Weekly Musing 6-23-13

Weekly Musing 6-23-13

Saul Anuzis


The Senate Amnesty Bill is a Disaster

I have NO problem in “legalizing” the millions of illegal immigrants now in the United States.  We have a massive problem that has to be dealt with humanly and rationally.


However, I am 100% opposed to giving U.S. citizenship to people who broke the laws of this country as their first act of becoming Americans.


What makes America different than any other country in the world, is that first, we are a country based on the rule of law…let us remember what our Founding Fathers said in the Declaration of Independence:


“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”


Not some King, No benevolent dictator and NO know it all temporarily elected Congress has the right to change our country in such a fundamental way without the consent of the governed!  And clearly, there is NO consensus for Amnesty!


There is NO real border security, no fence, there are massive welfare benefits we can’t afford, there are no checks and balances on the rhetoric/proposals within the bill and it creates a society that would be founded on the blatant disregard for the rule of law.


Citizenship should be earned, not stolen!  Find a way to legalize them without rewarding them with Citizenship.


The Senate bill is a disaster and I hope the House does everything in its power to either fix these inequities and pass a workable bill…or KILL the Senate bill.


Damn, I wish I could afford to run for the U.S. Senate.



State Senator Elbert Guillory: “Why I Am a Republican”

If you haven’t heard this testimonial, please watch it here.  Few have expressed it better than this!





Republican Presidential Prospects Lay Groundwork for Invisible Primary

They swear they’re focused on more-immediate projects. They insist a White House campaign is the furthest thing from their minds. But with the 2016 invisible primary well under way, some Republican candidates are already lining up the campaign managers they will turn to if and when they decide to run for president.


While the race for the White House might seem like it’s only in its Washington cocktail-party gossip phase, several potential and probable contenders are already making overt moves to court activists in key states and build organizations that can transition easily to a presidential campaign. Their maneuvers are less than subtle: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has already traveled to Iowa; he’ll be back for a state-party fundraiser in July. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has already visited South Carolina; he’ll attend the July fundraiser in Iowa with Paul. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida first went to Iowa way back in November 2012, ostensibly to celebrate Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday. All three, along with other potential contenders including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, have been invited to an August forum in Ames, Iowa, organized by a Christian conservative group that’s aiming to play big in the 2016 caucuses.





Republicans Face a Choice: Expand or Expire

Expanding does NOT mean citizenship for illegals.  This has NOTHING to do with being anti “Hispanic/Latino” or limited theirs or anyone else’s legitimate rights.  Interesting article with the WRONG conclusions.


Expanding does NOT mean citizenship for illegals.  This has NOTHING to do with being anti “Hispanic/Latino” or limited theirs or anyone else’s legitimate rights.  Interesting article with the WRONG conclusions.




Do You Trust This Man?

There is a common element to the so-called Obama scandals—the IRS targeting of conservatives, the fatal attack in Benghazi, and widespread spying on U.S. journalists and ordinary Americans. It is a lack of credibility.

In each case, the Obama administration has helped make controversies worse by changing its stories, distorting facts, and lying.


The abuse of trust may be taking a toll on President Obama’s reputation.

A CNN/ORC poll of 1,104 adult Americans June 11-13 shows the president’s job approval rating at 45 percent, down 8 percentage points in a month.





Government compromises our trust

But it’s the Obama administration that has demonstrated a disrespect for institutions. When Obama had been in office for just a few months, he “joked” about auditing his enemies and I warned: “Mr. Obama has been accused of not appreciating the importance of financial capital to the proper functioning of the economy. But ill-chosen remarks like his ASU audit threat suggest that he also doesn’t appreciate the role of moral capital.”


Obviously, he didn’t listen. To function properly, our government depends on moral capital, capital that has been seriously squandered. In their second terms, presidents tend to worry about their legacies. Will Obama’s legacy be a historic destruction of trust in government?





Distrust of Government Is What It’s All About
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”


We have a problem.


Just 30 percent of voters nationwide have that much trust in government officials when it comes to these surveillance efforts.

Only 24 percent now are confident that the federal government does the right thing most of the time.


This popular distrust of government is the theme that ties all the recent news stories together. It’s driving all the current policy debates.





IRS Tea Party Targeting Was Directed From D.C.

“I can’t remember if I made the request or Lois Lerner made the request,” Paz told congressional investigators. “But we discussed that in order for the IRS to be able respond to the report, we had to understand what information TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) had and what they were being told.”


It is unseemly and unusual for potential targets of an investigation to sit in on the investigation. If Paz and Lerner were not only orchestrating the Tea Party scrutiny but also monitoring the investigation of that action, were these among the things discussed when former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman made 157 visits to the White House?




Sen. Paul: Legalization Before Border Security The “Fatal Flaw” Of Gang Of 8 Bill





Ann Coulter: U.S. ‘finished’ if amnesty passes ‘There will be no point in fighting for anything anymore’

As Milton Friedman has said: You can’t have open borders and a welfare state. For roughly the first three centuries of America’s existence, anyone could come here – and good luck to them! If they couldn’t make it, they went home. About 30 percent did. We skimmed the cream of the world! By the time of the American Revolution, this had created something distinctive about Americans, as described absolutely beautifully by Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America.”


Even after the Democrats ginned up the welfare machinery, the country maintained the same national character and stayed largely the same demographically because our immigration policy imposed quotas to replicate the nationalities of the people already here. But in 1965, Teddy Kennedy’s immigration act intentionally changed the ethnicity of immigrants to favor those from the Third World and freeze out people from countries that had traditionally sent us our immigrants. Since the late 1970s, more than 90 percent of the immigrants to America have been from the Third World. This has led to wider income inequality, a higher crime rate, more unemployment and on and on and on. The 1965 immigration act was the worst thing that ever happened to this country.




Why Democrats Are Already Jumping Aboard the Hillary Clinton Bandwagon

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was no friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s during the 2008 presidential campaign, becoming one of the first female Democratic officials to break with the sisterhood to back Barack Obama. But today, in a fundraising appeal, she’s proclaiming her support for Clinton, long before the former secretary of State has made any decisions about running—at least publicly.


Her announcement is just the latest sign of the obvious: Clinton is as good as running for president in 2016. We’ll be entertaining this kabuki dance for a while longer, even as Clinton supporters raise money for a future campaign through the Ready for Hillary super PAC, public officials pledge fealty to her (potential) candidacy, and top Obama officials speak warmly of her prospects. Not to mention her newly repackaged Twitter account, with an introduction as market-tested as any politician’s.


Equally as promising for Clinton is the sheer absence of Democratic opposition. Vice President Joe Biden’s loyalists have been making noise about his interest—a trip to South Carolina in May, a stop at the Iowa inauguration ball in January—but his age and lack of past success are two huge handicaps to a potential bid. As an Obama loyalist, McCaskill’s endorsement is as much a Biden snub as it was a Clinton coup. If the Democratic establishment viewed Biden as
a serious presidential candidate, it’s hard to see McCaskill getting ahead of things.





Hillary 2016 — What difference does it make?

She’s Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The last time, her exhausting quest ended with her defeated and broke. Then she had to muster up the energy to dine on some seriously rancid crow and become the single most visible employee of the man who had beaten her.


He beat her because she had a history and he did not. He beat her because she had made very public decisions that he had not faced. He beat her because she supported a military action overseas that he was able to blithely campaign against. In the end, he beat her because people wanted something new. They wanted change.

What difference does it make? In that case, it was the difference between winning and losing.


So, what will have happened in eight years to make her not less, but more, appealing to voters? Absolutely nothing.





The Regulated States of America

What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: “Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools.”


Tocqueville would not recognize America today. Indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, France must have conquered the United States.





The GOP’s leadership reform challenge

It is often argued, including by me, that the GOP needs its own Bill Clinton or Tony Blair — a leader to reposition the party and reinvigorate its political appeal. But if these figures are examples of successful reform, British Prime Minister David Cameron is a warning of its perils.


Cameron set out to modernize the Conservative Party. He has found that not everyone is happy to be modernized.





Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot

Whites make up 90 percent of its population, which is fewer than one million people and mostly in rural areas. Its proportion of people 65 and over exceeds the national average. There was never a chance that North Dakota would give Mr. Obama its three electoral votes.


So Mr. Obama has not given North Dakota his time. It is one of six states he has not visited as president, along with South Dakota, Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina and Utah. He has gone just once to Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wyoming.


Mr. Obama’s near-complete absence from more than 25 percent of the states, from which he is politically estranged, is no surprise, in that it reflects routine cost-benefit calculations of the modern presidency. But in a country splintered by partisanship and race, it may also have consequences.





Governors 2014: The Incumbent Avalanche

The situation for 2014 couldn’t be more different. Instead of 24 governorships without an incumbent running, we’re more likely to see a mere half-dozen or so. This means approximately 30 of the 36 incumbents will be on the November ballot — the largest number in over a half-century.**

For the most part, Democrats appear to have the better chances to defeat Republican incumbents. Govs. Rick Scott (FL), Rick Snyder (MI) and Paul LePage (ME) all are in what appear to be coin-flip races, although they are not underdogs, unlike Corbett. The Republicans’ best shot to defeat an incumbent governor might be in Connecticut, where Gov. Dan Malloy (D) is again struggling. As mentioned above, two other vulnerable Democratic incumbents — Chafee (a recent convert to the party of Jefferson and Jackson) and Quinn — are likelier to lose in their primaries before making it to the general election.

One potential benefit for this year’s crop of endangered incumbent governors is an improving economy. Even disliked incumbents can convert better economic numbers into a powerful argument for reelection. Voters aren’t sure why the economy strengthens or weakens, and it often has little to do with governors. But why take a chance? So incumbents get the credit, and extra votes. This — and the power of incumbency that will come to bear in the lion’s share of these races — could save the governors we think are endangered, or at least make the races very close.



The Case of the Missing White Voters, Revisited

With a cloture vote on the Senate’s immigration reform bill expected next week, countless commentators have expressed the view that if Republicans don’t sign on for reform, the party is doomed at the presidential level for a generation.


This is the first in a two-part series explaining why this conventional wisdom is incorrect. Signing on to a comprehensive immigration package is probably part of one way for Republicans to form a winning coalition at the presidential level, but it isn’t the only way (for more, I’ve written a book about this, as well as countless articles here at RCP). Today I’ll re-examine what was really the most salient demographic change in 2012: The drop-off in white voters. Next time, we’ll confront some of the assumptions embedded in the “GOP has to do this” argument head-on.



Pompeo’s Challenge to Islamic Clergy

Radicalism is a problem that must be tackled head on, not one that will disappear if those who discuss it are muzzled or threatened. Pompeo’s analogy between the reaction to the Westboro hate and that of radical Islamism is apt. Indeed, perhaps the response to Westboro should be the model American imams adopt to counter the cancer of radicalism in their midst.





Data You Can Believe In…

The Obama Campaign’s Digital Masterminds Cash In

Earlier this year, senior members of President Barack Obama’s campaign team took a trip to Las Vegas. Nevada holds a special place in Obama-wonk lore as the place where his monthslong strategy of defeating Hillary Clinton by slowly and surely amassing delegates emerged. But the operatives were not there in March for any political reason. They were there to make money — specifically to land what they hoped would be the first corporate client for their new advertising business, Analytics Media Group (A.M.G.). Its bland name obscures its relatively grand promise: to deliver to commercial advertisers some of the Obama campaign’s secret, technologically advanced formulas for reaching voters.

Recalling that Vegas trip while sitting at a MacBook Pro-dotted coffee shop in Brooklyn in March, McLean treated his shift from selling Obama to selling Caesars as a small discomfort that was necessary if he wanted to keep working on the technological advancements he and his colleagues developed on the campaign. In a nonpresidential year, no political effort would have the money to finance what he described as the “huge R.& D. project” that the Obama campaign effectively became. The resources for that kind of project could now be found only in corporate America. If companies with big budgets wanted members of Obama’s team to do for them whatever it was that they did for the president, McLean couldn’t see why they shouldn’t answer the call.





Is Out-of-State Tuition Going Out the Door?

College tuition these days can be expensive. This is especially the case for students who attend private schools or out-of-state public schools. While the cost of attending a private institution shows no signs of decreasing in the near future, recent developments in New York state suggest paying costly out-of-state tuition for public universities may be a thing of the past.





America’s broken bootstraps

Today, the dominant distinction defining socioeconomic class is between those with and without college degrees. Graduates earn 70 percent more than those with only high school diplomas. In 1980, the difference was just 30 percent.


Soon the crucial distinction will be between those with meaningful college degrees and those with worthless ones. Many colleges are becoming less demanding as they become more expensive: They rake in money — much of it from government-subsidized tuition grants — by taking in many marginally qualified students who are motivated only to acquire a credential and who learn little.


“Most American kids,” Lindsey concluded, “are now raised in an environment that is arguably less favorable for developing human capital than that in which their parents were raised.” America’s limited-government project is at risk because the nation’s foundational faith in individualism cannot survive unless upward mobility is a fact.





The Thrill is Gone! Obama Loses Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is ABSOLUTLY right…please share this with everyone you know who cares about liberty and accountability.  To have a liberal media pundit say this so straight forwardly, is powerful.





The Millennials Sour on Obama

Particularly worrisome for the White House is the 17-point decline in job approval for Mr. Obama over the past month among people under 30 years of age, according to the June 13 CNN/ORC poll. This is significant erosion in what CNN Polling Director Keating Holland calls one of “the most loyal parts of the Obama coalition.” Public comments by CNN pollsters suggest that the millennial generation seems very concerned with what its members perceive as the NSA’s activities’ threat to civil liberties.


In any event, Mr. Obama’s ratings for being honest and trustworthy are now underwater—49% agree and 50% disagree, according to the June 13 CNN/ORC poll.

It’s one thing for the public to differ with a president’s policies; it’s quite another for Americans to lose trust in his integrity. Once this trust is lost it is hard to regain. The president may be a bad revelation or two away from an irreparable break. If that happens, his second term will be harder than he ever imagined.





12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don’t lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give the Left a taste of its own medicine.





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