Scott Lemieux, THE WEEK March 7, 2017
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan finally introduced his proposed replacement for ObamaCare late Monday. It did not go well.
Democrats were predictably appalled that the GOP proposal, called the American Health Care Act, would essentially take away health care from millions of people, many of them poor, in order to pay for upper-class tax cuts. Moderate Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) summed up the feelings of the Democratic caucus when he declared that the bill's savage cuts to Medicaid were a "disgrace to our nation" and that "I will fight it with everything I have."
But there was never a chance that Democrats would support any major Republican changes to the Affordable Care Act. So what's really interesting is the amount of opposition that the bill has instantly generated among conservatives.
If Democrats see taking away poor people's health care to pay for things like tax breaks for health insurance CEOs as cruel, the American right sees it as not cruel enough. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted that the bill was "dead on arrival." The far-right Freedom Caucus in the House was no more enthusiastic. Conservative health policy wonks attacked the bill. And major conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, the Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, and the CATO Institute immediately came out swinging against "RINOCare."
What explains the depth of conservative opposition? One possibility is that we should, as Marco Rubio might put it, dispel with the myth that Paul Ryan knows what he's doing. While some grumbling from House conservatives was inevitable, it's odd that he couldn't get buy-in from conservative organizations for a replacement plan. On its face, everything about this botched rollout seems like gross political incompetence.
Another, and perhaps more plausible, answer is that Ryan couldn't possibly be this inept. He didn't get his allies on board for a simple reason: He doesn't actually want any major repeal plan to pass. READ it Here
By Roger Scruton, NYT March 6, 2017
Philosophers and theologians in the Christian tradition have regarded human beings as distinguished from the other animals by the presence within them of a divine spark. This inner source of illumination, the soul, can never be grasped from outside, and is in some way detached from the natural order, maybe taking wing for some supernatural place when the body collapses and dies.
Recent advances in genetics, neuroscience and evolutionary psychology have all but killed off that idea. But they have raised the question of what to put in its place. For quite clearly, although we are animals, bound in the web of causality that joins us to the zoosphere, we are not just animals.
There is something in the human condition that suggests the need for special treatment. Almost all people believe that it is a crime to kill an innocent human, but not to kill an innocent tapeworm. And almost all people regard tapeworms as incapable of innocence in any case — not because they are always guilty, but because the distinction between innocent and guilty does not apply to them. They are the wrong kind of thing. READ it HERE
Election will be April 4th. Mark your calendars!
(Beloit, WI) March 1, 2017 Press release
Lowell Holtz, candidate for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, made the following statement in regard to President Donald Trump’s call to fund school choice in America.
“Last night in his address to Congress, President Donald Trump called for an education bill that would fund school choice for America’s disadvantaged students. I applaud President Trump’s appeal because every student deserves to learn in a manner that best suits them. In Wisconsin, we have seen the advantages school choice, and as Superintendent of Public Instruction, I will work to expand the opportunity for every child in Wisconsin.
President Trump was absolutely correct when he called education “the civil rights issue of our time.” We must give our children and grandchildren every possible opportunity to succeed and get ahead in life.”
Dr. Holtz has taught in classrooms, been recognized as a Wisconsin Principal of the Year, and has led district improvement efforts as Superintendent of the Palmyra-Eagle, Beloit, and Whitnall School Districts. He spent much of his childhood in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, and is the son of a retired Milwaukee Police Officer. Lowell is married to Dr. Susan Holtz, his high school sweetheart and wife of 36 years, and together they have raised five grown children. In addition to his roles in education, Dr. Holtz has over two decades of experience in law enforcement.
Contact: Brit Schiel
Right Wisconsin Feb 28, 2017
State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tony Evers repeated his belief yesterday that Act 10 is contributing to a perceived teacher shortage in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Evers said, “I think it’s made a hell of a big difference.”
“We have turned off a generation of people who want to become teachers,” Evers said.
The reality is a study by the Public Policy Forum found that the decline in people entering the teaching profession in Wisconsin mirrors a national trend. They could find no connection to Act 10.
In fact, Act 10 has actually helped the better teachers in the state by making the job market more competitive. Evers called districts competing for good teachers, "poaching."
Spring Election for DPI Superintendent
Evers is facing off against Lowell Holtz in the April 4 spring election, Holtz' conservative philosophy supports innovative options for K - 12 education which contrasts to Evers.
Joined by Marcie Little and Phelim McAleer, Ann McElhinney speaks at CPAC 2017
Related araticle in LifeSite News: Story of ‘House of Horrors’ serial killer Gosnell ‘brought me back to prayer,’ says Ann McElhinney - filmmaker. Read it here.
by Kevin Daley, Daily Caller 02/28/2017
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not attend President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening, continuing her unbroken streak of skipping addresses given by Republican presidents before Congress.
Ginsburg was appointed to the high court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. She did not sit for former President George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses, though she resumed attendance during the Obama years, where she typically greeted the president with a hug.
READ it HERE
This news about the exposure of Madison middle schoolers at O'Keefe School to sexually explicit themes is alarming and should send parents running to the polls on April 4th for the election of the Superintendent of Schools.
By Bill Osmulski - MacIver News Service | February 28, 2017
[Madison, Wisc...] In the school library at O'Keeffe Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, an eighth-grader is presenting her homework assignment to the class ...
.... MacIver News Service began investigating this classroom activity after receiving a tip from a Madison resident concerned that the material was inappropriate for children in 8th grade. Students in 8th grade are typically around 13 years old.
MNS first downloaded and examined classroom videos Ms. Swetz had posted on YouTube. Then on Tuesday, February 21st MNS contacted Ms. Swetz, her principal Tony Dugas, and MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. Cheatham and Swetz both acknowledged receipt of the email, but never responded to MNS' questions. Ms. Swetz then turned her videos to private on YouTube.
Melania opened the rally with The Lord's Prayer which was cut from the many of the media's coverage of the event.
Published on Feb 19, 2017
Excellent interview revealing the trouble within the intelligence community.
Kelly Anne is a talented woman and this interview is excellent.