If Obama Spoke Honestly, Here’s What He’d Say in the State of the Union

Also, published January 19, 2015 on the Daily Signal

Some things never change.

Likely, in his sixth State of the Union address, President Obama will drone on about the need for “the rich,” those hard-working higher earners, to pay more taxes.

He will demand the federal government create more programs it can’t afford.

Finally, in tyrannical fashion, Obama will threaten Congress with vetoes and more executive orders if the legislative branch doesn’t bend to his will.

Here’s my (satirical) take on what Obama will really be telling the nation.

“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens: I am president (smiles) and it’s my job as CEO of this country to give you a report on the state of our union.

“This has been a ‘breakthrough year’ for America. Our economy has grown at a record pace and people are working again. Unemployment is below 6 percent and in the first 11 months of 2014, businesses added 2.65 million jobs, making 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s.

“The labor participation rate is 62 percent—the lowest it’s been since 1978. But let’s not dwell on that because we’re creating jobs. Unemployment has gone down because people are taking any job they can find, working part-time when they want full-time employment (chuckles). But I would too if I was an average American. But that’s progress.

“And I know wages have stagnated and Americans haven’t received raises probably since I became president, but here’s how we’re going to fix that.

“In my White House budget which I will be sending to Congress when I get around to it, I’m demanding Congress raise the minimum raise to $10.10 an hour. That’s what I raised it to for federal contractors through executive order last year. It’s the right thing to do!

“Now, I know a lot of businesses who pay people hourly, like Burger King franchise owners, announced last year they will reduce employees’ hours below 30 hours a week to avoid paying for Obamacare. But I still think Congress should raise the minimum wage even though it may force businesses to cut jobs.

“For those young people who may be working part-time at Burger King and want to go to college, I’ve announced a $60 billion plan to provide two years of free community college to students. How will we pay for this? By taxing the rich more!

“As I’ve said many times, the rich (that’s really code for higher earners) need to pay their fair share. There’s no reason people who are already making lots of money because they work hard for long hours shouldn’t pay more in taxes.

“I know we raised taxes on ‘the rich’ last year but it wasn’t enough to cover the costs of tax cuts for the middle class and fund government programs. Some say my tax policies punish success and don’t encourage people to work hard when they know other people’s hard work will pay for their prosperity.

“This just isn’t true. Frankly, I think couples making $500,000 a year should pay a 50 percent capital gains tax rate instead of the 28 percent rate I propose. It’s the right thing to do. (Democrat members stand and applaud.)

“My Republican colleagues in Congress frown on this. Despite our many battles in the past, we’ll have to find a way to work together. While Republicans won control of Congress in 2014 and have plans of their own to move the country forward, so do I.

“I have a binder full of vetoes that I won’t hesitate to use if bills are passed on the Keystone pipeline, changes to Obamacare or my executive order on immigration.

“I will also veto any bill Congress sends me seeking to impose more economic sanctions on Iran before we can get a nuclear deal signed. Now, I realize America has been engaged in these talks for a year. Iran has ignored two deadlines and there’s a 50/50 chance Iran won’t sign a nuclear disarmament agreement. I don’t care if Democrats agree with Republicans on imposing more sanctions on Iran. As commander-in-chief, I know where to draw a red line. (No applause.)

“As I have said before, I will work with Congress—but if Congress continues to obstruct my agenda, I’ll take action on my own through executive order as I’ve done on immigration, climate change and lots of other major policies. Because it’s the right thing to do! (Democrats stand with thunderous applause.)

“It’s also the right thing for the American people! (More Democrat applause.)

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter. I’m not done creating my vision for America.

Believe it.

“God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

Response to Terror in Paris, Who’s Worse: Obama or GOP?

Barely two weeks into 2015 and I don’t know who looks worse: President Barack Obama or the Republican Party. Obama couldn’t find the time to join other world leaders and 1.5 million people in Paris for a march to stand up for freedom and stare down Islamic terrorists. A Republican Congressman compares Obama’s absence to Hitler’s invasion of Paris in World War II.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitted the United States screwed up in not sending someone with “a higher profile” to Paris to mourn the 17 lives lost in the worst terrorist attack on France since 1961.

And that someone should have been Obama — not the US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.  The administration’s excuses for Obama’s absence were even worse: security would have been difficult, Obama went to the French embassy and signed the condolence book, and he couldn’t make it to Paris on time.

On a network whose coverage is usually deferential to Obama, CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that President Barack Obama’s absence was an embarrassment. Later, Tapper wrote “as an American: I was ashamed.”

Toning down his rebuke of Obama, Tapper also wrote that Republican Congressional leaders — House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — also should have traveled to Paris.

No, it was Obama’s job, as president and he failed miserably.

Enough said, right? We can all agree regardless of our political stripes that what Obama did was low and in the poorest of taste. But a member of the Republican Party had to have the last, embarrassing word and take it a step further. Republican Representative Randy Weber tweeted:

“Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn’t do it for right reasons”

Comparing Obama to Hitler and invoking the Nazis’ 1940 invasion of Paris when Germany rounded up Jews to exterminate them is disgusting. Weber’s tweet is even more insensitive  because France’s 500,000 Jews are scared to death after one of the terrorists took over a French Jewish grocery store, killing four people and holding others hostage.  Not to mention the fact the attack on the grocery store Hyper Cacher was “one of the deadliest against France’s Jewish community since World War II” .

Currently, about half of the 10,000 soldiers guarding sensitive sites in France are “protecting France’s 717 Jewish schools,” as reported by the Washington Post.

Yet, Republican Congressman Weber thought it was cool to remind Jews in Paris about Hitler’s genocide, as they fear a similar one from Islamic terrorists.  His tweet certainly isn’t becoming for a member of Congress, particularly a Republican one, whose party is battling an inclusion problem. With friends like Weber and House Majority Leader Scalise, who spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002, the Republican Party doesn’t need any enemies (especially on the inside).

But back to the President — as images of world leaders such as British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu linking arms with French President Francois Hollande spanned the globe, Obama’s absence was glaring.

As the leader of America, the world’s most powerful nation — a victim of 9/11, one of the worst terrorist attacks in history — Obama should have marched in Paris. As for Weber, he should have joined other Republicans and CNN’s Jake Tapper and left his remarks at that. Instead, Weber made Obama look good and the rest of us cringe.

 

 

GOP failing to learn race lessons

First published January 8, 2015 on CNN.com

“If our party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out.”

That was the Republican Party’s own take on the 2012 election as it acknowledged in an autopsy report (otherwise known as the Growth & Opportunity Project) that it was failing to appeal to minority voters.

Unfortunately, too many Republicans have already forgotten this lesson, a reality made all the clearer by the response to recent revelations that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke to a white supremacist group 12 years ago.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was just one of those who seemed more interested in making excuses than holding Republicans to the standard they had supposedly set for themselves.

Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gingrich brushed off the accusations, suggesting it was a “stupidly” scheduled meeting, while noting that President Barack Obama attended the church of the racially divisive Rev. Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Gingrich also attempted to pivot to the media’s treatment of Democrats with racist records.

“You have (Sen. Robert) Byrd who was the majority leader and a Klan leader. You have Hugo Black, who was a justice, who was a Klan leader. But they were Democrats and being in the Klan was OK,” Gingrich lectured.

Actually, none of that was OK. But this isn’t about Democrats — it’s about the racist undercurrent that has been corrupting the GOP for decades, and the fact that the party’s establishment has too often looked the other way. Unfortunately, it feels like every time a Republican is caught behaving like a racist in the 21st century, prominent members of the GOP try to change the subject to Democrats behaving badly instead of denouncing what is going on.

What exactly did Scalise do to deserve the opprobrium that critics have justifiably heaped on him? Well, in 2002, as a Louisiana state representative, Scalise spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, founded by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.

Scalise alleges a staffer scheduled the appearance and that he wasn’t aware of the group’s, uh, “divisive racial and religious views,” as he wrote in a statement. Yet Scalise’s claims of plausible deniability just don’t add up.

For a start, The Washington Post reported that Kenny Knight, his neighbor at the time and a longtime Duke adviser, requested Scalise speak to the group and said Scalise “knew who I was, but I don’t think he held it against me.”

But we don’t even need to look to someone else’s take to get a feel for Scalise’s past. In 1999, Scalise reportedly told Roll Call he shared Duke’s “conservative” views but said that “the novelty of David Duke has worn off.”

More recently, in 2004, Scalise voted against declaring a state holiday honoring civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Collectively, these actions don’t look like those of an elected official who rejects “that kind of hateful bigotry,” as Scalise noted in his statement, but instead suggest a man trying to play politics in a state where only 13% of his congressional district’s residents are black.

Gingrich also told “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer that Mia B. Love, the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, had said Scalise has been “helpful” to her, as if this somehow negates what Scalise has done. But isn’t helping out a fellow member of the GOP a pretty basic requirement of the job for someone in a leadership position?

I admire Love, but the truth is that as a black woman myself, I have no idea how she could say on ABC’s “This Week” that she believes Scalise “should remain in leadership,” particularly since Love doesn’t appear to have had experience working directly with him. Perhaps Love was trying to show the GOP she’s a team player, but she didn’t do herself or the party any favors by standing by a colleague who spoke to a group whose membership would no doubt be happy if segregation had never ended.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Scalise made a “mistake.” Speaker John Boehner, for his part, called it an “error of judgment” and added that Scalise has his “full confidence.”

Nonsense.

As a black Republican, I’m tired of my party continuing to provide safe harbor to people like Scalise. Gingrich complained the media’s coverage of Scalise’s speech was “a one-sided view of reality.” Actually, that sounds more like a description of the GOP today.

The face of the party looks as intolerant as ever as 2015 begins. Unless it starts showing “representatives” like Scalise the door, it will find itself writing another autopsy report in 2016.

 

Do Police Officers’ Lives Matter . . .When Killed by a Black Man?

The mainstream media has taken great pains to avoid mentioning the race of the shooter who executed two New York City police officers — one, Asian and the other, Hispanic — just days before Christmas.  This New York Times article notes that both Michael Brown and Eric Garner were “black,” but avoids stating the fact that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who killed those two cops and then himself, was also black. Why?

Does the 28-year old black male, Brinsley, not fit the lie the news media and race hustler/profiteer Al Sharpton want to force-feed Americans: that there’s an epidemic of white men killing black men when . . . the opposite is true?

Race consumed the media’s coverage of the shooting deaths of black teens Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, both of whom were shot by white men (or a so-called “White Hispanic” in the case of Martin).  Long before the facts were in, the media jumped to conclusions, riding the coattails of the race-baiter Reverend Al, and concocted the misleading label of “unarmed black teen” to represent both teens as victims of hate crimes.

Never mind in both cases, jurors found no evidence to support convicting George Zimmerman or bringing charges against Ferguson, MO officer Darren Wilson. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence in the two cases showed Martin and Brown were the aggressors, not “unarmed black teens” whose bad actions contributed to their deaths.

The opposite is true of the police officers’ shooting. After shooting his girlfriend in the stomach in Baltimore, Brinsley posted to social media harrowing photos of blood-stained camouflage pants and a handgun — and vowed to kill to police officers in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner (who died of a chokehold imposed by a New York police officer).  Brinsely arrived in New York and at 3:00 pm, sneaked up behind officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and shot them in the head.

While these officers were on duty, they were very much caught  unarmed in “a brazen ambush,” as the Washington Post described — while avoiding noting the suspect’s race. As the gruesome details unfolded online, virtually every liberal news outlet, including — as mentioned — the New York Times, refused to mention Brinsely’s race, even though his photo was posted on Instagram.  If Brinsley had been white and the officers black,  the headline on the Washington Post December 21, 2014 article most certainly would have read, “White man kills 2 Black NYPD officers in hate crime.”

Let’s be honest, what Brinsley did was a hate crime against police officers. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson August 21, 2014, after the shooting of Brown and said, “The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now.” When can we expect Holder to visit Brooklyn and lament the same thing? Or does he believe only black lives matter?

Tragically, protestors in Ferguson, New York City and around the country felt emboldened to engage in violence and a madman like Brinsley killed cops because people like Holder, Sharpton, New York Mayor Bill deBlasio and President Barack Obama have vilified the police the facts not withstanding.

Eric Garner was indeed brutalized by the New York City officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed him using a chokehold prohibited by New York Police Department. While other officers looked on as Garner pleaded, “I can’t breathe.” Then they stood over Garner’s limp body, refusing to give him CPR.  The grand jury’s decision not to indict Pantaleo was a travesty of justice.  Are some cops dirty — or at the very least, incompetent — like Pantaleo? Yes, but it doesn’t mean white cops have declared open killing season on black males; far from it.

Black males are the ones killing and being killed by each other more than any other group in the nation. That’s the real epidemic, despite DeBlasio’s wishful thinking that racial profiling doesn’t work. More blacks go through “stop and frisk” in New York City because more blacks are committing more crimes in the city – last year, blacks made up 74% of shooting victims, 74% of shooting suspects and 70% of shooting arrestees.

Obama spoke out multiple times, and issued multiple statements when Trayvon Martin , Michael Brown , and Eric Garner were killed. Before any charges were brought against George Zimmerman, Obama chose sides, saying if he had a son, “he would look like Trayvon.” The inference being that Zimmerman killed him because he was black.

Though his actions have contributed to the open hostility towards police officers, Obama has made time only to issue a three sentence statement about the two fallen officers. When will Obama speak publicly about the killing of NYPD officers by a black man? Or is it a race thing?

Racist Sony Emails and the Hollywood Obama Calls Friend

Sony Pictures executives Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal revealed what many people already know— that liberal Hollywood is one of the most racist industries there is.The two exchanged a series of racist emails about their attendance to a fundraiser for President Barack Obama hosted by DreamWorks Animation head and big Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg.

They joked Obama, being the first black president, only likes black movies like “D’Jango,” “12 Years a Slave” or “The Butler. Another Sony executive in a separate email, referred to the black actor Kevin Hart as “a whore.”

Hollywood preaches lots of tolerance and diversity, as the heavy donor arm to the Democrat Party, but doesn’t practice it. This is the same largely white and liberal-dominated industry that (now) ironically helped raise huge money to elect and re elect America’s first black president

Of Sony Pictures’ 6,000 employees, only 17 earn over $1million and of those, Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment is the only woman earning over $1 million a year salary. Sony Pictures should be a case study for Democrats oft-repeated meme of the war on women.

In many ways Hollywood is still stuck in the days of segregation, pre-1964 Civil Rights Act, because the only way black actors get leading roles — or any role generally — is in movies about criminals, slaves, civil rights, etc. Note the list of movies in which black actors have won the rare Oscar compared to their white peers: “12 Years A Slave,” “The Help,” “Training Day,” “The Butler,” “Gone with the Wind,” “Dream Girls,” “Precious,” “Glory,” and “Monster’s Ball.”  It’s also a sad day that 2014 is the first year a black woman, Ava DuVernay, received a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for best director of the film “Selma.”

Chris Rock mentioned Hollywood’s endemic racism in the sweeping New Yorker article about him. In the Hollywood Reporter op-ed Rock penned, he wrote:

“And there are almost no black women in film. You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors?”

Rudin issued a half-baked apology, noting he “was only trying to be funny.” Since when is racism funny, especially when directed at the President of the United States?

My question is why didn’t Obama hold a press conference or issue a statement condemning these emails and what appears to be Hollywood’s “deep history of racism,” as he did on BET in the wake of Eric Garner’s and Michael Brown’s deaths?

Could it be Obama didn’t want to bite the hands that feed him?

In fact, Obama said just the opposite. In remarks to DreamWorks employees on the afternoon of November 26, 2013, following the breakfast fundraiser that Pascal and Rudin joked about in their notorious email exchange, Obama praised Hollywood for being a crusader of change, for telling stories that “transmit values and ideals about tolerance and diversity and overcoming adversity.”

Funny, Pascal and Rudin’s comments about Obama didn’t sound tolerant. Obama may want to remind the Sony Pictures executives his favorite movie actually was “Boyhood” and not one of the black films they mentioned. But we know Obama doesn’t have the audacity to do that.

Protestors Wrong on Ferguson: Michael Brown Will Never Be Emmett Till

The aftermath of the St. Louis grand jury decision in ruling not to indict Officer Darren Wilson has turned into a spectacle, nothing short of a circus. Protestors across the country are disrupting businesses and travel because they are unhappy with the justice that was served in Michael Brown’s shooting death. Protestors shutting down malls from Seattle and St. Louis to Richmond, Virginia have had ZERO political impact. These endless demonstrations serve only to make them look like fools, harming workers’ ability to earn a salary.

If “Black Lives Matter” to the protestors chanting the phrase, their time Black Friday would have been better spent on Black Friday at Boys & Girls Club or YMCA, etc. teaching black kids why it’s wrong to commit crimes and confront police and why it’s good to finish school, go to college and/or job.

As the Associated Press reported, it reviewed 1000 pages of transcript from the grand jury’s deliberations, the witnesses revealed inconsistent, fabricated and provably wrong testimony. Some witnesses flat out lied about seeing Wilson shoot and kill Brown that night, admitting they changed their stories to fit news accounts—or to convict Officer Wilson simply because he is white, regardless of the facts.

The news media made matters worse, in its role as apologist for the looting and violence that occurred in Ferguson because the majority of the bad actors were black and the victim in the tragic shooting was black. If the roles had been reversed and Brown was white and the officer black, I doubt the media would care about the story; further, hadm most of the looters been white the media would condemn them as looters rather than cast them “peaceful protestors.”

It is tragic Michael Brown like Trayvon Martin is dead. Brown was no innocent. Brown committed a crime that August afternoon, stealing cigars from a convenience store then roughing up the store clerk who confronted him. He also had marijuana in his system. Grand jury testimony from more than 60 witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what happened later which didn’t support the Brown-as-“gentle giant” narrative. Rather, testimony portrayed him as an imposing-looking, heavy-set 18 year old, towering over 6 feet, who challenged a police officer who thought he matched the profile of the suspect who robbed the convenience store moments earlier.

The perennial lesson that’s been apparent over the past 30 years is black parents need to take greater responsibility for parenting, which means marrying each other before they have babies. Today, 72% of black babies are born out of wedlock, which means it’s an anomaly for black babies to be born to married parents. Kids who don’t grow up in a stable, two parent homes are more likely to turn to lives of crime, which has become the economic demise of the black race.

Brown was headed to college but sadly thought engaging in criminal behavior was something a college-bound black teen could get away with. Black parents need to teach their children crime never pays despite examples in Hip Hop, Hollywood and the NFL glorifying ganstas, thugs, bitches and hos. When stupid black kids tell other black kids they’re “acting white” because they’re speaking proper English, making good grades rather than engaging in violent crime, black adults need to condemn this nonsense.

How can black radicals like Al Sharpton suggest our society, particularly white America, doesn’t value black lives when the reality is blacks don’t value black lives. Blacks are killing blacks and being killed by blacks not racist white cops. Every day 17 blacks are murdered, four out of five with guns, according to the Violence Policy Center, which calls this “the black homicide epidemic.”

Blacks represent 13% of the nation’s population yet are committing most of the nation’s violent crime. More than half of the nation’s prison population is black.

The moral of Brown’s life cut tragically too short is NOT that white police officers wake up every day hungry to kill young black men. The lesson is why do self-appointed, so-called “black activists” keep perpetuating this lie? Comparing the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till to Brown is a fraudulent attempt to rewrite civil rights history.

White racist men beat Till, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him in the head, then tied a 70 pound cotton gin to his neck with barbed wire to ensure he would sink to the bottom of the Tallahatchie River, where they dumped him. When his body was found it was bloated beyond recognition. His mother was able to identify his body only because of the ring he wore, belonging to his father.

An all white jury acquitted Till’s white butchers. Why? Because they could. Till was black and at that time whites in the segregated south were given free license to kill and lynch blacks with impunity.

Michael Brown was not killed by a white police officer because he was black. Brown sadly lost his life because of his own bad choices. First, he robbed a convenience store, then he confronted a police officer (who suspected him of committing the crime and) asked him to move out of the street onto the sidewalk. A grand jury of nine white jurors and three black jurors didn’t find evidence to support an indictment of officer Wilson.

Black Americans need to take personal responsibility for the pathologies killing their young men instead of blaming their demise on a false narrative that makes headlines, stokes racial tensions and changes nothing.