PA: WAGNER – Hbg. Fights; SNYDER – Politics PA.
LEADS: BOYER & DINAN – GOP to revive trade deal; ROHRABACHER – BO & dictatorships; BALLASY – Conservatives & carbon fees; HENNINGER – Carly & merit.
IMMIGRATION: BRODY – Coulter/Brimelow & the sock puppets; DRUDGE LINKS 6/19/15; NOLAN – Hungary builds a fence.
THE HILLARY: WSJ – Blumenthal & Libyan emails; YORK – Who lies?
ANNOUNCEMENTS: VFP – Legislative Outreach
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Summer came, the days shorten, and in grassy meadows I hear winter’s moan.
PA . . .
Scott Wagner: Things Are Heating Up in Harrisburg
“The purpose of this email is to give you a progress update on the PA State budget. “Everyone is under the assumption that the state budget MUST be completed by June 30th or the State of Pennsylvania shuts down. This is an outright lie that has been used in the past and will be used again to intimidate the citizens of Pennsylvania. “Putting on my private sector business owner hat – every Wednesday our payroll departments electronically transfer the deducted employee state taxes to the PA Department of Revenue. “In addition, every day transactions occur throughout Pennsylvania that generate sales tax and other taxes – so the cash flow to Harrisburg does not stop. “Governor Wolf’s budget does not address any cost cutting, expense controls or efficiency projects – Governor Wolf’s budget is very simple – RAISE REVENUE THROUGH MORE TAX REVENUE. “It is the goal of the PA State Senate to have a balanced budget without tax increases completed by June 30 th to be sent to the Governor. “Let me be clear – Harrisburg does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending problem. “Prevailing wage mandates on public school districts, out of control benefit costs, and zero accountability for money being spent are a few examples. “I will be a NO vote on any tax increases – we MUST address the expense side of Pennsylvania Government first. “Governor Wolf continues to beat his drum that he wants to DUMP (and I use the word DUMP) $1 Billion dollars in the public school system. “I am in total agreement that education for our children is the number one priority – the public school system has many components that need to be fixed, changed or eliminated before a Billion dollars is thrown at the problem. “In the private sector, throwing money at a problem without stopping the leak that is causing the problem is called throwing money down a black hole. . .”
Sy Snyder, Politics PA: 6/19 Ups & Downs
“Kathleen Kane. It was another awful week for the Attorney General, although this time her office was the target rather than herself. It began with her Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker, who’s already proven himself to be quite the distraction. Turns out Duecker’s car is a Mercedes that he recovered (and repaired at taxpayer’s expense) from a drug bust. The issue is that vehicles confiscated in drug raids are only supposed to be used in drug investigations. Just as that scandal started to bloom, though, we returned to the original leak case when the Montgomery County DA sent investigators to the AG’s office for the second time. The only thing we know for sure about Kathleen Kane is that we have no idea what will happen next.
John Rafferty. Speaking of the Attorney General’s office, State Sen. Rafferty finally made his quest for that office official. Rafferty’s move wasn’t much of a surprise, we reported he would jump into the race last week. He did manage to pull in a number of impressive endorsements, though, including the troopers, police and firefighters. Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati also threw his support behind his colleague. It will be long a race, and there are already plenty of other potential opponents, but Rafferty is already at the center of 2016’s most anticipated PA contest.
Charlie Dent. Pennsylvania’s Congressmen should learn to fear Politico. Last April, it was Rep. Shuster and his relationship with an airline lobbyist that was uncovered. On Wednesday the site revealed that David Jaindl, one of Rep. Dent’s biggest contributors, paid for the airline tickets that Congressman Dent and his wife used to visit Nantucket. Dent was able to get the House Ethics Committee to accept a “personal friendship” waiver, though, this must have been quite easy since he is the Chairman of said committee.* Despite how anyone might feel about his actions, the Congressman made an unforced error that’s filled with the stuff that negative campaign ads are made of.
Erik Arneson. Most public officials wouldn’t have put up a fight. Erik Arneson isn’t most public officials. When Gov. Wolf first fired Arneson from his position as Executive Director of the Office of Open Records, it was hard to imagine Arneson ever prevailing. This battle still isn’t over, but Arneson won a big victory when the PA Commonwealth Court ruled in a 4-3 decision that he must be reinstated. The Governor is appealing but will allow Erik to stay on as this long process continues. They can take away his phone but they can never take away his job (at least for now).
PA GOP. The state’s Republican Party scored quite a coup when they won the right to host this weekend’s Northeast Republican Leadership Conference (NRLC). The three-day event will bring some of the GOP’s biggest names to the Keystone State including Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Reince Priebus and Karl Rove. The conference will conclude with a keynote address from Wisconsin Governor and 2016 presidential contender Scott Walker (State Sen. Scott Wagner will be his warm-up act). You can view the NRLC’s complete schedule here
LEADS. . .
Dave Boyer & Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “GOP leaders vow to resurrect Obama trade deal”
And help BO follow Clinton’s trail to power and wealth . . .
“Republican leaders will try to resurrect the trade deal Democrats sank less than a week ago, planning a revote Thursday and insisting they will corral enough votes to approve fast-track negotiating powers that President Obama needs to complete a legacy-building Pacific Rim agreement.
“Mr. Obama met Wednesday afternoon with Democratic lawmakers who support free trade to make sure they will vote for the plan, and House Republican leaders began the process of forcing a revote on powers known as Trade Promotion Authority, which is favored in their party, and Trade Adjustment Assistance, which is generally a Democratic priority.
“Democrats last week voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance as a way of poisoning the package, so Republican leaders have decided to split the bill and pass Trade Promotion Authority first, then leave it to Mr. Obama to rally enough Democrats to pass Trade Adjustment Assistance. . .”
Also – Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Jeff Sessions on Obamatrade’s ‘New Pacific Union’ Like the EU: Something America Has ‘Never Seen’ Before”
Dana Rohrabacher, WSJ: “Dictatorships and Obama Standards
Thx Ted! The simplest idea for understanding BO is that he and Val are working on his next job. We may already have an “Obama Foundation”!
“If the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?
“It continues, dreadfully. Islamic State’s advancing war on civilization—despite the Obama administration’s protestations that it has been stanched—brazenly pushes the modern world toward despair.
“Now Islamic State, or ISIS, announces it has taken 86 more Christians hostage, their likely fate a grisly martyrdom. On the same day, June 8, at the G-7 summit, President Obama admitted that he lacks a “complete strategy” to defeat the Islamic extremists now bedeviling Iraq, much of the rest of the Middle East, and beyond.
“Typically, unconscionably, Mr. Obama half-blames the Pentagon for not presenting him with strategic options, which is news to the Pentagon. He blames the incompetent and corrupt Iraqi government, though he bears some of the responsibility for Baghdad’s impotence.
“The Earth had hardly turned a cycle after his admission about U.S. strategy before word came that the president was considering sending 500 military advisers to Iraq. Within hours after that headline, he backtracked to 450 advisers. This ratcheting-up of involvement recalls the Vietnam War with a twist: It’s as if President Ford were sending military advisers as Saigon fell.
“So an admittedly incomplete strategy becomes an incoherent strategy.
“We may begin to wonder: Is this irresolution or resolution? I do not like to ascribe darker motives but necessarily wonder what explains the commander in chief’s uncertain trumpet.”
Nicholas Ballasy, PJM: “Senators Rally Conservative Support for $2 Trillion Carbon Fee Bill”
“Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have proposed a bill that would establish an economy-wide tax on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
“My bill sets the fee for a ton of carbon at $45 in 2016, the central range of the social cost of carbon as estimated by OMB, and would increase it each year at a real 2 percent. When emissions fall 80 percent below 2005 levels, the annual adjustment would fall to inflation,” Whitehouse said at the American Enterprise Institute when presenting the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act.
“Whitehouse, who makes regular speeches on the Senate floor warning about climate change, said the nonpartisan group Resources for the Future has concluded the carbon fee would reduce U.S. CO2 emissions 40 percent by 2025. He explained it is difficult to estimate the impact of the bill internationally. Despite this, Whitehouse told the audience the U.S. should take the lead by reducing emissions.
“‘This carbon fee would generate over $2 trillion in revenue over 10 years. It is intended to return every dollar of that to the American people,’ he said.
“The bill reduces the top marginal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 29 percent and provides workers with a $500 refundable tax credit or $1,000 per couple to offset the first $500 paid in Social Security payroll taxes. Whitehouse said the credit would grow with inflation.
“Whitehouse and Schatz encouraged conservatives to support the legislation. . .”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Carly Fiorina’s Case for Merit”
“It galls critics that she says feminism is about achievement rather than entitlement.
“When in 1979 Britain’s voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister, one conclusion that did not trip instantly to everyone’s lips was that she won because she was a woman. Only in America do we have checklists of political and moral self-satisfaction.
“Today, two women bid to become ‘America’s first woman president’—Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Carly Fiorina. Only one is running on this as reason alone to vote for her. Announcing her candidacy Saturday at New York’s Roosevelt Island, Hillary Clinton said, ‘I may not be the youngest candidate in this race. But I will be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States!’
“Days earlier, Carly Fiorina delivered a speech to the Competitive Enterprise Institute on the subject of feminism. For which various feminists attacked her. A blogger at Cosmopolitan.com said feminism ‘cannot coexist with a political philosophy that venerates traditionalism, hierarchy, deference to authority, and distinct gender roles.’
“None of the 13 or so men running for the GOP’s nomination will ever be found within a mile of this radioactive subject, for fear it might agitate the “single women” who are supposed to slide into Hillary Clinton’s column.
“Though Ms. Fiorina never mentioned Hillary Clinton in her speech, she ran right at what are considered settled issues in the political category called gender. ‘Feminism,’ she said, “began as a rallying cry to empower women—to vote, to get an education, to enter the workplace. But over the years, feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.’ . . .”
IMMIGRATION. . .
James Brody: Ann Coulter – Brimelow Redux.
She’s out of hiding and markets her 11th book, Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, in Phoenixville, once a smoking steel, union town. Coulter bragged that Adios is fun, factual, and only 100 pages . . . It’s really 277 but she is so gifted that I’m afraid to complain, not even about a machine-written book plate. And true in Washington, true in Phoenixville: The first three rows of the Colonial (Blobfest) Theater were reserved for GOPers who paid extra to eat more and arrive later.
Ann has links on www.AnnCoulter.com for you to send discounted copies to your representative or to OldMac, BoyMarco, TurtleMitch, and/or MoptheBar’sJohn. You might work a discounts-for-West-Chester deal.
And as true for most TEA functions I saw no browns or blacks in the audience but, according to Coulter, it’s great to be white – English and Dutch organized this wondrous country. She’s rather have Mitt as our next president but admires Mr. Walker and no one else. (Rand makes her spit!) I love Ann’s ideas. Hell, I love Ann. I would marry her today even though I’m so old and so poor and she’s so smart, so young, so hard-working, but so sarcastic . . . More later.
This is later.
In 1995 Peter Brimelow gave us Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. A reader, Tev Laudeman, commented at the end on page 275 (!):
“. . .Are we prepared for any or all of the possible consequences: public assistance programs watered down or driven out completely, our environment overwhelmed, massive poverty, a shrinking percentage of our population in good jobs, a splintered society in which ethnic strife is as common as a rainy day, leading to that time in the next century when the U. S. goes totalitarian because the nation is no longer governable as a republic with four huge ethnic minorities (one of which is white)?. . .”
Brimelow opened his Preface with:
“Sam Donaldson, ABC News ‘[Native-born Americans] don’t have any more right to this country, in my view, than people who came here yesterday.’
“Cokie Roberts, National Public Radio: ‘That’s right.’” July 25, 1993
Features noticed by Brimelow in 1995 and by Coulter in 2015:
- An increasing rate of illegal immigration – the “browning of America” especially through family reunification, refugees, and political asylum seekers. Many were released into the US on a promise to present themselves at a future hearing which not more than 5 percent ever did.
- Immigration lost its peaks and valleys and became a steady upward ramp by 1968, three years after the 1965 reforms conceived, birthed, and nourished by Ted Kennedy.
- Enclaves formed in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Washington D.C. and were described as “delightful examples of diversity.”
- Immigrants in earlier waves tended to leave, those after 1965 tended to stay, perhaps because our welfare state had crystalized. Further, the new rules made it easier for one immigrant to bring all of his or her relatives on the second boat or plane.
- Sources of our immigrants shifted from Europe to Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
- Disparities in economic performance between some of the 1890-1920 immigrants have persisted for as much as four generations. (Gregory Clark, 2014, reported that in ten countries and for as long as 500 years, “social competence” did not change within biological families. The outcomes of children were entirely predictable by the outcomes of parents.)
- Politicians did nothing but make noises. And conservatives were avoided comment about liberal taboos, especially ethnicity and race.
- Teddy, backed by Bobby and Jack, lied.
Coulter describes the immigrants who first came to North America as English and Dutch – tidy, rule-bound, future-directed savers. The later batches from Latin America and Africa tend to be impulsive, short-sighted, and tend to clump with neighbors with the same traits. Several histories, however, argue that the Scotch-Irish settled our South, tended to have criminal records, and were lazy, quarrelsome, and commonly engaged in feuds to be settled by gun, or knife – including decapitation. There were not always clear differences between the first southerners and behaviors of their incoming slaves. (Hannan, 2013; Fischer, 1989; Phillips, 1999; McWhiney, 1988)
A lot of scholars agree on what is happening to America. The puzzle is what those, the GOP elites with twenty years of mf-ing information and seats in the first three rows, beyond using politics to fatten not only their bellies but also their wallets, are going to do about it.
“Wouldn’t it be simpler in that case of the Government dissolved the people and elected another?” Bertolt Brecht.
Brimelow, Peter (1992) Time to rethink immigration? National Review, 6/22/1992.
Brimelow, Peter (1995) Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. NY: Random House.
Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. NJ: Princeton University Press.
Fischer, David Hackett, (1989) Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. NY: Oxford.
McWhiney, Grady (1988) Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Phillips, Kevin (1999) The Cousins’ Wars: Religion, Politics, and the Triumph of Anglo-America. NY: Basic Books.
Ray, Janisse (1999) Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Steyn, Mark (2006) America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. Washington DC: Regnery.
Steyn, Mark (2009) Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West, Washington DC: Regnery.
Steyn, Mark (2011) After America: Get Ready for Armageddon. Washington, DC: Regnery.
IMMIGRATION: DRUDGE LINKS (6/19/15)
Obama Admin gives tips to illegals on getting work permits… ICE Director says no one fired for releasing 65,000 criminal aliens onto streets… 5,000 freed in Arizona… 280 arrested in Midwest for robbery, burglary, battery, hit and run… Caught, released, caught and released again… Zuckerberg’s cynical ploy for cheap foreign labor… Mexico Now Deporting More Than USA… ‘Dramatic shift’… Technical ‘glitch’ cripples US visa system… Robots to replace border police in France… Greek island swamped by refugee flood; No relief in sight… Haitians booted from Dominican Republic uncertain of future… Central European states against migrant quotas… Record gains for anti-immigrant party in Danish vote…
Daniel Nolan, UK Telegraph: “Hungary orders 100-mile Serbia border fence to keep out migrants”
“Hungary has unveiled plans to erect a fence along its border with Serbia as part of a controversial anti-immigration drive, saying it “cannot afford to wait any longer” for the European Union to come up with a solution to the migration crisis.
“‘The Hungarian government has instructed the interior ministry to physically close the border with Serbia,’ Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that preparations would be completed within a week.
“The fence will be four metres high, 110 miles long, and may employ barbed wire, officials said.
Hungary is one of the main points of entry for migrants into the Schengen passport free zone and is witnessing a spike in migration, with about 57,000 people entering the country illegally so far this year, up sharply from 43,000 in all of 2014. 95 percent of those cross from Serbia, which is not a member of the EU but has started accession talks. Last year, Hungary received more refugees per capita than any other EU country apart from Sweden. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
WSJ: “Sid Blumenthal’s Email Discovery”
“The slow roll of Libya-related communication continues.
“Hillary Clinton says she turned over to the State Department “all” of the emails from her private email account related to her work as Secretary of State. And State has reassured Congress that it turned over “every” Clinton email demanded as part of the House investigation into the Benghazi attack. This must depend on the definition of “all” and “every.”
“The House Select Committee on Benghazi recently sent subpoenas to Sidney Blumenthal, the longtime Clinton political hit man who was in steady contact with Mrs. Clinton (via her private email) while she was the top U.S. diplomat. Emails show Mr. Blumenthal was advising two U.S. companies seeking Libyan contracts at the same time he was secretly advising Secretary of State Clinton about Libya. Mr. Blumenthal’s attorney says his client had no financial interest in the two companies—though no one is denying that the friends of Mr. Blumenthal who ran the companies were looking for business.
“So imagine Congress’s surprise on Friday when Mr. Blumenthal responded to a subpoena by turning over 60 more Libya-related communications with Mrs. Clinton—some 120 pages. Politico reports that Members of Congress still aren’t sure whether Mrs. Clinton failed to give the emails to State, or State failed to give the emails to Congress, which is likely to release the new emails in the coming days. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Benghazi investigators ponder: Is State Dept lying, or is Hillary?”
“Last March, when Hillary Clinton made her first public comments on the secret email system she maintained while secretary of state, she took care to say she had turned over everything to the State Department. “I … provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related,” Clinton told reporters. “I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and … the State Department will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided.”
“The message was clear. Clinton had turned over everything, and the State Department would make it all public.
“Then State sent Clinton’s emails that concerned Libya to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Chairman Trey Gowdy immediately expressed skepticism about the claim that everything had been turned over. “There are gaps of months and months and months,” Gowdy said.
“Gowdy’s suspicions appear to have been confirmed. . .”
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