Tag: Kamala Harris

Harris’ Own Father Slams her Comments Stereotyping Jamaicans and Marijuana

Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) father is unhappy with her comments about Jamaicans and marijauana and says his deceased family members must be “turning in their graves.”

Last week, when the Democratic presidential candidate was asked if she supports legalizing marijuana, she replied “Half my family’s from Jamaica. Are you kidding me?”

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Donald Harris released a statement to Jamaica Global Online and accused his daughter of stereotyping Jamaicans.

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“My dear departed grandmothers, as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics.,” he said in the statement.

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

The Free Beacon points out that “Harris has taken heat stateside for her new stance on legalized marijuana, which she openly opposed as California’s attorney general, when she locked up over 1,500 individuals for marijuana-related crimes. She has been accused of lying about the timing of her marijuana use, which she says she only tried in college.”

 

Debunking Kamala’s Uneducated Comment on Education Spending

Out on the campaign trail this week, 2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris called for less incarceration and more education in a fiery plea. “Let us speak the truth about education. You know, we’re a society that pretends to care about education. [But] not so much the education of other people’s children. Let’s speak that truth” Kamala said to thunderous applause. “Let’s agree that we have failed to put the resources into our public education system and instead we are putting money into a system of mass incarceration.”

The narrative that the reason we aren’t spending more on education is because we’re spending too much on prisons (which usually make up only about 5% of a state’s budget) seems random, but it does make sense in light of Kamala’s past. If Kamala wants to stand a chance in the 2020 field, she’s going to have to do some substantial rebranding in hopes that Democrats forget her past in pushing the same “mass incarceration” policies she’s now railing against.

Harris also says that “this truth” proves that we aren’t interested in investing in the future of our country.

The rhetoric Kamala is embracing doesn’t even make much sense for a whole host of other reasons, the first being that way more money is spent on education than prisons. While some liberals will try to downplay the amount already spent on education by only citing The Department of Education’s budget, the DOE’s budget accounts for only a small sliver of total education spending in America. As everyone paying property taxes is aware, most education spending occurs at the state and local level. Of the $1.1 trillion that all levels of governments spent subsidizing education in 2018, over 10 times as much was spent at the local level alone ($708 billion) than federal. Meanwhile, the annual cost of federal, state, and local incarceration is nearly $90 billion. According to basic math, $90 billion is indeed less than $1.1 trillion.

For some more context on just how much America invests in education – we spend more on the military than the next seven biggest spenders combined – and we still spend more on education than on the military. Even if we include money spent on veterans healthcare and foreign aid, more is still spent on education.

Education Spending and Outcomes Don’t Correlate

Since most education spending is done at the state and local levels, average spending varies by state and locality. If Kamala is right that we can simply spend up performance, we’d expect districts that spend more to perform better. And they do not. A government study from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance reported no correlation between spending and test scores or graduation rates, and that’s visible in the scatterplot correlating education spending and test scores below:

The Same Trend Holds True Nationally

While there’s no correlation between spending and performance at the state level, there’s also been no national increase in test scores as average education spending per student has sharply increased nationwide over the decades. According to the Cato Institute;

The achievement data come from the Department of Education’s own National Assessment of Educational Progress “Long Term Trends” series, which regularly tests nationally representative samples of U.S. students, drawing from the same pool of questions in use since the tests were first administered around 1970. These are the best data we have on what our kids know by the end of high school and how much it has cost to get them there.

 

None of this is to say that more spending on education is bad – but it is to say that how efficiently money is used matters. A decent chunk of education spending in some districts has suffered largely due to administrative bloat over the greater half of the past century.

The bigger problem for most schools isn’t the amount of funding, it’s the allocation of funding.

Abolishing all prisons wouldn’t even save enough money to boost total education spending in this country 10%. It looks like Kamala is going to have to find a new scapegoat.

Kamala Harris: Change Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day”

California Senator and Democratic candidate for President Kamala Harris said yesterday that she supports an effort to change Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day.”

At a town hall in New Hampshire, the senator was asked if she’d support making “Indigenous People’s Day” a federal holiday because the voices of indigenous peoples are being “erased and marginalized.”

Breitbart reports that Harris replied, “We have to remember our history. Uncomfortable, to your point about truths, though it may make us.”

She continued, “We have to be honest. Because if we’re not honest, we’re, one, not going to deal with the vestiges of all of that harm, and we’re not going to correct course, and we’re not going to be true to our values and our morals. And so similarly, when it comes to indigenous Americans, the indigenous people, there is a lot of work that we still have to do.”

“So count me in on support,” Harris said of the effort to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s day.

For the full report, click HERE.

Senate to Vote on Green New Deal, Forcing Dems to go on Record

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will allow a vote on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) radical Green New Deal.

Yesterday, McConnell told reporters, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

The Green New Deal proposal has come under fire by many on the right for its unrealistic and radical agenda and embarrassing “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) paper.

The FAQ document–which has since been scrubbed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website–promised to make air travel “unnecessary,” guaranteed a job for every person in America, and “economic security” for those “unwilling” to work.

The FAQ document also tackled the dire issue of “farting cows.” It states, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed dismissive of the plan, telling Politico last week, “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

Fox News points out that the Senate vote will have implications for Democrats running in the 2020 presidential race:

“But McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.

While backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during the general election.”

2020 Dem Candidate Kamala Harris Vows to Eliminate Private Health Insurance

In a CNN townhall event last night, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) vowed to eliminate private health insurance.

When asked by host Jake Tapper if people who like their private health insurance would be able to keep it under the candidate’s “medicare for all” proposal, Harris said they could not.

“Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care. And you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require,” she said.

“Who among us has not had that situation?” she continued. “Where you got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, ‘Well I don’t know if your insurance company is going to cover this.’ Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.”

According to Newsbusters, Harris received ZERO right-leaning questions during the townhall:

In all, there were 16 questions posed to Harris from the audience and all but two of them came from purely leftist positions. The remaining two came from a neutral position with none from the right…The questions themselves ranged from asking Harris to reaffirm her commitment to liberal positions to some really radical “eat the rich” kind of stuff.

Report: Sen. Kamala Harris to Announce 2020 Presidential Run on MLK Day

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is expected to announce her 2020 presidential run on January 21, 2019–Martin Luther King Day.

Harris is likely to make the announcement during a campaign rally in Oakland, CA, according to sources who spoke with KCBS Radio.

The Washington Examiner Reports:

Harris has been signaling a White House run for several weeks now, and told ABC on Tuesday that she believes now “is that moment” to do something about the problems facing the nation. The 54-year-old senator has been making the rounds on TV as part of a small tour to promote her new book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, which was released on Tuesday. Harris has said she wants to consider her family before making a decision, but several sources say she has already made her decision to run and has the full support of her husband and two stepchildren.

As the Examiner points out, Harris is facing mounting criticism over a $400,000 sexual harassment suit settled by one of her former senior advisers at California’s Department of Justice while she was serving as the attorney general.

RECAP: The Biggest Anti-Kavanaugh Lies from the Kavanaugh Hearings

Democrats must be praying that Christine Blasey Ford is telling the truth – because they literally have nothing else on Brett Kavanaugh. It’s easy to forget the desperate criticisms Kavanaugh faced from the Left in the pre-Ford months. The Washington Post ran an “exposé” back in July that Kavanaugh once racked up credit card debt – and then proceeded to pay it off (the horror!). In August the Associated Press tried to shame Kavanaugh by reporting that he enjoyed basketball in college, while his friends spent their time on the debate team. And who could forget those who tried to claim his associate Zina Bash is a white supremacist because the manner in which she rested her hand?

That was truly the extent of anti-Kavanaugh criticism, and after sitting through his initial confirmation hearing and subsequent questioning about Ford’s allegations, it’s clear that’s still all they’ve got.

And on that note, let’s review the top anti-Kavanaugh lies that have arisen from both his testimonies.

Kamala Harris Deceptively Edits Abortion Answer

Unable to accurately represent the views of the Supreme Court candidate she opposes, future 2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris decided to upload a clip to Twitter that appeared to show Kavanaugh opposed to birth control, in which he appeared to call them “abortion inducing drugs.” Hillary Clinton was among those who shared the tweet, which quickly went viral.

There was just one problem: Kavanaugh wasn’t stating his own opinion, he was quoting terminology a plaintiff used in a 2013 court case. Indeed, Kavanaugh made that clear, beginning his statement with “they said” in making reference to the plaintiff. The full quote is “They said filling out the form would make them complicit in the provision of the abortion-inducing drugs that they were, as a religious matter, objecting to.” Harris conveniently cut that part from the video before uploading it to her millions of followers so it would appear to be Kavanaugh’s personal opinion.

Kavanaugh did indeed choose his words wisely as Harris noted – which is why she had to twist them to create a lie.

Cory Booker Spartacus Lie

Prepping for his own inevitable presidential run, Cory Booker compared himself to a Thracian gladiator during the hearings in what he wanted to be a “mic drop” moment. “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” he said, threatening to release confidential documents he claimed would expose Kavanaugh as a supporter of racial profiling.

Just one problem: the documents were not confidential, they were released the night before by Bill Burck (though Booker’s stunt would’ve been cringe-inducing regardless).

Ironically, the documents showed that Kavanaugh opposed racial profiling, not supported it. What an alternative fact that was!

Did Kavanaugh Perjure Himself? NBC’s Shameless Reporting

NBC News is continuing to prove the media is the enemy of the American people that President Trump derides them as.

On October 2nd they ran a story claiming that texts from Kavanaugh prove he was trying to discredit accuser Deborah Ramierez before her accusations were made public when they were published in a New Yorker story.

From these texts, the left-wing publication Slate concluded that “Kavanaugh said, under oath during his testimony last week, that the first time he had heard of Ramirez’s allegations was in the New Yorker story. The text messages would indicate that that is not true and would get to the larger point that Kavanaugh has not told the truth in a number of instances during the confirmation process, and potentially perjured himself…”

Just one problem: NBC screwed up their timeline. Rather than make any note of a correction to their story, they stealthfully edited it without saying a word. Below is a side by side comparison, with the original text on the left, and the revisions on the right, which clarified that Kavanaugh’s texts came after the New Yorker article was published, not before.

And yet, the headline on their article remains “Text messages suggest Kavanaugh wanted to refute accuser’s claim before it became public.”

NBC truly is shameless.

The Calendar Corroboration Myth 

After mocking the fact that Brett Kavanaugh kept detailed calendars in his youth, liberals are now swarming on one theory that attempts to use them against him. Of the boys Ford remembers at the party she was allegedly assaulted at, in addition to Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, she remembers a boy named Patrick “PJ” Smyth. Why is that relevant? Because in Kavanaugh’s 1982 calendar, there’s an entry for July 1: “Go to Timmy’s for skis [beers] with [Mark] Judge, Tom, P.J., Bernie and Squi.” Since both Judge and Smyth are among the invitees, as are three others, could this be a reference to the party Ford was allegedly assaulted at?

That’s the theory of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse…. and it’s nonsense.

For starters, Timmy’s house was a townhouse, not the kind of home that Ford describes in her account. Second, that townhouse is 11 miles away from the Columbia Country Club, while the house Ford was allegedly assaulted at was 8 miles away from the country club. Third, “Squi” (Chris Garrett) is a friend of Kavanaugh’s who Ford herself dated. Squi thus would’ve been named as one of the boys at the party she remembered, if this was indeed the same party.

It’s ironic that it was journalists on the left that created the term “fake news” to attack the right, since in their industry “fake news” tends to be the rule rather than the exception.