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What is a government program? And are you on one right now? Those are the questions Cornell University political scientist Suzanne Mettler has been posing.
For her book “The Submerged State,” she asked a scientifically selected sample of 1,400 Americans whether they had ever used a government social program. Only 43 percent copped to having done so. Then she read off 21 social programs, such as Medicare (FFSOMED) and the home-mortgage interest deduction, and asked the same question again: Have you ever used a government social program? This time, 96 percent said yes, in fact, they had.
According to Mettler’s survey, 60 percent of those who benefit from the home-mortgage interest deduction didn’t think they had ever used a government social program. Fifty-three percent of those with student loans didn’t think they had used one. Among Social Security beneficiaries, 44 percent thought themselves unsullied by the touch of government, and among Medicare beneficiaries, 39 percent said the same. Twenty-seven percent of those in public housing answered in the negative, as did 25 percent of those on food stamps.
Read more by Ezra Klein at bloomberg.com
President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to grant special treatment to Members of Congress to shield them from the harmful effects of the very law they passed.
This is not only wrong – I believe it’s illegal. And what’s worse, it’s indicative of the continued abuse of power and flagrant disregard of the Constitution by this President.
That’s why I’ve decided to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration. It’s crucial we stop Obama’s rule by Presidential decree. It’s crucial that the law is applied equally to politicians.
I’m Ron Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.
(Last) week, we celebrated something called “Presidents Day.” I thought you might enjoy the most revealing comments the many Secret Service agents I interviewed made regarding the Presidents and First Ladies they protected. They are all quotes from my book.
We start with John and Jacqueline Kennedy and end with Barack and Michelle Obama. Here is what Secret Service agents actually think of them.
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After a report released this week detailing a Pentagon recommendation to order fewer Littoral Combat Ships, we hear more from one Wisconsin lawmaker vowing to fight to keep those ships coming out of Marinette Marine.
Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says before next year’s budget is presented, with the possibility of the U.S. Navy ordering 20 fewer combat ships, he’s on a mission to make sure congress fully understands the Navy’s commitment to the program.
Read more from Bao Vang at WBAY.com
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Is the new Democrat strategy to call victims of Obamacare liars?
Senator Harry Reid may have previewed the latest left/Dem/media talking point on Wednesday when he lashed out at critics who recounted how they had been hurt by Obamacare, saying ”There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue.”
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–SNIP– The following are 30 incredibly stupid things that the federal government is spending money on….
#1 The U.S. government is spending $750,000 on a new soccer field for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.
#2 The Obama administration plans to spend between 16 and 20 million dollars helping students from Indonesia get master’s degrees.
#3 If you can believe it, the U.S. government has spent $175,587 “to determine if cocaine makes Japanese quail engage in sexually risky behavior”.
#4 The U.S. government spent $200,000 on “a tattoo removal program” in Mission Hills, California.
#5 The federal government has shelled out $3 million to researchers at the University of California at Irvine to fund their research on video games such as World of Warcraft. Wouldn’t we all love to have a “research job” like that?
Read more at endoftheamericandream.com
–SNIP– Or, as the White House puts it on its website promoting an increase in the minimum wage, “Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968.”
Why were wages so high until 1968? Because that’s when Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration Act kicked in, bringing in about a million immigrants a year, almost 90 percent of them unskilled workers from the Third World.
Our immigration policies massively redistribute wealth from the poorest Americans to the richest. It’s a basic law of economics that when the supply goes up, the price goes down. More workers means the price of their labor plummets.
–SNIP– Democrats show how much they love the poor by importing a million more of them to America each year. But then they prevent the last batch of poor immigrants from getting decent, well-paying jobs by bringing in another million poor people the next year.
You want a higher minimum wage? Turn off the spigot of low-wage workers pouring in to the U.S. and it will rise on its own through the iron law of supply and demand.
In response to the Democrats’ minimum wage proposal, Republicans should introduce a bill ending both legal and illegal immigration until the minimum wage rises naturally to $14 an hour.
Read more by Ann Coulter at AnnCoulter.com
February may be our shortest month, but it’s filled with notable events. This month, we celebrate Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year and Washington’s Birthday. We also commemorate President’s Day as well as every lover’s favorite, Valentine’s Day. February has also been reserved as Black History Month. After doing just a little digging, I was struck by the significant role the Republican Party played in not only emancipating slaves in the antebellum South, but also in accepting and elevating them into American society. I was also amazed by how often the Democratic Party thwarted the GOP’s efforts.
After the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, putting an end to slavery, was passed by a 100 percent Republican vote; only 23 percent of the Democrats joined in. Amendment 14, granting blacks the civil rights enjoyed by all citizens, passed with 94 percent Republican participation; this time, not a single Democrat voted for it. The 15th Amendment, which gave blacks access to the voting booth, was passed with 98 percent of Republicans voting for it, and 97 percent of Democrats voting against it.
During Reconstruction, 23 blacks were elected to Congress — all Republicans. The first black Democrat wasn’t elected until 1935 — from Illinois. The first Southern African-American Democrat wasn’t elected to Congress until 1973.
Are we beginning to see a trend here? Buckle up; I’m just getting started.
Read more by Michael Dorstewitz at DebatingPolitics.thoughts.com
Reform federal program to connect classrooms
Based on how much we spend, every child in America should be getting a world-class education, which would include connecting our classrooms to digital opportunities. To get there, the federal government doesn’t need to spend more money — the Federal Communications Commission already runs a program called E-Rate that distributes over $2 billion to schools and libraries to purchase communications services each year.
What we do need is real reform in Washington and an end to the waste, fraud and abuse inherent in the current program.
Read more by Sen. Ron Johnson and Ajit Pai at JSonline.com
… The policy of the Southern states toward Negroes was and is a shameful contradiction of this country’s basic principles. Racial discrimination, imposed and enforced by law, is so blatantly inexcusable an infringement of individual rights that the racist statutes of the South should have been declared unconstitutional long ago.
The Southern racists’ claim of “states’ rights” is a contradiction in terms: there can be no such thing as the “right” of some men to violate the rights of others. The constitutional concept of “states’ rights” pertains to the division of power between local and national authorities, and serves to protect the states from the Federal government; it does not grant to a state government an unlimited, arbitrary power over its citizens or the privilege of abrogating the citizens’ individual rights.
Read more at BlackConservative360.blogspot.com
Do you really know the Democratic Party’s history related to slavery in early America? I did some research this evening and found some interesting facts on this subject. Today the Democrats would have you believe that it was the Republicans who were responsible for suppression of the black Americans of early America. They would tell you it is the Republicans that want to keep black Americans from succeeding even in this modern day. They are lying and trying hard to “change” history with their political spin.
Read more by Conservative Lady at ConservativeLady.hubpages.com
ObamaCare is the party’s unworkable contraption of nonperformance.
As American voters watch ObamaCare continue its Godzilla-like rampage across the national health-care landscape, it’s worth considering the collateral damage this political monster may be doing to the Democratic brand itself. What if ObamaCare’s problems become a metaphor for the modern Democratic Party? Two portents emerged the past week.
The United Auto Workers suffered a humiliating defeat at Volkswagen in Tennessee. And days before that loss, voters in San Diego elected Republican Kevin Faulconer mayor after he teed up his opponent as a captive of the city’s public unions. Two big constituencies sacked in a week.
The Democrats’ problem is that we live in the brutal age of brand maintenance. Ask BlackBerry, Sony, Target or Lululemon. The horror of falling off the curve is that, seemingly overnight, enthusiasm for one’s brand can evaporate. There is no reason why a political party should be immune to this new imperative.
Read more by Daniel Henninger at WSJ.com
“Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now. If you’re a long-time follower of this space, you know that we’re skeptical that Obamacare will ever be repealed, GOP slogans to the contrary. Today, however, a trio of experienced Senate Republicans—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—have put forth the most thoughtful and constructive plan yet developed to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan seeks to ensure that as many Americans have health coverage as Obamacare does. It’s a proposal grounded in the real-world tradeoffs that all serious reformers must make. Want to know how those tradeoffs might affect you? Read on.
Read more by Avik Roy at Forbes.com
We Determine Interest Rates In America The Way The Soviet Union Used To Determine The Price Of Bread
“We have to go back to sound money where money has intrinsic value, where interest rates are determined by the free market, not by a central planning agency called the Fed. We determine interest rates in America the way the Soviet Union used to determine the price of bread. It does not work.”
from Peter Schiff