Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Monday September 15th 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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Obama Budget Proposal Fails to Win Single Vote

Obama budget proposal receives no support

JON E. DOUGHERTY, NEWSROOM AMERICA

President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to win a single vote in the House on Wednesday, falling 414-0, though a bipartisan deficit reduction proposal also failed to win support.

In addition to rejecting Obama’s budget, the House also shot down the Bowles-Simpson budget reduction plan 382-38, with just 6 Republicans and 22 Democrats voting for it.

The Washington Times reported that the rejection of Bowles-Simpson marked a bad end to a process that began at Obama’s urging two years ago when he convened former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, a Democrat, and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, to head up a deficit reduction committee.

And while their plan has come up in every discussion of the budget since, it’s never been introduced on the House floor.

Until Wednesday, where opponents killed it.

“This doesn’t go big. This doesn’t tackle the problem. This doesn’t do the big things,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee and primary author of a Republican version of the 2013 federal budget, introduced last week.

“You can never get the debt under control if you don’t deal with our health care entitlement programs,” he said.

Republicans offered up Obama’s proposal as a way to get it officially shelved.

“It’s not a charade. It’s not a gimmick — unless what the president sent us is the same,” said freshman Rep. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, who offered up the president’s budget for debate.

“I would encourage the Democrats to embrace this landmark Democrat document and support it. Personally, I will be voting against it,” he said, according to the Times.

House members also shot down a proposal by the Congressional Black Caucus that would have raised taxes another $4 trillion over Obama’s proposal and spent more on domestic programs.


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