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Top Stories from The Hill the first day of Spring

Posted on: March 20, 2012

These are some stories you might have missed elsewhere.  Check out Paul Ryan’s new budget.  Also make sure you get a gander at the Democrats follow up to “Throwing Granny off the Cliff” ad.  BB

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The Hill: Romney poised for key Illinois win
By Cameron Joseph and Josh Lederman
Mitt Romney is poised for a major win in Illinois’s GOP primary, a crucial state for the candidate as he works to put to bed rumblings about a brokered convention.
The Hill: House GOP budget to slash taxes
By Erik Wasson and Bernie Becker
House Republicans will slash personal income taxes to a 25 percent top rate and a 10 percent lower rate as part of their fiscal 2013 budget proposal to be released Tuesday.
The Hill: Pelosi looms over contest for top slot on Approps
By Russell Berman
Abortion politics could roil the race for the top Democratic spot on the House Appropriations Committee, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) playing the role of a potential wild card.
The Hill: Durbin, leaders at odds over House bill to ease corporate regulations
By Alexander Bolton
Sen. Dick Durbin is fighting his top Democratic colleagues, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer, who want to move a bill easing regulation of Wall Street.
The Hill: Newt won’t exit, thought others should
By Justin Sink
The former Speaker of the House (R-Ga.) rejects calls from Republicans to drop out of the presidential race, but he has a long history of telling other GOP White House hopefuls to do so.
The Hill: Senators to Pentagon: No troop cuts until Congress gets a say in budget
By Jeremy Herb
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee are warning the Pentagon: Don’t make any sudden moves without consulting us first.
The Hill: Some Obama donors see need to pick up fundraising pace
By Amie Parnes
For some Obama supporters, the presidential campaign’s fundraising totals, released Monday, might have left something to be desired.
The Hill: House GOP weighs new gas-price bill
By Ben Geman
House Republicans are planning new legislation to thwart Environmental Protection Agency rules that they argue could worsen rising gasoline prices.
The Hill: Manzullo: Cantor should step down for interfering in primary
By Cameron Joseph
Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should step down from his leadership position for interfering in Tuesday’s primary.
The Hill: Federal investigation of Iran dissident group bypasses K Street firms
By Kevin Bogardus
A federal investigation of an Iranian dissident group that has targeted a number of former government officials seems to have bypassed K Street.
The Washington Post: How Rick Santorum became a devout Catholic
By Stephanie McCrummen and Jerry Markon
Within Rick Santorum’s political path and the decision to run for president, there is the story of a boy who grew up to become ever more devoutly Catholic, a journey all the more relevant as he has vigorously asserted a role for religious conviction in the realm of governance.
The New York Times: At heart of health law clash, a 1942 case of a farmer’s wheat
By Adam Liptak
If the Obama administration persuades the Supreme Court to uphold its health care overhaul law, it will be in large part thanks to a 70-year-old precedent involving an Ohio farmer named Roscoe C. Filburn.
Reuters: Momentum stalls on Obama nuclear agenda
By Matt Spetalnick and Alister Bull
Shortly after taking office, U.S. President Barack Obama set the goal of eventually ridding the world of nuclear weapons as a central theme of his presidency and pledged dramatic steps to lead the way.

4 Responses to "Top Stories from The Hill the first day of Spring"

About “The New York Times: At heart of health law clash, a 1942 case of a farmer’s wheat”

before that case was settled or soon thereafter, the government encouraged farmers to increase production significantly. Rationing of many foods was the norm in Britain and some parts of the USA. Many of the Allies became increasingly dependent on the USA for food during WWII, especially Holland. Fighting troops consumed about 50% more calories per person per day than was the norm. Feeding the huge numbers of German prisoners of war was an increased burden on the food supply.
The demands for increased farm production came while shortages of fertilizer, new equipment, and labor were at their peak.
Government should just leave things alone in peacetime and let the marketplace take care of it. If the marketplace wants more, it will buy more and someone will supply it. If the marketplace does not buy it, the suppliers will stop producing it. Self regulating.
Now milk is considered hazardous waste and a bit of spilled milk at a diary farm brings EPA penalties. Farmers are not going to deliberately waste the product they are producing for sale. What next, hazmat teams to clean up when a school child drops their milk carton?

Amen! And much agree with you. Having been born in 1941 and having a father-in-law as a farmer during that time and later I know well what was done to and with the farmers. They didn’t like it and the REAL farmers don’t like it today. The “gentlemen” farmers however love the restrictions and especially the subsidies and farm only to get the handouts from the government. For instance: sugar agri-conglomerates in Florida actually product sugar cane simply to burn it up at the end of the season! They don’t even have the expense of harvesting their crop! But the government keeps paying them to grow sugar and then to destroy it in order to keep the price of sugar high and the US having to buy sugar from other countries.

By the way, many of the Democrats Hollywood star supporters are “:gentleman farmers”.BB

Since my comments were not considered to be too far out of bounds, here is more about rationing in WWII.

Thank you I found that article interesting. I still have my ration book from that time. Of course I was an infant but we all had a ration book. It was interesting about the restrictions on women’s clothing while at the same time this period in history saw hem lines made longer while the peace time hem lines of the 1920’s and 1970’s + were much shorter. Always found that fact interesting from a psychological point of view.

By the way the truth no matter what it is is never “over the top” on my blog. I just hate lies, lies and damned lies! BB

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