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House passes repeal of ObamaCare

Late yesterday afternoon and on the same day as a new poll by ABC News and the Washington Post was released showing that slight majority of Americans support repeal of ObamaCare, the House of Representatives followed through on a campaign pledge by  repealing the health care “reform” law enacted last March, by a vote of 245 to 189 - with only three Democrats, Dan Boren, Mike Ross and Mike McIntyre, supporting repeal:

Democrats are deriding last night’s House vote to repeal ObamaCare as “symbolic,” and it was, but that is not the same as meaningless. The stunning political reality is that a new entitlement that was supposed to be a landmark of liberal governance has been repudiated by a majority of one chamber of Congress only 10 months after it passed. This sort of thing never happens.

Rand Paul: Budget Slasher

Less than a month in the United States Senate, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is already diving into his work by proposing several hundred billion dollars in spending cuts:

President Barack Obama will soon lay out his vision for federal spending when he releases his annual budget, setting in motion months of debate over the size and scope of government.

Rand Paul is doing the same thing.
It’s an unusual move — a rookie senator releasing his own version of the federal budget — but it says a lot about how Paul is trying to carve an unconventional identity in the stodgy Senate. As he tries to navigate Senate politics, Paul faces a key question: Will he use his national profile to paint himself as a conservative firebrand and perennial outsider, or will he work within the system and with senators across the ideological spectrum to settle for less ambitious deals?

So far, he’s showing signs he’ll do a little of both.

Paul’s version of the federal budget — which he’ll unveil as early as next week — would target programs at virtually every federal agency, including the Defense Department, and would eliminate the Education Department. He plans to follow up with a five-year budget with even deeper spending cuts, a move likely to prompt backlash from groups that would be affected by his proposal.

Like other Republicans, Paul is pushing a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance its books, calling for a two-thirds-majority vote to increase taxes. And he plans to float bills that would kill certain federal regulations. Breaking from most lawmakers, he also wants to force a debate over instituting a limit of two terms for senators. And he’ll propose establishing a waiting period before lawmakers cast major votes and forcing them to read legislation.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 18th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Monday, January 17th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

TARP backer Herman Cain announces presidential bid

Herman Cain, who went on record on recently opposing an audit of the Federal Reserve, launched his incredibly long-shot bid yesterday in the Republican presidential primary for 2012, becoming the first person to announce their candidacy:

Conservative talk radio host Herman Cain on Wednesday announced the creation of a presidential exploratory committee.

The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO created a website with a message to potential supporters and links to donate money.

“Fellow patriots, now more than ever, we must come together to take a stand for the future of America,” he writes. “I make this promise to you as I deliberate the ways in which I can do my part to restore and protect the American Dream: I would be the voice of the American People. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I ask you to do the same for me.”

Should he decide to formally enter the race, Cain would be considered an extreme long shot for the GOP nomination.

When Cain redesigned his website, he scrubbed the articles where he endorsed the TARP bailout, or the “recovery plan,” as he called it on his radio show. In the articles - you can read them here and here - Cain wrote that nationalizing banks “is not a bad thing.” He even went as far as criticizing opponents of the bailout, calling them “free market purists” and absurdly claiming that no valid criticism had been brought forward.

Those are not the words of a free market, tea party conservative. They are the words of someone that defers to government when it comes to matters of principle.

Clyburn: Bring back the Fairness Doctrine

The search continues for a scapegoat for Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson. The latest target is free speech as Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) is proposing bringing back the Fairness Doctrine to censor talk radio:

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in Congress, said Sunday the deadly shooting in Arizona should get the country thinking about what’s acceptable to say publicly and when people should keep their mouths shut.

Clyburn said he thinks vitriol in public discourse led to a 22-year-old suspect opening fire Saturday at an event Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords held for her constituents in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed and 14 others were injured, including Giffords.

The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use ‘better judgment.’

‘Free speech is as free speech does,’ he said. ‘You cannot yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater and call it free speech and some of what I hear, and is being called free speech, is worse than that.’

Clyburn is using the words of Sharron Angle - a former candidate for public office, not a talk show host - that there are “Second Amendment remedies” to restore lost liberty. Irresponsible? Perhaps, but it’s not illegal; nor should it be.

Absurd fingerpointing continues in wake of Arizona shooting

As more become clear about Jared Loughner, the facts seem to mean less and less for those seeking to turn this tragedy into a political witch hunt. It appears that Loughner, had an obsession with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) dating back to 2007 - before Sarah Palin or the tea party movement came on the national scene, and the warning signs that Loughner was an unstable person had been ignored; even by police.

And while the debate on Loughner’s political leanings is still raging, Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post notes that he is a registered independent:

Loughner registered to vote on Sept. 29, 2006, identifying himself as an independent. Records show he voted in the 2006 and 2008 elections but is current listed as “inactive” on the state’s voter roles — meaning that he did not vote in November.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, liberals sought to paint Loughner as an anti-government, tea party conservative. Conservatives retorted that Loughner lacked anything close to a coherent political philosophy — a case strengthened by subsequent glimpses into his personal life that suggests someone struggling with mental illness.

Loughner’s decision to affiliate as an independent rather than a Republican or Democrat would seem to affirm the sense that while he targeted Giffords in the attack, it was not a decision born of a set of deeply held political beliefs that fit neatly into either party.

On the tragedy in Arizona, political rhetoric and fingerpointing

Since Saturday’s shooting in Arizona, my comments on the tragedy have been limited because there are a lot of things being said from all sides and I felt that I should wait until more information was discovered before making any comments.

Unfortunately, others have felt the need to be reactionary, rush to judgment and blame the most convenient figure(s) or movement to take advantage of the situation in hopes to score cheap political points.

Jared Loughner is mentally disturbed, it’s seem very unlikely that Sarah Palin or another politician or the tea party movement had any influence on his actions.

Let’s face it, we’re always going to have differences. And with those differences comes, at times, heat rhetoric - and it comes from all sides, conservative and liberal. There are occasionally individuals that react in an inappropriate manner, either verbally or physically abusive. And other take it to the next level by attempting to take the lives of someone they disagree with. Yes, it’s unfortunately when it happens, and we shouldn’t play down the significance of loss of life.

We should remember that with a free society occasionally comes some excess. With freedom of speech comes vitriolic and incendiary speech, and sometimes hate speech.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Monday, January 10th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

Tea party groups warn GOP

With the GOP now taking control of the House, but showing signs that they may be backing down from promises made on the campaign trail, tea party groups are warning Republicans that they are watching them:

As Republicans celebrated their new power in Washington yesterday, two prominent Tea Party activists walked the halls of Capitol Hill carrying a message: we’re keeping an eye on you.

Although many freshman lawmakers ran on a Tea Party platform — and enjoyed Tea Party support — Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, the co-founders of the national group, Tea Party Patriots, aren’t taking anything for granted.

They wasted no time expressing their displeasure with Republican leaders who have been signaling that they would not be able to follow through on their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal budget this year. They were also passing along the sentiment that the vast majority of their members across the country oppose raising the debt ceiling and support spending cuts.

“The piggy bank is empty,” Meckler told ABC News yesterday, and while he and Martin agreed that the government should not default on its loans, he said following through on the promise to significantly trim the budget was “about political will.”

For their part, GOP leaders pushed back on the suggestion that they were breaking a promise on that score.


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