Book by modern Republicans: Download “Room to Grow”
NATIONAL: Smith – Warmists meet desperation; Nicholas – Libs don’t trust Hillary; Erickson – McConnell for Senate; Rucker & Costa – GOP gains strength?; Barnes – Some juggernaut; Thiessen – the 2016 policy brawl.
ISLAM: Geller – Posters on buses.
IRS: Boortz – Abolish the income tax.
HEALTH CARE: Cloward-Piven at the VA; Drudge stories; York – Can’t fire Shinsecki?
PA: Brody – Education; Yurchak – Dearest Tom; Yurchak – Getting to your legislator; Chokshi & Wilson – PA Marriage laws; Pennington – Charter school lawsuit.
END NOTES: Erickson – Part-time for God; Brody – Banama’s next job.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: AFP in Harrisburg, June 4th; Patriot Picnic, June 21st; Red State – August 8-10.
“. . . at this point that the GOP isn’t a big tent or even a coalition – it’s a torus, an ever-expanding donut-shaped object that’s empty in the middle.
“The hole is where principles used to be, because flexibility comes at the price of purity. McConnell successfully neutralized challenger Bevin by being unafraid to grovel: he not only took junior Senator Rand Paul’s endorsement and staff, for example, but he also put up with their eye-rolling (and nose-holding) in exchange for that support. . .” Ana Marie Cox
Repeal 16: TEA Party Patriots – Dump the IRS
“Room to Grow”: “The LAUNCH EVENT features Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, Mike Lee and Tim Scott”
“The YG Network, National Affairs and the American Enterprise Institute are hosting a launch event at AEI’s offices this (Thursday) morning. The House Majority Leader Cantor will discuss his “An America that Works” agenda, including the need for legislative plans to tackle higher health care and college costs. Jonathan Martin’s curtain-raiser on A18 of the Times: http://goo.gl/PPduY1. Download the full book: http://goo.gl/7kMm4C.
FIRST LOOK – McConnell will highlight three bills he wants to pass: “Today isn’t primarily about tactics. It’s about our shared commitment to making life a little easier for the working poor and for the broad American middle class through concrete policies…For my part, I’ve pressed for legislation in recent months that addresses a variety of concerns among the voters in my state. The Family Friendly and Workplace Flexibility Act, which I introduced with Senator Ayotte, would allow working mothers to enter into a voluntary agreement with their employer whereby they would be able bank overtime compensation in the form of time-off rather than more pay. The Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Act would provide more and better educational choices to families who’ve made it very clear to me how disappointed they are in their current options …And then there’s the National Right to Work Act, a bill I’ve co-sponsored with Senator Paul, which would eliminate a federal rule that requires the employees of certain companies to join a union or to pay union dues whether they want to or not.” Watch the livestream (event starts at 9 am ET, the senator speaks at 10): http://goo.gl/tm1QFh.
NATIONAL . . .
Kyle Smith, Forbes: “Global Warming Alarmists Are Getting Desperate”
Rats in a chamber: Rattus gets water or food depending on his pressing a lever. But, not every response feeds or waters him. Instead he can be rewarded by how many presses he makes or by the passing of time. Many interesting things happen, even when the food or water is cut off. Rattus increases his rate of responding, then takes rests, then attacks the lever.
Sounds like the warmists are facing some extinction because the rest of us don’t respond to their warnings about our own extinction! It probably won’t help to laugh at them.
“. . .In the face of the inconvenient truths that hurricane activity has been on the decline and there was a frustratingly dismal season of storms for alarmists last year, that record cold temperatures last winter can hardly be blamed on global warming , that the slowing rate of increase in global temperatures is on the verge of falling beneath even the lowest projections of virtually all climate-change models, the alarmists are trying to keep global warming hysteria hot by throwing pocketbook issues into the furnace. That’s why we’re seeing a major uptick in global bathos, via headlines like “Climate Change May Be Killing Our Fancy Coffee.” Oh well, Maxwell House struck everybody as good enough for 80 years. The progressives at ThinkProgress warn of a possible guacapocalypse at Chipotle due to climate change. Is “Your Breakfast Under Assault from Climate Change“? Of course it is, you denier. Frosted Flakes prices could go up 20 percent….by 2030. Stockpile now! Or maybe give up Frosted Flakes and invest that money in future beachfront property in Orlando, because 2030 is also the year the alarmists tell us Miami is going underwater. (Really? From a sea-level rise of 3 mm per year? That adds up to 1.9 inches by 2030.) Oh, and if you think mankind can somehow muddle through climate change, you’re a Nazi.
“Even alarmist publications like The New York Times are forced sheepishly to correct other alarmists . . .”
Peter Nicholas, WSJ: “Liberals Press Hillary Clinton for Policy Specifics”
“They Want Her to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline and Spell Out Her Positions on Immigration and Financial Regulations
“Liberal groups say Hillary Clinton is a blank slate when it comes to certain policies and are pressing her to side with them on the Keystone XL pipeline, deportations, financial regulation and other matters.
The push for Mrs. Clinton to flesh out her views comes as she has stepped up her public appearances ahead of a likely campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. She has addressed college audiences in recent months, said goodbye to TV personality Barbara Walters on the set of the “The View,” and spoken to policy groups, such as the American Jewish Committee.
At some of those events, Mrs. Clinton has moved to shore up her foreign policy stances—sounding tough notes on Iran and Russia. But she has dipped into policy debates selectively, and the liberal groups want more details on where she stands on a range of matters.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “McConnell for Senate”
“I genuinely like and rooted for Matt Bevin. But his campaign made an early mistake that got amplified through the course of the campaign. He needed to give the reason ‘why him’ instead of ‘why not McConnell.’ Instead, he got beaten in the definition game, outspent, and overrun.
“Matt Bevin will not be the Republican nominee in Kentucky. As much as I wish he would be, all of us have to deal with reality. The reality is that it will be Mitch McConnell or Allison Grimes comes November. And I sure as hell don’t want Allison Grimes.
“So I will proudly support Mitch McConnell. I sent his campaign $250.00 today to help build the general election war chest. People tell me I’m a leader in the conservative movement. Sometimes leading means going where I’d prefer not to.
“At RedState we are always for the conservative in the primary and the Republican in the general election. Mitch McConnell will be that Republican and we will help him.
Philip Rucker & Robert Costa: WaPo: “Republicans receive boost in Senate primaries”
“On Tuesday, the most consequential day of voting so far this year, Democrats were left disappointed. GOP Senate candidates prone to making controversial statements lost to better-financed, more disciplined rivals with the potential to capitalize on Obama’s unpopularity and the troubles with his signature health-care law.
“Nowhere was this more evident than in Kentucky and Georgia, the only two states where Democrats think they can win Senate seats held by Republicans. Democrats had hoped McConnell would emerge from the primary campaign badly bruised, if not defeated, but he prevailed Tuesday largely unscathed and conservative groups quickly called for party unity.
“And in Georgia, Democrats were banking on Republicans nominating a candidate so far to the right that he or she would alienate suburban centrist voters. But the two contenders considered to have the broadest general-election viability — businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston — advanced to a July 22 runoff, complicating Democrat Michelle Nunn’s path to victory.
“Upcoming primary elections are likely to yield similar results. . .”
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard: “Some Juggernaut”
“Democrats look awfully frantic for a party with history on its side
“Democrats think they are the party of the future. After a last hurrah for Republicans in this year’s midterm elections, Democrats will have a commanding majority at the polls as far as the eye can see. A rising tide of minority, young, female, and affluent liberal voters assures them of this. And perhaps it will.
“But Democrats aren’t acting like a political party on the brink of taking over the country. They’re unnerved and unhappy. Their chief motivation these days is to make Republicans look bad. Ideological fissures are dividing them on health care, energy, and charter schools. President Obama’s second term keeps getting worse. He’s lost interest in bipartisan compromise. His agenda is largely rhetorical.
“If you think Obama and Democrats in Congress are getting along well at the moment, forget it. Meanwhile, the wheels are beginning to come off the bandwagon to boost Hillary Clinton as the next president. Senate majority leader Harry Reid is obsessed with the Koch brothers. He fears they’ll hasten a Republican takeover of the Senate by outspending even his Senate Majority PAC. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is befuddled on how to handle the special committee investigating the Benghazi affair.
“Democrats are increasingly living in a fantasy world. . .”
Marc Thiessen, WaPo: “The coming 2016 foreign policy brawl”
“Conservative national security hawks should be rooting for Hillary Rodham Clinton to throw her hat in the ring in 2016. That’s because a Clinton campaign would spark the first major foreign policy battle in a presidential election in decades — and the first GOP primary fight over national security since the 1970s.
“Polls show that just 2 percent of Americans say foreign policy is their top priority — far behind the economy, jobs and health care. But if Clinton is the Democratic nominee, then the GOP will have to run against her record — and central to that record was her tenure as secretary of state.
“Even Clinton’s most ardent defenders can’t name a single accomplishment she had during her four years at the helm of the State Department. And given Benghazi, don’t look for Clinton to brag, as President Obama did in 2012, about how Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaeda is on the run.
“But Republicans can’t simply criticize Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi debacle. They will have to present a broad critique of her foreign policy leadership — from her failed ‘reset’ with Russia, to her calling Syrian dictator Bashar Assad a ‘reformer,’ to the Obama administration’s failure to impose meaningful sanctions on Iran, to its general inability to grasp significance of Arab uprisings in the Middle East, and to its more than $1 trillion in defense cuts that are decimating our military. . .”
ISLAM . . .
Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative
“DC Metro transit made it hard — multiple and repeated demands for substantiation of every claim in our ads before they would accept the ad. We happily provided it all. The libelous antisemitic ad (see below) that American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) ran did not have to provide substantiation. The MTA had no problem running their vicious antisemitism. Their ad is nothing but proof of their hate. . .”
IRS . . .
Neal Boortz, “Abolish the Income Tax”
“Have you figured out yet how to ignore our government’s pathetic attempt at managing our nation’s business? I haven’t and I am furious about the utterly disgusting way in which they are treating the political targeting of non-profit citizen groups by the IRS and certain members of Congress.
“It seems like every day we hear new revelations of utterly nauseating acts against We the People.
“So I am doing something.
“I am calling on Congress to finally stand with the American people and enact the FairTax® NOW!
“I am also demanding the U.S. Department of Justice uphold federal law by bringing to justice anyone and everyone involved in the IRS targeting of conservative non-profits. I don’t care if someone is a Member of Congress or not. Federal employment is not a free pass to break the law!
I am continuing my active support of Americans For Fair Taxation® (AFFT) and I hope you will too!
“As I have said before, the FairTax represents the greatest transfer of power since 1776. Washington’s political class won’t let go without a fight, but I firmly believe the FairTax will prevail!
HEALTH CARE . . .
Cloward-Piven Finds the VA
Again we have an example of swamping a government agency in order to make it bigger. The bigger the mess, the better Obama likes it! Is he faltering now or is he laughing in the dark?
The VA (Drudge Report 5/22/14)
California Vet Can’t Get Care Under Obamacare… Man with cancer dies after 4-month delay… SURVEY: ER visits up… ‘Scared’ Miami VA Whistleblower Exposes Drug Dealing, Theft, Abuse… Director of Phoenix Hospital Where Vets Died Received $8,500 Bonus in April… Obama knew extent of problems in 2008… KRAUTHAMMER ‘The Buck Stops Nowhere’… Dems Call for Secretary’s Resignation…
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Amid growing Veterans Affairs scandal, why Eric Shinseki is hard to fire”
“Some Washington insiders expected President Obama to announce the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki after the two men met in the Oval Office this morning. Yet even with the VA hospitals scandal gathering momentum each day, Obama chose to keep Shinseki in place. Why?
“There are several reasons. First, Shinseki is a decorated veteran himself, a retired four-star general and former Army Chief of Staff who was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Members of Congress, and all Americans for that matter, view that record with respect. Second, heading the VA is a tough and unglamorous job, and finding a good candidate to replace Shinseki will not be easy; it’s not something Obama wants to do if he doesn’t have to. And third, even if a top-tier candidate agreed to take the job, cleaning up the VA mess will be a difficult task given federal government personnel rules that make it virtually impossible for the secretary to fire workers involved in the scandal.
“But there’s another reason Shinseki is hard for the president to dismiss. The retired general has for years been a particular hero to Obama’s supporters on the left for his conflict with the George W. Bush administration during the run-up to the war in Iraq. . .”
PA . . .
James Brody: Education – “I yam what I yam”
By the time that your kids are eight years old, some eighty-five percent of what makes them different rests with genetics, genetics that leads the kid to make his environment. Parenting, thus, is not only a matter of training the child but also of his/her training the parents. Think how hard we all work to get a smile from an eight-pound invader, even if the invader belongs to someone else! By the time our alien is eight, he/she selects the books, tapes, songs, websites, and toys that make sense to him/her while ignoring, avoiding, begging, or lying to avoid rules that don’t make sense. Cell phones and tablets replace demanding adults. Of course, when he/she is thirty-five, the lectures from mom or dad may reappear much to the new adult’s bewilderment: “OMG, I sound just like my parents!”
“Education” from adult warriors, football coaches, or even special ed teachers is intended to eliminate differences between the players. Education, however, never achieves that goal. Although it may reduce some differences, it also magnifies others: the best player, singer, writer, or slipstick jockey becomes even more superior. And our prattle about “learning styles” is a surrender to the differences that occur between our students. College will not bring wealth to every student, most students – even adults – will drop college, and our nation limps into financial darkness because we do not have machinists, welders, drillers, carpenters, mechanics, and designers.
Popeye had it right and, thank whatever Gods may be, Common Core couldn’t change him.
Murray, Charles (2008) Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality. NY: Crown.
Professor X (2011) In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. NY: Viking.
Joanne Yurchak: Dear Gov. Corbett
Original letter available from Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The fiscal impact of Common Core implementation is critical.(p.1)
“The initial costs for implementation and ongoing execution of the CCSS will be prohibitive, resulting in massive unfunded mandates at a time when our Commonwealth is facing severe budgetary problems, including an exponentially expanding pension crisis.”
“Numerous misrepresentations and misleading statements have been made by the PDE regarding the CCSS. (p.2)
“The PA legislature was bypassed completely in the decision to implement CCSS in PA. (p.3)
“The PA State Board of Education (an unelected committee) “adopted” federally-controlled CCSS in math and English (ELA) on 7/1/2010 with an effective date of putting them into place of 7/1/2013.”
“The fact that an unelected committee such as the PDE made such a momentous decision with little if any input from our elected officials in the State Legislature and from Pennsylvania’s citizens was a subversion of the democratic process.”
“The CCSS were not field-tested or validated before states (including PA) signed onto them. (p.3)
“There is no empirical evidence that implementation of the CCSS will improve our educational system or learning outcomes.”…”The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wouldn’t consider allowing the distribution of a drug to the general populace without extensive field-testing. Why should our students be used as guinea pigs in a pricey educational experiment to determine whether the latest educational design works?”
“Controlling standards results in controlling curriculum. (p.4)
“With Common Core, the ‘devil is in the details.’ Theoretically, it is only standards that PA must align with the national CCSS. In actuality, the federal government will be able to control the Common Core curriculum by virtue of the fact that the results of the assessments that are based on the relatively inflexible CCSS standards are tied to funding.”
“Increasing federal control will ultimately lessen or eliminate the influence of parents and local school boards on the educational process. (p.5)
“The inordinate amount of time spent on assessments is educationally unsound. (p.6)
“Potential violations of student privacy due to data collection must be addressed. (p.6)
“It is astounding that educrats continue to devise and implement transformational educational initiatives that too often result in a myriad of deleterious consequences for our schools and students at great expense to taxpayers. Unfortunately, Common Core appears to be the granddaddy of them all. Ultimately, parents and taxpayers will wake up and Common Core will go the way of other abject failures like Outcome Based Education, the “New Math,” and No Child Left Behind, but not before years of educational opportunities for our children have been sacrificed and billions of dollars have been wasted funding this costly, untested experiment. It’s noteworthy and germane that every time a new educational initiative is devised and implemented, educational enterprises and innumerable businesses make huge profits on the backs of taxpayers. Profitmaking opportunities wouldn’t be the reason for continually proposing and implementing these educational transformations, would it?”
“The implementation of this disastrous initiative must be STOPPED – not just renamed — before the harm it is doing to our educational process cannot be reversed. Our children must not be used as guinea pigs in an educational experiment!”
Joanne Yurchak: Information for Contacting Legislators (Updated May, 2014)
“To find out who your legislators are in order to E-Mail or call for any issue:
Access the web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm
- Type in your home address and click on GO
- You will see the identities of your Representative in the PA House, your State Senator, your United States Representative, and the Districts of each.
- Contacting Legislators for Education (Common Core) Issues
- You should contact your OWN state senator and your OWN state representative, obtaining the contact information as described above. In addition, it would be a good idea to contact every person on the Senate Education Committee and every person on the House Education Committee to express your concerns about Common Core and/or to provide specific examples for them. It’s best to provide examples specific to what’s happening in PA and your local schools, unless you think what’s happening elsewhere could affect PA eventually.
- If you want to E-Mail them as a group, you can just copy and paste the E-Mail addresses given below in the “To” field of an E-Mail. Note that the E-Mail addresses can also be copied and pasted from the first page of the attached pdf file.
- A complete list of the names, phone numbers and E-Mail addresses of the senators and representatives on the Education Committees is included on the second and third pages of the attached pdf file which you can download to your hard drive.
- E-Mail Addresses for PA House Education Committee Members (for copying and pasting):email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,RepSantarsiero@pahouse.net,email@example.com,Wtallman@pahousegop.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com(There are 12 members on the Senate Committee.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- E-Mail Addresses for PA Senate Education Committee Members (for copying and pasting):
- (Make sure you copy all of the E-Mail addresses below. You will have to move your cursor far to the right to copy all of them! There should be 25 names for the House members. If you have a problem, you can also copy them from the first page of the attached document.)
Niraj Chokshi & Reid Wilson, WaPo: “Federal judge overturns Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban”
“A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, handing gay rights advocates their second legal victory in as many days and striking the last remaining ban in the Northeast.
“The state’s laws, which ban same-sex marriages, were struck down as unconstitutional by U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III, who ruled in favor of the 23 plaintiffs whose lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others.
“‘We are a better people than what these laws represent,’ Jones wrote of same-sex marriage bans in his ruling, drawing comparisons between the civil rights movement and the modern gay marriage movement. ‘It is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.’
“Judge Jones was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush, according to his court biography. He also reportedly came recommended by then-Sen. Rick Santorum, a politician noted for his strong opposition to homosexuality. . .”
Maura Pennington, PA Independent: “PA Supreme Court pushes forward charter school’s lawsuit against Philly”
“PHILADELPHIA — The relationship between the School District of Philadelphia and the 86 public charter schools in the city has grown strained as financial struggles have intensified.
Now, the state Supreme Court has stepped in.
“In March, a charter school filed a lawsuit against the district and the School Reform Commission over the legality of the SRC’s suspensions of the school code to enforce enrollment caps and withhold per-pupil payments.
“West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School requested a preliminary injunction to prevent the school district from taking action against the school. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted that last week, moving the case forward.
“The outcome could be relevant to the entire charter sector in Pennsylvania. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Erick Erickson: “A Small Prayer Request”
“I have put off the idea of going to seminary each time it has popped into my head. But in the last few months have felt more strongly convicted than ever. So I applied. Yesterday, the Reformed Theological Seminary’s Atlanta campus accepted me as a student and I will begin work on my Masters in Biblical Studies. I would value and appreciate your prayers.
“I may not complete the degree, but I think given how much I am writing and speaking on faith that I should get some deeper education in Christian theology.
“I will not be leaving RedState, radio, or television and I will only be taking a part time load with no Greek and Hebrew. I have duties and obligations here and elsewhere I intend to keep.
“But you all are family to me and I think I owe it both to you and myself to do this that I might be able to glorify God more fully in this multidimensional platform of a career God has blessed me with. I never expected to be here or behind a microphone or in front of a camera. But I am. My conscience has convicted me that I need a greater education in these matters of faith I find myself more often discussing.
“Thanks to many of you for the encouragement. Now the hard part begins.”
James Brody: Banama’s Next Job
“The fundamental question for large organizations – what belongs to an individual employee and what to the organization? And the problem is even more complex for government agencies because the taxpayer has a claim on documents and data for which an employee (receptionist, representative, senator, or president) was paid.
“Private companies often have ‘non-compete’ clauses for employees – they cannot work for another, similar business and all files stay behind in a drawer or on a computer drive. Federal employees, however, are exceptional and have the options of working for a lobby group, a non-governmental organization, or for themselves. The Clintons, for example, removed truckloads of notes and files acquired during their years in office and turned them into books and lectures . . . sometimes for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“In most countries a departing official – if still alive – takes whatever he/she can put into his/her Swiss account or suitcase. America, however, has the inconvenience of removing office holders every few years. This nuisance is the welcome outcome from a thousand years of private property in English-speaking nations (Hannan, 2013; Phillips, 1999). It also is an opportunity for avarice, disloyalty, and intrigue.
“A conflict, thus, exists between the future plans of a departing official (and his family, and his staff) and the view that public servants leave behind tools and records because the taxpayer wrote his/her check. . . .”
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