• Pragerisms

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    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

“Maxine Waters [paid] $1.1 million to her daughter from campaign funds!”

GOP pushing ban on family members as paid campaign staff

by JAZZ SHAW  at Hot Air….Jun 13, 2022  

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Who says that Congress is so hopelessly locked up in partisan warfare that they can’t accomplish anything useful? Well… I’m probably speaking too soon because they haven’t actually done it yet, but Congressman Pat Fallon of Texas and some like-minded colleagues have at least come up with a plan that looks promising. He’s just introduced the FIRE Act (Family Integrity to Reform Elections) and it could bring a much-needed dose of accountability and integrity to the electoral process, assuming it can be passed and withstand the scrutiny of the courts. (Two very big assumptions, I know.) The crux of the proposed legislation is that it would bar members of Congress from putting members of their families in paid campaign staffing positions or allow them to act as paid contractors who are paid from campaign contributions. We have some very notable members who are currently serving and have family members doing very well for themselves on the dime of the member’s donors. Fallon wants to put an end to that. (NY Post)

Republican members of Congress want to prevent their colleagues from putting family members on the campaign payroll after several prominent Democratic lawmakers have been called out over the practice.

The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, to be introduced by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) on Monday, would bar any candidate running for federal office from compensating immediate family members for campaign services.

“Maxine Waters [paid] $1.1 million to her daughter from campaign funds,” Fallon told The Post in a statement. “Ilhan Omar, $2.9 million to her husband from campaign funds. James Clyburn, over $200,000 to multiple family members from his campaign.”

As noted in the excerpt above, there are plenty of examples to draw on when discussing the need for this bill and we’ve covered some of them here in the past. Near the top of any such list, you would find Maxine Waters, whose daughter has raked in well over one million dollars for some vaguely defined “services” to her campaigns. Waters represents an uncompetitive district and barely has to show up to campaign to assure her seat every cycle. For more than 30 years, Maxine Waters has triumphed in every House race she has faced with more than 70% of the vote, sometimes reaching 80%.

A more recent but possibly even more famous example is Ilhan Omar. Her husband’s consulting firm cashed in for far, far more than Waters’ daughter did over multiple cycles, bringing down nearly three million dollars until she finally cut ties with his firm, perhaps out of embarrassment. Omar is similarly in a seat so safe that she could have farmed out her campaign consultant duties to a beagle found wandering the streets and likely achieved the same result at a cost of no more than a few bits of kibble.

To be sure, we have seen Republicans getting in on the action as well. They don’t seem to create the same splashy headlines like the ones I mentioned above, but campaign nepotism is a game that everyone can play.

The problem with Fallon’s bill is that it’s not clear if any of these bits of nepotism are technically illegal or if Congress can actually regulate the hiring practices of the members’ campaign staffers as opposed to their congressional staffers after they are seated. FEC regulations do not prohibit hiring family members if they are “providing bona fide services to the campaign” and if the payments can be considered a “fair market value of the services provided.” Those are some very vague and tenuous descriptions. The cost of staffers and contractors who work for campaigns can and does vary wildly depending on the experience and track record of the people being enlisted. And “bona fide services” could mean almost anything you want it to.

It will also likely be very difficult to get this bill introduced in the House, particularly when you consider the power and influence of some of the members who are currently benefitting from a lack of such restrictions. Perhaps, in the end, the only thing to do is to continue to name and shame those who are found doing it. Such a tactic never slowed Maxine Waters down, but Ilhan Omar did eventually throw in the towel.

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