The United States spends more on K-12 education than many other developed countries, but with results so poor that inadequate education threatens national security, according to a study sponsored by the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.
Controversial legislation making its way through Congress would give the federal government the power to stop Americans who allegedly owe back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from leaving the country. But the questionable amendment to revoke, limit, or deny passports buried inside a massive “transportation” bill — quietly added in by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — is already under fire from numerous experts who say it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Despite the fact that in 2011 President Barack Obama paid a lower tax rate than his secretary — the very circumstance Obama hopes to rectify with the so-called “Buffett Rule” — the President refuses to send one penny more than the law requires to the U.S. Treasury this year, his chief campaign strategist told Fox News Sunday.
Apparently the soaring national debt and the threat of a nuclear Iran are not enough to occupy the government's time, because the Obama administration is pushing to force Westchester County, N.Y., to create more low-income housing, in order to mix and match classes and races to fit the government's preconceptions.
In all likelihood, Ron Paul will not get his party’s presidential nomination. It is all but certain that the prize will go to that candidate — Massachusetts liberal Mitt Romney — for whom the GOP leadership and its surrogates in the so-called “conservative” media have been rooting the entire time.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling on priests, parishes, and Church members to take a bold stand in resisting unjust and evil laws “as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.” In the twelve-page call to action, entitled Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, the ad hoc committee of the U.S. bishops also encouraged Catholics around the nation to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom,” from June 21 to July 4, during which they would focus their attention on the crisis of liberty facing Americans.
Beacon Power, the beneficiary of the endless flow of taxpayer guarantees emanating from the Department of Energy, went into bankruptcy in just over two years, leaving lawyers from the Justice Department crying foul.
President Obama has expressed his concern over allegations that Secret Service agents on duty in Colombia ahead of his appearance at an international summit cavorted with prostitutes at the beachfront resort where they were staying. “If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I’ll be angry,” said the President during the summit in Cartagena April 14, “because my attitude with respect to Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation sitting here.”
When Hostess Brands, maker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, and Ding Dongs, declared bankruptcy on January 12, it said it can’t make interest payments on its $860 million of outstanding debt and make payments into its unions’ pension plans as well. So it stopped making the pension plan contributions.