Fauquier County's Questionable, Creepy Curiosity About Property Rights "Nuts' - Fauquier Free Citizen - Emails to two Fauquier County Supervisors have people wondering whether the county is snooping too far into the private affairs and private events of county residents. At the center of the recent controversy is a November 18 private reception by a 501(c)(3) property rights organization, the Foundation for Land and Liberty. Referring to an invitation to the Foundation’s reception, a November 15 email from former Fauquier Supervisor Terry Nyhous to someone named “George” says, “I thought that it was your turn to keep an eye on the nuts.” Fauquier Supervisor Peter Schwartz forwarded the Nyhous email to Fauquier Board of Supervisors Chairman Holder Trumbo two days after the November 18 event as an “FYI.” A separate November 21 email to Trumbo from a person unidentified in the transmission ponders, “Wonder who and how many showed up.” The emails are public records, and were obtained by the Fauquier Free Citizen.... The purpose of the reception according to the invitation was a special screening of “The Empire State Divide,” a “22 minute film about the decline of rural New York [that] examines the forces which have led to vast parts of the state becoming a virtual economic wasteland,” according to the Foundation’s website. FFC contacted Moreau, a former Assistant Counsel to the New York State Senate Republican Majority, who told FFC, “I hope the officials take note that Martha Boneta’s story is one that resonates with people who instinctively value liberty and privacy. The denial of Martha’s ability to make a living from selling her farm products by the heavy-handed bureaucrats has not gone unnoticed, and this is just the beginning of the exposure that those who deny economic freedom are going to get.” Read more.........
GOP Infighting, Tea Party 'Purges' Break Out over Fiscal Cliff - Newsmax - Republicans in the U.S. Congress attacked each other on Tuesday over their leadership's "fiscal cliff" offer to Democratic President Barack Obama as a group of governors visited the White House to voice concern about the impact on the states of the year-end tax-and-spending deadline.
In only a matter of hours on Tuesday, conservatives from all around Washington blasted Boehner's plan:
Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolinian with a following among small-government conservatives, lashed out at House Speaker John Boehner, saying his $2.2 trillion deficit plan would cost jobs and mushroom the debt.
Two first-term Republican Tea Party stalwarts - Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan - were removed by party leadership from the powerful budget committee in what Huelskamp called "a vindictive move."
A top House conservative, Jim Jordan of Ohio, was scheduled to unveil his own fiscal cliff plan on Tuesday but has backed off in the wake of Boehner's offer to President Obama.
"The president's proposal and Speaker Boehner's counteroffer fail to seriously deal with the reality of the problems facing the nation," said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group partially backed by billionaires David and Charles Koch. "Conservatives are looking for a leader to fight against tax increases, to push back against wasteful government spending, and address the fiscal challenges in a bold way. Sadly, this plan leaves conservatives wanting."
The influential Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, called it "utterly unacceptable." Read more.......
Senate Rejects U.N. Treaty for Disabled Rights in a 61-38 Vote - The Hill - A United Nations treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities went down to defeat in the Senate on Tuesday in a 61-38 vote.
The treaty, backed by President Obama and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.), fell 5 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation as dozens of Senate Republicans objected that it would create new abortion rights and impede the ability of people to home-school disabled children.....Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Dick Lugar (Ind.), John McCain (Ariz.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) voted with Democrats in favor of the treaty. Read more.........