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Obama: We Should Be More Like Socialist France

June 24, 2014 by Michael Schaus

Well, here’s the good news: We’re getting a clearer picture of how the Obama Administration would like to “fundamentally transform” America. And the bad news (you know how the whole “good news” thing works, right?) is that their newly transformed America would look a whole lot more like France. Now, I like a good cigarette and moules marinières as much as the next guy (unless, of course he’s French… then he might like it more) but, I’m not thrilled about living in the socialist-lite version of Europe’s paradise for workers.

While extolling the virtues of government-mandated minimum wage and vacation time, our Président decided it would be good to invoke the French worker as an idol to which Americans should aspire. According to Washington Examiner:

“Other countries know how to do this,” Obama said. “If France can figure this out, we can figure it out.”

Wow. I guess he’s seen the future; and the future works. Of course, the truth is a little less glamorous (and a little less snarky). It goes without saying that Americans can do anything that the French can do – and heck, we can probably even do it better.

But, really, do we want to compete with the French over who can be more socialist? I mean, they’ve had a lot more practice than we have. And, the truth is, France has been (economically speaking) a little bit of a let-down nowadays. For starters, our GDP is about six times that of France, despite the fact that our tax revenues barely double that of the socialist nation. Also, France just saw another GDP contraction (that’s a officially a “recession”), its unemployment rate has been hovering around 10 percent for two years, and there has been an exodus of wealthy entrepreneurs and philanthropists who have decided to scour the earth for a more economically inviting business climate.

In other words: The “worker’s paradise” of France is on the road to being the Detroit of Europe.

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Higher ed becoming a joke: Column

May 19, 2014 by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

As college graduates around the country fling their caps into the air, college and university administrators are ending the year in a less positive state. It has been a tough year for higher education in America, and it’s not especially likely that next year will be a lot better. As an industry, higher education is beset with problems, problems that for the most part aren’t being addressed.

One set of problems is economic. With tuitions climbing, and graduates’ salaries stagnant, students (and parents) are becoming less willing to pay top dollar. This has caused some schools — especially expensive private institutions that lack first-class reputations — to face real hardships. Yeshiva University’s bonds have been downgraded to the status of junk. Credit downgrades have also hit several elite liberal arts colleges. Other private schools, such as Quinnipiac College, are actually laying off faculty. Georgetown in Kentucky cut faculty by 20%.

Even fancy schools such as Harvard and Dartmouth have seen applications decline, with Dartmouth’s dropping 14% last year, a truly staggering number.

It’s no picnic for public institutions either. “There have been 21 downgrades of public colleges and universities this year but no upgrades,” reported Inside Higher Ed. It’s gotten so bad that schools are even closing their gender studies centers, a once-sacrosanct kind of spending.

The decline in enrollment seems to be slowing, but the long-term problem remains: With costs growing, and post-graduation incomes stagnant or worse, students (and parents) are growing more reluctant to take on the extensive debt that is required to attend many private, and some public, institutions.

That is only made worse by the decline in higher education’s image, damage that is mostly self-inflicted. As Twitter wag IowaHawk japes: “If I understand college administrators correctly, colleges are hotbeds of racism and rape that everyone should be able to attend.”

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Freedom Politics
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Law vs. Moral Values

Law vs. Moral Values
April 29, 2009 by Walter E. Williams

Policemen and laws can never replace customs, traditions and moral values as a means for regulating human behavior. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Our increased reliance on laws to regulate behavior is a measure of how uncivilized we’ve become.

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Liberal Censorship and Its Roots
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November 11, 2008, by David Limbaugh

The most unnerving aspects about the Democrats’ sweeping victory Nov. 4 are their intolerance for dissent and their willingness to censor and otherwise suppress their opponents. Consider:

On election night, Philadelphia police arrested a man who dared to wear a McCain-Palin ’08 T-shirt at an Obama celebration rally. What’s scarier is that the Obama crowd reportedly chanted with joy as cops arrested the man for exercising his freedom of political expression. According to the liberal worldview, arresting someone for disagreeing with you is not censorship, but implying someone is not patriotic is.

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Breakdown
politics, hypocrisy, government, bureaucracy, Democrats, liberalism, left wing, propaganda, pandering, columns

November 11, 2008, by Cal Thomas

Remember when Democrats lamented the growing budget deficit and spoke of the burden our children and grandchildren would face if we didn’t put our fiscal house in order? That was when Republicans ran the federal government and Democrats opposed tax cuts. Now that Democrats are about to be in charge, concern about the deficit has disappeared and spending plans proliferate, even though the national debt passed $10 trillion in September and we added another $500 billion last month.

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All the News That’s Fit to Censor
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November 10, 2008, by Burt Prelutsky

When I suggest that socialism often leads to tyranny, I am not indulging in right-wing hyperbole. After all, aside from control of capital and the means of production, one of the essentials of all dictatorships is central control of the media. In 2008, the left already controls most of the MSM, not to mention the liberal arts departments on most college campuses.

The warning signs are all around us. Recently, as you may have heard, Beverly West, a reporter with Florida television station WFTV, dared to ask Joe Biden whether Obama’s connection to ACORN was a legitimate concern and whether Obama’s response to Joe the Plumber was Marxist. As a result, the Obama/Biden campaign informed WFTV that it was cutting off access because of such rude questions.

The American Issues Project, whose TV ad called for an examination of the Obama/Bill Ayers connection, led to the Obama machine’s demand that the Justice Department begin a criminal investigation of the AIP. The idea that the AIP should be investigated for running a legitimate TV ad, but ACORN should not be prosecuted for perpetuating voter fraud is the sort of thing that George Orwell would have dealt with if he’d lived long enough to write a sequel to “1984.”

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The Perils of the Ivy League
politics, elitism, education, left wing, liberalism, columns, ideology

May 16, 2008, by Burt Prelutsky

What has me dwelling on ivy is my recent realization that much of what I don’t like about American politics — namely, American politicians — can be traced back to Ivy League schools. It can’t just be a coincidence that four or five universities keep spitting out presidential candidates and their spouses with the sort of regularity that Notre Dame used to turn out All American football players.

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Primary Turnout Claims Turn Out To Be Half-Baked

Primary Turnout Claims Turn Out To Be Half-Baked
politics, elections, propaganda, columns

May 16, 2008, by Donald Lambro

Democrats are claiming that high voter turnout in their primaries is proof positive that they’ll win the White House in November.

It is a familiar claim, made by one party or the other, that pops up every four years, but it contains not a morsel of truth. Many studies show no correlation between party primary participation and general election results.

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An Acorn Whistleblower Testifies in Court
The group’s ties to Obama are extensive.

politics, elections, Democrats, campaign, lies, scandal, corruption, funding, voter fraud, columns

October 30, 2008, by JOHN FUND

Acorn, the liberal “community organizing” group that claims it will deploy 15,000 get-out-the-vote workers on Election Day, can’t stay out of the news.

The FBI is investigating its voter registration efforts in several states, amid allegations that almost a third of the 1.3 million cards it turned in are invalid. And yesterday, a former employee of Acorn testified in a Pennsylvania state court that the group’s quality-control efforts were “minimal or nonexistent” and largely window dressing. Anita MonCrief also says that Acorn was given lists of potential donors by several Democratic presidential campaigns, including that of Barack Obama, to troll for contributions.

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