Archive for May, 2011

Members of Congress have introduced a constitutional amendment that would give 2/3 of the states the ability to repeal an act of Congress.

By John Rossomando
© 2011 WND

WASHINGTON – A nationwide effort to increase the ability of the states to put a leash on federal power has taken a step toward reality with the introduction of the Repeal Amendment into both Houses of Congress.

The proposed constitutional amendment would check the power of the federal government by permitting a vote by two-thirds of the states to override an act of Congress.

The amendment is co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; James Risch, R-Idaho; and John Cornyn, R-Texas. It also has been introduced in the House by Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, along with 13 co-sponsors including Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif.

“The sole purpose of the Repeal Amendment is to restore the balance of power in our system of government as provided in the original Constitution, reserving most of the power to the states and the people while still recognizing a federal role,” Enzi and Bishop wrote in a May 12 commentary of Foxnews.com.

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By John Rossomando – The Daily Caller | Published: 9:42 AM 05/13/2011 | Updated: 2:00 PM 05/13/201

Jimmy McMillan, who came to light last fall during the New York gubernatorial campaign saying “the rent is too damn high,” is taking his message national as a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination — this time adding that “the gas is too damn high”.

McMillan has run for public office eight times in New York since 1993, including his last gubernatorial run as the candidate, for The Rent Is 2 Damn High Party.

His belief that the necessities of life have become too expensive prompted McMillan recently to collaborate with the activist group Let Freedom Ring to shoot a video for GasolineIsTooDamnHigh.com. McMillan stands outside the White House in the video with his trademark white hair, goatee, suit, gloves and golden earrings asking people if “The gasoline is too damn high.”

Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna told The Daily Caller McMillan used humor in the web video to remind Americans that the administration’s refusal to expand domestic oil drilling is a significant part of the problem of high oil prices.

The easiest way to reduce the price of gasoline is to increase the supply and reassure futures speculators that more oil and gasoline will be available in the long run, Hanna said.

McMillan told TheDC that the Obama administration is out of touch with the hardship high gas prices have imposed on families across the country where mothers and fathers have to choose between paying for gas and paying for rent. He warned that gas prices were affecting other industries such as food production and transportation, fueling inflation in the process.

“We need the necessities of living, not the accessories of life,” McMillan said. “You don’t run a country and the White House the way you are doing right now.

McMillan continued: “People should be ashamed of themselves for the way they are voting because they have put their children in a hell of a position. They’ve been voting like they’re on crack.

“You put this country into this mess because you keep voting for the same people over and over again.”

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By John Rossomando | Published: 12:14 AM 05/09/2011
The Daily Caller

California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman was among the loudest proponents of whistleblower protections during the Bush years ̶ particularly when the subject was the Iraq war ̶ but GOP staffers say his attitude seems to have changed with the shift to a Democratic administration.

Waxman spoke out loudly for protecting whistleblowers from “incompetent management” and for getting them to report “national security abuses to Members of Congress” in a March 2007 floor speech defending the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

“This legislation includes an important provision that will help check the growing problem of political interference with science,” Waxman said in his floor speech at the time. “It gives explicit provisions to protect the federal employee who reports instances where federal scientific research is suppressed or distorted for political reasons.

“We ought to protect scientists from those who would try to suppress or distort their scientific work.”

But senior GOP staffers say Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, violated his own principles during his questioning of Gregory Jaczko, the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), regarding his decision to shut down his agency’s work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository last October, at a committee hearing last week.

Waxman chose to ignore a large stamp stating “NOT FOR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE” on a series o

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Corker

By John Rossomando
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

Today federal spending, as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, is the highest it has been since 1945 at the end of World War II. Federal spending stands at 24.6 percent of GDP, and the Obama budget blueprint anticipates that rising to around 26.8 percent in the next decade.

Currently, the total national debt stands at 63 percent of GDP and is expected to rise to 146 percent of GDP by 2030.

Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker tells WND that’s unacceptable, and he hopes to stop the country’s move that direction with legislation he has introduced that would constrain spending to 20.6 percent of GDP – the 40-year average prior to the current fiscal crisis.

“It is hard for the other side to argue against the 20.6 percent average over the past 40 years,” Corker said.

The senator compares the current spending binge with a household in his native Tennessee where earnings are $43,000 and spending is$71,500 – $28,500 more than the income.

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Corker’s CAP Act is similar to a budgetary outline that was introduced earlier this year by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and would force Congress to spend $7.6 trillion less by 2022 than under current budget forecasts. Ryan’s outline would constrain spending at 20.5 percent of GDP.

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According to congressional investigators, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko may have broken the law when he unilaterally ordered the shutdown of the license application process for the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository.

By John Rossomando
The Daily Caller 10:51 AM 05/02/2011

The Obama administration’s decision to suspend the construction of the politically contentious Yucca Mountain nuclear depository may have been illegal, according to congressional investigators.

Work on the project dates back to 1982 when Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), requiring the Department of Energy to establish a single permanent depository for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel and waste derived from defense uses. Congress later amended the act in 1987 to designate Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as the sole depository.

Progress has been stalled ever since due to vocal opposition from environmentalists and from Nevada politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, due to worries that radiation would contaminate the ground water.

President Obama vocally opposed the project during his 2008 presidential campaign and chastised GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona for supporting it. In 2009, after being elected, Obama moved to zero out funding for building the project and then moved to revoke the Bush administration’s 2008 application to construct and administer the proposed facility in March 2010.

The Department of Energy’s request to withdraw the license application was turned down by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) on June 29, 2010.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) actions, led by Chairman Gregory Jaczko, a former Reid staffer, have led to investigations into possible illegalities by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the GOP staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee .

“Shortly after taking office, President Obama pledged that ‘the public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions,’” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California wrote in a March 11, 2011 letter that committee staff recently decided to make public. “Likewise, as chairman, you have stressed the importance of ‘conduct[ing] the public’s work in an open and transparent manner.’

“Unfortunately, your actions surrounding the termination of the Yucca Mountain project fail to live up to this pledge.”

Illinois Republican Rep. John Shimkus, who chairs the energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, went a step further and told The Daily Caller that the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may have broken the law by stopping work on the project without a congressional mandate.

“This was initiated by a statute that was signed into law all the way back in 1982, so what’s the legal authority for us to stop?” Shimkus asked. “Many of us believe there is none, and this is politics at its worst at its highest levels.”

He continued: “First of all, we think it is illegal for the NRC and for Obama through the secretary of energy to stop funding Yucca Mountain, and secondly, we really question the legality of the NRC delaying its vote [on revoking the license application].”

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A plan by House Republicans, mirroring a companion bill in the Senate, would take default off the table in the fight over the debt by ensuring the national debt is paid first before all over budgetary items.

By John Rossomando
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

WASHINGTON – House Republicans hope to take the possibility of a government default on U.S. debt off the table in the impending fight in Congress and the White House over raising the debt ceiling.

Their plan is simple, to mandate that the government pays the national debt first from receipts, and then all other spending would come after that.

The federal debt currently stands at approximately $14.3 trillion, and the Treasury Department anticipates the debt limit will be reached sometime this spring. That has created political fisticuffs between conservatives who want to hold the line on the debt ceiling and liberals who want it raised and spend more.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of the Public Debt, the Obama administration has added $3.6 trillion to the national debt since coming into office over two years ago. By contrast, it took the Bush administration seven years to achieve the same milestone.

Conservatives warn raising the debt ceiling would continue the nation on the path toward fiscal insolvency and toward a debt crisis not unlike those afflicting Greece, Spain, and Portugal.

The proposal is similar to one introduced earlier this year by Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey that would require the federal government to prioritize its debt payments such that payment on the national debt would receive priority over other obligations.

Toomey and his House compatriots such as Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock and Arizona freshman Republican Rep. David Schweikert contend the federal government has more than enough revenue to cover the national debt even if the debt ceiling is not raised.

The senator wrote in a January opinion piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal that the U.S. Treasury has 6.5 percent of all projected revenues available to cover the debt and a further 67 percent of all projected revenues available to cover other government expenditures

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