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And leading off today’s Cover Story, a forward from Jeff Foutch and CNSNews detailing the inescapable math of Progressive policies:

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

 

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Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000. That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media has not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species. It is not a rancher with a few hundred head of cattle that is attacking their habitat, nor an energy company developing a fossil fuel. It is big government and its primary weapon — an ever-expanding welfare state.

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…The 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1. How much more can the 86,429,000 endure?

The question isn’t how much more the 86,429,000 can endure, but at what point legalized government theft renders the profit from their labors so de minimis it simply isn’t worth the risk or effort.

Next, Townhall.com‘s Katie Pavlich provides an update on a scandal which would already have taken down any Republican Administration:

New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups

 

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“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal. No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”

That’s the same Department of Injustice employing Barbara Bosserman, long-time Obamao loyalist and campaign contributor who now enjoys a major role in Team Tick-Tock’s “investigation” of a scandal The Dear Misleader characterized, before ANY of the facts were in, contained “not even a smidgen of corruption.” These emails suggest…no, clearly indicate…Holder’s henchmen were not only aware of the IRS abuse, but actively aiding and abetting them in their illegal activities.

This entire Administration stinks like a whorehouse at low tide. Trust us: this is just the tip of the iceberg. The only real question is whether Republicans have the determination and political guts to bring the other 9/10′s to light.

Moving on, the great Thomas Sowell offers his insight into another Progressive campaign of purposeful prevarication, the wholly-fabricated War on Women:

Statistical Frauds

 

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The “war on women” political slogan is in fact a war against common sense. It is a statistical fraud when Barack Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.

It would certainly be discrimination if women were doing the same work as men, for the same number of hours, with the same amount of training and experience, as well as other things being the same. But study after study, over the past several decades, has shown repeatedly that those things are not the same.

Constantly repeating the “77 percent” statistic does not make them the same. It simply takes advantage of many people’s ignorance — something that Barack Obama has been very good at doing on many other issues.

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What if you compare women and men who are the same on all the relevant characteristics? First of all, you can seldom do that, because the statistics you would need are not always available for the whole range of occupations and the whole range of differences between women’s patterns and men’s patterns in the labor market.

Even where relevant statistics are available, careful judgment is required to pick samples of women and men who are truly comparable.

For example, some women are mothers and some men are fathers. But does the fact that they are both parents make them comparable in the labor market? Actually the biggest disparity in incomes is between fathers and mothers. Nor is there anything mysterious about this, when you stop and think about it.

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How surprising is it that women with children do not earn as much as women who do not have children? If you don’t think children take up a mother’s time, you just haven’t raised any children.

How surprising is it that men with children earn more than men without children, just the opposite of the situation with women? Is it surprising that a man who has more mouths to feed is more likely to work longer hours? Or take on harder or more dangerous jobs, in order to earn more money? More than 90 percent of the people who are killed on the job are men. There is no point pretending that there are no differences between what women do and what men do in the workplace, or that these differences don’t affect income. (Unless of course you’re trying to purposefully mislead and misdirect the public!)

During my research on male-female differences for my book “Economic Facts and Fallacies,” I was amazed to learn that young male doctors earned much higher incomes than young female doctors. But it wasn’t so amazing after I discovered that young male doctors worked over 500 hours more per year than young female doctors.

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Even when women and men work at jobs that have the same title — whether doctors, lawyers, economists or whatever — people do not get paid for what their job title is, but for what they actually do.

Women lawyers who are pregnant, or who have young children, may have good reasons to prefer a 9 to 5 job in a government agency to working 60 hours a week in a high-powered law firm. But there is no point comparing male lawyers as a group with female lawyers as a group, if you don’t look any deeper than job titles.

Unless, of course, you are not looking for the truth, but for political talking points to excite the gullible.

Even when you compare women and men with the “same” education, as measured by college or university degrees, the women usually specialize in a very different mix of subjects, with very different income-earning potential.

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Although comparing women and men who are in fact comparable is not easy to do, when you look at women and men who are similar on multiple factors, the sex differential in pay shrinks drastically and gets close to the vanishing point. In some categories, women earn more than men with the same range of characteristics.

If the 77 percent statistic was for real, employers would be paying 30 percent more than they had to, every time they hired a man to do a job that a woman could do just as well. Would employers be such fools with their own money? If you think employers don’t care about paying 30 percent more than they have to, just go ask your boss for a 30 percent raise!

Yeah…

And since we’re on the subject of frauds, Townhall.com‘s Leah Barkoukis evinces the latest evidence the ego has landed:

Barack Obama Marks Passover With A Picture Of Himself

 

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Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the Exodus of the ancient Israelites from their slavery in Egypt, began at sundown on Monday. And, like clockwork, Barack Obama’s wished everyone a ‘Happy Passover’ with, you guessed it, a picture of Barack Obama.

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Here’s a list of just a few other times President Obama has celebrated or commemorated situations with photos of himself:

-The Grand Canyon’s Birthday

-Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus.

- JFK Assassination anniversary

- Nelson Mandela’s death

-The birthday of Obama’s Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough

- 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

-Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

-Honoring Neil Armstrong

You get the idea….Narcissist-in-chief.

Next up, The Obamao marks Easter:

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And just to prove our disdain for the crooked and corrupt crosses party lines, The American Spectator reports on…

The University of Texas Show Trial

A research school condemns regent research.

 

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…The national press has mostly ignored the story, for which Republican Party loyalists can be thankful, as it’s the GOP that is putting on this show trial. Though outsiders imagine that Texas is run by conservatives, the truth is that the state legislature is controlled by a man named Joe Straus, who sold out his party to become Speaker of the House with the votes of the Democratic caucus and a handful of “moderate” Republicans, whom he then appointed to positions of power.

One of the perks of that power is, apparently, being able to pull strings with Powers on admissions to UT, particularly to its law school. Nobody was paying much attention to Hall’s research project until he came across scores of emails and letters from state legislators and a former U.S. senator trying to bypass the admissions process for their favored candidates.

It was state Rep. Jim Pitts, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who first called for Hall’s impeachment. A few months later, Pitts announced his retirement after it was discovered that he had written to Powers and the dean of the law school on behalf of his son Ryan, whose scores of 155 and 147 on the LSAT were way below UT standards…

Which is why we believe the late great Robert Shaw offered the only real solution to political corruption…

…regardless of position or political affiliation.  And we’d be only too happy to be tasked with meting out the appropriate punishment.

Finally, on the Lighter Side…

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