Fresh off of passing
a 2,232-page monstrosity of an omnibus bill that spent $1.3 trillion,
House Republicans now say they want to take up a balanced budget amendment
(BBA) when they return from recess.
what’s really going on here is that after fundamentally betraying conservatives
in the omnibus bill, Republican leadership figures they have to pretend like
they’re fighting for conservative principles so that GOP voters show up in
November and they can keep their majorities. They’ll vote on the balanced
budget amendment, it will fail, and they’ll turn to you and say, “See, we need
more Republicans up here in the swamp; otherwise, we’ll never get the things
you want done. There are just too many Democrats.”
It’s all Kabuki theater. The rest of the report is here.
Quite a few conservative bloggers and columnists have been
throwing up their hands in despair over President Trump’s signing of the
god-awful Omnibus spending bill last week. Headlines such as “Art of the Fail” or
“Trump Fought the Swamp and the Swamp Won” were everywhere. But perhaps we are watching
another Trump negotiation. Since the Omnibus bill is not a budget, the
Executive branch has some flexibility on how (and if) funds are allocated. For example, Ann Coulter
suggested he fund the wall using Defense Dept. money.
My own outrage is directed at the GOPe members of the
Uniparty, who ran on - and raised millions on - promises they had no intention
of ever keeping. They did not expect to win. Some might conclude that they wanted to lose. And we now see them, out in the
open, blocking Trump’s agenda at every turn, including this latest maneuver.
As I see it, The GOPe has tried hard to stop Trump from the day
he announced his candidacy right up to today. The Omnibus bill was just another opportunity
to obstruct and undermine. They don’t want to be in the majority. They want to
keep their noses in the trough and raise money by making more empty promises
that they can whine about if they are in the minority. And the gloating Democrat
leadership would love nothing more than to see Trump’s base lose heart.
Of 36 gubernatorial seats up for
grabs this year, 26 are held by Republicans. The Democrats' top targets are
Ohio, Florida and Michigan, where they have been out of power for years.
. . .
In recent months, in
part reflecting a national tide, Democrats have become more optimistic about
contests in Ohio and Michigan.
Richard Cordray, who
clashed with Trump as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is
the party's preferred candidate in Ohio. He should be a strong general election
candidate if he avoids getting beat up in the primary by left wing provocateur
Dennis Kucinich, the former congressman. That probably would set up a rematch
with Attorney General Mike DeWine, who narrowly won in 2010, in a climate
friendlier to Republicans.
. . .Terry McAuliffe is upbeat:
"The future of the Democratic Party will be decided in state capitals and
it's looking very good."
On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan,
R-Ohio, said the omnibus spending bill, clocking in at more than 2,000 pages,
is “not even close” to what Republicans told the American people they would do
“It’s 2,200 pages that funds
sanctuary cities, funds Planned Parenthood, restricts Second Amendment
liberties, and grows the government at a $1.3 trillion price tag … which will
lead to a trillion-dollar deficit,” Jordan said.
“This may be the worst bill I have
seen in my time in Congress, the worst bill our leadership’s ever allowed to
come to the floor,” he added.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) listed his objections (via Red State):
- Record spending levels
- No wall/border security
- Obamacare intact
- Funds Planned Parenthood
- Sanctuary Cities funded
- Barely 24 hours to read a 2,300 page bill
This Omnibus is so far from what the forgotten men and women of America
voted for. I will oppose it.
Hard to know whether Jordan and Meadows are in earnest or are
playing good cop. I'll update when I have located the roll call. UPDATE 5:54pm: The roll call vote is here.
If you did not watch Tucker Carlson's show on Fox yesterday evening at 8pm, you'll want to set aside 5 minutes to watch this video clip. If you did watch this segment, here it is so you can watch it again. Author and blogger Mark Steyn is at his most politically incorrect, lampooning insane theories about climate, weather, microaggression, and the Land of Opportunity.
The Museum of the Bible in
Washington, DC, has acquired one of President Trump’s two Bibles that he used
to take the oath of office on Inauguration Day, 2017.
Trump’s childhood Bible will join several other Bibles used by American
presidents that are currently on display at the privately-funded museum.
“We are honored to add this piece of our nation’s history to our growing
exhibit of presidential Bibles,” Museum of the Bible President Cary Summers
said in a statement. “It is our hope that guests will be able to
learn not only about each president’s unique Bible, but also about the
influence this book has had on government and elected officials around the
This announcement interested me since earlier this month, my
husband and I visited the recently-opened Museum of The Bible in DC. Even
though we are not church-goers, we were interested in the Bible’s influence in
world history, and in particular America’s history. We spent just over two hours exploring, and we
barely scratched the surface. Here are a few photographs from our visit:
These exhibits had murals or videos depicting key events,
key figures, and short narratives. Most rooms contained a stunning number of
antiquarian books, correspondence, and artifacts.
Our favorite experience was a demonstration by an actor/docent about the
Gutenberg Bible and the printing press that Johannes Gutenberginvented in order to print it more
The Museum’s website is here and it has a very short opening video when
James Delingpole specializes in climate topics at Breitbart London, but
his political takes are always thoughtful. Here are some of his remarks on
President Trump’s two most recent nominations/appointments (“Trump’s picks Just Get Better and Better”):
Larry Kudlow’s appointment as
President Trump’s next Economic Czar has been anti-endorsed by at least two of
my favorite foaming leftists.
Trump’s new economics director is a climate denier who
thinks animals can ‘snuggle’ under pipelines.
Could there be any more encouraging a sign that with his latest
appointments, Trump is right over the target?
I wrote the other day that Mike Pompeo was a great choice for Secretary of
State – way better than the corporatist swamp denizen Rex Tillerson. But I
think I’m even more excited about Kudlow.
First, it means that the battle for the soul of the Trump administration’s
economic policy has been won by the Art-Laffer-style supply siders. (This was by no means a given: remember
all those GOP experts who told us in the early days that Trump was just a
Democrat wearing Republican clothing…?).
Second, Kudlow – like Pompeo, unlike their respective predecessors
Tillerson and Gary Cohn – is a climate change skeptic.
One of the core Tea Party values is limited government, but Congress knows better. Don Surber's blog "House passes phony school safety bill" is spot on:
Two things tell you a piece of
legislation is worthless.
First, it has a cute and clever
acronym for its title. Second, it passes with overwhelming
House passed the STOP School Violence Act, 407-10.
. . .
STOP stands for (drumroll) Student,
Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018.
The bill will prevent no violence.
But it feels good. It will spend $200 million or so on "training to
prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local
law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students," ABC News reported.
The bill is another federal
solution to a local problem. A federal program helped cause the Parkland high
school shooting, as Obama paid the school and the sheriff not to suspend or
arrest belligerent students.
But that is what Congress does: it
spends money we do not have on things we do not need.
We need less federal aid, and more
local control of the schools.
Via Breitbart: Yesterday, President Trump inspected eight prototypes for
The Wall at the Mexican border. He prefers ones with see-through capability at
ground level as well as those with a rounded top to make it more difficult to
use a rope or grappling hooks to get over.
The controversial Dangerous blogger/authorMilo also preferred the one Trump leaned toward. Milo had some fun
comments on the various prototypes of an artistic nature; I had missed the
aesthetics. His blog is here.
Ohio Governor John Kasich and the
Ohio legislature are fast-tracking a bill that that would consolidate nearly
all educational departments into one unelected executive agency controlled by
the governor. It's a giant power grab by Kasich and Ohio Republicans, who have
become frustrated by their inability to control the Ohio Department of Education
and the elected members of the State Board of Education.
currently under consideration by the Ohio House, seeks to combine the Ohio Department
of Education (ODE), Ohio Department of Higher Education, and Ohio Department of
Workforce Transformation into a single new department organized under the
governor. In addition, the elected State Board of Education (SBE) would be
stripped of most its powers to promulgate rules related to K-12 education.
The current board, which has 11 regionally-elected members and eight at-large
members appointed by the governor, has purview over a wide variety of education
issues, including standards, assessment selection, proficiency determination,
state report cards, teacher/student ratios, private and homeschool regulations,
and public school operating standards.
"What I really want... I
want to be able to run the Department of Education," Kasich said at an
Associated Press forum in early February, signaling his support
for the move. "I don't think we should have this elected school
board." Instead, he said the governor should be in charge of education in
"We have no clue who
these people are and they're running education policy," Kasich said.
"And I'm governor and I can't tell them what to do. It's nuts."
That's the way democracy
. . .
The most egregious change, she
warned, "is the transfer of authority from our State Board of Education to one person appointed by whomever the governor may be." As a
result, "every four to eight years the focus and direction of [the
agency's] broad scope of power can change, which is not conducive to
stability," Elsey said.
Read the rest here -- including written testimony already submitted. Don’t just weep. Cleveland Tea Party blogged alerts on HB 512 earlier today hereand on March 4 here. Please refer back to
those blog links for Actions you can take to stop this monstrosity.
Cleveland Tea Party blogged on March 4 about HB 512 – the state’s
education power-grab – click here. A short overview is at The Petition Site here. Today’s Alert is based on e-Alerts from other Ohio liberty
Reasons to oppose HB 512:
the largest educational bureaucracy in the nation
·Would take away
the right of citizens to effectively have a say in education and concentrate
power in the hands of the Governor. HB 512 will further weaken local control of
education bureaucracy would lead to more rule making authority, and allow the
state government to act unilaterally -- without a check and balance by an
elected Board of Education, as specified by law.
·With today’s need
for education to focus more on skilled trades and non-college jobs, a
department with a K-16 focus can only make education more expensive and more
difficult to prepare students for future employment and careers.
If you were unable to travel
to Columbus last week, here’s a second opportunity to attend the hearing on HB
512 on Wednesday, March 14th. Come for as long as you can, depending on
the amount of testimony for each bill (there are seven prior to HB512).
The hearing room was moved to 313 - the largest available so
we will need more people to attend.
Additional Action Alerts:
Continue to both call
and write to your state representative.
Offer written and oral
testimony (be prepared for
questions from Committee Members) by sending prepared remarks to the e-mail
address above 24 hours in advance of the hearing and completing a witness slip
as requested through the chairman's office.
Attend the hearing to quietly demonstrate your opposition to the
massive overhaul of Ohio's education system, consolidation of power under the
governor and elimination of voter's voice in education policy!
Note: HB 512 is listed on the March 14 schedule as
being for proponent, opponent, and interested parties. It is common practice
that by inviting all parties to testify, this could indicate it is the final
hearing... although this is at Chairman Blessing's discretion.
Address: Ohio State
House, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215
Parking cost: $7-20 depending
on location, if the Statehouse Parking Garage is full, Columbus Commons is the
next best option.
legislature bans 'free speech zones' on state campuses
. . .
The very notion of a "free
speech zone" is repugnant to democracy and an affront to the First
Amendment. But with radicals firmly in charge, they make the rules and enforce
their codes with little opposition so far from state education authorities.
It's a small victory, but a
significant one nonetheless. It shows that we can successfully pushback against
the radicalization of our schools and protect the rights of all to freedom of
Federal judge Roger W Titus
(Maryland) has ruled that President Trump acted appropriately and within his
authority by announcing his intent to rescind the Obama-era executive order
surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). However, the Judge
Titus order does not stop the previous blocks by activist judges currently
working through the courts.
Eventually the state challenges to
the recension of DACA will work through the appellate courts and arrive at the
Supreme Court. It is likely SCOTUS will take the same position on DACA as
they did on DAPA;
overrule the state challenges and determine the program unconstitutional.
In the interim, President Trump had
requested that congress take up the DACA issue as part of their responsibility
to put forth an immigration reform bill. Democrats have abandoned legislative
efforts to assist those impacted by DACA, and have instead chosen to make DACA
a political issue for the 2018 mid-term election.
The full text of the ruling is at the Treehouse website
Please plan to attend! It is critical to overflow the
room (it is not a large room), spill into the hallway and over to the Rotunda. So, if you attend but do not plan to testify, please know you are
making a difference with your presence.
There is parking under the Statehouse. If it is full, there
are other parking lots downtown. Please plan to arrive downtown with
plenty of time to find parking.
Note that the agenda specifies that this will also include
hearings on other pending legislation. HB512 is listed as being for
proponent, opponent, and interested parties (these are usually neutral). It is
common practice that by inviting all parties to testify, this could indicate it
is the final hearing....although this is at Chairman Blessing's discretion.
If it is not possible to attend, please consider submitting
written testimony and specify it is "written testimony only" that you
would like entered into the Committee record. FYI, proper protocol for written testimony or similar
wording to begin your testimony is as follows.
"Chairman Blessing, Vice Chair
Reineke, Ranking Member Clyde, and members of the House Government
Accountability and Oversight Committee, my name is -------- and I appreciate
the opportunity to offer testimony today in opposition to HB 512. ..."
Additional Information about this bill:
Here is the 28-minute House Press Conference on Feb.
Here is the 2,430 page bill location and its status.
(You can download current version.)
The State Board of Education, which includes 11
regionally elected members, would no longer have any voice in state
education policy. This includes a wide range of state regulations, such
- Education Standards in all
- Education Assessment selection at
the state level
- Determination of
- State Report Cards
- Teacher/Student Ratio's
- Private School Regulations
- Religious School Regulations
- Home Education Regulations
- Public School Operating Standards
- Career Technical Regulations
Currently all of these items (and many more) go through a
public hearing process. Under the proposed legislation, it appears
that all policy making function would be further bureaucratized and no longer
created through a transparent, accountable process.
This legislation also imposes on our Constitutional
separation of powers by giving the administrative branch (Governor) legislative
authority. Our founders knew that people are more likely to lose their
rights when the same body is creating and enforcing the laws. HB512
aligns all education entities solely under the administrative branch and gives
the new mega-agency the ability to create and enforce regulations with no
This needs to be stopped. This would eliminate any
effective representation that we have through the State School Board, Board of
Regents, etc. This is a full-on power grab by Kasich.
The Ohio Board of Regents, an
advisory board to the Ohio Department of Higher
Education, has not met in more than a year because it currently
has only two members, three members shy of a quorum.
Gov. John Kasich, who is
responsible for appointments to the nine-member board, has not replaced members
whose terms have expired for at least five years.
Kasich supports a bill [that
would be HB 512] recently introduced in the Ohio House to combine the state's
school, university and workforce development systems into a single new
Department of Learning and Achievement.