Aussie Conservative Blog 🔥 The lead up to the first debate and what the Donald needs to do

Aussie Conservative Blog 🔥 The lead up to the first debate and what the Donald needs to do

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The lead up to the first debate and what the Donald needs to do

by freedomfighter1995

There are now only 11 hours to go until one of the more anticipated television events in history will commence. Obviously, I’m talking about the first scheduled Presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, which should provide the ultimate spectacle to arguably the most fascinating US Presidential race of all time.

But what should be the expectations for this debate from the Clinton and Trump camps? After the horror month that was August, already, Donald Trump has begun to make key ground in several polls, to the point that in traditionally Democratic states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, Trump has taken various leads.

Given Trump’s rise has been accompanied with controversies regarding Hilary Clinton’s emails and health, an election once predicted to culminate in a Democrat landslide, now looks set for a close result.

Now that the predictions for the election have come within the margin of error, the onus and expectations have shifted heavily towards Clinton. As things currently stand, the election is very much Clinton’s to lose.

For it is her type, the establishment neo- conservatives within both major parties, that have bankrupted America and driven it into a series of needless and catastrophic wars. Up against this establishment, figure is that of the ultimate outsider in the exuberant businessman turned- politician, Donald J. Trump. And while the Clintons and the Bushes have owned the past, those who will own the future is yet to be determined.

Despite elitist protest, the signs are there that Trump’s populist positions on trade, immigration, and foreign policy, are resonating with American voters and in doing so, Trump has unleashed the once forgotten ‘silent majority’. Voters have been drawn to the existing platform that has created, with voter enthusiasm for Trump supporters superior to Hilary backers.

However, there is one final barrier lying between Trump and a further step towards the Presidency. Whilst his visits to Mexico and Egypt have aided in furthering a ‘Presidential’ Trump, doubts over his temperament and purportedly rash nature remain. It is this message that Trump is ‘unfit’ to serve as President due to such character tendencies, that has been rammed home by Clinton throughout this general election.

And with Clinton’s extraordinary array of errors and scandals, it appears that should this issue of temperament be adequately resolved, a Trump path to the Presidency would seem highly likely.

Considering all of this, an effective Trump first debate should comprise of a simple, straightforward strategy.

The Donald must focus on his core campaign messages, while allowing time for dissecting Clinton’s weaknesses and horrific track record as Secretary of State, both in terms of foreign policy and in her inexcusable disregard for the delicacies of classified information. But while average voters do not at great length analyze specific details of policy proposals, what will be of note to the average onlooker, is the manner by which Trump carries out the first debate.

Subsequently, rather than content being the primary means to assess Trump’s performance, the style will be the most important factor. If Trump is to remain calm, composed and capable of conducting himself in a way which seems in accordance with common decency, this will be a significant victory.

With Trump’s current wave of momentum, all that is required is a cool, steady approach, to legitimize the idea of a President Trump, as an alternative to the status quo of Washington corruption, as epitomized in its purest form through Hilary Clinton. I also thoroughly encourage the Donald to stick to his campaign’s core populist tones on trade, immigration, and foreign policy.

Further, attacks on Hilary’s record must avoid references to trivial issues, such as Bill’s past mistresses or other irrelevant matters. If these assaults are kept in check with some sort of discipline, and the core issues are emphasized, Trump will take a perceived victory.

 

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Senator Lamar Alexander *The Dinosaur* Obamacare continues to spiral out of control

Senator Lamar Alexander *The Dinosaur* Obamacare continues to spiral out of control 

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Hello, below are some highlights from August:

Obamacare continues to spiral out of control 


On August 20, I had the opportunity to deliver the weekly Republican address. Regardless of your political views or your “position” on Obamacare, the law is in real trouble. Tennessee’s largest newspaper, The Tennessean, quoted our state health commissioner as saying Tennessee’s Obamacare exchange—where individuals and small groups who obtain a subsidy get their health insurance—is “very near collapse.” Many Tennesseans next year will face a 44-66 percent increase in their Obamacare premiums that will force them to make difficult decisions about their daily lives and family budgets. That’s not an opinion. That’s a fact. And it’s happening all over the country.

If we have a Republican in the White House next year, we need to repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense reforms that lower costs. If we have a Democrat in the White House, we will still need to fix Obamacare in a fundamental way.

Watch a full video of my remarks here. 

This month, I hosted a roundtable at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) to discuss the recent $71.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that puts Vanderbilt front and center in the president’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Precision medicine has the potential to touch every American family, expedite research for rare diseases and improve the lives of millions who are sick by personalizing medicine for better solutions. This award is a giant credit to Vanderbilt’s research, leadership and talent and one of the most exciting developments for Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and for medicine in a long time.

Protecting bald eagles and saving taxpayer dollars

This month, I wrote a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe urging the agency to reconsider a proposal that could allow Big Wind to kill more bald eagles. The proposal, which extends the number of years a company can receive a permit for the incidental deaths of bald eagles, could allow giant wind turbines to kill nearly 3 percent of our country’s bald eagles every year. We should be increasing efforts to protect the nation’s symbol of freedom and sovereignty instead of handing out killing permits to wind developers.

I also wrote a letter to Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging against a proposal that would provide additional incentives to wind producers, who already have an unfair advantage over other more reliable forms of electricity such as nuclear power – the country’s largest source of clean electricity. There is no reason the federal government should provide additional incentives to build unreliable and unsightly wind turbines. 

This month, the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary. Documentarian Ken Burns has called the National Park Service “America’s best idea.” If Burns is right, then the Great Smoky Mountains National Park must be America’s very best idea because each year it attracts nearly twice as many visitors as any other national park. To celebrate, I joined students and boy scouts for a hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and attended a luncheon to honor employees and volunteers. The beauty, magic, and serenity of national parks, especially the Smokies, provides a great way to celebrate what’s right with America. Find a park in Tennessee here!

New proposal by U.S. Department of Education is not only unlawful but specifically prohibited by law fixing No Child Left Behind

With the expiration of the U.S. Education Department’s conditional No Child Left Behind waivers on August 1, last month marked the end of the “Mother, May I?” era in K-12 education. The new education law signed in December reversed the trend toward a national school board and required the U.S. Education Secretary to keep his hands off of Tennessee’s classrooms.

Unfortunately, in early September, the Secretary of Education issued a proposal that would take us back in the opposite direction. His proposed regulation would regulate the way states and school districts spend nearly all state and local tax dollars on schools in order to receive federal Title I dollars and give Washington, D.C., control over state and local education dollars that it has never had before. It would likely upend state and local education finance systems and collective bargaining agreements in many states. Federal law gives him zero authority to do this. In fact, our new law specifically prohibits his doing this, and if anything resembling this proposal becomes final, I will do everything within my power to overturn it.

On Aug. 26, I talked with Monroe County business leaders about their success in bringing new jobs to the area, including the expansion of JTEKT Automotive and the Mastercraft plant receiving Industry Week’s “Best Plant” award. These are just a few examples of how Tennessee is the right place for automotive and other advanced manufacturing industries, which brings good-paying jobs to our state.

The Obama administration’s crippling $2,250 fee on Tennessee gunsmiths is unnecessary

This month, I joined a group of 24 Republican senators in sending a letter to the Obama administration opposing its new plan to impose crippling fees and requirements on the nation’s gun hobbyists and gunsmiths. This enforcement policy would force Tennessee gunsmiths – the vast majority of whom make little to no income from their activities and often do it as a hobby – to pay a $2,250 fee and register as manufacturers. No Tennessean should have to pay the U.S. government because they simply enjoy working on antique firearms for a hobby. 

On Aug. 29, I met with the Jefferson City Rotary and praised their work to help renovate a local Boys & Girls Club. While it’s easy these days to hear what is wrong with America, it’s easy to see what is right – and members of the Jefferson City Rotary who contributed $10,000 to make a nicer club facility for the children helped by the Boys & Girls Club are a great example of that.

NLRB decision to allow student assistants to unionize may destroy programs that have helped millions afford an education

On August 23, the Obama administration’s runaway National Labor Relations Board issued a decision that will allow graduate “student assistants” at private colleges and universities to unionize and opens the door for undergraduate unionization as well. If you’re earning a BS or an MBA from Union University in Jackson or an advanced engineering degree from Vanderbilt, your primary purpose and benefit during your time there is to gain the skills needed to launch into the career and future you want – not to garner wages as an employee of the university. Last month’s decision by the Board – a reversal of its previous policy – is a shameless ploy to increase union membership rather than a genuine attempt to help students. The result may well be that colleges end undergraduate student assistant programs so that 18-year old -freshmen aren’t dealing with union reps rather than focusing on their degree.

Aug. 30 marked the end of an era – the last of the five uranium enrichment buildings in Oak Ridge was cleaned up – making land available for new companies and new jobs coming to East Tennessee. I attended the final demolition and praised the local community, contractors and the Department of Energy for completion of this historic achievement. Oak Ridge is the model of a how successful cleanup should be done. Thanks to years of hard work, more than 720 acres of land is available for new economic development, leading to an estimated $100 million of  private investment in technology, industry, and renewables. This is great news for the Oak Ridge area, which has some of the best scientific brainpower, energy research and technological capabilities in the world.

Tennessee is setting an example for all states, as 70 percent of high school seniors applied for federal financial aid last school year

Last school year, seven in 10 Tennessee high school seniors filed a FAFSA form, the form required for obtaining federal financial aid. Our state is setting an example for the nation on how to assist students in filling out the complex FAFSA so they can take advantage of Tennessee Promise, Tennessee’s free community college program. I’m working on the next step – to simplify the 108-question FAFSA – which will help students overcome this complex obstacle and achieve the dream of attending college. I have introduced the FAST Act with a bipartisan group of senators to reduce the form to as few as two questions.

Here are some articles I thought you would enjoy:

Knoxville News Sentinel: Editorial: Finally, funding is finalized for the ‘Missing Link’

Knoxville News Sentinel: Final wall of old K-27 building in Oak Ridge built as part of Manhattan Project, comes down

Maryville Daily Times: Smokies Park celebrates NPS 100th anniversary

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Alexander says Obamacare rate increases are intolerable and show need for change

Knoxville News Sentinel: Greg Johnson: Alexander foresaw train wreck of Affordable Care Act

The Tennessean: Sen. Alexander: Speed up personalized meds

Lebanon Democrat: Wildlife Federation opposes wind farm

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Education and the 2016 election: What the public thinks

Education and the 2016 election: What the public thinks

September 2016

Frederick M. Hess and Kelsey Hamilton

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KEY POINTS

  • Although the presidential candidates have occasionally mentioned education on the campaign trail, it has clearly not been at the forefront of this election.
  • In national polls, education consistently ranks in the top third or top half of public concerns. This is consistent with the past three presidential elections.
  • The 2016 election, while unusual in many respects, remains typical in its discussion of education. Education is often seen as a local concern, and although significant, it is not a top-tier issue, which will inevitably color how a new administration proceeds.

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The Cloakroom DAILY FLOOR WRAP-UP SEPTEMBER 21st, 2016

The Cloakroom  DAILY FLOOR WRAP-UP  SEPTEMBER 21st, 2016

 

DAILY FLOOR WRAP UP

 

SEPTEMBER 21st, 2016

 

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

 

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 875 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3438) to amend title 5, United States Code, to postpone the effective date of high-impact rules pending judicial review; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5719) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the tax treatment of certain equity grants; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.” – ADOPTED 237 – 171

 

H. Res. 875 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3438) to amend title 5, United States Code, to postpone the effective date of high-impact rules pending judicial review; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5719) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the tax treatment of certain equity grants; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.”- ADOPTED 239 – 181

 

Ordering the Previous Question on H.Res. 876 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5461) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.” – ADOPTED 242 – 174

 

H.Res. 876 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5461) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.”– ADOPTED 247 – 174

 

H.R. 3957 – “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily allow expensing of certain costs of replanting citrus plants lost by reason of casualty.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 400 – 20

H.R. 5659 – “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to expanding Medicare Advantage coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 423 – 0

H.R. 5713 – “To provide for the extension of certain long-term care hospital Medicare payment rules, clarify the application of rules on the calculation of hospital length of stay to certain moratorium-excepted long-term care hospitals, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 420 – 3

H.R. 5613 – “To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILLPASSED 420 – 0

 

H.R. 5461 – “To require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes.” – PASSED 282 – 143

Poliquin (R-ME) – Amendment No. 1 – “Manager’s Amendment adds Committee on Foreign Affairs to the reporting requirements in the bill.” – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Young (R-IN) Amendment No. 2 – “Adds three additional provisions to the bill’s required report on Iranian leadership financial assets.” – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Lance (R-NJ) – Amendment No. 3 – “Adds head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to list of Iranian leaders.” – ADOPTED BY VOICE

 

Democrat Motion to Recommit H.R. 3438FAILED 182 – 240

 

H.R. 3438 – “To amend title 5, United States Code, to postpone the effective date of high-impact rules pending judicial review.”– PASSED 244 – 180

Cicilline (D-RI) Amendment No.1 – “Exempts from the requirements of the legislation any rule that would reduce the cost of healthcare for people over the age of 65.” – REJECTED 189 – 232

DelBene (D-OR) – Amendment No. 2 – “Exempts from the bill’s requirements rules relating to improving the affordability of higher education.” – REJECTED 184 – 237

H.R. 5859 – “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the major metropolitan area counterterrorism training and exercise grant program, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 395 – 30

H.R. 6007 – “To amend title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in a navigable airspace analysis, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 425 – 0

 

H.R. 5977 – “To direct the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the appropriate committee of Congress advance notice of certain announcements, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL – PASSED 424 – 1

 

H.R. 6014 – “To direct the Federal Aviation Administration to allow certain construction or alteration of structures by State departments of transportation without requiring an aeronautical study, and for other purposes.” ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED 425 – 0

 

H.R. 5147 – “To amend title 40, United States Code, to require that male and female restrooms in public buildings be equipped with baby changing facilities.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED 389 – 34

 

H.R. 2315 – “To limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

 

H.Con.Res. 122 – “Supporting efforts to stop the theft, illegal possession or sale, transfer, and export of tribal cultural items of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in the United States and internationally.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

 

H.R. 4712 – “To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide for an option under the Secure Mail Initiative under which a person to whom a document is sent under that initiative may require that the United States Postal Service obtain a signature from that person in order to deliver the document, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

H.R. 5064 – “To amend the Small Business Act to allow small business development centers to assist and advise small business concerns on relevant cyber security matters, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

 

H.R. 5094 – “To contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine, to assist Ukraine’s democratic transition, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

 

H.R. 3924 – “To establish in the United States Agency for International Development an entity to be known as the United States Global Development Lab, and for other purposes.” – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS THE BILL PASSED BY VOICE

 

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What are the five biggest problems facing black Americans?

What are the five biggest problems facing black Americans? Where do things like racism and police brutality rank? What about the absence of black fathers? Taleeb Starkes, author of Amazon #1 bestseller “Black Lies Matter”, lists the five. They may surprise you.

What are the five biggest issues facing blacks in America?  Here’s my list.

Problem 5.  The Victim Mentality

Nothing holds someone back more than seeing himself as a victim. Why? Because a victim is not responsible for his situation. Everything is someone else’s fault. And the victim sees little chance of improving his life. How can he get ahead if someone is holding him back? All this makes the victim unhappy, frustrated and angry.

This is how too many blacks see themselves ? as victims. So much so that their victim status becomes their primary identity and their ruling ideology. I call it victimology. Unfortunately, many black churches preach this “victimology,” many black parents pass it on to their children, inner-city schools teach it to their students and the black media reinforce it. Meanwhile, the NAACP and other black grievance groups fundraise on it.

Problem 4.  Lack of Diversity

Blacks repeatedly demand an “honest dialogue or debate about race.” But how can there ever be an honest dialogue about race between blacks and whites when there is virtually no honest dialogue between blacks and blacks? It’s hypocritical. And if a black doesn’t think, “whites are ultimately responsible for black people’s problems,” they’re labeled a “sell-out,” “Uncle Tom,” or “race-traitor.”

As long as this type of groupthink exists, race-reverends of the Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson type will continue to be celebrated while independent black thinkers such as Professors Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams will be shunned.

The honest race dialogue and debate — that first has to happen — is not between blacks and whites but between blacks and blacks. We demand diversity from others, but need to practice it ourselves where it really matters — in thought, opinion, and even political affiliation.

Problem 3.  Urban Terrorism

As just about everyone knows, but too few talk about publicly, in majority black cities, violent black on black crime is rampant. A Department of Justice study from 1980-2008 revealed that blacks accounted for almost half of the nation’s homicide victims (47.4%) and more than half of the offenders (52.4%) all while only being 13% of America’s population.

The Tuskegee Institute conducted a study of all known lynchings of blacks that occurred between 1882-1968. During this 86-year span, which is essentially the post-Civil War era up to the Civil Rights era, 3,446 Blacks where reportedly lynched. Presently, black-on-black murder eclipses the number of blacks lynched over the course of 80 years roughly every six months.

Unbelievably, the culpability for this disproportionate amount of mayhem actually lies with a menacing 2-3% minority within the black populace. I call them urban terrorists. And since they’re literally spawned from problem #2, the black community protects them.

Problem 2. Proliferation of Baby Mamas

The disintegration of the nuclear family has led to an astronomical increase of single-mother households. According to the Moynihan Report, in 1965, nearly 25 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. The report’s author Daniel Patrick Moynihan said this was a disaster in the making. He was, of course, vilified by so-called black leaders and their progressive allies. But he was right. Today the out of wedlock birth rate is nearly 75 percent. and even higher in some urban areas.

To be clear, Baby Daddies share this responsibility with Baby Mamas. Yet, while Baby Daddies are blamed and rarely shown compassion, Baby Mamas are rarely blamed and receive both compassion and support. This lopsided dynamic and the previously listed pathologies stem directly from the number one problem facing the black community…

Problem 1.  Unquestioning Allegiance to so-called Progressive Policies

Unwavering loyalty to progressive, liberal policies is the primary reason these dire conditions persist. It both makes them possible and perpetuates them. It’s no coincidence that progressivism is the common thread that binds predominately black cities where single-parent homes, failing schools, rampant poverty and crime predominate.

Look at cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Baltimore. They’ve been run by progressive Democrats for decades. If their liberal policies were at all effective, these cities should have become models of economic growth and prosperity. Instead, they’re models of dysfunction. By fostering and exploiting the victim mentality, discouraging self-examination, subsidizing baby-mamas, and making excuses for black thugs, so-called progressive policies don’t alleviate the problems that afflict the black community, they aggravate those problems.

You may have noticed that racism did not make the list.  Why not? It’s simple: There will be no solution to the problems afflicting black America until more blacks recognize that the issues plaguing our community are ultimately self-inflicted.

Does racism exist? Sure. But there are other problems far more serious. And waiting until there are no more racists will mean waiting, and making excuses, forever.

I’m Taleeb Starkes for Prager University.

 

 

About the AuthorTaleeb Starkes

Taleeb Starkes is the author of an Amazon #1 selling book that confronts the criminal and dysfunctional subculture within the Black community titled, “The Un-Civil War: BLACKS vs NI**ERS.” Follow Taleeb Starkes on Facebook & Twitter.

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