The Dept of Education’s latest report showed the DC pilot voucher program has been very successful in improving the educational opportunities for poor Black & Hispanic kids. As this didn’t help the position of anti-voucher political allies, Obama’s administration held back the positive news until after Congress killed the program.
Glad those poor minority students now have better representation with the first Black President! Too bad the inner city kids didn’t have a powerful lobby that could donate lots of money to Obama’s political campaign. Otherwise he not only would have kept their scholarships – he might have purchased a 55% stake in their private school for them!!!
Now a lot of people have been surprised at how well President Obama’s approval rating has weathered repeated controversial policies and programs. He has consistently exceeded the ratings by the vastly popular President Clinton (early years). But a new CBS poll reveals the secret to these consistently good numbers: almost total unity amongst African Americans.
The poll breakdown of overall job approval: Approve, 62% of whites. Disapprove, 27% of whites. Approve, 96% of blacks. Disapprove, 0. Some didn’t answer. 4% didn’t answer. 0 disapprove. Now 96% Approval & ZERO % disapproval brings to mind the ratings of Saddam Hussein pre-gulf war. – where everyone agreed those numbers were either faked or coerced. Everyone. But you won’t see any such suggestion here, because that would be racist. And nobody wants to be racist.
Sen. Arlen Specter announced today that he would be switching parties. Now a lot of people are upset about the “shift of power” in the Senate. But let’s be honest here – Sen Specter has been voting Democrat for years and the fact that he now is finally admitting that allegiance does NOTHING to the actual votes in the Senate. It does however provide one less straw man – on less RINO (Republican In Name Only) to use for claims of “bi-partisanship”. Which are often pointed to later when things don’t go as promised (almost always) to blame Republicans for this or that law or bill passage.
REALLY, the GOP now that they have lost 60 vote cloture numbers game (which they didn’t have even back in the “Gang for 14” days) should step up and throw out some more dead wood. I can think of 6 more Senators that the GOP would be better without. Make the RINOs be honest and sport that D next to their name. You don’t have their vote and at least they would get to sabatage the party from the inside any more. Let the libs fully claim and own their liberal policies. At least then when they implode you can proudly say “I told you so” and pick up the electoral peices. That is of course if the GOP actually wants to win future elections. Lately here, I wonder.
That’s right the same DHS that has banned the use of the word “terrorist” and the phrase “war on terror” has now found someone to target. Right leaning voters are apparently the country’s greatest threat:
A footnote attached to the report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis defines “rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” the warning says.
So if you believe in the concept of Federalism (States rights are more important than the Fed) or if you are pro-life or against Amnesty for illegal immigrants… you are an extremist. Also the White House press secretary is apparently OK with using the T-word with regard with regard to right wing “radicals” if not Islamic radicals. So I am a triple terrorist threat! Strange how far the view has shifted on those that still hold to the original intent of the founding fathers on the country and the constitution.
The nine-page document was sent to police and sheriff’s departments across the United States on April 7 under the headline, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
It says the federal government “will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months” to gather information on “rightwing extremist activity in the United States.”
The joint federal-state activities will have “a particular emphasis” on the causes of “rightwing extremist radicalization.”
After inserting the provision into the bailout to allow AIG type bonuses into the bailout law – Chris Dodd now wants to tax them at 90% because Congress wasn’t aware about such bonuses!!!
Is anyone even paying attention any more???
Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) on Monday night floated the idea of taxing American International Group bonus recipients so the government could recoup the $450 million the company is paying to employees in its financial products unit. Within hours, the idea spread to both houses of Congress, with lawmakers proposing an AIG bonus tax.
While the Senate constructed the $787 billion stimulus last month, Dodd unexpectedly added an executive-compensation restriction to the bill. That amendment provides an “exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on before Feb. 11, 2009,” which exempts the very AIG bonuses Dodd and others are seeking to tax. The amendment is in the final version and is law.
Also, Sen. Dodd was AIG’s largest single recipient of campaign donations during the 2008 election cycle with $103,100, according to opensecrets.org.