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On September 19, 2001, writing in the Hyde Park Herald Barack Obama attributed 9/11 related terrorism to, "a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair." Even more so, Obama went on to say:
"They see poverty all around them and they are angry by that poverty. They may be suffering under oppressive and corrupt regimes and that kind of environment is a breeding ground for fanaticism and hatred.” "It’s absolutely critical that the U.S. is engaged in policies and strategies that will give those young people and these countries hope and make it in their self-interest to participate and create modern, open societies like we have in the U.S."
Obama has, in fact, held to this position for the better part of a decade despite the evidence that the 9/11 attackers were, in fact, mostly rich kids. In his Cairo speech, Barack Obama did not directly mention "poverty," but instead went with the white man’s burden — an indirect way of saying the same thing — pontificating that "tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims." Contra Obama, it turns out that yet again, the Al Qaeda terrorist who tried to blow up a Delta jet on Christmas Day was another rich kid. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that "the system worked."
Had this been Christie Todd Whitman or a host of other Republicans, it would have been the lead story on the nightly news today. William Daley of the Chicago Clan, former Bill Clinton’s Commerce Secretary and Al Gore’s President Campaign Chairman in 2000, sees all sorts of apocalyptic warning signs on the horizon for the Democrats. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Politicians of all stripes go to Washington and lose the ability to relate to people. Part of that is an inability for politicians to speak plainly, even when talking to the base. I have criticized Mitch McConnell repeated for wanting to beat the spread instead of actually beating health care. Being in the good old boys club that is the United States Senate means Senators often put collegiality before the fight. Some of you have said I have been too hard on Mitch McConnell, but I stand by the comments. In Matthew 5:37, Christ told his disciples, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.” His brother James in his eponymous book at 5:12 echoed Christ, writing, “Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.” This is not to say Mitch McConnell is “condemned” or “evil” or anything of the like. This is just to point out that sometimes plain speaking is a good thing. And often, politicians should actually say “yes” when they mean “yes” and “no” when they mean “no,” instead of dancing around the issue. What is this all about? Today on This Week With George Stephanopolous, Jake Tapper, filling in for George, asked Senator McConnell, “Do you think that Republicans running for Senate in 2010 should run on a platform of vowing to repeal the health care reform bill, should it become law? And will that be one of your first items should you regain control of the Senate, repealing what you guys call Obama-care?” Senator McConnell’s answer? Please click here for the rest of the post.
When Senator DeMint engineered, and Republican Leader McConnell actually objected to the appointment of the conferees, he was really handing the ball off to the left wingers — progressives if you will — and now they have their shot to either hold their own clan members who are against the Senate compromises and force them to vote No, or have their policy demands be ignored and take the crumbs from Senator Nelson’s and Senator Lieberman’s table. Now, because of the Senator DeMint’s objection, unless the House votes for the Senate bill unchanged — which is highly unlikely (see below) — then the Senate ObamaCare bill must be amended on the House floor to gain the votes they need to pass it on the House floor. And because of Senator DeMint’s objection to the appointment of the conferees, there will be no conference, or conference report. If the House amends the Senate bill, they then have to send the amended bill back to the Senate — where all the 60 vote margin cloture votes still apply — cloture on the motion to proceed, and cloture to end the filibuster and cloture on any amendment. Please click here for the rest of the post.
This piece in the NYT flies in the face of all those who accused us of fear-mongering when we dared call out Congress on the issue of so-called “death panels.” I, for one, was uncomfortable enough with the idea that a gaggle of self-appointed hens in Congress would assess my worthiness and determine whether sufficient resources should be allocated to keep me alive through some horrific medical event. If the Times is to be believed, it is MUCH worse – Hospital budget administrators (under constant attack from Government oversight and regulation to contain costs) will make our life and death decisions for us, and they’ll do so while competing for financial rewards from the Federal Government. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Charter schools work – on so many levels. Charter schools educate kids. Charter schools promote local control and parental involvement. Charter schools succeed in stark contrast to the failed policies of the NEA and the Department of Education. One New Orleans charter school changes the culture, sees the results New Orleans’ corrupt, decrepit Orleans Parish School Board was mortally wounded before Katrina. The State-run Recovery School District had started to take over failed Orleans Parish schools, and the charter movement had a toe-hold. Katrina wiped the slate clean. Charter schools led the comeback. Now, fully half of Orleans Parish’s public schools are charter schools, a higher percentage than any other city in the nation. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Business as usual, in other words. Remember, it doesn’t count if it’s not impacting the First World. Please click here for the rest of the post.