BETTY/CUCCINELLI – Our budget
CRUZ’N: CUPP – Right roars; WILLIAMSON – Ted could win; RUCKER & COSTA – Battle to draw conservatives; van der GALIEN – Levin blasts Fox; DRUDGE Links 3/24/15.
LEADS: NIMMO – Apple-trackers; KOPPELS – Immigration appeal; WILLIAMSON – Utopia’s jailers; HANSON – Rules of racialists; JACKSON & RACIOPPI – Menendez key to Lynch; STEPHENS – Orwellian Presidency; WOOD –Lois can still access your returns.
HILLARY: SOWELL – Free of accomplishment.
ISR/IRAN: BARB – Julia Gillard; WONG – House warned BO; MUFSON – Iran hides info; DUFFY – 5 things about Bibi; ENTOUS – ISR spied on US?
PA: KNEPPER – Pension taxes; BOEHM – 9 of 10; HARRISON – Wolf budget; GROSSMAN – Cannons on charter schools.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN show; KLAVAN – Nice/evil men.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: April 1st – CFL
Recommended: www.Lucianne.com; JANET – Track the RINOs
An old story: “How would it be if the police had to beat down thousands of defenseless cripples?” J.J. Peacham, Three Penny Opera (By Bertold Brecht & Kurt Weil, based on John Gay’s 17th Century Beggars Opera)
From Betty/Cuccinelli: Our Budget
“Senate Republicans have unveiled their 10-year budget and it’s a complete joke. “Rather than taking the opportunity to outline a bold vision for the country’s future, they have chosen to continue business as usual. “First, the budget does not repeal Obamacare. “Its ‘reconciliation’ instructions could allow the Senate to pass a bill that fully repeals Obamacare with only 51 votes, but Republican leaders refuse to commit to that. Instead, the instructions say nothing about repeal and the budget claims that the ‘actual contours’ of the reconciliation bill are ‘unknowable.’ Does this sounds like they are committed to passing full repeal? No, it does not. They want conservatives to think repeal is a possibility so they will vote for the budget, but then, after the vote, these leaders will say that the rules won’t allow it. It’s another bait and switch. GOP leaders actually have no plans to use reconciliation to send the president a bill that fully repeals Obamacare. In fact, their budget actually retains $700 billion in Obamacare taxes!! Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pledged to pull out Obamacare “root and branch,” but this budget only pulls off a twig and a few leaves. The budget also gives up on entitlement reform. In past years, Republican budgets reformed Medicare by giving seniors more choices and allowing them to access their own plans using premium support. This budget does not include these Medicare reforms, and it does nothing to modernize Social Security by giving younger workers the freedom to save a portion of the payroll taxes in a personal account. Without these reforms, the federal budget will never be balanced. The budget also paves the way for higher taxes and more debt. For example, it includes a “deficit neutral reserve fund” that could shield an increase in the federal gas tax from a budget point of order. This would allow Congress to pay for new highway spending using yet another gas tax increase. Also, there is nothing in the budget that prevents Congress from using reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit with only 51 votes in the Senate. Finally, the budget also fails to include several important priorities:
It does not defund the president’s executive amnesty;
It does not end the Export-Import Bank corporate welfare program;
It does not defund Common Core;
It does not stop the president’s takeover of the Internet; and
It does not devolve the federal highway program back to the states
The Senate Republican budget is an embarrassment, and there’s no excuse. The budget can’t be filibustered so 51 Republicans can pass any budget they want. Rather than using the budget to cast an exciting vision of future reforms that empower Americans, it continues business as usual. Senator McConnell is pressuring Republican senators to vote for the budget, but there’s really nothing to gain here. McConnell will not use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare, and a vote for this budget puts senators on record supporting $700 billion in Obamacare taxes. It makes it very hard for Republicans to call for much-needed reforms after they vote for a budget blueprint that doesn’t include them. And nobody believes this budget will lead to spending cuts. GOP leaders have already surrendered the power of the purse so the president, not Congress, controls spending for the next two years. If you want to make a few targeted calls to stop this joke of a budget, contact Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Ted Cruz – (202) 224-5922
Rand Paul – (202) 224-4343
Marco Rubio – (202) 224-3041
They’re all either official or likely presidential candidates, and they have no reason to allow Senator McConnell to pull them into this trap. They know this budget isn’t serious and there’s no good reason to support it. If it’s defeated, nothing is lost. Senator McConnell will be embarrassed, but that’s his own fault. If he wants to pass a budget blueprint with Republican votes, it should reflect Republican priorities. I hope this update is useful to you. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Ken Cuccinelli II., President Senate Conservatives Fund @KenCuccinelli / @SCF
CRUZ’n . . .
S. E. Cupp, NY Daily News: “The right roars as Ted Cruz rises”
“. . . One: how many different names appeared over those three hours. There were nearly two dozen, and almost all of them were viable, even if improbable, candidates. And two: People really like Sen. Ted Cruz, who earned the most votes.
“The first part is a major problem for Cruz, who announced Monday that he will oblige those listeners and run for President. The presumably crowded Republican field is vexing for most would-be candidates.
“Jeb Bush comes with a brand. Rand Paul, too. Everyone else has to work hard to earn one.
“To that end, Cruz spoke at Liberty University, indicating his intentions to reach young evangelicals.
“But the second part of the equation — that even with their attention divided among the almost two dozen others, many conservatives still put Cruz on top — is obviously good news for the Texas senator, who commands a great deal of loyalty from far-right conservatives, despite slipping in recent primary polls.
“To many on the right, Cruz is the only Republican they trust not to cave to the “squishy” moderates who put pragmatism ahead of politics. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Of Course Ted Cruz Could Win”
“. . . Conservatives of a Burkean bent, having attended the school of example, might pause to consider that the last senator who effectively launched a presidential campaign 11 minutes and 37 seconds after he was sworn in did, in fact, go on to become president, and that it will take the republic a generation to recover from the damage done.
“Cruz is great. Rand Paul is great. Scott Walker is great. Bobby Jindal is great. Rick by-God Perry is great. Jeb Bush . . . was a really, really fine governor. We have primary elections for a reason, and these are some big boys (and girls? What What says Governor Martinez? Governor Fallin? Governor Haley? Governor . . . ?) who are more than capable of inflicting upon themselves whatever savage and perverse ritual combat Republican-primary voters demand, with the last man standing demanding of the conclave in Cleveland: “Are you not entertained?”
“Should be a hoot.. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/415924/course-ted-cruz-could-win-kevin-d-williamson
Phillip Rucker & Robert Costa, WaPo: “With Cruz in the 2016 race, the battle for conservative voters heats up”
“Ted Cruz’s splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.
“In a primary fight more up for grabs than Republicans have seen in a generation, at least a half-dozen credible contenders are likely to join Cruz in competing for the hearts of conservatives. They face a labyrinth of tests of ideology and temperament, on talk radio and at tea party and faith forums, in a melee to become the hard right’s standard-bearer.
“Cruz, a 44-year-old senator from Texas whose combative posture has made him a household name for restive conservative activists nationally, offered himself in his announcement speech Monday as an uncompromising champion for evangelical Christian voters as well.
“Other rivals, chiefly former Florida governor Jeb Bush, are positioning themselves instead as favorites of the business and mainstream wings of the GOP.
“But the emerging Republican scramble cannot be neatly defined by the establishment and the conservative grass roots. There are myriad, fluid categories that intersect in other ways . . .”
Michael van der Galien, PJM: “Mark Levin Blasts Fox News for Attacking Ted Cruz: Do They Want Jeb Bush for President?”
“On his radio show yesterday, Mark Levin criticized his “friends from Fox News” for secretly supporting Jeb Bush and attacking real conservative candidates like Ted Cruz:
‘As you all know I’m a huge fan of the Fox News channel. Particularly certain hosts. But I have to wonder: if Ronald Reagan was running in 1976 starting in ’75 against Gerald Ford, how most of the people at Fox would treat him. Because to my great dismay – as I was preparing for the program, I had my favorite cable network on – and a number of the people were trashing Ted Cruz. Not enough experience, he’s too young, too conservative, needs a bigger tent, he’s down in the polls… These people are neophytes. Neophytes. They’ve never fought in Republican primaries for conservative candidates. They don’t even take the time to learn the history of this country or the Republican Party. And I am convinced that if Reagan were alive today and Gerald Ford were live today, and we were doing a rerun of 1975-1976, Reagan would be trashed all over our favorite cable channel.
‘The question isn’t whether Reagan would be supported by conservatives today – he most assuredly would – the question is whether he’d be supported by several people on our favorite cable channel. And the answer is no.’
“Levin added that those people probably support Jeb Bush. . .”
Drudge Links (3/24/15) to Cruz
LEADS . . .
Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars: “Apple Wants You to Get Accustomed to Real-time Tracking
“Tracking tech compliments ongoing and evolving surveillance by the NSA
“Tech giant Apple is not coy about it. They want you to get used to real-time tracking. That’s why they are changing Find My Friends to Track My Friends.
“A patent granted to the company on Tuesday by the government describes a process that allows a user of a mobile device to view a visual representation of the movement of a person with another device.
“For example, someone is going for a hike or a trip and wants you to stay informed of his or her whereabouts,” CNet explains. “That person would enable a feature on a mobile device to allow you to see and track in real time the path being taken on your own mobile device or computer. On the flip side, you could also share your route so the two of you can stay abreast of each other’s ongoing location.”
“Also on the flipside, this information could be “shared” with the NSA and possibly local police. The mega-surveillance agency already has a number of tracking programs in place — such as “Boundless Informant,” a tool that tracks information across the internet — and police departments are using Stingray and Hailstorm technology to track cell phone calls.
“The NSA’s PRISM and associated programs ‘can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among individuals using them,’ former NSA employee Edward Snowden revealed in 2013. The NSA collects, identifies, sorts and stores at least 11 different types of electronic communications and works tirelessly to tweak and improve its surveillance technology.
“Apple’s technology will ultimately enhance this ability. . .”
Nathan Koppel, WSJ: “Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments on Immigration Ruling”
“Texas federal judge blocked Obama’s immigration actions
“. . . Granting the Obama administration’s request for an expedited appeal, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on April 17 to consider the administration’s challenge to a ruling last month that temporarily blocked it from implementing a sweeping program to defer deportations and grant other benefits for people in the country illegally. “The court will consider whether to stay the injunction at the hearing.
In a ruling last month, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Brownsville, Texas, sided with officials from 26 largely Republican states who contend the president overstepped his authority when he took the action in November without congressional approval. . .”
Also: Caroline May, Big Govt: “DHS Official Pressured Bureaucrats to Approve Immigrant Visas Wanted By Harry Reid, Terry McAuliffe, IG Says”
“In a report released Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General looked at three instances in which Alejandro Mayorkas, then-Director of USCIS but currently the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was alleged to have exerted undue influence on the processing and adjudication of Employment-Based Fifth Preference (EB-5) program benefits.
“‘The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access,’ the IG’s report reads.
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Utopia’s Jailers”
“From public schools to health care, the intent is to constrain people and prevent them from opting out. “Necessity drives invention. In the field of military innovation, all sorts of inventions — the Maginot line, the flame fougasse, trench warfare, the Vickers machine gun — were rooted in the same urgent necessity: keeping Germans out. War is evil and ugly, but Europe experienced a worse horror when that necessity was inverted, and the totalitarian movement that controlled half of the continent decided it needed a way to keep Germans in. And so utopia’s jailers built the Berlin Wall and any number of similar fortifications. “The ideologue may say that a wall is a wall is a wall, but in the case of a wall, intent matters: A society with barriers to keep out invaders is protected; a society with barriers to prevent exit is imprisoned. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415843/utopias-jailers-kevin-d-williamson
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “The Rules of Racialists — Part One”
“Never should racial relations be better. Intermarriage between various ethnic, religious, and racial groups has become commonplace. Every family that I know can no longer be termed white or Latino or black, despite the efforts of government and academic clerks to insist on such.
“Cousins, nephews, grandkids, spouses, and in-laws now all look quite different from each other. Walk downtown Palo Alto, and couples of the same racial appearance are not the norm. The president, the attorney general, the national security advisor, the chief presidential advisor, the director of Homeland Security, the director of NASA, and the former EPA head are black. To watch television commercials is to see all races hawking shared products — quite unlike in the rest of the world, where they would be more likely killing each other.
“Yet racial relations have also rarely been worse in the last half-century, illustrating the old sociology adage that the faster things improve and ameliorate, the more they are declared ossified and hopeless.
“Perhaps because revolutionaries and the opportunistic fear that with progress for all comes obsolescence for themselves. . .”
HERB JACKSON and DUSTIN RACIOPPI, North Jersey: Sen. Bob Menendez might be key to attorney general’s confirmation”
“The deciding vote on whether the Senate will confirm the nation’s top law enforcement official could come down to New Jersey’s Bob Menendez, and it could happen while he is under indictment by the Justice Department for alleged corruption.
“An ethics expert said it would not be a conflict for Menendez to vote on Loretta Lynch’s nomination to be attorney general.
“But a narrow confirmation that relies on his vote is a real possibility and could require Lynch to recuse herself from dealing with the case against Menendez. If Menendez becomes the deciding vote, that could also provide further political fodder to critics whose main complaint is not about Lynch’s qualifications but about what they say are illegal executive orders on immigration issued by President Obama. . .”
Bret Stephens, WSJ: “The Orwellian Obama Presidency”
It all makes sense if you view the Bamster as looking for his next job . . .
“Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory.
“There is an upside-down quality to this president’s world view. His administration is now on better terms with Iran—whose Houthi proxies, with the slogan “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, damn the Jews, power to Islam,” just deposed Yemen’s legitimate president—than it is with Israel. He claims we are winning the war against Islamic State even as the group continues to extend its reach into Libya, Yemen and Nigeria.
“He treats Republicans in the Senate as an enemy when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, while treating the Russian foreign ministry as a diplomatic partner. He favors the moral legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council to that of the U.S. Congress. He is facilitating Bashar Assad’s war on his own people by targeting ISIS so the Syrian dictator can train his fire on our ostensible allies in the Free Syrian Army.
“He was prepared to embrace a Muslim Brother as president of Egypt but maintains an arm’s-length relationship with his popular pro-American successor. He has no problem keeping company with Al Sharpton and tagging an American police department as comprehensively racist but is nothing if not adamant that the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘terrorism’ must on no account ever be conjoined. The deeper that Russian forces advance into Ukraine, the more they violate cease-fires, the weaker the Kiev government becomes, the more insistent he is that his response to Russia is working.
“To adapt George Orwell’s motto for Oceania: Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory. . .”
Robert Wood, Forbes: “Report Says Former IRS Employees–Think Lois Lerner–Can Still Peruse Your Tax Returns”
“Could Lois Lerner still take a look at your tax returns on IRS computers? It sounds preposterous, but a new watchdog report says former IRS employees still have access to IRS computer systems long after they have no official business with the information. The report is by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. The GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. In the case of IRS security, the report says not well. . .”
Julian Hattem, TheHill: “Senators raise new concerns about CIA-aided cellphone tracking”
“A powerful bipartisan pair of senators is pressing the Obama administration over the development of spy tools that mimic cell towers in order to track people’s cellphones.
“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chick Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder noting that they have “additional concerns” about the tools, which were reportedly developed by the CIA. The letter was sent last week but revealed to the public on Monday.
“The tools, known as ‘StingRays’ or ‘IMSI-catchers,’ imitate cell towers in order to track people’s location and identifying information through their phone. In addition to local police forces, the U.S. Marshals Service reportedly attaches the devices to planes depart from major airports, seemingly give it the power to spy on thousands of people down below.
“The CIA’s role in the development of the technology was unknown until a Wall Street Journal story earlier this month. The spy agency’s role in the program is unusual, given that it is largely banned from domestic spying.
“The two senators previously raised their concerns to Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson last year, but they have not yet received a response. . .”
HILLARY . . .
Thomas Sowell, NRO: “Hillary’s Record: Free of Accomplishments, Full of Setbacks”
The case for her in 2016 boils down to demographic symbolism.
“It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.
“The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.
“For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a senator and then a secretary secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as secretary of state.
“Before Barack Obama entered the White House and appointed Mrs. Clinton secretary of state, al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq had notified their higher-ups, stationed in Pakistan, that their cause was lost in Iraq and that there was no point sending more men there.
“Hosni Mubarak was in charge in Egypt. He posed no threat to American or Western interests in the Middle East or to Christians within Egypt or to Israel. But the Obama administration threw its weight behind the Muslim Brotherhood, which took over and began terrorizing Christians in Egypt and promoting hostility to Israel. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415855/hillarys-record-free-accomplishments-full-setbacks-thomas-sowell
ISR/IRAN . . .
From Barbara: Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Islam in Australia
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:
‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT… Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.
‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. . .”
‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!
‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’
‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.
Kristina Wong, The Hill: “367 House members warn Obama on Iran”
“A letter to President Obama signed by 367 members of Congress warns that lawmakers must be satisfied that any Iranian nuclear agreement must ‘foreclose any pathway to a bomb’ before they lift sanctions against Tehran.
“The letter, which was drafted in early March but released on Monday, warns Obama that “permanent sanctions relief from congressionally-mandated sanctions would require new legislation” from Congress.
“‘Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief,’ reads the letter, led by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
“U.S. and international negotiators are up against a March 31 deadline for a framework agreement with Iran to roll back its nuclear program.”
Steven Mufson, WaPo: “Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says”
“The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program.
“With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in an interview that Iran has replied to just one of a dozen queries about ‘possible military dimensions’ of past nuclear activities.
“Amano said that Iran has provided only ‘very limited’ information about two other issues, while the rest have not been addressed at all.
“‘Recently, the progress is very limited,’ he said.
“The IAEA is the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, and its inspections are considered a key safeguard against countries using civilian nuclear energy . . .”
John Duffy – 5 Things about Bibi
- War hero
The Israeli leader enlisted in the IDF at the young ate of 18, serving in an elite commando unit. He went on to fight in three different wars for his country.
- Has taken bullets for his country
Deployed on many dangerous special forces missions throughout his military career, Bibi took a bullet in the shoulder while attempting to rescue the passengers of a plane hijacked by terrorists in 1972. He served on the front lines in the Yom Kippur War, where he was almost killed in the Suez Canal.
- His family paid the ultimate sacrifice for Israel
During the famous “Raid on Entebbe” in Uganda, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Netanyahu, Bibi’s brother, paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country, as he was killed in action while leading his special forces troops attempting to rescue 100 of his countrymen who had been held hostage on a hijacked flight by Palestinian and East German terrorists.
- Super Smart
Not only a tough as nails soldier, Bibi is also as smart as a whip.
He earned degrees in Management and Architecture, from two of the most prestigious schools in the country — Harvard and MIT. He would go on to be recruited to work for Boston Consulting in 1976, as a coworker of Mitt Romney and eventually becoming a personal friend.
- One of the most successful politicians in history
He has held these positions since entering Israeli politics:
- Deputy Chief of Mission, Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC (’82-’84)
- Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations (’84-’88)
- Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (’88-’91)
- Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (’91-’92)
- Chairman of Likud, Leader of the Opposition (’93-’96)
- Prime Minister (’96-’99 & ’09-present)
- Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister (’02-’03)
- Israeli Finance Minister (’03-’05)
- All around badass (1949-present)
And Netanyahu has now addressed Congress as many times as Winston Churchill.
Adam Entous, WSJ: “Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S.”
Pots and kettles and the backyard fence. . . ISR spies on Obama, Obama meddled in the ISR elections. And the NSA spies on all of us . . .
“Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal
“Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Israel was spying on the closed-door talks.
“The spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to penetrate the negotiations and then help build a case against the emerging terms of the deal, current and former U.S. officials said. In addition to eavesdropping, Israel acquired information from confidential U.S. briefings, informants and diplomatic contacts in Europe, the officials said.
“The espionage didn’t upset the White House as much as Israel’s sharing of inside information with U.S. lawmakers and others to drain support from a high-stakes deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program, current and former officials said.
“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “A Fundamentally Unserious Plan for Pension Reform”
“Governor Tom Wolf has a plan for fixing Pennsylvania’s pension mess, but it is a bad plan. Wolf’s proposal is to use extra revenues generated by the “modernization” of the state liquor stores to pay the principal and interest for a $3 billion pension obligation bond (POB).
“The first problem with the Governor’s plan is that there is a $40 million shortfall between the Governor’s revenue projections and the PLBC’s revenue projections. In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, PLCB Chairman Tim Holden attributed the difference to the PLCB’s more conservative accounting practices.
“The second, more serious, problem with Wolf’s proposal is the use of POB’s. What is a POB?
Let’s say that you owed a credit card company $10,000. Instead of paying the principal and interest to the credit card company, you decided to take out a loan from your bank to pay off the credit card debt. However, you don’t pay off the credit card debt directly. Instead, you invest the loan in the stock market and use the return on that investment to cover the credit card loan. Relying on the extra revenue from the PLCB sales to cover the payments Under Wolf’s plan would be like you, or I selling stuff on e-Bay to cover the loan payment.
“Not a financially responsible plan. . .”
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Nine of Pennsylvania’s 10 largest cities have more pensioners than workers”
“The system is simply broken . . .” Eaagh!!!
“Meet the new poster child for Pennsylvania’s municipal pension problems.
York is a mid-sized city of 43,000 residents in central Pennsylvania near the state’s southern border that’s facing more than $64 million in pension-related debt.
“In next year’s budget, York will be expected to pay more than $10 million toward the retirement fund of former city workers. That’s more than a quarter of the city’s entire budget, leaving officials with the prospect of cutting nearly all city services, except law enforcement, to pay the pension bill.
“‘We have done everything possible to fix our pension woes, but they continue to mount. The system is simply broken,” said York Mayor Kim Bracey on Monday, as she and other municipal leaders called for action from state lawmakers.
Harrison: Wolf’s Budget
Get Ready to Move if Wolf’s plan passes
“State Representative Rick Saccone (R-39, Washington and Allegheny) has been an avid supporter of the Property Tax Independence Act since well before his election to the House of Representatives in 2010.
“Yesterday he posted a YouTube video about Governor Tom Wolf’s fake property tax “relief” plan and compared it to HB/SB 76. He said in part:
“The truth on Gov. Wolf’s property tax scheme: It’s just like the casino tax relief promises that were never kept. Please see my latest video in which I distinguish between House Bill 76 (true property tax reform) from Wolf’s bait-and-switch plan.”
For reasons that I can’t discuss right now it is imperative that we do everything we can to make this video go viral. Please distribute this link to the video as widely as possible though email, Facebook, Web, and whatever other means you can find. I can’t stress enough the importance of this. Please help if you are able.
Evan Grossman, PA Independent: “Despite high marks, Pennsylvania charter schools still under attack”
“PHILADELPHIA — A national education reform organization charges school choice and education freedom are under siege in the City of Brotherly Love.
“Despite a host of new data that affirms academic achievement levels of charter schools and points to public thirst for more of them, charters continue to face an uphill battle, according to the Center for Education Reform.
“Pennsylvania received a ‘C’ grade in its Charter School Laws Across the States 2015: Rankings and Scorecard “primarily because charters face relentless hostility from both local districts, and now state leaders,” CER President Kara Kerwin said.
“‘Rather than include charter schools as part of the solution to improving education in Pennsylvania,’ she said, ‘Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal seeks to marginalize them.’ . . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin Show (3/24/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: The Islamo-nazi leader of Iran is calling for death to America while we’re handing him nuclear capabilities. This should draw the attention of President Obama and John Kerry, but State Dept Spokeswoman Marie Harf says we’ve heard this rhetoric for a long time so that must make it okay to ignore death threats while we negotiate with them. Iran’s technology is far more advanced than the Obama administration admits, but they leave out that information in order to advance an agenda. This is an administration that tapped phones of American journalists yet attack Israel over a leak that said they were spying on our negotiations with Iran.
“Also, the Democrat party isn’t liberation or the civil rights party, but an iron-fisted government party that punishes anyone who doesn’t toe the line. It’s becoming even harder to be a Republican because of the dug-in establishment that ignores the conservative base and keeps piling on top of the mess created by the statists on the left. Our entire system is out of whack; exactly what Obama wants.
“ Later, Mark speaks with Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward about a potential run against Sen. John McCain and the new generation of Republicans. Mark is also joined by Sen. Ted Cruz to discuss his decision to enter the 2016 presidential election race and the endless media attacks on him.”
Spencer Klavan, PJM: “Study Proves Men Who Are Nice to Women Are Sexist & Evil”
There is (a lot of!) research demonstrating that “mother love” (and governments!) depend on a gene donated by a woman’s father . . .what a scam!
“Men were given a survey designed to detect signs of “hostile sexism” and “benevolent sexism.” As a public service for the general edification of our readership, I’ll print some warning signs of hostile sexism here. Hostile sexists “love topless calendars.” They “leave the housework to their wives.” And horror of horrors, they even “ban women from sports clubs”! That’s right, these slack-jawed toads actually enjoy looking at women’s breasts! They have the gall to conduct their home lives in a manner of their choosing agreed upon between them and their spouses! And they hate women so much, they don’t even want to be forced to beat them at basketball or wrestle them to the ground! Perhaps worst of all, these reprehensibly hostile sexists “say most women interpret innocent remarks as sexism.” “Where on earth did they get that idea?!
“But even more insidious are the “benevolent sexists.” These brainwashed sociopaths probably don’t even know they’re sexists — that’s how steeped in sin they are. Benevolent sexists are those who “hold doors open for women,” “call women ‘love’ or ‘dear,’” and “offer women their jacket if they look cold.” That’s right, there are actually some neanderthals out there who are so mired in patriarchal slime that they not only exhibit a healthy sexual response towards women, but even treat women respectfully and address them with terms of endearment. Truly, there is no justice in this world.”
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CFL – April 1, 2015
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Jonah Goldberg’s sister. . .
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.