Frieda Powers


Rep. Ilhan Omar’s attempt to jab President Donald Trump over an immigration policy backfired as her own dirty laundry was exposed.

The Minnesota Democrat was slammed on social media after she tweeted her reaction to a Supreme Court decision in favor of the Trump administration’s new immigrant wealth test.

Omar quoted from Emma Lazarus’s famous poem etched on the Statue of Liberty in her tweet Monday, asking her nearly two million followers to retweet “if your immigrant ancestors wouldn’t be let in if this means tested immigration policy was in place then.”

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote on Monday on the public charge rule, handing Trump a victory in enforcing the new immigration policy unveiled last August which allows officials to reject efforts to obtain green cards, visas and entry into the U.S. for anyone who might need to rely on public benefits, such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The high court’s ruling also prompted a rebuke from Omar’s fellow “Squad” member, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Omar’s finger-pointing backfired as Twitter users pointed out that when their “immigrant ancestors” did come to America, there were no welfare programs to subsidize their assimilation.

Many called out Omar’s clueless take and the fact that the words she quoted were from a poem and are not U.S. policy.

But the most scathing responses to Omar’s tweet targeted the progressive lawmaker for her own recent controversies, including recent reports that she is under a FBI investigation into claims that she married her own brother.

Omar is banking on Democratic supporters to ignore her congressional controversies and “send her back to Congress” as she launched her re-election bid last week. The 37-year-old Somali refugee, who fled to the U.S. with her family when she was young, has had a rocky tenure representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since last year, coming under fire on several occasions for her controversial remarks and anti-Israel views and campaign finance violations.

Social media users responding to Omar’s tweet about Trump’s immigration policy flooded Twitter with their ancestor stories and reminded the congresswoman to look in the mirror.

Author: Frieda Powers

Source: Biz Pac Review: Ilhan Omar’s ill-conceived tweet about immigration under Trump backfires

Hillary Clinton came under heavy fire by Democrats who strongly condemned her disparaging remarks about Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Hours after her critique of the senator from an upcoming documentary was published, the failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee made a joke – but didn’t apologize – after members of her own party called her out and Sanders himself appeared to dismiss her saying that “nobody likes him” and that “nobody wants to work with him.”

“On a good day, my wife likes me, so let’s clear the air on that one,” Sanders told a reporter on Tuesday. “Secretary Clinton is entitled to her point of view. My job today is to focus on the [Trump] impeachment trial.”

When the Vermont senator was asked why his former opponent was “still talking” about the 2016 election, he replied, “That is a good question. Ask her.”

Questioned about the comments she made on Sanders in an upcoming Hulu series entitled “Hillary,” Clinton not only did not walk back her criticism of him as “a career politician,” she slammed his supporters as well.

Democrats, including 2020 presidential contenders Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang, found Clinton’s criticism of her former 2016 rival divisive and childish as well as being counterproductive as the party looks at voting in Iowa to begin a few weeks.

“It’s time to grow up, you know? This isn’t high school,” Gabbard said while campaigning in New Hampshire.

“We’re talking about real challenges that our country needs to address and the need for real leadership to focus on them — not on what’s going on in Washington and the schoolyard cliques or whatever else it may be,” the Hawaii Democrat told WMUR-TV in Manchester.

“There are real issues that people are struggling with and they’re wondering, ‘Why are our leaders not working for us?’ This is why I’m running for president, to change that,” Gabbard added.

“For her to come back and, you know, say that nobody likes Bernie does not seem like a very helpful message,” businessman and 2020 contender Andrew Yang told CBS News when asked about Clinton’s remarks.

Robert Reich, former labor secretary during President Bill Clinton’s administration, pushed back on Clinton’s claim that Sanders has not accomplished anything noteworthy as a senator.

“He was an effective legislator, in fact, one of the most effective legislators,” Reich said in a video. “Because the more you work behind the scenes and don’t try to push yourself out there and don’t try to get the limelight, the more effective you can be — which ironically invites the complaint from some people that he was ineffective because he was not in the limelight. He was, behind the scenes, enormously effective.”

Political analyst and former Hillary Clinton adviser. Peter Daou, found the “broadside” against Sanders to be “profoundly wrong.”

Daou and wife Leela Daou addressed the negative comments in an essay for The Guardian.

“Hillary Clinton perpetuates the false narrative that Bernie Sanders supporters are largely a gang of raging ‘bros’ who spend all day trolling his opponents online,” they wrote. “For Clinton to come out rhetorical guns blazing against Sanders weeks before primary voting begins reflects misplaced priorities on the part of the Clinton camp and an unfortunate willingness to amplify destructive myths about Sanders and his supporters.”

As the dust began to clear from Clinton’s bitter assessment of Sanders, the former first lady took to Twitter to offer a comment poking fun at those who called her out.

“I thought everyone wanted my authentic, unvarnished views!” she wrote.

“But to be serious, the number one priority for our country and world is retiring Trump, and, as I always have, I will do whatever I can to support our nominee,” she added, without retracting her criticism.

Her non-apology earned her no support on Twitter.

Author: Frieda Powers

Source: Biz Pac Review: ‘This isn’t high school’: Democrats unload on Hillary Clinton for ‘broadsiding’ Bernie with petty smears

Law enforcement officers in California have just been limited in their use of lethal force to only when deemed “necessary.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Monday that changed the state’s long-standing use-of-force statute, limiting when police are allowed to use deadly force and holding them liable if that was brought on by an officer’s own actions.

The Democratic governor declared that the new law would “change culture” as he spoke Monday flanked by family members of people who have been killed by police, including Stevante Clark, the brother of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by two Sacramento police officers last year.

“It’s one thing to sign a piece of paper, pass legislation,” Newsom said. “It’s another to change hearts and minds, to change culture. To change the way people conduct themselves, to hold themselves to a higher standard … That’s the work that we, collectively as a community, need to manifest at peril of missing this moment and missing the point of this moment.”

Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who co-wrote AB 392 – otherwise known as the California Act to Save Lives, had introduced the bill in the state Senate and stood on the platform alongside Newsom and the families.

“We were told by so many that it could not happen and we had felt that we were at the brink of failure at one point in this whole process,” the San Diego Democrat said. “I felt the weight of the families. It’s been a difficult journey because they entrusted me with trying to make change. My greatest fear is that if we had failed, those who want to make change will never work to do it again.”

California’s use-of-force policy had been in effect since 1872 before the new law was signed Monday, and it had allowed police officers to use deadly force if it was “reasonable.” The new law now requires law enforcement to only use deadly force if and when it becomes “necessary” in order to protect against death or a serious injury.

State legislators and law enforcement officials previously wrangled over the measure’s definition of “necessary” which allowed officers to use deadly force only when there is “no reasonable alternative.” The change of “reasonable” to “necessary” made a way for groups like the California Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California, and California State Sheriffs’ Association to not be officially opposed but only neutral to the bill, KSWB reported.

“We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends a message to people all across this country that they can do more and they can do better to meet this moment,” Newsom said at the signing of the legislation which goes into effect in 2020.

But some disagreed on what, if any, effect the new law would have on police policies which are already in use.

According to Time:

Several police agencies said the new law simply codifies policies already used in major California cities that emphasize de-escalation. Others said the law may have a significant effect if is coupled with a pending Senate bill requiring that officers be trained in ways to de-escalate confrontations, alternatives to opening fire and how to interact with people with mental illness or other issues.

“It’s a false sense of security to those that think this is going to shift the needle,” Plumas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Obayashi said.

Twitter users slammed Newsom and California lawmakers for effectively risking the lives of the state’s law enforcement officers.

Author: Frieda Powers

Source: Bizpac Review: California Gov Newsom limits use of lethal force by police with new law

California Democrats continue to prove that they are more interested in showing up President Trump than stepping up for their own residents.

After months of negotiations, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats in the state legislature delivered a bill Sunday as part of the state’s budget that would run counter to the Trump administration’s immigration efforts by making California the first and only state in the nation to pay for the health care of thousands of illegal immigrants.

California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, would become available to any low-income California resident between the ages of 19 and 25 beginning in January 2020 under the proposed bill, the Sacramento Bee reported. The plan states it would “extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals of all ages, if otherwise eligible for those benefits, but for their immigration status, and would delete provisions delaying eligibility and enrollment.”

Costing about $98 million per year, the bill which was part of an overall $213 billion budget, will use the “extraordinary” state budget surplus to now cover the health care of thousands living in the state illegally, though it will not include undocumented seniors.

“While it’s not all we sought, it will provide a real tangible difference for people, especially for those around and below poverty and for middle income families who don’t get any help under the federal law,” Anthony Wright, executive director of advocacy group Health Access, said.

According to the Sacramento Bee:

The budget includes a fine on people who don’t buy health insurance known as an individual mandate. The fines were initially implemented as part of the federal Affordable Care Act law known as Obamacare, but Republicans acted in 2017 to roll them back. Newsom and legislative leaders say re-imposing the penalty at the state level will shore up the state’s health insurance marketplace and keep premiums from rising dramatically.

Revenue from the mandate will fund insurance premium subsidies for middle income people. The budget agreement also includes an additional $450 million over three years to fund insurance subsidies after some lawmakers argued mandate revenue alone wouldn’t make health insurance affordable.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, who leads the joint legislative budget committee, praised lawmakers’ efforts of “responsible budgeting” while touting California’s “largest reserves in history.”

“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” the Democrat said.

But some were critical that the Democrats’ plan, which will become available to about 90,000 people, did not do enough for California’s illegal immigrants.

“For California’s immigrant communities, today’s budget deal is bittersweet,” Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center, said in a statement. “The exclusion of undocumented elders from the same health care their U.S. citizen neighbors are eligible for means beloved community members will suffer and die from treatable conditions. And the exclusion of many immigrants from the Earned Income Tax Credit will perpetuate the crisis of economic inequality in our state.”

Democratic state Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, who co-authored the bill, argued that all low-income people should have access to the services.

“They work in our hotels, they work picking the fruit and vegetables, they work as landscapers, they work in hospitals,” Durazo told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. “I don’t think they should be treated differently from other Californians.”

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, about half of the state’s illegal immigrants are estimate to have incomes that are low enough qualify them for Medi-Cal coverage.

Meanwhile, the California liberals advocate using the “surplus” funds, taxing legal residents to fund the coverage of illegal immigrants, while ignoring the conditions and challenges facing residents on some of the state’s largest cities.

“One glance at the formerly Golden State is a frightening embarrassment. The latest indictment of liberal leadership is the trash heap of Los Angeles,” Radio host and Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Times last month. “The state actually has a budget surplus, but as we see, money can’t cure stupid.”

Bruce slammed the state and its Democratic leadership for consistently ignoring the rampant homelessness and growing sanitation problems in cities like Los Angeles. Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky warned of a deadly epidemic that could strike the city this summer, placing the blame on local politicians.

The growth of the homeless population and untended trash threaten Los Angeles as public health conditions worsen, with Pinsky adding that it is “likely” that the bubonic plague, the 14th-century pandemic that killed millions, already exists in the city.

“This is unbelievable. I can’t believe I live in a city where this is not Third World. This is medieval,” he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. “Third World countries are insulted if they are accused of being like this. No city on Earth tolerates this. The entire population is at risk.”

Los Angeles launched a half-million dollar pilot program last year to deal with its rampant homeless population, paying homeowners to build shelters in their backyard which could then be occupied by the homeless. A cleanup of one of California’s homeless camps last year along the Santa Ana River in Anaheim uncovered 404 tons of trash, over 13,000 hypodermic needles and more than 5,000 pounds of hazardous human waste.

Newsom was reportedly shocked buy the homeless levels in the state and announced he would launch a task force using $1 billion of taxpayer funds to “find solutions,” something Donald Trump Jr. slammed in a tweet recommending Californians reject the so-called leadership of Democrats.

“And yet most 2020 Democratic candidates for president want you to believe that President Donald Trump is the problem, and the Democratic policies creating the dystopian nightmare in California should be exported throughout the nation,” Bruce wrote in her op-ed. “Yeah, no.”

The latest budget agreement, which would wipe out existing citizenship requirements to receive benefits, must be approved by the full state Legislature where Democrats enjoy a super majority.

Author: Frieda Powers

Source: Bizpac Review: California bill gives full healthcare coverage to illegal immigrants. Dems stick it to Trump and taxpayers.

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