Vote Fraud? Ask Holder

No one could accuse J. Christian Adams of being ignorant of election law. He worked in the Justice Department in the Bush years, with his specialty being discrimination in voting.

It was Adams who raised the most noise about the Black Panthers standing outside a polling place in Philadelphia in the 2008 election, intimidating voters. When Holder took the reins of Justice, these objections were swept away.

Today, the Ulsterman Report shares these observations by Adams, who feels Holder stole the election for Obama.

The gravest and most long lasting damage that Eric Holder has done to the nation is his manipulation of the electoral process, particularly before the 2012 presidential election.

Eric Holder allowed that election to take place with over 4,000,000 ineligible voters on the rolls. The left-leaning Pew Foundation issued a report showing that voter rolls around the country were polluted with dead and ineligible voters. Holder is obliged to enforce federal laws which require states to remove these ineligible voters from the rolls before a federal election.

Instead, Holder has a philosophical objection to these laws and he refuses to enforce them. Failure to remove ineligible voters allows people to vote multiple times in multiple states. It allows dead voters to remain on the rolls to be voted by family members or others who know they have died. Felons who have not been removed from the rolls will also be allowed to cast illegal ballots. Since Holder alone has power to prosecute federal election crimes, we cannot count on him to do anything about voter fraud in federal elections.

Consider Meloweese Richardson in Cincinnati, Ohio. Richardson admitted on camera to news reporters that she voted multiple times for President Obama in 2012 and 2008. She voted in the names of people who spent time at her house as well as family members. She was unapologetic.

Voting twice for president is a federal crime.

Yet, to this day, Eric Holder has not prosecuted Richardson for violation of federal law. After all, she voted for the President, and some people get breaks from this Attorney General, and others get threats. It all depends on who you are or what you look like, not how you behaved. It is true that Ohio brought charges against Richardson. But there are federal issues at stake separate from the state concerns.

The arrogance of Melowese Richardson is a symbol of what a nation with Attorney General Eric Holder will produce. Her brash unrepentant arrogance for voting six times for President Obama sounds like Eric Holder’s unrepentant testimony before the House Oversight Committee on Fast and Furious.

Like Richardson, even after Holder is found to be contemptuous of the law, there are no apologies. At her sentencing, Richardson blustered that she did it all for her beloved President out of a deep allegiance. Holder acts contemptuously toward Congress and the rule of law for the same reason. It is all about power, power for President Obama and his revolutionary transformation of America.

Meloweese Richardson didn’t care if the law was perverted as long as President Obama held power – and neither does Holder. If IRS officials committed federal crimes to target Tea Party groups, so be it. They are the enemies of the progressive President and deserve a pass. If the New Black Panthers violated federal civil rights laws, so be it. They were fighting to stoke racial tensions and threaten an innocent man because of his race. If Holder’s DOJ intimidates Fox News, so be it. Fox News provides the most objective coverage of the Obama administration and deserve the pain.

Eric Holder is the Ivy League schooled lawyer representing the hopes and dreams of the progressive mob and race hustlers. He displays the same contempt for the law as does the mob calling for racial vengeance. He is skilled at using power and position to protect political friends and harm political enemies. Holder’s version of justice is foreign to these American shores, and to our American age.

Eric Holder is a menace to the rule of law and the individual liberty it protects. He should not only be run out of his office, but hounded forever by liberty-loving Americans exposing his behavior until he is bereft of clients after he leaves the Justice Department.

Whenever people start blathering about Republicans trying to suppress the black vote, I would like Republicans to come back and blast them for the lie that this is. There is not now and has not been any proof of this. The argument that needing a voter ID suppresses the vote also ought to be attacked for the ridiculous idea it is, especially in this era.

But, the trick the Democrats always use is to accuse the opponent of doing the thing you’re doing. It’s been a great CYA for them. Why do we let them get away with it?

Buyer Beware on Pre K

Are you ready to pay more sales tax to support a program no one is even sure works?

The Memphis City Council is hoping citizens can be duped into this latest hike because it’s “for the children.” Isn’t everything? In this instance, the children are Pre-K. The deal they want would put $30 million of the $47 million generated by the tax to helping 4,000 4-year-olds with the carrot being that the rest of the money would be used to lower property taxes.

Surely Memphians ill not buy into this scheme.

How many times have we heard before that a tax would be temporary or would be offset by other cuts or that it would cover a critical need? Too many to count. This one seems no different; maybe worse.

We are asked to believe that a recent Vanderbilt study shows “the early reading and math benefits of prekindergarten may diminish quickly…4-year-olds who have the benefit of early schooling are more likely to progress in kindergarten and have better school attendance.” Talk about an oxymoron! Or maybe just plain moron. The kids who get held back in kindergarten sometimes just aren’t as mature as others. As for school attendance, isn’t that mandatory anyhow?

Interesting that our newspaper chooses to headline the story “Research shows kids progress better with pre-K.” The Knoxville ABC affiliate chooses “Vanderbilt study shows pre-K gains may not last long.” The Tennessean says “Pre-K gains may not stick, Vanderbilt study finds.” The Tennessean explains:

The study probes the benefits of the state-funded preschool program, which is targeted mostly at low-income families. The early results have been closely watched by policymakers, including Gov. Bill Haslam and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, who have said they wanted to see the Vanderbilt study before deciding whether the state should invest more in preschool.

In June, Tennessee became eligible for $64.3 million in federal funds to provide pre-K to an additional 7,861 children. But the “Preschool for All” program, launched by President Barack Obama, would required a $6.4 million state funding match, and Haslam hasn’t decided whether to take the money.

After reviewing the latest results this week, Haslam and Huffman hedged, with both reiterating that they’re not ready to make decisions before the entire study wraps up.

“As the governor has said before, until we know more about the effectiveness of pre-K in Tennessee, he will maintain funding at its current levels,” spokesman Dave Smith wrote on Haslam’s behalf.

Huffman said in a written statement that the latest results raise “key questions.”

Last month, Huffman told The Tennessean he doesn’t think “it’s a given that (preschool) makes a difference” and pledged to spend the next year looking at a wide variety of early education options.

Meanwhile, the research team led by Lipsey has so far treaded lightly with findings — describing the effects of preschooling as “decidedly mixed.” They’ve asked for patience for their unprecedented study, which follows 3,000 children from age 4 through third grade, through 2015.

“This is not the final word,” Lipsey said. “We’re at this awkward interim stage where one thing has faded out and the other seems to be coming online, and neither is definitive, and here we are in the middle of a politically sensitive issue.”

At last, some sanity on the issue. Also some sanity from State Rep. Bill Dunn.

“So far, pre-K is very much like paying $1,000 for a McDonald’s hamburger. You eat the hamburger, it puts a dent in your hunger, but it wears off quickly and you wish you had your money back,” he said.

Dunn has been a vocal critic of the program, which launched in 2005 under then Governor Phil Bredesen. Tennessee now has a voluntary pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch because of low-family income. It will provide $85 million in funding for the current year to fund 935 pre-k classes enrolling about 18,000 students.

There are other factors, too. Everyone knows about genius kids who can understand complicated math at 3 and 4. But often, their talents fizzle or plateau as they progress in school. Conversely, slow starters often end up excelling.

Once again, politicians want to throw money at a problem and then consider it solved and themselves heroes. Maybe Memphians won’t be bunnies this time and take the carrot. The stick will kill us.

Out to Lunch

They say there’s no free lunch. Not true. If you’re a student of the Memphis/Shelby County unified school district next year, there will be free lunch. Free supper, too, if you participate in any after school activity.

Tony Geraci, head of food services for Shelby County schools, says “my job is to put healthy kids in front of educators so they can learn,” he tells Jennifer Biggs in the Food Section of today’s Commercial Appeal. This will probably gain him sainthood in liberal world, especially since he also stresses he wants to eat local by buying as much food as possible from Memphis area growers.

It all sounds wonderful. He brags Memphis will be the “first universally free program in the country.” But is this a good thing?

Before anyone starts comparing me to a Dickens era Scrooge who wants to see children clutching their bellies from hunger, let me interject. My grandfather grew up in an orphanage. He spoke of a diet of goose grease on moldy bread. My father grew up in the Depression in a household led by a disabled immigrant. They often went hungry. I certainly understand the horrors of not getting enough to eat.

But does that happen in today’s schools? Don’t they already provide free lunches to kids in poverty? Don’t their parents receive food stamps? Geraci has been sending home six meals on weekends to poor kids. Is this not working? Is it such a bad thing for middle class kids to pay for their lunches? Can you still bring a sack lunch (I dare not say brown bag because that has been declared offensive and racist in some parts of the country)? How much of the food will be thrown away by kids who didn’t want it in the first place but are now forced to take it? What about the parent’s right to decide what’s best for his or her own child? This smells like another attempt to make Uncle Sam into Mom and Dad.

Geraci brushes off the idea that some can pay for lunch. “Take that money and put it in the bank. By the time your kid is ready for college, you’ll have tuition.” In what universe? Has he looked at college costs lately? And with the Bernancke pumping up of money, what will inflation do to that savings? Conversely, couldn’t one say that feeding the 145,000 students at even $1 a meal, would save up to $100,000 a day if some of them paid their way? Think how much could be done with that amount.

Geraci doesn’t answer these questions. He quickly says “feeding school children isn’t raising your local taxes. The current $87 million budget – $100 million next year – is federally funded,” Biggs writes. Geraci says “All of this comes from federal grant money from the USDA.”

OK, so where does federal grant money come from? You the taxpayer. Geraci acts like the money came out of the sky and he just grabbed some up. “My jobs is to find that money and bring it home to Shelby County,” he says. “This is your money and you get to see it work. It’s not some bridge to nowhere. It’s a bridge to the future.” But did you have any say in this at all?

No.

What about the elderly, many of whom go hungry so they can have enough to pay their federal income tax. Are they less worthy?

It’s astonishing to me that one man has so much power. In that way there is no free lunch. The government will get something back from you. You will lose more freedom to live like you want to as parent, child, consumer and taxpayer. Uncle Sam always gets what he wants. I doubt the outcome will be students who excel because they didn’t pay for lunch.

Chairman’s Message

Shelby GOP chair Justin Joy has a message for Republicans. “If you are upset with what’s going on in government now, let them know!”

Joy acknowledged that there is “debate and disagreement” going on in our party, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “It is incumbent on us as Republicans – and as citizens – to let them know what you think. And if you don’t vote, you lose your right to complain. Citizen engagement is what it’s all about.”

“August 2014 will be critical to our future as a country and as a county. Every office city wide will be on the ballot. I call it the Jumbo Ballot Election Year.”

Commenting that 2010 was a great year for us, he says “there may be some opportunities in 2014, too.” Specifically, since district lines have been redrawn, “there are now 13 single districts for County Commission. The Election Commission is working on who’s where; they are finalizing and double checking the data. We could go to a 7 or 8 Republican majority on the Commission, if everything goes well for us.”

Joy has plans to make that happen. “Shelby GOP now has a finance committee, which we never had before.” He wants to utilize money to “cut through all the noise” around the election. “Direct mail will be more important because social media is now overwhelming people. We want to mail ballots out to people so they know our candidates.”

He also wants more focus at the precinct level. “Let’s start at the micro level. It’s a long term project, but we’ll build on it. Midtown is a good area to do it in because the boundaries are easy and tight.” Joy hopes to get people to oversee block by block contact. “You can get you feet dirty and knock on doors,” he explained.

There will be a kick off event to all this October 26 at Jim Rout’s house. Joy said details and more information will be forthcoming.

As an example of the better government he sees Republicans providing, Joy asked us to compare Nashville and Washington D.C. “With our Republican supermajority in both houses and Republican governor, we are getting things done. While in Washington, all we are getting is dysfunctional gridlock.”

If that doesn’t motivate you, nothing will.

Club Notes

Some Memphis and Shelby County office holders joined Shelby GOP Chair Justin Joy at last night’s monthly Midtown Republican Club meeting.

Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir dropped by to talk to us and update us on their activities.

Basar received thanks for his vote against raising property taxes and fielded some questions about the schools merger. He also brought along a 100 page report on efficiency which he said he was going to look through and find ways of cutting expenses and improving government.

Lenoir, who is up for reelection next year, said the first day on the job he told employees “we have to do more with less” and he would “make cuts with a scalpel, not a chainsaw.” He detailed one such effort: combining city and county mailings, saving taxpayers $125,000.

“One of my big initiatives has been the financial illiteracy here. We’re near the top in bankruptcies and poverty. We host a workshop once a month through Regions bank where we teach basic budgeting to delinquent taxpayers. I tell them that 60% of our property taxes goes to education. Sixty percent of $50 million is $30 million. If we recovered more delinquent taxes, I challenge them to say what would our education system be if we had $30 million more in the budget.”

Lenoir also mentioned the HOME program. It stands for Home Ownership Made Easier. “As trustee I am like the banker for the city. My goal is to improve the financial situation we have here.”