Thanks to this story from Donald Douglas, I found out that the left are just totally obsessed with the shoes worn by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) for the Republicans’ rebuttal to President Obama’s supposed State of the Union address:
The Republicans, huh? And how long ago was it that the Democrats got their hearts all a’flutter over Wendy Davis pink tennis shoes, and even decided to nominate her to become Governor of Texas over them?
The essential error of the Obama presidency is an unfounded belief that greater government power—in our pocketbooks, in our private lives—will make America more prosperous and free. President Obama’s faith in concentrated power was on full display in tonight’s State of the Union address.
Working families feel squeezed by higher health care costs and tuition bills. Those fortunate enough to hold steady jobs haven’t seen a raise in years. They worry about their children’s future and their country’s.
The president seems to have only one answer for them: enlarge the size and scope of the federal government. To help middle-class Americans, the president demands more than $300 billion of tax hikes and a new round of stimulus spending. To rein in education costs, the president creates a federal education entitlement, the type of which led to skyrocketing tuition in the first place. To fix our health care system, the president touts the same law that has caused prices to rise and stripped families of access to their doctors. To make the financial system more stable, the president threatens to veto reforms to Dodd-Frank, his law that made banks bigger than ever. And to protect Americans’ privacy, he offers yet another report instead of reining in his own spies.
Higher federal taxes, more federal spending, and greater federal control of our lives haven’t worked over the past six years. Our country is beginning to turn the corner not because of government but in spite of it. Instead of faith in Washington, let’s put faith in Americans to determine their own lives. Let’s give liberty a chance.
I have better things to do with my time than listening to the worst President of my lifetime — and my lifetime includes Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter — make yet another campaign speech proposing things which the Congress will never pass.
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In two years from now, the worst President in my lifetime — and my lifetime includes Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter — will leave office forever.
I don’t know how good President Obama is at golf, but I would like to see him practice it more and more and more. I want him out on the golf course, every day, for the next two years, because the less that he’s in the office, supposedly doing his job, the less harm he can do to us.
I haven’t been to Colorado since the summer of 1972 — and that was just passing through — but if I ever return, this looks like a great place to stop and eat. From CNN:
I bet they don’t get robbed!
The CNN interviewer was doing her damnedest to try to rattle Shooters Grill owner Lauren Boebert, but couldn’t. More openly liberal MSNBC tries the same thing:
Open carry is perfectly legal in Colorado, no permit required, and, quite frankly, the Second Amendment says, in effect, that open carry is perfectly legal, anywhere in the United States, by anyone legally allowed to own a firearm. The Fourteenth Amendment states that “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws,” which ought to mean that only persons actually convicted of crimes for which the penalties include the loss of civil rights should be legally barred from owning firearms. The courts, which are supposed to protect our rights, haven’t always done a very good job of that.
The tasks of running for President and actually being a good President are two very different things, and Barack Obama has shown us, very clearly, that being very good at the former doesn’t mean that a person will be any good at the latter. From The Wall Street Journal:
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obamawill call on the new Republican-led Congress to raise taxes on investments and inherited property and to create or expand a range of tax breaks for middle-income families, laying out an opening position in a debate over taxation that both parties see as a potential area of compromise.
Mr. Obama will outline the measures in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. He will propose using revenue generated from the tax increases—which would fall mainly on high-income households—to pay for a raft of new breaks aimed at boosting stagnant incomes for low- and middle-income households.
Those initiatives include tripling the child-care tax credit and creating a new credit for families in which both spouses work, senior administration officials said on Saturday.
The administration plans to consolidate and expand education tax breaks. It would also make retirement savings programs available to many more people, for example by requiring many employers that don’t currently offer workers a retirement plan to enroll them automatically in an individual retirement account. The administration says its proposals would make retirement saving programs available to 30 million additional people at the workplace.
More at the link.
This is nothing more than a campaign document, because the chances of the Congress passing a tax increase on the most productive Americans are vanishingly small. William Teach asked why the President didn’t propose these things while the Democrats still controlled the Senate, and part of the answer is that all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives, but the other part is that he didn’t want o make things any rougher on Democratic candidates in conservative states than necessary; even as election day approached in 2014, the Democrats had some hopes of retaining the Senate, and never anticipate the real butt kicking that they received.
So, why, if the President is seeking any compromise at all, as he supposedly is, would he push a plan which won’t make it out of the House Ways and Means Committee? The answer is that he isn’t really seeking compromise, nor is he going to make any serious attempts at leading by any means other than executive orders and judicial nominations. Rather, he wants to give Democratic candidates in 2016 some talking points, trying to somehow revive the silly Occupy movement and class warfare.
But even a cursory look at what the President is supposedly going to propose tells us that it’s not even being advertised truthfully. It is, supposedly, supposed to benefit the middle class, but extending the earned income tax credits to families without children doesn’t benefit the middle class in the slightest; it is a benefit solely to lower-income people. Increasing the child care tax credit could help some middle-income families, but there is no reason at all to provide welfare for the middle-class. Two years of “free” community college tuition? What we need are stronger training programs in high school, and a greater push for them; Michael Bloomberg noted that becoming a plumber1 is probably a wiser career choice for most people coming out of high school.2 But nothing is free; education costs money, and has to be paid for somehow.3
The President does not expect any of these proposals to ever be passed, and I would certainly hope that they are not; the last hing we need is to add to the complexity of the tax code or to take more money from people who have earned it to give to those who have not.
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Mr Bloomberg used plumbing as an example, but his reasoning would hold just as true for electricians and carpenters and other skilled tradesmen. ↩
The Editor’s wife is a registered nurse, who earned her Associates in Science in Nursing at a community college. ↩
Thanks to the complete ineptness of the Carbon County tax collector, who told my mortgage company that my property taxes were up to date, leading my mortgage company not to pay them on time, I had to pay, personally, $2,008.63 in school district taxes on December 22nd, giving your Editor a very good lesson in just how free free public education really is. ↩
It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Kaley Cuoco in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. Today: Soldiers from neutral Switzerland.
Kentucky Wildcats center Dakari Johnson (44) went in for a dunk as #1 Kentucky played Alabama on Saturday January 17, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, AL. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For those who believe needing extra time to subdue Ole Miss and Texas A&M served more to entertain than alarm, Kentucky strengthened that argument Saturday.Kentucky overwhelmed Alabama 70-48 to cement its status as the best team in the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama, which had won 14 straight home games dating to last season, suffered the most lopsided loss in Coach Anthony Grant’s six seasons as coach (previous worst was a 21-point loss at Missouri last season).
Grant became the eighth opposing coach to take a record beating as Kentucky improved to 17-0. As the only unbeaten team in SEC play, UK improved to 4-0.
Continuing his hot shooting, Devin Booker led UK with 13 points. He made four of seven shots (three of six from three-point range) to make him 30 of 50 (20 of 28) in the last seven games.
Tyler Ulis and Dakari Johnson chipped in 11 points each.
Alabama (12-5 overall, 2-2 SEC) got 13 points from Levi Randolph and 10 from Rodney Cooper.
Kentucky dominated the first half with size and skill. The Cats led 35-17 at halftime.
Kim Quade on The Victory Girls: Does Pope Francis Stand for Freedom of Speech? We have to remember: freedom of speech as it is practiced in the United States is almost unique to our county; the rest of the world, including the other democracies, all have more restrictions placed on speech.
John Hitchcock on Truth Before Dishonor: “I’m An Israeli Soldier, Proud To Be” No, Mr Hitchcock, a United States Marine Corps veteran, is not claiming that he is an Israeli soldier, but is presenting a video from one.
Perry on Bridging the Gap: nothing new in over a month now!
Donald Douglas on American Power: 2014 Wasn’t the Warmest Year Ever I’ve heard so much on global warming, much of it contradictory, and I’m not about to say that it either is or is not happening. But I will say that if it is occurring, it is better to adapt as the climate changes than to impoverish ourselves trying to prevent it.
The much better-looking Dana on Patterico’s Pontifications: Execution in Oklahoma If we are going to have capital punishment, then damn it, we should have capital punishment: murderers should be hanged, with the executions open to the public. If people think that capital punishment is some sort of deterrent to crime — and I do not, or Texas would have the lowest murder rate of any state — then whatever deterrent effect there is is weakened by the way in which we do it. If we are going to have capital punishment, then we damned sure shouldn’t be squeamish about it; we ought to proclaim it proudly, and do it publicly, so that every citizen has the opportunity to see what is being done in his name.
PARIS—Every Friday, Johanna Bettach, a pregnant mother of two, stocks up on weekend supplies at the Hyper Cacher supermarket. Last week, just before she was getting ready to shop, an Islamist militant gunned down four Jewish customers at the kosher store and took many others hostage.
The Hyper Cacher attack, one of the deadliest against France’s Jewish community since World War II, spurred outrage across the country. It was by no means isolated, coming against a backdrop of acts of violence and intimidation.
Just three months earlier, Ms. Bettach said, she found her mezuzah—a box containing a parchment of Torah verses that religious Jews attach to their doors—torn off and thrown out.
“It is going from bad to worse in France, and we know that it is not going to stop,” said Ms. Bettach, 33 years old. “I can’t sleep at night anymore. All day when my kids are at school, I worry. I just don’t see any future for my children in this country.”
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The good European socialism that the American left sees as so very, very good — after all, they’ve got free1 health care! — is something that the left wouldn’t really recognize. It seems as though der Führer didn’t have to work all that hard to get the French to turn over their Jews; anti-Semitism has along and strong history amongst the supposedly Christian Europeans.
From The Washington Post:
The biggest threat to French free speech isn’t terrorism. It’s the government. The murders at Charlie Hebdo, while tragic, aren’t the problem. By Jonathan Turley2 | January 8, 2015 Within an hour of the massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, thousands of Parisians spontaneously gathered at the Place de la Republique. Rallying beneath the monumental statues representing Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, they chanted “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) and “Charlie! Liberty!” It was a rare moment of French unity that was touching and genuine.
Yet one could fairly ask what they were rallying around. The greatest threat to liberty in France has come not from the terrorists who committed such horrific acts this past week but from the French themselves, who have been leading the Western world in a crackdown on free speech.
Indeed, if the French want to memorialize those killed at Charlie Hebdo, they could start by rescinding their laws criminalizing speech that insults, defames or incites hatred, discrimination or violence on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sex or sexual orientation. These laws have been used to harass the satirical newspaper and threaten its staff for years. Speech has been conditioned on being used “responsibly” in France, suggesting that it is more of a privilege than a right for those who hold controversial views.
In 2006, after Charlie Hebdo reprinted controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that first appeared in a Danish newspaper, French President Jacques Chirac condemned the publication and warned against such “obvious provocations.”
“Anything that can hurt the convictions of someone else, in particular religious convictions, should be avoided,” he said. “Freedom of expression should be exercised in a spirit of responsibility.” The Paris Grand Mosque and the Union of French Islamic Organizations sued the newspaper for insulting Muslims — a crime that carries a fine of up to 22,500 euros or six months’ imprisonment. French courts ultimately ruled in Charlie Hebdo’s favor. But France’s appetite for speech control has only grown since then.
France might be one of the worst offenders among the democracies, but it’s hardly the only one; in Canada, and all across Europe, the government can, and will, take action for speech considered offensive by some Accredited Victim Group. It looks like our Framers, those old 18th Century men, were pretty darned smart in giving us absolute protection from those who would take away liberty for what they believe to be the common good.
Free at point of service, maybe, but they pay for it anyway with hideously high taxes; nothing in life is free! ↩
Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro professor of public interest law at George Washington University. ↩
I chose to link to a leftist site, to make the point that it was the left who supported this. ↩
It wouldn’t have passed anyway; a constitutional amendment originating in Congress requires a 2/3 majority in both Houses of Congress to advance to the states for ratification, and it would not have come close to the 67 votes needed in the Senate to send the proposed amendment to the House. ↩