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ObamaSpeak: “spending reductions in the tax code”

From President Obama today (emphasis is mine):

Essentially tossing aside the budget he submitted just two months ago, Mr. Obama called for much deeper defense and domestic spending cuts and said while he will not trim benefit payment from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, more money can be squeezed out of the latter two programs in other ways.

The president also called for undoing the Bush tax cuts for upper-income taxpayers, and for canceling other tax cuts many of them receive such as the mortgage interest deduction — which he called “spending reductions in the tax code.”

Please.

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AP/GFK Poll: ObamaCare Support at Mere 35%

More and more Americans are waking up to the negative implications of ObamaCare. Barely more than 1 in 3 support it, according to this AP/GFK poll. Among the disastrous components of ObamaCare is the individual mandate that is being challenged in court by numerous states — but not North Carolina. In this brief interview, JLF President John Hood explains the impact for North Carolina of the national lawsuit.

 

 

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SPLC is a money-grubbing shakedown outfit, not a civil rights group

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which may ONCE have been interested in civil rights more than fund raising, has jumped into Durham’s racial-grievance waters with both feet. They have threatened the Durham Public Schools and charged it with discrimination against Hispanics.

Their examples sound as phony as the fake gay-bashing story at UNC this week. It’s the same M.O.: Dramatic charges are made, but no one is named. It’s the typical ploy of sleazy racial shakedown artists, and the SPLC is one of the sleaziest.

Among the claims is “limited access to language interpreters and inadequate translation.” Aside from the fact that we should never have been providing these at taxpayer cost in the first place, the SPLC also claims that “in many cases, these students have lived in Durham most of their lives.”

That’s my emphasis added there. If immigrants, legal or otherwise, had to learn the language to compete, they wouldn’t need translation services years after arrival. Anyone who works in public schools in North Carolina has seen this trend: 10 years ago parents of immigrant children demanded they learn English quickly, but the current crop of parents is content to have everything translated, from assignments, to announcements to PTA meetings. And why? Because we don’t expect them to have to learn the language.

The SPLC says, further, that “what was most heartbreaking was that students felt unwelcome at their schools.” Here’s a clue, SPLC. If kids learn the language quickly and don’t expect translations and interpreters, and if they try to assimilate, then maybe people won’t feel they shouldn’t be here. It’s a two-way street.

Before Durham Public Schools falls rear-end over tea kettle to react to the SPLC’s threats, they should do some digging into this group, which has made millions ginning up fear of a non-existent KKK threat to the American way of life.

I suggest they read the nine-day series by The Montgomery Advertiser (that’s the main paper in town, not a shopper, despite its name) that was a Pulitzer finalist in 1994 (sorry, no link, this was pre-internet). It exposed much of the sleazy operation of the SPLC, which was started by Morris Dees, whose expertise had been in (get ready) direct-mail fund raising before founding the SPLC.

Actions like this one against DPS are what they use to get the money to flow into their coffers from guilty white liberals who fall for their periodic attempts to drum up hysteria.

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Cary Loses Free Speech Case…Again

The Town of Cary simply refuses to accept that its sign ordinance violated resident David Bowden’s right to free speech. After losing in court, the town recently asked the judge to reconsider the ruling. The Cary News reports the judge said no…again.

 

In asking for a new ruling, attorneys representing the town submitted photographs of Christmas displays and a portion of the town’s sign ordinance as new evidence.

But the judge rejected it outright in a terse ruling issued Thursday.

“None of the ‘new evidence’ is sufficient to cause the court to reevaluate its decision,” the judge wrote. “Moreover … the court discerns no clear error which would justify altering or amending its judgment.”

Cary has now spent about $225,000 trying to defend its rules. Now the town must decide if it will appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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So Are They or Aren’t They?

The Weekly Standard points out some fascinating comments from Nancy Pelosi about elections.

 

 

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First It Was Wake County. Is the Durham School System Next?

The Herald-Sun reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center is threatening to file a discrimination complaint aganst Durham Public Schools with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights . Why? SPLC alleges that Durham discriminates against Latino students. You’ll find the SPLC’s allegations here.

I find this allegation fascinating and ironic, not because the SPLC is making it — they’re in the business of making these kinds of allegations — but because Durham prides itself in being welcoming to minorities and immigrants, regardless of legal status.

 

 

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