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Thursday
Feb262009

Daily Grind: Obama Criticizes Bad Loans, Promises More Lending 

Obama Criticizes Bad Loans, Promises More Lending
In the height of duplicity, President Obama promises more the same and calls it “change.”

 

Rolling the Dice
By Treasury Secretary Geithner's own admission, the Administration “will make mistakes.”

 

The Mendacity of Gloom
President Obama has lived his entire life under a Marxist cloud, and he won't be satisfied until he rains on capitalism's parade once and for all.

 

ALERT: Meet Joe the Plumber!
ALG News will be interviewing Joe Wurzelbacher and other noted political personalities Thursday and Friday in Washington at CPAC.

 

Thursday
Feb262009

US Global Engagement - Funding Smart Power: What to watch for in tomorrow's FY10 budget release 

Happening This Week:

 

§ Last night, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on his plans to address the global economic crisis. President Obama and his team, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have recognized that any solution to this crisis must recognize the role of U.S. global leadership in restoring our economic prosperity.

 

§ Today, the House will vote on the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which includes $38.2 billion in funding for non-military international affairs. See detailed analysis on this measure below.

 

§ Tomorrow, the Obama Administration will release its blueprint for the President’s FY 2010 Budget proposal. See below for background on President Obama’s campaign pledges for international affairs funding and what to watch for in Thursday’s release.

 

FAST FACTS: FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act

 

§ Congress is on track to approve $38.2 billion for the FY09 International Affairs Budget, a $3.9 billion or 11% increase over present spending (less supplementals). The International Affairs Budget funds the State Department’s diplomatic programs, global health initiatives on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, and other development and humanitarian assistance programs to help stabilize fragile states, reduce global poverty and assist refugees. It also covers U.S. food aid and democracy, human rights and public diplomacy efforts critical to restoring America’s image abroad.

 

§ Assuming the FY 2009 Omnibus is enacted, a mere 1.3% of the entire federal budget, the U.S. International Affairs Budget funds America’s “smart power” tools of diplomacy and development – two of the three pillars of U.S. national security. Defense funding will equal 19.9% for FY 2009.

 

§ While Congress and the Administration have worked together in a bipartisan manner over the past eight years to increase investments in our international affairs programs, funding for our non-military foreign policy efforts remains below Cold War spending levels.

 

§ The FY09 Omnibus bill includes additional funding for 500 new Foreign Service Officers at the State Department and 300 for USAID as part of the commitment to rebuild the capacity of America’s civilian international affairs agencies.

 

Visit the USGLC website for a more detailed analysis of the FY09 International Affairs Budget.

 

 


WHAT TO WATCH FOR: President’s FY 2010 Budget Request

 

On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama made bold and far-reaching commitments to elevate diplomacy and development in U.S. foreign policy, including:

 

§ Increase the size of the Foreign Service, USAID and the Peace Corps

§ Adopt the Millennium Development Goals as the United States’ goals

§ Double annual U.S. foreign assistance to $50 billion

§ Modernize our foreign assistance policies, tools and operations

§ Increase funding to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria to $50 billion over 5 years

 

As the President announces his FY 2010 Budget, the amount he requests for the top-line request for the International Affairs Budget will signify the extent to which the Administration will pursue its commitments to “smart power” – strengthening the fundamental diplomatic and development pillars of U.S. national security – in the next fiscal year. There is broad, bipartisan support for providing the robust funding for the International Affairs budget necessary to implement a “smart power” approach to U.S. global engagement.

 

§ In December, 217 Members of Congress (51 Senators and 166 Representatives) sent a letter to then-President-elect Obama: “As you prepare your Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 federal budget, we urge your support for a robust International Affairs Budget – one that reinforces the continued bipartisan commitment of Congress and your Administration to invest in the strategic tools that are essential to ensuring our national security, building economic prosperity and demonstrating our moral values.”

 

§ And earlier this month, 47 retired senior military officers sent a letter to President Obama: “The global realities of the 21st century require the United States to utilize the full range of non-military tools as a fundamental pillar of our national security. Strong U.S. leadership is essential to strengthen democratic governance, alleviate global poverty, improve human conditions, and harness economic potential.”

 

Key statements by President Obama and Administration officials indicating their support for this effort:

 

§ President Barack Obama in last night’s Congressional Address: “To meet the challenges of the 21st century – from terrorism to nuclear proliferation; from pandemic disease to cyber threats to crushing poverty – we will strengthen old alliances, forge new ones, and use all elements of our national power.”

 

§ Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “It has become clear that America’s civilian institutions of diplomacy and development have been chronically undermanned and underfunded for far too long – relative to what we traditionally spend on the military, and more important, relative to the responsibilities and challenges our nation has around the world.”

 

§ Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her confirmation hearing: “One of my first priorities is to make sure that the State Department and USAID have the resources they need, and I will be back to make the case to the committee for full funding of the President’s budget requests.”

 

After the President’s FY 2010 budget blueprint is released on Thursday, visit the USGLC’s website (www.usglc.org) for more detailed analysis of his proposed International Affairs funding.

 

Thursday
Feb262009

Restore The Republic Radio Shutting Down Forever! 

http://www.RTRRadio.com

Just when we are on the verge of being self-sufficient through lowered server costs and increased support from advertising revenue, radio created by the revolution, for the revolution is about to disappear forever! If you've taken time to listen to Ron Paul Radio, Revolution Broadcasting, or RTR Radio over the past 18 months, you know how important this project is.

Maybe we are just another victim of the NWO planned financial collapse. Maybe every member of the revolution really has already had their wealth stolen from them by the government in collusion with the bankers. If that is true, we are about to lose our ability to tell anyone about it.

These days we are finding that even when we ask, we are unable to even raise the amount of funding in a whole month that we used to raise in a single DAY without even asking! And guess what? Our host lineup, content, and news department are stronger and more organized than ever.

When we brought you the full days coverage of the Revolution March, we raised $2500 in a single day. When we brought you the chuck-a-thon for Chuck Baldwin, we raised $600. When we brought you the Ron Paul press conference live from the National Press Club, we raised $500. You supported us as well when we brought you 3 presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate. One of the presidential debates could not be heard anywhere else!

Will you help us stay alive? Here's how you can help:

1) Donate! We only need to raise less than $1000 to get through this pinch (http://www.rtrradio.com/donate). Even $5 helps! Please don't hesitate because you don't think you can make a difference.

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3) Get Involved! Remember, we are radio BY THE REVOLUTION, FOR THE REVOLUTION! That means we are you- and you are us! Our weekend schedule has a few more openings for hosts! Our news dept needs writers, reporters, researchers, and audio technicians. If you are interesting in getting involved with us, contact Ray Powell via skype instant messaging at "rayzer42" or email ray@raymondpowell.com.

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Maybe, with your help, RTR Radio can get through this last crunch and finally become self-sufficient...

Wednesday
Feb252009

CHQ - Is Conservatism Dead in the GOP? 

What Can Today's Conservatives Learn from the Goldwater Era?
American Spectator - Barry Goldwater is one of the most iconic figures of true conservatism in the GOP's history, but following a sound defeat in 1964, people said conservatism was dead. What can we learn from Goldwater for today's politics?

Daily Lickskillet: What will Omar buy with his Guantanamo Bay settlement? Read today's Lickskillet comic here to find out.

JUST ADDED: New blog lets you read, comment and subscribe to the latest original news from ConservativeHQ.com. [click here]

Articles in News from the Front:

Utah Governor to GOP Leadership: You're 'Inconsequential'

One Pack of Losers Stimulating Another

Your Guide to the Congressional Spending Spree

Fairness Doctrine Fog

Obama's Test: a Nation of Santellis


All of these articles and many others can be accessed through http://conservativehq.com/news-from-the-front/.

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Wednesday
Feb252009

ALG Hails Supreme Court for Upholding Idaho Law Prohibiting Union Payroll Deductions from Being Used for Political Purposes 

“This is a great win. The First Amendment does not

require government to devote taxpayer resources to

facilitating the speech of its workers, their preferred

political organizations, or anyone else.”

—ALG President Bill Wilson



ALG Hails Supreme Court for Upholding Idaho Law Prohibiting Union Payroll Deductions from Being Used for Political Purposes


February 24th, 2009, Fairfax, VA— Americans for Limited Government Bill Wilson today hailed the Supreme Court's 7-2 decision in Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association. “We at ALG are extremely gratified that the Supreme Court agreed with us,” said Wilson.

 

"This a victory for taxpayers who do not wish to be forced to fund union politics," he added.

 

The decision determined that a state government may prohibit its counties, cities, and towns from subsidizing union political activities via its government payroll systems.

 

“This is a great win. The First Amendment does not require government to devote taxpayer resources to facilitating the speech of its workers, their preferred political organizations, or anyone else,” said Wilson.

 

“This sets the table for states across the nation to set up similar prohibitions,” Wilson added.

 

Americans for Limited Government on June 6th had filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.

 

Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Assocation was heard this fall by the nation's highest court, which granted certiorari to the state of Idaho's appeal on March 31st. The case had involved an Idaho law banning the state's counties, cities, and towns from allowing union payroll deductions to be used for the subsidization of political activities.

 

That law was overturned by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 5th, 2007 in a decision stating that the state could not constitutionally under the First Amendment prohibit its political subdivisions from making union payroll deductions because the state did not fund and directly administer those payroll systems.

 

It was a decision that Wilson had written in his daily column set up a “patently absurd—not to mention unobtainable—standard.”

 

According to ALG's amicus curiae brief, drawn up by attorney Kevin Hall, the Ninth Circuit had erred in its “use of the First Amendment as a wedge between a state government and its political subdivisions [because it] has no basis in [the Supreme] Court's jurisprudence.”

 

The Supreme Court agreed, stating in its opinion, “The First Amendment prohibits government from 'abridging the freedom of speech'; it does not confer an affirmative right to use government payroll mechanisms for the purpose of obtaining funds for expression. Idaho's law does not restrict political speech, but rather declines to promote that speech by allowing public employee checkoffs for political activities.

 

Also, ALG had argued that “The supremacy of state government control over the property of political subdivisions holds especially true in states like Idaho that structure their government according to 'Dillon's Rule.' This model of government reserves lawmaking primacy to the state legislature and prohibits local governments from exercising any power not expressly or impliedly granted to them by the state constitution or state statute...”

 

The Supreme Court agreed again, “[Our] decision is reasonable in light of the State's interest in avoiding the appearance that carrying out the public's business is tainted by partisan political activity. That interest extends to government at the local as well as state level, and nothing in the First Amendment prevents a State from determining that its political subdivisions may not provide payroll deductions for political activities.”

 

According to Wilson, the decision is a big win both for taxpayers and the First Amendment.

 

“The Ninth Circuit had tried to read into the First Amendment a right for political subdivisions to decide on their own whether or not to follow state law that explicitly banned them from using payroll deductions for political purposes,” said Wilson.

 

“The Supreme Court's ruling has corrected this mistake, and has protected taxpayers from having their money stolen by Big Labor,” Wilson concluded.

 

 

Americans for Limited Government is a non- partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms,private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.