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Use these 2 websites to keep tabs on government regulation and wasteful spending

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Posted by Anne Reiner on January 13, 2015
If you read the Convention of States blog on a regular basis, you know we frequently draw your attention to government regulation and wasteful spending.

We do this because we want Americans from both sides of the aisle to understand the extent of the problem in Washington, D.C.

The regulatory crisis is out of control. Federal agencies legislate without congressional approval, creating thousands of pages of new regulations every year. These regulations inhibit economic growth and frustrate upstanding American business owners who are simply trying to comply with each year’s new slew of rules.

Similarly, our national Congressmen seem unconcerned with the mounting national debt as they continue to approve wasteful, superfluous spending projects. They approve money for creating anti-truancy smartphone apps, studying what kids think of fat characters, and to find out if same-sex couples live close to tobacco shops. That’s on top of waste due to simple incompetence and oversight.

Over-regulation and government waste aren’t the most pressing issues facing our country — but they are among the longest-lasting and most insidious of our government’s various ills. And in order to keep track of these issues we’d like to call your attention to two websites.

The first is the Washington Free Beacon’s section on government waste. They post new articles regularly, and they’re a great, reliable resource if you want the most recent examples of wasteful federal spending.

The second is The Hill’s section on government regulation. They keep tabs on the new regulations implemented by federal bureaucracies, and the efforts made to limit or block them.

The purpose of learning about regulations and waste is simple: Americans have the responsibility to fight policies that harm their country.

One of the best ways to join the fight is by volunteering for the Convention of States Project. A Convention of States has the ability to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, which would, in turn, limit the ability of federal agencies to enact new regulation. It also has the ability to, once and for all, force Congress to be fiscally responsible.

By joining the Convention of States Project, you’ll be helping implement the last, best chance to stop government waste and over-regulation. The Founders included the Convention of States provision for just this purpose, and it’s time we use it.

Michelle Obama is a Lush and Inconsiderate Vacation Wench

by Cyrus 
If we can stop Michelle Obama from spending the tax payers money, there won’t be a need to raise the debt ceiling. While Americans are struggling to make ends meet, Michelle Obama drinks top shelf boozes and plan extravagant family vacations. It was bad enough when the Obama’s took 2 different plane to go on vacation, but spending $10 million on vacations in one year is another thing. It’s pathetic and reprehensible to abuse the power as the first lady. Michelle Obama is living her dream to be the 21st Marie Antoinette.

 

(Daily Mail) The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie’, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

The ‘top source’ told the National Enquirer: ‘It’s disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

‘When it’s all added up, she’s spent more than $10million in taxpayers’ money on her vacations.’

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

‘The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.’

While the President and his wife do pay for some of their personal expenses from their own pocket, the website whitehousedossier.com says that the amount paid by the couple is ‘dwarfed by the overall cost to the public’.

The magazine also reported that Mrs Obama, whose fashion choices are widely followed, had been going on ‘wild shopping sprees’, much to the distress of her husband, who, its sources reveal, is ‘absolutely furious’ at his wife’s ‘out-of-control spending’.

The President has already come under fire this week over his decision to take a family vacation while millions of Americans are out of work and countless more are financially strapped.