Progressives pushing for more handouts

There he stood – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – on the steps of the nation’s Capitol, flanked by the most liberal of liberals, including Al Sharpton and Representatives Raul Grijalva, John Conyers, Barbara Lee and Keith Ellison, all purveyors of the “taker” culture.

By now you have most likely heard about his 13-point Progressive Agenda, his attack on income inequality, recommending what he calls bold steps to make a difference for ”every day Americans.”  He jumps from increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, national paid sick leave and paid family leave, universal pre-K and after school programs and childcare, to closing tax loopholes that allow CEOs and hedge fund managers and billionaires to avoid – are you ready for it – “paying their fair share in taxes.”

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Flanked by Washington’s purveyors of the “taker” culture, NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio outlines his 13-point Progressive Agenda. (

He promises there’s more in his agenda, including the expansion of Social Security, debt-free college and investments in schools, not jails.

Ironically, President Obama was speaking at Georgetown University that day saying, “I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leaches, don’t want to work, are lazy, undeserving, got traction.” Continue reading

First Lady plays the race card

Did you hear about the First Lady playing the race card at the dedication of the Whitney Museum in New York?

In 2008, I wonder many voters thought the election of black president would put an end to the racial divide they imagined in this country.  Actually, he’s made matters worse as he sends in his Department of Justice; first Eric Holder and now Loretta Lynch, to interfere in state and local matters.

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First Lady Michele Obama told an audience at the Whitney Museum that museums and other cultural centers are welcoming only to whites. (

Enter the First Lady, Michele Obama.  Speaking at the dedication of the $429 million Whitney museum, she told the assembled audience that museums and other cultural centers are really only welcoming to white people.

“You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood,” she said.  “In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum,” she added. Continue reading

You got us into this mess, Mr. President, with your 2008 grand plan to fundamentally transform the United States of America.


Now, if you are as smart as your people say you are, you’ll drop the “I’ve got a veto pen arrogance” and allow Republicans to help you salvage your last two years. Then just maybe you won’t wind up lower than President Carter.

Obama’s dream world

“We have come a long way over the past five and a half years.  Our challenges are nowhere near as daunting as they were when I first came into office.”President Obama, Aug. 1, 2014

I came up out of my chair when I heard the president say that during his pre-vacation press conference on Friday, but there wasn’t a sound out of the dutiful press corps in the audience.

Really Mr. President?

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President Obama told the press that “challenges are nowhere near as daunting” as when he came into office during his Friday press conference. ( photo)

Let’s look at the economy.  You said, “The good news is the economy clearly is getting stronger.  Things are getting better.”  And you claim “we’ve recovered faster and come farther from the recession than almost any other advanced country on Earth.”  Wrong.  We are mired in the slowest recovery ever!

What about the four per cent drop in real median household income under your watch, Mr. President?  And how about those 11 million workers who quit looking for work … the 11 million who went on food stamps … the increases in prices (food, gasoline and electricity)?  Growth is sluggish.

No, Mr. President, the economy is not looking up.  The national debt continues to climb and seniors have learned that Social Security will go broke in 2030, seven years sooner than when you took office. Continue reading

You can’t make this stuff up

Newly found e-mails reveal Lois Lerner’s hostility toward conservatives

“So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists.  It’s our own crazies (Republicans) that will take us down, “wrote Lois Lerner to a friend on Nov. 9, 2012.

“And I’m talking about the hosts of these shows.  The callers are rabid,” her friend responded.

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Newly found e-mails reveal Lois Lerner’s hostility toward conservatives.

“Great.  Maybe we are through if there are that many (A) holes,” wrote Lerner.

“Well, you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP.  The US is through; too many foreigners suck the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food for the end.  The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to,”  her friend continued.

Though seemingly trivial in nature, this e-mail exchange released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee clearly reveals Lerner’s feelings toward conservative groups and singling them out for extra scrutiny.

“Lois Lerner’s exposed emails show the world she was and is a political hack driven by her own partisan agenda rather than a neutral public servant,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“This email shows that Ms Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” wrote Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder as additional input for a criminal referral.

And let’s not forget this infamous quote on the IRS scandal:

“Not even a smidgeon of corruption,” President Obama, Feb. 2, 2014 Continue reading

Will black sheriff be Rep. Lee’s next target?

KRAMER’S NOTE:  In Kramer’s musings, posted March 25, 2014, I wrote how Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) labelled Rep. Paul Ryan with a charge of thinly veiled racism for using the words “inner city” and “culture,” both of which she says are code words for “blacks.”  I wonder how Lee will interpret the statements by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. in his op-ed.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. ( photo)

“What these race provocateurs do not want to admit is the reason we are seeing more disruptive behavior in schools is because of poor and ineffective parenting, manifested by liberal policies,” said Clarke.  “There is a government program today for everything in the black community that used to be the responsibility of the individual, such as parenting.  Because of this system, many parents have abdicated what is their most important responsibility and turned it over to the government.”

Writing in an op-ed for the Washington Times, Clarke says, “Uncle Sam is now raising their kids. We take kids out of the home with early childhood education programs, and the government feeds them breakfast, lunch and dinner, and provides after-school programs.  Who needs parents in the black community anymore?”

While explaining that every attempt liberals have made to help black people with their reliance on government-centered public policy ideas have worsened their lot in life, “the family structure, once a foundation of the black community pre-1960, is in shambles,” said Clarke

I highly recommend that you read the full op-ed.  The fact that Clarke is black won’t save him from Representative Lee’s wrath.  Blacks with conservative leanings are automatically labelled “Uncle Toms.”

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Columnist Eugene Robinson (nbcnews photo)

Spouting the same tired liberal line, however, was black columnist Eugene Robinson.  “Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of ‘culture’ is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem,” said Robinson, who seems to forget the billions of dollars that have been “invested” in the so-called “war on poverty” and the ill-conceived Great Society.  “If we had universal pre-kindergarten that fed all children into high quality high schools, if we had affordable higher education, if we incentivized industry to invest in troubled communities, if people had options for which they were prepared – culture would take care of itself,” Robinson wrote.

“But all of that is expensive,” Robinson went on.  Yes, Mr. Robinson, it is, but more money isn’t the answer.