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Archive for 6 December 2011
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The Problem With The Occupy Wall Street Generation
by John Hawkins
Playing baseball games without keeping score. Parents not allowed to cheer for one side or the other at basketball games. Refusing to use red ink to grade tests because it’s too jarring. No dodgeball. Participation trophies. Telling kids, “You’re special,” without their doing anything to show they’re special.
Newsflash: You may be special to God, your mommy, and your teacher just because you were born, but the rest of us aren’t impressed.
The world doesn’t owe you a living, a promotion, or any special consideration at all. The people who tell you otherwise are doing it because they think you’re stupid, easy to manipulate, and they want to use you for their own purposes.
Oh, but what about the lucky ones, you say? The lazy, good-for-nothing punk kids who just happened to be born in the right family and live a life of luxury as a result?
What about them? There’s always a little bit of randomness in life. The woman who does everything right and gets hit by a bus before she ever gets her payoff or the guy who does everything wrong and seems to get every break. So what? Is the idea supposed to be that you should have everything you want in life handed to you on a silver platter even though you’re lazy and good-for-nothing because the Kennedy family exists?
Wait, wait, I forgot; you’re not lazy and good-for-nothing. Your teacher told you that you are special and so did your mommy.
Read the whole column here.
Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
First question: If this was a PRIVATE call, how the hell did that yahoos at Yahoo get the information? Doesn’t private mean that it’s not for public consumption?
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Really? Feel sorry for him? They can’t be serious! He has done more damage to this country in 3 years, than any previous occupant of the White House….COMBINED! Who feels sorry for him, and just why?
Recent polling data indicates that while the president still suffers significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
I am having a real problem here. He, PERSONALLY, has gone around the world, apologizing for America, to our natural enemies. Those would be the ones who want to kill us, by the way. He has, PERSONALLY, circumvented Congress, to implement his dangerous policies. He and the spouse have, PERSONALLY, spent millions of taxpayer dollars on their lavish trips around the world. Obama is PERSONALLY responsible for the financial disaster we are in right now! The list is long! So, PERSONALLY, I don’t like him one single bit, as a person or a president!
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
Uh…actually, YES, WE DO! You GOP hacks really need to get outside the Beltway now and then. You might be surprised at how much you would learn from WE, The People!
On the call–which Yahoo News was invited to attend because of a mistake by someone on the staff of the Republican National Committee–Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for George W. Bush, encouraged Republicans to turn around the Democratic attacks lobbed at the GOP presidential candidates (Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, for starters) for “flip-flopping.”
Well, that answers that question, doesn’t it. There is some staffer who is either incompetent, or…as Freud claims, ‘there are no such things as accidents’…intentionally included Yahoo News.
“I don’t like playing defense,” Fleischer said. He suggested the listeners to Tuesday’s call label the president as a flip-flopper on the following issues: opposing tax increases for those making under $250,000; opposing the Bush tax cuts; opposing raising the debt limit; and opposing a health care mandate.
“When it comes to flip flopping, Barack Obama is the king of flip flopping,” Fleischer said. “You can offer that to anybody,” he suggested.
D’Bama has kept one campaign promise…. to “fundamentally transform” the country. He’s done that alright, to the detriment of us all! Listen up GOP! We don’t really give a damn how we get him out of office, as long as he is GONE on 20 January 2013!!!
Illegal Aliens, In-State Tuition and the Law
Consider it an illegal fringe benefit for illegal immigrants. Today, 12 states allow individuals who are in the United States illegally to pay the same in-state tuition rates as legal residents of the state without providing the same rates to others in the country who are here legally. And those states are doing it in direct contravention of federal law.
In a new paper, Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky and Charles Stimson explain that in 1996, Congress passed–and President Bill Clinton signed into law–the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. Under Section 1623 of the law, state colleges and universities are prohibited from providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens “on the basis of residence within the State” unless the same in-state rates are offered to all citizens of the United States.
“By circumventing the requirements of § 1623 these states are violating federal law, and the legal arguments offered to justify such actions are untenable, no matter what other policy arguments are offered in their defense,” von Spakovsky and Stimson write. Which states are on the list? The offenders include California, Texas, New York, Utah, Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Maryland, and Connecticut.