Tuesday, August 10, 2010

14th Amendment; Undoing Part of Financial Services Act?; Slimming Government Work Force; Wind Mill Problems; Obamanomics Has Failed

 Joe [the plumber] Wurzelbacher speaks....

 The Dallas News reports:  Still, the debate [on the 14th amendment, whereby babies born to illegals are US citizens] could resonate in Texas, where not only 1.5 million illegal immigrants are estimated to reside but at least 60,000 babies are added to their households annually. As Republican members of Congress press for changes to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, preventing automatic citizenship for babies born to illegal immigrants, opponents insist the debate is not really about babies. (snip) Parkland Memorial Hospital delivers more of those babies than any other hospital in the state. Last year at Parkland, 11,071 babies were born to women who were noncitizens, about 74 percent of total deliveries. Most of these women are believed to be in the country illegally. State Rep. Rafael Anchía, D-Dallas, accused Republicans of using the births to generate an explosive election issue.
"They're violating our law, and we're giving their children the benefit of U.S. citizenship," said state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, whose 2009 bill in the Legislature would have challenged the birthright of immigrant children.
That bill died in committee, although Berman has vowed to file another version next year that would prohibit the state from issuing birth certificates to the children of "illegal aliens."
"I've checked the Congressional Record for when the 14th Amendment was written, and the author was quoted as saying that it did not apply to foreigners," he said. "There's no question in my mind about it." [What the 14th Amendment was about was giving citizenship to slaves, not to foreigners....] http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/080810dnmetbabies.2be9a7e.html

[It's getting so outrageous that even some Democrats are working to undo one of the newly passed laws!]  According to Fox business news: Four prominent members of the U.S. Senate introduced a bill Thursday that would strike the provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that potentially gives the Securities and Exchange Commission broad powers to deny Freedom of Information Act requests.
The bill introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del. and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa - is similar to a House version introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that would strike the provision in the law.
The drafting of a Senate bill to strike the SEC FOIA provision comes a day after House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said he would hold hearings next month regarding potential abuse of the bill. [Does our Congress never read the bills they pass and figure out the unintended consequences?] http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/08/05/senators-introduce-sec-foia/?cmpid=prn_baynote_Senators_Introduce_Bill_to_Kill_SEC_FOIA_Powers
From Federal News Radio: Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has introduced a bill that could slim the government's workforce. The Reduce and Cap Federal Workforce Act would bring down and freeze the number of civilian feds at February of 2009 levels. Agencies would need to make those reductions through attrition. The bill would exempt the Defense and Homeland Security departments and some intelligence agencies. Hatch says the government has become bloated, and his bill would cut it down to size.  http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?sid=2022811&nid=15
 The Examiner writes:  The carbon cost of construction is only one downside to using wind power.
  Wind power has a high negative effect for wildlife, particularly birds. The green credentials of wind turbines are challenged especially in Altamont pass in California which is to blame for thousands of bird deaths every year, many of them protected species. Offshore wind farms can affect dolphins and seals in addition to birds.
  There are concerns that wind turbines sited near communities cause health problems for residents. Reported problems include dizziness, nausea and headaches. A common complaint is about the ‘whooshing’ noise made by turbine blades, which can interrupt sleep and affect concentration. The effects on human health are still being studied, but it is a valid factor to consider when evaluating wind power.
Wind farms are increasingly common sights no matter where in the world you live, but while the intentions of wind power advocates and generators are generally well-meaning, there are some serious problems and unintended consequences with the renewable option. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-63210-Environmental-Policy-Examiner~y2010m8d8-Five-reasons-to-rethink-wind-power
Here is part of a Washington Examiner Editorial - Time to Admit Obamanomics Has Failed: Predictably, the stimulus bill has proven to be an extraordinary waste of borrowed money that has failed to create jobs, generate economic growth or do much of anything other than line the pockets of White House political allies. That and give $308 million in subsidies to BP before the Gulf oil spill disaster, and subsidize a study on what happens when monkeys snort coke.
As Romer fades back to her teaching post at Berkeley, Obama is adding to the economic misery by creating an environment of regulatory uncertainty. The Wall Street reform law Obama recently signed potentially requires 533 new regulations, 60 studies and 93 reports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Obama's Environmental Protection Agency has 29 active rulemakings, and there are 100 new rules on the Labor Department's agenda and 26 at the Transportation Department.

And from the UK: The Obama presidency increasingly resembles a modern-day Ancien Régime: extravagant and out of touch with the American people 

As much as the media establishment turn a blind eye to stories like this, which are major news in the international media, the American public is increasingly turning to alternative news sources, including the British press, which has a far less deferential approach towards the White House. It is also showcased by Barack Obama’s drive towards a socialised health care system, which, as I’ve noted before, is “a thinly disguised vanity project for a president who is committed to transforming the United States from the world’s most successful large-scale free enterprise economy, to a highly interventionist society with a massive role for centralized government.” http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100050002/the-obama-presidency-increasingly-resembles-a-modern-day-ancien-regime-extravagant-and-out-of-touch-with-ordinary-people/


National Review reports:  House Democrats, Tom Price (R) of Georgia predicts, “won’t be honest with the American people,” [during a lame duck session of Congress]  and may attempt to “shove through” a “national-energy tax,” an “amnesty bill,” and card-check for labor unions — even if they lose their majority in November. Democratic leaders, like Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), say Price’s worries are “nonsense” and call his resolution a “scare tactic.”

Still, Price says recent comments by Democratic leaders were enough to make him push for a floor vote. For example, on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Carol Browner, President Obama’s energy adviser, said that Democrats could potentially revive their energy bill during the lame-duck session. While Price commends Browner “for her candor,” he warns that her comments are an example of Democrats “pushing issues the American people don’t want.” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/242858/price-lame-duck-threat-robert-costa

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