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With a government shutdown looming if Congress and the President can’t agree on a budget by March 4, a majority of Americans are hoping that the two political parties can meet in the middle.
Scenes like those playing out in Madison, Wis., with tens of thousands protesting efforts to reduce State budget deficits, may well soon come to your State capital. States are broke and their budgets are imperiled. Years of living beyond their means, of spending like there’s no tomorrow, of borrowing to fund profligacy and of providing obscene benefits to government workers have caught up with State finances.
The people of Egypt forced their president to resign. They were angry because Hosni Mubarak couldn’t get the economy to grow, ignored or punished those who opposed him, defied court rulings that said his edicts were unconstitutional, exploited class differences, and tried to curb or control communications, including the Internet.
I’ve heard a lot of rumors about President Barack Obama’s “secret objectives.” Most of them I dismiss as utter bunk. But if one of them is bankrupting the country that has been so good to him, he has a chance to be the first President in our history to do it. Read this article to learn about Obama’s budget…
The advocacy group Human Rights Watch has released a report that criticizes the United States for its weak or nonexistent laws on paid leave for new parents.
A sweeping immigration reform bill in Arizona has passed a critical procedural vote and will move to the Senate floor. According to media reports, an Arizona Senate committee approved a sweeping bill on Feb. 22 that would deny automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
Last weekend, I posted a link on Facebook to a report in The Washington Post about the Wisconsin Democrats’ cowardly — and enormously unproductive — bail jump to a bar in Illinois. The attendant discussion started in the usual manner: Fun and friendly digs at Democrats, followed by comical and calm-headed retorts to Republicans. And then all hell broke loose. Read this article to learn the significance of American political discourse…
Rahm Emanuel has been elected to succeed longtime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, accruing enough votes on Feb. 22 to avoid a run-off election in April.