Eric Cantor Doesn’t Mention Support for Amnesty on Campaign Website

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been a prominent supporter of granting amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants and awarding more high-tech visas. Yet ten days before his primary against Dave Brat, his positions on those issues are absent from his website.

In February of 2013, Cantor delivered a major “Make Life Work” speech that praised the House for passing the STEM Jobs Act and urged the Senate to do the same. Cantor also suggested pouring more taxpayer dollars into schools where there are children “learning English as a second language.”

On his “Plan for the Middle Class” section on his website, Cantor mentions nearly everything else from that speech, including his support for education for low-income children; “Common Sense Health Care Initiatives” like repealing the medical device taxes; “Innovation and Job Growth;” eliminating “taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and the Republican and Democratic Party conventions;” and expanding funding for pediatric research, autism, cancers impacting children, and “debilitating diseases and disorders.”

But Cantor apparently does not want voters in his district to know about his support for amnesty.

Cantor has not taken his June 10 primary against Dave Brat for granted after one of his top allies was ousted from a key GOP chairmanship in his district. Last week, Cantor sent out a deceptive anti-amnesty mailer even though he has supported giving amnesty for children of illegal immigrants and DREAMers who enlist in the military. Cantor has been a supporter for an increase in high-tech visas, even though scholars and numerous reports have debunked the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers.

In his 2013 speech, Cantor noted that “median income in 2010 was about the same as it was in 1997” while praising the Senate for working on comprehensive immigration reform that the Congressional Budget Office would determine would lower the wages of American workers. Cantor also declared that a “workable guest worker program” was an “immediate priority,” even though that would also contribute to lowering the wages of American workers.

He also pushed for citizenship for DREAMers in that speech.

“One of the great founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, echoing what would later be in the House GOP leadership’s “immigration principles.” “It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”

As Breitbart News reported, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) National Council President Kenneth Palinkas immediately raised concerns that if one of the “founding principles of our country” is “that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents,” then Congress would essentially have to grant perpetual amnesty to the children of illegal immigrants. As a result, even more illegal immigrants would try to enter the country hoping they would eventually be granted amnesty.




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Michigan Teacher Suspended for Teaching About Blackface in History Lesson

Despite support by parents and students – both black and white – a Michigan middle school teacher has been placed on “administrative leave” for teaching that in the 1800s and early 1900s some white entertainers performed in blackface.

History teacher Alan Barron of Monroe Middle School, Monroe, Michigan, was forced out of his classroom only weeks before he was set to retire after a 36-year teaching career. The suspension came after an administrator sitting in on the class objected to a video of blackface performers from the turn of the last century.

No black student, no white student, nor any parents ever complained about the topic, but Barron, who is also a Monroe Township Supervisor, was taken out of the classroom pending an investigation by the district.

In fact, not only did one black student find nothing offensive about the topic, but she and her parents came to the support of the teacher saying that he was only relaying factual history.

Adrienne Aaron, whose daughter is in Barron’s class, said the girl, “was more offended that they stopped the video. It had nothing to do with [modern] racism. History is history. We need to educate our kids to see how far we’ve come in America. How is that racism?”

School administrators would not say Barron was “suspended,” only that he is “on leave” pending an investigation.

The school released a statement saying, “Mr. Barron has been on leave for about a week while we look into a reported situation in his classroom. Because this is a personnel matter that is going through the teacher contract required steps, we cannot comment any further.”

Mr. Barron is similarly refusing to comment in public, as are his union, the Michigan Education Association, and his lawyer.

Students are not remaining silent, though, and have launched a campaign in support of the popular, long-serving teacher with posts on social media. Kids have even created t-shirts in support of Barron.

“Mr. Barron is one of the… great teachers we have in Monroe Public Schools,” one parent has said on Facebook. “He has changed many children’s lives over the course of his career. If Mr. Barron felt that he was teaching something that was offensive, he would most definitely not have done it.”

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com.




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RNC Debate Commission: No Leftie Moderators

HOUSTON, Texas—The Republican National Committee (RNC) has proposed major changes for the upcoming 2016 Presidential Primary Debates. The changes include reducing the number of debates and getting rid of the left-of-center moderators like George Stephanopoulos and Chris Wallace.

The proposal passed by a vote of 152-7 according to Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman Steve Munisteri. In a newsletter sent out to Republican activists and delegates in the run-up to next week’s RPT state convention, which will be held in Fort Worth June 5-7, Munisteri reported that he and the two Texas Republican National Committee Members, Dr. Robin Armstrong and Toni Anne Dashiell, voted in support of the proposal.

“I did so,” Chairman Munisteri stated, “because I felt there were two major problems with debate process last cycle. The first problem I had was that there were too many debates which resulted in the airwaves being filled with our candidates blasting at each other on a regular basis.”

Munisteri said the 23 debates will be reduced to between eight and twelve. “I think is a reasonable number. It’s large enough so that a grassroots candidate who performs well in debates has multiple opportunities to gain traction against well known and established candidates, yet it’s a small enough number to be able to cut down on the over-saturation of negativity that occurred last cycle.”

Chairman Munisteri said the other problem was having left-of-center and, in particular, Democrat leaning moderators conducting the debates. “I personally don’t believe George Stephanopoulos,” Munisteri explained, “is an appropriate questioner for Republican primary debates since he is a former member of the Clinton administration and a Democrat operative. Likewise for Chris Wallace who used to work for House Speaker Tip O’Neill.”

It was Stephanopoulos who helped create the fictitious Republican “War on Women” in January, 2012, when he asked former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), “Governor Romney, do you believe that states have the right to ban contraception? Or is that trumped by a constitutional right to privacy?”

“It is my hope,” Munisteri concluded, “that this commission, in its negotiation with the networks, will make sure that a condition of the network televising the debates would be that such partisan moderators not be included.”

Munisteri also reported the RNC is shortening the presidential primary season from February through May instead of the former January through July primary season. The goal is to is to move the RNC national convention up to either June 28th or July 17th, 2016, to give the Republican presidential nominee earlier access to RNC election funds and increase the time the candidate has to take on the Democrat opponent.

The RNC is on solid financial footing, according to Munisteri, who said the national party is debt free and has significantly outraised the Democrats.  Munisteri said, the Democrats have “Substantial debts” on their books.

The Breitbart Texas team will be joining Chairman Munisteri and significantly over 10,000 Republican delegates, alternates and guests to the 2012 RPT State Convention in Fort Worth later this week. This convention will also conduct the “first in the nation” 2016 presidential straw poll to give Texans an early voice in the Republican presidential selection process.

The Chairman concluded his remarks in the newsletter stating:

I hope all of you that have been selected as a delegate or alternate to the convention will be joining me this week in Fort Worth. The convention is an important event as it determines what our party will stand for in the party platform, as well as providing a shot of enthusiasm for our candidates. The convention this year will be especially important because of its implications for 2016. This is because convention delegates will decide how we pick our national delegates in 2016 as well as conducting a presidential straw. I hope to see you in a few days in Fort Worth. Onward to Victory.

Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.




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National Journal: ‘White House Is Exhausted’

Day 1,956 of his presidency was not too kind to President Obama. Having to announce within a four-hour span that he had lost both an embattled Cabinet secretary and his chief spokesman, Obama looked Friday like a man gamely trying to get a stalled administration back on track.

He entered the week still stuck with low approval ratings and facing fierce criticism of his policies both at home and abroad. On Wednesday, he tried to chart a new course internationally with a West Point speech setting out a new foreign policy. On Thursday, he dealt with widespread criticism of the speech. On Friday, he tried to dig himself out of a troubling Veterans Administration scandal by jettisoning VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, a man he thought was being unfairly blamed for the problems. Then he accepted the resignation of press secretary Jay Carney, the longtime public face of his White House.

It is a cliché to note the aging of our presidents, to count the gray hairs sprouting with each passing day in the Oval Office. But Obama does look weary. And he is at a point in his administration when his agenda seems tired and many of his appointees are exhausted. In that regard, he is no different than every second-term president since World War II. For all of them, the sixth year was troubled and filled with administration scandals, political challenges and executive turnover.
 
A second-term president has to figure out how to govern effectively without his original band of hardy loyalists. Most of them have fled government at this point. When Obama looks around his White House these days, he sees Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer and only a handful of other aides who were with him on that frigid day in 2007 in Springfield when he announced his long-shot candidacy. Only three of Obama’s original 16 Cabinet officers remain—Eric Holder at Justice, Tom Vilsack at Agriculture, and Arne Duncan at Education. He is on his fourth budget director, his fifth chief of staff, and, soon, his third press secretary.

Full story: ‘The White House Is Exhausted’




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Economy Shrinks Despite $2 Trillion in Fed Stimulus

On Thursday, the Commerce Department revised downward its estimate of GDP growth in the first three months of the year. New data reveals the economy shrank by 1.0% in the first quarter, a sharp reversal from the agency’s initial estimate of 0.1% growth. The new estimate is the first drop in GDP since the first quarter in 2011. Mostly unreported, however, is the fact that the Federal Reserve has pumped almost $2 trillion into the economy since that economic contraction three years ago. 

At the end of 2010, just ahead of the economic contraction at the beginning of 2011, the Federal Reserve announced QE2, its second round of “quantitative easing.” In that round of pumping liquidity (read, cash) into the market, the Fed would buy $600 billion worth of US debt. That buying took place in the first 2 quarters of 2011. 

Towards the end of 2012, just ahead of the presidential election, the Fed announced QE3, a new round of flooding the market with money. Initially pegged at around $40 billion a month, the Fed soon increased its purchases of securities to $85 billion a month throughout 2013. 

In the past couple months, the Fed has begun “tapering,” i.e. scaling back, its securities purchasing. Currently, the Fed is injecting around $45 billion a month into the market. 

Totally up all of this stimulus, the Fed has pumped somewhere around $1.7 — $2 trillion into the economy over the last three years. At the end of 2010, current-dollar GDP was $14.6 trillion. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that current-dollar GDP is now $17.1 trillion.

In other words, the Fed stimulus program accounts for almost all growth in economic output for the last three years. Keep in mind, those figures are in “current-dollars,” which don’t account for inflation since 2010. 

Absent the Fed’s money-printing machine, there has been no real growth in the economy for the past three years.




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