Mar 10 2014
If you have a job, thank your employer…The Labor Department released its new jobs numbers Friday, and the news is…eh. The economy added 175,000 jobs in February. A bit better than predicted, but nowhere near enough even to start to dig us out of the hole we’ve been in for five years. We need to add about a hundred thousand jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. With so many millions of Americans among the longterm unemployed, covering population growth plus 75,000 extra doesn’t make much of a dent. In fact, the jobless rate actually ticked up a notch, to 6.7 percent, just because so many people who’d given up looking for jobs decided to try again. But the competition’s fierce. One Dayton woman told Bloomberg.com that she finally landed a job after applying at one hundred different businesses. A new chain restaurant in Athens, Ohio, advertised that it was hiring wait staff and got 900 applicants. That place is going to have GREAT service.
Once again, the best place to look for a job was Texas. The Obama Labor Department likes to rap the Lone Star State for creating only “bad” jobs that pay minimum wage. But a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas found that since the year 2000, Texas not only led the nation in job creation, it led in creating jobs at all pay levels. In fact, 55 percent of the net jobs created in Texas were in the two highest pay quarters. If you’re looking for a tech or banking job, you might be better off saddling up and heading for Dallas or Houston than hanging around Silicon Valley or Wall Street. And by the way, I’d like to note the arrogance of anyone in the government deciding that some jobs are “bad” jobs. One of the most pernicious ideas to come out of Washington lately is that we should be grateful to the government for “liberating” us from “bad jobs.” Every honest job is worthy of respect. When you do your best every day, employers notice, and those bad jobs tend to get better and better. And the best thing about any so-called “bad” job is that it liberates you from being dependent on the government.
Mar 10 2014
Mike HuckabeeThe group American Atheists sued back in 2011 to block the display of what’s called the World Trade Center Cross, formed when 2 beams of metal girding melted into what appeared to be a cross. It was discovered by rescue workers who found solace in the presence of the cross. Many of the workers-- Christian, Jewish, and others --were encouraged and given hope as they encountered the sight of the beams. But not everyone was encouraged. The American Atheists have sued to prohibit the display of the beams in the museum which tells the story of the World Trade Center and the selfless heroes who initially risked their lives to save lives buried in the rubble, and then spent months risking their safety and health looking for remains of those murdered on 9-11. Whether the Atheist group likes it or not, that cross is part of the story and history of the rescue effort. I’m tempted to simply say to the American Atheists, “get over it, you whiny self-absorbed loons.” But that wouldn’t be polite, so let me say it another way. The Atheists claim that the mere presence of the cross caused them to suffer indigestion, depression, headaches and more physical symptoms. Seriously? It takes more faith to believe that nonsense than for them just to say that they can’t stand it for some people to have a joy that escapes their pathetic lives. The case is now pending before the US Court of Appeals. If I sued someone every time I was offended by those who treated my faith with ridicule and contempt, I’d keep a large law firm in business. I’m not in the least offended by the Jewish star of David or by the Muslim moon and stars. But I am offended that an activist group of atheists get their shorts in a wad because of what the atheists say are just 2 metal beams of scrap metal. If I were the judge, I’d tell the atheists that since they think other people are stupid to see something spiritual in those beams, then just laugh at them for seeing something in scrap metal and get a life. The good news is that the ultimate judge still would like to give even those atheists an eternal life.
Mar 10 2014
Mike HuckabeeThe question most often presented in light of the crisis in Crimea is, “What should the President do?” Let me be so bold as to say that it’s the wrong question. The question is, “What should the President have been doing the past 5 years to avoid this Gordian knot?” Vladimir Putin didn’t just wake up one morning and impulsively order thousands of his elite airborne soldiers to drop in on Crimea to have a look-see at the port. He made a calculated gamble that the Barak Obama who fumbled the ball in Syria worse than Peyton Manning’s opening snap in the Super Bowl, and who turned his red line into a red face; who botched what once was a reliable Egyptian ally into the arms of a waiting Putin; the Barak Obama who boasted of flexibility with former President Medvedev after the election, but whose only flexibility seems to be with the truth; the President Obama who relaxed sanctions on Iran and got face-slapped by the Iranians who danced in the streets for getting what they wanted and giving nothing in return; the Obama who treats Israel like a disease and the Palestinians like a cure; The Obama who left 4 Americans to die in Benghazi and awkwardly tried to blame an amateur video; and the Obama who just announced massive cuts to the military…yes THAT Barak Obama is a person who is not respected and certainly not feared by Putin, so when Putin had the excuse of protecting his interests in a warm water seaport and storm into Crimea, he knew that there was no one to stop him. If Putin shivered, it was only because he was going shirtless on a cold Russian day—not because he feared anything Obama could do to him. And those who wonder why the Europeans are so very quiet is because Putin has his boot and their necks by way of his hand being on their thermostats. They might like the idea of Ukranian freedom, but not as much as they love the warmth of their homes fueled by Russian oil and gas. Had America been turning on its own spigots of energy, Europe could have purchased energy from us, but we have a President who doesn’t like oil…or gas…or coal…or nuclear energy…he opts for green energy, which is great except that no one has figured out how to make it profitable or affordable just yet. As for fear that America would use its military to force Putin to stand down his, we’ve worn our out in repeated deployments in Afghanistan, and are cutting back on what’s left of it so we’ll have the smallest military since pre-World War 2. You really can’t shoot when you’ve unloaded your gun. No other nation trusts us, listens to us, respects us, or fears us. We’ve become the Shakiest Gun in the West….and President Obama is playing the role of Don Knotts. Or maybe he is reprising another Don Knotts character—that of Deputy Barney Fife who kept one bullet in his shirt pocket. But then again, Barney at least had the one bullet. Putin doesn’t have a shirt, and we don’t have a bullet in the pocket of ours.
Mar 08 2014
As the reviews come in for Gov. Huckabee's performance come in, we will add them here.
Steve Deace: "Got to watch Mike Huckabee hold court with the media today at?#CPAC2014?. It was very impressive. The press treated him like a serious presidential candidate for the first time, asking serious questions about a host of issues. Frankly, he crushed it. He sounded better informed and more confident than he did in 2008. As a standard bearer for Republicans, he displayed a knowledge of the issues and winsomeness GOP hasn't had in a generation. He pulled no punches on red meat issues like Benghazi and didn't back down. He still has very valid questions to answer on several limited government issues once the primary starts (questions I have also raised), but he seemed ready for the big leagues. Had a full cache of staff as well. He looked like he was already running a general election campaign. This will not be the awe shucks Huckabee of 2008."
"... In his speech, Huckabee criticized the former secretary of state over the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“With all due respect to Hillary Clinton, it does make a difference why they died,” he said to cheers and applause from the audience.
Asked afterward if Clinton is part of the Republican Party’s discussion about 2016, Huckabee said she is — as is Benghazi.
“If the Democrats want to continue to say she is far and away the front-runner, if she is the standard bearer for the Democratic message … you bet she’s a part of that discussion,” Huckabee said."
"Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) didn't disguise his presidential ambitions on Thursday, touting his socially conservative bona fides and blasting both President Obama and Hillary Clinton in his Conservative Political Action Conference speech.
"These are the things that I know. I know there is a God, and I know this nation would not exist had he not been the midwife of its birth. And I know that this nation exists by the providence of his hand, and if this nation forgets our God, then God will have every right to forget us," Huckabee said. "I hope that we repent before we ever have to receive his fiery judgment."
Huckabee is making strong signs he'll make another run for the White House in 2016, positioning himself as a favorite of social conservatives."
"Mr. Huckabee also blasted the Obama administration for its surveillance programs, heath care overhaul, and what he called a feckless foreign policy that has failed to move people like Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“No one listens to us. No one respects us. No one fears us,” he said.
As for the federal government, he also said that no government policy, such as Mr. Obama’s health care overhaul, should infringe on religious liberties."
@GovMikeHuckabee Go Gov!!— Lindy Paulson (@LindyPaulson) March 8, 2014
More to follow...
Mar 05 2014
Mike HuckabeeWe’re supposedly the super power, yet Russia is acting like the super power because they know nobody’s going to stop them. Obama already ceded leadership to Putin when he backed down from his “red line” threat in Syria and let Putin swoop in and take control.
Feb 26 2014
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer came under intense pressure this week to veto a bill to protect religious freedom. It was inspired by cases of business people being sued for refusing to provide services for same-sex weddings that violated their religious beliefs. To be clear: they said they were fine with serving gay customers, they just didn’t want to be forced to participate in gay marriages. There’s been a media frenzy over the Arizona bill, depicting it as an attempt to legalize anti-gay discrimination. Activists conjured up an image of bigoted business owners slamming their doors in the faces of thousands of gay customers, in a new rainbow version of Jim Crow. It was so ugly, several Republicans who supported the bill changed their minds and asked the Governor to veto it.
What nobody seemed to do was actually read the bill. So the Christian Post asked some legal experts to do just that. They say it’s actually a minor change to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act that’s already been on the books for 15 years. Contrary to media reports, in some ways, it would actually make discrimination harder. It does expand the types of businesses that can cite religious grounds for refusal to provide service. But it also requires them to prove they hold a sincere, legitimate religious belief that would suffer a serious burden. And if not, then why would a business turn away any customers in this economy? In fact, there already is a federal law, also called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that limits how Washington can violate people’s religious beliefs. There’s never been a single court case under it involving a business owner who refused service to gay customers. And it’s been around for 21 years. Ever since it passed unanimously in a Democratic House and 97 to 3 in a Democratic Senate, and was signed by Bill Clinton. So on close examination, this seems to be a lot of outrage over very little. But then, we’ve kind of made it a habit lately to pass bills first, then read them later.
Feb 21 2014
But common sense shouldn’t be...
Mike HuckabeeHere’s a sampling of some things people have posted on my FB page lately: “I hear you support Common Core education standards; I’ll never watch your show again;” another: “If you support Common Core, you’ve lost my trust.” Or this, “You need to learn the truth about Common Core.” I guess the person who said he’d never watch my show again won’t hear this and that’s too bad. Let me cut right to the chase: I don’t support what Common Core has become in many states or school districts. I’m dead set against the federal government creating a uniform curriculum for any subject; I oppose the collection of personal data on students that would identify them and track them and any effort to give that personal information to the federal government. I am steadfast in my belief that parents should ultimately decide the best venue for their children’s education, whether public schools, private schools, religious schools or home-schools. I believe education is a local or state function—not a federal one. Sadly, the very label Common Core has come to be associated with things I detest, like agenda driven curriculum that indoctrinates instead of educates. I’m convinced that the term Common Core needs to disappear from the lexicon of education policy. It’s a toxic term because it’s come to mean things that most of us can’t stomach, like top-down federal intrusion into the local schools where you live. But Common Core as it was designed had nothing to do with the federal government. It was conceived and controlled by elected governors and state school chiefs to keep the federal hands from interfering. It only dealt with 2 subjects, math and English, and in those 2 subjects, established only state-initiated standards in those subjects, and intentionally did not write or even suggest curriculum. It set voluntary goals---VOLUNTARY goals—controlled by local school boards. Unfortunately, the locally controlled and very simple creation of standards in math and English, created so that students would be measured by comparable regardless of geography has been hijacked by those who took the label Common Core and applied it to curriculum, subjects other than math and English, and even unrelated things as personal data collection. As a result, Common Core as a brand is dead and hopefully the perversions of it will die as well. What I hope does not die is setting higher standards for students, keeping score to see how well they are doing, and having accountability for results. Educational bureaucrats have long fought honest assessments and accountability and have been satisfied with under performing students who were far behind their peers in other states or other countries. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that schools in the US were performing below those in Vietnam, Lithuania, Russia, and Hungary; that our 15 year olds haven’t seen improvement in over a decade compared to other nations. For those who think I embrace Common Core, I don’t embrace or even want to tolerate what it’s come to mean in too many locations. Yes, it’s been hijacked, and I don’t support the hijackers or the destination, but I don’t blame the airplane for getting hijacked. I just hope we aren’t willing to accept mediocrity as a standard. Let’s kill the name Common Core and all the nonsense that’s been tacked on to it. But let’s insist that if we continue to spend the most money in education we demand that the end result is achievement. Every Governor should take the wheel and steer his or her state to adopting strict and rigorous standards. Keep it simple; name it what you will. Don’t let anyone corrupt the goals by adding things not part of the goals. Common Core is dead. But common sense shouldn’t be.
Feb 17 2014
Today is Presidents Day, a day to recognize the greatest Presidents of our nation. As I reflect on the Presidency of Barack Obama, I find myself, as so many of you do, wishing that we had a leader in the White House - one like Ronald Reagan, whose birthday we celebrated earlier this month.
I've heard President Obama on many occasions attempt to compare himself to President Reagan. Mr. President, unfortunately, you are no Ronald Reagan! You can try to spin your time in office any way you want, President Obama, but the facts tell a different story.
• President Reagan reduced government regulations and tax rates.
• Under your “leadership” we’ve seen unprecedented growth in federal regulations and higher taxes across the board
• President Reagan understood that small business owners were the key to an economic turnaround and by working with them, delivered a precipitous drop in unemployment – from 10.8% when he took office to 5.9 when he left.
• Under your “leadership,” unemployment continues at an unacceptable rate, with hundreds of thousands of Americans dropping out of the work force altogether.
• President Reagan believed in the American people. Unfortunately, you believe in big government.
• Five years after Ronald Reagan entered the White House the GDP was 8.0%
• Five years after Barack Obama entered the White House the GDP is at 2.4%
I think most Americans would agree that despite President Obama's numerous attempts to compare himself to Ronald Reagan, he is no Ronald Reagan. And that's a sad fact.