JOANNE: Costello & Common Core; HANSON – Winning Formula.
ISSUES: STRASSEL – Dems double down; RUSHBO – Man of action; BEDARD – More rules; CROWLEY – Black Swan; HENNINGER – New Dems?; McCAUGHEY – Donald & the bureaucracy; COVARRUBIAS – Mexico urges calm; LARSON & HARRIS – BO’s court fights lost.
NOTES: EPSTEIN – Tattered Iran deal; MORANO – Climate deals busted.
Joanne: “Please set this congressman straight on Common Core!”
“Ryan Costello, who unfortunately is my federal “representative,” wrote in his recent “Ryan’s Report”:
“We finally reformed No Child Left Behind and got rid of Common Core, which will ensure the federal government stays out of education decisions that should be made at the state and local level and by teachers.”
I just posted the following on his facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanRyanCostello/). (I expect that it could be removed momentarily…as soon as they see it.) I would urge you to write comments on his page as well if you see fit. These legislators, both at the federal and state levels, continue putting out false narratives to deceive the public and simply shouldn’t be getting away with it. This is what I posted. I’m going to address the federal control part later.
Joanne Yurchak So…the Republican President-Elect is promising to GET RID OF Common Core and YOU say that you’ve already done so. Really??? The statement in Ryan’s Report: “We finally reformed No Child Left Behind and got rid of Common Core, which will ensure the federal government stays out of education decisions that should be made at the state and local level and by teachers” is MISLEADING at best and PATENTLY UNTRUE at worst. I suggest that you read the information provided on the web site: (http://edlibertywatch.org/…/Rebuttal-to-ESSA-House…). In their rebuttals to false claims such as are in your Report, this web site addresses the false claim that ESSA (which YOU voted for) “prohibits the Secretary of Education from forcing, coercing, or incentivizing states into adopting Common Core.” TRUTH…“ESSA heavily influences standards within the bill itself. This requirement to have the standards comply with 11 different unconstitutional federal statutes setting up standards similar to Common Core will be statutory. A state must comply with it regardless of what the Secretary does or doesn’t do.” And FYI…Pennsylvania’s public schools STILL ARE TEACHING UNDER COMMON CORE AT THIS TIME and we taxpayers are funding this educational travesty.
“I would strongly and respectfully urge you and your assistants to research educational issues regarding Common Core and ESSA on which you are obviously misinformed. A good start would be the Pennsylvanians Against Common Core facebook page.
“Your deceptive comment that ESSA will keep the Feds out of education decisions that should be made at the local and state levels will be addressed in a later post.”
Joanne Yurchak, West Chester, PA
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump’s Bizarre Winning Formula”
“Reformulating the Republican message, Donald Trump was able to exploit political mistakes that the Democrats have made.
“. . . First, the Democrats gave Trump a great gift by completing the ongoing radicalization of their party under President Obama. After 2008, it was no longer a party of the working and middle classes, but a lopsided political pyramid.
“On top were the cynical elites who turned up in the WikiLeaks John Podesta e-mail trove: self-important media members, Ivy League grandees, Silicon Valley billionaires, Wall Street plutocrats, and coastal-corridor snobs. They talk left-wing but live royally. They court minorities to vote in lockstep, then deride them in private. The vast lower tier of the party comprises government employees, the poor, minorities, and the millions dependent on state and federal assistance. The Democrats in between were ignored, and so they kept fleeing the party. Look at the red/blue map of the election. Democratic strength retreated to the inner cities and the rich coastal suburbs.
“The Democrats also, in suicidal fashion, stoked racial chauvinism, or the notion that one’s tribe should transcend all other affiliations. After pandering to various minority groups, Hillary Clinton apparently believed that they suddenly would forget her emphasis on race and ethnicity to vote for her, a 69-year-old white multimillionaire. But the Democrats learned a bitter lesson in 2016: Obama’s left-wing, rich/poor ideological agendas do not appeal to most of the country. Despite a hard progressive agenda, Obama was able to win two terms by relying on racial and ethnic solidarity, earning record numbers of Latino and black votes. The logic of such a formula could not be easily transferred to a non-minority Democratic candidate. So Clinton lost key blue states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin because minority turnout in cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee fell off from 2008 and 2012. . .”
Kimberly Strassel, WSJ: “The Democrats Double Down”
“The lesson the party is learning from its loss is that it didn’t spend and regulate enough.
“We teach our children that what matters isn’t how we handle success, but how we handle defeat. Tell that to the collapsing Democratic Party.
“Here’s what Democrats know: They got thumped last week. Donald Trump cleaned their clocks, despite his disorganization, controversies and lack of money. Senate Democrats blew at least seven competitive races, and they remain in the minority. House Democrats blew even more, and they remain in the minority. Democratic governors got thumped. Democratic state legislators got thumped. Democratic dog catchers—if there were any on the ballot—got thumped.
“What Democrats should realize, because everyone else does, is that voters rejected both their policies (which have undermined middle- and low-income families) and their governance (which has fueled rage at a power-hungry federal government). Hillary Clinton proposed more of the same. Coal workers said no. Blue-collar union workers said no. Suburban moms said no. Small businessmen, drowning under Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare, said no.
“Instead Democrats think last week was an accident. . .”
Rushbo: “A Man of Action Is Going to Washington”
“. . . RUSH: I’ll tell you, everything I’m seeing is that you don’t have to worry about that. I mean, they’re pretty much saying — Pence is in charge of the transition. Mike Pence is out saying that he’s been briefing members of the Republican caucus in the House and Senate to get ready because a massive, sweeping series of proposals, a massive agenda is coming. I don’t think this presidency is gonna be ceremonial. I think when they said they were gonna drain the swamp, they meant it. I think that they’re gonna hit the ground running.
“Look, Trump is not a mystery. You can read The Art of the Deal. You can find out how Trump works. You can see his businesses and the way they’ve run. You can find out. He rolls up his sleeves and he gets involved in negotiations personally. Many people like Trump delegate those kind of things. He is personally involved with a lot of things, and he doesn’t waste any time. I read a story about a guy last week (it was from earlier in the campaign) who was not a Trump fan, not a Trump supporter.
“But he had run a company that had to do a deal with Trump, and he described what the actual negotiations were like, and he said he was stunned. On the first day of negotiations there were no, “Hi’s,” “How are you doing? Do want a croissant?” It was roll up the sleeves and get right down to it. Give me the specifics. Tell me what you want. What are your demands? Give me your facts and figures — and it was done and over with in record time. There were no pleasantries. There were no delays.
“It was just dead serious from the moment the negotiations began, and people that have been involved with Trump throughout his business life all tell pretty much the same story. It’s not that he’s not a nice guy. It’s just that you’re meeting for a specific reason. . .”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Obama sets new record for regulations, 527 pages in just one day”
“. . . According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the administration has just shattered the old record for pages of regulations and rules published by the in-house journal, the Federal Register.
At 81,640 total pages for 2016, it ranks first and 235 pages more than all of those published in 2010, the previous record.
Monica Crowley, Washington Times: “Donald Trump and the real black swan event”
“The actual aberration was the election of Barack Obama
“The election of Donald Trump as president has been regarded by some as a black swan event: an extremely rare occurrence so unexpected and consequential that it generates stunning changes in the existing order.
“But in retrospect, the election of Mr. Trump is not the black swan event.
“No, the election of Barack Obama was the seismic aberration.
“And the triumph of Mr. Trump is the national self-correction back to the center-right, a state of normalcy, and most importantly, to the country’s natural and rightful exceptionalism.
“It turns out that Mr. Trump is the rule, while Mr. Obama was the anomalous exception.
“The Obama cult of personality was built primarily on five things: the dynamism of the man, the power of his personal story, the change he represented (generational, political, racial), the emotional draw of white guilt, and the call on the American heart for idealism. The Clintons, quickly cast out as the old brand, were replaced by the new Obama brand that promised a different kind of politics.
“He was brilliant, savvy, charismatic and a superb rhetorician who knew how to win. Perhaps even more importantly, as the first viable black candidate for president, he allowed white America to believe it had advanced toward vanquishing racism once and for all in the ultimate feel-good moment.
“Mr. Obama had never expressed an unadulterated love for America, only deep critiques of its racial divides, social and economic injustices, and bullying ways in the world. His detached persona mirrored a detachment from fundamental American values.
“It helped that he was cool, as in ‘hip,’ but he was also cool as in ‘unflappable,’ which came in handy as he led the leftist revolution. How could someone that seemingly rational want to radicalize the United States? Most people would not believe the truth about him and his motives — until it was too late. . .”
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The New Trump Democrats”
“Trump voters have become journalism’s biggest archaeological excavation site.
“Will the donkey lie down with the elephant?
Two days after the election, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told the AFL-CIO executive council, ‘I will work with’ Donald Trump.
“Bernie Sanders: ‘I and other progressives are prepared to work with him.’
“The Washington Post: ‘Pelosi says Democrats are willing to work with Trump.’
“That was easy. Someone should tweet the news to the Occupy Trump Tower mobs on Fifth Avenue.
Of course this burst of Trumpian bonhomie comes with the word ‘if’ attached: They’ll work with Donald Trump . . . if he becomes one of them. Which is to say, if he adopts the progressive policies and attitudes that just got the Democratic Party wiped out, from the presidency down to dogcatcher.
“‘If Republicans want to force through massive tax cuts,’ thundered Sen. Warren, ‘we will fight them every step of the way.’
“Even by the normal standards of postelection schadenfreude, it is hard not to be agog at the spectacle of Democrats trying to figure out what hit them and what to do about it.
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “President Trump’s toughest foe: the bureaucracy”
“Donald Trump’s triumph over Hillary Clinton presages an even bigger battle ahead against the heart of the Democratic establishment: the federal workforce. This army of bureaucrats — almost 3 million strong — gave Clinton a large majority of their votes and over 90 percent of their campaign contributions.
“Expect federal workers and their union bosses to use every trick in the book to block Trump’s reform agenda.
“Trump’s ability to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, clean up IRS abuses, roll back job-killing regulations and get taxpayers their money’s worth all hinge on uprooting the entrenched civil service. Newt Gingrich, a top Trump adviser, warns: “If you don’t fix this problem, nothing in government is going to work.”
“That’s a tall order. The bureaucracy generally has a vise-like grip on the executive branch — presidents come and go, but the bureaucrats remain.
“Public unions are already digging in for a fight. After the election, J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, dismissed Trump’s plans as more or less irrelevant. . .”
Jennifer Covarrubias, Yahoo: “Mexico urges migrants in US to ‘stay calm’”
“. . . In the wake of Trump’s presidential election last week, the foreign ministry unveiled 11 actions that it will undertake through its embassy and 50 consulates in the United States so Mexicans can “avoid being victims of abuses and fraud.”
“Fellow citizens, these are uncertain times. Stay calm. Don’t fall into provocations and don’t let yourself be fooled,” Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu said in a video message posted on Twitter.
The program, she said, aims to give information about the “possible immigration actions” that could take place “from February.”
While Ruiz Massieu did not mention US President-elect Trump, the Republican billionaire will take office on January 20 following his surprise victory in the November 8 election. . .”
Erik Larson & Andrew Harris, Bloomberg:” Obama-Era Court Fights Become Mission Impossible After Trump Win”
“Three days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th U.S. president, attorneys for Barack Obama’s outgoing administration will ask an appeals court to revive rules governing oil-an d-gas fracking on federal land.
“Even if Obama wins, the victory would likely be short-lived.
“Trump’s ‘highest advisers generally agree with our side of the lawsuit,’ said Mark S. Barron, a lawyer for trade groups that joined Wyoming and three other states seeking to overturn the restrictions that they contend would unduly restrict energy companies’ use of hydraulic fracturing. ‘The Bureau of Land Management hasn’t identified a single incident or problem that this federal rule would have prevented. The fact of the matter is fracking is regulated pretty heavily under state law.’
“The president-elect has promised to boost the economy in part by scuttling regulations introduced under Obama. High-profile court cases over rules related to health care, the environment and the financial industry may become moot in January when both the executive and legislative branches come under control of the Republican Party, which has been hostile to them. Still, the process of reversing the policies won’t be easy. . .”
Richard Epstein, John Batchelor: “Wednesday 16 November 2016 / Hour 3, Block C: Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution, Chicago Law, NYU Law, in re: The Iran Deal and the Rut of History. Trump Foreign Policy & the Tattered Iran Deal. @RichardAEpstein
“In this environment, President Obama asserted dominance in the foreign policy arena, and, frankly, made something of a mess of it. To be sure, he was the Commander-in-Chief, but all too often he overrode the judgment of his military personnel, notwithstanding their greater aptitude, knowledge, and experience in these matters. You should not be slavish in accepting their advice, but should at least set a strong presumption on matters of strategy. Ruling out the use of ground forces led Obama to make serious errors in judgments. His mistakes in office have left you with two major deficits.
The first of these is a weakened military establishment incapable of working in multiple theaters at the same time. But no diplomatic effort will be credible unless the United States has some military presence to back it up. Keep the military weak, and it is more likely that provocations by others—not unlike the Russian move in Ukraine—will be called into action. On this score, therefore, I agree with your stated position of “increasing the number of active Army soldiers (from 490,000 to 540,000), growing the number of Marine Corps battalions (from 23 to 36), building up the Navy (from roughly 270 ships to 350), and expanding the number of Air Force fighter aircraft (from roughly 1,100 to 1,200).” Doing this will require some very radical revisions of current manpower and procurement policies, which are long overdue in any event.
The second deficit is the total loss of credibility with our allies based on our systematic inability to back threats with action. Obama’s empty threat over the Syrian “red line” constituted a serious loss in at least three ways. First, it ensured the Syrian conflict would continue unabated with senseless loss of life, and with greater Russian intervention, which somehow did not amount to the “quagmire” that Obama warned Putin would happen. It is amazing the degrees of freedom a tyrant like Putin can have in foreign affairs if he is willing to slaughter innocent people. Second, the Syrian escapade made it clear to our allies that the United States could not be counted on to keep its word when the going got tough, thus requiring them work out a set of fragile alliances, such as the quiet cooperation between the Israelis, Saudis, and Egyptians to preserve their vital interests, in ways that could only increase the odds of some brushfire war that could escalate into a major conflict, as with the struggle between the Turks and Kurds. And third, it emboldens our enemies to take aggressive steps around the world, confident that we do not have the willingness to stop them. http://www.hoover.org/research/open-letter-donald-trump-foreign-policy
Marc Morano, Climate Depot: “CLIMATE REPORT TO UN: TRUMP RIGHT, UN WRONG – SKEPTICS DELIVER CONSENSUS BUSTING ‘STATE OF THE CLIMATE REPORT’ TO UN SUMMIT”
“Climate Depot’s 43 Page Report Presented To UN Climate Summit in Marraketch, Morocco – Trump is correct to be skeptical of ‘climate change’ claims
“‘All of the so-called ‘solutions’ to global warming are purely symbolic when it comes to climate. So, even if we actually faced a climate catastrophe and we had to rely on a UN climate agreement, we would all be doomed!’
“University of London professor emeritus Philip Stott: ‘The fundamental point has always been this. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2) is as misguided as it gets.’ ‘It’s scientific nonsense,’ Stott added.
Very prominent scientists are bailing out of the so-called ‘consensus.’