Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note!

The Telegraph U.K. ^ | 1/28/2014 | Cortney O' Brien 

A certain Republican governor is getting some high praise across the pond. Dr. Tim Stanley, a historian for the United States and contributor to Britain’s The Daily Telegraph published a piece Monday entitled, “How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note,” commending the governor of Wisconsin for employing a conservative agenda “that actually works”:
The fact is that Wisconsin's recovery is real but fragile, and Walker has balanced the books without trying to impose on his state the kind of pure libertarian economics that his opponents feared. It's an example of sensible conservative governance – not, as so much of the liberal media seemed to imagine, a Tea Party coup d'etat. No wonder he beat the recall effort.
As many “recall,” Walker defeated bullying labor unions in November 2011 after they demanded he reinstate their collective bargaining rights. Walker refused to cave and won the recall election – handily. It’s a good thing for the Badger State, too, for his conservative policies have worked wonders. Stanley continues to compliment Walker's efforts:
Not only has he delivered the goods but (this is the best bit) Walker now wants to give those goods back to the voters in the form of a tax break. So the message to America, and the rest of the world, is this: get spending under control, cut business taxes, create a welfare system that encourages people to seek work and you will balance the budget, reduce unemployment and be able to let people keep more of their money. It turns out that conservative economics, applied with determination and care, can work.
And what has this conservative governor done with the surplus his state can now enjoy? He’s proposing $800 million in tax cuts:
“What do you do with a surplus? Give it back to the people who earned it. It's your money," Walker said.
Now that our British friends realize conservative principles work, hopefully American voters will come to the same realization.

50 Year War on Poverty - Success or Failure?

Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Mike Shedlock 

Before you can assess the success or failure of a program you must first understand the mission. Then, with the objectives of the mission in mind, one can measure success or failure.

If you set the bar low enough or modify the mission, then anything can look like a success. Conversely, everything fails if standards are sufficiently high.

Thomas Sowell discusses those ideas, in relation to the war on poverty, in Fact-Free Liberals.
Since this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the "war on poverty," we can expect many comments and commemorations of this landmark legislation in the development of the American welfare state.

The actual signing of the "war on poverty" legislation took place in August 1964, so the 50th anniversary is some months away. But there have already been statements in the media and in politics proclaiming that this vast and costly array of anti-poverty programs "worked."

The real question is: What did the "war on poverty" set out to do -- and how well did it do it, if at all?

Both President John F. Kennedy, who launched the proposal for a "war on poverty" and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, who guided the legislation through Congress and then signed it into law, were very explicit as to what the "war on poverty" was intended to accomplish.

President Kennedy said, "We must find ways of returning far more of our dependent people to independence."

The same theme was repeated endlessly by President Johnson. The purpose of the "war on poverty," he said, was to make "taxpayers out of taxeaters." Its slogan was "Give a hand up, not a handout." When Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark legislation into law, he declared: "The days of the dole in our country are numbered."

Now, 50 years and trillions of dollars later, it is painfully clear that there is more dependency than ever.

Ironically, dependency on government to raise people above the poverty line had been going down for years before the "war on poverty" began. The hard facts showed that the number of people who lived below the official poverty line had been declining since 1960, and was only half of what it had been in 1950.

On the more fundamental question of dependency, the facts were even clearer. The proportion of people whose earnings put them below the poverty level -- without counting government benefits -- declined by about one-third from 1950 to 1965.

All this was happening before the "war on poverty" went into effect -- and all these trends reversed after it went into effect.
By any reasonable measurement of war on poverty mission statements made by presidents Kennedy and Johnson, the war on poverty was a miserable failure.


Frontpage magazine ^ | 1/28/2014 | Lloyd Billingsley 

Barack Obama has his pen and his phone and as this report notes, the President of the United States is poised to bypass Congress and “use his control of federal agencies to impose his progressive agenda on the economy and society throughout 2014.”
This is more evidence that Barack Obama has not read Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, the 1944 book endorsed by John Maynard Keynes “in deeply moved agreement” both philosophical and moral. Hayek’s book nevertheless remains enlightening about president Obama and his administration in several ways.
Last year in a piece on Obamacare Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson cited Hayek on the challenge of technocratic planning: limited information. The knowledge, Hayek wrote, “never exists in concentrated or integrated form but solely as the dispersed bits of incomplete and frequently contradictory knowledge which all the separate individuals possess.”
According to Hayek, a Nobel laureate in economics, the dispute is not about “whether planning is to be done or not.” Rather, the key question is whether the planning is to be conducted “centrally, by one authority” or “divided among many individuals.” Obamacare purports to plan health care for an entire nation. By any standard, that has not worked out well.
The federal website was dysfunctional but Obamacare bosses opted to roll it out anyway. Federal officials remained uncertain how many people had “enrolled” and whether enrollees had in fact secured a policy. Among other technical and economic problems, the federal website remains insecure and state exchanges have troubles of their own.
“So maybe the problem is not Obama or Sebelius,” Gerson wrote, “but rather a government program that requires superhuman technocratic mastery.” That validates Hayek on the information problem. Another section of his “grand book,” as Keynes called it, may be even more relevant.
That would be Hayek’s chapter on “Why the Worst Get on Top” in societies trending toward central control. In those, the dominating element is “the general demand for a quick and determined government action.” Therefore it is “the man or party strong enough to ‘get things done’ who exercises the greatest appeal.” But for such a man and his party, the problems range far beyond the lack of information.
“Where there is one common all-overriding end,” Hayek notes, “there is no room for any general morals or rules.”
The principle that the end justifies the means is in fact “the denial of all morals.” The leader who really wants to get things done will “soon have to choose between disregard of ordinary morals and failure.” The necessary practices for such a leader include “cruelty and intimidation, deliberate deception and spying.”
Likewise, the “democratic statesman” determined to plan economic life will soon be confronted with the alternative of “either assuming dictatorial power or abandoning his plans.” That is why, Hayek says, in a society trending toward central control, “the unscrupulous and uninhibited are likely to be more successful.” Examples abound on the current scene.
The president is mounting a surge in his practice of legislating from the White House, a clear violation of the Constitution. This is precisely the kind of power grab outlined by Friedrich Hayek, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 1991.
The Obama administration has deployed the IRS to intimidate groups the president dislikes. His NSA continues to spy on ordinary Americans, strip-mining their private lives beyond any legitimate security needs. Deception also abounds.
“If you like your health care plan,” the president said repeatedly, “you can keep it.” This was not, as the New York Times wrote, an “incorrect promise.” It was the sort of deliberate deception that, as Hayek noted, even democratic statesmen must indulge if they believe the end justifies the means. Barack Obama, President of the United States, is up to the task, and the results are evident. His signature plan strips Americans of their health care policies and steers them to a dysfunctional and insecure website whose “navigators” can be convicted felons. If Americans decline to participate, the IRS will fine them. Millions of Americans are now in dire straits but Barack Obama says as long as he is president Obamacare will never be repealed.
Embattled Americans can doubtless find other evidence that the unscrupulous and uninhibited are already on top, and the nation progressing down the road to serfdom. But could this happen in the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave? Consider Hayek’s warning:
“Even a strong tradition of political liberty is no safeguard if the danger is precisely that new institutions and policies will gradually undermine and destroy that spirit.”

Republicans never can jump high enough on immigration amnesty!

Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/28/14 | William A. Jacobson

So what’s the point of jumping right now?
Sometime this week House Republicans will unveil a short list of immigration “reform” priorities for the coming year. That release could take place at any moment.
The big headline so far is that there will be a legalization of all illegal aliens, with a path to citizenship for those brought here as young children, Backing in G.O.P. for Legal Status for Immigrants.
The big questions are why, and why now?
The Editors of National Review have an excellent editorial, Don’t Do It:
The House Republican leadership has been confronted by devilishly difficult tactical choices over the years. But what to do on the issue of immigration right now isn’t one of them. The correct course is easy and eminently achievable: Do nothing….
The basic tactical reason not to act now is that the last thing the party needs is a brutal intramural fight when it has been dealt a winning hand on Obamacare. It is not as though the public is clamoring for an immigration bill. Only 3 percent cited immigration as the biggest problem facing the country in a Gallup poll earlier this month. In the key contests that will decide partisan control of the Senate, Republican candidates are much more likely to be helped than hurt by refusing to sign onto any form of amnesty.
(Excerpt) Read more at legalinsurrection.com ...

It's Not The State of the Union Address - It's The State of the Coup Address!

American Spring on FR ^ | January 28, 2014 | USConservative 

Tonight is the "State of the Union" address. It is widely anticipated that Barack Hussein Obama will steer clear of the fiasco that is known as "Obamacare" and choose to focus instead on raising the minimum wage "for working families" (cough, hack..) and on legalizing more than 11 million criminal illegal aliens who violated our laws when they entered this country.

We cannot allow Obama to lie to the American people again without making our own thoughts and opinions known.

Our discontent with the current occupant of the White House must be expressed in a peaceful way that draws attention to the wide disapproval of this President.

Social Media campaigns are a great way to do that, especially since the Obama Administration pays so close attention to sources such as Twitter, FaceBook - and lets face it -- they mine our cellphone, web, text and other data that they illegally steal every day.

Tonight, let's let them hear it. The AmericanSpring movement here on FR is today announcing our Twitter Campaign which will run during the State of the Union address.

Our Twitter Campaign will be a coordinated effort with you, Free Republic. We are asking those of you with Twitter Accounts to subscribe to our "AmericanSpring2014" account and help us re-tweet the messages we will be sending during the State of the Union address.

We have 35 messages that we'll be sending in direct response to the President's State of the Union Address. Our goal is to "blow up" the Twitter Universe with those messages.

Our Account, AmericanSpring2014 will use the #StateOfTheCoup hashtag after each tweet. We will also be cross-pollinating the #SOTU hashtag that has already been setup on Twitter, presumably by the White House or someone associated with it.
Please join us tonight in this coordinated campaign against the State of the Union propaganda - and let freedom of speech reign!

The Real State of Obama's Union: Not Good!

Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Carol Platt Liebau 

Tonight, President Obama will use the pomp & circumstance attending the State of the Union to try to jump-start his flailing presidency. No doubt there will be much high-minded rhetoric, peppered with plenty of "let me be clear" and numerous allusions to "folks."
    The question is whether anyone will be listening. There are two reasons for the growing indifference for the innumerable speeches that issue from the President's mouth: First, the public has figured out that President Obama is either unwilling or unable to work meaningfully with Congress, so little of lasting import is likely to happen. Second, with an approval rate of 41%, he's clearly squandered the enormous reservoir of public good will he enjoyed at both of his inaugurations, (compared to a whopping 69% approval at the start of his first term; a respectable 53% at the time of his second inauguration).
    No doubt the President is going to try to put a good spin on his record. But the facts look much different. Here's life in America after five years of the Obama presidency:

    And that's just at home. Abroad, the news is no better.
    • Putin continues to outmaneuver and dominate Obama completely, whether it comes to IranSyria or the NSA leaks.

    Finally, keep in mind that under Obama, America has become a place where:

        If a Republican president had racked up this hideous record, members of the media would be running through the streets screaming as if their hair were on fire.

          But whatever the president says tonight, Americans know the score. And they know that there is far too much in America that is terribly, terribly wrong. That, sadly, is the real state of our union right now. And it is up to us to fix it.

          Walmart: Moving People Up the Income Ladder Through Economic Opportunity

          Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Katie Pavlich 

          Meet Claudine McKenzi, a woman who has been working at Walmart for 17 years. McKenzi started her work at the company as a part-time sales clerk trying to provide a good living for her son, she was pregnant at the time she was hired. Now, McKenzi is a store manager, has another child, a bachelors degree and is working on her master's degree, all thanks to the opportunities Walmart has provided her as a reward for her hard work.
          In a video recently released by the National Retail Federation McKenzi details her journey and expresses her gratitude to the company for its support of not just her work, but of her family and personal education goals.
          My Story in Retail
          During President Obama's State of the Union Address tonight we will no doubt hear a whole lot about how we need to increase the federal minimum wage from 7.25 to $10.10. The President will argue an increase is necessary to help workers earn a better living and to pull them out of poverty. The reality is, this policy change will have the opposite effect.
          People like McKenzi are a perfect example of who would be hurt the most by the President’s misguided policies. A higher minimum wage will lead to fewer new jobs and in return, fewer success stories like McKenzi's. Hard work, determination and employers who offer rewards in return for dedication and perseverance allow people like McKenzi to turn a part-time clerk job into a lifelong career, rather than keeping people stuck in dead end jobs, not to mention in poverty. The best and most efficient way to earn a "living wage" is through economic opportunity, not through federal regulations that limit the job opportunities for the people who need them most.

          Nancy Pelosi is outraged: ‘We did not treat President Bush this way’!

          Washington Times ^ | 1-28-14 | David Sherfinski 

          House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, said Tuesday that a large segment of the GOP is “anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama” and that while Democrats opposed much of President George W. Bush’s agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is “something quite stunning.”
          “What’s interesting to me is that Democrats and Republicans know what they believe,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They know what they believe, and that’s what’s happening in Congress … what’s happening here now is we have a large segment of the Republican party that is anti-government. We don’t want any more government than we need, but they’re anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama.”
          “They have a trifecta that is going,” she continued. “Now, I say to the Republicans: Take back your party … you come with confidence with the debate that goes on and try to influence the decision, but to obstruct every initiative that the president’s put forth on jobs and then say, ‘Why don’t we have more jobs?’ We do have more jobs, but no thanks to the Congress of the United States.”
          Later Tuesday morning, House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said the GOP-led House has sent “dozens” of jobs bills to the Democratic-controlled Senate only to see them languish, and offered to work with the president on a number of issues.
          “The president says he wants to make this a year of action,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “Well, it sounds good, but … let’s work together to pass trade promotion authority that would expand exports and create more jobs in America. Let’s work together on building the Keystone Pipeline and the tens of thousands of jobs that would be created as a result.”
          “Let’s work together, find common ground on the dozens of House-passed jobs bills that are sitting over in...
          (Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...

          After unemployment benefit cuts, N.C. job boom continued into December...Feds to follow?

          Conservative Intel ^ | 1/28/14 | David Freddoso 

          ...The new payroll data show that North Carolina created another 11,100 jobs in December, which is 15 percent of what the nation as a whole added last month...

          We should not even be too surprised if, after half a decade of flops like the stimulus program and everything else President Obama has tried, we start to see people taking what jobs there are after benefits are cut.
          (Excerpt) Read more at conservativeintel.com ...

          Obama to lift minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10!

          Reuters ^ | 1/28/2014 

          President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday he is issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for federal contract workers with new contracts, the White House said.

          In his State of the Union address, Obama will also call on Congress to pass a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage for all workers to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 and index that to inflation going forward.

          The executive order for new contracts or existing contracts in which terms are being changed would take effect at the beginning of next year. Issuing the order allows Obama to bypass Congress in a limited way, with Republicans opposed to a broad increase in the minimum wage.

          (Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...



          Jim Crow Laws




          Income Inequality


          Getting More!


          The Nag






          2 outa 3


          Same-O Same-O






          Your Lying Eyes


          Still Poor!


          Raped by a Democrat!