Most of you have heard that Arne Duncan, formerly Chicago’s school Czar and now America’s school Czar, tours the country talking about reform while his hypocrite boss shuts down the DC voucher program.
Like the late night TV ads, I can only say “but wait, there’s more!!”
Heritage put out a very good piece detailing yet another example of “The Chicago Way” at Duncan’s former home.
But now we find out that when Secretary Duncan was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, he took a decidedly different approach to the wishes of Chicago’s politically powerful families. The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that while he was Chicago schools chief, Secretary Duncan maintained a log of politicians and influential business people who sought better placement for their children in Chicago’s public schools. From the Tribune:
It includes 25 aldermen, Mayor Richard Daley’s office, House Speaker Michael Madigan, his daughter Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
The skank-like lack of morality of these people knows no bounds. They should disgust you. They sit and talk about the poor as they shower their campaign contributors with rich benefits and contracts, all while retaining the best jobs, slots, and political gems for themselves.
They deserve nothing but contempt and outrage. They are bad people.
Some people dislike my aggressive language toward teachers unions and their purchased lapdogs in both craven parties. If you can’t see how these greedy and powerful institutions are hurting the poor (and therefore America), then you are either stupid, or willfully lying to yourself.
The animus toward this tiny, clearly successful program is not grounded in logic. “The real goal of education,” Ms. Feinstein said, sensibly enough, “ought to be to provide a number of different choices for youngsters so you can see where they learn best and then enable them to be in that situation.” That’s supposed to be the philosophy of Mr. Obama’s Education Department, too, which purports to want to reward programs that work. The program has been subject to rigorous scientific study, and preliminary evaluations have shown academic gains and student improvement. But the Obama administration had shut the door on new students and didn’t lift a hand to rally support for its continuation.
Destroying this program is an act of evil. I want all of you Democrats to ask yourself how all your self-righteous blather about the “poor” sits with you as you support a President and Party doing evil to those same people.
Your Party (and any Republican who takes union money and votes as they are told) is engaging in evil. Live with it.
Let’s hope this continues through November.
Those of us who actually understand a few things about politics could see the writing on the wall when Obama left rural Pennsylvania to travel to a San Francisco fundraiser and say that all of us regular folk cling to our gun and God because, dog gonnit, we are just too stupid to cling to pointy headed “intallectshuls” like Barack and his fund him.
That was the predictor of his entire presidency, and I, for one, am enjoying its implosion. I hope it continues.
By cozying up to Wall Street and pushing climate change, the president is playing to the coasts—and losing middle America. Joel Kotkin on the Dems’ disconnect—and the GOP’s problems exploiting it.
The rapid decline in public support for Democrats and President Obama represents one of the most breathtaking political collapses in modern times. Little over a year from a huge electoral triumph, President Obama’s level of support has dropped from around 65% to under 50%. The Democrats in Congress, who held as much as a 10% edge over the Republicans last spring, actually are losing a “generic” vote.
As President, Barack Obama’s Great Disconnect seems most obvious. Although he occasionally uses populist middle-class rhetoric, both Obama’s priorities and body language suggest his inspiration comes largely from the rarified world of the universities and Democratic Party contributors.
Not surprising then that he started with a stimulus package that, although one was needed, offered little to private sector Main Street businesses. Instead, the primary beneficiaries turned out to be Wall Street grandees, whose high salaries he variously denounces and excuses, and public employee unions.
Obama’s move was encouraged by the aging leadership of the Democratic Party, shaped by places like Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco and Henry Waxman’s lushly affluent Beverly Hills. It has little to do with the views of the middle class who reside generally in smaller towns and less-than-tony suburbs—but some of the wealthiest, and most privileged, populations on earth.
President Obama’s other key constituency lies in the public sector unions, whose power in his home state of Illinois now rivals and perhaps surpasses that of Daley machine. Even as middle-class voters see their pensions dwindle along with their housing prices and jobs, the public sector has waxed into something resembling the Blue Meanie in Yellow Submarine who consumes everything in sight, and ultimately itself.
Perhaps nothing so illustrates the Great Disconnect than the president and the congressional lions embrace of the radical green climate green climate change agenda. Still popular in upper-class urban areas and university towns, this agenda is notably less well-supported in middle and working class communities, particularly in the middle of the country.
It’s time to get active and help provide the final push to this Administration. They could have been much more dangerous, but they walked up to the edge of the cliff with their hubris and extreme left ideology.
Call your friends, get active, get to the polls, and push them off the edge. They deserve it.
I don’t know what they are banking on, but the arrogance of the Administration is beginning to reach epic proportions. I hope and pray that their defeat will be just as epic.
“The President’s Proposal,” as the 11-page White House document is headlined, is in one sense a notable achievement: It manages to take the worst of both the House and Senate bills and combine them into something more destructive. It includes more taxes, more subsidies and even less cost control than the Senate bill. And it purports to fix the special-interest favors in the Senate bill not by eliminating them—but by expanding them to everyone.
The bill’s one new inspiration is a powerful federal board that would regulate premiums in the individual insurance market. In all 50 states, insurers are already required to justify premium increases to insurance commissioners, who generally have the power to give a regulatory go-ahead, or not. But their primary concern is actuarial soundness and capital standards, making sure that companies have enough cash to pay claims.
It is almost insane adherence to ideology, and a failed ideology at that. Barring some super-secret plan to rig all the elections anyway – Chavez style – these folks are toasting themselves.
What gives here? One need not be a “birther” (and I’m not) to question the motivations of this administration.
Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.
Holder’s admission comes in the form of an answer to a question posed last November by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley. Noting that one Obama appointee, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal, formerly represented Osama bin Laden’s driver, and another appointee, Jennifer Daskal, previously advocated for detainees at Human Rights Watch, Grassley asked Holder to give the Senate Judiciary Committee “the names of political appointees in your department who represent detainees or who work for organizations advocating on their behalf…the cases or projects that these appointees work with respect to detainee prior to joining the Justice Department…and the cases or projects relating to detainees that have worked on since joining the Justice Department.”
As one of the hawkish types who thinks that we need places to interrogate and hold some of these very dangerous people, I’m inclined to cut Obama some slack on this particular issue. It is still ironic that he excoriated the Bush Administration for this network of prisons.
At least Gitmo insures that there is some standard of treatment. If you were a terrorist trying to overthrow regimes in Islamic countries, my bet is that, if caught, you’d rather be held by the Americans than the Saudis or the Afghanis.
Obama ran on an inspiring promise to shut down Bush’s network of kidnappings and secret prisons. He said bluntly: “I do not want to hear this is a new world and we face a new kind of enemy. I know that… but as a parent I can also imagine the terror I would feel if one of my family members were rounded up in the middle of the night and sent to Guantanamo without even getting one chance to ask why they were being held and being able to prove their innocence.” He said it made the US “less safe” because any gain in safety by Gitmo-ing one suspected jihadi – along with dozens of innocents – is wiped out by the huge number of young men tipped over into the vile madness of jihadism by seeing their brothers disappear into a vast military machine where they may never be heard from again. Indeed, following the failed attack in Detroit, Obama pointed out the wannabe-murderer named Guantanamo as the reason he signed up for the jihad.
Yet a string of recent exposes has shown that Obama is in fact maintaining a battery of secret prisons where people are held without charge indefinitely – and he is even expanding them. The Kabul-based journalist Anand Gopal has written a remarkable expose for The Nation magazine. His story begins in the Afghan village of Zaiwalat at 3.15am on the night of November 19th 2009. A platoon of US soldiers blasted their way into a house in search of Habib ur-Rahman, a young computer programmer and government employee who they had been told by someone, somewhere was a secret Talibanist. His two cousins came out to see what the noise was – and they were shot to death. As the children of the house screamed, Habib was bundled into a helicopter and whisked away. He has never been seen since. His family do not know if he is alive or dead.
Some honest Illinois citizens could have told them.
There is nothing “liberal” about “The Chicago Way.”
It’s a vital article — a brave one — that interviews “dozens of interviews with his closest allies and friends in Washington”.
Most are unnamed because the consequences of retribution from this powerful foursome can be severe in an access-dependent town. John Podesta, President of the powerful, adminstration-tilting Center for American Progress, had the temerity and self-confidence to put his thoughts publicly on the record. But most others could not.
Mark Schmitt, executive editor of the liberal magazine American Prospect, wrote that “Luce has written what seems to me the best and most succinct rundown of what’s gone wrong in the White House, with particular attention to the role of Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.” But some of the big aggregators out there — Mike Allen at Politico and ABC’s The Note among others — didn’t give Luce’s juicy and lengthy essay any love.
But this Luce piece is unavoidably, accurately hard-hitting, and while many of the nation’s top news anchors and editors are sending emails back and forth (I have been sent three such emails in confidence) on what a spot-on piece Luce wrought on the administration, they fear that the “four horsepersons of the Obama White House” will shut down and cut off access to those who give the essay ‘legs.’
But in the too regularly vapid chatter about DC’s political scene, serious critiques of the internal game around Obama not only deserve review on their own merits but have to be read — because Obama is not winning. He is failing and people need to consider “why”.
The resurgence of the right-center-right in the last year has much less to do with the Right having a better message. They have just barely started getting the act together.
The Right (and the nation) has merely been lucky that the Left, personified by Obama and his Chicago Crew, have absolutely no interest in governing. they are only interested in campaigning and “community organizing,” all for the purpose of consolidating power and handing out patronage contracts those who pay the fee. (see the Health Care Legislation)
The longer Obama keeps listening to the 4 horsemen of his own Apocalypse, the better for the rest of us.
The tone-deaf nature of this President shocks you. As we contemplate why we voted for this guy, we simply must realize that it was 50% Bush-hate brought on by an aggressive attack with no defense, and a yearning to pretend Obama was something new.
Any “reality-based” person would have known that Obama would be a disaster the day he told the world he could stop the oceans from rising. Ugh!
But, Berry told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the White House does not share his concerns.
“They just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’ We’re going to see how much difference that makes now.”
Asked today by ABC News’ Yunji de Nies if the president said that, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs pleaded ignorance.
“I have not talked to the president about that,” Gibbs said, employing one of his favorite dodges.
Gibbs seemed to suggest that he shared that view, whether or not President Obama said it.
Barack Obama doesn’t have even half of Bill Clinton’s natural warmth (misogyny aside) or charm. He’s an ice cold scold. I honestly don’t want to contemplate the size of the loss they could be looking at. The Republicans stand to make huge gains that they don’t deserve, simply based on the self-worship of a President destined for a Carter-like legacy.