"Need to Read" January 21 2011

Outspoken Tucson sheriff faces recall bid

Sheriff Dupnik finds himself on the public-opinion hot seat. A group opposed to illegal immigration has begun an effort to recall the sheriff in a special election. Meanwhile, a Pima County tea party group is planning on holding a "Dump Dupnik" rally next week outside his office.

GOP panel maps plan for huge budget cuts

An influential group of conservative House Republicans issued a blueprint Thursday for slashing the budgets of PBS, Amtrak and the National Endowment for the Arts — and dozens of other government programs and agencies — in a bid to roll back spending and shrink the national debt.

Iran Won’t Build Nukes Until 2015

The former director of Mossad, Meir Dagan, had good news upon leaving his post: Israel believes that Iran’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons has been delayed until 2015 at the earliest. A combination of bold covert operations, sanctions and other actions have now made it a real possibility that the nuclearprogram will crumble or the regime will fall before it can threaten the world with nuclear weapons.

ObamaCare's Freebies: Driving Up Costs, Destroying Our Workforce

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)[1] offers subsidies for most individuals who purchase insurance in the newly created health insurance exchanges—a premium assistance subsidy and a cost-sharing subsidy. These subsidies are the most expensive component of the overhaul, costing over $460 billion by 2019. Perhaps even more problematic, they will cause significant and harmful disruptions far outside the health care system by discouraging work and further complicating the tax treatment of health insurance. The subsidies reinforce current tax code inequities and create new ones.

The Magic Tricks of ObamaCare

ObamaCare really sounds wonderful on paper. Can you imagine a health care system that offers free benefits for everyone while still managing to cut costs? If you can't, it's because you know such a system can't exist in real life.  Like the many times Harry Houdini pulled a rabbit out of his hat, ObamaCare has a lot of provisions that make it look amazing, but in reality the "magic" is nothing short of optical illusions and trickery. 

Killing Jobs When We Need Them the Most

Don't believe the media. Obamacare is already adding to the unemployment rolls.

Old Media Now Asking Where is Birth Certificate

An interview with newly elected Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie that addressed Barack Obama's presidential eligibility has prompted two opposing interpretations by legacy media – one insisting the governor has resolved the issue and the other concluding he effectively has admitted he can't find the long-form birth certificate that would help put the controversy to rest.

3 Ways Obamacare will Adversely Affect Consumers in 2011

Section 6001 of the health-care law required physician-owned hospitals to obtain their Medicare certification by the end of last year. Without it, they can't treat Medicare patients. And the facilities needed to be open to get that certification.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision: Constitution is Void

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that serves to allow judges to void the Constitution in their courtrooms.  The decision was issued on January 18, 2011, and the Court did not even explain the decision (Docket No. 10-632, 10-633, and 10-690).  One word decisions: DENIED.

How to Freeze the Debt Ceiling Without Risking Default  

As members of Congress debate whether to raise the U.S. debt ceiling—the limit on our government's debt—we should all agree on at least one thing: Under no circumstances is it acceptable for the U.S. to default on its debt. Not only are we morally obligated to honor our debts, but we benefit greatly from the nearly universal conviction that those who lend to us will always be repaid, on time and in full. We should never undermine that conviction.

Obama Ignoring Voters' Small Gov Message

In June 2009, the Department of Energy, responding to a mandate from President Obama, issued new regulations to phase out fluorescent tubes and the cone-shaped bulbs used in recessed lighting.  A recent report by the department’s inspector general found that the agency had made little progress in installing the more efficient systems that it recommends to others and was instead using older bulbs, racking up a $76 million electricity bill annually.


Today's "Need To Reads" January 20, 2011

Sales Restrictions on Handgun Ammunition Thrown Out in California

A trial court judge in central California has thrown out key sections of a state law restricting handgun ammunition sales, barring authorities from registering bullet buyers' thumbprints on the grounds that it would be unconstitutional.

200 Economists Ask Lawmakers to Repeal Obamacare

As the House prepares debate on the future of the $1 trillion health care overhaul enacted last year, 200 economists have asked members of Congress to repeal the act.

McDonnell ends ban on open-carry of guns in Va.'s state parks

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has quietly lifted the ban on people carrying firearms openly in Virginia's state parks, reversing a policy put in place by his predecessor.



Federal Election Commission closes case against Sean Hannity

In a case with potential implications in the roiling debate about the politicization of talk media, the Federal Election Commission last month effectively dismissed a complaint accusing Sean Hannity of illegally raising cash for a Republican congressional candidate, because the commission concluded Hannity was acting in his capacity as a member of the media and serving a “legitimate press function.”

Immigration-crackdown bill introduced in Colorado Senate

With the introduction Wednesday of an immigration bill in Colorado patterned after Arizona's Senate Bill 1070, and the expected rollout of a bill to allow in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, one of the most radioactive issues under the gold dome is back in the spotlight.


$2.5 Trillion In Spending Cuts Proposed By GOP!

Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama's healthcare reform program.

Six states seek to nullify health care bill

While Congress wrangles over repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, lawmakers in six states have taken steps to bypass Washington D.C. completely and take matters into their own hands.

Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.


WHY IS THE RIGHT HELPING OBAMA REWRITE THE DEFINITION OF NATURAL BORN CITIZEN?

Definitions are easy, they are found in the dictionary. Yet, millions of Americans remain stuck in a quagmire of dissenting views and alleged expert opinions over the simple term natural born citizen, one of only a few strict constitutional requirements for the highest office in our land, President and Commander-in-Chief.