Friday, January 25, 2013

nFocus: January 25, 2013

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Pro Choice or Pro Abortion

For years, the media has portrayed the two sides of the abortion debate as "pro-life" and "pro-choice". I dislike the latter term because I believe it inaccurately portrays the debate. To present the abortion issue as a debate between "pro-life" and "pro-choice" gives the appearance that those who stand for life must stand against choice. Are there some people who are truly pro-choice? Yes, but the majority of people who claim the pro-choice label could be more accurately defined as "pro-abortion". They do not simply want to give people the right to choose; they want to force us to accept abortion, and in many cases, force us to pay for it.

No one typifies the term "pro-abortion" more than Barack Obama. He has been quiet on the abortion issue during his time as President, but during his time in the U.S. Senate and Illinois State Senate, Mr. Vote-Present found plenty of time to cast his votes in defense of abortion.

Obama supported cloning research on leftover embryos from in vitro fertilization and opposed a law that prohibited states from engaging in research that would destroy an embryo. Obama stated in The Audacity of Hope that he would side with Stephen Breyer in favor of allowing late-term abortions. He supports abortion on demand and opposes mandatory parental notification laws. As an Illinois senator, Obama even stood alone in opposing legislation that would have protected the right to life for babies who survived a late-term abortion.

It would be bad enough if Obama's views were simply his own, but Obama's views go even further. Barack Obama does not just want to defend a person's "right" to have an abortion, but he wants to make every American support that "right" financially. Obama has supported public funding of abortion, and the regulations stemming from his health care deform law will force insurance companies to pay for abortions using the money you pay for your health insurance.

Barack Obama is certainly not pro-choice. He wants to force all Americans to accept the practice of abortion--even late-term abortion--as legitimate, and even worse, he is already preparing to force us to pay for abortion, even when it violates our religious beliefs. NARAL, a political group that supports abortion rights, promoted Obama on its front page and highlighted his thirteen-for-thirteen voting record in support of abortion. Given that the remainder of his voting record--especially on controversial issues--consists of a large number of "present" votes, Obama's wholehearted votes in favor of abortion tell us where and how strongly he stands on this issue. Barack Obama is not pro-choice; he is solidly pro-abortion.

The American media has turned the term "pro-choice" into a term where choice simply refers to abortion. However, there are other choices that take place long before the decision to have an abortion. Barring a rape, two people made a choice to engage in sexual activity. In many cases, those people also made a choice not to use any form of contraception. However, when it comes time to face the unwanted consequences (or "punishment", as Obama puts it) of their choices, people want to claim a "right" to choose to murder their unborn child. It is time that we define the terms properly: the abortion debate is not a matter of life or choice, it is a matter of life or death.

D.C. Daily: January 25, 2013

Senate

The Senate met yesterday and passed the following measures:
  • Passed S. Res. 15, to improve procedures for the consideration of legislation and nominations in the Senate, by a vote of 78 yeas to 16 nays.
  • Passed S. Res. 16, amending the Standing Rules of the Senate, by a vote of 86 yeas to 9 nays.


The Senate will not meet today. The next meeting of the Senate is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Monday, January 28.


House of Representatives

The House will meet today at 2:00 PM in a pro forma session.

Morning Media: January 25, 2013

Good morning! It's time to take a look at some of the yesterday's best media.


First, Gary Varvel shows how some former Presidents responded to Hillary's "What difference does it make? comment. View at Townhall

Next, Glenn McCoy has a sad look at abortion. View at Townhall

Next, Greg Gutfeld lays out a hypothetical Benghazi situation in which Bush is the President and the media actually exposes the truth about the story. View at Hope for America

And finally, listen to this video and see if you can guess who the video is describing. View at YouTube

Thursday, January 24, 2013

D.C. Daily: January 24, 2013

Senate

The Senate met yesterday, but it did not conduct any significant business.

The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM, but is not expected to conduct any significant business.


House of Representatives

The House met yesterday and passed one measure:
  • H.R. 325, the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013".


The House will not meet today.

Morning Media: January 24, 2013

Good morning! It's time to take a look at some of the yesterday's best media.


First, Nate Beeler describes Obama's second-term plans. View at Townhall

Second, Newsweek continues the "Obama-as-deity" kick. View at RightScoop

Next, Allen West explains the purpose of his new job at PJTV. View at RightScoop

And finally, this short video shows how a lock and key work. View at YouTube

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

D.C. Daily: January 23, 2013

Senate

The Senate met yesterday, but it did not conduct any significant business.

The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM, but is not expected to conduct any significant business.


House of Representatives

The House met yesterday and passed one measure under suspension:
  • H.R. 307, the "Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013".


The House will meet at 9:00 AM today. The House is expected to consider one bill subject to a rule:
    • H.R. 325, the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013".
  • Morning Media: January 23, 2013

    Good morning! It's time to take a look at some of the yesterday's best media.


    First, Lisa Benson shows Obama's second dancing partner at the inaugural ball. View at Townhall

    Next, Gary Varvel shows some people who were not celebrating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade yesterday. View at Townhall

    And finally, the Susan B. Anthony List put out this excellent video on the human center in the abortion debate. View at YouTube

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    nFocus: January 22, 2013

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    The Flexible Term

    If we want to figure out what Obama's goals for the second term will be, we need to look no further than what he told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last March: After my election, I have more flexibility. While many people believe that Obama's reelection, combined with a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, will result in the deadlock of the past two years, this statement from Obama shows that he will be looking to use his flexibility to accomplish his goals. This statement may have been intended to apply to Russian-American foreign policy, but it will apply to the entire second term. What does this mean for the future?

    First, Obama will use his flexibility to expand his power. To date, Obama has used the executive order at a rate consistent with his predecessors. George W. Bush issued 291 (144 per term average), Bill Clinton issued 364 (182 per term average), George H.W. Bush issued 166 in his one term, and Ronald Reagan issued 381 (190 per term average). Through the end of 2012, Obama had issued 144 executive orders, but his first term total will be higher after signing the 23 gun control orders presented to him last week.

    However, Obama now has more flexibility. With congressional gridlock likely to tie up Congress for at least the next two years, we can expect that Obama will sign more executive orders in order to get his way. Since the election, we have already heard rumors that Obama would use executive orders to institute some type of gun control and to abolish or raise the debt ceiling. These may have been random ideas spouted off by one person, but they also may have been intentionally thrown into the public sphere to gauge what the American people may support. If Congress refuses to rubber stamp the President's ideas, we can expect that many of them will become the subject of executive orders.

    Second, Obama will use his flexibility to further expand the regulatory state. During his first term, the Obama administration issued regulations costing over $500 billion. This is an unseen and unapproved tax that we are forced to pay. The Federal Register has become so long and complex that it is expensive and still almost impossible for a person or company to know for sure that they are in total compliance.

    And now, Obama has more flexibility. Working alongside Obama's executive orders, agencies can exercise virtually unchecked powers. Making this even worse is the fact that Congress has granted them much of their power. In the Affordable Care Act, the Secretary “shall” determine over 700 regulations, the Secretary “may” determine over 200 more, and the Secretary “determines” another 139 regulations. This is not only poor lawmaking, but it gives unchecked power for these executive agencies to abuse.

    Third, Obama will use his flexibility to further push the liberal agenda. Obama's first term may eventually look moderate compared to his second. During his first term, Obama guided the passage of a Keynesian stimulus package, health care reform, financial reform, and tax hikes on most Americans. During his first four years, Obama accomplished many things to make liberals proud.

    But now, Obama has more flexibility. It has been less than one month since Congress silently authorized an income tax increase on the richest Americans and a payroll increase on over three-quarters of Americans. Now, Democrats are already clamoring for more tax hikes. Obama has yet to deliver on his promise of immigration reform or to close Guantanamo Bay. Without the threat of another election, I would expect Obama to deliver on many of his broken first-term promises.

    Moving away from the center in the second term is a characteristic of many Presidents. However, Obama has repeatedly stated that he wants to transform America, and the fact that his final election is now past will give him the flexibility to push for that transformation. If Obama has accomplished so much for the liberal movement in the first term, I shudder to think what he will do in the second.

    D.C. Daily: January 22, 2013

    Senate

    The Senate will meet at 10:00 AM today. The Senate is not expected to conduct any significant business today.


    House of Representatives

    The House will meet at 10:00 AM today. The House is expected to consider one bill under suspension:
    • H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.
  • Morning Media: January 22, 2013

    Good morning! It's time to take a look at some of the yesterday's best media.


    First, Chip Bok has a citizen's arrest of Harry Reid. View at Townhall

    Second, Michael Ramirez describes Obama's attitude toward Al Qaeda. View at Townhall

    And finally, Nick Gillespie interviewed Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen about the future of 3-D printing. It was a very interesting discussion about the future of technology. View at Reason.tv

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    D.C. Daily: January 21, 2013

    The House and Senate will be back in session today in order to participate in the Inauguration ceremonies. Neither house will conduct business today.

    Morning Media: January 21, 2013

    Happy Monday! It's time to take a look at some of the weekend's best media.

    To start, Glenn McCoy provides a look at Obama and gun laws. View at Townhall Next, our President explains his reasons for wanting to protect the children. View at Townhall

    Next, could America face tyranny? Luke Rudkowski interviews pedestrians on the streets of New York City about the possibility. View at ConservativeVideos.com

    And finally, Bill Whittle explains the Second Amendment's purpose in history and now. View at YouTube