Senate Democrats and a Budget — Still Missing In Action Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/08/02/senate-democrats-
Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget for 825 days and counting, violating the 1974 Budget Act that requires an annual budget.
Now, thanks to the provisions of the debt ceiling deal, they can get away with extending their irresponsibility streak through the next election and into 2013. Senate Democrats will now go fully four years without passing a budget.
Every single Senate Democrat voted against President Obamas budget, and every single Senate Democrat voted against the House-passed budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan. They refuse to support any of the plans on the table, and they refuse to tell the American people what they stand for. It is the ultimate in political cowardice in a tough situation, attack everything and stand for nothing.
Economic Liberty Under Attack in Nashville
Wednesday, August 10 | 6pm-8pm
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Do you think the government should be able to restrict your right to earn an honest living, just to protect a group of politically favored insiders from having to compete with you?
Unfortunately, that is exactly what the City of Nashville is doing.
Nashville is forcing sedan and independent limo services to charge a minimum price to protect politically connected companies from having to compete with more affordable alternatives. Anti-competitive, protectionist laws like these hurt entrepreneursespecially those on the first rung of the economic ladderand customers, by driving up prices and driving down quality.
Since President Obama took office the national debt is up 35% and unemployment is up 18%, yet he opposes real reforms that would get spending under control and our economy moving again. It is time to lead. Tell President Obama to put America's needs ahead of partisan politics by clicking here.
Heres hoping the Tennessee State Employees Association can make good on its promise to find waste in state government. TSEA announced it will conduct a three month review to identify inefficiencies and promote effective use to taxpayer dollars.
Public employee unions and government efficiency are not necessarily mutually exclusive. We hope this TSEA project is good-intentioned and produces results.
While AFP-Tennessee was strongly supportive of removing collective bargaining privileges from teacher unions, we agree with TSEA that government have become too large, too inefficient and too expensive. Come December, we look forward to studying the proposals the union puts together, and sincerely are optimistic there will be significant, worthwhile proposals that have good governance at its core.
Informal discussions for home rule for Hamilton County are the brainchild of Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. The basic idea is to give the county more code enforcement and zoning powers rather than the current process where run-of-the-mill projects must first be passed by the state General Assembly.
While County Commission Chairman Larry Henry was reportedly surprised that the concept of home rule for the county was instigated by the city; the opinion of AFP-Tennessee is that local leaders need to put aside such petty differences and focus on the merits of the proposal.