Phyllis Schlafly Columns – 2015

Phyllis Schlafly Columns – 2015

Omnibus Attack on American Jobs
When I heard that the Omnibus spending bill that President Obama signed a week before Christmas includes a provision allowing more foreign guest workers, my first reaction was disbelief. We were repeatedly told by Republican leaders that the must-pass spending bill contained only what was absolutely necessary to pay our troops, bondholders, and Social Security recipients, and we couldn’t risk shutting down the government with provisions to defund Planned Parenthood or prohibit Obama’s executive actions. 12-30-15

Ryan Leads Republicans to Defeat
When Paul Ryan ran for Speaker of the House of Representatives, he said Republicans “need to move from being an opposition party to being a proposition party.” After a record-breaking eight years as the top Republican on the House Budget Committee followed by a stint on Ways & Means, Ryan seemed well prepared to lead a newly energized House Republican majority toward reclaiming the power of the purse which the framers of our Constitution vested in them. 12-23-15

Donald Trump Channels Pat McCarran
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has done it again. Speaking aboard the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Trump called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” 12-16-15

An American Apologizes in Paris
It was only “Issue Three” on the weekly episode of “The McLaughlin Group,” but if President Obama has his way, the 140-nation conference on global warming – excuse me, climate change – will be the most consequential event of his presidency. If Obama’s plans to reduce America’s energy use are allowed to go forward, it would go a long way toward fulfilling Obama’s 2008 promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” 12-09-15

Time to Leave “No Child” Behind
After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama’s Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government’s authority over the nation’s public schools? And why is the new Speaker, Paul Ryan, rushing a 1,059-page bill to a floor vote only two days after the text was released on November 30? 12-02-15

Governors Say “Not in My State!”
Defying the wishes of the American people, President Obama remains determined to import tens of thousands of poorly screened Muslims as refugees from the civil war in Syria, and scatter them in communities across America. Taxpayer-funded agencies are ready to help the refugees gain access to welfare programs and enroll their children in local public schools. 11-25-15

France Closes Its Borders; Why Can’t We?
The Friday night massacre of over 100 people at a soccer game, a rock concert, and five restaurants in Paris was apparently committed by 8 men working on behalf of ISIS, also called ISIL or the Islamic State. The day before the attacks, President Obama was on television reassuring George Stephanopoulos that “ISIL continues to shrink in its scope of operations” and that “we have contained them.” 11-18-15

New Speaker Must Reclaim Article One
Shortly after he was sworn in as Speaker of the House, Representative Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) admitted to his colleagues: “The House is broken. We are not solving problems; we are adding to them. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going.” 11-11-15

China Needs More Children – And So Do We
It made front-page headlines around the world when China’s Communist Party announced the end of its notorious “one child” policy. Imposed by Chinese dictator Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s, the one-child limit has been ruthlessly enforced with forced abortion, infanticide, sterilization, and heavy fines on families that dared to have a second child. 11-04-15

Public Sector Unions Are Losing Their Clout
Although the Republican Congress has been unable to roll back big government in Washington, a more optimistic record is being built in states with Republican governments. One remarkable success story comes from Alabama, where a federal appeals court has given the green light to a new law that will dilute the power of the teachers union in that state. 10-28-15

Trick or Treat?
Many Americans are stocking up on treats for neighborhood children in scary costumes, but you may want to think twice before opening the door to strangers this Halloween. That same weekend, October 30 to November 2, the Obama administration plans to release 6,000 felons from federal prison. 10-21-15

Congress Should Hold Hearings on Fantasy Football
A new form of gambling has suddenly appeared in America, and the outfits raking in the money claim that what they’re doing is perfectly legal. In the last four years, two recently formed companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have collected billions from the mostly young men who place bets on their smart phones on what’s called fantasy football. 10-14-15

The Establishment Looks for a New Plan B
The Republican Establishment designed the process to deliver the 2016 presidential nomination to a business-friendly moderate who avoids so-called social issues. The consultants who rewrote the party rules after 2012 are now trying to explain to their patrons what went wrong and how to fix it. 10-07-15

Why Obama Won’t Stay at the Waldorf
Although every U.S. President since Herbert Hoover has stayed at the famous luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel when visiting New York City, President Obama will not be bunking there this week. Along with hundreds of American officials who used to occupy whole floors of the Waldorf during the September meetings of the UN General Assembly, Obama will move to a different hotel. 9-30-15

Congress Must Exercise Its Power of the Purse
Whenever Republicans and conservatives gather among themselves – and I’ve been to many such meetings in recent months – people talk about the need for new leadership in Washington. Every day I hear Republican voters expressing disappointment with the Republicans who occupy the top jobs in the U.S. House and Senate. 9-23-15

America Has Taken More than Our Share of Refugees
The United States is the most generous nation in the world, and we have taken many refugees from foreign lands. Europe has not offered to take refugees from Central America, so why are some politicians here insisting that we take many thousands of refugees from the Middle East? 9-16-15

Judicial Tyranny in Kentucky
When the Supreme Court ruled by the narrowest possible margin that Kentucky’s definition of marriage is unconstitutional, the Court’s decision was qualified by its assurance that religious freedom would not be jeopardized. “The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection,” the Court solemnly intoned on June 26. 9-09-15

Anchor Babies on Trial in Texas
A federal case moving to trial in Texas could provide a means to stop the practice of extending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal aliens. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently called for legislation to end that unpopular practice, which polls show Americans oppose by more than 2 to 1, and even Jeb Bush admitted that it’s perfectly legitimate to call those children “anchor babies.” 9-02-15

Women Still Don’t Belong in Combat
Unexpected events reveal uncomfortable truths about human nature, as demonstrated by two nearly simultaneous events on opposite sides of the world last Friday. In Fort Benning, Georgia, a large press contingent turned out to applaud and photograph the first two women ever to complete Ranger School, the Army’s toughest training course, which even most men are unable to finish. 8-26-15

Donald Drives the Debate
“If it weren’t for me,” Donald Trump told the Fox News moderators at the first Republican presidential debate, “you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration.” The record-breaking audience of 24 million, which is ten times Fox’s usual nightly viewership, had to agree. 8-19-15

The Iran Deal Betrays America
As Americans learn the dangerous details of President Obama’s deal with Iran, Republican leaders should admit their mistake in passing Senator Bob Corker’s (R-TN) bill that reversed the process for treaty ratification. Instead of a treaty requiring approval from two-thirds of the Senate, the Corker bill allows the Iran deal to be disapproved by a simple majority in both houses-subject to a certain presidential veto, which requires two-thirds of both houses to override. 8-12-15

NEA’s Plan to Indoctrinate Schoolchildren
If you want to stay on top of what’s going on in schools, watch the policies adopted by the National Education Association (NEA) which attracts nearly 10,000 delegates to its annual convention over the Fourth of July weekend. The NEA’s 3 million members include most of the nation’s public school teachers, who fund its half-billion dollar budget with their mandatory union dues. 8-05-15

The Sanctuary Scandal
Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of “sanctuary cities” which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is that her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies. 7-29-15

Planned Parenthood’s Odious Activities
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” That’s how Planned Parenthood’s senior director of medical services explained to a potential customer (with a hidden camera) how unborn baby body parts are routinely harvested for profitable reuse. 7-22-15

Donald Trump Shakes Up the 2016 Campaign
Liberals have perfected the art of exploiting a tragedy for political gain. We’ve just seen how the massacre of nine people at Bible study inside a Charleston, S.C. church — apparently committed by a drug-using loser-drifter who dropped out of school after the ninth grade — is being used to bring down the Confederate flag all over the South. 7-15-15

Don’t Give Obama More Power Over Schools
After spending most of June giving President Obama new authority to negotiate trade deals with low-wage countries in Asia, Congressional Republicans are now poised to spend July giving Obama new authority over education in America’s public schools. This is a big disappointment for those of us who worked hard to elect a Republican Congress last November. We expected the new Congress to take power back from the president, not give him more. 7-08-15

How Congress Should Respond to Justice Kennedy
Justice Kennedy’s opinion for a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court has rightly been condemned for its lack of grounding in the Constitutional text he is sworn to uphold. Unable to find gay marriage in either the due process clause or the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, Kennedy ultimately rests his case on what Justice Clarence Thomas sarcastically called the “dignity clause” of the Constitution. 7-01-15

How Much Diversity Must We Tolerate?
In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we’re learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious, violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Instead of doing his duty to keep bad people out of America (or remove them if they manage to sneak in), Obama is bringing us even more diversity by accepting thousands of refugees from terrorist-harboring countries such as Syria and Somalia. 6-24-15

No Wonder Obama Won’t Let Us Read TPP
On Friday, Congress disrupted President Obama’s plan for a sweeping transfer of U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable group of foreign busybodies. Hurray for the stalwart Americans who resisted the demands of Obama, the Republican leadership, and the big-donor claque, but Speaker Boehner plans to give Congress another chance this week to make this dangerous mistake. 6-17-15

Hillary’s Plans to Stuff the Ballot Box in 2016
Hillary Clinton has laid out her game plan for winning back the White House for herself and her husband next year. Let’s hope Republicans were paying attention. 6-10-15

Adios, America!
Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political comment that nobody else dares to say in her newest book, Adios, America! It’s aptly titled; she makes the case that it is Goodbye to the America we know and love if we don’t stop diluting our population with people who don’t love America, don’t respect our Constitution and laws, don’t even speak our language, and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes. 6-03-15

Crimes Against Your Children
Parents are up in arms against the new attempt to federalize what schools teach called Common Core, but the even more basic “crimes of the educators” are described in the new book by Samuel Blumenfeld under that title. If you want your children to be smart and successful, rather than join the millions who graduate from high school unable to read their own diploma, or go into debt taking remedial courses in college, you need Blumenfeld’s book. 5-27-15

Time to Question Presidential Candidates
The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, but candidates have already demonstrated they are “not ready for prime time” to answer questions from the voters and the press. The leading Republican candidate, Jeb Bush, stumbled all over himself with conflicting answers to a question about whether we should have gone to war in Iraq, while the leading Democrat, Hillary Clinton, continues to ignore fair questions about her missing emails, her foundation’s foreign fundraising, and her checkered career in and out of government. 5-20-15

Let’s Get On a Pro-American Track
Congress, led by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), is preparing to betray American workers, and the grassroots should rise up and say “No, you don’t.” The secretive underhanded deal is called Fast Track, and that’s an appropriate title because, indeed, it puts Americans on a fast track to lower wages and fewer available jobs. 5-13-15

Justice Kennedy Learns a New Word
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy learned and used a new word during the Supreme Court’s oral argument about Marriage. He said, “The word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia.” 5-06-15

The Real Immigration Issue Is Jobs
Iowa staged a big show-and-tell for nine 2016 presidential candidates last week. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker seems to be the only one who talked about a growing issue at the grassroots: how American jobs and wages are adversely affected by Obama’s immigration policies. 4-29-15

Candidates Should Read the Republican Platform
Nineteen of the about two dozen people who may seek the Republican presidential nomination trooped to Nashua, N.H., last weekend hoping to impress that state’s primary voters and activists. The candidates rehearsed Republican talking points about lower taxes, smaller government, and a strong foreign policy, but they had nothing to say about the impending Supreme Court decision which threatens to redefine marriage and undermine the family as we have always known it. 4-22-15

The Killing in South Carolina
Why was Walter Scott running away from a policeman who tried to stop him because of a broken tail light? The media are trying to make a South Carolina policeman’s killing of a black man, Walter Scott, another sensational case of racism, but the media have missed the point of the tragedy. 4-15-15

What Will the Court Do To Marriage?
If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling. 4-08-15

What’s Happening on College Campuses?
Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now ordinary campus events. 4-01-15

The Many Costs of Obama’s Amnesty
Since the costs will come due only after Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn’t care how high are those costs. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country’s foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation. 3-25-15

Looking for the Next President
It seems so early, but eager candidates are already lining up to become the Republican nominee for President in the important race of 2016. There has already been one showcasing in Iowa, and candidates are seeking opportunities to strut their stuff and show why they are different from and better than the others. 3-18-15

The Toddler Wage Gap and the Mommy Wage Gap
Just in time for International Women’s Day on March 8, Facebook’s feminist COO, Sheryl Sandberg, appeared on Fox News’ top-rated Megyn Kelly show to complain that “There is a toddler wage gap in this country.” 3-11-15

How Democrats Plan to Win Elections
The Obama Democrats have an audacious scheme for winning future elections. They just plan to import 5,000,000 non-citizens and credential them as voters who will, in gratitude, vote Democratic. 3-04-15

“It Hit a Nerve”
“It hit a nerve,” Rudy Giuliani observed about his widely reported insight that President Obama does not love America. Amid the uproar from the liberal media that anyone would dare question a liberal’s patriotism, the former mayor of New York City is not backing away from his candid comment, telling the New York Times that “I said exactly what I wanted to say. I conveyed exactly the message that I wanted to convey.” 2-25-15

The Costly Asylum Racket
We’ve had a lot of media comment about the bad effects of Obama’s executive orders admitting millions (yes, millions) of illegal immigrants and giving them welfare, Social Security, driver’s licenses, and a path to citizenship. Like many Americans, I realized the importance of this when thousands of unfamiliar people from a foreign country, without any advance notice, appeared in my community. 2-18-15

Obama Publicly Insults Christians
President Barack Obama inserted a jarring note in his speech to the annual Prayer Breakfast by insulting Christians with an inappropriate reference to the Crusades, and charging that people “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” 2-11-15

Immigration Handbook for Congressional Republicans
Republicans in 2014 won the biggest majority in Congress they’ve had since the 1930s, so the grassroots expect them to deliver the fruits of victory. The best guide for action is the “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued a couple of weeks ago. 2-04-15

Marriage on the Chopping Block?
Within hours after the Supreme Court announced it would decide whether the Constitution requires every state to recognize marriages between persons of the same sex, the New York Times published an editorial gleefully predicting the inevitable outcome. When its ruling comes down in June, the Times assures us, the Supreme Court will “end the debate once and for all.” 1-28-15

Legislatures Should Curb Judicial Supremacy Over Marriage
It’s Roe v. Wade all over again, as the Supreme Court is poised to invent a new right to same-sex marriage found nowhere in the four corners of the Constitution. Fortunately, the Founders gave us checks and balances against this overreaching in power. 1-21-15

Fuzzy Math in Unemployment Statistics
The Department of Labor announced that 252,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in December. The Obama Administration is trying to pander to voters by touting a recent decline in government unemployment figures, but the official unemployment figure is dishonest because it excludes from the count the million unemployed Americans who have given up looking for a job. You don’t count as “unemployed” unless you are actively looking for a job. 1-14-15

New Math on College Campuses
The New York Times published a provocative news story called “The New Math on Campus.” No, it’s not about the failure of Common Core to teach arithmetic; it’s about the changing ratio of males to females on most college campuses. 1-07-15