What the National Pamphleteers don’t report:
Bork’s final blast: Supremes are ‘dangerous’
by Paul Bedard,
March 18, 2013
The just published final thoughts of conservative legal giant Robert Bork, blocked from the Supreme Court in a Democratic witch hunt, reveal his deep concerns that the high court has taken a turn for the worse and is a threat to American freedom “We are now being ruled in some of our most crucial cultural and moral issues by judges who have acquired the power, but certainly not the authority, to take those decisions out of our hands,” he frets in [….]
Reining In the Consumer Financial Protection BureauCongress cannot delegate its legislative powers to others, including the CFPB.
by Paul Moreno,
March 18, 2013
Elizabeth Warren was slated to be the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Senate Republicans stopped her confirmation, so now she is leading the charge to confirm Richard Cordray to that office.
But nobody should be the head of this monstrous Dodd-Frankenstein by-product. The structure and powers of the CFPB, as created by Congress, put it outside our constitutional system. Most significantly, Congress allotted the bureau an independent source of revenue, guaranteed its insulation from legislative or executive oversight, and gave it the power to define and punish “abusive” practices. In years past, the Supreme Court has tried to impose some limits on such reckless delegations of authority. Congress’s initial response to the Great Depression was to enact the National Industrial Recovery Act. The NIRA allowed industries to adopt “codes of fair competition,” and the government could impose fines on firms and imprison individuals who produced more or charged less than the codes provided. In most cases, [….]
Proposed Dem Budget Increases Spending 62% Over Next Decade
by Daniel Halper,
March 13, 2013
Senator Patty Murray, the Democratic chair of the Senate Budget Committee, finally released a budget today. Year over year, in this proposed budget, spending jumps dramatically.
For instance, from this year’s budget to next year’s proposed budget, spending would increase by $162 billion. This year, the federal government will spend $3.599 trillion; under Murray’s budget, the federal government would be on track to spend even more.
Over the next decade, spending under Murray’s budget would increase by 62 percent. Here’s a chart from the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee detailing the increase in spending over the next decade:
As the chart shows, the budget would increase a bit each year, under the Democratic plan.
“Murray’s budget spends $2.2 trillion more in 2023 (the last year of the budget window) than the 2013 levels – a 62% increase (significantly outpacing inflation),” says a staff member on the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.
In an interview that aired earlier today, President Obama said, “[W]e don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”
Obama has not [….]
Free Speech Week
by Jack Lewis,
March 18, 2013
DC Ambassador Will Moyer met with Alexander McCobin of Students for Liberty at CPAC 2013 to discuss the ways in which the two organizations can help each other in the fight for liberty, including academic liberty, on campuses across America. As a part of that discussion, we want to highlight one example of the great work that Students for Liberty is accomplishing. Students For Liberty has announced the first ever Free Speech Week. With the recent success of free speech walls across the world, they will be coordinating a week of activism events to promote and defend the most critical of all liberties.
Free Speech Week will take place from April 1-8. SFL is partnering with several great organizations including the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to help provide students with the resources needed to make Free Speech Week happen on your campus. Free Speech Week events will range from [….]
The Real Cost of obama: $19 TRILLION
by John Ransom,
March 15, 2013
There’s a super storm raging over our economy that’s been seeded and fueled by the federal government over a period of the past several decades. And it’s literally costing the country trillions of dollars in GDP per year. It’s not merely garden-variety government waste that’s the problem either. It’s monumental stupidity by the government, combined with venial cupidity by voters who think they can get others to pay for their free lunch.
This government-created storm has, more than any other factor, contributed to the fiscal crisis; a crisis that is creating more expansive government programs, robbing us of more GDP, thus ensuring the political class will take more actions that punish the most productive and dynamic elements of our society.
You know? The people who create economic growth?
In order to understand how this storm is being fed, you need only consult some official government figures. The labor participation rates released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics now stands at 63.6, near Carter-recession levels.
According to policy scholar and historian, Professor Richard Vedder of Ohio University, that means as many as 14 million of people are officially out of the labor pool. And the professor from Ohio says it’s the government’s own unemployment program that’s helping to reduce the number of bodies willing to work.
“If you give people money to not work,” says Vedder, “some people will say ‘Gee that’s a pretty good option.’… There have been a lot of studies over the years going back to the 1970s that show these programs on balance added a bit to the unemployment rate.”
Because unemployment compensation has lasted so long, however, unemployment rates have gone up “a couple of percentage points” from where it would otherwise be.
Vedder’s back-of-the-envelope calculations that he shared with me says that those missing workers could be costing the economy as much as $800 billion in GDP per year. “That’s $2500 for every person, or $10,000 for every family” in GDP he says.
But that’s not all: [….]
Is the ‘Common Core’ Initiative Dumbing Down America’s Students?
by Tiffany Gabbay,
March 14, 2013
Last week TheBlaze covered in detail the controversial school curriculum system — one that had students actually design a socialist flag — out of Texas dubbed CSCOPE. Thursday, however, the focus turned to another disturbing initiative in America’s education system: Common Core Standards State Standards.
The Common Core State Standards initiative is, according to its official website, a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), developed “in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.”
The standards are said to be: [….]
A Vulture Capitalist Cashes In On Failure
by John Ransom,
March 16, 2013
A word to my friends in Washington: As you contemplate all the whiz-bang things that you’re going to do with your new-found tax dollars, please consider an important lesson found in biology. If you want to successfully feed off the lives of others, don’t kill the host. obama may imagine that we don’t have a spending problem, but DC can only rake off so much before we implode. Parasites that want to survive, adapt to this truth. I was reminded of this as I looked through companies that might struggle in 2013. According to Professor Edward Altman, an expert on bankruptcy and corporate turnarounds, 2013 is shaping up to be tough for several industries. Altman, of New York University, hosted the 12th annual Corporate & Sovereign Credit Market Outlook at the Union League Club in January and identified [….]
obama’s Surveillance Society
March 19, 2013
After 9/11,Barack Obama and his leftist base were livid that George W. Bush under the Patriot Act was engaged in warrantless wiretapping of Americans’ phone calls and email. We all remember them foaming at the mouth,marching in the streets with their idiotic swastikas and photos of Bush as Hitler.
The Left,proclaiming Barack Obama lord and savior,are eerily quiet now that Obama has taken Bush’s Patriot Act to an unimaginable,Orwellian level.
Obama has embraced Total Information Awareness—TIA for short—which refers to the government’s ability to compile a massive,searchable database,comprised of every type of electronic communication and information imaginable. We’re not just talking about phone calls and emails anymore. Barry Obama has already been compiling literally billions of phone and email records since ascending the throne. Now he’s out for bigger fish.
In September,the National Security Agency will open a one [….]
Obamacare Leads to Skyrocketing Premiums, 200 Percent Possible
by Jim Meyers,
March 20, 2013
An exhaustive study by three congressional committees delivers startling news about the dire effects of Obamacare: President Barack Obama’s signature legislation could increase health insurance premiums by over 200 percent and render insurance coverage unaffordable for millions of Americans. Broadly, the new report declares that Obamacare “breaks its core promise” to make healthcare coverage affordable. The report, “The Price of Obamacare’s Broken Promises,” was prepared by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Majority Staff; Senate Committee on Finance, Minority Staff; and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Minority Staff. “Studies and analyses from the Congressional Budget Office, independent actuaries, state insurance commissioners, health plans, benefit consultants, and others have reached the same conclusion: Obamacare will significantly increase premiums,” the congressional report states. “Some estimates show some Americans facing startling premium increases of 203 percent because of the law. Higher healthcare premiums are the last thing [….]
cnn Hits New Low: Embracing Criminals; Forgetting Victim
by Bobby Eberle,
March 19, 2013
The verdict is in, and the reaction by CNN and other media outlets paints a very disturbing picture of the left wing view of rape and the rapists. Two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl, and yet when the verdict was handed down, CNN went overboard with its sympathy toward the criminals. What about the actual victim???
As reported by the Washington Post, [….]
It’s Payback Time for UK’s INSANE Energy Policy
An obsession with CO2 has left UK dangerously short of power as coal-powered stations are forced to close.
by Christopher Booker,
March 23, 2013
As the snow of the coldest March since 1963 continues to fall, we learn that we have barely 48 hours’ worth of stored gas left to keep us warm, and that the head of our second-largest electricity company, SSE, has warned that our generating capacity has fallen so low that we can expect power cuts to begin at any time. It seems the perfect storm is upon us.
The grotesque mishandling of Britain’s energy policy by the politicians of all parties, as they chase their childish chimeras of CO2-induced global warming and windmills, has been arguably the greatest act of political irresponsibility in our history. Three more events [….]
Part 3 MAY follow….