Posts tagged "Congress"

It's up to Congress to renew DACA

First principle in the DACA debate: Splitting up families and sending a child “back” to countries they have never known is cruel, bad policy and stupid politics. But the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy created by the Obama administration is constitutionally sound because  the former president had exceeded his... Read more »

It's time for Congress to debate a declaration of war on ISIS

Instead of waiting around for President Barack Obama to do something (besides doing the wave at a Cuban baseball game or playing golf), Congress ought to exercise its exclusive power to declare war on ISIS. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution requires Congress to wait around for the president to send it a request to declare war.... Read more »

Sequestration: It's Much Ado About Nothing

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Tammy Duckworth--the candidate of out-of-state, left-wing special interests

The headlines yesterday were about how Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic challenger, out raised  GOP incumbent Joe Walsh. As if that “right wing wing nut” Walsh were in big trouble because Duckworth is the sane, moderate one. This story, for example, refers to Walsh , as a “controversial tea party-backed freshman,”  but fails to characterize Duckworth... Read more »

Why are senior Democrats trying to out Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr?

With Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. suffering from a reported “mood” disorder, the folks demanding full disclosure are not mainly Republicans, but Democrats such as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) Come out, come out, wherever you are and explain yourself. Or at least have the Jackson family explain where you are and why... Read more »

Congress does right; defeats $6 billion corn ethanol subsidy

Unbelievable, but true. One of the most sacred of cows, the corn ethanol subsidy will not be renewed. Here’s where Friends of the Earth and I agree. Here is part of its news release: Corn ethanol no longer a sacred cow; After long campaign, diverse coalition prevents renewal of blenders’ tax credit Washington, D.C. — Congress... Read more »
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Gov. Christie to Obama: 'What the hell are we paying you for?'

He also blames both parties for the super committee’s failure to solve the problem. Let’s hear it for the big guy.

Book: Rahm Emanuel dumped $250,000 in Freddie Mac stock days before it collapsed

Insider Trading? Is it illegal? It might not be because: While by no means illegal; lawmakers are exempted from the insider trading laws they impose on private traders. At the least there are all sorts of potential and serious conflicts of interest, demonstrating that even Democrats are not immune from financial hanky panky. Read the... Read more »

CME, Rahm Emanuel and new bailouts?

This is from Newsalert. Very interesting. The new Dodd-Frank bill has an usual provision in it. Never before could a U.S. financial exchange get a bailout from the Fed. But, now thanks to Dodd-Frank : America’s largest futures exchange can get a direct line of credit from the Fed. Former CME board member Rahm Emanuel was... Read more »
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Why a $4 trillion deficit reduction would be easier than $1.2 trillion

The idea is certainly counterintuitive, but it’s a serious proposal from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. This is the group’s explanation: … a Go Big approach [$4 trillion] is not just what is needed to get control of the debt from a policy perspective, a comprehensive approach can also improve the chances of... Read more »
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