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States Rebel Against Obama’s Washington

March 27, 2009

There’s an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts’s district never did.

By Patrik Jonsson Patrik Jonsson
Christian Science Monitor

With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state “sovereignty bills” – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn’t rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states’ rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment.

“Washington can be a bully, but there’s evidence right now that there are people willing to resist our bully,” said Pitts, by phone from the state capitol of Columbia.

Just as California under President Bush asserted itself on issues ranging from gun control to medical marijuana, a motley cohort of states – from South Carolina to New Hampshire, from Washington State to Oklahoma – are presenting a foil for President Obama‘s national ambitions. And they’re laying the groundwork for a political standoff over the 10th Amendment, which cedes all power not granted to Washington to the people.

The movement’s success will largely depend on whether Washington sees these legislative insurgents as serious – or, as Pitts puts it, as just “a bunch of rednecks.”

“There’s a lot of frustration when someone quite distant from you forces you to do something you don’t want to do,” says Steve Smith, director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy at Washington University in D.C. “That’s the root cause, and it ends up being rationalized in constitutional terms.”

Resurgent states
The reversal of the federal stem cell research ban, a stimulus package widely seen as a backdoor grasp for more federal power, and fears about gun control have accelerated a state sovereignty movement that began taking shape under the Bush administration. In the past, both liberals and conservatives have used states’ rights arguments for political expedience. That may be the case now as ousted conservatives try to force issues out of Washington and into states, where they have a better chance of winning them.

“Where power resides and who gets to do what – there’s been an ongoing interpretation of that through our history,” says Idaho State Rep. George Sayler of Coeur d’Alene, who voted against a states’ rights bill that passed recently in the Gem State. “Sometimes the federal government asserts a stronger role, and it looks now like we might be getting into a period where the states” push for more power.

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Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc.

February 1, 2009

President Obama joked last week in apparent disapproval as Washington DC metro schools were closed for a minor, by Chicago standards, snow and ice storm.

He even quoted his children making fun of the Washington DC culture.

Now the Pittsburgh schools have already announced a two hour late opening time to accomodate students and parents after the Super Bowl party.

Seems it doesn’t take much to stop education in America.

After the earthquake in China last year, just about all the schools were ruined in the earthquake area.  Makeshift schools started soon thereafter in tents and on roadsides.

You reap what you sew….

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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09029
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Bankers register at the Beijing University of Technology, as others wait for picture-taking.  This for a stock broker and investment advisor exam.  Wall Street needs more education?  Photo: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

Chicago, Other Cities: Corruption is No Stranger

December 9, 2008

CHICAGO MAY be the third-largest city in the U.S. and the “Second City” when it comes to culture, but without a doubt, Chicago is America’s first city when it comes to political corruption.Not a day has passed in the last five months without the media exposing some lurid story of city hall corruption. The current ruler of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley II–who just a short time ago was considered by Time magazine to be one of the best mayors in the country–suffered the humiliation of being interrogated by the U.S. Attorney’s office about the recent scandals.

ByJoe Allen
Socialist Worker.com

The recent revelations of corruption in Chicago politics may come as no shock in the city identified around the world with Al Capone. Yet what has been hidden is how the corruption was organized by the “City’s Fathers”–the mobsters, the politicians and the businessmen.

Robert Cooley’s When Corruption Was King is an insider’s account of how the mob and their Democratic Party allies ruled the “city that works” in the 1970s and ’80s–especially how they “fixed” the judiciary. Cooley, the son and grandson of Chicago police officers, learned quickly that if he wanted to be a successful lawyer he had to deal with the Democratic Party’s First Ward leader Pat Marcy.

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Sex, Lies and Corruption in Detroit

Earlier this year, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit was convicted and had to resign his office.  He was caught in a sexual relationship with his chief of staff and some of the evidence against him included hundreds of text-messages that were love notes to the woman.  He initially denied the charges and then was caught in a web of lies….

Marion Berry of Washington DC

By Sharon LaFraniere
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, Jan. 19, 1990; Page A01

D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine last night at the downtown Vista International Hotel after a fast-moving undercover investigation by the FBI and D.C. police that began several weeks ago, according to law enforcement officials and sources familiar with the arrest.

Sources said that the mayor, who was arrested shortly after 8 p.m., smoked crack cocaine in the hotel room. The sources said the mayor was with a longtime female friend of the mayor who agreed to work with federal authorities.

The woman, who came to the District recently from California, did not smoke cocaine or engage in sexual activity with mayor before his arrest, the sources said. The encounter took place over about an hour and was video and audio-taped, sources said…..

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