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Man Who Escaped Soviet Union Warns Students About What is Happening in America

Posted by iusbvision on February 20, 2011

I have known and/or talked to a several dozen people form Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Without exception all of them say similar things as what you will see here.

 

Boris Hoffman gave a rousing speech at the Eagle Forum of San Diego’s February meeting. Hoffman is an immigrant from Lithuania (a country formerly occupied by the now defunct USSR).

It always starts with leaders like Obama who promise justice and equality, but in the process the government gains more and more power and wait till you see what happens when you oppose them. It is very dangerous. It is not a joke.

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February News Roundup Part I

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

We have been a bit behind on blogging this month. Catching up by using a couple of mega-posts to catch up on the important stuff. There are lots of great updates here so be sure to scan through this carefully and be sure to catch our February News Roundup Part II.

>> Obama’s Cousin Dr. Milton Wolf says that Palin is right about ObamaCare.  – LINK.

>> Watts – New Evidence that mother nature deals with CO2 just fine. Also if all industrial activity stopped climate would still change – LINK:

>>Steve McIntyre presentation at the Heartland Climate Change and Economics Institute. This is a no miss video. – LINK.

>> Daily Caller – The new budget from the White House gives the GOP new opportunities.

The budget from the President contains levels of spending, debt and new taxes that are just reckless. The numbers are also fraudulent because the proposed budget assumes levels of economic growth that are not even close to realistic. You can see the official proposed and rather rosy rigged White House deficit numbers here – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/tables.pdf

Do these numbers look like the government living within its mean as President Obama said to you?

>> Daily Caller – First Drilling Company Files Bankruptcy as  Result of Obama Illegal Offshore Drilling Ban.

Keep in mind that we reported that the Obama Administration has been found in contempt of course for continuing to enforce the illegal offshore drilling ban. By the way the Daily Caller has been on a roll of great coverage lately and has become a must see daily along with the Washington Examiner.

>>Dale Petersen is running for President. I had a nice chat with one of his fund raisers at CPAC. I will discuss more of that later. This guy is a long shot to be sure, but there is certainly more depth to him than a few great TV ads.

>>Gallup: More Americans Now Pro-Life than Pro-Abortion for the First Time.

>>Daily Caller – Obama signs into law new Food Regulation Bill passed during the lame duck session at Christmas while you weren’t looking.

This bill is a gargantuan power grab that drives up food prices and sticks it to smaller companies and farms. This bill is Norton’s First Law in action: Big business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium sized competition out of the competition.

You “liberals” who claim to oppose corporatism, I am waiting for you to speak up because this is yet another in a long list of examples of Democrats being in big corporations back pocket.

>> Tea Party Express Takes on Senator Lugar:

>> America’s worst speed traps LINK.

>> Prof. William Jacobson at Cornell dissects the Shirley Sherrod nuisance lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart. Mark Levin Comments:

>> Accuracy in Media interviews Donald Rumsfeld on his book and media bias.

Rumsfeld talks about the WMD issue. The weapons inspectors found active and static WMD programs some of which could be producing mass weapons in six months and some programs would be producing within five years. Saddam was suppose dto give all of this up. We invaded in 2003 well five years later was 2008. So what would terrorists now be armed with if Saddam was not removed?: 

>> Bill O’Reilly Budget Plan for America – “It is embarrassing that the President’s own debt commission says he is not doing nearly enough to solve the financial crisis…” : 

>> WOW – Laurie Dhue was a functioning alcoholic for 10 years! Tells all to Geraldo! Sober for 4 years! May come back to Fox News!!

>> GOOD NEWS – The House passed 61 Billion in real spending cuts today and repealed excessive and poorly designed regulations from several industries including coal. The regulatory power is granted by Congress for the purpose of making the laws Congress passes easy to understand and follow, it was never designed for social engineering nor was it intended to be used to allow the executive to legislate on its own and buck the will of Congress.

>> File this under awesome: The House has voted 244-179 to kill $13 million in U.S. funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The House no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its climate assessment. GOP lawmakers said IPCC scientists were guilty of manipulating data and destroying evidence to promote their global warming views. (H/T Gregory Hilton)

>> By a 235 to 189 margin, the House of Representatives has just voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio and PBS. They have been receiving $420 million from the government. They are all responsible for blatant bias against conservatives. (H/T Gregory Hilton).

>> Liz Trotta Rips Anderson Cooper’s Egypt Coverage!

>> State Rep. Robert Hagen (D-OH) has just called a black tea party member “Buckwheat,” but says it is not a racial slur. Tom Spaulding wants to test his claim: “Let’s have Hagan take a midnight stroll in poor urban areas and call the black people he meets ‘Buckwheat’. Let him explain that he’s been using the phrase ‘since he was a kid’ and it ‘has no racial connotation’”. State Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) referred to Gov. Nikki Haley as a “towelhead” on a comedy show.  (Via Gregory Hilton)

>> Tucker Carlson:  Politically Correct (read not accurate) pro-Islamic bias being introduced to public school text books.

I have high school aged relatives and it amazes me how much leftist secular/anti-western culture attitude change propaganda gets into these text books, much of it can be debunked with common academic and public records resources. In many of these texts Ronald Reagan’s name is not even mentioned in the sections covering the end of the Cold War; I just graduated with a new degree in 2010 and that particular bias was in my class material. Fortunately the young PhD. candidate teaching the class allowed me to give a lecture on the Cold War as I was the only one in the room old enough to remember it.

>> Geert Wilders on the expatriating of Jihadists from Europe.

Most people here in the USA havce no idea how the situation in Europe has evolved. Many European countries including Sweden, England, Germany, France, and Holland have “state within a state” jihadist enclaves where militant Islamists have such control that not even the police are not safe to enter. The violence has reached incredible levels. Such violence includes Islamic rape gangs that act with near impunity, honor killings, and female genital mutilation. The militants have masterfully used their lawyers to manipulate the Euro left and the hate speech laws to make it virtually illegal to even criticize what is going on.  Polls in England show that 28% of Muslims were willing to tell a pollster that they supported and/or were sympathetic to the cause of the 9/11 hijackers and the subway bombers. Many also are willing to tell a pollster that they want to do away with democracy, and force sharia law and the caliphate upon Europe.  

>> Congress in bipartisan push to reverse Obama’s ban on re-importation of M-1 Garand antique rifles.

Ahh yes I remember the campaign. I remember when Obama said that he supported the Second Amendment and how he promised not to get in the way of hunters, collectors and those who wanted to have a gun for legitimate self defense. I remember how he hired that actor to get in target shooting garb to praise him. I remember how he lectured us all on how he supported gun rights and firearm enthusiasts. I also remember how he opposed a law in Illinois that would allow you to defend yourself in your own home. I also remember how he answered several firearms policy questionnaires and I remember how he was against Heller before he was for it. I also remember how right after he was elected he started hiring hard core anti-gun (BATF Chief) and anti-hunting (OIRA Director) activists.  But what can I say, but WE TOLD YOU SO.

The excuse was that these rifles are too dangerous…. but no one in the Administration would go on the record stating so. “Asked why the M1’s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department” – LINK.

These rifles are NOT the choice of criminals by a long shot. The M1 Garand rifle is very long, heavy, fires ammo that is very expensive, it has an antique loading mechanism that only holds eight bullets, it is not a rapid fire weapon and if the proper training is not obeyed EVERY time the weapon is loaded/unloaded its feeding mechanism can  easily leave you with a broken thumb or finger.

Let me show you what I mean: 

Here is the good news from the NRA: 

>> Video release of the loon that tried to firebomb Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) home.

>> Todd Palin at Iron Dog Race in Alaska. He is a four time champion.

>> Attention Journalism Majors – See why veteran unemployment is higher than the national average

>> Daily Caller – China moves to stamp out “Jasmine Revolution” LINK.

>> Food Prices going up at 150% inflation rate. And some elite media reporters said that Sarah Palin was nuts when she predicted this. LINK.

>> Six Reasons why USA is Only the Ninth Most Free Economy in the World LINK.

>> Obama Was Against Health Care Mandate in Campaign

>> Democrats having a fit over House investigations into Obama Administration lack of transparency. This is a subject we have covered many times. He promised the most transparent administration and has the least transparent since Nixon.  – LINK.

>> Gallup: GOP Image Highest Since 2005LINK.

>> Book Glamorizing Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert Near BorderLINK.

>> Radicalized Muslim Cleric Arrested Sneaking into USALINK.

>> Disaster: Obama to raise ethanol in gas to 15%. Ethanol gives you lower gas mileage, eats automotive seals, breaks down into water and varnish in a few weeks if your car sits, is environmentally backwards, this will drive up food prices, it is expensive, the taxpayers subsidize it and most cars made before 2006 aren’t designed to handle it. HotAir.com has more details.

>> Newt all over the place on ethanol and global warming. His positions change depending on who he is in front of and I witnessed that at CPAC. Newt is brilliant, but like Mit Romney it seems he just wants it too badly. LINK. Gov. Daniels is pro-ethanol and has been consistent in that view. Of course he is from Indiana so what do you expect? Of course Mitch is wrong about the issue on the merits and he almost certainly knows it. Economically and logistically ethanol is a nightmare, but opposing it politically in this state may be as well and the same goes for Iowa. Mitch is truly an economic genius so I cannot believe he does not understand this.

>> Judge Vinson – ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Judge uses Obama’s own words in the ruling LINK.

>> Media Bias – Washington Post has no coverage for March for Life but gives 48 paragraphs to leftist Ingrate Ron Reagan Jr. who attack his dead father Presidnet Reagan. LINK. ABC gives 24 minutes of network news coverage of his nook in five days. What nooks gets that much network face time? – LINK. You have heard us use the term “attitude change propaganda” before well I have just given you two examples of it. Loyal son Michael Reagan responds with a simple statement, “My brother was an embarrassment to my father when he was alive, now he is an embarrassment to my mother”.

>> Jeff Sessions: Economic policy that is stuck in reverse LINK.

>> Mark Levin: Obama is NOT moderating. Has Obama called off his lawyers when it comes to ObamaCare, Texas EPA regs, illegal offshore drilling ban, suing Arizona etc. NOPE. Must see video – LINK.

>> OK this was sort of obvious but it is always good to have the evidence – Obama Justice Department Colluded with ACLU to Attack Arizona’s SB 1070 According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial WatchLINK.

>> New York Democrats indicted on voter fraud charges. Elite media yawns. LINK.

>> Reagan on the dictator of Libya:

>> Dramatic Video: Mom Lashes Out At “Scumbag” Judge That Was Found Guilty Of Sending Kids To Jail For Payola

>> O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg on CNN’s softball interview with George Soros:

>> Texas will soon pass a new law allowing concealed carry on campus:

Many students are too young to remember, but I remember very well when only a few states in the union allowed concealed carry. Every time a new state changed the law to get more constitutionally correct the left warned that there would be shootouts right and left and that average people would be snapping at the drop of a hat. Well it hasn’t happened. In fact states who have passed such laws saw almost all crime including gun crime drop. While England and Australia passed gun bans their crime and gun crime rates when up sharply. A gun is a great equalizer and if citizens do not have them the law of the land starts to look more like the law of the jungle.

Here in Indiana as many as 1 in 12 carries a concealed handgun. How often do you hear of issues involving people with legal guns? Most citizens who are unaware of the gun culture such as the young lady who made those rather uninformed comments in the video have no idea that they are surrounded by armed people much of the time. Of course now some courts are enforcing the bill of rights on public property more and more. With Heller and the other recent rulings involving the Second Amendment expect courts to be more sympathetic to the issue of self defense. Utah has already passed a similar law for schools and it has been a success.

As I have stated before, I believe that some far left professors lack the judgment and temperament to have access to a firearm. Fortunately most of the left will not take advantage of such laws anyways.

>> Rumsfeld: “I think [Obama] has made a practice of trying to apologize for America” LINK

>> UK – Four Islamist men slashed teacher’s face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’LINK

>> Hillary: “Israel’s settlements illegitimate“. We pointed out that Obama hired some hard core antisemites to serve on his campaign and as advisors. This is exactly the type of thing that Joe Biden promised would not happen.

>> Ann Coulter says that Sarah Palin should not run for President because it would be a step down for her. It would be like Rush Limbaugh running for President.

This may seem silly to the politically unsavvy, but think about it.  Palin has a bully pulpit that is bigger than Obama’s. She can get legislation changed with a Tweet or a Facebook note. She is the fund raiser and king maker in chief. And she can mobilize the base after an election to keep members of Congress and even a President honest.

>> Barry Rubin: NPR is not journalism it is a political warfare operation – LINK.

>> Pamela Geller: “honor killings” on the increase in the West – 

>> MSNBC: Oil Companies Make Sure Our Air is Polluted

Where do they find these whack jobs. Oh wait I know, radicalized college campus’

Stay Tuned for February News Roundup Part II

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Wisconsin Takes on Public Sector Unions – UPDATE: Unions portray governor as Hitler, put him in cross hairs, elite media silent. – UPDATE: Democrat Law Makers Flee State. Govt Union Demands Taxpayer Pay for Their Viagra! UPDATE! More Union Violence Elite Media Ignores! Wisconsin Assembly Passed Reform Bill, Dems Throw Tantrums! **Continually Updated! **Union Thugs attack Fox News reporter “There is hate in their eyes…..” ** Far left protester makes bomb threat against Wisconsin Governor

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

**Final Update On Wisconsin – See our Wisconsin/Indiana aftermath post HERE – Democrats lose. It is over. The elite media is having a hissy fit and is spinning it hard. So for a while it is “get Gov. Walker time”. 22 States and the federal government have stronger restrictions on government unions than Wisconsin and many others like Indiana have similar rules. The sky didn’t fall and it all worked out. Be sure to carefully look at this thread and not pass it over as there is a great amount of valuable information here. Firefox browser seems to work best.

Wisconsin Democrat  Gordon Hintz to Female Republican Michelle Litjens After Budget Vote: “You Are F*cking Dead!”

Via 620 WTMJ RadioDaily Caller has more details and video – LINK.

Fox News interviews Rep. Litjens, elite media mum on leftist/union threats and violence:

Laura Ingraham interviews Rep. Litjens:

Before you examine how this story unfolded below day by day let us examine just a small sample of the overt violence, thuggery, and racism of the union and far left organizations. Where is the elite media on any of this?

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Special Update President organizing union agitation in Wisconsin and other states with GOP Governors – politico.comWash Post.

Obama organizing protests in Indiana too – LINK

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

More updates below!

MUST SEE VIDEO – Chris Christie Blasts Union Leadership with Dire Truth:  Democrats promised union benefits no one could hope to pay for: 

It is time to talk to the American People like adults, they are smart and can handle it, it is time to lead and tell the truth: 

Union Busting!! Sounds so horrible doesn’t it? It does until you consider that public sector unions have over reached and used their political influence to get Cadillac benefits, large yearly raises and golden parachute like retirements that make one wonder why anyone would ever work in the private sector. Of course you and your children will have to pay for it all. Businesses get sick of carrying the economic burden and census figures show that people and wealth are voting with their feet and going to states that have more fiscal restraint.

Why is it that government is constantly asking us to sacrifice more and more while they are often completely unwilling to share in that sacrifice? States are going broke. The day of reckoning has come and we simply cannot afford public sector union over reach and the political corruption that comes along with it any longer.

Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. – Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

Hundreds of protesters massed outside the Senate chamber on the second floor of the Capitol early Thursday, hours before the planned vote. Republican leaders said it has the votes to pass in both the Senate and Assembly.

The bill marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

Thousands of protesters, including children and teachers from more than two dozen schools forced to close due to high absences, were expected in and outside the Capitol for a third day of protests. Schools in Madison, the state’s second largest district with 2,600-union covered employees, closed for a second day.
Hundreds of people, many of them students from the nearby University of Wisconsin campus, slept in the rotunda for a second night leading up to the vote.

They chanted “Kill the bill!” and “Recall Walker!” early on Thursday. But there appeared to be little doubt the bill would pass.

The head of the 98,000-member statewide teachers union called on all Wisconsin residents to come to the Capitol on Thursday for the votes in the Senate and Assembly.

“Our goal is not to close schools, but to instead to remain vigilant in our efforts to be heard,” said Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell.

The Legislature’s budget committee passed the bill on a partisan vote just before midnight. Several opponents in the crowd broke into tears as Democrats on the committee encouraged them not to give up the fight.

“I’m sad. Scared. Disappointed,” said Kelly Dzurick, a 31-year-old fifth-grade teacher in Elkhorn, who came to the Capitol on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s listening to what people say.”

Democrats have been powerless to stop the bill.

“The story around the world is the rush to democracy,” said Sen. Bob Jauch, (D-Poplar). “The story in Wisconsin is the end of the democratic process.”

No Sen. Jauch, you got voted out of office, that is democracy in action.

Wisconsin is a liberal state by a big margin and yet the people elected Republican majorities who promised to take this very action. This shows that most Americans who tend to vote Democratic do not like being ripped off and stuck with the bill. The people are asserting themselves.

UPDATE – Check out the video with the violent union incitement HERE.

UPDATE II – More :

UPDATE III – Democrats are fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the budget cuts and public sector reforms – LINK.

More Video:

Teachers illegally bring students to protest – 

UPDATE IV – When the location of the resort in Illinois that Democrats legislators were hiding at was leaked they got in their cars and booked, but not before a Tea Party activist hunted them down with camera in hand (via Big Government): 

UPDATE V – WSJ – It is about power – LINK.

UPDATE VI – 

Commentary Via Ed Morrissey:

Suzanne Malveaux of CNN asks one question too many from a union activist in Madison, Wisconsin earlier today. Nancy Reisch insists that all she wants is to have Governor Scott Walker to “come to the table” to discuss a proposal that has been debated for months during the last election campaign. Malveaux asks whether the union would accept a deal that changed the contributions without affecting the public-union reforms in the bill, and Reisch says she would, but that Walker “will not come to the table.” However, when Malveaux asks Reisch what she thinks about Democrats running away from the table and out of the state, Reisch suddenly develops a hearing disorder (via Greg Hengler).

Of course they won’t come to the table. This is not about the kids and they are not there for them. See the talking points section as to why. This is not about not having a voice. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the Unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

UPDATE VII – Video: Wisconsin Gov. Walker to Obama…  LINK

UPDATE VIIIDaily Caller has the details of the Wisconsin Governor’s reform proposal. It really is quite modest.

UPDATE IX – More vitriol and Marxist hate mongering in Wisconsin via Ann Althouse. These people have unfiltered access to your kids folks:

UPDATE X – Average Milwaukee School teacher makes 100k in pay combined with benefits. Gold plated benefits yes, gold plated performance… well not so much:

UPDATE XI – Speaker Of the House Blasts Obama’s Greece Style Incitement. Speaker Boehner:

“The President of the United States has a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead this nation. President Obama has acknowledged the challenges we face, but – thus far – he has done nothing to offer solutions. Now, worse, his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

“This is not the way to begin an ‘adult conversation’ about solutions to the big challenges facing our country. Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the President and his advisers should lead.

“When the American people watched the people of Greece take to the streets to protest cuts to unsustainable government programs, they worried it might foreshadow events in our nation’s distant future – but today, we see the same sort of protests on the streets of Madison, fueled by President Obama’s own political machine.

“Rather than trying to ‘win the future,’ the President’s political allies are trying, desperately, to cling to a failed past by fighting reforms our nation needs to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. The President should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling.

UPDATE XII – Teacher Union Thug Violence in Idaho via Idaho Press Tribune

The pick-up truck belonging to Idaho Department of Education Superintendent Tom Luna was vandalized overnight outside his Nampa home. The superintendent and his family have been targets of threats as a reaction to Luna’s education reform plan. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

UPDATE XIII – Threats – White House OfA organizer calls on SEIU/Teachers to “Bloody” the Tea Party:

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UPDATE XIV – Communist and Socialists Orgs All Over Wisconsin Union Protests calling for revolution:

UPDATE XV – Governor Walker makes the case. Its either modest contributions or mass layoffs: 

UPDATE XVI – Democrats may hide for weeks, shut down government: 

UPDATE XVII – Greta: Democrats Encouraging Anarchy – 

UPDATE XVIII – Bill O’Reilly –

UPDATE XIX – Phone Calls to State Senate 10-1 in Support of Governor Walker: Citizens are begging for parity –

UPDATE XXDo you want these loons teaching YOUR kids?

UPDATE XXI – Krauthammer: Debt bringing us to a cliff. Obama fighting for status quo – [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MAFCmyDGtU]

UPDATE XXIIMichelle Malkin – SEIU making its own employees pay more for benefits.

UPDATE XXIII – Gov . Walker – If Dems don’t come back soon funding to their staff will be cut off – LINK.

UPDATE XXIV – Michele Bachmann weighs in on Wisconsin teacher sickout strike: ‘It’s a dereliction of duty’. Republican’s homes under siege. Police blocking streets of Republican Lawmakers 

UPDATE XXV – Neil Boortz: You have seen the ugly face of government unions that are bankrupting states. They have declared war on the tax payer. Union demands taxpayer pay for their viagra:

*******Saturday Feb 19, 2011 – The Tea Party Answers Back! LINK *******

UPDATE  I – IBD’s Rimerez makes a cartoon:

UPDATE IIPalin Speaks:

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sector workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

UPDATE III – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain in Madison! If you haven’t seen Cain in action before you are in for a treat:

UPDATE IV – Media Mogul Andrew Breitbart in Madison – This is the battle of our time! :  

UPDATE V – Geraldo: Doctors handing out fake sick notes to teachers at protest: 

UPDATE VI – How The World Works: Wisconsin shows why FDR opposed government unions:

UPDATE VII -Bill O’Reilly Coverage of Wisconsin Debt Crisis: 

UPDATE VIII – Obama said that “We all must sacrifice” obviously he meant “all those who don’t grease Democrats with donations” to get gold plated benefits they don’t pay for.

*****Sunday Feb. 20, 2011 *****

UPDATE I – On my way home today I heard a radio news report that the highest paid city employee in Madison, WI. is a bus driver that makes $159,000 a year!

UPDATE II – Gregory Hilton on what can be done:

The National Battle Has Begun: Labor Approves an Emergency $30 Million Lobbying Budget.

The situation in Wisconsin is at an impasse because 14 Democratic State Senators are hiding out in Illinois. There are 19 Republican Senators, but 20 are needed (three fifths) to establish a quorum. Among the options being discussed are:

  1. Eliminate direct deposit of a Senators compensation, and require them to pick up their paychecks personally from the Secretary of State.
  2. Suspend absent employees without pay, and take appropriate disciplinary action for their dereliction of duty.
  3. Cutting off pay to the staff of lawmakers who refuse to return to work. Their offices could also be locked.
  4. The three-fifths requirement is for fiscal bills. For non-fiscal bills the necessary quorum is one-half, which the Republicans already have. They could introduce a stand-alone union reform bill which would not be tied to the Governor’s budget reform proposal.
  5. A recall campaign has already been launched against State Senator Jim Holperin (D) who was elected in 2008 with  51% of the vote. They need to obtain 25,000 signatures, and the goal is to get Holperin to come back to Wisconsin.
  6. Many believe unions are paying the Chicago hotel bills for the absent State Senators. It should be determined if this constitutes an illegal gratuity or contribution.
  7. If Walker’s collective bargaining reforms are rejected then massive lay-offs of state employees has to begin.

UPDATE III – SEIU/White House protest schedule – http://action.seiu.org/page/s/solidarityaction

Indiana Rally

Time: 9 A.M.

Location: Indiana State Capitol

Address: 302 W Washington St – Indianapolis, IN

UPDATE IV – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain: President Obama could learn from Governor Walker – LINK.

UPDATE V – Gov. Walker to Chris Wallace: I Won’t Back Down

UPDATE VI – Tea Party Member Talks Protest in Wisconsin: 

UPDATE VIIHeritage Foundation Takes on Government Union Talking Points (read lies) 

UPDATE VIIIObama: We will paint the country in SEIU purple

UPDATE IXMore Teacher Union Threats and Violence – 

UPDATE X – Michael Savage Argues with Wisconsin Teacher: 

UPDATE XI – WISC UNION PROTESTER: WE WANT CASTRO, BRING BACK CHE:

UPDATE XIIHotair.com:  Teacher Union Hate Signs Pictorial (where are the lectures about civility now)

*****Monday Feb 21, 2011*****

UPDATE I – More communists at rally. Union protesters engage in “substance fueled” rave: 

UPDATE II – MSNBC HOSTS ADMIT LIBERAL BIAS TOWARD TEA PARTY – Daily Caller:

UPDATE III – Steven Crowder: What if Parents Acted Like Teacher Unions? What About Union Thuggery? Rich Unions are Organized Against the Taxpayer:

UPDATE IV – FDR on public sector unions – LINK.

UPDATE V – Michelle Malkin: Teacher union sick out will cost take payers at least $6 million! (As if demanding that you pay for their Viagra wasn’t enough) – LINK.

UPDATE VI Leftist Twitter users wish death on Gov. Walker

UPDATE VII – Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman smacks down “completely misinformed” Chris Mathews.

CBS News also blew this one. They just took the union talking point and ran with it without checking (Via the Media Research Center)

WRAGGE: You say this is a modest request. Now some state workers have been hit harder than others. Your teachers union, which votes Democratic under normal circumstances, hit very hard. Yet your police, state trooper, firemen unions, who all supported and endorsed you, did not get touched in any of this. Why is that?

WALKER: Well, Chris – Chris that actually is not true. There are 314 fire and police unions in the state. Four of them endorsed me. All the rest endorsed my opponent.

Even the left leaning and often wrong Politifact got this one mostly right. One could have also found the information on the union web sites, but I guess this talking point was too good to check even by just using an internet search engine. The media research Center at the link above has a list of links they were able to find within minutes.

UPDATE VIIIHerman Cain on Cavuto: “What part of we are broke don’t they understand?”

UPDATE IX – Presidential candidate Herman Cain all over Wisconsin. Where is Mit Romney? Great video.

UPDATE X – AWOL Wisconsin Democrat Speaks Out. State Sen. Lena Taylor.

This video is a great reminder that politicians LIE. See how she says that they are losing their right to bargain on work conditions and goes on about saving lives. The Governor has made his position clear. You can collectively bargain on everything BUT your contributions to their gold plated benefit packages. The concessions they made now mean nothing because the union will have those concessions reversed when their contract runs out and they go back to negotiate and if they don’t get them reversed they will go on strike. States have seen this movie before. When one leaves out such crucial details it is the same thing as lying. Isn’t that what you tell your children? 

UPDATE XI Gov. Kasich of Ohio Speaks Out:

UPDATE XII – Daily Caller: Wisconsin  teachers on TV being deceptive about what they make – LINK.

UPDATE XIIIBrit Hume on the AP lying about Governor Walker’s reform proposal

UPDATE XIV – Far Left Losing PR Battle in Wisconsin. New York Times Lying About It.

*****Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Griff Jenkins at Fox News Confronts Doctors Handing Out Fake Work Excuses: 

UPDATE II – Wisconsin ends direct deposit for statehouse employees. Must pick up checks in person – LINK.

UPDATE III Unions put misleading emotional ads on TV to sway public. Tammy Bruce debates leftist who says “Gov. Walker Doesn’t Care About People”.

Sorry Tammy, luv ya, but when the leftist said that Walker wants to take away their rights you should have smacked her down with the facts. Walker only wants to take off the table from collective bargaining the ability to reverse the concessions at the end of the next contract, which is exactly what the unions will do. We have seen this movie before. When unions use their money to control politicians who have an interest in giving them gold plated pay and benefits for kickbacks, who is negotiating for the taxpayer? This is why FDR opposed government unions.

The leftist misrepresented the facts, made emotional appeals and personal attacks. The left knows full well that they cannot win the argument on the merits, but hey you conservative pundits out there, you need to know what their talking points will be and be ready to nuke them. Tammy just was not as prepared as she should have been.

UPDATE IVMUST READ – James Turanto: The Means of Coercion – The Privileged Are Revolting:

Collective bargaining in the public sector thus is less a negotiation than a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. The notion that this is “in the economic interests of the middle class” for government employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere to get above-market wages and extremely lavish benefits is just laughable. Sure, government employees are “middle class,” but so are the vast majority of taxpayers who don’t enjoy the special privileges that come from owning the means of coercion.

UPDATE V Shocking Level of Influence: Trumka Talks to White House EVERY DAY and Visits a Couple Times A Week…

UPDATE VI – Govt. Unions to Ohio taxpayers-F#*k you, Racists! These are your public school teachers folks.

UPDATE VII – MacIver: Parents getting sick of the sickout – LINK.

UPDATE VIIIGovernor Walker’s first “Fireside Chat” to Wisconsin

UPDATE IX

*****Wednesday Feb 23, 2011 – Democrats Flee Indiana*****

Indiana is not Wisconsin. Indiana is much more conservative/traditional than Wisconsin. Hoosier Democrats are taking a huge gamble to put it mildly. Mitch Daniels said that this is not the year for a full blown right to work legislation debate. While some may disagree on principal, he is right about the politics of it. It would be better to debate this after ’12.

UPDATE I – Indiana Legislator’s featured on Greta:

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

UPDATE IIMust See Video – Bill Whittle: Public Sector Unions Can’t Stop Devouring Taxpayer Money. VodkaPundit: “Rights” and “collective”  go together like “Lohan” and “MENSA”. 

UPDATE III – Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch: If Democrats fail to come back to work and pass reforms by Friday mass layoffs of government union employees will result.

Democrats will say that this is a lie because the unions have made the contribution concession, but what they don’t tell you is that, as it has been in other cases, when the next round of collective bargaining comes they will insist on having the concessions reversed or  they will strike.  We have seen this movie before.

UPDATE IV – Ed Morrissey: The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin –  LINK. This is a really good intellectual take down and is a must read, especially page two!

UPDATE V – Great interview with Governor Walker via the Heritage Foundation. He addresses the collective bargaining issues directly: 

*****Thursday Feb 24, 2011 – Gov.  Daniels Speaks & Unions Get More Violent*****

UPDATE I –  Mitch Lays Down the Law:

The Democrats will need a re-branding effort because this action is about as undemocratic as behavior can be.

If we have to we will have special sessions from now till new years we will hold them and we will send the bill to (former) Speaker Bauer and the Democratic Party of Indiana.

UPDATE II –  Gov. Daniels with Neil Cavuto: Every year they (Democrats) spend money they don’t have – We did what Wisconsin did back on 2005 [Note and the unions aren’t destroyed and all is well].

Note – The Indiana Republicans have taken the “Right to Work” legislation off the table. Democrats are still not coming back because they don’t want education reform. Here is the rub, if schools start to improve there will be no excuse to pump more money into failing schools and the Teachers Union. If Charter Schools do better or if a voucher program works, it will be good for the kids but bad for the union, hence the Democrats don’t want to come home.

UPDATE III – Union Thug Attacks Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale is tiny and only about five feet tall. Fortunately she was not seriously injured. Notice he is wearing a Communications Workers of America sign (see our CWA comments above).

Hale said after:

It’s one thing to be called a violent teabagger. It’s another to be called a violent teabagger while you’re being assaulted. They’ve been comparing themselves to the Egyptians ousting Mubarak. Looks like they’re not too far off, given that they share the tendency to assault women with cameras.

Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale

Same Protest at FreedomWorks: Union Thugs on “Bad Jews”

UPDATE IVMore Union Thuggery

UPDATE V – Union Thugs Attack in R.I. – Associated Press Fails to Report Thuggery (Special Thanks to Michelle Malkin) –

The attack happens at 7:35 in the video, but the mindless class warfare rhetoric is worth watching.

UPDATE VIMore Union Thuggery (Warning Vile Language) – 

UPDATE VIISEIU and Teacher Union thugs try to intimidate black man, “Do You Have Any Children That You Claim?” as if all black men impregnate women and don’t claim them so the mother can go on welfare.

These people are teaching YOUR children folks. You can bet this won’t be on the evening news.

UPDATE VIII – Dr. Victor Davis Hanson on Wisconsin: The Rise of the Adolescent Mind – LINK.

UPDATE IX Elite Media Double Standard on “Civility” – 

UPDATE X – Herman Cain: Merely taking a position is NOT leadership – LINK.

UPDATE XI Indiana Democrats May be in Violation of New Lobbying LawLINK. If union money is being used to help pay the bills for Democrats it could mean trouble.

UPDATE XII More Union Violence:

In yet another shocking example of union violence, congressional candidate Marty Lamb is seen on video being thrown to the ground by another “free speech-loving” union tough-guy.  This video was shot at the duel Pro-Walker/Pro-Union Rally at the Massachusetts State Capitol Building on Beacon Hill in Boston, Tuesday- LINK.

*******Friday Feb 25, 2011 Wisconsin Assembly Passes Reform Bill. Dems Throw Tantrums.*********

Wow what a parochial display.

UPDATE II – Karl Rove on Wisconsin’s Budget Mess – LINK.

******Saturday Feb 26, 2011******

UPDATE I – Kevin Jackson from THE BLACK SPHERE educates an Obama Youth Member.

Kevin Jackson is brilliant. Trust me lefties you do NOT want to get in the “Democrats help blacks” convo with him or he will take you to school just like he did this poor sap:

UPDATE IIUnion protester: Gov. Christie is just like mass murderer Ghadaffi –

UPDATE IIIWI union protester’s sign: BILL O’REILLY IS A SEXUAL PREDATOR!

UPDATE IV – AFL-CIO Union Chief: The Best Way To Create Jobs is to Raise TaxesLINK. This is from the same man who said that government should take over all private business, who speaks in front of communist revolutionary groups, and has a long history of violence. Trumka talks to the White House every day and visits twice a week – LINK.

UPDATE V – Wisconsin union protesters disrespect WI Veterans Memorial: 

UPDATE VI – Gov. Rick Perry of Texas comments: 

UPDATE VII MORE UNION VIOLENCE:

Shortly after the this video of the union thug screaming “fascist” he attacked a Tea Party protester, pushed him by the throat, hit him with his bullhorn injuring his hand and was sited for assault by police shortly after.

Via Chuck DeVore:

I spoke to Stanhope, as he drove to the hospital for x-rays and treatment for the injuries sustained at the rally, and asked him what happened.  Mr. Stanhope said that he was with a group of about 150 Tea Party activists across the street from the MoveOn.org-organized union rally.  A union man with a bullhorn, Richard Andazola, 28, was yelling across the street at the Tea Party activists, calling them “fascists.”

Then one of the Tea Party activists, also bullhorn equipped, replied, “We pay your salary!” This enraged Andazola, who, according to Stanhope, rushed the Tea Partiers, chanting “Fascists go home! Fascists go home!”  He violently shoved Stanhope twice, the second time apparently striking Stanhope in the throat.

Notice the union protester’s Teamster jacket is clearly visible.  The jacket identifies Teamsters Local 439, Stockton.

We will be posting more footage and further coverage once it becomes available. Stay tuned for an in-depth write up from an eyewitness on the scene.

UPDATE VIII – TV Ad supporting Gov. Walker

UPDATE IX – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive than what Wisconsin is proposing:

UPDATE X – Rasmussen Poll: 67% Disapprove of Democrat Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid VoteLINK.

******Sunday Feb 27, 2011******

 

UPDATE I – Wisconsin Union Thug Assaults Fox Reporter During Live Shot!

Daily Caller:

“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here,these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.” [Emphasis by the Daily Caller]

And no, your eyes weren’t fooling you. That was a man holding a purple SEIU sign behind Tobin.

UPDATE II – Union Thug to Fox Reporter, “I’m Going To Break His Neck”

UPDATE III –  At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

More updates coming soon.

***** Thursday March 3, 2011 Wisconsin missing Dems fined $100 per day – Indiana Dems fined $250 per day. Dems also face bill for state expenses*****

UPDATE I – Indiana Newspapers Turn Against Democrat “Fleebaggers”   – INDY STAR and three other Indiana papers put out editorials like THIS:

It becomes harder by the day to take Indiana House Democrats seriously.

First, they went on strike to protest legislation they didn’t like — the so-called right-to-work bill. Then they fled the state, holing up in an Urbana, Ill., hotel, where they continue to draw paychecks courtesy of Indiana taxpayers but do no real work.

And now, after Republicans gave in and agreed to pull the right-to- work legislation from the agenda, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer and his caucus have demanded that as many as 10 other bills be killed. Their demands are so absurd that they even included one bill that the General Assembly already has approved and sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

What’s next? Asking Daniels to personally deliver room service?

Whatever arguments House Democrats had going for them, principally that Republicans had sprung the right-to-work legislation on Hoosiers by surprise, they’ve now squandered.

No matter how much they dislike charter school legislation, or the school voucher bill, or merit pay for teachers, Democrats can’t honestly claim that Indiana voters didn’t have the opportunity to weigh those issues before the November elections. The governor and Republican leaders in the General Assembly made clear the planks of their education reform platform well ahead of Election Day.

Voters rewarded the GOP with a landslide victory that included a supermajority in the state Senate and 60 seats in the House. Bauer, who decried the reform efforts, was resoundingly dumped as Speaker.

Now, after having been swept into a distinct minority in the Statehouse, those Democrats who remain in office are trying to block through childish antics what they couldn’t win through democratic action.

Ouch.

UPDATE II – Daily Caller: Tea Party Activists Everywhere Send in Tips – Wisconsin Legislators Constantly on Run and Cannot HideLINK

UPDATE IIICNN: Ohio Union reform Bill PassesLINK.

UPDATE IV – Union Activist: Abolish capitalism, bring back Soviet style global socialism, take property, revolution now!

Oh yes, this is too good to miss –

UPDATE V – ROFL: Unions place ad on Craigslist for paid protesters at $7.50 an hour no benny’s

Via Capitol & Washington:

UPDATE VIIf unions hate the Kock Brothers so bad, why does the Wisconsin Union own $5.5 million in Koch stock?LINK.

UPDATE VII – Government Unions Gone Wild (warning violence and adult language):

UPDATE VIIIVideo: Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker John Boehner go “On The Record” – LINK.

*****Friday March 4, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Governor Daniels Scolds Democrats For Walkout – LINK.

UPDATE II – Leftist Protester Makes Bomb Threat Against Governor Walker

Gateway Pundit:

Patrick J. Knauf

Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015. On Wednesday a bomb threat was made at an aviation business in Eau Claire just hours after Governor Scott Walker spoke there. Police brought in a man who was protesting this week against the Republican governor.

UPDATE III –  Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

What FDR understood and what the left does not want you to figure out is that “The Man” is the taxpayer because with Democrats in charge government unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, it is not adversarial at all, and the politicians are not negotiating to preserve their own money, they are negotiating (wink wink, nod nod) with YOUR money.

UPDATE IV – 71% Believe Government Workers Get Better Pensions Than Those In Private SectorLINK.

UPDATE V – NPR and PBS execs make more than the President! They are funded by taxpayers! – LINK.

UPDATE VI – Gov. Kasich on Buckeye State Budget Battle:

UPDATE VIIIndianapolis School Board gives failed superintendent $1 million retirement. District has a 30.5% graduation rate. – LINK.

UPDATE VIII O’Reilly: New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis

*****Sunday March 6, 2011 – Are Wisconsin Teachers Overpaid??*****

Watch this video and you tell me:

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UPDATE I – Right to Work on Fox Business: Mark Mix Discusses Ohio, Wisconsin, and Public Sector Unions

UPDATE II – Unions trashed the Wisconsin capitol. They even wrote on the marble with sharpy’s. One estimate said the cost would be $7 million. Tea Party activists went to help clean up today. The same thing happened at the inauguration, the grounds were trashed, the same thing happened to the mall at the John Stewart “liberal rally”, the Mall was trashed. The grounds after the biggest event in DC history, the Glenn Beck rally, the grounds were virtually spotless. The Rush Limbaugh event “Dan’s Bake Sale” (don’t let the name fool you it was a huge event) in Fort Collins was left clean.

*****Monday March 7, 2011 Wisconsin May be over. Gov Walker has extended press conference to “Set the Record Straight”*****

Democrat leadership says that the Republicans aren’t willing to negotiate. Gov. Walker calls this out as a straight up lie and is going to release all of his communications with the Democrat leadership to prove it.  Walker says that he is being jerked around by the Dem Leadership and is now negotiating with some senators individually. In either case, some Democrats are telling the media that this standoff will be over by Wednesday.

UPDATE I – Union thug to cameraman: I will break your freaking neck!

The man is wearing a jacket with the Teamsters Union logo:  

UPDATE IIO’Reilly: Unions paying their leadership outrageous salaries, give millions to politicians… (and they underfund their retirement obligations).

UPDATE III – AOL News Op-Ed: Elite Media Whitewashing Wisconsin’s Protests – LINK.

*****Wednesday March 9, 2011 White House Behind Wisconsin Recall Effort*****

Via Real Clear PoliticsLINK.  Have we ever seen a White House take direct action to have local elected officials recalled? Is this change we can believe in?

Talking Points:

1 – How many of you pay at least 12% or your health insurance? At least 5% of your retirement? Most of you pay more and this is what Governor Walker is asking the public sector union to do.  And at 12% donation they are still paying $100 a month less than the average Wisconsin worker for the gold plated benefits they get.

2 – The unions have made it clear that the state should raise taxes and go into more debt to make you pay for their gold plated benefits and fat yearly raises. The reason that the state is moving to limit the bargaining on the benefits is because the union is willing to take a temporary increase in partly paying for their benefits for now, but will negotiate all of it back next year and they expect you, who are suffering in this recession, to pay for it. The state cannot afford that and neither can the people.

3 – The public sector unions are trying to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the last election. The Wisconsin Republicans ran on getting this problem under control. Wisconsin has a shortfall of $4 billion dollars that they have to make up.

4 – Now the public sector union is waging an illegal strike and in some cases are illegally bringing students with them. The kids are missing school. The kids are paying the price so the union can politic on your dime as they are using paid sick days to do it.

5 – It would be one thing if the government union was giving you a superior product and service, but well all know that public schools do not offer a superior result and the union resists most efforts at reform. So instead of working to merit getting more of your money willingly, they want to politic to force government to take it from you.

6 – The Democrats have walked out and fled the state so they do not have to vote and the police cannot bring them back. Every one of these office holders has taken an oath to faithfully execute their office; instead they are kicking it fat at a resort in Illinois. I wonder who is going to be paying that bill? You don’t defend democracy by running away from it. Now Democrats have fled that resort because they got caught.

7 – Did Wisconsin try to pass these things with bribes or in a lame duck session at Christmas while no one was looking? We now know this is pure astroturf. The White House is organizing these protests and the shutdown of Wisconsin schools. When Obama introduced his latest budget busting and taxing budget he said that “We need to start living within our means”.

8 – If the public sector unions were poorly paid the elite media would have what they are paid all over the place. Instead they are silent on it.  The public sector union employees including the teachers union receive an average pay of $89,000 a year (some numbers show average $77,000) … and they are comparing the very modest proposals to get them to pay just a small portion of their benefits and retirement to Egypt.

9  – SEIU is making its own employees pay more for their benefits  – LINK.

10 – Health costs for public employees have doubled in just the last few years. The cost of their gold plated health and retirement benefits is 46% of their compensation. That is why the union cannot be allowed to reverse the modest concessions in the collective bargaining process.

11 – Some of the local and elite media are not showing quite as much of the the usual dishonest zeal in their bias on this issue. Could it be because most journalists do not make nearly as much as a Wisconsin government union teacher or bus driver? Could it be that those same journalists are paying MUCH more of their pay for benefits that aren’t nearly as good?

12 – On the media; why are they not pointing out that these union crowds and minimum wage hired protesters are almost exclusively white? If that is relevant for some of the the Tea Party gatherings why isn’t that relevant here? If a LaRouche Democrat bringing a Nazi sign to a tea Party event is not welcome why is that national news as if all Tea Party people even like LaRouche (which they don’t)? But here we are with Nazi characterizations and cross hairs, threats and such the elite media has nothing to say?

13 – Remember this is not about not having a voice which is the primary lie that the govt. unions are pushing. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the govt. unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

14 – A similar lie the left is pushing is that Gov. Walker wants to take away their guarantees for working conditions. This is pure BS. Most all working conditions are set in state law and are no longer negotiated. The limits on negotiation in Gov. Walker’s  proposal only go so far as keeping the government unions from reversing the concessions on the gold plated benefits at the next round of collective bargaining, which rest assured they will do.

15 – Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite the Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

16 – Right to Work Legislation –

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

17 – Indiana passed these reforms in 2005. All was well and the world didn’t burn.

18 – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive to what Wisconsin is proposing – LINK.

19 – At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

SPECIAL UPDATE – Top 100 state government employees in Illinois have nearly  ONE BILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer funded pensions just for them!!!!LINK.

mmmm

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New Documents: The ACLU’s Stalinist Heritage

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

Via the Daily Caller:

Noted author Paul Kengor has unearthed declassified letters and other documents in the Soviet Comintern archives linking early leaders of the ACLU with the Communist Party.

Kengor found a May 23, 1931 letter in the archives signed by ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, written on ACLU stationery, to then American Communist Party Chairman William Z. Foster asking him to help ACLU Chairman Harry Ward with his then-upcoming trip to Stalin’s Russia.

The letter suggests Ward intended to visit the Soviet Union to find “evidence from Soviet Russia” that would undermine the capitalist profit motive.

Baldwin wrote the letter at a time when Stalin was deporting 1.8 million Ukrainian peasants to Siberia under his policy of the forced collectivization of agriculture, which resulted in the deaths of up to 10 million Ukrainians in the two years that followed.

The Ukrainian government considers this to have been an act of genocide.

Foster was a key figure in the early years of the American communist movement who belonged to the ACLU’s National Committee in the 1920s, according to FBI documents. He later wrote a book titled “Toward Soviet America” in 1932 and also testified under oath before Congress that  he opposed American democracy.

Another letter on ACLU letterhead Kengor found in the Soviet archives dated Sept. 2, 1932 asks the Communist Party of America for a schedule of Foster’s trips around the country and offers to help keep the police at bay. It also asks for the names and addresses of Communist Party representatives in the cities where Foster was speaking.

Kengor also found a flier from 1933 advertising ACLU board member Corliss Lamont as the headline speaker for “Soviet Union Day,” which its organizers hoped would “answer lies and slanders of enemies of the Soviet Union.”

The documents found their way into the Soviet archives because the Communist Party sent all of its correspondences to the Comintern in Moscow for safekeeping, according to Kengor.

Other documents released in the 1990s by KGB defector Vasili Mitrokhin show the American Communist Party was under the Moscow’s direct control until 1989.

“These guys were advocating a regime that arguably was the biggest mass murderer in all of human history,” Kengor said. “Where is the moral authority in that?”

Kengor told The Daily Caller he found numerous other documents in the Soviet Comintern archives that also show a close relationship between the Communist Party and the ACLU.

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Why is The Liberal Group Code Pink Praising the Conservative CPAC Conference?

Posted by iusbvision on February 16, 2011

Another great article by Gregory Hilton. While it was important for the Patriot Act to be re-authorized for a time, I do recognize that since Obama took office the abuses of intelligence and snooping have gone up. All of the American people, and conservatives especially, should demand justice for these abuses. While I have been an admirer of James Bovard’s work, we need to keep in mind is that what we need to do is punish the abusers and punish them harshly. What we should NOT do is take away valuable tools for dealing with foreign intelligence threats.

We should keep in mind that illegal snooping was a real problem before the Patriot Act was ever passed. Remember when the Democrats obtained recordings of Newt Gingrich’s and John Boehner’s cell phone calls?

 

Gregory Hilton previously served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund; Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. Hilton also wrote a full-page political column for the conservative weekly Human Events. Hilton served as Executive Director of the American Security Council for 23 years and has helped to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations.

 

Gregory Hilton:

The liberal activist group Code Pink always blames America first, and now they have found new allies at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last year I was stunned to see Code Pink’s co-founder Susan “Medea” Benjamin at CPAC. I would not have paid attention if she was protesting, but she was applauding. She enthusiastically approved of Ron Paul’s event, “Conservatives Against War.”

Now Code Pink is praising CPAC for a second year. Their kind words are for Ron Paul’s speech in which the Texas Congressman said: “The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment — that’s what it’s all about.” Code Pink now admires the Libertarian “Repeal the Patriot Act” seminar at CPAC.

The main speaker was Ivan Eland who was “incredulous” when CPAC gave an award to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and said:

Rumsfeld’s direct role in the unconstitutional excesses of the George W. Bush administration should have probably landed him in jail. . . The assertion that Rumsfeld is “honest” and “forthright” seems an Orwellian attempt to turn black into white.

The other speaker was James Bovard who praised the 27 Republicans who broke ranks to vote against the Patriot Act, which he called “John Boehner’s anti-freedom joyride. . . Congress doesn’t care about the abuses. Congress only cares about their campaign donors.” Bovard said there was a close overlap between the members who voted against the Act and those who attend Ron Paul’s weekly study meetings.

The Code Pink co-founder says her organization, the Libertarians and some Tea Party members are the only ones who are paying attention to the Constitution and defending it against abuse. Medea Benjamin also claims George W. Bush violated the Constitution which is why she was in the forefront of efforts to impeach him.

  • Benjamin always refers to herself as a human rights activist, but she vigorously supports the worst human rights abusers. She wanted the United States to do nothing about genocide and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslavia. The Taliban would still be in power if were up to her, and Saddam Hussein would have been allowed to control the oil fields of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She says “violence is never the answer.”
  • She lived in Cuba for four years and has written three books praising Fidel Castro.
  • Benjamin and her fellow Code Pink members have referred to U.S. soldiers as “murderers,” “terrorists,” “baby killers,” and “assassins.” They did that outside of a Halloween Party for children of service members who had been deployed to Iraq.
  • She received diplomatic courtesy letters from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). This allowed her to visit Fallujah, Iraq in late 2004 to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month. Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah was the heaviest US urban combat since the Vietnam War, and Benjamin said she wanted to assist “the other side.”
  • She has been active in efforts to raise money for Hamas, and denounces Israel’s actions to protect its civilian population. She praises Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” for using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies.  Benjamin is part of a grassroots movement to boycott Israel based on the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign that targeted South Africa.
  • The first official letter from the Hamas leadership to President Obama on future negotiations was given to Benjamin for hand delivery. Code Pink wants the Obama administration to negotiate with Hamas without any preconditions, including no recognition of Israel and no halt to terrorist activities.
  • Benjamin has been arrested dozens of times at anti-war events, and at Donald Rumsfeld’s home. She tried to arrest Karl Rove at a booking signing for war crimes.
  • She believes Bush and Obama are the true terrorists. Benjamin is a member of the Green Party and was their U.S. Senate candidate in California. According to her, Republicans and Democrats are both “Stinking liars.”
  • Susan Benjamin was born in 1952 and during her first year at Tufts University she renamed herself Medea after a Greek mythological character.  Her role model was from a wealthy family, had an attitude of self-importance and elitism. The Greek character murdered her two children in an act of revenge against her husband.
  • Who does Medea Benjamin like? She wrote about it on the Huffington Post:

Ron Paul’s anti-war/anti-empire message and consistent votes against war funding is a refreshing turn from liberal Democrats who decry war but always vote to fund it . . . At the Tea Party rally he took on conservatives for wanting to be policemen of the world. He says ‘We’re stretched too far with all this government spending overseas. We should just mind our own business.’ His anti-empire message appears to be catching on in right wing circles. Libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive–and expensive–empire.

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Justice Scalia on “Originalism”

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2011

Great stuff!

California Lawyer:

Last October marked the 24th anniversary of Justice Antonin Scalia’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Well known for his sharp wit as well as his originalist approach to the Constitution, Justice Scalia consistently asks more questions during oral arguments and makes more comments than any other Supreme Court justice. And according to one study, he also gets the most laughs from those who come to watch these arguments. In September Justice Scalia spoke with UC Hastings law professor Calvin Massey.

 

Q. How would you characterize the role of the Supreme Court in American society, now that you’ve been a part of it for 24 years?
I think it’s a highly respected institution. It was when I came, and I don’t think I’ve destroyed it. I’ve been impressed that even when we come out with opinions that are highly unpopular or even highly—what should I say—emotion raising, the people accept them, as they should. The one that comes most to mind is the election case of Bush v. Gore. Nobody on the Court liked to wade into that controversy. But there was certainly no way that we could turn down the petition for certiorari. What are you going to say? The case isn’t important enough? And I think that the public ultimately realized that we had to take the case. … I was very, very proud of the way the Court’s reputation survived that, even though there are a lot of people who are probably still mad about it.

 

You believe in an enduring constitution rather than an evolving constitution. What does that mean to you?
In its most important aspects, the Constitution tells the current society that it cannot do [whatever] it wants to do. It is a decision that the society has made that in order to take certain actions, you need the extraordinary effort that it takes to amend the Constitution. Now if you give to those many provisions of the Constitution that are necessarily broad—such as due process of law, cruel and unusual punishments, equal protection of the laws—if you give them an evolving meaning so that they have whatever meaning the current society thinks they ought to have, they are no limitation on the current society at all. If the cruel and unusual punishments clause simply means that today’s society should not do anything that it considers cruel and unusual, it means nothing except, “To thine own self be true.”

 

In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don’t think anybody would have thought that equal protection applied to sex discrimination, or certainly not to sexual orientation. So does that mean that we’ve gone off in error by applying the 14th Amendment to both?
Yes, yes. Sorry, to tell you that. … But, you know, if indeed the current society has come to different views, that’s fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society. Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn’t. Nobody ever thought that that’s what it meant. Nobody ever voted for that. If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. You don’t like the death penalty anymore, that’s fine. You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it. Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.

 

What do you do when the original meaning of a constitutional provision is either in doubt or is unknown?
I do not pretend that originalism is perfect. There are some questions you have no easy answer to, and you have to take your best shot. … We don’t have the answer to everything, but by God we have an answer to a lot of stuff … especially the most controversial: whether the death penalty is unconstitutional, whether there’s a constitutional right to abortion, to suicide, and I could go on. All the most controversial stuff. … I don’t even have to read the briefs, for Pete’s sake.

 

Should we ever pay attention to lawyers’ work product when it comes to constitutional decisions in foreign countries?
[Laughs.] Well, it depends. If you’re an originalist, of course not. What can France’s modern attitude toward the French constitution have to say about what the framers of the American Constitution meant? [But] if you’re an evolutionist, the world is your oyster.

 

You’ve sometimes expressed thoughts about the culture in which we live. For example, in Lee v. Weismanyou wrote that we indeed live in a vulgar age. What do you think accounts for our present civic vulgarity?
Gee, I don’t know. I occasionally watch movies or television shows in which the f-word is used constantly, not by the criminal class but by supposedly elegant, well-educated, well-to-do people. The society I move in doesn’t behave that way. Who imagines this? Maybe here in California. I don’t know, you guys really talk this way?

 

You more or less grew up in New York. Being a child of Sicilian immigrants, how do you think New York City pizza rates?
I think it is infinitely better than Washington pizza, and infinitely better than Chicago pizza. You know these deep-dish pizzas—it’s not pizza. It’s very good, but … call it tomato pie or something. … I’m a traditionalist, what can I tell you?

 

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Think Again: American Decline. This time it’s for real.

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2011

This article doesn’t have to come true folks, but it can.

Foreign Policy Mag:

“We’ve Heard All This About American Decline Before.”

This time it’s different. It’s certainly true that America has been through cycles of declinism in the past. Campaigning for the presidency in 1960, John F. Kennedy complained, “American strength relative to that of the Soviet Union has been slipping, and communism has been advancing steadily in every area of the world.” Ezra Vogel’s Japan as Number One was published in 1979, heralding a decade of steadily rising paranoia about Japanese manufacturing techniques and trade policies.

In the end, of course, the Soviet and Japanese threats to American supremacy proved chimerical. So Americans can be forgiven if they greet talk of a new challenge from China as just another case of the boy who cried wolf. But a frequently overlooked fact about that fable is that the boy was eventually proved right. The wolf did arrive — and China is the wolf.

The Chinese challenge to the United States is more serious for both economic and demographic reasons. The Soviet Union collapsed because its economic system was highly inefficient, a fatal flaw that was disguised for a long time because the USSR never attempted to compete on world markets. China, by contrast, has proved its economic prowess on the global stage. Its economy has been growing at 9 to 10 percent a year, on average, for roughly three decades. It is now the world’s leading exporter and its biggest manufacturer, and it is sitting on more than $2.5 trillion of foreign reserves. Chinese goods compete all over the world. This is no Soviet-style economic basket case.

Japan, of course, also experienced many years of rapid economic growth and is still an export powerhouse. But it was never a plausible candidate to be No. 1. The Japanese population is less than half that of the United States, which means that the average Japanese person would have to be more than twice as rich as the average American before Japan’s economy surpassed America’s. That was never going to happen. By contrast, China’s population is more than four times that of the United States. The famous projection by Goldman Sachs that China’s economy will be bigger than that of the United States by 2027 was made before the 2008 economic crash. At the current pace, China could be No. 1 well before then.

China’s economic prowess is already allowing Beijing to challenge American influence all over the world. The Chinese are the preferred partners of many African governments and the biggest trading partner of other emerging powers, such as Brazil and South Africa. China is also stepping in to buy the bonds of financially strapped members of the eurozone, such as Greece and Portugal.

And China is only the largest part of a bigger story about the rise of new economic and political players. America’s traditional allies in Europe — Britain, France, Italy, even Germany — are slipping down the economic ranks. New powers are on the rise: India, Brazil, Turkey. They each have their own foreign-policy preferences, which collectively constrain America’s ability to shape the world. Think of how India and Brazil sided with China at the global climate-change talks. Or the votes by Turkey and Brazil against America at the United Nations on sanctions against Iran. That is just a taste of things to come.

“China Will Implode Sooner or Later.”

Don’t count on it. It is certainly true that when Americans are worrying about national decline, they tend to overlook the weaknesses of their scariest-looking rival. The flaws in the Soviet and Japanese systems became obvious only in retrospect. Those who are confident that American hegemony will be extended long into the future point to the potential liabilities of the Chinese system. In a recent interview with the Times of London, former U.S. President George W. Bush suggested that China’s internal problems mean that its economy will be unlikely to rival America’s in the foreseeable future. “Do I still think America will remain the sole superpower?” he asked. “I do.”

But predictions of the imminent demise of the Chinese miracle have been a regular feature of Western analysis ever since it got rolling in the late 1970s. In 1989, the Communist Party seemed to be staggering after the Tiananmen Square massacre. In the 1990s, economy watchers regularly pointed to the parlous state of Chinese banks and state-owned enterprises. Yet the Chinese economy has kept growing, doubling in size roughly every seven years.

Of course, it would be absurd to pretend that China does not face major challenges. In the short term, there is plenty of evidence that a property bubble is building in big cities like Shanghai, and inflation is on the rise. Over the long term, China has alarming political and economic transitions to navigate. The Communist Party is unlikely to be able to maintain its monopoly on political power forever. And the country’s traditional dependence on exports and an undervalued currency are coming under increasing criticism from the United States and other international actors demanding a “rebalancing” of China’s export-driven economy. The country also faces major demographic and environmental challenges: The population is aging rapidly as a result of the one-child policy, and China is threatened by water shortages and pollution.

Yet even if you factor in considerable future economic and political turbulence, it would be a big mistake to assume that the Chinese challenge to U.S. power will simply disappear. Once countries get the hang of economic growth, it takes a great deal to throw them off course. The analogy to the rise of Germany from the mid-19th century onward is instructive. Germany went through two catastrophic military defeats, hyperinflation, the Great Depression, the collapse of democracy, and the destruction of its major cities and infrastructure by Allied bombs. And yet by the end of the 1950s, West Germany was once again one of the world’s leading economies, albeit shorn of its imperial ambitions.

In a nuclear age, China is unlikely to get sucked into a world war, so it will not face turbulence and disorder on remotely the scale Germany did in the 20th century. And whatever economic and political difficulties it does experience will not be enough to stop the country’s rise to great-power status. Sheer size and economic momentum mean that the Chinese juggernaut will keep rolling forward, no matter what obstacles lie in its path.

“America Still Leads Across the Board.”

For now. As things stand, America has the world’s largest economy, the world’s leading universities, and many of its biggest companies. The U.S. military is also incomparably more powerful than any rival. The United States spends almost as much on its military as the rest of the world put together. And let’s also add in America’s intangible assets. The country’s combination of entrepreneurial flair and technological prowess has allowed it to lead the technological revolution. Talented immigrants still flock to U.S. shores. And now that Barack Obama is in the White House, the country’s soft power has received a big boost. For all his troubles, polls show Obama is still the most charismatic leader in the world; Hu Jintao doesn’t even come close. America also boasts the global allure of its creative industries (Hollywood and all that), its values, the increasing universality of the English language, and the attractiveness of the American Dream.

All true — but all more vulnerable than you might think. American universities remain a formidable asset. But if the U.S. economy is not generating jobs, then those bright Asian graduate students who fill up the engineering and computer-science departments at Stanford University and MIT will return home in larger numbers. Fortune‘s latest ranking of the world’s largest companies has only two American firms in the top 10 — Walmart at No. 1 and ExxonMobil at No. 3. There are already three Chinese firms in the top 10: Sinopec, State Grid, and China National Petroleum. America’s appeal might also diminish if the country is no longer so closely associated with opportunity, prosperity, and success. And though many foreigners are deeply attracted to the American Dream, there is also a deep well of anti-American sentiment in the world that al Qaeda and others have skillfully exploited, Obama or no Obama.

As for the U.S. military, the lesson of the Iraq and Afghan wars is that America’s martial prowess is less useful than former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and others imagined. U.S. troops, planes, and missiles can overthrow a government on the other side of the world in weeks, but pacifying and stabilizing a conquered country is another matter. Years after apparent victory, America is still bogged down by an apparently endless insurgency in Afghanistan.

Not only are Americans losing their appetite for foreign adventures, but the U.S. military budget is clearly going to come under pressure in this new age of austerity. The present paralysis in Washington offers little hope that the United States will deal with its budgetary problems swiftly or efficiently. The U.S. government’s continuing reliance on foreign lending makes the country vulnerable, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s humbling 2009 request to the Chinese to keep buying U.S. Treasury bills revealed. America is funding its military supremacy through deficit spending, meaning the war in Afghanistan is effectively being paid for with a Chinese credit card. Little wonder that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has identified the burgeoning national debt as the single largest threat to U.S. national security.

Meanwhile, China’s spending on its military continues to grow rapidly. The country will soon announce the construction of its first aircraft carrier and is aiming to build five or six in total. Perhaps more seriously, China’s development of new missile and anti-satellite technology threatens the command of the sea and skies on which the United States bases its Pacific supremacy. In a nuclear age, the U.S. and Chinese militaries are unlikely to clash. A common Chinese view is that the United States will instead eventually find it can no longer afford its military position in the Pacific. U.S. allies in the region — Japan, South Korea, and increasingly India — may partner more with Washington to try to counter rising Chinese power. But if the United States has to scale back its presence in the Pacific for budgetary reasons, its allies will start to accommodate themselves to a rising China. Beijing’s influence will expand, and the Asia-Pacific region — the emerging center of the global economy — will become China’s backyard.

“Globalization Is Bending the World the Way of the West.”

Not really. One reason why the United States was relaxed about China’s rise in the years after the end of the Cold War was the deeply ingrained belief that globalization was spreading Western values. Some even thought that globalization and Americanization were virtually synonymous.

Pundit Fareed Zakaria was prescient when he wrote that the “rise of the rest” (i.e., non-American powers) would be one of the major features of a “post-American world.” But even Zakaria argued that this trend was essentially beneficial to the United States: “The power shift … is good for America, if approached properly. The world is going America’s way. Countries are becoming more open, market-friendly, and democratic.”

Both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton took a similar view that globalization and free trade would serve as a vehicle for the export of American values. In 1999, two years before China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, Bush argued, “Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy.… Trade freely with China, and time is on our side.”

There were two important misunderstandings buried in this theorizing. The first was that economic growth would inevitably — and fairly swiftly — lead to democratization. The second was that new democracies would inevitably be more friendly and helpful toward the United States. Neither assumption is working out.

In 1989, after the Tiananmen Square massacre, few Western analysts would have believed that 20 years later China would still be a one-party state — and that its economy would also still be growing at phenomenal rates. The common (and comforting) Western assumption was that China would have to choose between political liberalization and economic failure. Surely a tightly controlled one-party state could not succeed in the era of cell phones and the World Wide Web? As Clinton put it during a visit to China in 1998, “In this global information age, when economic success is built on ideas, personal freedom is … essential to the greatness of any modern nation.”

In fact, China managed to combine censorship and one-party rule with continuing economic success over the following decade. The confrontation between the Chinese government and Google in 2010 was instructive. Google, that icon of the digital era, threatened to withdraw from China in protest at censorship, but it eventually backed down in return for token concessions. It is now entirely conceivable that when China becomes the world’s largest economy — let us say in 2027 — it will still be a one-party state run by the Communist Party.

And even if China does democratize, there is absolutely no guarantee that this will make life easier for the United States, let alone prolong America’s global hegemony. The idea that democracies are liable to agree on the big global issues is now being undermined on a regular basis. India does not agree with the United States on climate change or the Doha round of trade talks. Brazil does not agree with the United States on how to handle Venezuela or Iran. A more democratic Turkey is today also a more Islamist Turkey, which is now refusing to take the American line on either Israel or Iran. In a similar vein, a more democratic China might also be a more prickly China, if the popularity of nationalist books and Internet sites in the Middle Kingdom is any guide.

“Globalization Is Not a Zero-Sum Game.”

Don’t be too sure. Successive U.S. presidents, from the first Bush to Obama, have explicitly welcomed China’s rise. Just before his first visit to China, Obama summarized the traditional approach when he said, “Power does not need to be a zero-sum game, and nations need not fear the success of another.… We welcome China’s efforts to play a greater role on the world stage.”

But whatever they say in formal speeches, America’s leaders are clearly beginning to have their doubts, and rightly so. It is a central tenet of modern economics that trade is mutually beneficial for both partners, a win-win rather than a zero-sum. But that implies the rules of the game aren’t rigged. Speaking before the 2010 World Economic Forum, Larry Summers, then Obama’s chief economic advisor, remarked pointedly that the normal rules about the mutual benefits of trade do not necessarily apply when one trading partner is practicing mercantilist or protectionist policies. The U.S. government clearly thinks that China’s undervaluation of its currency is a form of protectionism that has led to global economic imbalances and job losses in the United States. Leading economists, such as New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the Peterson Institute’s C. Fred Bergsten, have taken a similar line, arguing that tariffs or other retaliatory measures would be a legitimate response. So much for the win-win world.

And when it comes to the broader geopolitical picture, the world of the future looks even more like a zero-sum game, despite the gauzy rhetoric of globalization that comforted the last generation of American politicians. For the United States has been acting as if the mutual interests created by globalization have repealed one of the oldest laws of international politics: the notion that rising players eventually clash with established powers.

In fact, rivalry between a rising China and a weakened America is now apparent across a whole range of issues, from territorial disputes in Asia to human rights. It is mercifully unlikely that the United States and China would ever actually go to war, but that is because both sides have nuclear weapons, not because globalization has magically dissolved their differences.

At the G-20 summit in November, the U.S. drive to deal with “global economic imbalances” was essentially thwarted by China’s obdurate refusal to change its currency policy. The 2009 climate-change talks in Copenhagen ended in disarray after another U.S.-China standoff. Growing Chinese economic and military clout clearly poses a long-term threat to American hegemony in the Pacific. The Chinese reluctantly agreed to a new package of U.N. sanctions on Iran, but the cost of securing Chinese agreement was a weak deal that is unlikely to derail the Iranian nuclear program. Both sides have taken part in the talks with North Korea, but a barely submerged rivalry prevents truly effective Sino-American cooperation. China does not like Kim Jong Il’s regime, but it is also very wary of a reunified Korea on its borders, particularly if the new Korea still played host to U.S. troops. China is also competing fiercely for access to resources, in particular oil, which is driving up global prices.

American leaders are right to reject zero-sum logic in public. To do anything else would needlessly antagonize the Chinese. But that shouldn’t obscure this unavoidable fact: As economic and political power moves from West to East, new international rivalries are inevitably emerging.

The United States still has formidable strengths. Its economy will eventually recover. Its military has a global presence and a technological edge that no other country can yet match. But America will never again experience the global dominance it enjoyed in the 17 years between the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 and the financial crisis of 2008. Those days are over.

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Euro Nations Seizing Private Pensions

Posted by iusbvision on February 15, 2011

This is one of the ideas that have been floated inside the Obama Administration.

Christian Science Monitor:

People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two others refer to national funds.

The most striking example is Hungary, where last month the government made the citizens an offer they could not refuse. They could either remit their individual retirement savings to the state, or lose the right to the basic state pension (but still have an obligation to pay contributions for it). In this extortionate way, the government wants to gain control over $14bn of individual retirement savings.

The Bulgarian government has come up with a similar idea. $300m of private early retirement savings was supposed to be transferred to the state pension scheme. The government gave way after trade unions protested and finally only about 20% of the original plans were implemented.

A slightly less drastic situation is developing in Poland. The government wants to transfer of 1/3 of future contributions from individual retirement accounts to the state-run social security system. Since this system does not back its liabilities with stocks or even bonds, the money taken away from the savers will go directly to the state treasury and savers will lose about $2.3bn a year. The Polish government is more generous than the Hungarian one, but only because it wants to seize just 1/3 of the future savings and also allows the citizens to keep the money accumulated so far.

The fourth example is Ireland. In 2001, the National Pension Reserve Fund was brought into existence for the purpose of supporting pensions of the Irish people in the years 2025-2050. The scheme was also supposed to provide for the pensions of some public sector employees (mainly university staff). However, in March 2009, the Irish government earmarked €4bn from this fund for rescuing banks. In November 2010, the remaining savings of €2.5bn was seized to support the bailout of the rest of the country.

The final example is France. In November, the French parliament decided to earmark €33bn from the national reserve pension fund FRR to reduce the short-term pension scheme deficit. In this way, the retirement savings intended for the years 2020-2040 will be used earlier, that is in the years 2011-2024, and the government will spend the saved up resources on other purposes.

It looks like although the governments are able to enforce general participation in pension schemes, they do not seem to be the best guardians of the money accumulated there.

The table below is a summary of the discussed fiscal-retirement situations (source):

*These figures do not include the costs of higher taxes, price inflation and low interest rates, which additionally devaluate retirement savings.

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Does U.S. Foreign Aid Make a Difference? Should It Be Stopped?

Posted by iusbvision on February 3, 2011

[Editor’s Note – While I think that the foreign aid program should be re-evaluated just as every program should, Greg makes some points here that are hard to dispute. The aid, when done wisely, aids the diplomatic credibility of the United States. That diplomatic credibility has saved lives that none of us will ever know about, including American lives.

Let us just focus on Israel for a moment. Our aid to Israel, some of which is obviously military, sends a message to the world that there will never again be another genocide against the Jewish people if we have anything to do about it. While Israel has had hard times, think of how much harder the years would have been without the fear and credibility of the United States as her ally? We saw the reaction of Arafat after 9/11. He was scared white as a ghost in fear that somehow 9/11 could have been tied to the PLO.

The jihadists see Israel as the “little satan” and the USA as the “big satan”. This means that Israel’s security is our security.

We cannot have a one size fits all – “all or nothing” foreign policy and that is what a ban on all foreign aid is. While I am glad to see Senator Paul take spending cuts and waste very seriously, I believe this particular policy position stems from ignorance, I will be sending a letter to the good Senator from Kentucky. It is my hope that after a few intelligence briefings he will moderate his view on this issue.]

By Gregory Hilton:

The Senate Tea Party Caucus was officially launched yesterday with a two hour meeting open to the public. The Caucus includes Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Mike Lee (R-UT). Tea Party candidates such as Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have decided not to join the group. Senator Paul participated in numerous media interviews to mark the debut of the Caucus.

Rand Paul confirmed his opposition to the entire foreign aid program (which is 0.19% of the budget), and said America should eliminate all the assistance it provides to Israel. Foreign aid has never been popular, and this is especially true when the nation has a $1.5 trillion deficit this year as well as a $14 trillion national debt. Senator Paul wants to abolish all aid because “nothing has changed in the poorest parts of the world.”

Senator Paul wants to abolish all aid because “nothing has changed in the poorest parts of the world.” He believes the money is being wasted, and that certainly did happen in the past.

Problems and Opportunities

Many Americans are not interested in the Third World or failed states which have been impoverished for years. Besides, the United States has plenty to worry about on its own.

African nations are far away and have so many problems. They are still beset with civil wars and strife. In the 1990s, Africa had more wars than the rest of the world combined.

During the Cold War, the United States was in competition with the Soviet Union, and foreign aid then went to dictators such as Mobutu in the Congo, Bokassa in the Central African Republic, Duvalier in Haiti and Stroessner in Paraguay. Mobutu alone stole at least $5 billion, and other problems include:

■Corruption remains a problem and in recent years the presidents of Zambia and Malawi have both been charged with embezzling millions in aid funds.

■The governments of Sudan and Zimbabwe are today letting their people starve.

■There have also been mistakes. Over $2 billion was spent to construct roads in Tanzania, but transportation did not improve because there were no funds to maintain them.

■From 1970 to 2002, over 70% of total government spending came from foreign aid in Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Somalia, Mali, Chad, Mauritania and Sierra Leone. Progress has not been made in those nations, and they are unable to maintain their schools and clinic without aid.

■The policy of donor nations has been to give these failed countries the basics. Food and medicine have been distributed and governments have not been asked to do anything. That has created a dependence on more aid. It is far better to have programs based on the power of markets, but that requires a long commitment.

Critics point to the failed states to demonstrate that foreign aid is useless, and poverty will never go away. Millions of people are still dying from disease, and Senator Paul and his allies now want Americans to give up.

What they will not acknowledge is that millions of people have been saved. The aid failures in the past decade have been relatively small, and the victories have been huge. African poverty and inequality is falling fast, and the continent is on track to halve poverty by 2020.

Foreign Aid Often Helps The American Economy

Foreign aid is from the American people, but it is also for the American people. It is far more than charity, and it has proven to be a smart investment. There is substantial evidence demonstrating that foreign aid helps to create new American markets.

Long time aid recipients such as India, Indonesia, South Korea and Poland, are now major markets for American goods and services. The competitiveness of the United States is based on trade. One example of our changing economy is that Buick sales this year will be six times greater in China than in America. This is excellent news because the American taxpayers now own GM.

One out of five U.S. jobs now depends on international trade. Half of U.S. exports (almost $600 billion) are now going to developing counties. Almost 90% of those sales are from small to medium sized companies, and for every 10% increase in exports there is a 7% decrease in America’s unemployment rate.

Foreign Aid Helps Our National Security

Many people view foreign aid as a moral obligation to help the poor and feed the hungry, but the national security community supports the program because it helps to keep Americans safe and secure. That is why foreign aid is part of America’s official national security strategy. In addition, George W. Bush placed development aid alongside defense and diplomacy as a third critical pillar of national security.

America’s foreign assistance team works hand and glove with its military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, and Central America. For example, by improving agriculture in Afghanistan we are helping to defeat the Taliban.

The home base of the Taliban in Kandahar is now exporting food for the first time in 40 years. The schools the U.S. has refurbished have replaced the Taliban’s extremist madrassas. Foreign aid has also moved farmers away from coca cultivation in nations such as Afghanistan and Colombia. In the regions of Colombia where the U.S. is involved, coca cultivation has dropped 85%. This is an essential part of the war on drugs.

The linkage between national security and foreign aid dates back to the Marshall Plan which helped in the post WW II recovery, but it also stopped the spread of communism to western Europe. JFK’s Alliance for Progress helped to stop the export of communist revolutions in Latin America.

As we have recently seen, impoverished states have been spawning grounds for terrorism, trafficking, environmental devastation, and disease. Foreign aid is an important part of the mix because the military can’t secure a society alone. We learned this again in Iraq where we had to shift to a counterinsurgency strategy in 2006, and we had to do the same thing in Afghanistan in 2009.

Full Support From The Joint Chiefs of Staff

The most effective lobbyists for foreign aid have been the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) who have also emphasized how it bolster’s America’s national security. The JCS Chairman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he considers the education of women and girls important to our military goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and consequently to our security here at home.

Many studies support their observations. They have noted that a key to alleviating global poverty and its attendant ills such as fundamentalism and extremism is by empowering women and girls. The countries we are having the most trouble with are the ones who marginalize their females.

George W. Bush Completely Changed Foreign Aid

Senator Paul’s real target is President George W. Bush who quadrupled foreign aid. Bush increased the program from $2 billion to $8 billion where it remains today.

At the same time, Bush was successful in encouraging America’s allies to increase their aid, and they now provide $22 billion on an annual basis. This does not include assistance from non-profit and international organizations. The U.S. has the largest foreign aid budget, but as a percentage of our GDP, nations such as Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands are far ahead of us. Almost 60% of U.S. aid goes to Israel, Egypt and Colombia.

Bush completely changed foreign aid by numerous reforms and creating the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in March 2002. The program was designed to give millions of people the tools they need to build a better future.

The nations which receive MCA aid are those who have made a new commitment to fighting poverty by working in partnership with America to educate their people, encourage economic productivity and fight corruption. The only countries which receive aid are those who govern justly and meet a well defined set of requirements.

The 40 nations which have met the MCA or poverty reduction strategy requirements have an average growth rate of 5.9%. The Bush approach has been effective and amazing progress has happened.

It is also demonstrated in the declining number of child deaths, the advances made against HIV/AIDS, and the number of children going to school. A 2009 World Health Organization report credited the Bush administration with saving over 10 millions lives.

Foreign Aid is Making a Huge Difference

Significant problems still remain in the foreign aid program, and prior to the Bush administration billions of dollars were lost due to corruption. Nevertheless, significant progress was made by previous administrations.

The post World War II Marshall Plan gave $13 billion to Europe, which would be the equivalent of $100 billion today. It is still regarded as a tremendous success. Foreign aid also helped to lift millions of people out of poverty in South Korea, Taiwan, Botswana, Indonesia and Tanzania.

In the past 50 years, infant and child death rates in the developing world have been reduced by 50 percent, and life expectancy increased by about 33 percent. At the same time, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide, and polio will soon join that list. There has been enormous progress in fighting river blindness, guinea worm, diarrheal diseases, and others.

Without the top three U.S. aid recipients, America has about $4 billion to distribute on an annual basis. The world will not be saved with that modest investment, but progress is being made and foreign aid should continue. Some of the milestones are:

■In the past 20 years, the number of the worlds chronically undernourished has been reduced by 50 percent.

■More than 3 million lives are saved every year through America’s childhood immunization programs.

■Five and a quarter million people worldwide have a new lease of life since 2002 because of AIDS treatment.

■Literacy rates are up 33 percent worldwide in the past two decades, and primary school enrollment has tripled.

■In sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of primary school age children enrolled in school increased from 56% in 1999 to 73% in 2009, the fastest increase of any region. Fifteen African countries have achieved gender parity in primary education, meaning they have an equal number of boys and girls enrolling.

■The United States has brought safe drinking water to 1.3 billion people.

■U.S. agricultural technology and practices have led to the most dramatic increases in crop production in the history of mankind, helping to feed a billion people.

■98 million less people were going hungry in 2010 compared to in 2009. Hunger is down in Ghana by over 75%. The decades of military rule are over in Ghana, and a pro-free market government has been making steady progress.

■23 African economies are now growing individually at 5% or more a year. In total 18 non-oil producing African countries have averaged growth of 5.5% during the past decade. Mozambique has had an amazing fifteen-year record of nearly 8 percent growth. Elsewhere, Egypt and Pakistan have tripled their incomes.

■TB deaths are down from 1.8 million in 2007 to 1.3 million in 2010.

■Measles deaths have fallen by 89% over the past decade after a massive vaccination program carried out by the United States in partnership with African governments, UNICEF and the American Red Cross.

■The U.S. government and America’s non-profit organizations have distributed 122 million bed nets to protect families from malaria. Malaria incidences in west Africa have decreased by 49% since 2003, and the disease is no longer a major concern in Vietnam or Thailand.

■During the past two decades, under-five mortality rates have declined by an average of 52% in Eritrea, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Ethiopia.

■Forty-five years ago, Botswana was one of the poorest nations in the world. Then a free market was established and for three decades Botswana had the highest average economic growth rate on the planet.

■Five years ago Liberia appear to be a failed state basket case because of civil war, corruption and poverty. Some people thought an aid program was not worth the effort. Liberia is still a poor nation, but it has made significant progress in all areas.

■Foreign aid is not a never ending dole, and seven more nations have made enough progress to be removed from the assistance roles over the next three years. The first to go will be Montenegro in 2012. Countries which have been past recipients of aid such as India and Brazil are now donors.

Can America Afford Foreign Aid?

Over the past half century many people have claimed a foreign aid program was too expensive. Prior to George W. Bush, the aid program was cut repeatedly, and America does have a big deficit today.

Nevertheless, the critics are wrong in claiming the United States is carrying the world development load. Excluding the top three recipients, aid is only 0.09% of the budget. This is less than $4 billion and a considerable amount of that is helping security programs and the war on drugs.

The United States has received an excellent return on its foreign aid investment. In addition, we have never claimed aid is the only answer. The U.S. strategy includes trade, improved governance and business practices which foster private investment. Everyone also realizes it is essential to stop corruption.

All of these aspects are important, but aid is critical. U.S. assistance goes well beyond delivering food and medicine. It is a partnership with governments such as Ghana. We encouraged their transition to a free market economy and the result so far has been a 75% reduction in hunger.

Many people don’t care if millions of foreigners die, but what they don’t realize is that we are not saving any money by cutting back on foreign aid. If we stopped our aid programs, our allies would also stop or cut back.

The first victim would then be the growth of U.S. exports and the many transitions which are now taking place to a free market economy. Tens of thousands of American jobs would be sacrificed.

U.S. foreign aid goes well beyond food for peace. American aid programs have changed the world during the past decade by encouraging the establishment of fair business codes, viable commercial banks and reasonable tax and tariff standards. These reforms have allowed numerous American companies to enter the export market.

This isolationist strategy is what critics urged after the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan. We listened to their advice, and ignored Afghanistan in the 1990’s. We did next to nothing and the Taliban took hold. The subsequent military spending was a thousand fold of what any foreign aid program would have been. Once again, foreign aid is from the American people, but it is also for the American people.

Can we afford to do it? I think we can’t afford not to do it. Foreign aid today is a hand up, not a hand out. America is now encouraging economic growth policies. That did not happen in the past, but it is now an integral part of our development strategy. The Bush administration understood that good business is good development.

Hilton previously served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Fund; Director of Public Affairs for the National Republican Congressional Committee; and as the Republican National Committee’s liaison to the White House Political Affairs Office during the Reagan Administration. Hilton also wrote a full page political column for the conservative weekly Human Events. Hilton served as Executive Director of the American Security Council for 23 years and has helped to raise $100 million for non-profit organizations.

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Glenn Beck Destroys Chris “Balloon Head” Matthews

Posted by iusbvision on January 28, 2011

Chris Mathews, pushes the anti-American Marxist lie about the 3/5ths compromise in the Constitution. The truth is that if not for the 3/5th compromise the progress at restricting and reducing slavery till the Civil War would not have happened. The entire purpose of the 3/5 compromise was to reduce the Southern States influence in Congress and to punish them in representation for not recognizing the full rights of black people.

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Black Heroes and Founders of the Great American Revolution.

Posted by iusbvision on January 24, 2011

By The Founders:

For many years the actions of black men, women, and children in our nation’s founding has been largely ignored. The enslavement of black Americans was prominent, not their contributions. We read about those slaves who joined the British Army to gain their freedom. But what of the thousands of blacks who served this country in her hour of need? Their deeds were no less important than those of their white neighbors. They fought and died on the battlefields. They road the countryside as couriers. They held office. The wrote in support of independence. The led their communities.

 

 

Below are some short biographies of some of these Black Founders and Patriots. This list is by no means exhaustive, and quotes and pictures are not always available. However, these people and the service they rendered this country do not deserve to be forgotten.

 

 

Continental Army

Many black men served as soldiers in the American Revolution. The number is between 12,000 and 15,000. Some were slaves fighting for the promise of freedom. Others were free blacks fighting for their country’s liberty. They served in an integrated army, the last one until the Korean War. By 1779, 15% of the Continental Army was black. These men fought in the very first Battles of Lexington and Concord all the way to the final major battle at Yorktown. They saw action in every major engagement including Ticonderoga, Monmouth, and Princeton. They suffered at Valley Forge and crossed the Delaware with Washington. Every colony except South Carolina and Georgia sent black men with the white men to fight.

In addition to the integrated units, there were also three all black units that served: the Rhode Island First regiment, who fought with distinction at Newport, Monmouth and Yorktown; the Black Bucks of America, a Massachusetts regiment whose banner is still on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society; and the Volunteer Chasseurs, a regiment from Haiti brought over by our French allies. The latter unit took the ideas of liberty back to Haiti with them. Those ideas were used to overthrow their French masters and create the second republic in the Americas.

 

 

Phillip Abbot

Abbot was a servant to the family of Nathaniel Abbot of Andover, Massachusetts. When Nathaniel Abbot’s men were called to the Battle of Bunker Hill, Phillip Abbot fought and died along side them.

 

Jack Arabus

Jack Arabus was a slave of a wealthy Connecticut merchant. As was common in those days, a person could pay someone to take their place in the military. Arabus’ owner offered him his freedom if he would fight in the place of the merchant’s son. Arabus accepted the offer and found in the American Revolution. Sadly, upon his return from war, his master changed his mind.

Arabus decided to take matters into his own hand and ran away. He was not free for long. He was captured the next day and put in jail in New Haven. His master sued for his return, but Arabus had a defender. The Yale educated lawyer, Chauncey Goodrich, took on his case. He won. The judge ruled that Arabus was free the moment he went to fight. The agreement did not matter. This case enabled hundred of enslaved black patriots to win their own freedom as they had won their country’s

 

 

 

Caesar Augustus

Augustus was the last colonist wounded in the Battle of Lexington. He was from Dorchester, Massachusetts.

 

 

Charles Bowles

Bowles was born in Boston in 1761. He was mixed race, his father was an African and his mother was the daughter of Colonel Morgan. At the age of 14, Bowles enlisted in the Continental Army. Her served during the entire length of the war. His first two years he spent in the service of an officer, but then reenlisted to fight. After the war, he moved to New Hampshire and became a farmer. There is a story that he had been a slave to a Tory family, but that would not be correct if his mother was white. He might have been a servant.

 

 

Seymour Burr

Seymour Burr, also spelled Seymore, was the slave of the brother of Colonel Aaron Burr, also named Seymour. Burr was from the colony of Connecticut. During the American Revolution, Burr ran away to join the British Army who was promising freedom to slaves who enlisted. Burr was found by his master before he could enlist. His master offered him his freedom if he would enlist in the Continental Army instead. Burr enlisted in the Massachusetts Seventh Regiment, led by Colonel John Brooks. He served at the siege of Fort Catskill, suffering cold and starvation.

 

 

 

 

Cyrus Bustill

Cyrus Bustill was born in Burlington in 1732. His father was an English lawyer and his mother a slave. Because the status of the child follows the status of the mother, this meant that Bustill was a slave. He was trained to be a baker by a Thomas Prior, who was a Quaker. At the age of 36, Bustill got his freedom. During the American Revolutiion he helped the army with something it had a great need for, bread. He was commended for this service and received a silver piece for General George Washington.

After the war, Bustill and his wife, who also mixed race – the daughter of an Englishman and a Delaware Indian, moved to Philadelphia. There they and their eight children attended Quaker meetings. Bustill was also an early member of the Free African Society which began in 1787. This is the society established by black Founders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. When Bustill retired as a baker, he opened a school. He dies in 1806.

 

 

Oliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell was born in the colony of New Jersey, near Burlington. There seems to be some confusion on his birth date. One source has it as May 24, 1753, while another puts it in 1752. He was light skinned, a farmer, and was raised by the family of John Hutchin. It is possible that he was born a free black.

He served in the second New Jersey regiment under Captain Lowery and and Colonel Israel Shreve. He served in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Monmouth, and Yorktown. He made the famous crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776.

George Washington personally signed Cromwell’s discharge papers at the end of the war. Washington also designed a medal which was presented to Cromwell. He later applied for a pension as a veteran. He could not read or write, but he was very well liked in the community of Burlington. Local lawyers, judges, and politicians helped him to get the pension of $96 a year. Cromwell purchased a 100 acre farm, fathered 14 children, and moved into Burlington in his later years. He outlived 8 of his children, and died when he was 100 years old. He is buried in the Methodist churchyard in Burlington, where some of his descendants still live.

 

 

Prince Easterbrooks

Prince Easterbrooks was also known as Estabrook. In the very first battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of Lexington, there were no fewer than ten black patriots. Easterbrooks was one of them. He served under Captain John Parker, the first to engage in the war. He was wounded when the British forces fired upon the citizens of the town. He was mentioned in the Salem Gazette or Newberry and Marblehead Advertiser for April 21, 1775, as a “Negro man” who was “wounded (Lexington) .”

 

 

 

 

Fraunces Tavern

Samuel and Elizabeth “Phoebe” Fraunces

Samuel Fraunces was a mulatto, a person with one whie and one black parent, from Jamaica. His was most likely born in 1734, though it could have been as early at 1722. At some point in his life he immigrated to the colonies and settled in New York City, eventually becoming the owner of a tavern. It was rumored that during the Revolutionary War, his tavern was used as a meeting place for Patriots. On December 4, 1783, George Washington delivered his farewell to his officers at Fraunce’s Tavern. Apparently Washington and Fraunces had a personal and business relationship. The two dined together at the Old 76 House in Tappan, New York, and Fraunces cooked for Washington at the DeWint House, which is also in Tappan. Fraunces also served a steward to President Washington in New York City, and in Philadelphia from 1791 to 1794. George Washington Parke Custis, Martha’s grandson, remarked on Fraunces at a state dinner, “Fraunces in snow-white apron, silk shorts and stockings, and hair in full powder, placed the first dish on the table, the clock being on the stroke of four, ‘the labors of Hercules’ ceased.”

Fraunces is also known to have helped feed the 13,000 American prisoners of war kept around New York City, including those kept on the notorious prison ships.

Fraunces and his wife, Elizabeth Dailey, had seven children, one by the name of Elizabeth, but called Phoebe. During the Revolution, Washington came to stay at a place called Mortier House in New York Cith. He wrote to ask Fraunces to find for him a housekeeper. Fraunces sent his daughter Phoebe. It is possible that he sent her because he had heard a rumor that an attempt was to be made on Washington’s life, or it may be that Phoebe discovered this plot while working at Mortier House. Either way, one of Washington’s body guards, Thomas Hickey, was executed for attempting to poison the general. Phoebe and her father are credited with discovering the plot, and Fraunces is credited with removing the poisoned peas intended for Washington’s dinner. Phoebe was ten years old at the time of Hickey’s execution in June of 1776.

 

 

 

 

The plague showing Freeman stabbing the British officer

Jordan Freeman and Lambert Latham

In 1781, at the Battle of Groton Heights near New London, Connecticut, 185 Patriots, black and white, tried to hold off the 1,700 British led by that turncoat, Benedict Arnold. So heavily outnumbered, the Americans had no chance for victory, but refused to just surrender. They retreated to nearby Fort Griswold. The British stormed the fort. The Patriots ran out of ammunition and began fighting with bayonets, the butts of their muskets, and pikes. During this last stand, Jordan Freeman speared Major Montgomery who was leading the bayonet charge on the fort. About the same time, Lambert Latham picked up the American flag which had been shot off of its poll, and held it above his head.

Finally, the British were able to capture the fort. A British captain asked who was in charge of the fort. Colonel William Ledyard answered, “I did once. You do now.” As he stepped forward he offered his sword to the British officer, a sign of surrender. The officer took Ledyard’s sword and thrust it into his body to the hilt. “Lambert . . . retaliated upon the [British] officer by thrusting his bayonet through his body. Lambert, in return, received from the enemy thirty-three bayonet wounds, and thus fell, nobly avenging the death of his commander.”

The British response to the death of their captain and other officers was to slaughter every man, including Freeman. A plaque at the fort honors these men for their bravery.

Freeman had been the slave of Ledyard, but had been freed. Freeman stayed living near his former master, married, and enlisted when the fighting began, serving side-by-side with his former master.

 

 

 

 

 

Primus Hall

 

Hall was the son of Prince Hall, the founder of the Masonic lodge that bares his name. He was born in 1756. Primus Hall served as the servant of Colonel Pickering. Pickering and Washington were friends and this brought Hall and Washington together. A story goes that after one visit, Washington decided it was too late for him to return to his own camp. He asked Hall if there was enough straw and blankets to make him up a bed for the night. Hall answered that there was. When the officers retired for the night, Hall busied himself until they were asleep. Then he sat himself down upon a stool and slept. During the night, Washington awoke and realized that Hall had given up his own bed. Washington then assisted that Hall join him for the rest of the night. Hall resisted, but Washington won out. Note, it was not unusual during this period for men to share a bed while traveling.

 

 

 

 

Prince Hall

Prince Hall was born in 1735 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the slave of William Hall. He father his son Primus by Delia, who was the servant of another Boston family. In 1762, when he was 27, he joined the Congregationalist Church. He also married a slave by the name of Sarah Ritchie. When Sarah died eight years later, Hall married again, this time to Flora Gibbs of Gloucester.

A month after the Boston Massacre, Hall was freed by his master, his certificate of manumission stating he was “no longer Reckoned a slave, but [had] always accounted as a free man.” Hall then worked as a peddler, caterer and leather dresser. He was even listed as a voter and a taxpayer. He owned a small house and leather workshop in Boston.

Did he fight? There were six men in Massachusetts named Prince Hall, but it is believed that he was the Prince Hall that served in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He also supplied leather drum heads to the Continental Army, as a bill he sent to Colonel Crafts in April of 1777 shows.

Before the war began, Hall and 14 other free black men had joined the British Army Lodge of Masons. When the British retreated from Boston, these men formed their own lodge, the African Lodge #1, which was later renamed in Hall’s honor. it took 12 years to get the official charter. Hall was the first Grand Master. This lodge was the first ever black lodge.

Hall became one of Boston’s most prominent citizens and a leader in the black community. He spoke out against slavery and the denial of the rights of blacks. After years of complaining of the lack of schools for black children, he set one up in his own home. In his last published speech, at the lodge in 1797, he spoke out against violence.

“Patience, I say; for were we not possessed of a great measure of it, we could not bear up under the daily insults we meet with in the streets of Boston, much more on public days of recreation. How, at such times, are we shamefully abused, and that to such a degree, that we may truly be said to carry our lives in our hands, and the arrows of death are flying about our heads….tis not for want of courage in you, for they know that they dare not face you man for man, but in a mob, which we despise…”

He died in 1807. It was a year after his death that the lodge he founded decided to honor him by renaming itself The Prince Hall Grand Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

Lemuel Haynes

Haynes was born a free black in 1753 in West Hartford Connecticut. He was abandoned by his parents who were “a white woman of respectable ancestry” and a black man. At the age of five months, he was indentured to a David Rose of Middle Granville, Massachussets. His indenture was until the age of 21.  According to Haynes, “He [David Rose] was a man of singular piety. I was taught the principles of religion. His wife . . . treated me as though I was her own child.” Part of the agreement for his indenture was that he would receive an education, which he did. “I had the advantage of attending a common school equal with the other children. I was early taught to read.” He developed a passion for reading, especially theology and the Bible. While just a teenager, he began giving sermons in the town parrish.

When his indenture ended in 1774, Haynes enlisted as a “Minuteman” in his local militia. Though he did not fight in the Battle of Lexington, he did write a ballad-sermon about it. The poem dicussed the conflict between slavery and freedom but did not address black slavery. He took part in the Siege of Boston and the expedition to Fort Ticonderoga led by Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

After the war, Haynes had an opportunity to study at Dartmouth College. He turned it down. Instead he took up the study of Latin and Greek with a Connecticut clergyman. By 1780, he was able to receive his license to preach. His first congregation was a white one in Middle Granville. He eventually presided over white and mixed congregations in four different states, including New York and Massachusetts. Later he married a white school teacher by the name of Elizabeth Babbitt. He was ordained in the Congregationalist Church in 1785, the first black to be so by a mainstream protestant church.

For more than 30 years, Haynes presided over a mostly white church in Rutland, Vermont. During his time there, he developed an international reputation as a preacher and a writer. In 1801, he published a track called “The Nature and Importance of True Republicanism.” This contained his only published statement on race and slavery. He did argue for the abolition of slavery by arguing that it denied black men their rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” He also said, “Liberty is equally as precious to a black man, as it is to a white one, and bondage as equally as intolerable to the one as it is to the other”. In 1804, he became the first black man in America to receive a masters degree, earning it from Middlebury College. He was also a friend and counselor to the presidents of Harvard and Yale universities.

Haynes left Rutland in 1818 due to conflicts over politics, Haynes was a fervent Federalist, and style. Sadly, after living and working with the people of Rutland for 30 years, there was speculation that the departure was due to his race.

Haynes final appointment to a church was in Manchester, Vermont. There he counseled two men who were condemned to death for murder. Their convictions were overturned when their victim reappeared quite alive. Haynes wrote a best seller about the seven year ordeal. The book stayed a best seller for a decade.

During the last decade of his life, Haynes ministered to a church in New York. He died in 1833, at the age of 80. His tombstone read,

“Here lies the dust of a poor hell deserving sinner, who ventured into eternity trusting wholly on the merits of Christ for salvation. In the full belief of the great doctrines he preached while on earth, he invites his children, and all who read this, to trust their eternal interest on the same foundation.”

Haynes was a great admirer of George Washington. He was a member of the Washington Benevolent Society, and every year he would preach a special sermon on Washington’s birthday.

 

 

Benjamin Scott Mayes

Benjamin Mayes, nicknamed Daddy Ben, was a royal prince in Africa. He was brought to America and sold to a Colonel Scott. During the Revolution, the British wanted to find Colonel Scott. They could not find him, but they did capture Mayes. In an attempt to get him to reveal the whereabouts of Scott, the British hung Mayes and cut him down before he was dead. They did this not once, not twice, but three times. Despite this torture, Mayes refused to divulge his master’s hiding place. For his bravery and loyalty, Mayes was awarded a gold medal and the admiration of the people of what is now Maury County, Tennessee. He died in 1829.

 

 

 

The flag presented to the Black Bucks by John Hancock

George Middleton and the Bucks of America

George Middleton was a Colonel in the Continental Army. He lead one of only three all black units in the Continental Army. His unit, the Bucks of America, was based out of Boston. The dates that the Bucks were formed and disbanded and their record of service have been lost. However, their actions during the war earned them recognition from one of the leading citizens of Boston, John Hancock, who presented the unit with a special silk flag. The flag resides at the Massachusetts Historical Society. He was also a member of the Prince Hall Freemasonry Lodge, as it is believed were many members of the Bucks. He was appointed Grand Master in 18809. After the war he founded African Benevolent Society in 1796. He was also instrumental in quelling a riot in Boston. He was also a master at breaking horses, worked as a coachmen, and played the violin.

“Freedom is desirable, if not, would men sacrifice their time, their property and finally their lives in the pursuit of this?” ~ 1808

 

 

Jordan B. Noble

Jordan Noble was born in Georgia around 1800, so he did not serve in the American Revolution, at least not the first one. He moved to Louisiana, whether on his own or not is unknown. At the age of just 13 he served as a drummer boy during the War of 1812, sometimes called our second revolution. He served under General Andrew Jackson with the Seventh Louisiana Regiment. During this time, musicians were a vital part of the military. They would communicate commands with their instruments. Noble beat his drums in many famous battles and events.

Noble also served in the Seminole War in Florida in 1836. He also was one of the few blacks to serve in the Mexican American War.

 

 

 

 

 

The stamp created in Poor’s honor

Salem Poor

Salem Poor was born in the 1740s. He had purchased his freedom in 1769 for 27 pounds, which was a year’s salary for a working man. He married a free black woman by the name of Nancy. Before the war began, they had a son. When the war began, he left behind his family to serve the Patriot cause.

Poor fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill in Colonel Frye’s Regiment and is credited with shooting British Lt. Col. James Abercrombie. He conducted himself so well during the battle, that no less that 14 officers, including Colonel William Prescott himself, petitioned the legislature of Massachusetts declaring that Poor had behaved like an experienced officer and brave soldier and  “a reward was due to so great and distinguished a character.” Of all the men who served in the battle, Poor was the only one singled out for such an honor. What he did specifically to earn such praise is unknown, as the petition states, “to set forth the particulars of his conduct would be tedious.” Some historians think this indicates that Poor’s acts of bravery were too numerous to lay out.

Poor also fought in the Battle of Saratoga, which was the turning point of the war, and at the Battle of Monmouth.

He was honored with a U.S. postage stamp.

 

 

 

 

John Redman

John Redman served in the First Virginia Regiment of Light Dragoons. A dragoon is a mounted soldier who fights with sabers, pistols, and carbines. Not much else is known about Redman, except that on June 11, 1823, he applied for a veteran’s pension as a veteran of the American Revolution. He was awarded his pension one week later. He was one of the few black men to be a member of a cavalry unit.

 

 

 

Rhode Island First Regiment

During the harsh winter at Valley Forge, a new regiment was created, the Rhode Island First. They were an all black regiment of 125 men, some free and some enslaved. There first engagement was at the Battle of Newport in 1778. At that battle, the Continental Army was forced to retreat. The Rhode Island First put itself between the retreating Americans and the British. They were able to hold the line against no less thant three British attacks. In these, the British suffered heavy casualties. There bravery saved lives and led to the transfer of a Hessian officer. After the battle the officer requested this transfer because he feared for his life. He thought his own men would kill him because of the heavy losses they took.

Again in 1781, the Rhode Island First came to the rescue. At the Battle of Croton River, their commander, Colonel Greene was mortally injured. William Nell, who published a book in 1855 about the black Patriots, wrote,

“Colonel Greene, the commander of the regiment, was cut down and mortally wounded: but the sabres of the enemy only reached him through the bodies of his faithful guard of blacks, who hovered over him, and every one of whom was killed.”

Even though there the wound was fatal, some of the men of the Rhode Island First formed a barrier around him, choosing to die with their commander rather than abandon him to the enemy. The rest of the unit continued the fight and the war. A remnant of the original regiment was present with Washington at the Surrender at Yorktown.

 

 

 

 

 

“The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill.”
Salem is at the far right

Peter Salem

Salem was a slave and a celebrated marksman. After the Battles of Lexington and Concord soldiers from all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island assembled outside of Boston to confront the 5,000 British troops stationed there. That confrontation, the Battle of Bunker Hill, began well for the Americans until they began to run out of ammunition. At that point, Major John Pitcairn, who had lead troops at the Battle of Lexington, mounted the hill and called “The day is ours!” The day may have been a victory for the British, but it came at a dear price. Salem raised his musket and shot Pitcairn, throwing the British into confusion.

Salem did not serve alone in this battle. Salem Poor, Prince Hall, and Philip Abbott also distinguished themselves in this battle. Salem is considered one of the heroes of Bunker Hill. He had 14 accommodations that day for his acts of bravery and was acknowledge as a great leader of men. He received his honors before Washington himself.

“A negro man belonging to Groton, took aim at Major Pitcairn, as he was rallying the dispersed British Troops, and shot him through the head, he was brought over to Boston and died as he was landing on the ferry ways. It has long been known that Pitcairn was killed by a negro, but this is the first time perhaps that he has ever been connected to Groton.”

~ Groton Historical Series by Dr. Samuel A. Green, Vol IV, 1899, p. 259

Salem joined the Fifth Massachusetts Regiment and served in the battles of Concord and Saratoga. He served for seven years, a length of time few other soldiers could match. Though a slave at the beginning of his service, he was a free man by the end. At the end of the war, in 1783, he married.

In honor of his service, Salem was given a wool bounty coat.

 

 

Prince Sisson and the Commandos

In December of 1776, Washington’s second in command, General Charles Lee was captured by the British. The only hope of getting him back was a prisoner exchange. But the Americans did not have a British prioner that was equal to Lee. Lt. Colonel William Barton formed a plan. He would take some men, slip past the British pickets at Newport, Rhode Island and capture General Richard Prescott.

Barton selected 40 of his best men, black and white, for the mission. He warned them of the danger and asked for volunteers. Every man stepped forward.

The group waited until the middle of the night before climbing into rowboats. They wrapped fabric around the oars to muffle the sound and rowed right past the British gunboats anchored in the harbor. When they reached the shore near the generals’ head quarters, they quickly over powered his guards and entered his house. His door was locked.

At that moment, one of Barton’s men, Prince Sisson, threw himself at the door, hitting it with his head. Sisson was a large and powerful man. The door gave and Sisson entered the room and grabbed the general. Barton’s men quickly made their escape with their prisoner. Prescott was subsequently exchanged for General Lee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince Whipple

Prince Whipple may have been a member of a royal family in his native Africa. He was from a rich family. When he was ten years old, his family sent him to America to get an education. But rather than arriving in America to attend school. he was sold by the captain of the ship into slavery in Baltimore. He was then bought by the Founder William Whipple of New Hampshire, who was also happened to be a ship’s captain.

William Nell, in the 1852 book The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution said,

“As was customary, Prince took the surname of his owner, William Whipple, who would later represent New Hampshire by signing the Declaration of Independence. . . . When William Whipple joined the revolution as a captain, Prince accompanied him and was in attendance to General Washington on Christmas night 1776 for the legendary and arduous crossing of the Delaware. The surprise attack following the crossing was a badly needed victory for America and for Washington’s sagging military reputation. In 1777, [William Whipple was] promoted to Brigadier General and [was] ordered to drive British General Burgoyne out of Vermont.”

An 1824 work provides details of what occurred after General Whipple’s promotion:

“On [his] way to the army, he told his servant [Prince] that if they should be called into action, he expected that he would behave like a man of courage and fight bravely for his country. Prince replied, “Sir, I have no inducement to fight, but if I had my liberty, I would endeavor to defend it to the last drop of my blood.” The general manumitted [freed] him on the spot.”

True to his word, Whipple enlisted as a soldier in the Continental Army. Besides serving during the famous crossing of the Delaware on Christmas in 1776, where he has been depicted as an oarsman for Washington’s boat, he also fought in the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 and the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. He also served as a high ranking aide on Washington’s general staff.

 

 

 

 

Peter Williams

Peter Williams was a clergyman living in New York City. When the British invaded New York, Williams moved to the town of New Brunswick in New Jersey. After the war, his son wrote of Williams actions against the British,

“In the Revolutionary War, my father was decidedly an advocate of American Independence, and his life was repeatedly jeopardized in its cause…He was living in the State of [New] Jersey, and Parson Chapman, a champion of American liberty of great influence throughout that part of the country, was sought after by the British troops. My father immediately mounted a horse and rode round his parishioners to notify them of his danger, and to call on them to help in removing him and his goods to a place of safety.”

 

 

 

 

A statue in honor of the black soldiers of the American Revolution

Black Rights and the Constitution

‎”When the Constitution of the United States was framed, colored men voted in a majority of these States; they voted in the State of New York, in Pennsylvania, in Massachusetts, in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware and North Carolina; and long after the adoption of the Constitution, they continued to vote in North Carolina and Tennessee also. The Constitution of the United States makes no distinction of color.”

~ The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution by Wm Cooper Neil & Harriet Beecher Stowe 1855

In fact, a number of state constitutions protected voting rights for blacks. The state constitutions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania (all 1776), New York (1777), Massachusetts (1780), and New Hampshire (1784) included black suffrage. In 1874, Robert Brown Elliot, a member of the House of Representatives from South Carolina and a black man, stated “When did Massachusetts sully her proud record by placing on her statute-book any law which admitted to the ballot the white man and shut out the black man? She has never done it; she will not do it.”

However, no state allowed slaves to vote and in South Carolina no free blacks could vote. When it was brought to the state for ratification, our Constitution was voted on by white and black citizens. In Baltimore, Maryland, more blacks voted than whites. Besides the right to vote, blacks in many of the states could hold office as did Wentworth Cheswell. The blacks used their votes well, working along side white abolitionists to end slavery in several states. These included Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York.

It has also been suggested that the Constitution was a proslavery document. Is it? There are only three references to the institution of slavery in the Constitution. The first is in Enumeration Clause in Article 1, Section 3. This is the famous 3/5 clause which some have pointed to as proof that the Founders viewed blacks as less than white. That may be true of some individuals, but not of the clause or the ideas behind the Constitution. Some delegates to the Constitution, especially those that were against slavery, argued that since slaves were considered property, they should not counted at all. The southern states wished them to be counted as a full person since their large slave populations would give those states greater representation and more power in Congress. A compromise was reached, the 3/5 clause. The effect of that clause was to reduce the number of representatives in the House for states with large slave populations and thereby reduce their power. This makes the clause antislavery.

The second mention is in Article 1, Section 9. In this section a date was set to end the importation of slaves. This was another compromise. It allowed the slave trade to continue for a period of twenty years, but then end it. It would be difficult to consider the ending of the slave trade as a proslavery clause.

The final mention of slavery is in Article 4, Section 2. This is the Fugitive Slave clause. That section of the Constitution deals with the states, their citizens, and extradition from one state to another. It holds that people who are bound in service in one state, cannot be excused from it because of the laws of another state. This is the most proslavery section of the Constitution since it allows owners to retrieve runaway slaves from other states, even those that outlawed slavery, but it alone does not make the Constitution proslavery.

Federal efforts against slavery did not end with the Constitution. In 1789, Congress passed a law which banned slavery in all federal territories. Five years later, in 1784, another antislavery law was passed. This one forbade exporting slaves from any state.

Sadly, this progress did not continue. As many of the generation of the Revolution passed away, so did many of their ideals. Beginning in the early 1800s, new laws were passed that limited the rights of blacks and women. This was in part, a political move by one party to limit the influence of the other, but it also reflected a loss of the revolutionary ideals. In 1809, Maryland disenfranchised black voters. Other states followed suit, such as North Carolina in 1835. Even before they were formally denied the vote, many blacks and women were prevented from voting by their white neighbors. This foreshadowed the treatment blacks would receive following the end of Reconstruction.

In 1820, with the passage of the Missouri Compromise, the few remaining Founders began to fear that slavery would destroy the country. Elias Boudinot said it woud be “an end to the happiness of the United States.” John Adams went further by saying that removing the prohibition against slavery in the territories would bring an end to the United States. Thomas Jefferson lamented,

“I had for a long time ceased to read newspapers, or pay any attention to public affairs, confident they were in good hands, and content to be a passenger in our bark to the shore from which I am not distant. But this momentous question, like a firebell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union.”

At this time, Congress also enacted the Fugitive Slave Law which allowed slave owners to enter free states to find their runaways. It also enabled the kidnapping and enslavement of many free blacks by claiming they were runaways. The Kansas-Nebraska Act pushed the country farther along the road that would take us to war, where finally, the slavery question would be settled.

 

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House votes to repeal ObamaCare – Some members double down on stupid

Posted by iusbvision on January 19, 2011

The vote was 245-189. Three Democrats (McIntyre, Ross, Boren) crossed party lines to support passage. In the past when the elite media got one Republican to vote with the Democrats big government, big spending, or corrupt regulations to pick winners and losers they would say that it enjoyed bi-partisan support. So now we can say that both parties want O-Care repealed!!

John Lewis was asked the inconvenient question:  What part of the Constitution authorizes the government to pass an individual mandate? The only thing I can say after this incredibly wrong headed and vapid answer is that it is time to retire…. wow.

The 14th Amendment has nothing to do with this, and excessive government regulation, taxation and bureaucracy was a complaint in the Declaration of Independence as a VIOLATION of the pursuit of happiness.

Declaration of Independence:

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

Lewis compared John McCain to ultra-racist George Wallace in October 2008.

 

UPDATE: Our friend Lee Doren posted a great rant on this nonsense. Definitely a fun listen! 

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Obama Administration implemented policy to have political appointees review all FOIA requests….

Posted by iusbvision on January 17, 2011

So much for transparency…

Those who understand politics and corruption know what this means. This gives political appointees time to destroy documents, colluded to “get stories straight” and time to plan prior restraint and/or retaliation against those trying to gain information. This is the administration that promised unprecedented transparency. … If Bush had done this….

Yahoo News, with some editorial comments in red:

WASHINGTON – A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

The letter to Homeland Security was sent late Friday by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It represents an early move by House Republicans who have vowed to launch numerous probes of President Barack Obama’s administration, ranging from its implementation of the new health care law to rules curbing air pollution to spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Associated Press reported in July that for at least a year, Homeland Security had sidetracked hundreds of requests for federal records to top political advisers to the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano. The political appointees wanted information about those requesting the materials, and in some cases the release of documents considered politically sensitive was delayed, according to numerous e-mails that were obtained by the AP.

The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to ensure the quick public release of requested government documents without political consideration. Obama has said his administration would emphasize openness in providing requested federal records.

According to Issa’s letter, Homeland Security’s chief privacy officer and FOIA official told committee staff in September that political appointees were simply made aware of “significant and potentially controversial requests.”

Mary Ellen Callahan told them that political appointees reviewed the agency’s FOIA response letters for grammatical and other errors and did not edit or delay their release, the letter states. She also told the committee that Homeland Security abandoned the practice in response to the AP’s article, according to Issa’s letter. [WHAT!!. LOL – Political appointees are not going to have grammar nearly as good as a secretary/PR pro in a federal department. This reasoning is laughable. apparently the practice was not abandoned as the administration indicated – Editor]

On Sunday, Oversight panel spokesman Frederick Hill said Issa sent the letter “because the committee has received documents that raise questions about the veracity of DHS officials” on the matter. He did not elaborate.

Issa asked the agency to provide the documents by Jan. 29.

Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last summer, officials said fewer than 500 requests were vetted by political officials. The department received about 103,000 requests for information in a recent 12-month period.

The agency’s directive said political appointees wanted to see FOIA requests for “awareness purposes,” regardless of who had filed them. The AP reported that the agency’s career employees were told to provide political appointees with information about who requested documents, where they lived, whether they were reporters and where they worked. [This is disturbing because what we have seen from the NYT, Washington Post, CBS,NBC.ABC,CNN.MSNBC is that in unison, within minutes of the shooting in Arizona these elite media outlets immediately using the same spin blamed Sarah Palin and other conservatives. Several of these same outlets talking heads chastised Sarah Palin for not speaking out, and when they did they in unison said that she was injecting herself into the news. This reminds me of the 2000 election when G.W. Bush picked Dick Cheney for VP the news in unison said that Cheney was picked because he had “gravitas” (implying that Bush had none). Why have a state-run media when the so-called legit media is willing to act as the PR arm of the Democratic leadership? A reporter is looking into something he shouldn’t, so the administration leans on said reporter’s bosses and bye-bye FOIA. – Editor]

According to the directive, political aides were to review requests related to Obama policy priorities, or anything related to controversial or sensitive subjects. Requests from journalists, lawmakers and activist groups were to also to be examined.

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Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: ObamaCare is designed to force employers off their insurance and force them into the government exchange.

Posted by iusbvision on January 12, 2011

This is exactly what we said from the moment we learned details of the bill. It was obvious that it was designed to make insurance so difficult, so expensive and so regulatory burdensome that employers will just give up.  The owner of a small business in South Bend told me just yesterday that her insurance costs are now up 28%.

OK do you believe that Obama lied yet?

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Democrat Leader Pelosi: If All Americans had affordable health care, we would still pass ObamaCare

Posted by iusbvision on January 4, 2011

Wow.

It is amazing to normal people how these politicians will just sit there and lie or repeat a manufactured lie/halftruth.

ObamaCare will create jobs: It sure will, tens of thousands of new government bureaucrat jobs.

The “non partisan Congressional Budget Office said that it would reduce the deficit”:

They said that because the Democrats made the CBO score it according to a set of assumptions that are not going to happen. Such as doctor reimbursements dropping and staying so low that Doctors could not afford to take Medicare patients and other such tricks to hide expenses or count money twice.

Even when the CBO is given realistic scoring instructions they still get it way off. The cost of every program is underestimated, the impact of tax cuts and tax increases is usually wrong. This is because the CBO uses near static Keynesian models to forecast.

I will slightly exaggerate the following example to make the point. McDonald’s sells one million hamburgers a year. Congress tells the CBO that we will place a $100 tax on each burger. How much money will the government take in?

CBO – 100 million dollars.

OK CBO, those nasty Republicans want to cut the tax from $100 to $1. Based on the previous model how much will the Republicans increase the deficit?

CBO – 99 million dollars.

Of course the truth is that no one is going to buy the burger with a $100 tax on each one, but lots of people will buy them if there is only a $1 tax. The reality is that the government will collect more money with the reduced tax rate, but that is not how the CBO would score it under these instructions.

Now you know why the CBO first 20 year outlay estimate for Medicare looked so affordable to Congress, they only underestimated the cost by nearly a factor of 10.

But when asked to give their own opinion when they are not being played or tied to obsolete models the CBO says things like THIS:

Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run. Although great uncertainty surrounds long-term fiscal projections, rising costs for health care and the aging of the population will cause federal spending to increase rapidly under any plausible scenario for current law. Unless revenues increase just as rapidly, the rise in spending will produce growing budget deficits. Large budget deficits would reduce national saving, leading to more borrowing from abroad and less domestic investment, which in turn would depress economic growth in the United States. Over time, accumulating debt would cause substantial harm to the economy.

Even Obama’s own Medicare Actuary says that ObamaCare will make healthcare costs go up on the states, on private insurance and as a percentage of GDP which makes it even less sustainable than it is now; also consider that these are from his Administration’s own rose colored scenario.

Politically the repeal effort, while unlikely to succeed until 2013, when there is a new president, is smart for Republicans, because the Democrats will have to defend the tax increases, the adverse selection spirals and all of the other problems with this bill all over again.

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WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord

Posted by iusbvision on January 3, 2011

But wait, I thought global warming was about open dialogue, tolerance for scientific skepticism, and all those cosey academic principles that are taught in science classes? Save the world, kumbaya …or not. It seems that the government is using outrageous pressure tactics to gain consensus, just like far left climate scientists do.

 

Guardian UK:

Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord

Hidden behind the save-the-world rhetoric of the global climate change negotiations lies the mucky realpolitik: money and threats buy political support; spying and cyberwarfare are used to seek out leverage.

The US diplomatic cables reveal how the US seeks dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming; how financial and other aid is used by countries to gain political backing; how distrust, broken promises and creative accounting dog negotiations; and how the US mounted a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial “Copenhagen accord“, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.

Negotiating a climate treaty is a high-stakes game, not just because of the danger warming poses to civilisation but also because re-engineering the global economy to a low-carbon model will see the flow of billions of dollars redirected.

Seeking negotiating chips, the US state department sent a secret cable on 31 July 2009 seeking human intelligence from UN diplomats across a range of issues, including climate change. The request originated with the CIA. As well as countries’ negotiating positions for Copenhagen, diplomats were asked to provide evidence of UN environmental “treaty circumvention” and deals between nations.

But intelligence gathering was not just one way. On 19 June 2009, the state department sent a cable detailing a “spear phishing” attack on the office of the US climate change envoy, Todd Stern, while talks with China on emissions took place in Beijing. Five people received emails, personalised to look as though they came from the National Journal. An attached file contained malicious code that would give complete control of the recipient’s computer to a hacker. While the attack was unsuccessful, the department’s cyber threat analysis division noted: “It is probable intrusion attempts such as this will persist.”

• Read more about how the US cajolled other countries into supporting the Copenhagen Accord.

 

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Steve Forbes on why business is not hiring

Posted by iusbvision on January 1, 2011

It is just like we told you HERE.

 

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Why me? Why Him? Why her?

Posted by iusbvision on December 25, 2010

Now I’m not one to second guess what angels have to say, but this is such a strange way to save the world.

Merry Christmas.

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Lord Christopher Monckton lecture at the Heartland Institute: Global warming alarmists have lost the argument both scientifically and rhetorically.

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2010

Lord Monckton gives a less serious and more humorous speech on global warming alarmism at The Heartland Institute. Lord Monckton has had formal debates against the best of the AGW scientists and has won these debates so handily that none of them will debate him any more. Global warming alarmists spend their time staying out of Lord Monckton’s way hoping that they will never be in a position to face him.

In this speech Monckton laughs at global warming alarmists and the audience laughs with him.

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Lt. Col. Allen West: PC rules of engagement cost lives. The terrorists are doing what the Quran says.

Posted by iusbvision on December 24, 2010

 

 

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Washington Post & Accuracy in Media Slam Sean Penn Movie as “Full of Lies”

Posted by iusbvision on December 10, 2010

I wrote about the Plame non-scandal scandal at length in The Preface and in a large term paper on “attitude change propaganda”. I am gratified that the Washington Post editors did the right thing in their recent editorial, but the Washington Post was as guilty as anyone else in reporting the lies about this issue and repeated them regularly.

At first, the Post (along with the rest of the elite media) would just report the usual lies; that Plame was outed by the White House, that she was undercover and that she lost her career as a secret agent as a result of her exposure. All of this and more was debunked in the official investigations.

But as it became more clear that it was Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame who were liars, the Washington Post did something very interesting which made them the focus of my paper on propaganda. On page one and two the Post would report the usual lies about this story as if they were true, and often on the very same day they would write an editorial that was buried in the paper telling the truth about the matter. This happened repeatedly. Do the editors at the Washington Post actually edit and check the accuracy of their reporters and/or the wire stores they feature prominently, or do they just write a daily column and call it an editorial?

The largest misconception is that Valerie Plame was a secret agent at or near the time the events unfolded. The truth is that Plame was outed many years before by secret documents that were leaked which rendered her a desk jockey at the CIA’s  WMD  Division at Langley. If anyone doubts that may I remind you that when this unfolded Plame had young twins at home, so unless the CIA is in the habit of sending pregnant moms to be with twins overseas undercover you are just going to have to accept that she was put on desk duty.

Plame was listed in Joe Wilson’s Who’s Who entry. Plame made contributions to Democrats listing a known CIA front business as her place of employment. Her neighbors knew she worked for the CIA (as one intrepid reporter went knocking on doors). She was not 006 by any objective measure.

The Washington Post continued their peculiar behavior recently as Accuracy in Media points out:

While the paper said [in its editorial] it hoped that George W. Bush’s version of events would be vindicated by historians, the Post’s “Reliable Sources” gossip column had run a big article about  the public relations blitz for the movie and its various premiers in Washington, D.C. Plame “is more than happy with ‘Fair Game,’ the movie based on her memoir,” the article said. No kidding.

So the “troubling trend” was in evidence at the Post itself, albeit in a different section of the paper.

 

Indeed Washington Post, where was the reporters fact check in the story linked? The fact that the film was made from Plame’s memoir and that she is happy with it shows that Plame is not just a proven liar, which the evidence has demonstrated and even the Washington Post admits, but rather she is a continuous and flaming one [not the language we like to use here but unfortunately reality demands it – Editor].

To read both of the excellent pieces from Accuracy in Media you can access them HERE and HERE.

Washington Post:

Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy

WE’RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews. But the recently released film “Fair Game” – which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq – deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it. The protagonists portrayed in the movie, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and former spy Valerie Plame, claim that it tells the true story of their battle with the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Ms. Plame’s exposure as a CIA agent. “It’s accurate,” Ms. Plame told The Post. Said Mr. Wilson: “For people who have short memories or don’t read, this is the only way they will remember that period.”

We certainly hope that is not the case. In fact, “Fair Game,” based on books by Mr. Wilson and his wife, is full of distortions – not to mention outright inventions. To start with the most sensational: The movie portrays Ms. Plame as having cultivated a group of Iraqi scientists and arranged for them to leave the country, and it suggests that once her cover was blown, the operation was aborted and the scientists were abandoned. This is simply false. In reality, as The Post’s Walter Pincus and Richard Leiby reported, Ms. Plame did not work directly on the program, and it was not shut down because of her identification. [Translation – she made it up – Editor]

The movie portrays Mr. Wilson as a whistle-blower who debunked a Bush administration claim that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger. In fact, an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee [The bi-partisan committee was unanimous in its findings – Editor] found that Mr. Wilson’s reporting did not affect the intelligence community’s view on the matter [In fact Wilson’s report to the CIA bolstered the case that Saddam was trying to obtain more uranium according to that very same Senate Intelligence Committee Report – Editor] , and an official British investigation found that President George W. Bush’s statement in a State of the Union address that Britain believed that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger was well-founded.

“Fair Game” also resells the couple’s story that Ms. Plame’s exposure was the result of a White House conspiracy. A lengthy and wasteful investigation by a special prosecutor found no such conspiracy – but it did confirm that the prime source of a newspaper column identifying Ms. Plame was a State Department official, not a White House political operative. [Think about it, you lie to the newspapers while telling them that the President is a liar; and you expect that the Washington press core won’t track down the fact that it was your wife, Valerie Plame, who sent a memo to her boss recommending that Wilson be sent to Niger? The Senate Intelligence Committee investigators confirmed that as well. Our question still remains, why was Wilson not required to sign a non-disclosure contract? Could it be that the infamous Wilson letter was the goal of the entire affair? – Editor]

Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard for the truth; “Fair Game” is just one more example. But the film’s reception illustrates a more troubling trend of political debates in Washington in which established facts are willfully ignored. Mr. Wilson claimed that he had proved that Mr. Bush deliberately twisted the truth about Iraq, and he was eagerly embraced by those who insist the former president lied the country into a war. Though it was long ago established that Mr. Wilson himself was not telling the truth – not about his mission to Niger and not about his wife – the myth endures. We’ll join the former president in hoping that future historians get it right.

 

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MEP Daniel Hannan Comparison Between US And Europe

Posted by iusbvision on December 6, 2010

Daniel Hannan is a Member of the European Parliament

“If you look at the policies being pursued by your current rulers they amount to a comprehensive strategy towards Europeanization. This is a sustained attempt to change the  character of The Republic into something else.

I am living in your future and believe me you are not going to like it. “

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Video: How Tax Cuts Work in Our Tax System

Posted by iusbvision on December 5, 2010

Lee Doren of “How The World Works” explains how tax cuts and increases work in a progressive income tax system like we have here in the United States.

Let us examine some charts that help to illustrate this further.

Here is the tax burden by taxable income that came out at the middle of the Bush Presidency:

You see when tax rates are cut and the economy grows the upper and top parts of the PRODUCER CLASS (notice I did not say rich as many of the super rich are NOT producers) pay the lions share of federal income taxes. Those who produce actually produce more, invest more, take more risk and hire more people when the economy grows. So as they pay a lower tax rate they actually pay more in real dollars because they are punished less by moving their money and takling risk.

Now let us look at the tax burden as it is today. According to the Tax Foundation:

Incomes reported by tax returns at the high end of the income spectrum plummeted from 2007 to 2008, as did their share of the nation’s income and income taxes paid.

In 2008, the top 1 percent of tax returns paid 38.0 percent of all federal individual income taxes and earned 20.0 percent of adjusted gross income, compared to 2007 when those figures were 40.4 percent and 22.8 percent, respectively. Both of those figures—share of income and share of taxes paid—were their lowest since 2004 when the top 1 percent earned 19 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) and paid 36.9 percent of federal individual income taxes.

Each year from 2005 to 2007, the top 1 percent’s constantly growing share of income earned and taxes paid set a record. That trend reversed in 2008. In fact, the income share for the top 1 percent of tax returns was lower in 2008 than in 2000, largely due to differences in capital gains.

Another indicator of this reversal in the income and tax shares of the top 1 percent is that during 2007, the top 1 percent had actually paid more in federal income tax than the bottom 95 percent, a comparison that was much remarked on a year ago. But the diminished income of the top 1 percent in 2008 means that the comparison no longer holds. During 2008, the bottom 95 percent (AGI under $159,619) paid 41.3 percent of the total collected, a larger share than the 38.0 percent paid by the top 1 percent (AGI over $380,354).

The top-earning 5 percent of taxpayers (AGI over $159,619), however, still paid far more than the bottom 95 percent. The top 5 percent earned 34.7 percent of the nation’s adjusted gross income, but paid approximately 58.7 percent of federal individual income taxes.

So why did the percentage of the tax burden of “the rich” during most of the Bush presidency go UP year after year till 2007, even after the so called “tax cuts to the rich”?

And why in 2008 did a huge portion of the tax burden get shifted to the working middle class and poor?

It is just as we said, if the incentive is there to produce, if the taxes are low and if the risk is measurable those wealthier Americans and producers will take more risk and be more economically active. If you remove the incentive by threatening them with taxes, cap & trade, ObamaCare, tons of regulations, bureaucrats and the corruption that always follows such policies it creates uncertainty investors and producers can no longer make a measured risk. This is when they bottle their money up or invest it in China, who is smart enough not to punish investors and producers for taking risk.

This shows that the tax rate that the producers or “the rich” pay is secondary to certainty, confidence, and economic growth as to how much tax they pay in real dollars.

It is ironic that the left, who claims to pass this stuff in the name of the middle class and “soaking the rich”, in real dollars accomplish exactly the opposite of their stated intent. It ends up that it is the producing middle class who gets soaked with more tax burden and more inflation.

The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

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CPI: Big Polluters Freed from Environmental Oversight by Stimulus (government picking winners and losers)

Posted by iusbvision on December 5, 2010

Before we begin it should be clear that the “Center for Public Integrity” CPI is a far left outfit complete with all the spin and trimmings. And while the story they tell is spun I find it to be directionally accurate. While it is rather obvious that environmental regulations go way beyond science and are in fact used to pick winners and losers for purposes of corruption, influence and donations; this article demonstrates that fact with detail. Unknowinglyand in it’s own way, the CPI has made the case against leviathan government and the kind of “Chicago Style” regulations that always result from it as well as this web log ever could.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2565/ :

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found.

The administration has awarded more than 179,000 “categorical exclusions” to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Coal-burning utilities like Westar Energy and Duke Energy, chemical manufacturer DuPont, and ethanol maker Didion Milling are among the firms with histories of serious environmental violations that have won blanket NEPA exemptions.

Even a project at BP’s maligned refinery in Texas City, Tex. — owner of the oil industry’s worst safety record and site of a deadly 2005 explosion, as well as a benzene leak earlier this year — secured a waiver for the preliminary phase of a carbon capture and sequestration experiment involving two companies with past compliance problems. The primary firm has since dropped out of the project before it could advance to the second phase.

Agency officials who granted the exemptions told the Center that they do not have time in most cases to review the environmental compliance records of stimulus recipients, and do not believe past violations should affect polluters’ chances of winning stimulus money or the NEPA exclusions.

The so-called “stimulus” funding came from the $787-billion legislation officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in February 2009.

Documents obtained by the Center show the administration has devised a speedy review process that relies on voluntary disclosures by companies to determine whether stimulus projects pose environmental harm. Corporate polluters often omitted mention of health, safety, and environmental violations from their applications. In fact, administration officials told the Center they chose to ignore companies’ environmental compliance records in making grant decisions and issuing NEPA exemptions, saying they considered such information irrelevant.

Some polluters reported their stimulus projects might cause “unknown environmental risks” or could “adversely affect” sensitive resources, the documents show. Others acknowledged they would produce hazardous air pollutants or toxic metals. Still others won stimulus money just weeks after settling major pollution cases. Yet nearly all got exemptions from full environmental analyses, the documents show.

Ralated:

Corruption: Stimulus Funds Spent in Democrat Districts…

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HOWARD DEAN: GOVERNMENT SHOULD PICK GUESTS ON FOX & MSNBC BECAUSE IGNORANT AMERICANS DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON

Posted by iusbvision on December 4, 2010

This is typical of the neo-stalinist view of the First Amendment among the far left, including many college administrators and leftist academics. I find it amusing that Dean wants to lecture the Tea Party on the 14th and 17th Amendment because I find it highly unlikely that Dean could hold is own in a debate on those amendments against most prominent bloggers who supported some Tea Party candidates. Where was the left’s support of the 14th Amendment (which incorporates the Bill of Rights to the states) when the Supreme Court quite correctly incorporated the Second Amendment in Heller and reaffirmed it in the Chicago case? The problem with the left is that they quite deliberately and obviously misinterpret the 14th to justify their entire agenda of tossing limited government out the window, much like they use the Courts revised interpretation of the commerce clause when it was under duress from FDR’s court packing threat.

Howard Dean’s formerly on fire presidential campaign was sabotaged by Dean himself because he keeps marginalizing himself with statements much like the one’s he makes here.

Special thanks to The Blaze for the video link.

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Six reasons why Tom DeLay’s conviction will be reversed on appeal.

Posted by iusbvision on November 25, 2010

Why the DeLay conviction will not stand:

1 – In the first place a six year investigation into Delay’s fund raising by the Justice Department yielded in no violations of federal elections law or charges being filed (keep this in mind when we get to reasons 4 and 5).

Tom DeLay Cleared — N.Y. Times Puts the Story on Page A-18 (Behind Organic Golf Courses)

2 – Ronnie Earle, the Texas prosecutor in the case, has a long history of partisan proprietorial misconduct. For example: Earle went after Kay Baily Hutchinson with bogus charges filing indictments against Hutchinson three times all of which failed. One judge was so disgusted by Ronnie Earle’s behavior that he empaneled a new jury in one indictment and directed them to return with an ruling of not guilty.

3 – Ronnie Earle spoke at partisan fund raising events bragging about how he was going to “Take Tom Delay down.” Before the charges were even announced Prosecutor Earle had a film crew follow him around so they could document on how to take down a member of Congress. Earle brought the charges in the county with the highest Democrat vote registration.  Earle also had big press conferences filled with accusations in what were obvious attempts by the prosecution to further taint any possible jury pool. It is precisely for this reason, press tainting of the public, that “a change of venue” is often granted in cases involving high profile people and cases. The defense motion for a change of venue was denied, which again, is a rather obvious constitutional violation in light of the circumstances; especially when considering that none of the acts Delay was accused of happened in that district. Remember Prosecutor Nifong and the Duke rape case? Similar reasoning applies.

The appellate case for getting the conviction overturned for lack of a fair trial is a pretty fat one which is why the defense, as well as other lawyers are pessimistic that the conviction can withstand appellate review.

4 – The conviction also stands four square in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s “Supremacy Clause”. In areas where state law and federal law conflict the federal law applies. Keep this in mind as we go to reason five.

5 – Delay is accused of money laundering for the following reasons. Texas law forbids corporations from donating to directly to candidates for Texas state legislative office. Corporations, PACS, and other interests from around the country  donate to the Republican National Committee (RNC). The RNC donates to the campaigns of candidates for state office all around the country including Texas. This is nothing new and has been done for ages. Ronnie Earle managed to convince a likely tainted jury that since some of those interests were close to Delay’s interests that it was all a scam to get around Texas Law.  Federal law allows those types of donations.

Political Action Committee’s (PACS) do this all the time as well for both parties. The PACs hold fund raisers, take donations, rune events, sell merchandise etc and take that money and “bundle” it and give it to candidates and other partisan groups. “Bundling” is perfectly legal and is done by interests who support both political parties. When I took a political science class on federal election law we were shown that this is how it is done.

6 – Both parties have done this before and have continued to do this to this day in Texas and everywhere else. The American Spectator reports some examples of this same thing being done by Democrats repeatedly:

At stake in 2002 was control of the Texas legislature, which was to redraw congressional district lines. Corporate contributions to legislative candidates are illegal in Texas. The DeLay aides stand accused of violating that prohibition, along with eight companies like Sears Roebuck that provided the funds. The corporate money, however, never went to the candidates. Instead, it went to a much larger fund for state elections controlled by the Republican National Committee in Washington. That committee made contributions to Texas legislative candidates, constituting what Earle now charges is “money laundering.”

The only problem is that similar transactions are conducted by both parties in many states, including Texas. In fact, on October 31, 2002, the Texas Democratic Party sent the Democratic National Committee (DNC) $75,000, and on the same day, the DNC sent the Texas Democratic Party $75,000. On July 19, 2001, the Texas Democratic Party sent the DNC $50,000 and, again on the same day, the DNC sent the Texas Democratic Party $60,000. On June 8, 2001, the Texas Democratic Party sent the DNC $50,000. That very same day, the DNC sent the Texas Democratic Party $60,000.

In essence this conviction, if it is allowed to stand, could serve to prohibit any corporation in Texas from giving money to PAC’s or the Republican National Committee, and would endanger any candidate who took money from the Republican National Committee. It is preposterous. It would also set precedent to allow a similarly minded local Republican prosecutor to do the same to any Democrat legislative candidate in the state and their fund raisers.

It is important to keep in mind that political donations are covered under the 1st Amendment (political speech), which is why the Supreme Court favors fewer restrictions on donations and has shot down many campaign finance restrictions. The 14th Amendment binds the First Amendment and the Court’s rulings on it to the states (this is called incorporation of the Bill of Rights). It is because of “incorporation” that state laws in areas covered by incorporation are as restricted as the federal laws.

These are going to be other reasons that the appellate court will have to overturn the conviction as well; as these glaring constitutional violations are merely the most obvious ones. I am confident that the defense team will recognize others. Even the AP says in it’s report that the odds will turn in Delay’s favor in the appeals round, which was so obvious even they felt compelled to state it prominently in the article.

AP:

AUSTIN, Texas – Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay argued throughout his trial that the deck was stacked against him by a politically motivated prosecutor and a jury from the most Democratic city in one of the most Republican states.

But following DeLay’s conviction Wednesday on money laundering and conspiracy charges, some legal experts say the edge may now shift to the Republican who represented a conservative Houston suburb for 22 years.

Before DeLay’s inevitable appeal, which his lawyers predict will be a far friendlier process than his trial, he faces sentencing next month from Senior Judge Pat Priest. While technically the money laundering charge carries a punishment of up to life in prison, the judge has wide latitude and could end up just giving him probation.

“It is absolutely impossible he would get anywhere near life,” said Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor. “It would be a period of a few years, if he gets prison.”

Barry Pollack, a Washington-based lawyer who represents clients in white-collar and government corruption cases, said the judge may not feel the need to throw the book at DeLay, figuring the conviction itself is severe punishment for someone who once ascended to the No. 2 post in the House of Representatives.

For example, as a convicted felon, DeLay won’t be able to run again for public office or even be able to cast a vote until he completes his sentence.

“I think in a lot of cases a judge wants to make an example, but I don’t see that happening here,” Pollack said. [For obvious reasons – Editor]

Prosecutors accused DeLay of conspiring with two associates to use his Texas-based political action committee to send $190,000 in corporate money to an arm of the Washington-based Republican National Committee. The RNC then sent the same amount to seven Texas statehouse candidates. Under Texas law, corporate money can’t go directly to political campaigns.

The money helped Republicans take control of the Texas House in 2002, and once there, they were able to push through a DeLay-engineered congressional redistricting plan that sent more Texas Republicans to Congress in 2004, strengthening DeLay’s political power.

While the string of alleged events may have been difficult for jurors to follow, outside legal observers said prosecutors were able to prove that DeLay had an undeniable motive for breaking the law. [The motive was to win elections using the same process that both parties have used and still continue to use. By that reasoning everyone elected official stands guilty of money laundering – Editor]

Phillip Turner, a Chicago attorney who focused on criminal tax and public corruption cases as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, said jurors always want clear evidence that the defendant stood to personally gain through his alleged misdeeds.

Turner contrasts the DeLay case with the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted only on a lesser charge of lying to the FBI, with the jury deadlocking on 23 other charges — including the most serious ones.

Although prosecutors argued Blagojevich wanted to enrich himself by trying to sell the Senate seat that once belonged to President Barack Obama, Turner said a “corrupt motive” was tougher to prove in that case. Blagojevich didn’t seem to receive any reward, either in money or power, and it was unclear whether he ever really intended to, Turner said.

“Those are the sorts of facts that make a difference in a jury’s mind and lead to a conviction in one case and a hung jury in another,” Turner said.

DeLay opted to be sentenced by Priest, a Democrat, rather than a jury in heavily Democratic Austin. Hilder said that was a wise move, particularly if DeLay thinks he might be able to get by with just a probation sentence.

“The judge may be more receptive than a jury,” Hilder said. “He obviously thinks he will get a fairer shake with the judge. The jury more likely would sentence him to prison time.”

The sentencing hearing, which is set to begin Dec. 20, will feature “numerous witnesses who will talk about the other acts of corruption that Tom DeLay has committed,” lead prosecutor Gary Cobb said. The defense, which called only five witnesses during the trial compared to 30 for the prosecution, also could present testimony in the penalty phase.

But even with sentencing nearly a month away, DeLay’s lawyers expressed confidence they could overturn the conviction rather than just minimize the punishment.

Although they haven’t named the specific areas of the case they intend to appeal, their denied change of venue request is almost certainly to be among them. DeLay also long contended the charges against him were a political vendetta by Ronnie Earle, the former Democratic Travis County district attorney who originally brought the case and is now retired.

“This is a terrible miscarriage of justice,” said Dick DeGuerin, DeLay’s lead attorney. “… This will never stand up on appeal.”

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How Media Bias Works: The Miami Herald Undermines Marco Rubio

Posted by iusbvision on November 23, 2010

How is it that the big networks and many large newspapers always quote “experts” that constantly reinforce false elite media narratives?

The answer is, because that is exactly what most journalists are trained to do in J-school. “What is that Chuck, are you saying that most journalists are taught to manipulate the public instead of making the public as best informed as they can”? That is exactly what I am saying and I know this all too well as I just finished my communications degree from Indiana University. I graduated with honors.

The journalistic philosophy taught in most J-schools is the “Walter Lippmann Objective Method”, but there is nothing objective about it. Lippmann’s method was to have the media use an elite technical class of “experts” to tell the public what they needed to hear in order to vote the “right way”. Anyone who has read Walter Lippmann’s book Public Opinion comes to understand very quickly the contempt he has for popular sovereignty and self auto-determination. Fortunately I had one communications professor who thought that Lippmann’s philosophy was nonsense, I had an English professor who thought so as well. Not every student is so lucky.

The method used to present you these experts is dishonest from the get-go. The journalist has an idea of the storyline or narrative he wishes to present. So he goes through his Rolodex and finds a person that can be portrayed as an expert who will (big time scare quotes here)independently verify and present the point of view the reporter intended to present in the first place.

Often times a reporter will run across a “man on the street” who just happens to totally and convincingly reinforce the narrative you usually see in the elite media. The implication was that the reporter just started talking to people on the street and wow isn’t the media in touch with “regular folks”. The truth is that the “independent regular person found on the street” knows the reporter would be there well in advance. I remember one study I saw a few years ago where the same person was in a dozen random man on the street interviews.

CNN was caught doing just this in a presidential debate where every “random audience person” ended up being a Democrat campaign operative, several of  whom had previously appeared on CNN – LINK.

The media bias in this example is from the Miami Herald. Of course the “Republican” who can always be counted on to trash conservatives in the elite media, David Frum, picked up on this right away as it goes along with his “conservatives are knuckle dragging neanderthals” narrative:

WASHINGTON — When a French TV station set out to understand the American phenomenon known as the tea party, it sent a reporter to Florida, down a dusty country road, past a bug-swarmed pond, and into a Pasco County pasture filled with people waving American flags.

It was Oct. 30, three days before Election Day. The crowd had come to Hallelujah Acres Ranch to hear Republican Senate nominee Marco Rubio, frequently hailed — and claimed — as one of the tea party’s biggest success stories.

But the typically unflappable candidate seemed uncomfortable with the French reporter’s questions about his tea party ties, as he did when an admirer asked him to autograph a tea party banner.

If the tea party is expecting Rubio to plant its yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in the hallowed Senate chamber, it’s in for a letdown. This career politician who once carried the state party’s American Express card defines himself first and foremost as a Republican.

Rubio’s pollster, Whit Ayers, tactfully put it this way: “I think he’ll carry the banner for hopeful and optimistic conservatism and whoever wants to follow that banner is welcome to join.”

PARTY LOYALTY

Rubio has already made it clear that he will not be a rogue senator. One day after the election, he declared his support for the GOP establishment when he said he looked forward to serving under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He didn’t mention Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, viewed as the more ideologically pure conservative and alternative power center, who championed Rubio’s campaign early on.

Two days later, McConnell tapped Rubio to deliver the weekly GOP address.

Rubio, 39, struck a pragmatic tone at the post-election news conference held in Miami, saying Republicans and Democrats have to work together to tackle big, immediate problems like the national debt and the war in Afghanistan. He did not launch salvos at President Barack Obama, as he usually does, and said he would reach out to Florida’s Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

“Early on in the primary, a conservative group of passionate, well-intentioned people coincided with his beliefs and somehow he got this tea party label, which I don’t think is totally representative,” said Republican fundraiser Jorge Arrizurieta.

“Did he embrace and receive the support of the tea party? Absolutely,” Arrizurieta said. “But will he move away from being a real Republican candidate? No way.”

Tea party leaders still claim Rubio as their own. Among Florida voters, 39 percent said they supported the tea party movement. Rubio got 86 percent of that group.

What you see used here are classic advertising association techniques to try and drive a wedge between Rubio and voters. As you will see the Miami Herald creates this narrative using no real information to imply that Rubio was all talk and he is just another country club Republican that got tossed out of office in 2006.

If the tea party is expecting Rubio to plant its yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in the hallowed Senate chamber, it’s in for a letdown. This career politician who once carried the state party’s American Express card defines himself first and foremost as a Republican.

While the old “Don’t tread on me” flag from the American Revolution can be seen at some Tea Party events; neither Jim DeMint, Dick Army or Michele Bachmann keep that flag in their office. They fly the American flag just like everyone else.The American Express card crack is another advertising associative technique. We see the commercial on TV and they give the impression that if you have an AMEX card you are “somebody”; well the Marlboro man does the same thing but just from another cultural angle. Heck I am dirt poor and I have had a big corporate AMEX card before. It means nothing. Over half of the country supports the Tea Party movement, are we to think that none of them have an American Express?

Rubio has already made it clear that he will not be a rogue senator. One day after the election, he declared his support for the GOP establishment when he said he looked forward to serving under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He didn’t mention Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, viewed as the more ideologically pure conservative and alternative power center, who championed Rubio’s campaign early on.

Again this narrative is pure nonsense. DeMint is not in the official leadership so Rubio saying that he would anticipate serving under DeMint would be unnecessarily divisive. That is not how things are done in Washington and that is not how DeMint and the Tea Party want things done. DeMint and the Tea Party have made an effective Tea Party Caucus that can effectively control the GOP with shear numbers. Do we see Marco Rubio moving to the old 2006 GOP positions that got the party kicked out of power or do we see Senator McConnell changing his positions to conform with DeMint, Rubio, Johnson, Kirk, Coats , Toomey etc. The few who are left in the old GOP leadership are racing to get in line with DeMint and his new freshman Senators.

“Early on in the primary, a conservative group of passionate, well-intentioned people coincided with his beliefs and somehow he got this tea party label, which I don’t think is totally representative,” said Republican fundraiser Jorge Arrizurieta.

Ohh it just happened that some of Rubio’s beliefs coincided with some in the Tea Party…. umm no. Rubio was in peoples face with the same narrative of the Tea Party and made it very clear that the GOP is been given a second chance, but is on probation and had better start governing as they campaign. In fact, Rubio was so eloquent in presenting the Tea Party narrative that the Democrat Party tried to get the Democrat in the race to drop out and support the big government RINO Charlie Crist. Here is a small sample of why the Democrats are scared to death of Marco and why we can expect more dishonest propaganda from the Miami Herald:

Last but not least, the talking head Jorge Arrizurieta. Who is this guy? Well he is a corporate lobbyist and minor fund raiser for the early Bush machine including Jeb Bush in Florida, so you can be sure he is in reporter’s rolodex.   Arrizurieta now supports Mitt Romney who the Tea Party doesn’t trust because of the failure of “RomneyCare” in Massachusetts, and his election year flip flops on abortion and other key issues. It seems that Romney has grown up some since losing the primary against John McCain, but we will see.

So as you can see, the Miami Herald made an emotionally convincing narrative out of nothing but cracks about flags, AMEX cards, not trying to run DeMint for party leader and a crack from a minor lobbyist. They started in just a few days after the election and such the Miami Herald’s push to get Obama re-elected has begun. The best way to combat this nonsense is to get in the media’s face with a little New Jersey style attitude and a little teaching like you have found in this post.

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Video: Sarah Palin shows off her expertise in monetary policy and commodities markets

Posted by iusbvision on November 16, 2010

Those of you who think that Sarah Palin is stupid are going to get her elected by “misunderestimating” her.

Palin was a city councilman, a mayor, an energy regulator, a journalist and a governor. She held elected office for five years before Barack Obama ran for anything. She also owns a commercial fishing business. Her husband Todd is a champion racer and an oil worker on the North Slope.  The dollar is the world reserve currency and the dollar is what is used in international oil transactions. Fish are also a commodity. Palin knows these businesses backwards and forwards so what you are about to see in this interview is Palin where she is the most comfortable and where very few in politics can  match her expertise.

These are also the subjects that elite media journalists will never ask her about.

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Prager University: The Middle East Problem

Posted by iusbvision on November 14, 2010

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Bjorn Lomborg: Government Plans to Stop Global Warming Won’t Work

Posted by iusbvision on November 13, 2010

‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’ author Bjorn Lomborg argues global warming exists, but policies to improve the environment wont make a significant impact.

Right now there is a huge argument about whether man has a significant impact of climate change, of course those who argue “no” have been winning that argument as a result of massive widespread fraud among the pro-alarmist position on global warming; so much so that more and more scientists have/are reversing positions or have admitted that much of the science was just wrong, not documented properly, tampered with or just plain manufactured.

Bjorn Lomborg took an interesting approach: Let’s presume that man has had an impact on global warming, what will the results be if man implements the plans that governments have laid out. He concluded that governments will get much more powerful and have all sorts of control, the economy will be severely burdened, people’s quality of life will suffer and if we are lucky the globe will warm one hundredth of one degree less.

When the threat was global cooling the answer was to dump capitalism and freedom and have centralized control of our economy and when the shtick became global warming the answer is to dump capitalism and freedom and have centralized control of our economy.

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Dr. Glenn Reynolds: The Tea Party past, present & future.

Posted by iusbvision on November 12, 2010

This is a great video. Two local Tea Party founders talked about hwo they infiltrated and took over their local Republican machines, then took over their state machine, then replaced the Speaker of their State House and then replaced a sitting Republican U.S. Senator with their own candidate. It was textbook.  A group of 80-200 people can do this in almost any county. The power belongs to those who show up and they did.

The left and the elite media portrays Tea Party citizens as unsophisticated red-necks and rubes, anyone who sees this video and examines election day results can see that Tea Party normal citizens became effective political movers and shakers in a hurry.

If you are a poli-sci student this video is a must see.

 

 

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Howard Kurtz Blasts ABC for Dumping Andrew Breitbart from Election Coverage Because of “Newsroom Uprising” – UPDATED: Breitbart Responds

Posted by iusbvision on November 8, 2010

UPDATE – ABC lied when the pressure was put on. This is a very educational and interesting interview.

Andrew Breitbart is a nice guy and he doesn’t deserve this at all.

 

Friends, if you want evidence that newsrooms are mostly filled with like-minded elitist leftists, this fact doesn’t get illustrated much better than this story.

Kurtz was right to stand up for Brietbart, but is a also wrong about the so called “misleading video” comment. This is what happens when people believe the elite media narrative without checking the facts – more on that below.

Andrew Brietbart is a one man media empire. He is also a conservative activist.  He has straight news web sites, commentary news web sites, blogs, a video news clips service, Hollywood connections and influence, D.C. connections and influence etc.. If you read the news regularly online you can be sure you have read news from Brietbart web sites.

Andrew Brietbart is the employer of the investigative journalists that brought ACORN and their illegal activities in tax fraud, vote registration fraud and other illegal activities burning to the ground. ACORN was a huge power player among leftist circles and wow is the left upset.

Brietbart is despised by the left. He is media public enemy number three among the left after Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

Andrew Brietbart  wrote a blog post about a Youtube video of showing Shirley Sherrod at a 2010 NAACP event where she had talked about how she used her position to plot against a white farmer because he was white and she perceived a “superior attitude” from him.  The story whipped up a big firestorm in the elite media.  The elite media ran with the story, as they got excited when they saw “racism” and they aired snippets of the clip where Sherrod tells about the racist plotting.  The media trimmed video clips down for time which is not unusual. The inflammatory nature of the story they thought they had was just too juicy to go back and check carefully. The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the clips they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves).

The administration fired Sherrod for “racism”. Most of the people that viewed the snippet they saw on TV took it at face value and demanded her head (including Rush Limbaugh if memory serves). Sherrod said that when she was fired over the phone that they told her that Glenn Beck was going to blast her as a racist on his show the following day.  Even though Beck got the story right the first time, the left started blaming him.. at first….

Glenn Beck did something the elite media did not expect. Beck spoke up against the firing of Shirley Sherrod and indicated that the story might not be as it appears in the elite media. After the entire “Glenn Beck and the Tea Party is racist” canard from the elite media you can understand why they were shocked. The question is WHY was Beck right about this story so early on? Keep that question in mind as we will return to it in a moment.

A few days later the NAACP released the 43 minute tape of the event. The tape showed that later in her speech Sherrod talked about how this event with the white farmer helped her to realize that racism is wrong and how it helped her in her journey to overcome racism. It turns out that Sherrod is not quite the racist as the elite media television narrative had made people think. The media and the administration realized they had egg on their face and the finger-pointing began.

Then the elite media en mass said that Brietbart carefully edited the tape to set Sherrod up and that they were tricked. This is the lie that the elite media and the left still puts out today…… BUT…

…it turns out that the elite media didn’t listen to the entire Youtube clip very carefully. It turns out that Brietbart did not chop it up to make Sherrod look guilty, in fact the Youtube video Brietbart linked to and blogged about includes  a part of her mea-culpa. Brietbart was not even the creator of the Youtube video.

This is why Glenn Beck got the story correct the first time. Beck never believes the elite media narrative on face value and prefers to check the facts out for himself. Beck and/or his staff ignored the clips that the TV was playing and instead went to Brietbart’s web site to examine the entire Youtube video carefully. It was at that time Beck had realized the obvious, that Sherrod was starting to explain how she realized her racism was wrong.

The elite media and far left web sites like HuffPost, Daily KOS, Young Turks, Media Matters etc are still lying about this and claiming that Brietbart edited the video to set Sherrod up.

Here is part I of the the video Brietbart blogged about. Sherrod starts talking about how she plotted against the white farmer at 20 seconds and the NAACP audience is shown obviously approving of what she was plotting with nods, “that’s right’s” and approving laughter through the 55 second mark; as you can see scorn and condemnation of a racist act is no where near anyone in the audiences demeanor. At 1:25 in the video she starts talking about how she began to realize that her racism was wrong.  – 

Brietbart did not say in his blog post about the video that Sherrod should be fired as that was not even the point of his post, rather Brietbart made his point clearly. When Sherrod told how she plotted against a white farmer the NAACP audience laughed and nodded approvingly at her for that discrimination before Sherrod made her the mea-culpa and talked about how this event helped her to realize that racism is wrong. What Brietbart saw and blogged about at the NAACP event was exactly what the elite media falsely accused the Tea Party of, the applauding and/or tolerating racism in their ranks. [The NAACP also pressured the Obama administration to drop the case against members of the Black Panthers who showed up to polling places armed to intimidate white voters into not voting – Editor].

Just how bad is the elite media corruption on this issue?

Among the elite media culture, the first to get this story correct was Chris Mathews of MSNBC …but let us hold off our praise for just a moment till you see what comes next. The video below is the 5PM broadcast of Hardball with Chris Mathews. This is a sight to see:

Notice Mathews says that he saw the original Brietbart internet post and insists that the video linked to includes the part with Sherrod’s mea-culpa. Howard Dean tried to make the case that it wasn’t, accuses Mathews of being like Fox News for sticking to the truth, and then relents and admits that he did not go to Brietbart’s web site and view the original video, but rather all he saw was what appeared on TV. Howard Dean says that the entire clip is not what he saw on Fox…. guess what Howard, according to all of the blogs, comments, posted clips, and searches I can find,  Fox never aired the clip until AFTER Sherrod was fired. Nice try.

But come 7PM the video was yanked from MSNBC’s web site and when the 7PM version of Hardball aired the part of Mathews getting the story correct was gone. BigGovernment.com has both clips side by side for your inspection. They also asked politico.com for a correction:

At the very end of one of the video excerpt’s, Ms. Sherrod begins to explain how she later realized her initial discrimination of the white farmer was wrong. In Andrew’s article about the speech he noted

Eventually, her basic humanity informs that this white man is poor and needs help.

If we were trying to show that Ms. Sherrod was “boasting” of discrimination and were prone to editing the tape as evidence, wouldn’t we have cut that part out?

Politico would not correct the record or respond, which is becoming habitual for them.

Back to ABC. In a way I am glad Brietbart was not on ABC for several reasons. Brietbart is a brilliant guy and the media empire he has built makes that self-evident, but Brietbart is one of those guys who gets nervous and a bit choked up when in front of a camera with hostiles. There are some people who do not speak well in front of an audience no matter how smart they are. I know Andrew has been working to improve on this but he still needs improvement. I also do not trust ABC for many good reasons that we have documented over the years on this very web site. I believe that it would have been a three or four on one gang up on Brietbart for much of the evening if he were to appear.

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Governor Christie Irks NBC’s David Gregory by Calling Him “An Advocate”

Posted by iusbvision on November 7, 2010

The good part comes at 7:20 into the video –

David Gregory, like so many elite media “journalists”, parrots DNC talking points and/or blog points that they glean from smear sites like Media Matters and the Huffington Post. By far the favorite narrative/talking point/bogus premise from the elite media is that tax cuts cause deficits and that you have to raise taxes to increase revenue (they are still fighting Reagan and never got over it).

After the Reagan tax cuts were passed revenue doubled. Now I will try to explain this is such a way that even a Marxist professor might be able to understand. If your income goes way up and so does your debt, that is an indication of a spending problem, not a revenue one.

Basketball star LeBron James had a choice to play pro basketball in New York or Florida. He chose Florida because New York Taxes would have cost him a fortune.

Lets say that you are a gifted hi-tech designer, you have a choice of going to New York which has penalties for high wage earners, or you go to work for Boeing in Washington State because the voters there just voted down a “tax the rich” tax. Where do you go?

Recently 153 businesses have moved from California to Texas 1, 2.

Maryland instituted a “millionaire’s tax” and guess what, a third of their millionaire tax returns went POOF… some might not have been millionaires any more, but some left the state and others put more effort into putting money in tax shelters so that Maryland couldn’t take it. The result was a $100 million loss in state revenue.

[Note to every GOP candidate or office holder that goes on any show to talk about taxes, print these out and keep them with you at all times. This is just a sample of the evidence I have stored in my archive. Every time one of the David Gregory’s in the world starts down this bogus narrative whip these out and start quoting; then explain to him that his premise is a cute far left talking point but just isn’t reality. So after you lay a couple of these quotes on him I would say something like this:

David I have been watching you promote this bogus talking point for years. I am sorry that you never found the time to do your homework on this issue, but maybe you don’t read the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal and all the rest of these. Well I do. So David I would like to think that you just didn’t do your homework, but if its otherwise you may be fooling yourself, but your not fooling me and your certainly not fooling them (while you point at the camera)

Remember, these elite media people are not there to give the news objectively, often they are there to destroy you. They are going to trash you anyways, so you might as well make news by knocking them down a peg. The next elite media “journalist” will think twice before pulling a tactic like that on you.

According to the Culture and Media Institute:

Major network news shows ran 69 stories about Sarah Palin between September 29 and October 12. 37 stories were negative, just 2 were positive, and 30 were neutral. Not a single evening news show ran a positive story about Palin

– Chuck Norton, Editor]

By all means lets settle this argument right now. Tax cuts often increase revenue because more jobs means more taxpayers and more income means more taxes paid and more economic activity. David Gregory is an advocate and the following evidence puts his bogus narrative to rest.

Reducing the capital gains tax rate from 20% to 15% increased capital gains tax receipts by 79% from 2000 to 2004. Cutting the dividend tax rate by more than half–from 39.6% to 15%–increased dividend tax receipts by 35% from 2002 to 2004. And corporate tax receipts have nearly tripled since 2003, reaching $250 billion for the past nine months, 26% higher than the same period last year. (WSJ July 25, 2006)

WASHINGTON — The federal deficit in the budget year that just ended fell to a four-year low of $247.7 billion _ a figure President Bush touted Wednesday as “proof that pro-growth policies work.” The deficit for the budget year that ended Sept. 30 was 22.3 percent lower than the $318.7 billion imbalance for 2005, handing Bush a welcome economic talking point as Republicans battle to hold onto control of Congress in the midterm elections. (AP Oct. 11, 2006)

One place it has come from are corporations, whose tax collections have climbed by 76% over the past two years thanks to greater profitability. Personal income tax payments are up by 30.3% since 2004 too, despite the fact that the highest tax rate is down to 35% from 39.6%. The IRS tax-return data just released last month indicates that a near-record 37% of those income tax payments are received from the top 1% of earners — “the rich,” who are derided regularly in Washington for not paying their “fair share.” (WSJ Oct. 6 2006) – The rich are paying more in real dollars since the tax cuts.

US Treasury Sets New 1-Day Tax Receipt Record Of $85.8 Billion
Tuesday September 19th, 2006 / 0h04

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. government recorded record-high overall and corporate tax receipts on Sept. 15, which was a quarterly deadline for tax payments, the Treasury said Monday.

Total tax receipts were $85.8 billion on Friday, compared with the previous one-day record of $71 billion on Sept. 15 of last year, the Treasury said.
Within the overall figure, corporate tax receipts Friday were $71.8 billion, up from $63 billion in September of last year.

Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Randal Quarles said Friday’s numbers provided a “continuing demonstration of the strength of the U.S. economy.”

“In fact, Friday’s gross receipts were the largest in a single day in the nation’s history – 20% higher than receipts on the same quarterly tax payment date last year,” Quarles said in a statement.

October 27, 2006 at 10:30 pm e
Laffer’s Victory – July 10, 2006 – The New York Sun
July 10, 2006 Edition
Laffer’s Victory
New York Sun Staff Editorial
July 10, 2006

It’s official — Arthur Laffer wins. New data show federal revenues surged in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year. Corporate tax receipts are up more than 26% over the same period last year, ringing in at $250 billion. Individual income tax collections, at $791 billion, are up 14% over the first nine months of fiscal 2005. The Congressional Budget Office projects corporate tax receipts will total $330 billion by the end of the fiscal year. As a result, the deficit for the year is expected to be about $300 billion, down from $318 billion last year and $412 billion the year before.

What, you ask, has led to this miraculous event? A tax cut, it turns out. Or rather, an array of tax cuts, on corporate income, personal income, and capital gains. These tax cuts, passed in 2001 and 2003, appear to be having the desired effect of spurring economic growth by creating addition incentives for work and entrepreneurship. The latest numbers, moreover, offer some hard data to challenge some of the charges leveled against President Bush and congressional Republicans in respect of tax cuts. These tax cuts haven’t exactly benefited “the rich.” A third of those higher income-tax revenues came from the highest-earning 1% of households, according to the New York Times.

Budget Deficit Drops $296B Under Estimate
Jul 11, 11:01 AM (ET)
By ANDREW TAYLOR
My Way
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush touted new deficit figures Tuesday showing considerable improvement upon earlier administration predictions, saying it shows the wisdom of his tax cuts.

Bush himself announced the figures – a task that for the most part has been left to lower-ranking administration officials in the past. The new figures show the deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30 will be $296 billion – much better than the $423 billion that Bush predicted in February and a slight improvement over 2005.

October 27, 2006 at 10:33 pm e
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit
Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit – New York Times
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Published: July 9, 2006

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.

Graphic: Mixed Signals On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year’s levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.

Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year.

A flood of income tax payments pushed up government receipts to the second-highest level in history in April, giving the country a sizable surplus for the month. In its monthly accounting of the government’s books, the Treasury Department said Wednesday that revenue for the month totaled $315.1 billion as Americans filed their tax returns by the April deadline. The gusher of tax revenue pushed total receipts up by 13.4 percent from April 2005. (AP May 10, 2006)

WASHINGTON, July 8 — An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief. (NYT July 9, 2006)

And just for good measure here is President Kennedy on tax cuts –

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Video: Tea Party Philosophy vs Progressivism Part 3 & 4

Posted by iusbvision on November 6, 2010

The other parts can be seen HERE and there is more to come.

Natural Law & Economics:

Gun Rights insure popular sovereignty:

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Aftermath Part II – What to do next, where we went wrong, and how to improve.

Posted by iusbvision on November 3, 2010

Every Republican activist should read this post.

Thought to keep in mind:  even though yesterday was a massive Republican/Tea Party blow out there were still many close races where our team lost by VERY close margins.

I will start with The Walorski/Donnelly race right here in Indiana 2.

I – First thing’s first, Indiana 2 was gerrymandered to make it so a Republican could never hold this seat again as much of Elkhart County was gerrymandered out of the district. District lines should reflect communities and it is a no-brainer that Elkhart is a part of our community. If not for outrageous gerrymandering (really you should see the crazy way Democrats carved up Elkhart) Walorski would have won. More on this issue below.

Conservatives outvoted Donnelly last night. Libertarian Mark Vogel pulled almost 10,000 votes while Jackie lost by just over 2,500. Politico.com had something to say about this:

Dems’ third-party tricks worked

My colleague Kasie Hunt had a great story last week on stealth Democratic support for conservative third parties.

One place it worked: Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) narrowly edged out his GOP opponent by about 2,500 votes, while Mark Vogel, the Libertarian in the race netted almost 10,000 votes. Indiana Democrats spent about $15,000 dollars on a targeted mailer touting Vogel as the true conservative candidate in the race.

One consequence: Republicans will have even fewer scruples about aggressive efforts on behalf of the Green Party in 2012.

When gerrymandering is taken into consideration, the way that the voters have rejected the Democrat leadership is truly remarkable. There were many races where “impossible to defeat” Democrat incumbents either lost or skirted by with a few votes to spare. This brings us to….

II – Republicans took the Indiana House back last night (Grats Tim Wesco!) and when you consider the number of House races we lost due to gerrymandering (quite literally as much as two dozen) it becomes more and more clear that voters and conservative activists have to spend more time and attention on state  legislature races. This very writer is guilty of this but has learned his lesson. I hope you will too. On a bright note many states including several in the East had victorious Republican state legislature blowouts that have not been seen in 100 years. This means that in 2012 districts will not be gerrymandered into silliness. Expect the now proven corrupt (more on this tomorrow) Obama justice department to sue over every district redrawn by these new state legislatures so start preparing for that now.

We have great state legislators like Joe Zakas, we should start talking him up and featuring his (and others) substantive accomplishments in mini-ads and posters to engage in a partial permanent campaign to educate voters on how Republican state legislators improve the lives of Hoosiers every day. For Example create a system of mini-posters of revolving internet mini-ads, Facebook status’, tweets, trading cards etc :

Did you know that Joe Zakas lead your Indiana Republicans and provided our local magistrates with additional authority, such as the ability to issue protective orders to combat domestic violence. That was a serious and creative response to an important need. Eventually it became model legislation. Now, Joe’s language is applied not just in St. Joseph County but across the state, improving Indiana’s court system, making it more efficient. You’ll find it in IC 33-23-5-5 (15).

The same can be done for all sorts of things the GOP has done to help improve the lives of people in need every day. I can even see putting little snippets like this on the back of business cards, which brings us to …

III -There were many close races even in traditional Democrat strongholds. Here in South Bend several people running for office like Deb Fleming only lost by a handful of votes. This proves that typically Democratic learning voters are willing to vote for a great GOP candidates (many House and Senate races where  Republicans were thought to have no chance demonstrate this as well) . The national and state parties need to wage a teaching campaign to help educate voters. Democrats and Republicans know that the more accurate information voters have the better it is for traditional/conservative candidates.

This teaching campaign also needs to include a key element: the time has come for black voters to come back home to the GOP. The GOP needs to aggressively target black voters. Any examination of our inner cities where progressive politicians have had unrestrained power shows clearly how Democrats have not just let black Americans down, but have thrown them under the bus.  The other issue to create a wedge is the status of inner city public schools where Obama, the Democratic leadership in league with the corrupt teachers unions have fought tooth and nail to keep minority inner city schools stuck in the status quo. Many people are not aware of this but there is substantial new evidence that proves that bad schools are not a result of bad neighborhoods, but rather bad neighborhoods are a result of bad schools (The documentary “Waiting for Superman” in theaters now  highlighted some of this evidence). Black Americans overwhelmingly agree with the GOP when it comes to education reform.

This ad is a good example of how to get started:

When Carl Baxmeyer ran for office he did pretty good on the West Side for a Republican because he actually went there and asked for their vote. We need a communications machine that goes to the inner cities and gets in their face, but in a good way.

A good start would be for the likely new incoming Speaker Boehner as his first act to appoint Allen West as speaker for the day and have Pelosi pass the gavel to him (bold as hell isn’t it, but its a good start).

Allen West  –

When the redistricting takes place the racial incitement rhetoric from the far left will begin so we need to have a communications offensive underway.

Look at this man in the video below. See that he has been whipped up by the incitement rhetoric of the far left. I would like to ask him a question: What has the NAACP done for you lately? Sure you can tell me all sorts of things they did in the 50’s and 60’s when the NAACP was a solidly Republican organization, but what have they done for you lately? Martin Luther King would be marching on inner city public schools and teachers union halls,  why aren’t they? Why are they fighting to preserve the status quo? They have sold out to the far left for money and power haven’t they?Does the man in this video look satisfied with government?

If the GOP can make gains among black voters it could even make St. Joe County a Republican stronghold permanently.

IV – GOP Communications are often uncreative, ineffective and worn out. As fine a candidate and a leader Jacki Walorski is, IMO her communications machine has a long list of missed opportunities and her campaign wasn’t the only one by a long shot.

I look at the ads that ignore basic communications realities such as “the medium is the message” (an academic term that will take too long to explain here). I see the same tired old ads from our GOP with the candidate around table with blue prints on it, or the candidate in a hard hat pointing to something off camera that isn’t there….  let me be clear… the attention level of the electorate has changed and the type of ads that Chris Chocola ran in 2006 and have been run by so many candidates in this cycle are much less effective.  Why?

It used to be that when organizations like Gallup and Rasmussen gave survey’s to test voter knowledge of the issues the results use dto look like this :

Republican voters would average 8 out of 10 issue questions correct

Independents would average 3 out of 10 questions correct

Democrats would average 4 or 5 questions correct.

Starting in 2009 something changed that many people (including myself) thought we would never see:

Republican voters would average 8 out of 10 issue questions correct

Independents would average 7 out of 10 questions correct

Democrats would average 4 questions correct.

The GOP communications old guard has not pivoted or changed to reflect this new reality and make no mistake, this new political reality changes everything. The GOP needs to have more Socratic and substantive ads and communications. We need to prepare our candidates in more direct and substantive way to articulate the truth. Look at the ads by Allen West and Michele Bachman and even the radio ads by former Congressman Mark Souder, they were tremendously effective. Look at New Jersey where Governor Chris Chrsitie uses a Socratic, blunt, direct style of communicating and he is winning the PR battle against the Democrats and the rich teachers union (that union makes 130 million a year in dues),  in an overwhelming Democrat state, using Youtube. Even the leftists at the Today Show loves this guy.

Chris Christie’s communications strategy is the same as my own. When it comes to the voters talk to them like adults and do not patronize them. When it comes to political enemies and those who put self over service my attitude and the strategy is this: I win. You lose. The people respond to this in a big way including traditional Democrat voters. Here are some links with some examples:

The video that started it all –

Governor Christie Gets It: “People want to be talked to like they are adults. They do not want to be pandered to.”

TOTALLY AWESOME VIDEO: Governor Christie Takes on Teachers Union Hack at Town Hall

Christie vs leftist talking point hack 2 – LINK

NJ Governor Christie: The people didn’t send me here to go to charm school, they sent me here to straighten this government out

AWESOME: Chris Christie “Day of Reckoning” Speech

Governor Christie vs teacher union hack: “This is why the union has no credibility. Stupid statements like that.” Christie rhetoric vs. Obama’s OrwellSpeak.

Gov. Christie: I stopped Democrats from giving away hundreds of millions dollars in the days before I took office.

AWESOME: Gov Christie on MSNBC. Fighting Public Sector Unions

If I was in charge of GOP communications my TV ads would have gone something like the following.  I would have had Jackie in front of the old White Hall plant  and explained how those good jobs were taxed and regulated right out of the country. Then I would have taken her to Elkhart and Mishawaka Bayer and had her explain to voters how these jobs are threatened because of Donnelly’s new tax on medical devices. Than I would have taken her to the Miles Labs plant on Bieger Street where they used to make Alka Selter etc and explain how Donnelly’s new taxes on our medicines and new restrictions on using Health Savings Accounts for certain medicines hurts these jobs and helps send more away.You see, a well done Socratic ad when it comes on TV the first thought that enters their mind is “Hey there’s Jackie” instead of “Oh crap not another one of those ads” as soon as they hear the spooky music and see the first grainy picture. The health care bill was another missed opportunity. Sure Walorski’s ads tied Donnelly to it but many voters did not understand how it hurt their community directly. The ads I proposed would have taken that issue, brought it right home and in the voters face and shoved that terrible legislation right down Donnelly’s throat.

Jackie is an awesome person, but in my view her ads fell short of taking advantage of her personality or showing just how special she is. More Socratic ads would have helped to address that problem.  Also on a minor point; in my opinion Jackie was a little too nice to Joe and let me explain what I mean by this. Those of us who have seen Jackie in action know she can get very tough with someone who is doing wrong, but when Joe Donnelly lies to her face and impunes her with bull-crap that can’t withstand a few minutes of intellectual scrutiny I did not see Jackie display the righteous indignation she was full well entitled to. It is possible to be a little too slick. It is better show a little more humanity (and even be a tad more flawed) as people can relate to that person better (a little too much humanity like with the early, missteps on the Sharon Angle campaign should be avoided).

V – Avoiding Missteps. Last but not least, the Sharon Angle race was winnable and so were several others. The GOP needs to have communications pro’s that understand today’s political reality. Many of our candidates are doers, not talkers. To compensate for that our communications teams need to come up with scripts and ads that best articulate the candidates own ideas and defend them from assault. I am not talking about assembly line talking points. What I am talking about is taking each candidate’s ideas and coming up with creative ways of presenting and defending them. We need more mock debate prep behind the scenes to get the candidate ready for prime time and an elite media who will be out to destroy them. Like I said our candidates tend to be doers not talkers, so we need to learn to avoid the consequences of a good idea being articulated in a bad way that gives the media or an opponent something to jump on (like what happened to Rand Paul early on, fortunately he was able to recover).

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