President Obama’s Operation Humiliation is coming off without a hitch. Stage One was to dispatch his treasury secretary to Capitol Hill to make a laughable offer to Republicans on the fiscal cliff — literally. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported that he burst out laughing upon hearing Tim Geithner spell out the White House’s terms. Stage Two is watching Republicans squirm and panic. Less than a week after the hilarity courtesy of Geithner, The New York Times headlined a front-page piece, “GOP Looks for Fallback to Avoid a Fiscal Standoff.”
California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget. Democrats thought they could hammer “the rich” by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already “voted with their feet” by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis. Passage of Proposition 30 set off euphoria
As recently as five years ago, I counted Ann Coulter and Camille Paglia among my favorite authors, and my guiltiest but most delicious reading pleasures. In the famous tome Sexual Personae (1991), Camille Paglia drove a fearless bulldozer over the grove of feminist shibboleths, celebrating a street-smart feminism poised against the frigid and increasingly tiresome academic left. For much of the Clinton era, it was refreshing to hear her devilish witticisms. Her main target was the ironic puritanism of leftists
Hello, I’m Marco Rubio. I have the honor of representing Florida in the United States Senate, and the privilege of addressing you today on behalf of my fellow Republicans. Our middle class has made America different from the rest of the world. Every country has rich people. But only a few places have achieved a vibrant and stable middle class. And none has been more vibrant and more stable than ours. But now a growing opportunity gap has developed between the dreams of millions of Americans and the opportunities for them to actually realize them.
The possibility that Bashar al-Assad, desperate to hang on to power in Syria, will use chemical weapons against his own people can’t be considered in isolation. Nor, even, can the ongoing civil war between al-Assad’s Alawite supporters and the Sunni anti-Assad fighters. “All of these countries—whether it’s Iraq or Syria or Lebanon—were literally drawn with lines in the sand,” says Dexter Filkins. “You’re seeing in these artificial states, these pressures that have been in play for decades, for almost a hundred years.
WASHINGTON- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in the weekly Republican media address, said Americans face a challenges finding jobs and working their way into the middle-class. "Americans are struggling to find or keep middle class jobs for two reasons: because our economy is not creating enough of these jobs and because too many of our people don´t have the education or skills required for the jobs that are being created," Rubio said. To fix these problems, Rubio called for smaller government and tax code reform, ABC Radio News reported Saturday.
He´s known the world over for his hit song that has people dancing Gangnam Style. But South Korean rapper Psy, who is the star of the halftime show at next Sunday´s Bills game in Toronto, has had to issue an apology for some anti-American comments he´s made. Psy´s halftime show at the Bills vs. Seahawks game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on December 16 will feature more than 60 dancers, Buffalo Jills Cheerleaders, and hundreds of contest winners.[Snip] "I´m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted."
Hello, everybody. Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about deadlines we’re facing on jobs and taxes and investments. But with so much noise and so many opinions flying around, it can be easy to lose sight of what this debate is really about. It’s not about which political party comes out on top, or who wins or loses in Washington. It’s about making smart decisions that will have a real impact on your lives and the lives of Americans all across the country.
WASHINGTON — It did not take long for Susan E. Rice and her champions at the White House to realize that the Republican furor over the Benghazi attack was not going away after the presidential campaign ended. One of her fiercest critics, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, made that clear on the Sunday after the election when he said he would oppose any attempt to make Ms. Rice the secretary of state, citing the account she gave in television interviews
A suspect accused of involvement in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya has been arrested in Egypt, two intelligence sources in Cairo told NBC News Saturday.Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed, allegedly a member of a militant group, was detained in Cairo where he lives, the sources said. In addition to the allegations that he was involved in the attack in Benghazi, he is also accused of transporting weapons from Libya to Egypt, the sources added.
American health care consumers aren’t the only ones who will be hit by slated Obamacare tax hikes. Medical bills for their pets may go up as well. According to a rule published Friday by the Internal Revenue Service, some medical devices used in veterinary practices will be hit by Obamacare’s 2.3 percent device tax. Many of their manufacturers are expected to hike prices, meaning higher veterinary costs for the nation’s pet owners. The tax will not hit devices that are used exclusively for veterinary purposes. But a host of such devices are manufactured for use in both
LANSING, Mich. — A top Michigan Democrat is looking to President Obama to deliver retribution to Republicans after the GOP-dominated state legislature approved a package of bills that could make this stronghold of union power the nation’s 24th right-to-work state as early as next week. Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer, who on Thursday called the votes to approve the right-to-work measure “petty and vindictive politics,” sparked more backlash Friday when she said she wants the president, who is set to visit Detroit on a previously scheduled political trip on Monday,
President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after it emerged the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago.A spokesman said Friday that the Obama family will attend the December 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom. News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the US military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq.
Lottery officials announced Friday that a married man in his 30s from a wealthy Phoenix suburb has claimed his half of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot, deciding to collect the winnings now and not next year because of the nation´s looming fiscal cliff. The man decided to remain anonymous after he bought $10 worth of tickets and kept the winning slip in the visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a multimillionaire. (snip)After the man and his wife learned of their good fortune, the husband pulled together a team of financial
Economy: A rip-roarer for job creation and a major drop in the unemployment rate. At least, that´s how the mainstream media sum up November´s job numbers. But scratch the data and a different story surfaces. A lot of pundits thought the November jobs data were pretty good, with 146,000 new jobs and a drop in unemployment to 7.7%. But look closer, and you see recession mode. With nonfarm payrolls swelling by 146,000 and the jobless rate easing from 7.9% to 7.7%, November looked pretty good to many pundits. But the underlying trends aren´t so favorable,
AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION IN MARYLAND—Before bringing a reporter here this past week, two Navy officers met him in a suburban parking lot and applied a blindfold. They then drove down some bumpy roads, taking many turns. The reporter was allowed to take off the blindfold only when he reached a secret destination, where he saw two safeguarded possessions of the U.S. Naval Academy: Bill XXXIII and Bill XXXIV, a pair of Angora goats. The animals are the mascots of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The institution said this safe house
Right To Work: Both chambers of the Michigan legislature pass bills banning union dues as a condition of employment as a Detroit city councilwoman wonders when the pork will arrive. The choice is growth vs. stagnation. Reports of the GOP´s demise may be greatly exaggerated, at least at the state level, as Michigan, birthplace of the modern labor movement and unionism, stands poised to become the nation´s 24th right-to-work (RTW) state. If it goes ahead, it will join recent addition Indiana in challenging union power as Gov. Scott Walker successfully did in Wisconsin.
One of the things that has become apparent during the presidential campaign and now, during the negotiations over how to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” is the importance the president places on raising the rates on the top 2 percent of income earners. I’ve written before on why I believe conservatives shouldn’t make a “no new taxes” pledge and why keeping the top rate at 35 percent (which I support) isn’t a matter of high principle. At the same time, Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans–who after all have been willing to put $800 billion in revenues (through closing loopholes and deductions)
How did Washington become the best friend of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, even as President Mohamed Morsi was asserting dictatorial powers and his followers were beating up secular liberals in the streets of Cairo? It’s a question many Arabs ask these days, and it deserves an answer. Morsi and his Brotherhood followers are on a power trip after decades of isolation and persecution. You could see that newfound status when Morsi visited the United Nations in September and even more so during the diplomacy that led to last month’s cease-fire in Gaza,
´Tis the season for holiday music that intrudes, annoys, and entraps. Like a zombie, "Feliz Navidad" dies every year only to return -- everywhere. On the car radio, in the mall, on hold, at your kid´s school (provided they omit the holiday´s first syllable) you can´t escape Christmas music. Bah! Humbug! The radio staples are as amorphous as they are ubiquitous. The Pogues offer a Christmas anthem for St. Patrick´s Day in "A Fairytale of New York." Greg Lake´s "I Believe in Father Christmas" hits the ears as a Yuletide hymn for atheists.
As Egypt under the heel of Mohamed Morsi unravels, here’s the late-breaking news: The Muslim Brotherhood is the enemy of democracy. This has always been obvious to anyone who took the time to look into it. Nevertheless, it has not been an easy point to make lo these many years. Even as the Justice Department proved beyond any doubt in court that the Brotherhood’s major goal in America and Europe — its self-professed “grand jihad” — is “eliminating and destroying Western civilization,” to have the temerity to point this out is to be smeared as an “Islamophobe.”
Since Republicans are pushing entitlement reform and Democrats like taking money from rich people, you might think they could agree on means-testing Medicare and Social Security as part of a deficit reduction deal. Yet many Democrats are surprisingly hostile to the idea of tailoring these programs to help people who actually need them. There are two main reasons for this resistance — one strategic, the other ideological. Neither is persuasive, even from a progressive point of view, at a time when trillion-dollar deficits are the norm and publicly held federal debt
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe created American jobs with his recently acquired electric-car company – just not in Virginia. After he was asked about it at a campaign event this week, the exchange raised questions over how voters will react. The Democratic candidate said it’s the state’s fault for not pursuing manufacturing business like his own, recommending more aggressive tax incentives. As he cast it, McAuliffe’s own company is a case study in Virginia’s economic policy. McAuliffe’s firm, GreenTech opened a plant in Horn Lake, Miss., in July and plans to open another in Tunica, Miss.,
Ever since Election Day, the left has been riding high. Not only did President Obama and Democrats across the country win big on Nov. 6, the president has gratified his base with his tough talk on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and the new Congress looks to be substantially more progressive than the last. But how long will the second honeymoon last for President Obama and the Democrats? Chances are, it won´t be long until the left´s hopes are dashed. Here are four possible letdowns on the horizon. 1. Entitlements: Obama has talked very tough on tax rates for income over $250,000,
The amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about "$168 per day for every household in poverty," the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee finds. Here´s a chart detailing the committee´s findings:(Snip for graph)According to the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee, welfare spending per day per household in poverty is $168, which is higher than the $137 median income per day. When broken down per hour, welfare spending per hour per household in poverty is $30.60, which is higher than the $25.03 median income per hour.
Perhaps it was merely a duty to history that led Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to keep the leather-bound book the rest of her life. Or maybe the ornate program given to John F. Kennedy at 1962´s Army-Navy game possessed for her a "Rosebud" significance, an obscure artifact that recalled one of the best and brightest moments of her late husband´s presidency. Saturday´s Army-Navy meeting at Lincoln Financial Field will mark the 50th anniversary of JFK´s last visit to what was then college football´s greatest rivalry. Combined with the debut of scrambling Roger Staubach,