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Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill on free college tuition: ‘we can’t just start having the government pay for everything’

April 18, 2017

 One of the staples of failed (or should I say, screwed over by his own party) Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’s campaign was free college tuition for everybody.  Naturally this has enticed the young people in this country and other Democrats have hopped on board the free tuition train. While it sounds great nobody on the left who supports this idea seems to be asking how it will be paid for.

  In a rare moment of clarity on the debt and economic issues Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill admitted college tuition is expensive and our focus should be on other issues when it comes to government spending. She went on to admit the government cannot pay for everything.

  Here is more:

“Free college tuition is a great goal except it’s really expensive. It’s really expensive and we are struggling with how we’re going to pay for what we have in place right now in terms of Medicare,” McCaskill said.

“We have a demographic bubble that is moving into the system and we have interest rates going up and we owe a lot of debt. And if we’re not careful, we’re going to get so far under that we could be Greece.”

“So while I’m a very big supporter of Medicare and a very big supporter of for example expanding Medicaid in Missouri – it’s inane that has not been expanded in Missouri – I also want to be mindful of the fact that we can’t just start having the government pay for everything,” she continued.

“When people talk about that and they point out countries where that happens, people are paying 70 percent of their income in taxes in those countries.”

  This is something the Republicans have been saying for years, and have been labeled as haters for, and it is downright shocking to hear a Democrat talk like this. I feel like I am living in the Bizarro world right now. 

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

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House Ways and Means Chairman calls for a Justice Department investigation into Lois Lerner

April 18, 2017

  Last week it was reported that some House Republicans were going to file charges against Lois Lerner for illegally targeting conservative groups in 2012 but as of yet nothing has happened. But today maybe the first step may have been taken as House Ways and Means Chairman, Kevin Brady, has requested a Department of Justice investigation into Lois Lerner’s activities.

  Here is more:

The chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review evidence that Lois Lerner “broke the law to target Americans for their political beliefs.” The request comes after the DOJ refused, under the Obama Administration’s leadership, to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by the former IRS Exempt Organizations Division director.

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), joined by Tax Police Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting an investigation into allegations that Lerner used her division’s power to target American citizens’ applications for non-profit status, or political action committees, based upon the citizen’s political beliefs.

 “Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics,” the two chairmen wrote in the letter obtained by Breitbart Texas. “We respectfully request the Department of Justice to take a fresh look at the evidence presented in the attached referral in order to restore taxpayers’ trust in the IRS.”

Brady and Roskam sent information to the U.S. Attorney General disclosing findings of a three-year investigation by their committee that uncovered “evidence of willful misconduct on the part of Ms. Lerner.”

  As was mentioned in the block quote above, Barack Obama’s DOJ refused to investigate this scandal despite her not cooperating with the Congressional investigation and taking the Fifth, and you may remember that Lois Lerner was allowed to retire with her full pension.  A reward for a job well done?

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Judicial Watch requests an investigation into two Democratic Intelligence Committee members

April 17, 2017

  Using the same tactic MoveOn.org and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington used in order to force Devin Nunes to step aside from the Russian hacking scandal, Judicial Watch has requested an investigation into the possibility that two top Democrats on the Intelligence Committee potentially are guilty of the same violation as Devin Nunes is accused of.

  Here is more:

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Friday called for a preliminary investigation into two top Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee for potentially disclosing classified information to the public in violation of House ethics rules.

Judicial Watch has requested the Office of Congressional Ethics to look into whether Vice Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) broke House ethics rules for disclosing classified information to the public, with which left-wing groups have targeted its Republican chairman.

  For some strange reason MoveOn.org and CREW are not interested in the possibility that Vice Chairman Schiff and Rep. Jackie Speier were up to the same thing as Devin Nunes, something that was not lost on Judicial Watch:

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Sunday, April 16th open thread: ‘Were You There When They Crucified My Lord’

April 16, 2017

  open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, April 16th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  Happy Easter everybody, here is Johnny Cash performing “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”

 “He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:6-7 KJV)

frui diem

Illegal border crossings at lowest level in 17 years

April 15, 2017

  Jeff Sessions appeared on Howie Carr’s radio show earlier this week and he had some interesting numbers to share with the Boston talk icon and his listeners about the progress which has already been made at our Southern border.

  Here is some of what he had to say:

“I’ve been excited about progress at the border … March was the lowest level of illegal entrants to the country in 17 years. It was 72% below the last month of the Obama Administration,” Sessions relayed to Carr. Building on his statements on Fox News’s Hannity, he added:

I thought if we had clear leadership by the President, by our officers, and tell people please don’t come illegally, if you want to come to America wait your turn. If we do that we’d see a decline, and so far it’s exceeded my expectation.

  If these numbers are correct this is pretty impressive in a short period of time and it has been accomplished without building a wall but simply with the threat of actually enforcing the immigration laws which are already on the books.

  It would appear as if potential illegal immigrants are not crossing the border in the same numbers simply because they are afraid the President will actually enforce the laws. 

  We know the Democrats oppose building a wall on the Southern border, and we also know the establishment Republicans oppose building a wall but if these numbers remain consistent we might not have to build the wall after all. Isn’t it interesting what can be accomplished simply by enforcing the law?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

House Republicans plan to file criminal charges against Lois Lerner

April 13, 2017

  It is now being reported that the House Republicans are planning on filing criminal charges against Lois Lerner for using the IRS to target conservative organizations, here is more:

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) went on with Stewart Varney on Thursday morning to discuss recent developments on Capitol Hill.

Roskam told Stewart House Republicans are planning of filing criminal charges against Lois Lerner.

The Obama Administration was very lenient with the crimes that Lois Lerner committed. And those are strong words that I’m using but the House Ways and Means Committee voted out a criminal referral to the Department of Justice which was completely dismissed by the Department of Justice… We think that Lois Lerner did two things wrong. Number one, she denied people due process and equal protection of the law based on their political philosophy. We’re convinced that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that that’s true. And that’s a felony. Secondly, we suspect that she lied to the Inspecter General of the Treasury Department.

  It should be remembered that this story first came to light when Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth while testifying in front of the Congress, ADMITTED and apologized for “inappropriately” targeting conservative groups–an admission of guilt in my opinion.

  I am not going to hold my breath waiting for justice in this case…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

That time when Chris Matthews said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons…

April 13, 2017

  Press Secretary Sean Spicer has come under fire, and rightfully so, for making the stupid remark that even Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during WWII. Some Democrats, most notably Nancy Pelosi, have called on Sean Spicer to resign because of this mistake.

  While I cannot state emphatically enough how remarkably dumb this mistake was that is all it was–a mistake–and I do not see any reason for him to resign over this. The left will seize any opportunity to try to take down anyone in the Trump regime and this is the latest example.

  It is funny, but I do not remember anyone on the left calling for Chris Matthews resignation in 2013 when he said the same thing while defending Barack Obama. Here is what he said:

“If you basically lay — put down a red line and say don’t use chemical weapons, and it’s been enforced in the Western community, around the world — international community for decades — don’t use chemical weapons. We didn’t use them in World War II, Hitler didn’t use them.”

  If Sean Spicer’s remarks make him an anti-Semite who needs to resign for his lack of historical understanding why does Chris Matthews still have a job? What a bunch of hypocrites these people are…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium