Thursday, January 27, 2011

When Dictatorships Thrive; Earmarks Good for Reid; Some States to Demand Proof of Eligibility Prior to Putting Candidates on Ballot; The Blessing of Self Government; Opps! He Misspoke on Obama's Birth Certificate; Kiss Your Charitable Donation Tax Break Good-bye; A Presidency to Nowhere

El Universal out of Caracas wrote: Any Venezuelans who believe that President Hugo Chávez has committed a crime and resort to the Attorney General Office to seek prosecution of the Venezuelan president will go from complainant to defendant, as provided for in two judgments issued by the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ).
The Supreme Tribunal of Justice authorized the Public Prosecution Office, led by Luisa Ortega Díaz, to dismiss two cases filed by Henry Ramos Allup and Rafael Marín, two leaders of Venezuelan opposition party Acción Democrática (Democratic Action); and by retired Navy Vice Admiral Iván Carratú and retired Colonel Pedro Soto against Chávez. Additionally, the top court "instructed" the Public Prosecution Office to "initiate a criminal investigation against the complainants."
ABC News writes: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told ABC News that earmarks will return to Capitol Hill despite President Obama's vow in last night's State of the Union to veto any spending bill that includes them. In an interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl, Reid launched a vigorous defense of pork, the pet projects that members of Congress insert into bills to benefit their home states. "I think it's taking power away from the legislative branch of government and giving it to the executive branch of government," Reid said of the president's plan.
World Net Daily reveals: It could be a game-changer.
A plan in Arizona to require presidential candidates to prove their eligibility to occupy the Oval Office is approaching critical mass, even though it has just been introduced.
Within ten days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate's citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate's age and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States.
WTMJ4 of Milwaukee reported on Rand Paul's speech following the SOTU:  "There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.
Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.
The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus. 
All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.”  Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.
Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.
So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us.  They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.
They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.  [We Americans must be vigilant in order to keep it.]
USNews writes: President Obama's agenda spelled out in his well-received State of the Union address would boost spending an additional $20 billion and lead to higher taxes, according to a line-by-line analysis from the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. [See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

Fox New reports: A celebrity journalist now claims he misspoke when he said last week that Hawaii’s governor told him he was unable to find President Barack Obama’s original birth certificate after a search of state and hospital archives.
Mike Evans told on Wednesday he was remorseful and embarrassed that he appeared to have given the impression that he had discussed the search for Obama’s birth certificate with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie. [For the record, he "appeared to have given the impression" by forthrightly saying he had been told.  Funny how that works.  And no one should be surprised that "someone" forced him to change his statement when our government is filled with Chicago thugs who know how to get the job done.]

The Chronicle of Philanthropy writes: A high-level committee that offered a plan for reducing the federal government's debt today issued a proposal that would radically change the way the tax code treats charitable gifts.
The proposal would essentially eliminate the charitable tax deduction.
In its place, all donations made by federal taxpayers would qualify for a 15-percent tax credit. But instead of that credit going to the taxpayer, it would be given to the charity receiving the donation in the form of a matching grant from the Internal Revenue Service.  [So, we generous Americans will cease to donate and then the government will become the distributor of our tax dollars to charity.  Aren't we in debt already?]

A Presidency to Nowhere - Dan Henninger of the Wall Street Journal: 

No president before Barack Obama has been so right and so wrong. When in his State of the Union speech Mr. Obama said, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment," citing the emergence of global competition from the likes of China and India, he was right. Minutes later he proposed to cover the country with high-speed rail and companies making solar shingles. High-speed rail and solar shingles? If that's the president's idea of meeting our Sputnik moment, then Houston, we have a problem. About halfway into the speech, I began to wonder: What is John Boehner thinking?

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