On Friday, the federal government announced that the U.S. economy contracted at a 0.7 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2015. This unexpected shrinking of the economy is being primarily blamed on “harsh” weather during the first three months of this year and on the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Most economists are confident that U.S. GDP will rebound back into positive territory when the numbers for the second quarter come out, but if that does not happen we will officially meet the government’s criteria for being in another “recession”. To make sure that the numbers for Q2 will look “acceptable”, the Bureau of Economic Analysis is about to change the way that it calculates GDP again. They are just going to keep “seasonally adjusting” the numbers until they get what they want. At this point, the government numbers are so full of “assumptions” and “estimates” that they don’t really bear much resemblance to reality anyway. In fact, John Williams of shadowstats.com has calculated that if the government was actually using honest numbers that they would show that we have continually been in a recession since 2005. That is why I am referring to this as a “recession within a recession”. Most people can look around and see that economic conditions for most Americans are not good, and now they are about to get even worse.
President Hillary Clinton could be bad news for American taxpayers, according to a new analysis of her attempts to spend taxpayer money as a Democratic New York senator from 2001 to 2009.
The analysis, out from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation, seeks to look beyond Clinton’s most recent government endeavors to better understand what her candidacy could mean for the nation’s fiscal future.
“Hillary Clinton’s campaign website has no policy items outlined yet, and her term as Secretary of State has been the focal point of scrutiny, but her past in the Senate offers the best insight into her fiscal priorities,” NTUF’s Douglas Kellogg wrote on the organization’s website.
The taxpayer watchdog found that Clinton attempted to spend an average of $226 billion annually as a lawmaker. Meanwhile, she sought just $254 million in average annual spending cuts.
When it comes to cutting government spending cuts, both Democrats and Republicans often treat the Pentagon’s bloated budget as a sacred cow that couldn’t spare a dime, lest Americans want to be murdered in the streets by terrorists. Meanwhile, military top brass is losing billions of taxpayer dollars overseas, Congress continues to push the armed forces to take equipment it no longer needs and Americans are still left without a clear picture of what they’re receiving in return for the annual hundreds of billions spent on U.S. defense.
According to a recent report from the Department of Defense’s Inspector General, at least a few million untouchable military dollars have made their way into the panties of strippers or were lost on craps tables.
The report examined spending logged on DOD credit cards issued for government-related travel. The IG report found that the agency logged a total of $3.4 billion on 20 million transactions over a one-year period between July 2013 and June 2014.
The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter of 2015, revised gross domestic product figures reveal.
The .7 percent contraction comes in the wake of an original estimate that claimed first-quarter GDP had expanded by .2 percent. But the May revision of first-quarter growth indicates an economy that, in a technical sense, is in recession.
From a statement released by the Department of Commerce:
Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes — decreased at an annual rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent.
Liberty lovers should pause for a moment today and make a toast to Patrick Henry, a true American statesman and advocate of liberty.
Henry was born May 29, 1736 in Virginia to Scottish-born planter John Henry and Sarah Winston Syme. He was admitted to the bar just prior to his 24th birthday and soon established a thriving practice in the courts at Hanover and adjacent counties.
He began his political career in 1765 when he was elected to the House of Burgesses (the Virginia legislature) at about the same time news reached the colony of the British Parliament’s passage of the Stamp Act. Henry quickly took the lead in opposing the act and wrote the Stamp Act Resolves, which challenged Parliament’s claim of authority to tax the colonies and advocated for resistance if the imperial government persisted in enforcing them. The legislature endorsed Henry’s Stamp Act Resolves and they were then published throughout the colonies and Great Britain, which pushed Henry to a place of prominence among the leaders of the American Revolution.
Pronouncements, guidelines and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the standards for mainstream medicine in America and hold great sway with patients and around the world and with the World Health Organization because the CDC is considered independent and free of industry relationships. The organization even features the following disclaimer with its recommendations: “CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products … CDC does not accept commercial support.”
But that statement is blatantly false, as recent research by The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) shows. In fact, the CDC gets millions of dollars annually from Big Pharma and then turns around and recommends testing and drugs created and marketed by those same companies, and this is often done upon the contributing company’s demand.
According to Gallup, America is now fatter than it has ever been before. But how can this possibly be? After all, Americans spend an astounding 60 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and products. After putting so much time, effort and energy into losing weight, shouldn’t we be some of the healthiest people on the entire planet? Sadly, the truth is that obesity has become a national epidemic, and we are known around the globe for our huge size. The term “fat Americans” has become synonymous with overweight tourists, and other cultures mock us for our apparent sloth. But could there be more to this than just the fact that we eat too much? Could it be possible that we have been fattened up by design?
Before we get to that, let’s take a look at some of the cold, hard numbers. The following are some of the statistics from the Gallup survey that I mentioned above…
Did you really think that Baltimore would return to normal after everything that has happened? On Thursday, a mother and her 7-year-old son were both shot in the head in a double murder that has shocked the entire nation. Police believe that the son may have been shot in order to prevent him from identifying the individual that shot his mother. So is this what America is turning into? A place where 7-year-old kids are executed in cold blood? That mother and son were the 37th and 38th murder victims in the city of Baltimore so far this month. That makes this the deadliest month in Baltimore in 15 years, but because of all the controversy surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, police in Baltimore are afraid to do their jobs at this point. In some areas of the city, young men boldly smoke weed in public and wave guns around at innocent bystanders without any worry that police will intervene. Baltimore has descended into a state of lawlessness, and this is just the beginning. As I discussed just the other day, the same kind of lawlessness will soon sweep all across this country.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to present a new proposal that would extend subsidies to low-income Americans who want to get online.
The five-member commission, which is directed by three Democrats and two Republicans, intends to expand the current “Lifeline” program, which subsidizes income-eligible residents’ cellphone bills, to also encompass billing for Internet service.
The plan dovetails philosophically with the FCC’s recent net neutrality proposal, which regards the Internet not as a luxury but as a necessity. By elevating it to a utility, the commission can argue that low-income Americans who can’t afford to pay for Internet access are being denied access to an indispensable service.
The FCC’s Democratic majority backs the plan, while its two Republican members generally oppose it.
The same labor unions that pushed for an increase in the minimum wage in Los Angeles are hoping they don’t actually have to pay the increased rate, now that their wish has come true.
Union leaders asked the Los Angeles City Council for an exemption to the newly approved increase, which is slated to graduate the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour over between now and 2020.
From Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times:
The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.
For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.
Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, the conservative advocate who’s been a thorn in the side of the Clinton family for years, has filed a racketeering lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in a federal court in Florida.
The lawsuit is a RICO (shorthand for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) case, and it formally alleges what many conservative critics have taken as a matter of presumption: that Hillary Clinton, while serving as secretary of state, used her government position to cash in the favors of foreign donors to Clinton Foundation. It also alleges that former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills violated Klayman’s 1st Amendment rights by lying about the existence or availability of FOIA-requested information that, it was later revealed, had been housed all along on a non-government computer server in Clinton’s New York home.
The suit’s allegations are much more numerous, and you can view the entire filing here.
With the USA Patriot Act set to expire on Sunday, President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their fellow statists and puppets for the NSA spooks are scrambling to find a way to save their pet project of collecting everyone’s data through the NSA’s bulk collection program.
After all, we are all potential terrorists, according to government. We may do, say or think something that government doesn’t approve of. And there’s ISIS on the doorstep, Muslim terrorists under every rock and behind every tree just itching to behead us or blow up a building or something.
We know this because the administration and grumpy Rep. Peter King (Scaremonger-N.Y.) tell us so, and the FBI creates terrorists, enables them and then arrests them at the last minute… or doesn’t, as in the case of the Garland, Texas, Muhammad cartoon event shooting.
So you think the race for the Republican nomination for president is already too crowded and confusing — especially since the actual election is still a year and a half away? Well, be patient, my friends. It’s going to be a while before this mad scramble is over.
With all the names under discussion, you may be surprised to hear that right now there are only six announced candidates. They include three senators (Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz), one former governor (Mike Huckabee), and two people who have never held political office (Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina).
The two potential candidates who currently sit at the top of the polls have yet to make an official announcement that they’re running. They are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Everyone knows they are in the race. In fact, they are spending virtually all of their time at fundraisers or meet-and-greets in the early primary states.
Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I admit it. Global warming is real and is warping Americans’ brains. Either that or Democrats are really, really dumb. They voted for Barack Obama … twice. They think our economy is in “recovery.” Now they are getting ready to vote for Hillary Clinton. It must be global warming.
What else explains the stupidity, idiocy and delusion? What else explains the self-destructive behavior? What else explains Obama refusing to lift a finger to stop ISIS, in denial there is a problem, after ISIS has already taken over half of Syria and Iraqi city after city, headed for Baghdad, while Obama keeps repeating the massive lie: “I have a plan.” A plan? Obama won’t even admit the “IS” in ISIS stands for Islamic State. Win the war? We aren’t even allowed to call a Muslim a Muslim! Can you imagine in World War II if we weren’t allowed to call Germans Nazis?
Presidents have always exercised emergency powers, but now thanks to dozens of new laws, regulations, court decisions and executive orders, Barack Obama is the most powerful president in all of U.S. history. Of course the U.S. Constitution does not actually give the president any special powers during a time of national emergency, but over time presidents have decided that they should be able to exercise such powers and the courts have generally agreed with them. During World War II and prior to that, these emergency powers were largely uncodified and were primarily used during times of war. But since World War II things have completely changed, and this has particularly been true since 9/11. Over the past decade or so, a whole host of extraordinary powers have specifically been given to the office of the president, and all that it takes to exercise them is a major “national emergency”. So if we do have a full-blown economic collapse, a historic natural disaster, a significant war or a massive pandemic, Barack Obama could use the emergency powers that he has been given to essentially take authority over everything.
Hollywood has a long history of inserting political messages, social commentaries, subliminal effects and even cryptic warnings about the future into big budget films. So is someone attempting to use “San Andreas” to tell us something? For many years, doomsayers have been warning that the “Big One” is going to come along and rip the coastline of California to shreds. Up until this moment, it hasn’t happened, but without a doubt we have moved into a time of increased geological activity all over the globe. As you read this article, 42 volcanoes around the planet are currently erupting. That means that the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year. In addition, we have been witnessing a great deal of very unusual earthquake activity lately. Just in the United States, we have seen unusual earthquakes hit Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington within the last month or so. Could it be possible that our planet has entered a period of heightened seismic activity? And could it also be possible that someone behind “San Andreas” is aware of this and is trying to warn us about what is coming in our future?
Establishment Republicans have doubled down on criticism of 2016 presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on the heels of his recent government spying filibuster. But Paul doesn’t seem too concerned about his colleagues’ attempts to smear him because, as he put it: “Right now, the Republican brand sucks.”
Paul’s harsh words for the party at large come from his new book “Taking a Stand: Moving beyond partisan politics to unite America,” released throughout the nation on Tuesday. The Kentucky senator, who has billed himself as “libertarian-ish” and a “different” kind of Republican, argues in the book that environmental conservation, sensible and constitutional national defense and support for minorities are all key conservative values somehow lost on the current GOP establishment.
“Right now, the Republican brand sucks. I promised Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, that I would stop saying the GOP sucks, and I will (except for this last time),” Paul writes.
A group of Republican senators is supporting a bill that would make over-the-counter birth control mandatory, while preserving access to birth control for those who obtain it through their insurers.
Surprisingly, though, left-leaning groups like Planned Parenthood hate the idea.
The GOP bill, sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), reportedly would compel pharmaceutical companies that produce oral contraceptives to apply to the FDA for permission to make their products available without a prescription, and would simultaneously abolish the Obamacare provision that currently prevents enrollees from using their health spending account funds to buy non-prescription medication.
In other words, Gardner’s bill would allow customers to buy birth control simply by visiting a store, and it would allow people covered under an Obamacare plan to pay for it using funds accrued to their health savings plans.
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that it will finalize a controversial Environmental Protection Agency regulation — one that would give the government control over small waterways such as wetlands, streams, puddles and drainage ditches — despite healthy opposition from landowners, businesses and the agricultural community.
The rule, unveiled in March 2014, has been billed by regulators as an attempt to simplify and clarify which waterways are covered by the Clean Water Act and which ones aren’t.
“For the water in the rivers and lakes in our communities that flow to our drinking water to be clean, the streams and wetlands that feed them need to be clean too,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Wednesday. “Protecting our water sources is a critical component of adapting to climate change impacts like drought, sea level rise, stronger storms, and warmer temperatures — which is why EPA and the Army have finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect these important waters, so we can strengthen our economy and provide certainty to American businesses.”
Last week, a federal judge reaffirmed an earlier ruling that declared Washington, D.C.’s regressive handgun permitting ordinance unconstitutional.
This week, the city is demonstrating once again that its leaders will do everything in their power to postpone, for as long as possible, that inevitable moment when they must comply with the order of the court.
The city on Monday filed a motion requesting a stay of Judge Frederick J. Scullin’s recent ruling. Scullin’s order, attended by a preliminary injunction against a portion of the city’s permitting ordinance, found that the law places too great a burden of proof on law-abiding residents to demonstrate to the city’s police force that they really need a handgun in order to be allowed to obtain one.