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Bill Shuster Gets Tough on Amtrak Food Concessions, Goes Woolly on the F-35

Republican Representative Bill Shuster is pulling out all the stops in congressional bill H.R. 749 to get Amtrak to cut, cut, cut its budget for paying the workers on its trains so that the federal government can stop paying $80 million a year to support Amtrak’s on-train food sales.

While we’re on the subject of […]

Jeb Bush Proposes Presidential Election To Be Held In 2016

Jeb Bush was speaking in support of a big government program that seeks to break up families, separating children from their parents when the children are American citizens and their parents aren’t. […]

Republicans in Virginia, North Carolina and Texas say Religion means you don’t have to Do Your Job

[A tip of the pen to DocDawg, whose blog post on the situation in North Carolina got me all riled up.]

Republican party officials love to proclaim that theirs is the “party of hard work”, that the GOP stands for the idea that Americans should stop whining, show up to work and get the job […]

H.J. Res 32: Tim Huelskamp and 32 other Republicans in U.S. Congress Push for More Big Government

Over and over, the Republican Party declares itself to be “the party of small government.” But which party is trying to use the powers of big federal government to tell the people and the states what they can and cannot do? You guessed it — it’s the Republican Party.

Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas […]

Barack Obama’s Response to the Pardon Edward Snowden Petition blows past 600 Days Overdue

It’s now been 620 days since the petition to Pardon Edward Snowden met the required standard of the official White House petition website (100,000 signatures within 30 days) to obtain a response from the Obama administration. 620 days later, there has been no response to the petition from President Obama or anyone else in the […]

Questions for CPAC

On the morning of February 27 2015, Newt Gingrich issued a call for questions at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) via the Twitter hashtag #CPACQ:

Neither he nor any of the CPAC leadership had bothered to check the #CPAC hashtag they’d started up the day before: people everywhere, not just conservatives, were asking […]

Is Ben Carson Right About Homeschooling and Private Schools?

Ben Carson claims that homeschoolers perform best, and public school students do the worst. Let’s look at some research to see if his claims hold up to scrutiny. […]

GOP Activists Calls The People Who Are Giving Money To Jeb Bush Stupid

Ieva Smidt, who has been working to help people give money to Jeb Bush, has complained that she has extensive experience in dealing with stupid people. […]

Hillary Clinton and Jill Stein on Fracking

If throwing environmentalists under the bus worked for Obama, why won’t it work for Hillary Clinton? […]

Big Government Steve King Introduces Nanny State Bill to Congress

I thought the Republican Party was supposed to be the party of small government.

Why, then, would Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa introduce H.R. 997?

H.R. 997 is a bill that imposes big government requirements on millions of people who work for the United States Goverment.

H.R. 997 is the Nanny State bill to […]

Despite Improvement, Complaint Backlog at DOL Wage and Hour Division is Worse than Under Bush

The staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor are tasked with investigating worker complaints to make sure that workers aren’t being abused by employers who exploit labor laws — by withholding pay, by refusing to grant overtime, by employing child labor, and otherwise exploiting people who are desperate for […]