Big govt, Politics

Bernie Attacks Charter Schools

Last week Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a high-profile attack on charter schools with his new plan for education: good-bye school choice! Per Bernie’s Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, charter school teachers would be forced to join teachers’ unions and “halt the use of public funds” to help underwrite them. “We do not need two schools systems; we need to invest in our public schools system,” Bernie argued in his plan. In other words, Bernie wants to abolish the charter schools that have offered a glimmer of hope in urban areas destroyed by teachers’ unions and bureaucratic red tape.

Here’s more from National Review…

The Vermont senator’s message to parents is clear, and repugnant: I and my teachers’ union allies know better than you what schools are best for your kids.

One of the great benefits of living life well outside the Beltway is that it’s easy to take my eyes off the swamp, look to the states surrounding me, and see places where politics actually function as they’re supposed to. I can even, occasionally, see those issues on which Democrats and Republicans might work together, united in common purpose, for the common good.

Exhibit A: the charter-school movement. It’s granted an invaluable degree of educational choice to families who long lacked the flexibility that prosperous suburban and upper-middle-class parents take for granted, and its extraordinary growth is a bipartisan achievement.

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Big govt, Politics

Buttigieg: “Fair Taxes” = “Higher Taxes”

During a Sunday Fox News town hall, South Bend, Illinois, mayor and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn’t bother sugarcoating his call for “fair taxes” as anything other than what his party means by it: “higher taxes.” When asked by an attendee about what he would do to “restore fiscal responsibility” in light of the $22 trillion national debt, Buttigieg started off attacking President Trump’s tax cuts as “unnecessary and unaffordable.” He argued: “That’s why we really do need to entertain ideas like, I would say a fairer-which means higher-marginal income tax rate on those with the most.” The answer for Leftists is always confiscatory tax policies…for other people’s money, that is.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg admitted during his Sunday town hall on Fox News that when he talks about “fair taxes,” what he means is “higher taxes.”

The South Bend, Indiana mayor took a question early in the evening about fiscal responsibility. (RELATED: Trump Dubs Pete Buttigieg ‘Alfred E. Neuman)

New Hampshire state director of the Concord Coalition Tyler Sweeney asked, “We reached $22 trillion in national debt. What would a President Buttigieg do to restore fiscal responsibility?”

Buttigieg began by attacking the Trump tax cuts, saying, “You don’t blow a hole in the budget with an unnecessary and unaffordable tax cut for the wealthiest. Part of it is ‘do no harm.’”

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Buttigieg: No Freedom Without Abortion

Democratic 2020 presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg thinks America is not free without the right to abortion. His remarks were made in response to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) signing new fetal heartbeat legislation banning abortions after six weeks’ gestation. “This is not an easy choice for anyone to face, and I would be loath to tell anybody facing that situation what the right thing to do is, but that’s exactly the point: I’m a government official. I don’t view myself as belonging in that conversation,” Buttigieg argued. Yet, Buttigieg also argues that it’s perfectly acceptable for government officials to tell religious organizations how they must respond to gender policies that violate their faith. Funny how that works.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized the new abortion restrictions passed in Alabama on Thursday, saying that America is not free without a right to abortion.

“I must say that I don’t think that you are free in this country if your reproductive health can be criminalized by government,” Buttigieg said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the law enacting new abortion restrictions on Wednesday.

“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,” she said.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Whistleblower Blows Whistle Again

Christopher Sign-the reporter who broke the headline about then U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch meeting with former president Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac in 2016-still believes that the encounter was not about discussing golf and grandchildren. Recalling the pinnacle of the FBI investigation into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s secret server, Sign says he has yet to find a corroborating witness that Bill even touched a golf course during that trip. “To this day, I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip,” Sign reported. It’s yet another step toward piecing together the real story behind the DOJ/DOS collaboration to exonerate Hillary.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The journalist who broke the story about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton on a hot summer’s day in 2016 doubts the former president’s claim that he played golf while in Phoenix.

That chance encounter on June 27, 2016, led to a firestorm of criticism, as it took place during the FBI’s investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server and the presidential election in which she was the Democratic candidate. Lynch and Bill Clinton claim his wife’s emails were never discussed. Both say Clinton brought up golf, while Lynch said Clinton told her he had played golf during that particular trip to Arizona.

“To this day I have never found a single person who claims or corroborates any story that Bill Clinton played golf on this particular trip,” Christopher Sign, who was a morning anchor at ABC15 when he broke the story, told RealClearInvestigations.

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2nd Amendment, Big govt, Politics

Booker: “More Regulation Over Toy Guns Than Real Ones”

Democratic 2020 presidential contender Cory Booker (NJ) just got called out by major Left wing-friendly media outlets for claiming that toy guns are more regulated than real ones. The Washington Post called the claims by Booker “misleading,” while PolitiFact softened the blow to “mostly false.” Booker, of course, is taking advantage of the Left’s anti-gun useful idiots in his self-serving promotion of 14 new gun controls, up to and including mandatory federal buy-back programs. “Mandatory” being nearly equivalent to gun confiscation in direct violation of the Second Amendment.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Democrat presidential hopeful Cory Booker is drawing heat over his claim that “there is more regulation over toy guns that real ones.”

The Washington Post calls the statement “misleading,” PolitiFact ruled it “mostly false,” and NJ.com simply responded, “No.”

Booker actually made the statement in a May 6 post in Medium, but has since pinned it to the top of his Twitter account, making it one of the first things people see when visiting his Twitter page.

His central gun control plan contains 14 separate controls, gun licensing, TSA PreCheck-style interviews for would-be gun purchasers, universal background checks, and “assault weapons” bans among them.

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Big govt, Issues

Pelosi Invites Anti-Israel Imam to Pray on House Floor

New York Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin called out Nancy Pelosi this week for inviting an anti-Semitic Texas imam to deliver a call to prayer on the House floor last week. “Either the speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been OK for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway,” Representative Zeldin told “Fox & Friends.” Imam Omar Suleiman has repeatedly supported the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, going so far as to refer to the Israeli government as “Nazis.” The ironies are too numerous to count, but rest assured the Democrats aren’t winning any new Jewish votes in 2020.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., told “Fox & Friends” on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had made “a bad call” by allowing a Texas imam with a history of anti-Israel comments to deliver the noon prayer in the House of Representatives last week.

“Either the speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been OK for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway,” said Zeldin. “It’s a bad call to have this person. It’s horrible judgment, and after the 2019 that we’ve had so far, where members of their own caucus are pushing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, it was a bad judgment.”

The imam, Omar Suleiman of Irving, Texas, was introduced by Pelosi before he delivered the prayer from the rostrum on Thursday. He had been invited to speak by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas.

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Elections, Politics

Beto 2020 2.0

In the wake of his failure to launch in the polls, Beto is now planning to “reintroduce” his 2020 campaign … in order to salvage it. While others would consider a failed launch obvious evidence of a bad candidacy, Beto thinks more media appearances will help him in the polls. “O’Rourke plans to step up his national media appearances after skipping most of that kind of exposure in recent months. He is scheduled to appear on MSNBC’s ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ on Monday night and ABC’s ‘The View’ the next day,” the AP reports. One can only guess that Beto isn’t sufficiently non-mainstream to garner enough Leftist intrigue. Perhaps if he were to come out as trans, he might be a sensation. Time will tell.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

In the latest 2020 Democratic primary polls, Beto O’Rourke registers. In some cases, he commands less than 1% support, down significantly from just a month ago, when, right out of the gate, O’Rourke out-raised Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders within the first 24 hours of his campaign.

It seems Beto O’Rourke has noticed, and after trying to reconfigure his platform to appeal to far-left voters, he’s now pledging to completely rehabilitate his image, “reintroducing” his 2020 campaign in a last ditch effort to move back up in the polls, the AP reports.

“O’Rourke plans to step up his national media appearances after skipping most of that kind of exposure in recent months. He is scheduled to appear on MSNBC’s ‘Rachel Maddow Show’ on Monday night and ABC’s ‘The View’ the next day,” the AP says.

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Culture, Issues

Woke NBA Announces Gender Gap Agenda

Progressive NBA commissioner Adam Silver just got ahead of the Social Justice Warriors curve with a new declaration putting into place a gender quota for hiring coaches and referees. Silver announced the new “goal” of a 50-50 male to female hiring ratio, bemoaning that the referee position has been “so male-dominated for so long.” “We have a program too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball,” Silver said.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

While the commissioner of the NFL is frequently criticized by the sports media for not being progressive enough, the commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, enjoys a sterling reputation for standing on the woke side of social justice issues. His recent declaration about a gender quota for both coaches and referees is sure to only help his progressive credentials.

At an event Thursday hosted by The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver touted his new “goal” for the league he helms: a 50-50 male to female hiring ratio for both coaches and referees.

Speaking about referees currently in the league, Silver lamented that the position has been “so male-dominated for so long.” His new goal: that half of the new referees hired by the league will be women.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Trump Trolls: “What the Hell Happened to Beto?”

Like us, Trump is openly wondering “What the hell happened to Beto?” Trump asked the question during last night’s rally in Panama City Beach, Fl, noting that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has “fallen like a rock.” In March, President Trump told Fox Business Network that he’d love to challenge Biden, Bernie, or Beto in 2020 but especially Beto because “the press seems to have chosen” him. Beto’s meteoric crash is unfortunate because it would have made for great entertainment in the summer of 2020.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump knocked 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s political profile in a rally Wednesday night.

“I went to Texas and made a speech. And Beto, Beto, boy has fallen like a rock,” Trump said at the rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. “What the hell happened to Beto?”

Trump said in March that he dreams of facing off against O’Rourke in the 2020 presidential election.

“I’d love to have Biden, I would love to have Bernie, I would love to have Beto,” Trump said in a March interview with Fox Business Network. “Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen, the press seems to have have chosen Beto. And when I watch Beto, I say, ‘We could dream about that.'”

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Immigration, Politics, Uncategorized

White House Modifies Legal Immigration Process

Overwhelmed with illegal immigrants, the Trump administration is targeting overall legal immigration to the U.S. for an overhaul. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), who is attending a White House meeting regarding the immigration plan, told Breitbart News that the number admitted won’t change, however. “While this is still in the preliminary stage, the president has proposed maintaining the 1.1 million legal immigrants we bring in each year but changing the mix to respond to the needs of our growing economy and workforce.” According to a senior administration official, it’s part of President Trump’s plan to increase U.S. wages particularly for those hit hardest by low-skilled arrivals willing to work for less. This is actually a simple idea: import productive workers, not folks who will expand the welfare rolls.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The White House is dropping a longtime initiative of President Trump’s that reduces overall legal immigration levels to increase U.S. wages, a senior administration official tells the media.

Throughout 2015, 2016, and 2017, Trump routinely touted his plans to reduce the number of legal immigrants who arrive in the U.S. on a myriad of visas. Since the 1990s, when it was expanded by President George H.W. Bush, legal annual immigration levels have remained at historic highs with about 1.2 million nationals legally admitted every year.

For example, since 1980, the number of legal immigrants admitted to the U.S. every year has not dipped below 525,000 admissions. Since 1999, annual legal immigration levels have not dropped below 645,000 admissions and since 2004, the average number of legal immigrants admitted every year has not dipped below a million admissions.

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