ACTION ALERT! Utah lawmakers wrangling over NDAA resolution

SALT LAKE CITY (March 8, 2012) – Lawmakers in Utah continue to wrangle over a resolution condemning the detention provisions in sec. 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Originally, SCR11 expressed “strong disapproval” of sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, and called for the repeal or clarification of the offending provisions.  Ultimately the Senate gutted the resolution through amendment, changing “strong disapproval” to “concern.” The amended bill also removed the call for repeal and stripped out language referring directly to the detention provisions in the NDAA.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the State of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, urges the United States Congress to clarify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 NDAA…

The Senate passed this tepid resolution 28-0 on March 2, sending it to the House for consideration.


Rhode Island makes it 10 states fighting NDAA detention

PROVIDENCE R.I. (March 7, 2012) – Rhode Island Rep. Dan Gordon presented a resolution to the House floor condemning detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday, with a majority of his fellow representatives signing on as cosponsors.

Gordon garnered 43 cosponsors for the H7916. It only needs 38 votes to pass the House.

That brings the total number of states considering some action opposing the kidnapping provisions in the NDAA to 10.

The resolution meticulously lays out the case against NDAA detention provisions, specifying 10 violations of the Rhode Island Constitution. The resolution then emphatically condemns federal detention without due process.

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby finds that the enactment into law by the United States Congress of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Public Law Number 112-81, is inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the people of Rhode Island, and was adopted by the United States Congress in violation of the limits of federal power in United States Constitution.


Corporate Welfare: A Bipartisan Love Story

I have previously discussed how multiple levels of government work together to provide businesses with taxpayer money (see here and here). And while Republican policymakers have enjoyed making political hay out of the Obama’s administration’s Solyndra problem, the truth is that both parties are willing partners in the corporate welfare racket.

The state of Indiana continues to be a perfect example. In March 2010, NPR ran a piece on the Obama administration’s efforts to “stimulate” the city of Elkhart, which at one point during the recession had the nation’s highest unemployment rate. The story was hopefully titled, “Electric Vehicles May Energize Elkhart’s Future.” One year later, the title of a new NPR piece on Elkhart is a little different: “As Elkhart’s Electric Dreams Fizzle, RVs Come Back.”

The new piece focuses on the failure of Think, an electric vehicle manufacturer, to deliver upon the promises made by the company and the politicians who gave them taxpayer handouts: