Source: The Massachusetts Centinal, October 14, 1789 (Click for "Archiving Early America" website)

Source: The Massachusetts Centinal, October 14, 1789 (Click for “Archiving Early America” website)

George Mason IV was a community leader in the Colony of Virginia in the 1770s, a delegate to the Virginia Convention and a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He also authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which directly influenced the writer(s) of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

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The first right in the Virginia Declaration of Rights states:

1.THAT all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

You can read the complete document here and view the original here.

Is the newly negotiated nuclear interim accord with Iran a good agreement? I really don’t know. But I do know that due to President Obama’s failure to improve relations in the Middle East (during a time of rising democracy) and his failure to deal with Syria’s use of chemical weapons, we are negotiating from a position of weakness. Our enemies do not fear us. Our allies do not trust us. If Iran truly does “pause” its nuclear program for 6 months, I suppose that’s a good thing. But if Iran wouldn’t stop when President Bush was pressuring them strongly, why would they stop for Obama?

However, you may be interested in reading the history of negotiations with Iran. The Washington Post has a brief timeline available here.

Yet another scandal from the Obama Administration. Through a change in administrative rules, the White House gained control of Census data management (with the department reporting directly to Rahm Emmanual). Then just before the Presidential Election of 2012, a report was released announcing that unemployment, based on Census numbers, had decreased from 8.1% to 7.8%. Good news and good timing for the President. Unfortunately, the data was manipulated and the numbers were most likely false. More details here and here.

We know the President misled the public about Obamacare (“if you like it, you can keep it”) and misled about Benghazi (“It was that despicible YouTube video”). We also know the IRS was targeting political groups unfriendly to President Obama’s re-election. Now this. Would it have mattered? If the American public knew the true costs of Obamacare, the true cause of loss of life in Benghazi and the unethical (and probably illegal) use of public resources for political gain, would they have voted the same way? We’ll never know.

It’s doubtful that Harry Reid will let it come to a vote, but this bill aims to prevent tax dollars being used for “risk corridors” (basically federal subsidies for losses that insurers face with the mandated coverage of high risk policy holders). Details and a video of Senator Rubio talking about the bill are available here.