Friday, March 30, 2012

The Final Five: March 30, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 30, 2012

Featured Article:
ObamaCare — How Nice People Crush Freedom
Andrew Klavan explains how the road to the destruction of freedom is paved with good intentions. Just because someone wants to help does not mean that person's solution is a good idea for all of America.


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Two Dialysis Patients Fight Over Louisville-Kentucky
Two patients at a dialysis clinic in Georgetown, Kentucky, ended up in a fistfight over who would win the final four game between Louisville and Kentucky.


Topic One: Race Relations
Exploiting the Trayvon Martin tragedy: "Reasonable, decent Americans know that trying the Martin/Zimmerman case in the media is wrong. Pure and simple. Ironically, the people who are screaming for justice for Trayvon are acting like a lynch mob. Folks, my point is that Democrats are committed to dividing black and white Americans along racial lines. Democrats are running to microphones and TV cameras spreading irresponsible, racially inflammatory rhetoric as if it were 1950 rather than 2012. Sharpton said at the Trayvon rally, "We've come to tell you enough is enough. We are tired of going to jail for nothing, and others going home for something." Jesse Jackson said, "Blacks are under attack." According to the Democrats' take on race relations in America, it is inconceivable that our nation's first family is black."

Obama's big lie: "Obama implies that we all share some collective guilt for Trayvon's killing. And this is a favorite tactic of the left: We all created the "climate" that led Trayvon Martin to bang George Zimmerman's head on the pavement and led George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon point blank. The "climate" argument allows for all sorts of political maneuvering and situational exploitation. It allows MSNBC hosts to go on the air and blame Rush Limbaugh. It gives leeway for congressmen to invite Trayvon's parents to the Hill to pander to minority members of Congress about Florida's "stand your ground law" — a law that had nothing to do with the killing if Zimmerman is really as guilty as his opponents suggest, and a law that may have saved Zimmerman's life if the situation went down as Zimmerman and witnesses suggest."


Time for a Laugh:
"Yesterday Joe Biden thanked Dr. Pepper instead of a woman named Dr. Paper. Biden apologized and said he meant no disre-sprite."
-Conan O'Brien


Topic Two: Energy
The Anti-Energy Administration: "Our America today is very different from the America of some years ago. Government spending is greatly increased, as is the regulation of our economy. The growing size and reach of our government is sapping our nation's strength and independence. And our current president's policies have been quite different from our leaders of some years ago. One of the best examples of these public policy changes is the huge increase in government regulation in how we generate and use energy, with its negative impact on supply, its focus on financing new and inefficient energy industries, and the resulting higher costs. The policy of the Obama administration has been not to increase the energy supplies that are so critical to our nation's economic health, but to limit them, to increase energy prices, and to make energy more expensive."


Debt Watch:
$15,579,852,946,457.64
( As of Friday, March 29, 2012 )

Change: -$358,857,081
Your share as a citizen: $49,864.91
Share per household: $136,383.04
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,952,975,897,545


Topic Three: Voter ID
IDs are now required to take the SAT, but not for voting?: "Students will soon have to "upload photos of themselves when they register for ACT and SAT exams." This new regulation is intended to "close a gaping hole in standardized-test security that allowed students to cheat and steal admissions offers and scholarship money from kids who played by the rules." Students will be asked "to certify their identity" in writing," with the understanding that "impersonating another student could result in criminal prosecution." So if identification is needed to register for college admissions examinations, why shouldn't photo identification be required of American voters?"

Meanwhile, those that voter ID laws are supposedly disenfranchising are supporting the requirement. MRCTV's Dan Joseph traveled to downtown Washington DC to gauge the support for voter ID requirements.


Tweet of the Day:
David Burge (@iowahawkblog):
Hey #p2 if you think Medicare can survive "as we know it", you're dumb enough to think raising taxes on oil cos will help gas prices #ohwait


Topic Four: ObamaCare
An excellent article by Andrew Klavan on how good intentions destroy freedom: "In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help. ... When they propose an answer to rising health care costs or poverty or traffic jams or whatever, they are forced to show how the solution will not encroach on our liberty. Because if liberty is not the first principle of government, it will soon be no principle at all."

It's not just the mandate: "ObamaCare supporters were hit with more bad news recently when the Congressional Budget Office announced that the health care law would cost nearly twice the original estimates: $1.76 trillion over ten years rather than $940 billion. Of course, such “unexpected” cost overruns are nothing new for government programs. When Medicare was passed in 1965, it was predicted to cost $12 billion by 1990. In reality, it cost a whopping $110 billion, almost 10 times more than predicted. But the escalating economic costs of ObamaCare will pale in comparison to the escalating losses of freedom. The infringement of personal freedom receiving the most attention lately has been the “individual mandate” requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. This issue is at the heart of the current legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. But ObamaCare imposes numerous other mandates and controls."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy."

-Benjamin Franklin


Topic Five: Reviving the Economy
Frederick W. Smith, Chairman of FedEx, discusses how we can revitalize the American economy: "Despite some recent short-term positive economic signs, America remains on a slippery economic slope. Social Security funding and health-care costs remain ominous financial threats to our nation. Unless we come up with long-term solutions to grow the American economy, create more jobs and maintain our standard of living, we run the risk of a societal meltdown. We need to deal right now with three issues critical to renewing the American economy and sparking growth: reducing our reliance on imported petroleum; combating overregulation; and revitalizing business through tax reform, education and training."

Obama claims he was dealt a bad hand, and therefore, he deserves a break. But could things be better? AEI's James Pethokoukis thinks they could be: "But this excuse doesn’t quite make it off the runway. A Federal Reserve study from late last year looked at the behavior of recoveries from recessions across 59 advanced and emerging market economies during the last 40 years. The Fed found, to no great surprise, that recoveries “tend to be faster” after severe recessions, such as the one we just had. It’s the “rubber-band effect”: The deeper the downturn, the more robust the rebound — unless government messes things up. For example, during the 1981-82 recession, output fell by 2.7 percent and then rose by 15.9 percent over the next 10 quarters (at an average pace of 6.0 percent). During the Great Recession, output fell even more, by 5.1 percent. But during the 10 quarters since, total economic output is up only a paltry 6.2 percent. Score one for Reaganomics."


Tomorrow in History
March 31, 1918 - Daylight savings time goes into effect in the United States for the first time.


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening: Conservatives, Liberals, and Values

Watch Wisconsin

The other recall in Wisconsin

Sunstein misguided on regulation

When a lie becomes the truth

The unseen message in "The Hunger Games"

No more $5 footlongs in San Francisco



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D.C. Daily: March 30, 2012

Senate
Yesterday's Action:
The Senate passed the following measures:
  • H.R. 4281, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund.
  • S. Con. Res. 38, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.
  • H.R. 2297, to promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia.
  • S. Res. 80, condemning the Government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights.
  • S. Res. 356, expressing support for the people of Tibet.
  • S. Res. 391, condemning violence by the Government of Syria against journalists, and expressing the sense of the Senate on freedom of the press in Syria.
  • S. Res. 395, expressing the sense of the Senate in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the NATO summit to be held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 20 through 21, 2012.
  • S. Res. 397, promoting peace and stability in Sudan.
  • S. Res. 414, commemorating the 125th anniversary of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
  • S. Res. 415, designating April 4, 2012, as "National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Day".
  • S. Res. 416, supporting the designation of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month.

The Senate then resumed consideration of S. 2230, the "Paying a Fair Share Act". A motion for cloture was entered, and a vote will occur on Monday, April 16, 2012.

The Senate then resumed consideration of S. 2204, the "Oil Tax Subsidies Act". A vote on the motion for cloture was taken, and the motion was rejected with 51 yeas to 47 nays (a three-fifths affirmative vote was required).

Today's Schedule:
The Senate is in recess starting today and continuing through Friday, April 13, 2012. If the House agrees to S. Con. Res. 38, the Senate will stand adjourned until 2:00 PM on Monday, April 16, 2012. If the House does not agree to S. Con. Res. 38, then the Senate will meet for a pro forma session at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 2, 2012.


House
Yesterday's Action:
The House agreed to two measures: H.R. 4281, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and H. Con. Res. 112, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2014 through 2022.

Today's Schedule:
The House will meet today at 11:00 AM for a pro forma session.


All information is taken from the Congressional Register.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Final Five: March 29, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 29, 2012

Featured Article:
Obama's Message to Iran?
The "mic slip" incident with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev may have been about more than just Russia. With news reports that Obama may have sent a message to Iran via Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, one could easily imagine a similar message.


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Man Climbs New York Times Building To 'Get Copy Of Newspaper'
A man was stopped in the middle of his attempt to climb the New York Times building in New York City. Once back on the ground, the man told police that he wanted a free copy of the paper.


Topic One: ObamaCare
The arguments are over, and now the court is in the process of preparing its decision. There were some interesting moments as the arguments were concluded: President Obama’s Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli, seemed to finally have found his stride. Without coughing, or stammering, or gulping down a glass of water, Verrilli delivered his concluding remarks to the Court. “In this population of Medicaid-eligible people who will receive health care that they cannot now afford,” said Verrilli, there will be millions of people with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. And as a result of the health care that they will get, they will be unshackled from the disabilities that those diseases put on them, and have the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty.” Verrilli was, in a final effort to woo the Court’s conservatives, alluding to the preamble to the U.S. Constitution..."

However, this line of argument would also be turned against him: "But to Verrilli’s opponent, Paul Clement, this pseudo-constitutional flourish was like a fastball down the middle. “I certainly appreciate what the Solicitor General says, that when you support a policy, you think that the policy spreads the blessings of liberty,” said Clement. “But I would respectfully suggest that it’s a very funny conception of liberty that forces somebody to purchase an insurance policy whether they want it or not. And it’s a very strange conception of federalism that says that we can simply give the States an offer that they can’t refuse.”

Are liberals changing their position on the power of the court?: "For most of the last century, liberals have preached that the Constitution is a living document that needs to be interpreted and re-interpreted to fit the needs of the times. In the name of this legal faith they have championed a vast expansion of government power as well as the enumeration of various rights that are nowhere to be found in the actual text of the document. ... But now that there is a possibility that a conservative majority on the Supreme Court might rule ObamaCare unconstitutional, liberal thinkers are doing a 180-degree turn. In the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing on the case in which it was apparent that several justices were skeptical about the government’s argument that it could force citizens to engage in commerce which it could then regulate, the editorial writers at the New York Times were up in arms at the mere notion that the court would have the temerity to overturn a bill passed by Congress."

And finally, here's another good reason to oppose ObamaCare: 4000 more IRS agents


Time for a Laugh:
"Gas prices are expected to continue to rise throughout the summer, and oil companies say it's because of high demand due to warmer summer weather — as opposed to what they told us a couple of months ago, that oil prices went up because of higher demand for winter heating oil. So basically, if there's weather, gas prices go up."
-Jay Leno


Topic Two: Gas and Unemployment
"Joe the Plumber" on America's energy problems: "Instead, President Obama has adopted a bumper-sticker anti-fossil fuels policy: “Just say no.” The president has made 95% of federal lands and waters off-limits to drilling. He has blocked construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to Texas. He wants to eliminate oil industry tax deductions, which would mean further reducing U.S. oil production and would make gasoline and diesel fuel even more expensive. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Institute for Energy Research calculate that the United States has 1.4 trillion barrels of technically recoverable conventional oil, plus huge additional supplies in shale deposits. That’s oil that American companies could and would produce, at today’s oil prices and using existing technologies – if they were allowed to do so."

Obama's war on traditional energy: "If Obama was really committed to creating jobs, there was another time tested way to get it done – by assuring plentiful supplies of affordable, reliable traditional sources of energy. Instead, the “transformational” President went to war against the hydrocarbon industry. Thankfully, he didn’t win. While the administration has done everything in their power to discourage fossil fuel production on federal land, there has been a revival happening on private land where oil and natural gas output has increased. When supply increases, prices come down, and natural gas is particularly affordable. As a result, jobs connected to and dependent upon natural gas are exploding."


Debt Watch:
$15,580,211,803,539.46
( As of Wednesday, March 28, 2012 )

Change: -$9,195,611,623
Your share as a citizen: $49,866.06
Share per household: $136,386.19
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,953,334,754,626


Topic Three: Budgeting for the Future
In a rare show of bipartisanship yesterday, the House approved sending the Obama budget...straight to the trash can. 414 representatives voted against the Mulvaney amendment, which would have replaced the Ryan budget with the President's budget proposal, and not a single representative voted in favor of it. This is reminiscent of last year's budget, which was defeated in the Senate with a similar percentage (97-0). Fortunately, House Republicans have produced a budget that at least some people on the Hill are willing to support.

Emmett Tyrrell on why Ryan's budget is better than its CBO score: "Ryan is a supply-sider. He advocates one of the few economic innovations in years. He realizes that the budget cannot be balanced without faster economic growth. Sure, it would be nice to balance the budget in five years, but not with tax increases. Tax increases would only slow down growth. So his budget balances out in 2039, though possibly sooner. Some of the Republicans think that future Congresses cannot be trusted to carry out the cuts that Ryan proposes, certainly not through all the vagaries leading up to 2039. Well, for my part, I think they can. The country has changed dramatically. A new majority of Americans composed of conservatives and independents understands that we have been spending ourselves into the poor house."


Tweet of the Day:
Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_):
Got an email from John Kerry complaining about billionaires and thought maybe he was breaking up with his wife.


Topic Four: The Fed
Bernanke's intentional ignorance on the gold standard: "America's monetary problems could be solved by implementing the right kind of gold standard. However, doing this would render the Fed Chairman no more important than the head of The National Institute of Standards and Technology. No one would know his name, and the world financial markets would not hang on his every word. This fact is the wellspring of the statements made by Bernanke about "the gold standard" during his lecture at George Washington University on March 20. ... Bernanke seemed to be hoping that by criticizing "the gold standard", he could make the public lose sight of the obvious. The Fed has been running a completely discretionary monetary regime for the past 40 years. If it were possible to make such a system work, the Fed would have done it by now."

The danger of the interventionalist Fed: "America has now had nearly a century of decision-making experience under the Federal Reserve Act, first passed in 1913. Thanks to careful empirical research by Milton Friedman, Anna Schwartz and Allan Meltzer, we have plenty of evidence that rules-based monetary policies work and unpredictable discretionary policies don't. Now is the time to act on that evidence. The Fed's mistake of slowing money growth at the onset of the Great Depression is well-known. And from the mid-1960s through the '70s, the Fed intervened with discretionary go-stop changes in money growth that led to frequent recessions, high unemployment, low economic growth, and high inflation."

"In contrast, through much of the 1980s and '90s and into the past decade the Fed ran a more predictable, rules-based policy with a clear price-stability goal. This eventually led to lower unemployment, lower interest rates, longer expansions, and stronger economic growth. Unfortunately the Fed has returned to its discretionary, unpredictable ways, and the results are not good. Starting in 2003-05, it held interest rates too low for too long and thereby encouraged excessive risk-taking and the housing boom. It then overshot the needed increase in interest rates, which worsened the bust. Now, with inflation and the economy picking up, the Fed is again veering into "too low for too long" territory. Policy indicators suggest the need for higher interest rates, while the Fed signals a zero rate through 2014."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"Political interest [can] never be separated in the long run from moral right."

-Thomas Jefferson


Topic Five: Racism
Ann Coulter on the media's Trayvon Martin narrative: "On the basis of little else, the media conjured a Hollywood script: A "white" man was "stalking" a little black kid -- who could be Obama's son! -- confronted him, beat him senseless as the small black child screamed for help, and finally shot the kid dead, "just because he was black." Two weeks of nonstop hysteria later, it turns out that every part of that gripping plot is based on nothing that could be called a reasonable assumption, much less a fact." The [Non-Fox Media's] theory of the case might be true, just as it might be true that the loud bang I just heard outside my door is Godzilla returning to terrorize Manhattan. I, like the NFM, have no facts supporting my theory. (Although mine is more credible because Al Sharpton is not involved and none of my facts are provably false, such as the NFM's claim about Zimmerman being "white.")

The problem with racism in America is that the people who constantly cry "racism" are the same ones who interject race whenever possible. Racism is defined by the World English Dictionary as "the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others." Saying that we should vote for a candidate because he is black is a perfect example of racism. Apparently, African-Americans have been endowed with political skills that trump any possible stance on the issues, at least according to Samuel Jackson.


Tomorrow in History
March 30, 1867 - Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million (about 2 cents per acre).


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening: "Free" speech on college campuses

Making sense of the polls on Obama

Does Obama's "mic slip" also apply to Iran?

The consequences of unemployment

The other federal takeover



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D.C. Daily: March 29, 2012

Senate
Yesterday's Action:
The Senate passed two measures by unanimous consent: S. Res. 408, supporting the goals and ideals of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, and S. Res. 409, designating April 2012 as "Financial Literacy Month". The Senate then resumed consideration of two bills: S. 2230, the "Paying a Fair Share Act", and S. 2204, the "Oil Tax Subsidies Act". Finally, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Miranda Du and Susie Morgan by a vote of 59-39 and 96-1, respectively.

Today's Schedule:
The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM to consider S. 2230, the "Paying a Fair Share Act". At 11:30 AM, the Senate will resume consideration of S. 2204, the "Oil Tax Subsidies Act".


House
Yesterday's Action:
The House agreed to one measure under suspension of the rules: H.R. 1339, to recognize the City of Salem, Massachusetts, as the Birthplace of the National Guard of the United States. The House then began consideration of H. Con. Res. 112, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2014 through 2022. Further proceedings were postponed until today.

In committee meetings, the Foreign Affairs Committee completed markup and ordered one bill reported: H.R. 4240, the "Ambassador James R. Lilley and Congressman Stephen J. Solarz North Korea Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2012". The Homeland Security Committee completed markup and ordered four bills reported: H.R. 2179, transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to United Service Organizations, Incorporated, and for other purposes, H.R. 2764, the "WMD Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2011", H.R. 3140, the "Mass Transit Intelligence Prioritization Act", and H.R. 3563, the "Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2011".

The Veterans' Affairs Committee completed markup and ordered four bills reported: H.R. 3670, to require the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, H.R. 4048, the "Improving Contracting Opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2012", H.R. 4051, the "TAP Modernization Act of 2012", and H.R. 4072, the "Consolidating Veteran Employment Services for Improved Performance Act of 2012". The Ways and Means Committee held markup and ordered one bill reported: H.R. 9, the "Small Business Tax Cut Act". Finally, the Rules Committee held a hearing to draft a rule for consideration of H.R. 4281, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs.

Today's Schedule:
The House will meet at 10:00 AM today. The House will resume consideration of H. Con. Res. 112, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2014 through 2022, subject to a rule. The House will also consider H.R. 4281, to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, subject to a rule.


All information is taken from the Congressional Register.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Final Five: March 28, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 28, 2012

Featured Article:
Timeline of ObamaCare
USA Today has put together a timeline of events that have happened on the way to ObamaCare's Supreme Court hearing this week.


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Home-run Ball Strikes Batter's Truck
You might have seen home run balls hit a car before, but have you ever seen a home run ball hit the car of the batter? That happened to Jayson Werth during spring training this year.


Topic One: The Race Card
The media has had to use the race card frequently during the past few years. It has proven useful in everything from defending the President to obstructing the attempt to keep our elections free from fraud. However, its latest use has been in the Trayvon Martin case. I have not touched on this subject here since the story became a national headline, but I will today.

Jonah Goldberg on the use of the race card: "Yes, absolutely, there are pockets of racism in America. But among the myriad problems with a “blame the system” narrative is that it obscures and often silences far greater problems than white-on-black racist violence. ... No doubt, white — and “white Hispanic” — prejudice is a problem for young black men, but the notion that it is the singular or chief “burden of black boys in America” is nonsense. Alas, the very people begging for an honest conversation on race will likely accuse you of racism for saying so."

Neil Boortz says its time to put the drama aside and focus on the problem: "The statistics are readily available from the FBI. They show what most of us, black and white, already know to be true. Young black males commit violent crimes way out of proportion to their percentage of the population. It’s a fact. You can scream “racism” until you pass out, but it’s a fact and your screaming isn’t going to change that fact. And it doesn’t have anything to do with skin color either. It’s culture. The greatest criminal threat to young black males in this country is other young black males, not self-appointed neighborhood watch cop wannabes." Boortz continues: "Law abiding black and white citizens are tired of if too … just tired of it. They’re tired of learning of a violent crime and just instinctively knowing that when the mug shot comes out it is more likely than not going to be of a young black male. In light of the statistics more rational minds will understand the suspicions that accompany young black males wearing hoodies waling down residential streets at night. Sorry … but facts are facts. Not going to dwell on it here … but if the people rallying for Treyvon Martin were to turn just some of their attention to the culture of violence that dominates young black urban males it might do more to prevent future tragedies like Treyvon Martin than screaming racism and demanding repeals of self-defense laws."

This case will likely be nothing more than a repeat of the Casey Anthony case that happened last summer. Even before the investigation has been completed, the media has already convicted Zimmerman. Public pressure will likely force this case to a trial prematurely. In court, there will be evidence of guilt but not enough to convict, the jury will return with an acquittal, and Zimmerman--like Anthony--will walk free. Then, everyone will tune in for interviews with the jurors. In the end, everyone involved with the case loses: Zimmerman has his name tarnished, the prosecutor and judge will likely be defeated in the next election in retaliation, the parents feel that justice has not been done. However, the media becomes the winner. Did you think HLN really cared about the Casey Anthony case or did they just care about doing what it took to boost the ratings and advertising revenue?


Time for a Laugh:
"In New York City this week, they had the annual Greek Independence Day Parade. In fact, it was so authentically Greek that before the parade even started it was $12 million in debt."
-Jay Leno


Topic Two: Gas Prices
Obama's lack of a gas price plan: "As gas prices rise to $5 during the summer driving season, Obama is feeling the heat but has not produced new ideas. On the contrary; all his policies tend to make gas more costly -- opening the door for GOP initiatives. We have to be on guard, however, against populists who claim we could have one-dollar gas if not for speculators, world-government-Trilateralists, and Big-Oil conspiracies. They make rational discourse difficult and devalue valid criticism of current White-House policies."

In an oil crunch, should we drill or not drill? (Hint: drill) President Obama recognizes the coming explosion in demand. "China and India, they're growing. China added 10 million cars in 2010 -- 10 million cars just in this one country," Obama said last week. "And they're just going to keep on going, which means they're going to use more and more oil." The president, however, argues that more drilling is not the way to protect the U.S. Instead, he wants to wean the U.S. off oil by turning to alternatives, such as electric cars. ... The problem is, most analysts say, the transition to alternatives takes far longer than more drilling would."


Debt Watch:
$15,589,407,415,161.70
( As of Tuesday, March 27, 2012 )

Change: +$3,332,845,121
Your share as a citizen: $49,895.49
Share per household: $136,466.68
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,962,530,366,249


Topic Three: ObamaCare
USA Today has a timeline of ObamaCare events. It looks very well put together. It is definitely worth some time to look through the major events as it went from idea to bill to law to the Supreme Court.

A National Review editorial on what the Constitution says (or doesn't say) about ObamaCare: "The Constitution provides few and defined powers to the federal government, as James Madison put it. The precise scope of those powers has always been subject to debate, but that the description does not apply to today’s federal government cannot seriously be denied. The Constitution divides power among the branches of the federal government: But today’s government features countless agencies that combine executive, legislative, and judicial functions. The Constitution’s structure and logic militate against commingling state and federal powers. Today’s government includes vast state-federal spending programs in which the division of responsibility is blurred by design. These are not merely formal deviations from the constitutional template. They subvert its goals of liberty for citizens, accountability for governments, and security for property. What is needed today, then, is not so much the protection of constitutional government as its reclamation. The courts have an indispensable role to play in that project, but it will also necessarily involve shrewd and patient political action."


Tweet of the Day:
Ken Gardner (@kesgardner):
Obamacare symbolizes Obama's entire philosophy and approach to government. A good SCOTUS decision won't fix this. Vote him out in Nov.


Topic Four: The Ryan Budget
Still a wide variety of opinions coming out on the Ryan budget. Democrats say it is pushing granny off a cliff. Some Republicans and moderates say it goes too far. Other Republicans think it is just right. And some strong conservatives and libertarians say it is not enough. Ultimately, the budget is a step in the right direction, and I believe that conservatives would be right in standing behind it. However, passage of this budget should not prohibit future spending cuts in order to accelerate deficit reduction.

A Townhall editorial on a new budget proposal: "What makes HR 4160 different from other block grant bills? Simple: It removes the power of the Washington bureaucracy to mess it up! It achieves this by requiring that money directed to the states each month be sent to them directly from the Treasury Department. No more passing federal funding through the labyrinth of the Department of HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid – no more opportunities for bureaucrats to concoct regulations to turn legislative intent into prohibitive requirements and yes’s into no’s. This is the pure federalism envisioned by Ronald Reagan 30 years ago – and it’s way overdue."

The new conservative budget: "House conservatives will unveil a budget proposal today that vows to balance the budget in just five years without raising taxes — as opposed to nearly three decades in Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) “Path to Prosperity” released last week. “We feel it’s important to have this budget out there for members to see and for the public to see what really needs to be done,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters in a preview on Monday. The proposal, “Cut, Cap, and Balance: A Budget for Fiscal Year 2013,” sets FY 2013 discretionary spending at $931 billion and freezes it until the budget balances in 2017."


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."

-Alexander Hamilton


Topic Five: The War in Wisconsin
Michelle Malkin on Walker's fight: "Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong campaign of union thuggery, family harassment and intimidation of Republican donors and businesses is about to escalate even further. This is the price the Right pays for doing the right thing. The most visible target is Gov. Scott Walker, who faces recall on June 5 over his tough package of state budget and public employee union reforms."

She concludes with a warning on what the fight means for everyone: "President Obama, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME and left-wing operatives know that Wisconsin is Ground Zero in their battle against limited-government activists. Their demagogic propaganda war against Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan, who is leading entitlement reform and budget discipline efforts in Washington, is of a piece with the campaign to overturn the popular elections that put Walker, Kleefisch and the GOP majority in place. If they can chill fiscal responsibility and free market-based reforms in Wisconsin, they can chill it everywhere. Will movement conservatives let them?"


Tomorrow in History
March 29, 1961 - The twenty-third amendment, which gave residents of Washington D.C. the right to vote in presidential elections, is ratified


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening: Half of government layoffs take place in red states

Beck: Less government, more giving

What is Obama preserving, protecting, and defending?

Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan

Republicans better at using Twitter



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D.C. Daily: March 28, 2012

Senate
Yesterday's Action:
The Senate resumed consideration of S. 2204, the "Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act". In accordance with the standing rules of the Senate, a vote on the bill was scheduled to occur on Thursday, March 29. The Senate then agreed to establish a filing deadline for amendments at 11 AM today. The Senate then resumed consideration of S. 1789, the "21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011". The Senate rejected a motion for cloture with a vote of 51 yeas, 46 nays (three-fifths vote required).

Today's Schedule:
The Senate will meet today at 10:00 AM to consider S. 2230, with a vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill. The Senate will also consider the nominations of Miranda Du to be District Judge for the District of Nevada and Susie Morgan to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


House
Yesterday's Action:
The House agreed to three measures under suspension of the rules: the Senate amendment to H.R. 3606, the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act", H.Res. 596, requesting return of official papers on H.R. 5, and H.R. 3298, the "Homes for Heroes Act". The House then moved to consideration of H.R. 3309, the "Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012". The bill was approved with 247 yeas, 174 nays.

Today's Schedule:
The House will meet at 10:00 AM today. The House will consider H. Con. Res. 112, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2013 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2014 through 2022, subject to a rule.


All information is taken from the Congressional Register.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Final Five: March 27, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 27, 2012

Featured Article:
Lying About Green Jobs Now
Charles Payne presents exactly how the government is lying about the number of green jobs. Did you know that the mass transit bus driver is working in a green job, even if he drives a diesel bus?


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Mayor of Texas Town Resigns in 5-Word Note
The mayor of a Texas town resigned with a simple note. With the words "I quit on this date" he left his position.


Topic One: ObamaCare
Days one and two of oral arguments before the Supreme Court are over. The overall impression coming from the arguments (which I have not yet had time to listen to or read) sound positive. It appears that the court will not use the Anti-Injunction Act to punt the decision down the road, and comments coming from the conservative and swing justices sound as if they agree that the law needs to be repealed. However, there will be no way to know until the official decision is reached, and given the complex nature of this case, it could be a long while before we have a decision.

Daniel Mitchell on the intent of the founders: "I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV. But I can read, and when I look at Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, I don’t see that Congress has the power to coerce me into buying a health insurance policy. Heck, I don’t see any role for the federal government in healthcare. The statists say that the commerce clause (“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”) is a blank check for federal intervention, but that’s a bastardization of the original meaning and purpose of that passage, which was inserted to prevent states from imposing protectionist barriers. What matters, though, is how the nine Justices on the Supreme Court interpret that passage."

Britain's treatment of the elderly: Obamacare would institute a rationing system in the U.S. similar to the National Health Service in Great Britain. Committees (commonly referred to as death panels) would decide what treatment options would be available for different types of patients. The idea is to save money by not “wasting” it on the treatment of people who are old anyway. This is what President Obama acknowledged when he said, in answer to a question from an audience, that under his system grandma will have to “just take a pill” rather than be provided expensive treatment. We see the result of this sort of rationing in the U.K., where thousands of elderly people die needlessly every year."

Related stories: ObamaCare and Constitutional Law || Can somebody just say if it is a tax or not?


Time for a Laugh:
"The New York Police Department says Iran has conducted surveillance inside New York City. They say Iranian operatives are using special mobile surveillance units. I believe they're called taxi cabs."
-Jay Leno


Topic Two: Energy
The BLS's strange accounting for green jobs: "According to the report, in 2010 there were 3.1 million green goods and services jobs in America. That's 2.4% of total employment and more than the oil industry according to some proponents. The thing is the report is riddled with lies. I can only pray I never hear the president quote this report at any time this campaign season. The BLS, which is also in charge of counting jobs data, uses a methodology to determine a green job that's not based on skill differences but instead that has an apparent benefit to the environment. This includes mass transit workers because they are providing a service that benefits the environment according to testimony from Hilda Solis who testified before congress last year. The rationale for this lunacy is that lots of people take the bus and not cars so it's saving the environment. I would say it's presumptuous to assume everyone on the bus had an option to drive a car. But the absurdity of all this is you could actually drive a bus running on fossil fuel and still be considered a green worker."

The truth on the pipeline: "Obama wasn't in Cushing because he has approved so much new pipeline. He was there because he is facing bipartisan opposition, in Congress and across the country, for blocking the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring about 700,000 barrels of oil from Canada to refineries in Texas every day, creating thousands of new jobs in the process. The opposition appears to be growing, and there's good reason to believe Obama will be forced to reverse himself in the next few months. A new Gallup poll shows that 57 percent of Americans say the government should approve building Keystone. That number includes 81 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 44 percent (a plurality) of Democrats. The only good news for the White House is that most Americans aren't following the issue very closely, at least not yet."


Debt Watch:
$15,586,074,570,040.79
( As of Monday, March 26, 2012 )

Change: +$498,529,707
Your share as a citizen: $49,884.82
Share per household: $136,437.51
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,959,197,521,128


Topic Three: The Overextended America
Is America overextended: "We in America today live in a country circumscribed by entitlement policies devised by an America that steadily has been disappearing. Those policies established more than a generation ago cannot possibly, in mathematical or demographic terms, support the America of the present, much less the America of the future. That is the stark reality. We need to reform those policies, or we shall go bankrupt, and raising taxes on the so-called rich will not fix things. Even raising taxes on the middle class will not fix things. Nor will spending a trillion dollars more than we have on hand fix things. Eventually, those trillion-dollar deficits have to be paid off. Facts are facts; the day of reckoning that our hayseed politicians have said was up the road apiece is here. We have to do something now, and we can begin by growing the economy."

Tweet of the Day:
@EyeOnPolitics:
#ObamaCaresAboutMe because his teleprompter told him to say that.


Topic Four: Is The Economy Healing?
Michael Pento on our still-sick economy: "Please don't believe the hype that the American economy is healing. While it is true that some data is showing improvement, the true fundamentals of the economy continue to erode. America's trade deficit hit $52.6 billion in January. That's the highest level since October of 2008 and is clear evidence that we have fully reverted back to our under production, under saving and overconsumption habits with alacrity. The nation's debt has now eclipsed 100% of our GDP, after 13 straight quarters of paying down debt households have now started to re-leverage their balance sheets and total non-financial debt is at a record 250% of GDP. The sad truth is that the U.S. economy is more addicted to debt than at any other time in history."

Pento concludes by saying: "So there you have it! The American economy isn't healing at all. What we have accomplished is to further cement our addictions to debt, over consumption and inflation. Those very same conditions were the progenitors of the Great Recession beginning in December of 2007. Oil prices are soaring above $100 a barrel, inflation is rising and households are still soaked in debt... sound familiar? Only now the nation's sovereign debt is at a record level and the country is careening towards insolvency. The only thing holding the economy together is the Fed's promise of free money forever. That shouldn't be misconstrued as a viable and healthy economy."

Related Stories: Bernanke: Economy lacks strength to sustain gains || The sure cure for the stagnant economy


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"In the next place, the state governments are, by the very theory of the constitution, essential constituent parts of the general government. They can exist without the latter, but the latter cannot exist without them."

-Joseph Story


Topic Five: Civility
Eileen Toplansky writes on George Washington's Rules of Civility: "According to the Applewood Books edition, "[t]hese rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims and were intended to polish manner, keep alive the best affections of the heart, impress the obligation of moral virtues, teach how to treat others in social relations, and above all, inculcate the practice of a perfect self-control." It would behoove America to remember these rules and use them to lower the rhetoric, eliminate the coarseness of speech, and elevate the argument to a higher moral ground."

Some of Washington's rules include: "Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present", "Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy", and "Wherein you reprove another be unblameable [sic] yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts." Perhaps the liberals have been right all along on this one: it is time to develop a new era of civility. However, I do not see anyone--especially not the liberals--taking the lead.

Related story: Don't call the left uncivil


Tomorrow in History
March 28, 1979 - Operators at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant failed to recognize that a relief valve was stuck open following a shutdown, leading to the partial meltdown of the nuclear core.


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening: Wisconsin reporters signed recall petitions

Things the media won't say: GOP turnout actually up

The war on homeschooling

Five uncomfortable truths about liberals

Warren Buffett and taxes

Is this the beginning of constant surveillance?



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D.C. Daily: March 27, 2012

Senate
Yesterday's Action:
The Senate resumed consideration of S. 2204, the "Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act". The motion to invoke cloture was approved with 92 yeas, 4 nays, and an agreement was reached to resume consideration of the bill on Tuesday, March 27.

Today's Schedule:
The Senate will meet today at 10:00 AM for morning business, followed by consideration of S. 2204, the "Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act".


House
Yesterday's Action:
The House passed three measures under suspension of the rules: H.R. 2779, to exempt inter-affiliate swaps from certain regulatory requirements put in place by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 2682, to provide end user exemptions from certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and H.R. 4014, to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act with respect to information provided to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. The House also debated H.R. 3298, the "Homes for Heroes Act", under suspension, but it postponed further proceedings.

In committee meetings, the Rules Committee held markup on one bill, H.R. 2309, the "Postal Reform Act of 2011", and reported it as amended. The Rules Committee also held markup of H.R. 3309, the "Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012". The rule providing for consideration of H.R. 3309 was approved by the committee.

Today's Schedule:
The House will meet at 10:00 AM today. The House will consider the Senate amendment to H.R. 3606, the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act", under suspension of the rules. It will then move to consider H.R. 3309, the "Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012", subject to a rule.


All information is taken from the Congressional Register.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Final Five: March 26, 2012

The Final Five: Bedtime Stories for Conservatives
March 26, 2012

Featured Article
Handicapping Health Care
Steven Willis writes an excellent RedState diary post describing how the Supreme Court will likely rule. The "odds" listed are only one person's opinion, but the breakdown of the arguments on each of the major issues is an excellent summary of what the court will need to analyze as they decide this case.


Tonight's Crazy Story:
Oops: Cops Say Man Accidentally 'Butt-Dialed' 911 - While Stealing
A man who was in the process of stealing 700 lbs. of scrap metal accidentally butt-dialed 911, resulting in police arriving at the scene of the crime and arresting the thief.


Topic One: ObamaCare, Part 1
With the beginning of arguments before the Supreme Court in NFIB vs. Sibelius (the ObamaCare Case), I have decided to devote two topics tonight to ObamaCare. The first will deal with the Constitutional issues currently before the Supreme Court, and the second will deal with the effects the law is having on America.

An excellent RedState diary post (which made it to the front page) lists the author's odds on how the Supreme Court will come down on ObamaCare. In case you are curious, he gives a 60% chance of a 5-4 unconstitutional decision and a 30% chance of a 6-3 constitutional decision. While the specific "odds" do not interest me much, he does an excellent job at laying out the constitutional/unconstitutional arguments.

Were today's arguments a lose-lose for the Obama administration? "The merits of the case are one thing – the above link from Heritage goes into the whole issue, in some detail – but the partisan implications are another. There’s no good result for the Obama administration: if the Supreme Court decides that the individual mandate is not a tax then a large portion of the administration’s existing arguments goes away, thus increasing the likelihood of a humiliating disposal (at least in part) of the one thing that Obama has managed to do domestically in four years. But if the mandate is a tax, then Obama gets to face a plethora of attack ads in the fall which will be (accurately) portraying him as a shameless serial liar who used the looming Obamacare legislation to sneak in a stealth tax on the American middle class."

The ACA's undermining of liberty: "This law serves as an important reminder to the American people to heed the advice that Henry bellowed to his fellow countrymen to maintain constant vigilance of the threats to our individual liberty. With its passage, for the first time in the history of our nation, the federal government decided it could regulate Americans’ inactivity – a sad departure from the limited-government framework our Founders established."


There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"Did you see the story about the mother duck and her ducklings helped through a a fence at the White House property? The Secret Service pushed the little ducks through the fence. Of course, the Secret Service checked to make sure the ducks had donated enough money to President Obama's re-election campaign."
-Jay Leno


Topic Two: Entitlements
Bill O'Reilly on the effect of "Obama Money": "Obama is unswayed. He is running as a "provider" and believes there are enough Americans who want free stuff to catapult him to victory in November. Of course, the president is not going to openly endorse the nanny state. Instead, he will demand that the rich pay "their fair share" and hope voters buy into the insinuation that they are getting screwed by the economic system and, therefore, it is perfectly permissible to want payback in the form of government entitlements. That's just making things "right."

Why entitlements must be a part of any budget reform package: "Adding in state and local spending, government at all levels will consume nearly 60 percent of everything produced in this country. Whether financed through debt or taxes, government that large would be a crushing burden to our economy and our liberties. Driving this massive increase in the size and cost of government are so-called "entitlement programs," in particular Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Indeed, by 2050, those three programs alone will consume 18.4 percent of GDP. If one assumes that revenues return to and stay at their traditional 18 percent of GDP, then those three programs alone will consume all federal revenues. Therefore any serious attempt to balance the federal budget and reduce our growing national debt must include a plan to reform entitlements."

I am reminded of a statement I once read: "The politician that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." Politicians have driven this nation to the verge of bankruptcy by making promises the government will soon be unable to keep. Are we really so dumb as to think that it was actually out of concern for the poor, elderly, etc.? These politicians do not care about anyone or anything except keeping and expanding their own power. This is why Congress continually gets richer, even in the "Great Recession" where the majority of Americans lost a large portion of their savings. These entitlements serve as a legalized form of bribery: vote for me, because my opponent will cut your welfare check. I am reminded of a statement I once read: "The politician that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." Politicians have driven this nation to the verge of bankruptcy by making promises the government will soon be unable to keep. Are we really so dumb as to think that it was actually out of concern for the poor, elderly, etc.? These politicians do not care about anyone or anything except keeping and expanding their own power. This is why Congress continually gets richer, even in the "Great Recession" where the majority of Americans lost a large portion of their savings. These entitlements serve as a legalized form of bribery: vote for me, because my opponent will cut your welfare check. America needs politician reform just as much as it needs entitlement reform and spending reform.


Debt Watch:
$15,585,576,040,333.70
(As of Friday, March 23, 2012 )

Change: +$670,146,207
Your share as a citizen: $49,883.22
Share per household: $136,433.14
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,958,698,991,421


Topic Three: Gas Prices
Why gasoline will always be our main energy source: "There are 250 million cars and light trucks on America's highways. Even if we could get a million Americans to purchase a battery-powered car, that would amount to 1/250th of the fleet or four tenths of one percent. Not exactly a game changer.

"Not only that, but you have to have additional electricity production to have something in the socket when those million battery-operated cars are plugged in. In order to do that, without increasing the use of natural gas or coal, the Administration promoted more nuclear powered generation plants. Nothing wrong with that on its face, but the Tsunami in Japan last year made it far more difficult to move out smartly on that front - at least for now. Solar power and wind farms are pleasant thoughts as alternative sources, but (a) you have to build them somewhere where people aren't; (b) you have get the electricity from where they are to where it is needed; and, (c) the wind doesn't always blow, nor does the sun always shine. So, battery-powered cars may have been a bad bet."


Dan Holler points out that gasoline is currently our main source of fuel, even if green alternatives could take over at some point: "There should be absolutely no doubt that the Obama administration’s actions are consistent with the desire to end America’s use of oil, not simply our use of foreign oil. Their policies are not about lowering the price for consumers, but ending the use of oil and expediting our path towards a mysterious fuel of the future. Even though Americans with cars understand oil is the fuel of the present, the Obama administration believes it is the fuel of the past. And unfortunately for American motorists, the Obama administration has strong and sympathetic allies in the U.S. Senate. This week, the Senate will debate a bill to increase taxes on domestic oil companies."


Tweet of the Day:
David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh): Is there anything Obama could say or do that his base, including MSM, would consider scandalous 2 the point of abandoning him? Dumb question


Topic Four: ObamaCare, Part 2
Back to ObamaCare, but this time focusing on the law itself, not on the court case heard today.

A piece I came across this weekend describing the five things Democrats got wrong on ObamaCare: "President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies thought their political assumptions were airtight during the yearlong battle to overhaul the health care system. Voters would reward them, they thought, even if Democrats muscled a bill through without Republican support. It was just a matter of getting out of Washington and selling the law. Obama would lead the charge, and rank-and-file Democrats would proudly campaign on the achievement."

"None of it worked out that way. At the two-year mark Friday, nearly everything that Democrats believed about the politics of health care has turned out to be false. And the cost of those miscalculations has been huge. They have haunted Obama’s presidency, soured business as usual at the Capitol and upended the conventional wisdom peddled by political strategists, who have rarely been so wrong about something so big."


From Reason, three reasons to kill ObamaCare before it begins: 1) It Represents the End of Limited Government. If the government can force you to do something as a consequence of being alive, there is no end to what the government can force you to do. 2) Its Price Tag is Already Ballooning. We are already seeing that these reforms are going to cost us more than they will save us. 3) Obamacare Won't Make Us Healthier. Just because someone has health insurance does not mean that they will take better care of themselves. (In fact, it may do just the opposite.) (Points are quoted from the article; the follow-up sentence is a summary of the article's argument.)


Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"The executive branch of this government never has, nor will suffer, while I preside, any improper conduct of its officers to escape with impunity."
-George Washington


Topic Five: Using the Green Movement
Is the green movement simply a way to force us to change our behavior? "[Ethanol] actually has a long history in America. It was the fuel for the early automobiles. But then oil was refined into gasoline. It was much more effective than ethanol and, in the free market, ethanol producers went broke. It made a re-appearance in the 1970’s, in the days of gas lines and high prices. The modern ethanol renaissance began in 1990 with amendments to the clean air act. Even the most ardent supporters admit, it takes a gallon of petroleum to produce a gallon of ethanol. The promotion of ethanol is one more example of a government out of touch—cutting what we are good at to fund what doesn’t work. The public perception is that too much green is never enough. Green is the driver for American energy policy—and we’re being taken for a ride."

Our government has become more of a nanny state instead of a representative republic. Now the government tells us what we must buy (ObamaCare), how we conduct financial transactions (Dodd-Frank), how to be safe on a plane (TSA), and even what lightbulbs we can and cannot use. Somewhere in an office, someone decided that Ethanol should replace gasoline as our primary fuel, and the environmental movement began implementing that belief. No longer can the free market and consumer choice govern our decision-making; it is now decided for us by our government.


Tomorrow in History
March 27, 1974 - The United States established a permanent navy and authorizes building six frigates.


Grab Bag - Interesting and Important Stories to Conclude Your Evening

Good plans gone awry: the 2012 GOP race has been a mess

Where did the stimulus money go?

Did Obama speak too soon (again)?

The passing of conventional education

Make your own gun-free zone

Hawaii's largest hailstone

What Obama can learn from the British on taxes

The Davis-Bacon Act: killing jobs since 1931

Islamists to dominate panel writing Egyptian constitution

Will cross-state sales taxes mean a directory of all your purchases?

Which government does the Bill of Rights limit?



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D.C. Daily: March 26, 2012

Senate
Friday's Action:
The Senate was not in session on Friday.

Today's Schedule:
The Senate will meet today at 2:00 PM for morning business, followed by consideration of S. 2204, the "Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act". A vote on the motion to invoke cloture is expected to occur at 5:30 pm. If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will then move to consider S. 1789, the "21st Century Postal Service Act", with a vote on cloture to occur later in the evening.


House
Friday's Action:
The House was not in session on Friday.

Today's Schedule:
The House will meet at 12:00 PM today. The House will consider five measures under suspension of the rules: H.R. 2779, to exempt inter-affiliate swaps from certain regulatory requirements put in place by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 2682, the "Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2011", H.R. 4014, to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act with respect to information provided to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, H.R. 3298, the "Homes For Heroes Act of 2011", and H.R. 4239, the "Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012".


All information is taken from the Congressional Register.