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Obama sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, and pledged $1 billion in US aid to the nation. The trip comes on the heels of the latest bout of Ukrainian-Russian conflicts. The New York Times reports:
The centerpiece of the American aid package is the $1 billion loan guarantee, which is intended to cushion Ukrainian households as the new government undertakes the wrenching economic changes demanded by the International Monetary Fund and contends with the reduction of energy subsidies from Russia, which has challenged the new government’s legitimacy and occupied the Crimean Peninsula.
While showing support for a nation struggling for sovereignty is certainly a worthy goal, one has to wonder if it really requires $1 billion in US taxpayers’ money to make the point.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently introduced the “Constitutional Check and Balance Act” to force Obama to follow the law instead of ignoring or changing it. The main law Obama enjoys tweaking? That would be Obamacare, the law he wrote and forced onto the American people and yet has “adjusted” over 27 times.
If passed, Paul’s bill would allow a member of Congress to sue the Obama Administration if it attempted to get out of following laws as written.
Here’s what Rand said:
The Obama administration is trying to rewrite Obamacare by executive fiat and that act is a violation of the separation of powers in the United States Constitution. This and other attempts by the Obama administration to rewrite the law can be stopped if this bill becomes law.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a similar measure in the House:
This legislation provides a pathway for Members of Congress to go after the Administration in federal court when it fails to enforce laws passed by the legislative branch.
Let’s hope Rand and Poe can get enough support for their legislation to put a stop to Obama’s lawlessness before the mid-term elections this fall.
California Senator Barbara Boxer wants Americans to know she won’t support any spending reductions when it comes to the roads. Speaking with members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) about funding for the Highway Trust Fund, Boxer called for more “creative” options:
I don’t see support for raising the gas tax and there is absolutely no way we’re going to cut spending, so it’s going to have to be a creative way to fund this in reality.
Kudos to Boxer for accurately gauging the American peoples’ likely less than enthusiastic embrace of raising the gas tax. However, when liberals refuse to cut spending and refer to “creativity” in funding, higher taxes are almost always on the horizon.
The nation’s capital boasts the most certified “green” buildings, but according to an independent study by the Environmental Policy Alliance, those buildings actually use more energy than non-certified buildings. From the Daily Caller:
The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.
The results are measured in EUI’s, a unit that relates a building’s energy consumption to its size; the higher the number, the more energy is expended by a smaller building.
Take the Green Building Council’s Washington headquarters. Replete with the group’s top green-energy accolade, the platinum LEED certification, the USGBC’s main base comes in at 236 EUI. The average EUI for uncertified buildings in the capital? Just 199.
In other words, buildings that have a higher environmental stamp of approval are actually worse for the environment. Can Big Government get anything right?