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The Farmers Love This Bill

“The farmers love this bill,

The farmers love this bill,

High, HIGH, the dairies go,

The farmers love this bill!”

While it’s a tortured version of the original, the verse scribbled above represents a more fitting rendition of the classic nursery rhyme these days, given ongoing congressional action.  Today, the Senate will markup its version (S. 10) of this year’s farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013.  The House of Representatives is expected to follow suit tomorrow.

Brood DC

All of the mid-Atlantic area is awaiting the arrival of the cicadas.  “What are they?” you may be asking.  If you are “lucky” enough to live along the Route 95 corridor from North Carolina to New Jersey, you may already know what they are but for the rest of our dear readers they are simply really annoying insects.

Because They Could

Americans need to take heed to the shenanigans that the Obama Administration has undertaken in response to the sequester, which began March 1.  Its action in the recent air traffic control episode to slow down air travel demonstrates arrogance and indifference toward the American people.

Never Mind

Yesterday, I blogged about a story in the newspaper Politico that said members of Congress were looking for ways to exempt themselves and their staff from Obamacare.

Train Wreck

Today, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced his retirement – joining five other Democrat senators calling it quits.

Same old thing: Tax and Spend

We were provided a joint analysis of President Obama’s budget by the House and Senate Republican Budget Committees.

Entitlements – Welfare and Unemployment

Entitlements – Welfare and Unemployment The United States has a significant, current and growing problem with entitlement spending, particularly the federal portion.

The Flights of the Navigators

You might think I am going to talk about the 1886 movie, “The Flight of the Navigator,” but in this case, you would be wrong.

Risky Federal Home Loans: What Could Go Wrong?

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a story on the Obama administration's latest efforts to get banks to offer home loans to people with riskier credit.

Got jobs?

For all the hand-wringing since March 1 about the sequester and the Obama administration threatening to furlough thousands of federal employees and contractors, thus marking the end of civilization as we know it, you would be happy to know the federal government is still hiring people.

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