Best Line (but watch the whole thing): “Common Core is Obamacare for Education.”
At Education Freedom Ohio, regarding last night’s Common Core hearing in Columbus (bolds are mine):
… Ultimately, aside from HB 237 sponsor Rep. Andy Thompson, only three other representatives respectfully represented this state last night…
They were all Democrats:
Rep. Heather Bishoff
Rep. Fred Strahorn
Rep. John Patterson
At the very least, these representatives listened intently, and asked intelligent questions, which demonstrated that they were listening intently.
Ohio Republicans were impotent and ineffectual. Of course a couple – Stebelton and Brenner – acted like spoiled brats, upset that they had to listen to these witnesses, who … flew in on their own freaking dime to testify about the perils of Race to the Top/Common Core.
They were rude and sarcastic…no, they were sardonic.
… the sad reality, about which we all yearn to be wrong, was more glaring than ever…we can’t fix stupid in Ohio.
But we can vote it out of office.
I don’t want to pretend to be seeing something which clearly isn’t there yet. But I will observe that the massive loss of confidence in government we’ve seen in Washington in just two months has the potential to spread to states which have inexplicably gone along with its largely lawless agenda and have compounded it with lawlessness of their own and, as seen in the full post linked above, by betraying the principles of representative government.
That is to say, politicians in their current perches may not be as untouchable as they clearly believe they are.
Press Virtually Mum As Arne Duncan Blames Common Core Opposition on ‘White Suburban Moms’ Upset Their Kids ‘Aren’t Brilliant’
Will yet another example of rhetorical intemperance by an Obama administration official get a free pass? So far it mostly has.
A Washington Post item by Valerie Strauss at its “Answer Sheet” blog quotes a dispatch from Libbly Nelson at the Politico, but does not link to it. I couldn’t find a related original story by Nelson at her Politico archive or in a Politico search on Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s name (not in quotes). Here is what the Post says Nelson wrote (HT The Blaze; bolds are mine):
Just received this email from Tom Zawistowski (bolds are mine):
September 24, 2013
Members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives,
I am writing to express what I believe to be the opinion of the majority of the 2,500 members in my organization and that of the majority of other TEA Party Leaders in Ohio. It is critical that you heed our call at this historic moment.
From our perspective, there simply is no option or compromise available other than to defund ObamaCare. We have been told by pollsters, think tanks, economists, doctors and plenty of politicians, for three and a half years, that Obamacare will “destroy our economy” and will “destroy our medical system”. However, the major concern of those of us in the TEA Party movement is what the loss of Liberty that a government controlled health care system, designed to control everything from what we eat, to how we live, to what we do with our lives, portends for our future and that of our children and grandchildren.
We do not need polls or think tanks or experts, or even you, to tell us that ObamaCare is not in our best personal interest, or that of our nation. We have seen with our own eyes our doctors retiring or leaving the profession, insurance premiums soaring, and employers unwilling to create new full time jobs because of the overhead Obamacare adds to that decision. We have already been subject to the intrusive questions about our sex lives, our gun ownership, and our personal activities, that are being forced upon our health care providers by an out of control federal government. We have seen what a single payer healthcare system looks like, which the supporters of Obamacare openly state is their real goal. We have seen it in the horrific performance of the Veterans Administration in treating our veterans, where wait times are as long as a year and “choices” are severely restricted because of bureaucratic incompetence, even when given adequate funding.
Let us be clear, this fight was never just about health care, it is about Liberty, it is about control of our lives. No person in this nation wants our government to have direct access to our medical information, to have the ability to extort our most intimate personal information with the threat of withholding medical treatment, or wants to allow the government to be able to correlate our health records with the our financial records, through the IRS. We do not, and never have believed the lies about cutting health care costs or improving treatment and outcomes. The facts disprove it all. This is not just about health care, or economics, this is about a government that wants to control everything in our lives and our unwillingness to give up our individual Liberty for anything, let alone a flawed health care scheme.
So, we say to the members of the Senate and the House, when faced with a chance to vote on such an important issue, how could anyone of you vote to “destroy our economy” and enslave our people – under ANY circumstance? If you were under the threat of physical harm it would be better for you to lay down your own life for your country than to knowingly vote to destroy our economy or allow this government intrusion into the lives of free men and women. No one is asking you to lay down your life as so many have done for our country. We are simply asking you to cast a righteous vote for Liberty. The pundits and Washington elitists say that you have no choice but to capitulate, and sell the citizens you swore an oath to serve, into perpetual dependency. We say, you have no choice but to protect and defend our freedom of choice as citizens no matter what your personal cost.
We the People demand that you defend us from the personal and financial harm that this government over-reach will inflict upon us. We demand that you defund Obamacare to protect our individual Liberty. Now is the time to implement the will of the people. No other act is worthy of an elected representative who believes their oath of office and reveres our Constitution.
Thomas R. Zawistowski
Portage County TEA Party
Latest PJ Media Column (‘Obamacare’s ‘Cool Calculator,’ Part 1: Work Disincentives Like We’ve Never Seen Before’) Is Up
Okay, I don’t do this often.
In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever done this, but I’m going to do it now:
If you’re reading this, it’s really, really, really
important that you read my latest PJ Media column.
No exceptions, OK?
I appreciate PJ Media’s reviewers getting through the column so quickly in the circumstances.
The column will appear here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
I’m also going to do something I suggested others do in the column, namely embedding the “cool calculator” found at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website lauded by Barack Obama’s shock troops at Organizing for Action.
The calculator really shows why Obamacare will be a complete economic and social disaster if allowed to happen.
Over the next several days, I’ll cite several examples, complete with screen grabs, for those who want to get to specifics even beyond those noted in today’s column (as well as Part 2 when it goes up, hopefully soon) without having to kick the tires.
So here’s the model (the white space seen when you do that allows for certain items to expand if necessary; each result will open in a separate window or tab unless someone can advise me as to how to prevent that from happening):
IRS official at heart of tea party scandal retires
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER — Associated Press
Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, is retiring, the agency confirmed Monday.
Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.
Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.
Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired. The IRS said in a statement that privacy laws prevented it from commenting further about an individual employee.
Lerner’s revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency’s top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.
Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS officials in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.
However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.
Uh, I believe that final excerpted statement is incorrect, but I’m going to have to crawl out of the research cave I’ve been in for three days relating to another matter and look into it.
Let’s also be accurate and note that the scandal is NOT limited to “tea party” groups. Social conservative and general conservative organizations have also been targeted.
AP Headline Whitewashes KU Prof’s Placement on Leave Over Wishing Sons and Daughters of NRA Members Dead
The Associated Press, in story carried at Channel 6 in Lawrence, reported (HT Twitchy) that a Kansas University professor has been “placed on administrative leave” after he issued the following tweet concerning Monday’s Navy Yard murders: “The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” A NewsBusters post by Ken Shepherd yesterday, since updated to note his placement on leave, noted that Guth is an avid gun-grabbing advocate and that his Twitter account links to KU.
The AP apparently those who peruse its its national site to skip their story on Guth. The item’s headline belongs in the “this is boring, don’t waste your time” wing of the Journalism Hall of Shame:
From Ted Cruz’s web site (bolds are mine):
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) praised House Republicans for proposing a spending bill that funds the federal government, prevents a government shut down, and permanently defunds Obamacare:
“Today’s announcement by Speaker Boehner is a victory for the American people,” said Sen. Lee. “For months, Americans have been telling Washington to fund the operations of government but also protect them from the harmful effects and unfair implementation of Obamacare. The spending proposal the Speaker put forth today shows that if the American people are united, Washington does listen. We encourage the House to approve this legislation quickly and I applaud Speaker Boehner for his leadership on this proposal. Then it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass this measure to fund government and defund Obamacare.”
“Today’s announcement that the House will vote to defund Obamacare is terrific news,” said Sen. Cruz. “Just a few weeks ago, this was deemed impossible. We commend House leadership and House Republicans for listening to the people and for taking decisive action to stop Obamacare, the biggest job-killer in America. Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people. President Obama has already granted Obamacare exemptions to big corporations and Members of Congress; he should not threaten to shut down the government just to deny those same exemptions to hard-working American families.”
“The American people have made clear they want Washington to keep the government open but also need protection from Obamacare’s harmful effects,” said Sen. Rubio. “Today’s announcement would accomplish what the American people have been asking of Congress. A solution is within sight in order to avert another crisis of Washington’s creation. President Obama and his allies in Congress should abandon their threats of shutting down the government and instead work with Republicans to pass this proposal that would keep government open while preventing taxpayer dollars from being used to inflict Obamacare’s damage on people’s jobs, incomes, current health plans and doctor relationships.”
Great column, with a nice assemblage of links below it for people who want to catch up to what really just happened in Colorado.
Two Colorado senators have been recalled, and either already are not serving their former constituents or won’t be shortly. Yet according to today’s Democratic Party talking points, their recalls, the first-ever in state history spurred by the ousted senators’ support of gun-control measures passed earlier this year, are only “symbolic” — despite all the money that poured in from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group to save them.
I have found no visible press pushback against this nonsensical claim. How many press members would remain silent if, say, a conservative or Republican special election loser in a congressional race said that his or her loss was “symbolic” because it didn’t changes who controls the House? (Answer: Zero.) Three reports containing the Dem meme follow the jump.
From an email received last night (bold is mine; link added by me):
… I am pleased to announce that the event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, at 350 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the second floor Union Ball Room. It is a first class facility and we thank the staff at the Hyatt for working with us to make it happen.
… The facility only seats 540. That is much smaller than we wanted. Since we have sold over 1,000 tickets at each of the past two conventions, at much higher prices, you can see that this event is going to sell out fast at only $37.50 per person. I strongly suggest that you order your tickets while you still can by clicking here.
It is going to be an excellent event with all the topics critical to Conservatives in Ohio being discussed. I can assure you that the Article V Convention discussion is going to be very intense and engaging to say the least. We have the best people we know of in the state to cover all the remaining topics. Medicaid Expansion, CommonCore, Voter Photo ID, Agenda 21, Immigration reform. The closing 2014 Election Preview will also be very interesting as all the issues that may be on the ballot are discussed in detail and the entire primary and general election broken down.
Please LIKE us on FACEBOOK. …
We sincerely hope that you can join us and bring someone with you who has not been able to attend previous conventions. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or write.
We the People Convention
The event’s web site has been updated, and the presentation schedule slots are almost all filled.
I went to West Chester for the first hour or so of a Saturday afternoon anti-illegal immigration amnesty rally:
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