58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending Cuts Are Agreed Upon
Speaking truth to old-stream media bias.
Nice people, those Democrat representatives... Such civility :(
After 60 hours of debate, the state Assembly passed Governor Walker's Budget Repair bill, which among other things limits the bargaining rights of Wisconsin's public sector employees.
The vote ended three straight days of punishing debate in the Assembly. But the political standoff over the bill — and the monumental protests at the state Capitol against it — appear far from over.
The Assembly's vote sent the bill on to the Senate, but minority Democrats in that house have fled to Illinois to prevent a vote and say they won't return unless Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to discuss a compromise. Republicans who control the Senate sent state troopers out looking for them at their homes on Thursday, but they turned up nothing.
...Democrats launched a filibuster, throwing out dozens of amendments and delivering rambling speeches. Each time Republicans tried to speed up the proceedings, Democrats rose from their seats and wailed that the GOP was stifling them.
Debate had gone on for 60 hours and 15 Democrats were still waiting to speak when the vote started around 1 a.m. Friday. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, opened the roll and closed it within seconds.
Democrats looked around, bewildered. Only 13 of the 38 Democratic members managed to vote in time.
Republicans immediately marched out of the chamber in single file. The Democrats rushed at them, pumping their fists and shouting "Shame!" and "Cowards!"
The Republicans walked past them without responding.
I love the idea that any Democrat can call a Republican a coward while praising state Senate Democrats who ran away and hid rather than exercise their sworn duties.
While this is the first hurdle for the plan, the Senate still can't act on major portions of the bill so the focus remains on forcing Democrats to do their constitutional duty and actually to the jobs they were elected to do.
Meanwhile for practical and possibly political reasons, Walker is still opposed to splitting the the collective bargaining measures (which doesn't require the presence of Senate Democrats) from the budget cuts (which does).
I still think it's important to keep it intact. Because one [part of the bill] goes with the other. If you fail to get one, it makes it hard to balance the rest of the budget. So our hope, our focus is still on trying to figure out a way to make it possible for those state senate Democrats to get back.
Meanwhile, our new Golden Age of Civility continues. The networks simply refuse to report on Democratic Congressman who called for union violence, as if they need someone to tell them to do that. .
I didn't like the legislation that was moving through Washington the last two years — I didn't like cap and trade, I didn't like ObamaCare, I didn't like the stimulus. But I didn't walk out. We stayed and did our jobs. We voted, we tried to amend, we made our debates . . . Elections have consequences. They won, we lost. That's the way it works. So I just don't understand this lack of respect for the rule of law." — Congressman Paul Ryan
Congressman Ryan went on to talk about how achieving fiscal responsibility does not have to be a partisan issue.
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Bassani shows that Jefferson was a special kind of libertarian. He did not believe in government, but for one or two areas. Nor did he believe in the "union" much less the nation state. He was a radical individualist who had no use for the political collective. This is where we find the very core of his thought.
Jefferson is a national icon, and has been from the early years of the American Republic. He is also one of the most enduring figures in intellectual and political history.
But how much do we really know about what he believed? The author of this great new study on Jefferson argues that we know little, due to wild distortions that have been made of Jefferson during the 20th century.
Incredibly, Jefferson has been re-rendered as a kind of proto-New Dealer and statist, or perhaps a Luddite who doubted the merit of progress, or perhaps a believer in global democracy run by the nation state.
None of this is true. Bassani shows that Jefferson was a special kind of libertarian. He did not believe in government, but for one or two areas. Nor did he believe in the "union" much less the nation state. He was a radical individualist who had no use for the political collective. This is where we find the very core of his thought.
Author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat in France, leader of the opposition to the Federalists in the 1790s, president of the United States from 1801 to 1809, critical conscience of the country until his death on July 4, 1826, Thomas Jefferson is the most widely studied, fascinating and genuinely representative American intellectual.
Bassani surveys Jefferson's views in the twofold articulation—the rights of man and states rights—that represents the core of all his political ideas. While recent scholarship on the subject tends to portray a union devotee, nonindividualistic, antiproperty rights Jefferson, with possible communitarian, if not even protosocialist undertones, this work does Jefferson justice.
After careful examination of his political theory, the readers will recognize the third president as a champion of liberty, natural rights, and antagonism of the states towards interference by federal powers.
This scholarly book is both thorough and passionate, and, in the end, absolutely decisive: it takes back Jefferson for the causes he believed in his entire life.
Here is Albert Jay Nock's classic study on the life and thought of Thomas Jefferson, a book which draws out points other biographers have missed: his radicalism, his opposition to all centralized government, his attachment to liberty and property, and his dedication to the idea of revolution. In the process, Nock tells a story of the founding that you have likely never heard.
Why cut? You claim that it is bad to cut government spending because of the pain it will cause.
Doesn't this total moron Copp know that the media is called the 4th rail exactly BECAUSE they are there to WATCH government to keep them from doing funny business? The media is an outgrowth of our 1st amm. Free Speech: and that is to protect the rights of the individuals from tyranny that grows naturally in government.
Reform: As the head of Medicaid and Medicare services testifies in favor of ObamaCare, the CBO director says it will destroy 800,000 jobs. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once famously said that we'd have to pass ObamaCare to see what was in it. She also boasted that the health care bill would create 4 million jobs — "400,000 of them almost immediately."
Now that we've seen what's in it, we realize the possible consequences for our physical and economic health. And congressional testimony before GOP-led committees has given us fresh reasons for repeal.
Contradicting Mrs. Pelosi, CBO director Douglas Elmendorf told the House Budget Committee on Thursday that one of the unintended consequences of ObamaCare would be a reduction in employment by half a percent by 2021.
In an exchange with Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., Elmendorf confirmed the analysis contained in a CBO report issued last August. "That net effect reflects changes in incentives in the labor market that operate in both directions," he said.
"The way I would put it," Elmendorf said, "is that we do estimate ... that employment will be about 160 million by the end of the decade. Half a percent of that is 800,000." That number is 50% more than all the people who work for GM, Ford, and Chrysler combined.
ObamaCare mandates and costs will reduce hiring while some workers will have less incentive to enter the work force. In fact, Elmendorf's number may be quite low, considering it's been estimated that ObamaCare will impose $500 billion in new taxes and will actually cost more than $2.3 trillion in 10 years.
"Since day one," said John Murray, deputy chief of staff for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, "Republicans have opposed ObamaCare for a simple reason: It would destroy jobs. (House) Minority Leader Pelosi, (Senate Majority) Leader Reid and others said we were wrong. Guess not."
Meanwhile Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's choice to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee on ObamaCare's implications for those two programs and the seniors they serve. He also testified on his past admiration for the rationing and cost-effectiveness standards applied at Britain's National Health Service (NHS).
In questioning Berwick, committee chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., noted that "Medicare actuaries predict that because of the cuts in the Democrats' health care law, 725 hospitals, 2,352 nursing homes and 1,587 home-health agencies will become unprofitable." Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, said 300 doctors in his state have already dropped Medicare.
Putting it all into perspective.
We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow's end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now.... THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
The mainstream media does not cover the full extent of the damage the Obama Administration has inflicted on this country. Even FOX News often doesn't have the time to go into sufficient depth to explain what is happening.
From our friend Ruth S. King comes a chart which all of us should read and absorb, sobering though it may be:
|January 2009||Today||% chg||Source|
|Avg. retail price/gallon gas in U.S.||$1.83||$3.104||69.6%||1|
|Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)||$43.48||$99.02||127.7%||2|
|Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)||$38.74||$91.38||135.9%||2|
|Gold: London (per troy oz.)||$853.25||$1,369.50||60.5%||2|
|Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL||$3.56||$6.33||78.1%||2|
|Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL||$9.66||$13.75||42.3%||2|
|Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob||$13.37||$35.39||164.7%||2|
|Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall||7.6%||9.4%||23.7%||3|
|Unemployment rate, blacks||12.6%||15.8%||25.4%||3|
|Number of unemployed||11,616,000||14,485,000||24.7%||3|
|Number of fed. employees, ex. military (curr = 12/10 prelim)||2,779,000||2,840,000||2.2%||3|
|Real median household income (2008 v 2009)||$50,112||$49,777||-0.7%||4|
|Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)||31,983,716||43,200,878||35.1%||5|
|Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)||7,526,598||9,193,838||22.2%||6|
|Number of long-term unemployed||2,600,000||6,400,000||146.2%||3|
|Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)||13.2%||14.3%||8.3%||4|
|People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)||39,800,000||43,600,000||9.5%||4|
|U.S. rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings||5||9||n/a||10|
|Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)||29.9||23.5||-21.4%||11|
|Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)||140||164||17.1%||12|
|U.S. dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate||89.76||82.03||-8.6%||2|
|U.S. money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)||1,575.1||1,865.7||18.4%||13|
|U.S. money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)||8,310.9||8,852.3||6.5%||13|
|National debt, in trillions||$10.627||$14.052||32.2%||14|
ABC News reports:
The Washington Times reports:
"If the attempt is not even made to defund Obamacare, repeal it or whatever, then we go Egypt on Obama next election -- and, by the way, he can't complain, 'cause he said that's how democracy works." -Rush
At a time when our deficit is $1,600,000,000,000.00