President Obama declared today’s 41st annual Earth Day proof of America’s ecological and conservation spiritâthen completed a three-day sbobet campaign-style trip logging 10,666 miles on Air Force One, eating up some 53,300 gallons at a cost of about $180,000. And that doesn’t include the fuel consumption of his helicopter, limo, or the 29 other vehicles that travel with that car.Â ReadÂ more detailsÂ at USNews.com
As we have been approaching the $14.3 trillion statutory rust beta limit to federal borrowing, I and many of my colleagues have insisted on real spending reforms now as part of any agreement to allow still more government borrowing. Unfortunately, the administration has insisted instead that we should simply raise the debt limit unconditionally.Â Read Sen. Pat Toomey’s article at RealClearPolitics.com
2012: The Racing Form.Â Â A look at the long shots, the serious candidates, and the 2016 bench.Â Krauthammer handicaps the race at NationalReview.comÂ
North Carolina might actually want to consider sitting this race out. All along the East Coast, states are trying to be the first and most powerful energy producer of wind energy, the least reliable source of power available. DespiteÂ windâs lack of consistency, lawmakers seem to view it as a soon-to-be âcash cow.âÂ Read more at CivitasReview.com
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the health care compact into law today. The law restores authority and responsibility for health care regulation to member states. The law allows Georgia to create their own health care policies by joining an interstate compact that supersedes prior federal law.Â Read more at RightNetwork.comÂ and HealthcareCompact.orgÂ Update: Idaho Gov. signs order banning Obamacare.
Easter is the quintessential Christian holiday – the celebration Boiler Replacement of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Although it has been celebrated by billions of people around the world for nearly 2,000 years, the mainstream media would rather celebrate the liberal holiday known as “Earth Day” and connect Easter to the abuse scandal that surrounded the Roman Catholic Church. Some major Findings:
In a move that will send shock waves across North Carolina, Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenburg) has hired Matty Lazo-Chadderton, who is a member of the illegal alien amnesty supporting groups La Raza and El Pueblo, to help redraw Senate districts.Â Matty Lazo-Chadderton also served as Marc Basnight’s Director of Hispanic/Latino Affairs and is currently a Democratic Party precinct chair in Wake County
Tell the GOP Senate Leaders that this is not acceptable.Â Call NC Senate President Phil Berger (919-733-5708), Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca (919-733-5745), and Redistricting Chairman Bob Rucho (919-733-5655).
In case you missed it, earlier this week China announced that its foreign currency reserves are excessive and that they need to return to âreasonableâ levels.Â This comes on the heels of China deciding (along with Russia) to trade in their own currencies, NOT the US Dollar. Not to mention the numerous warnings Chinese politicians have been issuing to the US over the last 24 months.Â In simple terms, China is done playing nice and is now actively moving out of US Dollar denominated assets. This is the beginning of the US Dollarâs end as world reserve currency. Via ZeroHedge.comÂ and SeekingAlpha.com
The staff at First Flight High School is coordinating a relief drive for the victims of the tornado in Bertie County. Items are being collected at First Flight High School through Friday, April 22 at 9:00 am to be delivered to Bertie on Friday.Â Items being sought and accepted:
New and gently used clothing, Shoes, Cleaning supplies, Towels, Blankets, Personal hygiene products, Flashlights/batteries, Diapers and other baby items, Pet Food, Toys, Easter baskets.Â
In lieu of any cash donations, checks will be accepted, made payable to the “Bertie County Tornado Relief Fund” and will be presented on Friday as well.
Government just can’t seem to find any way to cut taxes!
In a flagrant example of how the government wastes taxpayer dollars, a federally-funded job center in Florida has financed a costly public relations campaign that is distributing thousands of superhero capes to the unemployed.Â The story would almost be funny if it didnât involve such an idiotic act with increasingly scarce public funds.Â via Job Agency Spends $73K On Superhero Campaign.
A recentÂ poll out of Elon UniversityÂ confirms thatÂ North Carolinians âoverwhelmingly supportâÂ voter photo ID legislation.Â Â According to the News and Observer, âThe Elon University Poll found that 75% support voter ID provisions in a bill being considered in the legislature and 80% think it is fair.âÂ CivitasReview.com
Register for the NCGOP Convention! Accommodations in the Wilmington area are filling up fast.Â Â Speakers are Allen West, Mick Mulvaney &Â Andrew Breitbart.Â https://secure.donationreport.com/productlist.html?key=M7JSYWZI3LPKÂ or www.ncgopconvention.com
In 30 years, the national debt has gone from just under $1 trillion to $14.3 trillion, and is projected to reach just under $21 trillion by 2016. Congress has passed new debt limits over the years that allow the government to keep running, and is currently preparing to debate whether to raise the ceiling this year.Â Source: Washington Post
A very good synopsis of our current fiscal and political situation, by Phyllis Schlafly, posted at Townhall.com:
Barack Obama’s runaway spending is the top issue with grass-roots Americans. The problem is a long way from solved, but we’ve learned a lot from the budget debate.
Follow this link to read more.
Prince of Peeps says:Â Obama claims to be a Christian, but elevates Islam and Koran above Christianity and the Bible.Â Koran is Holy, while Bible is considered as trash.Â Officially promoting one religion over another is supposed to be forbidden according to the left, yet PC has done just that.Â Whatever happened to separation of church and state?Â What this video, but only if you have your blood pressure medicine handy.
Throwing down the gauntlet, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint (SC) threatened Monday to block a vote in Congress on raising the U.S. debt ceiling unless he wins a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.Â Read more at FoxNews.comÂ ( Liv: If DeMint pulls this off, he rocks.)
From Matt Kibbe at FreedomWorks.Â Every year around this time Americans come face to face with our complex tax code. Taxpayers struggle to comply with tax laws so complicated that even the IRS cannot figure them out. IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman recently stated that âI find the tax code complex so I use a preparer.â A whopping 89 percent of Americans also use a tax preparer. The Internal Revenue Code is 3.8 million words. Thatâs over 11,000 single-spaced typed pages. It is nearly universally agreed upon that we must make our tax code more simple and fair.Â Read the Op-Ed at FoxNews.com
The Obama administration said today that it’s moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.Â This could become the virtual equivalent of a national ID card.Â Â Read the details at CNet.com
Todayâs national debtâthe public debt that government has accumulated to finance its out-of-control spendingâis approximately $14.3 trillion. To put that into perspective, the governmentâs annual budget for 2011, which is in itself bloated, is roughly $3.7 trillion. And to put the future health of our economy in perspective, President Obama proposed in his 2012 Budget proposal that we add $9 trillion to that debt over the next ten years.
Our government borrows nearly 40 cents on every dollar it spends. And the more we borrow, the higher these projections go. In other words, our national debt isnât a problemâ¦itâs a crisis.
Ruffin Poole, a longtime aide to former Gov. Mike Easley who was described in court documents as the “little governor,” is set to be sentenced on an income tax evasion guilty plea next month.Â Read more at NewsObserver.com
The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s lowered the outlook on the United States’ credit to “negative,” leading to a big decline in stock prices.Â The report released Monday morning says that the United States has a large debt and deficit compared with other highly rated nations, and unlike with those other nations “the path to addressing [the debt and deficit] is not clear to us.”Â Read the details at LATimes.comÂ (Update:Â Obama plays down S&P outlook change)
Going into the tax day Web Design Tucson rally in Portland, local Tea Party organizers had concerns about security:
Oregon Tea Party members are taking a pledge of nonviolence for Friday afternoonâs Portland-area tax day rallies.Â Party officials said they feared âunion supportersâ might try to stir up trouble at the rallies in Pioneer Courthouse Square and in other parts of the city on the day federal income taxes are traditionally due.
Those concerns were clearly unfounded because the progressive protesters who showed up were the epitome of decorum. Oh, wait. Then there is this video. The easily offended should not click.
State tax delinquencies have topped $1 billion.Â That’s twice as much as just two years ago.Â Revenue officials say 300,000 corporate and individual taxpayers owe the money, which could go a long way toward filling a budget hole of up to $2.6 billion.Â Read more at NewsObserver.com
Late Saturday night, Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed a bill that would have extended benefits to the long-term unemployed that Republicans had tied to budget negotiations.Â The e-mail announcing the governor’s veto was sent out after midnight. Perdue’s staff had announced Saturday morning that she would veto the bill, but the veto was delayed by the day’s severe weather and deadly tornadoes.Â Read the details at NewsObserver.com
The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama’s record-breaking 2008 campaign.Â Individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call Friday that the FEC has been investigating the financial records of Obama’s previous campaign. The scope of the probe, which began approximately two years ago, is unknown. Presidential audits typically take years to complete and can cost millions of dollars.Â Read the details at RollCall.com
From the chaos of the Vietnam War came the oft-quoted paradox âwe had to destroy the village in order to save it.âÂ Itâs fair to ask if a similar version of that skewed logic is being applied to U.S. fiscal policy with regard to the debate over raising the debt limit from its current stratospheric level of $