DOMESTIC: Hanson – nemesis; Lowry – BO Care collapse; Klein – Valerie Jarrett; Moms selling healthcare; Zito – Hillary’s scandal; Keenan – jobs; Habeeb – Guilty of being southern; Strong – BO’s new limo; Strassel – NLRP.
SNOWDEN: O’ Grady – Venezuela; Watson –NSA so big.
BENGHAZI: GOP wants Geo. Bristol
EGYPT: Steyn – Princess & brothers; Glick – ISR tactics; McCarthy – elections ~democracy; Tobin – BO’s Egypt folly; Lev – BO blamed; Cruz – Friends in Cairo.
PA: Common Core stumbles; Boehm – Corbetts window shuts; Madonna – a house divided.
END NOTES: Guzzard – Chicago.
“. . . A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. . .” Declaration of Independence
“The U.S. labor market may be gaining a little more steam, judging by Friday’s June jobs report. Imagine how much better it might do if ObamaCare weren’t encouraging employers to hire so many part-time workers.” WSJ
Egypt: “According to the U.N., 91 percent of its women have undergone female genital mutilation — not because the state mandates it, but because the menfolk insist on it. Over half its citizenry subsists on less than two dollars a day. A rural population so inept it has to import its food, Egyptians live on the land, but can’t live off it.” Mark Steyn
Tonite!: Chick-Fil-A Pray for Our Country
I have had a great response for the Monday night Chick Fil A Pray for our Country night. If you didn’t respond and would like to come, here are the details
Monday, July 8th, Time: 6:00 p.m.
Chick Fil A (across from Wegman’s in Downingtown)
Hope to see you there.
Thanks, Paula Stiles
Chesco Patriots Picnic, July 12th
Due to the overwhelming response to the picnic, we need your checks ($5) and responses no later than July 12th.
If you plan to come and will be sending a check, (Paula Stiles, 444 Cardigan Terrace E., West Chester, PA 19380) just send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org,) and I will make sure I put you on the list. We are only going to plan for the people that have responded and are on the list. Everyone needs to be on the list in order to participate.
If you have any questions, please let me know. . . Paula Stiles
1776: The Liberty Bell rang for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
1853: Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into Tokyo Bay seeking diplomatic and trade relations between the United States and Japan.
1889: The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.
1932: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell to 41.22, its lowest closing of the Great Depression.
1950: General Douglas MacArthur was named commander of United Nations forces fighting in Korea. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
DOMESTIC . . .
John Fund, NRO: Why Obamacare Threatens Immigration Reform”
In delaying the employer mandate, Obama shows his disregard for the rule of law.
“Chuck Todd, the political director of NBC News, startled much of Washington on Sunday morning when he announced on Meet the Press that White House aides he’s spoken to have lost confidence that immigration reform will pass. He reported that “suddenly the White House doesn’t see a path” to passing a bill through the House this year.
“There are many reasons why immigration reform is in trouble, ranging from the fact that immigration is not currently a burning political issue to the inherent complexity and internal contradictions of a 1,200-page bill.
“But there is another less-discussed reason. The Obama administration’s instinctive dishonesty and contempt for the rule of law are finally catching up with it. Few Republicans in the House — even those who devoutly want immigration reform — trust the Obama administration to enforce with consistency and integrity anything that passes Congress. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Nemesis, After All”
“Like a broken record, for the last five years I have invoked the Greek concept of Nemesis, or divine retribution for unchecked hubris, to explain what was in store for the Obama administration.
“Most readers have sighed, “OK already, but where’s the divine retribution, given this president’s overweening arrogance and the damage that he’s doing to the economy, our social fabric, and foreign policy?”
“Patience — Nemesis takes her time surveying human kind before figuring out the properly ironic punishment.
“She must soak in vero possumus, the fake Greek colonnade, the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” narcissism, the cooling the planet and lowering the rising seas riffs, the tingling legs, the “perfectly creased pant,” the Obama “as god,” the smartest president ever, and the Obama who is by his own admission better at each of the crafts of his specialized staff.
“Then she must consider ‘punish our enemies,’ ‘fat cat bankers,’ ‘you didn’t build that,’ ‘bitter clingers,’ ‘spread the wealth around,’ and dozens of additional slurs and banalities. To digest all that takes even the goddess some time. . .
“The young, inexperienced, but haughty Obama is a stereotypical figure right out of Greek mythology. . .”
Rich Lowry, RCP: “The Rapid Collapse of ObamaCare”
“Washington is riven by conflict and deep-seated division. It is rare indeed when both sides can agree on anything consequential. Therefore it is incredibly heartening that there is now bipartisan agreement that the implementation of Obamacare is a mess.
“Republicans have long maintained this, but now the Obama administration has lent its implicit assent with its astonishing decision to delay by a year the law’s employer mandate. This is what the administration calls, via a blog post by the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for tax policy that announced the decision, “Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner. . .”
Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “New York Times profile scrubs Valerie Jarrett’s radical ties. Family closely linked to Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis”
Dan McLaughlin, Red State: “Barack Obama Wants Your Mom To Nag You To Buy Insurance”
“Once upon a time, young voters, you remember Barack Obama: cool, hip, The Future. But not anymore. Now, he’s just a guy who wants your mom to nag you to buy the insurance policy he’s having trouble selling:
‘The Obama administration and its allies need lots of healthy young adults to sign up for insurance this fall to make the president’s health-care law successful.
So they are going after their moms.
‘They put up Web ads on Facebook and Allrecipes.com alongside slogans such as ‘Moms know best: ‘Get yourself health insurance.’” They have enlisted the help of parent-activist groups such as Moms Rising, which has already begun mobilizing its vast network of more than 1 million members and 3 million e-mail subscribers on behalf of the health-care law.
‘They are collaborating with Elle and Cosmopolitan magazines, organizing mom-oriented wine-and-cheese parties and preparing commercials that will run during shows popular with mothers, such as “Good Morning America.”
“Democrats are hopeful that a nagging mother will be hard to say no to:
‘In the end, it will be the moms of America who are going to decide if their families get coverage,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who has conducted focus groups for health exchanges in three states. ‘They will decide and then insist their children and husbands sign up.’
“But ‘[m]others, however, have been turned off by the divisive nature of the debate over the law, Lake said. Even for mothers engaged in politics, the law’s close association with President Obama is not always a plus.’
“That’s right: Mom finds the guy a little too pushy, too.
“Of course, the whole point of getting young people to sign up for Obamacare is that it’s not in their best financial interest; they’re supposed to overpay for the insurance they receive, to subsidize the older, sicker people in the program. Which is why the effort to dragoon Mom into nagging you may not work: because at the end of the day, your mother usually knows best.”
Salena Zito, RCP: “Scandal Staining Hillary’s Record”
“. . . Clinton has used the rights of women and girls as the cornerstone of her career since graduating from law school and working as an attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund. “She continued to do so as first lady, as a U.S. senator, as secretary of State. Last week, she did it again, as a Clinton Global Initiative advocate.
“How jarring, then, for allegations to emerge of top State Department officials under Clinton concealing abuses of women and children by U.S. diplomatic staff.
“A State Department whistleblower has accused high-level officials of a vast cover-up that included squelching investigative findings that members of then-Secretary Clinton’s security detail — as well as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium — solicited prostitutes. . . “
Terry Keenan, Washington Times: “Work nos. just aren’t working”
“. . . The jobs report had a ‘robust’ 195,000 new positions created last month as the unemployment rate held steady at 7.6 percent. Hallelujah!
“Unfortunately, the problem that has stunted any green shoots in jobs recovery persisted in June and shows no signs of abating.
“The problem continues to be that a huge swath of the jobs being created are part-time or temporary.
“Is a job really a job if it’s only for a few weeks, or if workers have to show up every morning to see if there is temporary work that day? Should one part-time job be counted the same as a full-time position?
“Well, at the Labor Department the answer to those questions is yes, which is why the headline numbers look good despite a continued surge in underemployment. . . “
WSJ: “Part-Time America”
“A better jobs report in June, except for the impact of ObamaCare.”
Lee Habeeb, NRO: “Guilty of Being Southern”
“Media and academic elites prefer to focus on the old South while a new one marches on.
“. . . Paula Deen and the recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving the Voting Rights Act make for an interesting counterpoint. Both stories involve what’s perhaps the last socially acceptable form of bigotry left in America: bigotry against the South. It’s a brand of bigotry reinforced by our nation’s biggest media outlets — and by justices on the Supreme Court.
“. . . Perhaps someone should send Justice Breyer a link to Joel Kotkin’s piece in The Daily Beast on the rise of the South, which included facts media elites either refuse to believe or willfully ignore. Over the past five decades, he reported, the South has seen dramatic gains in population. It was once a major exporter of people to the northern states. Today, Kotkin noted, the migration tide is flowing the other way. “The hegira to the sunbelt continues, as last year the South accounted for six of the top eight states attracting domestic migrants,” he reported.
“Those six states, Justice Breyer might want to know, were red states: Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia. The top four losers? Blue states named New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California.
“And it wasn’t just white folks heading South. The nation’s African-American population grew 1.7 million over the past decade — and 75 percent of that growth occurred in the South. The percentage of the nation’s African-American population living in the South hit its highest point in half a century, as more black people moved out of declining cities in the Midwest and Northeast.
“. . . The fact is, white Yankees migrants like me (I moved from Jersey), and African-American migrants from Chicago, and businesses from all over America — and the world — are investing in the South, and investing with our most precious capital: our lives. We are moving South because we see something here that academics, media types, and our most progressive Supreme Court justices can’t.
Michael Strong, NBC: Obama’s New Limo
“. . . Designed to look like a 2008 Cadillac DTS, The Beast is a hybrid that reportedly blends Caddy components with the guts of a Chevrolet Kodiak commercial truck – but with heavy armor. Such heavy armor that the car reportedly weighs 7.5 tons.
“The armor includes 8-inch plates capable of stopping an improvised explosive device, or IED, and 5-inch multi-layer windows that make the doors as heavy as those on a 757 jet. “The car is sealed against biochemical attacks.
“Although details of the presidential limo are classified for security reasons, various reports say that it features James Bond-style options, including a night vision system. It also carries communications gear and, in the trunk, a blood bank matching the president’s type.
“Special loops replace door handles, which allow Secret Service agents to hold on when running alongside the car. Goodyear run-flat tires fit into extra-large wheel wells. . . “
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “The Lord of U.S. Labor Policy”
“Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, defies Congress and the courts on behalf of Big Labor.”
“For a true expression of the imperious and extralegal tendencies of the Obama administration, there is little that compares with the Wisdom of Solomon. Lafe Solomon, that is, the acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.
“Mr. Solomon’s wisdom was on revealing display this week, in the form of a newly disclosed letter that the Obama appointee sent to Cablevision in May. The letter was tucked into Cablevison’s petition asking the Supreme Court this week to grant an emergency stay of NLRB proceedings against it. The Supremes unfortunately denied that request, though the exercise may prove valuable for shining new light on the labor board’s conceit. . . “
SNOWDEN . . .
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ: “Why Venezuela Offers Asylum to Snowden”
“Venezuela has reason to fear increasing irrelevance as North America becomes more energy independent. This makes Iran crucial. Mr. Maduro may be trying to establish himself as a leader as committed to the anti-American cause as was his predecessor, Hugo Chávez, who had a strong personal bond with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He also needs to establish his own place in South American politics.
“Reaching out to Mr. Snowden is a way to send a message to the world that notwithstanding Secretary of State John Kerry‘s feeble attempt at rapprochement with Caracas last month, post-Chávez Venezuela has no intention of changing the course of the Bolivarian revolution. Rather, as the economy of the once-wealthy oil nation deteriorates, Mr. Maduro is signaling that Venezuela wants to become an even more loyal geopolitical ally and strategic partner of Russia and Iran.
“Mr. Maduro’s presidency is still viewed as illegitimate by roughly half of the Venezuelan electorate, who voted for challenger Henrique Capriles in April. . . “
Steve Watson, InfoWars: “Info-graphic: NSA Is a Billion Times More Expansive than the Stasi”
“. . . While the Stasi kept all it’s files in physical form, as revealed by NSA whistleblower William Binney, the NSA data center in Utah will be capable of storing 5 zettabytes of digital information (5 billion terabytes).
“They would have plenty of space with five zettabytes to store at least something on the order of 100 years worth of the worldwide communications, phones and emails and stuff like that,” Binney asserts, “and then have plenty of space left over to do any kind of parallel processing to try to break codes.”
“Cisco quantifies a zettabyte as the amount of data that would fill 250 billion DVDs.
“Open Data City notes that a filing cabinet requires 0.4 m square, and can hold about 60 folders containing roughly 30,000 pages of paper, which equates to somewhere in the region of 120 MB of data.
“Given these facts, the Utah data center, if it were to store printed copies of all the information it can hold, would consume about 17 million square kilometers of space. The shaded area in the image below shows you how much space that is. It pretty much covers the entire continent of Europe. . . “
From Drudge Report, 7/6-8/2013
Assange and Snowden exemplify romance of contemporary fugitive...
Snowden: West 'in bed with NSA'...
Russia official: Venezuela last chance...
... has until Monday
Brazil seeks U.S. response to alleged spying on citizens...
BENGHAZI . . .
Sharyl Attkisson, CBS: “Republicans want to talk to Col. George Bristol about Benghazi”
Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he’s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don’t know where he is and the Pentagon isn’t telling.
Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense “cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress.”
“They say he’s retired and they can’t reach out to him,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News. “That’s hogwash.”
EGYPT . . .
Adam Edelman, NY Daily News: “Rumored next Egyptian prime minister cancels big U.S. TV interview as rumors swirl over who will be named to help lead country”
“The Nobel laureate rumored to be the next prime minister of Egypt canceled a high-profile television appearance Sunday as the country’s ambassador to the U.S insisted that a military coup had not taken place in the violence-plagued country.
“Mohammed ElBaradei canceled a highly anticipated interview with NBC’S “Meet the Press” on Sunday, saying he had fallen ill, according to the show’s producers.
“But ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize-winning pro-reform politician who has been rumored for days to be the leading candidate to take power in Egypt, allegedly told the network he was still scheduled to be named the country’s new prime minister. . . “
Mark Steyn, NRO: “The Princess and the Brotherhood”
“For nine decades, Egypt has fled modernity.
“A long life reminds us of how short history is: Princess Fawzia outlived the Egyptian monarchy, and the Nasserist fascism and pan-Arabism that succeeded it, and the doomed “United Arab Republic” of Egypt and Syria, and the fetid third-of-a-century “stability” of the Mubarak kleptocracy. And she came within 24 hours of outliving the Muslim Brotherhood’s brief, disastrous grip on power. In the days before her death, it was reported that 14 million people took to the streets of Egypt’s cities to protest against Morsi (and Obama and his ambassador Anne Paterson). If so, that’s more than the population of the entire country in the year Princess Fawzia was born. The Mubarak era alone saw the citizenry double from 40 million to 80 million, a majority of which live on less than two dollars a day. The old pharaoh was toppled by his own baby boom, most of whom went for Morsi. The new pharaoh was toppled by his own stupidity. The Muslim Brotherhood waited 85 years for their moment and then blew it in nothing flat.
“And so the ‘Arab Spring’ ricochets from one half-witted plot twist to another. . . “
Caroline Glick: “Israel’s reviled strategic wisdom”
“On Wednesday, Egypt had its second revolution in as many years. And there is no telling how many more revolutions it will have in the coming months, or years. This is the case not only in Egypt, but throughout the Islamic world.
“The American foreign policy establishment’s rush to romanticize as the Arab Spring the political instability that engulfed the Arab world following the self-immolation of a Tunisian peddler in December 2010 was perhaps the greatest demonstration ever given of the members of that establishment’s utter cluelessness about the nature of Arab politics and society. Their enthusiastic embrace of protesters who have now brought down President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood regime indicates that it takes more than a complete repudiation of their core assumptions to convince them to abandon them.
“US reporters and commentators today portray this week’s protests as the restoration of the Egyptian revolution. That revolution, they remain convinced, was poised to replace long-time Egyptian leader and US-ally Hosni Mubarak with a liberal democratic government led by people who used Facebook and Twitter.
“Subsequently, we were told, that revolution was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood. But now that Morsi and his government have been overthrown, the Facebook revolution is back on track.
“And again, they are wrong.
“As was the case in 2011, the voices of liberal democracy in Egypt are so few and far between that they have no chance whatsoever of gaining power, today or for the foreseeable future. . . “
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: Elections Are Not Democracy
“A lesson from Egypt
“. . . Morsi did not “force through a draft constitution.” He submitted a proposed constitution to a popular election — the same process that the Journal maintains was “the best feature” of Morsi’s rule. In that popular election, the constitution drafted by Islamists was approved by a whopping two-thirds of Egyptians — a fact conveniently omitted by the Journal’s editors. The constitution was not “boycotted by everyone else.” The constituent assembly was boycotted by non-Islamists when they realized they did not have the numbers to stop sharia supremacists.
“Doesn’t that sound a lot like the Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature? . . .”
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary: “Obama Doubles Down on Egypt Folly”
“Late Wednesday afternoon, the silence from the White House about events in Egypt finally ended. In a statement, President Obama claimed that he is neutral on the question of who controls Egypt but wishes to uphold certain principles. The text contains anodyne proclamations about democracy and the participation of all groups in the government of Egypt that are unexceptionable. But it also clearly states that the president is ‘deeply concerned’ about the ouster of Morsi and the suspension of the Egyptian constitution that brought him to power, calls upon the military not to arrest the deposed leader or other Muslim Brotherhood officials, and then pointedly says that he has ‘directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.’
“In other words, you don’t have to read too closely between the lines to understand that Obama is angrier about regime change in Cairo than he ever was about the Islamist attempt to remake Egypt in their own image.
“President Obama stood by passively for a year as Morsi and the Brotherhood began to seize total power, repress critics and pave the way for a complete transformation of Egypt into an Islamist state without threatening a cutoff of U.S. aid. Now Obama has finally found the guts to use America’s leverage over the country but only to register his protest against the downfall of the Brotherhood (emph added, jb). . . “
David Lev, Israel National News: CNN: Egyptians Blame Obama for Morsi Repression”
“Egyptians have been protesting by the millions against now ex-President Mohammed Morsi, but there have been other noticeable themes among protesters – specifically, the anti-American theme. While Morsi’s dictatorial ways and bumbling of the economy have been the central complaint of protesters, the image of U.S. President Barack H. Obama has been prominent on many protest signs.
“Obama, it will be recalled, was a principal backer of the revolution against Hosni Mubarak, and enthusiastically endorsed the election of Morsi as the first ever democratically elected leader of Egypt. When Morsi was elected in June 2012, Obama called him to congratulate him on his victory. In a statement, the White House said that the U.S. ‘will continue to support Egypt’s transition to democracy and stand by the Egyptian people as they fulfill the promise of their revolution.’ The statement also ‘emphasized [Obama's] interest in working together with President-elect Morsi, on the basis of mutual respect, to advance the many shared interests between Egypt and the United States.’
“It later became clear that the Egyptian people did not necessarily appreciate Obama’s expressions of support for Morsi. In September, an Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, at the same time the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked. . .”
Ted Cruz, Foreign Policy: “Our Friend in Cairo”
“Why does President Barack Obama persist in supporting Mohamed Morsy — and not the protesters?
“It was a breathtaking scene — and potentially a watershed moment. Unlike the angry, disaffected youth who raged through the Arab Spring in 2011, these crowds, like those in the recent protests in Turkey, were made up of middle-class citizens protesting against a regime with an unpleasant tendency to trample on the rights of women, Christians, and Jews — and to stifle the independence of the press and judiciary, ruining the economy in the process. While there has been some unfortunate violence, the Tamarod (“Rebel”) movement is also organizing demonstrations, gathering signatures of no confidence in Morsy’s government (it has gathered 22 million already), and threatening additional civil disobedience in the form of strikes if Morsy does not step down.
“One would expect to find the United States standing firmly with these people. . . “
Summary by Brendan Bordelon, Daily Caller: “Ted Cruz: Obama’s Egypt policy a ‘stunning diplomatic failure’”
Matt Drudge (7/6-8/2013)
OBAMA TELLS BROS: I'VE GOT YOUR BACK...
Ouster may clear way for stricter Islamists...
New group gathering arms, training members...
EGYPT TROOPS OPEN FIRE ON PROTESTERS...
BBC reporter shot in head...
Coptic priest shot dead...
Army warns against 'endless circle of revenge'...
Brotherhood to Remain on Streets Until Morsi Reinstated...
Islamists call for 'intifada'...
Sexual assaults rampant...
**WARNING GRAPHIC** Gang throws rivals from top of building...
Lynch mob waving Al Qaeda banners...
Law requires Obama cut off Egyptian aid...
Cairo seeks Gulf help as unrest continues...
Gunmen attack Sinai checkpoints close to Israel border...
PA . . .
CAF: Common Core Stumbles
“Good news about Common Core. Keep up the pressure – we have the liberals on the run. Hard to defend something when there is no defense. The light of day is causing all the rats to run for cover. The following note is forwarded from the Pennsylvanians against Common Core”
“As reported last week, due to input from citizens across the Commonwealth, there has been significant movement in Harrisburg towards stopping Common Core. We strongly recommend that you click here to view the press conference on June 28th held by four education Patriots; Representatives Bloom, Tallman, Kauffman and Lawrence. These guys really “get it” and we should back them and all other opponents of Common Core.
“The following bills have been introduced:
“HB 1551 – Legislation to repeal the State Board of Education Pennsylvania Common Core Standards.
HB 1552 – Exempting private, religious and home-schools from Common Core Standards.
HB 1553 – National Standardized Assessments and Surveys.
HB 1554 – Prohibition of individual student data transfer to the Federal Government.
HB 1555 – Advisory Committee to conduct a study of Common Core Standards prior to any implementation.
Please note that other anti-Common Core groups are rising up across Pennsylvania including the latest Pittsburgh Catholics Against Common Core. .
Great new link:
The Development of Common Core, Explained by Michael Chapman Agenda 21 this is long, but full of good information that connects a lot of dots.
If you have a group that will be holding informational meetings on Common Core, please let us know at email@example.com .
Please continue to promote the Pennsylvanians Against Common Core on-line petitionand Facebook page. If you would like to have a spokesperson speak to your group concerning the problems and questions concerning Common Core, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org..
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Corbett’s window for major policy wins is closing”
“HARRISBURG – He might see it as the end of the first quarter, but time is quickly running out – if it hasn’t already – on Gov. Tom Corbett.
“Last weekend’s collapse of Corbett’s ambitious budget season agenda leaves the vulnerable governor in a difficult spot. He still lacks a major policy win as he gears up for a re-election campaign, and he is left with a slim window – the fall legislative session – in which to get one.
“Even conservatives are not withholding their criticisms. . .”
Terry Madonna & Michael L. Young, PoliticsPA: “Politically Uncorrected: A House Divided”
“Most attention in the bruising battle to adopt the recently enacted Pennsylvania budget focused on whether the state budget passed on time. It did.
“But a story far more important than budget passage itself was largely missed in covering the late night, last- minute theatrics now de rigueur with state budgets. That story poignantly revealed to those watching the deep polarization that now exists within the Pennsylvania legislature.
“Nothing illustrates these deep fissures more than the debate over Gov. Tom Corbett’s “big agenda” items: liquor privatization, transportation funding, and the state pension debt.
“As widely reported, these three highly touted priorities failed to pass, shocking many observers who expected at least some would pass, since Corbett’s own Republicans hold majority control of both houses of the state legislature.
“Even more shocking perhaps is why they did not pass: clearly Corbett’s priorities failed–not in spite of Republicans controlling the legislature–but rather because Republicans control the legislature. . .
“. . . Party sweeps are not unique in state politics. But the conservatives arriving in Harrisburg as a result of the last three elections represented a very different type of politician than normally seen in Pennsylvania.
“Unlike their earlier brethren they are much less practical and far less likely to compromise. They are much more rigidly ideological, eschew compromise as a matter of principle and have a limited view of the role of state government. These new conservatives now form an operational majority in the state house.
“House Democrats also have changed. Republicans may have moved further to the right than Democrats to the left. But Democrats, too, have moved far from the center. Having lost much of their once formidable rural base, house Democrats increasingly are confined to urban constituencies. Consequently, they have become much more ideologically oriented, much more liberal and much less likely to compromise. . . ”
END NOTES . . .
Bob Guzzardi – Chicago
Posted by multiple authors between April and July . . .
“A wonderful State with ZERO Republicans!!!
“There are more people on Welfare in Illinois than there are people working.
“Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers– than anywhere else in the U.S. averaging $110,000/year.
“Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. You can’t blame that on republicans because there aren’t any.
“Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what?
“Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago ?
“Body count: In the last six months 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago .
“221 killed in Iraq AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.
Here’s the Chicago chain of command:
· President: Barack Hussein Obama
· Senator: Dick Durbin
· House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr.
· Governor: Pat Quinn
· House leader: Mike Madigan
· Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
· Mayor: Rahm Emanuel
· The leadership in Illinois – all Democrats.
· Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .
· Of course, they’re all blaming each other.
· Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
· Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
· State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
· Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
· This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois . And he is going to ‘fix’ Washington politics for us???
· George Ryan is no longer Governor, he is in the big house.
· Of course he was replaced by Rob Blagojevitch who is…that’s right, also in the big house.
· And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned a couple of weeks ago. That is because he is fighting being sent to…that’s right, the big house.
· The Land of Lincoln, where our governors make our license plates.
But you know what?
As long as they keep providing entitlements to the population of Chicago , nothing is going to change, except the state will go broke before the country does.”