The most ethical Congress EVAH. After a four year investigation looking into Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) using his position to secure more than $250 million in federal funding for close friends running non-profits, the Department of Justice just closed the investigation with no action.
I’m not at all convinced that Scott Brown – Republican candidate for the state’s special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat – will be successful, but this election proves to me the management of state-wide elections to national office has totally been turned on it’s head.
This is what it has come to. The state of California is sending dignitaries from the state’s legislature to the east coast “early and often” to demand taxpayers give more money to the Golden State. Government sponsored theft it is I tell you!
Another symptom of the disease. The Montana Reinvestment Act – funded directly by federal stimulus dollars – has provided almost $50,000 towards a project in Bozeman, Mont. to install new tennis courts in a city park.
Many Democrats are concerned about the language in the $1.2 trillion health care presented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that allows for a loophole – there’s that word again – to indirectly fund abortion.
All politics, are no longer local. With the coming of the information age, broadband internet and online credit card processing, we’ve entered into the blood sport of manipulating United States House and Senate races in far-away states and districts of which we have never been, nor will likely visit in the future. Is this a good thing?
With the Sound Off Sister providing legal commentary on the General Welfare clause, I thought I’d toss in my opinion since the subject is closely tied to my Symptom of the Disease series. With no doubt, the interpretation of the Spending Clause is the root of many problems we have right now. Let’s take a look at some history in reference to Article I, Section 8.
In a twist that will tick-off taxpayers, the federal government’s plan to provide tax credits to buyers of electric vehicles has turned into a boon for golf cart manufactures. The IRS allows the full credit – $4,200 to $5,500 – to be applied to electric golf carts as long as they are road-worthy. Some buyers will drive carts for two years – and get paid $2,000.
Charmaine Yoest has an interesting post about the Capps Amendment designed to set up accounting mechanisms to ensure tax dollars do not directly fund abortions. An accounting mechanism? The problem is that direct funding may be blocked, but there is no way to ensure indirect funding is not used for abortions. This is another example of a symptom of the disease.