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Hollywood Hypocrisy

30 Rock superstar, PETA activist, board member at the progressive group People for the American Way and self-acclaimed lobbyist Alec Baldwin has been spending some time in the beltway this week pushing for more federal funding for the “arts.”

Baldwin tweeted on Tuesday: “Lobbying Congress 2day 4 federal funding 4 the arts. Those $s create jobs and tax revenues, raise kids’ test scores, build communities..”

@ErinHaust replied, “Y not pay for it yourself?” and “U have $$ & a commanding audience. Y not start a charity instead of digging ur hand into taxpayer pockets 4 ur pet project?” Haust asked, “R u saying only the govt can save the arts?” and “How does SPENDING tax $ RAISE revenue?”

These couple of tweets started a wave of activity from both Baldwin and Haust followers.  Baldwin jabbed, “The Defense Dept is the pet project of rich Republicans. You got a problem with that?” and “if we don’t secure our cultural heritage, what are we fighting 2 protect? Big Macs? Video games? Shopping malls?”

Followers of Haust responded in kind with statements like:

“next time we get attacked We can send the artists into battle to protect us” – @Rightwingdharma

“Seriously? American families can barely afford milk & gas. Why not just write a check yourself?” – @TheMommyLobby

Baldwin was in D.C. as special guest speaker at the National Press Club luncheon on Monday and touted his meetings and lobbying activities in his speech. Calling out representatives from Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico and 3 other states for what he called “favorable” and unfavorable actions in regards to funding for the arts, Baldwin said that he was pleased with his success.

This begs the question, is it ethical to lobby representatives that are not YOUR representatives from your district?

Baldwin doesn’t get it.

Despite his claims that funding for the arts creates jobs and tax revenues, Baldwin failed to see the irony of his thinking.  He tweeted, “You sound like all GOPers. They only love any regs and tax policy that stimulate the Dow.”

Was he not using job creation and revenue as argument FOR federal funding?

As @MShack87 pointed out, “Yep. Most hard working American’s pensions & 401k’s are invested in the market. You dont care about them?”

Most conservatives are actually in favor of some funding for the arts and architecture that preserve American heritage but, as G Linzmayer suggests, most would be “happy to see them spend more for the arts – IF they took it away from some other BS program that isn’t working…”

Baldwin had recently visited Europe and mentioned several times his affinity for the art and architecture of Rome, Paris and London. He said that they are “doing it right” in Europe by creating a culture appreciative of the arts.

In the same moment, however, that he is praising Rome for “doing it right,” he is complaining that money from the National Endowment for the Arts and other federal funding for the arts typically comes with strings attached.  He made reference to state and local governments not allowing “obscene” art and artists having to give the funding back to the government should their art be found inappropriate.

Respectfully, Mr. Baldwin is not taking into consideration several things when it comes to art and architecture in Europe.  First, Roman emperors, senators and dignitaries dictated what the architecture in Rome would look like.  They designed the structures and sculptures.  They told their musicians what they wanted to hear in their music, what they wanted painted on the walls.  Kings in France and England did the same.  Any ‘government funding’ of the arts in Europe, even in recent times, has had heavy strings attached.

Also worthy of consideration is the fact that the art and architecture in Europe is thousands and thousands of years old.  America can’t possibly, no matter how much federal money is spent, have the kind of historical context associated with the art of Europe.

Alec Baldwin, like many in Hollywood with similar views, fails to see the greatness that true freedom of expression provides.  Hollywood seems all too eager to lobby, push, advertise and admonish tax payers into funding that which makes them feel generous and righteous, even when they could solve the problem with their own money.

Perhaps Baldwin could gather some of his fellow 1%ers and use the money they would have spent on the Buffett Rule tax plan to start a charity to expand the arts, sans strings, throughout the country.

Proving the Slippery Slope

“It’s a slippery slope” – yeah .. that one. What if instead of a cliche, it were proved to exist – that slope of slip?

The Obama administration is still working out their strategy against the 1st amendment – more specifically the freedom of religion. They first tried to force Catholic churches, schools and facilities to pay for “contraceptive services”. That would first include birth control pills – but could easily be expanded to force the church to pay for plan B pills and even abortions. All of these are in direct opposition to the church’s teachings.

While Obama has pretended to back off the contraception ruling by allowing churches an exemption, he would still force their insurance companies to pay for services that the church is against. How is that more-aligned to the religious beliefs of the Catholic faithful? Anyone that believes Obama has given in or negotiated is believing the hype instead of analyzing the situation. He has simply found the spot at the top of the slippery slope that most Americans would accept.

Pre-born babies aren’t the only targets of the most oppressive regime in American history – now Obama is after the highly successful teachers at charter schools in an attempt to kill these non-union, non-NEA and very successful competitors to the failing schools system that the President firmly supports.

If we let Obama beat down the best teachers who have been attracted to a  better system of education and we let him suppress the beliefs of a large swath of Americans – who is to blame?

These are the issues that we must consider in the ballot box. These are the issues that every American must remind their members of Congress that they are upset with.

If you have not written your member of Congress about either – you are letting the government into increasingly personal parts of your life. Perhaps contraception of charter schools aren’t a big issue for you, but if you don’t fight this, it will not be long until the government goes after that which you hold dear. This is the line that must be held – the line at the edge of a very slippery slope indeed.

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Obama’s IRS to Target Charter Schools?

The last two weeks have been filled with stories of the Obama administration’s attack on religious organizations by forcing them to perform and/or pay for activities that are in direct opposition to their core beliefs. Now, it appears that the Obama administration is  targeting charter schools.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is challenging whether charter school teachers (typically non-unionized and unaffiliated with the NEA) should be eligible for state retirement plans – the same plans they have been contributing to for years.

Charter schools are public schools, but they work outside the typical NEA and union framework. They do receive taxpayer money, but there are some differences that the IRS is targeting. If the IRS is successful, it could force teachers into lower-performing traditional public schools over the new-era charter platform.

The Washintgon Times reported:

The proposed change would establish five criteria for determining eligibility in state retirement plans, the most troublesome of which, from the point of view of whether charter school teachers could participate, is a provision stating that “the governing officers either are appointed by state officials or publicly elected.” Another condition is that a government body must be responsible for all the debt a participating institution accumulates.

First, having a government official responsible for debt is the worst possible scenario an American tax payer can imagine. The inability of centralized government to manage tax payer funds has been documented over… and over… and over .. and.. well you get the point.

Second, the Internal Revenue Service is under President Obama by way of the department of the Treasury run by Mr. Timothy Geithner – yeah.. that guy. Geithner has been recently concerned over whether or not he would have a job should Barack Obama get re-elected and suddenly .. a new ruling more in-line with teacher’s unions than with the desires of American families.

Charter schools are steadily proving more effective than traditional schools by a wide margin. So much so that parents are having to put their kids into lotteries to hopefully gain entrance into the better schools.

Charter schools concentrate their funds on education. Some don’t offer bus service or spend money on extravagances such as cafeterias or theaters and the staff that must work those areas. That means more money for teachers and more time in the classroom.

The NEA is firmly against charter schools as are public sector unions. Both serve as special interest groups and lobby the administration – it would appear that special interests are more important than the will of the individual and  families – much like Obama’s recent oppressive attack on religious organizations in his attempt to get free contraception for all.

Charter schools are a mixed government and free-market alternative. They consistently out-perform full-public managed institutions and the big-government education groups are working to destroy them. Parents that have used them must organize against this overstep of government and special interest in order to preserve better choices for their children’s education.

Big Money Politics, Unions, and the Billionaires Club

The GOP presidential candidates are doggedly pursuing the chance to take on incumbent Democrat Barack Hussein Obama. Some candidates are running grassroots campaigns that rely on small campaign donations from millions of everyday working folks while others are supported by the billionaire’s club.

With the creation of all-powerful super-PACS, ( political action committees)  direct campaign donations are limited to $5000.00 for each individual, but the billionaires club can donate unlimited funds to super-PACS. The term “buying elections” comes to mind.

Democrats recently brought about a huge court battle to try to put limits on campaign contributions which has been skewed in today’s media as meaning Republicans are somehow all of a sudden allowed to buy elections with dubious support from the billionaires clubs around the world.

In the 2004 elections, billionaire currency manipulator,  George Soros did indeed try to buy the U.S. Presidency for one Democrat John Kerry by pumping a whopping $24 million dollars into his 2004 presidential campaign.

Soros has since made massive donations to leftist propaganda websites such as Media Matters, Huffington Post, Center for American Progress etc.  as he was certainly a very angry man when Kerry lost to G.W. Bush in 04.

Unions have also been attempting to buy elections with members hard-earned dues. Millions of dollars in big-labor donations went to Democrats in the 2010 med-term elections . In a New York Times article, big-labor unions, not big business are illustrated to be the “biggest spender of all” when it comes to elections:

Just when we’d been told the Chamber of Commerce had bought the election, along comes the American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees to pour nearly $90 million into the campaign.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this makes the public-sector union the biggest spender of all the outside groups. The National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union rank among the top five. Collectively, these three unions representing millions of public workers — only the SEIU is majority private — are devoting an estimated $170 million to an election Democrats insist that they are losing because of the nefarious influence of outside money.  (emphasis mine)

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The 2012 Presidential campaign funding discussion has been dominated by Barack Obama’s handlers bragging that their fundraising goals will approach a record one billion dollars for Barack to buy another four more years of hope and change Socialist transformation of America. Considering the record amount of largely taxpayer-funded campaign fundraisers Obama has been touring on recently, that amount certainly seems within reach. But just who is leading in campaign donations from the uber-rich billionaires club (election buyers inc.) so far?

As 2011 comes to a close, that distinction belongs to the former Governor of Massachusetts and GOP establishment favorite, Mr. Mitt Romney.

Romney’s richest donor so far is hedge-fund titan John Paulson, who is worth an estimated $16 billion, according to Forbes. Paulson has given $1 million to the Restore Our Future super PAC, which former Romney aides set up to support his candidacy. Mr Paulson was also involved in the taxpayer rip-off now known as the One West bank swindle, as documented here.

Romney has drawn the most support from billionaires, with at least 42 donating to his campaign. Obama is not far behind, with at least 30 billionaire supporters. Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman Jr. follow with 20 and 12, respectively, according to donor rolls and the current Forbes magazine list of 412 American billionaires.

The omission of Newt Gingrich from receiving major support from the billionaires club as listed above, also speaks volumes to those who say they refuse to support him because he is too much of a GOP establishment hack of some kind. These truths in campaign donation numbers currently show us that Newt Gingrich is not being supported by the establishment GOP and their crony-capitalists band of billionaires club members. This is probably an underlying reason as to why Newt Gingrich is now pulling in lots of support from various grassroots tea party voters that previously supported another GOP establishment outsider, the never-held-public-office-before, Mr. Herman Cain.

The 2012 elections will be a national dogfight of epic proportions, with the massive anti-establishment, anti-Obama sentiment being driven  largely by grassroots Tea party movements of informed citizens across America. The debt-spending must stop. The days of the richest ( see Obama, Romney) candidates running roughshod over We The People are fast coming to a close, much to the dismay of the billionaires club manipulators and big labor Unions bankrupting state governments through support your local fake Democrat campaigns.

2012 just can’t get here fast enough!

About Those Underpaid Union Teachers

While an amazing 57% of Americans were recently shown to believe that our teachers are underpaid and overworked… FACTS prove otherwise, much to the dismay of Obama and his Union bed-pals working to get him reelected in 2012. A new study by the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation finds that public school teachers receive total compensation more an astounding 50% greater than that of private sector employees. When studying the complete employment package that includes vacation time, benefits and job security, we see that unionized public sector teachers have really pulled the wool over the eyes of the American taxpayer when it comes to their often-stated “We are overworked and underpaid” soundbites.  

 

Unions pay big money to elect political bed-pals, who then turn around and approve fantasy-land salary and benefits packages for Union teachers that result in the collapse of state budgets across America. As we see here, 92% of all Union cash since 1990 has went into Democratic campaign coffers: 

Since 1990, labor unions have contributed over $667 million in election campaigns in the United States, of which $614 million or 92 percent went to support Democratic candidates. In 2008, unions spent $74.5 million in campaign contributions, with $68.3 million going to the Democratic Party. Already, unions have contributed $6.5 million to the 2010 elections, and $6 million has gone to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C.

The NEA and the AFT Teachers Unions are big players in Obama’s reelection campaign, and this is the main reason for his current “pass my Jobs Bill right now” temper tantrum, in which he wants to “create or save” millions of Union teacher jobs with Federal tax dollars. FACT: In doing my own research, I have yet to interview one child who could tell me that they showed up for school this year and found no teacher there to teach the class. NOT ONE. Incompetent, or unnecessary teachers should be sitting at home, not being paid federal tax dollars to overburden state budgets.

The Obama Administration has said that it wishes to make greater federal funding for education a priority during the years ahead, and has shown no willingness to support school choice in the form of vouchers. This is directly related to campaign donations of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers which from 1990 – 2008, have contributed more than $50 million to support Democratic candidates running for office. Teachers unions also spent record amounts to elect Democrats in the 2010 elections, but common sense Americans, along with the Tea Party spoiled those plans. That is the reason we see Unions protesting common sense state budget cuts across America: Many states now have new, common-sense conservative Governors and legislatures that mean business as far as obeying state laws that require them to balance their budgets are concerned.

Both of the above-mentioned unions have been strong supporters of increased federal aid to public schools and have strongly opposed school voucher programs. Of course they are against school vouchers, and this is also known as feeding the goose that is laying the golden eggs to fill Democratic campaign coffers which in turn, allows Liberal-fake-Democrats to remain in power. It is a never-ending vicious cycle of irresponsibility that keeps repeating itself….until the taxpayer money-pit runs dry, that is.  See Wisconsin, Ohio, and California for blatant examples of how Union teacher and other public sector employee pensions, healthcare and bloated salaries end up killing state budgets.  Over the course of the last four decades, states have used budgetary gimmickry to hide the trillions of dollars of unfunded pension liabilities.  Eventually, the truth comes out that there just isn’t enough money to pay all the state pensions that have been promised and agreed to by irresponsible politicians  begging for reelection. The folks who have put in 20 or 30 years of service don’t want their pensions cut, while the current batch of Union employees do not want to contribute enough money to the pension funds to keep them solvent in the very near future.

So much for Union solidarity there. Meanwhile we have the Occupy Wall Street protesters shoulder to shoulder with big labor unions in condemning American “greed.” The very same greed that teachers are shown to have an abundance of, raking in 50% more in total compensation than private sector workers, and still claiming to be underpaid.  How about that OWS protesters? Will we see signs condemning teachers union greed any time soon? I won’t hold my breath.

 

 

NEA Endorses Saul Alinskey

WorldNetDaily posted that the NEA has put Alinskey in the forefront for aspiring educators.   Considering the NEA is a labor union.. I suppose this is par for the course.  This could certainly drive more Conservative parents to consider the non-union Charter schools to avoid overarching socialist messages in school.

The National Education Association has made a glowing assessment of radical socialist community organizer Saul Alinsky and is enthusiastically recommending American public school teachers read two of his books, including one dedicated to Satan.

On its website, the NEA dubs Alinsky “an inspiration to anyone contemplating action in their community! And to every organizer!”

It recommends Alinsky’s “Reveille for Radicals,” a 1946 book about the principles and tactics of “community organizing,” and “Rules for Radicals,” a 1971 text that articulated a socialist strategy for gaining political power to redistribute wealth from the “haves” to the “have-nots.”

The NEA, the largest labor union in the United States, represents public school teachers, college and university faculty, retired education employees and college students preparing to become teachers.

The association describes Alinsky as a “master political agitator, tactical planner and social organizer” who wrote a “guidebook for those who are out to change things.”