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The Obama ‘Recovery’ Continues

Policies have consequences. And President Obama’s policies continue to have devastating consequences. Here’s part of the awful reality, courtesy of The Washington Examiner.

 

Malaise: This week, the Commerce Department announced that the U.S. economy grew just 1.8% in the first quarter of this year. The same report also found that inflation rose to 3.8%. Meanwhile, the nation’s unemployment rate stands at 8.8% and the Labor Department announced this week that weekly jobless claims increased by 25,000 to 429,000, the highest number since January. Wal-Mart’s CEO told CNNWednesday the retail giant’s core shoppers are “running out of money.”

 

If you aren’t alarmed yet, you should be.

 

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John Edwards To Be in Court June 20

From the News & Observer comes the latest in the Rielle Hunter v. Andrew Young case that has John Edwards at the center.


Young’s lawyer took issue with the notion that Hunter is trying to protect her own privacy.

“There’s been no greater sacrifice of so-called privacy than the GQ interview that the plaintiff did,” attorney Hoppy Elliot said.

Siegel agreed. “Why is it OK for Ms. Hunter to go on ‘Oprah’ and GQ and talk about whether she used birth control with Senator Edwards, and then come into court and try to say what is public and what is not?”

Fox declined to make Edwards’ deposition public at this time but agreed to compel further deposition in the judge’s presence. The former presidential candidate will be called to court June 20 to continue answering questions.

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Rep. Paul Ryan’s Standing Ovation

Courageous statesmen do exist, and every now and then, their willingness to take incredible criticism is acknowledged by grateful constituents. Check out this video of a town hall featuring Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

 

 

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Let’s Just to Continue to Wear Blinders

I continue to marvel at the selfishness of the many advocates for more reckless spending, whether at the federal, state, or local level. They choose to ignore the stark fiscal reality that faces us. Latest example: In Durham, teachers and advocates for Big Education “demand” that Durham school board members “be brave” and advocate for “a budget that protects all programs and positions.”

These folks are either incredibly clueless or breathtakingly selfish. Just where do they think the money comes from? And do you think they’ve given one second of thought about the burden they so cavalierly expect others  to shoulder so that their “demand” is met?

 

 

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State Abortion Fund

The hair raised up on my arms when I learned from Carolina Journal’s David Bass that the state of North Carolina has something called the State Abortion Fund. From Bass’ story on the House budget comes several highlights, including these.

 

Eliminate around $500,000 in funding for the abortion-provider Planned Parenthood for contraception and teenage pregnancy prevention programs.

Eliminate the State Abortion Fund, saving $50,000. The fund pays for abortions for low-income women in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is endangered.

 

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I Feel Sorry For These Folks

I grew up in a working class family. We lived paycheck to paycheck and there were very few “extras.”  Yet, my mom and dad never felt sorry for themselves and never expected someone else to take care of our family. When cash was especially short, mom and dad cut back — even when it hurt and even when it meant we did without. That’s why I empathize with North Carolinians like these folks. They’re hurting, they’re scared, and they need our prayers.

But we must act responsibly and think long term as well. If we focus simply on a debate over another extension of unemployment benefits, we miss the key lesson of this budget debate. We must look at this state’s priorities and end the spend-and-tax behavior that has been in place for decades. Only when we restore reason to the state budget can we ensure that North Carolina has an appropriate social safety net that provides long-term support for those who truly can’t take care of themselves and short-term support for those who need a temporary hand up. We must also have the courage to tell people that government is just one player in society — not the only player and not the primary player — as it has become over the last several decades.

We do no one a favor — not the beneficiaries of benefits nor those whose taxes are used to pay for the benefits — by continuing government expansion. If you need further proof of where unchecked government growth leads, and the dependency it creates across a wide spectrum of society, look no further than North Carolina’s $2 to $2.5 billion budget hole, the federal government’s nearly $15 trillion debt, and the cries from advocates and lobbyists who are telling the legislature to just keep spending and expanding.

We simply can’t. And the folks who are without jobs need us to be grown-ups.

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Where Are the Shouts About Gender Inequity?

If these numbers were reversed, there would be no end to shouts from liberal feminists about inequity, lack of opportunity, and systemic discrimination in education and the labor market.

 

For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.

Census figures released Tuesday highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enrollment in the early 1980s. The findings come amid record shares of women in the workplace and a steady decline in stay-at-home mothers.

 

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Wednesday, May 4 in Raleigh: Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard

There’s still time to reserve a spot at the Wednesday, May 4 John Locke Foundation Headliner Luncheon featuring The Weekly Standard’s Senior Writer Stephen Hayes. Registration information and details are here.

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Chapel Hill Frets Over Aesthetics of Its Buses

The Chapel Hill Council has decided to look at selling ads on the outside of Chapel Hill Transit buses, but they’re moving ahead with heavy hearts. From WCHL:

 

The potential downside, of course, is that the ads may detract from the unique aesthetic of the town’s signature blue buses—particularly in the case of “wrap” ads, which cover far more space.

“I’m sure there are some cool bus wraps,” said Council Member Laurin Easthom, “but…if you wrap them all up, that’s kind of destroying something.”

Spade agreed that could be a problem, but assured the Council he’d take at least one important step to avoid ruining that classic Chapel Hill Transit look.

“We do have some really ugly buses,” he said. “We would wrap the junky buses.”

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“Our No. 1 objective is to dig a hole, bury this thing and stomp on it.”

Opposition to a legislative proposal can be fierce, and it appears the N.C. High School Athletic Association is particularly irked about a bill that would allow kids who aren’t enrolled in public schools to engage in system athletic activities.

 

“Our No. 1 objective is to dig a hole, bury this thing and stomp on it,” said Davis Whitfield, executive director of the high school athletic association.

 

While I don’t share Whitfield’s passionate view, I don’t think you can have it both ways. With choices come responsibilities. That means if you choose an education option outside the traditional public system, then you assume responsibility for finding your own outlets and venues for extracurricular activities. Home-schoolers and private-schoolers have plenty of organized options, so it’s really not that tough to find something that benefits a child.

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