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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving – America’s Religious Holiday

Thanksgiving is a unique American religious holiday. The Thanksgiving Proclamation signed by President George Washington was the first official presidential proclamation ever issued by the United States. Here is a quote from George Washington’s Proclamation: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God. … Now, therefore, I do assign Thursday the 26th day of November next, that we may all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country. …”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Child Support Laws Can Be Too Harsh

Debtors’ prisons may sound like a throwback to a Charles Dickens novel about England, but they are alive and well today thanks to the power of family courts. In my new book called Who Killed the American Family?, I detail how child support laws take away due process and fairness from our legal system. In most cases, people struggling with debt enjoy the protection of bankruptcy laws to help them put their affairs in order. However, the federal Bradley Amendment (named after Democratic Senator Bill Bradley) deprives fathers of this protection when it comes to child support. The Bradley Amendment does not allow child-support debt to be forgiven or even reduced. Child support must be paid regardless of income or other circumstances.

Ignoring American workers

Steve Sailer observes:
From the NYT:

Workers in Silicon Valley Weigh In on Obama’s Immigration Order

By VINDU GOEL

Well, not all workers in Silicon Valley were asked to weigh in by Mr. Goel. Specifically, the opinions of American workers in Silicon Valley were not solicited.
The NY Times article talks about foreigners who got visas and funding to get rich in Silicon Valley, but not about displaced American workers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How Obama encouraged riots

Here is what President Barack Obama said in a prepared speech, after the Ferguson grand jury decision:
There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry. It’s an understandable reaction. ...

Finally, we need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact is in too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country. ...

But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.
By saying that Americans are understandably angry about the grand jury decision, he was making excuses for riots.

Obama continues to imply that Michael Brown was shot out of racial discrimination against communities of color. He continues to have a federal civil rights investigation against Ferguson, implying that there is some crime that racist Ferguson officials are covering up. He made sure that this controversy would continue from August until the recent election, and many Democrat candidates used it to help get blacks to vote.

If the federal investigators have evidence of a crime, they could have brought a federal indictment a couple of months ago. Or they could have presented evidence exonerating the Ferguson police. Either course of action would have quelled the unrest. I cannot think of any good reason for Obama's actions, except that he considered it good politics.

A Closer Look at VAWA

In 1994, Bill Clinton signed a very long law called the Violence Against Women Act, known as VAWA. The law has been reauthorized many times by large majorities, which makes you wonder whether this is another of those bills that Congress doesn’t bother to read before passing. If you look at VAWA beyond the title, you find a law full of dubious assertions and payoffs to feminist organizations.