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Shock: The Dems New War On Your Security

Shock: The Dems New War On Your Security

NRO: I am reliably informed that House Democrats are attempting, under the radar screen, to strip the King Amendment from the legislation based on an alleged technical violation of Byzantine House rules.

Washington Times: Democrats want ‘John Doe’ provision cut

By Audrey Hudson
July 19, 2007
Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.

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Obama’s Great Idea: Sex-ed for kindergarteners

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Don’t let the Dems kill the John Doe amendment

Al Gore: from politics to ‘consciousness’

Al Gore: from politics to ‘consciousness’

Thomas Lifson
Our friends at DraftGore have their work cut out for them. The man who gave us the internet has set his sights higher: a change in world consciousness. The Aspen Daily News reports that he told über venture capitalist John Doerr:

I’m engaged in a different kind of campaign,” Gore continued, “trying to bring about a change in thinking, awareness, and consciousness worldwide.”

That’s not quite Sherman’s famous promise, “If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.” So the door remains ajar.
By the way, I wonder how Gore got to Aspen? Did he fly on one of those nasty private jets? I bet he didn’t bicycle there. But of course he is exempt from the rules the rest of us are supposed to follow. Leading by example apparently doesn’t do much to change consciousness in his view. Those scintillating speeches are worth every ton of greenhouse gasses his vast mansion, private jet flights, and livin’ large lifestyle require.

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Obama and His Socialist Agenda

Obama and His Socialist Agenda

Rick Moran
We all knew that Barak Obama was liberal. But just how devoted he is to the nanny state has been a pretty well kept secret by both the Senator and his campaign. In fact, if you read most mainstream media accounts of where the Senator stands on a host of issues, you might think he was a candidate of the center or slightly left of Hillary Clinton. There has been much more discussion of Obama’s “themes” of empowerment and unity than there has been of specific policy proposals.

But Obama let his true colors show yesterday in a speech in Washington, D.C. about urban poverty. His “solutions” will sound familiar to those who listened to Lyndon Johnson’s poverty gurus and their fellow travelers under Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Promising massive government assistance with the help of private businesses (help that never seems to be asked for when the programs hit the streets), Obama goes Johnson one better by promising to empower unions to organize (read “intimidate”) just about everyone:

When I’m President, I will raise the minimum wage and make it a living wage by making sure that it rises every time the cost of living does. I’ll start letting our unions do what they do best again – organize our workers and lift up our middle-class. And I’ll finally make sure every American has affordable health care that stays with you no matter what happens by passing my plan to provide universal coverage and cut the cost of health care by up to $2500 per family.

And this 1960’s-style rhetoric about poverty should be a dead giveaway for those knowledgeable about how the left speaks in code words to mask their true intent:

The philosophy behind the project is simple – if poverty is a disease that infects an entire community in the form of unemployment and violence; failing schools and broken homes, then we can’t just treat those symptoms in isolation. We have to heal that entire community. And we have to focus on what actually works.

If Obama and his socialist friends were to focus on what “actually works,” they would make school choice the law of the land, crack down on drugs and gangs, lower taxes in urban areas to encourage the growth of the private sector, and a host of other free market solutions that have been advocated for decades. Instead, we get the same old tired bromides about government intervention.

The inner city is not the liberal’s pet laboratory where they can experiment with people’s lives as if they were lab rats. What the inner city needs, Obama and his socialist theories of government activism cannot provide. And that is the simple human dignity that goes with being self sufficient and supporting your loved ones. Getting those jobs to where they can do the most good will require rethinking urban policy so that lower taxes as well as tax incentives will begin the process of wealth creation that Americans are so good at. But asking these big city Democratic mayors to lower taxes and seek more free market solutions to their problems flies in the face of their own interests in feeding the numerous interest groups, special pleaders, and cronies who have gotten used to the contracts, the handouts, and the barely disguised bribes that pass for local government action these days.

It was federal government policies and programs that caused most of the problems of the inner city today. The fact that Obama wants to try more of the same only shows that absolute dearth of ideas emanating from the left regarding urban policy. They just can’t help themselves. And Obama can no longer disguise his far left policies by advocating them using soothing, non-threatening rhetoric.

(Hat Tip: Ed Lasky)

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Dems lob a softball slow and over the plate

Dems lob a softball slow and over the plate

Thomas Lifson
Yes, the polls don’t look so good for the GOP right now, but the Democrats just can’t help themselves.  They continue to use their Congressional majorities to try really stupid stuff. If the GOP has the wit to make a big enough stink over selected shenanigans, the public will respond. The mainstream media blackout technique no longer works. The latest example (hat tip: LGF) comes from Audrey Hudson  of the Washington Times:  

Democrats are trying to pull a provision from a homeland security bill that will protect the public from being sued for reporting suspicious behavior that may lead to a terrorist attack, according to House Republican leadership aides.

The legislation, which moves to a House and Senate conference committee this afternoon, will implement final recommendations from the 911 Commission.
Rep. Pete King, New York Republican and ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Steve Pearce, New Mexico Republican, sponsored the bill after a group of Muslim imams filed a lawsuit against U.S. Airways and unknown or “John Doe” passengers after they were removed for suspicious behavior aboard Flight 300 from Minneapolis to Phoenix on Nov. 20 before their removal.
“Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement,” Mr. King said in an interview last night.

One of the Democrats’ many Achilles heals is their subservience to the trial lawyers. When you combine their reluctance to rule out lawsuits with their political correctness and apply it to survival issues, like reporting suspicious behavior, there is a winning issue. The fact that this lends itself to satire so readily is a huge bonus. Ridicule is one of the most powerful weapons in politics.

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A Pointless Political Play

A Pointless Political Play
By Senator Jim Bunning
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 19, 2007

Delivered to the United States Senate, Washington, DC, on Tuesday, July 17, 2007.

Mr. President, I rise tonight to play my small part in this pointless political play put on by the Senate Majority Leader.

It is an insult to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces and to the American taxpayers that we are here tonight for no other reason than for a publicity stunt.

Instead of following the script written by “Move On” like my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, I want to be honest and frank with the American people. I hear Democrats every day talking about public opinion polls on Iraq and on the President’s approval rating.

To some extent they are right. The American people are not satisfied with the war in Iraq. And the President is at an all-time low in his approval rating.

But I rarely hear my friends on the other side of the aisle talk about public opinion of Congress. And it’s obvious why. President Bush has a higher approval rating than the current Democrat-led Congress.

I have never been accused of being a political strategist. But I have been around this town long enough – over twenty years – to know that the American people resent their leaders for so often taking the politically expedient path instead of doing what they think is right.

The American people see right through this charade going on tonight. It is just more political theater. Phony images of cots, toothpaste, and sleepy politicians meant to convince people that what goes on here at three in the morning may actually do some good.

But it doesn’t do any good. In fact, it does a lot of bad. Because this debate is more about political show and placating the “Move On” folks than it is about talking about the real issues at hand.

It is appalling that we are using a bill that provides vital funding for our nation’s military as a political smokescreen for Democrats to gain points in the polls.

The safety and security of the brave men and women in our Armed Forces is not a game to me. Our troops should never be used as a basis to stage a cheap publicity stunt.

If the Senate truly supported our troops, we would be here debating the nuts and bolts of the Department of Defense Authorization bill. Instead we find ourselves back debating whether to cut and run from Iraq as we have done countless times before tonight.

Democrats would like for you to believe that Republicans will not vote on the Reed/Levin amendment. Give me a break.

I’m happy to vote on this amendment right now. I plan to oppose it just as I opposed a similar version Senator Levin offered just two months ago.

It is a bad amendment. It calls for a premature withdrawal of American troops from Iraq before we have even had a chance to see the results of the surge.

I want to know how some of my colleagues know that the surge has already failed when it has only been in place for a month. I want to know how they know the situation in Iraq better than our commanders on the ground.

The ink isn’t even dry on the President’s plan and Democrats are already declaring it a failure. This type of defeatist strategy is irrational and unfair.

It is important to remember the dangerous effect our debate here in Washington can have on the message we are sending to our enemies. Make no mistake our enemies are watching us.

They are watching us and using our debate on the war on Iraq to strengthen themselves. Just this morning the new National Intelligence Estimate declared that the United States is at an elevated threat level.

It said that our biggest threat is al-Qaeda – specifically al-Qaeda in Iraq. The group is working to mobilize other extremist terrorist organizations in the region to mount a new attack against the United States.

The report also found that al-Qaeda will continue to acquire chemical, biological or nuclear material for attacks and will not hesitate to use them.

While al-Qaeda is working to plan this attack, U.S. forces are working hand-in-hand with Iraqi Security Forces to break up this organization and root out its terrorist networks.

This work is vital to our national security. We cannot forget the important lessons we learned from the tragedies of 9/11. There are still those out there who wish to do us harm.

Wake up America! If we withdraw from Iraq, the terrorists will likely follow us home. Democrats would like for us to believe that we can responsibly leave Iraq and the conflict will end. This is delusional. Make no mistake if we leave Iraq prematurely there will be widespread chaos in the Middle East. Iran will work with Syria to dominate the region while Sunni states scramble to oppose them. They will use any means possible to acquire the resources to bolster their nuclear weapons program in an effort to combat the United States.

The Kurds in Iraq will form their own country possibly with the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iran. This could then lead to an armed conflict between the Kurds and the Turkish government.

There will be widespread attacks to wipeout Israel and topple the Democratic government of Lebanon. These pillars of Democracy in the Middle East that once stood as an example for freedom within the region will crumble.

The government in Iraq will fail and there will be civil war within the country. This will result in mass civilian casualties and displacement. Most importantly, our national security will suffer.

Just this afternoon we passed by a large majority Senator Cornyn’s amendment that said that we should not leave a failed state in Iraq. It also said that we should not pass any legislation that will undermine our military’s ability to prevent a failed state in Iraq.

I ask my colleagues what are we doing right now? We are debating Senator Levin’s amendment that will without a doubt result in a failed Iraq. Let me be clear to my colleagues that believe they can support both amendments. A strategy of cut and run will lead to a failed Iraq and will undermine our military’s mission.

But Democrats have already decided the surge has failed before it has had a chance to work. These are the same people who voted to overwhelmingly confirm General Petraeus and are now refusing to wait to hear his report in September.

This is the exact type of message our enemies want to hear. Well, I for one am working hard to send our enemies a message – the United States will not back down from this fight. I stand behind our troops and General Petraeus.

I promised General Petraeus that I would wait to hear his report this fall. And I intend to keep my promise. I urge my colleagues to do the same.

The safety and security of all Americans depend on it.

Thank you Mr. President and I yield the floor.