First, the good news. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act. In terms of spending, it was a modest bill. If it is signed into law, it will barely result in any increase in federal government spending at all.
Still, the impact of H.R. 5029 could [...]
This week, U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Ted Poe introduced H.R. 3713, a bill that would allow the U.S. federal government to place trademark registration protections on the American flag.
If the government claimed ownership over the trademark rights to the flag, they could require permission, and perhaps the payment of a fee, for anyone [...]
Time was, when you wanted to protect constitutional rights against unwarranted surveillance, search and seizure in America, you would look to Democrats in Congress. Sure, some conservative Blue Dog Democrats would vote to give the government Big Brother powers, but most Democrats weren’t like that. A majority of Democrats in the House voted against the [...]
If there really is a predetermined plan for greatness of the USA through journeys into outer space, then it will come to pass, and doesn’t need the help of a congressional resolution. If, on the other hand, there is no real outer space destiny of American Exceptionalism, well, what’s the big fuss about? Members of Congress can still get out toy spaceships and Star Wars action figures and play with them after all the interns have gone home. [...]
Ted Poe claimed this week that the Constitution cites God as the source of Americans’ legal rights, but actually, the Constitution never says any such thing. [...]
As much as Poe claims to oppose increasing government spending on health care, 5 of Poe’s own earmarks were written to increase government spending on health care projects. [...]
Poe invoked the story of General Pershing’s authorization to invade Mexico as an example of what he thought would make sensible policy today. Representative Poe then described Mexico as an enemy of the sort the U.S. military confronted in World War II in the form of Nazi Germany. [...]