“Justice Department attorneys misled the court about when the Department of Homeland Security would begin implementing President Obama’s executive order granting “deferred action” to illegal immigrants whose children are citizens. In doing so, they tricked the 26 states who filed a lawsuit into “foregoing a request for a temporary restraining order,” according to the judge. The facts of the deception are not in doubt, Hanen emphasized. “[DOJ] has now admitted making statements that clearly did not match the facts,” he said in the May 19 opinion, first noted by the National Law Journal. “It has admitted that the lawyers who made these statements had knowledgeRead More →

      “Follow the money.” That telling phrase, which has come to summarize the Watergate scandal, has been a part of the lexicon since 1976. It’s shorthand for political corruption: At what point do “contributions” become bribes, “constituent services” turn into quid pro quos and “charities” become slush funds? Ronald Reagan was severely criticized in 1989 when, after he left office, he was paid $2 million for a couple of speeches in Japan. “The founding fathers would have been stunned that an occupant of the highest office in this land turned it into bucks,” sniffed a Columbia professor. Modal TriggerBill and Hillary Clinton collectedRead More →

Visit and Like http://thethoughtcrucible.com   Never mind the brainwashing liberal bias that has left our children unsure of what bathroom to use. They are failing to prepare our children to compete in the global economy they so gladly embrace. Their only answer to any problem is more money and that clearly does not work.        Read More →

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. awarded Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein $23 million in salary and cash and stock bonuses for 2015, down 4.2 percent from a year earlier, after profit slumped and shares lagged behind peers. The total excludes a long-term incentive award, which is disclosed later in the year. Blankfein, who also serves as chairman, received restricted shares valued at $14.7 million, half of it tied to future performance, the New York-based company said Friday in a filing. Blankfein, 61, typically receives about 30 percent of his total bonus in cash, making that portion about $6.3 million, a person with knowledge of theRead More →

Now that assets seized by federal law enforcement agencies exceed burglaries, bipartisan bill aims to stop the abuse Carpe Diem   Christopher Ingraham wrote this on the WaPo’s Wonkblog last November 23 in his article “Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year“: Here’s an interesting factoid about contemporary policing: In 2014, for the first time ever, law enforcement officers took more property from American citizens than burglars did (see chart above). Officers can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime — yes, really! — through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture.Read More →

Illinois State Workers, Highest Paid In Nation, Demand Up To 29% Wage Hikes   Submitted by Michael Shedlock via MishTalk.com, Illinois state workers, are the highest paid in the nation. Yet, despite the fact that Illinois is for all practical purposes insolvent, the AFSCME union demands four-year raises ranging from 11.5 to 29 percent, overtime after 37.5 hours of work per week, five weeks of vacation and enhanced health care coverage. AFSCME workers already get platinum healthcare benefits that would make nearly everyone in the country green with envy. This is a guest post from Ted Dabrowski at the Illinois Policy Institute, of which IRead More →

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/19/2016 14:48 -0400 In yet another development in the train wreck that is Obamacare, while we know that the legislation is failing individuals and businesses, the government is now failing to live up to its obligations made to the insurers who chose to participate in the healthcare exchanges. The Affordable Care Act set up what is called a risk-corridor program to entice insurers to participate. Essentially the program limits the risk of loss an insurer can take due to its participation in the healthcare exchange by being reimbursed for part of the loss. The program works the other way asRead More →

The Clintons Earned $6.7 Million From Speeches In 2015; $55 Million Since 2013   While the US obssesses over the taxable Adjusted Gross Income of real-estate billionaire Donald Trump (and has to be content with his just released 104 personal financial statement posted here), another just as (if not more) important number was revealed in a financial disclosure form filed on Tuesday night by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  Accordingly, Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned $6.7 million from paid speeches, aka a legal way to purchase influence, since the beginning of 2015, including $2.7 million from speeches the former president gave after his wife officially kickedRead More →

Are Property Taxes A “Wealth Tax” On The (Mostly) Non-Wealthy?   Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The fallacy in this assumption is that homeowners’ incomes do not automatically rise along with housing valuations. In my recent entry Dear Homeowner: If You’re Paying $260,000 in Property Taxes Over 20 Years, What Exactly Do You “Own”?, I questioned the consequences of high property taxes. Some readers wondered if I was saying all property taxes should be abolished. The short answer is no–what I was questioning is local government reliance on property taxes to the point that owning a home no longer makes financial sense becauseRead More →

Venezuelan apocalypse: Some updates on the epic failure of socialism in oil-rich Venezuela Mark J. Perry @Mark_J_Perry May 17, 2016 11:40 am Carpe Diem   Despite having more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia, and in fact more proven oil reserves than any country in the world (8 times more than the US), oil-rich Venezuela’s economy is imploding and collapsing under the burden of socialism, and economic conditions there have deteriorated so dramatically that they probably now qualify as the “economic apocalypse” that some left-leaning economists were predicting just a few years ago would never happen in Venezuela. Some links and updates about Venezuela’s economic apocalypseRead More →