Tuesday, June 10, 2008

ACLU On The Attack

The ACLU announced yesterday that it is launching its biggest fundraising campaign ever, with the immediate goal of raising $335 million. No, that’s not a misprint – that’s three hundred thirty-five million dollars! The ACLU intends to unleash these vast resources in a major assault upon the values of “heartland America.” Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, said, “The purpose is to build a civil liberties infrastructure in the middle of the country – where battlegrounds states are often under-resourced and our efforts are most needed.”

What efforts might they be? According to the Associated Press, Romero “cited issues such as immigrants’ rights, gay rights, police brutality and opposition to the death penalty as causes that would be pursued vigorously as the ACLU expanded in heartland states. At present, the ACLU’s biggest offices are in the Northeast, the Pacific states and Illinois; targets for expansion including Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and Tennessee. …Romero said the ACLU envisions enlarging its Texas and Florida operations” to more than 40 full-time positions in each state.

My friends, the radical Left is energized, organized and incredibly well-funded. Radicals see public policy and the pursuit of power as their religion. While George Soros could bankroll this entire operation if he wanted to (he did give $12 million), he doesn’t have to because millions of liberals are literally tithing to leftwing causes like the ACLU. The Left understands exactly what is at stake in the cultural war. It didn’t give up after 2000 and 2004. Instead, it has fought harder, worked longer and given more. Conservatives had better wake-up soon before the country we cherish is lost forever. By GB.

Liberal Champions Of Privatization?
Conservatives have scored a significant, if largely symbolic, victory in the battle of ideas on Capitol Hill. In fact, it was even front page news in the Washington Post yesterday. In the ongoing debate between bigger government versus the private sector, Senate liberals have sided with the efficacy and profitability of the private sector. But don’t get your hopes up too much. Your public servants didn’t agree to reform Social Security or end subsidies or revamp major government bureaucracies. Instead, they decided to improve their lunch menu. That’s right – in the quiet of the night, senators voted last week to privatize the failing Senate restaurants.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate’s Rules and Administration Committee and led the privatization effort, complained that the service and food was “noticeably subpar.” Worse yet, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Senate’s restaurants had made a profit in only seven of 44 years. It is seems incomprehensible that even government bureaucrats could be that bad at running a restaurant that caters to “the world’s most exclusive club.” Yet, the GAO reported that “financially breaking even has not been the objective of the current management due to an expectation that the restaurants will operate at a deficit annually.” Sadly, that statement could sum up the entire federal bureaucracy. After all, it’s not their money they are wasting – just yours. By GB.

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