Monday, January 23, 2017

Post-Election Impact on Inequality, Discrimination and Well-Being

Trump Wins The Unions: Teamsters Praise TPP Withdrawal, Labor Chiefs Describe "Incredible" Meeting With Trump

Columbia University Unearths Its Ties to Slavery. Professor Eric Foner Reminds Everyone Slavery Wasn't Just A Southern Thing.

The New York Times reports:
In 1755 a New York City newspaper carried an account of the swearing-in of the governors of the newly founded King’s College, which later grew into Columbia University. At the bottom of the page ran an advertisement for a rather different occasion: the sale of “TWO likely Negro Boys, and a Girl.”

The ad would have raised few eyebrows at King’s, where many of the college’s early presidents, trustees, donors and students owned slaves. But now it’s the opening example in a new report detailing Columbia’s historical ties to slavery.

The report, to be released by the university on Tuesday as part of a new website, offers no dramatic revelations akin to that of the sale of 272 slaves in 1838 that helped keep Georgetown University afloat and that has raised a contentious debate about reparations today. But it illuminates the many ways that the institution of human bondage seeped into the financial, intellectual and social life of the university, and of the North as a whole.

“People still associate slavery with the South, but it was also a Northern phenomenon,” Eric Foner, the Columbia historian who wrote the report, said in an interview. “This is a very, very neglected piece of our own institution’s history, and of New York City’s history, that deserves to be better known.”

Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia, said that while there were as yet no plans to act on the report, grappling with the university’s “complicity” with slavery was necessary to address current injustice.
Article , well worth your time.

Border Angels director: Trump immigration xenophobic, racist

Debra Messing: 'It Was A Shock' | Hardball | MSNBC

FULL: Sean Spicer's FIRST White House Press Briefing

How to Recover Deleted Files

Madonna , Miley Cyrus , and La Gaga Didn't Vote For Trump Because He Degraded The Image of Women in Society

Everyone knows these wealthy and important Democrat party donors have morals: they didn't vote for Donald Trump. Everyone knows.

Most states don't require police to track whether they filed any criminal charges when they seize property

Trump signals that deporting young immigrants in the U.S. illegally is not an immediate priority

The L.A. Times

Swedish politician resigns after suggesting someone should ‘shoot’ Trump


First Days: Trump Battles the “Liberal World Order”

Trump Wins The Unions: Teamsters Praise TPP Withdrawal, Labor Chiefs Describe "Incredible" Meeting With Trump


Poll: 74 Percent of Californians Want to End Sanctuary Cities


Bernie Sanders, joined by rust belt Democrats, praises Trump for nixing TPP

The Washington Post reports:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), who campaigned hard against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in last year’s Democratic presidential primaries, praised President Trump for an executive order to officially pull the United States out of the deal.

“I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” Sanders said. “For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals – including the North American Free Trade Agreement, permanent normal trade relations with China and others – which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom’ which has lowered wages for American workers. Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multinational corporations. If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers, then I would be delighted to work with him.”
Imagine that.

Liberals Can't Handle Trump Calling Out 'Carnage'

Sen. Cassidy introduces Obamacare alternative

You Shouldn't Care About Oxfam's Warning on Inequality

Chicago Mob Linked Politician Cleans Up As Lobbyist. Chicago State spends money to lobby state — which isn't giving out money .

The Chicago Tribune reports:
Cash-strapped Chicago State University spent about $200,000 over the past two years to lobby state lawmakers, including contracts with consultants closely tied to legislative leaders whose inability to pass a state budget has contributed to the school's financial crisis.

With Chicago State's budget woes forcing administrators to lay off hundreds of employees, including professors, money continued to flow to the politically connected to help with the university's legislative strategy in Springfield and with communications advice for school leaders.

The most money went to the lobbying firm of former Democratic state Sen. James DeLeo, a longtime ally of Senate President John Cullerton and others. DeLeo's two-year contract, which expires in June, is worth up to $180,000 and is renewable for two additional years.

The university, which has long had Democratic allies and worked with members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, also paid nearly $20,000 last year for a short-term contract with Republican consultants to help convey to the governor and legislators the urgency of passing a new budget last spring.
Chicago Mob linked Jimmy DeLeo in the news.

Rauner team to Congress: Don't be 'hasty' with Obamacare tweaks

Crain's Chicago Business reports:
Even as much of the GOP base is pressing for immediate repeal, Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is urging Washington to go slow and ensure "certainty and stability" in any changes to Obamacare.

In a highly unusual, carefully worded letter obtained by Crain's, Rauner's insurance chief told House leaders that the state and Congress "must work together" on "reforms" to the Affordable Care Act.

"There is no question that the major structural flaws in the ACA have forced higher insurance rates and separated families from trusted physicians and hospitals," Acting Illinois Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer wrote to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and to the heads of three key House committees.

But Hammer's letter then goes on to talk of correcting, reforming and changing Obamacare—not repealing it. In fact, the letter never calls for repeal or even uses the word.

"We urge you to provide certainty and stability for health insurance providers and their enrollees in the current plan year and in the future," the letter states. "Through the failures of the ACA, consumers in particular have faced enough hardships; please ensure that these are not compounded through hasty and/or incomplete action."
ObamaCare , in the news.

A Libertarian Builds Low-Cost Private Schools for the Masses

CNN's Gergen Praises 'Magical' Women's March Against 'Backwards' Men

Newsbusters on establishment mouthpiece David Gergen.

'¡No, no puede!': New White House begins with English-only website as Team Trump breaks with Obama by nixing all Spanish-language content

The Daily Mail

Government Executive: A Manager's Guide to the New Administration

Government Executive

President Trump Meets With US Business Leaders - Bringing Jobs Back To America

Obama Had A Lower Average Approval Rating Than NIXON

The Daily Caller reports:
President Barack Obama had a lower average approval rating than a president who resigned and another who was impeached, according to Gallup.

Gallup published Jan. 20 that Obama’s average approval rating was 47.9 percent. When compared to post-World War II presidents, Obama ranks ninth out of 12, according to CNS News.

Black Jesus comes up short in the rankings.

Voters Agree With Trump That America Should Come First


WBUR Poll: Republican Gov. Baker More Popular Than Democrat Sen. Warren


Bench for Decoration Only - "No Sitting" - Milgram Experiment on Obedience to Authority Figure

Protests prompt closure at U.S.-Mexico border for third weekend in a row

The L.A. Times

British schoolboy, 16, is offered £5 MILLION by US investors for the money-saving website he created in his bedroom in his parents' house... but REJECTS it in hope of making MORE money

The Daily Mail

Trump’s Obamacare Order Is Bigger Than You Think.It is no mere sop to his supporters nor is it a symbolic gesture.

The American Spectator

Social Justice Warriors Meltdown Compilation (Trump Election)

Organizer For DC Women’s March Against Trump Pictured Flashing the ISIS Sign

Skull and Bones Member John Kerry Shows His Concern For Women Years After Being In An All Male Sociey That Excluded Women Until 1992.

Rich, white welfare queens. The Rent-Seeking Adventures of Democrat Party Donor Quentin Tarantino.


Senator Sanders, There Is No Right to Health Care in Canada

The Independent Institute reports:
With respect to Canada, it is simply and plainly not true that health care is a “right.” By “not true” I do not refer to the fact that an American standard of health care is not available to ordinary Canadians (due to long waiting times), but that those who enforce Canada’s single-payer system have insisted in court no such right exists.

The claim was made in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in February 2009, in the case known as Cambie Surgical Center et al. v. Medical Services Commission et al. Cambie Surgical Center offered orthopedic surgery outside the single-payer system for private payment. The Medical Services Commission is the agency which operates the provincial single-payer system.

Contrary to Senator Sanders’ claim, it was the private clinic which asserted a legal claim that its patients had a right to pay for surgery. It was the government agency which denied it. Don’t believe me. Read it on page 5 of the agency’s statement to the court: “there is no freestanding constitutional right to health care.”
What would socialism be without lying?

How you can function on less than 6 hours of sleep

6 dead, 47 wounded in Chicago this weekend. Democrat run city. Strict gun control city.

Schumer doubles down on vow to block Trump Supreme Court nominee

Lew Rockwell : Rapefugees Livestream a Gang Rape

Some addicts are so desperate for drugs that they’re now taking medication prescribed to pets

BuzzFeed wants the news media to adopt "new rules" to cover Trump

Here's how college debt is worse than credit card debt

Trump to pull out of TPP, call for new NAFTA today: report

US attorney investigates Brookline, Mass. private school over allegations it barred disabled child

The Boston Globe reports:
The US attorney’s office is investigating the Park School, a prestigious private academy in Brookline, after a family alleged their child was denied admission solely because she is disabled.

Five-year-old Harper Oates was born with a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic. But when doctors tested Harper’s development as a toddler, they found her limitations were mainly confined to mobility. Cognitively, Harper was found to be one to two years ahead of her peers.
There's more:
The US attorney’s office contacted the Oates family last fall after learning from a third party that the school allegedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For you fans of vouchers for schools you might want to read this article.

Revenge of the bureaucrats. Federal workers fume over Trump's vows to freeze hiring and shrink the government.

Politico reports:
President Donald Trump is setting himself up for a messy clash with the country’s 2.1 million federal employees as his administration quietly preps plans to cut the size of the government workforce.

As one of his first acts, Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week freezing most federal hiring. His team is also fine-tuning plans to shrink several agencies focused on domestic policy, according to sources close to the transition.

Now, though, the president is about to find out how much power these maligned workers have to slow or even short-circuit his agenda.

Disgruntled employees can leak information to Capitol Hill and the press, and prod inspectors general to probe political appointees. They can also use the tools of bureaucracy to slow or sandbag policy proposals — moves that can overtly, or passive aggressively, unravel a White House’s best-laid plans.
Public sector greed in the news.

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