The Dean's column on how far is too far for Republican lawmakers presents this little dichotomy:
An example is Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron's resolution calling for a legislative study committee to meet this year and come back next year with recommendations on Tennessee setting up its own currency system, so as to be ready for the "likely" collapse of the Federal Reserve System.
Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey was asked about that one and replied he was not familiar with the proposal, but "I can't imagine we're anywhere close to that." Since the lieutenant governor has a pretty good sense of Republican mood, we may assume that one goes a bit too far.
On the other hand, Ramsey said he thinks a proposal by state Sen. Stacey Campfield to establish a legislative committee to recommend federal laws that should be nullified by Tennessee is "an excellent idea." So that one is not necessarily past the line of going too far in the conservative states' rights agenda.
“It is impossible to overstate the differences between outgoing Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Democrat from Detroit who grew up with Motown, and incoming Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas, whose district is the headquarters of Clear Channel,” said Program Chairman Jon Potter of RPG Strategies, who formerly headed the Digital Media Association in Washington, D.C. “We are fortunate to have high-level panelists who understand the effect of this major change on radio royalty legislation, and how Republican victories will affect net neutrality and arts funding.”
In the conference room, the group decided they would turn the immigration idea into a model bill. They discussed and debated language. Then, they voted on it. "There were no 'no' votes," Pearce said. "I never had one person speak up in objection to this model legislation." Four months later, that model legislation became, almost word for word, Arizona's immigration law.HT: Pith
“The real solution is free market environmentalism,” said Allyn Milojevich, TCPR research fellow and author of the report. “A system of well-defined property rights and tort law can correct our environmental woes and actually improve, not hamper, the economy.”
The president argues for more capital in banking – and this is a fine goal, particularly as the Europeans continue to drag their feet on this issue. But how much capital does his Treasury team think is “enough”? Most indications are that they will seek tier one capital requirements in the range of 10-12 percent – which is what Lehman had right before it failed. How would that help?
"Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D - N.Y., chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, has gone on record as saying that it is "more than likely" that small health care practices, such as dentists and physicians, would fall under the scope of the new regulator. She quoted from a recent Federal Trade Commission decision that said dental and law practices are considered creditors. So, then, are plumbers, butchers, grocers, to name a few."