According to The Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has now gotten with the program and will support a ban on congressional earmarks. How nice of him to finally join his fellow Republicans. Senator McConnell missed his chance to “lead by example” by opposing the efforts of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to end earmarks. This is why a new Minority Leader is needed in the Senate.
America’s legal foundation once sat squarely on Christian principles. As the founders noted in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, the basis for our rights and freedoms rests with the Creator, who is “the Supreme Judge of the world.” The judiciary was intended to be the weakest of the three branches of government, but as Thomas Jefferson feared, our lack of vigilance has empowered the courts to make our Constitution “a mere thing of wax” they can twist into their own distorted image.
Remember earlier this morning Dr. Robert Owens’ article on America’s debt problem and the “solution” of what is called Quantitative Easing? Dr. Owens did a marvelous job of breaking this down for those of us who are a bit challenged when it comes to subjects like this, but this video puts the issue in terms anyone can understand and appreciate.
What happens if you have a bond sale and nobody comes? I guess you buy the bonds yourself. This brings us back to the world not lining up to buy our debt and to the definition of monetizing our debt. This is the government version of paying your MasterCard with your Visa. It may relieve current stress, but it portends future catastrophe. Debtors may appreciate moving their debt around, but creditors want to get paid.
As I understand the law, food served during political rallies is OK, but food served if the voters would then accept rides from volunteers to the polling places is wrong. And, again, according to newspaper stories, that is exactly what happened. There is also a time element in all of this. the food-for-votes on the rez took place during the day when the early voting booths were open and the Noem-Daugaard hotdogs were served during the evening when the voting booths were closed for the night.
An old axiom states that nothing is certain except death and taxes. But now we have to add the skyrocketing costs of a college education. In the last 10 years, in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased 5.6% annually on top of a CPI growth of 2%. The average estimated total expenses for a current public in-state four-year student are an astounding $81,356.