Saturday, February 26, 2011

op ed review 2/27


Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to end collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threatened to trigger as many as 12,000 layoffs beginning next week unless lawmakers enact his plan.

Thousands of Tea Partiers gathered in Madison, in an effort to rally support for Republican Gov. Walker’s deficit reduction plan.

“Public employees in Wisconsin are paid and pensioned far better than their counterparts in the private sector. The state is facing multi-billion-dollar deficits. The old calculus that employees in the public sector are paid a bit less since they have job security and work for the community at large seems topsy-turvy: Now they are paid more and are fraudulently calling in sick to go on strike, apparently in the belief that lay-offs or higher taxes for others are preferable to themselves paying modest increases for their most generous benefits.”

What happened to civility?? Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

“….one Senator told me they had been told to clear the Capitol because the new groups coming in overnight are filled with people "who aren't afraid to be arrested"”

Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14).

The Obama administration announced that it has pulled its legal support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the law fails to meet constitutional scrutiny standards and therefore the administration is under no obligation to defend it.

“By refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, President Barack Obama is essentially gambling that the culture-war truce many Republicans have observed in recent months will hold through the 2012 election.”

A job typically filled by a woman, the White House has chosen the first-ever gay man to be the next White House Social Secretary.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has used $650 million in stimulus funds to pay for an anti-obesity program. This is money borrowed from China.

The Tennessee state Senate has passed a measure that would allow Tennesseans to opt out of the federal health care law.|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

A three-story high billboard put up in New York City is causing a stir. The billboard reads: “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb”. The billboard is part of a national campaign sponsored by the anti-abortion group “Life Always” and hangs about a half-mile from a Planned Parenthood facility.

??? Former Washington State Republican Party Chair Luke Esser, who lost reelection to Kirby Wilbur last month, is now lobbying Olympia for the SEIU, one of the biggest supporters of Democrats and liberal causes in Olympia.

The Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee became the first state legislative committee in the nation to pass a package of bills intended to challenge the practice of granting citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants.

President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.

In the UK, the Labor Party’s open-door immigration policy led to the largest population explosion since the Saxon invasion more than 1,000 years ago.

In Michigan, state education officials have ordered the Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that balances the district's books by closing half its schools.

As teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying. Free-spending United Federation of Teachers brass last year spent nearly $1.4 million for the UFT's 50th anniversary gala.

It’s being called the Walmart of weed: a 10,000-square-foot Sacramento gardening emporium that opens Saturday with how-to experts and merchandise to help medical marijuana patients grow pot.

Some Montanans have had enough of medical marijuana, saying their state’s image as a rugged cowboy frontier is being replaced by a fast-growing pot culture.



Steve McCann 2/20

The "Madison Uprising" is the beginning of the end of the incestuous relationship between government and the unions. That fact has been recognized by the public sector unions and the Democratic Party and is why they have pulled out all the stops and reverted to their 1960's playbook in order to maintain the status quo. However, it is a battle that the unions and the Democratic Party will lose regardless of the immediate outcome in Wisconsin.

The Democratic Party has sold its soul to the public sector unions. In the 2010 mid-term election, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees poured over $87 million dollars into the election. (A new spending record). AFSCME's $87 million was greater than the campaign spending by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($75 million) and American Crossroads ($65 million). Other public sector unions also ratcheted up their spending such as SEIU ($44 million) and the National Education Association ($40 million). The three major public sector unions spent over $171 million in the 2010 election plus an estimated $250 million equivalent value of so-called volunteer activity such as get out the vote efforts, door-to-door campaigning and poll watching.

There is nothing wrong with private people or organizations, including private unions, spending money on political campaigns as institutional sources are disclosed. However, AFSCME, the NEA, the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) or the public union sector of SEIU are government employees. Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers and a portion of their salaries go to union dues which are slush funds for political activity and the promotion of left-wing causes. In 2008 the NEA and the AFT made contributions and grants totaling over $96 million of union dues; all to liberal organizations irrespective of the desires of the rank and file or the taxpayer.

It is wholly inappropriate for public employees to spend dues money on political contributions. Public officials are chosen through popular elections and the government employee should be indifferent as to the outcome of the election. However, by maintaining such a heavy hand in not only monetary contributions but election activity the politician becomes too dependent upon the union largess and is essentially blackmailed into acquiescing to all the demands of the union, particularly pay and benefits which have sky-rocketed and are now unsustainable.

President Franklin Roosevelt, the Progressive icon, recognized this problem back in 1937. In a letter to Luther Steward, then President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, he wrote that "meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government". He went on to say that government employees should not have bargaining rights or a closed shop similar to private sector unions.

However, since the public sector unions were granted those rights beginning in the 1960's they have achieved the virtual ownership, together with the private sector unions, of the Democratic Party. In the 2010 election cycle, per the Center for Responsive Politics, AFSCME donated 99.5% of contributions to Democrats; The NEA donated 96% and the AFT, 99.7%. These dues were funneled to Democratic candidates who promised to raise workers salaries and hire more public sector workers-even though statistics show that total compensation for federal and state workers is nearly 50% higher than for private sector employees. Government workers have access to elected officials during negotiations to set wages and benefits and can hold the promise of campaign contributions over these politicians' heads during negotiations. There is, in effect, no one representing the taxpayer who is the source of all income to the government.

This means runaway compensation for government workers, higher taxes for the general public and higher deficits. The taxes go from the electorate to government paychecks to union dues-then to more campaign contributions until the state, municipality or the federal government faces bankruptcy. The clout of this unholy alliance was further on display when the unions were able to siphon off roughly $160 billion dollars of the 2009 stimulus to save the jobs of state and local workers.

The unseemly goings-on in Wisconsin portray, in microcosm, the disastrous policy of allowing government workers to unionize and bargain for wages and benefits. The unions are fighting to preserve their source of income and clout (i.e. union dues) and the Democrats have shown the world their cowardice and dependence by slinking out if the state in order to maintain their bought status. By these actions they have drawn back the curtain for all to see the true nature of this incestuous relationship and the impact on the future of the country.

It has taken Wisconsin and the near bankruptcy of the country and of many states and municipalities to finally awaken the American people to this fraud and theft. They must demand that public-sector unions can only be associations that can seek better workplace conditions or to facilitate employer-employee disputes but cannot have bargaining rights or mandatory dues.

For more good reading, Charles Krauthammer: Recognizing this threat to union power, the Democratic party is pouring money and fury into the fight. Private unions have shrunk to less than 7 percent of the working population. The Democrats’ strength lies in government workers, who now constitute a majority of union members and provide massive support to the party. For them, Wisconsin represents a dangerous contagion. Hence the import of the current moment — its blinding clarity. Here stand the Democrats, avatars of reactionary liberalism, desperately trying to hang onto the gains of their glory years — from unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62 to the massive promissory notes issued to government unions when state coffers were full and no one was looking. Obama’s Democrats have become the party of no. Real cuts to the federal budget? No. Entitlement reform? No. Tax reform? No. Breaking the corrupt and fiscally unsustainable symbiosis between public-sector unions and state governments? Hell no.”



"Yes, the so-called progressives truly believe that bringing American union workers into the 21st century in line with the rest of the workforce is tantamount to dictatorship. Yes, the so-called progressives truly believe that by walking off their jobs and out of their classrooms, they are 'putting children first.' If ever there were proof that public unions no longer work in the public interest, this is it."

-Michelle Malkin

"The fact that liberals support democracy in Egypt, but not in Iraq or Iran, can mean only one thing: Democracy in Egypt will be bad for the United States and its allies. (As long as we're on the subject, liberals also opposed democracy in Russia, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and all the Soviet satellite states, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Cuba, Grenada, Nicaragua and Minnesota.) Democrats are all for meddling in other countries -- but only provided a change of regime will harm U.S. national security interests……As Joe McCarthy once said, if liberals were merely stupid, the laws of probability would dictate that at least some of their decisions would serve America's interests."

-Ann Coulter



Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus. "Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran. Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.

President Obama has launched a massive pre-reelection year campaign to assemble and train an army of new community organizers to carry Obama's "movement forward for years to come.



Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.,0,3805722.story?track=rss

A Muslim cleric who once said “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House,” says he will lead a demonstration rallying Muslims to establish Sharia law across the United States.

A jury in Arizona convicted an Iraqi immigrant of second-degree murder for running over and killing his daughter in a case prosecutors called an `honor killing.' Prosecutors told jurors during the trial that he mowed down 20-year-old Noor Almaleki with his Jeep Cherokee because she had brought the family dishonor



The chief economist at Citigroup says "China should overtake the US to become the largest economy in the world by 2020, then be overtaken by India by 2050."



Bona fide Labor unions work within a free-market system, where firms compete for customers. Public works are noncompetitive, however. Workers who belong to public-sector unions conduct their labor negotiations without their employers facing any competitors. The U.S. Postal Service, for example, has a monopoly over first-class mail delivery; teachers at public schools work for monopolistic employers – student attendance is required, and funds are confiscated through taxation. As the saying goes, public workers have the taxpayers over a barrel – there are no alternatives, and, in most cases, one cannot refuse to deal with these workers.

Wisconsin’s public school teachers and the unions that represent them are saying budget cuts proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker would be devastating — but many of those teachers make more money than they’re letting on. The Daily Caller has broken out the salaries and benefits of teachers who have publicly entered the debate by commenting to the press.

“A wave of rational, common sense is sweeping the nation. Four states have rejected billions of dollars in federal money for high-speed rail construction, realizing long-term costs far outweigh wishful-thinking benefits. That's good news. The bad news is California political leaders, from Gov. Jerry Brown to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, want to spend the money wisely rejected by governors in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and most recently Florida, for California's own proposed high-speed train.”

Ever heard of the Solyndra solar-cell plant in Fremont, Calif.? Most people haven’t. That’s a shame, considering how much taxpayer money has been poured into it. Solyndra is in serious financial trouble. Despite getting a $535 million bailout - part of the taxpayer-funded “stimulus” - the company subsequently announced it would lay off more than 17 percent of its work force. It also had to close one of its manufacturing plants about a year after it got the money. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is launching an investigation.

As Congress begins to take up the Obama administration's defense budget, one item not even under discussion needs to be considered. Events of the past 18 months have made clear that it's time to rethink the fate of the F-22 Raptor. The presumptions that led the Senate to cancel funding for this fighter have been turned upside down, as new threats have emerged and old ones have become clearer.



National Journal’s “Most Conservative Members of Congress”



Leno: Congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on being elected mayor of Chicago. His first order of business after taking office will be to actually move to Chicago…The king of Saudi Arabia announced that he is giving his people $37 billion in subsidies and payments. It’s not a stimulus package, it’s a “don’t overthrow me” package…….I spent Presidents Day acting like a president. I took someone else’s money and spent it on something I don’t need.



"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

-C.S. Lewis

Saturday, February 19, 2011

op ed review 2/20


While other states have proposed bills curtailing labor rights, Wisconsin's measure is the boldest step by a new Republican governor and Legislature to solve budget problems by confronting organized labor. It would end collective bargaining for all state, county and local workers except for police, firefighters and the state patrol.

Democratic lawmakers fled Wisconsin Thursday in an effort to torpedo a closely watched vote on what would be the nation's first major overhaul of union laws in years. President Obama’s reelection organization was helping mobilize protesters.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, trying to close a $3.6 billion budget gap, fired back at President Obama, who accused the Republican governor of unleashing "an assault" on unions . "I think we're focused on balancing our budget. It would be wise for the president and others in Washington to focus on balancing their budget, which they're a long ways from doing," Walker told Fox News.

A prominent Tea Party group has announced that it will stage a counter-protest in Wisconsin on Saturday aimed at supporting a measure in that state to revoke public employee unions' collective bargaining rights and to force them to pay a slightly larger amount into their own health and pension plans.

The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.” Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.

Republicans launched this week the first of what they vow will be a series of attempts to use their control of the House of Representatives to defund the health-care overhaul law.

The House also passed an amendment that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) is seeking to pass a measure that would ban the federal government from using funds to challenge Arizona's new immigration law.

The House approved Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. The vote was 240-185 with 11 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against.

A former director and eight-year employee of Planned Parenthood has left the organization to join one of its chief nemeses — pro-life group Live Action. Live Action announced Wednesday that Abby Johnson would be coming aboard in the role of chief research strategist. The announcement comes after a series of video exposés, released by Live Action, showed Planned Parenthood staffers aiding pimps in the sex trafficking of under-aged girls.

President Obama‘s budget projects that 2011 will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history, or nearly $2 trillion, to reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That would be 102.6 percent of GDP — the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached.

In fiscal 2011, President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services alone is bigger than President Lyndon Johnson’s entire federal government.

Hundreds of millions of dollars from President Obama’s economic stimulus package are paying for television ads telling people to eat more veggies, quit cigarettes, lift dumbbells, and drink less soda. (This is money borrowed from China.)

The last three states to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses -- Washington, New Mexico and Utah -- are now steeped in battles to revise their laws as a federal deadline approaches for all 50 states to issue identity cards that meet a new national standard.

Arizona lawmakers are trying to widen the state's illegal immigration crackdown with a proposal to require hospitals to confirm whether patients are in the country legally.

Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he is open to the possibility of running for the seat of retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2012.

Switzerland has rejected tighter gun controls and will continue to allow citizens to keep army-issued weapons at home.,,14840041,00.html?maca=en-swissinfo_europe-3016-xml-mrss



Washington Times, 2/18

Message to Wisconsin taxpayers: President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have declared war on you. Message to other states: You're next.

The political unrest in Wisconsin, billed as some kind of grass-roots uprising, is being organized and directed by Barack Obama's Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee. This development is consistent with Mr. Obama's instructions for supporters to "get in the face" of those who oppose them, but in this case, they are seeking to derail a lawful legislative process.

On Thursday, 14 Democratic state lawmakers fled Wisconsin's capital to prevent the legislature from conducting official business. Dan Grandone, state director for the president's campaign apparatus, accused Gov. Scott Walker of "ignoring Wisconsin voices today and asking for the power to drown them out permanently tomorrow." It is important to note that the voices of which Mr. Grandone speaks are not those of the public at large. Voters sent an unmistakable message in November by taking solid majorities in the state Assembly and Senate away from Democrats and handing even greater control to Republicans. Mr. Walker, a Republican, won by six points.

That the protesters speak in a different voice can be seen in the signs they carry. Many compare Mr. Walker to Hitler, Mussolini or Hosni Mubarak. One placard had the slogan "Repeal Walker" with the governor's head in sniperscope cross hairs. This is the symbolism that Democrats recently denounced as "hate-filled rhetoric," and it is far from the voice of the public. It is rather the voice of an entitled class that seeks by any means to stop its free ride from coming to an end.

The public educators engaged in the demonstrations, many of whom earn more than $100,000 in salary and benefits, seem to think the normal rules of professional conduct do not apply to them. Many falsely called in sick to engage in self-serving political activism, apparently without fear of being disciplined. A group of Madison East High School students engaged in what a union organizer called an "unplanned walkoff" of the school grounds, but that the students said was organized truancy instigated by their teachers.

These demonstrations may be dramatic and TV-friendly, but White House operatives and their union cronies are on the wrong side of history. The American people are fed up with a sense of entitlement, waste and abuse in government service. Americans in the private sector have lost jobs, been forced to take pay cuts to continue working and have reduced spending just to make ends meet. Government workers face no such jeopardy and instead enjoy automatic raises, regardless of performance. The measures causing all the ruckus in Wisconsin would require public-sector employees (excluding police and firefighters) to contribute half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health care costs, which is a better deal than most Americans get. The public sector employees also would lose collective bargaining rights for anything other than pay. These are reasonable sacrifices to make in a time of fiscal crisis, and by resisting them, the demonstrators expose themselves as selfish and unreasonable.

The White House and its allies have backed similar demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, and more may be planned for other states. One can reasonably ask why Mr. Obama is spending his time seeking to undermine democratic processes in U.S. state legislatures and ignoring the pleas of Iranians trying to throw off the shackles of Islamic rule.

More good reading on this subject:

Larry Kudlow “The Democratic/government-union days of rage in Madison, Wis., are a disgrace. Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan calls it Cairo coming to Madison. But the protesters in Egypt were pro-democracy. The government-union protesters in Madison are anti-democracy; they are trying to prevent a vote in the legislature. In fact, Democratic legislators themselves are fleeing the state so as not to vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts.”

Jack Curtis, American Thinker “A careless airline pilot, a lazy waitress, a crash-prone cabdriver, an unproductive salesman, an innumerate cashier will all have to find other work. Poor teachers keep teaching and receiving raises as years go by and kids don't learn. Of course; they, with their unions, run the show…….Public schools are administered as though all teachers were similarly productive, an approach heavily reinforced by the unions….”



"It is difficult to explain to a culture rapidly forgetting its foundation why that foundation matters. While churches and schools have left instruction in Western Civilization behind, the recipients of its strong underpinnings float aimlessly trying to redefine the definite and ignore the irrefutable. And here it is: Western Civilization in general and America in particular was built on Judeo-Christian values. Those values shaped every area of life from government to finance to family. They brought order to all three. Government was no longer top-down, but of the people. People were free to 'pursue happiness' in part by choosing their own work. Judeo-Christian teaching taught them to work hard, make and keep contracts, treat employees fairly, pay an honest day's wage, and keep their word. Prosperity followed from those foundational principles."

-Sandy Rios

"It may be too late for Britain, as it may be too late for France and Germany. It isn't too late for the United States, though it is getting close. Too many American leaders suffer from the same weak-kneed syndrome that has gripped Britain. Who will tell immigrants to America that the days of multiculturalism are over and if they want to come to America, they must do so legally and expect to become Americans with no hyphens, no allegiance to another country, and no agenda other than the improvement of the United States?"

-Cal Thomas

"[B]ack in 1942, the Supreme Court said that because the federal government has the right to regulate interstate commerce, the Department of Agriculture could tell a farmer how much wheat he could grow, even if the wheat never left his farm and was consumed there by his family and their farm animals. That case was a landmark, whose implications reached far beyond farming. ... ObamaCare is another piece of Congressional legislation for which there is no federal authority in the Constitution. But when someone asked Nancy Pelosi where in the Constitution there was any authority for passing such a law, her reply was 'Are you kidding?' Two federal courts have now said that they are not kidding. The ultimate question is whether the Supreme Court of the United States will back them up. That may depend on how soon the case reaches the Supreme court. If the issue wends its way slowly up through the Circuit Courts of Appeal, by the time it reaches the Supreme Court, Obama may have put more of his appointees there -- and, if so, they will probably rubberstamp anything he does. He would therefore have done a complete end-run around the Constitution and be well on his way to becoming the Hugo Chavez of North America."

-Thomas Sowell



“Two and a half years after I started my exploration of Barack Obama's life and letters, my book length treatment of the same goes on sale today, “Deconstructing Obama: the Life, Loves, and Letters of America's First Postmodern President.””

“We caught up with the inestimable Ann Coulter at CPAC before she took to the stage. And she didn’t disappoint. Coulter on Keith Olbermann’s departure: “Very sad not being able to watch that pompous, prissy, ridiculous fruitcake on TV every night.” Coulter on her latest book, which drops in June: “It will give you an all new way of thinking of liberals.” Coulter on the thousands of young people at CPAC: “Doesn’t this give you hope for the future? You look out over the sea of beautiful, young right-wingers.” Coulter on free markets: “We’re not pro-business; we’re pro-competition.”

"Someone who knows what it's like to work for himself, and not let others feed off the profits of his energy." So begins the trailer for the movie version of "Atlas Shrugged," based on the book by Ayn Rand. It's coming to theaters April 15.



Democrats are understandably obsessed with Darrell Issa — he’s built himself up as a one-man investigative machine aimed straight at the Obama presidency. But a handful of liberal political operatives in California — including a former Hillary Clinton hand — are taking their anti-Issa passion to a whole new level, launching a nonprofit group, a website and even paid media advertisements aimed at undermining and investigating the rabble-rousing chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Democrats have tapped the political operative known as “Dr. Death” to lead a character assassination operation against Issa.

Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Clarence Thomas and Allen West, among others, have already felt the wrath of the righteous left for shattering its, and the media's, stereotypes of women and minorities as docile sheep of a paternalistic government.The latest example of leftist vitriol has Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, current radio talk-show host and possible 2012 GOP presidential contender, as its target. After Cain's rousing speech at CPAC, in which he shredded the tenets of big government and extolled the benefits of the free market, a leftist sewer on the Web, AlterNet, attacked him in a way that would make the Ku Klux Klan blush. The site attacked Cain as "a monkey in the window," one of those "black conservatives fascinating not because of what they believe, but rather because of how they entertain and perform for their White Conservative Masters." The rhetoric gets worse, and we will not repeat it, but you get the idea….”



Iranian lawmakers denounced Monday's protests in Tehran and called for the execution of two opposition leaders for inciting the demonstrations.

Since 2006, Pakistan has increased the size of its nuclear arsenal from 30-60 atomic bombs to approximately 110. That makes Pakistan the world’s fifth largest nuclear power ahead of Britain and France.



Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year with promises to cut spending and bolster the business climate now are beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power in decades for public employee unions. But as massive public protests and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin this week have shown, the Republican charge can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns as politicians try to transform campaign ideas into action.

So where the heck are all the jobs? Eight-hundred billion in stimulus and $2 trillion in dollar-printing and all we got were a lousy 36,000 jobs last month. That's not even enough to absorb population growth.

For more than a decade, passionate liberal activists have insisted that women scientists are victims of pervasive sex discrimination. In “Understanding Current Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in Science,” Cornell professors Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams provide a thorough analysis and discussion of 20 years of data. Their conclusion: When it comes to job interviews, hiring, funding, and publishing, women are treated as well as men and sometimes better. As Williams told Nature, “There are constant and unsupportable allegations that women suffer discrimination in these arenas, and we show conclusively that women do not.” Put another way, the gender-bias empress has no clothes. “a systematic demolition of most of the studies that sustain the science wing of the gender-bias movement.”

Dennis Prager: “It was difficult to control my emotions -- specifically, my anger -- during my visit to Vietnam last week. The more I came to admire the Vietnamese people -- their intelligence, love of life, dignity and hard work -- the more rage I felt for the communists who brought them (and, of course, us Americans) so much suffering in the second half of the 20th century. Unfortunately, communists still rule the country. Yet, Vietnam today has embraced the only way that exists to escape poverty, let alone to produce prosperity: capitalism and the free market.”

The UK’s Iain Duncan Smith: “It's time to end this addiction to benefits The welfare state must have work at its heart, not endless hand-outs… Today, the Government will publish a Bill which will set a new course for the welfare state. The foundations for the welfare system we have today were laid more than 60 years ago on the back of overwhelming public demand for a fairer society. But in the intervening years, those ideals have failed to translate into reality. We have a system where people too often are rewarded for doing the wrong thing, and those who strive to do the best by their families are penalized…….”

Ann Coulter: “The Middle East is on fire again….The major new development is that NOW liberals want to get rid of a dictator in the Middle East! Where were they when we were taking out the guy with the rape rooms? Remember? The one who had gassed his own people, invaded his neighbors and was desperately seeking weapons of mass destruction?...”



Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) gave a speech to close this year's Conservative Political Action Conference that earned a more enthusiastic reaction from conservative activists than those given by most rumored 2012 presidential hopefuls over the past three days. The first-term congressman brought the audience to its feet several times late Saturday, repudiating President Obama's social and economic policies and promising "a new dawn in America."

Here’s the video:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Friday summoned frustrated Americans to join together in a broad coalition to set the nation on a healthier fiscal and economic course. But Daniels, a Republican quietly weighing a presidential candidacy, did so in a cerebral call-to-arms by also asking a select audience of conservatives to welcome non-ideologues into the tent.

Mitt Romney got in several jabs at President Obama and emphasized his business credentials in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and hinted he'll run for president in 2012.

The national Conservative Political Action Conference bestowed its 2011 Ronald Reagan Award on Tom McCabe of Olympia over the weekend. The award recognizes each year “a conservative leader fighting in the trenches for the principles embodied by Ronald Reagan,” the group said in a news release after its yearly Reagan banquet.

Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, won the 2011 Washington Times/CPAC Straw Poll of 3,742 activists.



Good organization, not afraid to challenge the teachers’ union.



Jay Leno: American kids who work more than 21 hours a week at a job are more likely to get bad grades. In China, they call a kid that works 21 hours a week “lazy.”…..First lady Michelle Obama told "Regis & Kelly" she was expecting jewelry on Valentine's Day. She said it wouldn't be anything extravagant because Barack tends to be responsible when he's spending his own money……..Facebook is looking into buying Twitter for around $10 billion. If all goes as planned, the company hopes to combine the two companies, creating the biggest waste of time the world has ever seen……. Health officials are investigating the Playboy mansion after more than 80 guests at a party became sick with some strain of Legionnaires disease. If you spend a night at the Playboy mansion and all you get is Legionnaires disease, consider yourself lucky.



“If the authority to which he is subject resides in the body corporate, the college, or university, of which he himself is a member, and in which the greater part of the other members are, like himself, persons who either are, or ought to be, teachers; they are likely to make a common cause, to be all very indulgent to one another, and every man to consent that his neighbor may neglect his duty, provided he himself is allowed to neglect his own.”

-Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776

"We do have a rendezvous with destiny. Either we will preside over the great nightfall for all mankind, or we will accept the leadership that has been thrust upon us. I believe that is the obligation and responsibility of the Republican party today."

-Ronald Reagan

Saturday, February 12, 2011

op ed review 2/13


Take one: Repeal. Take two: Defund. That’s the GOP strategy for attacking Obamacare.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf testified before Congress Thursday that ObamaCare will cost 800,000 jobs.

Congressional Republicans opened a formal assault on the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, raising doubts about the legal, scientific and economic basis of rules proposed by the agency.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) failed to identify more than 800 criminal alien convicts eligible for deportation before they were released from U.S. prisons, including “many” of “the most egregious criminal aliens, who pose a significant pubic safety risk,” according to a report by the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Gov. Jan Brewer sued the federal government Thursday for failing to control Arizona's border with Mexico and enforce immigration laws, and for sticking the state with huge costs associated with jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that multiculturalism has failed. "My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure…..Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side….If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France…..We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him.” British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.

But in the US, the Department of Education has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the future.’ and offers grants to schools to teach it.

In an unprecedented and controversial move, the White House has launched a new program at the Department of Labor which will refer workers who have complaints about their bosses to a toll free number at the American Bar Association, where they can get a lawyer to work on their case on a contingency fee basis.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey shows 51 percent of registered voters believe President Obama will lose if he runs for re-election.

Top GOP oversight official Rep. Darrell Issa asked 150 industry groups which of President Obama’s regulations they think are impeding economic growth. The results are in: On Monday, Issa released 1,947 pages of almost unreadable letters from a slew of trade associations specifying complaints on government regulations that reach almost every part of American industry.

Sarah Palin is keeping her attacks loud and her intentions quiet. Palin, who claimed that the policies of the Obama administration have put the country on a “road to ruin” in a weekend address celebrating the centennial of former President Ronald Reagan’s birth, will bypass an assembly of the Conservative Political Action Committee this week in Washington.

"This is not the road to national greatness, it is the road to ruin," Palin said of the growth in government spending, budget deficits, joblessness and housing foreclosures under Obama. "The federal government is spending too much, borrowing too much, growing and controlling too much," she said.

Sen. Dick Lugar, the Indiana Republican who is constantly irritating conservatives, officially has a primary challenger.

Throwing the UK under the bus: The Obama administration has used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip with the Russians.



FRANK MIELE Daily Inter Lake 2/11/11

To sink or swim? That is the $15 trillion question.

It’s now up to the American people to decide whether the American experiment in self-government will stay afloat through reason and sacrifice or else sink into oblivion as a result of self-deception and greed. For a long time it looked like greed would win — not the supposed greed of people who succeed through hard work and smart decisions, but the greed of those who want something for nothing, who think that life owes them a good education, nice house, nutritious meals and an easy ride.

That certainly is not what was intended when the United States of America was founded. In fact, it is the opposite of the principle of liberty espoused by Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. It matters little whether the people looking for a free ride are royalty or the so-called proletariat. In either case, the free ride comes at the expense of the labor of someone else, usually the middle class, and thus at the expense of their liberty. So whether it is a king living the life of luxury in a palace or it is a welfare mother using food stamps and government handouts to subsidize 60-inch flat-screen TVs, Xbox game systems, and brand-new automobiles, it is a reflection of the exact same sense of entitlement. The king and the welfare mom both think they don’t have to work, and you do.

Fortunately, we don’t have to work for the king anymore, but we still have to work to support those who don’t want to work for themselves and for those who think they are entitled to more than they can afford.

For a while, the system even seemed to work. That was thanks to the Baby Boom after World War II. With more and more people entering the work force, the tax base kept growing fast enough to pay for the also rapidly increasing entitlements that federal law granted to everyone lucky enough to be born in America. But that was then; this is now. Now we have a shrinking or stagnant work force and a growing list of obligations — in particular the burgeoning obligations of a national debt rapidly approaching $15 trillion.

Ironically, one of the causes of the declining tax base in the last 30 years that has led to the debt crisis is the liberal abortion policy that has resulted in something like 50 million potential taxpayers not making it out of the womb alive (or in the case of partial-birth abortion, not for long).

But even under the best of circumstances, eventually every budget runs out of money. When this happens in a family or a business, dire decisions are made. Purchases long anticipated are delayed or done away with altogether. Employees are laid off. Vacations are canceled. Yard sales are held. Everyone understands that you can’t spend money you don’t have. But that is not the model for national governments. In fact, thanks to Keynesian economics, spending money you don’t have is actually encouraged. The worse off you get, the more money you spend.

It might even work — for a while. Except for one fly in the ointment — human nature……As a result of the greed factor, we also have to spend money on new debts that are incurred by the spiraling expectations of the welfare class for more privileges and more fulfillment of “human rights.”

And of course because the middle class is not a bunch of dummies, they eventually see the allure of being paid not to work, or being subsidized to obtain goods and services that are otherwise unrealistic. Thus the welfare class grows exponentially with the amount of money being allocated. Eventually you reach a point of absolute insolvency, at which time the system collapses. The only chance to avoid this fate is to face facts — something which human nature seems to stubbornly resist.

That, dear friends, is where we find ourselves in the year 2011. And it is now up to our beloved representatives in Congress to either introduce the American public to fiscal reality or to sign our economic death warrant.

Republicans in Congress seem to understand this — at least some of them do. Democrats, on the other hand, seem to think the debt star hurtling toward Earth is just more pie in the sky. They will keep spending other people’s money until they are flattened…….The problem, in essence, is that under the pressure of socialism’s plaintive wail in the 19th century, we slowly began to replace economic necessity with social justice as the basis for our spending decisions. That transition became much more rapid with the New Deal, and today is as devilishly fast as any expressway to hell………And the best that the Republicans in Congress can come up with to slay the debt dragon is a measly $32 billion. Pathetic. Of course, that is $32 billion more than the Democrats are going to offer……..Someone has to tell the American public that there is no such thing as a free lunch. A few of us know that already, but so many people are eating at the public trough that they can’t be bothered with a lesson in harsh economic reality.

In 1776, the American people rebelled against a king — demanding that he stop exploiting their labor for his wealth. Today, the American people will either rebel against the tyranny of entitlement which chains them to the federal government, or else they will succumb to the same sad fate that befalls all who sow the wind.

They will reap the whirlwind.

Edited from a longer column, read it here:



"Now that two different federal courts have declared ObamaCare unconstitutional, the administration's answer is to call the courts guilty of 'judicial activism.' Barack Obama has a rhetorical solution for every problem. Remember the repeated claims of 'shovel-ready' projects that needed only federal stimulus money to get started? Last year the President quietly admitted that there were not many 'shovel-ready' projects, after all. But the phrase served its political purpose at the time -- and that was obviously all that mattered. Now, in the wake of rulings by two different courts that ObamaCare is unconstitutional, rhetoric is being mobilized again, without any fussy worries about facts."

-Thomas Sowell

"He didn't see himself as 'the great communicator.' It was so famous a moniker that he could do nothing but graciously accept the compliment, but he well understood it was bestowed in part by foes and in part to undercut the seriousness of his philosophy: 'It's not what he says, it's how he says it.' He answered in his farewell address: 'I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: it was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things.' It wasn't his eloquence people supported, it was his stands -- opposition to the too-big state, to its intrusions and demands, to Soviet communism. Voters weren't charmed, they were convinced."

-Peggy Noonan

"[T]he Hawaii House is considering legislation that would outlaw the sale of toy guns to minors. Apparently some kids use these guns to spray other youngsters with dangerous dihydrogen monoxide. It seems to us this is a wrongheaded policy, not to mention a violation of the Second Amendment. Remember, squirt guns don't squirt squirts, squirts squirt squirts."

-James Taranto

"In his new book, Ron Reagan claims his father was already suffering from Alzheimer's while he was still in the White House. Personally, I suspect he's confusing the dazed look of a poor senile soul with the struck-dumb look of a typical American dad who's just been told that his son is planning to be a ballet dancer."

-Burt Prelutsky



U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Wednesday not only stood by his famous hoax declaration on global warming, but the Oklahoma Republican somewhat reluctantly tipped his hand on plans to publish a book. “I won’t tell you what it’s about, but the name of the book is ‘The Hoax,’?” he said during testimony before a House subcommittee.



Cold snap paralyzes Northern Mexico.

Forget about global warming—man-made or natural—what drives planetary weather patterns is the climate and what drives the climate is the sun's magnetosphere and its electromagnetic interaction with a planet's own magnetic field.

The Weather Isn't Getting Weirder: The latest research belies the idea that storms are getting more extreme.



If liberals thought the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth was a little sickening, they could always find comfort in the loopy leftist loathing of the Daily Kos. On Sunday, "Slangist" took the fruitcake with lines like this: "First elected Governor on a muted inclination to shoot student demonstrators, Reagan spent his political life as an apostle of reaction, repression and recklessness." Reagan's contempt for the U.S. government was the "direct ancestor of Timothy McVeigh's, thought.”

Ever wondered what Left wing public employee unions think about our effort to rein in federal spending? The President of the American Federation of Government Employees Union says those who want to cut government spending are "mentally retarded". Here’s the video:

Michael Moore sues studio for more 9/11 movie profits after already pocketing $19.8 million; "He Redefines The Term Greedy"

VDH: Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, and Michael Moore…have long indicted capitalism for the inequality of its spoils. Yet recent news suggests that their critique of the capitalist status quo is a very good capitalist way of making lots of money. That Gore profited enormously from eco-companies that capitalized on his own global-warming hype, that Arianna Huffington sold her website for $315 million, and that Michael Moore is suing to receive receipts beyond his $20 million take for his anti-Iraq/Bush mythodrama remind us why Barack Obama was the largest recipient of BP and Goldman Sachs campaign money, and indeed of Wall Street cash in history, after being the first presidential candidate to reject the public financing in the general campaign. Does “spread the wealth” rhetoric serve as some sort of pass on overweening desire for lots of cash and nice things?



AN Afghan man working for the Red Cross said he will be executed within three days unless he converts back to Islam. “Musa, who lost a leg to a land mine in the 1990s and works as a physiotherapist treating fellow amputees, said he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he reconverted to Islam.”

“Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed.”



Regulatory agencies enact more than 3,500 new regulations in an average year. A new federal rule hits the books roughly every two hours, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Compare that with Congress, which passes fewer than 200 pieces of legislation per year. Only Congress has the power to legislate in the American system of government, but Congress never actually votes on most regulations. This is regulation without representation, and it is a major problem.

Who's Extreme? For decades now, we have been told that the extremism of the conservative movement is so beyond the boundaries of rational political discourse that the Grand Old Party is set to fall into a pathetic, rump minority. Not coincidentally, these warnings have corresponded to the period when conservative have dominated the GOP, and the GOP has returned to parity or better with the Democrats.

Given all the excited chatter about President Barack Obama becoming a Clintoneque centrist with echoes of Reagan (something he denies), it’s interesting to note the demise of the Democratic Leadership Council. The powerhouse of Democratic politics in the 1990s and sister of the Third Way alliance that spawned Tony Blair as well as Bill Clinton is no more.

Reaganomics: What We Learned

Why 33 rounds makes sense in a defensive weapon



Tea party activists have created a magazine, Tea Party Review, to be launched this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “This magazine is a response to demands from tea party members across the country for a magazine that we can call our own….People are weary of the distorted version of the tea party movement that we see in most of the media. Tea party members want a magazine for the movement, created by members of the movement and reflecting the values of the movement.”

A coalition of conservative groups hopes to remind Americans of the lackluster results of President Barack Obama’s $814 billion stimulus as the second anniversary of its passage approaches next week. The coalition, led by Let Freedom Ring, plans to debut a website,, on Thursday in order to increase pressure on Capitol Hill to refund the remaining amount of the stimulus to the national treasury.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Report is a serious and sober online website that tracks the happenings of the Muslim Brotherhood network around the world.



Leno: President Obama urged private businesses to hire more workers. He didn’t realize that only the government hires more people than it needs……..Washington, D.C. is updating its traffic cameras to enforce traffic laws. How about enforcing bribery and corruption laws?..... Researchers say we may be just a few years away from a pill that would help people live to be 100 years old. Then Hugh Hefner’s fiancée said, "No!”

"Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's street protesters to remain calm Monday and she told the Egyptian Army to use restraint. Rioting and burning and looting followed. Nothing calms down a million observant Muslims like a Methodist woman telling them what to do."

-Argus Hamilton



"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."

-James Madison

"[A] wise and frugal government ... shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."

-Thomas Jefferson