Archive for May, 2009

School Choice is Not Just for the Rich

May 4, 2009

In the recently passed Omnibus Spending Bill, there was a lot of spending and little cutting. Not much cutting, but one important cut that affects the poorest families in Washington, DC. Why would liberals, who claim to be the party of the working poor and the party of social justice, be against a program that only helps the poorest kids in the worst schools? That’s a good question. Why Mr. President?

Obama recently stated that he, and Sec. Duncan would not look for “liberal” or “conservative” solutions, but solutions that worked. He said this before the Department of Education report came out saying that the program worked. So now there should be no excuse. Obama is stuck between a rock and a hard place now because he cannot endorse vouchers (even though he was educated via school vouchers and his own children attend private schools) because funds from the National Education Association (NEA) helped him get elected. It’s either that, or Obama doesn’t want the poor kids to touch his kids.

The problem is that it should not be a political battle. The victor should not be who gave the most money to Obama and the other dems. Let’s be clear, the NEA is not about helping kids. It is about keeping people employed. Whether they can do their job or not is irrelevant. They keep people employed so they can collect the dues and they can, in turn, donate those dues to democratic candidates. The viscious cycle continues. They don’t need to answer to me though. I was educated in a private school. I am not affected. I was never taught by a member of the NEA. Parents and children who know about this should tell this story. I am going to let them.

Reason TV put out a GREAT video on School Choice that tells the story much better than I ever could.

Todd Thurman

Obama Turns the American Dream into a Nightmare

May 3, 2009

We don’t want every single college grad with mathematical aptitude to become a derivatives trader. We want some of them to go into engineering, and we want some of them to be going into computer design

That is President Obama trying to tell college kids what to major in. What? you thought it was your choice to make? You must have been mistaken. You forgot that we live in America. You thought we had freedoms that no other country on earth has had before, or since. You sad, sad person. If you want the freedom to chose what you want to study, you need to go to France, or England. Obama is foolish enough to think that the promise of huge profits and a wealthy lifestyle (like his) are all thatpeople think about when they chose a major. After all, there is no one in the engineering field or the computer design field right? I guess I was ahead of the curve when I chose to major in Political Science. Surprisingly, there were other students in my class. I guess because, you know, people have different passions and they like to focus on their passions.

He also stated that Wall Street will have less of a role in the economy then they did in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. We all know how bad times were in the 80s and 90s. No one had jobs, no one was able to buy himes that they could afford, and there were so many people on welfare. What an awful time it was. Thankfully, Obama wants to make sure terrible times like that will never happen again. He wants to make sure good times like the 30s will always happen. The more government control over the private sector the better.

Every night, I dream of waking up in a world where everyone is equal. I makes me so happy that Obama is telling people what to do with their money, and taking the money that people worked hard to earn. A friend of mine is going to school to get his Master’s degree so he can open up his own business one day. He does not realize that the government is the one and only answer to all the economic problems that we will ever encounter. After all, who knows more about economics than Congressmen who have not opened up a math book in 30 years. In college, the only math class I took was math for non-math majors. I guess I am perfect candidate to run the economy. It can’t be any worse than it was in the 80s and 90s right? Those were such awful times.

Todd Thurman

The Swine Flu Epidemic. PANIC!!!

May 3, 2009

In the first victory of the Obama Office of Messaging, he correctly told people not to panic and remain calm. This did not stop several people from taking drastic steps to avoid something much more rare than the influenza virus, and with much less mortalities. Unfortunately, Joe Biden, in his usual flippant self, all but declared a national emergency when he told people to avoid tight spaces like airplanes and subways. A week after Obama tried to rest fears of “swine flu”, he has taken a different route. Well, like Rahm Emmanuel said: “never let a good crisis go to waste”. This is a good chance for Obama to appear like a leader, even though there is no real problem. When asked if the White House was overreacting, the answer was ‘of course not‘. How can they overreact to somerthing we know nothing about?

It’s not like the White House has never overreacted to a non-existent problem. It’s not like we devoted two years and hundreds of millions of dollars to the Y2K “problem”. The Y2K hysteria led people to become “Y2K Survivalists” and they lived their life off “the grid”. Instead of people living “off the grid” they are wearing surgical masks. It’s like SARS all over again. Obama needs to realize that, unlike when he was a State Senator, or a Junior Senator, his words have meaning. Even if Obama thinks his words as a State Senator had meaning (he was against the Iraq War as a State Senator, and he though tit carried as much weight as casting a vote in the US Senate against the Iraq War) they didn’t. They have a lot of weight behind them now. He is the leader of the free world. He needs to start acting like it. For such a good orator, he needs to understand that he can’t be so negative all the time.

When Roosevelt had his infamous “fireside chats” he reassured worried Americans that everything was going to be alright. Obama uses negative messages to get support for his worthless policies and complete unreadiness for the Office of the Presidency. Obama does this because he knows it is easier to control people with fear then it is with optimism. When the stimulus bill was in front of congress he said that the “time for talk was over” and that the economy would fail if the bill did not pass. He thought the bill was so important so he gave to his Moron-in-cheif Joe Biden to control. He also stated that Caterpillar would be able to hire people they laid off if the Stimulus passed. It passed, but Caterpillar was not able to hire people back because the Stimulus was not responsible. So now with Swine Flu, are we going to see legislation with tons of pork-barrel spending. How about a bill that gives every state 100 billion dollars to fight Swine flu. that way, by the time the sates get the money the epidemic will be erraticated. I wouldn’t put it passed Pelosi and her lackey Harry Reid.

Todd Thurman

No More Souters!

May 1, 2009

That was the rallying cry in 1992 after his vote in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case that sought to overturn Roe v. Wade. He was appointed by Bush (the first President Bush) but tended to vote more liberally. Bush tried to nominate a moderate to appeal to everyone, but he nominated a liberal and alienated his base (which he did a lot). So when it came time for him to nominate another Justice in 1991 (which ended up being Clarence Thomas) the rallying cry was “No More Souters”.

In the majority opinion for Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Souter wrote:

overruling the first was anything but a surrender to political pressure and an unjustified repudiation of the principle on which the Court staked its authority in the first instance. So to overrule under fire in the absence of the most compelling reason to reexamine a watershed decision would subvert the Court’s legitimacy beyond any serious question

So wait. When the Court rules in favor of abortion with no Constitutional authority to do so it is somehow, not giving in to political pressure? Read the opinion. There is nothing that says that a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is in the constitution. All it says is that is protected by the right of privacy that was created in the Griswold v. Connecticut case. Aside from that, it is a history of abortion. The argument was that abortion has been happening since the beginning of time, so we should not limit ourselves. Well, Justice Harlan, you know what else has been going on since the beginning of time? Slavery. Does that mean it is OK? Of Course not. Does it only apply to Abortion? Polygamy has also been going on since the beginning of time. How DARE the Court deny my right to marry as many women as I want.

So now that Souter is retiring, I can only hope that Obama chooses a Justice that actually follows the Constitution, but seeing Obama’s record of implementing a far left agenda, that has about a zero percent of happening. IT is sad that this country will continue to be shaped by people who are not elected and have life terms. It has become nothing of what the founders intended it to be. The Court is FAR the “least dangerous branch“. I would go as far as saying that the Supreme Court is the most dangerous branch, but that honor currently goes to Nancy Pelosi and the disgraceful Congress. But just so I can go on record: No more Souters!