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Cleaning Up the Dust Threat

Cleaning Up the Dust Threat

Some jobs are dustier than others. Rural American jobs like tilling fields, herding cattle, driving along dirt roads or extracting important resources from the land are critical American jobs that sometimes kick up a little more dust than others. But as far as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned, the dust is too much.

EPA Auto Meddling Adds Cost, Subtracts Safety

EPA Auto Meddling Adds Cost, Subtracts Safety

The EPA’s most recent announcement is all vehicles must meet an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—a doubling of today’s average of about 27 mpg, according to the Wall Street Journal. The free enterprise system is once again interrupted by the edict of a rogue government agency, and the result will be higher costs to the consumer–whether the consumer wants them or not–and a reduction in vehicle safety in order meet these unrealistic standards.

Liberalism, Not Earthquake, May Break Up California

Liberalism, Not Earthquake, May Break Up California

In California, environmental regulations are the law of the land, public employee unions have the upper hand and elected official’s progressive agenda rules all. To remedy the state’s myriad problems there have been suggestions to break up the state, since not every person or community in California is on board with many of the decision made by its elected officials. This would allow more conservative parts of the state that want less government to break off on their own.

Unemployment Benefits Breed Unemployment

Unemployment Benefits Breed Unemployment

President Obama has extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks for many of these people—almost two years—so they have plenty of time to find a job. Yes, they have ample time to find work, but the problem is, while they are out of the workforce businesses and those in the workforce are quickly gaining new skills and bettering today’s technology.

Get the Federal Govt Out of the Classroom

Get the Federal Govt Out of the Classroom

Constitutionally, the federal government has no role in setting education policy, and any extension of the federal government’s role in any aspect of K-12 education is at best problematic. Studies show federal government involvement in education does not help students academically. Educating America’s youth best belongs in the hands of parents, school districts and local governments.

Looking for the Free Lunch

Looking for the Free Lunch

President Obama has stressed the need for more federal revenue. His No. 1 suggestion on how to do so is to raise taxes on the wealthy. So as the rich continue to come under fire for being rich, the least the president and his team can do is provide them with a free lunch, right? If you are rich and your children attend a public school in Detroit, then yes, they are part of a federal government pilot program giving free lunches to all students, regardless of income levels.

Cell Phone Compassion From the Taxpayers

Cell Phone Compassion From the Taxpayers

America’s definition of poverty differs from how many other countries would describe it. You know America is indeed a blessed nation when its poorest households are described as having a refrigerator, television, and microwave. But only about 90 percent of the population has a cellular phone. Your government means for you the taxpayer to remedy that last 10 percent. Only in America is poverty described as a person with a place to live, a way to buy food, air conditioning and a cell phone.

The 51st State–From California?

The 51st State--From California?

A county supervisor in Riverside, California has a plan to split the state in two. The new state would be called South California and be the nation’s 51st state. These 13 counties would break away from the ultra-liberal, big-spending, high-taxing, over-regulating remainder of the state. State leaders don’t think too much of the plan, however.

Has the Light Come on in Congress?

Has the Light Come on in Congress?

The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act could very well turn the lights back on for those in favor of the incandescent light bulb. Expected to receive a vote in the House of Representatives very soon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s legislation, H. R. 2417, would “repeal a provision in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that requires traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient beginning in 2012,” according to an article in The Hill.

Govt Creates Atmosphere of Nervousness for Business

Govt Creates Atmosphere of Nervousness for Business

Raymond Keating, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, said many businesses are nervous about the cost of energy, public policy changes, government spending and debt, and regulatory issues like ObamaCare. This atmosphere of uncertainty is causing businesses to hold off on hiring, investing and growing. All of this comes together to keep our economy struggling.

EPA Hypocrites

EPA Hypocrites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tows a strong line when it comes to mercury, issuing 946 pages of rules requiring the U.S. energy industry to sharply reduce already low emissions of mercury and 83 other pollutants. Interestingly, U.S. power plants account for less than 0.5 percent of all the mercury in the air Americans breathe. Those florescent lightbulbs that “greenies” love so much also contain the element the greenies want power plants to get rid of.

Unions Under Seige from Taxpayers

Unions Under Seige from Taxpayers

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has started a revolt — a pro-democracy revolt in favor of taxpayers and workers. Taxpayers are fed up with trillions in extravagant union-backed public worker benefits, as are fiscally conservative state leaders. And many of the states taking on the extravagant pay and demands of the union bosses are winning.

Is There Academic Bang for the Educational Buck?

Is There Academic Bang for the Educational Buck?

If you find an investment no longer meets your needs, you quit investing in it and find a worthy substitution. That is exactly what is happening within the public school system. Taxpayers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their return on their public school education investment, so they are finding other solutions.

Public School Bans Private Lunches

Public School Bans Private Lunches

School officials have now launched a ban on homemade lunches. At public school Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home, reports the Chicago Tribune, instead students must eat school-provided lunches, or not eat at all.

GOP Budget Cmte Members Primed for 2012

GOP Budget Cmte Members Primed for 2012

While Congress battles out the remainder of the budget for Fiscal Year 2011, the House Budget Committee is already one step ahead. The federal government’s spending spree is no longer sustainable and the House Republican Budget Committee’s proposed 2012 budget contain big changes to the main drivers of America’s debt — entitlement programs.

Feeling Entitled to Entitlements

Feeling Entitled to Entitlements

Entitlement programs, also known as mandatory spending, account for two-thirds of the federal budget. This current fiscal year, mandatory spending exceeds total federal receipts. In hard numbers, mandatory spending is estimated to cost this country $2.194 trillion this year alone, according to the Office of Management and Budget, whereas total government revenues for fiscal year 2011 are projected at $2.174 trillion.

Requirements for Entitlements?

Requirements for Entitlements?

It is fast becoming apparent that liberals don’t really have an agenda for saving money or for providing choices. Rather, it is their goal to force all Americans into the same social programs to fulfill their egalitarian dreams. Freedom will be out the door in favor of a forced illusion of equality.

Time for Big Bird to Leave the Taxpayer Nest

Time for Big Bird to Leave the Taxpayer Nest

Worried that ending taxpayer funding for National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will result in Sesame Streets’ demise? NPR’s senior vice president for development is not. “Well frankly, it is very clear that we would be better off in the long run without federal funding,” said Ron Schiller. It’s time for public broadcasting to spread it’s wings and fly without taxpayer support.

ObamaCare vs The U.S. Constitution

ObamaCare vs The U.S. Constitution

In Obama’s world it is clear that not all branches of government are created equal. If they were equal then he would know to stop creating new regulations for his takeover of the nation’s health care system. It has, after all, been ruled unconstitutional by Florida Judge Roger Vinson and prior to that Virginia’s U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson found ObamaCare’s individual mandate unconstitutional.

Ethanol Lobby: Fuel Trumps Hunger

Ethanol Lobby: Fuel Trumps Hunger

Here is some food for thought: The amount of grain needed to fill the tank of an SUV with ethanol just once can feed one person for an entire year. Another hard-hitting fact: The 107 million tons of grain that went to U.S. ethanol distilleries in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels, as stated in an article on Food Freedom’s website. Still think the federal government’s mandate of ethanol in vehicles is a good idea?

Land Grabs Put the Squeeze on Schools

Land Grabs Put the Squeeze on Schools

It is clear that education in this country has always been a priority. Troubling and a bit ironic then is the fact that some states are battling with the federal government over revenue sources for education. These states aren’t in a fight to receive any handouts from the federal government; instead they are struggling to keep a revenue source that belongs to them — their land.

Civility in Politics: A Mythical Animal?

Civility in Politics: A Mythical Animal?

One was slammed as an atheist and a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.” And another as a “monarchist who sought to become a king; he was also branded as a fool and a hypocrite.” Who are they? The presidential candidates of the 1796 race: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

Senate Support for Defunding Public Broadcasting

Senate Support for Defunding Public Broadcasting

This year alone, American taxpayers spent $420 million to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Due to the downswing of the economy, CPB has requested $604 million for Fiscal Year 2013. With hundreds of television channels available on cable and satellite, as well as hundreds of radio stations on AM/FM/satellite radio, the time has come to sweep out taxpayer funding for public broadcasting with the broom of fiscal responsibility and constitutional government.

Death Tax Threatens to Kill Ranching Legacy

Death Tax Threatens to Kill Ranching Legacy

When Elizabeth Marshall Maybee’s grandmother passed in 2005, the ranch was passed down to her. Shortly after, Maybee received a bill from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for $2,005,389.00. The amount she owed the government for the federal estate tax. She is now in a desperate fight to keep a ranch that has been in her family for generations. This is the “death tax” on the “rich” in action.

First Big Test for House Republicans

First Big Test for House Republicans

Congress meets next week to begin its lame-duck session and Republicans in the House will begin to elect its leadership team as well as committee chairs. Republicans expecting to get their prized Chairmanships might be up for a rude awakening. In this next session of Congress, Republicans are promising change, not more of the same. If this past election proved anything, it was that Americans are tired of the establishment.