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BOOM: Trump Reveals First Dept. He’ll Cut as President… Liberals Howl in Horror

Speaking with Fox News host Chris Wallace this weekend, 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump made a remarkable statement about what he planned for the Department of Education, if and when he becomes president.

“I may cut Department of Education,” Trump said. “I believe Common Core is a very bad thing. I believe that we should be — you know, educating our children from Iowa, from New Hampshire, from South Carolina, from California, from New York. I think that it should be local education.”

Many Americans agree, especially as the Department of Education has grown into a massive bureaucracy more focused on indoctrinating students in the Islamic faith and “white privilege” than in actually teaching them things that matter, like, say, literature and math.
Plus, getting rid of the Department of Education would give parents much more power over what their children learn.

However, whether Trump could get actually rid of Common Core, which is his apparent goal, remains to be seen.

As The Daily Caller reporter Blake Neff explained, “While Common Core is promoted indirectly by the Department of Education, it is still adopted individually by state governments, and the federal government does not control it.”
Still, it’s a very worthwhile goal to consider since many parents are fed-up with Common Core’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to education.

Frankly, education is much too important to be mass produced … and thankfully, most Americans, including Donald Trump, get this.

Kerry slams Trump’s wall, tells grads to prepare for’borderless world’

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Secretary of State John Kerry took a shot at Donald Trump during his Friday commencement speech to Northeastern University graduates, by saying no wall is big enough to keep dangerous terrorists out of the United States.

“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he said in his speech at Boston Garden. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”

“So I think that everything that we’ve lived and learn tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from sound-bite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on Earth can remain great by looking inward,” Kerry added. “And hiding behind walls at a time that technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt.”

Kerry didn’t mention Trump by name, but Trump has repeatedly called for a wall on the southern U.S. border, and many Democrats, and some Republicans, have taken to calling him a carnival barker.
Kerry also seemed to dismiss the importance of national borders, and said technology has reshaped the world into one that the U.S. must engage at the risk of being left behind. He said Trump and others who want to look inward are making a mistake, even in the face of rising tension and violence in the world.

“For some people, that is all they need simply to climb under the sheets, close their eyes and push the world away,” Kerry said. “And shockingly, we even see this attitude from some who think they ought to be entrusted with the job of managing international affairs.”

“The future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of the past that did not really exist in any case,” he said. “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.”

This story was corrected to note that Kerry delivered his speech to graduates at Boston Garden.

Trump Earthquake Causes Democrat Tsunami

It is not often that we get to witness a true phenomenon.

The Reagan Revolution was exciting but it was not a phenomenon.  It was a carefully planned, long fought, and hard won battle between the Conservative wing and the Progressive wing of the Republican Party.

The Reagan Revolution began with The Speech by Ronaldos Maximus in support of Barry Goldwater delivered on a television program, Rendezvous with Destiny.  It blossomed during his two successful terms as Governor of California, and sputtered a little in 1976 when he lost the nomination for President to Gerald Ford in the last contested convention in American History.  Then after four years of hard grass roots work Reagan’s followers, this author included in their ranks, captured the party from precinct captain to national chairman.  The next eight years led to many successes, compromises, and a failure culminating in the party being handed over as a prize to George the First and the rest is History.  The Bush dynasty ran the brand into the ground.

Enter The Donald.  Now here is a phenomenon.  The last time a non-politician came from nowhere to capture the nomination of one of the major parties was in 1940 when the so-called Miracle in Philadelphia brought about the surprise nomination of a life-long Democrat who mirrored FDR’s positions on most important issues. He came in as a dark horse and through clever manipulation and behind the scenes machinations whisked the nomination out of the hands of the three top contenders: Senator Robert Taft of Ohio (the son of President William H. Taft), Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, and Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey.  Of course this was back in the day when there really were smoke filled backrooms and party bosses and long before primaries and State caucuses.

Here we are a life-time later and the ideological descendants of the Wilkie wonks after turning the Party of Reagan into Democrat Lite were planning on foisting another Bush on their unwilling base.  Trump trumped them all.  He knocked off one establishment straw man after another as well as the closest thing we will see to Reagan to stand unchallenged for the nomination.  No grass roots organization, no army of K-Street consultants, hardly any advertising, just Trump.  His triumph over everyone else who should have won is a true political phenomenon.

Now comes the general election at least once the Democrats stop the charade of Hillary losing her way to the nomination and hold their coronation of the Queen of Hearts.

Even relying on the yellow-dog Democrats, the dead Democrats who continue to vote, and the undocumented Democrats Hillary is going to face an uphill battle.  When you consider she may be ethically challenged, personally cold, under threat of indictment, and bringing Slick Willy along  her campaign strategy consists of convincing people that her opponent is worse. You can see she may not be the certainty the liberal media make her out to be.

Just look at her record.  Everything she has accomplished has been because she said “I do” to Bubba.  While he was playing hound dog and doing some government jobs on the side she was busy covering up his serial abuse of women and smoothing out the wrinkles from his frequent bimbo eruptions.  Then after they left the White House, looting it on the way out the door, she ran for the Senate in a state where the Democrats own the vote.  She spends a term and a half accomplishing nothing and is appointed as Secretary of State.  The judgement of her tenure as America’s leading diplomat has yet to be adjudicated.  She is a poor campaigner at best.  And she’s bringing Bill back to the scene of his crimes.  This is not the recipe for the Clinton Crime Family to recapture the capitol.

If that isn’t enough we do have Hillary’s top scandals as reported in World Net Daily(this is an abbreviated version):

  1. Benghazi: Four American lives lost: On Sept. 11, 2012, while Hillary was secretary of state, Islamic militants attacked a U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya, and murdered U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management officer Sean Smith. Two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were also killed. In the months leading up to the attack, Hillary’s State Department cut security in Libya.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., accused Hillary of “dereliction of duty” that led to the deaths of the four Americans.  “The State Department not only failed to honor repeated requests for additional security, but instead actually reduced security in Libya,” Johnson wrote in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Although no one can say with certainty, I firmly believe a relatively small contingent of armed military guards would have prevented the attack, and those four lives would not have been lost.”  As WND reported, a security decision finalized personally by Hillary may have unwittingly doomed the Americans in Benghazi. Hillary herself signed waivers that allowed the facility to be legally occupied, since it did not meet the minimum official security standards set by the State Department. The waiver legally allowed the CIA annex to be housed in a location about one mile from the U.S. special mission.  According to accounts from Benghazi survivors, the delayed response time by those at the CIA annex may have cost the lives of Stevens and the three other Americans killed at the special mission. If the CIA annex had been co-located with the U.S. special mission, a rapid response team would have been on site during the initial assault in which Stevens was killed. Clinton’s waiver allowed the CIA annex to be housed at the separate location.  As WND also reported, State Department emails show Clinton knew while the attack was under way that it was being carried out by terrorists.  Judicial Watch has obtained previously classified documents from the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was planned and carried out by al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood-linked terrorists. A federal court ordered the government hand over more than 100 pages of previously secret documents that showed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior Obama officials were given reports within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. In those memos, the DOD described details of a plan 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”  Nonetheless, Hillary falsely blamed it on “rage and violence over an awful Internet video” when she spoke at a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base on Sept. 14, 2012, as the remains of the four Americans were returned to the U.S.

 

  1. Clintons turn IRS into ‘gestapo’: Individuals singled out for audits during the administration included Clinton paramours Gennifer Flowers and Liz Ward Gracen, sexual assault accusers Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, fired White House Travel Office Director Billy Dale and attorney Kent Masterson Brown. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, an outspoken critic of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, said he was audited three times during the Clinton presidency. A 1996 survey by the Washington Times could not identify a single liberal public policy organization that had been audited during the entire Clinton administration.

 

  1. Filegate: FBI files on GOP enemies: The Clinton duo was involved in a scandal known as “Filegate” in which they illegally obtained FBI files on perceived adversaries, most of whom served in previous Republican administrations.  The scandal was first detected by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, which investigated the Clintons’ Travelgate caper. The committee found that the FBI files had been improperly accessed by Craig Livingstone, a former bar bouncer Hillary had hired to work in the White House Counsel’s Office. However, Hillary called the whole affair a “completely honest bureaucratic snafu.”

 

  1. Travelgate: The staff of the White House travel office was fired to make way for Clinton cronies, including Bill’s 25-year-old cousin, who was reportedly promised the position of office director.  Hillary allegedly fired seven employees and gave the positions to her Arkansas friends. According to the Washington Post, there was an effort to award a White House airline contract to a Clinton friend.  Also, Hillary reportedly had the FBI investigate the former head of the travel office, Billy Dale, who was fired without notice and removed from the White House grounds. Dale was charged with embezzlement but found not guilty of the crime in 1995. He was later audited by the IRS.

 

  1. Landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia:  In her March 17, 2008, foreign-policy speech on Iraq, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton recalled a trip she made to Tuzla, Bosnia, in 1996.  “I remember landing under sniper fire,” Hillary said of her visit while she was first lady. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”  But news footage of her visit revealed her “sniper fire” claim wasn’t just exaggerated. It was completely false. And Hillary had repeated the claim several times, including during her time on the presidential campaign trail in 2007. Rather, Hillary landed on a tarmac and greeted a crowd, including an 8-year-old child who gave her a poem, under no duress. According to the Washington Post, a review of more than 100 news articles revealed no security threats to Hillary at the time.

 

  1. Hillary’s ‘missing’ law firm billing records: In 1994, federal investigators subpoenaed Hillary’s billing records from her days as a partner in the Rose Law firm during the Watergate scandal. The White House said it didn’t have the 115 pages of files. While Hillary claimed she had a minor role in the affair, the Washington Examiner reported that “when the records mysteriously turned up in the White House in 1996, they showed she met repeatedly with key figures in the scandal.”

 

  1. Pardongate: Hillary Senate contributions: Before Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001, he granted numerous controversial pardons – including to convicted tax evader Marc Rich, whose wife made significant contributions to Hillary’s 2000 Senate campaign and the Clinton presidential library. The Associated Press reported that Rich had been “indicted by a U.S. federal grand jury on more than 50 counts of fraud, racketeering, trading with Iran during the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis and evading more than $48 million in income taxes – crimes that could have earned him more than 300 years in prison.” Rich fled to Switzerland in 1983 after his indictment and remained on the FBI’s Most Wanted List until President Clinton pardoned him.  Also, Hillary’s brothers, Tony and Hugh Rodham, reportedly received large amounts of money from people who were pardoned by Bill Clinton. Hillary said she and Bill were unaware of the scheme.  Accuracy in Media reported, “Hugh Rodham, Hillary’s brother, was taking money and promising access to help get pardons. Two such high profile cases were those of drug kingpin Carlos Vignali and convicted swindler Glenn Braswell. Rodham received hundreds of thousands of dollars from each, and they were both granted pardons. Rodham was quoted as telling a top White House aide that the pardon for Vignali was ‘very important’ to Hillary.”

 

  1. Hillary’s cash cows and 9,987 percent profit: In March 1994, it was revealed Hillary – with no previous experience – had made massive profits from cattle futures trading between 1978 and 1979, when Bill Clinton’s salary as Arkansas attorney general had been modest. She reportedly made $99,537 in profit on a $1,000 investment (a 9,987 percent profit) in just nine months because of a highly placed connection at Tyson Foods, which was the largest employer in Arkansas and a big Clinton donor.  The New York Times reported: “During Mr. Clinton’s tenure as Governor, Tyson benefited from several state decisions, including favorable environmental rulings, $9 million in state loans, and the placement of company executives on important state boards. … The commodities trades were the most successful investment the Clintons ever made. The nearly $100,000 profit enabled them to buy a house, invest in securities and real estate and provide a nest egg for their daughter, Chelsea.”

 

  1. Clinton body count: ‘You find dead people’ “The Clinton body count,” first published in WND and later circulated by Linda Tripp to Monica Lewinsky, is a collection of names of people associated with Clinton administration scandals who have died mysterious and often violent deaths. Reporter David Bresnahan broke the story of the list during the summer of 1997 while researching his book, “Cover Up: The Art and Science of Political Deception.”  “I started looking into all the various deaths of people that were involved in various Clinton scandals,” Bresnahan “I started to investigate the entire picture instead of just one focused event. Nobody out there was putting it all together,” he said. “If you look at one scandal, you’ll find one dead guy. When you investigate all Clinton scandals, you find similarities, you find common tactics, you find common actions and you find dead people.”  The list was not just a source of terror among sworn enemies of the administration. It was an even greater terror for those close to Clinton – for those closest, it appeared, died younger and more inexplicably than those on the outside looking in.  In his research, Bresnahan came up with more than one list. “Not only did I find a list of dead people, but I also found that there are over 100 people who have refused to testify,” he said at the time. “There is also a list of people who have gone to jail. There are 45 people who have gone to jail, some of them White House staff, Cabinet members as well as people from the Justice Department. So many of those (lists) developed when I started to pursue the big picture.”

 

  1. Watergate: Fired for being a ‘liar’ Hillary actually played a role in the Watergate saga, and her actions as a young attorney may have set the tone for her career.  The 27-year-old Clinton was fired from the staff of the House Judiciary committee investigating the Watergate scandal in 1974. She was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman, who called her a liar and much worse.  “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer,” he said. “She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.” Zeifman also refused to give Clinton a letter of recommendation, making her one of only three employees he snubbed during his 17-year career.

Who knows maybe she will get indicted before the coronation and save the democrats all this baggage.  Then they could parachute in Biden and Warren to save the day.  Or maybe they will nominate the man who is winning so many of their primaries and instead of a red queen go for a red king.

Believe it or not Bernie’s their best chance and he’s a Socialist.  I know his useful idiots repeat the party line, “He’s not a Socialist.  He’s a Democratic Socialist.”  This is like Hitler reassuring the Germans with, “I’m not a Fascist I’m a National Socialist.”  A statist is a statist, central planning is central planning, and collectivism is collectivism.  To put it in terms the philosophical among Bernie’s supporters might understand Capitalism is the thesis, Socialism is the anti-thesis, and Progressivism is the synthesis.

At least he would bring the enthusiasm for anything but the status quo to the support of the Democrat ticket.  If they nominate anyone else a large percentage of that vote may well end up crossing over from the dark side and support Trump.

However, try as they may, the Democrats are on the wrong side of History in this election cycle.  Their rule-by-decree culture of corruption coupled with the Neo-Conns and their nation-building wars for peace have brought us to the precipice.  The political class ensconced in their gated communities and safe behind the beltway moat may not know it or they may not care, but the once secure middle-class in the rustbelt flyover country know it and Trump has managed to convincingly play the marshal for this parade.  He has ridden the wave of discontent into the nomination and the phenomenon that is the Trump earthquake is about to cause a tsunami for the Democrats.

I just pray that everyone remembers that while a rising tide may lift all boats a crashing tidal wave submerges the whole coast and anything less than freedom isn’t freedom.

Keep the faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

MERCY——-READ AND PASS

Word for word from the Cornell Law Library and from the Government Publishing Dept.

Former United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey tells MSNBC that not only is Hillary Clinton’s private email server illegal, it “disqualifies” her from holding any federal office.

Such as, say, President of the United States. Very specifically points to one federal law, Title 18. Section 2071.

For those of us who do not have United States Code committed to memory, here’s what it says:
“(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.”

Yes, it explicitly states “shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”

Shouldn’t voters know that? The media won’t tell them. So it’s up to us. Can you help hold Hillary accountable? Pass this on, please.

Now !! Does anyone believe that this will make a difference ??

just a note!

Now if Hillary is allowed to run for a office of any kind, it will show us that the Washington D.C. establishment is so much more corrupt than we thought.

MINIMUN WAGE

Letter to editor

California: The World’s Largest Insane Asylum

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When I arrived in Los Angeles on August 22, 1960 with my wife Carol, recruited from Illinois to teach Chemistry, I thought it was perfect, busy and a little scary, but just about the finest place on this planet. As the years went by and I traveled to other countries that idea was enforced. “LA had it all,” and I was there for 26 years watching it decay imperceptibly and that would flash on me once in a while. What is it like today? Here following is a controversial list that has been seen in several publications with no challenge to the facts, but plenty of objections to their release.

 40% of all workers in L. A. County’s 10.2 million people are working for cash and not paying taxes. It is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without documents.

 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

 Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Media-Cal, with births paid for by taxpayers.

 Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally and not incarcerated for that crime, but others they have committed since arriving.

 Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages, substandard housing by any measure and dangerous to public health and safety.

 The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens from south of the border.

 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal aliens. How does one qualify for this program without being a citizen?

 21 radio stations in Los Angeles broadcast in Spanish, which is a strongly negative factor in assimilation.

 In L.A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish, and many have no interest in learning English, which is very harmful to them economically.

 When this list of facts was published it produced a huge, angry controversy, not because anything was false, but simply that it was published, a behavior that encourages and welcomes despotism. Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States population growth, and over 90% of that in California, Florida, and New York results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens, more than double “their fair share.”

This is not immigration; it is invasion and this is only one State. Much the same is happening across the nation. The Democrats see this as a way to permanently control the nation as they will grandly announce all these people are welcome to gain their allegiance, promising them more and more benefits, higher wages and power for their votes, but they will get neither.

These are the symptoms of a sick city, state and nation. While we should expect good and bad to come and go in cycles, this is one of “going south” has been going on too long, too deeply and now developed a life and energy of its own. We are now led by a bunch of insane people who are stealing us blind.

 Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits, including Retirement funds, 401K and Mutual Funds, to help 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and unemployed minorities, saying:

 “We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as Americans.”

 This is classic liberal thinking and promoting an idea with the wedge and political power of “guilt.” We have more and they have less, so we should give them enough to make up the difference. That we earned it and they did not is never considered in the liberal mind. It has never occurred to a liberal, the likes of Nancy Pelosi, that these people need to repair their country instead of turning what was a wonderful city into the world’s largest insane asylum.

U.S. taxpayers paying ‘salaries’ of jailed Palestinian murderers

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by: BOB UNRUH
Norwegian officials calling on the Palestinians to drop a program that uses funding from U.S. and other Western nations’ taxpayers to pay salaries to jailed murderers.

Borge Brende, the Norwegian foreign minister, confirmed in a report in the daily Dagen newspaper that he told Mahmoud Abbas to cancel the payments, according to Palestinian Media Watch.

WND reported earlier it was PMW that followed a “money trail” showing that the Palestinian Authority is secretly continuing to pay “salaries” to convicted terrorists, despite promising two years ago to stop the payments.

The organization said it found Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance documents that show a transfer of money from the PA to the Palestinian National Fund, the body that funds the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in the amount needed to pay the salaries.

The PA has received an estimated $25 billion in financial aid from the U.S. and other countries over two decades, according to the Gatestone Institute.

The PA’s payments became an issue for donor nations in 2014 after PMW exposed them.

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PMW said that among the likely recipients is Abdallah Barghouti, now serving 67 life sentences for preparing explosives for terror attacks over the years that killed 67 people.

After having been imprisoned for 13 years, Barghouti would be receiving about $1,600 a month now, according to the PA law.

When the Western donor nations objected in August 2014, the PA announced it had closed its Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs and promised “that salaries to prisoners will no longer be paid by the PA but by the newly formed PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs.”

But the PMW report revealed the new PLO Commission is identical to the old PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs in everything but name.

The commission and the salary payments to prisoners remain under the “supervision” of the Palestinian presidency, meaning Mahmoud Abbas. The PA minister of prisoners’ affairs became the director of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, PMW explained

In 2014, the last year the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs operated, its budget was 442 million shekels ($118 million), PMW noted. The year after the “closure” of the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, the PA raised the amount it transfers to the PLO by 481 million shekels ($128 million), from 294 million in 2014 to 775 million in 2015.

PMW found the additional $128 million the PA gave to the PLO in 2015 “is the amount the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs needed to take on the responsibilities of the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, which is primarily paying terrorists salaries.”

It means, PMW said, Western nations were duped into believing the murderers’ salaries no longer were being subsidized by taxpayer funds.

This week PMW reported Norwegian officials are calling out Palestinian officials for the payments after receiving a briefing from PMW for members of Norway’s governing legislature.

“In the Norwegian minister’s meeting with Abbas today, according to the Norwegian daily Dagen, when Abbas was confronted with PMW’s charge that the PA was still paying salaries to terrorists in prison, Abbas did not deny that the PA still funds salary payments to prisoners. Rather he confirmed that the salaries are still being paid, when he assured the Norwegian Foreign Minister that these salaries are just not paid with Norwegian money,” PMW reported.

Brende, in the report, said: “I emphasized that this support program in which financial payments are increased the [longer] the prisoners serve time [in prison], is unacceptable and should be abolished. I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it is in their own best interest to abolish this program.”

Abbas then claimed Norwegian funds are not going to finance the program, the report said.

PMW had dispatched its director, Itamar Marcus, to Norway to brief officials on the Palestinian Authority’s continuing procedure for paying salaries to terrorists “contrary to its claim to donor countries to have stopped funding these salaries already in 2014.”

During the subsequent discussion about the procedure, State Secretary Tore Hattrem said: “We became aware that the PA was transferring money to the PLO. … For us, it was just as unacceptable as if the money had come directly from the PA.”

A spokesman on foreign aid from the Progress Party, Jorund Rytman, said, “This must have consequences in terms of cutting the aid money so that [Norway] does not just protest, but shows it will act.”

PMW suggested that the procedure could subject the Palestinian Authority to penalties.

“The PA’s pledge that it fulfilled donor countries’ demands is false. Therefore, the PA today is fraudulently receiving the $1 billion it receives in foreign donor money,” PMW said.

At the time the new commission was created, a move described in the report as “mere cosmetic changes,” the international community accepted the PA’s assurances that it was no longer paying the salaries to terrorist prisoners, PMW said.

In the U.S., Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson acknowledged the issue but said a cut in funding was not needed because “they’re going to try and phase that out and we should give them an opportunity to do so.”

But PMW found that is not what happened.

Two months after the announcement that the PA would no longer pay prisoners, the organization confirmed there were “more than 200,000 recipients of PA salaries, which ‘includes the families of the martyrs (shahids) and wounded, as well as the prisoners’ and released [prisoners].”

Last year, the PA Ministry of Finance announced that the PA budget for the Gaza Strip includes salaries to Gaza prisoners in Israeli jails, the report said.

And “when Israel withheld PA tax money in early 2015, the PA announced that prisoners receiving more than 2,000 shekels/month would only receive 60 percent of their salary – the same reduction that was imposed the previous day on all PA civil servants. Were the PLO paying prisoners’ salaries from non-PA sources, Israel’s holding up tax money from the PA would have no impact prisoners’ salaries. Clearly, PA money is still the source paying terrorist prisoners’ salaries.”

Israel National News blasted the donors, saying they were “fooled” by the PA, which continued “raking in over a billion dollars in aid from them annually.”

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Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/u-s-taxpayers-paying-salaries-of-jailed-palestinian-murderers/#6TAgOiWJtfd2IK6V.99

THE YEAR THE VOTERS TOOK BACK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump crushed the last of his Republican opposition, sending Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich to the locker room. By the time he gave his victory speech from Manhattan, Trump had been honored by the RNC as the presumptive nominee. After spending millions of dollars to stop this very moment from becoming a reality, the NeverTrump movement confronted their ultimate failure. In a whirlwind campaign that historians will be studying for years, a man best known as the host of Celebrity Apprentice defeated governors, senators, brain surgeons, and one of the most powerful families in politics to become the Republican nominee for president.

Watch any news broadcast this week, read any paper, click on any political website, and you’ll find the same question: How did Donald Trump execute a hostile takeover of the GOP with such ease?

But by asking this question, the pundit class is proceeding on a false premise. Yes, the extraordinary rise of Trump deserves to be dissected and studied. Yes, he has manipulated the mainstream media using a species of psychological magic that America – nay, the world – has never witnessed before. And yes, he overcame a Republican establishment that would give anything right about now for a time machine.

But if Republican leaders had such a machine and they took the premise of the pundits seriously, they would only travel back in time to last summer. Instead of ignoring Trump for the first couple of months, they would go after him mercilessly from the first day of his campaign. They would beg all of the no-chance candidates to sit it out, thus giving a select group of hopefuls the opportunity to stand out. And it’s possible that they would, by following this playbook, be able to change the course of history.

More likely, though, they would only hasten Trump’s victory.

Trump deserves all the credit in the world for what he accomplished, but the seeds for his victory were planted long before he threw his name into the ring. After eight long years of failed presidential candidates, inept Republican lawmakers, and outright betrayal, conservative voters came into this primary season angry, discouraged, and determined to send a message to the GOP.

Just look at the only two men who ever represented even the slightest challenge to Trump: Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. Carson’s stay atop the polls was brief but significant, and Cruz turned out to be the last (realistic) candidate standing. Both of them outsiders. If there are still Republicans who think that there was some avenue they might have taken to make Jeb, Marco, or any of the other traditional candidates on the ticket, they are delusional. They may or may not have been able to stop Trump, but this was never going to be the year for an establishment nominee.

This was the year that the voters took back the Republican Party. And whether you agree with the decision they made or not, this has been an extraordinary moment in American democracy.

Now let’s go forward and make some real history.
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ON SUNDAY FOR THE SOUL

Do Unions Cause Inequality?

We hear quite a bit about inequality today.  This seems to be the mantra in the waning of the Obama Administration with the President saying, “Income inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.”  This is all code for another of President Obama’s descriptions of the same policy, the need to, “Spread this wealth around,” or in other words “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.”

Let’s spread the wealth around and end inequality.  One of the President’s and the Democrat Party’s most powerful allies in this long march to the promised land of a worker’s paradise where everyone is truly equal are the unions.

At one time it was dangerous to belong to a union in the United States.  They were considered illegal combinations in restraint of trade even though freedom of association has long been considered a right under the First Amendment to the Constitution.  People died organizing and participating in strikes.  Names like the Matewan Massacre, the Haymarket Riot, and the Battle of Blair Mountain convey the very real image of war that was fought for the right to organize.  This was a war that was decisively won by the unions.  This war for the allegiance of American labor was not won through the superior organizing techniques of the union bosses.  From the major battles of the 1800s and the early 1900s the unions were failing.  The workers just didn’t want to join.  Then along came FDR and his New Deal.  He passed pro-union legislation and with the patronage and support of the Federal Government unions not only flourished they triumphed.

According to the Progressives monopolies are terrible.  They benefit few and penalize many.  Never mind that before Rockefeller established his powerful Standard Oil a gallon of kerosene  cost 58 cents and after he had gained 90% of the market the price had fallen to 7 cents.  Or that under Carnegie’s US Steel, which controlled all steel production, the price of steel dropped.  Monopolies in production were universally branded as evil and they were made illegal by the progressives under Teddy Roosevelt “The Trust Buster” as he rigorously enforced the Sherman Antitrust Act and saved the people from the exploitation of efficiency and lower prices.

Monopolies were and are considered universally evil except when it comes to unions.  Unions have been allowed to exercise absolute control of entire industries.  Just ask yourself, how many auto worker unions are there?  How about Electricians, plumbers, carpenters?  How many unions compete with the NEA or SEIU?  These powerful unions have gained strangleholds over entire sectors of our economy.  They exercise coercive authority to allow some to work at their given professions and to deny others the same opportunity.  Through their unlimited power to exact unwilling support from anyone in their grasp they gain billions to support the very politicians who pass laws giving them the power to extort the money.  Through their government granted authority to become the sole negotiators of everyone’s pay, even those who don’t belong to the union, they effectively come to control the employers to a major extent.

Using the government awarded monopolistic and coercive power to drive up wages and benefits they drive up operating costs and prices.  By artificially driving up the wages of their members so that they can then collect bigger dues they distort the market place and artificially force down the wages of non-union workers.  You see unions can force wages above the levels that would be achieved in a free market only by limiting the supply with the threat to withhold labor if their demands aren’t met.

Workers in the private sector have been rejecting the big union cartels for generations.  Their participation rate has fallen from a high of 35% in the 1950s to its present dismal level of 11.1%.  According to the Washington Examiner, “The job sectors with the highest unionization rates in 2015 were in “protective service occupations,” primarily law enforcement, at 36.3 percent and education at 35.5 percent. The lowest rates were for retail sales at 3.3 percent and farming and forestry at 1.9 percent.”

And even this declining state of unionism is only possible because of the heavy hand of government patronage.  Rick Berman, president of the business-backed Center for Union Facts, attributed the stability in the numbers to pro-union policies under President Obama. “Union membership is apparently receiving a boost from an activist National Labor Relations Board. By tilting the scales in favor of labor organizers, the board and the sympathetic Obama administration are propping up Big Labor rather than helping the rank-and-file.”

As private sector employees bailed out of unions every time they had a chance, the employees-for-life in the civil service bureaucracy organized to gain an inordinate level of power over the government.  In 2009, for the first time in American history, government employees accounted for more than half the nation’s union membership.

Even FDR, the patron saint of unions warned about the distortions and disruptions of public sector unions.

In the President’s Aug. 16, 1937 correspondence with Luther C. Steward, the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees he said “meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government.”

He added, “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.  It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.”

And, “The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations.”

He continued, “The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.”

He concluded, “The pay is fixed by Congress and the workmen are represented by the members of Congress in the fixing of Government pay.  In other words, you would not have the representatives of the majority as the sole bargaining agents?  Not in the government, because there is no collective contract.  It is a very different case. There isn’t any bargaining, in other words, with the government; therefore the question does not arise.”

This is in effect a money laundering scheme.  The unions bargain with the politicians who raise the pay of their members which raises the dues collected by the unions who then contribute money to the very politicians who raise their pay.  And even in the public sector when given the choice to remain in unions or leave when given the chance as in Wisconsin they are leaving in droves.

So how do unions cause inequality?  By controlling the labor in major industries they distort the free market by artificially raising the cost of labor over what it should be according to production costs and sales receipts.  This in turn contributes to economic misallocations of resources and malinvestments which sets the stage for the creation of bubbles, booms, and busts.

In America all people are equal before the law and all should have equality of opportunity.  However, it is a fact apparent to anyone who has interacted with anyone else that all people are not equal in talent, motivation, experience, or desires.  Therefore inequality as a result of the varying application of these four attributes will always exist.

Such horror shows as the USSR, Cuba, and Venezuela have tried this through collectivist pipedreams that became the nightmares of their captive people.

If unions are all about the free association of workers go to Chicago or New York and try to start a competing carpenters union.  See how well that goes.  I would suggest that you wear a hard hat.

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens

 

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