Watchdog Says EPA Not Vetting Job Candidates

Posted on August 28th, 2015

US EPA LogoEDITOR’S COMMENT: I’m guessing that the EPA’s plan here is to enable them to hire as many environmental zealots and unqualified activists as they can, while the Obama administration is still in charge. Just think of the havoc that these radical fanatics can cause, particularly when the agency’s leadership has been shown to ‘ignore’ some of the existing laws.

By Kathryn Watson

The Environmental Protection Agency will hire up to 800 people by the end of summer, so it might concern taxpayers to know that EPA officials don’t thoroughly vet job candidates.

EPA hiring heads didn’t verify employment history or references of any new employees scrutinized by the EPA Office of Inspector General, according to a report released Monday. IG investigators reviewed 25 new-hire files, “none” of which “contained documentation that prior employment or references were verified,” the IG report said.

Perhaps even more problematic, the IG said, is the EPA’s own human resources bulletin doesn’t require staff to run reference or employment history checks. Read More..

How Obama Transformed America

Posted on August 27th, 2015

Obama yelling, speakingBy Phil Gramm

His progressive legacy won’t last because he passed vague laws and abused his executive power to impose policies that are unpopular.

How did Barack Obama join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to become one of the three most transformative presidents in the past century? He was greatly aided by the financial crisis that erupted during the 2008 campaign. This gave the new president a mandate and a large Democratic congressional majority that fully embraced his progressive agenda.

Having learned from previous progressive failures, President Obama embarked on a strategy of minimizing controversial details that could doom his legislative efforts. But no factor was more decisive than his unshakable determination not to let Congress, the courts, the Constitution or a failed presidency—as America has traditionally defined it—stand in his way.

Americans have always found progressivism appealing in the abstract, but they have revolted when they saw the details. Read More..

Debt Drama Looms for Congress

Posted on August 26th, 2015

Kicking the can debt by Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle from www.caglecartoons.com # 138859By Rebecca Shabad and Peter Schroeder

Congress has a long list of unfinished business for the fall, with highway funding, tax break legislation, a budget deal and a spending package all awaiting action.

But it’s the need for an increase in the debt limit that looms largest of all.

The nation is again coming close to hitting the “ceiling” for overall debt, which Congress set at $18.1 trillion in February of 2014.

While the deadline for lifting the limit is uncertain, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned last month that the “extraordinary measures” now preventing a debt default could be exhausted by the end of October. Read More..

SHOCK: WaPo Writer: Instead of Reparations, Black Votes Should Count For More Than White Votes

Posted on August 24th, 2015

WAIMH Red ArrowEDITOR’S COMMENT: It is truly amazing to see how absurd some of these progressive leftists can imagine in their utopian world. Frankly, since this idea is so extreme, and would divide America even further, I’m surprised that President Obama and his minions hadn’t already thought of this. Basically, this proposal would ‘solve’ racism by creating MORE racism. Sounds about right!

By Blake Neff

A writer over at The Washington Post has a bold new proposal he believes can heal the American racial divide: empower blacks by making their votes count more than those of other races.

“Racial reconciliation is impossible without some kind of broad-based, systemic reparations,” writes Theodore R. Johnson, a former White House fellow and current Ph.D candidate in law and policy at Northeastern University. “But if a pecuniary answer can’t fix the structural disadvantage — and it can’t — what can?”

The answer, Johnson argues, is simple: weighted voting, where black votes count for more than white ones. Specifically, Johnson suggests giving each black person five-thirds of a vote, to reverse the old three-fifths compromise written into the U.S. Constitution.

As Johnson gleefully notes, counting black votes more than others would significantly alter many elections in the U.S. In the 2012 election, several Southern states with high black populations, such as Mississippi and Georgia, would have swung over to Barack Obama’s column, and their recent Senate races would have been decided in Democrats’ favor as well. Read More..

O’Malley’s Taxes, Regs Drove Jobs Out Of Maryland, Hurt Its Poor

Posted on August 21st, 2015

Martin O'Malley at CAPBy Ethan Barton

O’Malley’s campaign this year has gone nowhere, but his record as governor will get much deeper scrutiny in coming days if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s public credibility continues to plummet, with a result that increasing numbers of Democrats look for more attractive alternatives for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

“Obviously, his economic policy has severely affected the state of Maryland,” said conservative think tank Maryland Public Policy Institute President Christopher Summers told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It hasn’t just hung an anti-business sign on Maryland. It’s carved it in stone.”

During O’Malley’s administration, however, Maryland saw an outflow of both businesses and residents, due according to Republicans to his high taxes and costly regulations. Republicans point to what they view as 83 tax increases as evidence. Read More..

Obama, the Left Downsizing the American Dream

Posted on August 20th, 2015

The American Dream is OverBy Joel Kotkin

Barack Obama has always wanted to be a transformational president, and in this, at least, he has been true to his word. The question is what kind of America is being created, and what future does it offer the next generation.

President Obama’s great accomplishment, arguably, has been to spur the evolution of a society that formerly rested on individual and familial aspiration, and turn it into a more regulated and centralized regime focused on broader social and environmental concerns. This tendency has been made much stronger as the number of Americans, according to Gallup, who feel there is “plenty of opportunity ahead” has dropped precipitously – from 80 percent in 1997 to barely 52 percent today.

The shift away from the entrepreneurial model can also be seen in the constriction of loans to the small-business sector. Rates of business start-ups have fallen well below historical levels, and, for young people in particular, have hit the lowest levels in a quarter century. At the same time, the welfare state has expanded dramatically, to the point that nearly half of all Americans now get payments from the federal government. Read More..

Wow! Obama Drives Down Coal Company Stocks, and Soros Buys Them on the Cheap

Posted on August 19th, 2015

What with a question markBy Thomas Lifson

I have always believed that global warming is a gigantic scam, driven by greed and lust for power. Now comes the shocking news, via Steve Milloy writing on Breitbart, that following President Obama’s use of CO2 emissions as a weapon to drive major coal companies near bankruptcy, the ultimate politically connected speculator George Soros is buying up stock in major coal producers on the cheap.

predicted in this column last week that the left wasn’t going to kill off the coal industry so much as it was going to steal it. That prediction is already becoming true courtesy of billionaire George Soros.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Act filings indicate that Soros has purchased an initial 1 million shares of Peabody Energy and 553,200 shares of Arch Coal, the two largest publicly traded U.S. coal companies. As pointed out last week, both companies have been driven perilously close to bankruptcy by the combination of President Obama’s “war on coal” and inexpensive natural gas brought on by the hydrofracturing revolution.

Under the hypothesis that not even socialists would leave trillions of dollars worth of a perfectly safe and clean energy source in the ground for the sake of the imaginary “climate crisis,” I posited that once the existing coal industry ownership was wiped out by President Obama’s regulatory onslaught, a new politically correct ownership would rehabilitate the fuel by contributing to Democrats. Read More..

Effect of Minimum Wage Increase: Seattle Restaurants Suffer Worse Job Loss Since The Great Recession

Posted on August 19th, 2015

Minimum wage cost and effect from www.caglecartoons.com # 147314By Connor D. Wolf

According to a report released Sunday by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the $15 minimum wage has caused Seattle restaurants to lose 1,000 jobs — the worst decline since the 2009 Great Recession.

“The loss of 1,000 restaurant jobs in May following the minimum wage increase in April was the largest one month job decline since a 1,300 drop in January 2009, again during the Great Recession,” AEI Scholar Mark J. Perry noted in the report.

The citywide minimum wage increase was passed in June of last year. The measure is designed to increase the city minimum wage gradually to $15 an hour by 2017. The first increase under the plan was to $11 an hour in April. According to the report, Seattle restaurants have already faced severe consequences as a result. In contrast, in the six years since the 2009 financial crisis, the industry has been recovering in areas without the $15 minimum wage.
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Schumer Iran Flap: What Is Wrong With These People?

Posted on August 18th, 2015

Safety FirstBy Christopher Chantrill

I guess that I’m too old to understand the modern world. I would have thought that for the White House to set the lefty dogs on Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for opposing the president’s Iran deal would be a bad idea. I would have thought that Sen. Schumer was powerful enough that nobody, not the president nor the lefty AstroTurfers, gets to mess with him.

But what do I know? The Hill reports that “Credo [Action], MoveOn.org and Democracy for America are rallying supporters to flood congressional mailboxes and town halls over the course of the next month to demand lawmakers support the agreement.” And there’s more:

Activists and former top officials within the Obama administration are openly contemplating whether Schumer’s stance disqualifies him from serving as the next Senate Democratic leader — which he is primed to do — and seeking to temporarily cut off money to Democrats in the upper chamber.

I guess I’m old fashioned, but I thought that the august United States Senators themselves — bedight with freshly laundered white togas — were the guys that got to elect their leaders. I had no idea, no idea, that activist groups, contributors, bundlers, and White House staffers got in on the action too. Read More..

The Democrats Have a Candidate Shortage

Posted on August 18th, 2015

Democrats panicking from www.caglecartoons.com # 167625By Chicago Tribune

Democrats have had a lot of fun joking about the huge field of Republican presidential candidates and the clown car they keep piling out of. The Democrats, by contrast, couldn’t fill a minivan. And the way things are going, that may be a big problem.

Say what you will about the GOP, it has an abundance of people with the credentials to warrant real consideration. Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Rick Perry, Chris Christie and Scott Walker have extensive records as governors. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz have managed to stand out from the Senate crowd. Carly Fiorina was CEO of a major corporation. The rank and file’s main problem is sorting through them all.

Democrats, by contrast, have only five candidates. At the moment, it’s really a two-person contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. And those two options suggest the party could be in trouble come November 2016.

Sanders, a self-styled socialist, has attracted big and enthusiastic crowds, but his positions veer too far left to be salable in a general election. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley boasts excellent campaign skills, but he’s practically unknown beyond his home state. Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee are equally unknown but lack those campaign skills.

The pickings are so slim that talk is percolating about a late entrance by Joe Biden, John Kerry or even Al Gore. Anyone know how to reach Michael Dukakis? Read More..

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