Recommended Reading Today
Blogger Michael Clements has a stirring tribute to veterans today on his Reporter 37 site. And today's edition of The Oklahoman has a fine story about the hiring of veterans by Chesapeake Energy.
By Chris Casteel/The Oklahoman ~ The leaders of a presidential commission to reduce the nation's debt Wednesday proposed a major overhaul of the tax code, big cuts in military and nondefense spending and several changes to Medicare and Social Security, including slowly raising the retirement age to 69.
Sen. Tom Coburn, a member of the commission, called the proposals from the chairmen "just a starting point" for discussions that would continue throughout the month. He said he had problems with some of the particulars but that "the worst option is doing nothing."
"None of this is going to be pain-free," said Coburn, R-Muskogee.
Read more: http://newsok.com/debt-panel-leaders-propose-huge-spending-cuts-changes-in-social-security-to-reduce-deficits/article/3513286#ixzz14xjwfdU9.
From Politico ~ When the massive Republican class of 2010 is sworn into office and officially delivers the House majority to the GOP, Democrats can take consolation in this fact: Roughly half of the new freshmen say they won’t remain in Washington for long.
In what appears to be a breath of life for the moribund term limits movement, roughly half of the 80-plus Republican House freshmen — and a handful of the newly elected GOP senators — have promised to limit their congressional tenures, with some even promising support for new term limits legislation.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44930.html#ixzz14xm8Xi7q~
By John Stossel/Real Clear Politics ~ Advocates of affirmative action argue it is needed because of historic discrimination. Maybe that was true in 1970, but it's no longer true. Affirmative action is now part of the minority special privilege machine, an indispensable component of which is perpetual victimhood.
Tulsa World reports that a 22nd inmate has been released from custody as a result of an investigation into the Tulsa Police Department.
By David A.Patten/Newsmax ~ Former CIA director James Woolsey says banning Shariah law in Oklahoma is constitutional because that legal system is the only one in the world used to justify violence against women. A whopping 70 percent of Oklahomans voted Nov. 2 to amend the state constitution to outlaw the use of Islamic law in court rulings there. On Monday, a U.S. district judge issued a restraining order to block implementation of the law until she can hear arguments from Muslim groups who object that it violates their constitutional rights.