Dems Revert to Failed ‘War on Women’ Rhetoric

The War on Women rhetoric scared a lot of Republicans into silencing themselves on abortion for the last few years, but the meme tanked with voters in 2014.  Now, according to WaPo, the Democrats are bringing it back, thanks in part to Hillary Clinton’s tweets opposing GOP efforts to put Hyde Amendment language barring taxpayer-funded abortions into a bill to expand support for victims of sex trafficking:

At a press conference designed to protest the inclusion of the anti-abortion funding provision Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) brandished the phrase like a shining sword: “It feels like every time we turn around and start making progress, whether it’s on passing a budget a couple of years ago or whether it’s today on trying to pass this trafficking bill, that women have to take a step backwards in order for the Republicans to accept us moving forward. I call that a war on women.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (photo credit: Marc Nozell via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Who exactly is waging a war on women here?

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Texas Republican Drops Religious Freedom Bill at Behest of “Job Creators”

Texas State House Chamber (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons)

I know little about this bill protecting religious freedom in Texas, but I was amused (in a sick way) to see that its chief sponsor in the Texas House dropped it like a hot potato when one business group objected:

“I cannot and I will not support legislation, however well-intentioned, that would result in harming the job creators who are so very valuable to the Texas economy,” Texas Rep. Jason Villalba said on his Facebook page.

That one quote says a lot about the state of Republican messaging, not to mention its soul. Religious freedom may be important, but protecting “job creators” is really sacred.

The bill has since been picked up by another Texas legislator, Rep. Matt Krause.

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Bush in NH Defending Common Core

Shane, here’s a clip of the speech the New York Times was reporting on, where Gov. Bush praises himself for having “backbone” on the Common Core:

The effort of Common Core was forty-five state governors and state school officers voluntarily creating a set of standards for reading and math, not for science, not for social studies, not for history; reading and math. That would be fewer standards, higher standards, and if you assessed them faithfully, it would mean, at the end of the K-12 experience, a student would be college and/or career ready.

And we spend a ton of dough. I mean we’re spending more per student than any other country in the world other than two or three, and these are small countries, places like Luxembourg, you know. So the effort was a good one, and I support that effort because I think we’re fooling ourselves. Let’s say you just kept the standards you had and kids were getting high school diplomas, and you know you’re quite proud to get your high school diploma, but then you go to the community college, and you do the initial assessment and you’re told, “sorry, you’re going to have to redo high school math and high school reading before you start taking college level courses.” Who’s fooling who? We’re so focused, obsessed about self-esteem, at some point you’ve got to say, well, the best self-esteem is when you can read and calculate math and graduate from high school so you can get a job or go to college.

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Jindal Joins the Fed Debate

Over at his widely-read Iowa blog Caffeinated Thoughts, ThePulse2016.com’s own Shane Vander Hart asked Gov. Bobby Jindal during his Iowa visit about a lot of things, including why the economy is so bad and what he would do to make a difference. Jindal spoke about the negative effects that Obamacare and EPA regulations are having on economic growth, called for an energy policy that can create good “$80,000 blue collar jobs.” He called for solutions other than college for all to address stagnant wages, including vocational training and education reform.  He spoke about “real tax reform,” without corporate carve outs for big business but a lower, flatter rate for all.

Then Vander Hart asked a key question: “Where does the value of the dollar fit in?”

At the 15:32 mark or so, Jindal took on the Fed:

Here is my concern: We have $18 trillion of borrowing and we’ve got artificially low interest rates because of Fed policies. At some point, and it’s not predictable when and nobody can tell you exactly when it is going to happen, at some point this is going to catch up with us. You can’t keep printing and borrowing money like this forever.

And what I worry about is that you could see a very significantly weaker dollar, you could see very high rates of inflation, and the only choice the government is going to have in that scenario is to rapidly increase interest rates.

Now a lot of people are too young to remember the stagflation of the Seventies and how hard it was when Reagan came in to break the back of inflation and how hard it was—the high interest rates and what that did to the economy in the short term but the medicine he felt was necessary and proved to be necessary to grow the economy again.

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Jindal in Iowa: Shrink the Ed

At his Iowa blog Caffeinated Thoughts last week, ThePulse2016.com’s own Shane Vander Hart posted a lengthy interview with Gov. Bobby Jindal during his Iowa swing.  Jindal’s mastery of the Common Core debate was epic:

“We are going to fight Common Core with everything we’ve got in Louisiana. We are in federal court against Arne Duncan.  We are in our state legislature, when it comes into session in April, we are going to pass legislation where we get rid of Common Core,” Jindal vowed.

Gov. Jindal then debunked the Bill Bennett arguments currently on the airwaves that Common Core is just a set of standards and that local control over classrooms remains: “The standards determine what is tested.  The tests determine what is taught which determines the curriculum,” Jindal stated.

And he points out, the standards themselves are flawed:

Look at the actual standards.  Look at the move away from Euclidean geometry.  Look at the de-emphasis on getting the right answers at an earlier grade.  Look at the move away from the classic texts in the ELA.  There are a lot of content specific issues with this.

But Jindal also indicated he understands there is a deeper problem, a problem with a philosophy of education:

The reason we pay for public education, the fundamental reason we have education is we want a self-governing society.  We want citizens who can make critical decisions for themselves and for others when they vote in elections, when they train the next generation of leaders. Historically you track the reasons why in this country we fund public education is to train the next citizens, the next generation, in critical thinking to have a self-governing republic.

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Common Core Rebellion Reaches Lindsey Graham (VIDEO)

Less than two years ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham had never heard of the Common Core. It took a mom to let him know what was happening.

Watch Sen. Graham defend life, marriage and homeschooling in this video.  At about the 4:10 mark, he learns for the first time about the Common Core:

How far these moms have taken us in less than two years. Now Common Core is a major dividing line in the U.S. presidential race.

Way to go moms!

Maggie Gallagher is editor of ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading

Perry on Why Your Paycheck is Shrinking (VIDEO)

This morning at an event at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, Rick Perry called for robust new growth to address rising prices:

The President may be satisfied with 2 percent economic growth. I’m not. For the first time in American history, a generation of leaders are on the verge of breaking the social compact, if you will, with the next generation. That is that we leave a better country for them, than what we found ourselves. Fewer of us believe in the American dream now than in the last twenty years. For middle class Americans, opportunity and security have been replaced by worry and anxiety. Out-of-pocket healthcare costs, housing, college tuition. All of them have gone up faster than wages have. Student debt is at an all-time high, and this has to change. It’s time to restore hope and opportunity to middle class America.

He pointed to high taxes as part of the problem: “Economists will tell you that if you cut the corporate tax rate by 10 percent, it will lift the wages for the middle class worker by about 5 or 10 percent. That’s what we need to be focused on: helping raise those workers’ wages.”

And then Rick Perry pointed to the Washington-Wall Street complex—i.e. the way Dodd-Frank is starving Main Street of money:

We also need to tackle the inequities that are caused by this Dodd-Frank regulation. Dodd-Frank didn’t eliminate ‘too big to fail.’ As a matter of fact, it codified it. It gives preferential treatment to these large institutions on Wall Street, while restricting access to funds for Main Street.

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Stop the War on Cops

Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014 (photo via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0)

The news from Ferguson is not just sad for cops, it is terrible for all of us who depend on law and order.

Let me say that I believe the majority of law-abiding black young men get unfairly harassed and mistaken in a way that makes law-abiding black parents scared for their sons.  I believe we need to look for solutions, because that’s what Americans are good at.

But what Pres. Obama’s administration has helped unleash in Ferguson, working hand in hand with the Left, is something terrible to behold. First, we cultivate the idea you have a right to resist arrest and that if you a get shot, or collapse from asthma, while struggling unarmed with cops, it is the police officer’s fault.  Rich Lowry was right: if you put your hands up, they won’t shoot.

Now we have had not one, but at least two assassinations of cops as a result of the toleration and legitimation of this rebellion against police.

In the name of Liu and Ramos, this has to stop.  Cultivating, sympathizing, and encouraging resisting arrest cannot be the answer.

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“We Have to Take Public Education Back From Corporate Reformers”

They have no money and no expensive TV-ad campaigns in Iowa; they have only their passion for their children against Bill Gates and the federal government, who have pushed a totally untested curriculum regime on their children.

Jeb Bush and others then say the problem is just “implementation.”  But it is a big problem when an untested set of standards are imposed in three-quarters of the nation because a handful of well-meaning billionaires thought they might help.

But I suspect Bobby Jindal was right: don’t bet against the moms.

Here is audio from a rally on Long Island—apparently 1,500 upset moms and educators were not big enough to attract TV.

New York Newsday also provided some video here.

A teacher stood up and told parents to opt out of the test as that is the only control they have over a government imposing Common Core on their kids.

One of the moms opposing the Common Core told CBS News: “We have to take public education back from corporate reformers.”  This is not primarily an ideological movement, right or left.

It is what a true grassroots rebellion looks like.

Maggie Gallagher is editor of ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading

Why Is Clinton Drawing Out the Email Scandal?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (public domain photo via Department of Defense)

People have been watching the Clinton email scandal unfold and wondering what is happening to the Clinton machine.  It is possible the Clintons are just losing their touch in allowing this story to build—Hillary Clinton never had Bill Clinton’s political skills after all.

Some are reminded of the long-ago Whitewater papers drama, which ended with a bit of a whimper when the long-pursued files turned out to contain nothing in particular, certainly no illegal activity.  But I’ve begun to wonder whether there is method in the Clinton madness here.

Because I think it is going to be hard to make voters care that much about whether she turned over her private emails to the government and used her own server. Meanwhile, the rising noise around the email scandal appears to have drowned out the really damaging news that broke about the same time: Hillary’s husband was raising hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign dictators for the Clinton family business while Hillary was Secretary of State.

Is this a coincidence?  Is the breakout of the email scandal on CNN and other media a sign of political mismanagement?  Or is it politic misdirection magically making another story disappear from the headlines?

 Maggie Gallagher is editor of ThePulse2016.com. Continue Reading