden raid just before they vote for president. Sony Pictures, the company distributing next year's film, hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama on their studio's premises in California last April. So far, Sony is the only major studio to hold a political fundraiser this cycle. According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony will release the bin Laden movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, on October 12, 2012--less than a month before the presidential election.
AZ Gov Appeals Immigration Law to Supreme Court
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer filed an appeal Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put on hold key parts of the state's immigration enforcement law. The appeal comes as Brewer faced a deadline for contesting a district court's decision that, among other things, barred police from enforcing a requirement that police while enforcing other laws to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.
Possible IED Discovered on Oklahoma Gas Line
The device appeared to have a timing mechanism and was removed Wednesday morning by a robot. Authorities say they are in the process of rendering the device safe. It is considered small and would not have likely caused substantial damage, Clay Simmonds, a special agent for the FBI in Oklahoma City.
Ryan out by request on super-committee assignments.
Boehner didn’t assign Paul Ryan to the ad hoc panel. Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee, and he will have considerable influence over whether conservatives sign onto the panel’s eventual product. According to Ryan himself, however, he specifically asked Boehner to leave him off of the super committee, and he praised Boehner’s selections:
McConnell Appoints Kyl, Toomey, Portman, to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Wednesday announced his appointments to the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction tasked with reducing the deficit by $1.5 trillion more than the cuts already identified in the Budget Control Act. McConnell appointed Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).
Speaker Boehner Announces Appointments to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced his intent to appoint the following three lawmakers to represent House Republicans on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)
Reid appoints John Kerry, Patty Murray, and Max Baucus to Super Committee
That’s precisely what we need to reach a grand bargain. Hard-left dial tone Patty Murray and a guy who spent the past Sunday muttering in front of TV cameras about a “tea-party downgrade.” Bonus fun fact about Murray via Amanda Carpenter: She’s the head of the DSCC this election cycle, which means there ain’t no way no how no chance she’s signing off on any deal that involves even minor Medicare reform.
A subpoena for the NLRB
The move comes more than two months after Issa sent a letter to the NLRB’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, requesting documents related to the agency’s lawsuit against Boeing. Congressional Republicans have rallied against the NLRB since the agency issued its complaint against Boeing in April, arguing that the lawsuit represents an overreach of the NLRB’s authority.
Obama’s Kinetic Military Action on Coal
Obama claims to see the need to create jobs at this time of endless 9-plus percent unemployment — yet his administration continues to relentlessly destroy jobs for ideological reasons. The best example may be the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s “war on coal.” The EPA’s regulatory crusade directly threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs — and “rolling blackouts” that threaten even more.
For first time, most Americans believe their own rep doesn’t deserve reelection
Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected – the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn’t deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it’s the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today.
John Fund: Unions Spent $35 Million to Defeat Wisconsin Gov. Walker — and Lost
...asserts that the election results are a clear vote of confidence for Gov. Walker, and predicts that unions will now bring their “road show” to Ohio where a similar union battle looms.
Obama Increased National Debt More in 4 Days Than Truman and Eisenhower Did in 10 Years
Last week the Obama administration reportedly increased the national debt (in inflation-adjusted dollars) more in a mere four days than the administrations of Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower increased it from 1950-1960 — an entire decade.
Rep. Paul slams Fed for steps risking US dollar's reserve status
Paul implied that the Fed's decision to keep interest rates low through mid-2013 is a supplemental strategy that will push the dollar down, and said the recent surge in gold prices is a sign of that.
Blue Dogs call for an end to August recess in order to address fiscal crisis
A group of Blue Dog Democrats is calling this week for Congress to cut short its August vacation and return to Washington to address the nation's fiscal situation.
China tells US "good old days" of borrowing are over
China -- the United States' biggest creditor -- said Washington only had itself to blame for its plight and called for a new stable global reserve currency. It urged the United States to cut military and social welfare expenditure. Further credit downgrades would very likely undermine the world economic recovery and trigger new rounds of financial turmoil, it said.
Downgrade May Cloud Obama Re-election Bid
The downgrade of the U.S.’s AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor’s darkens President Barack Obama’s re-election chances while also damaging members of Congress from both parties as they prepare for the 2012 campaign, political analysts say. The downgrade will hurt the president and lawmakers by fueling economic uncertainty, possibly raising interest rates and wounding national pride, analysts predict.
Tea Party Reshaping GOP
The tea party is here to stay after its powerful role in the debt-ceiling debate. Now the GOP establishment wonders if the movement will sweep Republicans to victories in 2012 or dash them on the rocks of unbending ideology. The tea party already is reshaping the Republican Party. Once-moderate lawmakers are shifting sharply right. They fear primary challenges more than Democratic opponents.
Socialist Party of America reveals 70 Democrats as belonging to their caucus
Two things of note in this revelation. The first is the astonishing number of Democratic House members who not only belong to the Socialist Party of America, but even more incredible, don't mind if people find out about it.
As Easy as ABC, Anybody But Corzine
While serving as Governor, New Jersey was ranked as the worst business climate of any state by the Tax Foundation. New Jersey had the highest tax burden in the nation. Given President Obama’s and the Congressional Democrat’s demand for higher taxes, appointing Corzine to be the next Secretary of the Treasury would simply be more of the same.
We have also seen a rash of unconstitutional executive orders spewing from the White House, ostensibly giving the president power over everything from fishing in our oceans and rivers, to the lives of millions of Americans living in rural areas. In addition, totally unconstitutional executive branch agencies like the EPA have been let off the leash and set like snarling Rottweilers on the states and the people.
Top 10 Unhinged Liberal Attacks
With the debt-ceiling madhouse resolved (at least for the time being), it would be instructive to look back and see how the so-called “adults” in the Democratic Party and their media sycophants acted during the deliberations. Here are the Top 10 Unhinged Liberal Attacks during the debt talks.
Beaver Fever Fanaticism: EPA Eco-Radicals Are Hurting Families at the Tap
f your water bill increased recently, you might want to call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has driven up the cost of water by cracking down on localities, forcing cities to borrow money to fulfill costly mandates, and in some cases forcing localities to clean water that is already safe to drink. Just look at what the EPA is doing to New York City’s otherwise excellent water system.
America's Third War: The U.S. Cut a Deal With the Sinaloa Cartel, Say Court Documents
U.S. federal agents allegedly cut a deal with the Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed it to traffic tons of narcotics across the border, in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to documents filed in federal court.
S&P downgrades U.S. credit rating for first time
Lowering the nation’s rating one-notch below AAA, the credit rating company said “political brinkmanship” in the debate over the debt had made the U.S. government’s ability to manage its finances “less stable, less effective and less predictable.” It said the bi-partisan agreement reached this week to find at least $2.1 trillion in budget savings “fell short” of what was necessary to tame the nation’s debt over time and predicted that leaders would not be likely to achieve more savings later on.
DeMint: Geithner must go
"The President should demand that Secretary Geithner resign and immediately replace him with someone who will help Washington focus on balancing our budget and allowing the private sector to create jobs," he said in a statement. "For months he opposed all efforts to reduce the debt in return for a debt ceiling increase. His opposition to serious spending and debt reforms has been reckless and now the American people will pay the price."
On The Job Hunt: Small Businesses Across the Country Say, 'We're Not Hiring'
John Kabateck, NFIB's California executive director says he doesn't expect things to get better in the near future amid the current business climate. "Well what we hear from small businesses everyday is that they're overtaxed, they're over regulated, and they're overwhelmed by a government that keeps getting in the way of their ability to grow," Kabateck says.
Proposed U.N. Treaty to Regulate Global Firearms Trade Raising Concerns for U.S. Gun Makers
Last month a U.N. committee met in New York and signed off on several provisions, including the creation of a new U.N. agency to regulate international weapon sales, and require countries that host firearms manufacturers to set up a compensation fund for victims of gun violence worldwide.
Eight Billion Dollars for the U.N. -- The Other Budget Scandal
While we are in an unprecedented age of austerity and the U.S. has been flirting with default, the United Nations has continued its unchecked and profligate spending. Last week it was announced that our share of the United Nations’ budget in 2010 had increased to nearly $8 billion, a shocking 21% increase from the year prior. Think about that for a moment.
Is a Big-Labor Implosion Over Political Contributions Threatening the SEIU’s Power?
The CPPEA is currently working to gain signatures that would end SEIU memberships. By becoming “non-germane objectors” (protected by the SEIU, but not forced to pay dues toward unwanted political activity) members would be able to keep more money in their pockets. According to CBS Sacramento, 28,000 members took advantage of this previously little-known state clause last year. Of course, the SEUI isn’t happy.
Cantor: Washington should focus on jobs, not 'pumping up' jobless benefits
But Cantor did not shut the door to extending unemployment benefits further. When asked specifically whether he would oppose Democratic arguments to extend those benefits, he argued broadly that any decision to increase spending in one area should be coupled with spending cuts in other areas.
'Hundreds of young black people beating white people'...
Witnesses' accounts claim everything from dozens to hundreds of young black people beating white people as they left State Fair Thursday night.
Va. Beach ponders approving homeless 'tent city'
City staff are exploring authorizing a "tent city," a move that would make the Beach the first community in the state to sanction a homeless encampment - if the City Council approves the idea. This is the new America folks. Thank you Obama and the Democrat Socialist Party.
Fannie Mae seeks $5.1 billion more from taxpayers
Loans made in the past two years have been more profitable for Fannie Mae than loans made during the housing boom. Fannie Mae said it expects its book of loans made since 2009 to be profitable through their lifetime, but it has now recognized $130 billion of losses on its book of loans made between 2005 and 2008.
Renton police investigating cartoons mocking cops, city workers
Police say a series of cartoons mocking officers and other city workers are criminal, and the people who posted them online are guilty of cyberstalking. One member of the police department has already been demoted, but investigators are looking for additional parties that may be involved after another string of cartoons recently surfaced. Liberals and their unions can't stand when their corruption is brought to light.
Another Gore Claim Implodes
Writing in the journal Science, the team found evidence that ice levels were about 50% lower 5,000 years ago. They say changes to wind systems can slow down the rate of melting. They argue, therefore, that a tipping point under current scenarios is unlikely.
Left-Wing Politico Says Obama's Cooked
“The historical precedents of what happens to incumbent presidents in these economic circumstances are not positive or encouraging,” said Geoff Garin, a top Democratic pollster. “There has been a false sense of confidence among a lot of Democratic activists.”
Reid surrenders on FAA “crisis”
So what was the “bipartisan compromise”? The Senate will adopt the House bill by unanimous consent, which will allow it to go to President Obama for his signature. Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, will then have to waive the subsidy cuts under his legal authority, which will put the onus for pork spending squarely on the White House:
“Total fear”: Dow drops 512 points
Economists at Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch said Thursday that the economy is just one shock away from a recession. They put the probability of a recession in the next 12 months at 35%. However, they said the likelihood that the economy is currently in a recession was just 10%.
Ron Paul: Debt Deal is a 'Fraud'
Republican Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul tells Newsmax the bill designed to cut the budget deficit and raise the debt ceiling is a “fraud” because it actually does nothing to reduce current spending levels.The Texas lawmaker also says it is “discouraging” that many new members of Congress who were backed by the tea party voted in favor of the bill, the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Collision Course? Auto Heads Says UAW Union Will Go After Ford
A UAW strike against Ford may prove be counterproductive to the union’s plans for Ford in the south where Volkswagen AG has recently opened factories. More than 80,000 workers applied for thousands of VW jobs in Chattanooga and recent hires are not likely to be interested in joining a union, much less one that may be going on strike. Still, the UAW negotiators must bring some increase in pay or benefits to his members– otherwise they may ask themselves why they are they paying union dues each month.
Chris Christie Blasts ‘Crazies’ After Appointing Muslim Judge: The ‘Sharia Law Business Is Just Crap’
“Sharia Law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy!” he cried. “The guy is an American citizen!” He concluded that the “Sharia Law business is just crap… and I’m tried of dealing with the crazies,” adding with disgust and frustration that “it’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background.” I hope all the Christie lovers out there remember this next time he runs for office.
John Kerry: Media Has ‘Responsibility’ to ‘Not Give Equal Time’ to Tea Party
John Kerry has waded into the media waters and now wants the news to cut out conservatives he doesn’t agree with. During a discussion of the debt deal and the economy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, the current Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate lambasted the Tea Party and conservatives and the idea that they should be given “equal time” in the media. According to him, their ideas are so whacky that they don’t deserve air time:
Obama Has Nearly Achieved His European Welfare State
The pillars of the European welfare state are state retirement (often at relatively young ages), universal state health care, and entitlements for poverty and unemployment that are virtually unrestricted by calendar limits.
US borrowing tops 100% of GDP
The new borrowing took total public debt to $14.58 trillion, over end-2010 GDP of $14.53 trillion, and putting it in a league with highly indebted countries like Italy and Belgium.
‘Supercommittee’ membership already a source of contention
These sources are already urging leaders to pick top lieutenants who will stick to party positions — no entitlement cuts for Democrats and no tax increases for Republicans.
Fiscal Conservatives Barred from Supercommittee
The debt ceiling deal will pass the Senate early this afternoon. No suspense there. But the vote will be worth watching for another reason: Three Republican Senate sources tell TWS that senators who vote against the deal will be ineligible to serve on the so-called “supercommittee” for deficit reduction that the legislation creates.
Pilot Licenses Issued to 27 on Terror List
A recent New York Times article was extremely disturbing. The report was entitled: "27 Deemed to Be Threats Held Aviation Licenses". This news article was based on a report (pdf document) issued by the Inspector General (Internal Affairs) that has oversight responsibility for the FAA.
The latest "civil right"? free cell phones
Recently, a federal government program called the Universal Service Fund came to the Keystone State and some residents are thrilled because it means they can enjoy 250 minutes a month and a handset for free, just because they don't have the money to pay for it. Through Assurance Wireless and SafeLink from Tracfone Wireless these folks get to reach out and touch someone while the cost of their service is paid for by everyone else.
Communist Party USA just endorsed Obama for 4 more years
"Millions who have to be at the core of this party still operate under the umbrella of the Democratic Party, albeit increasingly in an independent fashion," he noted. Webb said that for communists there are major differences between Democrats and Republicans. He urged his supported to continue to back the Democrats.
The FBI Releases the “Operation Solo” Files—Showing us more Truth about American Communism
Did anyone ever have any doubt that during its heyday and throughout the Cold War, the American Communist Party, or C.P.U.S.A., was anything but a vehicle controlled lock, stock and barrel by the Soviet Union and its Politburo? Now, the FBI has released the first in a long series of previously classified material—-that of the so-called Operation Solo effort.
Just 22 percent of Tea Partiers approve of debt deal
While pundits across the political spectrum tout the debt deal as a win for the Tea Party and as progressives betray their frustration at Tea Party principles with appalling, anything-but-civil rhetoric, Tea Partiers themselves confess themselves displeased with the debt accord that took such an agonizingly long period of non-productivity to reach:
NRA to sue over new gun-sale reporting rules
The lawsuit — a copy of which was made available to The New York Times — is filed on behalf of two gun dealers in Arizona, where the reporting requirements are expected to go into effect later this month along with Texas, California and New Mexico. An estimated 8,500 gun dealers will be affected.
Liberal Pollster's Devastating Memo to Obama: Join the Tea Party
Much can and will change between now and November 2012. However, when a successful Democratic strategist all but urges the most far Left president in American history to don a three-cornered hat and join the Tea Party policy parade of fiscal discipline and border enforcement, you know there’s serious trouble in progressive paradise.
Social Security Actuary Confirms: Withholding Checks Would be a Political Decision
During a July 13, 2011 Budget Committee hearing Congressman Huelskamp asked Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary for Social Security, for additional information about President Obama's statement the day before that he cannot guarantee that Social Security checks would be mailed August 3. Mr. Goss indicated that the Social Security Administration anticipates issuing checks, but that it will be a decision of the Obama administration as to whether or not the checks are mailed. This is the chart Congressman Huelskamp referenced:
Biden: Tea partiers (Americans) like 'terrorists'
“This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists,” according to several sources in the room.
US borrowing to surge after debt cap raised
In its quarterly funding plans, the Treasury said it expected to issue $331 billion in net debt in the July-September quarter, up from $190 billion in the previous period.
House approves U.S. debt deal a day before deadline
Just one day before the deadline to lift the debt ceiling, the passage by 269 votes to 161 by the Republican-controlled House paved the way for an expected approval in the Senate of a $2.1 trillion deficit-cutting plan hammered out over the weekend.
Justice Department Sues Alabama Over Controversial Immigration Law
The law makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant in Alabama and allows law enforcement to detain individuals they have a "reasonable suspicion" of being in the country illegally. The law also makes it illegal to give undocumented immigrants rides and requires school districts to check on the immigration status of students who enroll.
Why GOP frosh said yes to debt deal
Some of the tea-party driven supporters will undoubtedly conclude that their freshmen were bought out by the Republican establishment. All told, 59 freshmen voted for the debt bill and 28 voted against it — two thirds of the rookie class.
In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges
The new Internet sales tax hurts businesses and consumers alike, by overburdening companies with new regulations that will be passed on to consumers to the extent possible. It's no surprise some of the bill's most outspoken supporters are big-box retail stores such as Walmart, Target, Sears, Home Depot, and Best Buy. The bill ultimately hurts innovation and threatens to stifle Internet entrepreneurship.
10 signs the double-dip recession has begun
Perhaps the most powerful argument that the recession never ended or that a new one has begun is the persistence of unemployment. Fourteen million people are out of work. A third of those have been jobless for more than a year. May employment data showed the jobless rate rose unexpectedly and that the economy added only 58,000 jobs. Experts believe that the unemployment rate will not improve significantly until the monthly gain in jobs is consistently 300,000 jobs or more.
TEA PARTY IN SHOCK! INFURIATING DEBT DEAL DETAILS
The 2012 budget: At one point in the negotiations, the 2012 budget was to be slashed by $36 billion. The final number of cuts: just $7 billion. And just to ensure we don’t have another bruising government shutdown fight over cuts in September, the deal deems and passes the 2012 budget. Yes, that’s right, the old Gephardt Rule or Slaughter Solution, is back. What’s deem and pass? It’s a legislative trick that essentially means that Congress will consider the budget passed without ever actually having to vote on it.