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Obama’s Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave
by Alexis Simendinger
Ted Kennedy is gone and Iowa’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor over many decades.
Previewing an element of his State of the Union address, the president will gather a roundtable of working women as a backdrop for his challenge to the Republican-controlled Congress to pass legislation even Democrats couldn’t muscle off Capitol Hill when they held the majorities. Obama will ask lawmakers to pass the Healthy Families Act, a long-stalled measure that would grant workers up to seven days of paid leave annually when they or family members have medical needs.
On Wednesday, Obama met privately at the White House with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, whose members support the legislation. Organized labor last year helped champion state and local paid sick leave initiatives adopted by Massachusetts voters, and by Oakland, Calif., and cities in New Jersey.
Three states – Connecticut, California and Massachusetts – now require earned sick leave. Obama plans to deploy a blend of executive action and bully pulpit cheerleading to encourage more states and cities to follow suit.
Democrats Patty Murray in the Senate and Rosa DeLauro in the House said Wednesday they will reintroduce the legislation this year, touting their measure as an economically crucial benefit for middle-class women and families, and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, signed into law at the outset of President Clinton’s first term.
If the alliance between Obama (who is unlikely to see mandatory paid sick time enacted in Congress on his watch) and the Clintons on the subject appears to be unconscious, consider Hillary Clinton’s statement in Boston a few weeks ago:
“We need to get paid leave provisions on every state ballot by 2016 that we can possibly manage to do,” she said in December after congratulating Massachusetts voters for requiring businesses to grant employees paid sick time.
Oh joy, more stuff this country cannot afford to pay for. And if Patty Murray and Rosa DeLauro are involved it has to be something to hang around the neck of taxpayers. These two idiots are the kind of people you NEVER want to trust with your credit card. Lord knows how they spend on their own but they are certainly free spenders when someone else has to pay the bill.
Quote of the day:
“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.” ~ W. Clement Stone
Scott Walker–Sleeper in 2016 GOP Presidential Race?
by Caitlin Huey-Burns
Among the vast number of Republicans considering a run for president, two candidates with the familiar last names of Bush and Romney are sucking up most of the attention in the early going.
And for now, that’s just fine by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a preacher’s son who is finding virtue in patience.
The early, visible and loud machinations of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney and even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie don’t seem to bother Walker. Recently re-elected to a second term—his third win in four years, considering his success in beating back a 2012 recall effort—Walker is making moves ahead of 2016, to be sure: he hired a top national strategist to run his campaign, with more senior staff hires coming soon, and is creating a political entity to allow him to raise money and travel. He is boning up with
regular policy briefings and is traveling to Iowa next week for an early GOP cattle call. But Walker’s approach is more tortoise than hare, steadiness over speed.
Walker isn’t vying to be the top contender in the Republican field—at least not yet. He’s carving out a spot now as Second Best, a candidate who can build consensus among voters seeking an alternative to the establishment or far right, who will be ready if and when a preferred candidate falters.
“He could be the No. 2 choice of a lot of people, and being No. 2 is not a bad place to be,” says a GOP strategist familiar with the field.
Something to think about:
Mitt Romney backlash intensifies
Conservatives argue he has too much baggage and the GOP needs a fresh face.
by Katie Glueck
“Recycled.” Not the “new blood” the GOP needs. A man who “had his shot.” A “terrible candidate.”
A Republican backlash against Mitt Romney that had been simmering for days boiled over on Wednesday as conservatives across the GOP spectrum panned the prospect of another presidential bid by the former Massachusetts governor and two-time loser on the national stage.
Leading the anti-Romney charge was the voice of the GOP establishment wing, the Wall Street Journal editorial page. “The question the former Massachusetts Governor will have to answer,” the newspaper wrote, “is why he would be a better candidate than he was in 2012… The answer is not obvious.”
I don’t think he has “too much baggage”, other than the lies and smear by the left and their lapdog media. I just think his time has come and gone. And I definitely believe the GOP needs a new face. Obama may well have turned out to be a minus for the Dems but as a fresh face in 2008 he was a plus and gave them some enthusiasm. A Scott Walker or a Rand Paul could do the same for the GOP IMO. No more re-treads please. The establishment may now be anti-Romney because they are pro-Jeb Bush. I personally don’t want another Bush either. Enough.
Well, Mitt Romney apparently thinks what the country needs is Mitt Romney, and so he is, as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deadpanned Tuesday, “considering getting the band back together again.”
He’s calling his old donors and telling them to keep their mouths and their wallets shut, contacting former operatives and telling them he’s going operational, and generally signaling he’s about to inflict another campaign on us.
The White House has contempt for lots of people, but one can certainly excuse its contempt for Romney, who lost to Obama in 2012 even though the sitting president was presiding over a lousy economy, had jammed through Congress an unpopular signature policy – Obamacare – and was losing his grip on an increasingly disordered and violent world.
Romney, who lacks a seriousness about conservatism, can only claim that he’d somehow run the country better than anyone else, which makes little sense since he ran his general election campaign worse than anyone else. The Democrats beat him soundly by every measure – voter targeting, getting out the vote, use of social media, canvassing, and so forth. Sure, he’d bring more discipline to running the government than Obama, but that’s like saying your mother-in-law would be better company at breakfast than a puff adder. Of course she would.
What Romney Can Do
by Roger L. Simon
Mitt Romney got it on the chin in a well-written Wall Street Journal editorial Wednesday morning — “Romney Recycled.” I won’t rehash it all here, you can read it, but it comes down to this — oh, again??? (Rand Paul also took some shots at Romney, but he’d be better off keeping his eye on his father , the way things are going.)
The WSJ might have been a bit harsh but they were just expressing what everybody thinks. Even Mitt’s supporters harbor those worries. But I have a solution for Romney. He should throw caution to winds — BE THE PRESIDENT NOW (caps definitely mine — yes, I’m shouting)!!!
Why do I say that? Because America doesn’t have a real president at the moment and we are at war with radical Islam. ( I should add a “duh” in there.) The reactionary creep in the White House won’t even name it, let alone fight it. And we don’t have time to wait until 2017 to turn this around, as Jay Sekulow pointed out on Hannity. In a couple of months things could be spinning out of control, so many jihadists popping up in Europe, here, Australia, and everywhere else, we won’t know how to count them. And that’s not even including all the cyber war that’s going to be waged against us and already is.
Romney should put all the traditional election nonsense on the back burner, forget the fundraising and the tedious position papers on the various issues. That stuff can wait, if it’s even important. He should take the bully pulpit for himself now and tell America and the world what we should do about radical Islam. Nobody else is doing it and we’ve been fighting this undeclared war for 14 years. And the bad guys are ahead and growing It’s not just the major issue. It’s the only issue, if we don’t win. Who cares if we do or don’t have Obamacare, if we’re living under Shari’ah law?
And while he’s at it, Romney might state clearly that Israel is our ally and we’re behind her all the way. Oh and no matter how you feel about immigration, unless you’d like to see our shopping malls blown up, we have to secure our border — now!
The Good the Bad and the Bullshit
Obama Jokes Forbidden, but Boston Globe Can Joke About Killing Boehner
by Daniel Greenfield
A rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask was denounced by everyone from the lieutenant governor on down who demanded that the people responsible be held accountable.
The rodeo clown got actual death threats. He was banned for life. The man who hired him was forced to resign. The Kansas City Star suggested that the Secret Service should investigate the event.
The NAACP demanded a federal probe.
When a parade float featuring an outhouse as the Obama presidential library happened, Democrats claimed that it crossed the line and was unacceptable.
None of these were assassination threats, even though the left had openly trafficked in Bush assassination fantasies before Obama. But even crude jokes like these were considered off limits.
The double standard still exists because assassination jokes about Republicans in the form of the Boston Globe’s Boston.com column by one of its assistant editors are just fine.
The story, written by Boston.com associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez and posted on the website’s “Top News” section last evening, was headlined “Would Anyone Have Noticed if Bartender Succeeded in Poisoning John Boehner?”
“The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought booze back to Washington,” the story read. “Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.”
“It’s hate speech,” wrote one commenter. “If a commenter said this about Obama, the FBI would be at their door.”
There was also backlash on Twitter.
“Imagine a plot involving the assassination of Obama getting this sort of treatment from the media,” wrote one tweeter.
Not only would this be considered ‘un-sayable’ about Obama, but even far milder jokes result in threats of Federal probes. People get fired over them.
Whatever you may think of Boehner, the problem here is a double standard. Obama jokes have to be as mild as possible. But you can casually joke about killing Bush or Boehner or Cruz because that’s just good comedy.
That’s not free speech. That’s the ISIS version of free speech in which they’re allowed to post severed heads on Twitter, but no one is allowed to mock Mohammed.
It’s time for the media outlets pretending to defend free speech in France to admit that they don’t believe in at home.
New #IRSscandal e-mails reveal a very paranoid Lois Lerner
by Amy Miller
Since 2013, we have been investigating charges that the IRS deliberately targeted and discriminated against conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status. Now, watchdog group Judicial Watch has uncovered even more evidence that the Washington office had something to hide during the initial Congressional investigations.
Today’s document release by Judicial Watch includes evidence that then-IRS official Lois Lerner strongly objected to and attempted to prevent a visit by Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division Deputy Director Joseph H. Grant to the embattled Cincinnati office, which spent time “smack dab in the middle” of Congressional investigations into the IRS targeting of conservatives.
From Judicial Watch:
The newly released documents include an intense chain of emails in which Lerner pleads with Grant, who was a supervisor to her, to “put this [Grant’s planned visit to Cincinnati] off please” at the very time during which both the internal IRS watchdog and Congress were investigating whether the IRS had been inappropriately targeting conservative groups in the months leading up to the 2012 elections. The chain begins with an email from Lerner to Grant, apparently written in response to her learning of the Deputy Director’s planned visit to the Cincinnati office:
• April 4, 2012 – 4:41 PM – Lois Lerner to Joseph Grant:
We just gor an very extensive information request from Imraan [Imraan Khakoo, TE/GE official] –sure looks like op review material. I’m especially concerned that information about pipeline is being asked about … Add to that the fact tha cincinnati is smack dab in the middle of the c4 Congressional inqueries and is about to get a request from TIGTA on all of that, this is NOT a good time to be asking them for anything or to be talking to them about issue in their work. Everyone is stressed to the max and at their wits end, so can we put this off please? [Typos in originals]
• April 4, 2012 – 5:17 PM – Joseph Grant to Lois Lerner:
It is a visit, not an OP review … I am also interested in the questions Imraan sent to them. Some answers should be readily at hand. Others certainly won’t be … The questions just serve as a framework for a broader conversation about how things are going and what is on our respective minds.
• April 4, 2012 – 5:26 PM – Lois Lerner to Joseph Grant:
I get that–but timing would be bad if we have to go to Cincy now. So, I will assume we can go over this here as I get the information I’ve already asked for? Thanks.
Breathe, Lois, breathe!
Anderson Cooper: Biden Probably Watching Gilmore Girls When He Should Have Been at Paris Rally
I hope no one holds their breath until I post something from Letterman again. To the best of my recollection this is a first for me. And it in no way diminishes my revulsion towards him. I would say the sooner he leaves television the better except that idiot Steven Colbert is replacing him. A scum bag being replace by a dirt bag. Vive La Différence! Not!
Boehner Slams Obama: Reads 22 Instances Obama Said He Couldn’t Legally Do Executive Amnesty
The Last Stuff:
Rep. Duffy Schools Costello With CNN’s Poll on Amnesty, Her Own Words