Liberal Media Exposed

Thursday, January 29, 2015

School Surveillance

There have been concerns about the abuse of authority in America’s public school system for a long time and they’re reaching frightening proportions under the current administration. Worried parents are being bombarded with attacks on their right to teach their children about morality, marriage and creation; obstacles are increasingly being put in the way of anyone who wants to take their kids out of the system and educate them themselves, with home schoolers increasingly being portrayed as antisocial or even dangerously misguided. But this all pales into insignificance compared with the increase in government surveillance our children are being subjected to by school districts. Some city schools have been making students walk through metal detectors for years, and while supporters justify that on security grounds it’s still an egregious violation of personal privacy and pushes hard against the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment. Is it really a “reasonable search” to make innocent kids walk through a body scanner every day? It gets worse though. Authorities are taking an unhealthy interest in what kids eat, often over-riding the decisions of parents to enforce an officially approved diet. Rules on dress codes, designed to control the urge of some students to turn …continue reading

Texas Schoolbooks

One of the most fiercely contested battlegrounds in modern American society is the public education system, where a liberal agenda is relentlessly promoted to the nation’s young people. Whether it’s pushing the homosexual agenda or teaching controversial scientific theories as if they were facts conservatives face a constant struggle to keep politics out of the classroom, and in this fight Texas has long been recognized as key terrain. Because of the way the state’s education system works it makes huge purchases of school textbooks every few years, and to win those orders publishers tend to tailor books to what Texas educators want. That’s good news for the nation because Texas is traditionally conservative, but in recent years more and more secular and leftist pressure groups have been trying to influence the content that will be taught in American schools.
The struggle to prevent interference in textbook selection hit the headlines four years ago when a coalition of secularist groups fought to prevent books mentioning the key role of Christianity in developing the US Constitution, and it erupted again this year over the purchase of new social studies texts. There were several issues at stake, including the extent to which the Founding Fathers were influenced by their Judeo-Christian traditions, controversy over the effects of affirmative action and an excessive focus on slavery as a cause of the Civil War. There were also several scientific controversies, with the two biggest being promotion of extreme climate change propaganda and the perennial topic of the theory of evolution.
Under pressure from the various groups to disregard the state’s latest (2010) education standards in favor of a progressive agenda, the State Board of Education has spent several months trying to preserve the standards as much as possible while defusing the issue. Agreement was finally reached last week on removing several graphics that had been labeled “offensive”; in the end several hundred changes were made by publishers. Unfortunately the Board was split along party lines, with all five Democrat members refusing to seek consensus and insisting on the full list of requested changes. At the end of the day the revised textbooks were approved 10-5, but the fuss is a good illustration of the way politics is being forced on young people – often with the active connivance of the federal government.
Democrats know as well as anyone else that books adopted by Texas are likely to be chosen by most other states in the future, so their wish list gives valuable clues to what the left plan on spreading through the public school system. Common themes, apart from doubtful scientific theories, seem to be a determined effort to play down the role of Christianity in the development of American society (tied to a promotion of Islam as an alternative religion) and an attack on the principle of states’ rights. Texas has managed to win a qualified victory over this agenda for the moment, but with the new books scheduled to start appearing in classrooms next year parents and local school boards will need to be vigilant for any attempts to sneak in the politically correct versions.

Continue reading “Texas Schoolbooks” »

Immigration News

Immigration controversy has been a constant theme of the Obama presidency, with many Americans worried that the president’s liberal policies in this area will bring about catastrophic changes in American society. Those worries are now coming very close to home with news over the last week that Obama plans a wide-reaching amnesty for illegal immigrants – and is willing to resort to an executive order if Congress tries to intervene.
Obama’s latest idea is to grant “deferred action” – basically an indefinite freeze on deportation procedures – to any illegal immigrant who came to the USA as a child. The same privilege will be handed to parents of US citizens, permanent legal residents and a whole raft of other categories. The immediate result will be freedom to remain for at least 5 million people, but the longer term impact is likely to be a lot more serious.
Veteran conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly told World Net News last week she believes there’s a very sinister motivation behind the White House proposals. Most illegal immigrants, if they’re eventually given US citizenship and the right to vote, will give their support to the party that let them in – the Democrats. It’s gerrymandering on a national scale and the numbers involved are enough to change the balance of political power forever. The media hasn’t missed the fact that this plan is going forward despite the nation having soundly rejected Obama’s policies in this month’s elections. It’s a worrying tactic – if the voters don’t support you just import a bunch of new ones who will. This has a lot of people very worried.
If Obama moves ahead with an executive order there’s little Congress can directly do to stop him, so leading conservative figures are now urging the House and Senate leadership to take more rigorous action in the event the amnesty is forced through. Richard Viguerie has called on Republicans to withhold part of the government’s funding unless the will of the people is respected and suggests that a government shutdown would be another appropriate response. He has also predicted widespread public discontent if this administration flouts democracy so blatantly, and he’s very likely right.
The issue is that as sitting president, Obama has the power to push this law through if he chooses, but any veneer of popular support for it vanished with the GOP’s electoral victory two weeks ago. It’s very clear that the American people have lost patience with the Democrats and their soft line on border violations. Unfortunately if the president is unscrupulous enough he can get his way even in the face of unified opposition from both houses and the American people themselves; from what’s being said right now it seems like Obama is at least contemplating that. The danger is that unlike many acts of political spite this one could have consequences that can’t be so easily reversed. A conservative president might be able to overturn a deportation freeze, but what about any illegals who’ve managed to get American citizenship before that happens? Democracy means doing what the American people want, not creating a new “American people” that supports what you plan to do.

Continue reading “Immigration News” »

Fed Ends QE

Quantitative easing, or QE, has been one of the most controversial policies of the US government since the financial crisis began in 2008. By artificially pumping money into the bonds market the Fed was able to stimulate demand in the US economy and help the stock markets recover from the worst effects of the crash, but the program has grown far beyond what was planned six years ago. There have now been three rounds of QE in total and between them they’ve sucked up $3.5 trillion, a lot more than anyone at the Fed expected when they started the process. The aim was to increase the money supply beyond what the devastated banks could manage, through buying up financial instruments – including colossal amounts of mortgage debt. The effect was to put more money in the hands of banks, businesses and consumers, and overall it’s sent several trillion dollars flowing through the economy.

Continue reading “Fed Ends QE” »

Inflation And The Cost Of Living In The US

Economists have been reporting low rates of inflation all year – the annualized rate has been below 2.1 percent right through 2014, and has even dipped below 1.2 percent – but for many Americans it doesn’t feel that way. If inflation is so low, why is it a basket of groceries seems to cost so much more than last year, and why is there never any money left at the end of the month? The answer is that inflation isn’t really a good measure of what’s happening to the cost of living. To understand what’s really going on we need to look in a bit more detail.

Continue reading “Inflation And The Cost Of Living In The US” »

Ebola & The Markets

The Ebola epidemic is fast becoming the lead story in the news, as the death toll mounts – it’s already killed more people than every previous outbreak combined – and cases start to appear in the USA and Europe. Most of the attention is focused on the spread of the disease and the steps being taken to contain it, but behind the scenes many financial analysts are concerned about the effect it could have on the markets.

Continue reading “Ebola & The Markets” »

US Financial News 10-13-2014

It looks like we could be seeing a major direction change in the markets right now. For the past couple of months equities have been gaining strength, pushed up by generally positive news about the US economy. The past week has shown some hints that might be changing, though. The Dow Jones Industrial Average started the week with a series of rapid up and down movements before settling on down as its direction of choice, whereas the FTSE 100 just sank steadily. The result was a significant move from equities to gold.

Continue reading “US Financial News 10-13-2014” »

US Financial News 10-6-2014

Anyone with an interest in finance keeps track of the growth and unemployment figures, and according to those the US economy is finally recovering from the damage done by the 2008 banking crisis. Job creation figures are especially reassuring with more than 200,000 new jobs created every month in the year to date. As for growth the picture isn’t quite as good, with the economy actually shrinking alarmingly in the first quarter, but the trend is now heading in the right direction again.

Continue reading “US Financial News 10-6-2014” »

United States Debt Machine (part 2)

The USA’s national debt has become a talking point recently, as commentators start to realize exactly what we’re storing up for future generations – and, if we don’t halt its seemingly inexorable acceleration fast enough, for ourselves. Right now the federal government is spending more than it earns to the tune of about $550 billion every year. There’s no mystery about where this trend is taking us – the Federal reserve are open about the fact that this “improvement” in the situation (for a couple of years after the 2008 crash the deficit was over $1 trillion a year, and by that abysmal standard today’s spending counts as an improvement) should last until about 2020, at which point steadily rising social security and Medicare costs will push the debt curve back up again.

Continue reading “United States Debt Machine (part 2)” »

United States Debt Machine

If you’re a US citizen, right now you’re saddled with close to $56,000 of debt that you didn’t choose to take out, that you can’t walk away from and that has to be paid back someday at a cost that could ruin this country. That debt is close to double the average wage. It’s the cost of an imported luxury car or the deposit on a small apartment in the most expensive cities in America. And it was run up on your behalf by the federal government.

Continue reading “United States Debt Machine” »