Thursday, December 11, 2014

One Senator's Simple Reform that Would Shrink the Federal Budget by 1/6th -- and How it Could Pass

TheBlaze Books ^ | 2014-12-11 | Benjamin Weingarten 

James Buckley, former U.S. senator from New York of the Conservative Party (also the first and only senator ever elected from the Conservative Party), under secretary of state during the Reagan and Bush administrations, federal judge, and the Buckley in the landmark campaign finance decision, Buckley v. Valeo, has a plan that could singlehandedly shrink the federal budget by one-sixth, restore the balance of federalism and Constitutional order, return power to the states and the people, and in the process improve the services provided to taxpayers.
The novel idea to achieve these ends is the subject of his slender but insightful new book, “Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering Their People,” and it is as follows: eliminate all federal grants-in-aid.
What are grants-in-aid, and why in the world would members of Congress cede control of 17% of the federal budget and with it a substantial portion of their power?
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Texas Sheriff on Obama’s Amnesty: ‘Saloon Door Mentality on Our Border’!

CNSNews ^ | December 11, 2014 | Penny Starr 

Andy LouderbackJackson County Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback spoke at a press conference on Dec. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C., in opposition to President Barack Obama's amnesty plan. 

( – Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in the nation’s capitol, Jackson County Texas Sheriff Andy Louderback said President Barack Obama’s plan to protect millions of illegal aliens from deportation amounts to “a large welcome sign and a saloon door mentality on our border.”
"What we’re facing in Texas and in this nation is a large welcome sign and a saloon door mentality on our border," said Louderback, president of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
“Sheriffs in this country support the rule of law,” said Louderback, who was joined by lawmakers and sheriffs from across the country. “Everybody here, behind me, to my left, to my right, supports the rule of law.”
Short video at link.
More than a dozen county sheriffs and a long list of their colleagues who oppose Obama’s amnesty plan but were not present at the press conference joined Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and David Vitter (R-La.), and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to express their opposition.
Jeff SessionsSen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke at a press conference to oppose President Barack Obama's amnesty plan on Dec. 10, 2014, surrounded by county sheriffs from around the country who also oppose it. ( Starr)
No specifics were given as to what could be done to stop the president or the Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration law enforcement guidelines on prosecutorial discretion.
Pinal County Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu said the president should be putting citizens’ rights ahead of those of illegal aliens.
“Instead of putting illegals first and their rights, what about putting Americans and our rights and our security once first – put our security first?” Babeu said. “We ask Congress to stand up to this president and to enforce all of the laws and to secure our border.”
“We do not support this amnesty,” Louderback said. “We cannot support this amnesty.”
Jeff SessionsSen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) organized a press conference held on Dec. 10, 2014 to demonstrate that the law enforcement community is opposed to President Barack Obama's amnesty plan. ( Starr)
As reported, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson released the memorandum on the same day that the president announced his amnesty plan.
“In the immigration context,” the memo says, in part, “prosecutorial discretions should apply not only to the decision to issue, serve, file, or cancel a Notice to Appear, but also to a broad range of other discretionary enforcement decision, including deciding: whom to stop, question, and arrest; whom to detain or release; whether to settle, dismiss, appeal, or join in a motion on a case; and whether to grant deferred action, parole, or a stay of removal instead of pursuing removal in a case.”
When asked what Congress can do about Johnson’s guidance, Sessions said he was looking into that but vowed to fight the president.
“I have a message today for every leader in Congress, for every official in the White House and to President Obama: We are going to fight this illegal amnesty, and we're not going to stop,” Sessions said.

New Lois Lerner emails indicate Obama’s DOJ involved in IRS targeting scandal

Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Noah Rothman 

In the month prior to the 2010 midterm elections, Internal Revenue Service investigator Lois Lerner met with Justice Department officials to discuss the criminal prosecution of tax-exempt political groups.
It had previously been revealed that Lerner investigated avenues for prosecuting certain tax-exempt status applicants upon the suggestion of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) when the watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained Lerner’s emails on that subject via a FOIA request.
The email, dated May 8, 2013, revealed some coordination between Lerner and the Department of Justice:
I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ, I know him from contacts from my days there. He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.
But new emails obtained from the Justice Department by Judicial Watch, heavily redacted and procured only as a result of a court order, indicate that Lerner had been investigating the potential for prosecuting tax-exempt applicants two years before she admitted to inappropriate targeting. Lerner went so far as to have an in-person meeting at DOJ to discuss the subject.
The emails are reproduced below via Forbes contributor Robert Wood:
They revealed that Mr. Obama’s DOJ called an October 8, 2010 meeting with the IRS “concerning 501(c)(4) issues.” On September 30, 2010, the DOJ’s Election Crimes prosecutor emailed Ms. Lerner:
“Hi Lois-It’s been a long time, and you might not remember me, I’ve taken on [REDACTED] duties. I’m looking forward to meeting you, Can we chat in advance? I’m a [REDACTED]“
Ms. Lerner responded on October 2, 2010:
“Sure-that’s a good Idea [sic]. I have a meeting out of the office Monday morning, but will try you when I get back sometime early afternoon. You can try me at 202 283-8848.”
“The document shows that the unknown DOJ official setting up the meeting is with the Election Crimes Division of the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division. (Judicial Watch believes the redacted name of the DOJ official is Richard Pilger, Director of the Election Crimes Division.)” the Judicial Watch release read. “The DOJ email setting up the IRS meeting is cc’d to the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section Chief, Jack Smith, and Principal Deputy Chief Raymond Hulser. The documents show that Ingram was not available but arranged for her deputy, Lois Lerner, then-Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations branch, to meet with the DOJ senior officials.”
The Justice Department has, however, withheld an additional 832 pages of requested documents, citing a variety of exemptions that allow the agency to keep that information secret.
“These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.” Only as a result of Judicial Watch’s independent investigations did the American people learn about the IRS-DOJ prosecution discussions of Obama’s political enemies and how the IRS sent, in violation of law, confidential taxpayer information to the FBI and DOJ in 2010. Richard Nixon was impeached for less.”
As Ed Morrissey observed when the initial contacts between Lerner and the DOJ were exposed, we do not know just which groups the IRS official was targeting. While it could have been a conservative group, it could also have been a liberal organization in the IRS’s crosshairs.
However, an October, 2010 email sent by Lerner to a DOJ contact and later uncovered by congressional investigators revealed that the tax collection agency had sent the Justice Department and the FBI “1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations.” That database contained confidential taxpayer information, and its transfer suggests that collusion between DOJ and IRS with the aim of prosecuting some tax-exempt applicants had evolved beyond merely the planning stages.
Neither the press nor the Justice Department appears interested in investigating this apparent abuse of authority by the IRS but, thanks to groups like Judicial Watch, the issue is not going away.

The School Lunches Malia And Sasha Eat Vs. The Crap Michelle Obama Has Foisted On America

The Daily Caller ^ | December 9, 2014 | Eric Owens, education editor 

Most American kids attend public schools. On the other hand, the first daughters, Malia and Sasha, attend Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Tuition per student at the private school is $36,264 per year (but that includes a hot lunch).
For Tuesday, Dec. 9, the scrumptious, bountiful lunch menu for both the middle school and the upper school at Sidwell Friends is:
Potato Sausage Soup; Firecracker Slaw; California Chef’s Salad; All Natural Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings; Sweet Potato Black Bean Bake; Sautéed Local Greens; Gemelli Alfredo; Sliced Pineapple
This menu of completely free lunch items certainly sounds delicious and nutritious. Also, to be clear, it’s for a single day, not the entire week....
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GOP Establishment Should Fear Cruz Run ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin 

Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz gave a major foreign-policy speech at the Heritage Foundation critiquing the disastrous nature of what he labeled as the “Obama-Clinton” approach to the subject. His desire to lay out his foreign-policy views in detail at such a venue as well as his focus on Clinton was a clear indication of something that is not exactly a secret: he’s planning on running for president in 2016. Members of his party’s establishment, which generally despises him as much as his fellow senators and the liberal media, do not take Cruz’s ambition too seriously. But as much as it seems unlikely that he will be taking the presidential oath at the Capitol in January 2017, that establishment should be a lot more afraid of Cruz than they seem to be. Anyone who thinks he will not be a formidable primary contender is paying more attention to the media caricature of Cruz than the facts.
Let’s start by conceding that Cruz’s well-earned image as a Senate bomb-thrower and his truculent public personality makes him a poor bet as a general-election candidate. Being a true believer is an asset in a primary but his uncompromising style won’t win many independent or crossover voters. Just as important, Cruz not only sounds ornery much of the time, he generally looks it too–and in the television era it’s far from clear that Americans will ever again elect someone who doesn’t strike them as being nice or personable. But let’s put those issues aside for a moment and consider Cruz’s chances of winning the Republican nomination in a context in which liberal media bias as well as the imperative of winning the center won’t be as decisive as they would be in a general election.
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Michael Brown witness Dorian Johnson hired to do work for city of St. Louis

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's The Political Fix ^ | December 8, 2014 | Nicholas Pistor 

ST. LOUIS • Dorian Johnson, who shot to fame as a witness to Michael Brown's fatal encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has been hired to do work for the city of St. Louis.
Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff, has confirmed that Johnson was hired under a state grant through the city's Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).
Officials said he is doing work for the city's parks department. The job, listed as a temporary position, pays about $8.50 an hour.
Rainford said Johnson met the low income eligibility requirements for the hiring.
Johnson, 22, was with Brown at Ferguson Market and Liquor when Brown stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigarillos and shoved a store employee. Johnson was walking with Brown when they were stopped in the street by Wilson....
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