George McGovern’s Good Deed by Gregg Hilton

 

Former Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) died this morning. You are supposed to speak kindly of the departed, and McGovern did have an admirable record in World War II. However, during his 18 years in the Senate he represented the worst of the radical left, and always advocated unilateral disarmament.

He does deserve credit for admitting some of his mistakes. His Stratford Inn in Connecticut went bankrupt in 1991 primarily because of excessive government regulations.
McGovern said he understood why people did not like him, and wished he had run a business before he began legislating on things that affected them. He wrote: “After two and a half years with the loss of all my earnings from nearly a decade of post-Senate lecture tours, I gave up on the Stratford Inn. But not before learning some painful and valuable lessons.
“I learned first of all that over the past 20 years America has become the most litigious society in the world. Today Americans sue one another at the drop of a hat — almost on the spur of the moment.”
He said we need to “cut down vastly on the incredible paperwork, the complicated tax forms, the number of minute regulations, and the seemingly endless reporting requirements that afflict American business. Many businesses, especially small independents such as the Stratford Inn, simply can’t pass such costs on to their customers and remain competitive or profitable.
“If I were back in the U.S. Senate or in the White House, I would ask a lot of questions before I voted for any more burdens on the thousands of struggling businesses across the nation.”
Three years ago McGovern again broke with the left when he came out in opposition to the union card check legislation.
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RIP Newsweek 1933-2012.


This morning it was announced that Newsweek is ending its print version, and in 2013 will be all digital. After 80 years in print, the magazine will finally be off the newsstands. Its decline has been obvious, and we are not sorry to see them go.
Two years ago Tina Brown bought the magazine and made it a unit of her upstart online Daily Beast news service. The magazine changed from a streamlined format to a dumbed-down picture book, and despite this cover, its liberal bias was worse than ever.
Chris Harper says “As a former Newsweek reporter when it was a good magazine, I wish Tina Brown and Barry Diller would simply move on without the Newsweek brand.”

Kyrsten Sinema Tries to Hide Her Radical Past in Congressional Campaign

 

Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) continues to be the frontrunner and may soon represent a new Congressional District. She was an Obama delegate, served on the White House Health Reform Task Force, and was with the President when Obamacare was signed. She has visited the White House at least 25 times.
The GOP has plenty of ammunition against her, but this is a tough district. Sinema led a war protest while wearing a pink tutu in her role of spokesperson for the Green Party. In 2003, she recalled “singing and spiraling” in a “pagan” dance pit in Miami during another anti-war rally.
In discussing women who do not have outside jobs she said “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bullshit. I mean, what the f–k are we really talking about here?”
After the 9/11 attack she organized the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice (AAPJ), which denounces U.S. military aid to Israel. In accordance with AAPJ’s commitment to “world disarmament,” Sinema wrote that US military and political leaders have “blood on their hands,” and stated her opposition to using any military force to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. She has also accused the police of “repression and brutality.”

The Pending NBC/Microsoft Divorce

 

It was reported today that NBC and Microsoft are in talks to part ways over MSNBC. The network wants to buy back the remainder of MSNBC from the software giant. MSNBC began in 1995, and Microsoft owns 50% of the website. The story was broken by Howard Kurtz who said “As the MSNBC channel has forged a separate identity as the liberal home of Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and others, the company has worried about the brand confusion caused by its straight-news site bearing the same name.”
The American Spectator reacted “Why in the world would NBC be worried about ‘brand confusion’ with a cable version of itself?
That’s right. Because there was nothing ‘straight-news’ about what has evolved at MSNBC. . .
“It is abundantly clear Microsoft has enough problems without having its brand associated with what has become a wacky, far-left media culture which specializes in hosts who have problems with racism, misogyny, gay bashing and religious bigotry.”


The National Battle Has Begun: Labor Approves an Emergency $30 Million Lobbying Budget

 

This was the scene yesterday as over 70,000 people gathered outside the capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.

STAND WITH WISCONSIN AND WALKER: The national battle has begun and the mission and moment of fiscal conservatives has arrived. What began in Wisconsin this week is leading to a decisive day in numerous state capitals throughout America. Organized labor responded today by approving an initial $30 million lobbying budget to stop numerous reform efforts of GOP Governors.

Labor now wants to roll back last November’s mandate. As this SEIU list demonstrates, protesters from the liberal/labor alliance are coming to your state, and they are highly motivated:http://action.seiu.org/page/s/solidarityaction

The SEIU, AFSCME and AFL-CIO leaders are correct, “Events are happening at a breakneck pace, and things will never be the same again”. Gerald W. McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) noted: “If they succeed in Wisconsin, the birthplace of AFSCME, they will be emboldened to attack workers’ rights in every state.”

In 1959, Wisconsin became the first state to permit collective bargaining for public employees. These union contracts make it next to impossible to reward excellent teachers or fire failing ones. Between 1958 and 1974, the pay and benefits of teachers increased 6%/year and starting in 1974 it increased 7%/year for the next 16 years.

Many states have found collective bargaining to be the biggest hurdle to balancing their budgets. The unions rarely concede anything in negotiations because they always prevail in arbitration.

Now, for the first time in 50 years, the union monopoly is being challenged. This is necessary because the current fiscal path in so many states is unsustainable, and there has been a sharp deterioration in their financial outlook.

Beleaguered taxpayers can no longer take it, and to save many states the union stranglehold must be broken. This is a battle which must be taken to Blue America.

Last month the deficit hawks lost the opening round in Illinois which is now America’s worst credit risk. They have not balanced a budget in a decade, and they responded with the usual liberal solution. Democrats increased state income taxes by 67 percent and business taxes by 46 percent.

The union benefit package proposed in Wisconsin is outstanding compared to what private sector workers receive.

The AFL-CIO does not want to accept any reductions. They are outraged because reform Governors such as Scott Walker (R-WI), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Rick Snyder (R-MI), Mitch Daniels (R-IN), John Kasich (R-OH) and Bill Haslam (R-TN) are telling them the truth. With huge deficits taxpayers can no longer afford union luxuries, and the overwhelming majority of public sector workers pay nothing toward their pension benefits.

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

  • This week a Tennessee State Senate committee approved a law abolishing collective bargaining rights for teachers. Tennessee is already a right to work state.
  • Over 60,000 left wing demonstrators were present in Wisconsin today and they are all advocating tax increases to address the state’s $3.6 billion budget shortfall. The liberal backlash will continue to be strong because they know the stakes. Of course the GOP wants to cut the budget in every state, but this crusade goes well beyond that to the very core of our nation’s fiscal problems.
  • The same measures being debated in Wisconsin and Tennessee have already been introduced in Ohio and  Indiana. Nevada and Florida are close behind. Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) has said the focus on Wisconsin is also helping to galvanize his supporters.
  • Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) ended collective bargaining for state employees on his first day in office in 2005. Now he is supporting a measure to limit negotiations by teachers to wages and benefits.
  • Michigan is the Vatican City of the liberal/labor alliance, but deficit hawks are now hitting them hard in their home base. Fiscal sanity must return because a million jobs have already been lost in Michigan, and the GOP’s top priority is restoring economic growth throughout the land.
  • This is a fiscal war. GOP Governors have been forced to slash aid to schools, social programs and important services, but it is not enough. The big problem involves 7.6 million overpaid public employees. They are the majority of the nation’s union movement. Practically all of them have benefit packages which are no longer affordable.
  • Freshman State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-MI) is expressing the frustration felt throughout the heartland. She is 23 years old and was motivated to challenge an incumbent Democrat last November because so many of her friends had already left Michigan in search of jobs.
  • Because of exorbitant pay packages given to public employees, her state enacted the Michigan Business Tax. Andrea says “Small businesses are job creators and this high tax suffocated them. We have two years to make a difference and if we don’t do it then we don’t deserve to have these jobs again. We are not going to waste our mandate for change, and this historic opportunity.”
  • Wisconsin teachers do not have to join the union but they still have to pay union dues ($1000/year). The Governor’s proposal would end the practice of automatically deducting union dues from an employee’s paycheck. NYC Transport Workers lost that right in 2007 after an illegal strike. They then lost more than 35% of their income.
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has already promised to call out the National Guard and it is a promise he may have to keep on Monday. If labor does not go back to work, those jobs will have to be filled. The list of applicants is a long one.
  • The opposing chants were heard today at the demonstrations in Madison. The liberals proclaimed “Union Yes, Walker No,” while fiscal reformers responded “Walker Yes, Union No!” This was followed by one side shouting “Kill The Bill,” and the other responding “Pass The Bill.” Another slogan was “On, Wisconsin!” It was the cry of Arthur MacArthur in the Battle of Missionary Ridge in the Civil War. “On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!, Champion of the right, Forward, our motto, God will give thee might.”

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

The situation in Wisconsin is at an impasse because 14 Democratic State Senators are hiding out in Illinois. There are 19 Republican Senators, but 20 are needed (three fifths) to establish a quorum. Among the options being discussed are:

  1. Eliminate direct deposit of a Senators compensation, and require them to pick up their paychecks personally from the Secretary of State.
  2. Suspend absent employees without pay, and take appropriate disciplinary action for their dereliction of duty.
  3. Cutting off pay to the staff of lawmakers who refuse to return to work. Their offices could also be locked.
  4. The three-fifths requirement is for fiscal bills. For non-fiscal bills the necessary quorum is one-half, which the Republicans already have. They could introduce a stand-alone union reform bill which would not be tied to the Governor’s budget reform proposal.
  5. A recall campaign has already been launched against State Senator Jim Holperin (D) who was elected in 2008 with  51% of the vote. They need to obtain 25,000 signatures, and the goal is to get Holperin to come back to Wisconsin.
  6. Many believe unions are paying the Chicago hotel bills for the absent State Senators. It should be determined if this constitutes an illegal gratuity or contribution.
  7. If Walker’s collective bargaining reforms are rejected then massive lay-offs of state employees has to begin.

Why is The Liberal Group Code Pink Praising the Conservative CPAC Conference?

 

In the national palace in Caracas, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is shown with Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink co-founders Jodie Evans and Susan “Medea” Benjamin.

The liberal activist group Code Pink always blames America first, and now they have found new allies at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Last year I was stunned to see Code Pink’s co-founder Susan “Medea” Benjamin at CPAC. I would not have paid attention if she was protesting, but she was applauding. She enthusiastically approved of Ron Paul’s event, “Conservatives Against War.”

Now Code Pink is praising CPAC for a second year. Their kind words are for Ron Paul’s speech in which the Texas Congressman said: “The Patriot Act is literally the destruction of the Fourth Amendment — that’s what it’s all about.” Code Pink now admires the Libertarian “Repeal the Patriot Act” seminar at CPAC.

The main speaker was Ivan Eland who was “incredulous” when CPAC gave an award to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and said:

Rumsfeld’s direct role in the unconstitutional excesses of the George W. Bush administration should have probably landed him in jail. . . The assertion that Rumsfeld is “honest” and “forthright” seems an Orwellian attempt to turn black into white.

The other speaker was James Bovard who praised the 27 Republicans who broke ranks to vote against the Patriot Act, which he called “John Boehner’s anti-freedom joyride. . . Congress doesn’t care about the abuses. Congress only cares about their campaign donors.” Bovard said there was a close overlap between the members who voted against the Act and those who attend Ron Paul’s weekly study meetings.

The Code Pink co-founder says her organization, the Libertarians and some Tea Party members are the only ones who are paying attention to the Constitution and defending it against abuse. Medea Benjamin also claims George W. Bush violated the Constitution which is why she was in the forefront of efforts to impeach him.

  • Benjamin always refers to herself as a human rights activist, but she vigorously supports the worst human rights abusers. She wanted the United States to do nothing about genocide and ethnic cleaning in the former Yugoslavia. The Taliban would still be in power if were up to her, and Saddam Hussein would have been allowed to control the oil fields of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She says “violence is never the answer.”
  • She lived in Cuba for four years and has written three books praising Fidel Castro.
  • Benjamin and her fellow Code Pink members have referred to U.S. soldiers as “murderers,” “terrorists,” “baby killers,” and “assassins.” They did that outside of a Halloween Party for children of service members who had been deployed to Iraq.
  • She received diplomatic courtesy letters from Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressmen Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). This allowed her to visit Fallujah, Iraq in late 2004 to donate $600,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the people who had just killed 51 Americans and wounded 560 more earlier that month. Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah was the heaviest US urban combat since the Vietnam War, and Benjamin said she wanted to assist “the other side.”
  • She has been active in efforts to raise money for Hamas, and denounces Israel’s actions to protect its civilian population. She praises Jimmy Carter’s book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” for using the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s policies.  Benjamin is part of a grassroots movement to boycott Israel based on the 1980s anti-apartheid campaign that targeted South Africa. 
  • The first official letter from the Hamas leadership to President Obama on future negotiations was given to Benjamin for hand delivery. Code Pink wants the Obama administration to negotiate with Hamas without any preconditions, including no recognition of Israel and no halt to terrorist activities.
  • Benjamin has been arrested dozens of times at anti-war events, and at Donald Rumsfeld’s home. She tried to arrest Karl Rove at a booking signing for war crimes.
  • She believes Bush and Obama are the true terrorists. Benjamin is a member of the Green Party and was their U.S. Senate candidate in California. According to her, Republicans and Democrats are both “Stinking liars.”
  • Susan Benjamin was born in 1952 and during her first year at Tufts University she renamed herself Medea after a Greek mythological character.  Her role model was from a wealthy family, had an attitude of self-importance and elitism. The Greek character murdered her two children in an act of revenge against her husband.
  • Who does Medea Benjamin like? She wrote about it on the Huffington Post:

Ron Paul’s anti-war/anti-empire message and consistent votes against war funding is a refreshing turn from liberal Democrats who decry war but always vote to fund it . . . At the Tea Party rally he took on conservatives for wanting to be policemen of the world. He says ‘We’re stretched too far with all this government spending overseas. We should just mind our own business.’ His anti-empire message appears to be catching on in right wing circles. Libertarians and social progressives can make common cause against expansive–and expensive–empire.

The Great Speakers and the Failure of Nancy Pelosi


The Republican Party did not realize it then, but they were about to give up power in the House of Representatives for 60 of the next 64 years. On March 4, 1931, Speaker Nicholas Longworth (R-OH) approached the rostrum for the last time. The first person on his feet was Jack Garner (D-TX) who would be his successor. Then every Democrat and Republican stood up and the applause was thunderous. Continue reading