Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Senate

First anniversary of Newtown shooting punctuated by anti-gun protests

On Saturday, the first anniversary of the ghastly unprovoked attack on innocents at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last year, anti-gun rallies are being held in 35 states in an attempt to energize the push for more gun controls. Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America which will be ringing bells across the land in its “Silence No More” memorial rallies, said:

Moms won’t be silent anymore. Something changed after Sandy Hook. We can’t unring the bell, and we will be heard.

This is not the America I want for my children.

At the moment Watts’ efforts are being challenged by a rising tide of resistance. In April President Obama was visibly angry over

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Ryan-Murray debt agreement gives away sequester cuts, sells out tea party conservatives

In announcing the budget agreement hashed out during secret negotiations over the past two weeks, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said:

I’m proud of this agreement. It reduces the deficit without raising taxes. And it cuts spending in a smarter way. It’s a firm step in the right direction…

This was for public consumption. In fact, now that the agreement has passed the House and will likely shortly pass the Senate, it will

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Illinois pension reform is no permanent fix

When Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan opened debate over his bill designed to solve the state’s $100 billion shortfall in funding four of its five public pension plans, he said:

There will be changes here, much-needed changes, but this bill is a well-thought-out bill, a well-balanced bill that deserves the support of this body, the state Senate, and the approval of Governor Quinn.

Something’s got to be done. We can’t go on dedicating so much of our resources to this one sector of pensions.

Madigan instead birthed a

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Third Colorado State Senator Resigns to Avoid Being Recalled

In anticipation that the recall movement that had successfully ousted two other Colorado state senators over gun control issues this past summer was about to overwhelm a third, state senator Evie Hudak abruptly resigned on Wednesday, rather than face a recall. By resigning, under Colorado law her successor must be appointed by the Democrat party, thus preserving a one-vote margin in the senate. If she had been ousted, she likely would have been replaced with a Republican.

The recall movement claimed it had 18,900 valid signatures which it was going to submit to the Colorado state’s secretary on Monday, and it was becoming more and more obvious that Hudak

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Obama continues to drop in polls, opening up Senate races in 2014

President Obama’s luster as leader of the Democrat party continues to fade as one after another poll shows declining ratings in the areas of competence and trust. The latest Quinnipiac poll taken among Ohio voters which was released on Wednesday showed his job approval rating there dropping to the lowest

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Tea Party Accepts Challenge from Obama to “Win an Election!”

The president couldn’t resist spiking the ball after scoring his “keep the status quo” touchdown earlier this week in his remarks on Thursday:

You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election!

That is exactly what conservative challengers are doing to those perceived to have

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Mixed Reactions to New Law Reopening Government

Once the 11th-hour vote to avoid the potential default was passed by the Senate and the House and signed into law by President Obama, key players in the game of fiscal chicken just ended began issuing their justifications and frustrations. That game, variously called “political brinkmanship”, a “temporary fix”, “a temporary ceasefire” and “a political achievement for Obama”, does everything the president wanted while

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US Government Shutdown Not Likely to Break Belgium’s Record of 589 Days

With news that the partial US government shutdown won’t be resolved for at least the next two weeks, and will then only likely end when the debt limit crisis forces it, commentators have resurrected the history of the last government shutdown during the Clinton administration. But little if any media attention is being paid to the longest government shutdown,

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Glitches, as Anticipated, Plague First Day of Obamacare

California insurance broker Jason Andrew planned to help a couple of his clients sign up for Obamacare on Tuesday, the first day of the federal health care roll out, but couldn’t, for two reasons: first, he hadn’t yet been certified by the state to do so, and secondly, he couldn’t get accurate quotes from the state exchange’s computer. Andrew just laughed it off:

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Congressional Stalemate Continues, Threatening Partial Government Shutdown

Hoping to put the onus back onto the Senate, the House of Representatives on Friday night passed two amendments to the pending Continuing Resolutions bill: one to repeal the Obamacare tax on medical devices (248-174) and the other to delay implementation of the controversial law for a year (231-192). As they were being passed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid remained adamant that

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Wisconsin Teachers Learning How to Live Free Again, Thanks to Act 10

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, September 19th, 2013:

Under Wisconsin’s Act 10, every union must be re-certified by its members each year – a freedom denied its members in the past. Once certified, a union was formerly permanent. With regard to teachers, it required dues to be deducted from their paychecks, it demanded negotiating rights on their behalf, it mandated where they could buy their health insurance, and so on.

But when the teachers themselves were asked if they wanted to stick with their union, they said

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House GOP Leadership Thwarted by Tea Party Conservatives over Defunding Obamacare

A vote on a bill to continue government spending offered by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) scheduled for Thursday was abruptly cancelled when it was clear that it would fail. Called a “trick” by some Tea Party conservatives, “hocus-pocus” by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and “chicanery” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cantor’s bill clearly wouldn’t draw the 218 votes necessary for passage. Especially since some 80 House members have signed a letter drafted by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) demanding that

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First Recall in Colorado History Ousts Two Anti-Gun Senators

With the concessions of defeat by former state senate president Democrat John Morse and Democrat senator Angela Giron came cries of jubilation and disappointment in the first recall election in Colorado’s history. In the recall election first allowed by Colorado in 1912, more than $3 million was invested in the elections, most of it from

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More Good News: The Failing Syrian Strategy is Weakening the Imperial Presidency

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 9th, 2013:

A remarkable change is taking place, and most “conservative” pundits are failing to see it. As Obama stumbles determinedly forward in promoting his Syrian strategy while his supporters bail out along the way, few are seeing any benefits.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough admitted, after some tough grilling, that

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Despite Big Push by Obama, Support for Syrian Attack Dwindles

Secretary of State John Kerry, following his meetings with more than two dozen European foreign ministers on Saturday in Lithuania, insisted that his efforts were successful in generating support for President Obama’s planned attack on Syria. But none of it endorsed military action but only that

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Can Any Good Come Out of the Syrian Fiasco?

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 6th, 2013:

As the President tries to rally support for his Senate resolution to bomb Syria to teach Assad a lesson, he is sitting on an ice-cube that is melting.

On Tuesday night, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted underwhelmingly, 10-7, to support a watered-down version of what the White House really wanted: authorization to do what it wanted in Syria. Instead, the language limited his adventure to

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Unintended Consequences from Potential Syrian Attack Continue to Grow

Following the informal meeting between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin made clear that he would continue to provide all manner of military aid to Syria’s President Assad. Such aid would include

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Why Does Obama Want to Start a War?

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 30th, 2013:

 

With President Obama isolated in his quest to justify his pending attacks on Syria, why would he press on? Why would he incur the wrath not only of an increasing percentage of the American people, but his supporters as well?

Everywhere one looks, people are running away from Obama. In Canada,

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Obama Issues Two More Anti-Gun Executive Orders

At the swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Thursday of Todd Jones as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), President Obama’s point man on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden, announced that the ATF was issuing new rules concerning the re-importation of US military surplus weapons. Where such importation was previously allowed only with government approval, now all requests for such importation will be

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CNBC says Larry Summers to replace Ben Bernanke at the Fed

Citing an unnamed source from “Team Obama”, CNBC announced that Larry Summers will be named head of the Federal Reserve by President Obama to replace outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke whose term expires on December 31st.

Despite much media conversation about other potential candidates for the position, chief among them Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen, Summers always had the inside track. Summers served as

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.