VFP Action Alert: “YES on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act HR 36”
“Please call Congressman Ryan Costello’s office DC 202 225 4315 and Wyomissing office and tell him to vote YES on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act HR 36 to stop painful abortions after 20 weeks. It is being voted on tomorrow. Congressman Costello unfortunately has not voted pro life in the past for a few things. Wyo office is 610 376 7630. This is passed in 14 states and we need to make PA the next state that is not practicing these barbaric procedures which harm women and babies.
THE HILLARY: RUBIN – Hill’s Hell.
LEADS: LEE & SALMON – New Head Start; CHAREN – Temperament 3rd class; CHAPMAN – Private Internet; HENNINGER – Springtime for Dictators; IBD – $75K; BERMAN – Patriot reform; BATCHELOR – BO swaps data with China; McKAY – 7 lessons for the Left; MARK LEVIN.
PA: AFP – Tax hikes.
END NOTES: Brady rule?
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
THE HILLARY . . .
Jennifer Rubin, WaPo: “Hillary’s hell”
Given that she’s a crook, why do we ask her opinions?
“When the story of Hillary Clinton’s second run for the presidency is written, it may come to resemble ‘Dante’s Inferno’ more than a customary campaign book. We’ve seen greed — lots of greed (the fourth circle). We’ve seen the destruction of material, the failure to live up to her agreement with the State Department and misleading tax returns from the Clinton Foundation. In Dante’s hell, the corrupt politicians got to the eighth circle. We’ve seen flashes of anger (“At this point what difference does it make!”) — that’d be the fifth circle.
“And then there are Dante’s Gates, where cowards appear (“Included among these cowardly souls–also known as fence-sitters, wafflers, opportunists, and neutrals–are the angels who refused to choose between God and Lucifer.”). Bob Kagan writes today:
‘Yet now, when the trade agreement hangs in the balance, when the all-important question of “trade promotion authority“ was voted on in the Senate, Clinton has been silent, or worse, has quietly indicated her concerns about the agreement. Whether or not this is posturing to avoid offending her party’s left wing, only Clinton can know for sure. But it is an interesting departure from her statements as the nation’s top diplomat.
‘There are always candidates who believe they can run a careful race for president, trimming on issues that seem to require it during the primaries and general election, with the idea that, once elected, they can do what they know is the right thing. Unfortunately, American politics rarely work that way. It is generally the case that if you don’t have the courage to run on a particular platform, you will not have any more courage to govern on it once you are in office. . . . For a candidate who as yet faces no primary challenge, to cower in the face of possible criticism from the irresponsible wing of her party gives little assurance that she has what it takes to lead the nation in the very difficult years ahead’
“But that is only one instance in which Clinton’s lack of nerve shows. She refuses to take questions. She hedges on the most central issue of our time, Iran. She won’t tell us her view on the XL Pipeline. And liberals know all too well how long she took to change her view (or admit she changed her view) on gay marriage. . .”
LEADS . . .
Mike Lee & Matt Salmon, NRO: “A New Head Start”
“The federal program doesn’t work — it’s time to distribute its funds to the states and let them experiment.
“Thomas Jefferson once wrote that “the preservation of freedom and happiness” depends upon “the diffusion of knowledge among the people.” President Jefferson rightly understood that education is the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society — a principle that is as true today as it was in the late 18th century. Indeed, in our high-tech, globalized economy, a solid education is the great equalizer of opportunity and an essential ingredient for upward economic mobility.
“Yet at the same time, education costs are spiraling out of control, straining state and local budgets. And with all the mandates handed down from the federal government, it is becoming increasingly difficult for communities to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all children. Reform is needed now more than ever.
“ There is much work to be done at every stage of learning, from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate. One area where reform is most overdue: early-childhood education for the nation’s most underprivileged children.
“Of the 69 federal early-childhood education and child-care programs, Head Start, which was designed in 1965 to specifically assist underprivileged children, is one of the oldest. And with an operating budget of more than $8 billion per year, it’s also the most expensive. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, 50 years of empirical data has shown that Head Start has consistently failed to fulfill its promise of improving educational outcomes. According to a 2012 study by President Obama’s own Department of Health and Human Services — published the Friday before Christmas to avoid attention — whatever benefits children gain through the program disappear by the time they reach the third grade. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/377999/new-head-start-mike-lee-matt-salmon
Mona Charen, NRO: “A Third-Class Temperament”
“The president can scarcely manage to show respect for anyone who disagrees with him. Like cult members who awake to find their leader swigging gin and squirreling money into a Swiss bank account, liberals are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at President Obama’s behavior. The figure they worshipped so fervently and for so long is now revealed to be a ‘sexist’ – at least according to National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill.
“Her view is seconded by Senator Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio). They are upset about the president’s derisive treatment of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), who committed a sin to which the president does not take kindly: She disagreed with him. For differing about the merits of the TPP trade deal, she got what everyone should already recognize as the Obama treatment — her views were caricatured and her motives were questioned. ‘The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.’ Senator Brown thought the president’s use of Warren’s first name betokened sexism.
“No, Senator Brown, that’s not sexism, that’s all-purpose disrespect. . .”
Glenn Chapman, YAHOO!: “ICANN sees privatization of Internet”
“San Francisco (AFP) – The head of the nonprofit group that oversees the world’s Internet addresses expressed confidence Thursday that it would be privatized and out of US government control by year’s end.
“Fadi Chehade’s comments came despite criticism in the US Congress, where some lawmakers have resisted the plan to end Washington’s key management role in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
“Chehade said all the necessary components for a new stewardship scheme are accounted for and there will be “major legitimizing endorsements” from several countries in coming weeks.
“It is now up to the community to wrap them up, put them in a nice little box with a bow and ship them to Washington,” Chehade said, of the pieces of a plan to supplant a contract ICANN has with the US Department of Commerce. . .”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Springtime for Dictators”
“Raúl Castro’s “very friendly” meeting with Pope Francis.
“Not everyone gets an hour-long audience with the pope, as Raúl Castro did this past Sunday at the Vatican. But Raúl Castro isn’t everyone. Raúl is the president of Cuba and the heir to his brother’s half-century-old Communist dictatorship. And right now, Raúl is hot.
“Raúl Castro is taking meetings with everyone from President Barack Obama in Panama last month to Pope Francis in Rome last weekend. Then he returned to Havana for a meeting with President François Hollande of France, who flew in to see him and Fidel. How good can it get?
“President” Castro is in some sense an honorific title. When Raúl ran for president of Cuba for the first time in 2008, he was the only candidate. And while the Communist Party isn’t the only party in Cuba, the others can’t campaign, and political speech is forbidden. One might argue that the Castros’ Cuba is the model for how Vladimir Putin has reset the Russian political system.. .”
Investors Business Daily: “Stephanopoulos’ $75,000 Gift To Clintons Underlines Media Corruption”
“Journalism: In another sign the left’s grip on the news is bigger than anyone knew, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos hid a $75,000 gift to the Clinton Foundation even as he reported news about corruption allegations.
“While skeptically interrogating author Peter Schweizer about “Clinton Cash,” his book exposing the Clinton Foundation last April 26, the anchor for ABC News conveniently left out the highly relevant fact that he himself had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
“Listeners had no clue about just who was doing the news. Instead of an impartial newsman with a mission to lay out all the facts and let the audience decide, this was a political operative doing the bidding for the very foundation under the spotlight.
“Naturally, he pooh-poohed Schweizer’s allegations the foundation was an influence-purchasing machine more than a charity, telling the author he had no proof.
“It appeared that he hadn’t read the book . . .”
Russell Berman, The Atlantic: “A Long-Awaited Reform to the Patriot Act
“A bipartisan bill passed by the House on Wednesday would end the NSA’s bulk-data-collection program.
“Fourteen years after the Patriot Act gave sweeping spy powers to the government in its war against terrorism, a consensus is finally emerging in Congress that the government needs to be reined in—at least a bit. The next two weeks could determine whether that consensus will yield a new law.
“In a bipartisan vote of 338-88, the House on Wednesday afternoon passed the USA Freedom Act, which seeks to restrain the nation’s surveillance state while extending other key parts of the 2001 Patriot Act that are set to expire at the end of the month. At its core, the House measure ends the NSA’s bulk collection program first exposed two years ago by Edward Snowden, and requires the government to be more transparent about the data it seeks from citizens. The vote comes just a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the Patriot Act’s controversial Section 215 did not authorize the bulk collection program, which allowed the NSA to access domestic telephone metadata. The ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t end the program, which the Freedom Act would.
“The House measure represented a rare and genuine bipartisan compromise, drawing support from the original author of the Patriot Act, conservative Representative James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, along with liberal Democrats like John Conyers of Michigan and Jerrold Nadler of New York, staunch civil libertarians. The White House has said that President Obama would sign it. Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to extend the entire Patriot Act, untouched, for another five years. . .”
John Batchelor, 5/13/15: Obama to swap data with China
“Wednesday 13 May 2015 / Hour 1, Block A: Henry Sokolski, executive director of The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, in re: Pres Obama is quietly moving to renew a trade agreement with China: nuclear info sharing. China has already diverted US civil nuclear power info to its nuclear submarine. Serious violation If it just sits for ninety days, it automatically becomes law. The Administration argues: it’ll improve trade, reduce carbon emissions., and better that the US make money than let another country do so. China is not too good about keeping its treaty or trade agreements. (“They’ll proliferate anyway so why don’t we just do business with them.”) First, China wants the best technology which, in this instance, is US. Second, one can demand certain conditions such that, if they don’t behave, we cease doing business with them. DO they need our technology? Yes: France forged major reactors, two in China, and they’ve just suffered huge breakdowns. As for China and Russia, China intends to compete with Russia, so China wants as much as possible from the US. Can make naval reactors without us, but best quality for China will be reverse-engineering our technology. Makes their subs better and quieter. While you can’t safely assume the worst, you can hedge against it. US reactor will produce 1,000 -2,000 bombs’ worth of Pn per years. Obama Administration has given them advance permission to do that!”
Scott McKay, Am. Spectator: “Seven Lessons the Left Will Never Learn”
“It’s a blessing and a curse when political philosophy isn’t based in reality. . . 1. You’ll never eliminate income inequality, or any other inequality for that matter. . . 2. People who don’t want to be indoctrinated, won’t be. . . 3. It’s no fun ruling over a ruin. . . 4. The more laws you make, the more law-breaking will happen. . . 5. Dividing people by class and race can win you elections, but only for a while. . . 6. Govern what you have, not what you wish you had. . . 7. If you demonize productivity, you’ll get less of it. . . “That the Democrats and their international ilk never learn these lessons makes them a pestilence on Western civilization and politics, to be sure. The good news, though, is it also makes their time in power limited — and dependent on the incompetence of the Right.
“Now, if we could just work on that last problem…”
Mark Levin Show (5/14/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: It’s time to have a serious debate about infrastructure, spending, and government cronyism and waste. The United States spends more of our GDP on infrastructure than the European Union, yet they have a much better rail system. Massive government regulations and taxes in America have destroyed the passenger rail system. Billions are spent on Amtrak but it’s still not enough for liberals. They don’t believe in individual liberties; liberals only believe in more government control and subsidies.
“Also, we have another massive media scandal, this time at ABC news. They are in full cover-up mode to protect George Stephanopoulos, who donated $75,000 to the Clinton foundation and didn’t disclose it. Stephanopoulos is just another Clinton hatchet man dressed up as a journalist and should have never been allowed to conduct his interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer. ABC news is no better than NBC, and Stephanopoulos is worse than Brian Williams.”
PA . . .
AFP: PA Tax Hikes
“Your Pennsylvania State House, with the help of 76 Republicans and 33 Democrats, just voted for the largest tax increase in the history of Pennsylvania. They did this in the name of property tax reduction – a temporary reduction only some will receive. “Fortunately, we can kill this tax increase, but we have to get in touch with our lawmakers today.
Tell your lawmakers we don’t need higher taxes! Unsurprisingly, the public sector unions were in the capitol cheering this tax hike – which is nearly identical to Governor Wolf’s tax and spend plan. They don’t care about property tax relief, but they do like massive tax hikes which will provide politicians with billions they can divert to union pet projects. Don’t expect those unions to fight to keep the property tax relief. If pensions aren’t reformed and our state budget continues to explode, they’ll gladly tell politicians to hike property taxes and keep the money flowing. Don’t let the unions win this fight for higher taxes! The answer to our state’s crisis is not to pick money from one pocket to transfer it to another. Rather than hiking taxes, we need to fix the pension crisis, get spending under control, and lower the overall tax burden. Tell your lawmakers to vote against the tax hike! Your tax bills are going up if we let the unions win. Sincerely, Anna McCauslin, Pennsylvania Policy Director, Americans for Prosperity
END NOTES . . .
John Brady Rule?
I once kept a Friday’s open so that a dozen of us could watch Brady march the Patriots up the right sideline to win the Superbowl. He did it with about two minutes on the clock. Brady is a competitive guy and he may be fighting another battle. Why not make the possessing team responsible for choosing and inflating the ball to whatever pressure they want?
Independent Women’s Forum
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.