Don't pay the trashman, just the ones who make the mess. Nicholas Kristof raises the point in his op-ed that members of Congress will continue to get paid while federal workers that make tangible contributions to our daily lives won't.
Gotta love the Tea Party and their standing for life, liberty, and the exclusion of people that they don't like or who don't look like them. ABCNews.com has a piece saying that Sens. David Vitter, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Jerry Moran are sponsoring a bill to limit U.S. citizenship to only those children born in the United States who have one parent who is a legal resident, member of the military, or a U.S. citizen.
An Atlanta municipal judge has assigned the seven immigrant youth who are undocumented to community service yesterday, promising to drop charges against the youth once they finish their assigned work. Good news for these kids and for the many immigrant youth that flooded twitter with requests to raise bail of $2,000 each. It's important to note that immigration proceedings occur outside of the criminal courts and there's no word on whether immigration authorities will take any action.
It's worth noting a Georgia protest where seven undocumented youth got arrested for sitting in the middle of a busy intersection to protest a rule that bans undocumented students from attending Georgia universities. This is the latest in a series of escalating protests in response to the Dream Act, and we'll have to see what happens with these youth.
Should they be threatened with deportation, it'll raise the furor of the Latino community, and without a doubt, place the White House in the middle of the immigration fray once again. Ironically, President Obama raised the issue of protests and fighting to pass the act at a Univision town hall a few weeks ago.
An indicator of how powerful Paul Ryan and his budget proposal have become: All three evening newscasts did a separate piece on Paul Ryan last night averaging more than 2 minutes each -- significant in newscasts that are under 28 minutes long.
On the other hand, President Obama came on the air for 15-second soundbites in the three newscasts, in pieces that talked about the overarching issue. Add that to The Wall Street Journalop-ed yesterday and the front page of TheNew York Times today, and Ryan and his budget have become Gingrich and his contract for America 2.0