CONTENTS: TEA Caucus returns; McCarthy – public safety; Noonan – Prez wheel; Picking the law to enforce; Keystone energy; Aviation cuts; GPS nreplacement; eMail surveillance; OCare exemption/denied; Enough bushes; NYT ads slide; More Benghazi lies; Chechnya terror; Immigration – Cruz, Hanson, May, Malkin, Cong Black Caucus, JC Adams; GE & gun stores, GE taxes; Guzzardi – beer cartel; ~PC – Toomey; Medicaid fed $$$; CAP/McIhinney; PA assembly – $140M; How the west lost God; Climate circus folds?; Announcements
“Republicans spent the day hammering Democrats for allegedly seeking to carve themselves out of a requirement in the healthcare law.
“But Democratic leaders said they have not sought an exemption — and would not support one if it were proposed.” Sam Baker
“Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not.” Tertullian (c. 160–c. 225 AD)
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West Chester TEA Party
Sen Robert Casey Jr 202-224-6324; Fax 202-228-0604; http://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
Sen Pat Toomey 202-224-4254; Fax 202-228-0284
“This week US Senate is voting possibly Friday on a bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act . The bill would allow states to require all Internet sellers with out-of-state sales exceeding $1 million per year to collect sales taxes for the state and local governments of the buyers. State governments would be required to provide software free to Internet retailers to calculate sales taxes.
“If enacted, the legislation would cost online shoppers an estimated $22-24 billion in tax payments.
“From a philosophical libertarian perspective, however, this bill is a disaster. .
“Let us also consider the practical implications of the bill . . .”
Thank you! West Chester Tea Party Legislation Committee
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1598: An expedition led by Spanish explorer Juan de Onate reached the Rio Grande.
1607: English colonists came ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, en route to founding Jamestown.
1865: Federal troops surrounded and killed John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln, near Bowling Green, Virginia.
1961: The integrated circuit was patented by Robert Noyce. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
Tarini Parti, Politico: “The Tea Party Caucus returns”
“The Tea Party Caucus is back in action with a new strategy and a growing membership.
Roughly 20 House Republicans attended a closed-door meeting Thursday evening in the Rayburn House Office Building, along with staffers from nearly 40 congressional offices, including those of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
“It comes as conservatives continue to flex their muscle, making life difficult for GOP leaders in the House on issues like Obamacare, and as the debate on immigration legislation heats up.
“Conservative mainstays such as Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) were among those at the meeting. A source said the entire GOP House delegation from South Carolina was there as well. . . .”
Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “The ‘Public Safety’ Follies”
“It has now been reported by Fox’s Megyn Kelly that the FBI’s interrogation of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was short-circuited when the Justice Department arranged for him to be given a presentment hearing in the hospital.
“In point of fact, it was not the hearing that caused the suspension of vital intelligence-gathering. It was the Obama Justice Department’s decision over the weekend immediately to file a criminal charge against Tsarnaev. Once that was done, the presentment hearing was inevitable. It is required by Rule 5 of the federal rules of criminal procedure. An arrested person must be brought before the nearest available magistrate. The purpose of the proceeding is to get him out of the clutches of law enforcement, have a neutral judicial officer advise him of what he’s been charged with, make certain that he has counsel assigned, and – most significantly – ensure that he knows he is under no obligation to make statements to the police and that, if he has already made some statements, he may stop.
“From a national security standpoint, there was no good reason to file a criminal charge so soon and thus trigger procedures that, as everyone involved in the decision well knew, would stop the interrogation . . .”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “The Presidential Wheel Turns”
“Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 because he was not George W. Bush. In fact, he was elected because he was the farthest thing possible from Mr. Bush. On some level he knew this, which is why every time he got in trouble he’d say Bush’s name. It’s all his fault, you have no idea the mess I inherited. As long as Mr. Bush’s memory was hovering like Boo Radley in the shadows, Mr. Obama would be OK.
“This week something changed. George W. Bush is back, for the unveiling of his presidential library. His numbers are dramatically up. You know why? Because he’s the farthest thing from Barack Obama. . . “
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “Big Sis – Obama Admin Can Pick Which Laws to Enforce”
“During her testimony on the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared that she, President Barack Obama and other political officials at the top of this administration have the authority to decide which laws to enforce, and which ones to ignore.
“Napolitano made the declaration in an exchange with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) when he was questioning her on how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have alleged that political officials in the Obama administration, including her, have blocked them from enforcing the law. . .”
Washington Examiner Editorial: “Keystone obstructions show how environmental extremism hobbles the economy”
“Despite spending more than $1 trillion on programs to jump-start the economy, the nation’s unemployment rate was still above 9 percent at the time. The major reason the stimulus failed to produce as many infrastructure jobs as White House economists predicted was that environmental laws — particularly the National Environmental Policy Act, as currently written and administered — make it next to impossible to get approval for projects in a timely manner.
“Consider the Keystone XL Pipeline project . . .”
LEADS . . .
Wolfe & Everett, Politico: “Democrats blink first on aviation cuts”
“The White House and Democrats in Congress argued for months against a piecemeal fix to the budget problems caused by the sequester.
“But on Thursday, Democrats caved in and agreed to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to keep air traffic control towers running at close to full capacity.
“All it took was a few thousand people standing in line at the airport.
“The Senate approved a deal late Thursday to ease the FAA’s burden following negotiations among both parties and the White House. The House is expected to take up the bill Friday, just before the congressional weeklong recess, so President Barack Obama can sign it. . . “
Also: Peter Ferrara, American Spectator: “Fight Back! Privatize the FAA!”
“If you are an air traveler this week, you might get a dose of how it feels to be deliberately abused by your government to score political points. President Obama and the Democrat Party are so adamantly opposed to any semblance of cuts in government spending that they cannot abide the sequester that cuts only 2% of federal spending, not out of actual spending, but out of the growth in spending, over the next 10 years. During that time, both President Obama’s budget and the Senate Democrat budget propose to spend nearly $50 trillion, far more than any other government in world history.
“On their way to that atrocity, both President Obama’s budget and the Senate Democrat budget propose to repeal the sequester cuts and adopt yet another tax increase instead. That would be on top of the $1 trillion in Obamacare tax increases already going into effect this year, and the $600 billion tax increase already enacted in January to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the nation’s job creators, investors, and successful small businesses (aka “the rich”). I admit that I lack patience with slow learners. But if you don’t understand yet that the ultimate goal of today’s Democrat Party is to raise taxes until they have all of your income, it is too much of a burden on me to share a country with you.
“So to instruct the American people of the necessity to get back on track with the Democrat Party program, this week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began imposing artificial, unnecessary delays on air travel, particularly out of how profile airports around New York, Washington, and Los Angeles . . .”
France24: “US army seeks new technology to replace GPS”
“. . . DARPA, the research group behind a range of spy tech and which helped invent the Internet, was also the driving force behind the creation of the Global Positioning System . . . researchers at DARPA and the University of Michigan have created a new system that works without satellites to determine position, time and direction, all contained within a eight-cubic-millimeter chip.
“The tiny chip holds three gyroscopes, three accelerometers and an atomic clock, which, together, work as an autonomous navigation system.
“DARPA envisages using this technology to replace GPS in some contexts, especially in small-caliber ammunition or for monitoring people. . .”
Josh Peterson, Daily Caller: “Senate’s email surveillance legislation would make Big Brother get a warrant”
“A key electronic privacy bill designed to modernize the nation’s privacy laws is scheduled for mark up by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning.
“Co-sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 2013 would amend law enforcement’s abilities to search private electronic communications.
“If passed, the bill would require law enforcement to seek a warrant to access those communications, regardless of how old they are. . .”
Snahan & Sherman, Politico: “Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption”
“Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
“The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
“A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
WRAL: “Barbara Bush on Jeb run: ‘We’ve had enough Bushes’”
“WASHINGTON — Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday, former first lady Barbara Bush brushed aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House in 2016.
“Appearing in an interview from Dallas on NBC’s “Today” show, Mrs. Bush was asked if she thought that Jeb, the former governor of Florida, should seek the presidency.
“‘He’s by far the best qualified man,’ Mrs. Bush said, ‘but no.’
“‘We’ve had enough Bushes,’ she said, saying ‘it’s not just four families, or whatever.’
The Bush family matriarch went on to say she thought there were many worthy candidates . . .”
Reuters: “New York Times reports lower revenue on ad slide”
“(Reuters) – New York Times Co reported a decline in quarterly revenue as the newspaper publisher continues to struggle with weak advertising sales.
“The 11.2 percent drop in advertising revenue in the first quarter underscores the pressure that the New York Times faces to increase its subscription revenue, especially for its digital products.
“As such, the company also said on Thursday that it would roll out a line of lower-priced products to attract more readers around the world. . .”
MIDDLE EAST . . .
Syria – Nerve Gas (from Matt Drudge, 4/26/2013)
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “GOP charges Obama officials lied on talking points. White House statements scrubbed terrorism, al-Qaida from Benghazi attack”
“Did CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell mislead lawmakers when he told senators in a briefing that references to terrorism and al-Qaida were removed from the White House’s Benghazi talking points in order to “prevent compromising an ongoing criminal investigation?”
“The claim of scrubbing terrorism from White House talking points for security reasons was also made to the news media by other officials within the CIA and by the office of the Director for National Intelligence.
“But those claims are now contradicted by a 46-page House Republican report probing the Benghazi attacks.
“In perhaps one of the most damning but until now unreported sections of the report, lawmakers who penned the investigation wrote they were given access to classified emails and other communications that prove the talking points were not edited to protect classified information but instead to protect the State Department’s reputation. . .”
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Chechnya Terror Link to U.S. Well-Established by Feds since 9/11”
“At a Friday congressional hearing, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will begin what’s sure to be the lengthy process of lawmakers diving into the Islamic terror threat from Chechnya and Dagestan.
“But disturbing ties between the U.S. and Islamic radicals in the Caucasus region were known to authorities long before Tamerlan Tsarnaev was referred to the FBI by Russia and let go for what was deemed a lack of proof that he posed a threat to America.
“The FBI’s Operation Blackbear back in 2001 identified people in the U.S. who were funding Islamists in Chechnya, including three individuals who met with Osama bin Laden. . .”
IMMIGRATION . . .
“‘President Obama does not want an immigration bill to pass,’ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told CBS News’ Jan Crawford in an interview that aired on Wednesday. ‘I think that the president wants to campaign on immigration reform in 2014 and 2016. And I think the reason that the White House is insisting on a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally is because the White House knows that insisting on that is very likely to scuttle the bill.’” Ted Cruz
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Near-Suicidal Immigration Policies”
“Deportation has become a near-taboo word. Yet the Boston bombings inevitably rekindle old questions about the way the U.S. admits, and at times deports, foreign nationals.
“Despite the Obama administration’s politically driven and cyclical claims of deporting either a lot more or a lot fewer non-citizens, no one knows how many are really being sent home — for a variety of reasons.
“There are not any accurate statistics on how many people are living in the United States illegally. And how does one define deportation? If someone from Latin America is detained by authorities an hour after illegally crossing the border and sent back, does he count as ‘apprehended’ or ‘deported’?
“Deportation is now politically incorrect, sort of like the T-word — terrorism — which the administration also seeks to avoid. . . “
Caroline May, Daily Caller: “USDA/Mexico Spanish-language flyer: Get kids on food stamps without showing documents”
“A USDA Spanish language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy, according to Judicial Watch, reads that if potentially ineligible immigrants want to obtain benefits for their children they “need not divulge information regarding your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children.”
The Daily Caller has reported extensively about the USDA/Mexico partnership that seeks to promote taxpayer-funded nutrition assistance among eligible Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.
Michelle Malkin, Town Hall: “America’s Insane Asylum for Jihadists, Hustlers and Frauds”
“ . . .Though they had convinced the U.S. that they faced deadly persecution, the Tsarnaevs’ parents both returned to their native land and were there when their sons launched last week’s terror rampage. Authorities will not reveal any details of the sob stories the Tsarnaevs originally spun to win asylum benefits for the entire family.
“The whole thing stinks. And it’s an old, familiar stench. . .”
Stephanie Wang, Free Beacon: “African-American leaders call on Congressional Black Caucus to halt immigration bill”
“The African American Leadership Council asked the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill at a press conference Wednesday morning.
“The leaders called on the caucus to protect black workers by opposing the 844-page bill, portions of which the coalition described as amnesty.
“The bill released last week would place 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. . .”
J. Christian Adams, PJM: “7 Reasons Not to Swallow Marco Rubio’s Immigration Snake Oil”
“The immigration bill pushed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other members of the Gang of 8 is advertised as a comprehensive reform to secure the border and strengthen the immigration laws before allowing legalization.
“An actual read of the massive bill reveals it as radical legislation which will transform the rule of law and the political future of the nation.
“Democrats are desperate to pass the legislation because they long to transform 11 million illegal immigrants and their families into Democrats.
“The language of the bill doesn’t do what the proponents say. Instead, the provisions are a witch’s brew of lawlessness, executive discretion, and legalistic trickery crafted by the organized, open-borders left.
“Examples of the deception abound . . .”
GUNS . . .
Joe Palazzolo & Kate Linebaugh, WSJ: “GE Capital Cuts Off Lending to Gun Shops”
I smell a deal . . .
“General Electric Co. is quietly cutting off lending to gun shops, as the company rethinks its relationship to firearms amid the fallout from the school shooting in Newtown, Conn
“. . . GE is at least the second big financial firm to retreat from the gun business following the school shootings, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults in December.
“Days after the killings, private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP said it would try to sell the gun company it owns—Freedom Group Inc.— which makes brands including Remington, Bushmaster, Marlin and H&R. . .”
Also: FactCheck: “Warren: GE Pays No Taxes” (4/24/2012)
“ . . . we are wading into a heated media debate about the amount of taxes paid by GE, and the most crucial number — the amount paid in corporate income tax — is unknown.
This much is certain: As the New York Times and others have well documented, GE has employed a number of aggressive (and legal) strategies that have greatly reduced the company’s corporate tax burden.
But the claim that it pays no federal income tax at all is disputed by GE. Moreover, aside from corporate income taxes, GE pays payroll taxes, state taxes and local taxes. So [Elizabeth] Warren’s blanket assertion that GE pays “nothing – zero – in taxes” is simply inaccurate. ”
Also: Bonnie Kavoussi, Huffington: “General Electric Avoids Taxes By Keeping $108 Billion Overseas”
“The company with the most profits parked overseas is General Electric, according to a new Bloomberg analysis of 83 corporations.
“GE said in a Feb. 26 regulatory filing that it was holding $108 billion in profits overseas as of the end of last year. That is up from $102 billion a year before. GE said in the filing that it reinvested most of these profits in foreign business operations and does not intend to bring those profits back to the U.S.
“The practice of holding profits overseas has been highlighted as a strategy to avoid paying taxes. GE paid no U.S. taxes at all in 2010, according to The New York Times — an allegation GE spokesman Seth Martin called “untrue” in an email to The Huffington Post Monday. . .”
PA . . .
Bob Guzzardi: Beer Cartel
“Follow the Money – Part 1 The Beer Distributor Business
“The beer industry supports about 70,650 jobs and contributes $8.7 billion annually in economic impact to Pennsylvania, according to a new study.”
Follow the money has some more statistics evidencing the money and power of the beer distributorship cartel.
The Beer Distributor Cartel has 17 lobbyists and contributes $146, 960. No other state has a beer distributor lobby.
The best way to get money out of politics is to get politics out of money. Business is in politics because politics is in business. http://www.followthemoney.org/database/lobbyistclient.phtml?lc=103371&y=0&s=OK
Madonna & Young: PoliticsPA: “Politically Uncorrected – The Toomey Matter”
“No one yet has called him “Benedict Toomey” but make no mistake: many conservatives view his recent effort to broker a gun compromise as a stunning act of perfidy.
“These critics see compelling evidence that Toomey’s flirtation with compromise has damaged seriously his reelection chances while disappointing his conservative supporters that expect him to hew to ideological rigidity on guns as well as other issues.
“Already invidious comparisons are being made between Toomey and the late Senator Arlen Specter . . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Report points to state savings, federal costs from Medicaid expansion”
“HARRISBURG – Taxpayers will be on the hook for additional costs if Pennsylvania decides to expand Medicaid in accordance with the federal health care law, but the those additional tax dollars will flow from the federal government, not from the state.
A new report from Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office – a nonpartisan number-crunching agency that serves as the state’s version of the Congressional Budget Office – says Pennsylvania would save about $220 million annually over the first eight years of the expansion, which would begin in 2014. Most of those savings would be concentrated in the first three years, according to the analysis.
However, federal spending on Pennsylvania would increase by about $3.2 billion over the same period. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Conservative campaigners put key state senator on notice”
“HARRISBURG – State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks, has the future of the liquor privatization bill in his hands.
“And a group of conservative activists have McIlhinney in their sights.
“The Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, which has made a name for itself in conservative circles for challenging – and defeating – Republicans that the group judged to have moved too far to the left, began airing television ads in southeast Pennsylvania on Wednesday encouraging constituents to pester McIlhinney about the liquor bill.
Why McIlhinney? A few reasons.
“For one, the liquor privatization bill passed last month by the state House is currently sitting in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, which McIlhinney chairs. His support is crucial if the bill is to make it to the Senate floor.
“Second, McIlhinney has never been a huge fan of privatizing the liquor stores . . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Audit report shows General Assembly sitting on $140 million stash of cash”
“. . . The new audit report was released by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission report on Wednesday. It shows that the General Assembly’s spending increased by $8 million from the previous year and the amount the legislature keeps tucked away in a special slush fund dropped by $43 million.
It now stands at $140.7 million, and that’s money the lawmakers say they need to keep on-hand, according to a report from Capitolwire’s Kevin Zwick:
End Notes . . .
Stanley Kurtz, NRO: “Mary Eberstadt’s ‘How the West Really Lost God’”
“In her book, How the West Really Lost God, Mary Eberstadt comes up with a fascinating new answer to the puzzle: the decline of the Western family is driving our loss of faith.
“(I should note that Mary and I are both senior fellows at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.)
“Amazingly, while secularization theorists have lavished attention on factors like urbanization, economic development, and war, almost no-one has systematically considered family decline as a driving force behind secularization. Eberstadt fills this gap, with startling results. It turns out that many of the enduring puzzles of secularization theory–America’s exceptional religiosity, the particular appeal of religion to women, and the upsurge of secularization in the 1960s–begin to make sense when we focus on family as a factor.
“This is that rare book that will appeal to the broad reading public, while also shaping the scholarly literature for years to come. . .”
Steve Hayward, Town Hall: “The Climate Circus Leaves Town”
“If you had told environmentalists on Election Day 2008 that four years later there’d be no successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol, that a Democratic Congress would not have enacted any meaningful climate legislation, that domestic oil production would be soaring even after a catastrophic offshore oil spill, and that the environmental community would be having a lively internal debate about whether it should support reviving nuclear power, most might have marched into the ocean to drown themselves. Yet that’s the state of play four months into President Obama’s second term . ..”