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GAO: 35% of Major Federal Regulations Were Issued Without Public Notice

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“For the people, by the people…” Yeah, right!

Regulations are treated as laws and enforced as such, but they are never voted on by the people’s representatives.  They are imposed by the “fourth branch” of government: bureaucrats from hundreds of agencies and departments (many of which are unconstitutional or abuse unconstitutional powers).

Now, it’s not that we don’t get to vote on them.  We don’t even get to KNOW about them.  Does that sound like the system of representative government our founders intended:

Matt Cover reports at CNS News:

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 35 percent of major federal regulations – those with at least $100 billion in annual economic impact – were issued without a public notice from 2003 to 2010.

The GAO also said that 44 percent of non-major regulations were issued without a public notice, which is referred to as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

“During calendar years 2003 through 2010, agencies published 568 major rules and about 30,000 nonmajor rules,” the GAO said in a December report to Congress. “[Federal] agencies published about 35 percent of major rules and about 44 percent of nonmajor rules without an NPRM during those years.”

The GAO found a large spike in this practice under President Barack Obama, with the percentage of major rules issued without public notice jumping from 26 percent in 2008 to 40 percent in 2009. The number of major rules issued this way also hit a high point in both 2009 and 2010. (Obama’s first year in office as president began in January 2009.)

“In particular, from 2008 to 2009, the percentage of major rules without an NPRM increased from 26 percent to 40 percent,” reported the GAO.

Read more at CNS News

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Family-Owned Dairy Raided, Shut Down By FDA For Making Cheese From Raw Milk

Morningland Dairy raided and another family business destroyed 01/25/13

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The FDA is notoriously prejudiced against raw dairy products, and if they personally are opposed to consuming them, fine!  But what constitutional authority do they have to tell American citizens what they can and cannot eat and drink?   Answer: NONE.   With the government takeover of health care, however, you can rest assured that tyrannical attempts to control your diet will increase, not decrease.

The FDA, like so many other federal bureaucracies, has become a tyrannical, unelected, unaccountable apparatus for the Nanny State to rule over Americans instead of representing and serving them.   Their goal is not to protect citizens from harming one another, but to protect us from our own choices by restricting them and making them for us.   But this abuse of government power is not a victimless crime.

This small, family-armed dairy is the latest casualty in a long line of victims of government abuse and over-regulation.   Will your business be next?

KY3 News reports:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. — After a two and a half year legal battle, 15 tons of cheese made and aged near Mountain View was hauled to a dump.  To fans of natural foods, it is monumental waste and over-regulation.  To Missouri’s Milk Board, it’s merely protecting public health.

“I see the destruction of what my wife and I and family have worked to build,” said Joseph Dixon, owner ofMorningland Dairy.

Dixon and his family aren’t the only ones outraged by the trashing of about 30,000 pounds of cheese produced on the farm in Howell County.

[...]   ”They really haven’t found anything, no sicknesses, no illnesses in 30 years. But it’s what-if.  And in the United States of America, if what-if now wins, we have no country left,” Dixon said.

Both Howell County Court and the Missouri Court of Appeals sided with the milk board’s decision to destroy all the cheese.

“We asked for trial by jury; we were denied because it was a regulation, not a law.  It wasn’t passed by congress,” said Dixon.

A couple of years ago, the Dixons still had hope of someday making cheese again and were milking daily, but now, the milking barn is empty because the dairy herd is gone.

“If I tried to start back up, it would cost so much to get it in the cooler, and then, if they find, quote, one thing they can complain about, one thing, I’m shut down again, and every bit of that has to be destroyed,” said Dixon.

Read more at KY3 News

Pete Kennedy writes at Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

The Milk Board shut down Morningland’s manufacturing operation and ordered all cheese at the facility embargoed on August 26, 2010 after receiving a report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture that Morningland cheese seized in a raid of the Rawesome food club in Venice, California in June 2010 had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes andStaphyloccocus aureus. Not a single block of cheese in the warehouse had the same batch number as the cheese seized in the Rawesome raid. A Milk Board inspector initially told Joe Dixon that he would only be shut down for a few days—but that changed when FDA stepped up their involvement in the case a short time later and pressured the Milk Board not to let Morningland resume their operations.

On October 1, 2010 the Milk Board sent the Dixons a letter requesting that they destroy the entire inventory of cheese at the facility; when the Dixons refused, the Milk Board filed a petition in the Circuit Court of Howell County to obtain an order for the destruction of the Morningland cheese.

After a two-day trial before Judge David Dunlop, the judge issued a decision on February 23, 2011 ordering the destruction of the cheese. Morningland appealed the decision but on September 27, 2012 the Court of Appeals sided with the Milk Board. A petition to the Missouri Supreme Court to hear the case was rejected onDecember 18, paving the way for the destruction of the cheese to take place.

Neither the Milk Board nor FDA ever tested any of the cheese stored at Morningland. FDA did take 100 environmental swabs at the facility, all of which tested negative for listeria. There was no accusation that any cheese Morningland produced had made anyone sick; there had never been any reported illness from the consumption of Morningland products in the thirty years the farmstead cheese operation had been in business.

The Morningland case was about FDA’s agenda to restrict access to raw dairy products with the eventual goal of banning them. The agency doesn’t hesitate in sacrificing a business like the Dixons’ in order to move its agenda along.

What message does this send to entrepreneurs who are considering starting their own business and creating jobs?  Who wants to take the risk of running afoul of busybody bureaucrats with an ax to grind?

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Oregon Listed As One Of Worst States For Unemployed

Thanks to leftist policies, the current unemployment rate in Oregon is stuck at a pathetic 8.4%, a rate that we haven’t gone below since November of 2008 – more than 4 years ago.

Joblessness has become the new normal in Oregon, which is why Bloomberg listed us in the top 20 WORST states to live in if you’re unemployed:

According to Bloomberg’s rankings (based on wealth disparity, average unemployment benefits, and overall unemployment pool), and somewhat confirming the food-divide discussion we had last night, the following states are the worst to live in if you are unemployed. Connecticut tops the list with its massive wealth disparity – more than one $200,000 household for every household earning less than $10,000. New York, California, and D.C. are close behind with Oregon and Alabama in 19th and 20th ‘worst’ place to be unemployed. Welcome to the bifurcated un-recovery.

Read more at ZeroHedge

Oregon patriot John Kuzmanich observes:

Where’s the tax revenue in Oregon going?

Is it going to the kids or the classrooms?
No, Oregon is 43rd in the nation & at the bottom in public education, again.

Is it going to the help the middle class?
No, our unemployment rate is well above the national average.

Is it going to low income and the unemployed?  No, it appears not.

So where are the billions in tax dollars taken from the people of Oregon that pass thru Salem in this one party State going?

Who are these Democrat politicians looking after if not the children, the middle class, our economy, or the lower class and unemployed?

Not to create jobs, certainly.

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Hospital To Stop Delivering Babies Because Of Obamacare

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The doctors shortages are already on their way, starting with obstetricians.

Fox News reports:

Pregnant women in one southwestern Pennsylvania town will soon need to look elsewhere to deliver their babies, after a local hospital announced it will end the practice in March — blaming ObamaCare in part for the decision.

The Windber Medical Center will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

Read more at Fox News

So these doctors busted their butts through years of medical school and racked up thousands of dollars in student debt in order to acquire the skills and expertise they have, and the Obama administration wants to underpay them to “save costs” for their utopian health care scheme.

Haven’t we learned ANYTHING from doctor shortages and two-year waiting lists in every country with established socialized medicine?

Consider this story from the UK, courtesy of their National Health Service:  ”The babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets.”

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Obama Admin. Slams Fragile Economy With Over $216 Billion In New Regulations

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This ought to do wonders for our sluggish economy.

The Hill reports (via Weasel Zippers):

The Obama administration issued $236 billion worth of new regulations last year, according to a report from a conservative think tank.

The analysis from the American Action Forum, led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found that the administration added $216 billion in rules and more than $20 billion in regulatory proposals in 2012. Complying with those rules will require an additional 87 million hours of paperwork, the report said.

The group put the total price tag from regulations during Obama’s first term at more than $518 billion.

Read more at The Hill

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Liberals Stunned As Paychecks Shrink, Unemployment Remains High

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Low-information voters are finally getting a wake-up call.

Jospeh Curl reports at the Washington Times:

With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters.

“What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?”

Shocker. Democrats who supported the president’s re-election just had NO idea that his steadfast pledge to raise taxes meant that he was really going to raise taxes. They thought he planned to just hit those filthy “1 percenters,” you know, the ones who earned fortunes through their inventiveness and hard work. They thought the free ride would continue forever.

So this week, as taxes went up for millions of Americans — which Republicans predicted throughout the campaign would happen — it was fun to watch the agoggery of the left.

“I know to expect between $93 and $94 less in my paycheck on the 15th,” wrote the ironically named “RomneyLies.”

“My boyfriend has had a lot of expenses and is feeling squeezed right now, and having his paycheck shrink really didn’t help,” wrote “DemocratToTheEnd.” [...]

The Twittersphere was even funnier.

“Really, how am I ever supposed to pay off my student loans if my already small paycheck keeps getting smaller? Help a sister out, Obama,” wrote “Meet Virginia.” “Nancy Thongkham” was much more furious. [...]

“_Alex™” sounded bummed. “Obama I did not vote for you so you can take away alot of money from my checks.” Christian Dixon seemed crestfallen. “I’m starting to regret voting for Obama.” [...]

Read more at the Washington Times

I’d like to be able to smirk, “we told you so,” but there’s no joy in knowing that millions of innocent people are suffering because of an ignorant electorate that was suckered by a lying administration and their accomplices in the deceitful media.

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Dems on Debt Ceiling: No Negotiations, No Spending Cuts, More Tax Hikes

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For liberal spending addicts, it’s NEVER enough.

Ben Shapiro reports at Breitbart:

With the fiscal cliff deal signed into law, the nation’s attention now turns to the debt ceiling debate, scheduled to hit in the next two months. As America reaches the debt ceiling yet again – an unbelievable $16.4 trillion debt ceiling needs another increase in order to allow us to borrow more cash to pay our bills – Republicans insist that we finally begin dealing with our spending problem. That, of course, was the purpose of the fiscal cliff deal in the first place: to preserve as many of the Bush tax rates as possible, consider tax rates a finished issue, and move on to spending cuts. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on ABC’s This Week, “The tax issue is finished, over, completed. That’s behind us. Now the question is: what are we going to do about the biggest problem confronting our country and our future? And that’s our spending addiction.”

Not so fast.

The bullies in the Democratic Party have no intention of cutting a single dollar. Instead, they want to tighten their stranglehold on the windpipes of job producers and entrepreneurs. This morning, virtually every Democrat on virtually every Sunday show said the same thing: no cuts, more taxes. So much for the Republican attempt to take the tax discussion off the table.

Read more at Breitbart

Obama used his weekly address to declare that he “will not compromise” with the co-equal branch of government that constitutionally holds the power of the purse:

In his weekly address, Obama lashed out at Republicans for even suggesting that the debt ceiling issue be used as leverage to cut spending:

As I said earlier this week, one thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up.  If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic.  The last time Congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it.  Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again.

This is nonsense. We’ve racked up bills, and we will not have to default to pay them – we just have to cut. Even if we hit the debt ceiling, we will not need to default on our debts – we will simply stop providing non-essential government services (which, for the most part, we should do anyway) and then use that money to pay our debts.

But Obama is a bully, and so he thinks he can unilaterally dictate America’s debt policy. He demonizes anyone who disagrees. He ignores the Constitution, and instead plays the class warfare card…

Read more at Breitbart

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Obamacare Arrives, Full-Time Jobs Depart

Unemployment drops to 7.8%

This is already happening at my husband’s company.  They are no longer permitted to hire full-time workers for non-salaried positions.

Gary North writes at the Tea Party Economist:

The threat of fines totaling $2,000 a year for not providing health care to full-time workers will be a great subsidy for companies that supply part-time workers. They will be in greater demand.

Workers who already work less than 30 hours a week will find lots of new competition. They are likely to be locked into their positions permanently.

Any firm with 50 employees comes under the law. So, the smart move for businesses with 50 to 60 workers is to fire them.

Economics teaches that decisions are made at the margin. What does one more unit of this or that cost? That is the key price for all of the units.

Businesses can take two approaches. First, they can cut workers who work 30 hours a week to 29 hours. Or, just to be safe, 25 hours. Second, they can fire workers who work 30 hours a week and refuse to hire replacements. Both approaches are legal. Both make economic sense.

We are in a tight job market. We have been ever since 2008. The recovery is slow. This will make it slower.

Read more at the Tea Party Economist

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After Fiscal Cliff Deal, Taxes Go Up For Most Americans

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Happy New Year!  Your paycheck just shrank!

Fox News reports:

Taxes for most Americans will still go up this year despite declarations from President Obama and others touting Tuesday night’s fiscal crisis deal as a victory for middle-class workers.

At the same time, tax relief that was included in the package comes at a cost — contributing, along with new spending, nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, adding to the nation’s more than $16 trillion debt.

But there will be federal tax hikes in 2013. That’s because the legislation pushed through the Senate and House on Jan. 1 does nothing to prevent a temporary cut in the Social Security payroll tax from expiring. That means, under the agreement brokered by the White House and Senate Republicans, 77 percent of American households will be forced to fork over higher federal taxes in 2013.

Households making between $40,000 and $50,000 will face an average tax increase of $579 in 2013, according to the Tax Policy Center’s analysis. Households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will face an average tax increase of $822.

For most families, the increase will end there. But for top earners, taxes will get considerably higher this year.

Read more at Fox News

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Dictator-in-Chief Unilaterally Declares No More Debt Ceiling

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Boy, did Mark Levin call it.

Neil W. McCabe reports at Human Events:

Speaking Jan. 1 at the White House at 11:20 p.m., less than an hour after the House voted 257 to 167 to approve new tax hikes, President Barack Obama announced that he will assert the authority to raise the debt ceiling for spending approved by Congress.

“One last point I want to make,” said the president flanked by Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose Capitol Hill summitry closed the deal on a “fiscal cliff” compromise. “I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills, they have already racked up through the laws they have passed.

This is a critical pivot for the president, who previously dismissed the idea floated among liberals that Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, one of the three amendments passed at the end of the Civil War, authorizes the executive to borrow the funds to make good federal debt payments.

It reads: The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned…

This is the second time the administration has wielded the debt ceiling as a hammer against the Republicans in Congress.

[...]  The president was direct. Either Congress raises the debt ceiling or he will go ahead and borrow the money to pay the bills on his own in order to avoid damage to the U.S. and world economies.

Read more at Human Events

Last I checked, the co-equal branches of government are not required to obey one another’s commands.  In fact, they are there to hold one another in check.   Congress is under NO obligation to give the president the money he demands.   But they are too spineless to hold him accountable for his unconstitutional power grabs and blatant disregard for the separation of powers.

An honorable congress would impeach him and throw him out the door for his flagrant assault on the constitution and grabs for dictatorial powers.   Sadly, we don’t have an honorable congress.

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House Republicans Pass ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill: $620 In Tax Hikes, $332B In New Spending

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Obama has succeeded in his ultimate goal of getting Republicans to break their “no tax hike” pledge.   And for what purpose?  So the Democrats can continue their uncontrollable spending binge, while Republicans take the blame.

First day of the year, and we’ve already been royally screwed over by the so-called “conservatives” in congress. More debt on my kids’ backs, more money stolen from our paychecks, and for what? So they can flush more money down the toilet on shrimp treadmills, rum subsidies and blatant assaults on our constitutional rights. America, if THESE are the clowns you want running your lives, you deserve what you get.

Terence P. Jeffrey reports at CNS News:

The House of Representatives late Tuesday night voted 257 to 167 to approve a “fiscal cliff” deal that had been negotiated by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) and Vice President Joe Biden and approved by the Senate in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The majority of House Republicans voted against the bill, with 151 opposing it, 85 supporting it, and 5 not voting. House Speaker John Boehner voted for the bill. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor voted against it.

[...] According to a Congressional Budget Office analysis, the deal will increase federal spending by $332 billion over the next ten years.

The deal phases out exemptions and deductions for individuals earning more than 250,000 per year and for couples earning more than $300,000, according to a summary published by the New York Times. It also increases the income tax rate for individuals earning more than $400,000 per year and couples earning more than $450,000 per year.

The deal also suspends for two months the $110 billion future spending cuts, set to take place in 2013, that House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama agreed to when they made a deal in August 2011 to increase the federal government’s debt limit by $2.4 trillion.

The federal government exhausted that $2.4 trillion in new borrowing authority on Monday. So, the government has thus far been able to borrow all of the additional $2.4 trillion that Boehner and Obama agreed to in seventeen months ago without actually carrying out any of the spending cuts they agreed to at that time.

The bill also spends $30 billion–with no offsetting spending cut–to provide extended unemployment benefits to people who have not worked for more than half a year.

The bill, according to the Republican Study Committee, would also permanently reinstate the federal death tax, requiring a family to pay 40 percent of the value of all assets above $5 million when the senior member of the family dies.

While taxing family-owned businesses through the death tax, the bill would also pay out $134 billion in “refundable” tax credits to low-income people who did not, in the first place, pay the “tax” they are being refunded by the federal government.

It also, as the Republican Study Committee points out, will reimpose the “marriage penalty” by starting the top federal income tax rate at $400,000 for individuals but at $450,000 for married couples.

Read more at CNS News

To add insult to injury, Obama’s favorite cheerleaders in Hollywood got the kickbacks they wanted. So much for “the rich” paying their “fair share.” Obama’s pets get special perks while everyone else gets slammed. Welcome to the new Banana Republic of Amerika, where corrupt politicians pick the winners and losers.

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Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases

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The “fiscal cliff” deal includes more taxes, more ridiculous spending, and NO significant spending cuts!

The REAL cliff is yet to come, when we crash like Greece, but on a MUCH LARGER scale!

Amy Payne breaks it down at the Heritage Foundation:

While you were sleeping—or ringing in 2013—the Senate voted to raise taxes.

After missing the midnight deadline, Congress and the President have technically sent the nation over the fiscal cliff, meaning higher tax rates are already in effect for all income tax brackets. But the Senate’s deal, brokered by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and Vice President Joe Biden, would target the tax increases on those making more than $250,000.

The Senate voted 89-8 to limit deductions for taxpayers making more than $250,000, which would raise their taxes, and to hike tax rates for those making more than $400,000.

As Heritage has pointed out, trying to tax the top income brackets to close the deficit is impossible. To overcome the massive federal deficit, top earners would have to be taxed atmore than 100 percent. And J.D. Foster, Heritage’s Norman B. Ture Senior Fellow in the Economics of Fiscal Policy, reminds us that President Obama has already raised taxes on “the wealthy”:

Never mind that Obama already raised taxes on upper-income taxpayers through the 3.8 percent Medicare surtax imposed under Obamacare. Never mind that tax rate hikes would weaken an economy stumbling so badly the Federal Reserve doubled its risky efforts to keep the economy from recession. Never mind Obama’s approach would likely put the kibosh on any hopes for tax reform. Never mind the resulting revenues would be a small drop in a very big bucket compared to projected budget deficits. Never mind that the only justification for higher taxes is spite and envy to be exercised through the extortive power of the federal government.

Some of the key points in the Senate deal, which could go to the House as early as today:

  • Raises taxes on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for households
  • Raises taxes on investment income for those taxpayers as well
  • Limits tax deductions for incomes over $250,000—raising their taxes, too
  • Increases the death tax rate for estates over $5 million
  • Extends long-term unemployment benefits for one year
  • Postpones sequestration’s automatic spending cuts (including those to defense) by two months

Read more at the Heritage Foundation

Matthew Boyle at Breitbart makes this shocking observation:

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.

When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 1:3 and 1:2.

Read more at Breitbart

Senator Rand Paul called the deal a “joke,” and refuses to vote for it:


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Now it heads over to the house, where conservatives are urging Republicans not to take the bait:

Last night, without any legislative language, the Senate Republicans and Democrats voted to raise taxes. They did not just vote to raise income taxes. They voted to raise the payroll tax on all Americans.

This will hurt small businesses.

Ironically, this plan generates less revenue than even John Boehner’s Plan B option. But both options, as I have long maintained, were only about breaking the will of the GOP and getting the GOP to violate its tax pledge.

Well, today the White House is telling Fox New’s Ed Henry that this was the game all along. According to Ed Henry, the White House staff is saying that getting the GOP to break their tax pledge is, “One of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple of decades.” The plan cuts $1.00 in spending for every $41.00 in tax increases. Contrary to what Senator Pat Toomey is claiming today, everyone’s taxes will also go up – the 99% and the 1%.

That will be the headline if the House Republicans vote for this plan.

Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul were defiant. They know what is at stake.

Now, many of you think this is the best deal we can get. I understand that. But consider this — the White House has designed this solely for purposes of getting the GOP to break their tax pledge. Any way we play the game we lose.

The only way to even think of winning is to not play this game.

Read more at Red State

Sadly, the GOP leadership has played into Obama’s hands every step of the way, and it doesn’t look like this is going to be any different.

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Sen. Graham: Obama Has Won Fiscal Cliff Battle

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Thanks to spineless Republican leadership, Obama is going to get his tax hikes on job creators, which will drive more businesses to cut hours, freeze hiring, and send jobs overseas.

Brace yourselves for another deep recession.

Fox News reports:

Senators spent the weekend trying to craft a new proposal that they originally claimed could be ready as early as Sunday. But Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid reported late in the day that there was significant distance between the two sides, following a tense afternoon during which Vice President Biden was brought in to referee.

Talks now push on, likely into Monday — but President Obama has already made clear he will press Reid to call a vote on a separate White House plan if nothing is produced by then.

The stumbling block Sunday initially appeared to be a provision in the Republican proposal that would change the way Social Security benefits are calculated — effectively reducing benefits over time.

But while that drew the ire of Democrats, some Republicans indicated they were willing to drop the provision. Instead, they voiced serious concern about a Democratic push to use new tax revenue for new spending.

The biggest obstacle we face is that President Obama and Majority Leader Reid continue to insist on new taxes that will be used to fund more new spending, not for meaningful deficit reduction,” said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

Read more at Fox News

Despite the fact that his unreasonable demands are to blame, Obama isn’t afraid of taking the fall for this impasse.  He knows the media will cover his hide and pin the blame on the Republicans no matter what.

Sen. Lindsey Graham began waving the white flag before noon:

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham conceded a political victory to President Barack Obama on the pending fiscal cliff negotiations.

“What have we accomplished? Political victory for the president,” Graham said. “Hats off to the president — he stood his ground. He’s going to get tax rate increases, maybe not at [$250,000], but on upper-income Americans. And the sad news for the country is we’ve accomplished very little in not becoming Greece or getting out of debt. This deal won’t affect the debt situation. And it will be a political victory for the president, and I hope we have courage of our convictions, when it comes to raise the debt ceiling to fight what we believe as Republicans. Hats off to the president, he won.”

Read more at the Daily Caller

The Right Scoop opines:

This is exactly why I don’t like Lindsey Graham. It’s like having a minute left at the end of a football game where his team is a touchdown behind with the season on the line and he’s on the sidelines congratulating the other coach for playing a great game. Ugh! He even admits later that this deal does nothing for the country, yet he’s gonna vote for a tax increase because of politics, saying on national TV that Obama won and even congratulated him.

Lindsey Graham is exactly what is wrong with the Republican Party. A bunch of dang smushes.

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Obama Admin. Waits Until Weekend Before Christmas To Unveil Job-Killing Regulations Agenda

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Funny how they waited until the Weekend before Christmas – when most Americans are wrapped up in the holidays – to drop this bomb on us.

Dave Boyer reports at The Washington Times:

After taking criticism for missing an October deadline, the Obama administration Friday released its list of proposed government-wide regulations that it plans to consider in the next year.

The administration put out its notice, called the unified regulatory agenda, online around 3 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, after most lawmakers had left town. The proposed rules cover everything from power plant pollution to health-care standards to workplace safety. Critics who accuse President Obama of being an overzealous regulator said the timing of the announcement was no accident.

“President Obama has earned a permanent spot on the disclosure naughty list as his administration dumped their entire regulatory agenda out to the public when everyone else was celebrating the holidays,” said Rick Manning, communications director for Americans for Limited Government. “The late Friday dump cannot be good news for those concerned about the regulatory overreach that this administration has become renowned for.”

Read more at the Washington Times

Erika Johnsen remarks:

For months now, lawmakers have been complaining about the Obama administration’s glib dismissal of their explicitly promised commitment to transparency and their blithe failure to publish either a spring or a fall regulatory agenda — which is even worse when you consider the fact that his administration has been rolling out new regulations at an economically soul-crushing pace. Wouldn’t want to start circulating anything that might damper the president’s chances ahead of the election, especially with all the mega-rules of Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare still unwritten, now would we?

But, lo and behold, the Obama administration finally released their regulatory agenda, on Friday afternoon — just as everybody was leaving town for the four-day Christmas holiday. A convenient accident of timing, or one of the most news-dumpy Friday news dump, ever?

Read more at Hot Air

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Fiscal Cliff: House Votes To Revise Spending Cuts, Puts Off ‘Plan B’ Vote Until After Christmas

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Even if this had passed, Reid would never have allowed it to come up for a vote in the Senate, and Obama had promised to veto it.

NO MORE NEGOTIATIONS.  Make the Democrats OWN THE CONSEQUENCES!

Audrey Hudson reports at Human Events:

A defection of conservative Republicans forced House Speaker John Boehner to abandon his final-hour plan to block automatic tax increases, leaving taxpayers hanging on the edge of the fiscal cliff that is scheduled to crumble on Jan. 1.

“The House did not take up the tax measure today because it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass,” Boehner said in statement Thursday night after cancelling the vote and sending members home for the Christmas holiday.

“Now it is up to the president to work with Sen. (Harry) Reid on legislation to avert the fiscal cliff,” Boehner said.

The collapse was announced shortly after an emergency GOP conference was called at 7:45 p.m. to count votes and twist arms, just moments before the legislation was to be debated on the House floor.

The bill is referred to as “Plan B” and would have averted an automatic tax increase for families making less than $1 million a year but raised tax rates for those making more than $1 million.

A second bill to block military and domestic spending cuts that are part of sequestration narrowly passed Thursday on a vote of 215 to 209 with no Democratic support and 21 Republicans voting no.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the “Plan B” bill would have been dead on arrival in the upper chamber. The plan was offered by Boehner (R-Ohio) after failed negotiations with President Barack Obama to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts.

Without a deal, taxes are on autopilot to increase $4.6 trillion over the next decade along with $1.2 trillion in cuts across the board.

Read more at Human Events

Knowing that the Democrats won’t budge towards a compromise, David Harsanyi wants to know, “What’s Plan C?”   Good question.

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Before ‘Plan B’ tax bill, Boehner said similar proposal would ‘kill jobs’ 

Harry Reid: “We Are Not Going To Do Anything” On Fiscal Cliff

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