Welcome to the New GOP Majority

Conservative Review
A Congressional Quarterly analysis showing that Senate Republicans have voted with Obama more than 50% since the beginning of the new Congress – more than they did while serving in the minority.  But there’s more to the story.  It’s not just the fact that Republicans are voting with Obama, it’s that they have deliberately ceded structural control of the chamber to Democrats.

Typically, the majority party will manipulate the floor process to block initiatives from the minority party and vote on wedge issues favorable to their side – ones that embarrass those in the minority.  As such, even if the majority party lacks the votes to overcome a filibuster and pass the legislation, they can use the amendment process on the bill to shame the minority and draw sharp contrasts in the hopes of winning the next election.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) was the ultimate master at pursuing Obama’s agenda while blocking all Republican amendments.

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Years After GSA Las Vegas Conference Scandal, Agencies Still Hold Lavish Events

JUDICIAL WATCH

A few years after the General Services Administration’s (GSA) scandalous Las Vegas conference fleeced American taxpayers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, another federal agency is being exposed for covering up its lavish events totaling millions.

The Department of Labor (DOL) spent nearly $2 million on questionable extracurricular events then tried to cover it up, according to a federal audit made public recently. In fact, the agency failed to follow federal reporting guidelines for many of its pricey employee conferences, including more than a dozen that cost American taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. The two more expensive ones cost $225,000 and $131,000 with the others running close to $100,000, according to the report issued by the DOL Inspector General.

After the GSA debacle Congress passed a measure to tighten the reins on this sort of outrageous spending for federal agency employee events, yet we see nothing has really changed. Heads publicly rolled when the GSA Inspector General published a scathing report exposing the lavish Las Vegas powwow, which featured luxury accommodations for staff and their loved ones, fine cuisine, wild parties and expensive gifts. Adding insult to injury, dozens of GSA workers were actually awarded cash bonuses for arranging the outlandish Sin City celebration.

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The U.S. Constitution Actually Bans Hillary’s Foreign Government Payola

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The Federalist

The Washington Post reported last week that the tax-exempt foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton accepted money from seven foreign governments while Hillary served as U.S. Secretary of State (it’s unclear how much foreign money the organization accepted while Hillary was a U.S. Senator). Super shady, right? It’s worse than that, though, because Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution actually bans foreign payola for U.S. officials.

The constitutional ban on foreign cash payments to U.S. officials is known as the Emoluments Clause and originated from Article VI of the Articles of Confederation. The purpose of the clause was to prevent foreign governments from buying influence in the U.S. by paying off U.S. government officials. Here’s the text of the clause:

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Obama’s Dangerous Power Grab – Destroying Electric Power With Total Disregard for the Law

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Independent Sentinel

Obama’s war on coal is a war on fossil fuels. He began with coal because it’s more vulnerable to criticism. Destroying coal will cause our electricity to skyrocket. It is a political power grab of our electric power. If he can get away with ignoring Congress on this, he can do anything he wants.

The federal appeals court is currently hearing a major challenge to the EPA climate rule to destroy coal.

Murray Energy is leading the lawsuit and sees the future – people losing their jobs, his company being destroyed, the coal and electricity industry being eliminated. All of this is unnecessary and will yield little or no gain but it will give the federal government limitless power over the energy sector.

If a government agency can make the laws, can we call ourselves a free nation, a Republic?

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U.S. About to Import More Immigrants Than the Populations of Seven Major U.S. Cities

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Independent Sentinel

Unless Congress cuts immigration rates through legislation, Seesions said, the U.S. will “legally add at least 10 million new legal immigrants over the next 10 years– a bloc of new residents larger than the cities of Atlanta (population: 447,000), Los Angeles (3.88 million), Chicago (2.7 million), Boston (645,000), Denver (650,000), St. Louis (318,000), and Dallas (1.25 million) combined.”

This doesn’t include the many illegal immigrants. Illegal immigration has tended to increase in line with the increase in legal immigration. If you want to lose the Republic, this is the way to do it.

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Obama Grovels Before Castro As They Both Demean the U.S.

Independent Sentinel

The Apology Tour Continues As Obama Himself Assumes The Role Of A Latin American Dictator

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If you can’t be a Latin American dictator yourself, the next best thing would be to befriend them and give them access to wealth that can be used to empower their Marxist ambitions and further their violent and oppressive regimes, asking nothing in return. That is what Barack Obama did.

Cuban President Raul Castro recounted the history of U.S. “imperialist aggression” in Latin America in an address in Panama Saturday at the 7th Summit of the Americas. Obama sat there and agreed by his silence as Castro insulted the United States. It was another abandonment of our nation – another diminution. He is elevating and empowering violent dictatorships.

U.S. “wars, conquests and interventions” in the region have been a “hegemonic force that plundered territories throughout the Americas,” Castro said.

Obama made known that he does agree with Castro at a forum held there in which he told those assembled we will no longer “meddle”.

Obama bashed America.

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Get Ready for $11 Billion in ‘Net Neutrality’ Taxes

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Investors Business Daily

Promises: Not long after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler swore that the FCC takeover of the Internet wouldn’t result in new taxes or fees, it appears likely that new taxes will show up on Internet bills in the near future.

In a speech a few weeks before the FCC voted to approve its “net neutrality” rules, Chairman Tom Wheeler promised there would be “no tariffs, no new taxes” as a result.

Later that month, FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart promised that the new regulatory scheme “does not raise taxes or fees. Period.”

If that sounds suspiciously like Obama’s promise that under ObamaCare you would be able to “keep your plan. Period,” there’s a good reason.

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