Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Some of Va.’s ‘Brown v. Board’ college grants go to whites, President Barack Obama's complete list of historic firsts, Lead? President Obama would prefer not to, Clinton voters still skeptical of Obama for 2012, Texas lawmakers to Feds: You can shove your bulb ban where the CFLs don't shine

Some of Va.’s ‘Brown v. Board’ college grants go to whites
By Kevin Sieff:

Half a century after many Virginia public schools shut their doors rather than accept black students, the state is offering college scholarships to compensate those whose education suffered in the era of “massive resistance” to desegregation. Among the recipients: white students.

Since 2004, about 70 people have won the scholarships, including a handful of white Virginians whose schooling was disrupted in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A precise count of white scholarship recipients was unavailable, but the total is believed to be fewer than 10. Officials who oversee the state program say they want to spread the word to more white students who might be eligible.
“Both black and white students lost an opportunity because of the state’s decision, and both deserve this aid,” said Brenda Edwards, who administers the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarships for the Virginia Division of Legislative Services. “White people hear Brown v. Board, and they think they’re not eligible. We’re trying to change that perception. . . . We want more people to get the education they missed out on years ago.”

Phyllis Archer, 57, a scholarship recipient who is black, said the push to include white students in the program is misguided. “This was the state’s chance to apologize for wrongdoing, not to award people who have never known racism,” Archer said.


Follower in Chief - Lead? President Obama would prefer not to
By Fred Barnes

We’ve had strong presidents and weak presidents, skillful presidents and incompetent presidents, mediocre presidents and just plain poor presidents. Barack Obama stands alone as the first president who simply declines to lead.
On almost every major issue since he took office in January 2009, Obama has dumped responsibility on someone else, merely paid lip service, or let the issue quietly fade away. Just this year, the issues that have gotten the no-leadership treatment from Obama include: the deficit, the debt, Medicare, Social Security, Medi-caid, energy, corporate taxes, medical liability, immigration, and Libya.

The president set his pattern of negligible leadership early on in his administration. Rather than draft his own proposals on economic stimulus, health care, cap and trade, and Wall Street reform—his top priorities—he delegated the job to Democrats in Congress.

Defending the Indefensible

Obamacare waivers get axe in last-minute Friday night news dump
In what’s appearing to be a last-minute move to avoid scrutiny, President Barack Obama’s administration announced late Friday that it is doing away with Obamacare waivers.

Obama administration official Steve Larsen said no new applications, or waiver renewal applications, will be accepted after Sept. 22 this year. Larsen said politics was “absolutely not” a part of the decision to do away with the controversial program, but it certainly looks that way with the decision to dump the news on Friday. It’s a common public relations practice to roll news out late on Fridays when trying to shift attention away from controversial topics.

The administration defended the Obamacare waivers program until now, saying it was necessary to avoid disrupting negative economic effects on employers who couldn’t afford certain provisions in the legislation. The waivers exempt recipients from having to annually increase the amount of coverage they provide their employees with, a major part of the Obama administration’s healthcare overhaul.

Clinton voters still skeptical of Obama for 2012
Though many Hillary Clinton supporters clenched their teeth and supported Barack Obama in 2008, many remain frustrated with the president’s failure to champion women’s issues and believe he should expect a lower turnout among women for his 2012 reelection.

“After 2008 [Clinton voters] were basically told get over it, and they haven’t gotten over it,” Amy Siskind, president of the feminist advocacy group The New Agenda, told The Daily Caller.

Women, however, did vote for Obama in droves with the hope that he would tackle the issues important to them once in office. This has not been the case according to many Hillary Clinton supporters.

Russ Feingold: The Democratic Party Is In Danger of Losing Its Soul

Russ Feingold and some 2500 other progressives at Netroots Nation (Facebook) are expressing some well-deserved righteous anger with the very non progressive Democratic Party and its center-rightist leader Barack Obama:

“I fear that the Democratic Party is in danger of losing its identity,” Feingold said in his keynote address to a crowd of around 2,400 progressive activists and bloggers here at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the most ever for the event. .

“I think it’s a mistake for us to take the argument that they like to make that, ‘Well, what we’re going to do now is, we’re going to take the corporate money like the Republicans do and then after we win, we’ll change it.’ When’s the last time anyone did that? Most people don’t change the rules after they win by them. It doesn’t usually happen. It never happens,” Feingold said. “You know what? I think we’ll lose anyway if we do this. We’ll lose our soul when it comes to the issue of corporate domination. People will see us as weak. People will see us as corporate-lite."


Some Reads from Boortz

Michele Bachmann is correct when she says that Obama has failed the black and Hispanic communities. Just look at the jobs numbers …

Rep. Paul Ryan says that he would be willing to lose his seat over his budget reform efforts.

Mitch McConnell says that Obama’s over-regulated economy has created “bureaucrats on steroids” and stifled the private market.

Hundreds of small banks that received TARP money appear to have found a creative way to repay the funds: obtain money from a different government program.

Here’s something to think about: If interest rates go up just 1%, that adds $1.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years.

Our corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder claims that the courts are the nation’s “most effective terror-fighting weapon.”

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa believes that the Department of Justice is covering up valuable information about the failed “Fast and Furious” gun program.

The pace of companies moving partly or completely out of California has accelerated in 2011, thanks to taxes and regulations.

Let’s travel back in time over the past 18 months and listen to what some Federal Reserve Bank presidents predicted would result from the Obama Administration’s public policy path.

Our failure to properly educate workers could have something to do with the unemployment rate.

Will all federal workers soon have to undergo gay-sensitivity training?

Peaceful religion?  Ask this 8 year old girl.

More stuff...

Texas lawmakers to Feds: You can shove your bulb ban where the CFLs don't shine

President Barack Obama's complete list of historic firsts
Yes, he's historic, alright.

• First President to Violate the War Powers Act

• First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels

• First President to be Held in Contempt of Court for Illegally Obstructing Oil Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

• First President to Defy a Federal Judge's Court Order to Cease Implementing the 'Health Care Reform' Law

There is more...

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