Roger in WND: Had enough government yet?
Most Americans are opposed to the federal government requiring them to buy a health insurance policy in which the terms of coverage will be dictated by the government and the cost will be dictated by the health insurance companies. But this dictate is the culmination of a trend of government dictates that has been building for years.
Liberty-loving Americans have allowed this creeping growth of government, and we are not better off because of it.
Santorum plans aggressive strategy against Romney
A day after Mitt Romney regained some momentum in the Republican presidential contest, his rival Rick Santorum went on the attack, calling the front-runner "desperate" while promising to compete aggressively to win the state where Romney grew up.
Santorum claims Romney rigs straw poll at CPAC
"You know those straw polls, at CPAC," he said on CNN's State of the Unionon Sunday. "For two years Ron Paul has won those because he just trucks in a lot of people, pays for their ticket, and they come in and vote and they leave. We didn't do that. We don't do that. I don't try to rig straw polls."
Santorum accused Romney of similar tactics at this year's conference. "You'll have to talk to the Romney campaign and [see] how many tickets they bought. We've heard all sorts of things."
Smoke and mirrors as Obama budget rolls out
Drawing on $1 trillion in deficit reductions already negotiated in last summer's debt ceiling deal, Obama will also call for an additional $1.5 trillion in spending cuts to go with $1.5 trillion in new taxes, in part from raising the tax rates of the past 11 years for high-income earners.The plan uses savings from the Iraq and Afghanistan military withdrawals to drive down the deficit, pledges $476 billion over six years for infrastructure projects, $350 billion in short-term stimulus-style spending for job creation and $60 billion for teachers and first responders. It offers little in the way of entitlement reforms, the biggest driver of the national debt.
Ethics issues tarnish Congress
The House Ethics Committee ruled in August that Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt must personally repay more than $500,000 in legal services she improperly received for free, part of a long-running campaign case. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh owes more than $117,000 in back child support, and several other GOP freshmen face questions over how they financed their 2010 campaigns.
Both former Nevada Sen. John Ensign and former New York Rep. Christopher Lee resigned over sex scandals. Ensign had an extramarial affair with his campaign treasurer, who happened to be married to his deputy chief of staff. Lee stepped down after he was caught sending shirtless photos of himself to someone he met on Craigslist.
Democrats have their own rash of scandals to rival GOP dirty laundry.
Two California Democrats - Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson - are under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. The Waters case, a three-year melodrama that has resulted in an independent counsel being appointed to look into the Ethics Committee itself, centers on allegations that Waters used her office to help a donor win millions of dollars in federal support for a failing bank.
Samuel Jackson admits he voted Obama because he is Black
Athens burns after Greeks vote for cuts
The Greek parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.
Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament
Occupy Oakland burns American flag for 3rd week in a row
Occupy Oakland protester burn an American Flag during a march against police brutality near Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.