When selling his tax hikes to the public, President Obama often advertises the economic gravy train that chugged through the Clinton-era as proof that higher taxes won’t derail growth. Bill Clinton in 1993 raised top marginal rates on the wealthiest to 39.6 percent, the same level Obama wants to restore them to as part of the fiscal cliff talks with congressional Republicans. The administration’s nuanced argument—backed by a spate of economic studies—is that the economy can easily weather the increase, but statements from Obama and his deputies occasionally insinuate that boom times will
This year’s Red Kettle Campaign has begun, the annual Christmas fundraiser that helps The Salvation Army collect money to meet human needs in local communities across the country. Each year’s campaign brings heightened media attention to The Salvation Army, particularly regarding its beliefs and practices. In particular, we face such questions as: How does The Salvation Army help people in need? Are we a church? Perhaps most important, is the organization truly committed to serving all those in need? The Salvation Army is a Christian organization, founded by a small group of people in
London/Dubai - Iranian oil tankers are sending incorrect satellite signals that confuse global tracking systems and appear to conceal voyages made by other ships to Syria, which, like Iran, is subject to international sanctions. (Snip) Large vessels must transmit their identity and location to other ships and coastal authorities using an automatic satellite communication system, but in the last month Iranian vessels sailing in Asian seas have sent signals that took over the identity of other vessels, so the same ship appeared to be in two places at once. "It is of course possible to manipulate or falsify information
Saving the planet isn’t easy — or cheap — especially in California. The state’s anti-global-warming cap-and-trade program is the latest gimmick to leave it with yet another big hole to fill in its budget. The Golden State’s new carbon-trading program is the world’s second largest, after the European Union’s. The stated goal is to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and another 80 percent by 2050. But California held its very first “carbon credit” auction last month — and it was a big disappointment.
For two weeks I lived in a cramped hotel room happy to have a place other than my home. An office I have had for a decade was off-limits. And a neighborhood I have come to love was damaged beyond recognition. Sandy invaded lower Manhattan. (Snip)And lower Manhattan, where I reside, is dark and grim and waiting for recovery. There aren’t any miracles associated with recovery. But the pols who dominated the airwaves for two days are nowhere to be found. For them, there was an issue to be milked and
Stephen Dinan reports that "Because next year´s inauguration falls on a Sunday, President Obama will hold only a small, private swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20, and will hold a big public redo the next day. The Inaugural Committee announced Thursday that activities will last three days: a day of service on Saturday, the small private ceremony on Sunday, and the public swearing-in, parade and balls on Monday." That means, the public "inauguration" is just a show, while the actual inauguration will again be behind closed doors (just as it was last go around). What´s the show going to cost?
Invitation seen as sign of rapprochement between the rival parties; Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal due to visit Gaza for the first time; Fatah spokesman says event celebrates "victories of our people.” Fatah has accepted Hamas’s invitation to participate in celebrations in the Gaza Strip marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement. The invitation, the first of its kind in more than a decade, is seen as yet another sign of rapprochement between the rivals parties. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip for the first time on Friday
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint’s values won´t be missed on Capitol Hill. Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker and other GOP senators for voting Tuesday against Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled. “For them [DeMint and other treaty opponents] to slap the face of our veterans, of people with disabilities, of families with children with disabilities, that was one of the saddest days,” Pelosi said in the Capitol,
A long, long time ago, an old Chinese peasant named Yu Gong decided to move two inconveniently located mountains away from blocking the entrance to his home. Legend has it he struggled terribly, but ultimately succeeded. Hence the Chinese idiom "Yu Gong moves the mountains." Where there´s a will, there´s a way. Now Chinese developers are putting old Yu to shame. In what is being billed as the largest "mountain-moving project" in Chinese history, oneof China´s biggest construction firms will spend £2.2bn to flatten 700 mountains levelling the area Lanzhou, allowing developers to build a new metropolis
Cairo - Demonstrators rejected a call from Egypt´s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi for a national dialogue after deadly clashes around his palace, demanding the "downfall of the regime" - the chant that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Mursi said in a televised speech late on Thursday that plans were on track for a referendum on a new constitution on December 15 despite clashes that killed seven people. He proposed a meeting on Saturday with political leaders, "revolutionary youth" and legal figures to discuss the way forward after that. But a leading activist group rejected the offer,
Q. When does the British government subsidize a TV channel that carries the rants of anti-gay religious fanatics? A. When the TV channel is run by Islamist extremists. OK, that one was a softball. But it’s worth pointing out a telling contrast in the British government’s stance on people’s right to think unapproved thoughts about homosexuality. Here is what Mr. Abdullah Hakim Quick, a speaker who has been featured on Britain’s Ramadan TV, has to say about gays: Abdullah Hakim Quick … has been condemned by New Zealand’s broadcasting authority for his anti-gay tirades,
A strong earthquake struck Friday off the coast of northeastern Japan in the same region that was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Authorities issued a warning of a possible tsunami. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 and struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT). The epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed. The warning said the tsunami could be as high as 2 meters (2.19 yards). NHK television broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake
Lord Monckton of Brenchley was thrown out of the United Nations climate change talks in Doha last night.[Snip] He is understood to have claimed there is no global warming in the last sixteen years, and therefore the science needs to be reviewed. Claiming to represent Asian coastal nations, he is understood to have said: "In the 16 years we have been coming to these events there has been no global warming at all. He has been banned for life from UN talks." He added: "Even if we were to take action to prevent global warming the cost would be
MUNCIE — They are the seminal events in our history — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — by which whole generations of us mark our place in the story of America. For those we’ve come to embrace as The Greatest Generation, who brought us through the Great Depression and then World War II, it’s the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. After it, nothing in this world would ever be the same again.
Moscow furiously claimed that the new law, which also bars blacklisted Russians from owning US land and using the banking system, was evidence of a "vindictive desire" to damage Russia´s world standing. "Apparently, Washington has forgotten what year this is and still thinks the Cold War is going on," the Russian foreign ministry said on its official Twitter account. It added that the move would "adversely affect the prospects of bilateral cooperation" between the two powers. The so-called Magnitsky Law prompted calls from British critics of Russia for similar action from the Government, amid concerns about the death of
It´s been unseasonably warm in Washington this fall, with nary a snowflake to be seen as of yet, but you wouldn´t know it by looking at the White House´s holiday card. This year´s card features Bo, the Obama family dog, trotting through a snowy White House South Lawn as snowflakes fall around him. The card was designed by artist Larassa Kabel of Des Moines, Iowa, who creates photorealistic prints, paintings and drawings. Kabel´s work is featured in several private and corporate collections, including collections at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the World Food Prize headquarters.
Like many of you, I´ve been through my share of these things -- you know, where some hotshot from corporate flies in, takes over the biggest office in the building, closes the door, and then one-by-one calls in those who will no longer be employed due to downsizing, or whatever the word of the day is. Harrowing stuff. But to do it over the holidays? Cold-blooded. Ouch: The sad moment has arrived when we must go forth with the editorial staff reductions that we discussed in person with all of you several weeks ago.
The 2008 and 2012 elections have revealed that an escalating number, perhaps a majority, of Americans are comfortable with the concept of transforming the United States into a Euro-Socialist democracy. While this may be easily sold to an increasingly ill-educated populace by those desirous of capturing political power, the reality is far different when it comes to the price to be paid. A price that is not only monetary but societal as well. Yet there is no party in this nation willing, regardless of the political cost
Honolulu -- Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater. And so he set out to restore names to the dead. Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified. On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack
Do you know anyone who voted Republican this past election in order to further President Obama´s big government agenda? Or is it more likely that Republican voters sought to advance a smaller version of the federal government? And if they did, why are Republican congressional leaders offering to help the president spend us into oblivion? (snip) The government doesn´t hold anyone´s money for him. It spends whatever it collects as soon as it receives it. When its entitlement bills come due, it uses current tax revenue, or it borrows money in order to acquire the cash to make the
I apologize to America´s young people, whose dashed dreams and dim employment prospects I had laughed at, believing these to be a direct result of their voting for Obama. On closer examination, it turns out that young voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly supported Romney. But only the white ones. (snip) What the youth vote shows is not that young people are nitwits who deserve lives of misery and joblessness, as I had previously believed, but that America is hitting the tipping point on our immigration policy.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations. “I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.” (Snip) “Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,”
Democratic Party leaders, President Obama in particular, are forever telling the country that wealthy Americans are taxed at too low a rate and pay too little in taxes. The need to correct this seeming injustice is framed not simply in terms of fairness. Higher tax rates on the wealthy, we´re told, would help balance the budget, allow for more "investment" in America´s future and foster better economic growth for all. In support of this claim, like-minded liberal pundits point out that in the 1950s, when America´s economic might was at its zenith, the rich
The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68. But a senior judge overruled them, saying they had failed to fully credit the importance of his ‘continued existence’. Sitting at the Court of Protection, Mr Justice Jackson said the doctors had undervalued the limited quality of life Mr James could still enjoy. He described the patient’s relationship with his family as ‘of the closest and most meaningful kind’ and this carried ‘great weight’ in his decision.