Archive for June, 2011

A report by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko withheld critical information from his fellow commissioners when he ordered the closure of work on Nevada's Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository last fall.

By John Rossomando Published: 1:17 AM 06/15/2011 | Updated: 10:18 AM 06/15/2011
The Daily Caller

A report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s inspector general has found that NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s handling of Nevada’s Yucca Mountain nuclear waste depository has been anything but transparent, and some are calling it “illegal.”

This stands in stark contrast to the greater openness promised by the former staffer to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he became chairman in 2009.

According to the report, Jaczko kept his fellow commissioners in the dark when he decided to order NRC staff to stop work on the third phase of the third phase of the project’s safety evaluation in October 2010, known as the Safety Evaluation Report (SER).

This was in spite of the fact the Atomic Safety Licensing Board (ASLB) had rejected the current administration’s request to withdraw the Bush administration’s application to build the nuclear waste depository in June 2010 and the full commission has yet to finish voting on whether to continue.

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Alexander

By John Rossomando
Published: 3:36 PM 06/13/2011 | Updated: 12:43 AM 06/14/2011
The Daily Caller

Senate Republicans say the Obama administration is intent on undermining the right-to-work laws that are in force in 22 states, as evidenced by a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint against Boeing.

Right-to-work laws forbid workers from being required to join unions as a condition of their employment, and a Senate GOP bill aims to protect employers who wish to expand into right-to-work states.

“For the last two years the major battle over labor relations was over card check over the secret ballot, over card check,” Tennessee GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander said. “Now I think it shifts to the right-to-work law and whether the administration can stop companies from locating in right-to-work states, which is obviously the goal of complaints like this.”

Alexander has co-sponsored the bill together with South Carolina Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, and 32 other co-sponsors.

The bill S 964 would protect the right of employers to discuss the costs associated with strikes and other consequences of having a unionized workforce without fear of reprisals. It would also prevent the NLRB from telling an employer where it has to employ workers.

The NLRB complaint against Boeing alleges its decision to move assembly work on its 787 Dreamliner to a $1 billion plant, slated to open next month, in North Charleston, S.C., violates the rights of unionized workers at its plants in Washington state.

The federal labor board claims that Boeing’s decision to move work that was originally intended to been done in Washington to its new South Carolina location was retaliatory against the union’s legal right to strike.

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By John Rossomando Published: 1:28 PM 06/07/2011 | Updated: 12:11 AM 06/08/2011
The Daily Caller

Does John Bryson, Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, want a world government?

Critics say a newly uncovered video of the nominee suggests that he does.

In the video – given to The Daily Caller by sources on Capitol Hill – Bryson refers to the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen as “the closest thing we have to a world governance organization,” implying it provided the best model for imposing climate regulations on countries around the globe.

Bryson also boasts about his role as an adviser to the U.N. secretary general on climate change in the video.

Bryson’s nomination has already run into problems stemming from his involvement in the founding of the Natural Resources Defense Council, a liberal environmental group, during the 1970s. Critics say Bryson’s advocacy of cap and trade, among other environmental regulations, is at odds with the pro-business mission of the Commerce Department. This video adds to the controversy.

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee, has denounced Bryson for favoring what the senator calls the administration’s “job-killing agenda.” California Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, has attacked Bryson for being a “green evangelist”.

The nominee’s remarks seem to imply he longs for a more powerful U.N. that can impose its will in addressing climate change, according to Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring.

“Bryson’s willingness to cede American sovereignty over domestic energy production to the United Nations may be a disqualifier for him to serve as secretary of commerce,” said Brian Darling, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation who watched the video. “Bryson should be asked to explain his comments and where the United Nations derives the authority to force the United States into U.N.-approved regulations on U.S. energy producers.”

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Obama administration monetary policies have helped fuel the rising prices at the gas pump, according to a report by the Republicans on the Joint Economic Committee.

By John Rossomando
The Daily Caller 06/4/2011

The Obama administration’s monetary policies have added approximately 56.5 cents to the price of every gallon of gas you pump, according to a new congressional Joint Economic Committee report.

Estimates suggest that had the dollar maintained the value it had when Obama came into office, gasoline would cost approximately $3.40 per gallon instead of around $4 per gallon in many parts of the country.

“Analysts and pundits often cite, correctly or incorrectly, the turmoil in the Middle East, a strengthening global economy, or speculation as the causes for the run up in crude oil prices,” the report said. “What is rarely discussed as an important factor in the rise of the dollar price of oil is the role played by the dollar itself.”

The report attributes this increase to the Federal Reserve’s policy of increasing the money supply through the purchasing trillions worth of bank notes, treasury notes and mortgage-backed securities, known as quantitative easing, which it says has fueled inflation.

President Obama publicly defended the Fed’s decision to engage in quantitative easing last fall during the G20 Summit in India in the wake of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s decision to print money to buy back $600 billion worth of government bonds in August 2010.

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Not a single high-value detainee has been sent to Guantanamo Bay since Barack Obama became president. But legislation introduced by Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe aims to change that by requiring the administration to send all detainees who have a high intelligence value to the prison.

By John Rossomando
The Daily Caller 6/02/2011

Not a single high-value detainee has been sent to the terrorist detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) since Barack Obama became president, but Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Inhofe hopes to change that with legislation.

Critics contend the president’s policy has hamstrung the intelligence community in their efforts to collect intelligence about potential terror suspects and thwart their plans. The Obama administration has instead opted to detain and interrogate detainees it considers to be of high value in Afghanistan under the eyes of the CIA and the FBI.

Enhanced rendition interrogation techniques such as waterboarding were banned by President Obama shortly after he took office, and interrogators may now only use those techniques permitted in the Army Field Manual.

Current policies and interference from the Afghan government make it extremely difficult to interrogate and keep track of detainees once they are caught in Afghanistan. This has reportedly angered many American service personnel, and The Washington Examiner quoted a marine as having described efforts to capture Taliban members as “worthless.”

“Once we find them and begin to interrogate them, we don’t have a free hand,” Inhofe told The Daily Caller. “We need to get a lot of these high-value detainees who are high enough up…That’s how we got Osama bin Laden.”

Inhofe calls the Afghanistan detention facilities “revolving doors” because we don’t have any idea who is coming and going.

“Some 400 of them in Afghanistan are out trying to kill Americans again ̶ the ones we actually caught,” Inhofe said, referring to the detainees who have been caught by the U.S. and who have been let go due to interference from the Afghan government.

Other independent estimates place that number closer to 500

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Geithner

By John Rossomando
WND 2011

Republican members of Congress say they plan to keep up their fight against raising the debt ceiling despite continuing pressure from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Geithner attacked GOP plans to veto a debt-ceiling increase last week during an interview with Politico, calling it “political theater” and warning their plans would do “irreparable” economic damage. The secretary has given Congress an ultimatum to increase the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.

“I think Republicans really have an opportunity to take a stand on this and to resist this effort,” Utah’s Republican Sen. Mike Lee told WND. “This has been drawn out, and I don’t know how Secretary Geithner is saying how much an emergency the need to raise the debt limit is, considering by his accounting we now have until Aug. 2 and the immanency is no longer present.”

Shock the Washington establishment by participating in the “No More Red Ink” campaign and shut down all new plans for bailouts, “stimulus” spending and even the funding for Obamacare.

Geithner previously told Congress in a Jan. 6 letter that the federal government would face a catastrophe were it to fail to increase the debt limit before May 16.

“This makes me worried about what he has planned,” Lee said. “Is he planning on waiting until Congress is ready to take its recess … and then he is going to say, ‘You are not going to be able to take your August recess unless you raise this’?”

Isabel Sawhill, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, defended Geithner, saying plans such as those introduced by Republicans like Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney to avert default are “naïve.” Each has sponsored legislation that would avert default by requiring the treasury to pay interest on the debt first before paying other obligations, thus averting default.

“I think it’s naïve to assume that even if we say we are going to pay interest on our debt, the fact we couldn’t pay the rest of our bills wouldn’t have a major impact both on financial markets and on life at home,” Sawhill said. “If a business suddenly said to its vendors, ‘Well, we are only going to pay interest on the debt and therefore we can’t pay you what we owe you,’ that business would be effectively bankrupt.

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