Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Sunday 'Report;' 03/24/2013; Part 1

What the National Pamphleteers don't Report:
Obama falsely claims credit for America's energy boom
Editorial Opinion,
March 17, 2013
    During the Friday event at which President Obama announced $2 billion in new green energy subsidies, he erroneously credited his administration's "all of the above" energy policy for the nation's increased oil and gas production. "We produce more oil than we have in 15 years," he said. "We import less oil than we have in 20 years. We're producing more natural gas than we ever have before -- with hundreds of thousands of good jobs to show for it."
    The numbers and facts that Obama cited were all correct. But his claim is still false, unless he can somehow claim credit (and we wouldn't necessarily put it past him) for placing massive shale deposits below ground stretching from Texas to North Dakota and from the mountain West to western Maryland.
Obama's energy policy has done nothing [....]

DHS Must Explain Ammunition And Armored Vehicle Purchases
Video Report,
March 18, 2013
Those of us watching Obama closely know that he promised to create and arm a new domestic army equivalent to the military. It has been happening right under Congresses nose without a peep. Now finally we see some concern. We can only hope this concern is sincere and won’t disappear when NJ Congressman Leonard Lance returns to DC.

Gun Owners Separate Friends from Foes
A fast-growing website flags businesses that permit concealed carry — and those that don’t.

by Frank Miniter,
March 18, 2013
Chris Walsh didn’t set out to punish businesses that don’t allow him to carry his concealed handgun. He’s just a software designer from Richmond, Va. He started the website Friend or Foe in 2009 to keep track of where he could shop and eat without running afoul of business policies and local regulations. But then gun owners started using his website. As word got out on gun-rights blogs, people began adding more business ratings to Friend or Foe, highlighting the establishments that ban firearms and those that don’t. Before long, Walsh found he’d become an activist, and his fast-growing website was helping to fortify a civil-liberties movement. He’s okay with that. He has big plans for how to [....]

Drones Will Target Conservative Americans
Video Report,
March 13, 2013
For many of us, Rand Paul’s filibuster was a surreal moment in time,beckoning back to better days when Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was considered a masterpiece of film because it embodied the values of our nation. Today,“violence porn” films like Django Unchained are considered the top of the heap because they,sadly,embody our corrupt and violent society.

“Old Bull” Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham thought Rand Paul’s filibuster was stupid and irrelevant. That it was ridiculous to think that Barack Hussein Obama,who has from almost Day One of his presidency spurned the rule of law—often blathering about “if Congress won’t act,I will”—would drop a hellfire missile on an American sitting in a cafe.
But this wasn’t some manufactured issue,as the Left is famous for. Michael Isakoff uncovered a secret DOJ memo last month that gave the Obama administration the authority to kill any U.S. citizen,at any time,anywhere,without proof,without due process,accountable to no one.
And in fact,Anwar al-Awlaki,an American citizen,was taken out by a drone for basically being a propagandist for Al-Qaeda. Whether,being an American citizen,he should have been given due process is debatable. But two weeks after al-Awlaki was killed,his sixteen year old son,Abdulrahman,also an American citizen,was killed with a drone. His crime was being related [....]

Rand Paul-American Hero
by Wayne Allyn Root,
Personal Liberty Digest
March 14, 2013
    Hugo Chavez just died, and many of us said “good riddance” to a tyrant who defrauded his own people, intimidated his political opposition and left his economy and country in disarray. Senator Rand Paul seemed to be reminding us: “Why would we want a tyrant in America, too?” That was the point of Paul’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on the U.S. Senate floor last week.
    Yes, Barack Obama is cool and hip and fancies himself “a man of the people.” But with each hour Paul kept up his filibuster, you could feel Obama’s popularity melting away. Paul seemed to be saying: “Does it really matter if he’s hip if he wants to kill you, an American citizen, on American soil? Does it matter if he’s cool and the kind of guy you’d like to have a beer with, if he wants you dead without a trial?”
In the end, Paul won. Obama blinked. But Paul’s filibuster accomplished much more than forcing the President to admit he cannot kill [....]

The New Affirmative Action
Making diversity the goal of preferences doesn’t eliminate bias.

by Victor Davis Hanson,
March 14, 2013

Sometime in the first years of the new millennium, “global warming” evolved into “climate change.” Amid growing controversies over the planet’s past temperatures, Al Gore and other activists understood that human-induced “climate change” could explain almost any weather extremity — droughts or floods, temperatures too hot or too cold, hurricanes and tornadoes — better than “global warming” could.
Similar verbal gymnastics have gradually turned “affirmative action” into “diversity” — a word ambiguous enough to avoid the innate contradictions of a liberal society affirming the illiberal granting of racial [....]

‘Ratters’ Troll The Internet Looking For ‘Slaves’
by Bob Livingston,
Personal Liberty Digest
March 15, 2013
Hackers are using software called remote administration tools (RATs) to infect computers, steal intimate photos, watch people through their webcams and listen to conversations.
These hackers are called ratters, and they share their techniques and the photos and information they steal from computers with other ratters in online forums. For some, it’s a game of cat and mouse. For others, it’s a way to find sexually explicit photos and toy with their victims, whom ratters call their slaves.
The website explained [....]
Louie Gohmert, CPAC Superstar
by Betsy Woodruff,
March 14, 2013

“I am not cut out for this,” says one of Representative Louie Gohmert’s staffers. We’re caught in the middle of an hour-and-a-half-long Gohmert feeding frenzy that started as soon as the Texas Republican set foot on Radio Row, here at the Conservative Political Action Conference. It finally wraps when his staffers pry him away from the last reporters and dash him back to the Hill.
CPAC sometimes feels like the Grammy Awards of movement conservatism. And if that’s the case, then Gohmert is Willie Nelson — accented and outspoken. And faced with hordes of fans, he’s enamoring. It’s not just a CPAC thing — his staffers tell me that they’re always juggling media invites — but here, Gohmert might as well be Elvis. Nobody doesn’t want a piece of Louie.
He descends into the fray after concluding a panel called “Too Many American Wars?” Gohmert’s on-stage take: [....]

Is The 2014 Ryan Budget Bold Enough?
Staff Report,
March 20, 2013  
    At first look, the budget unveiled today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) advances much-needed reforms and importantly accomplishes the crucial goal of balancing the budget within the decade, though this is partially on the coattails of Obama’s tax increases. Not a silver bullet, it is more of a stasis budget, rather than a bolder plan that builds on the reforms of previous years.
There are six things that each budget from the House, Senate, and President should accomplish. These are laid out in the Heritage plan, Saving the American Dream, which:
  • Balances the budget in less than 10 years, without raising taxes, and keeps the budget in balance thereafter;
  • Swiftly overhauls entitlement programs, including Social Security, to guarantee economic security to seniors while making the programs affordable;
  • Repeals Obamacare in its entirety;
  • Fully funds defense;
  • Rolls back discretionary spending; and
  • Rolls back recent tax increases with a sweeping, growth-oriented tax reform plan and caps taxes at the historical average of 18.5 percent.
Here’s how, at first blush, the Ryan plan measures up: [....]

A New Reality in U.S. -Israeli Relations
by George Friedman,
March 19, 2013
    U.S. President Barack Obama is making his first visit to Israel as president. The visit comes in the wake of his re-election and inauguration to a second term and the formation of a new Israeli government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Normally, summits between Israel and the United States are filled with foreign policy issues on both sides, and there will be many discussed at this meeting, including Iran, Syria and Egypt. But this summit takes place in an interesting climate, because both the Americans and Israelis are less interested in foreign and security matters than they are in their respective domestic issues.
In the United States, the political crisis over the federal budget and the struggle to grow the economy and reduce unemployment has dominated the president's and the country's attention. The Israeli elections turned on domestic issues, ranging from whether the ultra-Orthodox would be required to serve in Israel Defense Forces, as other citizens are, to a growing controversy over economic inequality in Israel.
Inwardness is a cyclic norm in most countries. Foreign policy does not [....]


New York state budget
Staff Report,
March 15, 2013
New York's state legislature passed the $132.6 billion state budget for FY2013 on March 30, 2012, marking the second year in the row the state budget was enacted on time.[1] The budget reduces spending cuts spending by $135 million from FY2012 in part through consolidating agencies.[1] he passed budget can be found here.
The state budgets on an annual cycle.[2] The state's fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 30.[3]
New York has a total state debt of approximately $300,066,114,000 when calculated by adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liabilities, Unemployment Trust Fund loans, and the FY2013 state budget gap.[4] The FY2013 state debt is down from the FY2012 state debt total of $305,308,390,000.[5]
New York's total state debt per capita is $15,415.52.[6]
See also: The New York State Budget on State Budget Solutions

[edit] Economic Freedom

A new Fraser Institute report on economic freedom ranks New York 28th in economic Freedom. Delaware ranks 1st and New Mexico ranks 50th. The study examines the impact of economic freedom on both the level of economic activity and the growth of economic activity. According to the study, the freest economies operate with minimal government interference, relying upon personal choice and markets to answer basic economic questions. More governmental restrictions on those choices curbs economic freedom. The study looks at three major categories per state – size of government, taxes and regulations. [7]

      Federal Aid to State Budget

The chart below represents how much of the state’s budget comes from the federal government. The number is the corresponding ranking in relation to the rest of the nation (if #1, the state receives the highest percentage of federal funding in the nation):
New York 34.23% (#8) 36.37% (#13) 39.75% (#16) 40.45% (#10)
Figures are calculated by dividing each state’s intergovernmental revenue into its general revenue. Data is available at in U.S. Census.

      Fiscal Year 2014 State Budget

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said Republicans plan to pass the state budget before March 28, which would make it the earliest state budget adopted in three decades. Since 1975, 30 budgets have been adopted late, meaning after the April 1 deadline. Lawmakers enacted three budgets, including the FY2013 state budget, early. [8]
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed his FY2014 state budget on Jan. 22, 2013.[9]
The governor's proposed $142.6 billion budget is a 5.3 percent increase over the FY2013 budget, but federal funds for recovery from Hurricane Sandy and the enactment of the federal health care law. Without that federal money, the increase in state operating funds would be 1.6 percent, if the Legislature approves the governor’s plan.[9]  [....]
Part 2 MAY follow....



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