Morning Briefing: September 17th, 2012
by Jen Green
Never let a good crisis go to waste, right Rahm?
The Chicago teachers union has decided to continue its strike into the second week, despite have tentative new contracts in hand that offer them the raise they initially went to the picket lines over. Their excuse? They can’t agree to anything until they’ve had enough time to read the contract carefully and discuss it with all their members—you know, like Congress did with ObamaCare. Oh, wait . . .
Meanwhile, “former” Obama right-hand man Rahm Emmanuel is talking tough against the union, even saying the strike is “illegal,” but doing nothing about it. He has not been part of the contract talks at all, leaving it to his aides instead.
Update: As of 7:45 pm this morning, CBS Chicago is reporting, “Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city will seek a court order to end the strike immediately.”
There do continue to be schools open in Chicago, though. They are being run by non-union workers and they are open to feed the children that depend on the schools for their meals.
Let’s just digest that piece of information for a bit.
Meanwhile, President Obama is remaining completely mum on the whole thing . . . and the press (or as Steve calls them, his “sports information department”) has not asked him question one about it. And really, what can he say? As this article puts it, he’s stuck between the “boulder and the sword.” He’s busily trying to win an election by lying to the private sector about all the jobs he’s created for them. By taking the side of the Chicago teacher’s union and their ridiculous demands, he’ll alienate a whole lot of voters.
Besides, he’s not worried about losing support from the teacher’s union any time soon. They’ll support a Republican, even one as liberal as Romney, when dead pigs fly upside down. He did the same thing in Wisconsin, too. He was “uncharacteristically” quiet–because he simply can’t afford to tick off non-union votes.
So, just like the Republicans completely abandon their base during an election, assuming they’ll have “no where else to go, ” the Dems do the same. The only difference is that after the election, the Dems actually go back to completely funding and catering to their base. The Repubs forget theirs until the next primary season.
If you keep repeating it, maybe someone will actually believe you
The Obama regime is still desperately trying to spin their complete and utter abysmal failure they call their foreign policy in the Middle East by perpetuating the ridiculous lie that all the chaos, rioting, and bloodshed has nothing to do with the U.S. but only with a youtube video. They say it was a “spontaneous” protest that was not planned. No wonder the protesters were so ineffective and were burning computers and Hollywood movie posters instead of the American flag and pictures of our President in effigy. Oh, wait . . .
But, the administration keeps trying to convince us and the media keeps perpetuating the lie. Our ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was all over the airwaves on Sunday saying as much.
One problem. Libya is saying just the opposite. Their president went on Face the Nation and said, “The way these perpetrators acted and moved — I think we, and they’re choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined.”
Netanyahu makes his case
And finally, in the midst of all this chaos, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proved as savvy as usual this weekend. Since he can’t get the President to meet with him (since he’s so busy with Beyonce and David Letterman), he took his case right to the American voters.
And according to Newsmax, he asked them to vote for someone other than Obama when he asked then to “elect a president willing to draw a “red line” with Iran, comparing Tehran’s nuclear program to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and reminding Americans of the devastating repercussions of failed intelligence.”
All along the Obama administration has said (and Susan Rice continues to say) the intelligence doesn’t show Iran is close to developing a nuclear bomb. After Oklahoma city, 9/11, the Iraq war and the “WMD’s”, and now the death of an American ambassador, Netanyahu picked a good time to play on whatever mistrust American’s might (rightfully ) have in our ‘intelligence’ about Iran.