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    • "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

What if the National Football League Were as Corrupt as today’s Schumer Democrats?



by JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

“The Washington Post carried one of the dumber op-eds within memory yesterday. It was written by Baynard Woods and titled “Only white people can save themselves from racism and white supremacism.” Its thesis is that Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage proves that all whites are white supremacists. Or all Southerners. Or something:

[I]t is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from the distorted monsters we have allowed ourselves to become.

What do you mean “we,” paleface? Speak for yourself.

We have to stop hiding from the truth of race — that this country, and the state of South Carolina in particular, were created on the idea of white supremacy.

This is a ludicrous claim. A large majority of American states have never known slavery or racially discriminatory laws. The exceptions are the Deep South states, back when they were dominated by the race-obsessed Democratic Party. Some things never change.

Woods grew up in South Carolina, and claims that he has heard racist comments there. It’s possible. I have spent a fair amount of time in South Carolina, and have never encountered a single racist statement or action. But maybe my friends are higher quality than Woods’s. Or maybe Woods is a less than objective observer. He says that for a long time, he has “proudly proclaimed my hatred of my home state.”

Please read on: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/06/charleston-shooting-brings-out-the-worst-in-liberals.php

Baltimore State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, Accuses Six Baltimore Police Officers in Gray Case

Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby: Actions Of These Officers Will Not And Should Not Represent Police

The charges filed by Baltimore City State’s Attorney:

Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. was charged with;
Second degree depraved heart murder (30 yrs.)
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) (10 yrs.)
Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) (3 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)

Officer William G. Porter was charged with;
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)

Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with;
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)

Officer Edward M. Nero was charged with;
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)

Officer Garrett E. Miller was charged with;
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)

Sgt. Alicia D. White was charged with;
Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)

View the video below:


Video of Freddie Gray’s arrest: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/05/01/video_of_freddie_grays_arrest_seems_to_rule_out_narrative_that_he_injured_himself_inside_police_van.html


The day was Friday, February 22, 1960!

During the 1950s and throughout the 1960s I did the Minnesota State High School weekly hockey ratings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Herb Brooks starred on the 1955 Johnson High School team which won the State Championship that year. With the exception of the State Tournament games and games played in the St. Paul and Minneapolis city school league competitions, hockey was an outdoor sport then.

Some games were played in below zero temperatures, and up in the Iron Range or Northwest Minn. where the majority of the best school hockey teams played, many many degrees below zero. One winter I joined sports journalist, Ralph Reeve of the Pioneer Press to watch a game between perennial state powerhouses, Roseau and St. Paul’s Johnson for an evening game with the temperature fourteen below zero played in an unheated wooden structure built locally to protect about 1500 fans from an evening windchill, about half of the communities resident population.

Roseau is located about 300 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, maybe more.

I believe 12 of the players on the USA Miracle team were raised in Minnesota or had Minnesota blood connections. Mark Johnson’s dad, Bob, was a friend of mine as a classmate earning graduate school credits at the University of Minnesota before he became a very successful coach at the University of Wisconsin. Mark scored the last second goal of the first period of the Miracle game to tie the score at 2-2.

I was well aware then of the competitive nature of the coach, Herbie Brooks, who orchestrated the Miracle victory determined to develop a team capable of beating the Russians whether anyone liked it or not. Few people remember that Brooks graduated from Minnesota in psychology, a topic he used to his advantage, as it turned out.

At the end of the video below you will notice coach Brooks quickly leaving the shocked and thrilled American audience at the end of the game……He found a private corner alone and collapsed into tears. (Wouldn’t you?)

The team still had to play and beat, not just tie Finland a couple of days later or the Soviets would have taken the Gold to Moscow. After two heart -wrenching periods USA came from behind to beat the Finns 4-2.

I listened to the game for two periods on radio for the game was not presented to us televised. I had expected us to play well. Brooks (purposely, I am sure) scheduled a game against the Soviets in Madison Square Garden a week or so before the Olympic games had begun….and USA lost 10-3….which in football terms would be around 70-19. He had arranged for his players to take out their hate against him, who had made them pay mentally and physically dearly training for the Olympics, by focusing totally on the game and the reason they were trained to do…..beat the Russkies and win the Gold Medal.

It was in the third period of play when the speed and strength trained Americans skated almost on a par with their professional Soviet competitors, all inducted into the Red Army to play hockey professionally.

The Soviet team had been out-coached, for that special game anyway.

Their speed, stamina, and style had surprised them, some of the Russian players mentioned years later.

If you have never seen the last minute of the Miracle….take a look now by clicking below…..


Dick Lehr’s The Birth of a Nation Reviewed by Today’s Leftist Blacks of all Colors……Others Need Not Apply

I am 80. My generation was not allowed to see director D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation”. It was ‘KKK racist’, those in control said. I cannot remember the first time I had heard of the movie, but learned early in life, the film was a masterpiece of art and form of its time and thought I should like to see it.

Racism, neither the white nor the black variety, was not a common word in St. Paul, Minnesota vocabulary in early years of learnings. I was a Brooklyn Dodger baseball fan then, for our local club, the Saints, belonged to the Dodger franchise. A Negro, Jackie Robinson was already a national hero as a Dodger in 1947. I was aware he was the first Negro introduced to the Major Leagues. I already knew the name Satchel Paige, a long time pitching star in some national ‘colored’ league as they called it from the baseball world then. The next year a Negro catcher, Roy Campanela joined our Saints. President Harry Truman opened the door for Negroes to serve in the military. Contrary to much black racist folklore, there were no riots, no stirs, no collapse of civil obedience.

Philco television arrived at our house in early 1948. CBS’s radio program, “You Are There” became “See It Now” on television, programs about American history I followed as a religion. I believe it was CBS television where, upon occasion, great movies were mentioned and reviewed regularly. I had already seen “Gone With the Wind” somewhere along the line and became entranced by all things dealing with the Civil War and the nation’s history since. I bought my first Abraham Lincoln biography the same year. The KKK never acquired any sympathy anywhere that I know of in those days around our geography. However, lefties even then celebrated a Negro hanging in Duluth in the 1910s. They were selling Soviet Communism to destroy America then.

I remember viewing bits and pieces of “The Birth of a Nation” both shown on television during my adolescence, and later in a college classroom or two being sold as white racist propaganda. I received it as so, for the depictions I saw in the bits shown of black ignorance, vulgarities, and savagery seemed racist and false. I attended a mixed race public school from freshman year-on where racism of any kind was neither expected nor allowed by the male authoritarians running the place. While there I never heard of nor saw a fist fight between races…..the entire community was supposed to be equally civilized or else.

I now spend time at American History Channel television where I can keep up on things atheist, black racist, leftist, feminist, to keep up with the language and mind of today’s American university professors who corrupt American culture.

AHC was featuring Dick Lehr who had just written, “The Birth of a Nation”, a book about the origins of the film of that name and its white racist, a bigot, as Lehr politely described him, the director and producer, D.W. Griffith. He teaches journalism at Boston U. He was raised in Connecticut and graduated from Harvard…..exactly as I expected him to be.

Mr. Lehr seemed very polite and sincerely taken by the art of Griffith’s work….which quickly made him worthy of my ear….(snobby though that may sound, I need such censorship or I would never get away from television’s classes, the good and the bad. I much prefer listening to enemies of learning and other leftist propaganda so I understand better today’s enemies of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Mr. Lehr admitted he was not an historian. One does not have to be a history major graduate to have ideas and interests in history. He declared unequivocally that Griffith’s “Birth” was a white racist propaganda piece. (So was Edward Zwick’s film, “Glory”, or any movie with a particular social-historical tale to tell, but he didn’t mention that.)

Mr. Lehr’s book was written to hook up with the 100th year ‘celebration’ of this Griffith masterpiece production….February 17th, 2015. He was noticeably proud of the riots against the showing of the film in Boston in 1915, yet he didn’t seem to be calling for universal censorship. It’s the second half of the film (which expressed a southern white interpretation of the rise and purpose of the Ku Klux Klan….after all, Griffith was born and raised a southern white.)

The claim that Griffith’s “Birth” set a stage for the KKK’s massive widespread revival of violence throughout our border and southern states up to the late 1920s can be proved by statistics. How does anyone know if that was his ‘racist’ intent? How can claim he projected in his artwork the basics of the life he experienced and learned in his own childhood.

I suggest Professor Lehr and others condemned to effect black racism upon Americans these days ignore the conditions of the defeated and devastated South from 1865 for the next quarter century and then again through 1915 to understand the world not as the snobs at Harvard and its Massachusetts entertain in the then and now, but how the white agricultural South, profoundly struggled in every conceivable way particularly during “Reconstruction”.

Mr. Lehr added a lefty programmed gentle black to his after film conversation and phone answsering time. Only black racists filled the phone line most of them black. One black feminist excitedly announced “Black women were raped…all legalized by whites”, but was not asked for details of the where, when, and the count.

President Woodrow Wilson also failed the History Channel’s racistlessness test. This president, Lehr suggested, participated in Griffith’s profiteering by hosting a packed-house IN the White House, the first showing of “The Birth of a Nation”, Feb. 18, 1915. The president’s comments about the film made a century ago did not pass the author’s muster at this December 22, 2014 AHC CSpan3 performance. The president never mentioned the cultural environment and language of that day might not be quite the same as today’s marriage of black racism to university standards of intolerance.

I am glad that I had not seen more than the bits and pieces of “The Birth” during my young yesterday. The film’s over exercisings and dramatizings might have sent me outdoors for better use of my time. I felt art in those days, but didn’t understand it. Today, I watched the film, about the two and a half hour version of it, as an art piece. Dick Lehr’s ravings of Griffith’s movie were in no way a stretch. To think that this “Birth” was the first of the truly greats in our world of movies is minor compared to the skilled mastery of the director’s eye and command to ‘invent’ life in a new world of entertainment and learnings so vital in our human efforts to know better the known and the unknown.

The following is a review of Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” by film critic, Roger Ebert:

“He achieved what no other known man has achieved. To watch his work is like being witness to the beginning of melody, or the first conscious use of the lever or the wheel; the emergence, coordination and first eloquence of language; the birth of an art: and to realize that this is all the work of one man.

These words by James Agee about D. W. Griffith are almost by definition the highest praise any film director has ever received from a great film critic. On the other hand, the equally distinguished critic Andrew Sarris wrote about Griffith’s masterpiece: “Classic or not, ‘Birth of a Nation’ has long been one of the embarrassments of film scholarship. It can’t be ignored…and yet it was regarded as outrageously racist even at a time when racism was hardly a household word.” Please read on:


“UNFREE, UNFREE, AT LAST”, THE DEMOCRAT PARTY Love for Plantation-Life Equality for All Subjects


Today’s Democrat Party would be dead without the racist Obamaling voters of all backgrounds, the living and the dead preaching against its white rivals living outside Obamaling government plantations.

Democrats and other government dictate-loving fascists, socialists and establishment black racists spend millions, billions of failing American dollars to enslave this market into State-controlled Obamaling plantations. They already dictate curricula at social science and education departments at American universities from American coast to coast.


Because whites are forever stupid, according to a chief Obamaling Democrat Party write’s-person and others at the New York Times, automaton, Nicholas Kristoff. Whites do not yet fully understand the glories and needs of traditional historic American racially controlled slave culture, even after six years of play in Marxist tars of Barack Hussein Obama’s plantation health plan. So many still waste time learning their ABCs the best they can, read, study, at least up to a certain Obamaling point, and fail to refrain from playing games of rape-pillage-and burn in most of their townships.

Indeed, Obamaling Democrats are working hard at closing the gap making white and black equally ‘UNFREE’…’UNFREE, AT LAST’!…….by destroying the structure of the traditional American family and its codes of responsibilities and duties, and requiring the American human male animal to become devoid of his genetic drive being inquisitive and driven to solve problems, to build, to invent, to compose, to sculpt that in life spiritually, religiously worthy of pursuing answers to the Why? of the human animal.

“UNFREE, UNFREE AT LAST” is the cheer for the welcomed paradise of Democrat fascist Marxist equality which this Nicholas Kristoff and his Charlie Blow friends at the New York Times, universities, its women’s and black racist departments, where its intellectual slaves already celebrate their communions….’UNFREE, UNFREE, AT LAST!

How dare lefty-trained blacks be uncivil at home and at school and neighborhoods without requiring complete and total equal white participation!

Learn more about requiring racial equality from Lefty New York Times racist CZAR, Nicholas Kristoff:


Obama’s Saul Alinsky Case and the Feminist Disease

What is entrenchment?

Saul Alinsky – Rules for Radicals

Saul David Alinsky, a writer, was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of the modern community organizing movement. He is most noted for his book Rules for Radicals.
Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Education: University of Chicago

Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

The above article was sent by Arlene Taber.

Among the first months of articles here at our local Prager group page, I and other contributors to this site warned readers about Obama’s love for Saul Alinsky’s rules for organizing Marxism for the ‘needy’ as a step toward socializing the entire nation by government rule.

Marxist control…..or any one political party control of the news media and a nation’s educational system is central to the establishment of any dictatorship, tin pot, Marxist, Islamic or Obama’s.

Liberty’s troubles in America, however, predated the present president in the Oval office.

We had a moral, cultural, and political revolution in the late 1960s and 1970s. Have you forgotten?

Our democracy is becoming a fraud now that the Political Party in power uses its self-claimed power to ignore Congress and the Courts, to isolate, demonize, and penalize its opponents, stack the courts with phony judges, and ignore the Constitution, the law of the land. Further, it bribes and otherwise financially abets billionaires to support government power and enrichments who toady to Marxist-America’s science, industry, and religious and economic demands for government favors.

Worse, is the collection of America-haters bribed not only by government handouts, but by hirings, cronyism and public and university propagandists, organized for future action, political and violent….and extension of the unfinished business of the druggie, sex, black nationalist and anarchic riots and revolutionaries who have gravitated to and have resulted from the perpetually narcissistic and disgruntled of the habitual left.

“I feel, therefore I am” is their most ” rational” motto.

Normal, traditional Americans work, most still not only bear family responsibilities but believe in them.

Unfortunately they still believe in ‘university’ as a place for honest learning, honest teaching, to pursue mankind’s search for truth. Such a place rarely exists in today’s ObamaRule.

The American female, the unmarried, the fatherless, the isolated all are central to the rise of the Marxist dictatorship in this country. They become misfits anywhere along the line of experiences; the street, schools, both public and parochial through university and grad school, and in broken families.

The feminist claim taught without end today. dominates the culture, that the human male and human female are equal….the same, so statistics throughout the culture must show the equality that they are the same. These people have no interest in truth, reality….they are feminized….that is, they feel they should be made equal because they breathe and go to school, and sing the feminist chants.

Many females who consider themselves conservative also believe in this insanity of male-female equality of ability, interests, size, make up, thinking, and all of the other genetically derived differences.

Equality? What is the equality of the sexes when the sexes aren’t inherently equal?

Probably 99% of all walking males over sixteen years of age could snap the necks of 99% of walking females if they were determined to do so, despite all of the esteem pounded into the human female these days from ages five to fifty. What is it that makes us pretend there is no difference between the male and female human animal?

I mention this only as an introduction to your thinking about demanding the human male and female be determined as ‘equal’ in all forms of American life. It is particularly insane for a culture to program its children to be feminized medicinally so incompetent teachers can sing their empty songs to a quieter more bored student audience.

I would never, never trust an American Miss or Mrs. or any other female in my foxhole in wartime. She is animally programmed to scream when facing terror…..as an announcement to males she is in trouble and needs help for starters. She is made to panic when in danger.

It used to be, even in my lifetime, that the human female must be the more esteemed sex, because of her sacred role of bearing, delivering, and nursing the most important creature in Nature’s command of the species…..a baby….essential to the future of the species.

Charlatans now run America…in our schools and universities, countless in Congress, and throughout the Obama adminstration, among those who dictate through the newspapers and media in general, and also in big business, especially those who make insanities possible.

The rise of the Marxist female to ruling power positions begets the end of intellectual creativity, independent pursuit of thought, invention, anything that implies, threatens change….for change is the enemy she genetically fears.

There is the collision here, for change is exactly what the human male is genetically programmed to explore.

Exploring is precisely what he is programmed to do. He becomes wasted and possibly a killer when he sees no route to explore that satisfies his interests and curiosities.

Today’s America, with or without Barack Obama, is failing both sexes by teaching false doctrines…..doctrines which are contrary to their genetic programs.

Therein lies the sex rub.

Big Government Obama Blames Big Government for America’s Problems

The ObamaCare Buck Finally Stops

from the Wall Street Journal:

President Obama says blame the government, not President Obama.

President Obama has found someone to blame for the Affordable Care Act’s rolling failures besides Republicans. ObamaCare is the government’s fault, not his.

On Thursday, Mr. Obama dropped by American University for a heart to heart with Chris Matthews, and the MSNBC host wondered who in the executive branch is responsible for the botched health-care rollout. Mr. Obama listed a few impersonal culprits including “cynicism,” “Washington gridlock” and “the management of government,” but he then drifted into another classic.

“The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization,” he said. “It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly. . . . The White House is just a tiny part of what is a huge, widespread organization with increasingly complex tasks in a complex world.”

So after five years, Mr. Obama has discovered government is inefficient and wasteful, or at least it is when he needs a political alibi.

Built-in incompetence and bureaucratic inertia are two of the reasons that some of us opposed handing the feds power over, oh, say, one-seventh of the economy. But there’s a special irony here for Mr. Obama, given that the cardinal political project of his Presidency is to rehabilitate the public’s confidence in large activist government.

As recently as Wednesday, Mr. Obama riffed that “government is us” in his inequality speech that liberals toasted as one of his best. He devoted his second Inaugural Address to the practical and moral virtues of what he called “collective action” and tried to convert we the people into we the government.

As for Mr. Obama’s “personal management style,” he conceded at a November press conference that “I was not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great.” Mr. Obama will never hold anyone specific accountable for the ObamaCare fiasco because that would mean indicting himself and his governing philosophy.

Shutdown is still Democracy at Work!!!!

Dear fellow Prager fans…..

It may not be the ideal. It may cause some discomfort for the comfortables. It is not a common thread of government management throughout the life of American democracy……BUT THE CURRENT SHUTDOWN IS STILL DEMOCRACY AT WORK…..

I can understand why most Republicans are political wusses….including the Congressman from my own district. They have had to sneak around the educational systems of leftwing political religious and political doctrine nearly all of their lives from kindergarten to adulthood ever so carefully controlling what they say, write, and dare think amidst the establishment leftwing intolerant mind controlling establishment fascists.

Personally, I have come to discover that the shutdown is great for the nation. The efforts both real and political to release bit by bit financing for various government agencies is RIGHT ON. It is the House’s Constitutional responsibility by LAW, not by the mouth of the Obamaling in the White House and his secretaries in the American news industry.

A fascist Marxist is in the White House. He has been supported and re-elected by negatives in groups who hate America because of their own private peculiarities. They don’t give a damn about the house in which they live, and have elected frauds and villains to advance their destruction to steal as many pies as they can from the American pantry to dictate their bigotries into law.

Congratulations folks in the House of Representatives. Fight the Marxist whether it’s good for your political career and pocket money or not.



Conventional wisdom in Washington is that our nation’s government was shut down by a group of uncompromising tea party extremists. While this is demonstrably untrue – the House of Representatives has now compromised on its position twice while Senate Democrats have refused to budge an inch – it masks a more important debate. That debate is over what type of democracy we want to live in: A real one or one on auto-pilot.

Official Washington regularly casts scorn on the “brinksmanship” that has characterized our nation’s fiscal debates for the last three years. There has been brinksmanship in recent years, but it’s only offensive if you wish to place our nation on perpetual cruise control.

Government on auto-pilot suppresses public opinion. It means Congress gets to tinker around the edges, but has few opportunities to change course. It is a radical change to our democracy, and fortunately not the nation we live in.

The Constitution grants the House of Representatives the power of the purse, and Congress has chosen to impose a statutory debt ceiling on itself. If these are extreme or irresponsible ideas then they should be altered, not simply ignored.

The President lectures Congress that “you don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job.” This misunderstands our government on every level. Congress’s job is, indeed, to fund the operations of government. But it’s a mistake to view the appropriations process as a rubber stamp on government. Rather, it is a vital part of our nation’s separation of powers.

James Madison explained, in Federalist No. 58:

“This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”

The American people have a grievance with ObamaCare. It is unfair, unaffordable and unpopular. Every day, new evidence is coming out about how unworkable the law is. If ever there were a time for Congress to use its power over the purse to obtain redress of grievance, ObamaCare is it.

That’s not extremism; that’s constitutional democracy.

Obama’s refusal to engage in our nation’s system of government extends to the next fiscal fight that will present itself: The battle over whether and how to raise our nation’s debt ceiling.

Our nation, by law, established a debt ceiling in 1917 as part of the Second Liberty Bond Act. The non-partisan Congressional Research Services explains the debt ceiling “imposes a form of fiscal accountability that compels Congress and the President to take visible action to allow further federal borrowing when the federal government spends more than it collects in revenues.”

In other words, it is as if a smoke alarm has been installed in our nation’s fiscal policy to provide the American people and their elected representatives the opportunity to periodically determine whether or not the house is on fire and, if so, what to do about it.

Don’t tell that to President Obama, however. “No Congress before this one has ever, ever, in history been irresponsible enough to threaten default, to threaten an economic shutdown, to suggest America not pay its bills,” he said last week.

This is, however, completely false. Gramm-Rudman was attached to a debt limit increase in the 1980s and played a role in getting our nation to a balanced budget a decade later. In 1996, an increase in the Social Security earnings limit for the benefit of senior Americans was attached to a debt limit showing that debt limits can also be used to increase spending.

So let’s just be honest about how official Washington wants our nation to function, and the fact that it has few similarities to the system set up by our nation’s Constitution and laws. Washington politicians, and their media enablers, want a system of government that is on perpetual cruise control and highly challenging to alter.

If they believe that would be a better system of government, they should take their case to the American people, amend the Constitution to remove the power of the purse from Congress and eliminate the statutory debt limit.

Perhaps such a proposal would fly with the American people. My guess is it would be overwhelmingly rejected. And, if that’s the case, people should start being honest about who really represents the unreasonable and radical faction in Washington.

Michael A. Needham is the chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America.

Lefty Eleanor Clift’s Mean Old Republicans Plotting Hunger for America

Eleanor Clift is standard American newsprint Marxist, 2013.

Eleanor Clift remembers the good-old-days especially those when Bob Dole liked the idea of feeding ‘the poor’.

But, in those days, food stamps were directed to aiding the destitute…..not buying votes Obama style.

What is the real number of food stamp collectors at present? Do you know, dear readers?

Somewhere around 48,000,000 Americans and others use GIFT food stamps paid for by the 49% of Americans who still pay federal income taxes from which foreigner president, Barack Hussein Obama can drill for more revenue…..Most are conservatives.

The majority of these fed-by-the-government have been hustled by our American 44th president……The major function of the present U.S. Department of Agriculture seems to be to build the Marxist base for present and future elections. It isn’t the only federal department to be devoted to this cause.

Eleanor Clift avoids the financial and political matters in her following article, preferring to remind lefties at and from the Daily Beast how mean, viscious, inhuman conservatives really are.

It is a female way of looking at things. Problem solving seldom arrives in the female mind. Feelings, such as doing good by robbing Peter to pay Paul with food stamps and re-electing security Marxists, help these unthinking make their way through the day.

Ms. Clift writes at the Daily Beast:


With the House about to take up the farm bill, the Republican Party’s ascendant libertarian wing is taking aim at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Eleanor Clift on whether food stamps will survive.

It’s a big number and it gets people’s attention when they hear it: 47 million Americans receive food stamps in what is now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program has expanded significantly under President Obama, who boosted benefits and allowed states to waive some work rules under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Still, the spiraling need for food assistance even as the unemployment rate has come down is tied to the weak economy and jobs that are so marginal that millions of working people earn so little they still qualify for SNAP.

This week, thirty members of Congress embarked on the “SNAP challenge,” eating on a SNAP budget for a few days or a week. “That’s $4.50 a day.” Above, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took on a week long food stamp challenge, April 2012. (Matt Rourke/AP)

For decades, since the 1970s, food stamps enjoyed bipartisan backing, with farm-state senators and legislative icons George McGovern and Bob Dole championing the program. More recently, even the authors of the famed Simpson-Bowles report on deficit reduction left SNAP untouched. But House Republicans have a different mind-set about food stamps and want to cut $20.5 billion over 10 years from SNAP, five times more than the $4 billion authorized by a big bipartisan vote, 66 to 27, in the Senate this week, setting the stage for the kind of class-based and racially tinged debate about the poor that poisons our politics and on occasion breaks out into the open.

“All of a sudden it’s become a popular thing to go after SNAP. Some members want to eliminate it entirely,” says Rep. James McGovern (D-MA). “Balancing the budget by making it harder for poor people to get food is a rotten thing to do.”

Asked if he thought the fight over SNAP had a racial component, said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), “No question about it.” Opponents of food stamps are “intentionally creating myths to demonize the poor,” he says. Democrats quietly tucked an amendment sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) into the bill rather than vote on the punitive measure. It prohibits murderers, rapists, and pedophiles from getting food stamps once they’ve served their time. Cleaver says one of the myths is that prisoners receive food stamps, “and most people never take the time to ask what day do they put the prisoners on a bus and drive them to the Safeway.”

“Here’s my prediction,” Cleaver told The Daily Beast. There will be a fierce battle on the House floor to reduce the $20 billion in cuts and a Democratic proposal to cut subsidies to big oil instead. Democrats will lose, “and so the bill coming out of the house will cause many people to puke because of the damage done to the poorest people.” Democrats may regain some ground when the bill goes to conference and must be reconciled with the Senate version, but splitting the difference between $4 billion and $20 billion in cuts would still be significant.

The farm bill is close to $1 trillion over 10 years, and nearly 80 percent of that is food stamps, making it an attractive target for the new ascendant libertarian wing of the GOP. “They see a program that helps people who aren’t helping themselves, and they want to kick the crap out of it,” says a House Democratic aide. House Speaker John Boehner inflamed the divisions within his own party when he said this week that he will vote for the farm bill. The Heritage Foundation’s political arm is running radio ads against three Republicans and one Democrat in agriculture districts, accusing them, complete with pig squeals in the background, of “putting a tuxedo on a pig” by backing a farm bill that is really a food stamp bill.

They see a program that helps people who aren’t helping themselves, and they want to kick the crap out of it.”
Heritage is demanding Republicans honor their commitment to cut spending, and that includes subsidies to farmers as well as food stamps. Republicans have expanded a crop insurance program that is a federal subsidy by another name and potentially more costly. Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler says the merits of food stamps and farm programs should be debated separately and that it’s time to end the “legislative log rolling” that couples the interests of farm state and urban members in the same bill. He concedes that it’s an open question whether either program would pass on its own.

More white people receive food stamps than black people, and able-bodied people without dependents are limited in the amount of time they can access the program. Sixty percent of working-age people in the program are women, most with children, and if the cuts go through, 210,000 children would lose their free school lunch benefit. On Thursday, almost 30 members of Congress embarked on the “SNAP challenge,” eating on a SNAP budget for a few days or a week. “That’s $4.50 a day,” says Michael Mershow, McGovern’s press secretary, “And no cheating, no office coffee in the morning, no bacon-wrapped scallops at receptions in the evening.”

Republicans say these Democrats are grandstanding and point out that SNAP is a supplemental feeding program that was never intended to be someone’s sole diet. But for the unemployed, the disabled, the elderly, or people just down on their luck, it’s what they depend on. Politics will determine whether food stamps, once an untouchable program, will suffer a body blow or survive largely intact. “What’s been sold over the years is that SNAP is an urban program, and the word urban can sometimes be a substitute for black or brown,” says Cleaver, who has worked hard to convince the farmers in the rural county of his district they have as much to gain from a robust food program as the folks in Kansas City.

Further comment: Lefties active in politics, Eleanor Clift for example, like to insert comfort reading to those racially and racistfully inclined, with phrases like…”the majority of recipients who receive federal benefits are WHITE….politically ignoring the fact that 88% of the American population is NOT BLACK.

Criminals, the violent, the brutal, in America are black males relative to their position of the American population as a whole…..yet, the majority of Americans in the rape, pillage, and burn business are certainly white…wouldn’t we all agree?

Statistics are things Marxists, especially Obamalings, love to play with, whether they are true or not.