OK, this is it, I promise: my last column on the so-called debt crisis (at least until next month). I know you’re getting tired of hearing about it. Heck, I’m getting tired of writing about it. But the lies and distortions have gotten so outrageous in the past few days that I simply must get up on my soapbox one more time.
The debate over the national deficit and debt limit has brought to the forefront a fundamental split in American political ideologies: What is the proper role of the Federal government in the lives of citizens?
A new study reported in the peer-reviewed journal Remote Sensing examines satellite data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which show that, from the years 2000 through 2011, the Earth’s atmosphere released much more heat than previously predicted by computer models.
The bill put forward by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to reduce spending and raise the debt-limit will, by all accounts, be brought to the floor for a vote this evening. However, speculation remains as to whether the Speaker will have enough votes to pass the so-called Budget Control Act of 2011 on to the Senate.
Fourteen States have not yet declared their intent to apply for the Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million Federal grant program, according to The Washington Times.
Last Friday afternoon, the monotonous buzz of liberal mendacity, gender bias and racism was shattered by the roar of a terrorist attack in Oslo, Norway. Once it became apparent that the perpetrator was not striking a blow for Muhammad, I started counting the moments until someone tried to link the actions of some fruitcake in the land of the midnight sun to the Tea Party.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in a primary election. Sanders told radio talk show host Thom Hartmann that the President has been able to move too far to the right because no Democrat has stood up to him.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned against cutting defense spending too much.
At 11:10 a.m. on July 28, 1914, Count Leopold von Berchtold, the Austro-Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, sent a telegram to M.N. Pashitch, the Serbian Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs. The message read:
The Royal Serbian Government not having answered in a satisfactory manner the note of July 23, 1914, presented by the Austro-Hungarian Minister at Belgrade, the Imperial and Royal Government are themselves compelled to see to the safeguarding of their rights and interests, and, with this object, to have recourse to force of arms. Austria-Hungary consequently considers herself henceforward in state of war with Serbia. –COUNT BERCHTOLD
Thus began World War I.
Both the upper and lower houses of Congress are currently considering bills to increase the debt limit and cut spending. The one in the House is sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and the one in the Senate is sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Both bills have come under fire from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for not actually delivering their respective amounts of promised cuts.