Rhode Island Rallying Resolve to Deny NDAA

Rhode Island state rep Dan Gordon sounded excited in his Monday morning voicemail to TAC:

“I just checked our committee calendar and the NDAA resolution has been scheduled for a second hearing this coming Wednesday…We’re virtually assured passage out of committee to the house floor and then passage on the house floor.”

Gordon was referring to H7916 (“TO PRESERVE HABEAS CORPUS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF THE CITIZENS OF RHODE ISLAND”), his legislation that garnered literally a majority of the house members as co-sponsors.  It is legislation that would deny the authority of the Federal government to order kidnapping as described in the National Defense Authorization Act.

“With this second hearing- on it’s own course right now.  I don’t expect much debate at all- there will be limited commentary but I don’t see much opposition.  Typically, a bill doesn’t get through to the house floor without the consent of the Speaker of the House.  If a bill has no chance, it will not normally get a second hearing.” said Gordon in a follow up call Monday.

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Presidential Election 2012: Spitting into the Wind

To those of you who believe the Republican Party will save you from the evil mechanizations of the Democrats…sorry. It ain’t going to happen in November 2012. And that’s even if their poster-boy Mitt Romney steals the show. Why? Well, Missouri Tenth has made it pretty darn clear in the past, but we’ll say it once more: The Executive Branch of the Fed is wildly out-of-control (see Federal Government Made Simple to see how it has grown over the years), and the people of the States have pretty much come to accept what’s become a King-like ruler over them.

Now, because the President has become such a terrifyingly powerful agency, with so many Americans grumbling (but not doing anything) about the lack of choice for their supreme leader, we thought we’d take a moment to share our thoughts on why you should expect business as usual from our two saviors of the union: Money-bags Mitt and Overlord Obama. But you already know what to expect from Obama, so let’s focus on Romney – an individual many “conservatives” believe might just be the guy to turn things around.

State of Republican Party

But first, let’s review the state of the Republican Party in general, by taking a look at the article entitled GOP stands down on social issues, focuses on jobs, by Laurie Kellman of the Associated Press. In it, she writes, “Republicans stung by culture wars that dominated the nation’s political discourse this year are standing down on social issues…” Kellman notes that while the GOP plays around with abortion and family issues with little serious intentions to do anything about it, House Speaker John Boehner reminds folks that he’s focused on jobs – and not much else. As for someone in our own backyard, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri was quoted as saying “I truly believe that those things will shake out in a more positive way if we can just deal with the issues that we really need to deal with, on the economy and fiscal side, and shame on us if we don’t do it.”

So it should really come as no surprise that Establishment Republicans have, for the most part, settled on yet another fat-cat businessman with just enough “religion” to hopefully dupe Americans into voting for him. Let’s proceed, shall we?

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My ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Prediction

Policymakers have been kicking the fiscal policy can down the road for years. That can is going to reappear shortly after the November elections when policymakers will be forced to confront scheduled tax increases, mandated spending cuts, and – once again – the debt ceiling. (I’m assuming, quite confidently, that nothing gets resolved before the elections.) The combination of events is being called the “fiscal cliff” as the failure to resolve these issues would cause the economy to go back into recession in 2013 according to conventional economic forecasters.

The Congressional Budget Office recently upped the alarm ante with its projection that the combination of tax increases and spending cuts would cause the economy to contract in the first half of 2013. The CBO also warned, however, that “eliminating or reducing the fiscal restraint scheduled to occur next year without imposing comparable restraint in future years would reduce output and income in the longer run relative to what would occur if the scheduled fiscal restraint remained in place.”

The cynic in me believes that this is precisely what policymakers want to hear.

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