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This Will Make You Wonder What’s Going On In This Country

Writing for National Review at The Corner, Charles C.W. Cooke analyzes Gallup data about how Republicans and Democrats react to certain terms. Both the chart and Cooke’s analysis are fascinating and concerning.

 

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Outrage: VA Spent $86.5 Million On Conferences And Travel Last Year

Yesterday the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing to try to get answers from VA bureaucrats about the outrageous spending by the agency on conferences and travel in 2011 – $86.5 million worth. After continually being blocked by federal bureaucrats, Rep. Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida, had enough according to the Federal Times. He told the VA officials to expect more investigations.

“I had a nice conversation with Deputy Secretary [Scott] Gould yesterday on the phone, and thought we could work together, but it appears not,” Miller said. “Frankly, I’m tired of waiting for them to answer basic questions and tired of their excuses. If they don’t like getting more and more questions from us about conference spending and travel, maybe they could answer some of our questions.”

Gould conceded during the hearing that VA was lax on controlling spending, and said new safeguards have been put in place so that senior agency officials have a bigger role in approving expenses. “I apologize to veterans and this committee,” Gould said. “It is unacceptable this money was wasted.”

Outrageous. So as you work harder and harder to support yourself and your family – and as you hear the Left claim that cutting spending just isn’t possible — remember how your hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.

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They Don’t Need It, So Let’s Take It

 

More than half of America seems to think that “rich” people don’t need their money so, hey, let’s just take it from them. If higher taxes on the “rich” becomes the country’s solution to deficit and debt, then what will that tax-the-rich-more policy actually do for us?

But even if taxes on the rich did go directly to deficit reduction, it wouldn’t be enough. Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office put the 2012 deficit at $1.1 trillion. It noted that this was the fourth straight year of trillion-plus deficits. This year, the deficit is 7 percent of the gross domestic product. CBO projections don’t show much change in the annual deficit over the next decade. So even if the additional income taxes amounted to the $829 billion figure, the extra revenue would not eliminate the annual deficit, and it would do nothing to pay down the accumulated national debt of $16 trillion.

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Johnston County Sen. David Rouzer Concedes Race To Rep. Mike McIntyre

The recount is complete and Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre has defeated Johnston County state Sen. David Rouzer for the 7th district seat in the U.S. House. The final margin was 654 votes. Here is Sen. Rouzer’s statement:

Now that the recount has been completed and the tally of votes is official, we can move forward satisfied that each vote was counted properly and accurately. I have called Congressman McIntyre to congratulate him on a hard-fought victory, and I wish him well as he joins a new Congress that will be dealing with very difficult issues facing our country.

During the past two weeks, I have been humbled by the outpouring of support from friends, volunteers and supporters around the district and throughout the state. To all of those who have encouraged me to run again in 2014, your sincerity means a lot. With the Christmas Season upon us, I am setting any thoughts of my political future to the side, refocusing on growing my distributorship and consulting businesses while enjoying the farm and the holidays with family and friends.

Finally, to the citizens of Johnston and Wayne County who provided me the privilege and honor to represent them in the North Carolina Senate the past four years, thank you. We have achieved a lot and our work for the betterment of this state and country will continue.”

 

And here is Rep. McIntyre’s statement, which was tweeted last night.

Victory Affirmed! The recount process is over, and the county boards of elections in the 7th district have affirmed our win! Thank you for your prayers and support! Our official press release is below: 

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Wilmington, N.C. — After a re-count of all the votes in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District race, the boards of elections in all twelve counties have affirmed victory for U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre.

Congressman McIntyre stated, “I am very grateful to have the honor of serving the citizens of of Eastern North Carolina. My commitment has always been to serve the people back home. I have always sought to bring people together – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – to do what’s best for our area. We have many challenges facing our great nation, and I will continue to seek bi-partisan solutions to help create jobs, protect Social Security and Medicare, help our small businesses, farmers, veterans, coastal communities, and always keep our nation safe and strong, and continue my very strong commitment to education! 

McIntyre continued, “I deeply appreciate the love and support of my wife and family, the work of our campaign team, and the hundreds of volunteers who gave so much dedication and determination to help lead us to victory. They poured their hearts into this effort and always kept a positive attitude about achieving victory.

Furthermore, McIntyre said, “I am very grateful for the many friends and supporters who gave of their time, talents, and treasure – and especially their prayers – that sustained our family along this long and tough campaign road. This was a total team victory, and every single person involved played an important role for which my family and I are forever grateful. Our door for public service to help all of Eastern North Carolina will be open to serve, and we will help in any way that we can.”

McIntyre concluded, “I thank Senator Rouzer for his commitment and dedication to public service, and I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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Wake School Board Member Susan Evans Yanks Microphone From Deborah Prickett, Mid-Sentence

Move over Debra Goldman. Democratic Wake school board member Susan Evans has become the board member to watch.  Last night, when Evans didn’t like what fellow board member Deborah Prickett had to say at the  public hearing about student assignment, Evans reacted like a 10-year-old who hadn’t gotten her way on the playground. As video of the meeting shows – and as the News & Observer describes it, Evans “yanked the microphone from Prickett’s hand, saying it was an inappropriate question.”

Ah yes, the enlightened Left’s example is fascinating: When you don’t agree with someone, just shut them down.

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