Archive for May 22nd, 2010

Family Research Council — Census Bureau Violates the Defense of Marriage Act; Urges Reporting of False Data

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2010
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS

Census Bureau Violates the Defense of Marriage Act; Urges Reporting of False Data

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ignoring federal and state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the U.S. Census Bureau released videos on Monday encouraging homosexual couples who consider themselves “married” to list themselves as such on this year’s census forms. The videos also urge cross-dressers to identify themselves with whatever sex they prefer.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins responded with the following comments:
“The law should count for something when the Census Bureau counts America’s population, but apparently it doesn’t on President Obama’s watch. The President’s Commerce Department is actively encouraging people to ignore U.S. marriage law and invent new definitions for their relationships. What kind of government actively lobbies citizens to lie on their forms?
“When it comes to advancing the extreme homosexual agenda, this White House has no limits, not even the facts. The Defense of Marriage Act forbids the federal government from recognizing same-sex relationships as ‘marriages.’ If this video were honest, it would state, ‘If you are a same-sex couple, you should mark the box that says ‘unmarried partner,’ even if you are legally married according to the laws of the state in which you reside.’
“Homosexuals should fill out the census form and be counted, the same as any other Americans. But only Congress – not homosexual activists, not the Census Bureau, and not President Obama and his appointees acting unilaterally – can change federal law.”
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Video, Heritage Foundation — Is America Sinking into the Dependency Abyss?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Despite the famed 1996 Welfare Reform Act and the more recent welfare adjustments in 2006, 60.8 million Americans remain dependent on the government for their daily housing, food, and health care. The number of taxpayers is shrinking – and the country may be rapidly approaching the point where more than one-third of Americans do not pay taxes for benefits they receive. In February 2009, the leadership of the Congress and the new Obama Administration may have driven the final stake into the heart of any semblance of fiscal responsibility when they enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – essentially overturning the fiscal foundation of welfare reform.

NTU — Members of Congress Feel Entitled to a Raise

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Tom Horne
April 28, 2010

As a quick addition to Jordan’s previous blog, it seems there are several members of Congress who disagree with us. Just last night, HR 5146 passed in the House to prevent a congressional pay raise for 2011. Astonishingly, there were 15 members who had the gall to vote against this. I’ve taken the liberty to list their names here (as well as their state’s current unemployment numbers).

Conyers (D, MI) – 15.3%
Kilpatrick (D, MI) – 15.3%
Lee (D, CA) – 12.23%
Woolsey (D, CA) – 12.23%
Clyburn (D, SC) – 11.6%
Watt (D, NC) – 10.85%
Payne (D, NJ) – 9.81%
Thompson (D, MS) – 9.47%
Towns (D, NY) – 8.92%
Meeks (D, NY) – 8.92%
Jackson (D, TX) – 8.17%
Johnson (D, TX) – 8.17%
Ellison (D, MN) – 7.34%
Edwards (D, MD) – 7.25%
Moran (D, VA) – 6.67%

Considering the double digit unemployment some of their constituents are facing, it takes one impressively sized ego to go back and ask for a payraise!

Sidenote: The numbering to the original bill NTU endorsed, HR 4255, was changed to HR 5146 before passing.

California’s State IT Overhaul Plan Lacks Critical Safeguards for Taxpayers and Transparency, Concludes New PRI Study

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010


For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2010

Contact: PRI Press Office
Kelly Gorton at 415-955-6136

First 16 projects cost $471 million but deliver only $382 million in short-term financial benefits

San Francisco – The California state government has taken important steps to improving the management of public information technology assets, but a new study from the San Francisco-based Pacific Research Institute concludes that tougher policy reforms are needed to protect taxpayer dollars and personal privacy.

California Disconnect, written by Vince Vasquez, senior policy analyst at the National University System Institute, and Hance Haney, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, assesses the state’s recent IT reorganization plan and its progress to date in reducing financial waste and promoting economic growth. The authors conclude that critical programs and legal safeguards to ensure cost reduction and maximum transparency are alarmingly absent from the IT reorganization plan. According to the study, the first 16 IT projects approved under the new Capital Plan include more than $471 million in spending but expected to deliver only $382 million in “financial benefits” over five years, making these projects net losers in the short term.

The projects also exacerbate the burden state government places on the economic viability of Silicon Valley, the hotbed of IT innovation in California. “Arbitrarily forcing policies like product uniformity and technology standards are bad public policy,” said Mr. Vasquez. He added that such interference from Sacramento can stifle innovation and throw up unnecessary road blocks to job creation and economic productivity. (more…)

Family Research Council — Build Your Immunity, Eat Some Dirt

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Excessive cleanliness is to blame according to Dr. Guy Delespesse, a professor at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Delespesse thinks that “The more sterile the environment a child lives in, the higher the risk he or she will develop allergies or an immune problem in their lifetime.” This has generally become known as the “Hygiene Hypothesis”. Although hygiene does reduce our exposure to harmful bacteria it also limits our exposure to beneficial microorganisms. Previously, German researchers at University Children’s Hospital in Munich found that mothers exposed to farms, particularly to barns and farm milk, while pregnant confer protection from allergies on their newborns. The exposure apparently affects the baby’s T regulatory cells, which act to suppress immune responses and thereby maintain immune system balance. Other studies have suggested that not only too much cleanliness, but also exposure to cleaning products, could have an affect.

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Support for ObamaCare to Be Challenged by Stockholders at Company Shareholder Meetings

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Contact: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or (703) 568-4727 or dalmasi@nationalcenter.org, or Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or jkent@nationalcenter.org
Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Support for ObamaCare to Be Challenged by Stockholders at Company Shareholder Meetings Thursday
Policy experts from the National Center for Public Policy Research are attending the annual shareholder meetings of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Thursday to question their CEOs about their active support of President Obama’s progressive agenda.

“The pharmaceutical industry was a key driving force that helped push ObamaCare over the legislative line. Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler played a crucial role in generating public and political support for ObamaCare,” said Tom Borelli, Ph.D, director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project.

“By working with President Obama, the Democratic majority in Congress, and left-wing advocacy groups, corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer are undermining the liberty of all Americans,” added Borelli. (more…)

World Mag — The maternal death rate myth

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

UNITED NATIONS | UN population conferees use older, higher death numbers to prop their case for abortion and family planning in undeveloped countries despite a ‘robust reason for optimism’ when it comes to maternal health | Alisa Harris

Leave Medical Liability Change To States — Investor’s Business Daily

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

They’re right – but it could have been worse. The president could have adopted the Republican proposal to give Congress authority to pre-empt states‘ medical liability laws. He was right to deny Congress this power, and he should continue to oppose it if it resurfaces.

First, tort law has traditionally been the domain of states, for good reason. Our understanding of the consequences of liability laws will necessarily be imperfect, and the best way to improve these laws is to learn from the experiences of other states.

Video, NFIB — 25 ways the new healthcare law changes life for business owners

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

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State Private-Market Health Insurance Reform: Lessons on Health Insurance Exchanges, Progress, and Next Steps — Orrin G. Hatch

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Abstract: Perhaps the most powerful obstacle to state-based health care innovation is a federal government seeking to impose a single national system through regulations and mandates. There is an enormous reservoir of expertise, experience, and field-tested reform among the states, and we should take advantage of that by placing states at the center of health care reform efforts so that they can use approaches that best reflect their own needs and challenges. America’s Founders created a system in which the federal government may exercise only delegated powers that James Madison described as “few and defined.” The rest belong to the states or to the people. Not only does federalism protect liberty by limiting government, but it allows states to try different things, to test different solutions, to use different approaches.

Obesity Myths — Should This Man Dictate Food Recipes?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

On Sunday, a New York Times exposé highlighted an important trend in high fructose corn syrup: The science sits quietly on one side, while activists loudly attract attention to their cause on the other. After noting that even food industry critics like Michael Jacobson and nutritionists like Marion Nestle are of the belief that high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally no different than sugar, the Times then interviews Ivan Royster, who runs the Facebook group “THE BAN OF HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IN THE U.S.”

His is an ambitious goal: to force the reformulation of hundreds or thousands of everyday foods. And his following is more than 120,000 Facebook fans strong. But contradicted by professionals opposed to the belief that high fructose corn syrup is harmful, does the Facebook group have much science of its own? Nope. The Times notes this about the online fear monger: “[H]e says that the syrup is harmful in ways that science simply hasn’t yet figured out because not enough of the right studies have been done.”

Independence Caucus Endorses Patricia Lightner — Patricia Lightner Garners 63.5% of Membership Vote to Secure

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Media Release
May 5, 2010
Independence Caucus Endorses Patricia Lightner
Patricia Lightner Garners 63.5% of Membership Vote to Secure

Kansas, (May 4, 2010) – The Independence Caucus is proud to announce their support for former State Rep. Patricia Lightner for Congress in the Kansas Third District. The Independence Caucus is a nonpartisan member organization that promotes candidates who commit to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Independence Caucus has been successful in races across the country in energizing and organizing tea party and other constitutionally minded activists previously disillusioned by the political process. (more…)

The Perks of Not Going Greek — Jeremy Weltmer

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Yet again, Greek unions are striking over the austerity measures imposed under the deal with the IMF and the eurozone countries. In particular, they reject the increases in the retirement age, decrease in pension benefits, and decreases in minimum wages, so they have declared general strikes and taken to the streets to decry the government’s actions.

As the Wall Street Journal reported this morning, “One of those in favor of strike action is Eleni Mitsou. ‘We are striking against the measures the government agreed to with the IMF and the EU that do not allow us to survive,’ said Ms. Mitsou. ‘With the new measures, new entrants into the work force will have their starting wage cut to €560 from €740, and they can’t live on that,’ she added.”

FREEDOMWORKS JOINS ‘CFACT’ TO PROTEST GENERAL ELECTRIC CEO JEFF IMMELT

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

What: GE CEO Jeff Immelt is delivering the commencement address at Boston College on Monday, May 24th.

Why: Immelt and GE are lobbying for the job-killing cap and tax scheme. Immelt also sits on Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board where he supports the Obama agenda and receives in return billions of dollars in stimulus money and federal guarantees of shaky GE debt.

When: Monday, May 24th at 7:45am

Where: meet at intersection of Beacon Street and House Road, right outside Alumni Stadium (MAP)

Contact & RSVP: Evan Dent – 530-524-2645, Evan.Dent@gmail.com

Minimum Wage Hike Hasn’t Helped Poor — Richmond Times Dispatch

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

T.K. Somanath’s recent Op/Ed column, “Richmonders Achieve American Dream,” calls for attainable, safe housing for those who live in Richmond. But affordable housing isn’t helping to reduce poverty and unfortunately another strategy most popular among advocates — raising state and federal minimum wages — is also one of the least effective.

Without Internships, Oprah Might Not Be A Mogul — Detroit News

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The television industry is notoriously hard to break into, for instance, so many people start out in part-time and unpaid positions. I doubt that Oprah Winfrey regrets her time as a lowly intern at the CBS station in Nashville. She’s in good company: Other famous former interns include Steven Spielberg, Carl Bernstein, Donald Trump, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

A common misconception is that unpaid interns provide “free” labor. But for a business, each intern costs real money to train and supervise. If the Labor Department tacks on a few thousand dollars in pay, it will no doubt convince many employers that interns just aren’t worth the trouble.

NTU — The Forgotten Debt

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

When we look at the coverage of government debt, not only the media, but also the government fails to reveal the whole story. We are bombarded with a litany of stories about the federal budget deficit and the national debt, but the attention given to the debt issue is not the problem. The point is not the media’s failure to mention the topic of federal debt, but rather it’s the substance of the coverage that is lacking – specifically the way the amount of debt is calculated. It’s a far larger problem than a mere matter of incorrect addition. You can find the problem with every garbage pick-up man, mayor, city official, and governor across our nation. How is this possible? It stems from the debt carried by state and local governments, and it just might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Social Justice, the Needy, and the Wealthy — Dr. Paul Kengor

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Recently, The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College has tackled the issue of “social justice,” with articles by Gary Smith, J. D. Wyneken, Mark Hendrickson, and Shawn Ritenour. I strongly encourage readers to forward these articles to anyone interested in a sincere discussion motivated by a desire for truth. On that, I’d like to weigh in with my own thoughts.

Alliance for Worker Freedom: Unions Look Expand Control Over the National Football League

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The National Football League (NFL) assistant coaches are considering unionizing after some NFL owners amended retirement plans last year. This news comes amidst contract disputes with the National Football League Players Association which may result in a lockout in 2011.

“The unionization of assistant coaches could exasperate the already tense relationship between ownership and players. Owners already have to deal with the cut throat players’ union, if assistant coaches organize, 2011 could be a year without football. Fans should be weary,” said Brian Johnson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom.

Democrats dreamin’ — a public demanding tax hikes — North County Times

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

“California continues to face unprecedented budget challenges. Like only two other states in the nation —- California requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to pass a budget. As the majority party, Democrats are willing to take responsibility for a majority vote budget. The public should have the opportunity to hold the party in power accountable for the policy decisions they make.”