During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn´t push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes. They invariably answered that they were waiting for the fight over raising the debt ceiling. Then, they promised, Republicans would demand serious cuts, especially in entitlement spending, from President Obama. Their thinking was this: The GOP was on the wrong side of the polls in the battle over raising taxes on the highest earners. Surveys showed substantial public support for the president and Democrats
To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns. Painful though it may be, let’s review what just happened. Our august legislators — aided and abetted by President Obama — manufactured a fake crisis. They then proceeded to handle it so incompetently that they turned it into a real one. The bogus “fiscal cliff” — and please, let’s never, ever use those words again — was designed as a doomsday mechanism to force Congress and the president to make tough decisions. But resistance to the very concept
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during tense fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The solid job growth wasn´t enough to push down the unemployment rate, which stayed 7.8 percent last month, according to the Labor Department´s report Friday. November´s rate was revised higher from an initially reported 7.7 percent. Stock futures rose modestly after the report was released. Robust hiring in manufacturing and construction fueled
I know, I know. The bailout worked and all headlines today present GM as having its best year since this and that. But here is raw data that you won´t see in many places: GM sold 2,595, 717 units in the Unites States during 2012; this is an 11% drop of the almost 3,000,000 units GM in 2008. GM U.S. sales in 2012 is lower and worse than any of the eight years Bush was in office. (snip) Total U.S. 2012 Auto Sales (all firms combined) are up 9% from 2008, but GM is down 11% in the same period
A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn´t a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013? (snip) President Obama is a media glutton, yet he had no words of praise commemorating this great day. Perhaps he felt that the USPS had done enough, issuing a commemorative postage stamp.
If you are reading this blog post, you are in a minority of your fellow citizens in several ways. Firstly, you actually care about politics. Most Americans do not. Secondly, you care enough about being informed about political issues that you actually are interested in going out of your way to read up on conservative positions. Thirdly, if you are a conservative reading NewsBusters, you are further in the minority because you actually understand that media and culture actually control the political environment. Unfortunately, most conservatives have failed to understand this. And it is the reason
The rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Geology, found that during periods of rapid climate change over the last million years, the rapid melting of continental glaciers and the resulting sea-level rise eventually increased volcanic eruptions as much as fold. "Everybody knows that volcanoes have an impact on climate," said study co-author Marion Jegen, a geophysicist at Geomar in Germany. "What we found was just the opposite." The findings were based only on natural changes in climate, so it´s not clear
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner´s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. Geithner, who spent his years as Treasury secretary battling the financial crisis and then fighting with Republican lawmakers in 2011 over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, has wanted to leave government service for some time. The Treasury Department said Geithner "has previously stated that he plans to be at Treasury until around" the January 21 inauguration. The department said
AUSTIN, Texas — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass. Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general. On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate. He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal “every syllable of every word” of the Obama administration’s health care reform law. Now in office, Cruz said he will keep that promise, even though he knows Senate
While Hillary Clinton was in the hospital it was daughter Chelsea -- not the secretary of state or the former president Bill Clinton -- who spoke for the family. She, along with the State Department, doled out what little information the family wanted to share in a series of tweets and when her mother was released from the hospital, it was Chelsea who delivered the thanks on behalf of her parents, tweeting her gratitude to the doctors as well as those who kept her mother in their thoughts while she recovered from a blood clot. When Hillary Clinton leaves office
The odds of you living in the White House are rather slim, especially if your last name isn´t Bush, Clinton or Obama. But that doesn´t mean you can´t live in the home of a former president -- provided you have around $5 million to spare. (Snip) The home was given to Ronald Reagan by General Electric, according to CNN Money. Reagan hosted "The General Electric Theater" anthology TV series in the 1950s, and it was such a success that the good folks at GE gave the Gipper a swanky pad as a way of saying thanks. ABC News reports
The FBI suspected within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may have purchased tickets for some of the hijackers for air travel in advance of the attacks, according to newly released documents reviewed exclusively by Fox News. The purpose of these flights remains unclear, but the 9/11 Commission report later noted that the hijackers had used flights in the lead-up to the attacks to test security and surveillance. The heavily redacted records – obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of information Act request – suggest the FBI held evidence
Dupes comprise a long, dubious tradition in American history. Over 200 years ago, George Washington warned the nation about “dupes” in his historic Farewell Address. Such warnings would echo from the founding of the republic through the Cold War. During the Cold War, “dupe,” like the associated word, “useful idiot” — attributed to Vladimir Lenin — became an everyday term. Dupes were legion during the Cold War, a unique breed of (largely) left-leaning Americans who, unwittingly, allowed or enabled themselves to be deceived or misled by communist propagandists. Communists were natural liars, and liberals/progressives were their primary suckers.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority by trying to regulate water as a pollutant and restricting stormwater flow into a Fairfax County creek. “Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it,” said federal judge Liam O’Grady, who sided with the county and Virginia in the ruling. In July, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Democratic-led Fairfax County Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit against the EPA. The agency proposed a plan that required the county to control the flow of water
There’s a lot about this month’s election in Israel that is yet to be decided, as the polls indicating the number of Knesset seats the parties will win have fluctuated from day to day. However, the big question as far as the rest of the world is concerned—the identity of the country’s next prime minister—is the one thing that isn’t in any doubt. Current PM Benjamin Netanyahu is certain to form the next government of Israel with his Likud party having the most seats of any in the Knesset.
Due out this morning at 8:30 AM ET is the December nonfarm payrolls report from the BLS, and the release of the FOMC minutes Thursday afternoon from the Federal Reserve´s latest policy meeting just made it a lot more interesting. The Fed recently announced that it would tie its interest rate policy guidance to a 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold – meaning unemployment data has taken on special significance for markets. Thursday´s FOMC minutes release revealed, however, that the Fed is already discussing scaling back or ending quantitative easing as soon as later this year,
We´re all talking about Republicans on the Hill and their manifold failures. So here are some things President Obama didn´t do during the fiscal cliff impasse and some conjecture as to why. He won but he did not triumph. His victory didn´t resolve or ease anything and heralds nothing but more congressional war to come. He did not unveil, argue for or put on the table the outlines of a grand bargain. That is, he put no force behind solutions to the actual crisis facing our country, which is the hemorrhagic spending that threatens our future. Progress there—
In addition to Chuck Hagel’s noxious comments on Jews, his policy differences with the president, his anti-gay rhetoric and his lack of executive experience, there is another very good reason for dumping him: There are much better candidates whom the president could select. Ash Carter is the deputy defense secretary for acquisition, which is a hot spot in any effort to reform and tighten Pentagon spending, something the president is plainly bent on doing. Unlike Hagel, he has years of Pentagon, executive experience. Moreover, he has been clear-eyed on threats from rogue nations like North Korea.
Al-Jazeera, once considered the voice of Osama bin-Laden and known for anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric, has announced the purchase of Al Gore’s low-rated cable channel, Current TV, in a transparent attempt to buy access to the U.S. media market for operatives of the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. Gore has reportedly made $100 million from the $500 million deal. The Arab government-funded TV channel, labeled “Jihad TV” by Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl, says the purpose of the unprecedented acquisition of Current TV is to create a channel called “Al-Jazeera America”
Vice President Joe Biden got a little frisky with the wife of Senator Angus King at today´s ceremonial swearing-in at the Capitol: (Snip for video) Biden´s hand remains on King´s wife, Mary Herman, for at least 20 seconds, moving down her back and to the side of her chest. The vice president has been in the Capitol today welcoming in the new Congress.
Today, a new Congress is being sworn in. Sometimes, though, one wonders what is the point of it all. Per the Santa Cruz Sentinel: A new immigration policy will make it easier for hundreds of Central Coast families to stay together while spouses and children work to obtain green cards. The policy, announced Wednesday by the Obama administration and effective March 4, allows immigrants who entered the country illegally to remain in the United States during a waiver process that typically takes up to a year to complete.
The most passionately anti-Obama Republican politicians and activists consider themselves the truest and purest of conservatives, and often unleash their scorn and fury on others who also call themselves conservative but differ on strategy and tactics. But in the realm of philosophy, “conservatism” from Thomas Hobbes onward is a worldview dedicated to order and tradition and the proposition that disorder is dangerous and deadly. Thus, it is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace chaos instead of order. It is the opposite of “conservative” to embrace crisis rather than accept unpleasant realities.
According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats´ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course. However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle.
When Rudy Giuliani ran for mayor of New York City in 1993, he campaigned on a platform of bringing down crime and making the city safe again. It was a comfortable position for a former federal prosecutor with a tough-guy image, but it was more than mere posturing. Since 1960, rape rates had nearly quadrupled, murder had quintupled, and robbery had grown fourteenfold. New Yorkers felt like they lived in a city under siege. Throughout the campaign, Giuliani embraced a theory of crime fighting called "broken windows," popularized a decade earlier by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling
I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to equal the moral disgrace of now-deceased Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and former top administrators in their handling of the horror reign of predatory animal Jerry Sandusky. I didn’t think it was possible to perhaps even exceed the moral disgrace of these men who obfuscated and ignored in the name of inaction while one of the university’s very own fed his habits with impunity and prowled and then pounced into the hearts and minds and bodies of young children with dozens upon dozens of sex acts
Last Saturday, a deranged woman pushed a man in front of a subway train in New York and killed him, explaining that she did it because of her anger with Muslims ever since 9/11. Immediately, leftist and Islamic-supremacist writers swung into action to blame the murder on what they called an “Islamophobia industry,” despite the killer’s obvious insanity and history of violent attacks on random people. The attacks revealed much about the use of the term “Islamophobia” as a propaganda tool designed to shut down thinking.One written by Haroon Moghul, “a Fellow at the New America Foundation