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The United States Department of the Interior has drafted new legislation that would potentially kick firearms enthusiasts off of millions of acres of public lands in order to keep them from “freaking out” urbanites who like to use the land for hiking and dog walking. The biggest impact of the laws will be to tracts of land situated in the West.
The Treasury Department announced that the Federal debt has reached record levels, as the number passed the $15 trillion mark after a precipitous decade-long increase.
The focus in Washington over deficit reduction strategies has led to talks about a previous proposal that would allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to go ahead and prepare tax returns for Americans.
If you read the grand jury report, you would probably say hanging would be too good for Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno’s longtime assistant football coach at Penn State. The thought of a trusted adult taking advantage of his position to sexually molest young boys is absolutely sickening. Yet several things about this whole horrible story give me pause.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a report “Shooting the Messenger: Congress Targets the Taxpayers’ Watchdog” that outlined how the House was cutting resources to its own investigative agency.
Getting paid a lot for messing up. A lot of folks believe that the profligate loan policies of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac help precipitate the financial crisis in the United States and the multibillion dollar bailout both government-sponsored entities subsequently received. So they won’t be happy to learn that nearly $100 million of their tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for the agencies’ executives. The two top guys, Fannie Mae CEO Michael Williams and Freddie Mac CEO Charles Haldeman, each collected about $5.5 million last year and may get even more. Congress has promised to investigate.
As President Barack Obama headed off to Australia, some lawmakers in Washington accused him of abandoning the capital at an important juncture in the deficit negotiations.
Surely, no one could be silly enough to think that a nation built on free enterprise would ever allow a group of unelected lawyers to start making decisions about their doctors. And surely, no President in his right mind would risk the proverbial smack upside the head which would result from a Supreme Court review of the Constitutionality of a second attempt to dig nationalized healthcare out of its grave.
Some features of proposed legislation would ultimately make companies liable for user copyright infringements taking place on their websites thereby creating a system that, much like Chinese corporate “self-discipline,” gives website operators incentive to be very strict about the information they allow to be published on their venues.