Gary Bauer / Feb. 27, 2016

Debate Recap

The gloves came off at [Thursday] night's Republican debate in Houston, Texas. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were eager to knock Donald Trump off his perch as the GOP frontrunner. While I am glad they had a spirited debate, I really don't think it helps when everyone talks at the same time.

The gloves came off at [Thursday] night’s Republican debate in Houston, Texas. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were eager to knock Donald Trump off his perch as the GOP frontrunner. While I am glad they had a spirited debate, I really don’t think it helps when everyone talks at the same time.

Here’s how the Associated Press described the debate:

“Rubio was the principal aggressor, spitting out a steady stream of criticism on everything from Trump’s position on immigration to his privileged background, his speaking style and more. Cruz was happy to pile on, too, questioning the front-runner’s conservative credentials, foreign policy savvy and electability… It was a rare night where the bombastic Trump, standing between the two senators, found himself on the defensive.”

That’s a fair description for anyone who missed it. That said, Trump had many good responses throughout the debate, and still has to be considered the front-runner. He was endorsed just hours ago by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

There are no post-debate polls available yet, but it is clear that Cruz and Rubio have a major challenge. Going into [Thursday] night’s debate, Trump was leading in the vast majority of Super Tuesday states.

Disney Dumps American Workers

Anyone struggling to understand the Trump phenomenon this year (and even to some degree the Sanders surge), needs to watch this video of Leo Perrero testifying before the Senate [Thursday].

Mr. Perrero was a highly trained information technology worker at the Walt Disney Company. He had received excellent job reviews. And yet even as Disney reported record profits, Mr. Perrero was told by corporate executives that his job was being given to foreign workers brought into the country on H-1B visas. Adding insult to injury, Perrero was told that HE would have to train his replacement.

What happened at Disney is happening all over the country.

These aren’t the low-skilled jobs that Americans supposedly won’t do. These are good-paying, high-skilled jobs that Americans need in order to support families and pay taxes.

Immigration policy is supposed to benefit America and its citizens. But bringing in foreign workers to pay them less than Americans results in unemployed Americans and less tax revenue to the government.

Across the spectrum — left, right, Republican, Democrat, Independent — Americans are sick and tired of a political system that seems rigged against them. And many voters appear to be looking beyond establishment politicians for solutions this year.

Bathroom Battles

The left is taking its war on common sense to a bathroom near you.

Two weeks ago, a man walked into the women’s locker room at a Seattle public pool and proceeded to undress. Women in the locker room complained to the management, who asked the man to leave. He refused, saying, “The law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

I don’t think he has any right to be there, but he is correct that liberals changed the law, allowing him to be there.

A spokesman for the Seattle Parks office told local media, “We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities.”

Good luck with that. I suspect most women are not going to feel comfortable with a man in their locker room!

This nonsense is not isolated to the left coast. Earlier this week, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, approved an ordinance allowing men to use women’s bathrooms based on their “gender identity.” Conservative state legislators are vowing to reverse it.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the city council recently defeated a similar effort. Councilman Tommy Hazouri withdrew his bill to include “gender identity” in the city’s human rights ordinance when he realized it lacked support. But he blasted other council members, saying, “Today, we are stuck in the past, frozen in time, when it comes to human rights.”

Are you kidding me? There is no “human right” to invade the privacy of the opposite sex. Where does the left come up with this idiocy?

For all those well-meaning folks who just didn’t see how same-sex marriage affected them, let me say this: If we had held the line on the normal meaning of marriage, we would not be having this debate today! But here we are sliding further down the slippery slope.

It’s bad enough that adults are having to contend with this nonsense, but the Obama administration is forcing it on our kids. Thankfully, some states are trying to fight back. Conservatives in Congress should be joining them. Nobody voted for this!

While the left is obsessing over a minuscule minority, who is defending the privacy rights of the vast majority?

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