Archive for March 10th, 2009

“Hope in All the Wrong Places” by John Boehner

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

President Obama last week delivered a rousing address to Congress meant to inspire hope in the hearts of anxious Americans. It was an excellent speech. But the next day, Democratic leaders in Congress responded in a manner that applies hope in all the wrong places – taking hope away from disadvantaged children in our nation’s capital, and giving new hope to representatives of Washington’s pork-barrel industry in the form of 9,000 unscrutinized taxpayer-funded earmarks.

If ever there were a case of mixed-up priorities in Washington, this is it. Tucked into the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill passed by the House of Representatives on February 25 is a provision designed to terminate the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), the school choice program established with bipartisan support in 2004 that is providing a glimmer of hope to thousands of students and families in the District of Columbia.

More than 2,000 students have been able to attend one of the D.C. area non-public schools through the program since it was established, and more than 7,200 have applied for scholarships, demonstrating the overwhelming public demand in the District among parents for new educational options for their children.

The D.C. opportunity scholarship program is creating greater opportunities and transforming lives.

“[The OSP] gives me the choice to, freedom to attend other schools than D.C. public schools,” one thankful parent told researchers from the University of Arkansas, which conducted an in-depth study of the program’s performance. “I’m not really badgering or bashing the system, but right now, well at the time, I just didn’t feel that I wanted to put him in D.C. public school and I had the opportunity to take one of the scholarships, so therefore, I can afford it and I’m glad that I did do that.”

In a video entitled “Voices of School Choice” posted on the website of the education reform-minded Heritage Foundation, local students participating in the OSP tell President Obama first-hand about the importance of the program, and implore him to keep it alive.

Buried in the so-called “omnibus” bill, however, is a poison pill intended to terminate the program. The language in the bill, proposed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), sunsets the program after the 2009-2010 school year unless both Congress and the D.C. City Council take specific steps to reauthorize it.

Reauthorization is clearly not the intent of the Democratic leaders who run Congress. Powerful teachers unions that oppose school choice contributed millions to Democratic campaigns last year, and the Democratic leadership in Congress now has the program in its crosshairs. In a recent statement, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-OK) advised D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee to “promptly take steps to minimize potential disruption and ensure smooth transition” for children currently participating in the program to re-enroll in the District’s public schools.

Children across America stand to be negatively impacted by the legislation passed by the House in a more subtle, but equally harmful way.

The bill contains the largest single increase in federal discretionary spending since the Carter Administration in 1978, with the exception of the temporary increase enacted following the 9/11 attacks. Billions of dollars of this increase will pay for approximately 9,000 taxpayer-funded earmarks “airdropped” into the bill by Democratic congressional leaders at the last possible moment in an effort to minimize public scrutiny.

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“Islam and the Death of Western Civilization” by Burt Prelutsky

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Two news items caught my attention this past month, and although they occurred 3,000 miles apart, they are definitely connected.

In New York, Muzzammil Hassan, who started a cable TV network after 9/11 to prove to America that American Muslims are a moderate, peace-loving people, beheaded his wife, Aasiya, because she was planning to divorce him. In moderate Muslim circles, that happens to be grounds for a so-called honor killing. I believe other grounds include daring to touch the TV remote and over-seasoning the hummus.

At nearly the same time, a Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, was invited by a member of the House of Lords to come to England and screen his 17-minute film. The documentary, “Fitna,” links text from the Koran with footage of Islamic terrorism around the world.

Well, a funny thing happened on his way to Parliament. It seems that England’s Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, uninvited Mr. Wilders. On the grounds that the Dutchman would incite civil unrest if allowed entry to the country, Wilders was met at Heathrow and sent packing back to the Netherlands.

Although his own government has raised an official objection, England hasn’t budged. They feel that Wilders and his little movie would be the equivalent of someone’s yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater. The question that’s always plagued me is what is a decent person supposed to do if he smells smoke and sees flames in a theater? Grab his coat and sneak out?

The English politicians are defending their craven act on the grounds of cultural sensitivity. Which is of course a highfalutin’ euphemism for censorship. But, then, you can always count on bureaucrats to pass off cowardice as principle.

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Congress Being Dishonest with Omnibus, Earmarks

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Message to the Federal Government – Don’t Tread on Me (Click Here to Learn More)

At this point, I don’t believe the Congress, Senate or President care what you think. You put them in power, so now we have to sit back and take it…or do we?

The nation’s largest taxpayer group says both political parties in Washington are engaged in a “conspiracy of silence” over what they’re actually doing to the Omnibus budget bill. Meantime, the spending spree is continuing in Washington.

Senate Democrats were forced to stall action on a massive $410 billion Omnibus spending bill for the 2009 fiscal year, which began in October. The bill was blocked by critics who said it contained too much wasteful government spending, notably more than 8,500 earmarks.

“President Obama campaigned on a platform of stamping out earmarks and not tolerating them if legislation containing earmarks were [sic] sent to him for his signature,” notes [Pete Sepp, vice president of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU)]. “Unfortunately it looks like he’s going to sign the bill anyway — and so we already have a broken pledge to taxpayers, both from Congress and the White House.”

So what are we going to do about it, folks? Are going to sit back and take it? Or are you prepared to say “Enough!!” and make the government accountable to you once again? The choice is yours.

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“Why Obama Wants America to Fail” by Kevin McCullough

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

“Not letting a good crisis go to waste.”

This idea popped up multiple times in the past seven days as multiple members of Obama’s administration seemed to be in total agreement. Their conclusion: by not quickly solving the crisis of the American economy, we can create drastic social and structural change. Not surprisingly, this is the path even President Obama alluded to in his Saturday address to the nation.

On Saturday the President challenged his country to see its hard times as a chance to “discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis.”

“That is what we can do and must do today. And I am absolutely confident that is what we will do,” Obama said in his address.

But is that what “we the people” hired him to do? To use “great opportunities” to change the face and fabric of the nation?

“We the People” were promised swift and effective action towards getting the markets repaired by President Obama, but they have dropped about 1400 points each week since he’s taken power. “We the People” were promised greater fiscal responsibility by candidate Obama, yet his own proposals throw us down a black hole of debt, the likes of which we’ve never seen in a single year of an administration, much less in the first sixty days of one. “We the People” were promised the greatest commitment ever to oversight of the federal use of the money we send the government. What we’ve been handed is a series of embarrassing nominations of people who are willing to use the force of a gun to make you pay your taxes, but did not think twice about not paying theirs. “We the People” were told that his push for a stimulus would get people working again, yet barely 3% of it goes to actual job creation and projects that can even be initiated in the next 24 months. “We the People” were promised greater employment fulfillment and more vibrant business and economic outlooks when Obama’s administration finally put together their plan to save the lending institutions. What we are dealing with is a greater spike in the unemployment numbers in Obama’s first sixty days than was experienced under President Bush in his first seven years. “We the People” were promised an earmark free, pork free, bare bones budget, but as of last count Obama’s omnibus bill contained 9200 earmarks.

So I don’t find it surprising that recently even Obama supporters are now openly questioning his plan to revive the economy.

As of last month, we know that more than 55% of the American people wanted help for the economy to come primarily through the reduction of taxes. The same poll found that only a little over 20% think more government spending was the answer.

Whoopi Goldberg surprised even herself on The View this week, unintentionally criticizing President Obama’s plan to tax the American people into better economic conditions. She doesn’t believe that she should have to turn around and write a check to Washington DC for nearly 40% of what she earns.

Who could blame her?

Yet it is important to point out that there are now far more economists on record that have advised the President against larger government and pushed him towards tax relief, than those who supported the increased centralized control of a soft socialism that President Obama seems destined to aim for.

And “We the People” should be asking ourselves why?

If it makes no sense to the free market economists that populate the best economics programs across the nation, if it weakens the ability for the average family to make ends meet, and if it does not increase the number of people actually working, why is President Obama so stubbornly continuing to pursue his economically diabolical plan of destruction?

Because it’s part of the master plan to “not let a good crisis go to waste.”

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Glenn Beck Warns About Falling for ‘Wizard of Oz Lie’

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Talk show dynamo Glenn Beck is warning Americans not to fall for the “Wizard of Oz lie” – the one that says just because a big government voice is large and intimidating it is right.

Remember that “once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak,” he writes on his website promoting Friday’s “We Surround Them” special program. It airs at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Fox News Channel.

But is there hope yet for an American populace whose members may not want the government borrowing billions to spend, holding talks with potential terrorists and creating federal bureaucracies that dictate decisions in moral dilemmas.

Yes, according to Chuck Norris, martial arts champion, actor, inspiration for children and WND columnist, and his wife, Gena.

“We support Glenn Beck’s ‘We Surround Them,’ because if we the people of America do not unite, the liberties and freedom we have will no longer exist,” the Norrises said in a statement to WND.

“Government will have complete control of our lives,” they said. “Rise up America or face the consequences.”

First, agree on the values and principles that are important, he said.

Beck’s principles are, according to his website:

  • America is good
  • I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life
  • I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday
  • The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government
  • If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it
  • I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results
  • I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
  • It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
  • The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

And the 12 values are:

  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard work
  • Courage
  • Personal responsibility
  • Friendship
Chuck Norris

Norris said these are desperate times requiring “some positive desperate measures” as jobs and homes are lost, prices skyrocket and usually dependable institutions fail right and left.

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