66 results for month: 03/2013


California spending junkies strike again

In 2003, California made national attention with the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor, and was proclaimed to be the state of plenty for all who came. Since the recession, however, the state has slowly slipped into a state of near-implosion, and any praise for the state comes from those either too partisan or too economically biased to admit the truth. Two recent bits of news add more damage to California’s already laughable reputation. First, California has the nation’s largest unemployment rate, at 9.8 percent. Partisans claim its ranking as second in payroll job growth – behind Texas – is proof the state’s efforts at ...

Federal government tactically retreats on cigarette labels

When it comes to the First Amendment, cigarette companies are up there with health insurance companies and Wall Street banks as some of the last organizations I want to spend time defending. However, when the government oversteps, we are temporarily allies. This week, the federal government decided to stop arguing a lawsuit that would require companies to put graphic images on cigarette packs: The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit. Instead, the Food and Drug Administration will go back to ...

Mark the day and time – what’s good for the establishment is good for…the country?

Earlier this week, Politico reported on the “vote-a-rama” planned in the Senate. According to Politico, it’s a normal part of the budget process – which means it hasn’t been done in several years: Instead, the Senate will be conducting a rare and chaotic “vote-a-rama,” in which senators of either party can offer an unlimited amount of amendments to the budget resolution. Such a freewheeling process is peculiar to the budget resolution, which the Senate hasn’t considered for four years since one was last introduced in 2009. A third of the senators haven’t even been in the chamber long enough to experience a vote-a-rama, so this will ...

Helping the American people self-govern

The Tennessee Center for Self-Governance is a non-profit based in Tennessee that conducts workshops designed to help the American people realize their own power when it comes to civic authority and holding elected officials accountable. I saw the Center’s President, Mark Herr, present at a Tea Party Patriots Local Coordinator Conference last November. His presentation was sharp, informative, and touched on a lot of areas only political insiders generally know and understand. I sat down with Herr and other members of the Tennessee Center for Self-Governance’s leadership here at CPAC, including Tea Party Patriots Regional Support Team member ...

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal swapping income for sales tax

From Cato’s Daniel Mitchell comes the good news that Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed elimination of his state’s income tax. From the Governor’s website: “Over the last ten years, more than 60 percent of the three million new jobs in American were created by the nine states without an income tax. Every year for the past 40 years, states without an income tax had faster growth than states with the highest income taxes.  Economic growth in the nine states without income taxes was 50 percent faster than in the nine states with the highest top income tax rates.  Over the past decade, states without income taxes have seen nearly ...

Senate crawls its way through the Continuing Resolution

This week, the Senate is working to pass its version of the Continuing Resolution necessary to keep the federal government’s doors open. It looks like it will happen: The Senate failed to reach an agreement Monday on further amendments to the continued spending resolution that would prevent a government shut down by funding federal spending through the fiscal year. Despite some GOP opposition, the Senate voted 63-35 on a motion to end debate on the bill after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said a few senators would not agree to let the bill move forward without votes on their amendments. The vote showed there is enough support for ...

Tea Party Patriots short movie making waves

At CPAC, Tea Party Patriots unveiled its new short film, “A Movement On Fire.” Intended to explain to younger audiences how the federal government’s spending, regulations, and other actions are leading to a Hunger Games-like way of life for the American people, it has gone viral, attracting as of this writing nearly 60,000 views. The video has made waves across the political spectrum. The Week ranked it 4th out of 10 on its list of Most Memorable Moments of CPAC 2013. Wonkette mocked it for an entire article. David Weigel at Slate.com wrote a brief blog post, as did Business Insider. Even MSNBC got in on it, writing a short article on the ...

South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District votes today – and Tea Party activists are in the middle of it

South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District is voting in the Republican primary for Senator Tim Scott’s (R-SC) replacement today. The race has gotten national attention for a variety of reasons, including the candidacy of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford among the 16 men and women running. Back in February, a number of conservative grassroots groups in the 1st District joined with Freedomworks and Tea Party Patriots to launch a Candidate Forum, complete with a Voter Guide. According to co-organizer Debbie Jones, there were approximately 450 people in attendance, and all 16 GOP candidates participated. The Forum was quite extensive, ...

Speaker Boehner “absolutely trusts” his opposition

Yesterday, on ABC’s “This Week,” Speaker Boehner (R-OH) said two things that do a disservice to the American people. First, he said he and the President “trust each other,” and a moment later said “Absolutely” when asked if he trusted the President, saying “there is no issue there.” Second, he said the debt “is not an immediate problem.” There are many reasons the Speaker shouldn’t even be thinking these things, let alone saying them. Here are four:  1. The President is not trustworthy. He has been dishonest on the alleged need to raise taxes, the alleged harm the sequester will do to the American economy, and he has been ...

White House still prioritizing pain in the sequester

In the big picture, the Easter Egg Roll at the White House is not a constitutional responsibility of the federal government. If we were to fully return to constitutional limits in Washington, it almost certainly would not take place ever again. Until we do reach that point, however, and have billions spent on things that offer no value to the taxpayers – like inventing Robo Squirrel and duplication in the federal budget – the Easter Egg Roll should be here to stay. Or not: The White House warned Congress that budget cuts could nix the annual Easter Egg Roll for kids, which is planned for April 1. “[B]y using these tickets, guests are ...