Over the past several years, it has become a something of a tradition for the Congress and President to claim that the federal government will not be able to pay its bills unless the debt ceiling is raised. In fact, the debt ceiling has been increased, or suspended, a total of seventy-nine times since 1940.
However, the United States government, which has had a national debt since it was created (with the exception of 1835) did not always have a debt ceiling, which should actually be called a money pit.
Prior to 1917, any debt accrued by the federal government would need to be specifically approved by the Congress. The initial debt ceiling, passed in the Second Liberty Bond Act, was set at $9.5 billion in Treasury bonds and $4 billion in one-year certificates. This removed some of the Congressional oversight from the Secretary of the Treasury.
Until 1939, when Congress created an overall aggregate limit on the national debt, increases in the national debt were simply amendments to the Second Liberty Bond Act.
The national debt now stands at approximately $17 trillion, with the debt ceiling being completely eliminated until March 2015.
So, why is the federal government so far in debt? see more…
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[editor's note: Chad Ginsburg forwarded this original piece of digital art he made. It's fantastic and easily worth a thousand words, so we wanted to ask our readers: What is she so pissed about? Fire up your photoshoppies and post your answer in the comments or suggest something clever and I may just do it for you. - SV]
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On Friday February 7th, President Obama signed a farm bill that has an estimated cost of $954.6 billion.
The President and other supporters claim the bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next ten years, though the National Taxpayers Union points out, “it is highly unlikely that taxpayers will reap any so-called ‘savings’ from the almost $1 trillion spending bill.” see more…
** Okay, so the period of unashamed sticker pimping is over. But not before the stats. **
In January we gave away a grand total of… 74 stickers.
Yes, yes, I know it’s starting to push it with the sticker posts here at Hammer of Truth, but after this I assure you it will be the last one (from me) for a while.
Thanks in order:
- Thanks to all the local folks who are rocking them on their dogs and cars and skis and computers and office cubicles and stuff.
- Thanks to the Robin Hood of Colorado Springs. We’ve already heard one political rapper on the scene and it was thrilling to hear libertarian lyrics live while being able to point to a HoT sticker.
- Thanks to Geovanni Machado of Machado Customs in Colorado Springs for giving us a deal so fantastic we could swing a whole bunch of free ones for any and all who ask.
- Thanks to Ginsburg for single-handedly stickering 28 people in one night.
- There’s probably more, but this isn’t a fucking awards show…
For my part, in addition to boasting our over 12 years of quality libertarian prose and doing programming on the back-end, I’m still the primary provider of what interesting news I can find from the confines of a 9 to 5er (well, a 10 to 6er, it’s a flexible gig as a pollster programmer). I have already noticed an uptick in 2014 as the elections begin to really wind up and fire up new libertarians fill our ranks here and everywhere else online.
Eagle-eyed Hammer of Truth readers may have noticed our facebook sticker giveaway linked up for a week in January. We ended up giving out three of our new stickers right as they came off the press.
Apparently the software/app we used at facebook was a total failure and only two people were able to even submit an entry. One person appears to join every giveaway the app announces, and never got back to us when we asked for shipping info. Oh darn. Lame, we know.
HoT has upped the stupendous sticker selection to five colors:
white, pink, yellow, silver and gold
Today we’re launching new sticker distribution abilities, and simultaneously unveiling Hammer of Truth Asks, our own political polling platform based on LimeSurvey.
Hammer of Truth Asks will be occasionally polling opinions like the big boys (except with more than two party ID choices). Because really, we’ve looked at all this polling stuff and determined it’s not all that hard. Well, it is actually rather difficult and it took entirely too long to customize and install and making one short survey took all day and statistics should be scientific and precise… well all you want to know is “Does it works?”
If you’re in the U.S., Canada or Mexico… get your free sticker now!
On Jan. 4, 2010, The New York Times ran an opinion piece by TSA agent Jason Edward Harrington titled, “To Stop a Terrorist: No Lack of Ideas.”
This caused Harrington’s supervisor, the federal security director at Chicago O’Hare, to have a meeting with him; a meeting that Harrington explained was usually followed by termination.
The supervisor told him, “The problem we have here is that you identified yourself as a TSA employee.”
Harrington explained his reaction and the ensuing conversation:
“[I knew] self-identifying as a government employee in a public forum may be grounds for termination.”
“I was shocked. I had been sure the letter would fall under the aegis of public concern, but it looked as though my boss wanted to terminate me.”
I scrambled for something to say. “I thought the First Amendment applied here.”
She leaned back in her chair, hands up, palms outfaced. Now she was on the defensive.
“I’m not trying to tread upon your First Amendment rights,” she said. “All I’m saying is: Couldn’t you have run those First Amendment rights past the legal department first?”
Harrington wasn’t fired, and continued working for the TSA for 3 more years. see more…