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  • Trump's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

    03/18/2016 7:14:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies ^ | March 18, 2016 | Linda Chavez
    Donald Trump has predicted there will be riots in the streets if he is not crowned victor at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer. Given his exhortations to his supporters to "knock the crap out of" anyone disrupting his rallies and his promise to "pay for the legal fees," I'll take him at his word. Trump's comments are what sociologist Robert K. Merton called a self-fulfilling prophecy: "a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true." Trump likes to play the tough guy, and his rallies have become a...
  • Rubio Is the Future of the GOP

    12/23/2015 7:49:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Journal-Advocate ^ | December 23, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    Marco Rubio may be the most gifted natural politician to come out of the GOP since Ronald Reagan. But the GOP base seems in no mood to rally around a principled conservative who happens also to be an optimist. That may change, but it hasn't yet. The problem is, Rubio is competing in a primary with two demagogues willing to say pretty much anything to win; several other candidates long on experience but with little personal appeal; and one neurosurgeon who should stick to medicine. Donald Trump tapped into a deep well of anger in the Republican grassroots, driven by...
  • Russia's Threat

    10/09/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place. President Obama did not end the war in Iraq. His precipitous withdrawal of American troops allowed the Islamic State group to take control of major cities and Iran to become the puppet master in Iraq. His decision to announce when the U.S. would...
  • Facing My 50th Reunion

    08/07/2015 9:35:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    My 50th high school reunion is still a month away -- time enough to lose the 10 pounds that have crept back on after a successful diet a few years back. I have a feeling all my classmates are in the same boat. Well, maybe not all. As I look through the pictures of those brave enough to post updates to their graduation photos, there are a few who have remained slim, but most are heavier and almost all grayer, except for the minority, who, like me, color their hair. I don't know that I'll make my goal, and maybe...
  • Linda Chavez’s Immigration Numbers Are Misleading

    07/10/2015 8:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/10/2015 | Steven Camarota
    In a recent piece on this site, Linda Chavez chastises Rich Lowry for arguing that Donald Trump had a point concerning the problematic aspects of Mexican immigration. Lowry rightly made clear in his article that Trump’s comments were “crude” and “did more to insult than to illuminate.” He further made clear that the problems stem directly from the huge share of Mexican immigrants (nearly 60 percent) who have less than a high-school diploma. Chavez’s response to Lowry suggests that she does not fully understand many of the issues involved. Lowry’s main point is that unskilled immigration from Mexico (or anywhere...
  • Conservatives, Quit Defending Trump

    07/09/2015 6:14:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | July 9,2015 | Linda Chavez
    Donald Trump’s outrageous comments about Mexican immigrants in his announcement speech two weeks ago should have been an occasion for conservatives to say that we have no room for bigots in our midst. Instead, a host of conservatives, from Ted Cruz to National Review’s own Rich Lowry, have defended his message, if not the crude way he expressed it:
  • Nothing Inevitable About Clinton Nomination

    03/27/2015 2:26:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 27, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    A new CBS poll on Hillary Clinton this week suggests that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state faces a steeper road to the White House than her supporters might think. Only 26 percent in the poll of the adult population had a favorable view of Clinton, while 37 percent had an unfavorable opinion, and an astonishing 36 percent said they hadn't heard enough to form an opinion or were undecided. Because the poll sampled all adults, not just registered voters, the poll's political significance is limited. Much of the general public pays little attention to...
  • Medicare Solution

    08/08/2014 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | August 8, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    Next week I'm scheduled for a cervical spinal fusion that costs upward of $100,000, but I won't be paying for it. Like 50 million other Medicare recipients, I will receive the medical care I need more or less free of charge thanks to Medicare. It's something most seniors take for granted -- a benefit we believe we're entitled to because, after all, we paid Medicare taxes all our working lives. But as it happens, those taxes aren't nearly enough to pay for the benefits we receive from the system -- at least for most of us. Despite the fact that...
  • Lesson's Learned from Tuesday's Election

    11/08/2013 11:03:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | November 8, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    Both Democratic and Republican strategists are dissecting Tuesday's election results for clues to what might happen in next year's congressional elections. State races in off years are not always good predictors of how a party will do nationally during congressional or presidential elections, but there are some important lessons to be learned. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's reelection win was predictable. He is a popular reformer who reached out to minorities and women running in a state that has had its fill of Democratic corruption and tax hikes. He's a conservative -- a pro-life Catholic who personally opposes gay marriage...
  • Linda Chavez: Heritage's Scare Tactics

    05/10/2013 10:20:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/10/2013 | Linda Chavez
    The immigration debate has taken a sudden and nasty turn with the publication of a new report by The Heritage Foundation claiming that reform legislation will end up costing American taxpayers $6.3 trillion. The Heritage Foundation, one of the most respected conservative organizations in the U.S., has sullied its reputation by lending its name to this tendentious piece of propaganda. First, the study grossly exaggerates the "cost" of immigration reform by assuming that all of those who gain legal status will claim welfare and other social service benefits as soon as they become eligible. While it is true that Hispanic...
  • Women in Combat Spells Trouble

    01/25/2013 6:54:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    With little discussion or fanfare, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat that has been in effect for as long as there has been a U.S. military. Feminists and some women serving in the military are applauding the move as a victory for equal rights. They claim that justice requires nothing short of opening all positions to females, regardless of the consequences to combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, or military readiness, factors whose importance they minimize in any event. What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...
  • Big Lesson for Labor in Wisconsin Election

    06/08/2012 7:47:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 8, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election this week was no surprise to anyone but Big Labor. Unions were furious when Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature cut back their right to bargain on anything beyond wages. Democratic legislators fled the state for several weeks in 2011 in order to try to prevent a final vote from taking place. Demonstrators took over the state capitol, and when that didn't work, unions and left-leaning groups gathered signatures to force a recall vote. The national Democratic Party initially saw what was happening in Wisconsin as a popular revolt against Republican excesses...
  • For Gingrich, Amnesty No Impediment to Nomination

    01/27/2012 5:26:34 PM PST · by rmlew · 63 replies ^ | 1/27/2012 | Linda Chavez
    One thing was missed in Newt Gingrich's victory in the South Carolina primary: Conservatives embraced a pro-amnesty candidate without batting an eyelash. This should come as a wake-up call to those who've been pushing a hard-line anti-illegal immigrant position in the Republican Party. Granted, Gingrich didn't spend a lot of time discussing his position, which favors amnesty for those illegal immigrants who have been here for a long time, have deep family and community ties, and have paid taxes and avoided breaking other laws. But that's the point. He didn't have to spend a lot of time defending his position...
  • Obama should put his money where his mouth is

    07/17/2011 9:06:46 AM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 22 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 4/18/11 | Linda Chavez
    President Barack Obama offered few concrete suggestions for spending cuts this week in his much-anticipated speech on reducing the federal debt, but he had lots to say about raising taxes. "As a country that values fairness, wealthier individuals have traditionally borne a greater share of this burden than the middle class or those less fortunate. Everybody pays, but the wealthier have borne a little more," the president said. So he wants to raise the top marginal tax rate to 39.6 percent and eliminate itemized deductions for the top 2 percent of earners. What the president didn't say is that he...
  • Goodbye, Washington

    07/08/2011 6:38:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 8, 2011 | Linda Chavez
    After nearly 40 years in Washington, I'm leaving the nation's capital pretty much as I found it when I arrived. The players have changed, but the problems haven't. Richard Nixon occupied the White House then, and the United States was involved in a long and unpopular war and faced economic problems at home. In 1971, to combat nearly 6 percent inflation, and a trade and balance-of-payments deficit, and to protect the value of the dollar, Nixon imposed a 90-day freeze on wages and prices, and a 10 percent import surcharge, and ended the convertibility of dollars into gold. He also...
  • Slaying Sacred Cows

    02/11/2011 11:25:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | February 11, 2011 | Linda Chavez
    House Democrats have been taunting Republicans to come up with concrete budget cuts ever since the GOP rode to victory last November on a platform of reducing spending. Now, the GOP leadership has proposed an impressive $35 billion down payment on reducing spending for the remaining eight months of the current fiscal year. But don't expect any applause from the Democratic side of the aisle. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., offered the cuts from non-Defense discretionary programs. They include hefty slices out of the budgets for education, environmental programs, food for poor women and children -- all sacred cows...
  • A Cautionary Note for GOP in Tuesday's Election

    11/05/2010 8:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 5, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    Tuesday was a great night for Republicans, but it would have been better yet had Sen. Harry Reid gone down to defeat. And while many analysts have debated the role the tea party played in a few high-profile Republican losses on Election Day, including that of Reid's opponent Sharron Angle, the real story is what happened with the Hispanic vote. Hispanics made up 18 percent of those voting in the Nevada election -- a much larger than average showing in a non-presidential election. Had Angle won as large a share of Hispanics as did the successful Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian...
  • More on the Arizona Law: Checking the Text

    04/30/2010 2:52:44 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 13 replies · 660+ views
    National Review ^ | April 30, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    My friend Andy McCarthy suggests that those of us raising concerns about the “papers please” section of the Arizona law are either demagogues or haven’t read the law. What he doesn’t do is actually quote the section in question. I think there’s good reason why he and others who defend this law don’t want to draw attention to its actual wording. The grammar and syntax of the section are so convoluted that it is nearly impossible to discern its clear meaning, but it’s worth trying to parse. One of the bedrock principles of conservative jurisprudence is that the words of...
  • Bum's Rush for Bibi

    03/26/2010 4:41:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 970+ views ^ | March 26, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    Judging by his actions to date, President Obama appears to have an almost visceral antipathy toward Israel. He's happy to bow and scrape to Saudi King Abdullah, to have photo ops with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and, as he made clear during the campaign, would even open his door to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Korean leader Kim Jong Il if only they would deign to sit down for a chat. But Obama gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the bum's rush on his recent visit to Washington. No photo ops, no joint press conference, no diplomatic niceties whatsoever. Why?...
  • Blizzard of 2010

    02/12/2010 4:03:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies · 1,511+ views ^ | February 12, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    I'm the kind of person who always has candles, extra matches and batteries on hand, as well as canned goods in the pantry, in case of an emergency. But I was far from prepared for the Mid-Atlantic Blizzard of 2010. We lost power for almost five days -- which is bad enough if you live in a city, but if you're out in the middle of nowhere, as we are, it can be life-threatening. Rural folks are usually better prepared than city people, but for those of us who are transplants, it's a challenge. With 35 inches or more of...
  • Branding Americans “racists” to further their agenda

    01/24/2010 11:14:53 AM PST · by AuntB · 36 replies · 1,055+ views
    Examiner ^ | Jan. 24 2010 | Dave Gibson
    In 2007, former Bush nominee and columnist Linda Chavez published an article in which she accused Americans who stood in opposition to the Bush/McCain/Kennedy Amnesty Bill as racists. Alleging racism is the favorite tactic of the open borders crowd, as it is often used by those who find themselves on the wrong side of the argument. Let us refresh our memory...In 2001, Linda Chavez was nominated by President Bush for the Secretary of Labor position. Her nomination fell apart when it was discovered that she had long employed an illegal alien as a housekeeper. In her ensuing unofficial role, she...
  • Clueless

    01/01/2010 4:57:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,325+ views ^ | January 1, 2010 | Linda Chavez
    Clueless. It’s the word that best describes the Obama administration’s first year in office. They’ve proven themselves clueless about creating jobs; clueless about handling growing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea; and now, most devastatingly, clueless about protecting Americans from terrorist attacks on our own soil. And with nearly one year under the belts, they can’t keep blaming the Bush administration for everything that goes awry. It is hard to imagine a more incompetent handling of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. jetliner. First, the commander in chief was too busy enjoying his vacation in Hawaii to...
  • KSM and O.J.

    11/20/2009 8:39:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 755+ views ^ | November 20, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    If there was ever a more irresponsible decision by a U.S. attorney general than Eric Holder's decision to try the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attack and four others as common criminals in a civilian court in New York City, I can't recall it. He is gambling with the nation's security and providing a platform that will give aid and comfort to the enemy at a time of war. And he is doing so with no discernible benefit, least of all to showcase the strength of our judicial system. Does Eric Holder remember the most infamous criminal trial of the...
  • Testimony of Linda Chavez Against Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor

    07/17/2009 12:37:19 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 1,023+ views
    Center for Equal Opportunity ^ | 07/16/09 | Linda Chavez
    Thank you Mr. Chairman. I testify today not as a wise Latina woman, but as an American who believes that skin color and national origin should not determine who gets a job, promotion, or public contract, or who gets into college or receives a scholarship. My message today is straightforward, Mr. Chairman: Do not vote to confirm this nominee. I say this with some regret, because I believe Judge Sotomayor’s personal story is an inspiring one, which proves that this is truly a land of opportunity where circumstances of birth and class do not determine whether you can succeed. Unfortunately,...
  • Blame Obama

    07/10/2009 5:37:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 569+ views ^ | July 10, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    When will the failing U.S. economy become President Obama's problem? To date, the president seems immune to criticism of his handling of the economy, except from conservatives. Job losses continue to mount, despite his promises that his "stimulus" plan would create jobs and stop rising unemployment. The housing market shows no sign of imminent recovery, with prices continuing to decline and more homeowners falling behind on their payments. Retail sales fell again in June, with even value stores like Costco experiencing drops in sales. And the federal debt has risen under President Obama to its highest level as a percentage...
  • Fed Rules

    06/20/2009 5:58:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 340+ views ^ | June 19, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    One of the great dangers in dealing with a crisis is making major, long-term decisions based on the immediate circumstances unique to the problem you're trying to fix. In the case of the current financial crisis the conventional wisdom is that it is the result of poor oversight and loose regulation, so the Obama administration's answer is to layer on more regulations and greatly expand the role of the Federal Reserve. But the cure may be worse than the disease. It's not often I agree with Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, but he hit the nail on the head when he...

    06/05/2009 3:53:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 518+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 5, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    THE diversity crowd doesn't really believe in diversity. In fact, what it's really aiming for is conformity of opinion. This crowd expects that members of racial and ethnic groups will adhere to liberal orthodoxy, and woe to those who don't fall into line. If Judge Sonia Sotomayor were a conservative or the nominee of a Republican president, we'd be hearing that she wasn't an "authentic" Latina at all. I recall similar arguments used by my critics when I was the first Latina nominated to a US Cabinet back in 2001. You're only celebrated as the "first" by the diversity crowd...
  • Obama's Messiah Complex

    03/13/2009 11:02:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,212+ views ^ | March 13, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    President Obama reminds me of the fellow who's off to save the world while he ignores the disaster in his own backyard. Instead of focusing on the urgent problems facing the country -- the credit crisis and the collapse of the housing market -- he's diverting scarce resources and attention to solving health care, reforming education, and stopping global climate change. Worse, his efforts to tackle these intractable issues involve fiscal policies that exacerbate the current financial crisis. He is not only driving the deficit up to unsustainable heights, his policies will amount to a huge tax on all Americans....
  • Obama's Hubris Is Showing

    02/27/2009 6:17:48 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies · 1,347+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | February 27, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    Hubris is the word that comes to mind as I listen to President Obama lay out his plan to rescue the economy, create 4 million jobs, halve the deficit in four years, and give quality health care to every American. The man has big ambitions and an even bigger ego. It has been one of the most troubling aspects of his character as it has emerged on the national scene in the last two years. He seems, almost literally, to believe he walks on water. No one — no matter how talented — could accomplish a fraction of what Obama...
  • A Nation of Cowards

    02/20/2009 4:17:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 923+ views ^ | February 20, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    We're a nation of cowards -- or at least the attorney general of the United States thinks we are. In a speech at the Justice Department celebrating Black History Month, Attorney General Eric Holder said: "Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." It seems a rather peculiar statement coming from the first black attorney general, moreover, one appointed by the first black man elected president. Holder's complaint is that, "We, as average Americans, simply...
  • Holder’s Shame

    02/19/2009 3:13:14 PM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Commentary ^ | February 19, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    By all means we need a little moral courage when it comes to discussing race — and Eric Holder was in a perfect position to begin that discussion. But instead, he simply trotted out the well-worn shibboleths about intolerance and racial division. He might have taken another course. The elephant in the room in discussions of race isn’t white prejudice; it’s the breakdown of the black family and all the attendant social pathologies that emanate from it. When 7-out-of-10 black babies are born to single women and more than half of black children spend most of their childhood without a...
  • Closing Guantanamo

    01/24/2009 2:15:45 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 278+ views ^ | 1/23/09 | Linda Chavez
    President Obama is learning it is a lot easier to reverse unpopular positions of his predecessor than it is to come up with better ones of his own. On Thursday, he signed executive orders aimed at shutting down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, which houses some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world. His orders also restricted interrogation methods that can be used by the CIA to elicit information from suspects and eliminated secret overseas detention facilities run by the CIA. Earlier, he suspended military commission hearings that were established to hear cases against those held at Guantanamo, including...
  • No More Search and Destroy Missions

    01/16/2009 9:13:15 AM PST · by dbz77 · 17 replies · 928+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 16, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    When word broke that Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner had failed to pay employment taxes he owed for several years, the reaction in Washington was gentle. Politicians on both sides of the aisle defended Geithner as an excellent choice to head the Treasury in these troubled financial times and predicted that the incident would be little more than a hiccup in his confirmation process. The news media covered the breaking story, but without the hype and round-the-clock stories they've run when nominees hit a snag in the past. Does this mean that Barack Obama's ascendance to the presidency is ushering...
  • Only Ourselves To Blame

    10/03/2008 7:55:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 832+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | October 3, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    No one wants to talk about who is most to blame for the financial crisis that now threatens the U.S. economy, though there is plenty of blame to go around. It is far easier to blame other people -- greedy Wall Street executives, predatory lenders, President Bush, federal regulators, members of Congress --than it is to look at ourselves. For too long, Americans have been living on borrowed money they could never pay back. We've bought houses we couldn't afford and taken out loans on home equity that didn't materialize, assuming housing values would continually move upward. We've paid for...
  • A Majority Minority Nation ( Mexifornia = Germconsin)

    08/16/2008 2:23:14 AM PDT · by Reaganez · 29 replies · 265+ views ^ | August 15, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    A majority minority nation: that's what the U.S. Census Bureau is projecting by the year 2042, according to new figures released this week. By mid-century, according to the government's projections, Hispanics, Asians and blacks will outnumber non-Hispanic whites by about 32 million. The statistics make for interesting headlines -- and, no doubt, cause heartburn in certain circles -- but the fact is: they are more or less meaningless. The problem in all such predictions is that they don't take sufficient account of intermarriage and assimilation. From our founding as a nation, there have been those who worried that "foreigners" would...
  • Linda Chavez: [Obama]Odds-On Favorite, Maybe Not

    07/24/2008 10:57:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 139+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 25, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    The professional odds-makers favor Barack Obama two-to-one to win the election. It's no wonder. Americans overwhelmingly believe the country is on the wrong track. They can't stand the current Republican occupant of the White House. The economy is weak and shows little sign of getting significantly stronger before the election. The country is fighting an unpopular war. And Obama, as he reminds us every time he opens his mouth, is all about "change." So why hasn't Obama closed the deal? Most national polls show Obama ahead -- but by margins so thin it can hardly give comfort to the putative...
  • The GOP mocks Conservatives via Linda Chavez.

    06/28/2008 2:03:26 PM PDT · by 18echo · 154 replies · 829+ views
    It is common to hear folks betrayed by the Republican Party say things like: "The GOP is out of touch with its base..." Saying this is akin to a beaten house wife looking for something good in her abuser husband. "He'll change, I just need to pay attention to his needs..." My thoughts are that anyone who is still a member of the GOP is either suffering from Stockholm syndrome, or they support open borders. It is really that simple. Some people look to the GOP as an antithetical solution to B. Hussein Obama, but this is highly unfortunate manner...
  • Oil Crisis Is Solvable

    06/22/2008 12:24:46 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 39 replies · 124+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 20, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    There is only one way to drive down the rising cost of gasoline for the long term: significantly increase the domestic supply of oil. We are the only nation in the world with access to known oil deposits on our own land or off our shores that essentially refuses to tap those resources. ... Instead of coming up with real solutions to our growing energy crisis, the Democrats in Congress would rather rail against the oil companies. But oil company executives don't set the price of oil - and taxing their companies more won't do anything to lower the cost...
  • Obama Flunks Another Test

    06/13/2008 6:07:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 57+ views ^ | June 13, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    It wasn't exactly the news the Obama campaign hoped to make this week: "Obama Aide Quits Under Fire for His Business Ties." But that was the headline in The New York Times, with variations in other major papers. The aide in question was the head of Barack Obama's vice presidential search committee, Jim Johnson, described by the Washington Post as "a consummate Washington insider." But the insider is now out, and the flap raises new questions about Obama's judgment. Why is it that Obama surrounds himself with people who carry so much baggage? You would think that a candidate who...
  • Let Us by All Means Have an Honest Conversation About Race

    05/28/2008 8:09:31 AM PDT · by dmh191 · 30 replies · 48+ views
    Commentary magazine ^ | June 2008 | Linda Chavez
    [snip] And that brings us at last to the real question raised by this transfixing episode in our national life, which is not whether Jeremiah Wright is pernicious and hateful in his views. Anyone who is not in thrall to an ideological loathing of America can see that plainly enough. It is whether Obama is right when he asserts that Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ embody “the black community in its entirety.” If he is right, then there is a central flaw in the declared premise underlying his campaign for President—the premise that his election offers a...
  • Seeding the food crisis

    04/01/2008 4:10:34 AM PDT · by JZelle · 16 replies · 51+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-1-08 | Linda Chavez
    As if a housing crisis, rising energy costs and a soft labor market weren't enough to cause economic anxiety for the average American, now consumers are feeling the pinch of rapidly escalating food costs. The United States has long prided itself in being the breadbasket of the world, and Americans have traditionally paid a smaller share of their income on food than citizens of other developed countries. But the days of cheap milk, bread, beef and poultry may well be over — and Uncle Sam is partly to blame. In 2007, the cost of a gallon of milk increased 26...
  • Liberal Patriotism

    02/22/2008 6:29:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 45+ views ^ | February 22, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    Michelle Obama struck a raw nerve earlier this week when she suggested she had never been proud of her country until now. "For the first time in my adult lifetime," the 44-year-old wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told a Milwaukee crowd, "I'm really proud of my country." Conservative pundits and bloggers were quick to criticize Mrs. Obama. And even Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, let it be known that she has never had any problem being proud of her country. Most liberals, on the other hand, were willing to give Michelle Obama the benefit of the doubt....
  • McCain and Giuliani GOP’s Best?

    12/31/2007 6:31:46 PM PST · by pissant · 49 replies · 259+ views
    Outside the Beltway ^ | James Joyner
    Linda Chavez argues that, of the Republican candidates seeking the presidency, only John McCain and Rudy Giuliani are qualified. "Many of the Republicans, whatever else their appeal, simply don’t have the experience to lead America during wartime. Mitt Romney doesn’t have the gravitas needed; he’s too eager to please, willing to shape his positions according to the polls. Much the same can be said of Mike Huckabee. Ron Paul is a bona fide crank. Last week we learned, for example, that he not only opposes the war in Iraq, but that he regards the Civil War as a mistake as...
  • The Stakes in Iowa and New Hampshire

    12/29/2007 7:44:25 AM PST · by AuntB · 34 replies · 142+ views
    human events ^ | Dec. 28, 2007 | Linda Chavez
    The world became a more dangerous place this week with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The country, a linchpin in the war on terrorism, is wracked with violence, endangering not just Pakistanis but all of us. If Islamic fundamentalists are able to exploit the current chaos and gain control of the government -- an unspeakable but not inconceivable possibility -- we will be faced with a nuclear-armed enemy rather than one that relies on suicide belts and roadside bombs. All of this should focus voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, who are about to make their choice...
  • Destroying CIA Tapes Deserves a Thank You By Linda Chavez

    12/22/2007 9:57:21 AM PST · by K-oneTexas · 50 replies · 203+ views ^ | 21 December 2007 | Linda Chavez
     Destroying CIA Tapes Deserves a Thank You By Linda Chavez Friday, December 21, 2007 His name isn't yet familiar to most Americans, but I expect it will be by the end of 2008: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. He is the man, according to recent press reports, who ordered the destruction of interrogation tapes made by the CIA, which allegedly show the effects of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" used against terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In the next few months, his name will likely be dragged through the mud, and he will be vilified as a rogue official...
  • Conservatives Clash at Briefing on Pr. William Crackdown {on illegals}

    12/15/2007 8:52:42 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 664+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2007 | Kristen Mack
    The chairman of a federal civil rights panel clashed yesterday with Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart over the recent crackdown on illegal immigrants approved by the board. Linda Chavez, a conservative commentator who heads a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights panel examining whether the crackdown violates federal antidiscrimination laws, said she believed the supervisors based their action largely on anecdotal evidence of problems.... "Watching this, it seemed like there was little fact-finding prior to the board's consideration of this resolution. You seemed to have made up your minds [in advance]," Chavez said.... Stewart (R-At Large),...
  • Hillary: Too Clever by Half

    12/14/2007 4:24:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies · 224+ views ^ | December 14, 2007 | Linda Chavez
    For the past year, Hillary Clinton's Democratic presidential nomination has seemed inevitable. She raised more money than any presidential candidate in history. She performed well in an endless series of debates. She carved out careful positions on difficult issues, protecting her left flank while not alienating moderates. She used her husband to woo crowds and raise money, while never letting him overshadow her on the hustings. But now, just weeks before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, the Clinton campaign has suddenly lost its air of invincibility. With Barack Obama now surging in the polls, Hillary has begun to...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Panel Faults Pr. William Immigration Plan(Linda Chavez)

    12/14/2007 2:30:26 PM PST · by milestogo · 13 replies · 48+ views
    U.S. Civil Rights Panel Faults Pr. William Immigration Plan Friday, December 14, 2007; 4:06 p.m. By Kristen Mack Washington Post Staff Writer Members of a federal civil rights panel said today that the crackdown on illegal immigrants approved by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors was based largely on anecdotal evidence of problems caused by illegal immigrants. The immigration subcommittee of the state advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came to Prince William today to hear from lawyers, demographers, local public officials and immigration rights advocates. The panel is examining whether the county's crackdown amounts to...
  • Immigration stance may be what turns many red states blue says LINDA CHAVEZ

    12/02/2007 3:32:48 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 141 replies · 295+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 8, 2007 | Linda Chavez
    Republicans need all the votes they can get next November if they are to have any hope of retaining the White House and winning back control of Congress. But one group of voters – among whom the GOP has gained considerable ground over the last few elections – now seems about to slip away, perhaps permanently. Hispanic voters are poised to turn several red states blue come 2008, virtually guaranteeing a Democratic presidential victory and a pickup in congressional seats as well, according to a new analysis of Hispanic voting behavior. "Border Wars: The Impact of Immigration on the Latino...
  • [Prince Wm. Chair] Stewart says [aliens] policy review leader should be disqualified [Linda Chavez]

    11/16/2007 4:28:36 PM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies · 134+ views
    Examiner ^ | 11/16/07 | Dan Genz
    An upcoming state review of Prince William County’s illegal-immigrant crackdown is generating heat well before it begins, with County Chairman Corey Stewart’s charge that its leader should be disqualified over accusations she once hired an illegal immigrant. Linda Chavez, whose nomination to serve in President Bush’s Cabinet in 2001 failed when reports surfaced she had employed an illegal immigrant, now chairs the Virginia State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The panel will meet at the county headquarters in Woodbridge Dec. 14 to review claims that the county’s policy amounts to discrimination against minority residents. While Stewart...