“In 1969, the Nixon Administration cut the National Park Service budget. In response, George Hartzog, the NPS director at the time, closed all of the national parks for two days a week. The closures included prominent landmarks like the Washington Monument. Democrats and Republicans criticized Hartzog’s decision – but it was the flood of citizen complaints that led Congress to reverse its decision and restore funding (and fire Hartzog).
And thus, the term “Washington Monument Syndrome” was coined. This is an old political game that is also known as the “Mount Rushmore Syndrome” and the “firemen first principle.” The tactic involves making cuts to high-profile programs that will get the public’s attention – and tick them off enough to push them to support tax increases they would otherwise oppose.
Here’s how it works: When the government is threatened with reductions in spending, they’ll make cuts (or threaten to) in programs and services that are important to the people. It is a manipulation tactic that is designed to inflict pain, discomfort, and fear.”
Via Activist Post
McCain doesn’t know how many times someone can forge a passport without being charged under his immigration legislation
McCain: I Don’t Know How Many Passports We Let You Forge
” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), a member of the “Gang of Eight” that helped write and pass the immigration reform bill in that chamber, said he did not know how many passports a person could forge under the proposed law before being charged with a crime.
On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked McCain, “Senator McCain, can I ask you a question about the Senate immigration bill? Under the bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?”
McCain said, “You’re going to have to ask our folks that, I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries.””
Via CNS News
“Establishment politicians from both major political parties are rushing to defend the NSA and condemn whistleblower Edward Snowden. They are attempting to portray Edward Snowden as a “traitor” and the spooks over at the NSA that are snooping on all of us as “heroes”. In fact, many of the exact same politicians that once railed against government spying during the Bush years are now staunchly defending it now that Obama is in the White House. But it isn’t just Democrats that are acting shamefully. Large numbers of Republican politicians that love to give speeches about “freedom” and “liberty” are attempting to eviscerate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The government is not supposed to invade our privacy and investigate us unless there is probable cause to do so. Apparently many of our politicians misunderstood when they read the novel 1984 by George Orwell. It wasn’t supposed to be an instruction manual. We should be thanking Edward Snowden for exposing the deep corruption that is eating away at our own government like cancer.”
Via Activist Post
“Just in case you thought it was only the Democrats that wanted to take your guns, America, here’s Exhibit A: Mike Murphy, GOP strategist, is behind most of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns advertisements on television. MAIG is Michael “Call Me Napoleon” Bloomberg’s non-profit dedicated to stripping you of the ability to say “no” to him and other busybodies that know better than you how to live your life.
But that’s only one guy, right? So why was Pat Toomey hip deep in the gun legisation crafting in the Senate? (other than his desire to keep getting invited to all the swanky Democrat-funded parties in DC…) Why was John “Angry Gnome” McCain desperate to see a spate fo anti-gun legislation? Why was John “Crybaby” Boehner looking to do an end run around his own caucus to introduce anything that came out of the Senate?”
Via Scott Rhymer