Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

“Transparent” Obama Administration Deliberately Hiding Meetings With Lobbyists

They call this “transparent”?

Caught between their boss’ anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama’s aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident.

It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public view — and out of Secret Service logs kept on visitors to the White House and later released to the public.

“They’re doing it on the side. It’s better than nothing,” said immigration reform lobbyist Tamar Jacoby, who has attended meetings at the nearby Jackson Place complex and believes the undisclosed gatherings are better than none.

The White House scoffs at the notion of an ulterior motive for scheduling meetings in what are, after all, meeting rooms. But at least four lobbyists who’ve been to the conference rooms just off Lafayette Square tell POLITICO they had the distinct impression they were being shunted off to Jackson Place — and off the books — so their visits wouldn’t later be made public.

Obama and his cronies seem to think that they’re living in the past, when the three big networks and a few huge newspapers controlled the flow of information. Of course, that makes sense, since they are also clearly living in the age when big government was all the rage, and there was a lot of overlap in those two time frames.

Issa Sends First Subpoenas

And Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) starts digging into the sewer that is the Obama Administration:

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) has issued his first subpoenas to the Obama administration, seeking depositions from two Department of Homeland Security employees about their handling of freedom of information requests.

Mr. Issa’s committee has been investigating allegations that DHS sidestepped politically-sensitive requests made by journalists and activists under the Freedom of Information Act. He’s also asked 180 other federal agencies for records of how they responded to requests for information under the act.

Now he is summoning two career officials from Homeland Security’s FOIA office to appear on March 7 and March 8 for depositions about their handling of requests.

It’ll be interesting to see how DHS responds.

Union Thug Attacks Woman With Video Camera

I guess someone is already taking Rep. Capuano’s words to heart:

The PJ Tatler has some important details:

The victim of the assault is Tabitha Hale of FreedomWorks, who you will be glad to know is fine. No word yet on whether assault charges are going to be filed. Based on the T-shirt the guy was wearing, he belongs to the Communications Workers of America union.

So, now we have an assault by someone wearing a union shirt, shortly after a Democrat told union folks to “get out on the streets and get a little bloody.” Will the lefty talking heads in the Dinosaur Media now opine about how the Democrats and unions need to practice civil discourse?

Don’t hold your breath.

“Helper Monkey” Is Paralyzed Man’s Hands

Now this has gotta be the feel good story of the week, perhaps the month:

“As long as he had a ball and bat in his hand he was a happy kid.” Ellen Rogers talks about her son Ned Sullivan, who five years ago was just like any other college senior.

But that’s when life, just stopped.

“It’s that call every parent dreads,” recalls Ellen.

Ned had a seizure behind the wheel and crashed into a brick wall and broke his neck. He was paralyzed from the neck down. He spent a long year in the hospital getting better, but when he got home, he got worse.

Ned says, “I always felt alone and stuck and depressed.”

But then his sister was invited to a school assembly and the topic? Helping Hands Helper Monkeys. The organization helps people with spinal cord injuries by giving them monkey to help with everyday tasks.

As someone with close friends with disabilities, as well as a hidden disability myself, this kinda story really touches me.

Dem Rep to Unions: Get Out In The Street and Get Bloody!

So much for the New Tone in Politics:

A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members.

Remember after Gabrielle Giffords got shot, we were barraged with a seemingly endless repetition of how violent metaphors cause wackos to go off the deep end… so will those same finger-waggers now wag the finger in the face of Rep. Capuano about his his violent rhetoric? Or will they merely wink and nod?

To ask the question is to answer it.

More Thuggery… In Idaho!

Okay, now it’s moving out of the midwest:

- On Saturday evening, [Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom] Luna said, he encountered an angry man outside his mother’s house in Nampa. The man reportedly identified himself as a teacher opposed to Luna’s plans to increase class sizes and said he had planned to speak to Luna’s mother. Luna reported the incident to Nampa police.

- Late Monday or early Tuesday, someone slashed two tires on Luna’s vehicle at his Nampa home and spray-painted the word “Luna” with an X through it on the white truck’s passenger door. Nampa police are investigating.

- After Luna reported the vandalism early Tuesday morning, he went to a Downtown Boise coffee shop for an appearance on live morning television. He was approached by a man who loudly called him “a liar and other choice words” before a police officer intervened and calmed the man down, Luna spokeswoman Melissa McGrath said.

Of course, we have no evidence that the teachers or teachers’ unions are behind some of these attacks… except the first one where the miscreant self-identified… but the list of other people that would do this to this particular elected official is pretty darned small.

And the reforms?

Luna’s plan, which is still in the Senate Education Committee, would replace teacher tenure with rolling two-year contracts, force unions to prove they represent 50 percent of the teachers in a district, limit collective bargaining to salaries and benefits and not allow collective bargaining agreements to extend beyond the end of the state fiscal year.

In other words, it’s pretty close to the Wisconsin plan. And for this he–and his mother–get subjected to all this.

At least the Idaho Democrats haven’t snuck across the border to Oregon–the closest Democratic state to Boise–yet.

Because It Worked So Well In Wisconsin, Now Indiana Democrats Leave The State

You can’t make stuff like this up:

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

A source tells The Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

Yeah, that worked really well in Wisconsin, didn’t it?

With incidents like these, 2012 is looking like it’ll be even better than 2010… this shows better than anything else I can think of just what the so-called Democratic Party really thinks of democracy.

Absent WI Politicians Must Return To Pick Up Paychecks

Here’s a shot across the bow of those anti-democratic Democrats in Wisconsin:

State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They’ll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.

Maybe the unions will pay their hotel and restaurant bills for them… we already know these politicians are deep in the pockets of the unions.

Those Wonderful Wisconsin Teachers…

…apparently can’t teach basic reading:

Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

In the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009—the latest year available—only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”

The test also showed that the reading abilities of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders had not improved at all between 1998 and 2009 despite a significant inflation-adjusted increase in the amount of money Wisconsin public schools spent per pupil each year.

And these are the people that are supposed to be so essential to Wisconsin’s success that they can’t have their precious union privileges (not rights, privileges) even slightly curtailed by Governor Walker?

Walker Beginning To Look A Little Like Reagan

Just as Ronald Wilson Reagan faced down the air traffic controllers, Scott Walker is facing down his own unionized public employees:

But Walker said while the state enjoys a lower-than-average unemployment rate — about 7.5 percent compared to 9 percent nationally — about 5,000-6,000 state workers and 5,000-6,000 local government workers could lose their jobs if they don’t accept changes to their benefits plan.

“I don’t want a single person laid off in the public nor in the private sector and that’s why this is a much better alternative than losing jobs,” Walker told “Fox News Sunday.”

The budget vote was supposed to take place last week, but was delayed when state Senate Democrats fled to Illinois to avoid having to vote on the plan, which would cost public sector employees about $300 million over two years, or less than 10 percent of the deficit total.

“If we’re going to be in this together, (cut) our $3.6 billion budget deficit, it’s going to take a whole lot more than just employee contributions when it comes to pensions and health care,” Walker said. “But it’s got to be a piece of the puzzle because as I saw at the local level, it’s like a virus that eats up more and more of the budget if you don’t get it under control.”

Basically, Walker is saying the cuts are gonna have to come somewhere for the state to stay solvent… and if they won’t accept the cuts he’s already suggested, then they will have to come from job cuts. Knowing bureaucracies, I imagine there’s a lot of deadweight that could be cut out without significantly impacting services… and once they’re cut and the sky doesn’t fall, it’ll be a lot harder for the pro-huge-government types to argue that those positions are needed.

Governor Walker has indeed thrown down the gauntlet… good for him.

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