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McConnell Pledges to Use Power of the Purse

Robert Romano

“It takes 60 votes to do a lot of things in the Senate, but there are some things we can do with 51 votes," said Senator Mitch McConnell. If he is truly determined to use the power of the purse, McConnell should get busy in the December funding bill — before the 2016 presidential election cycle consumes the congressional cycle. Take as many bites at the apple as possible.

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Republicans Shouldn’t Acquiesce to Obama

Robert Romano

The midterm elections are just a week away, and with most predicting a Republican sweep on November 4, House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy is setting his sights on the 2015 governing agenda. But before a new Congress is sworn in, the government's funding for FY 2015 is due to run out on December 11, and Politico's Jake Sherman reports "[McCarthy] would like to use the lame-duck session to pass a long-term government-funding bill, so Washington can begin focusing on big-picture legislating, instead of just trying to keep government's doors open."

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Gov. Daugaard Earns ‘C’ in Fiscal Policy

Bob Ellis

The Cato Institute has released its latest Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors. The grade is based on seven items: two spending, one revenue, and four based on tax rates. Governors who cut taxes and spending most received an "A" and those who increased taxes and spending most received an "F".

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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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Affirmative Morality is Destroying America

Dave Daubenmire

Affirmative Morality is destroying America. There are a different set of behaviors that are expected of you if you belong to a particular class of people. Blacks are expected to follow the same rules as whitey in the NBA, but he has an entirely dumbed-down set of rules he is expected to follow in the real world.

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Jesus on Elder Care

David Whitney

Thursday was Thanksgiving, a time when traditionally families come together for a meal and hopefully to enjoy one another’s company. However, some financial analysts are predicting a war, here on the ground in America; a financial war between the generations, a war over how to pay, or even if to pay for the promises that have been made.

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The Cold, Hard Truth About Congressional ‘Republicans’

Bob Ellis

I received this email from Erick Erickson of RedState this morning (you can read it online at RedState here). And I could not possibly agree with it more. If you are under any illusions that America will be protected now that the "Republican" Party is in control of congress...you'd better open your eyes REAL fast, or you're in for a rude awakening in short order.

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After Law is Trampled, What’s Next?

Dr. Robert R. Owens

Now that BHO has decreed that deportations will cease and work permits and other privileges of legal immigration will be granted to those who chose to enter our country illegally, what’s next?

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Ferguson: Good Lessons Available for the Taking

Rick Manning

In an unheard appeal for calm in the wake of a Grand Jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in what was determined to be a justifiable shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama urged that we learn lessons from the tragedy. But what lessons will be learned?

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