Post Thanksgiving ruminations and ruinations ... Question: When is it better to earn $29,000 than to earn $69,000? Answer: When you’re a single mom living in Pennsylvania. Why? Because, thanks to our generous welfare system, a single mom makes out better that way. When all the benefits are added up, the lower-paid single mom qualifies to receive $57,327 in net income and benefits, while the mom who earns $69,000 ends up with a net income and benefits of $57,045.
President Obama promised to help victims of Hurricane Sandy after the storm ravaged the East Coast. But after meeting with the president, one Staten Island family says he has broken that promise. Scott and Deidre McGrath joined Fox and Friends to tell their heartbreaking story. Scott spoke to the president after the storm, in what he described as a “staged” meeting. He said, “They put us into this tent and they wanted to make believe we were shopping for our products. Most of the residents that live in that area were never up there.” After waiting on line,
In the weeks following our most recent election, I have given much thought to how profoundly our country has changed in the last few years, and considered why this has happened. I believe it has much to do with the removal of God from Mainstream America. The first amendment to the United States Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Having just gained their freedom from England, where the King had much control over the church, the Founding Fathers wanted to make it clear that the federal government
When David Underwood makes a quick buck by selling a pint of his own blood, he usually spends the cash on bus fares. The 28-year-old has been living on Charleston streets for four years, and finding steady income is a way out of his dire straits, he said. But he doesn’t earn enough money from peddling his plasma to buy the cellphone he said is needed for potential employers to contact him. That’s why a federally funded operation based out of a minivan in downtown Charleston has thrown Underwood a line. Hundreds of low-income people this week have
There is an antique saying -- no less true for its antiquity -- that you need to be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. This came to mind when I read a recent report about what is happening at a Pennsylvania college. One of President Obama´s most loyal -- not to say fawning -- constituencies clearly is academia.(snip)This is why the news about the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is so richly ironic. CCAC has just announced that because of ObamaCare, it will have to slash the hours of 400 of its employees
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has secured a spot on the House’s powerful Ways and Means Committee next year. Scott, who has served on the GOP House leadership team since he first took office two years ago, said Friday he was honored and excited.[Snip] “I think it’s a huge benefit for the 1st District (Scott’s coastal district) because we’ll have someone who will be able to advocate on behalf of America from a 1st District perspective.” Reps. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Todd Young, R-Ind., will join Scott as new members of the committee
LOS ANGELES— An actress who appeared in the anti-Muslim film blamed for sparking violence in the Middle East has lost another legal bid to have the trailer taken down from YouTube. A federal judge in Los Angeles denied a motion for injunction on Friday by Cindy Lee Garcia. It wasn´t immediately known whether Garcia´s attorneys would file an appeal. Garcia lost a similar legal challenge in state court when a judge rejected her lawsuit in September. "Innocence of Muslims," which depicts the Prophet Mohammad as a religious fraud and womanizer, enraged Muslims and ignited violence in the Middle East, killing dozens.
WASHINGTON — As Republicans regroup from their drubbing on Election Day, Texas’ Sen.-elect Ted Cruz is offering a prescription to rebuild: The party must be less timid toward Democrats, less hostile toward Hispanics, and more focused on upward mobility than on protecting big business. “It’s easy to be demoralized, to look at these elections and throw up your hands in despair,” he told conservative activists at a fundraising dinner Thursday, but history teaches that “things can change very, very quickly.” Republican hand-wringing and finger-pointing have been in full swing over the president’s victory and Democratic gains in the Senate.
The Obama administration sought Friday to direct Israel and the Palestinians back toward direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed to be ignoring the U.S. attempts at leadership on a Mideast peace strategy. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met senior Israeli and Palestinian officials Friday, with each side locked in a pattern of actions that the United States had expressly warned against: the Palestinians winning U.N. recognition of their claim to a state on Thursday and the Israelis retaliating Friday by approving 3,000 new homes on Israeli-occupied territory.
The federal government has now borrowed more money during Barack Obama’s time as president than it did in the period lasting from the time President George Washington took the oath office until July 2, 2001, more than five months into the first term of President George W. Bush. At the close of business on Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama was inaugurated, the national debt stood at $10,626,877,048,913.08, according to the Treasury. At the close of business this Thursday, it stood at $16,323,083,449,604.98. That means the debt has increased $5,696,206,400,691.90 during Obama’s presidency.
The debates in post-election Washington and the exhortations of conservative punditry seem focused almost entirely on economics. But if our politics is built around economic concerns alone, we see the world through the same lens as Marxists. Politics, like everything else in life, must be grounded in moral principles, but Marxists believe that morality is simply a function of economics: wealth, or rather the proper distribution of wealth, is superior to bourgeois ideas of integrity, decency, faith, and love. That is profoundly different from the foundational ideals of America.
During oral argument at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. upbraided Joseph Palmore, an assistant to the solicitor general. The words of the chief justice read like bullying. In a case about ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act), footnote 9 of the brief for the government filed by the Office of the Solicitor General explained that the Labor Department had changed its position about a rule for interpreting the statute.
Just as the frenzy of an election year is cooling down, the buzz about another quadrennial happening is heating up. Yes, inauguration season is upon us in Washington, and with more than a handful of galas likely to be scheduled in addition to the main event, ITK is aiming to help you plan in advance and dress for the occasion. Keep it simple. Fashion in D.C. isn’t exactly known for being cuckoo and crazy, and some style experts suggest inauguration isn’t the time to buck that trend.
Hi. I’m Senator Orrin Hatch from the great state of Utah. The holiday season is upon us: a time when families come together to celebrate and reflect on another year gone by—and another one set to begin. But this holiday season is different: as the clock ticks down towards the New Year, nearly every single American is facing the real prospect of what’s called the Fiscal Cliff. If we don’t act by the end of the year, 28 million more families and individuals will be forced to pay the Alternative Minimum Tax, 21 times as many farmers and ranchers will be hit with the death tax, and the average
Four people were shot and killed Friday night and Saturday morning, and a fifth person who may have been dead for days or weeks was found with gunshot wounds. In addition to the shootings, a man was stabbed to death on the Southwest Side about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. At least 11 others were wounded by gunfire in shootings from the Uptown neighborhood south to the Chatham neighborhood, police said. The sixth homicide of the night - a 29-year-old man found dead inside his car with a gunshot wound to the head - drew a crowd
WASHINGTON — Embarking on a second term, President Barack Obama faces mounting pressure on a decision he had put off during his re-election campaign: whether to approve the $7 billion proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada. On its surface, it´s a choice between the promise of jobs and economic growth and environmental concerns. But it´s also become a proxy for a much broader fight over American energy consumption and climate change, amplified by Superstorm Sandy and the conclusion of an election that was all about the economy.
Ever watch one of those chase scenes in a cartoon where the one in the lead heads over the cliff and lands in a devastating crash at the bottom -- only to find whatever he was carrying (adding insult to injury) comes tumbling down on top of him? Well, that´s us. As we collectively head over this fiscal cliff -- we are actually over it right now -- we´re not feeling much because we´re free falling (like the cartoon character) and falling is never really that painful (though the rushing wind can chap the lips and mess up one´s hair)
The U.S on Friday condemned the Israeli decision to build 3,000 new homes in the settlements, which came as a response to the UN vote to upgrade Palestine´s status to a non-member observer state. "These actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two-state solution," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlement activity and East Jerusalem construction and announcements." "Direct negotiations remain our goal and we encourage all parties to take steps to make that goal easier to achieve," the White House spokesman said.
Eric Fehrnstrom, top strategist for Mitt Romney and U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, told the Herald he hasn’t “even thought about what’s next” career-wise after a bruising double-barrel loss in two of the nation’s most closely watched contests — but those close to him say he’s taken the defeat hard. “I’m taking some time off over the holidays and spending it with my family,” said Fehrnstrom, who dismissed chatter that the high-profile defeats would tarnish his, or his consulting firm the Shawmut Group’s, reputation. “I’m proud of the role the Shawmut Group played in helping Gov. Romney win the Republican
If present trends continue, the Republicans will likely soon fall out of political viability; and the Grand Old Party will be the Grand Defunct Party. They are well on their way to becoming the 21st Century incarnation of the Whigs.Let’s consider: At the national level, Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections; if one measures the popular vote, they have lost five of the last six. Indeed, over the last six elections, the GOP has averaged approximately 44.8 percent of the popular vote, whereas the Democrats have won 48.8 percent.
The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent. On Thursday, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate passed 94-0. The new legislative language would blacklist Iran´s energy, port, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, while also placing new restrictions on Iran´s ability to get insurance for all these industries. The legislation would also vastly expand U.S. support
Hi, everybody. I’m here on the factory floor of a business in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, where folks are working around the clock making toys to keep up with the Christmas rush. And I came here because, back in Washington, the clock is ticking on some important decisions that will have a real impact on our businesses — and on families like yours. The most pressing decision has to do with your taxes. See, at the end of the year, middle-class tax cuts are set to expire. And there are two things that can happen. First, if Congress does nothing, every family will see their income taxes automatically
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he does not know when President Barack Obama’s plan for the fiscal cliff will balance the federal budget. “The President’s proposition was that—on the revenue side—to balance the spending cuts we needed to raise additional revenues,” Hoyer said(Snip)“We are now collecting revenues at about 15 percent and spending at about 22 percent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product].” “You can’t do that for very long,” he said. “Even the richest country on the face of the earth can’t do that forever without having serious adverse consequences.”
Every week, in different forms -- some dismissive, others tactful -- the question above lands in my e-mail inbox. It comes from conservatives who wince at the thought of an untenured professor publishing right-wing opinions. There is a sincere concern underlying the question. It goes like this: the apotheosis of any academic´s career is tenure, and until one has tenure, one should not tempt fate by alienating the overwhelmingly liberal power structure that decides promotion cases. Some commenters are earnest in saying "just teach your area of expertise." But for me, all roads lead to