Monday, January 09, 2017

Read how conservatives cheat, steal and lie—stolen play book

I received this in my e-mail. The American Majority organization has stolen documents that our progressive groups have planned to use to defend our positions. This group is notorious for trying to cheat on elections and using unethical means of undermining us. Such cheating is typical of this group and the Republican Party. We need to get all their documents and learn how to counter their destructive bag of dirty tricks. -SJ Otto

The Progressive left is at it again. President-Elect Trump hasn’t even been sworn in and they’ve already committed to undercutting him at any turn. On January 2nd, three former congressional staff published a piece of free advertising column in the New York Times promoting their effort to copy Tea Party strategies to attack conservative policies. They explain:
The Tea Party’s success was a disaster for President Obama’s agenda and for our country, but that success should give us hope today. It proved the power that local, defensive organizing can have.
With this in mind, we coordinated a group of former congressional staffers and advocates to develop “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” It takes a few pages from the Tea Party playbook, focusing on its strategic choices and tactics, while dispensing with its viciousness. It’s the Tea Party inverted: locally driven advocacy built on inclusion, fairness and respect. It’s playing defense, not to obstruct, but to protect.
Once you get past the leftists talking points, slander, trigger warnings, calls for diversity, and reminders to check your gender/race/class/wealth privileges, the document is a well composed, insightful guide to influencing your representatives. I suggest you download the pdf and read the entire thing, but here are the 5 best insights from their guide and how you can undermine  their strategies to promote conservative solutions to our country’s problems.
1. Understand the incentives of your representatives
MoCs want their constituents to think well of them and they want good, local press. They hate surprises, wasted time, and most of all, bad press that makes them look weak, unlikable, and vulnerable.
Throughout the Indivisible Guide, the authors constantly remind you to focus on the incentives and priorities or your representatives. As they state Members of Congress (MoCs) “functionally speaking, MoCs are always either running for office or getting ready for their next election” no matter if they’re up for election or not. Everything they do is viewed through the lens of how this will affect them when campaign season comes around. They run their office and host events to ensure constituents think their “MoC cares about me, shares my values, and is working hard for me”. Breaking that facade will drive your MoC towards actions you want.

What we’re reading
Here are the top stories we are following this week:

A recent New York Times story that slams the free market approach to education policy is rife with inaccuracies. Amazingly, the author of the piece misrepresents the very data she is using to build her erroneous case against school choice.
"Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don't Buy It," claims Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan, in The Times. This is a betrayal of expectations, according to Dynarski, because economists generally understand that free markets produce better outcomes than central planners (much to the chagrin of education professors). Economists are usually the ones calling for less regulation and more unrestricted capitalism; if they're super conflicted about markets in education, that would be a serious indictment of the school choice approach. Dynarski writes:
Via Reason

As the clock continues to wind down on the Obama presidency — 17 days, 13 hours and 42 minutes as of this post, but who's counting — his closest of close advisers, Valerie Jarrett, told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview which aired Sunday that the administration has been scandal-free.
Jarrett also said Obama hasn't done anything to embarrass himself.

Expansion of Right-to-Work laws: Great news for millennials
The 2016 election was a big win for young conservatives. The GOP retained Senate control, and Donald Trump is now heading to the White House with a pro-growth agenda.
While the national implications of Election Day are important, so are the victories local Republicans scored. Republican gains in state legislatures across the country will mean more right-to-work laws (RTW) are coming – and this is great for young workers.
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