Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past four days or so, you already know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) initiated an illegal scheme to target conservative groups. While many have come forward to condemn the unconstitutional activities, former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went a step too far.
Today, Pelosi too said the guilty must be punished, but then went on to blame the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) decision.
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi . . . Blamed The Supreme Court For Opening The Door To Broader Political Activity.” (Stephen Dinan, “Pelosi: IRS Problem Stems From Court Ruling,” The Washington Times, 5/13/13)
What’s going on here? Well, why there are certainly a lot of market factors in play here, there is one glaring reason why we have to endure such high prices for our petrol. The Obama Administration, House and Senate Democrats and their liberal friends at Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters simply do not care.
Wow, what a day. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the music this morning and took direct fire from Republicans on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee over the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Not surprisingly, Democrats did everything they could to protect Clinton and the Obama Administration in general for the “misinformation” campaign they deployed following the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
The most astonishing moment may have been when U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) brought up Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program to defend against the Obama Administration’s use of misinformation.
Unless you live in a hole or just pay no attention whatsoever to what is going on, you know by now that President Barack Obama kicked-off his reelection campaign this weekend with stops in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia.
For decades, throwing money at education has been the cure-du-jour for America’s educational ills. In 1979, the Democrat controlled Congress passed the Department of Education Organization Act establishing a Cabinet-level department for education in the federal government. President Jimmy Carter, America’s greatest one-term President, signed the legislation into law and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) began operating the following year, in 1980.
For its first year in operation, Congress appropriated $14 billion to the new bureaucratic entity. Nearly 30 years later, the budget ballooned to $68.6 billion (2008 appropriations), a 390% increase in federal spending. Overall, appropriators have spent over $1 trillion of taxpayer money through ED alone. This figure does not include local and state spending, just the federal portion.
A little over two weeks ago I posted this piece about President Barack Obama ramping up his reelection by planning to file his necessary paperwork earlier than either President Bill Clinton or President George W. Bush did. The point was, and is, that while there are major issues brewing in Washington over spending, deficits, debt and potential government shutdowns, the President seems preoccupied with another four years, two years into his first term. I got some criticism for this post, basically for making a mountain our of a mole hill.
I’ll now draw your attention to this article on Roll Call today by Jennifer Bendery:
As the crisis in Libya continues to panic the oil markets, America is reminded once again of the pain at the pump and the dangers of relying on foreign sources of oil to fuel our cars, homes and the economy. According to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the national average price of regular unleaded gas stands at $3.471. “Gas prices started 2009 around $1.61 a gallon” and a year ago the price of regular was $2.706. So since January 2009, gas has gone up $1.86, an increase of 116%. You’d think we’d one day learn our lesson, but we haven’t.
I was out running some errands this morning and while I was out and about, I filled up my gas tank. It hurt, costing my wallet $45 and change. The price of the gas? $3.599 for regular unleaded. When I got back to my office, I checked AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report and the national average price of regular unleaded gas is $3.471.
The folks at CNN reported last night that “President Barack Obama will file the official paperwork within weeks to begin collecting money for his re-election campaign in 2012.”
While it’s no surprise Obama plans to run for reelection, it is a little surprising he plans to do so this early. There’s quite a bit going on that needs to be addressed before jetting around the country picking up campaign cash. You know, the little things like spending cuts, budgets and getting Americans back to work by growing the economy.
In any event, if Obama does file his paperwork within a couple weeks, that would put us in mid-March. President Bill Clinton filed his Statement of Candidacy on April 14, 1995. President George W. Bush didn’t file his Statement of Candidacy for reelection until May 15th, 2003. What’s the rush, Mr. President?
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