Morning Action: Senators Want to Send the Pork Home

PORK.  Senators want to make sure their constituents aren’t deprived of any pork spending that was cut during sequestration.

As the clock runs down, the stopgap spending bill before the Senate is looking more and more like a life raft for senators trying to protect home-state interests from the automatic spending cuts ordered under sequestration.

Alarmed by the rush, the leadership stalled action on the continuing resolution, or CR, Thursday, while it assessed the political situation. And there is a fear that if too many accommodations are made by the Senate, it risks a blowup with the House and exactly the sort of shutdown fight both parties want to avoid on March 27 when funding runs out.

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Big Bad Sequester Hits (Not So) Poor Little Airports

It’s been four days since the sequester went into effect and try as they might, the media and the Obama administration are having a tough time justifying the claims of Armageddon.  That doesn’t mean they won’t try, though.

One such piece details the reactions of folks in the conservative state of Kansas, where the air traffic control center of the Garden City Regional Airport “could” be shut down.

As the Heritage Foundation has suggested, though, air traffic control centers do not have to be run and controlled by the federal government via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  It may be difficult for liberals to wrap their minds around this idea, but the private sector is fully capable of fulfilling these functions – and the private sector would do so more efficiently and cost effectively.

Moreover, the Garden City Regional Airport is actually one of the many small, rural airports subsidized by the federal taxpayer dollar through the FAA’s Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which was created in 1978 and was set to expire in ten years but still exists. 

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Moring Action: Annie Get Your Gun

GUNS.  Tensions between gun control advocates and those who fear for their Second Amendment rights are coming to a boil inside and outside the beltway:

The centerpiece of President Obama’s gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales.

With time running out for talks, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) remains optimistic about reaching an agreement. 

Schumer argues — and gun control groups agree — that records must be kept to ensure background checks are conducted before private transactions. Otherwise, any expansion of background checks would be unenforceable, they assert.

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EFEPA is About Freedom

Yesterday, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) unveiled his Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act (EFEPA) calling it “common sense” and not “particularly partisan.”  The EFEPA is a step in the direction of freedom.  Dozens and dozens of market-distorting energy tax credits have been on the books for decade after decade – and unfortunately, that’s become that status quo.

With this legislation, conservative lawmakers are putting their foot down.  They are taking a stand for the free market and for consumers.  These market-distorting tax credits don’t help the consumer; nor do they help the taxpayer.  They only help industries that should be allowed to stand or fall on their own.

When asked how confident he was that this bill would be successful, he said that “hard work and education” is what he could commit to.  The more the American people recognize that this debate is about freedom, the more they will back legislation of this kind. 

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Nancy Pelosi’s Emotional (Zero Sum) Tax Game

Some politicians suffer from the delusion that they have a monopoly on the definition of “fairness.”  Nancy Pelosi is one of them.  An expert at framing arguments on her terms, like her friends in the White House, she encourages Americans to view life through the lens of jealousy and the prism of greed.

In an interview taped on Friday with CBS’s Bob Schieffer, she falsely implied that America has only two options: tax the rich more or tax the middle class more.  That’s it, America!  Take your pick!  Ms. Arbiter of Truth and Fairness and Goodness In General has laid out the two possibilities, now the ball is in our court.  Of course, her interview actually illustrates the left’s lack of critical thinking perfectly.  Liberals’ mantra ought to be: Don’t think, just feel.

When asked whether we’re done with taxes and revenue and should now concentrate on spending, her emphatic response was:

No, no, no, no.  I… I… It is not. The President had said originally he wanted $1.6 trillion in revenue.  He took it down to 1.2 as a compromise in this legislation.  We get $620 billion in this legislation — very significant… changing the high end tax rate to 39.6 percent.  But that is not enough on the revenue side.  We’ve already agreed to a trillion dollars in spending cuts.

The left’s generosity with the private sector’s wealth is overwhelming.  And the trillion dollars of spending cuts?  Liberal promised spending cuts are highly unlikely to ever materialize, as history has shown.  If they do, liberals are doing their darndest to ensure our defense is gutted alone, barely touching entitlements

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