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Obama Budget Unanimously Defeated In Senate

Back in March, this budget didn’t even get a single vote in the House, now it’s had the same result in the Senate — which is controlled by Democrats!

A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday.

In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint.

It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget.

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324,000 Women Left Labor Force In The Last Two Months

If I was a lefty, and the President was a Republican, I’d accuse him of waging a “war on working women,” but I’m not, and he’s not, so I won’t.

324,000 women dropped out of the nation’s civilian labor force in March and April as the number of women not in the labor force hit an all-time historical high of 53,321,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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SEIU Renting DC Offices For Occupy Movement

Obama’s favorite union is apparently really buddy-buddy with the Occupiers:

A labor union with strong ties to President Obama is helping make the Occupy Wall Street movement a more permanent fixture in the nation’s capital, moving Occupy DC into office space the group can use to organize and grow through the presidential election.

The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.

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Obama’s Keystone XL Headache Isn’t Over Yet

TransCanada has applied again:

The Canadian company seeking to build the massive Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline through the U.S. reapplied for a permit on Friday, pushing the politically sensitive issue back onto President Obama’s plate six months before the election.

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Waffle House As A Disaster Recovery Indicator

It may seem strange on the surface, but this is actually a surprisingly good idea from the federal government:

Waffle House serves hungry customers bacon, eggs and hash browns, but when disaster strikes, the iconic chain serves up valuable intel to the government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed an unofficial, color-coded “Waffle House Index” to help make assessments before sending response teams to areas hit by such natural disasters as tornadoes, floods or hurricanes.

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Americans Don’t Believe War On Terror Is Over

Looks like the vast majority of Americans disagree with the anonymous “senior State Department official” who tried to claim that the war on terror is over.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided.

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GM’s Effective Tax Rate For 2011 Was -1.5%

Yes, you read that right… Government Motors General Motors paid zero taxes, and because of fancy bookkeeping their tax rate was actually negative.

General Motors, in particular, paid less than zero taxes of 2011. And when the Administration brags that GM reported a $7.6 billion profit in 2011, conservatives are quick to note the profits include roughly $100 million in the form of a tax benefit document in GM’s annual report (p. 51) — and, thus, massive untaxed profits.

The outcome: GM paid a negative tax rate, around -1.5%, because of a decision allowing some of the bailout recipients, GM, AIG, and Citi, to avoid actual losses, but to still claim those losses for tax purposes.

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EPA Official Who Said He Wanted To “Crucify” Oil Companies Resigns

Well, that was pretty much preordained:

Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency official under fire for comparing enforcement of environmental laws to crucifixion, has resigned.

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“Green” Company Solyndra Abandoning Toxic Waste?

And here I thought that Solyndra was supposed to be the poster child for clean green energy?

Three months ago, CBS 5 caught Solyndra tossing millions of dollars worth of brand new glass tubes used to make solar panels. Now the bankrupt solar firm, once touted as a symbol of green technology, may be trying to abandon toxic waste.

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Senate Democrats’ “Trap” For Romney Likely To Trap Democrats

This “trap” looks like it’ll work about as well as the Hooded Claw’s endless traps to catch Penelope Pitstop:

Senate Democrats are planning a new ploy to put Mitt Romney and Republicans on the defensive with female voters.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring to the floor in coming weeks legislation to protect women from retaliation by employers if they inquire about salaries paid to male colleagues

Republicans voted in unison to block the bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, when it came to the floor in November of 2010.

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House Republicans Preparing Contempt Citation For Holder

They’re seriously considering bringing out the big guns (no pun intended):

House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News.

The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year.

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EPA Official: “Crucify” Oil & Gas Companies

Oh, look, another Obama Administration official showing his true feelings about oil companies.

Al Armendariz, a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, explained in 2010 that he understands the EPA policy to be to “crucify” a few oil and gas companies to get the rest of the industry to comply with the laws.

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement,” Armendariz said during a meeting in 2010. “It’s kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years.”

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Latest Green Energy Source: Spinach!

And the government is throwing our hard-earned tax dollars at this idea.

President Obama recently touted algae as a potential source of energy, and now the Environmental Protection Agency has invested in converting spinach into an energy source.

The EPA awarded a $90,000 grant over the weekend to Vanderbilt University students “who designed a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for expensive silicon wafers that are energy intensive to produce, and is capable of producing electricity.”

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The War On Terror Is Over?

So says a senior State Department official:

It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is seen as a potential accessory to terrorists. “The war on terror is over,” one senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues told me. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

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Catholics Planning Two Weeks Of Protest Against Obama

Looks like the Obama Administration’s war on religion has awakened the sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve (with all due respect to Admiral Yamamoto).

Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom.

The protests are expected to include priests and nuns and thousands of Catholic parishioners. Some activists expect civil disobedience, which could lead to powerful images of priests and nuns being led away in hand restraints.

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CBO: Obama Budget Stifles Economic Growth

It’s almost like he wanted the economy to tank again… or is that still?

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.

After five years, the CBO says the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.

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45 Million On Food Stamps, Will Go Up At Least Through 2014

Obamanomics at work (emphasis in original):

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. It  said the number of people receiving the benefits, commonly known as food stamps, would continue growing until 2014.

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Obama Doesn’t Want To Help Small Businesses

The Obama White House is threatening to veto a small business tax cut bill:

The White House has threatened to veto a small business tax cut bill being pushed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), calling it a $46 billion “giveaway” to the “most fortunate.”

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Most Don’t Believe Voter ID Laws Discriminate

Once again, Obama and Company are on the wrong side of an issue:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters rate voter fraud at least a somewhat serious problem in the United States today, and just 24% disagree. This includes 35% who consider it a Very Serious problem and seven percent (7%) who view it as Not At All Serious. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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Obama’s Blunder On Taxes

A lot has been said about the Buffett Rule, here and around the blogosphere, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it illustrates a serious blunder on Obama’s part. He made the discussion about tax rates, and therein lies the danger for him.

By talking about rates, he not only opens himself up to discussions of whether or not he himself paid the same rate as his secretary, he also opened up the discussion of other tax plans such as the Fair Tax and the various Flat Tax proposals out there (including Heritage’s and FreedomWorks‘)*. And if Obama wants to make the discussion about fairness, what could be fairer than everyone paying the same rate?

However, the idea of everyone paying the same rate is anathema to a hard-line lefty like Obama, because their real goal is to use the tax code to punish those who have the drive to succeed and become wealthy. Of course, they except their friends on the left (Kennedys, Kerrys) in favor of attacking those on the right who’ve made their money the hard way (Kochs).

When someone like Obama says “the rich” should pay “their fair share,” to them they mean a higher rate than others (note that the Buffett Rule proposes a 30% rate for the rich, when they claim that his secretary only pays a 25% rate. This is where the danger lies for Obama: when the average voter thinks “fair,” they think along the lines of “everyone pays the same rate.”

Unfortunately for Obama, the discussion on rate was pretty much preordained for his discussions on taxes, because he certainly couldn’t talk about absolute tax payments in real dollars. If you compare what Warren Buffett paid in dollars to what his secretary paid in dollars, it would be apparent how much more the rich pay and he’d have been laughed off the stage.

We have a good chance to laugh him off the stage again. What we need is for the candidates, not only for President but for Congress, to hammer home the point that true fairness is everyone paying the same tax rate.

*Please note, I am not saying I’m in favor of any of these tax plans, just pointing out that there are several proposals out there where everyone pays the same basic tax rate.


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