Archive for September, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau delegated work to outside groups for the federal 2010 census. Following the release of undercover videos showing ACORN workers helping a fake pimp and prostitute illegally secure housing, the Census Bureau terminated its partnership with ACORN. The House and Senate voted to block federal funding for ACORN and ACORN-related affiliates, including SEIU. While the Census Bureau terminated its partnership with ACORN, it left its close connection with SEIU intact.
Given SEIU’s co-location with ACORN in Chicago and SEIU’s intimate financial relationship with ACORN, we should take action to protect the public from the corruption of the 2010 census. To defend the integrity of the process, the Census Bureau should end its close relationship with ACORN’s close sister organization, the SEIU.
Official filings show that SEIU, referenced in the U.S. Attorney’s indictment of Governor Rod Blagojevich, contributed more than $4 million to ACORN and its affiliates since 2006. According to recent Department of Labor filings, the SEIU employs ACORN Founder and ACORN International Chief Organizer Wade Rathke. Mr. Rathke was recently exposed for running a cover-up of an embezzlement scheme run by his brother.
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We all know that President Obama has a Republican problem, namely the 200 or so Republican members of Congress who refuse to go along with his health care reform plans. However, I think he might also be developing a republican problem. Namely, I think he is having trouble keeping his ego within the boundaries of an office that fundamentally reflects the republican quality of this country.
It is difficult to nail down precisely what “republicanism” means. It has had different meanings in different places at different times. In the United States, it conjures up the notion of self-government: the people are capable of ruling themselves, and the authority of the leaders derives from the consent of the governed, rather than some aristocratic pedigree or superior position in life.
The evidence of American republicanism is all around us. Consider, for instance, the title of address for the President of the United States. Originally, Federalists like John Adams desired a grand title, something like “His Highness.” However, the simple phrase “Mr. President” was ultimately adopted.
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Democrats aren’t satisfied with the one-party state in which they control Congress and the White House and can politicize the Justice Department and take over the banking and automotive industries. Now liberal Democrats are pushing a court-packing scheme as well.
A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday on the proposed Federal Judgeship Act of 2009 (S. 1653), which would create positions for 63 new federal judges – 51 in federal district courts and 12 in appeals courts. This proposal is nothing less than a sneaky equivalent of what President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried with his infamous court-packing power grab on the Supreme Court in 1937. The only slight difference is that this attempt is more under the radar.
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Help us get the word out.
Obviously, the “main stream” media are hard of hearing and seeing. About 2 million mad-as-hell taxpayers assembling in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever (most well-behaved ever, most respectful ever) protest did not make it onto their radar screens (or our TV screens). They need our help. Maybe we cannot repeat an assembly of 2 million mad-as-hell taxpaying patriots in one place, but surely those who longed to go and couldn’t would love to be a part of Operation “Can You Hear Us Now?” I’ll bet for every one patriot who went to D.C. there are 10-20 more who wished they could have been there as well.
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President Obama demeans the office of the presidency by traveling to Denmark, where he will reduce himself to the role of Billy Mays pitchman in the U.S. bid to win the 2016 Olympic games for Chicago.
The greatest asset a president of the United States has is his credibility and his time. I know because I had the privilege of being the “gate keeper” for President George W. Bush.
I was Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling, Vetting and Research. I was responsible for Mr. Bush’s time management and planning. As such, I was acutely aware of how valuable and important the time of the president of the United States is.
Everyone wants the president’s time but there is only a certain amount of it that is available. It is worth its weight in gold and is a finite commodity and thus, must be protected and used wisely.
We had a saying in the White House, that if you wanted to see the president, you never will, however, if you need to see the president, you always will. The only question is to how much time you would be given.
The questions we wrestled with everyday when the senior staff wanted the president to do something went like this: is this the best use of his time, is he the right person to be doing this, is the timing right, how will it be perceived by the public and the press, and will it advance policy?
The last minute decision by the president and his staff to sell the Olympic committee on Chicago is a mistake. It fails the five-prong test I alluded to above. Here’s why:
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Reps. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., both openly gay, are pushing a bill in Congress that will give gays and transsexuals federal protections from bias in the workplace.
According to Frank, opponents of the legislation frequently accuse the gay rights proponents of pushing a “radical agenda.”
“Trying to get a job or join the military has not been the hallmark of radicalism,” Frank told the House Education and Labor Committee.
The military along with religious groups and businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt under the proposed law.
But opponents warn the bill’s language is too murky and could lead to an explosion in lawsuits.
“It does not take a legal scholar to recognize that such vaguely defined protections will lead to an explosion in litigation and inconsistent judicial decisions,” said Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the committee’s top Republican.
Craig Parshall, the general counsel for the National Religious Broadcasters, opposes the bill. He warned that it would subject religious groups to “a crazy quilt” of inconsistent court rulings and put a ‘chilling pall” over their activities.
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WASHINGTON — The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has secured a special deal protecting his state against the costs of expanding Medicaid under one of the major health care bills moving through Congress.
Mr. Reid, a Democrat, complained about the impact on Nevada when the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, unveiled his bill on Sept. 16.
Now Mr. Baucus has modified the bill to spare Nevada and three other states, and Mr. Reid, who faces a potentially difficult race for re-election next year, is taking credit for getting a “major increase” in federal money for his state.
The Senate bill, like a companion measure in the House,
would expand Medicaid to cover childless adults, parents and other people with incomes less than 133 percent of the poverty level, or $29,327 for a family of four. The federal government would pay most of the new costs — anywhere from 77 percent to 95 percent, with a higher share in poorer states, in the first five years.
Under Mr. Baucus’s original proposal
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Subsequently, under questioning by Cashill on a nationally-syndicated radio program, Andersen averred that two separate sources in Hyde Park confirmed to him the story of sending the notes and tapes to Ayers.
The “conservative” Fox News Channel (FNC) has hired Marc Lamont Hill, a public supporter of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, as a paid “analyst” and “contributor.” He has appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor,” hosted by Bill O’Reilly, more often than other FNC programs.
A member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA), a group that worked with the communist terrorist Weather Underground, Assata Shakur, also known as Joanne Chesimard, killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster “execution style” (web site) by shooting him in the head as he lay wounded by gunfire, according to the State Troopers Association of New Jersey. She was convicted of murder and went to prison but escaped to Cuba.
The Officer Down Memorial Page (web site) features a page in honor of Foerster. He was only 34 years old when he was killed. The killer is still “at large,” being protected by Communist Cuba.
The decision to feature Hill as a paid FNC commentator has infuriated supporters of the police and law enforcement.
Hill, a fast-talking commentator, is described on his own website as someone who specializes in hip-hop culture and “started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students.” It also says that he works with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, “focusing on drug informant policy.” The ACLU favors legalization of all drugs.
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Democrats don’t want you to know what’s in there.
By Mark Hemingway
Congressional Democrats are proposing a sweeping overhaul of the American health-care system, which represents about 17 percent of the U.S. economy. You might think they would feel a responsibility to explain the precise implications of this legislation to the American people before it comes to a vote.
But after one week of hearings in the Senate Finance Committee — presided over by the legislation’s principal author, committee chair Sen. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) — it’s become obvious that Senate Democrats want to pass this bill in a hurry, and that hiding the contents from the American people is an instrumental part of their attempt to do so.
The lack of transparency is stunning. Let us count the ways.
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The New York Times published a massive, 8,100-word profile of the Obamas’ best friend and Chicago crony, Valerie Jarrett.
The author, Robert Draper, laments that “[o]ver a four-month period of reporting, I struggled to understand Jarrett’s ineffable raison d’etre in the Obama White House.”
Four months. More than 8,000 words. Several glossy, high-fashion photos.
And he still couldn’t figure out that the “ineffable raison d’etre” of Valerie Jarrett, a Daley-trained politico and consigliere, is power.
Four months. More than 8,000 words. Several glossy photos.
But not a word about Jarrett’s involvement in Michelle Obama’s patient-dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Jarrett sat of the board of directors.
And not a word about Jarrett’s involvement in Grove Parc — the Chicago slum complex managed by Jarrett’s company, Habitat, Inc. To this day, Jarrett refuses to answer questions about the dilapidated housing development.
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At the White House briefing today, spokesman Robert Gibbs touted the “tangible economic benefits” of the Obamas’ Chicago Crony Olympics bid.
Well, there would certainly be “tangible economic benefits” for certain Chicago crony developers — like Michael Scott, Jr.
And fellow business crony Gerald Fogelson.
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Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem.
It was, after all, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s brilliant “brains trust” advisers whose policies are now increasingly recognized as having prolonged the Great Depression of the 1930s, while claiming credit for ending it. The Great Depression ended only when the Second World War put an end to many New Deal policies.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Hello Barry. I’ve decided to write you a few questions in response to the unsolicited emails I keep getting from BarackObama.com. Since most of your form emails concern health care I’ll confine most of my questions to one health-related subject: Abortion.
1. Did you know that about 150 young black people were admitted to Howard University School of Law this year? But, unfortunately, about 1370 black babies were aborted today. How can we effect “social justice” if the health profession kills far more blacks than the legal profession is currently accepting into its ranks?
2. Isn’t abortion sort of like liberalism in a nutshell? It’s just a way of asking others to suffer the consequences of your own bad decisions.
3. Doctors are supposed to save lives and not take them. Shouldn’t abortion doctors then be required to take the hypocritical oath?
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Patrick Gaspard, considered one of the most powerful figures in the Obama White House, is a “longtime ACORN operative” and former union official, according to a report posted Monday on the American Spectator’s online blog.
Gaspard’s name recently surfaced as the official President Obama dispatched to urge beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson not to run for another term. Paterson insists he’ll continue to run for governor even without Obama’s support.
Gaspard has extensive ties to organized labor and community-organizing groups. One measure of his influence in the White House: He holds the same “political affairs director” title that belonged to Karl Rove during the Bush administrationRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Why is everything Obama wants to do a “crisis” or “has to be done immediately or else” except send more troops? Mr. President, trust your Military advisors.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
CBN.com – IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM
Never before have there been such jarring headlines, distressing news and slumping world economies which have caused people to be on edge. American investors lost $6.9 trillion in the stock market in 2008, which is one half of the total weath of the United States. In 2009, 30 percent of the Forbes magazine list of billionaires dropped off. The net worth of households fell by $11.2 trillion in 2008, and we have seen the steepest decline in the housing market since 1951 and in stocks since 1946. The best of times have become the worst of times. Dr. Jeremiah says that in the middle of these chaotic events and a volatile economic future, people can continue to live a life of confidence and commitment. “We serve a loving heavenly Father who wants us to know that this world and its troubles will not last forever,” he says.
Dr. Jeremiah reminds us that in the midst of these troubling times it is important to stay calm. “The Bible tells us that we have a God who calms the storm. In John 14, He tells us, ‘Let not your hearts be troubled,’” says Dr. Jeremiah.
As we attempt to move through these chaotic days, it is important to remember that we cannot place our faith in any of this world’s establishments or institutions. “As we wait for His return, we trust Him to care for our every need,” says Dr. Jeremiah.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
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