We need to get serious about addressing our record deficits. But this rules package represents a huge step back that puts us on the wrong track, making it unlikely that we will be able to enact serious change.
Every two years a new Congress starts. Now, more than ever, both parties need to use this new session to work together to pass policies that will boost our economy and create jobs. We also need to focus on reducing our national debt.
But so far, this Congress's actions are a mixed bag. On the one hand, the House voted in a bipartisan way to pass a bill to trim the budgets of members of Congress, committees and leadership offices. During these tough economic times American families are tightening their belts and Congress must do the same. The measure that passed the House is expected to save approximately $35 million. While this is a symbolic vote in many respects, I am hopeful that it leads to more serious deficit reduction efforts moving forward.
In the same week, after members of the House were sworn in, the rules that govern the way the chamber works were adopted. This vote on the rules is important because it sets the stage for how the House will conduct business day in and day out for the next two years. Unfortunately, I think we've gotten off to a bad start.
The rules package that was passed effectively guts "pay as you go" (PAYGO) budget rules, which led to the budget surpluses in the 1990's and were reinstated a few years ago. PAYGO requires that spending and tax provisions be paid for through offsets in the budget elsewhere. The rules package that the new majority was successful in passing actually exempts tax policy and other major items from these rules, including an extension of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, a repeal of health care reform and the cost of new trade agreements.
Mainers I've talked to know that both tax policy and spending affect our overall debt, and they want our entire fiscal house to be put in order. We need to get serious about addressing our record deficits. But this rules package represents a huge step back that puts us on the wrong track, making it unlikely that we will be able to enact serious change.
But I'm not saying this just because I now find myself in the minority party in Congress. When Democrats sought to make these types of exemptions two years ago I opposed their rules package as well. In fact, I was one of only a few members to vote against my own party on it. But this year, especially with the American people clearly clamoring for action on the economy, our debt and a slew of other top issues, we've seriously stumbled right out of the gate.
But to make matters worse, the new rules package could also upend the way states receive federal transportation funding.
Federal highway funding is currently distributed to states through a formula. The funding comes from user fees and things like the gas tax, which are deposited in a trust fund and used specifically to reinvest in each states' transportation and infrastructure priorities. In Congress, the amount of funding that states receive and the programs they have access to are revisited and adjusted every 5 or 6 years to reflect national trends and needs.
This funding approach is used for a number of important reasons, including that it provides states the ability to plan longer term infrastructure improvements that can often span a number of years. And previous House rules protected this. In fact, former Republican Congressman Bud Shuster championed a rule that prevented the funds that build up in the trust fund to be used to mask the size of the federal deficit.
Unfortunately, the rules package that passed the House changes these important rules that protect states' highway funding, opening the process up to potential cuts and the whims of the broken, annual appropriations process. This would directly affect not only our aging infrastructure, but also the jobs that result from its updating. Despite being strongly opposed by everyone from the new Republican Chairman of the Transportation Committee to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it made it into the final rules package that passed.
I'm disappointed that the new majority has decided to slip these major policy changes into an arcane rules package. This runs contrary to the message of open government and reform that a majority of Americans sent last fall. Despite this, it is my sincere hope that the new Congress can work together to build on our shared commitment to improving the economy while avoiding the same old Washington ways that the American people have clearly rejected.
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Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
Given the new American President’s desire to actually cause the USA to prosper, and given the number of calls for breaking the regulatory strangle hold that some political bodies have on business and the community, I thought it might be worthwhile republishing this litte tale.
The point in providing these videos on behalf of the Clarion Project is to hopefully assist in getting the word out that the extreme liberal progressive ideology does not represent REALITY when dealing with the politically motivated fundamentalist Islamist plan.
New Website Chronology of Israel Academic Articles
Right now you are probably asking, ‘What the heck is the Seder Olam Rabbah?’ So here is a little information gleaned from a variety of online sources. Seder Olam Rabbah is Jewish literature of second century A.D. dated to about 160 AD. and first printed in 1514. It is a Midrashic chronological work generally regarded as a work of the tanna Jose b. Halafta. [The “tannaim” were the masters of the “oral law,” i.e. the men who wrote the Talmud.]
That there are probably many errors and circular arguments in relation to ancient history is attested to by many, including Colin Renfrew, Professor of Archaeology, Cambridge University (James Et. Al. 1991 : foreword pages.xiii-xv)
We see an extremely important deviation from all that has gone before in the ‘King’s Calendar.’ For the First time, we are encountering the artificial construct in relation to the tabulation of the reigns of non-Jewish kings. Someone has gone to the trouble of researching non Jewish history and converting that solar history into the artificial construct, and as has been pointed out previously, Josephus was ignorant of the artificial calendar.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]