Only hours after Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suspended his campaign yesterday, GOP contender Ron Paul opened a three-city tour in his home state on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station to an overflow crowd of about 2500. He pressed ahead with his message of liberty to the eager gathering, with an additional 500 people viewing him remotely from outside the auditorium.
Wyoming has settled a lawsuit with a pro-life group that sued the state after officials removed its pro-life displays from a tunnel leading to the state Capitol. Rich Cathcart, head of the Wyoming State Building Commission, admitted that he had ordered the removal of two poster boards placed in the tunnel by WyWatch Family Action, a state pro-life group, claiming that his office had received complaints about the displays. As reported by the Associated Press, one of the posters included the graphic image of an unborn baby, while the other featured a group of women expressing their regrets about having abortions.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced his withdrawal from the presidential race April 10, citing excessive campaign debt and daunting delegate math in upcoming primaries. “We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” Santorum said in his concession speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
One of the big selling points of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, was that despite its massive new spending initiatives it would somehow reduce the federal deficit. But a new study by Medicare trustee Charles Blahous finds that absent repeal of major provisions of ObamaCare, the law could add as much as $527 billion to the deficit over the next decade.
The Obama administration is quietly steering about $500 million to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help bolster the President’s healthcare overhaul, despite efforts in the Supreme Court to strike down the law. The half-billion-dollar transfer is only a snapshot of the IRS’s total ObamaCare implementation spending, and it is being siphoned outside of the traditional appropriations process.
Tax season is winding down once again, but the progressivity of the tax code is still with us. Most Americans who had more taxes withheld from their paychecks than they owe in taxes have already filed for their refunds. But not only did many Americans have no tax liability, some of them who didn’t owe any taxes to begin with still received a refund, all thanks to our Marxist tax code.
About a year ago, the Obama administration drafted a proposed executive order that would have forced potential federal contractors to disclose their political contributions, thereby introducing a political element into a bidding process that is supposed to be free of such considerations. Today, reports The Hill, the “administration has all but abandoned” the order, though Democrats have not given up on achieving the order’s objectives one way or another.
JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly video news update for April 9-15, 2012.
If President Obama plans to run against the Supreme Court this fall, he may have some catching up to do. A Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday shows the high court's popularity has shot up since its three days of hearings, March 26-28, on the constitutionality of the health care reform legislation the President promoted and signed in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
With gasoline prices climbing back up toward $4 a gallon, the President's health care reform in troubled constitutional waters, and job growth underperforming even the most pessimistic forecasts in the third year of an anemic economic expansion, no one should be surprised if the President's reelection team would like to change the subject. This year, "It's the economy, stupid" will likely not be the mantra for the Democratic presidential candidate as it was for Bill Clinton in 1992.