The EPA Changed the Way it Makes Scientific Decisions to "Sustainable"
In January 2012, the EPA announced it was "realigning its entire research enterprise around the concept of sustainability." The new initiative is titled, "The Path Forward." Agency scientists and managers agreed to base their process on "the widely used definition of sustainability as outlined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987..."
The 1987 Brundtland Commission report, also known as "Our Common Future," stated that the earth was in danger, there was too much poverty and industrialized nations like the US were the cause. According to Brundtland, the only way to protect earth was for powerful central authorites to control all of society, the economy and the environment in an initiative it coined as "sustainable development."
Union Founder's Words on Socialism
"Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and secure democracy." Samuel Gompers 1918
Samuel Gompers was the founder and longest serving president of the American Federation of Labor. (AFL)
"Deja vu All Over Again?"
FDR won his first two terms by attacking the wealthy and pitting them against poor Americans. In 1932 he promised to "cut government operations by 25% and lower taxes", but did neither.
In 1936, he overwhelmingly won by raising taxes on the rich then redistributing the money to larger voting blocks in swing states using the WPA, Silver Purchase Act and the Agricultural Act.
By 1940, needing businesspeople to win the war, he called for unity among the same people he divided and won another decisive victory.
In 1944, FDR sidestepped laws prohibiting union money in elections by forming the nation's first Political Action Committee. This provided urban labor support. Fearing a backlash by Japanese prisoners if released from internment camps, he created an executive order to keep them imprisoned until 3 days after the elections. To gain the Polish American vote, FDR promised special treatment for Poland after the war. He won nearly 90% of their vote, and then betrayed the group by failing to offer the promised "self-determination" for Poland at the Yalta conference. Still, he won a fourth slim victory.
Upon his death, the NYT wrote, "Men will thank God on their knees 100 years from now FDR was in the White House."!
Between budget battles and elections, politicians and media supporters spin wildly to advance their own positions, leaving the public misinformed. In this column we will attempt to unravel some of the worst spins.
Worst Economy, I think!
In 2008, now Pres. Obama said "we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression."
During the Healthcare Summit and his 2010 State of the Union message, Pres. Obama declared the healthcare bill would cut the federal deficit.
Animal Rights and Wildlife Issues
First-of-its-kind permit allows wind developer to legally kill Golden Eagles.
Budget, Spending and Taxes
The third reading on the Q2 GDP just came out and the report was ugly.
Morgan Stanley Rather Invest in Spain Than in Socialist France
Ever wonder why you feel bad, yet the government says the economy is improving? There is a reason. In the movie Risky Business, when mom and dad, (in this case the taxpayers,) were away, the kids broke loose. Get ready, because Washington is about to drive the new Porsch you paid for into the Potomac.
Business and Consumers
On July 11, before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Jeffrey Immelt admonished businesses to take the lead in job creation and stop complaining about government. His advice rang hollow.
IMF warned of deepest recession since WWII in April 2009.
Chevy Volt Costing Taxpayers Up to $250K Per Vehicle
Campaign Finance and Election Issues
Obama is outspending Romney 2:1 with heavy attack ads.
Informed Independents Cool to Obama
A detailed analysis of the pros and cons of the man who may well become our 45th president.
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Columbia Panel on OWS and the Tea Party Doesn't Even Pretend to be Objective
Pres. Obama raised the ire of civil rights groups when he quietly signed a bill allowing the military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens.
Congressional and Legislative Affairs
Ahead of Election, Obama Stops Releasing ‘Stimulus’ Reports
Senate Approves $500B in Borrowing Authority
Indiana's voucher system sent an extra $4 million to public schools and saved taxpayers money.
Latino Voters: Education more Important than Immigration
Teacher's Union Official: "We are about dues, not school children."
Employment and Affirmative Action
The BLS created such a broad definition of green jobs, reports mean little.
Real U.S. unemployment is at 15% and we are now in the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.
Private Jobs Down 4.6 Million From January 2008; Federal Jobs Up 11.4%
Windfarms Wear Out 50% Faster Than Expected
Oregon environmentalists sue to block windmill construction.
Carbon Tax Would Kill Major Industries, Hurt U.S. Consumers
US CO2 Levels Lowest in 20 Years Thanks to Natural Gas
Buzz Aldrin and Walt Cunningham are among 50 scientists demanding that NASA stop endorsing false CO2 claims.
The administration claims mining hurts Grand Canyon tourism and eco-system. History shows otherwise.
After pledging "an unprecedented level of [government] openness," the President's Justice Department proposes to mislead
the public under the Freedom of Information Act.
NYT: Leaking of National Security Secrets is "Patriotic"
Family and Children Issues
A record number of Americans have fallen into poverty.
Federal, State, and Local Relations
Obama's Jobs Council Report says 'Drill'
Obama Eligibility Challenges Explode
Foreign Aid and Policy Issues
Cubans will be able to own property for the first time since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.
In the past four years, Russia’s intelligence services have stepped up a campaign of intimidation and dirty tricks against U.S. officials and diplomats in Russia and the countries that used to form the Soviet Union.
Swiss Vote to Expel Foreign Criminals Adds to 'Populist Surge' Across Europe
French Labor leader Shocked at High Tax Rates
In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level
IRS: Parents Must Pay Federal Fine for Uninsured Kids
Nearly 6 million Americans face Obamacare tax penalties.
Healthcare Law One of Most Tragic Errors of Misguided Government in Modern History
Housing and Property Issues
HUD eCon: Government Planning is Coming to Your Community
Home Buyers Could Pay for Payroll-Tax Cut
Myths About the Mortgage Meltdown
The Real Problem With the NLRB's Ambush Elections Rule: Unions Lie!
Now Union Members are Deserting Obama
Busting the Myth of Union Job Security
National Security Issues
The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report will spell out in unprecedented detail the possible military dimensions of Tehran’s nuclear programme.
Five Myths About the World’s Population
Technology and Communication
Mozilla Tool Tracks Who's Tracking You Online
Be Aware of Googles New Policy Changes, privacy is a thing of the past.
Google Finally Admits that its Street View Cars DID Take Emails and Passwords from Computers
Welfare and Poverty
U.S. has Larger Welfare State than Canada, Denmark, Italy, Austria
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