This was the horrible week in which millions of Americans paid their taxes to the ever increasing and intrusive federal government. This year, the tax burden has grown with Tax Freedom Day appearing on April 24, meaning that Americans will spend approximately one third of the year working for government before they can provide for their families.
Taxes are certainly oppressive in this country. Compared to last year, tax revenue increased 4.3% to $1.478 trillion in the first 6½ months of the 2015 fiscal year. Even worse, the insatiable federal government continues to spend money with reckless abandon. Through April 1 of this year, the budget deficit was an astounding $439 billion, a significant increase from 2014.
Not only are taxes and deficits increasing, but the actual size of the federal tax code is exploding. When the income tax was created in 1913, the tax code was only 400 pages. It increased to 26,000 pages by 1984 and has tripled in size in the last 30 years. Since the implementation of Obamacare in 2010, the federal tax code has increased another 3,300 pages, resulting in more rules and regulations for Americans to decipher. Today, the federal tax code is over 74,000 pages of bureaucratic nonsense, making it impossible for the average American to complete their own tax return. It is no surprise that 94% of Americans need professional assistance in finishing their tax return. more >>
Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation's negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation.
Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer those weapons or nuclear material to their global terror proxies.
This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation requiring President Obama to send any nuclear deal with Iran to the American people for review. This is an essential step because Congress is now in the awkward position of responding to the Administration's plan from a position of weakness since the previous Congress gave away the Senate's constitutional prerogative and control over Iranian sanctions. more >>
I believe Hilary Clinton is now telling the truth regarding her views on same-sex "marriage." I just don't believe she was telling the truth in the past, especially when she expressed her opposition to it. Can anyone say, "Shades of Barack Obama," whose views on the subject also "evolved"?
When it comes to President Obama, David Axelrod has now confirmed what seemed obvious for years, namely, that he lied about his views on redefining marriage so as not to drive away black (and other morally conservative) voters. As a headline in TIME Magazine announced, "Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008," with the subtitle bluntly stating, "A striking admission of political dishonesty from the keeper of the Obama flame."
Again, this was no surprise to those who were aware of Obama's views before he came into national prominence, not to mention the positions he articulated behind the scenes to LGBT activist groups when he began his presidential campaign. more >>
Former congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of being "pro the goals of Islamic jihad," which she explains includes welcoming the "hidden imam" to bring on the apocalypse.
In appearing on the "Understanding the End Times" radio program with Jan Markell last weekend, the 59-year-old Minnesotan bashed the president's foreign policy goals as being aligned with the goals of Islamic extremists, who she argues have the ultimate goal of bringing about the end of the world and paving the way for the Islamic Messiah.
"Our president, who is as consistent in his foreign policy world view, which is to be anti-Israel and pro, and I'll say it in my own words, pro the goals of Islamic jihad, because that is what we are seeing," Bachmann asserted. "These are the goals of Islamic jihad." more >>
The headline over the story is, "LGBT Friendly: White House Unveils First Gender-Neutral Bathroom." But it's not a joke. It wasn't a story from the comedy site The Onion. Instead, this was from NBC News.
It is apparent that the liberal media will treat anything "gay" coming out of this administration as somehow legitimate or even compassionate. Nothing will be described as weird or strange, out of fear of offending some new sexual minority. This time, the "transgendered" are supposed to benefit. It's yet another effort to confuse sexual roles and undermine traditional values.
NBC reported, "For the first time in history, the White House has designated a gender-neutral restroom for visitors and staffers—the latest in a series of steps the administration has taken to protect the rights of members of the LGBT community." more >>
Following the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to the White House on Tuesday, the Obama administration revealed that U.S. Armed Forces have launched over 1,900 airstrikes against terror group ISIS in the country, and have spent billions through various avenues to help Iraq.
An Iraqi official warned after the meeting, however, that the key city of Ramadi is in great danger of falling to the militants.
"This visit provides an opportunity to review the important progress that Iraq and the United States have made together and to discuss ways to further enhance cooperation across the full spectrum of the strategic partnership," a joint statement by Obama and al-Abadi read. more >>