A sign of the year to come?
As crowds of people toast a new year today, more than 400 new laws will take effect across the country — CNBC
The 2nd Amendment may not survive the new year!
President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013. (The Hill)
[Senator] Dianne Feinstein: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States, for an outright ban, picking up [every gun]… Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in.” (INFOWARS.COM)
“Cliff deal” to sell out America still possible
The Senate moved the U.S. economy back from the edge of a “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday, voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives.
In a rare New Year’s session at around 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT), senators voted 89-8 to raise some taxes on the wealthy while making permanent low tax rates on the middle class that have been in place for a decade.
(Read more: Here’s What the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Looks Like) (CNBC)
The man who would be tyrant blames Republicans
President Barack Obama hit Congress for not getting together to offer him a bigger deal during a speech today at the White House.
“I have to say that ever since I took office, throughout the campaign, and through the last couple of months, my preference would have been to solve all these problems in the context of a larger agreement,” said Obama, according to a rush transcript of his remarks. “A bigger deal, a grand bargain, whatever you want to call it–that solves our deficit problems in a balanced and responsible way that doesn’t just deal with the taxes but deals with the spending in a balanced way so that we can put all this behind us and just focus on growing our economy.”
Obama blamed Congress for not putting together a “bigger deal.”
“But with this Congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time,” said Obama.
Obama mainly blamed Republicans. “Republicans in Congress said they would never agree to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans,” he said, laying the blame on Republicans. (Weekly Standard)
Republicans reacted angrily to President Obama’s Monday-afternoon rally… . Mr. Obama addressed the country from a room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Monday afternoon with cheering supporters behind him and in the audience in front of him. The supporters even applauded Mr. Obama’s announcement that taxes would be going up. (The Washington Times)