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Showing posts with label Heritage Foundation. Show all posts
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Politifact Reviews Obama's 2014 SOTU

Post 2014 SOTU Address: Tampa Bay Times (Politifact)

Fact-checking Obama's 2014 State of the Union

By Katie Sanders
Published on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.
Updated on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at 12:18 a.m.
With his largely ignored 2013 agenda in the rearview, Obama pledged in his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday to work with, and if need be around, Congress to craft a progressive agenda that aims to lift Americans from the lowest rungs of the country’s ever-widening economic ladder.
"Let’s make this a year of action," Obama told a joint session of Congress. "That’s what most Americans want -- for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations."
The president focused on the plight of American workers and ways to lift them out of poverty.
Obama noted that the nation’s top earners "have never done better" during the last four years, "but average wages have barely budged." That second claim rates True.
From 2008-12, the average wage for workers is up from 1 to 1.7 percent when adjusted for inflation. That’s a rising wage, but by a small amount. The current average national wage is about $45,000.
Obama also announced an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. The minimum wage has been a big issue for Democrats and Obama, who have argued that the current $7.25 federal minimum wage is too low.
"Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about 20 percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here," Obama said.
PolitiFact rated this claim Mostly True. Obama is not far off, but the difference is actually closer to 16 percent. The minimum wage in Reagan’s first year in office, 1981, was $3.35. That translates to about $8.59 in 2013 dollars.
The Republican response provided more fact-checking fodder in this area. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said the GOP wants to close the gap "between where you are and where you want to be." She blamed Obama's policies for that gap and said, "Last month, more Americans stopped looking for a job than found one."
We rated her claim Half True. McMorris Rodgers chose December to illustrate her point, when the number of discouraged workers increased by 155,000 and the economy added 74,000 jobs. However, December was one of only two months in 2013 during which the number of discouraged workers grew by more than the number of new jobs added. The other was June. She ignores the overall trend for the year, which was positive.
Obama’s focus on income inequality in the prime-time speech was expected, and PolitiFact has fact-checked the topicextensively.
But that was not the only topic broached by the president.
Obama also boasted about successes, saying the United States produces more oil than it imports, and it’s "the first time that’s happened in nearly 20 years."
We rated the claim True, building off our prior research. The trend had been in the works for years and is largely due to the recession, increased fuel efficiency and ramped-up domestic oil production.
Obama renewed calls for Congress to pick up immigration reform and enact policies that address climate change, where he said there has been some progress.
"Taken together, our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet," he said. "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth."
PolitiFact rated that claim Half True. Obama is correct about the total amount of emission reductions, but he's off if you examine the scale of the cuts in proportion with other countries. Through that lens, the United States did not cut its emissions as much as Greece, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France or Spain.
Obama went on to challenge those who doubt the science of climate change.
"Climate change is a fact," Obama said. "And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did."
Back in 2011, then-GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty argued the notion that humans are contributing to climate change was in dispute among scientists. We rated that claim False at the time.
Based on our research, we found very little dispute in the scientific community, especially among climate specialists, on whether climate change is primarily caused by natural or man-made forces. The overwhelming majority of scientists polled feel that human activity is the primary driver of climate change.
And more recently, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh claimed the media created the "polar vortex," and the cold weather was proof that polar "ice isn’t melting." Experts told us both charges were wildly inaccurate, and we rated Limbaugh’s claim Pants on Fire.
In pressing for equal wages for working women, Obama referenced an oft-repeated statistic that "women make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns."  PolitiFact has fact-checked claims about this statistic in the past. The figure comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is largely right depending on how it’s used, in part because the gap can be smaller for some types of work and other studies show the gap is tighter.
And, of course, Obama talked about health care and his signature health care law.
Obama implored congressional Republicans to present their ideas for health care reform "but to please stop taking forty-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda" Shelley, a single mother and guest of the first lady who gained health coverage just in time for an emergency surgery.
House Republicans have indeed tried dozens of times to repeal all or parts of the health care law. (We’ve fact-checked many, many more claims about the health care law -- read them here.)
The conservative Heritage Foundation said recently that repealing the law would be easier than repealing Prohibition. That’s only Half True. Heritage is correct that, on paper, it’s procedurally easier to repeal a law than to repeal a constitutional amendment. However, Obamacare is a much more complicated piece of legislation than Prohibition was, meaning it would likely be far more complicated to eliminate all vestiges of the law.
Keep checking back for updates and fact-checks. Follow us on Twitter @PolitiFact for live coverage of the speech, and suggest facts to check with #PolitiFactThis.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Heritage Rids of Racist! Do You Think He Stood Alone? Comment from Black Conservatives?

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Heritage should have gone ahead with adding spoken racism to this graphic.  Why not be upfront with the views of millions in the United States? Intelligence in this order: a.) white, b.) Asians, c. Latinos, d.) blacks.

A call-out to all the African-American conservatives who refuse to refer to themselves as African-American conservatives.  "Black conservatives" is their preference.  Despite Herman Cain's clear disdain for consideration of his  Africa ancestry, African-Americans have DNA and ancestral connections just as other descendants of "forced immigration" 250 plus years back into US History! 
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cain reiterated the fact that he prefers the term “black American” to “African American.” Cain’s race has been the target of prominent black leaders and other commentators, some attacking him for not being “authentically” black due to his conservative politics.
“My roots go back through slavery in this country. Yes, they came from Africa. But the roots of my heritage are in the United States of America. So I consider myself a black American,” Cain said.

"My roots go back through slavery in this country". Cain does not  want to connect to the roots of his ancestry.  Before slavery, I doubt there were many black people in the Colonial US.  How about a response to the Heritage Foundation analyst who was allowed to publish and speak openly about his (recent) racist PhD dissertation and subsequent Doctorate of Philosophy?

As a prelude to MSNBC broadcast regarding Richwine and a focus on the false cost of immigration from south of the border, we post a link to Richwine speaking at the American Enterprise Institute. If you are in any way repulsed by Richwine, simply do as did I, devote time and attention to the first 1:25 minutes of the four plus minute clip.

The Big Slice

Rachel Maddow Discusses A Racist Study Saying That Latinos Have A Lower I.Q. (VIDEO)

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, the host uncovered a dissertation by the co-author (Jason Richwine) of a Heritage Foundation Study that stated that Latinos naturally have a lower I.Q. than Caucasians. Not only that, but Richwine had also previously written articles for a web site led by the leader of a white nationalist think tank.
The Heritage immigration study was already roundly criticized for its claim that immigration reform would cost the American tax payer $6.3 Trillion, when most other studies see a net economic benefit to reform.........Rachel crushes it below.

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New Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint has disavow association with his racist analyst. Richwine was terminated (resigned) on May 10th.

 Martin Bashir lays Richwine and Right-wing racism bare!

 All In w/Chris Hayes delves a bit deeper

I must admit total amazement MSNBC seems to have chosen to avoid discussion of the Heritage racism via Al Sharpton, Politics Nation. 
Bashir and his guest do not explore the full extent of Richwine's racist dissertation.  

Some republicans have spoken out against Heritage and Richwine report.   Yet, I am not finding mention of repulsion to the extent it should be forthcoming.  Moreover, I am waiting to hear from the four per cent of the African-American population who affiliate with the GOP and its think-tanks. Shouldn't Sean Hannity reconvene this group and ask about increasing racial oozing from their political party.  

Heritage may have rid of Richwine, but let's face reality. Someone at Heritage hired the racist Richwine, and I doubt they had no idea of his social views including his avowed racism. We would be extremely naive, if we thought for one second the termination of Richwine cleansed Heritage of racist. 


Friday, May 10, 2013

Right-Wing Group Sanctions A Cost Study, Employs An Avowed Racist, and "Fumbles The Ball Badly!"

Heritage Foundation's, senior policy analyst Jason Richwine
(Small image: racist deserve no more image space than the 
smallest allowable via this blog platform)
"No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."

Watch the first 1:20 minutes of this video.  I would love to have comment from those 'so-called' black conservatives about the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute's Dr. Richwine.

What kind of organization would hire, provide resources and publish the guttural philosophies of a person like the racist Jason Richwine, PhD?

Jason Richwine, PhD, provides validity that alleged lower IQ in conservative America fuels racism.  Richwine is a pro-typical refutation of the premise albeit on a singular scale (Richwine) Vs. that of collective beliefs in racism as endemic of lower IQ. And, it must be shattering to have his newly anointed PhD tarnished via termination (resignation) so shortly after award of the Doctorate of Philosophy.

On May 6, the Heritage Foundation published a detail piece that included the following table.

Immigration Costs 2013 - Table 1 

Ah, nothing like data on which to set the stage for "Third Reich" like propaganda grounded in anti-Latino immigration dogma. Why go there? What is the point? How does such data and the surrounding article assist in matters related to immigration?  A series of rhetorical questions with obvious answers. Malign Latino immigrants well beyond what is necessary to make an anti-immigration point

The last point is personified when one considers the Heritage Foundation, its supporters and an empathetic soci/political base. The following background is critical to the foundation of the Jim Crow like characterizations. Take a quick peep that is relevant.

Hispanic immigrants will cost the US trillions!  The perfect conservative double-whammy! "Racial intolerance" and "costs" combine for an effective message to conservative America. A message second only to "food stamp president", "BLAH People", or "socialist president". The Right is so simplistic in dog-whistles and its use of code to deliver images and marching orders.

Have you heard of the Heritage Foundation?   Apparently, the conservative "think-tank" has deep enough pockets to attract Jim " Tea Party" Demint (former Republican Senator South Carolina) out of the US Senate.  

The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Heritage's stated mission is to "formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterpriselimited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense".[2] 
The foundation took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies drew significantly from Heritage's policy study Mandate for Leadership.[3] Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy making, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.[4] 

Political organizations

Citizens for a Sound Economy was co-founded by David Koch in the 1980s.[22] According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Koch Brothers donated a total amount of $7.9 million between 1986 and 1993.[1] In 1990, the brothers created the spinoff group Citizens for the Environment.[1] 
In 2004, Citizens for a Sound Economy was renamed FreedomWorks, while its affiliated Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation became Americans for Prosperity (AFP). Since then the Koch brothers have given more than one million dollars to AFP.[1][22][23] At an AFP rally in 2009, David Koch said "Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity, and it's beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization."[23] AFP is the political arm of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, for which David Koch serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees.[22][24] Americans for Prosperity created Patients United Now, which advocated against a single-payer health care system during the 2009-2010healthcare reform debate. Both FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity have provided support for the Tea Party movement.[25][26] 
Charles and David Koch also have been involved in, and have provided funding to, a number of other think tanks and advocacy organizations: They provided the initial funding for the Cato Institute,[22] they are key donors to the Federalist Society,[22] and they also support, or are members of, the Mercatus Center, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Institute for Justice, the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, the Institute for Energy Research, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, the Reason Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute,[27][28] American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),[29] and the Fraser Institute.[30][31] 
As of 2011, David Koch sits on the board of directors of the Cato institute,[32] the Reason Foundation and the Aspen Institute.[24
The Ronald Reagan reference above?  If you are one who continues to value the Reagan Administration as good for America, I suggest you not waste time reading farther. We have posited and written volumes about the fallacy of Reagan as a great, even as a good president. We will not revisit the issue. If you do not recognize the delusional sophisms Gingrich, Giuliani and all who speak about the virtues of "Reagan-like" conjure images of a 1980s Founding Father who left a legacy of great leadership and national success, accept my invitation to stop reading.  As matter of fact, if you do not know that Ronald Reagan followed Richard Nixon in employing the racist strategies of one Lee Atwater, the following will only anger you.

How can conservative organizations wallow in Jason Richwine's sleaze?  The strategy is long-standing, contributes to the current deep social divides in the nation, and provides a path for situations such as Richwine's forays into how far they can go with increasing manifestation of overt racism. We realize the GOP is a party of 92% white people, but we fail to understand the Heritage Foundation's sanctioned studies and publication of such racist doctrine.

We can think of one basic premise and motive for such overtly racist philanthropy.  D.W. Griffith's "The Birth Of  A Nation" is a perfect example of message propaganda for purposes of delivering paradigm excitement and commitment to Right-wing dogma.  We are linking the 1915 video here with a starting point at the 1:53.33 minute mark; well into the movie   If you desire to watch the spectacle, it is available in its entirety on YouTube. If you view the clip keep in mind then President Woodrow Wilson thought the work was a masterpiece and truly representative of America. Could Wilson have bee prophetic or clairvoyant?

An even more poignant example of propaganda for a purpose: The Eternal Jew (Introduction). Also, we our research indicates the genocide of 100 million "First Nation" Native North Americans was accompanied by unprecedented propaganda and racial demonizing. While, we do not suspect the Heritage Foundation, their paid racist and most in conservative America have desires as dire as the three preceding examples, we are leery of "things getting out of control."

Richwine resigned his position at the Heritage Foundation this afternoon.  An encouraging sign of of GOP "Rebranding."  I think not, someone in Richwine' someone in management team or an editor approved publication of the racist piece. Scapegoating Richwine s surely an end to avoid alientrioan of even more Latino voters in 2014. 

The Atlantic Wire took exception to Richwine's theories and published this piece

Slate Dot Com published what reads as an inside look at the social and inner workings of Richwine and cautions he received about proceeding down the dark path of overt racism. 

I asked this question as I started this piece.  

"What kind of organization would hire, provide resources and publish the guttural philosophies of a person like the racist Jason Richwine, PhD?"

Your answer.... Watch the FoxPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network) ooze over the flawed report.

There are lessons here for all. Despite his termination (resignation) Richwine speaks for a vast number of people in America (and across the globe). The sentiment seems to exist in predominant numbers of people who claim the social far-right and many in conservative America. It is interesting we do not hear such overt racism against blacks in Sub-Saharan Africa when whites insert themselves geographically for endless purposes and activities. It seems many many whites in the western world relish the failed premise and doctrine of IQ.  It is a convenient tool of "white privilege" (for those who want said privilege) and is often trumped by EQ (Emotional Quotient) experience, knowledge, and interactive skills.