So why is Secretary Hillary Clinton continuing to dig away? Her book tour was bound to be rocky. With a tin ear for the nuances of young feminists, she titled her book,Ā Hard Choices.Ā But theWashington PostĀ Ā recently published Janet Harrisā column urging all liberals toĀ āstop saying abortion is a difficult choice.Ā If you talk like that, Harris says, you are putting the focus on the fetus. Well, we canāt do that! Difficult Choice? Hard Choices? Her very bookĀ Ā title is off-key in the pro-abortion chorus. Even worse, Hillary Clinton famously toldĀ Ā NewsweekĀ in 1994 (October 31stissue) that āabortion is wrong.ā
I hate to sound like a recording glitch, but on several occasions I have attempted to point out that the people with whom we are in conflict in the Middle East donāt think like we think. The most dramatic evidence of this was the recent beheading of two journalists by ISIS, or ISIL, (whatever the current label) terrorists. Make no mistake, these are not patriots, freedom fighters or defenders of liberty; they areĀ terrorists, pure and simple.
The Vice-Presidentās speech was boilerplate material for the union rank-and-file. He extolled the virtues and benefits of organized labor, mentioning at one point that unions built the middle class in this country which in turn has been the key to Americaās prosperity. Really, Joe? Unions built the middle class? I suppose unicorns built the railroads then? If Big Labor was responsible for so much prosperity, then it must follow that more unions mean more prosperity. No need to go any further than the ground he spoke from; Detroit was once the poster child for the success of labor unions and today an estimated 60% of children in the city live in poverty. If unions produce prosperity, why is Detroit the opposite of prosperous?
My question may sound socialistic to some of my fellow conservatives; nonetheless it is a question that must be addressed.Ā Ā American high school graduation rates are at an all-time high, but the education gap between rich and poor continues to grow. Noble and expensive attempts to close this gapāincluding subsidized preschool and the controversial implementation of the Common Core State Standardsāhave largely failed. In the case of Common Core, where wealthy and middle class parents are hiring tutors to compensate for its weaknesses, the āreformā aimed at equalizing the playing field may actually be making the problem worse.
It seems the Export-Import Bank of the United States is once again putting up walls to keep the duly-elected representatives of the American people from getting a look at their inner workings.Ā Ex-Im Chairman Fred Hochberg recently dashed off a letter to U.S. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Patrick McHenry in which he dismissed the committeeās request to interview Ex-Im officials, shying away from what he called āthe inherently adversarial nature of transcribed interviews.ā