14 Jan
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Talking Points for the New Year

It’s a busy week! We are not lacking issues to argue over with our friends! Below is all you need to win!

Islamic Terrorism in Paris:
–Last week brought a heinous attack on free speech and western culture by radical Islamic extremists in Paris.
–Islamic terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 journalists in retribution for the publication of several CARTOONS of Mohamed. In 2012, Obama scolded Charlie Hebdo for their publication of cartoons of Mohamed.
–Not surprisingly, the White House was reluctant to call the attack terrorism (after all, the Fort Hood Massacre was “workplace violence”), and also failed to mention Islamic extremism in its official statement.
–The mainstream media also failed to address the fact this attack was carried out by Islamic extremists with none of the major networks (aside from Fox) even mentioning it in their headlines. However, CNN and CBS did not fail to mention in their headlines that Charlie Hebdo had supposedly angered Muslims.
–CNN/ABC reporter Christiane Amanpour even had the gall to call the terrorists “activists.”
–Showing where the Administration’s priorities lie, they didn’t even send a representative to the anti-terrorism rally that was attended by leaders of 40 nations. Attorney General Holder was already in Paris, and declined to attend.
–This behavior by the Administration is not shocking, but no less disturbing. It has consistently apologized for our War on Terror and stance against Radical Islam.
–Until the Administration and the mainstream media are willing to say who our enemy is, we cannot win the war against Radical Islamic Terrorism.
–The French have declared war on Radical Islam. When will our leaders and media wake up and accept who our enemy is?

Keystone Pipeline:
–Some politicians have stated they only need 3-4 more democrats in the senate to override an Obama veto of a Keystone Pipeline bill
–Public support for the construction of the Keystone Pipeline is nearly 60%
–The state department estimates that up to 42,100 full time construction jobs could be created during the construction period of the Keystone Pipeline
–Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil – safer than trucks or rail shipments.
–Some experts have speculated that the Saudis are cutting the price of crude to discourage American’s public support for the pipeline and discourage increased US domestic oil production.
–A main argument against approving the Keystone Pipeline in 2008 is that the oil would not be available for 7-10 years and that it would take more than a decade to effect the price of oil.” As we can now see, the mere prospect of increased oil production and Keystone has decreased the price of oil since the Republican wins in November.

Free 13th and 14th Grade:
–Community college provides an opportunity for people who are motivated to pursue educational goals.
–Offering free enrollment for students maintaining a “C” average is not an efficient use of funds.
–With even more federal funds pumped into the higher education system, college costs will continue to increase at twice the rate of inflation.
–Obama’s real intention is to expand the education bureaucracy and give a federal handout to the community college system.
–Free community college will require the hiring of thousands of new professors and school administrators, which are largely Democratic Party supporters.
–College is not for everyone, and the Democrat elites ignore this fact. Attending college does not make anyone a better person over someone that did not. Many students who are uncertain about their future plans will enter community college without any real ambition and coast through the two year period without any appreciation for the coursework. Eventually, the curriculums will become watered down just as they have in most public high schools across the nation and community college will evolve into 13th and 14th grade instead of the freshmen and sophomore year it is supposed to be.

Right to Work Works:
–In early 2012, Indiana became a right-to-work state. By November 2014, factory payroll employment rose 9.4%. In states without right-to-work laws, factory payroll employment rose 1.2% on average. Indiana had 2.1% GDP growth in 2013, ranking #19 out of 50 states.
–In late 2013, Michigan became a right to work state. By November 2014, there had been payroll growth of 4% in manufacturing jobs. Michigan had 2% GDP growth in 2013, ranking #21 out of 50 states.
–Wisconsinites are now clamoring for right of work laws, especially after Scott Walker eliminated public sector collective bargaining after a showdown with unions last year.

GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise:
–Mainstream media is working in unison to construct what they hope will be a major race scandal involving GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
–12 years ago, Representative Scalise spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, which is run by David Duke. At the time, Congressman Scalise was not aware.
–Any objective observer will quickly conclude that this was an honest mistake, and one that happened only once. The mainstream media is not concerned about the proper conclusion. They are using the incident as an opportunity to paint Representative Scalise and the entire GOP as a racist party.
–These same media outlets shrugged off President Obama’s 20 year relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright and former Democratic Party Senate leader Robert Byrd’s leadership role in the KKK. In both examples, the prominent Democrat did not simply speak to the respective hate group; they were participating members.

Baseball Hall of Fame:
– The Baseball Hall of Fame announced selections for the class of 2015. Selections are made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and for the first time in over 60 years, the Association elected more than 3 players. None of these three players were PED abusers such as Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds. Not only were these players not elected, but they did not even come close to receiving the required vote to gain admittance.
–The voting is welcome news illustrating how moral standards are still relevant in a major institution like our national pastime. Critics, the “who are we to judge” types, will complain that the criteria should be based solely on on-field performance, and that character issues are for priests and pastors, not baseball writers. Cultural elites quickly mock those that take a stand; fortunately, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Hall of Fame have not fallen prey. Americans must follow the Association’s lead and reverse this downward trend! We need to be judgmental and speak up when our leaders and fellow citizens do not conduct themselves properly.

Quote of the Week
“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective.  It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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