Freshman Republican to Senate: Get to work to avert shtudown

MI: Labor plans Lansing lobbying blitz Tuesday

Indiana union workers rally at Statehouse to protest bills

Tennessee teachers fight bill to end collective bargaining

    “The Republican-dominated Tennessee Senate Education Committee voted last week to deny Tennessee teachers the right to negotiate their working conditions with boards of education across the state through collective bargaining. Republicans hold the majorities in both the Senate and House. The Tennessee School Boards Association also endorses the bill.”


  • Posted: 02/21/2011
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House budget would cut Title X entirely, block funds for health law: Obama vows veto

The case against public sector unionism

Wisc. Capitol Chaos: Could Union Bill Be Passed Separately Tuesday?

House Republicans win spending cuts after marathon funding debate

Wisconsin Republicans Step Up Pressure on Dems Who Fled State

John Fund: What’s at Stake in Wisconsin’s Budget Battle

House rejects extra $22 billion in cuts that divided Republicans

Wis. police hunt Dem. leader, protests continue

Republicans challenging unions in state capitols

Michelle Malkin: Apocalypse Now: Wisconsin vs. Big Labor

Douglas Johnson: Now is the Time to End Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Heritage Foundation: The American People Can’t Afford to Lose Wisconsin Union Showdown

Wis. Gov. to Obama: We’re focused on balancing the budget, maybe Washington ought to do the same

    The Hill: Walker said demonstrators who filled the state capitol building in Madison and the boycott by state Senate Democrats — some of whom fled the state in protest — have steeled the resolve of members of his party . . . Walker also fired back at President Obama, who sided with the public employees, saying on Fox News Friday, “We are focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the government and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budgets, which they are a long way off from doing.”


  • Posted: 02/18/2011
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Taxpayers v. Public Teacher Unions: Wisconsin battle may have long term national implications

GOP escalates showdown with Obama over funding measure

Ohio bill limits public employee unions

Rasmussen: Voters Think They’re Far More Eager To Cut Spending Than Politicians Are

Hugh Hewitt: House GOP Elects to Punt

    Hugh Hewitt writes at Townhall: “House Republicans lost the first round of the messaging battle over the budget last week with a lame attempt to cut less than $40 billion against the Pledge to America’s goal of at least $100 billion, but then President Obama forfeited round two with an absurd budget that elicited a genuine bipartisan reaction of scorn for his fecklessness. Proving themselves equal to the challenge of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the new GOP majority promptly proceeded to block what looked like a clean attempt to defund Obamacare sponsored by Representative Steve King of Iowa . . . ”


  • Posted: 02/17/2011
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Entitlements: A Debate Deferred

    Howard Rich writes at Townhall: “Washington politicians have worked themselves into a fine lather lately debating spending cuts. Yet as familiar rhetorical jabs are exchanged over proposed reductions to things like NPR and the National Archives, the real spending debate is being ignored. I’m referring of course to the debate over “entitlements” – decades worth of multi-trillion dollar promises made by former Congresses that had no intention whatsoever of keeping any of them . . . ”


  • Posted: 02/17/2011
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Question to Each Member of Congress: Is This Program Worth Bankrupting My Child?

Rove: “Why the GOP Should Welcome a Budget Battle: Americans understand the need for spending restraint now.”

    Wall Street Journal: “President Obama’s 2012 budget is not a serious governing document. It’s a political one, designed to boost his re-election chances. By repeatedly saying that his budget reduces the deficit by $1 trillion over 10 years, he hopes the numbers make him sound fiscally conservative. But he puts off 95% of the deficit reduction until after his term ends in 2013. And he assumes that economic growth in the next few years will be at least 25% higher than credible economic forecasters estimate.”


  • Posted: 02/17/2011
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Is Your Job an Endangered Species? Technology may be eating it

Congress: Debt leaders call for more cuts to avert ‘disaster’

With GOP rifts on cuts, McConnell faces test to unite colleagues

    The Hill: McConnell predicted during a radio interview last week that “Senate Republicans are going to unify around whatever reduction they can get out of the House,” and he re-emphasized that point Tuesday. “We’ll see whether the Senate wants to establish different priorities,” he said. “But in terms of the overall reductions, we’re committed to trying to achieve the same amount of reductions in this fiscal year that hopefully the House will be able to pass later this week.”


  • Posted: 02/16/2011
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Obama promises veto of GOP spending bill

Phyllis Schlafly: Free Trade With Protectionist China Cheats America

Rep. King pushes to defund mandatory spending in health law

    The Hill: “House Republicans refused to grant a waiver for the consideration of an amendment to the 2011 funding bill that would bar mandatory spending for the president’s healthcare law. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a member of the Tea Party caucus, asked the panel to protect his measure, which keep $105 billion of funds allocated in the law over 10 years from going into effect.”


  • Posted: 02/15/2011
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5,100 More IRS Agents: The White House plan to close the mythical “tax gap.”

    Wall Street Journal (via Google): “President Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget doesn’t cut much of anything (see above), and certainly not the Internal Revenue Service. The White House is requesting that the most beloved of all government agencies get an additional 5,100 agents next year, no doubt to wring further tax revenue from Americans.”


  • Posted: 02/15/2011
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Chances up for federal shutdown

McConnell: Obama budget ‘unserious’ and ‘irresponsible’

Chuck Colson: Who needs marriage?

Debt now equals total U.S. economy

Republicans promise $100 billion in spending cuts

Under Tea Party pressure, House panel scrambles for deeper cuts

Victor David Hanson: Jerry Brown, a Modern Sisyphus

    Victor David Hanson writes at Townhall: “Somehow, Jerry Brown must not only change the way Californians act, but also the strange way they now seem to think — convincing the present generation to produce far more private wealth while consuming far fewer public funds. Otherwise, the revenue-strapped and reform-minded governor is little more than a modern Sisyphus — endlessly pushing his enormous rock uphill, never quite reaching the top.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2011
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Heritage Foundation: Bernanke Helps Defuse “Default”

    Heritage Foundation Morning Bell: To remove any possible doubt regarding “the full faith and credit of the United States,” Senator Pat Toomey (R–PA) and Representative Tom McClintock (R–CA) have introduced the Full Faith and Credit Act, which would make the payment of interest on the debt the top priority. The Obama Administration quickly identified this legislation as a threat to their scare tactics and thus their big government spending plans, so Deputy Treasury Secretary Neil Wolan wrote a letter to Toomey claiming that any form of non-payment, be it to a retiree holding a U.S. savings bond or to the state of California to build its train to nowhere, “would merely be default by another name” and “would therefore bring about the same catastrophic economic consequences Secretary Geithner has warned against.”


  • Posted: 02/10/2011
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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Republican says no federal bailout for states

    AP: A leading House Republican says that even as struggling state and local governments seek federal help to make it through widespread budget problems, “the era of the bailout is over.”


  • Posted: 02/09/2011
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Sen. Coburn open to Rand Paul spending cuts

Rasmussen: 68% Believe Government and Big Business Work Together Against the Rest of Us

    Rasmussen: “The view that government and big business work together against the interests of others is shared across partisan, demographic and ideological lines. Seventy percent (70%) of liberals hold that view, along with 69% of conservatives. Seventy-one percent (71%) Republicans think it’s true, and so do 64% of Democrats.”


  • Posted: 02/08/2011
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  • Source: www.rasmussenreports.com

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Ditching unwritten rules for freshmen, Paul does it his way

An Agenda for Economic Growth

    NCPA Policy Digest: “President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address and Congressman Paul Ryan’s response were strangely missing a focus on the key to restoring America’s future: an agenda for economic growth, says Forbes Magazine. The basis for a bipartisan growth strategy can be brought into focus by combining five proposals made by either President Obama or Congressman Ryan.”


  • Posted: 02/08/2011
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Congress Is Unable to Control Its Own Spending

    NCPA Policy Digest: “The statutory debt limit, or debt ceiling, was designed to control congressional spending by limiting the amount of debt the federal government could accumulate. Clearly, it has not fulfilled its legislative purpose. In fact, the government has lost its ability to monitor its own spending, says Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.”


  • Posted: 02/08/2011
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  • Source: www.ncpa.org

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Republicans out front of Obama on regulations

‘Better-Faster-Cheaper’ Work Model for Lawyers Has Led to Burnout, NY Bar Report Says

Is Higher Education a Public Good?

House Republicans move to slash domestic programs, White House vows fight

Senate rejects Obamacare repeal by 4 votes along party lines

Giving Workers a Union Choice

Despite China’s might, US factories maintain edge

Prize Finance panel seat could be Coburn’s

Republican Party unity cracks over raising $14.3 trillion debt ceiling

    The Hill: “The bill is the latest indication that some Republicans are digging in their heels on the debt vote despite stern warnings from the Obama administration that failing to raise the ceiling would be disastrous for the country. It also signals a widening rift with GOP leaders who have suggested Republicans will ultimately have no choice but to approve the debt increase.”


  • Posted: 01/27/2011
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Treasury to adjust borrowing as debt limit nears

Rand Paul proposes $500 billion in federal budget cuts

U.S. could exit GM within a year

Pat Buchanan: And the debt bomb ticks on

    Pat Buchanan writing at Townhall: “With his approval rating moving up to 50 percent and higher in some polls, the pundits are all agreed . . . He is now the winter-book favorite in 2012. There is a feeling that at last we are coming out of the Great Recession. But has the debt bomb really been defused? . . . Now, facing trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, House Republicans are balking at agreeing to raise the debit limit of $14.3 trillion, though the national debt just crossed the $14 trillion mark. Are the happy days really here again?”


  • Posted: 01/26/2011
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  • Source: townhall.com

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CBO: this year’s budget deficit to hit $1.5T

Walter E. Williams: Can our nation be saved?

    Walter E. Williams writing at Townhall: “Everyone who receives government largesse and special favors deems his needs as vital, deserving, proper and in the national interest. It is entirely unreasonable to expect a politician to honor and obey our Constitution and in the process commit political suicide. What’s even worse for our nation is that voters ousting a politician who’d refuse to bring, say, aid to higher education back to his constituents is perfectly rational.”


  • Posted: 01/26/2011
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How public unions took taxpayers hostage

    Fred Siegel writing in the Wall Street Journal: “The first to seize on the political potential of government workers was New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner. The mayor’s father, a prominent New Deal senator, had authored the landmark 1935 Wagner Act, which imposed on private employers the legal duty to bargain collectively with the properly elected union representatives of their employees. Mayor Wagner, prodded by Jerry Wurf of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (Afscme), gave city workers the right to bargain collectively in 1958.”


  • Posted: 01/26/2011
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Samuel Gregg: Risk, uncertainty, and the rule of law

    Samual Gregg, Research Director at the Acton Institute, writing at Public Discourse: “The Economics journalist Robert Samuelson recently observed that signs of undue risk adverseness are creeping into the American economy . . . Given the severity of the 2008 financial crisis and the associated recession, such trends are understandable. But another element in play is the degree of uncertainty now characterizing the American investment climate . . . the degree of uncertainty may well be heightened by the gradual impact upon the economy of another factor: a notable weakening of several conditions that make up vital elements of the rule of law.”


  • Posted: 01/26/2011
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GOP senators prep balanced budget amendment

House Republicans vote to roll back spending levels

President vows in State of the Union to veto any bill “larded” with earmarks

Video and Text: State of the Union Address and the Response

Wal-Mart caves to government bullies

    Orit Sklar writing at The Daily Caller: “Michelle Obama and nutrition czar Sam Kass have taken the Food Police nationwide. Last week Wal-Mart announced that it is joining the first lady’s anti-obesity campaign by reducing the salt and sugar content of the food it sells . . . Now, one of the largest companies in the world is the vehicle through which all American food and health policy will flow . . . Skip over that pesky Congress and the FDA and go for a new model: coerced corporate control.”


  • Posted: 01/25/2011
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House GOP leader says no federal bailout of states

    Associated Press: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters Monday that he believes states already have the tools they need to ease crushing budget deficits since they can cut spending, raise taxes and pressure public employee unions to renegotiate pension benefits. As a result, he said, he opposes letting states declare bankruptcy because he said they don’t need that power.”


  • Posted: 01/24/2011
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GM’s China sales pass US for first time in history

U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans

GOP leaders to president: Don’t pitch us on new spending

China bank moves to buy U.S. branches

Title X “family planning,” Obamacare funds on chopping block in GOP plan to slash $2.5 trillion