(CNN) - Few might realize it, but
Tuesday's primary elections might have quietly sealed the racial and
ethnic makeup of the U.S. Senate for a couple of more years.
On Tuesday, C. Anthony Muse, thought to be the strongest black
candidate for U.S. Senate this year, lost his Democratic primary race in
Maryland, coming in a distant second to Sen. Ben Cardin, the incumbent.
CNN found only one other African-American on a Senate ballot, a Florida
candidate who isn't getting much attention among a wide field of
Nothing like a little tax question from the president to get you ready for April 17:
“When it comes to paying down the deficit and investing in our
future, should we ask middle class Americans to pay even more at a time
when their budgets are already stretched to the breaking point? Or,
should we ask some of the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share?”
President Obama said in his weekly address.
Interesting how the only option is an either or. Tax one group or tax the other — take your pick.
Obviously, the president would like to tax the “rich,” using his
favorite model provided by billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Under
the Buffett rule everyone making more than $1 million will pay at least
30 percent of their income in taxes — whether it comes from income or
Where are the trillions of other dollars going to come from to pay down the deficit, Mr. President?
You see, even if Obama got everything he wanted, no strings attached,
it wouldn’t help bring down the deficit. Taking more from one group to
use on another is nothing but the redistribution of wealth. It does
not create new wealth and will not get America a balanced budget.
In fact, a likely scenario if the Buffett rule was enacted would be
to see the country go from bad to worse — further troubling the fiscal
crisis facing America.
“The Buffett rule sounds good in
principle. High-income taxpayers should pay at least as large a share of
their income in taxes as the rest of us. But most already do. On
average, middle-income households will pay 2015 taxes totaling about 15
percent of their income (using the legislation’s definition). Without
the Buffett rule, more than 99 percent of millionaires will pay more
than that and only about 4,000 will pay less. Barely 10 percent of them
will pay less than 20 percent. The proposed legislation would certainly
raise taxes on a lot of high-income taxpayers. But the price would be
even more complicated tax code.”
As has been his practice, Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon
released his annual summary of the National Labor Relations Board’s
(NLRB) activities for the Fiscal Year.
One would expect all doom and gloom considering the harsh picture
painted by critics of the union election process and how hard they and
members of the NLRB had to fight (both internally and externally) last year to push through their “streamlined elections” rule. It was heralded as necessary to “reduce unnecessary litigation” and “streamline pre- and post- election procedures.”
Yet, despite all this criticism, Acting General Counsel Solomon praises the work of NLRB in Fiscal Year 2011 as “once again outstanding.”
This praise seems rather out of place given the harsh rhetoric above
that describes a system that is both “broken” and “vulnerable.”
However, upon investigation of the numbers, one cannot help but notice a
As indicated in Table 1, the NLRB’s efficiency in conducting elections has remained rather steady over the past four years.
Table 2 makes the point that the NLRB has accomplished this despite having a fluctuating caseload over the past four years.
Similar to our comment submitted on NLRB’s Streamline of Elections Rule,
the numbers here do not justify either the harsh criticism of the
process, or the NLRB’s curious urgency in implementing the sweeping
reform of “streamlining” union elections. Overall, the NLRB has
maintained steady progress in both its effectiveness and efficiency of
handling its workload. In FY 2011 the numbers dip slightly. That being
said, the NLRB admittedly still met most of their targets for the year:
The Agency exceeded two of its three ambitious overarching goals and
came close to achieving the third, closing 84.7 percent of all
representation cases within 100 days (target 85 percentg), 72.5 percent
of all unfair labor practice cases within 120 days (target 71.2
percent), and 83.2 percent of all meritorious unfair labor practice
cases within 365 days (target 80.2 percent). The target for each 2011
overarching goal was higher than in FY 2010 and has been increased for
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One of the most time-honored tricks in politics is the act of
accusing your opponent of your own worst crime. Doing so confuses the
mass of the population. It allows the trickster to assume the mantle of
righteous indignation, wrapping their stern lectures in the aura of
high morality. And, of course, it is all a lie, nothing more than a
device to try to escape accountability.
This came to mind as I read the ravings of the hard-Left in the “main
stream” press. From Krugman to Dionne, the arbiters of what is
acceptable socialist thought in America have screamed their buzzword –
“extremists.” What has them all worked-up is the possibility that the
Supreme Court will follow the Constitution and as much as 69 percent of
the American people and throw the Obama healthcare takeover into the
trash where it so richly deserves to be.
“Extreme” they yell! Where are the “good Republicans” of the past,
those quisling souls who always agreed with the underlying assumptions
of the all-powerful centralized state, those “moderates” who were the
first to concede to the demands of the Left, who only wanted to make the
state “run efficiently”? Where are they? I can tell you – they’re
hiding, worried about being defeated in primaries or run out before
there were defeated. They never represented the conservative movement.
Dionne can try to rewrite history all he wants but the facts remain –
the “good Republicans” he longs for were never more than a fraction of
the GOP and today are far less.
For a generation or more, the Left has worked to spin the illusion
that there was a consensus in America in favor of the all-powerful,
unrestrained, ever-growing federal government. The only debate was a
matter of degree, mere nuance. Any true alternative was by definition
“extreme.” But this was the greatest lie perpetrated on the American
people in the post-World War II era. There was no such consensus and
there was in fact no constituency inside the GOP for it. The deep
alienation of millions of Americans – Republicans, Independents and yes,
Democrats – from their government is a direct result of government
pushing the policies of the Big Government Illusion to the exclusion of
policies that actually have the support of the people.
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Pau Gasol didn't know what was going on until it was way too late.
Blake Griffin came form the three point line and was quietly resting his
junk on Pau Gasol's shoulder by the time Pau even thought about boxing
Pau Gasol of the LA Lakers has become the latest victim of the terror
that is Blake Griffin in last nights highly anticipated game between
the LA Lakers and.
Another game, another flurry of monster dunks by Blake Griffin. The
supporting actor in Blake's latest highlight reel: Pau Gasol.
At the beginning of the game, Blake Griffin jumped over Pau's back
for a huge dunk that left Gasol crumpled up on the floor. In the third
quarter, Griffin cocked back and dropped the hammer on Gasol. If you
look closely, you might notice Pau get hit
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A new study from researchers at Jay W. Forrester’s institute at MIT
says that the world could suffer from “global economic collapse” and
“precipitous population decline” if people continue to consume the
world’s resources at the current pace.
Smithsonian Magazine writes that Australian physicist Graham Turner
says “the world is on track for disaster” and that current evidence
coincides with a famous, and in some quarters, infamous, academic report
from 1972 entitled, “The Limits to Growth.”
Produced for a group called The Club of Rome, the study’s researchers
created a computing model to forecast different scenarios based on the
current models of population growth and global resource consumption. The
study also took into account different levels of agricultural
productivity, birth control and environmental protection efforts. Twelve
million copies of the report were produced and distributed in 37
Most of the computer scenarios found population and economic growth
continuing at a steady rate until about 2030. But without “drastic
measures for environmental protection,” the scenarios predict the
likelihood of a population and economic crash.