Vice President Joe Biden indicated Wednesday that the president will be able to take executive action to combat gun violence as he kicked off one of several meetings this week in response to the Newtown shooting.
“We’re here today to deal with a problem that requires immediate action, urgent action,” Biden said at the start of a meeting with leaders from gun control groups and several victims of gun violence.
“The president is going to act. There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet, but we’re compiling it all … as well as legislative action, we believe, is required,” he said.
Among the attendees at Wednesday’s meeting, Biden said, “There is a pretty wide consensus on three or four or five things in the gun safety area that could and should be done.”
But Biden isn’t just meeting with those whose views align with the administration. He is set to meet Thursday with the National Rifle Association. Asked what he’ll say to them, Biden replied: “They’ll be able to tell you that.”
Throughout his brief remarks, Biden stressed that the White House will act, even if its steps seem incomplete. ”I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing,” he said.
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Rob Port @ Say Anything:
Remember when liberals were flipping out about a “war on women” because certain Republican candidates didn’t think abortion was ok in instances of rape?
Well stand by for those same liberals to flip out because Obama’s pick for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagle, doesn’t support abortion in instances of rape.
Here it comes. Any minute now.
When he announced his candidacy for Senate, Hagel said that he opposed abortion except to protect the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. Hagel decided he didn’t believe that exclusion for rape were necessary after studying the issue near the end of his campaign.
“I am pro-life with one exception — the life of the mother. I oppose taxpayer funded abortions. We must promote adoption and support the strengthening of American families. I will vote with and support the pro-life movement,” Hagel said in a piece of 1996 campaign literature, according to the Omaha World Herald.
Then Senate-candidate Hagel said that he “tightened” his position on abortion after he said he discovered that abortion in the case of rape and incest are “rare” according to multiple local press reports.
“As I looked at those numbers, if I want to prevent abortions, I don’t think those two exceptions are relevant,” Hagel said, according to the Omaha paper.
NARAL has already given Hagel a pass on opposing abortions in military hospitals. No word yet on whether or not the grievance mongers in the feminist left will be able to stretch their blind loyalty to Obama to cover this latest development, however.
Virginia could become the first state to eliminate its gasoline tax if the state legislature votes to adopt Gov. Bob McDonnell’s alternative plan, which calls for raising the state sales tax and imposing additional vehicle registration fees in order to pay for roads throughout the state.
“We simply cannot continue to do what we have always done and expect this problem to go away,” McDonnell told the press. “The gas tax is a stagnant revenue source, and no changes to it will provide a reliable growth mechanism for transportation in the state.”
Under the plan, Virginia’s 17.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax — one of the lowest in the United States — would be eliminated, and the sales tax would be raised by 0.8 percent, with more sales tax revenue going towards transportation.
Additionally, drivers would pay an additional $15 annually in vehicle registration fees, while alternative fuel vehicle drivers would pay additional $100 fee that would go to transit system improvements.
McDonnell’s proposal is estimated to generate $884 million annually — $3.1 billion in funding for transportation over five years. The governor also estimates that $1.8 billion would go to highway construction over five years.
Everything they believe society should be is the opposite of conservatism’s belief in freedom, liberty. However, it’s the unprecedented prosperity capitalism brings relative to the rest of the world that makes them focus so intensely on what they don’t have. It’s the uniquely American freedom of speech that allows their un-American ideas to flourish. It’s this piece from Image Blitz…
Bonampak is a Mayan city located in the Mexican state of Chiapas, in the valley of the Lacanha river, about 20 miles south of Yaxchilan. The small site is best known for its murals depicting scenes of courtly life and battles.
The site and its murals became first known to non-Mayan people in 1946, when photographer Giles Healey, accompanied by two Maya Lacandones, reached Bonampak and the Temple of the Paintings during a deer hunt. The discovery of the paintings, especially the Mural of the Battle, caused a huge debate among Maya scholars, since at that time the most accepted view was that the ancient Maya were a peaceful people, more interested in mathematics and astronomic observations than warfare.
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Presidential Pet week would not be complete without this unusual example of Mrs. Coolidge’s pet raccoon. The picture was taken on Easter Sunday, 1927. This has to be one of the most unusual White House pets.
In the past 72 hours the mainstream media has made a concerted effort to keep the far left’s gun confiscation agenda in the public’s consciousness, including an article from CBS News which shows that Democrats want more restrictions, even though the Justice Department fails to enforce existing laws:
Mr. Obama wants Congress to reinstate a ban on military-style assault weapons, close loopholes that enable gun buyers to skirt background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines.
Other recommendations to the Biden group include making gun-trafficking a felony, getting the Justice Department to prosecute people caught lying on gun background-check forms, and ordering federal agencies to send data to the National Gun Background Check Database.
That’s right folks; despite the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s efforts to stop these so-called “strawman” purchases with the Don’t Lie For the Other Guy campaign, it is the government itself which refuses to actively prosecute straw purchasers.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Further, the failure of the Justice Department to prosecute these strawman purchases was the exact reason cited by the BATFE for conducting Operations Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious.
Let that sink in as well.
300+ Mexican nationals and three U.S. agents have been gunned down as a result of DOJ refusing to prosecute cases under existing laws.
Do you think Congress and the White House have any business proposing new laws, when they refuse to hold DOJ to account for those already on the books?