News You Can Use for April 23

Lies

Stories of the Day

Liar, liar, pants on fire: Why we are allowing the press to get away with this is the question of the decade. “It is disgraceful enough for the most prominent journalists to refuse to ask real questions of the most powerful politician in the country because they share his left-wing ideology. But when a large majority of the public recognizes a president as a habitual liar, it is outrageous and entirely un-American for the most powerful within the nation’s press to let him get away with his lies, and betray what they claim to stand for.” Why Does Nation Tolerate A Habitual Liar As President?

In light of this article, from the New York Times no less, why would we ever consider legalizing millions of illegals? “The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.” The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest

Success for me but not for you. “Suppose, then, that you were a member of America’s professional elite, and that you wanted your children to remain on top as well. What you wouldn’t want to see is the gardener and his children moving in next door, and to prevent that from happening you’d want a world that’s remarkably similar to the one we inhabit. You’d first want a broken educational system, lest the spawn of the middle class ascend the social ladder. And that’s what we have. Our K–12 public schools perform poorly, relative to the rest of the First World. As for our universities, they’re great fun for the students, but people emerge on graduation little better educated than when they first walked in the classroom door. What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor.” The Unhealthy Alliance: When the highest and lowest classes unite, income immobility ensues

“In a word, liberal ideology so often proves more important than people. Noble theories about saving humanity offer exemption from worry about the immediate consequences for individual humans. In a personal sense, those who embrace progressive ideas expect to be excused from the ramifications of their schemes. For the elite who send their kids to prep schools and private academies, public charter schools for the poor are bad, given that they undermine the dream of progressive, union-run education that has turned into a nightmare for those forced to enroll in it.” Elites’ Sacrificial Victims: When your goal is to save the planet, you can’t worry about who may get hurt.

Movies about God now okay! “The success of films like God’s Not Dead and Heaven Is for Real, and the ultimate rejection of an avowedly anti-biblical film like Noah, are creating a new atmosphere in which artists of every stripe and intellectual level can begin again to deal with the questions that really matter. That has got to be a good thing.” Does the Triumph of Faith Films Matter?

American Royalty

“It may be especially galling to watch Barack Obama flit between condemning income inequality and partying with Jay-Z, but it remains true that the White House itself was more profligate under George W. Bush and no less celebrity-happy under Ronald Reagan. It may be irritating, too, to witness the brazen disregard for separation of powers that this president’s frustrating second term has elicited, but the United States Constitution ultimately makes such matters a question for political and not legal resolution, and as of yet no pitchforks have been pulled out in defense of Article II. On a personal level, I wish Chelsea Clinton and her family all the best. As a matter of public conversation, I could not be less interested if I tried. In a more just world, her announcement would have been met with a nonchalant “that’s nice.” But we don’t live in that world, and we haven’t for quite some time.” The ‘Royal’ Clinton Baby: The U.S. media treat America’s powerful families as untitled nobility.

Arizona Politics

Let’s say goodbye to Rep. Barber, who really only won because of the sympathy card. “After interviewing Retired Colonel Martha McSally, American Thinker found her to be the true Arizona straight shooter who is intelligent, pragmatic, and funny. She believes that the main themes of government overreach, lack of leadership, and the poor economy is strong enough ammunition to combat Barber.  Hopefully, come November she will add another title to her name, that of Congresswoman.” A Conversation with Martha McSally

Benghazi

Well, you certainly won’t see this reported in any U.S. papers. “But Simmons, the former CIA officer, criticized the Obama administration on the familiar refrain of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclaiming in a Senate hearing that it mattered little why the Benghazi facilities were struck. ‘They believed they were going to be saved, that they were going to be rescued, but they weren’t,’ Simmons said of the four Americans who died. ‘I know who made the decision, in my heart of hearts, to leave our war fighters there and be blown up. And then to have one of the most powerful politicians in our country sit there and say, “What difference does it make?” – should be an alarm bell for all Americans. ‘It haunts me,’ Simmons said. ‘I play that line over, and over, and over, and over in my mind.’” Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn’t ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

Elections

Emphasis mine: How clueless are these people? “A pro-jobs, pro-environment progressive?” The two are thoroughly diametric. “Democrat Alan Webber has raised the most money out of the five candidates vying for the party’s nomination and the right to take on Governor Susana Martinez in the November election. It turns out Webber got some fundraising help from a controversial source. From the late 1960′s to the mid 1970′s, the anti-war group the Weather Underground planted and detonated bombs at targets across the country. The group’s manifesto called for the violent overthrow of the United States government. [Snip]  A week and a half ago, Rudd’s wife Marla Painter hosted a campaign event for Webber at the couple’s Albuquerque home. One day later, Rudd announced he was endorsing Webber in an email. Rudd acknowledged Webber was an odd choice for him, given Webber’s business past, but wrote he was impressed by the candidate’s understanding of a number of key issues. “Help elect a pro-jobs, pro-environment progressive Democrat as Governor,” Rudd wrote.” Radical group’s founder helps Dem candidate

Elizabeth Warren

That’s the way the Left rolls. “In a new book released today, Massachusetts Democratic senator and potential presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren attempts to rewrite history regarding the controversy surrounding her “Native American” ancestry that emerged in the 2012 Senate campaign. What’s remarkable is that, at least in the initial book reviews, the press largely allows her to get away with it. In fact, it’s virtually ignored that to this day Warren still refuses to release any law school records that may shed light on this controversy. To be fair, most reviews note that Warren has never substantiated her claims of Native American heritage, which is true. The larger and unaddressed issue, however, is whether or not Warren falsely claimed minority status in order to gain an unfair advantage in her academic career. This was a question that was unresolved at the end of the 2012 campaign and it remains unresolved with the publication of Warren’s book.” Elizabeth Warren Is Rewriting History

Foreign Policy

World not in better shape since President Obama became “leader of the world. China Challenges Obama’s Asia Pivot With Rapid Military Buildup. Related: A rising China shadows Obama’s Asia trip. “China is on the move, backed up by a very real military buildup. President Obama is on the move, too, traveling to Asia to breathe life into a strategic ‘pivot’ that is being undermined by his own proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget.’” While All Eyes are On Ukraine

Harry Reid

What’s the matter with Nevada? The state’s residents keep electing this guy. When will they say ‘enough is enough?.” “As Morning Joe said the other day, Harry Reid’s behavior is undoubtedly “beneath the office” and “out of line.” There’s little doubt that Harry Reid is abusing his power as Majority Leader and resorting to desperate and deceitful measures to hold on to his position. And in so doing, he’s showing that he’s not fit to hold the position. From ObamaCare to the economy, Americans have plenty of reasons to vote Democrat Senators out of office this November, but Harry Reid’s abuse of his office gives them another one: firing Harry Reid from his position as Majority Leader.” GOP Savages Harry Reid: ‘If at First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again’

Corruption: The senator who once guarded funding for a cowboy poetry festival in his home state now thinks those who stand in the way of his family’s increasing fortunes for defending their land are domestic terrorists.” Harry Reid: From Cowboy Poets To Crooks and Terrorists

Hillary Clinton

Are we really going to elect another president with absolutely no accomplishments, this time just because she’s a woman? “When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The first one was completed in December 2010. Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton’s QDDR accomplished. Just one. She can’t.” Reporter Asks State Dept for One Accomplishment from Hillary Clinton’s Big Review Process. Let’s See What Happens.

Jobs

Bigger Mess

This Simple Graph Compares Reagan’s and Obama’s ‘Recoveries’

Keystone Pipeline

Politics over what’s best for the people. “He welcomes the Keystone red tape because he’s trapped between an overwhelmingly popular initiative and an overwhelmingly powerful constituency within the Democratic party opposed to it: obdurate rich environmentalists and the door-knocking minions they employ.” Obama’s Keystone Dithering: He’s trapped between a popular initiative and a powerful Democratic constituency.

The Left

Remember, a wise woman once said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything away.” “Tuesday the Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell examined Americans’ faith in the wisdom of investing in real estate — particularly their own houses — and offered a heretical thought: “If nothing else, the recent financial crisis should have taught us that it’s not in the country’s best interest to enable every aspiring homeowner to buy.” Rampell’s seemingly commonsense statement offers dramatic ramifications for the role of the federal government. If, because of the huge unintended consequences that attend it, it’s not in the country’s best interest to enable every aspiring American to buy a home . . . how many other areas of modern American life feature the government “enabling” people — read, distributing money — to pursue dreams that are not, in fact, in the country’s best interest?” The American Dream Peddlers: Progressives’ vision of government requires it to be the gatekeeper to the good life.

Pop! “Leftism is a hyperbubble in and of itself, consisting of nearly as many sub-bubbles as there are leftists (it has long been understood that leftism is essentially the politicization of petty personal grievances). Living in leftist bubbles — whether feminist, racial, academic, communist, or what have you — amounts to a way of life for millions of Americans. But left-wing intellectual bubbles have been cold, desolate places since the Reagan era. With the catastrophe of the Great Society, the undeniable success of Reaganism, and at last the collapse of the USSR, leftist illusions were shattered, leaving little but blasted dreams and bitterness,  expressed as PC and related programs that amounted to little more than gestures of revenge. Then came Obama, who brought it all back to life again. [Snip] And all those bubbles?  They’ll begin to dim and cool down once again. The inhabitants — the millions of true-believing Birkenstock wearers across the country — will attempt to keep their spirits up with tales of betrayal and racism, but it won’t last. Eventually they will reach the same state they were in before Obama ever appeared. There they will remain, because the one thing Obama will have done is reinforce the legend of a leftist rebirth. These people will now never emerge into a real America. Instead they will wait for the appearance of a true messiah, sleeping until Der Tag in the same manner as Charlemagne or Barbarossa.” Obama is Bursting the Left’s Bubbles

Click on over and see the entire list. “1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.” The Six Great Contradictions of Progressivism in 21st-Century USA

This is the state of our university’s since the Left has taken over. “The task of the scholar is to present a case for his or her position based on evidence and logic. Another task of the scholar is to do so in a way that invites everybody into the discussion rather than demonize those who disagree. Try to find anything under my name that is not written in that spirit. Try to find even a paragraph that is written in anger, takes a cheap shot, or attacks women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, or anyone else. But there’s another way to decide whether you would have been safe in my hands if I had spoken at Azusa Pacific. Go to YouTube and search “Charles Murray.” You will get links to dozens of lectures, panel discussions, and television interviews. You can watch Q&A sessions in which I field questions from students like you, including extremely hostile ones. Watch even for a few minutes. Ask yourself if I insult them or lash out. If I do anything except take their questions seriously and answer them accordingly. Ask yourself if I’m anything more dangerous than an earnest and nerdy old guy. Azusa Pacific’s administration wants to protect you from earnest and nerdy old guys who have opinions that some of your faculty do not share. Ask if this is why you’re getting a college education.” Charles Murray: An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University

Obamacare

Declaring it so, does not make it so. “In that sense, maybe the debate really is over — just not in the way Obama means. I’ll leave you with the New York Times fretting over Democrats’ “vexing” political dilemma:

When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those in his party are running from it rather than on it, while Republicans are prospering by demanding its repeal.” New poll confirms: Obamacare debate definitely not “over”

President Obama

All hail our king. “A remarkable 33-page report posted on the Internet by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proves how imperial the Obama administration has become. This easy-to-read report, which can be downloaded from majorityleader.gov, details dozens of examples where the current occupant of the White House is exercising powers that the Constitution doesn’t give him. “The Imperial Presidency” report accurately explains that “there is no excuse for this continuous disregard of legislative authority and the Constitutionally required separation of powers.” Yet Obama and some Democrats even brag about their imperial presidency, saying Obama’s “proudly acknowledged that he has acted without Congress.”  Unmasking The Imperial Presidency Of Barack Obama

Savings

Hurtling towards disaster. “So as Yellen continues with the ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) and promotes 2% inflation (as they so lamely measure), the net effect cannot be denied.  No country has ever assumed a ZIRP and extricated themselves.  Couple this with the fear of deflation, trumped up as beef, shrimp, electricity, and gasoline all are making or near all time high prices, and we have a misguided unauthorized policy implemented by an appointed body, self directed by assumed authorities and guided by false inflation measures. What could go wrong?” Yellen proposes taxing savings at 2% a year until further notice

Supreme Court

“In a perfectly Orwellian dissenting opinion, which she read dramatically from the bench, Justice Sotomayor argued that the decision of the people of Michigan to end racial discrimination is itself an instance of racial discrimination and that the only way to mitigate such racial discrimination is through the mandatory maintenance of racial discrimination. In this opinion she was joined by Justice Ginsburg, with Justice Kagan recusing herself from the case. Justice Sotomayor argued that Michigan’s Proposal 2, which mandates race-neutral state policies, is the sort of legislation used to “oppress minority groups.” By outlawing racial discrimination, she argued, ‘a majority of the Michigan electorate changed the basic rules of the political process in that State in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.’” Half a Win on Racial Discrimination

“Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faulted Justice Sonia Sotomayorfor making what he regards as a “shameful” suggestion that the Michigan voters who decided to ban affirmative action in college admissions were motivated by racism. Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that amended Michigan’s constitution to ban affirmative action. “As Justice Harlan observed over a century ago, ‘[o]ur Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens,'” Scalia concluded, quoting the dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. “The people of Michigan wish the same for their governing charter. It would be shameful for us to stand in their way.” And then, the Parthian shot: “And doubly shameful to equate ‘the majority’ behind [the constitutional amendment] with ‘the majority’ responsible for Jim Crow,” he added in a final footnote, citing the first two pages of Sotomayor’s dissent.” Antonin Scalia faults Sonia Sotomayor for ‘doubly shameful’ suggestion that Michigan voters are racist

“You can often tell when advocates of one side in an argument fear they will ultimately lose. They change their branding. A few years ago, warnings about “global warming” were replaced with scare stories about “climate change.” One reason? The Earth had stopped appreciably warming in the late 1990s, making the change a PR necessity. Supporters of affirmative action are now signaling similar weakness. What was called “racial quotas” in the 1970s and has been referred to as “affirmative action” since the 1990s is giving way to a new term: “race-sensitive admission policies.” The language shift is telling — race-based preferences are losing intellectual, judicial, and political support. Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted six to two to uphold the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), which was passed with support from 58 percent of that state’s voters in 2006. It simply enshrines in Michigan’s constitution that the state should not engage in race discrimination. Opponents of the initiative sued, claiming the measure discriminated against racial minorities who might wish to lobby for preferential treatment. The MCRI was put on the ballot in response to a 2003 Supreme Court opinion upholding an affirmative-action program at the University of Michigan. The Supreme Court properly held yesterday that Michigan voters were free to change the program, noting that if the state legislature and university regents had the right to do so — as even the plaintiffs agreed they did — so too should voters.” Raced-Based Preferences Forever: Sonia Sotomayor picks a new euphemism for the endless fixation on race.

Texas

We the people have about had enough of this federal government overreach. “In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, ‘This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country …And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.’” EXCLUSIVE–TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: ‘COME AND TAKE IT’

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