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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
New Deportation Policies Advance Trump’s Agenda
by John and Andy Schlafly: John F. Kelly, the new Secretary of Homeland Security, has launched Trump’s immigration agenda with a pair of memos officially released on Tuesday. These documents demonstrate how serious President Trump is in halting illegal immigration.
Contrary to the liberal hysteria sparked by these memos, they outline in measured tone the sensible steps to be taken to deport illegal aliens who are dangerous to our citizenry. The era of “big immigration” is officially over.
A six-page memo entitled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” is followed by its thirteen-page counterpart, “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies.” Signed by Secretary Kelly, these formal documents lay the blueprint for rolling back the harmful immigration policies of the Obama Administration and firmly establishing much-needed national security for Americans.
The number of illegals deported by the Obama Administration in 2015 was the lowest amount in a decade, as merely 333,000 criminals were sent back home. That was down more than 20% from the number of deportations a few years earlier.
It was for political reasons that Obama cut back on deportations, in order to appease the liberal base who view illegals as future Democratic voters. Trump’s new guidelines do not change the law, but merely enforce immigration statutes that Obama refused to.
Secretary Kelly expands deportation to include illegal aliens who have been charged with the commission of a crime regardless of whether they have been convicted. If someone is in this country illegally, then that by itself is contrary to our laws, and our overburdened criminal justice system should not have to obtain a conviction against him before he is sent back to where he came from.
Often persons charged with crimes are out committing more crimes before they are convicted, as convictions can take many months or years to obtain. Also, taxpayers should not have to fund criminal defense attorneys to represent illegal aliens in our court system.
Sometimes wrongful acts are committed by illegal aliens that do not result in criminal charges, such as obtaining money by fraudulent means. These illegals should also be deported, and Trump’s new policy allows for that.
Illegal aliens who pose a risk to others or to the security of our nation should also be deported immediately without awaiting formal criminal charges or convictions. Secretary Kelly’s new policy sensibly authorizes government officials to make such determinations about illegal aliens and take prompt action to safeguard our country against them.
These reforms and others are entirely consistent with the executive orders issued by President Trump last month but improvidently blocked by federal courts. It is expected that new orders will soon be forthcoming from the President that do not give up any of these essential policies.
But enormous obstacles remain to implementation of Trump’s overdue reforms. Deportations still require hearings, and there is a backlog of a year-and-a-half for holding hearings on deportations that are already scheduled.
The alarm bells being sounded in some quarters are unjustified. An official for DHS explained on Tuesday that no mass deportations or roundups were being planned or even intended for the future.
Secretary Kelly’s directives properly advance two additional objectives of the Trump Administration. These new policies seek to reduce sanctuary areas for illegal aliens, and encourage local police to assist in the implementation of our immigration laws.
Until now, sanctuary cities that harbor illegals have been taking federal dollars with impunity, and an analysis by Reuters reveals that the top ten sanctuary cities receive $2.27 billion in federal aid. Yet a recent Harvard-Harris poll found that 80% of Americans oppose the policies of sanctuary cities.
Many local law enforcement programs for dealing with illegal aliens were suspended or not enforced during the Obama Administration. The vast majority of cities and towns across America have police who want to rid their communities of the crime brought in by illegal immigration, but could not do so for the past eight years.
Secretary Kelly indicated that the Trump Administration will restore programs that facilitate cooperation between local and federal law enforcement with respect to apprehending and removing illegal aliens. Specifically, Trump is reinitiating the Secure Communities and 287(g) programs, which authorize police to act like immigration agents and which allow continued imprisonment of illegals suspected of having committed crimes, before they are handed over to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Within hours of the announcement of Secretary Kelly’s new policies, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations criticized New York City for releasing from confinement an illegal alien who is a self-described member of a violent street gang. Fortunately ICE was able to track down and arrest him again for deportation.
Trump promised to take strong action against illegal immigration, and he is. We applaud these significant steps forward by the Trump Administration.
---------------- John and Andy Schlafly at Eagle Forum are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) whose 27th book, The Conservative Case for Trump. The also shared this article on Townhall.com Tags:John Schlafly, Andy Schlafly, Eagle Forum, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Survey Reveals Details about the Ideology Gap Separating Americans
George Barna: When considering national averages related to social indicators it is easy to lose sight of just how deeply divided the nation is on some beliefs and behaviors. A new nationwide survey among adults 18 and older by the American Culture and Faith Institute provides greater perspective on some of the differences and similarities that characterize Americans today.
Moderates Dominate America
The survey asked respondents to place themselves on an ideological continuum related to both fiscal issues and social issues. The outcome showed that almost six out of ten adults (58%) fall into the politically moderate category. Of the remaining four out of ten adults, a slightly larger proportion was conservative (25%) than liberal (17%). Interestingly, the data revealed that Americans are currently more conservative on fiscal matters (40%) than on social issues (34%). In fact, adults are nearly twice as likely to claim to be liberal on social matters (36%) as in relation to fiscal issues (22%).
SAGE Cons, the Spiritually Active, Governance Engaged Christian Conservatives regularly tracked by ACFI, emerged as 6% of the population. By definition they are social and fiscal conservatives.
The Big Picture
Survey respondents were asked how they see themselves, reacting to 11 descriptions.
A majority of adults adopted just three of those 11 descriptions for themselves. Those were:
Four out of five say they support traditional values (81%)
Three out of four believe that all people are basically good (74%)
Two-thirds believe that having faith matters more than what faith a person has (66%).
Nearly half of American adults embraced three of the statements. Those were:
Am a pro-life advocate (49%)
Support same-sex marriage (48%)
Have a biblical worldview (46%).
Less than four out of ten adults claimed each of the remaining five descriptions as an accurate self-depiction.
Prefer socialism to capitalism (37%)
Am a born again Christian (35%)
Am an evangelical Christian (32%)
Own a gun (28%)
Am gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender (8%)
Comparing Across Ideologies
There were substantial differences between people regarding these descriptions based upon how they classified their ideology on fiscal issues and on social issues. In fact, there were only two statements in which conservatives, moderates, and liberals had similar profiles: believing that people are basically good, and believing that having faith is more important than what faith a person has. SAGE Cons differed radically from the national norm on both of those indicators, with few of them accepting the beliefs as described.
Of the remaining nine statements, a majority of conservatives accepted four of them and one-half of them adopted a fifth description. Those were:
94% said they support traditional moral values
74% said they are pro-life advocates
67% claimed to have a biblical worldview
53% called themselves an evangelical Christian
49% said they are a born again Christian
That means that a minority of the self-identified conservatives said they were a gun owner (36%), prefer socialism to capitalism (23%), support same-sex marriage (19%), or claimed to be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender (2%).
Of those remaining nine statements, a majority of liberals embraced three of them:
78% said they support same-sex marriage
68% claimed to support traditional moral values
54% noted that they prefer socialism to capitalism
Less than one-third of the self-identified liberals accepted each of the other half-dozen statements. Those included claiming to have a biblical worldview (32%); being a pro-life advocate (30%); claiming to be a born again Christian (26%) or evangelical Christian (21%); owning a gun (20%); and identifying as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender (17%).
Profiling the Moderates
The largest of the ideological segments is perhaps that which receives the least attention and is least understood by the public and media commentators. Even though peoples’ placement in one of the three ideological groupings was based on self-identification, moderates did place somewhere between conservatives and liberals on the ideological continuum for all nine of the statements for which the three groups held distinct views. However, the views of moderates were generally closer to those of the liberals.
Of the nine statements on which there were substantial distinctions across the three groups, a majority of moderates embraced only two of those: 80% said they supported traditional values and 51% supported same-sex marriage.
That left a minority who described themselves as pro-life advocates (44%); having a biblical worldview (41%); preferring socialism to capitalism (37%); claiming to be either a born again (31%) or evangelical (26%) Christian; owning a gun (26%); or being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender (8%).
SAGE Cons Profiled
The SAGE Con population was radically different from the other three groups – even substantially divergent from the nation’s conservative adults. Overall, SAGE Cons proved to be much more conservative on nine of the 11 characterizations tested in the survey, and similar to other conservatives on two items.
SAGE Cons were most noticeably divergent from other conservatives as follows:
Much less likely to believe that having faith matters more than which faith a person adopts (13% of SAGE Cons, 67% of all conservatives)
Much less likely to believe that all people are basically good (27% of SAGE Cons, 76% of all conservatives)
Much less likely to prefer socialism to capitalism (1% of SAGE Cons, 23% of all conservatives)
Much less likely to support same-sex marriage (1% of SAGE Cons, 19% of all conservatives)
Much more likely to describe themselves as either a born again Christian (93% versus 49%) or evangelical Christian (94% versus 53%)
Much more likely to claim to have a biblical worldview (96% compared to 67%)
Much more likely to own a gun (63% versus 36%)
Much more likely to be a pro-life advocate (98% compared to 74%).
The two descriptions for which both groups were similar were identifying as LGBT (less than one-half of one percent of SAGE Cons did so) and supporting traditional moral values (97%).
No Wonder America is Divided
There is no simple, easy or quick fix that will bridge the political gap currently characterizing America, according to researcher George Barna. “It is one thing to negotiate a minor compromise to overcome a small difference in perspective regarding a piece of legislation,” explained Barna. “Unfortunately, the survey shows that we have more than a minor gap dividing the various factions in our country. We have a canyon of epic proportions that seems to be widening each year.
“That gap has emerged due to an absence of strong, visionary leadership,” the long-time researcher continued, “and the gap is only going to be eliminated by the presence of strong, visionary leadership. That leadership does not have to come from the White House; in fact, it may be more compelling if it comes from local and state leaders. But the inescapable reality is that unless strong leaders consistently promote a common vision and introduce ways of incorporating that vision into every activity and measurement being undertaken, the hyper-partisanship that has fragmented our national unity and discourse will continue to expand.”
Barna also noted that SAGE Cons are ideologically much more cohesive than are the larger group of conservatives in the US. “Perhaps because of their spiritual foundation the surveys consistently indicate that SAGE Cons have a more unified point of view than do other ideological segments. Overall, more than 90% of SAGE Cons agreed on eight of the 11 measures examined. That compares to similar levels of agreement for just one out of the 11 statements among other conservatives, and none of the 11 statements among liberals and moderates.”
The most alarming result, according to Barna, was that four out of every ten adults say they prefer socialism to capitalism. “That is a large minority – and it includes a majority of the liberals – who will be pushing for a completely different economic model to dominate our nation. That is the stuff of civil wars. It ought to set off alarm bells among more traditionally-oriented leaders across the nation.”
The most perplexing result, in Barna’s eyes, was that two-thirds of liberals said they support traditional moral values. “This is a group among whom three-fourths support same-sex marriage, seven out of ten advocate legalized abortion, a majority want socialism to replace capitalism, three out of four claim that all people are basically good, and nearly one out of five claim to be LGBT. It’s hard to imagine which ‘traditional moral values’ they are referring to. This oddity does, however, reflect how the ideological Left consistently appropriates language and imputes new meaning to terms that are known and popular. The survey data raise the possibility that liberals may redefine ‘traditional moral values’ to include beliefs and behaviors that are not at all traditional – or moral, from a biblical perspective.
---------------- George Barna, Executive Director of the American Culture & Faith Institute& provided the ARRA News Service the above research summary. Tags:Survey, Ideology Gap Separating Americans, American Culture & Faith Institute, George Barna, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
NY’s Legislators Rise Up Against Governor Cuomo’s Crony ‘Green Energy’ Boondoggle
New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo & His Staff
by Seton Motley, Contributing Author: (At least ) two notions from famous Americans come to mind when contemplating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $8 billion flight of unilateral crony “green energy” fancy.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw noted: “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” And American social scientist William Graham Sumner penned in 1883 “The Forgotten Man” – in which he rightly identifies the “forgotten men” as the citizens paying for the government fiascos in which politicians engage.
What brings these men’s wise words to a New York state of mind?: “Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a unilateral mass expansion of government – in the name of fighting global warming…oops, I mean climate change: ‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’”
Is that gi-normous “green energy” increase possible? Not so much as it is highly improbable: “As of 2015, New York only generated 11% of its energy via renewables. A tally it has taken them decades – and tens of billions of subsidy dollars – to attain. And now they have mandated a nearly 500% increase – in only fifteen years. Predicated, again, upon energy sources that require massive, ongoing government cash infusions – and in most instances take more energy to produce than they provide.”
That is a HUGE tax increase. And where does most of that robbed-from-Peter-the-Forgotten-Man money go? To Cuomo’s Paul: “(D)ownstate energy consumers bore a disproportionate burden of the cost of state subsidies that will support three upstate nuclear power plants.”
Wait – who?: “(The tax) money will go to plant owner Exelon, a Chicago-based Fortune 100 company with annual revenues of over $34 billion.”
So let’s run the checklist. Cuomo unilateral government power grab? Check. Executed in the name of global warming climate change – the Greatest Scam on Earth? Check. Containing completely unrealistic government-mandated “green energy” goals? Check. And monstrous tax increases? Check. With the tax hike coin taken from faceless citizens – going to a government crony? Check.
Cuomo’s mandate-and-tax-riddled “green energy” plan is a guaranteed disaster-to-be. It must be stopped. Thankfully, New York’s legislators – the Forgotten Men’s representatives – are rising up to stop it.
Behold S. 4417. Sponsored by state Republican Senator Tony Avella, it strikes right at the heart of Cuomo’s true objective, and the only thing that gets his boondoggle off the ground – the mammoth tax increase: “(It) would direct the state PSC to repeal any electric rate increase ‘where such increase is a subsidy to upstate nuclear power plants.’”
New York’s legislature should get behind Senator Avella’s bill – which frees the Empire State from Cuomo’s cronyism – and pass it.
Time’s a-wasting – for New York’s legislature to get out in front of and prevent Cuomo’s monumental tax-money-wasting. They absolutely should not waste one moment more.
New York’s Peters and Forgotten Men will thank you.
---------------- Seton Motley is the President of Less Government and he contributes to ARRA News Service. Please feel free to follow him him on Twitter / Facebook. Tags:Seton Motley, Less Government, New York, Legislators, Rise Up Against, Governor Cuomo, Crony ,‘Green Energy’ BoondoggleTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
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Journalist Ami Horowitz, whose interview with Tucker Carlson caught President Trump’s attention last week, noted that, despite what he learned (and recorded) at street level in Sweden, Swedes in general and government personnel in particular* seem resistant to acknowledging the levels of violence in Muslim migrant communities.
The media firestorm that followed Trump’s off-the-cuff comments seemed more evidence of the same, as did the Washington Postcoverage of yesterday’s riots in Stockholm, in the 89 percent immigrant suburb of Rinkeby.
“Multiple criminologists in Sweden . . . said the notion that immigrants were responsible for a large proportion of crime in the country was highly exaggerated,” the Post report explained. “Nevertheless, the integration of immigrants into Swedish society is a problem that the government has been struggling to address.”
Yet, in the wake of a 2013 riot by migrants, David Frum noted that, “Sweden does not report data on crimes by foreign-born people, only by foreign passport holders — meaning that an immigrant who has been naturalized will be counted as a Swede for statistical purposes.”
The media, like the Swedes, seem protective. Not of native-born Swedes, but of the immigrant populations.
Swedes really are well meaning. But good intentions are not enough. In Sweden, as throughout Europe, Muslim immigrants have been let in but not assimilated. Unskilled, most émigrés cannot find jobs . . . and you know what they say about “idle hands.”
Bending over backwards to downplay problems, though, isn’t the answer. It prevents Swedes and others from coming to the correct conclusion: the best way to help others is not to put them on the dole in your (foreign!) land, but to aid them close to home.
And stop bombing and destabilizing their countries, too.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
------------------ Paul Jacobs is author of Common Sense which provides daily commentary about the issues impacting America and about the citizens who are doing something about them. He is also President of the Liberty Initiative Fund (LIFe) as well as Citizens in Charge Foundation. Jacobs is a contributing author on the ARRA News Service. Tags:Paul Jacob, Common Sense, Stockholm Syndrome, Sweden, governments, media, the truth, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Kerby Anderson, Contributing Author: Tony Perkins asks a good question. “If NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks football unites us, then why is his league taking political sides?” The National Football League has had trouble keeping TV viewers this year. There are many theories for the rating drop ranging from concern about concussions to the ongoing Colin Kaepernick controversy.
So, you would think that the NFL would focus on how to attract more viewers for next season. But shortly after the Super Bowl in Houston, the NFL decided to once again wade into the culture wars. The NFL warned Texas not to pass the Texas Privacy Act or face the fact that no future Super Bowl would be held in Texas.
The irony of this is that the Super Bowl this year was held in a city that overwhelmingly rejected the very legislation that the NFL says it supports. Nevertheless, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy warned: “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”
It is also possible that the NFL is stirring up controversy for no reason. Texas legislators explain that Senate Bill 6 would not conflict with NFL policy since it would allow individual teams and stadiums to set their own policies. Texas Governor Greg Abbott doesn’t seem too concerned. After he read an article about the NFL threat, he responded with this tweet: “NFL decision makers also benched Tom Brady last season. It ended with NFL handing the Super Bowl trophy to Brady.”
Here’s a suggestion. Let the governor and Texas legislators focus on how to protect its citizens. And let the NFL commissioner and his staff focus on how to attract back the many viewers who turned off NFL games last year. The NFL would be wise to avoid the culture wars and stick to football.
--------------- Kerby Anderson is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service Tags:Kerby Anderson, Viewpoints, Point of View, NFL, Bathroom BillTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Dr. Walter E. Williams: It was Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman who made famous the adage, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Professor Friedman could have added that there is a difference between something’s being free and something’s having a zero price.
For example, people say that there’s free public education and there are free libraries, but public education and libraries cost money. Proof that they have costs is the fact that somebody has to have less of something by giving up tax money so that schools and libraries can be produced and operated. A much more accurate statement is that we have zero-price public education and libraries.
Costs can be concealed but not eliminated. If people ignore costs and look only to benefits, they will do darn near anything, because everything has a benefit. Politicians love the fact that costs can easily be concealed. The call for import restrictions, in the name of saving jobs, is politically popular in some quarters. But few talk about the costs. We know there are costs because nothing is free.
Let’s start with a hypothetical example of tariff costs. Suppose a U.S. clothing manufacturer wants to sell a suit for $200. He is prevented from doing so because customers can purchase a nearly identical suit produced by a foreign manufacturer for $150.
But suppose the clothing manufacturer can get Congress to impose a $60 tariff on foreign suits in the name of leveling the playing field and fair trade. What happens to his chances of being able to sell his suit for $200? If you answered that his chances increase, go to the head of the class.
Next question is: Who bears the burden of the tariff? If you answered that it’s customers who must pay $50 more for a suit, you’re right again.
In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama boasted that “over 1,000 Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires.” According to a study done by the Peterson Institute for International Economics, those trade restrictions forced Americans to pay $1.1 billion in higher prices for tires.
So though 1,200 jobs were saved in the U.S. tire industry, the cost per job saved was at least $900,000 in that year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of tire builders in 2011 was $40,070.
Here’s a question for those of us who support trade restrictions in the name of saving jobs: In whose pockets did most of the $1.1 billion that Americans paid in higher prices go? It surely did not reach tire workers in the form of higher wages.
According to the Peterson Institute study, “most of the money extracted by protection from household budgets goes to corporate coffers, at home or abroad, not paychecks of American workers. In the case of tire protection, our estimates indicate that fewer than 5 percent of the consumer costs per job saved reached the pockets of American workers.”
There is another side to this. When households have to pay higher prices for tires, they have less money to spend on other items — such as food, clothing and entertainment — thereby reducing employment in those industries.
Some people point out that other countries, such as Japan, impose heavy tariffs on American products. Indeed, Tokyo levies a 490 percent tariff on rice imports to allow Japanese rice growers to gain higher income by charging Japanese consumers four times the world price for rice. Therefore, some suggest that Congress should even the playing field by imposing stiff tariffs on Japanese imports to the U.S. Such an argument differs little from one that says that because the Japanese government screws its citizens, the U.S. government should retaliate by screwing its own citizens.
Putting the issue in another context: If you and I are at sea in a rowboat and I commit the foolish act of shooting a hole in my end of the boat, would it be intelligent for you to retaliate by shooting a hole in your end of the boat?
-------------- Walter Williams is an American economist, social commentator, and author of over 150 publications. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the UCLA and B.A. in economics from California State University. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College. He has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, since 1980. Visit his website: walterewilliams.com and view a list of other articles and works. Tags:Walter Williams, commentary, tarriff policies, There's Nothing FreeTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
7 Reasons Congress Is Rolling Back Social Security Bans On Gun Rights
by Clay Turner: The U.S. Senate voted 57-43 on Wednesday to reverse a Social Security Administration (SSA) regulation that would have denied Second and Fourth Amendment rights to tens of thousands of citizens who do not pose a danger to themselves or others. The Obama rule would have empowered SSA bureaucrats to prohibit people who receive Social Security disability payments for a mental disability and have a representative payee handling their finances from purchasing or possessing a firearm. The wide array of mental disabilities includes conditions like eating disorders.
Following a previous vote in the House, the measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The Senate vote is sure to renew howls from the media and anti-gun politicians who, in the wake of the House vote, erupted with inflammatory fake news headlines. They claimed that the GOP-controlled House ended background checks for the severely mentally ill:
“House Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales To The Severely Mentally Ill” – NPR
“House votes to roll back rule to prevent mentally ill from buying guns” – UPI
“House GOP Overturns Rule Restricting Mentally Ill People From Buying Guns” – Vanity Fair
In reality, exactly none of that is true.
This media hysteria is over Congress’ rolling back of an executive action by then-President Barack Obama, enabling the Social Security Administration (SSA) to bar certain benefit recipients from buying a gun. SSA intended to flag people who have a ”representative payee” to help them manage their benefits as potentially being “mentally defective,” and submit their names to NICS.
In addition, here are seven more things fake news outlets aren’t telling you about Social Security’s overreaching power grab:
1. The SSA acts as both judge and doctor when adjudicating you “a mental defective.” If you believe that an adjudication of a person’s mental state should be left to a court of law, you need to expand your vision, Dr. Cyclops.
From the SSA entry in the Federal Register: “Our adjudication is an adjudication by a lawful authority, by virtue of the authority granted to the Commissioner of Social Security under the Social Security Act.” Astonishingly, SSA claims it doesn’t need a judge to ”adjudicate” you a “mental defective.”
“We are basing our report on the individual’s inability to manage his or her affairs as a result of his or her mental impairment.” Which means if you receive benefits because of PTSD, anxiety, or even an eating disorder, SSA labels you mentally defective if you need help balancing your checkbook.
2. SSA rules discourage those needing treatment from seeking it. The threat of losing their Second Amendment rights could be enough to keep some recipients who love their guns from applying for treatment. As David Benkof wrote in The Daily Caller, “… Social Security claims are routinely denied for people who don’t see doctors and don’t take their medications. So the Obama rule only applied to people receiving mental health care. If it remains in force, people who like guns will avoid treatment ... If the Republican bill passes, many of those same people will feel comfortable seeking government aid and therefore treatment ….”
3. SSA exempts anyone over 65.Contrary to reports in the mainstream news, SSA’s new ban doesn’t apply to citizens once they have reached “full retirement age.” Presumably, if the SSA rule is the right thing to do, why limit its application by age?
Could it be that SSA didn’t want to risk angering the nearly 38 million members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), one of the largest and most effective lobbies in the nation?
4. There is no crime wave being fueled by SSA recipients. In the wake of Sandy Hook, Obama directed federal agencies through executive order to reexamine federal reporting guidelines. SSA had never before considered its benefit recipients reportable “mental defectives” in the two decades NICS has been operational, and makes no effort to justify on public safety grounds turning in the names of tens of thousands of citizens to NICS; it merely claims that it is now suddenly forced to by law
This is convenient for SSA, because its actions are not justifiable. No one has a list of mass murderers who supposedly would have been stopped by such a policy.
We can’t say it better than the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): “There is no data to support a connection between the need for a representative payee to manage one’s Social Security disability benefits and a propensity toward gun violence.”
Speaking of the ACLU …
5.The ACLU opposed the SSA rules. The ACLU is not known as a staunch defender of Second Amendment rights, having once written, “We do not oppose regulation of firearms as long as it is reasonably related to these legitimate government interests.”
However, the idea that a government agency could use a disability as grounds to deny a constitutional right was more than ACLU could stomach: “We oppose this rule because it advances and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent … Here, the rule automatically conflates one disability-related characteristic, that is, difficulty managing money, with the inability to safely possess a firearm.”
Their entreaties echoed those of the ACLU: "Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe," Yale psychiatrist Dr. Marc Rosen told the LA Times. "They are very different determinations."
Finally, a demonstration of the unintended consequences of SSA’s overreach:
7. Rules such as SSA’s threaten shooting programs for the disabled. Those claiming the SSA policy doesn’t significantly impact disabled recipients should look at the damage done by a similar Veterans Administration policy.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a disabled member of one of the service branch’s wounded warrior shooting teams told me that shooting had taught him how to control his incessant shaking. He described how the techniques he learned through shooting helped him subdue his anxiety. He loved traveling around the country, being cheered on by his fellow disabled shooters at shooting competitions and seeing his skills improve.
However, the Veterans Administration sent him a letter informing him that, because a family member helped pay his bills, they were adjudicating him mentally ill, turning his name into the NICS system and barring him from buying, possessing or handling firearms. He was shocked and angered; how could the government to whom he had given so much now declare his disability made him less of a citizen, not entitled to the same rights as everyone else?
He immediately transferred his firearms to a trusted friend for safekeeping. He spoke to us anonymously out of fear that the VA would either appear at his door looking for guns, or impose their will to end his competitive shooting career. He continues to compete in fear that the VA will act upon a Facebook or Instagram post celebrating his journey back to health through shooting.
The SSA’s policies that would be repealed by the congressional resolution are similar to the VA policies.
The Senate and the House votes are recognition of the hundreds of thousands of recipients of government benefits being wrongly threatened with denial of constitutional rights. Any news outlet blaring that they are abolishing background checks for the severely mentally ill should be grateful if “fake news” is the worse appellation with which they are plastered. They deserve far, far worse.
-------------- Clay Turner has been the creative director for every issue of America’s 1st Freedom magazine, an official journal of the NRA, as well as the associated Second Amendment news website, Americas1stFreedom.org. When not writing and designing for those, Clay leads the design team for each year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. In between, he races sports cars and shoots just enough competitions to maintain his A rating with the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA). Tags:Clay Turner, America;s 1st Freedom, NRA magazine, 7 reasons, Congress, rolling back, social security ban, Gun RightsTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Cost North Dakota Taxpayers $33 million
by Richard McCarty: Last summer, hordes of professional leftists, ne’er-do-wells, thugs, and drug users descended upon North Dakota intent upon “helping” the tribes opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being developed by Energy Transfer Partners.
The self-important radicals dubbed themselves “water protectors.” In their view, the $3.8 billion pipeline had to be stopped because of their fervent belief in global warming and the possibility that, one day, the pipeline might leak and pollute the water.
This motley crew has been far from ideal neighbors. One activist complained that others in the group were consuming tribal resources without contributing sufficiently and seemed to view the protest as little more than a Burning Man festival. Another activist advised potential protesters not to bring alcohol or drugs and told them that “you are not on vacation.”
Due to the protesters, the tribe’s casino has seen a decline in business, which has caused a shortfall of millions of dollars in the tribe’s budget.
And the tribe is not the only one paying the price for the protest. According to a state estimate, state and local taxpayers were responsible for paying nearly $33 million to deal with the protests as of Feb. 10. With the imminent arrival of flooding season, federal authorities have ordered the squatters to leave.
In early Dec. 2016, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, asked protesters to leave, but hundreds chose to ignore his request. Previously, the tribal chairman had expressed concern over the fact that protesters were digging latrines in the flood plain, which could result in waste being washed into the Cannonball River.
As if that was not bad enough, protesters have also burned tires. What kind of environmentalists burn tires — willfully releasing carbon and noxious chemicals into the atmosphere?
The left, including many in the media, would have you believe that these protesters have been peaceful. The facts are otherwise. Over the past several months, protesters have flagrantly defied government orders; blocked state and county roads and railroad tracks; attacked police with pepper spray; pointed lasers at police; thrown rocks, bottles, bricks, feces, burning logs, and Molotov cocktails, among other things, at police; intentionally stampeded hundreds of bison toward police; and burned county vehicles. One protester even shot at police.
Unsurprisingly, many — over 700, in fact — have been arrested. Of those arrested, many had criminal records, and more than 90 percent were from out of state. Of course, the protesters have complained bitterly about the police response to the protesters’ criminal actions.
Nor have police been the protesters’ only targets. Protesters have sabotaged or burned construction vehicles and equipment; cut ranchers’ fences allowing bison to escape; harassed farmers and ranchers; and killed cows and bison. In one disturbing incident, protesters ran a pipeline construction worker off the road and chased and surrounded him until he was extricated by federal agents.
According to one estimate last fall, protesters had caused $10 million of damage to construction equipment. Protesters and their supporters have also phoned in numerous death threats to a local county government and local businesses.
As the number of protesters has dwindled, another problem has grown: the protesters’ piles of garbage. The tribe, working together with local and state authorities, is in the process of removing an estimated 4.5 million pounds of garbage and debris — much of it still frozen. The process was expected to take weeks; but, with snow already beginning to melt, time is running out.
About 200 vehicles, which were abandoned by protesters, are also being removed. Knowing time is of the essence, protesters continue to cause problems: just last week, they blocked several sanitation trucks from entering their camp.
Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, stated, “President Trump must investigate the funders of these polluting protesters and to send them the bill for the mess the protesters created. It is unacceptable for these costs to be borne by taxpayers and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”
--------------- Richard McCarty is a Senior Research Analyst at Americans for Limited Government. Article also on ALG Blog.
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Kathleen Dynan, Contributing Author: Last week on February 16th, President Donald Trump hastened the public suicide of the media. This un-elected, self-important, elitist machine is driving itself into oblivion. Since Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States, the media has evolved into a hate-filled, unwanted nuisance. Although they fancy themselves as the fourth branch of government, the United States Constitution defines only three branches of our Federal Government.
In Article I, all legislative powers are granted to the Congress. The importance of law in the United States of America is emphasized by the fact that it is the first of the three branches defined. To the great dismay of Liberals and Progressives, there are laws in America that forbid illegal immigration and the President must enforce them. Oh horror!
Article II gives the President of the United States the Executive power. The responsibilities of this position include: enforcing America’s laws; leading the Armed Forces as Commander-in-Chief; and preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States. As an Executive, the President must set the course for the country and lead. It has been so long since the United States had a real leader and not a game-playing, self-enhancing elitist posing as a leader that this is a new experience for many. Elites are petrified that Americans will appreciate the difference and demand it in all future Presidents. O Joy!
In Article III, the judicial branch is charged to review all Cases under the microscope of their legality, how they do or do not conform to our Constitution and existing law. Contrary to the behavior of too many, Judges are not permitted to change laws and make decisions based on their personal views or the public’s wishes. Do your job!
Article III also defines Treason against the United States as “levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort”. Citizens and legal residents intending to harm us by their actions commit treason. Government personnel who leak confidential information and the media who publish this leaked information are weakening America and giving Aid and Comfort to our enemies. In their attempts to undermine and destroy our President, has this unwanted nuisance descended into Treason? You decide!
So, although President Trump’s ongoing decimation of the media is good entertainment,
The public is being cheated by the lack of an unbiased, honest, responsible, fact-based source of information about our many-faceted world. Perhaps after those current members of the media self-destruct due to their over-reaching, truth does not matter, America’s safety be damned, we know best about everything behaviors, responsible journalists will replace them. O please!
------------------ Kathleen Dynan is a constitutional conservatives who believes without law and order, borders, the opportunity for a good education, jobs, and safety, America will cease. She is a former English teacher, an education director for a second-chance program for high school drop outs, and executive recruiting. She enjoys traveling with her husband; they have visited 61 countries, all 50 states, and most of Canada. She is a contributing author to the ARRA News Service. Tags:The Media, media, media sucide, President Trump, Kathleen Dynan, commentaryTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
by Newt Gingrich: After one month in office, we see that President Trump is a man of action who keeps his promises to the American people. And while there is deep division in Washington, ending the opioid epidemic is one part of Trump’s agenda on which Democrats and Republicans can come together.
Opioid addiction impacts us all. Patrick Kennedy, Van Jones and I are advisors to Advocates for Opioid Recovery. “Let’s Trump Addiction” is our latest effort to build support for ending the opioid crisis in America by promoting medication-assisted treatment. We are raising awareness on this issue leading up to February 28 when President Trump will detail his agenda before a Joint Session of Congress for the first time. We are certain to hear more about President Trump’s bold plan to make America great again, and I expect breaking down barriers to successfully treating opioid addiction will be a part of it.
But we need your help. I encourage you to “Let’s Trump Addiction” and urge President Trump to take action and end the opioid crisis in America.
Addiction is a disease to which many are genetically predisposed. For far too long, the health care system has treated physical health and mental health differently. Despite two parity laws in 1996 and 2008 – the first of which I was able to help pass as Speaker of the House – the disparity in treatment still exists. Insurance companies are still skirting these laws by restricting patient access to medication-based treatment by forcing them to get preauthorization first or requiring them to “fail first” – in other words, overdose – before being eligible for medication. But insurance companies aren’t the only hurdle. The federal government unfairly caps providers on the number of opioid addicted patients they can treat with medication for fear the medication itself will end up on the streets. The reality is there are new injectable and implantable medications that render these concerns nearly obsolete.
Ninety-one Americans lose their battles with opioid addiction every day. For the first time since the invention of the automobile, car accidents are not the number one cause of accidental death in America—that distinction now belongs to drug overdoses. While medication is the standard treatment for nearly every other disease, only 3 percent of people receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. This is profoundly wrong. But there are solutions – and actions President Trump and the Congress can take – which can make an immediate difference. Every day counts.
Watch this video to learn more about what is wrong with the system and how we can fix it. And please, join me in supporting President Trump on his mission to solve the opioid crisis.
---------------------- Newt Gingrich is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. The above commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions. Tags:Newt Gingrich, commentary, Let’s Trump Addiction, opioid crisis, AmericaTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Rep. Clay Sues Architect of Capitol Over Removal of Controversial Anti-Cop Painting
Anti-Police painting by David Pulphus hung in hallway of U.S. Capitol
by Bridget Johnson: A St. Louis congressman filed a federal lawsuit today in the removal of a student painting depicting a police officer with a boar-type head, charging the Architect of the U.S. Capitol Stephen Ayers with suppressing the artist's First Amendment rights.
"David’s painting was wrongly disqualified and removed from the public exhibit at the direction of the Architect of the Capitol who shamefully chose to retroactively censor and suppress Mr. Pulphus’ artwork in response to the enormous political pressure he experienced from the speaker of the House and certain right-wing media outlets," Rep. Wm. "Lacy" Clay (D-MO) said today outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse. "We contend that action was unfair, arbitrary and unconstitutional."
The annual Congressional Institute art competition solicits entries from high school students each spring. Students submit works of art to their congressional offices, and teams of artists representing the district pick the winners, which are displayed in the Capitol for a year. The controversial winner is from Clay's district, which includes the city of St. Louis and northern areas of St. Louis County.
The painting, "Untitled #1" by Cardinal Ritter High School grad David Pulphus, had been hanging in a House walkway among other contest winners since June. In January, after learning about the painting's depiction from Twitter, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) took it down. Clay put the painting back up, starting a tug-of-war with some House Republicans over the artwork. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) even proposed a congressional resolution to remove the painting.
Ayers decided to remove the painting after deciding it violated contest rules, which state, “Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed.”
lay argued today that the painting "was initially reviewed, accepted and approved for public display under the very same standards and criteria that apply to all student entries in this prestigious, annual competition."
The congressman added that "this intolerable and unprecedented action by the architect of the Capitol has not only deprived my constituent of his First Amendment rights, it has also sent a chilling message to young Americans that their voices are not respected, their views are not valued and their freedom of expression is no longer protected in the U.S. Capitol."
"So this case is truly about something much bigger than a student’s painting, it is about defending our fundamental First Amendment freedoms, which are currently under assault in this country," he said. "And that includes the right to artistic expression, even when that creativity is considered objectionable by some, and applauded by others. That right is strongly protected by Supreme Court precedent."
Clay's pro bono legal team includes former federal district court law clerk Leah Tulin, of Jenner & Block, former civil court district judge James Williams of Chehardy Sherman Williams, and Kymberly Everson, of the Pacifica Law Group.
The congressman told reporters he's seeking "an appropriate remedy" through the litigation.
----------------- Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill. She is the Washington Editor for PJ Media. Tags:U.S Rep., Wm. "Lacy" Clay, Sues, Architect of Capitol, Removal, Anti-Cop Painting Bridget Johnson, PJMediaTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
After President Trump's press conference last week, the liberal media went into its normal meltdown since he did not do it their way. You know, pandering to them because they are supposed to be the elites of media, they want to set the narrative in the media with their leading and off-priority questions, and not once being able to get a collective gotcha question to put the president on defense.
Instead, it was the president's press conference and not theirs.
A montage of liberal media responses we shared on my radio show described the press conference as anything but positive – accusing him of whining and even of being un-American, to mention just a few of their narrratives.
Jake Trapper of CNN looked right into the CNN camera and said, "Mr. President, stop whining and get to work." Of course, what they call whining is really just setting the record straight, because there has been so much fake and false "news" reported about the new administration's first four weeks in office.
Maybe Jake and the CNN producers should look at the Townhall.com's compilation of "Donald Trump’s Top 10 Accomplishments in His First Month in Office - John Hawkins". From that list it seems to me he's been real busy working for the people, businesses, and our national security.
Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press called Trump's presser "un-American.”
Let's see, so-called journalists like Todd and Tapper report fake news and get busted, ignore real accomplishments of the early Trump Administration, and select narratives and words intended to confuse and negatively bias the viewers who might be watching their programs.
According to them, its un-American to set the record straight. I don't think so!
On the "confuse and negatively bias the viewers" tactic, Trump's immigration order continues to be a constant drumbeat. He's trying to stop illegal immigrants from getting into this country! He's also enforcing existing laws to get as many illegal criminals as possible out of our country.
Maybe that's part of the liberal media's problem! They forget that it's our country. It doesn't belong to the rest of the world.
The liberal media also continues to say Trump attacked the media. No, he threw them under a well deserved bus. Busted! Look at the facts instead of listening to their utter garbage and one would conclude they deserved it.
Check Dan’s piece about the AP’s fake news story claiming the Trump administration is planning to call out the National Guard to round up illegal aliens. Absolute bull feathers! Dan's article cites the proof.
President Trump held a rally in Florida last Saturday and the liberals say he is back in campaign mode. How about he's in communications mode, because it's abundantly clear that the liberals are not interested in communicating the truth or the un-slanted facts.
These attacks and tactics by the liberal media as well as their liberal elected Democrat allies are not going to subside anytime soon, because that's all they have to work with right now. And if President Trump continues his march towards prosperity for the people, that's all they will have for the next four years.
I shudder to think what they will do if he wins a second term.
On second thought, no I don't.
----------------- Herman Cain is a conservative radio host of CainTV, a 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate with over 40 years of experience in the private sector as an analyst for Coca-Cola, an executive at Pillsbury, a regional Vice President for Burger King, and CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Cain served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a supervisory mathematician for the Dept. of the Navy. Tags:Herman Cain, conservative, radio host, CainTV, MediaTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Trump's Hero Security Adviser, The First Lady's Prayer, Trump Denounces Anti-Semitism
by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: Trump's Hero Security Advisor - When retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was dismissed as President Trump's national security adviser, the media mocked the White House for its chaos and the reluctance of others to accept a job in the Trump administration. Seven days later, the president has a new national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, and the media's mockery has been silenced.
In fact, the Washington Post describes Lt. Gen. McMaster as "a widely respected and fiercely outspoken military strategist who was recognized for his battlefield leadership."
McMaster is a soldier's soldier. He wrote a book on Vietnam called Dereliction of Duty about the failure of military leaders to tell presidents that we were not fighting to win. In Desert Storm, he led a group of 12 tanks into battle against the Iraqi Republican Guard. He destroyed more than 70 enemy vehicles, including 28 tanks.
In the second Gulf War, McMaster pioneered the aggressive strategy of "clear, hold and build" that Gen. David Petraeus implemented to subdue sectarian violence in Iraq. While others argued for U.S. forces to step back, McMaster pushed back, saying, "It's unclear to me how a higher degree of passivity would advance our mission."
The First Lady's Prayer - President Trump held a massive rally in Melbourne, Florida over the weekend. According to local police reports, 9,000 people packed the venue. Trump worked the crowd as only he can. And the media distorted the rally as only the media can.
A controversy erupted as soon as the event began. First Lady Melania Trump had the audacity to recite the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of the rally. Agitated atheists accused the first lady of forcing her religion on everyone and violating the so-called "separation of church and state." (Tell me atheists, where is that phrase found in the Constitution?)
No one was forced to attend or even watch the rally. But the left is aggressively secular and anti-religion, ironically except for one religion -- radical Islam, which is at war with Western Civilization. Sadly, that is why part of the left embraces Islam -- it sees it as a partner in the same fight.
Trump & Sweden - Of course, another controversy emerged from Saturday's event. While talking about the dangers of radical Islam in Europe, President Trump cited Sweden, which has a Muslim refugee crime problem, in addition to a list of terror attacks in other European countries. The media immediately tried to distort the president's remarks by suggesting that Trump said there had been a terrorist attack in Sweden.
When the prime minister of Sweden asked for a clarification about what Trump meant, the White House said the president was referring to a refugee crime wave, but the prime minister downplayed the problem, saying, "We have opportunities, we have challenges, we're working (on) them every day. But I think also we must all take responsibility for using facts correctly."
Last night a massive riot broke out in a largely immigrant, heavily Muslim suburb of Stockholm. An Australian news crew was attacked in the same area last year.
Maybe the prime minister of Sweden and feckless media should worry less about Donald Trump's syntax and start worrying about the threat from radical Islam.
Trump Denounces Anti-Semitism - Eleven Jewish community centers in eleven states were shut down yesterday after yet another wave of bomb threats were called in. This marks the fourth time this year that Jewish community centers have been targeted for such vile harassment. More than 50 centers in 27 states have been terrorized by these calls in recent weeks.
While the calls have been hoaxes, they reveal a disturbing level of anti-Semitism. Moreover, they are extraordinarily disruptive to the centers, the local communities and the people who rely on the services they provide. In addition, more than 100 tombstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri over the weekend.
This morning, President Trump toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Accompanying the president on the tour were Dr. Ben Carson and Alveda King, niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the tour, President Trump denounced the bomb threats against Jewish community centers and vowed to fight intolerance in America. The president said:"This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms. The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are a painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. . . We're going to bring this country together. We have a divided country that's been divided for many, many years, but we're going to bring it together."Other Headlines:
Sadly, another police officer paid with his life because of our failed criminal justice system. Officer Keith Boyer of the Whittier, California, Police Department, was shot and killed yesterday during a shootout with a recently released gang member. A second officer was injured in the attack. Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper blamed liberal California laws for Officer Boyer's death.
I have admired the willingness of Milo Yiannopoulos to go onto university campuses and expose left-wing intolerance. Unfortunately, during a recently revealed online interview, he appeared to justify adult male sexual relationships with teenage boys.
When news of these comments broke, Yiannopoulos was disinvited from speaking at a major conservative conference and his book deal was cancelled. (Ironically, if Milo was publicly arguing for such relationships most university progressives would celebrate his alternative lifestyle.) This morning, Yiannopoulos also resigned as an editor of Breitbart Tech.
I realize we live a culture with "evolving standards of decency," but sexual relations with minor children must never be normalized. While Yiannopoulos has apologized for his comments, he should not be welcome in a conservative movement which understands that only a virtuous people can remain free.
A new poll shows just how out of touch the Democrat leadership and the far-left activist fringe have become. Nearly three-quarters of voters (73%) expect Democrats to work WITH President Trump, not against him. According to The Hill, "only 27 percent said Democrats should resist Trump's every move." Even a majority of self-identified Democrats (52%) say they should work with Trump whenever possible.
While the country was marking Washington's Birthday, historical sites in Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial, were defaced. I think it is a safe bet that whoever did this isn't someone who believes we should make America great again. Given what our universities are teaching about our founding fathers, that they were slavers and oppressors, I am surprised this isn't a daily occurrence.
---------------- Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families Tags:Gary Bauer, Campaign for Working Families, Trump's Hero, Security Adviser, The First Lady's Prayer, Trump Denounces Anti-SemitismTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
Walker, Schimel Jump Feet First Into SCOTUS Battle
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Neil Gorsuch is expected to get some help from
Gov. Scott Walker & Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel.
Conservatives are calling on Senate Democrats
to give Gorsuch an up-or-down vote.
by M.D. Kittle: Gov. Scott Walker will join a network of press conferences Wednesday calling on Senate Democrats to give Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch an up-or-down vote and “restore the Supreme Court to full membership.”
The joint press events in 11 states, sponsored by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, forces a question steeped in conflict for those on the left and the right.
Walker will join fellow Republican and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, as well as Kurt Bauer, president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and Rick Esenberg, president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, for the 2:45 p.m. press conference at the State Capitol.
These are interesting times, and even more interesting positions.
After the left went apoplectic on conservatives’ “Let the People Decide” movement that had Republicans refusing President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, the same left-wing players are paying back President Donald Trump’s nominee.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin has been caught in the hypocrisy cross-hairs, almost immediately declaring she would vote against Gorsuch, then advising that she would offer the nominee “fair consideration,” only to reiterate that she would not vote for him but support a filibuster against his nomination.
The Madison Democrat made a federal case out of her Republican colleagues insisting that no Obama nominee in an election year should come up for a Senate hearing. Garland, Obama’s pick to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly more than a year ago, did not get a vote.
Walker has called out Baldwin in recent tweets.
“Hypocrisy: telling others to meet with #SCOTUS nominee in 2016, but announcing your vote on nominee in 2017 before meeting,” the governor tweeted earlier this month.
Baldwin fired back: “Is @ScottWalker trying to impress @POTUS with his tweets or does he want to run against me? I’m ready.”
The liberal did have what she described as a “respectful and thoughtful conversation” with Gorsuch, but emerged reiterating she would “not support a Supreme Court nominee who has too often favored big business over workers and retirees.”
The what-a-difference-a-nominee-makes position of conservatives is not lost on the left. Republicans sound aghast that Democrats would move to stall a vote on Gorsuch after doing exactly the same thing throughout 2016 – even as liberals chanted and harangued and hashtagged Republican senators to “#DoYourJob” in giving Garland a vote.
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, said the Democrats’ threat to filibuster is like comparing apples to oranges. She said last year’s delay by Republicans was entirely a result of it being an election year. Ans she noted the election year stall wasn’t something Senate Republican leadership invented, but a point originally raised by then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., during President George H.W. Bush’s term.
“It’s a different thing to say, ‘Let’s wait until after the election,’ as opposed to saying, ‘We don’t like this president so let’s block 100 percent of what they are doing.’ That is a very different proposition,” Severino said. She asserts that had Hillary Clinton been elected, her nominee would have gone through the Senate confirmation process without much delay.
Perhaps. We’ll never know.
What we do know is this: Conservatives saw in Garland a potentially dangerous high court justice whose judicial track record is just a fraction to the right of uber-liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as liberals see Gorsuch as left only of ultra-conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.
So the brinkmanship rolls on, as do the irony and hypocrisy.
The only difference is the left’s stall tactics probably will mean little in the end. If Senate Republicans want Gorsuch, Gorsuch they shall have. They’ve got the numbers and they have the “nuclear option” – thanks to the precedent established by Democrats for federal appellate court nominees – that would do away with the needed 60 votes for cloture on Supreme Court nominees.
Democrats didn’t count on Trump winning in November. Now that he has, it’s his move. More so, it’s the Republican-led Senate’s move.
Severino expects Gorsuch to be the next Supreme Court justice; it’s only a matter of how it happens.
“And that’s up to the Senate Democrats,” she said, adding that it will come down to whether Democrats place politics over principle — precisely the same argument Democrats made about Republicans in 2016.
Still, much remains to be done – on both sides – in the politics surrounding the Supreme Court battle.
The Judicial Crisis Network in January rolled out a national campaign to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Pleased with its “Let the People Decide” campaign in the Garland nomination showdown, the nonprofit is engaging in a “comprehensive campaign of paid advertising, earned media, research, grassroots activity, and a coalition enterprise, all adding up to the most robust operation in the history of confirmation battles.”
In short, JCN and its allies are targeting states where Senate Democrats are vulnerable in 2018, like Wisconsin and Tammy Baldwin. The group says it will spend at least $10 million to “confirm the next justice.”
The goal, said Severino, is to create “the most robust campaign for a Supreme Court nominee in history and we will force vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2018 like Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill to decide between keeping their Senate seats or following Chuck Schumer’s liberal, obstructionist agenda.”
------------------- M.D. Kittle is bureau chief of Wisconsin Watchdog and First Amendment Reporter for Watchdog.org. Tags:Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel, support, Supreme Court, nominee, Neil Gorsuch, SCOTUSTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. and "Like" Facebook Page - Thanks!
And then there’s DC’s definition of “free trade.” In which DC has for decades cut one-sided deals – in which we didn’t impose any limits on imports, while nigh every other nation on the planet imposed all sorts of taxes and limits on the things we export to them (while subsidizing the daylight out of their domestic production).
The United States is an $18-trillion-Gross-Domestic-Product-800-pound-gorilla in the global trade room. We have leverage to burn when it comes to cutting deals. We have thus far used…none of it.
We the People spent decades watching this DC stupidity – and the resulting mass exodus of businesses and the jobs they provide. While DC periodically waved around the next, latest lame “free trade” deal – which delivered even more of the exact same America Last stupidity.
There is no end to the willful blindness in which DC engages – in the name of fake “free trade.” And nowhere on the planet are we blinder – than in China.
China manipulates its currency – which warps the entire world market. Their fabricated, intentional devaluation of its yuan – makes our dollar and every other global currency artificially “stronger.” Which is yet another boost to China’s exports – and hurts every other nation attempting to have their stuff imported into China.
The United States has spent decades cutting trade deals with China – NONE of them have seriously addressed their massive money manipulation.
China is also a HUGE thief of Intellectual Property (IP). IP – is the 21st Century’s chief form of property. Software, movies, music and other cerebral creations used to be on physical CDs and DVDs – they are now digital files like MPEGs and MP3s.
To steal them, you don’t have to break into a bunch of Office Depots, Blockbusters and Tower Records. You “break into” – i.e. hack – the servers that house the digital files. And then steal and mass duplicate them.
For China – this is BIG bad business. Last May, former Speaker Newt Gingrich was on Fox News Sunday – and said this: “When you hear, for example, that the Chinese last year probably stole $360 billion in intellectual property from the United States, I think being tough about that’s a good thing.”
That is HUGE bad business. But is Gingrich correct? No – he’s underselling it: “The first thing we should note, however, is that the $360 billion figure is only for losses from cyber-hacking – a limitation that Gingrich didn’t specify. Of course, adding in non-cyber losses would only increase that figure beyond $360 billion.”
For China – this is BIG bad business. Last May, former Speaker Newt Gingrich was on Fox News Sunday – and said this: “When you hear, for example, that the Chinese last year probably stole $360 billion in intellectual property from the United States, I think being tough about that’s a good thing.”
That is HUGE bad business. But is Gingrich correct? No – he’s underselling it: “The first thing we should note, however, is that the $360 billion figure is only for losses from cyber-hacking – a limitation that Gingrich didn’t specify. Of course, adding in non-cyber losses would only increase that figure beyond $360 billion.”
And just like with China’s currency manipulation, we have spent decades cutting numerous trade deals with China – NONE of them have seriously addressed their massive IP theft.
We the People need not be populated with Intellectual Trade attorneys and socialite international negotiators – to know that this sort of DC business-as-usual is titanically stupid. (In fact, it likely helps our mental clarity that we aren’t stocked with said persons.)
Gingrich was – and is – correct. We could and absolutely should be tough on China’s, India’s and everyone else’s institutional IP theft. It is, in part, for what We the People voted when we elected Trump.
Here’s hoping the next set of trade deals finally addresses the rampant IP heists, money manipulations – and all the other fake “free trade” things we have for too long ignored.
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