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Friday, July 31, 2009

Morality and Charlie Rangel’s Taxes: It’s much easier to raise taxes if you don’t pay them.

JULY 27, 2009, 4:28 P.M. ET.

Ever notice that those who endorse high taxes and those who actually pay them aren’t the same people? Consider the curious case of Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel, who is leading the charge for a new 5.4-percentage point income tax surcharge and recently called it “the moral thing to do.” About his own tax liability he seems less, well, fervent.

Exhibit A concerns a rental property Mr. Rangel purchased in 1987 at the Punta Cana Yacht Club in the Dominican Republic. The rental income from that property ought to be substantial since it is a luxury beach-front villa and is more often than not rented out. But when the National Legal and Policy Center looked at Mr. Rangel’s House financial disclosure forms in August, it noted that his reported income looked suspiciously low. In 2004 and 2005, he reported no more than $5,000, and in 2006 and 2007 no income at all from the property. (Click here to read more)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill

--Unless They Have 2 Lawyers to Interpret It for Them



Monday, July 27, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

(CNSNews.com) - During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democratic Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), questioned the point of lawmakers reading the health care bill.

“I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill,’” said Conyers.

“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

What good is having Lawmakers to serve the public trust if they are too stupid and incompetent to be able to study, analyse and interpret policy matters in our best interest?
What good is it to have a Judiciary Committee, and a Chair for that Committee, if they're incapable of being judicious?
What good is it to buy main stream newspapers or watch cable or network TV news, when you don't get news about the self-evident incompetence of our elected Officials in power, except from a "conservative" news network, exposing the idiots in their own glorious words?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Health Reform’s Hidden Victims: Young people and seniors would pay a high price for ObamaCare

WSJ
By JOHN FUND
President Barack Obama’s health-care sales pitch depends on his ability to obfuscate who is likely to get hurt by reform. At Wednesday’s news conference, for example, he was asked “specifically what kind of pain and sacrifice” he would ask of patients in order to achieve the cost savings he promises.

He insisted he “won’t reduce Medicare benefits” but instead would “make delivery more efficient.” The most Mr. Obama would concede is that some people will have to “give up paying for things that don’t make you healthier.” That is simply not credible.

While Democrats on Capitol Hill dispute claims that individuals will lose their existing coverage under their reform plans, on other issues many Democrats privately acknowledge some people will indeed get whacked to pay for the new world of government-dominated health care.

Democrats have been brilliant in keeping knowledge about the pain and sacrifice of health reform from the very people who would bear the brunt of them. They’ve done so by convincing health-care industry groups not to run the kind of “Harry and Louise”-style ads that helped sink HillaryCare in 1993. Click here to read more

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Defeat & Further Threats to Gun Rights, Environmental Politics v the Nation's Food Supply, and Crying Racism Bites Back: Sat, July 25, 2009

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Dr. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp, from Second Amendment Sisters , talks about pending legislation, Assembly Bill 962, and the impact it will bear on the cost and availability of firearms ammo in CA.

WATER--Congress continues to stand by and do nothing during the destruction of the largest agricultural sector in the United States. Politicians who claim to care about minorities and jobs do nothing while the Central Valley turns to dust. Predominately Hispanic populations are now at greater than 40 percent unemployment in Mendota, and other neighboring communities are also heavily impacted.

The Central Valley grows 20 percent of the nation's food supply. People across the Country have not yet felt the impact of this deliberate devastation. By the time they do, many farmers will be out of business. Many families will have lost everything. And saving the largest industry in California's economy will be a costly challenge.
Local grocers now sell produce imported from Mexico and other countries, where until recently they sold California grown. We're importing basic canned staples from China and other countries.

You think being dependent on foreign oil has been devastating to our work force and economy. How about your daily bread?
Ben Bergquam, who represents Patriots for America's Independence (Co-founder), the Central Valley Tea Party (Public Outreach Coordinator and Water Liaison) in conjunction with the statewide Tea Party, The Water for All (Advocate/Advisor), Families Protecting the Valley (Advocate) and farmers, joins me to discuss: What's the problem? What's at stake? What's the necessary outcome? What can you do?

Other stories on the table:
Barbara "Call me Senator" Boxer patronizes National Black Chamber of Commerce NBCC CEO Harry C. Alford, who by the way "ma'ams" her repeatedly without repudiation (because she's white and he's black and she's a politically correct liberal) during a hearing on Cap and Trade when she introduces for the record, signed letters from presidents of other national Black organizations, defending and praising Cap and Trade. Alford protests, "You're trying to put up some other black group to pit against me."
The NBCC Study finds Waxman-Markey Reduces GDP by $350 Billion, and "could cost 2.5 million U.S. jobs each year through 2030 and reduce earnings." The showdown set off a media fire storm. The race card isn't working. The findings of the study show the harsh impact Cap and Trade will have on businesses, jobs, and prosperity in the U.S.

Obamacare and Cap and Trade are still alive. Cap and Trade passed in the House, and is now in the Senate. Obamacare is on hold until after the recess and the radical left faction in charge is still determined to push it through; they are not giving up. This battle is not over. Rham Emanuel tells NPR healthcare is getting done next week.

From Dan Tripp of ALG, I got this tweet today: "Yesterday, the Congressional Black Caucus duked it out with the Blue Dogs. Today the Hispanic Caucus says ME TOO!"

Last but not least, President Obama plays the race card and gets bit. Pressured by an angry reaction by the public and police organizations across the nation, he further insults law enforcement officers by dismissing the justified arrest of his elitist black friend, Gates, by Cambridge Police Officer O'Connor, as the result of hot headedness by both parties, thereby undermining the authority and integrity of law enforcement officers everywhere.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

When he isn't winning, Obama turns to whining

By: Chris Stirewalt
Political Editor
Washington Examiner
July 23, 2009

It seems that Americans are a little tired of Barack Obama, and the feeling may be mutual.
Believing they had elected a postmodern medicine man for the Oprah era, voters are recoiling from Obama's attempt to become a PG-13 version of Lyndon Johnson.
His poll numbers have slid mostly because people are suffering economically.
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Take the red pill, Mr. President--Obama channeling the system that is the enemy in The Matrix

Take the Red Pill, Mr. President
By: David Freddoso
Commentary Staff Writer
07/23/09 6:56 AM EDT
"If there's a blue pill and a red pill, and the blue pill is half the price of the red pill and works just as well, why not pay half price for the thing that's going to make you well?" -- President Obama

In last night's press conference, President Obama seemed to be reliving that famous scene from The Matrix. The main character is offered a choice between a red pill that makes him see reality for what it is, and a blue pill that allows him to continue living in a pleasant world of illusions.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Christine M. Flowers on Sotomayor: The unswoon-worthy Latino

By Christine M. Flowers
Philadelphia Daily News

ONE person's Great American Success Story is another's irrelevant footnote. All depends on who's telling the tale.

Example: Child of Latino immigrants overcomes adversity, works hard, makes it to the Ivy League, then the law review and rises to the highest echelons of the legal profession.

Child-turned-accomplished adult gets tapped for a prestigious federal judgeship. And Democrats wage a bitter battle against the nomination, up to and including the rarely used filibuster.

Nomination rejected. Justice denied.

Sonia Sotomayor obviously wasn't that ill-fated Hispanic, even though her own personal narrative is almost identical to that of Miguel Estrada, George W. Bush's pick for the D.C. court of appeals.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Jack Dean on a Big Victory for Taxpayers v Stealth Gov Employee Pensions, Dan Tripp on Beating Obama's Health Care Bill, Sat, July 18, 2009

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Jack Dean, Publisher of Pension Tsunami and Board Member of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR, talks with us about the importance of CFFR’s recent court victory and more. He'll talk about the Contra Costa Times story: “Contra Costa judge’s pension ruling is a huge victory for the public.”

Dan Tripp, National Political Director with Americans for Limited Government travels the country setting up state-based, non-profit activist networks and is heavily involved in the state ballot initiative process. His most recent victory was passage of Colorado Amendment 54, The Clean Government Act, which passed 51 to 49 percent in November 2008.

Today, Dan is organizing against Obamacare. His team has strategically organized in roughly 85 of the marginally Democratic congressional districts in order to put pressure on them to vote against Obamacare. Who are the "blue dogs" and why are they key to defeating Obamacare? What's happening in the senate with Baucus, and Conrad? Can he and his team prevail? What can you do?
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

California Screaming: The Golden State's political class comes unglued in the face of a citizens' revolt.

This piece has made the rounds, but just in case you missed it, I loved it and I hope everyone gets a chance to read it. It demarcates the boundaries and the limits for the bluest of blue tax payers. Wow, what a thrill to see there is a limit.

But there’s another interpretation of California’s rebellion, one with far sunnier implications for those of us who prefer our governments constrained. Faced with a political class that ignored bureaucratic inefficiency, that demanded higher taxes, that filled the newspapers with scare stories about people who will literally die as a result of budget cuts, the citizens of one of the bluest states in the nation collectively said we just don’t believe you anymore. If even California’s famous fruits and nuts can call the statists’ bluff, there may be hope for the rest of the country.

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Editorial: Contra Costa judge's pension ruling is a huge victory for the public - ContraCostaTimes.com

Editorial: Contra Costa judge's pension ruling is a huge victory for the public - ContraCostaTimes.com

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Comedian Paul Rodriguez on Water & Life in CA--The Coalition of farmers and farm workers v the Extremist Environmentalists, Sat, July 11, 2009



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Latin King of Comedy Paul Rodriguez joins me this Saturday, to talk about the battle for water--life for the people of the Central Valley.
The photo on the right is from a "Thank You" concert on May 9th at the Firebaugh H.S. Football Stadium, for the families who participated in the march from Mendota to the San Luis Resevoir in the March for Water. He didn't turn away anyone who came up to him and asked for a photo with him. He sponsored the concert, food and refreshments.

On Wednesday, July 8th, Ken Mettler, President of the CA Republican Assembly, an organization that bills itself as Fiscal & Social Conservatives, “The Conscience of the Republican Party,” distributed a press release quoting Mettler:
Sacramento Fiddles while Farms Dry Up
Agriculture, one of the largest industries in the state, needs immediate action from the State Government, so that farmers do not go out of business. However, the state legislature, is fiddling in Sacramento with radical environmentalism, tax increases, illegal alien coddling, and preserving unionized government jobs.

“The legislature is at a historic cross road” stated Ken Mettler, President of the California Republican Assembly (CRA). He continued “It can continue to drive the State into fiscal collapse while one of its most important industries perishes or it can pass real meaningful cuts in the state budget and prioritize the needs of the farmers in the Central Valley.”

“However,” warned Mettler “the State is in no position to issue bonds to finance the infrastructure improvements. Its bonds are now at or near junk status and past bond debt is simply too high to tolerate any more such programs.”

What the State needs to do is old fashioned responsible budgeting of funds to begin and finish improvements to the water delivery system. “The best system for any government infrastructure program is a pay as you go method.” stated Mettler. “In this recession the State is able to command a better price for its construction dollar. “

Further Metter stated, “The Governor needs to declare a state of emergency so the State can suspend the normal rules for pubic construction projects similar to what happened after the Northridge Earthquake in getting the highway bridges built in record time and under budget.”

To save the Central Valley farmers, the State needs to act now.
Comedian Paul Rodriguez is Chair of the CA Latino Water Coalition. He joins us to tell the story, from his own personal perspective, of the farmers and farm workers of the Central Valley. What would it take to prevail? What does he see is possible? How has this battle over water changed him?

Ty Greeves, President of the San Jose Chapter of CA Republican Assembly joins me to talk about the Republican Party and Immigration.
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To listen to or download a Podcast of Paul Rodriguez speaking to the 2009 Annual California Republican Assembly Convention click here, (You need iTunes to access the itunes podcasts library), go to podcast 15. It's 33:17 minutes long, funny, inspiring, heart warming and free.
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"Traditionally Democratic farmworkers uniting with traditionally Republican farmers to embarrass a Democratic Party that caters to environmentalists"

I came across this story back in April and this is a re-post of the original post. I wanted to meet Paul Rodriguez ever since I read this story. His story resonated so much with me. I am looking forward to visting with him this Saturday at 10am on my CRN radio program. I hope you will join us:
Comedian takes Valley water crisis seriously
Monday, Apr. 06, 2009
By Bill McEwen / The Fresno Bee
Paul Rodriguez had done a radio interview and was outside the studio riffing on next week's march protesting the loss of water for San Joaquin Valley agriculture.

"We want everyone in blue -- no Mexican flags," said the comedian/farmer. "From the air, we'll look like a river. "Our goal is to open the pumps [in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta], and if we get arrested, that's even better."

Rodriguez understands the power of humor, symbolism and media attention. He is using them to publicize California's broken water-delivery system and staggering job losses in farm communities.

His hope is that America, finally, will pay attention to the grim conditions in towns like Mendota and Firebaugh.

It's a story made for the national media: traditionally Democratic farmworkers uniting with traditionally Republican farmers to embarrass a Democratic Party that caters to environmentalists at the expense of blue-collar jobs. Suddenly farmers are marching with farmworkers -- and Rodriguez's hero, Cesar Chavez, must be rolling over in his grave. The story is no longer available via the link, but is available for purchase from the Fresno Bee.
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Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders--Six common arguments against Immigration and why they are wrong. Get beyond the anger; see the possibility!

A five minute interview with Jason Riley, author of Let Them In: The case for Open Borders--Six common arguments against immigration and why they are wrong, with Nick Gillespie of Reason and also, a longer almost 26 minute version of the same interview.

A 33 minute video of a presentation by Jason Riley on his book, Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Independence Day with Steve Poizner on Liberty, Anti-terror Policy & Iran, and Manny Klausner on Sotomayor and Equality, Sat. July 4, 2009

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This Saturday, This Saturday on the program:
California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Monday ordered all insurance companies doing business in the state to report investments that might benefit Iran, investments he said harm national security as well as the state's insurance buyers. A bold move, smart and effective, a model for other states to follow. Steve will talk about his plan. We'll also ask him what he would do in this current situation with CA's State budget crisis, and what about the water crisis in the Central Valley?

Manny Klausner, Trustee of Reason Foundation and co-author of CA Prop 209, which banned race based hiring and admissions by State of CA government agencies, joins me to talk about Supreme Court Justice nominee, Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court's ruling on Monday, against the City of New Haven's discrimination case.

The Supreme Court ruled that a group of white and Hispanic firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race after the city decided not to certify the results of a civil service exam in order to avoid a charge of discrimination from a different group of firefighters.
The city of New Haven said it decided to throw out the test to avoid a lawsuit from black firefighters because it might have been vulnerable to claims that the exam had a "disparate impact" on minorities in violation of the Civil Rights Act.
The court's 5-4 vote decision reverses a ruling that nominee Sonia Sotomayor supported as a court of appeals judge.
What's more striking is that the court was unanimous (9-0), in rejecting the Sotomayor panel's specific holding...that New Haven's decision to spurn the test results must be upheld based solely on the fact that highly disproportionate numbers of blacks had done badly on the exam and might file a "disparate-impact" lawsuit -- regardless of whether the exam was valid or the lawsuit could succeed.
Should Republicans force a vigorous debate over Sotomayor's appointment hearings? Or should they avoid any conflict? Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 11 PT on CRN.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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