Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What exactly is the new Hillary Clinton-Univision relationship?

(My new American Thinker post)

Am I the only one who finds the Hillary Clinton-Univision arrangement a bit strange?  After all, isn't the lady a candidate for president and the other a news organization?

According to Marc Caputo of The Miami Herald, little has been said in the media about this very unusual union:
"The Spanish-language network, which broadcasts from Doral, has remarkably close ties with Clinton - from the way the media giant covers immigration to the financial backing of its top leader to a new initiative between the network and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Barely a peep from the press, though. 

Last week, at an East Harlem event featuring Clinton, Univision touted a multi-year partnership with a foundation-led learning initiative for children 5 and younger. The success of the " Pequeños y Valiosos" (or "Young and Valuable") partnership will take time to measure.   

But it began paying immediate dividends for Clinton.  

Clinton's face is featured in five of seven slides on the Univision website promoting the partnership with the foundation's "Too Small to Fail" initiative. Taking no press questions at the event, Clinton was featured in the type of feel-good classroom setting that politicians on the campaign trail crave."
I guess that Univision wants us to believe that Hillary Clinton is not a political figure or a partisan on education issues. 

It would have made a lot more sense if Univision had "partnered" with high visibility athletes or movie stars.

I like that Univision wants to promote education learning initiatives for kids 5 and under but did they have to do it with a woman running for president?   That's "a no-win" situation for a news organization!

Finally, the irony is that Hillary Clinton, and Democrats, oppose the  kind of reforms or vouchers that would liberate many Hispanic parents from the public schools.

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Looking for a Democrat who screams: Enough changes to Obamacare without congressional consent

(My new American Thinker post)

During the Obama Care debate in late 2009, we called for a Senate Democrat to stand up and say "stop." From Pryor in Arkansas to Kagan in North Carolina to Landreaux in Louisiana, they all went along with it.  

Or maybe they thought that the Supreme Court would throw it out or do the job that they didn't have the courage to do.

We ask again: Is there a Democrat willing to tell President Obama that he does not have the authority to change a law that Congress passed?

President Obama has changed Obama Care again as reported by the Wall Street Journal:
"Under the new Treasury rule, firms with 50 to 99 full-time workers are free from the mandate until 2016. And firms with 100 or more workers now also only need cover 70% of full-time workers in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and after, not the 100% specified in the law.   

The new rule also relaxes the mandate for certain occupations and industries that were at particular risk for disruption, like volunteer firefighters, teachers, adjunct faculty members and seasonal employees. Oh, and the Treasury also notes that, "As these limited transition rules take effect, we will consider whether it is necessary to further extend any of them beyond 2015." So the law may be suspended indefinitely if the White House feels like it.  

By now ObamaCare's proliferating delays, exemptions and administrative retrofits are too numerous to count, most of them of dubious legality. The text of the Affordable Care Actspecifically says when the mandate must take effect-"after December 31, 2013"-and does not give the White House the authority to change the terms.   

Changing an unambiguous statutory mandate requires the approval of Congress, but then this President has often decided the law is whatever he says it is. His Administration's cavalier notions about law enforcement are especially notable here for their bias for corporations over people. The White House has refused to suspend the individual insurance mandate, despite the harm caused to millions who are losing their previous coverage.   Liberals say the law isn't harming jobs or economic growth, but everything this White House does screams the opposite."
We remember back in 1998 when Senator Lieberman went to the floor of the US Senate and criticized President Clinton's behavior. It earned Senator Lieberman a lot of respect all over the country.

Where is a Democrat US Senator who will go to the floor and say: "You can't change the law without coming to us!  Read the constitution."

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More and more students are learning Spanish "the virtual way"

We spoke on Monday with  Carlos A. Roncal, CEO of World language Schools.   

We discussed the importance of learning Spanish in today's business marketplace.

Carlos also explained the growth in "virtual education", from business graduate courses to learning Spanish.

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