Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. […]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
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 […]
Here are listed the names of the the votes of 12 congressional Democrats who joined the majority of Republicans to preserve the Foreign Oil Driller Welfare Program without any reform. […]
Yesterday, I wrote about the vote by 44 congressional Democrats, including the chair of the Democratic National Committee, to stop efforts to block funding for new American military involvement in war in Iraq. These Democrats voted to support efforts to get the USA involved in yet another Iraqi war.
However, these Democrats weren’t the only […]
15 Republicans crossed the aisle yesterday to vote in opposition that would take food assistance away from hungry Americans. […]
When the Congressional Transparency Caucus was founded on May 10 2011, it published a mission statement that declared the beliefs of the caucus. Some excerpts:
Transparency in government is crucial to our democracy because our government derives its power from the informed consent of the governed. We believe:
1. The American people have the right […]
Number of passages in the Bible condemning the practice of usury: 5
Percent of members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus who are cosponsors of H.R. 4300, a bill to “amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish a national usury rate for consumer credit card accounts” by capping credit card interest rates at 16%: 1.8%
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