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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

How Was Your Vacation?

Gary Bauer
Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: How many vacations have you taken to Hawaii or Spain in the past three years? What's that -- you didn't get one, much less to two such exotic locations? I know the economy has been tough, but you certainly paid for them!

Barack and Michelle Obama are taking a lot of heat today for their lavish lifestyle. While millions of Americans are struggling in the wake of the Great Recession, reports that the Obamas have enjoyed so many lavish vacations since moving into the White House have many taxpayers steaming mad.

According to recent focus group surveys, blue collar Democrats are "resentful" that the Obamas are taking so many vacations at taxpayer expense. One such trip to Spain by Michelle Obama in 2010 cost taxpayers nearly $470,000. According to one report, the Obama's 17-day Christmas vacation to Hawaii cost us $4 million!

It's interesting that while Obama's main attack against Mitt Romney is based on class warfare, he's regularly hosting outlandish parties at the White House, taking really expensive vacations and playing more than 90 rounds of golf! One commentator remarked that Obama wants us to be more upset about how Mitt Romney spends his own money than we are about how Obama is spending our money!

By the way, the first lady said recently that it was her fantasy to "walk right out the front door [of the White House] and just keep walking." Millions of Americans share that same fantasy -- just so long as she takes Barack with her. And in 193 days, we'll get to make that dream come true!

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Celebrity In Chief And His Record

Readers may wish to comment on meaning or type of presidential record that political cartoonist A.F. Branco was detailing in the below cartoon. Please Leave your comments.

A.F. "Tony" Branco:

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Who's Out Of Touch??

Clearly, someone who wastes tax dollars like they're worth less is less out of touch than somebody who successfully earned his own fortune.by William Warren:

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EPA Roman Crucifixions

Today in Washington, D.C. - April 27, 2011:
The Senate is in recess until Monday, May 7, when it will take up 3 district court nominees

Yesterday, the Senate voted 68-31 to pass S. 1925, Democrats’ bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. Prior to passage, the Senate rejected a substitute amendment from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), which would have kept the bill closer to current law and require more mandatory minimum sentences for sex crimes. Alsorejected was an amendment from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), which would have required the DoJ to reduce a backlog of DNA tests in open rape investigations. Senators rejected a watered-down version of this amendment offered by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) as well.

Presently the House is set to pass the aka"cybersecurity" bill: HR 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA).  More on this bill will be reported in a seperate article.

Yesterday members of the Sen John Boozman and other members Agriculture committee and American responded to the push back by American Family farmers to the Obama administration  seeking to "dramatically changed the manner in which children could work on farms owned by family members prohibiting them from operating machinery, performing regular livestock tasks and working with raw farm materials."  More about this issue is already posted by ARRA News.

In the Heritage Foundation’s blog today,Lachlan Markay reports, “Explosive video of a top official at the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his enforcement philosophy against oil and gas companies to Roman crucifixions was removed on Thursday by the environmental activist who had uploaded it. ‘This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge,’ reads a message on the video’s YouTube page. . . . The YouTube video’s owner appears to be the same David McFatridge listed as an activist for the radical environmental group the Sierra Club. McFatridge has been active in a number of anti-hydraulic fracturing campaigns. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), who spotlighted the video on Wednesday in a speech on the Senate floor, drew connections from Armendariz’s comments to the EPA’s campaign against hydraulic fracturing, and branded the agency’s efforts a ‘war on fossil fuels.’

In an editorial today, The Wall Street Journal blasts the EPA for these comments: “It's no secret that the bosses at the Environmental Protection Agency hate fossil fuels. But few are as candid as Al Armendariz, the regional administrator who says the agency's ‘general philosophy’ is to ‘crucify’ oil and gas producers. That's how EPA chief Lisa Jackson's point man for Texas, Oklahoma and other south-central states put it in 2010 lecture. Mr. Armendariz explains that his staff's ‘philosophy of enforcement’ is ‘like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.’ The point is to ‘make examples’ of alleged lawbreakers. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe released video of the speech on Wednesday as part of his investigation into the EPA's now-discredited claims of water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing, including in Parker County, Texas. In that case Mr. Armendariz's shop targeted Range Resources, a driller that has since been exonerated, and his remarks about executions raise questions not only about his own work but the EPA's larger impartiality and judgment."

 As Senate GOP Leader McConnell has addressed this issue, “[T]he President’s ideological outlook and the policies that have grown out of it will only continue to drive up the cost of gasoline at the pump. . . . [H]ere are the facts. This President continues to limit offshore areas to energy production and is granting fewer leases on public land for oil drilling. At the same time, he has encouraged other countries, like Brazil, to move forward with their own offshore drilling projects. The Obama administration continues to impose burdensome regulations on the domestic energy sector that will further drive up the cost of gasoline for the consumer. He’s proposed raising taxes on the energy sector, a move that the Congressional Research Service has said would drive up costs. And, as we all know, he flatly rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline — a potentially game-changing domestic energy project that promises not only greater independence from Middle Eastern oil, but tens of thousands of private sector jobs. All these policies help drive up the cost of gasoline and increase our dependence on foreign sources of oil.”

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Boozman: Pushback from Family Farmers, Congress Leads to Withdraw of Proposed Farm Child Labor Rule

Bill Smith, Editor: The following was just received and is welcome news.  Although the battle is not over to protect the American culture of family farming!  The abondonment of the proposed rule to apply child labor  laws to work performed by youth on family owned farms is at most temporary.  The Obama administration is simply tamping out the flames before they become critical to the current president's campaign for re-election.  If re-elected, family farming will be further attacked by bureucrats, their oeprations stangled andthey may potentially cease to exist.  The present administration is following the same plans established by more radical governments that swallowed up the control of their country's food supply. 

I was big enough and strong enough to play varsity football from my freshman year and one of the things that kept me in shape was working on farms.  By the time, I was 15 until age 18, I was employed full time on school breaks:  plowing fields, mowing and  bailing hay, milking cows, feeding and cleaning up after cattle and hogs, and much more.  I loved it!  I learned valuable lessons and was kept physically fit.  It it had not been for the Vietnam War and draft, my wife and I may well have become farmers.

Unfortunately, most Americans have no idea of the iportance of the American farmers to both their welfare and that of the world.  The actions by Senator Boozman and others standing against the tide of the government desire to control every aspect of our lives are appreciated.
Withdrawal comes on heels of Boozman Amendment to prevent rule
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today applauded the Obama Administration’s abandonment of a proposed rule that would have applied child labor laws to the work performed by youths on their family’s farm.
“Family farming is a core American value. Generations of Americans have earned their livelihood and learned important life lessons safely working their family’s land,” Boozman said. “Therefore, I am pleased to see that the President has ditched this onerous proposed rule. There was no commonsense, science or reason behind this proposal and it seemed to be written by bureaucrats who lack a full understanding of farm operations. This proposed rule was merely another attempt by the federal government to control every aspect of our lives.”
The proposed rule, drafted by the Department of Labor (DOL), would have dramatically changed the manner in which children could work on farms owned by family members prohibiting them from operating machinery, performing regular livestock tasks and working with raw farm materials.
“The Department was under no obligation to issue new regulations and opted not to disclose any information about the process that was used to determine how they arrived at this heavy-handed proposal. They seemed to have embarked on it with the attitude of ‘we know better than you’, which is dangerous when the authors clearly have a limited understanding of how family farms operate,” Boozman said.
The 85-pages of the proposed rule would have gone as far as to strip groups like 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) of the ability to offer agriculture safety training and certification to young Americans, transferring that authority over to the federal government. 
“My daughters are among the millions of Americans who have participated in 4-H and greatly benefitted from that experience. It is absurd to think the government could teach our young people about farm safety better than these groups or their own family members,” Boozman said.
During yesterday’s Farm Bill markup, Boozman offered an amendment to block DOL from issuing the onerous farm child labor regulations by transferring authority over those regulations to the Secretary of Agriculture. While the amendment was withdrawn, it continued the pressure Boozman and his colleagues have been putting on the Obama Administration for months as part of a campaign to stop this proposed rule from moving forward.
“The idea behind the amendment is the need to bring a common-sense perspective to the issue, instead of the far-reaching response proposed by people who don’t have any concept at all about what it is like to be on a family farm. Fortunately, the pressure the agricultural community and Congress put on the Administration was enough to force them to abandon it,” Boozman said.
Along with offering an amendment, Boozman cosponsored the Preserving America's Family Farms Act (S.2221) to prevent DOL from enacting its controversial proposed restrictions on youth working on family farms. He also joined over 30 of his colleagues on a letter to DOL requesting it abandon the proposed rule.
It was great to see some elected officials getting fired up over protecting both the culture of America farming and the farm family.  The above statement was received on the heals of the following message from the "gentle giant" received late yesterday from his staff:

Farm Bill Lacks Protections for Southern Farmers

WASHINGTON D.C. –U.S.Senator John Boozman, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee expressed strong concerns about new commodity programs and lack of protection for southern farmers during today’s Farm Bill markup.
“This nation has a diverse fabric of agriculture with a variety of risks, and we must write a Farm Bill that serves as a safety net for all crops and regions,” said Boozman. “The commodity title, as it is currently written, will have a devastating impact on southern agriculture which relies heavily on irrigation and, therefore, benefits less from Crop Insurance.”
Although the Farm Bill includes important reforms, exceeds required committee spending reductions and eliminates duplicative or obsolete government programs, Boozman is very concerned that the untested, one-size-fits-all revenue plan will not work for southern producers.
“A safety net that works for all our nation’s producers of food and fiber must include producer choices that cover their risk. Although there are choices in this revenue plan to meet the needs of several other crops and regions, this proposal falls short of the protection southern farmers need against multi-year price declines,” Boozman said.
Boozman expressed concerns that a revenue plan may work for some people when prices are high, but a multi-year price decline could expose the gaps in coverage.
“I am very concerned that this proposal is couched in the assumption that we will continue to have these high commodity prices. A revenue plan is attractive when prices are high, but I am not sure there is anything in this plan that protects producers from a multi-year price decline and an untested, one-size-fits-all program, with no producer choice could leave many producers vulnerable,” Boozman said during the markup.
Boozman also expressed concerns about the ability for producers to demonstrate a level of coverage sufficient to get operating loans.
“Even with a reference price, this revenue plan may not even be strong enough for our farmers to get operating loans,” Boozman said during the markup.
Boozman believes that the bill does not do enough to end waste and abuse in the nutrition program and reinvest those savings in ways that fight hunger and encourage nutrition. For this reason, he introduced an amendment to fully close the LIHEAP loophole, saving $13.9 billion. The amendment would reinvest some of the savings by increasing reimbursement rates for the School Breakfast and Lunch programs to help states and municipalities cope with higher costs resulting from unfunded increases in federal nutrition standards.
Boozman opposed final passage of the bill, but expressed his commitment to working with his colleagues to get a Farm Bill done that protects all crops and regions this year.
“With all of the members of this committee working together to give up their fair share and get back what they need, we can build the consensus necessary to usher a Farm Bill through the legislative process and see it signed into law this year. We can do this while preserving the safety net, making reforms, and achieving deficit reduction. I am confident that we can craft a bill that we are all proud of, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Chair, Ranking Member, and all the members of this Committee and seeing this through”
Boozman also proposed amendments to:
- Address the Department of Labor’s onerous on farm child labor regulations by transferring authority over those regulations to the Secretary of Agriculture. Boozman said “this would bring a common-sense perspective to the issue instead of the heavy-handed response proposed now by people who don’t have any concept at all about what it is like to be in a farm family.”
- Clarify language from the 2008 Farm Bill relating to FSA office closures by specifying criteria as 20 “road” miles and ensure that office could not be closed under the criteria of 2 or fewer employees if that number was achieved as a result of USDA action; such as offering early retirement or transferring employees
- Reign in onerous regulations that increase the cost of food.

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The Secularization of the MLK, Jr.

By Ken Blackwell, Contributing Author: This month at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, the faithful met to worship the Almighty and discuss the latest battles for religious liberty in an increasingly secular culture

When the Knights of Columbus’ Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke, he made a startling observation about the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. monument which has not been widely reported and is quite unique among monuments throughout our nation’s capital. Even though Dr. King was a Baptist minister and his history-altering speeches about civil liberties are saturated with references to natural rights and profound theological constructs, all 14 quotes carefully etched into his stone monument completely eschew references to God!

Mr. Anderson mocked those in authority who were given the difficult task of carefully combing through Rev. King’s archives trying to finding a few secular quotations.

In Dr. King’s famous letter from the Birmingham jail, which is full of religious references, he relied on the Catholic natural law tradition by citing Saint Augustine of Hippo, who said in On Free Choice of the Will that "an unjust law is no law at all." King went onto proclaim he and his peaceful supporters were “in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in their formulation of the Constitution .”

There is no question about Rev. King’s adherence to scripture, and it was his fidelity to religious principles which lead him to a higher calling on this Earth. Instead of excusing injustice, King was in the front lines against oppression and inequality. And while Dr. King is no longer with us, his ability to look evil in the face and defend the inherent rights of all men is a model which all true Christians must follow.

So, with Rev. King and religion are inseparable, why are they so quick to hide Dr. King’s religiosity? We would expect this type of careful ideological manipulation of history in tyrannical states of the former Soviet Union, North Korea, or in the reeducation camps during the Vietnam War. But how does this happen in America?

Sadly, I believe this another example of how the secular left is winning the culture war. By driving religion out of the public square and re-writing the history books, the invaluable role religion has played in our country is being erased.

As G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God." And ironically, by eliminating religion, the secular left is using the force of law to build its own type of warped, unholy church which is highly dogmatic and mandates participation under the threat of force.

Two generations have passed since the Great Society programs of the 1960s chipped away at the traditional family, setting government dependency where social ties and the empowerment of the market once stood. And now, with the Obama Administration’s openly hostile approach to religion, we have a government forcing institutions of faith to participate in acts against their own conscious, such as proving contraception and abortion services. All churches in Obama’s America are subservient to the whims of government bureaucrats which are exercising power far outside the limits of our Constitution.

It was his Christian religion which animated and informed Dr. King. If alive today, he would not approve of efforts to change the core of his moral message, nor would he accept the secular forces which have reshaped his image for political reasons.
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J. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. He is a visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law. He was a vice president at Xavier University from 1981-1989. Blackwell is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. He is a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crucify Them!

Gary Bauer
Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Since President Obama took office, conservatives, business executives and industry leaders have complained that he has an anti-business, anti-free market, anti-energy agenda. Remember Obama's constant bashing of Wall Street and the financial industry? Remember Obama's outrageous statement that doctors were cutting off people's feet for profit? Remember top White House officials repeatedly saying they were going to put a "boot on the neck of BP?"

Well if we needed more evidence of this administration's mindset, we got it yesterday. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced that he was launching an investigation into the comments of Al Armendariz, an EPA regional administrator.

Here's how Armendariz during a speech described his approach to regulating America's oil and natural gas companies:
"I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement… I'll go ahead and tell you what I said: It was kind of like how the Romans used to … conquer villages in the Mediterranean.  They'd go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they'd crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. It's a deterrent factor."Inhofe is not only investigating these outrageous comments, but he is also demanding answers from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding a series of equally outrageous public statements and emergency orders aimed at restricting new high tech drilling efforts. The U.S. has made tremendous gains in domestic energy exploration in recent years, thanks entirely to the work of our private energy industry and some remarkable technological breakthroughs, including hydraulic fracturing. But the Obama Administration is aggressively trying to limit the practice.

On Fox News this morning, Inhofe blasted Obama for speaking out of both sides of his mouth. The senator said, "Let's keep in mind, this is all a part of Obama's war on domestic energy. He's the one who said that we have good natural gas and it's plentiful and all of that but we've got to stop hydraulic fracturing. This is the war on hydraulic fracturing. …So it's an attempt to try to satisfy both sides. He's whispering to the left … then he's saying to the public at the same time that we are for natural gas and all that."

Senator Inhofe is right. This administration is driven by hostility toward America's most successful industries and businesses. And, of course, it is filled with haters of fossil fuel.

Let me remind folks again -- ignore Obama's rhetoric and focus on his record. Forget about Obama's claim that "We're drilling all over the place." Look at what he has done:
  • The first thing Obama's Interior Secretary did when he took office was cancel scores of drilling leases. This is the same man, by the way, who as a senator filibustered a bill to allow more domestic drilling -- even if gasoline reached $10 a gallon!
  • The number of operational rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was cut in half after the 2010 BP spill. Why? Because of an Obama drilling ban that held up scores of permits.
  • Since Obama took office, drilling has declined on federal lands. A March 14th report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration noted, "Total sales of all fossil fuels produced on Federal and Indian lands … dropped by about 6 percent between FY 2010 and FY 2011." [Emphasis added.]
  • Obama's Energy Secretary once advocated $8.00-a-gallon gasoline.
  • A Harvard study estimated that Obama's cap and trade scheme could have resulted in $7.00-a-gallon gasoline.
  • Barack Obama blocked the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring in more oil from friendly Canada.
  • He said he wants to bankrupt the coal industry, which he admits will cause electricity rates to "necessarily skyrocket."
My friends, if you haven't yet seen the video "If I Wanted America To Fail," please watch it now and then share it with your friends and family members. America can't afford four more years of Barack Obama!

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American Crossroads: "Cool"

American Crossroads: "Cool" : After four years of a celebrity president, is your life any better?


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If I Wanted America To Fail

If I Wanted America To Fail
Free Market America: The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it's become an economic suicide pact. And we're here to challenge it. Visit: http://freemarketamerica.org/.

Gary Bauer, Campaign For Working Families: "If you haven't yet seen the video "If I Wanted America To Fail," please watch it now and then share it with your friends and family members. America can't afford four more years of Barack Obama!"



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Democrat Comments On Energy Highlight Obama Admin's Do-Nothing Energy Policy

Update April 30, 2012: Region 6 EPA administrator Al Armednariz resigned today, days after his comments comparing his enforcement philosophy to crucifixions surfaced in a since-deleted YouTube video.

Armednariz apologized last week, calling his comments “an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws.”

In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
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Today in Washington, D.C. - April 26, 2012:
Senate resumed consideration of S. 1925, the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.  The Senate will also consider and vote on ation of two Texas district court nominees.

Yesterday, the Senate voted 62-37 to pass S. 1789, the postal reform bill, with the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment. Prior to final passage the Senate voted down 5 amendments to the bill.

Yesterday the House passed (312 - 111)  H.R. 3336 — "To ensure the exclusion of small lenders from certain regulations of the Dodd-Frank Act."  The also passed by voice vote, H.R. 2146 — "To amend title 31, United States Code, to require accountability and transparency in Federal spending, and for other purposes." They passed (421 - 1) H.R. 1038 — "To authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960."

EPA Region 6 Director Al Armendariz
on video advocating abusing
businesses and people using the
Roman crucifixion approach
The Hill reported today about am Obama administration official apologizing after a video was  released showing the official comparing their enforcement of environmental laws to using Roman crucifixion to scare the people into align to their agenda. "‘I apologize to those I have offended and regret my poor choice of words. It was an offensive and inaccurate way to portray our efforts to address potential violations of our nation’s environmental laws,’ Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz said in a statement that the Daily Caller obtained Wednesday night. ‘I am and have always been committed to fair and vigorous enforcement of those laws.’

“The apology came several hours after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal critic of the EPA, released a 2010 video in which Armendariz stressed the importance of ‘making examples’ out of companies that violate environmental laws. He compared his enforcement philosophy to that of Roman soldiers who crucified villagers in towns they wanted to conquer. ‘I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement. And I think it was probably a little crude, and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’m going to tell you what I said,’ Armendariz says in the video. ‘It is kind of like how the Romans used to conquer the villages in the Mediterranean, they’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.’ . . .”

“Inhofe highlighted the comments Wednesday during a Senate floor speech. ‘His comments give us a rare glimpse into the Obama administration's true agenda; no matter how much President Obama may pretend to be a friend of oil and natural gas, his green team constantly betrays the truth that the Obama administration is fully engaged in an all out war on hydraulic fracturing, and indeed all fossil fuels,’ Inhofe said.”

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the tens of thousands of jobs it would create, “I am not going to help in any way I can,” adding, “The president feels that way. I do, too.” And on Tuesday Interior Secretary Ken Salazar accused Republicans of supporting “fairy tale” energy policies.

It’s amazing the extent to which the Obama administration and Democrat leaders in Congress are impeding American energy development. As said recently by Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnel, “For years, Washington Democrats have had the same rigid opposition to expanding domestic energy exploration. The only people they seem to listen to are extremists. . . . [W]ith gas prices at about $4 a gallon, it’s time somebody called them out on it. Ten years ago . . . Democrats voted down a bill to open up a tiny area in Alaska known as ANWR to drilling. They relied on the non-argument that it would ‘take too long’ to get the oil to market. Every Democrat who was asked about it said the same thing; that it would take too long to get the oil to market. I’ve got two pages of quotes from Democrats saying it would take at least seven to 10 years to get the oil to market. Well, here we are, 10 years later. In some places gas now costs three times what it did in April of 2002. The U.S. still imports half its oil. ANWR is still off-limits. And if you ask Democrats why they oppose more domestic exploration, they’ll tell you the same thing they did 10 years ago.”

The revealing comments from Obama’s EPA official, his Interior Secretary, and his ally in the Senate, Harry Reid tell an important part of the story as to why Washington still can’t approve a commonsense project like the Keystone pipeline, even with Americans paying ever-higher gas prices. It’s long past time for the Democrat status quo on energy to change. America needs both the jobs and the oil!

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Social Security Headed Off The Cliff

Bill Smith, Editor:  The cartoon by A.F. Tony Branco showing Barack Obama pushing social security (grandma) over the cliff triggered a memory about a story by a fellow blogger  Steve Eggleston. He blogs at "No Runny Eggs." Steve is good at focusing on details though this may be an annoying thing for those with preconceived agendas based on desires, "dreams of their father," or prevarications.

In considering the cartoon, it would also be good to baseline the situation facing social security to a time before the present White House & Obama campaign rhetoric to a time when the White House mantra was just  "blame GW Bush." the below figures addressed by Eggleston were ignored by liberal media and others because they were focused on the "anointed one" who was going to solve everything. The time period was pre-obamacare, before a multitudes of new progressive expansionist programs and run-away spending, and when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was very happy expecting representatives of the people to vote on bills before they could know what was in them.

In 2009, Steve supported projections that Social Security would run in the red in 2010 and 2012. While Eggleston's  projection was not "good news" in 2009,  in 2012, we find that social security under the Obama agenda is at the edge of Cartoonist Branco's proverbial cliff. The program like other government spending is under-written by borrowing to fund the government  debt from of all places the "red menace," communist" China. Today's situation would have made Obama's former friend and alleged  mentor Frank Marshall Davis, a communist pornographer, extremely proud of Barack's make-over of America.

Before looking at that the following figures, recall that they were computed  before Obama's devastating programs and before the payroll-tax cuts. Payroll taxes fund social security.   If Mr. Obama is re-elected, its "game over" for social security and many other aspects of American life.

The 2009 gruesome figures on Social Security by Steve Eggleston:
Ed Morrissey obtained the summer 2009 Congressional Budget Office report on the health of the Social Security “Trust Fund”, and the news isn’t good. The same CBO that, last year under now-Obama budget director Peter Orszag, claimed that the combined OASDI trust fund would not begin to run a primary deficit (what Ed calls a cash deficit and what I’ve called an ex-interest deficit) until 2019, is now saying, at least to Congressmen, that it will run a primary deficit in 2010 and 2011, briefly run a cash surplus between 2012 and 2015, and return to what is presumably a permanent primary deficit in 2016.

I guess that is what the ranking member on the House Committee on Financial Services, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) was referring to when he told his hometown paper that Social Security would go into the red before 2012 if things didn’t improve dramatically. The 2010 primary deficit is also something predicted in the 80%-confidence curve of the stochastic model.

I do have a problem with the CBO’s numbers starting with 2012, when they claim that the OASDI primary surplus would begin its last run in the black. They assumed a 6.19% growth in revenues derived from the payroll tax in 2012, and a 5.69% growth in revenues in 2013. I decided to re-run the numbers using the still-high 4.59% growth in revenues called for in 2014 for those two years, and low-and-behold, the primary deficit never quite turns around:

On a related note, the Office of the Chief Actuary does not have the August 2009 “trust fund” performance available yet. However, the 12-month primary surplus [from the Bush years] between August 2008 (when the “trust fund” began running monthly primary deficits) and July 2009 is only $32.5 billion, with 8 of the 12 months having a primary deficit. . . . Full Article

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Obama Bogged Down by Scandals

Phyllis Schlafly and Dr. Bill Smith
(ARRA News Service)
Discuss Threats To America!
Photo by Julie McKinney (NC)
by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: Increasing public disapproval of Barack Obama is based not only on his extravagant spending that hangs debt like an albatross around the necks of our children and grandchildren. He is presiding over the most scandal-ridden administration in decades, from Colombia to Las Vegas, to the Mexican border, to Solyndra, and more.

The Secret Service's prostitution party in Colombia is an international embarrassment. It's not sufficient punishment that a few guilty men have been allowed to resign or retire with benefits because many questions are still crying to be answered.

Who arranged the party at the now-notorious Pley Club Cartagena, which apparently supplied enough girls for eleven Secret Service and ten U.S. military men staying in separate rooms at the historic Hotel Caribe, where prostitution is openly tolerated?

Is there any connection between this moral scandal and our recent trade agreement with Colombia? Were there any similar parties to con the United States into going along with this free-trade deal favorable to Colombia?

Another embarrassing scandal is the General Services Administration's $823,000 junket to Las Vegas. Obama Administration bureaucrats apparently think parties are perks that go along with their jobs.

Living high on the hog, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been charging the Pentagon $32,000 per flight to jet to California every few weeks. And don't forget the half-billion-dollar gift to Solyndra before it took bankruptcy and left U.S. taxpayers on the hook.

"Fast and Furious" turned out to be a bloody scandal after the U.S. Justice Department okayed the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels, under the ridiculous excuse that this would give us the opportunity to get more information about the drug dealers. Somebody should be held accountable for the fact that one of these U.S. guns was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Operation Fast and Furious allowed over 2,000 weapons to be smuggled to the violent Mexican drug cartels. A new book by investigative journalist Katie Pavlich, called "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-up," asserts that a third gun was involved whose existence was covered up by the FBI and the Justice Department.

Another scandal is that the Obama Administration is suing several states. We need more aggressive Tenth Amendment advocates to publicize and overturn these travesties.

Obama is suing Arizona to try to knock out its law to protect its citizens against illegal aliens, a law that polls show Americans support by two-to-one. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week.

The Arizona law allows local law enforcement to question the legal status of anyone who is stopped on suspicion of a crime, and then detain anyone who cannot prove legal U.S. residency. Illegal immigration is already a federal crime, and the Arizona law is an attempt to do some enforcement that the feds are failing to do.

The Obama Administration wants the courts to prevent the states from enforcing laws that Obama refuses to enforce. Similar lawsuits have been filed against Alabama, Georgia, and Utah.

In the Supreme Court case against Arizona, nine states have filed amicus briefs supporting Arizona, including Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina. They say they "have a manifest interest in ensuring that their sovereignty is accorded proper respect," and that each state should be able to decide for itself how to protect its citizens from the crime and costs associated with illegal aliens.

Amicus briefs from foreign governments opposing the Alabama and Georgia laws were filed by Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. We need federal and state laws to prevent our courts from considering foreign laws, treaties, court decisions, or briefs in interpreting U.S. laws.

It looks like voter fraud is one of the ways that Barack Obama plans to be reelected in November. He has had his Justice Department block Texas and South Carolina laws that require showing a photo ID in order to vote, even though polls report that 70 percent of Americans support voter ID.

In defending Texas's law, Governor Rick Perry said it "requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane." At least eight states have passed similar laws, and even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Arizona's 2004 ballot initiative requiring voters to show photo ID in order to vote.

The Constitution makes it a major duty of the President to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Despite the fact the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the law of the land, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, Obama is instead ordering his Justice Department not to defend this law in court.

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Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Pryor Sides With Big Labor, Not Arkansas Workers

Pryor Votes No On Enzi Resolution, S.J. Res 36

Arkansas Is an at will employment state
Why Would Sen. Mark Pryor side with
the Abusive NLRB Ambush Election Rule?
Answer: He is a L-I-B-E-R-A-L!
Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos released the following statement regarding Democratic Senator Mark Pryor’s Tuesday vote for big labor and refusal to reject an abuse of power by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):
“Instead of protecting Arkansas workers from intimidation by labor organizations, Senator Pryor chose to side with the likes of union bosses, recalling the millions of union dollars dumped into Arkansas to defeat his friend Blanche Lincoln. Simply put, Senator Pryor cares more about protecting his own job than those of Arkansas workers.

“The NLRB’s overreach is an assault on Arkansas small businesses and does nothing but cripple entrepreneurial America and give unions unnecessary political power. Big labor’s attempt to obstruct job creation and punish right-to-work states like ours should have been enough to convince Senator Mark Pryor to stand with hardworking Arkansans. Clearly, Senator Pryor is out of touch with what drives the real economy - our small businesses owners.”

Senator Pryor Sides With Big Labor, NLRB

“Arkansas senators split today as the U.S. Senate rejected a Republican effort to overturn new labor regulations rules intended to limit management from stalling union work place elections. A resolution to “disapprove” the new rules adopted by the National Labor Relations Board last year failed on a 45-54 vote. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor joined every other Democrat in voting to sustain the rule. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., voted to reject the rule.” (Peter Urban, “Boozman, Pryor split on new NLRB rules,” Arkansas News Bureau, 4/25/12)

Union Dumps Sen. Lincoln, Pryor Defends Lincoln’s Union Record

“Parting ways over card check and other issues, the Arkansas AFL-CIO dropped its longtime support of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln today and endorsed her Democratic primary opponent, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter… U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., today defended Lincoln’s record on labor issues, saying Lincoln has voted with unions about 80 percent of the time.” (John Lyon, “AFL-CIO dumps Lincoln, backs Halter,” Arkansas News Bureau, 3/4/10)

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President Obama and Democrat Leaders Blocking Keystone Pipeline

By A.F. "Tony" Branco
Today in Washington, D.C. - April 25, 2012:
The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 1925, the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. This afternoon, they will shift and resume consideration of S. 1789, the postal reform bill and voting on amendments to the Lieberman-Collins substitute amendment. All amendments will require 60 votes for approval. Twenty-two amendments remain to be considered.

Once all amendments are disposed of (via a vote or unanimous consent agreement), the Lieberman-Collins amendment will be agreed to and the Senate will vote on final passage of S. 1789, with 60 votes required for passage.

Yesterday, every single Senate Democrat voted with Big Labor to uphold the NLRB’s Ambush Union Elections Rule by killing S.J. Res. 36.

The Senate also voted to waive a budget point of order brought against the postal bill by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Following that vote, senators voted on 7 amendments to the postal reform bill.

Yesterday, the House considered several bills and passed (376-2) H.R. 2157 — "To facilitate a land exchange involving certain National Forest System lands in the Inyo National Forest, and for other purposes." Today the House will take up considerations of bills around 1:30 pm.

Democrat leaders claim concern over the high prices Americans are paying at the pump, but they continue to demonstrate that they’re not interested in changing some basic policies that could produce more and cheaper American energy.

According to The Hill, “Senate Democrats will hold firm and reject House Republican demands to include approval of the Keystone oil pipeline in transportation funding legislation, their leader said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he would not in any way help Republicans move Keystone approval across the finish line.  ‘Personally, I’m not — I’m not one of the conferees — but personally I think Keystone is a program that we’re not going, that I am not going to help in any way I can,” Reid told reporters.THE PRESIDENT [Barack Obama] FEELS THAT WAY. I do, too.’”

Meanwhile, another Hill story reports, “Interior Secretary Ken Salazar blasted House Republicans on Tuesday for pursuing ‘fairy tale’ energy policies he said are aimed at scoring political points going into the election. . . . Salazar, echoing comments by the president, stressed that there are no quick-fix solutions to high gasoline prices, which have soared since December . . . .” It’s worth recalling that four years ago when Salazar was a Democrat senator from Colorado, he blocked a bill that would have allowed more offshore drilling as gas prices increased. But Salazar objected to the bill, calling more drilling for American energy “a phantom solution.”

To summarize, we have a president that blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, a Senate Majority Leader who says of the pipeline “I am not going to help in any way I can,” and an Interior Secretary who refers to projects like Keystone backed by Republicans as “fairy tale” energy policies and “phantom solutions.”

Yet other Democrats are not so intransigent. Last week, The New York Times reported, “President Obama is finding himself increasingly boxed in on the Keystone pipeline fight as more Congressional Democrats are joining Republicans in backing the project, which has strong labor support and could generate significant numbers of jobs in economically hard-hit states.” Early last month 11 Senate Democrats voted for a Republican amendment “to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and provide for environmental protection and government oversight.” Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said, “I'm fighting for construction of the entire Keystone pipeline” and Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) declared, “I'm for the pipeline.”

Last week, 69 Democrats in the House voted for a transportation bill that included a provision that would allow construction of the full Keystone XL pipeline to move forward. According to the NYT, “Representative Dennis Cardoza, a California Democrat who voted for the House measure, said he would be happy to vote to override a veto if needed. He said: 'I think the president has made a very serious mistake here. I'm still supporting the president. But we have to do what's right.” Asked by The Times if he’d support such a bill Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) said, “I would vote for it, yes.”

It’s time for President Obama, Harry Reid, Ken Salazar and other Democrats leaders to stop listening to environmentalist pressure groups and start listening to Americans who want more and cheaper domestic energy, not to mention the growing chorus of Democrats who support the Keystone Xl pipeline. The Keystone pipeline would allow us to import less oil from foreign countries, more efficiently move American oil, and create tens of thousands of jobs. It’s a no-brainer, and it’s long past time for Democrat leaders to stop blocking it.

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Keystone Momentum Appears To Be Building

Labor Unions Demand The Pipeline
‘Congressional Democrats Are Joining Republicans In Backing The Project,’
‘Would Support A Highway Bill With A Keystone Pipeline Provision’
“President Obama is finding himself increasingly boxed in on the Keystone pipeline fight as more Congressional Democrats are joining Republicans in backing the project, which has strong labor support and could generate significant numbers of jobs in economically hard-hit states.” (“Democrats Joining G.O.P. On Pipeline,” The New York Times, 4/20/12)
Dems ‘Would Support A Highway Bill With A Keystone Pipeline Provision’b
“…Democrats like Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania say they would support a highway bill with a Keystone pipeline provision. ‘I would vote for it, yes,’ Mr. Casey said.” (“Democrats Joining G.O.P. On Pipeline,” The New York Times, 4/20/12)
11 Senate Democrats voted ‘To approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and provide for environmental protection and government oversight.’ (S.Amdt.1537 To S.1813, Roll Call Vote #34, Amendment Defeated 56-42: R 45-0; D 11-40; I 0-2, 3/8/12)
·         YEAS: Sens. Baucus (D-MT), Begich (D-AK), Casey (D-PA), Conrad (D-ND), Hagan (D-NC), Landrieu (D-LA), Manchin (D-WV), McCaskill (D-MO), Pryor (D-AR), Tester (D-MT), Webb (D-VA).
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “There is absolutely no reason we cannot start putting Montanans to work on the Keystone XL pipeline right away… and I’ll keep fighting tooth and nail until that happens…” (“GOP Wants Sen. Baucus To Go Rogue On Keystone XL Oil Sands Pipeline,” The Hill, 1/29/12)
"Baucus has told business leaders in Montana that winning authorization for the transnational pipeline is one of his highest priorities for 2012.” (“GOP Wants Sen. Baucus To Go Rogue On Keystone XL Oil Sands Pipeline,” The Hill, 1/29/12)
SEN. JON TESTER (D-MT): “The Keystone pipeline will create Montana jobs and it should not have to wait 14 months for an up-or-down decision…” (“Baucus, Tester Support Keystone XL, But Not GOP Bill,” KTVQ News, 11/30/11)
SEN. MARK PRYOR (D-AR): “I’m for the pipeline.  I think you can do it environmentally safely. … it’s going to be approved, it’s going to go forward.” (“Senator Pryor Believes Pipeline Will Be Approved After November Election,” KUAR FM 89.1, 3/19/12)
SEN. MARK BEGICH (D-AK): “I support the project… I think the president’s wrong on delaying...” (“Begich On Keystone XL, Bypass Mail,” KTVA11 Alaska, 12/15/11)
SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D-WV): “I am for the Keystone pipeline … I mean, all the trade unions, everyone’s for it, it creates thousands of jobs!” (Fox News, 12/12/11)
SEN. KENT CONRAD (D-ND): “I think it's in our national interest that it comes here…” (“Conrad Reacts To Decision On Keystone XL Pipeline,” KX News, 1/18/12)
SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA.): “It’s always had more Democratic support than people thought…” (“Lawmakers Grow Confident Deal Will Be Reached By Weekend,” The Hill, 12/15/11)
SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO): “I'm fighting for construction of the entire Keystone pipeline…” (Sen. McCaskill, Press Release, 3/22/12)
SEN. BEN NELSON (D-NE): “The pipeline will be built, bringing jobs to Nebraska.” (“TransCanada To Alter Keystone Route,” The Hill, 11/14/11)
House Dems Supported A Transportation Bill With A Keystone Pipeline Provision
69 House Democrats voted for “a short-term transportation bill that included a provision that would pave the way for the construction of the next stage of the oil pipeline...” (“Democrats Joining G.O.P. On Pipeline,” The New York Times, 4/20/12)
·         YEAS: Reps. Altmire (D-PA), Baca (D-CA), Barrow (D-GA), Bishop (D-GA), Bishop (D-NY), Boren (D-OK), Boswell (D-IA), Brady (D-PA), Braley (D-IA), Brown (D-FL), Cardoza (D-CA), Carson (D-IN), Chandler (D-KY), Clyburn (D-SC), Cooper (D-TN), Costa (D-CA), Costello (D-IL), Critz (D-PA), Cuellar (D-TX), Davis (D-IL), DeFazio (D-OR), Dicks (D-WA), Donnelly (D-IN), Doyle (D-PA), Eshoo (D-CA), Fattah (D-PA), Al Green (D-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), Hahn (D-CA), Higgins (D-NY), Hochul (D-NY), Holden (D-PA), Jackson (D-IL), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Johnson, E. B. (D-TX), Keating (D-MA), Kissell (D-NC), Larson (D-CT), Lipinski (D-IL), Loebsack (D-IA), Lofgren (D-CA), Lynch (D-MA), Matheson (D-UT), McCarthy (D-NY), McIntyre (D-NC), Michaud (D-ME), Owens (D-NY), Pascrell (D-NJ), Pastor (D-AZ), Perlmutter (D-CO), Peterson (D-MN), Rahall (D-WV), Richardson (D-CA), Richmond (D-LA), Ross (D-AR), Rothman (D-NJ), Ruppersberger (D-MD), Rush (D-IL), Ryan (D-OH), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Schrader (D-OR), Schwartz (D-PA), Sewell (D-AL), Shuler (D-NC), Sires (D-NJ), Thompson (D-MS), Walz (D-MN), Watt (D-NC), Yarmuth (D-KY). (HR 4348, Roll Call Vote # 170: Passed 293-127: R 224-14 ; D 69-113, 4/18/12)
“Representative Dennis Cardoza, a California Democrat who voted for the House measure, said he would be happy to vote to override a veto if needed. He said: ‘I think the president has made a very serious mistake here. I’m still supporting the president. But we have to do what’s right.’” (“Democrats Joining G.O.P. On Pipeline,” The New York Times, 4/20/12)
REP. JAMES CLYBURN (D-SC): “I'm very much for the pipeline. There is no question about that.” (Rep. Clyburn, MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 12/14/11)
DEM LETTER TO OBAMA: “America truly cannot afford to say ‘no’ to this privately funded, $20 billion, jobs-creating infrastructure project, which would bolster our economic, energy and national security. To that end, we respectfully urge you to ensure that the Presidential Permit is issued for Keystone XL.” (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
·         “…Mr. President, America needs the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is in our national interest to have a Presidential Permit issued for Keystone XL as soon as possible.” (22 House Democrats, Letter To President Obama, 10/19/11)
Signed By: Rep. Jason Altmire, (D-PA), Rep. Joe Baca, (D-CA), Rep. John Barrow, (D-GA), Rep. Dan Boren, (D-OK), Rep. Leonard Boswell, (D-IA), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Jim Costa, (D-CA), Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-TX), Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, (D-TX), Rep. Al Green, (D-TX), Rep. Gene Green, (D-TX), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, (D-TX), Rep. Tim Holden, (D-PA), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX), Rep. Daniel Lipinski, (D-IL), Rep. Tim Matheson, (D-UT), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, (D-NY), Rep. Bill Owens, (D-NY), Rep. Collin Peterson, (D-MN), Rep. Mike Ross, (D-AR), Rep. Peter Visclosky, (D-IN)
Elections Matter! Expect Obama Administration To Back away and Support Keystone

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Arkansas' Irresponsible Spending

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr: Last week, a group of legislators on the Arkansas Legislative Council, made up of 31 Democrats and 17 Republicans, voted along party lines to approve spending 7.7 million dollars in taxpayer money to be spent by the Arkansas Insurance Department on planning for a state health insurance exchange as part of implementing the controversial federal healthcare law.

We are just weeks away from the United States Supreme Court reaching a decision on the legality of this law and these individuals have decided that 7.7 million dollars doesn’t merit a few weeks worth of waiting. I think this is irresponsible.

How many of you would spend a large amount of your own money or your business’ money on something that could be irrelevant just two months from now? This is just another example of frivolous government spending with other people’s money without regard to fiscal responsibility. Our country is currently 15 trillion dollars in debt because of things like this.

We keep being told that our state “must” do this or else. We have checks and balances in this country for a reason. This is one reason why I think this law is unconstitutional. The federal government is trying to force Arkansas into implementing a system that two-thirds of our state doesn’t want. It is our duty to stand up for our state. We cannot continue to allow our state to continue on a path toward bankruptcy, which is what I think will ultimately be the result of this law, under threat from the federal government. What’s more, the people in charge of implementing these programs admit that they have not even read the full legislation.

I don’t just oppose this law and its implementation on constitutional grounds or to be obstinate. I believe it will greatly damage the private insurance market, vastly expand government, and lead to an enormous financial burden from which our system and our economy may never recover.

Arkansans deserve better.

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Mitt Romney Sweeps Five State GOP Primaries

April 2012 has proven to be a good month for Mitt Romney. On April 3rd, Romney all 3 primaries: District of Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin. Today, April 24th, Romney won all 5 primaries held in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

Romney said in his evening victory speech, "We are taking this victory to the White House." He also said, “To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.” "After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and not a few long nights, I can say with confidence — and gratitude — that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility.” “And, together, we will win on November 6th!”

Connecticut (28 Delegates - Majority Winner Takes): Mitt Romney 76.5%, Ron Paul 13.4%, Newt Gingrich 10.3%, Rick Santorum 6.9%, and Other 2%. Romney wins 26 Delegates with 2 to be assigned.

Delaware (17 Delegates - Winner Takes All): Mitt Romney 56.5%, Newt Gingrich 27%, Ron Paul 10.6%, and Rick Santorum 5.9%. Romney wins 17 Delegates.

New York (95 Delegates - Majority Winner Takes All in District / Otherwise Proportional): Mitt Romney 60.5%, Ron Paul 16.3%, Newt Gingrich 13.5%, and Rick Santorum 9.6%. Romney wins 42 delegates, Gingrich potentially 1 and 53 to be assigned.

Pennsylvania (72 Delegates - Loophole Primary* - Primary votes advisory; delegates elected and cast delegate votes): Mitt Romney 57%, Rick Santorum 19%, Ron Paul 13.4%, and Newt Gingrich 10.6%. Romney is expected to receive most or all of the delegates but delegates will have to make that determination. Thus the problem with the Loophole primary.

Rhode Island (19 Delegates - Proportional Primary): Mitt Romney 63.3%, Ron Paul 23.8%, Newt Gingrich 6%, Rick Santorum 5.7%, and Other 1.2%. Romney received 12 delegates, Paul received 4 delegats and 3 delegates are uncommitted.

May 2012 will have 8 primaries: May 8th - Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia; May 15th - Nebraska and Oregon; and May 22nd - Arkansas and Kentucky; for a total of 276 delegates. Then on May 29 - Texas with 155 delegates.
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* Loophole primaries can exist in the GOP as there is no rule against them However since 1996, no Democratic primary has been a LOOPHOLE primary.

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More On The Obama Economy: ‘A Tough Time To Be Young’

by Gary Varvel
More media links related to the prior article: Young Americans Struggling In Obama Economy. Not much in the way of good news but reference material from the non-conservative media addressing this issue. Some facts are just too difficult to cover up in the devastating Obama economy.

‘Half Of Young College Graduates Either Jobless Or Underemployed,’ Millions ‘Have Moved Back In With Their Parents’
More Than Half ‘Disappointed,’ ‘Worried’ Or ‘Angry’ With The Obama Presidency

ABC NEWS: “A survey released Thursday showed that only 34 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds are ‘satisfied’ with the Obama presidency. More than half -- 51 percent – said they were either ‘disappointed,’ ‘worried’ or ‘angry,’ according to the survey from the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University's Berkeley Center.” (“Bad Economy Puts Obama In Tight Spot With Young Voters,” ABC News, 4/20/12)
PEW: “…the lowest employment-to-population ratio for young adults since 1948.” (Pew Research Center, 2/9/12)
“Young adults hit hard by the recession… And the gap in employment between the young and all working-age adults—roughly 15 percentage points—is the widest in recorded history. In addition, young adults employed full time have experienced a greater drop in weekly earnings (down 6%) than any other age group over the past five years.” Ibid
AP: “The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed...” (“1 In 2 New Graduates Are Jobless Or Underemployed,” The Associated Press, 4/22/12)
“…53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed…” Ibid
THE ATLANTIC: “It is, very simply, a tough time to be young.” (“No Country For Young Men (Or Young Women),” The Atlantic, 11/8/11)

‘25 Million Adults Live At Home With Their Parents’
TIME: “Nearly 25 million adults live at home with their parents because they’re unemployed or underemployed…” (“Romance & Real Estate: How Your Housing Situation Affects Your Love Life,” TIME Magazine, 2/14/12)
PEW: “Roughly a quarter of adults ages 18 to 34 (24%) say that, due to economic conditions, they have moved back in with their parents in recent years after living on their own. Among those ages 25 to 29, the share moving back home rises to 34%.” (Pew Research Center, 2/9/12)
MSNBC: “Their employment prospects are dim, their debt is high, their lives are on hold and a stunning number are living with their parents, even into their 30s. They are young adults, 18 to 34, struggling to begin their adult lives during the worst economy since the Great Depression, and they risk becoming a lost generation...” (MSNBC, 11/2/11)

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