He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. We must not conclude merely upon a man’s haranguing upon liberty, and using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the liberties of his country. — Samuel Adams

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Watch Out for the Fall Lame Duck Budget

Robert Romano

Congressional Democrats want to kick the can into the post-election, lame duck period, so they can use another anticipated shutdown to their advantage to achieve their budget priorities without having to worry about voter backlash. Yet, Congressional Republicans would be foolish to accept such a deal. But if House Republicans fear a shutdown hurting their chances in November, expect them to get rolled in budget negotiations.

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Spending Goes Up But the Budget Doesn’t Balance

Rick Manning

The federal government released the good news that revenue collections have reached an all-time high with total receipts of $1.935 trillion from October 1, 2013 to the end of May. Yet, even with this unprecedented flow of cash into the nation’s Treasury, the October-May deficit is an astounding $436 billion with May’s deficit alone totaling almost $130 billion.

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Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty’ Amendments: Legalizing Tyranny

Publius Huldah

For 100 years, the federal government has usurped powers not delegated to it in our Constitution. What should we do about it? Should we reclaim our existing Constitution and put an end to the usurpations? Or should we “modernize” the Constitution by delegating to the federal government the powers it has usurped – so as to legalize what is now unconstitutional?

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Balanced Budget Amendments (BBA) Gut Our Constitution And Don’t Reduce Spending

Publius Huldah

While well-intentioned, all existing versions of a balanced budget amendment take the focus off the Article 1 Section 8 constitutional spending of the federal government and assume the federal government can spend taxpayer money on whatever it wants so long as the budget is balanced. This guts the protections the founders built into the U.S. Constitution.

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Feckless House Republicans: Punt on Debt Ceiling, Power of Purse

Robert Romano

Last August, before a partial government shutdown occurred in the ill-fated attempt to defund Obamacare, House Republican leaders were reportedly urging their conference to just wait for the debt ceiling, that that would be the time to achieve some concessions. Apparently, what House leaders finally determined could be accomplished on the debt ceiling was in fact nothing.

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Constitutional Convention Bills Pass South Dakota Committee

Bob Ellis

Two of three bills scheduled to be heard in committee dealing with an Article V Constitutional Convention were passed by the South Dakota House State Affairs committee Friday. One called called for a convention to produce a balanced budget amendment, and the other was to limit the authority of convention delegates. The third was deferred until Monday.

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Balancing the Budget?

Publius Huldah

The stated purpose of Compact for America, Inc. is to get a balanced budget amendment (BBA) ratified. Here is their proposed BBA. State Legislators recently introduced it in Arizona. The gap between what this BBA pretends to do - and what it actually does - is enormous. It has nothing to do with “balancing the budget” – it is about slipping in a new national sales tax or value-added tax in addition to the existing federal income tax.

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How to Balance the Budget

Michael Peroutka

In a recent conversation, a member of Congress told me that he thought the original Constitution was flawed because it did not require a balanced federal budget. Therefore, he was in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment and saw this as a way to limit the runaway spending of the Congress. I bring up this conversation as an example of what you might call "over-looking the obvious"—or "not being able to see the forest because all the trees are in the way.”

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How Democrats and Republicans Wasted Your Money in 2013

Bob Ellis

Liberals in both parties claim there is simply nothing left to cut from our oh-so-lean $3.45 TRILLION federal budget. Since "Republicans" are going along with effectively doing away with even the miniscule sequester cuts and spending even more of your money next year, it isn't just Democrats who are wasting your money, but also the "Republicans" you elected to hold the line on spending and the growth of government.

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Veterans Join: An Open Letter to Rep. Noem on the Ryan Budget Deal

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This is an open letter that will be sent to Congresswoman Noem from South Dakota veterans. If you are a South Dakota veteran and would like to be added to the list please comment here or contact Rich Hilgemman.

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Democrat thinking since 1792. Don't you know it, baby!

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‘Stop Forcing Your (Im)morality On Me!’

A.J. Castellitto

Dear Religious Humanists, Political Activists, and Ameriphobics Everywhere, Please stop forcing your immorality on me. Stop lying to me. Stop stealing from me. Stop endorsing policy and legislation that is harmful to me!

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ObamaCare: Quarter-Million Virginians Losing Health Coverage

Tom Toth

250,000 Virginians will see their health insurance canceled before the year’s end due to Obamacare fallout. Explaining why people are losing their health coverage because of the law you created is hardly the closing argument any incumbent wants to make.

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ObamaCare Prototype Flops

Bob Ellis

Yes, we already knew RomneyCare was, as all government health care schemes always are, a complete boondoggle that made health care worse in the state of Massachusetts. Now I learn that the RomneyCare health care exchange (and website) have turned out to be complete flops, and are being abandoned...to push everyone onto ObamaCare.

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