September 29, 2016
Americans want to be able to choose a president who is capable of reason, of learning from failures, and of telling them the truth, even when it hurts. Most of all, they want to choose a president who will adhere to the Constitution and will make government live within its means.
September 28, 2016
The Obama administration began revising sentencing guidelines and commuting prison sentences for convicted criminals a year or so ago, releasing thousands of felons. Obama’s Department of Justice also began systematic investigations into civil rights violations by urban police departments about that same time, mostly in response to Black Lives Matter protests and demands for action. Of course, municipal leaders have reacted to various community protests by BLM and others with aggressive policy reform of police departments. What are the results of these social justice driven programs? According to the FBI, last year saw a 4% increase in violent crime in the US and an 11% spike in murder/manslaughter. Incidents of rape are up over 6% and assault is up 4.5%. Whether this is due to the large number of criminals released into communities or due to the Ferguson Effect*, President Obama and his administration have made Americans less safe from crime, especially in large urban areas.
Read more about the FBI 2015 Crime Statistics here.
*In Ferguson, MO, violent crimes jumped 65% last year.
September 26, 2016
Despite his public claims to the contrary, President Obama was aware of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email on a private server. How do we know this? Because he emailed her private email account, using a pseudonym to “hide” his identity. When asked to produce these emails under a FOIA suit, the State Department refused, citing “presidential communication privilege.” (thereby confirming the emails were from the President.) Details here.
September 21, 2016
In case readers wonder if traditional Republican (aka Conservative) ideas are still worth considering, I offer some model programs that have been put into play and are working. Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard Berry initiated “There’s a Better Way” as a response to increased homelessness. This program offers homeless people public service work in exchange for a wage, food and shelter. Participants are able to access city services, including health care, and about 100 have found permanent employment through the program. Governor Walker of Wisconsin led an overhaul of the state’s FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, linking food stamp benefits provided to able-bodied recipients without dependent to working at least 80 hours a month. It also provides access to job search and job training services. In the past year, 14, 400 FSET participants have found permanent employment. Of course, Conservatives are strong believers of community-based solutions, such as the Joseph Project. This career placement program is based out of the Greater Praise Church of God in Christ in Milwaukie Wisconsin, and is sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson and other community leaders. At a national level, House Speaker Paul Ryan has offered a comprehensive anti-poverty plan as a core piece of the Republican legislative agenda.
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President, polls nationally at just over 8%. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President, polls at just over 3%. The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that as neither candidate met the 15% qualification, only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would be included in the first debate on September 26.