Sanders for President? Radical Dems Think Barack and Hillary are Both Too Moderate

Sanders
(lastresistance.com)

It’s starting to appear that the Democratic Party’s radical left wing isn’t convinced that Hillary Clinton is progressive enough. That means we could see some radicals challenging the former First Lady for her party’s nomination.

Among those mentioned are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and former Socialist mayor of Burlington, who caucuses with Senate Dems.

From the Dallas Morning News:

The elections of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have generated new energy in the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, especially among critics of President Barack Obama’s centrist course who fear a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean more of the same.

The former secretary of state’s support for a tougher foreign policy than Obama’s in her new book, “Hard Choices,” won’t assuage them. But while Clinton’s book and accompanying tour have attracted enormous attention, and her standing within the Democratic Party remains very strong, there are increasing signs its liberal wing remains determined to play a role in 2016.

While Warren said she doesn’t have plans to seek the White House, a fellow New Englander seems interested. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, told The Nation magazine in March, “I am prepared to run for president of the United States.” Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who visited Iowa last year, said in an interview with the Weekly Standard that Clinton has shown a tendency to “shift hard right.” He said he is considering running even though he also said a presidential bid “would ruin my life.”

If the Democrats don’t want to even give the appearance of governing from the center (Obama is certainly no centrist), and insist on nominating a radical progressive for president, they will be handing the White House to the Republicans. The American people have gotten a good taste of progressive government over the past 5 ½ years, and they clearly don’t care for it. Any candidate to the left of Obama would go down in flames in a general election.

Connecticut Teachers Union Doesn’t Want What Wisconsin Has – Big Savings for Taxpayers

walker
(businessinsider.com)

The American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut chapter recently announced that its endorsing mostly Democrats in November, for governor, the U.S. House and other seats up for grabs this year (like that’s a surprise), because they don’t want a “Wisconsin moment” to happen in their state.

That, of course, is a reference to Act 10, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s landmark legislation that has greatly reduced the collective bargaining power of public sector unions, and saved schools, local governments and taxpayers a lot of money.

From TheDay.com:

We have chosen to support candidates who will act to prevent a ‘Wisconsin moment’ here in Connecticut,” said Stephen McKeever, who was a Middletown High School science teacher for 17 years and now serves as AFT Connecticut’s first vice president. “We need leaders committed to preserving the rights of all workers to collectively bargain and not gutting union members’ benefits to score political points.

We wonder if a majority of Connecticut voters agree that the “rights of all workers” are more important than the huge savings – not to mention educational improvements – that can be accomplished by limiting public sector union power.

Maybe, before they vote, they should check out the following statistics from Wisconsin, as of last October, which were published by the McIver Institute:

School district savings – $1.8 billion. Municipal savings – $242 million. County government savings – $106 million. Total savings to taxpayers – $2.7 billion.

We have no doubt that AFT Connecticut is endorsing candidates based on its own self-interests. But as we can see, union interests are rarely in line with the public interest.

 

With a National Debt Reaching $18 Trillion, Progressives Still Pine for Another Government ‘War on Poverty’

poverty war
(beyondchron.org)

Apparently progressives are not satisfied with a national debt that’s inching frighteningly close to $18 trillion. They’re still pining for another government “war on poverty,” based on the belief that individuals should not have to help themselves, because the almighty state has the money to take care of everyone’s needs.

From LAProgressive.com:

The U.S. media is eager for war. And while its target is Iraq, activists have a golden opportunity to reframe this into a debate about spending priorities. On issue after issue—education, housing, health care, transportation, student debt—the American people are being shortchanged because Beltway wisdom says that the U.S. cannot “afford” solutions. Yet if we can send hundreds of millions of additional dollars to Iraq, the money is there for tackling poverty, inequality, and key domestic needs.

Is the United States still trapped in the mindset that led Lyndon Johnson to sacrifice his War on Poverty for a war in Vietnam that he knew could not be won?

That question is best answered with the following from FoxNews.com:

In 2012, the federal government spent $668 billion to fund 126 separate anti-poverty programs. State and local governments kicked in another $284 billion, bringing total anti-poverty spending to nearly $1 trillion. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three.

Over, the last 50 years, the government spent more than $16 trillion to fight poverty.   

Yet today, 15 percent of Americans still live in poverty. That’s scarcely better than the 19 percent living in poverty at the time of Johnson’s speech. Nearly 22 percent of children live in poverty today. In 1964, it was 23 percent.

How could we have spent so much and achieved so little?

The answer to that is easy – you don’t solve social problems with giveaway programs. Handouts are only effective until they run out, then those who accept the handouts simply want more handouts. No lessons are learned, no skills are acquired, no work ethic is established.

By the way, is it a coincidence that the total spent to fight poverty over the last 15 years is almost identical to the size of our massive national debt?

New Mexico Town Decides to Go Politically Correct by Finding a New Name for Kit Carson Park


(franksrealm.com)

The town council in Taos, New Mexico, the hometown of the great western explorer Kit Carson, recently voted to rename a park in town that had been named after Carson for as long as anyone remembers.

The action was reportedly taken because some Native Americans in the area resent Carson’s legacy and what they believe he stood for.

From Fox News:

Council member Fritz Hahn said one American Indian activist felt uncomfortable in the park, which is named after someone who egregiously hurt her people. “We have got to heal the wreckage of the past, and Kit Carson is part of that,” Hahn said.

Carson, who died in 1868, is buried in the cemetery at the park and his name is all over Taos. He largely is known as an explorer, trapper, soldier and American Indian agent.

Taos Pueblo tribal Secretary Ian Chisholm says the pueblo viewed the council’s actions as a gesture of “healing and reconciling the past.”

Progressives love to demonize great figures of American history because they did not live by today’s politically correct standards.

If they get any more aggressive in this effort, figures like Washington and Jefferson will have to be cleansed from the books because they were slave owners, and Lincoln should be cast aside because his original plan was to colonize freed slaves outside the U.S., the land of their birth.
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Buchanan Says U.S. Should Ignore the Situation In Iraq, Regardless of the Outcome

Buchanan
(huffingtonpost.com)

A lot of Americans are shaking their heads sadly at the mere thought of American forces having to go back to Iraq and restore the peace once again, due to President Obama’s foolish decision to remove our military presence too soon.

But how can anyone argue that the U.S. should stay out of the current mess and allow the insurrection to run its course, come what may?

Former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan, interviewed on Newsmax TV, said that’s his philosophy.

From Newsmax:

A former adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan, Buchanan reminded viewers that he opposed American intervention in Iraq in 2003 and opposes it now. If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his 900,000-man army can’t defend their capital from ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) insurgents, according to Buchanan, then the United States “ought not to go in and do it for them.”

Nobody is claiming that the Iraqi prime minister or his government are worth one more drop of American blood.

But the U.S. has an investment in the continued stability in Iraq, paid for with the blood and lives of American soldiers. To let that nation fall apart over one stupid move by Obama would be an insult to the men and women who served there.

And on a practical note, can we really afford to have another middle eastern nation run by radical jihadists who would only make peace in the region, and security for Israel, even more difficult to attain?

This is indeed the continuing war on terror that President George W. Bush warned us about. As much as we hate to admit it, this is a war we may be dealing with for a generation or more.

It’s just too bad that we may have to fight this particular battle twice, due to gross incompetence in the White House.

New York Legislation Would Grant Illegal Immigrants a ‘Form of State Citizenship’

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(frontpagemag.com)

Why bother having a legal immigration process at all?

New York state Sen. Gustav Rivera has introduced a bill called the New York Is Home Act, that would provide illegal immigrants and non-voting citizens the type of rights usually reserved for real citizens, like voting in city and state elections.

From Reuters:

The bill would provide benefits to illegal immigrants and other non-citizens who could prove they have resided in New York for at least three years and have been paying taxes for as long. They would also have to take an oath to uphold the state’s constitution and laws, and pledge their willingness to serve on a jury, according to the bill summary.

In return, non-citizens would receive a form of state citizenship, including access to state tuition assistance and health insurance programs, the ability to apply for driver’s and professional licenses, and the right to vote in state and local elections, the summary said.

Other states have moved forward on their own with respect to tuition assistance and driver’s licenses, Rivera said, but no other state has considered such a broad package for its non-citizens.

The message is, the heck with the law, just show up and the state of New York will take care of you.

This is not the sort of bill that’s going to discourage illegal immigration, in New York or anywhere else. If anything, it’s an open invitation to ignore our laws and come on in. The immigration system is broken, our nation lacks the will to monitor its own borders, so everyone’s welcome.

Never mind how unfair that might be to potential immigrants who respected the law and applied in the legal manner, but are still waiting for clearance to enter the United States. Never mind how unfair it is for citizens whose ballots will count no more than those of people who are not citizens.

Just open the gates and let’s have a free-for-all. If we end up with millions of more needy people from other countries, what the heck. Americans are used to paying a lot of taxes, anyway. Just charge them a few more dollars to cover the costs of our permanent guests.

Sen. Landrieu Says 20-Week Abortions are OK Because the Babies Could Not Survive Outside of a Hospital

Mary Landrieu
(politico.com)

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), who’s in a tough battle for re-election, says she opposes a recently passed late abortion ban in her home state (and a similar federal bill) because it bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

From ConservativeIntel.com:

Landrieu said she “personally” believes that life begins at conception, but that she opposes these measures because “20 weeks is not the norm for being able to live outside of a hospital.”

If the ability to survive outside of a hospital determines whether a human should be put to death, there are an awful lot of old and sick people who should be in the execution line.

We grabbed a video depicting a typical human fetus at the 20-week mark. After watching it, we believe even Sen. Landrieu (who is hopelessly caught between the conservative majority in her state and the leftist pro-abortion crowd in her party) would agree that 5-month fetuses are very human, very much alive, and certainly worth saving.

How Convenient – A Bunch of Lois Lerner’s IRS Emails Are Mysteriously Missing

Lerner
(media.npr.org)

A phony scandal, huh?

The IRS announced Friday that a bunch of Lois Lerner’s emails, pertaining to the targeting of conservative political groups, have somehow been lost.

For a lot of older people, this mysterious disappearance seems eerily similar to the series of events that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.

From Newsmax.com:

Conservatives are outraged at the IRS’ disclosure late Friday that it had lost a trove of former administrator Lois Lerner’s emails on the targeting of tea party groups, with one critic likening it to the infamous gap in a tape of President Richard Nixon’s conversations during the Watergate scandal.

“Liars. They’re such liars. Unbelievable,” charged Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing several groups in a federal lawsuit over the targeting in their applications for tax-exempt status. “This is outrageous. They’re lying.

“This is like the 18-and-a-half minutes in Rose Mary Woods’ tape,” Mitchell said, referring to the gap in the audio tape of a June 20, 1972, conversation believed to have been held between Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman. “It’s ridiculous. I just don’t believe them.”

Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the groups that received its tax-exempt status after suing the IRS, said the revelation “doesn’t pass the smell test and smacks of obstruction of justice.”

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing 41 targeted groups in a federal lawsuit against the IRS, said “this is insanity.”

“Hollywood couldn’t write a script with any more scandal and intrigue than what is unfolding in the IRS targeting scandal,” he said in a report on the organization’s website.

And Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suggested that the White House was being dishonest in saying that the emails were lost.

“Isn’t it convenient for the Obama administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner’s emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen?” the California Republican asked in a statement. “Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they’re just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?”

Republicans Warned Obama That U.S. Was Leaving Iraq Too Soon in 2011

President Obama
(kencrow.us)

President Obama reportedly said Thursday that the U.S. would need to help the Iraqi government counter the threat of Islamic militants who are overrunning the nation.

He didn’t say what specific role the U.S. might be forced play

We suppose it’s a good thing that Obama realizes that we can’t afford to have an Islamic Republic of Iraq.

What’s sickening is that this never had to happen. The fact is that Obama removed the American military presence from Iraq in 2011, which was far too soon and too risky.

Simply put, the U.S. was keeping the peace. And Obama was repeatedly warned by congressional Republicans that an early withdrawal would invite chaos and increase the potential for another war, which we would probably be forced to participate in.

Unfortunately the president buckled to his friends on the extreme left who wanted us out of Iraq ASAP. This is what happens when the White House listens to the peaceniks instead of the experts.

What’s ironic is that the anti-war crowd was tired of U.S. casualties in Iraq. Before we left, American military deaths and injuries were at a minimum, because the situation was largely under control.

How many Americans will we lose when we’re forced to return to reinstate the peace?

From Newsmax:

“It was something that was avoidable,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe. “It was something that we warned the president about over a three-year period. Now it’s worse than it was before. It’s very depressing.”

“It’s not like we haven’t seen this problem coming for over a year,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “And it’s not like we haven’t seen, over the last five or six months, these terrorists coming in and taking control of western Iraq. Now they’ve taken control of Masul. They’re 100 miles from Baghdad. And what’s the president doing? Taking a nap.”

Perhaps Obama is napping because he can’t stand to stay awake and watch the disaster his stupid decision is causing.

He ought to be covering his head with his pillow out of pure shame.

 

End-of-the-Year Prank: Slick Oil Poured All Over School Stairs – by a High School Band Teacher!

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(frankiejohn.com)

Back in our day, high school and middle school students were known for pulling pranks – sometimes dangerous ones – at or near the end of the school year.

Now teachers – supposedly mature adults – are apparently doing the same thing.

Michael Madonia, a high school band teacher from Lansing, Illinois, has lost his job and been charged with a misdemeanor for pouring oil used on musical instruments all over two flights of stairs in the school.

There were no reportedly injuries, but clearly someone could have been seriously hurt. Madonia told school officials he only pulled the stunt as a prank.

That’s what I said when I ignited a smoke bomb in the boy’s room – in the eighth grade. But I never would have poured a slippery substance on any walking surface, because at the age of 14 I knew somebody could be injured by such a stunt.

Medonia is 56.

From NWITimes.com:

Following a police investigation, Madonia, 56, was charged with a misdemeanor offense of reckless conduct, village spokesman Fabian Newman said. Madonia is scheduled to appear July 22 at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham for a hearing.

When confronted by school officials, Williams said Madonia immediately offered his resignation, which the School Board will vote to accept when they are scheduled to meet again June 24.

But district officials did not make the decision to turn the issue into a police matter until a few days after the resignation was received.

“We think this is a serious matter, one that warranted police involvement,” Williams said.

At the time of the incident, Madonia already was suspended from his band director’s post because of incidents that occurred earlier this year.

In April, the District 215 School Board imposed a suspension that would have run through the end of May. At the time, school officials said Madonia had violated various board policies and procedures, although they would not specify what those policies were.