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John Deeth misinforms public again, takes DailyKos at face value

So John Deeth thinks he's got a good bit to dig the GOP with, courtesy of Daily Kos.  The Daily Kos put up a post of party platform planks, asking readers to identify who wrote them.  It's selectively cut and pasted to make it look like a liberal dream, but it's actually parts of the 1956 GOP platform.  Then the Daily Kos makes the wild claim that today's GOP would call the platform socialist.  How absurd!  Remember, it's selectively omissive, to include cut and paste work and John Deeth did his readers a disservice by perpetuating such blatant omission and manipulation.

Bogus Daily Kos claim:  "Dwight D. Eisenhower would not only not be welcome in today's GOP, if he tried to crash their convention he would be forcibly removed -- possibly with firehoses. This brings into stunning relief just how far to the right the Republican Party has gone in a relatively short time (54 years ain't that long, folks). And how far out of touch with most Americans they've truly gotten. The American people back in those halcyon, crewcut 1950's agreed with this platform overwhelmingly. But today, Republicans would label it as "socialist"."

What a load of crap by the Daily Kos.

Shame on Deeth for copying and pasting and taking what the Daily Kos posted at face value.....  Shame on Deeth for failing to do some homework.  Shame on Deeth for again copying what the Daily Kos did in innapropriately applying a socialist label to the 1956 GOP platform. 

Side note:  Eisenhower wasn't exactly a conservative and comparing the events of the 1950's to today is not apples to apples.  Doing so is downright disingenous.

Daily Kos posting/Deeth copy & paste of GOP planks are as follows: 

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable.

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers.

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex.

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards...

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public.

That's the stuff of socialism?  Either the Daily Kos is just ignorant, or they're just hoping you aren't familiar with socialism and its real world practices.  Deeth is guilty by association here.  Let's take a look at those planks shall we? 

1.  RE:  Extending federal minimum wage laws plank.....  The Daily Kos is not guilty of any selective copying/pasting here, that is the actual plank as written in the 1956 platform in its entirety.  But what is not addressed by Daily Kos (let alone Deeth) is that federal minimum wage laws was a political hot potato of the day.  That the GOP conceded to powerful labor union demands (much larger union base back then, much more powerful and inclusive of Republicans than they are today as well) is not 'socialist' as Daily Kos claims.  Decades later, we have learned that these laws do not live up to the dreams legislators promise, in fact, it can easily be argued that such mandates are counter-productive.  Progressives know this, why do you think they have put new window dressing on a failed concept and now call it "living wage?"  It's a matter of intent vs. actual results, not socialism.

2.  RE:  Stimulating improved job safety plank......  Plank posted in its entirety, but how is improving job safety socialist?  Apparently the Daily Kos and John Deeth are unfamiliar with socialist reality.  Chernobal anyone?

3.  RE:  Equal pay plank......  Plank posted in it's entirety, but how is equal pay for equal work regardless of sex socialist? 

4.  RE:  Eight-hour work day laws plank......  Here's where some selective copying and pasting by Daily Kos from the actual platform and John's Deeth's copy/paste in lieu of doing some actual homework come into play....  Here's the entire plank regarding eight-hour laws (that's socialist?):  Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Translation:  Have a government job?  You work eight hours a day, and you'll get paid a minimum 'X'/hr.  Gee, why did Daily Kos cut off the plank in mid-sentence?  Because if refers to public sector jobs only, not private sector jobs.  It's a manipulation by Daily Kos and a perpetuation by John Deeth.

And how is defining the number of hours in a work day socialist?  Apparently the Daily Kos and Deeth have no clue what comes with socialism.  Gulogs anyone?  Chinese sweat shops anyone?  Not exactly eight-hour days.....

5.  RE:  Taft-Hartley Act plank......  Here's another example of manipulative copying and pasting by Daily Kos and perpetuation by John Deeth.  Here's the whole plank:  Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. The Democrats in Congress have consistently blocked these needed changes by parliamentary maneuvers. The Republican Party pledges itself to overhaul and improve the Taft-Hartley Act along the lines of these recommendations.

Translation:  The Taft-Hartley Act as written was unsatisfactory, note that the Daily Kos clipped out how the Democrats didn't want to make changes to legislation favorable to them, one side. 

This is typical progressive omission and manipulation, and Deeth plays right along with it.  Where's the honor in that?

Reference:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=25838


Liberals complain about their own decisions

"Liberals attack the regulatory system that was in place before Obama was elected, when in fact it is mostly their regulatory system.  They complain about inheriting deficits, when in fact they -- including Sen. Obama -- pushed for even bigger deficits when Bush was president." - Rush Limbaugh

Are county supervisors giving taxpayers the run-around?

By Mike Thayer

Hopefully you have read, watched, or heard of the flap over the special tax levy for the Johnson County Emergency Communications Center (JECC). 

At issue:  The budget for the Joint Emergency Communications Center (JECC) and the special levy funding the center.   According to supervisor and policy board minutes the established levy was 77 cents per $1,000 of valuation.  When the policy board requested what they thought was a reduction to 75 cents for the fiscal 2011 budget, county supervisors cried foul and claimed the levy was set at 68 cents.

The JECC policy board was unaware the levy was reduced to 68 cents, they operated with a budget template of 77 cents.  The staff at the Coralville Courier reviewed the supervisor minutes and the policy board minutes trying to find when the reduction to 68 cents was made, who made it and that both sides were aware of it.  The answers to those questions remain unanswered.

When some supervisors were asked who reduced the special levy from 77 cents to 68, here are some of the responses we received:

"The policy board recommended the reduction." ~ Supervisor Sally Stutsman

Not according to the minutes Sally.

"I would refer you to communicate with the JECC Director Mike Sullivan or review minutes of Board of Supervisor meetings at johnson-county.com." ~ Supervisor Terrance Neuzil

We couldn't find that reduction in the minutes Terrance, that's why we asked you, a supervisor, somebody supposedly in the know to help refer us to where the reduction from 77 cents to 68 cents is officially documented.  Instead, you gave us a tap dance, a run-around, a suggestion to go on a wild goose chase.

Ladies and gentlemen it's the supervisors' job to be in the know, it's what we put them in place to do.  You see, this is how it works folks.....  The bosses (We The People), being that we're working, raising families, going to school, etc., don't have time in our day to focus on basic/general community needs such as public safety, road maintenance/repair, facility management, etc.  That's why we delegated *supervisors* to do that.  They promised us they could focus on those community needs of public safety, road maintenance, facility management, etc.  They're supposed to be working for us!  It's what they were tasked to do.  So knowing what's going on with the JECC is a county supervisor duty and responsibility!  Supervisors are obligated - as delegated by We The People, to be knowlegeable and forthcoming and they have failed - miserably!  That they're pretending to be *shocked* by a JECC budget request for fiscal 2011 is horse manure.  That they're pretending not to know what's going on with the money is more horse manure!

The public should also know that the levy cannot legally be set or changed by the board of supervisors.  So if a supervisor gave county budget coordinator Rich Claiborne the instruction to insert a certain number for the budget resulting in a reduced levy, that action was outside the authority of the board of supervisors and is illegal.

There's either a hidden agenda here or it's just inept leadership by the county.  Either way it's coming at a huge cost to taxpayers, it's a demonstration in irresponsible government.  It's political game playing instead of just getting things done efficiently on the behalf of the taxpayers the center is supposed to benefit.

Email the Supervisors, and ask them who authorized the special levy reduction from 77 cents to 68 cents.  The JECC policy board didn't do it, so it seems that reduction order came from the supervisors, and according to our sources, that would be illegal.  (See bad blood).

Supervisor Terrance Neuzil - Democrat

Supervisor Sally Stutsman - Chair - Democrat

Supervisor Rodney Sullivan - Democrat

Supervisor Janelle Rettig - Democrat

Supervisor Pat Harney - Democrat

 




Johnson County government has some characters all right....

"Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters." -- Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, 1775

Editor's Note:  Supervisor Rodney Sullivan certainly doesn't have any manners, Auditor Tom Slockett is a drunk, Supervisor Terrance Neuzil practices doublespeak, and Supervisor Janelle Rettig says one thing and does another.  All these people by the way are members of the local Democrat Machine.


Climate panel caught in new round of errors

More *errors* (intentional omission?  Manipulated data?) have been found in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. 

From the UK Telegraph (Where is this story in the American Press?):  "The United Nations panel on climate change is facing fresh criticism today as The Sunday Telegraph reveals new factual errors and poor sources of evidence in its influential report to government leaders. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report is supposed to be the world’s most authoritative scientific account of the scale of global warming.  But this paper has discovered a series of new flaws in it including: The publication of inaccurate data on the potential of wave power to produce electricity around the world, which was wrongly attributed to the website of a commercial wave-energy company." 

Apparently the IPCC's most recent climate report, published in 2007, contains a heck of a lot of errors and the report won a Nobel Prize!   Basically, what we have here is the IPCC creating their *report* in Wikipedia style, allowing just about anyone to insert world climate change assertions, include statements from unpublished student papers, students who weren't even doctoral candidates let alone was it the material of thesis papers. And then there's this from the UK Telegraph, "more claims which were based on reports produced by environmental pressure groups."  That's right, activist groups had input as to the content of the IPCC report.   

Meanwhile, there's been record snow on the east coast, record low temperatures in the south and southwest, and a heavier than average snowfall here in parts of the midwest.

How 'bout that global warming huh?


 


U.S. Sen. Grassley Q & A: Transparency in the federal government

Grassley Q: Why is transparency in the federal government so important?
A: I’ve worked for years to make the federal government a more accessible and transparent operation. The public’s business ought to be public. So, I had high hopes when President Obama pledged to make his administration more transparent than any other. Unfortunately, this campaign pledge has yet to become reality. For example, the President issued an executive order to ban lobbyists from working in his administration. Ironically, the executive order included a loophole that allowed waivers and recusals for lobbyists who might be instrumental in moving forward the President’s agenda. So the executive order didn’t exactly do what the public relations surrounding it led people to believe. And, on top of that, the administration has resisted being upfront and transparent about the number of waivers and recusals that have been granted.

I’ve been working to ensure that the federal government adheres to the President’s executive order by making lobbyist conflicts transparent. To that end, I asked the director of the Office of Government Ethics to make public the waivers and recusals that have been given throughout the executive branch. In response to my request, the Office of Government Ethics made lobbyist waivers public on the internet. However, they have declined to make lobbyist recusals public. The public should know whether or not former lobbyists are getting a free pass to work in the White House or federal agencies, at the same time the administration is promoting its ban on lobbyists.

Q: Are there Justice Department employees working on terrorist detainee issues who received waivers or recusals?
A: As Americans watch the administration make dangerous decisions to roll back important counterterrorism policies, including closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and bringing known terrorists to the United States for trial in civilian courts, it’s only logical to be asking who is making these decisions and advising the President. Press reports have indicated that there are several attorneys at the Justice Department who either represented Guantanamo detainees or worked for groups who advocated them prior to joining the Obama administration’s Justice Department. It’s even more disconcerting that some of these people may currently be crafting terrorism and detainee policies. These policies have real consequences to our national security so it’s important to have people in place who can make an independent decision based on an unbiased view. These decisions can’t simply be a foregone conclusion. So, I asked Attorney General Eric Holder to provide me with a list of the employees at the Department of Justice who have been granted waivers or recusals so they can work on issues they previously handled as lobbyists, outside advocates, or attorneys. These recusals are important for the public to see so we will know if there is in fact a real conflict of interest with how detainee issues are being managed at the department. The American people deserve a full accounting of these recusals to better understand who is running the federal government and making the decisions that are bringing terrorists to U.S. soil. I asked for this information back in November and have yet to receive a response. If the Justice Department wants to uphold President Obama’s pledge to be the most transparent and accountable administration ever, Attorney General Holder should make this information available to the public immediately.

The corrupted morals of progressives will ruin this country

"No compact among men ... can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other." -- George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address, 1789

Proof progressive politics fail

Should We Let California Go Bankrupt?

By Steven Malanga

There’s good reason why most states won’t fall down the fiscal black hole where California now dwells. This is a state whose politicians, public sector unions and advocacy groups have been living in a fantasy world of overspending, investment-deadening taxation and job-killing regulation.

Read On.....


Liberals raise federal debt ceiling...... Again

The House approved raising the federal debt ceiling (again), increasing the ceiling to $14.3 TRILLION.  Not surprisingly, the liberal led Senate adopted a debt limit increase last week, with every single Democrat voting in favor. 

$14.3 TRILLION!

Ladies and gentlemen, these liberals have bankrupted this country!  Their actions are like a person who has $10,000 in credit card debt and can't afford the minimum monthly payment, asking his credit card companies to raise his credit line so he can pay his bills!

LIBERAL LUNACY!

Meanwhile, Obama's proposed budget increases spending by 35% over last year.

Contact your Senators and Congressman today and tell them to CUT SPENDING!

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