THEY HAVE TO LIE ABOUT THE TEA PARTY
Mr. Colella is at it again, attacking the Tea Party movement in the RDF http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/opinion/20150129/a-reader-says-tea-party-positions-are-unpatriotic
The following is the reply I posted and submitted to the RDF for publication.
As with Mr. Colella’s prior letters and all attacks on the Tea Party movement Mr. Colella fails to mention the “extreme” Tea Party principles: 👿
- Personal freedom.
- Economic freedom.
- A debt-free future.
Perhaps this is because he cannot attack our principles so he has to make up stuff about us.
The Tea Party movement is a grassroots movement of millions of Americans concerned about the well-being of their country and the future of their children and grandchildren. Most people in the Tea Party movement are involved in politics for the first time. The Tea Party movement has thousands of all volunteer local chapters around America including the Redlands Tea Party Patriots. Unlike most people involved in politics, we are not trying to get money, benefits, special privileges, waivers or exemptions from the government.
Now let’s turn to the false statements in Colella’s latest letter.
FIRST, Colella quotes the definition of “patriot” from the Webster’s dictionary as “one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.” Every member of the Tea Party movement is donating their time and money to the cause because they love their country. If “supports its authority,” means “supports the government and its policies,” we categorically reject that definition. In a constitutional republic, the citizens not only have the right but also the obligation to change the government and government policy when they believe it is in error. If “supports its authority,” means supports the government and its policies, liberals and leftists like Mr. Colella were “unpatriotic” when they protested the government under George W. Bush. However, that cannot be because Nancy Pelosi told us that protest is patriotic.
[Mr. Colella actually defines “patriot” as lock step support of the Dem party.]
SECOND, Mr. Colella may want to brush up on, or perhaps read for the first time, the United States Constitution. Perhaps he can write a future letter and tell us what article or amendment contains the constitutional right of “liberty and justice for all.” [Hint, that phrase is from the Pledge of Allegiance.]
THIRD, the national Tea Party Patriots and the Redlands Tea Party Patriots have not taken any position on “women’s reproductive rights,” which is usually LeftSpeak for abortion on demand for the entire nine months of pregnancy. I challenge Mr. Colella to find anyone in the Tea Party movement or the Rep party who wants to restrict access to contraceptives. That is a lie in the spirit of Lenin, H*tler and Goebbels, keep repeating a lie and eventually people will begin to believe it.
FOURTH, Colella has two sentences regarding healthcare without trying to defend or even mentioning Obamacare. The Tea Party movement strongly opposes Obamacare as a threat to health care, jobs, the economy, fiscal responsibility and liberty. Here are a few recent stories regarding the failures of Obamacare.
- CBO Now Says 10 Mil Will Lose Employer Health Plans Under ObamaCare http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/012715-736559-cbo-says-obamacare-will-push-10-million-of-employer-plans.htm
- Obamacare: $2 Trillion In Spending, $643M In Taxes, Insurance For $50K A Head http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/01/27/obamacare-2-trillion-in-spending-643m-in-taxes-insurance-for-50k-a-head/ “It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is –$50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday.”
- Affordable Care Act prompts small firms to drop health insurance, limit hiring, survey finds http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/01/affordable_care_act_prompting.html
- “Some 3 million to 6 million Americans will have to pay an Obamacare tax penalty.” http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/28/news/economy/obamacare-tax-penalty/
- 3,137-County Analysis: Obamacare Increased 2014 Individual-Market Premiums By Average Of 49% http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/06/18/3137-county-analysis-obamacare-increased-2014-individual-market-premiums-by-average-of-49/
The Tea Party movement favors real reforms that increase competition and patient choice rather than increasing government, taxes, bureaucracy and control by the federal government.
FIFTH, Social Security is anything but secure as presently constructed. It is actuarially out of balance by tens of trillions of dollars. It is only nominally a “trust fund.” The politicians spent the temporary Social Security surplus giving IOUs from future taxpayers in return. More young people believe in flying saucers than believe they will ever receive a Social Security check. Dems claiming Social Security is fine as is, are like Obama claiming the war on terror is over. Unfortunately, denying reality does not make it any less real.
SIXTH, the Tea Party movement generally does not take positions on foreign policy issues, although individuals in the Tea Party movement are concerned with national security and the Jihadist terrorist threat in particular. Nondefense Federal spending dwarfs defense spending. America spends ~1 TRILLION on means tested welfare entitled programs. How about the welfare industrial complex? Or the green crony industrial complex?
SEVENTH, “endless war” is a leftist slogan devised to undermine America’s war effort under George W. Bush. Both the Afghan and Iraq wars were approved by large bipartisan majorities in Congress. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry voted for the Iraq war, before they voted against it.
America won the war in Iraq, and Obama threw away our victory and the sacrifices of our military. Obama is in the process of losing the Afghan war.
EIGHTH, there is no “spokesman” for the Tea Party movement or conservatives. Rush was addicted to pain medication and overcame it. If Rush was Dem, Colella would say that is a good thing. “Buffoon” is a matter of opinion depending on whether you agree with him. His success for more than 20 years suggests otherwise.
“Overpaid” illustrates Colella’s and the Dem Left’s lack of economic understanding. Rush earns money because advertisers choose to advertise on his show and people choose to buy his books and subscribe to website. Advertisers advertise on Rush’ show because millions of people voluntarily listen to a show. Unlike the government or unions, Rush cannot take money from anyone against their will. By definition, Rush cannot be overpaid. Rush can only earn money because people voluntarily listen to purchase his books.
NINTH, we know why we call ourselves “patriots,” but I have a different question. Why don’t Dems, Liberals and Leftists call themselves “patriots”? We do not have the word “patriots” trademarked or copyrighted so they are free to do so.
If you agree with the Tea Party principles,
If you are concerned with America’s future and believe the Dems and Reps have her on the wrong track,
If you believe your children and grandchildren will not have as much freedom and opportunity as you did,
If you are young person and believe you will not have as much freedom and opportunity as your parents and grandparents did,
If you believe handing $18 Trillion in debt (and climbing) to our children is immoral,
We invite you to learn more about the Tea Party movement.
We invite you to our next meeting, February 5, 7:00 p.m. at Mill Creek Cattle Co., 1874 Mentone Blvd. Mentone. Our meetings are free and open to the public, even Mr. Colella.
You are also invited to the Unite IE Conservative Conference on February 21.
You are invited to listen to Unite IE Radio, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. (and usually 10:00 p.m.) on AM 590 The Answer.
Gregory W. Brittain, Attorney at Law
Redlands Tea Party Patriots Cabinet Member and Unite IE Board Member
707 Brookside Avenue, Redlands, CA 92373
909-335-7335; Fax: 909-335-7337
By Ed Ring
In January 2010 the California’s legislature passed into law, perhaps uncharacteristically, an excellent new law. Entitled “Public schools: Race to the Top,” SB 54 created two mechanisms for parents to exert greater control over the education of their children.
There are two components:
(1) The Open Enrollment Act mandates that the California Department of Education to annually create a list of 1,000 schools ranked by their Academic Performance Index. Parents whose children are enrolled in these schools have the right to transfer them to a better performing school.
(2) The “Parent Trigger” Law, which allows parents to transform their own schools if 50% of parents sign a petition to seek a change at their chronically underperforming school.
Open enrollment has had an immediate benefit to California’s parents in poor schools, both because individually parents have been able to get their children out of poor schools, and also because the mere ability of parents to remove their students from poor schools provides a powerful incentive for school management to try harder to improve. From the California Dept. of Education, pursuant to SB 54, here is the list of the bottom 1,000 schools in California (Excel spreadsheet): Open Enrollment Schools List 2015–16. To view this list in PDF format, here is the the same list as posted by former state senator (and co-author of SB 54) Gloria Romero’s California Center for Parent Empowerment (PDF file): Open Enrollment Schools List 2015–16.
The parent trigger law has a potentially much greater impact, because it literally empowers parents to take over management of an underperforming school if a majority of them sign a petition. It is important to clarify that the criteria for an “underperforming school” is not the same as the criteria used for the 1,000 K-12 schools with the lowest Academic Performance Index scores. Here is how these lists are compiled:
Open Enrollment List:
Every year the results of standardized academic achievement tests, administered to every K-12 public school student, are compiled by school and by school district. In the most recent academic year, thecomposite score for these tests for all K-12 students in California was 790. The open enrollment list was supposed to be the 1,000 schools with the lowest scores. For example, on the current list, the lowest score belongs to Oakland International High School with an API of 374. But in the compromises made in order to pass the bill, among other things, the published list of open enrollment schools cannot include more than 10% of the schools in any given school district. This gives the worst school districts in the state a pass, and actually leads to some schools getting onto the list that probably don’t deserve to be there. Nonetheless, at least those parents whose children attend these 1,000 schools have choices, and that is a very good thing.
Parent Trigger Eligible List:
The parent trigger list is compiled according to a more complicated formula. In summary, the criteria is as follows: Any school that has an API lower than 800, AND has failed to improve its API score in each of the last four years, is a parent trigger eligible school. The process of accurately compiling this list is tedious, requiring the analyst to research multiple CA Dept. of Education reports for multiple years while navigating several exclusions that complicate the selection process. But there aren’t carve-outs that prevent, for example, 90% of the schools in an underperforming district from any accountability, such as is the case with the open enrollment list. Here is a list of Parent Trigger Eligible schools in Orange County, compiled by the organization Excellent Educational Solutions (PDF file):Trigger Eligible Schools in Orange County. The entire list is also posted on the table below – note that Palm Lane Elementary is not on this eligibility list because they have already been “triggered.” Also, some schools on the Orange County list have 3 year API averages that exceed 800. This can be because their most recent API has fallen below 800 even though the three year average is still above 800, or due to other complexities in the actual formula.
The parent trigger eligible list is a powerful resource that ought to be prepared and posted online every year by the California State Board of Education. As can be seen, there are 125 schools just in Orange County where the management of these schools can be potentially taken over by parents if 50% or more of them sign a petition. Imagine how many thousands of schools in California must be on a statewide list?
To-date, parent trigger has only been tried three times in California. In Compton, the effort ultimately failed. In Adelanto, the effort was successful (ref. Wikipedia “Parent Trigger” – Compton, Adelanto). Now the battle has moved to Palm Lane Elementary School in Orange County, where on January 14, 2015, petitions representing over 50% of the parents of the enrolled students were turned in.
When one examines the political consensus that was forged in the California Legislature back in 2010 by Democratic senator Gloria Romero and her Republican co-sponsor Bob Huff, what is evident is the astonishing power of bipartisanship on the issue of quality education. When one considers the parents who recently turned in petitions to transform Palm Lane Elementary School, and the broad spectrum of community activists who support them, again what is evident is the astonishing power of bipartisanship on the issue of quality education. SB 54 triggers not only parent empowerment, but alliances that transcend conventional politics. It is something to be watched and nurtured.
Ed Ring is the executive director of the California Policy Center.
List of San Bernardino Under-Performing Schools
Updated November 6, 2014
California Department of Education
2015–16 Open Enrollment Schools List – Based on 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API)
Posted on November 4, 2014
School Type: E = Elementary, M = Middle, H = High
CDS Code County District School School Type 2013 Growth API
36676786035588 San Bernardino Chino Valley Unified Walnut Avenue Elementary E 750
36676786061840 San Bernardino Chino Valley Unified Ramona Junior High M 745
36676786098347 San Bernardino Chino Valley Unified Dickson Elementary E 738
36676786098362 San Bernardino Chino Valley Unified Anna A. Borba Fundamental Elementary E 772
36676866035679 San Bernardino Colton Joint Unified Paul Rogers Elementary E 719
36676866035745 San Bernardino Colton Joint Unified Woodrow Wilson Elementary E 714
36676866101034 San Bernardino Colton Joint Unified Alice Birney Elementary E 727
36676946035752 San Bernardino Cucamonga Elementary Cucamonga Elementary E 775
36677103630019 San Bernardino Fontana Unified Birch High (Continuation) H 584
36677103630480 San Bernardino Fontana Unified Citrus High (Continuation) H 534
36677106035836 San Bernardino Fontana Unified North Tamarind Elementary E 720
36677106068761 San Bernardino Fontana Unified Cypress Elementary E 716
36677106102933 San Bernardino Fontana Unified Tokay Elementary E 735
36677366035935 San Bernardino Helendale Elementary Helendale Elementary E 784
36677776035984 San Bernardino Morongo Unified Joshua Tree Elementary E 760
36677776036016 San Bernardino Morongo Unified Palm Vista Elementary E 797
36678016036115 San Bernardino Needles Unified Vista Colorado Elementary E 720
36678196036164 San Bernardino Ontario-Montclair Central Language Academy E 737
36678196036206 San Bernardino Ontario-Montclair De Anza Middle M 733
36678196036289 San Bernardino Ontario-Montclair Ray Wiltsey Middle M 735
36678196036297 San Bernardino Ontario-Montclair Kingsley Elementary E 735
36678436036537 San Bernardino Redlands Unified Lugonia Elementary E 809
36678436036594 San Bernardino Redlands Unified Victoria Elementary E 784
36678506036602 San Bernardino Rialto Unified Bemis Elementary E 717
36678506036636 San Bernardino Rialto Unified Dunn Elementary E 711
36678506059448 San Bernardino Rialto Unified Frisbie Middle M 720
36678686036743 San Bernardino Rim of the World Unified Valley of Enchantment Elementary E 780
36678760125450 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Indian Springs High H 635
36678766036768 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Arrowhead Elementary E 676
36678766036826 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Manuel A. Salinas Creative Arts Elementa E 677
36678766036867 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Del Rosa Elementary E 691
36678766036958 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Lincoln Elementary E 680
36678766037022 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Mt. Vernon Elementary E 686
36678766059489 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Del Vallejo Middle M 634
36678766061923 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Martin Luther King Jr. Middle M 676
36679186105860 San Bernardino Victor Elementary Liberty Elementary E 720
36679186110522 San Bernardino Victor Elementary Green Tree East Elementary E 719
36679340125419 San Bernardino Victor Valley Union High Adelanto High H 657
36679596037410 San Bernardino Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified Dunlap Elementary E 730
36679596037428 San Bernardino Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified Valley Elementary E 718
36738906035455 San Bernardino Silver Valley Unified Yermo Elementary E 793
36739570110718 San Bernardino Snowline Joint Unified Vista Verde Elementary E 761
36739576036461 San Bernardino Snowline Joint Unified Phelan Elementary E 740
36750446035968 San Bernardino Hesperia Unified Eucalyptus Elementary E 736
36750446059547 San Bernardino Hesperia Unified Hesperia Junior High M 712
36750446108112 San Bernardino Hesperia Unified Hollyvale Elementary E 731
36750516035976 San Bernardino Lucerne Valley Unified Lucerne Valley Elementary E 719
36750696037220 San Bernardino Upland Unified Citrus Elementary E 801
36750696037287 San Bernardino Upland Unified Upland Elementary E 809
36750770122945 San Bernardino Apple Valley Unified Phoenix Academy E 720
36750773631009 San Bernardino Apple Valley Unified High Desert Premier Academy H 490
CAN YOU NAME THIS OLD TOOL? >
Thought you would enjoy this educational moment in American history.
Do you know what it is?
Give it a guess, then look below for the answer.
Used by a physician ………. It’s a medical tool ………
Tobacco Smoke Enemas (1750-1810)
The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.
A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a Fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke towards the rectum. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration, but doubts about the credibility of tobacco enemas led to the popular phrase “blowin’ smoke up your ass.”
It has been reintroduced in Washington, by the Obama Administration as an integral part of the new Health Care program.
Why Obama Fails – The National Interest
Obama has always talked in the abstract about transcending partisan conflict and pettiness. He has just never been able to do it. The reason seems quite obvious.
There was a telling moment in the State of the Union address.
President Obama had just finished paying homage to the 2004 Democratic convention speech that made him a national sensation. “You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America–-but a United States of America,” he said.
Obama acknowledged he had failed to deliver the different kind of politics he had promised back then, partly due to his own flaws. But he urged the American people not to give in to cynicism, that it was still possible to appeal to our better angels.
Then Obama noted he had “no more campaigns to run.” Some Republicans applauded sarcastically. Then the president couldn’t resist, ad libbing, “I know, because I won both of them.”
Sure, on some level the applauding Republicans had it coming. But Obama has always talked in the abstract about transcending partisan conflict and pettiness. He has just never been able to do it.
The jab at the party that was unable to beat him in two consecutive presidential elections was just the most obvious example.
“Understand—a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine,” Obama said. “A better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.”
That didn’t stop the president from dismissing debates about immigration that are going on right now as the debates of the past. It didn’t stop him from suggesting that some of his opponents might be the equivalent of poll taxers. Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush signed into law the last two extensions of the Voting Rights Act.
Obama has always had a masterful way of framing issues as if he is being gracious to the other side, while demanding agreement with his own position. Example: “We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.”
Translation: you are free to disagree with me on the broad legality of abortion, which is unlikely to change anytime soon, but you must surrender on the issues actually in play, like abortion coverage mandated or funded by the government.
Obama challenged opponents of his proposed minimum-wage increase to live on the current minimum wage. But how many people could live on the income of a job eliminated by the minimum-wage hike? For that matter, wouldn’t it still be hard to live on Obama’s suggested minimum wage? Why not raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour? The answer is that there is something to the argument that there is a jobs trade-off involved.
Or consider the fact that Obama has not reacted to electoral setbacks, like the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, with a Bill Clinton–like feint to the center. Clinton had been rebuked by the electorate for being too liberal once before 1994, when he lost a reelection race for governor of Arkansas. Obama had never had that experience in Illinois.
More importantly, Obama never wanted to be a Clinton-style Democrat. He didn’t want to triangulate. When advised to cool it with Obamacare, he said, “I wasn’t sent here to do school uniforms.”
In some ways, that’s laudable. But it does sit uneasily with the president’s stated desire to bridge the partisan divide. You can’t govern like Franklin D. Roosevelt or Lyndon B. Johnson in something closer to a 50-50 country.
When dealing with congressional Republicans, Obama seems dejected and disinterested. When fighting them, he seems to have an extra spring in his step. That’s been evident since he decided to take the fight to Congress, pledging to use executive authority and the bully pulpit to fight for his priorities.
There’s a place for fighters in politics. That’s just not the guy we were promised in the red states, blue states speech.
No matter how convinced Obama is of the rightness of his ideas, there are still two houses of Congress. Republicans should know. They won both of them.
W. James Antle III is managing editor of the Daily Caller and author of the book Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped? He tweets at @jimantle.
27 Economic Facts Obama Should Avoid Mentioning
If President Obama follows script in his State of the Union tonight, he will once again paint a rosy picture of America’s “recovering” economy, only noting struggles of Americans as rationale for his tax hike proposals supposedly designed to redistribute the wealth of the One Percenters to the middle class. While this might force him to admit indirectly the middle class is struggling somewhat, he will certainly not reveal just how dramatically the situation for both the middle class and lower class has darkened under his presidency.
Some alarming facts: for the first time ever the total number of small businesses closing has exceeded the number opening; Americans living in the middle 20% on the income scale say they now earn less money and have a lower net worth than six years ago; 52% of Americans cannot afford their current home; a third of Americans currently have a debt in collections; and the median household income is 8% lower than before the recession.
The Economic Collapse Blog’s Michael Snyder provides the following 27 facts that reveal the true state of the middle class in America under Obama:
#1 American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale now earn less money than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.
#2 American families in the middle 20 percent of the income scale have a lower net worth than they did on the day when Barack Obama first entered the White House.
#3 According to a Washington Post article published just a few days ago, more than 50 percent of the children in U.S. public schools now come from low income homes. This is the first time that this has happened in at least 50 years.
#4 According to a Census Bureau report that was recently released, 65 percent of all children in the United States are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government.
#5 In 2008, the total number of business closures exceeded the total number of businesses being created for the first time ever, and that has continued to happen every single yearsince then.
#6 In 2008, 53 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be “middle class”. But by 2014, only 44 percent of all Americans still considered themselves to be “middle class”.
#7 In 2008, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29-year-old age bracket considered themselves to be “lower class”. But in 2014, an astounding 49 percent of all Americans in that age range considered themselves to be “lower class”.
#8 Traditionally, owning a home has been one of the key indicators that you belong to the middle class. So what does the fact that the rate of homeownership in America has been falling for seven years in a row say about the Obama years?
#9 According to a survey that was conducted last year, 52 percent of all Americans cannot even afford the house that they are living in right now.
#10 After accounting for inflation, median household income in the United States is 8 percent lower than it was when the last recession started in 2007.
#11 According to one recent survey, 62 percent of all Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck.
#12 At this point, one out of every three adults in the United States has an unpaid debt that is “in collections“.
#13 When Barack Obama first set foot in the Oval Office, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, that number is sitting at only 59.2 percent…
#14 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the average duration of unemployment in the United States has risen from 19.8 weeks to 32.8 weeks.
#15 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers make less than $30,000 a year.
#16 At the end of Barack Obama’s first year in office, our yearly trade deficit with China was 226 billion dollars. Last year, it was more than 314 billion dollars.
#17 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is over 101 percent.
#18 The U.S. national debt is on pace to approximately double during the eight years of the Obama administration. In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate about as much debt as it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.
#19 According to the New York Times, the “typical American household” is now worth 36 percent less than it was worth a decade ago.
#20 The poverty rate in the United States has been at 15 percent or above for 3 consecutive years. This is the first time that has happened since 1965.
#21 From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs.
#22 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to 46 million.
#23 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had full-time jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have full-time jobs.
#24 One recent survey discovered that about 22 percent of all Americans have had to turn to a church food panty for assistance.
#25 An astounding 45 percent of all African-American children in the United States live in areas of “concentrated poverty”.
#26 40.9 percent of all children in the United States that are living with only one parent are living in poverty.
#27 According to a report that was released late last year by the National Center on Family Homelessness, the number of homeless children in the United States has reached a new all-time record high of 2.5 million.