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February 27, 2009 · No CommentsBy Scott McPhersonTo the victor go the spoils, and the winners write the history books, this latter coming unavoidably with the former. Still, facts persist, despite their inconvenience.One fact that seems particularly inconvenient to the editors of New Hampshire's Nashua Telegraph is that the government of the United States is a limited government.Their specific complaint is against "HCR6," a resolution introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives that reaffirms the principles laid out in the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, namely, that the federal government exists to exercise delegated powers only, and that all other powers are retained by the states and the people.
A similar resolution was passed by the Oklahoma legislature last year, and about ten other states are considering sovereignty-related legislation. It makes perfect sense:following eight years of an Imperial Presidency like George Bush's - not to mention 80 years of welfare-statism -state lawmakers should be anxious to tell Washington that they are not branch managers for the federal government. The people, in their sovereign capacity, established the governments of the states, and in turn, the people of the several states ratified the Constitution, creating the federal government. The states are equal agents in this compact, with relation to each other and the entity they created. HCR6 is an attempt to remind folks of this historic fact."Resolutions such as this," write the Telegraph's editors, "exploit the democracy of the Legislature to pursue an ideological agenda with no practical impact on public policy."Resolutions stating broad principles or making grand declarations are far from unheard of, and are always used to "pursue an ideological agenda." That's the whole point. But whether it has any chance of making a "practical impact on public policy" cannot be known unless and until the resolution is properly discussed and debated. What the Telegraph really means is that they just don’t like HCR6, so ipso facto it is a waste of time. What arrogance.Worse, the editors betray an incredible ignorance, not just of history, but of the rules of basic decency. They write, "The notion that the Republic is a creation of the states and can be dissolved by the states may have been viable- until 1865…the Civil War settled the debate at the cost of more than 600,000 American lives." What the Telegraph is ultimately saying is that because the North won the war, the history of our government was automatically re-written and the deaths of 600,000 people -not to mention the jailing of state legislators, congressmen and newspaper editors(!) - are therefore justified. Like the main character in Orwell's 1984, just burn that inconvenient little scrap of paper and a new truth is unveiled. The problem is, the little scrap of paper they wish us to burn is the Constitution.Joseph Stalin oversaw the murder of millions in the name of protecting the Soviet Union. If body count is a measure of righteousness, he was an ideal leader. To quote Will Smith from the recent film Hancock, "Are you boys sure you want to ride that train?"The Telegraph claims that "The Supreme Court of the United States gets to decide if the federal government has exceeded the authority granted by the Constitution, not the state of New Hampshire or any other state." As the Southern statesman and Senator -and Vice-President -John C. Calhoun consistently argued in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Supreme Court is an agent of the federal government;if the federal government gets to determine its own limits, then any idea of a limited government must logically be abandoned.
February 27, 2009 · No CommentsThe debt will have soared $6.3-trillion during his term. Double it if he wins a second term.by Mark KnollerDespite the budget cuts and tax increases in the Administration's new budget plan, federal spending and indebtedness will continue to rise as far as the eye can see.The federal deficit this year spikes to $1.75-trillion dollars – by far the largest in U.S. history. In fact, the deficit this year is larger than the entire federal budget just ten years ago when all government outlays amounted to $1.70-trillion.RelatedThe new budget reflects President Obama's commitment to cut the annual federal deficit in half by the end of his term in office.Starting next year, the yearly deficit is projected to decrease from $1.1-trillion to $533-billion in the year 2013.But – if you check the very last chart in the budget book, it shows the National Debt continuing to soar year after year after year.As of today, it's $10.8-trillion. The administration projects it'll climb to $14-trillion next year and in 2013 wind up at $17.1-trillion dollars –very close to matching the size of the entire economy as measured by the projected Gross Domestic Product. And taxpayers will be paying hundreds of billions in interest on the debt each year.The budget, which carries the title "A New Era of Responsibility," shows that at the end of ten years, the National Debt will hit $23.1-trillion dollars – exactly matching the GDP that year.In his budget message, Mr. Obama explains that "our problems are rooted in past mistakes.""We arrived at this point as a result of an era of profound irresponsibility," taking an unmistakable swipe at the budget policies of his immediate predecessor. And in his remarks to his Summit on Financial Responsibility on Monday, he went still further.“For too long, our budget process in Washington has been an exercise in deception —a series of accounting tricks to hide the extent of our spending and the shortfalls in our revenue and hope that the American people won't notice: budgeting certain expenditures for just one year, when we know we'll incur them every year for five or 10;budgeting zero dollars for the Iraq war — zero — for future years, even when we knew the war would continue;budgeting no money for natural disasters, as if we would ever go 12 months without a single flood, fire, hurricane or earthquake.”That attack was too much for one time White House spokesman Tony Fratto to bear in silence. He served President Bush as deputy press secretary and as a spokesman in the Budget Office and Treasury Department.He calls the Obama Administration's budget "the height of audacity."Speaking for himself, Fratto charges the current White House is trying to "mask huge spending increases under the cloak of 'fiscal responsibility.'" And he rejects the current president's charge that the previous Administration's budgets were full of hidden numbers and omissions."Our budgets were honest, open, and transparent. Every dime spent was presented, debated, voted on, and counted," said Fratto in a statement e-mailed to CBS News.And he defended the Bush White House practice of putting war spending in "supplemental" appropriations bills.“(It) was done to avoid permanently baking those appropriations into the Defense Department’s baseline budget. That's good budgeting, not a 'gimmick.'".Until now, Mr. Bush ran up the biggest deficits and the largest amount of National Debt in U.S. history. The National Debt increased $4.9-trillion on his watch. The new budget plan shows the title of biggest spender will fall to Mr. Obama.If his numbers prove true, the debt will have soared $6.3-trillion during his term. Double it if he wins a second term.
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February 27, 2009 · No CommentsTiananmen mothers group calls on China to investigate 1989 crackdown ahead of 20th anniversaryPossibly thousands of people were believed to have been killed, but the government has never allowed for a full accounting of the events.A group of mothers whose children were killed in the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square have renewed calls to China’s leaders for a full investigation as the 20th anniversary approaches.The Tiananmen Mothers — a group of mothers and relatives who lost family in the June 4 pro-democracy crackdown —called for an official investigation, compensation to the victims’ families and punishment for those responsible.