No House Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood. Why Not?

Congress is refusing to defund Planned Parenthood because they like the organization. According to Breitbart, “House Leaves for Recess with No Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood.” Some people in social media claim this indicates the Republicans are “spineless” or “cowardly” or “incompetent.” I don’t think that really grasps what is going on. The House is leaving for its summer recess until September 8 without voting on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of Read more […]

The Oligarchy Inside The Oligarchy: Who Writes These Laws That No One Reads?

The headline at CNS News says it all: “Who Read 1,582-Page $1.1T Spending Bill? Congressman: ‘Nobody Did’” When asked whether he read the 1,528-page,  $1.1 trillion government spending bill before he voted for it yesterday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said, “Nobody did!” On Capitol Hill on Thursday, asked Blumenauer: “The omnibus bill yesterday, it was 1,582 pages, did you have a chance to read all the pages before voting on it?” Blumenauer laughed and said: “Nobody Read more […]

Democrats Say “No” To Defunding Obamacare, Then Blame Republicans

Yesterday the House passed almost precisely along party lines a bill that aimed to defund Obamacare. I’ve long been in agreement with the “establishment” that this would be an entirely useless endeavor since defunding Obamacare will never be taken up by Democrat-controlled Senate. Even if it would be, and was miraculously passed there, it would more than certainly be vetoed by President Obama. But the Republicans in the House have gone about this in an uncharacteristically smart way. Since funding Read more […]

House Votes to Cut Food Stamps, Dodges Real Problem

The House, in a mostly partisan vote, approved a bill Thursday to cut $4 billion per year from the food stamp program. The 217-210 vote was opposed by Democrats and a few Republicans. The bill aims to save the money, which amounts to about a 5 percent reduction in funding, by including new work requirements, putting limits on how long single people without children can receive food stamps, and implementing drug testing of program participants. Majority leader Eric Cantor said that the program, Read more […]

D.C. Mayor: Sequestration To Blame For Shooting

If they’re not blaming the murderous actions of a criminal on the 2nd Amendment, they’re blaming it on “small government.” Everyone knows that the government is there to protect us and take care of us from cradle to grave. Why would anyone want to diminish the government’s ability to be our safety and security to whom we flee when crisis strikes? Just like we shouldn’t be talking about additional gun rights at a time like this, we also shouldn’t be talking about spending cuts. At least, Read more […]

Pelosi: Spending Cuts Will Lead To “Very Little” Government

At a press conference on Thursday, Nancy Pelosi was asked about Boehner’s statement on matching the debt limit rise with dollar for dollar spending cuts. He had said previously that when the government raises the debt limit yet again later this year in August, there needs to be matching spending cuts that accompany any rise in the debt limit. She said that was just “anti-government” rhetoric:  “Yes, that’s what the Speaker says, and that is certainly in keeping with the anti-government Read more […]

“Sequester-Torn” TSA Signs $50 Million Contract For New Uniforms

The sequester is really hitting the TSA hard. The budget cuts are causing long lines at the airports. Janet Napolitano even exhorted people not to yell at the poor TSA agents. Bless their hearts, the sequester is not their fault:  “We are already seeing the effect on the ports of entry, the big airports for example. Some of them had very long lines this weekend. Look people, I don’t mean to scare, I mean to inform. If you’re traveling, get to the airport earlier than you otherwise would. There’s Read more […]

Obama Has Added $6 Trillion To The National Debt

The budget cut hysteria has started to wind down a little, but expect Obama and his team to blame every bad thing that happens between now and the end of his term on the GOP for “holding America hostage” with the sequester cuts. If nothing bad happens, he’ll manufacture something. I heard Ron Paul the other day on CNBC say that the budget has steadily increased by 7% per year, but this year, it’s going to be increased by 6.9% with the sequester. The proposed increase in spending for the Read more […]

When Cutting 8 Days Of Spending Is Seen As Disastrous, We’re Doomed

Everybody’s panic over President Obama’s proposed and then phonily condemned sequester–federal budget cuts across the board–is really something to behold. But is it any wonder? Obama has been telling people that if these cuts go through, they and their kids won’t be able to eat, that the roads and bridges of America will crumble, that our military will be so weakened that who knows if we’ll be able to defend ourselves against a North Korean or Iranian nuclear missile? His fellow Democrats Read more […]

Illinois City Can’t Afford Gas For Police Cars

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill that allows Northern Virginia counties to impose their own income taxes without a public referendum. The bill specifically allows a 1% income tax supposedly to be used to fund public transportation. This 1% income tax would be in addition to federal and state taxes that residents in those counties and cities already pay. But the counties don’t want this power, and the residents obviously don’t want to pay another tax. Current law already allows counties to Read more […]

Media Turns Good News Into Bad, And Blames Republicans

The good news is simple enough: consumers are cutting back in their spending. This may not be pleasant for some people because they want to sell more stuff. But their welfare is not the general welfare. The general welfare is obvious: people need to spend less and save more. The Guardian reports: “Retailers pulled stocks lower Wednesday as US markets reopened following the Christmas holiday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 49 points to 13,090 as of noon. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index Read more […]

Taxpayers Funding Robosquirrels, Star Wars Parties, Beef Jerky Research

Game and puzzle exhibits, circus classes, an Indian-American comedy tour and talking urinal cakes are all featured in Sen. Tom Coburn’s annual government “Wastebook.” Coburn has highlighted 100 programs funded by various federal agencies using taxpayer money for a grand total of more than $18 billion in waste. Among the highlights: Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development) Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production Read more […]