CONTENTS: Krauthammer – Lead from behind; ObamaNomics Failures; Paul Revere Ryan; Indiana school reforms; Hayward – MA House Dems blocked unions; Pawlenty louder; Shell and Apple profits; Syrian tanks against protestors; SCOTUS blocks class action; Holder scuttled terror invest; Klein – Samantha Power; Malkin – Waters the swamp Queen; Freind defends Gibson; Soros character; Jarrett – BO hides records; Breitbart interviews, book review; Bill Bennett lived with Austin roaches.
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Rep. Zeke Zalaski, a Democrat from Southington, has taken the legislative plates off his car because of complaints he gets about taxes when he fills up with gas…”
4/29/1854: Ashmun Institute (now Lincoln University), the first college for African American students, is established in Chester County, PA (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
4/29/1945: American troops liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Germany (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
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May 5th, National Day of Prayer, even for libs!
Hillsdale’s webinar, “Economic Liberty and the Constitution” is up for viewing thru May 8th … and it’s free!
Charles Krauthammer, WaPo: Leading from Behind
“Leading from behind” can fit nicely with Adam Smith and Fred Hayek. The “leader” actually follows opportunities discovered by the people. In recent weeks, the phrase has taken on a different meaning.
“…It is the fate of any assertive superpower to be envied, denounced and blamed for everything under the sun. Nothing has changed. Moreover, for a country so deeply reviled, why during the massive unrest in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan and Syria have anti-American demonstrations been such a rarity?
“Who truly reviles America the hegemon? The world that Obama lived in and shaped him intellectually: the elite universities; his Hyde Park milieu (including his not-to-be-mentioned friends, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn); the church he attended for two decades, ringing with sermons more virulently anti-American than anything heard in today’s full-throated uprising of the Arab Street.
“It is the liberal elites who revile the American colossus and devoutly wish to see it cut down to size. Leading from behind — diminishing America’s global standing and assertiveness — is a reaction to their view of America, not the world’s….”
Washington Times: ObamaNomics Failures
“…Reports piled up yesterday casting further doubt on the prospects for recovery. Just as many people stood in line last week to file an initial jobless claim as did so the same time last year. The dollar finds itself in a free fall against other currencies and gold. The measure of the growth in the country’s productive output fell to 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year. The Federal Reserve is not hopeful. Chairman Ben S. Bernanke dialed back real gross-domestic-product growth expectations for the rest of the year from 3.4 percent to 3.1 percent. Thanks primarily to sky-high gasoline and energy prices, the Fed’s best guess is that consumer prices will rise 2.1 percent, up from the Fed’s inflation prediction of 1.3 percent made in January.
“None of these developments are accidental in an administration that has actively sought to raise energy prices….
“…In his 27 months in the Oval Office, Mr. Obama has written $3,677,533,458,800 in checks against a bank account that contains no money. It’s time to stop pretending that extracting money from private-sector entrepreneurs to spread around among political cronies will do any good. It’s time for Mr. Obama to side with the vast majority of Americans who are demanding a change in direction.”
Ryan the “Paul Revere” of Fiscal Problems
“If every Republican can become even half as capable as Paul Ryan at defending the GOP budget, it’s difficult to see how Democrats, in the absence of a coherent plan of their own, stand a chance in this debate. In this interview with CBS News, Ryan easily and artfully shoots down just about every Liberal talking point on his budget plan…”
1) End of life care…a family matter, not one for a government panel
2) Breaks for the rich … lower rates but no shelters or deductions for anyone. Revenue neutral
3) Medicare … no change past 55.
We need Joey Vento replace Kathleen Sibelius…and 48% of my generation believes Paul Ryan but he’s not running to become president. Pity….
Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Schools
He was interviewed by Bill Bennett yesterday. Three reforms have been achieved …. Teacher evaluations are include peers, linked to pupil progress, and tied to advancement and pay; unions are to be restricted to pay negotiations; and charters and vouchers are to be more available. Legislation is on its way to Gov Daniels who waits with his pen already in hand. Bennett end-ran the unions when he held town halls with 8000 teachers…he explained, he also listened…Maybe he’ll send copies to Guzzardi and Corbett …Bennett’s address? Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, email@example.com
Steve Hayward, NRO: A Blast in Massachusetts House
111-42, led by Democrats!
“I see that another state legislature has voted to curtail public-employee unions’ collective-bargaining rights to help salvage state and local government budgets. Union leaders promise to flood the capitol building, Madison-like, to protest, and union leaders declare, “We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end.”
. . . union leaders said that even with the last-minute concessions, the bill was an assault on workers’ rights, unthinkable in a state that has long been a bastion of union support.
Ho-hum, just another GOP/Koch Brothers plot coming down in the red state of . . . what? Where? Massachusetts?!
I understand that the MA Senate has yet to speak its opinion…
A few more details at:
“Hundreds of police and firefighters from across the state swarmed around the entrance to the House Chamber at the Statehouse today, cheering lawmakers who opposed a budget amendment that would strip municipal unions of bargaining rights over health care, and complaining to those who backed the measure.
“Having lost a battle in the House late last night to stop the so-called “plan design” authorization to allow cities and towns to unilaterally change health insurance coverage, co-payments and deductibles, union leaders said they would now carry the fight to the Senate…”
Trump Is Loud, Pawlenty Gets Louder
GREAT! Psychologists call this an “elicitation effect.” One noisy cat on the fence attracts other cats who yowl at the same time. The same is true at rallies for Planned Parenthood vs. Right to Life believers. The physics people call this effect “sync.” Counselors call it “domestic dispute.”
This will be a noisy, sometimes fun, always desperate election….meanwhile, Trump is two points ahead of Mitt, the Fat Man is popular but swears that he won’t sing, and Herman Cain claims to have 100K activists standing ready…for the moment, we have some great lines from Mr. Pawlenty…
“‘I have to give the president credit for one thing,’ Pawlenty said. ‘He’s proven that someone can deserve a Nobel Prize less than Al Gore.’
“He accused Obama of catering to powerful unions. ‘Forming a more perfect union does not mean coddling the … public employee unions,’ Pawlenty said.
“‘I’m not one to question the president’s birth certificate, but when you look at his policies, I do question what planet he’s from’…”
Royal Dutch Shell – $8 billion at 8% (8 cents per gallon), Apple sometimes collects 48% profit on your iPads/Phones
The Laffer Curve: Raise tax rates and those who are taxed change their behavior to avoid paying taxes. Lower tax rates, people are less tax-avoidant, and governments collect more money at the lower rate… Incidentally, Exxon and Shell have similar profit margins …
“AMSTERDAM – Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe’s largest oil company, on Thursday reported booming profits of $8.78 billion in the first quarter, up 60 percent from a year ago thanks to higher oil prices as well as gains on asset sales and improving refining operations.
With gas prices at the pump approaching $4 per gallon in U.S. and countries around the world seeking to reduce budget deficits, Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry said the company was worried about higher taxes — and it will plan its future investments accordingly…”
Breitbart, Syria: Assad Puts Snipers and Tanks against Protesters
Lybia? Syria’s new membership on the UN’s Human Rights Committee? Samantha Powers?
“The escalating crackdown, relying more each day on military force, has killed more than 150 Syrians just since the weekend.
In a new phase that began this week, Assad sent thousands of soldiers rolling into cities, backed by tanks and snipers. His security forces made sweeping arrests, dragging people from their homes along with their families.
One Syrian in a city under military control said a man, his father and brothers were arrested just because they had an Internet connection.
Adam Liptak, NYT: SCOTUS Blocks Class Action Suits
“WASHINGTON — Businesses may use standard-form contracts to forbid consumers claiming fraud from banding together in a single arbitration, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a 5-to-4 decision that split along ideological lines.
Though the decision concerned arbitrations, it appeared to provide businesses with a way to avoid class-action lawsuits in court. All they need do, the decision suggested, is use standard-form contracts that require two things: that disputes be raised only through the informal mechanism of arbitration and that claims be brought one by one.
“The decision basically lets companies escape class actions, so long as they do so by means of arbitration agreements,” Brian T. Fitzpatrick, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, said. “This is a game-changer for businesses. It’s one of the most important and favorable cases for businesses in a very long time…”
Patrick Poole, PajamasMedia: Holder Scuttles Terror Investigations
“It’s been a wild two weeks since my exclusive Pajamas Media article revealing that political appointees at the Department of Justice had scuttled pending terror finance indictments of several prominent Islamic leaders as part of the Holy Land Foundation case, including Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) co-founder Omar Ahmad. A high-placed DOJ source told me the case was nixed to prevent embarrassment to the Obama administration and to avoid inflaming the Muslim community. House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Peter King then sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about why these prosecutions were stopped.
“Then, on Sunday, King went on Fox News and explained that he had spoken directly to the federal prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas who had investigated the Hamas support network in the United States and had prepared the indictments against Omar Ahmed. King said that the career DOJ prosecutors and the FBI agents who had investigated the case were outraged that the indictments had been nixed by political appointees under Holder.
“On Monday, Holder gave a hastily arranged speech at DOJ headquarters, where he responded by saying that his office had prosecuted more terrorists in the past two years than at any time in American history — but failed to acknowledge that domestic terrorism over the past two years is higher than it has ever been…”
Aaron Klein, WND: Samantha Power Uses War to Achieve Radical Values
“White House official Samantha Power sees war as an “instrument for achieving her liberal, even radical, values,” charged Tom Hayden, himself a notorious left-wing radical.
“Power is the National Security Council special adviser to Obama on human rights. She reportedly heavily influenced Obama in consultations leading to the decision to bomb Libya…”
Michelle Malkin, NRO: Maxine Waters – Swamp Queen
“Last summer, the House Ethics Committee charged the entrenched California congresswoman with three violations related to her wheeling and dealing on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles. The panel accused Waters of bringing discredit to the House for using her influence to seek and secure taxpayer-subsidized special favors for the failing financial institution.
“Eight months have passed since the House ethics panel charged Waters. But to date, there has been no action. No trial. No consequences.
“Instead, Waters is busy ginning up opposition to GOP budget and entitlement reform, introducing new regulatory crackdowns on the financial industry, and waltzing into political rallies as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” blares from the loudspeaker….”
Christopher Freind Defends Mel Gibson
I remember some Internet gossip about Mr. Gibson’s father and his combination of an explosive temper and strong religious convictions….more incidents and less money might predict medication and supervision for either of these guys…but like Mr. Freind, I admire Mr. Gibson’s films….
"...Gibson spent a career defending principles that are incessantly under attack, and his most brilliant work rekindled the faith of billions in a way no church, no preacher, not even the Bible itself could duplicate. Our world becomes more visual by the day, so The Passion, with portrayals that make the true passion story come to life more realistically than any other medium, takes its place in history as
the movie that changed the world more than any other.
Has Gibson made mistakes? Sure, and has admitted so and taken responsibility for them....
Should he be believed? Given his history of character and conviction --- rare in the world and virtually nonexistent in Hollywood --- absolutely…"
George Soros…a variation…similar traits but in an opposite direction…
Thanks Patriots of SE Michigan,
“George Soros is a rogue Hungarian-born billionaire and a one-man international wrecking crew. He has the ability and the propensity to undermine the political and financial structures of entire countries….He once said, ‘If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood….It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of God, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.’ James Keena, We’ve Been Had: How Obama and the Radicals Conned Middle Class America.
Keena, a Detroit automotive executive, is the creator of the pro-liberty website www.pathlessland.net, author of the political satire novel Insurrection Resurrection, and board member of the TEA Party organization Rattle With Us. Keena will go into depth about George Soros’s career and ambitions. Topics covered in the presentation include:
* Contributions of Soros and fellow financiers to Obama’s Senate and Presidential campaigns
* Influence of Soros’s media connections on political outcomes
* Soros’s funding of MoveOn.org, a powerful force for using and influencing the media and voters
* The circumstantial evidence suggesting Soros’s involvement in the run on the banks in September 2008
* Soros’s support of: cap and trade, environmental programs, government-run healthcare, and euthanasia programs for the elderly
* Soros’s advocacy of Special Drawing Rights (SDR’s), an international currency surrogate that could potentially replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency
* Soros’s support for the Secretary of State Project, which is intended to usurp control over the electoral process in many battleground states.
Valerie Jarrett, RealClearPolitics: BO Hid his Transcripts
“He’s almost 50 years old and he’s president of the United States and I don’t think anybody would debate his intelligence and so now we need to get serious … let’s just get serious and get back to focusing on what’s important,” senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett said on The Joe Madison Show this morning.”
Andy Breitbart Talks about his Book and his Life with Dennis Miller
“Andrew Breitbart: From College Slacker to Conservative Media Mogul
“He’s been in the middle of taking down the Democrat Party’s organizing arm ACORN. He’s exposed many of President Obama’s vile czars. He’s provided rapid-fire rebuttals via his websites Big Government and Big Journalism to the Left’s contemptible smear that the Tea Party is driven by racism. He’s targeted Tinsel Town while staying committed to influencing America’s culture with his other website Big Hollywood and he’s greeted with rock-star status at conservative conferences and College Republican confabs across the country.
“But, to those who knew Andrew Breitbart in his early years, this may all come as a shock…”
David Petreaus… CIA, a step closer to a bed in 1600 PA Avenue?
Maybe after Pawlenty, Bachmann, Palin, & Ryan have had their turns…
Bill Bennett’s School Days in Austin
He was alert every night with a swatter breaking up the roach races up and down his blinds. Bill lived in an Austin university neighborhood where your rent was $54 per month but you dared not turn your back on your pizza or sandwich if you were ever to see them again…