American Elephants

Tucker Carlson Goes All In on DC by The Elephant's Child

I have enjoyed Tucker’s take on all sorts of subjects, but I had not heard him before in a speech, a fairly long and absolutely brilliant speech to the International Association of Fire Fighters. He explains Trump, the Republicans, the Democrats and the atmosphere, habits and situation in the nation’s capitol. It’s not pretty. And Tucker is very good.

This just seems to be a day when videos offer more than the written word. I guess nobody has written anything brilliant at all today. Some days are like that.

The Democrats’ role is to drum up enthusiasm for voting in what they consider their base. This election has really scared them. They are slowly realizing how much power they have lost and how empty their bench is, how old their leaders are, and how much it all went wrong when they were expecting another triumph. Did you see any mourning by Democrats at the shooting in Alexandria at a supposedly bi-partisan baseball game for charity? Did you see Twitter after Scalise was shot? Many felt that he deserved it because he was a racist and KKK enthusiast, I guess because he is from Louisiana? They all deserved to have been shot because they were Republicans. That is simply not sane. It’s not even American. It like something out of Stalin’s Gulag. And alarming.

Latasha Bennett, a Mom in Our Nation’s Capital, Has a Few Words for President Obama. by The Elephant's Child

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) filed an amendment to a tax-extenders bill expected to be considered today by the Senate. The amendment would reauthorize the Washington D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. According to a press release from D.C. Parents for School Choice, it would “preserve the program for current and future students. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), are co-sponsors.

D.C. schools lead in violence, and rank among the lowest in the nation in academic performance. More than 60 percent of fourth-graders cannot read at a basic level.

The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget slashed D.C. Opportunity Scholarship funding, retaining only $8 million (after administrative costs) for scholarship recipients for the remainder of their time in the program. The president — who was a scholarship recipient himself — and who sends his own children to private school does not support the same opportunities for District children.   These are children who for the first time have found an effective education in D.C.

The teachers’ unions do not like voucher programs, and the Obama administration does not plan on annoying the teachers’ unions.  You might keep that in mind the next time teachers go on strike in your neighborhood.

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