Deportations collapse while Obama pretends he’s tough on illegal immigration

March 31, 2014No Comments

In most of the country, illegal immigrants enjoy immunity from enforcement. But definitions have been changed to give President Obama the political advantage of a supposed tough-guy image on deportations. It’s to make him sound reasonable as he promotes amnesty. It’s a calculated scam on the American people.

President Obama’s immigration deceptions rival Obamacare as the scam of the century.

Obama claims record numbers of deportations, saying the focus is on illegal immigrants who are violent criminals. He leaves alone those who “merely” take jobs away from American citizens.

Following the script, pro-amnesty groups protest, supposedly pressuring Obama into compromising.

It’s a big scam. What are now labeled deportations are people caught right by the border and immediately sent back. Under past presidents, that big number was separate from deportation statistics.

Remove the phony numbers and true deportations evaporate. In most of the country, illegal immigrants enjoy immunity from enforcement unless they also break additional laws.

Definitions were changed to give Obama the political advantage of a tough image. It’s like changing the football statistics to say that every yard gained now gives you a point, so your team claims scoring records when in fact it struggles to make a first down.

It’s all a setup to make amnesty sound acceptable.

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IRS wants to take years to stonewall probe of its Tea Party harassment

March 27, 2014No Comments

The IRS is being an even worse bully than usual, refusing to cooperate with the Congressional probe into IRS abuses of the Tea Party. Congress needs to bully back against the bureaucrats. It’s time to withhold their salaries until they cooperate with investigators.

The IRS expects you to pay taxes on time, but says it will take years before it complies with a Congressional subpoena.

Congress wants details about the IRS effort to harass and intimidate Tea Party and other conservative groups, to limit their political effectiveness. The key official, Lois Lerner, refused to testify and took the 5th Amendment.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is stonewalling, claiming it will take years to respond to Congressional subpoenaes for Lerner’s emails.

The IRS has been politicized by the Obama White House, used to harass political adversaries. Plus the agency ignores clear provisions of Obamacare, revising them according to the political and election-year needs of the President and his fellow Democrats.

The IRS is being an even worse bully than usual, so Congress needs to bully back against the bureaucrats. It’s time to withhold their salaries until they cooperate with investigators and quit acting like political stooges.

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Federal Agency Okays Labor Unions for College Football Players

March 26, 2014No Comments

The NLRB says football players have the right to unionize at private colleges. It’s up to state labor boards to say whether public colleges might follow suit. Remember when NFL players went on strike? Imagine if that happened at colleges, too.

Not even sports is immune from politics.

Give me a U.

Give me an N.

Give me an I.

Give me an O.

Give me another N.

What’s that spell? It’s unions for college football. The National Labor Relations Board says that Northwestern University players can vote to unionize and collectively bargain, making demands on the school.

The ruling covers only private schools, meaning places like Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Baylor, Vanderbilt, TCU, SMU and such. Public schools would need approval from state labor boards.

Crossing a goal line could require crossing a picket line first. Still the players have a point in demanding that schools cover medical bills when players are injured. But what other demands will follow?

The boundaries between pro sports and college sports are shrinking. But that old school spirit long ago took a backseat to that old bottom line. Once TV showed schools the money, the players wanted to see some of it, too.

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Female justices insist on uniformity, not diversity

March 25, 2014No Comments

Diversity went out the window as the three female Supreme Court justices—all liberals–united immediately to go after the lawyer for Hobby Lobby, pressing the notion that uniformity must prevail in healthcare law, as dictated by Obamacare.

It was ladies first in the Supreme Court.

The lawyer for Hobby Lobby literally had not uttered two sentences before all three female Supreme Court justices interrupted him.

Justice Sotomayor led the charge, followed by Kagan, then Ginsburg. Kagan abandoned the usual talk about diversity by suggesting that everything needs to be uniform – the same everywhere – when it comes to healthcare, and that employers must be the ones to pay for women’s contraception, as required by Obamacare.

Unless the seven family members who own Hobby Lobby abandon their religious beliefs and add abortion-inducing drugs to the other contraceptives they already offer through company insurance, the company faces fines of $475-million. The other option: quit offering insurance altogether, and then pay fines of “only” $26-million.

Politicians insist companies must be forced to pay because those women who want it cannot afford the one-time morning-after pill. I looked it up. They sell for $40—and less.

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Private rooms ordered for the homeless–Bad judge or bad law?

March 25, 2014No Comments

Washington, DC, has been ordered to give homeless people private rooms to stay in whenever there’s an overnight freeze. The cost, says the judge, doesn’t matter. But who’s to blame? A bad judge? A bad economy? Bad plaintiffs? Or a bad law that Washington DC brought on itself?

A judge orders Washington DC to provide private rooms to homeless people whenever the temperature hits freezing.

The District of Columbia organized group sleeping areas at city recreation centers, putting up cots divided by partitions.

A judge rules that’s a no-no because it places children in danger. The danger, he says, is the psychological harm of having to sleep around strangers. But anybody who ever slept in a cabin at summer camp knows that kids can survive group bunks. And do you suppose homeless people give their kids privacy when they simply sleep on the streets during other weather?

Before you blame the judge for his ruling, you should know that DC created a law promising private rooms for the homeless on cold nights. Now they complain it costs too much because now hundreds of people expect a room each night.

And if every homeless person gets their own room, can room service and cable TV be far behind?

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Girl Scout Cookies are a recipe for a better America

March 23, 2014No Comments

Girl Scout cookie sales are a big business. They’re also a big part of helping young ladies developing some important traits that America needs.

When over 2-million girls take to the streets, we ought to pay attention. And it’s happening right now all over America.

America has over 2-million Girl Scouts with almost 900-thousand adult leaders, and they’re never more visible than right now, when they’re everywhere you go, asking you this:

<Girl’s voice: “Do you want to buy some Girl Scout cookies?”>

It works. They sell over 200-million boxes a year.

When we buy cookies, we get treats. What do the girls get? Sure, it pays for things like summer camp and they win prizes. But it’s a start on learning about free enterprise, people skills, money management, setting goals, organizing time and working hard. That young lady on the sidewalk by the supermarket is doing something important for herself, and she’s learning principles that we need to build and strengthen in America.

This is not about the organization. Or its politics. This is about the individual girls and the effort they put forth. And the values they learn.

So even if you’re not going to eat the cookies yourself, buy a box and give them away.

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Happy 4th Birthday to Obamacare ??

March 21, 2014No Comments

Phony math has always been at the heart of Obamacare. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—the law’s godmother—says that in ten years time it will start saving people $1,400 a year on insurance premiums. She must have forgotten that President Obama repeatedly promised that by now we were supposed to be saving $2,500 a year on those premiums. Oops!

Obamacare is now four years old, signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, is the godmother of the law, who used parliamentary tricks to pass it. She celebrated the anniversary with a special news conference.

To her way of thinking, Obamacare means freedom from work. Whether you’re industrious or a couch potato, you get health insurance.

Despite it’s enormous cost, Pelosi still claims that Obamacare saves money for taxpayers and saves money for consumers. It also turns lead into gold and water into wine. Get this: She says that ten years from now it will reduce your insurance premiums by $1,400. That would be in 2024. But President Obama claimed that right away the law would save an average family $2,500 a year on premiums.

Oops!

It’s just more of the phony math that’s at the heart of this law. Happy fourth birthday, Obamacare.

I’ve even arranged for someone to sing Happy Birthday to Obamacare (and it was NOT easy to find somebody who would do that0! Give a listen.

 

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More Obamacare Secrets Uncovered–Many Cancer Patients Are Abandoned

March 20, 2014No Comments

To pay for all the mandatory new coverages under Obamacare, insurance companies were forced to cut back on things we had taken for granted—like being covered for treatment at specialty hospitals like cancer centers. Now patients are suffering because the President’s promises simply were not true.

Once upon a time, Americans were told they’d learn to love Obamacare. But that was a fairy tale.

Now people are learning that specialty hospitals—like cancer treatment centers—often are not covered. If you need to go there, you may have to pay extra out of your own pocket.

In an interview, President Obama tried to make this sound fair, because he claims people are saving so much money on their insurance premiums. But they’re not.

Most people’s premiums have gone up, plus they pay more because deductibles are up, too.

Yet President Obama falsely promised average family premiums would drop by $2,500 a year.

He also promised that people could keep their coverage and keep their doctors. But his numbers were so phony that they’ve adjusted essentially by government policy that results in rationing of expensive things like cancer treatment.

Maybe we should stop calling it Obamacare, and start calling it just plain old fraud.

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Russia celebrates ‘Morning in Moscow;” Don’t let it be midnight for America!

March 19, 2014No Comments

It won’t be easy to repair how President Obama has weakened us militarily, economically, and in the eyes of the world. Moscow may be celebrating its moment in the sun; but let’s not make it midnight in America.

You could say it’s morning in Moscow. I don’t want it to be midnight in America.

Vladimir Putin is being celebrated for restoring pride to Russia. His popularity there is immense, so he doesn’t care whether he’s loved anyplace else. Every nation must respect him, and that’s what counts on the global level.

President Obama has weakened America—militarily, economically, and in the eyes of the world. His so-called sanctions sound like a skit from Saturday Night Live: restricting visas from 11 Russians out of a country with a population of 145-million.

There is no immediate way to fix things. But one key is that we must reject the false narratives, false claims and false ideas that Obama constantly gives us.

Recovery will not be easy. But Ronald Reagan brought us back from the mess he inherited from Jimmy Carter. He reminded us of what we can achieve. For, after all, we are Americans.

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Can’t we have some time away from politics?

March 18, 2014No Comments

Everywhere you look, there’s an effort to put politics first, and it gets in the way of enjoying life. Sports, parades, concerts, even messages from parents are seen as just another way to inject political messages.

Politics is messing up everything else. Everything we enjoy is being treated as just another forum for delivering political messages.

The latest Obamacare ad features mothers of celebrities begging their kids to sign up for Obamacare so that mom can sleep at night. Then Michelle Obama adds, “We nag you because we love you.”

Obamacare commercials are crashing the college basketball playoffs, like one by NBA star LeBron James, who makes $39-million a year for endorsing products. You’ll also see the President on TV to promote his bracket—and his health care law.

Saint Patrick’s Day parades brought protests from those who wanted to carry banners promoting same-sex marriage. Organizers wanted to keep the holiday non-political.

TV shows and even video games have political messages slipped into them. And remember attacks on the Boy Scouts, Chick-fil-A, and Hobby Lobby.

Motherhood, sports, holidays, entertainment. Isn’t there anything we can enjoy without having it made political?

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Congress finally ends taxpayer subsidy for Democrat and Republican national party conventions

March 17, 2014No Comments

Ending a Watergate-era so-called ‘reform,’ Congress has approved the end of $36-million in taxpayer subsidies for political party conventions every four years. The White House signals that President Obama will sign the bill.

Congressman Tom Cole (R, OK), author of the legislation, on The Ernest Istook Show describes how the Senate had to be “bribed and bullied” into ending the subsidy, by re-allocating the money to be spent someplace else instead.

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Obama opposes effort to have courts declare the limits of his authority

March 16, 2014No Comments

President Obama is opposing a common-sense plan to let the courts referee the disputes over how he’s gone too far in acting on his own, such as unilateral changes to Obamacare, immigration law, not enforcing drug laws, and so on.

President Obama says he’ll veto a plan to let courts decide the limits of his constitutional power.

Millions of Americans complain that President Obama routinely oversteps his legitimate power. But Obama says he’ll veto a plan to simplify the process for courts to declare those boundaries. He claims that others are infringing on HIS constitutional rights.

Courts make it difficult for anyone to challenge Presidential claims. Currently, judges put strict limits on lawsuits that challenge whether an executive action is constitutional. That’s why the House of Representatives approved a plan saying that courts must take the case when either house of Congress accuses a President of overstepping.

Opponents say the answer is to vote out anybody who violates their authority. But that would give immunity to a President in their second term because they’ll never face the voters again. We need better remedies because President Obama’s haughty arrogance of power is undercutting respect for democracy.

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Congressman Trey Gowdy tells how to curb Obama’s power grabs

March 16, 2014No Comments

Interviewed on The Ernest Istook Show, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R, S.C.) explains his bill passed by the House of Representatives to require the courts to take the case when either house of Congress claims a President has exceeded his authority. Otherwise, Obama will continue to flaunt the Constitution and its limits on his powers.

Gowdy also describes the problems with courts that try to avoid such issues.  As a former federal prosecutor, he also gives his thoughts on today’s TV shows that depict what goes on in America’s courtrooms.

 

 

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Where is the balance on privacy?

March 11, 2014No Comments

There are no easy answers for the constant privacy issues in today’s society. Too little privacy can create security problems for you. But too much much privacy can create security problems for your neighbors.

We’re having a hard time sorting out how much privacy we really want and need.

Searchers are still looking for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, wondering if stolen passports were used by terrorists, who took advantage of loose standards into checking people’s identities.

At the same time, there’s proper outrage over government snooping into our records, and 60 Minutes exposed private companies that monitor our online browsing habits, collect the data and use it in multi-billion dollar data mining businesses. They also push useful information our way.

Anyone who wants to be totally anonymous and private needs to live off the grid in an isolated mountain cabin—but even that might not work. If if you ever want to travel, your fellow passengers insist you give up information about yourself before they want to share an airplane with you.

It’s the old standard that my rights end where your nose begins. Finding a common-sense balance just isn’t very common.

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Foreign Affairs Chairman urges U.S. to undercut Putin by developing & exporting OUR oil & gas

March 8, 2014No Comments

The key to countering Vladimir Putin’s aggression is to undercut his source of strength–his chokehold on Europe’s energy supplies–by developing America’s oil and gas resources and becoming Europe’s new source of natural gas.

That development also becomes a major boost to America’s economy, adding tens of thousands of jobs and massive influx of foreign income to the USA. Discoveries of major domestic resources make it all possible, if the Obama Administration will end its opposition to domestic development on federal lands.

Congressman Ed Royce (R, CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, described how his committee has approved legislation to do this, appearing as a guest on Ernest Istook’s radio show on The Washington Times’ Radio Network. Royce expects a House vote on the plan very quickly.

Listen to the interview, then call your Congressman at (202) 224-3121.

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Oil and gas boosted Russia and it can boost America even more

March 7, 2014No Comments

They’re using it wrongfully, but Russia has regained power by developing its oil and gas resources and investing in military. We ought to be doing the same—if we do, we’ll be better off and the world will be, too.

There are important lessons for America in Russia’s resurgence.

Russia’s renewed power is not being used for good, but we should take notice and learn from their comeback after the collapse of the old Soviet Union.

First, while we have suppressed our oil and gas resources, they aggressively developed theirs. Oil and gas provided them the wealth for everything that Russia has done—financing military power, providing exports, and making other nations dependent on them for funding and for trade.

Second, while we downsized our military, they didn’t.

Third, unlike President Obama, they never pretended that other nations would be charmed by charisma into being their allies. Other nations will be persuaded by economic and military need, not by charm.

We can rebound quicker and stronger than Russia, if we’ll end our fantasy foreign and energy policies. When we are strong economically and militarily, other nations will be willing to stand with us, not cower down to Russia.

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Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize–for countering Obama’s threats against Syria!!

March 6, 2014No Comments

One of those nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is Vladimir Putin. His military action against the Ukraine surely will disqualify him. Yet he’s nominated for stepping in and preventing military action against Syria by a former Peace Prize winner—President Barack Obama.

Russian President Vladirmir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

It’s strange that Putin—who is using military force against the Ukraine—is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Even stranger is that he’s nominated for preventing military action by a previous peace prize winner, namely President Barack Obama, who threatened action against Syria last fall until Putin intervened.

Other unusual nominations include Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistle-blower still in exile in Russia, considered a traitor by many Americans. And the court-martialed soldier, Bradley Manning, who now claims he’s a woman at heart and wants to be called Chelsea.

A more traditional nominee is Pope Francis.

There’s no telling who might get the award this fall. Recent winners included Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev, but rarely anyone who advocates preserving peace through strength. Yet it all began with Alfred Nobel. Remember him? He’s the man who invented dynamite.

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Obama’s military cutbacks hurt the peace by reducing our strength

March 5, 2014No Comments

By itself, the Obama Administration’s latest announcement that it’s down-sizing our military did not prompt Russia to move troops into the Crimean Peninsula. But it’s part of years of weakening our military and our resolve that makes other nations wonder if it’s safe to be a friend of America.

Is Russia’s move against the Ukraine connected to America’s military cutbacks?

Our might and our resolve grow weaker.

Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration announced downsizing of America’s armed forces. The Defense Secretary said U.S. military dominance could no longer be taken for granted.

The new Obama budget would reduce defense spending even beneath the reductions that he planned three years ago. Our Army will be smaller than before World War 2, even though our population is far bigger—180-million people larger.

One single announcement did not embolden Russia. But a pattern does. Only those living in a fantasy world think that military might no longer matters in the modern world. It takes strength to preserve peace.

The Ukraine is being punished for wanting closer ties to the West. But as the West grows weaker, according to President Obama’s plans for our military, there will be many nations who decide it’s just not worth it to be our friends—or to be true democracies.

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Austerity in Washington is just a word, but not a reality

March 3, 2014No Comments

It’s the same old falsehoods in Washington. Claims of spending cuts are just a gimmick. It’s like claiming that you’ve thrown a car into reverse by slowing down spending from 70 mph to only 55. We’re still going in the same direction–more spending and more government.

What goes up must come down–but that’s only when you deal with gravity, not with spending in Washington.

Just six weeks ago, President Obama and majorities in Congress announced a new budget deal, spending tens of billions of dollars more and lifting limits on federal borrowing.

This week President Obama wants to add another $56-billion in immediate spending, on top of what he agreed to just six weeks ago.

Get this–He claims it’s because it’s time to end the austerity in federal spending.

What austerity? Spending and deficits continue to rise explosively. Claims of cuts in spending are based on word trickery, treating it as a cut if spending keeps going up, but just not as fast.

That’s like pretending that slowing down from 70 mph to only 55 mph is the same thing as putting your car into reverse.

The only austerity in Washington is cutting back on honesty, not cutting back on spending.

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Attorney General is wrong to urge disrespect for law

February 28, 2014No Comments

The foundation of civil society is threatened when public officials decide for themselves which laws to enforce, or when they enforce laws selectively. It’s a wide-open invitation for major corruption. The honorable course is to work to get rid of bad laws or those you think are bad–not to promote disrespect for our whole system of laws.

Public officials should not decide for themselves which laws to enforce.

Nobody should cheer when a law they don’t like is not enforced, whether it’s a drug law, deals with with marriage, or with Obamacare. Non-enforcement has become so common that it threatens basic law and order, the foundation of civil society.

The honorable approach is to work for repeal, not thumbing your nose at a law. Some politicians relish extra power to decide which laws to enforce, or to enforce laws selectively–giving a free pass to their friends, supporters and political allies.

It’s treated as a badge of honor rather than a mark of shame as it should be. Attorney General Eric Holder urges state attorneys general not to defend state constitutional language protecting traditional marriage, adopted by super-majorities of voters. But substituting themselves for the Supreme Court violates their oath of office. Shame on the office-holders who do so.

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It’s brainwashing if government decides what we need to know (like the FCC proposal!)

February 25, 2014No Comments

The FCC plan to judge whether the media are meeting our needs–as defined by government–presumes that government should decide what we need to know and make sure it gets drummed into our heads. The old-fashioned word for this is brainwashing.

You’re a grown-up, right? So why should government decide what you need to know? That’s brainwashing!

We’re not talking about national security, or top secrets.

In everyday life, should government decide what you need to know? That’s the Big Brother philosophy behind the FCC’s proposal to visit newsrooms and decide whether the media are satisfying what bureaucrats and politicians define as your “critical information needs.”

Just because the FCC claims it’s backing down doesn’t mean the agenda isn’t still out there, or won’t be pursued in different ways. The FTC could backdoor it into children’s TV programming. Or the thousands of government public liaison officers, press secretaries, and speech-makers can inject the agenda in a myriad of ways.

There’s another term for a government that decides what we need to know, and goes about drumming it into our heads–the old-fashioned word is called brainwashing. Wanta hear it?

Just listen to a White House press briefing!

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Freedom of speech isn’t as safe as we think it is

February 24, 2014No Comments

It’s not your imagination; there really are people in government, and in politics, who want to promote their viewpoint by taking away your right to disagree.

Freedom of speech can be lost if we ignore how it’s being attacked.

President Obama’s declares that the debate is settled on global warming. CNN reports there’s only one side to that issue; CNN says denying man-made global warming doesn’t deserve news coverage.

At Ha

rvard, a columnist at the student paper suggests an academic freedom be ended, professors be fired, and all speech be banned if it disagrees with liberal positions. She writes, “If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals? . . . Let’s give up on academic freedom in favor of justice.”

Obama’s FCC claims it planned to promote justice by making newsrooms explain how they decide what to cover and how to cover it.

In truth, certain people want to promote their own views by banning others; it’s about their desire to have more power by taking away your power to disagree.

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Ukraine and Venezuela events show that oil and gas provide global power

February 21, 2014No Comments

Energy wealth provides strength, such as developing natural resources like oil and gas. But suppressing it, like holding back the Keystone XL Pipeline, creates national weakness.

America has lost global clout by suppressing our oil and gas industry.

It’s not just the MidEast that demonstrates how global power comes from developing fossil fuel resources. Events in the Ukraine and Venezuela illustrate it also.

Ukraine is in turmoil because it depends on Russia for energy, especially natural gas. Although Ukrainians want to look westward to Europe, Vladimir Putin uses energy to blackmail their leaders into Russia’s orbit, and people rebel against that. Russia’s re-emergence as a global power has been based on aggressively exploiting oil and gas in the Caspian Basin.

Venezuela’s leaders have used oil wealth to buy support with government giveaways. They created a dependent class, going so far that the middle class is rebelling against being made cash cows for so many government handouts.

Venezuela is misusing it, but energy wealth provides strength. And suppressing energy resources, like holding back the Keystone XL Pipeline, brings weakness. There’s a lesson here for America.

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Raising the minimum wage could cost America 500-thousand jobs

February 20, 2014No Comments

The cost of raising the minimum wage doesn’t just fall on the companies. It also hits the workforce. Some would benefit, but at the expense of others. When government picks winners, it also pick losers.

Raising the minimum wage is popular. But do folks realize how many people it would put out of work?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and has been since 2009. Raise it to $10.10 says the President.

If we do that, the Congressional Budget Office estimates it will cost half a million jobs. Required to pay workers more, employers will adjust by employing fewer people.

If you get a raise you can celebrate–but it’s at the expense of those who lose a job or who never get hired because empty positions are left un-filled. Hurt the most are those with the poorest job skills. They badly need work experience, but they’re the last ones picked at the hiring game.

The cost of raising the minimum wage doesn’t just fall on the companies. It also hits the workforce. Some would benefit, but at the expense of others. When government picks winners, it also pick losers.

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Could low-information voters dominate future elections?

The “National Popular Vote” plan is dangerous!

February 19, 2014No Comments

Under the pretense of promoting democracy, a new plan would let low-information voters be the decisive factor in all future Presidential races, by committing states to give their electoral votes to whoever wins the nationwide popular vote, even if they lost in that state.

If we bypass the Electoral College and pick Presidents only by popular vote, then low-information voters could take control.

Today’s liberal campaigns focus on getting low-information people to start voting. They tend to be from big cities, to depend on government giveaways, and to pick politicians they identify with, regardless of the big issues.

Under the pretense of promoting democracy, a new plan would let low-information voters take over, by committing states to give their electoral votes to whoever wins the nationwide popular vote even if they lost in that state. We’ve had Presidents who did not win the popular vote.

But if only the popular vote counted, candidates wouldn’t even focus on swing states , but would campaign mostly in big cities with lots of low-information voters. They would control our elections.

The National Popular Vote may sound good but it’s dangerous. The Founding Fathers had a lot of wisdom when they created the Electoral College instead.

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