” Wondering how illegal immigration is affecting your pocket book? While the fiscal burden of illegal immigration on the United States taxpayerswas estimated at $113 billion in 2010, below you will find links to cost summaries for each separate state so that you can see specifically how this is impacting your state.”
” Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.”
” Respondents answered in the following order:
Economy in general 24%
Dissatisfaction with Government 16%
Federal budget deficit/Federal debt 11%
Ethical/Moral/Family decline 5%
Immigration/Illegal aliens 4%
Guns/Gun control 4%
Situation with North Korea 4%
Lack of Money 3%
Lack of respect for each other 2%
Foreign aid/Focus overseas 2%
” From RNC honcho Reince Priebus, from the senator from Swing-State Central Rob Portman, and even from the great Charles Murray, the same mournful dirge echoes through the cavernous emptiness of the Republican big tent: Give it up, losers — give it up on illegal immigration, gay marriage, abortion, and maybe Americans under 30, 50, whatever, will consider voting for you, or at any rate consider finding you marginally less repellent.
Maybe. But I’m a wee bit skeptical. As the New York Post’s film critic Kyle Smith tweeted: “Just a wild guess, but if we go all-out for gay marriage, I’m thinking the liberals will come up with another reason to hate us.”
Undoubtedly. As recently as 2000, when Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex “civil unions,” that was the enlightened, progressive position. A mere 13 years later, to support “civil unions” is to be a “homophobe” and a “hater.” Where will received wisdom be in another 13 years?”
#1 Moroccan Pottery Classes: $27 Million
A “key part” of a four-year, $27 million plan by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve the economic competitiveness of Morocco involved training Moroccans to design and make pottery for sale both locally and in international markets, Cobrun’s report says. But the translator hired was not fluent in English and some of the materials used in the sessions were not regularly available in Morocco. The agency’s Inspector General concluded the training was “ineffective and poorly implemented.”
” Liberals’ response to this will be: Well, Five Guys are just doing it wrong. That’s always their response. The government is always benevolent and doing it right (even when it imposes laws that the majority did not want); the private sector is doing it wrong. Just because, so there. That’s what arguing with liberals over ObamaCare amounts to.
The fight over Obamacare, so far held at the 30,000-foot level, is about to hit home. The latest impact hot off the grill: prices of burgers and hot dogs at Five Guys, the national chain that started in Washington, are going to rise to cover the president’s mandated insurance coverage.”
“The President greatly enjoyed the dinner and had a good exchange of ideas with the Senators,” a senior administration official said.
The guest list included Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dan Coats of Indiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.
Republicans have since accused the administration of trying to amplify the impact by taking steps like releasing illegal immigrants from Southwestern jails. But they’ve also ripped the administration for its apparent overstatements — such as a claim, later shown to be exaggerated, by Education Secretary Arne Duncan that teachers were receiving “pink slips.” One district in West Virginia later revealed that its teachers had been sent transfer notices, but it had nothing to do with the sequester.”
” Lawmakers say the email is further evidence that the Obama Administration is seeking to inflict maximum pain for the minimal $85 billion in cuts.
“This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the Sequester cuts for political gain,” said Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK).”
“ President Obama has been highlighting, with increasing urgency, all the ways in which the sequester – the across-the-board cuts to defense and nondefense discretionary spending scheduled to hit at the end of next week – would be bad for average Americans and could do serious damage to the economy.
What he hasn’t said, but what’s abundantly clear from looking at where the cuts would hit, is that the sequester also would make virtually all of Mr. Obama’s second-term legislative agenda, including a few items that have Republican support, essentially dead on arrival.
At an event Tuesday with first responders whose jobs could be eliminated by the sequester, Obama spelled out the consequences of allowing the cuts to take effect: ”This is not an abstraction,” he said. “People will lose their jobs.
Consider immigration reform, one of Obama’s top legislative priorities. With a bipartisan group of senators currently working on a bill – and with the Republican Party looking for new ways to reach out to Hispanic voters – it appears to have a decent chance of passing. But many conservatives have made clear that they will only support a comprehensive reform bill if it makes securing the border a precondition of giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
And beefing up border security could become all but impossible if the sequester takes effect – since it will force big cuts in the number of border patrol agents.”
” That means that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has increased more than 13% over that period to $3.73.
What’s behind the higher prices at the pump? It’s a confluence of factors, from rising crude oil prices, to production cuts and refinery closings.”
” What’s that Liberals? You don’t want to let some Republican politician tell you how bad the budget looks? Okay, then let the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office Director tell you.”
” Young people overwhelmingly supported President Obama in both his elections in the hope that he might make their lives better.
My major quibble with Smith’s piece? Obama isn’t preparing to screw young people. He and other politicians have been doing it for years.
Obamacare is an obvious example. A central tenet of the plan and the purpose of the individual mandate is to shift costs from older, sicker people to younger, healthier people. Unsurprisingly, Health Care costs are projected to nearly triple under Obamacare for Americans under the age of 27.
It’s also no surprise that AARP, which Smith called the “implacable lobby for retired people,” has been “energetically making the case that young people should pay up.” “
Illustration By David Horsey
” The school choice movement is extraordinary because it’s not inspired by any political figure. Instead, it’s an organic, grassroots parent movement inspired by extreme dissatisfaction with the status quo. It is a purely American protest movement, uniquely bipartisan and multicultural. But it’s more than a protest movement; it has become a successful, constructive change agent.
I can’t imagine an industry more ripe for restructuring than K-12 education. Governments run this monopoly, spending nearly $600 billion annually on K-12 education. Meanwhile, SAT scores recently hit a 40-year low. (Here come the parents with the pitchforks.) “
Illustration By Lisa Benson
” The executive orders the President signed on Wednesday are expected to cost over $4.5 billion according to the Weekly Standard.
The main bulk of the spending will come from over $4 billion to keep more than 15,000 police officers on the street and another $150 million for putting new school resource officers on the job.”
” “At one point several weeks ago,” Mr. Boehner told Wall Street Journal writer Stephen Moore, “the president said to me, ‘We don’t have a spending problem.’ “
Such began the divinely timed epiphany of Speaker Boehner that the president is an ideologue who perhaps can’t be reasoned with. Thus, the Speaker’s eyes were opened during the fiscal cliff negotiations that the president is out to draw political blood on Republicans, and really isn’t all-too-concerned about compromise. Well, unless you consider “compromise” making an outrageous offer and then getting 90% of what he wants. “
” Washington D.C. lawmakers in both chambers left the capitol on early Sunday night after negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff fell apart in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) said there is “still time left to reach an agreement.” In the meantime, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will continue negotiations on the phone tonight with Vice President Joe Biden. “
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