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PRICELESS! State Senator Wants To Slash All Funds To Obama’s Presidential Center, Here’s Why:

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Rep. William “Sam” McCann is a Republican currently representing the 50th district in central Illinois. He turned heads when he announced he was running for governor as the nominee of the newly founded Conservative Party in April 2018. He is now turning heads for a very different reason and it has many Conservatives as well as many other residents of the city of Chicago cheering.

McCann has filed a bill in an effort to redirect $180 million set aside in a grant by the state of Illinois for infrastructure surrounding the Obama Presidential Center. It is a grant the heavily indebted state can ill afford. McCann states it is not fair to the people residing downstate to see their already high taxes increase even further to pay for infrastructure improvements in the Chicagoland area that they may never see or receive any benefit from.

The project has faced a significant amount of criticism even from those local to Chicago’s South Side. Professors and faculty members from the University of Chicago, where former President Barack Obama once taught, voiced significant objections as well. They along with many neighborhood residents and activists do not believe the Obama Center will deliver any sort of “economic benefits” to Chicago’s South Side.

Other critics say that the use of government-owned land to build a private facility will hurt instead of help Chicago’s South Side neighborhood.

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“We remain steadfast in our opposition to the confiscation of public parkland for the Obama Presidential Center, which is a private facility,”  Charles A. Birnbaum, President & CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Birnbaum added – “The people of Chicago were told they would get a presidential library administered by the National Archives, a federal facility, in exchange for the confiscation of historic parkland, listed in the National Register of Historic Places – instead, they’re getting a privately-operated entertainment campus with a 235-foot-tall tower, a recording studio, auditorium, and sports facility, and other amenities.”

The Obama Foundation has stated that the proposed site on designated historic parkland would not be administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and would not function as a presidential library housing records, manuscripts, and papers from the Obama White House, as is the norm. Instead, the proposed center would include a museum, a public plaza, a library, and an athletic center, essentially functioning as a community center for the privileged. This announcement has sparked significant questions of just how useful is a presidential library if there is nothing for scholars to research housed within it.

“According to the Chicago Tribune, the Obama library seems more like a playland, than a presidential archive. The facility will house, “a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts, and even a recording studio.”

After months of deliberations and planning with the University of Chicago, the University of Hawaii, and New York City’s Columbia University all vying for the honor of hosting the Obama library, in April 2015 the Obamas chose Chicago as the location for the facility. Yet many months later the University of Chicago is wondering if all they are actually getting is an overgrown community center.

Other presidential libraries hold the full archives of its namesake’s papers and it is a place where scholars go to do deep and extensive research in an effort to discover what happened during a president’s time in office as well as their life prior to the White House. Many of Obama’s classified documents are still in the hands of the federal government in Washington D.C., but the remainder of his records are currently located in a suburban storage facility near Chicago.

Without these papers and archives exactly what use will Obama’s library be for the city of Chicago? Why would the state grant land, reduce the city’s green space in a historic parkland, forgo future profits from the parking garage, and force the entirety of the already overburdened tax paying populace of the state of Illinois to pay for it?

These are the questions McCann is asking and he states it is the exact reason for the bill’s proposal. In a statement,  McCann announced that he filed legislation to reverse the $180 million appropriation on grounds that there are better uses for the money than dropping it on a “high-profile luxury project.”

“I am calling on my fellow legislators to join me in making the fiscally responsible decision to put this $180 million back in our Road Fund,” McCann said. “Illinois hasn’t had a comprehensive capital bill since 2010 and the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our roads a ‘D’ grade last year. If we cannot provide central and southern Illinois with safe and efficient roads, we cannot afford to pump money into high-profile luxury projects.

“Citizens in central and southern Illinois are counting on us to make sure that their tax dollars make a positive difference in their lives, and that is what this bill will do,” McCann added. “It also sends an important message that we will support economic development efforts throughout the entire state.”

There has also been significant pushback from within the Hyde Park community, yet critics are attempting to silence these criticisms with cries of racism, class, segregation, and so-called privilege.

The Chicago Tribune reports – “The Obama Foundation’s plans to build the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park have sparked a complicated, and at times emotional, conversation about race, class, segregation, privilege and power on the South Side.

The conversation has raised delicate and fragile issues: who gets a voice in the discussion, who gets heard, who gets action, and how the history of racial and class segregation shapes expectations.

There are those who see the development as an opportunity for longtime homeowners to finally get investment and an increase in property values.

Others worry that rising rents will push out poor African-Americans. They fear development will cater to elite, highly educated blacks while working-class families lose access to lakefront communities. Residents who are pushing for a community benefits agreement (CBA) — a contract guaranteeing property tax freezes and jobs — have been told they should find entrepreneurial ways to benefit from the coming attraction.

Meanwhile, white Hyde Park residents have been accused of being silent about displacement, affordable housing and unemployment — while using their voices to save birds, butterflies and nature sanctuaries, or to object to longer commute times. And when black residents have voiced their desire to preserve park and green space, they have been told that with all the inequities African-Americans have to deal with, parkland should be the least of their worries.

In some ways, it’s the collision of issues facing the entire city, but playing out dramatically in four neighborhoods: Hyde Park, Washington Park, South Shore and Woodlawn. The center will cost more than $300 million to build and is expected to bring hundreds of jobs and visitors that could ultimately transform the South Side. Yet what that will mean varies among the different constituencies that share the neighborhood.”

 

 

 

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White House Guests KNEEL During National Anthem, Trump Makes Them Immediately Regret It

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The Marine Corp band in their bright red uniforms were on the south balcony of the White House on a bright, sunny Tuesday in Washington, DC. The Army Chorus sang, beginning the event with ‘America the Beautiful’ and concluded with ‘God Bless America’. At least two people who were guests at President Trump’s Celebration of America event yesterday knelt, showing exactly why so many Americans are ticked over the National Anthem controversy.

The event replaced a celebration at the White House in honor of the Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. These two disrespectful idiots took a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House. Simply disgraceful. These aren’t social justice warriors… these are unpatriotic jerks.

A video was posted to Twitter by a reporter for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster. It shows a man, wearing a light blue button down, kneeling as the National Anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. I guess he thought that was his five minutes of fame or something.

What it really amounted to was making a fool out of himself internationally. President Trump showcases all of these liberal dimwits for what they are… America-hating, radical leftists who are far more interested in hating our brave police officers and our country than they are in respecting America and taking national pride in their country and President.

When President Trump took the podium, he blew his audience away with his love for our country, military, police, flag and the National Anthem. He made every single person who disrespects them like this look like the small, craven liberals that they really are. The man, who did not identify himself, left the event immediately after the United States Marine Band performed the anthem, according to a news anchor for TV2 Denmark. Gee, crawling away with his tail between his legs like the lowly cur he his. Guess he couldn’t stand patriotism after he showed how much he hates his own country.

There was a second man who was pictured kneeling as well. That was posted to Twitter by a CNN White House producer. He was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag. This guy was right up front. He was also apparently the same person who reportedly heckled Trump. That guy was roundly booed by everyone around him. CNN’s analyst April Ryan posted false news on Twitter yesterday claiming people were booing Trump when it was the heckler they went after. She eventually retracted what she said after her own colleagues called her out on the lie. “Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem,” the guy yelled to a chorus of boos, according to the Daily Mail. “Let’s hear it for the Eagles.” “Go home,” one person shouted at the heckler.

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The President didn’t engage the heckler, but looked in his direction and pursed his lips. He looked like he wanted to smack him. Right there with ya.

President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after they at first said they had more than 70 players coming to the People’s House to celebrate. By this week, that number had dropped to less than ten and then to only one player. They kept trying to change the date to one where President Trump would be out of the country. I don’t blame the President in the least for canceling the visit. That was totally appropriate. If you insist on being ungrateful and insulting a sitting President of the United States, then you don’t deserve the honor of going to the White House period.

Trump claimed on Monday that the team disagreed “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Eagles players denied that accusation, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season. But that has nothing to do with how each individual on the team states his beliefs and shows his disrespect for President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt” just minutes before Tuesday’s alternative event began, claiming the players had chosen to “abandon their fans.” That’s exactly what they did. “If this wasn’t a political stunt by the Eagles franchise then they wouldn’t have committed to attend the event and then backed out,” she said in her Tuesday press briefing. “And if it wasn’t a political stunt, they wouldn’t have attempted to reschedule the visit while the President was overseas.”

Trump was brief in his remarks and only spoke for about four minutes. He began by explaining why it’s an issue of patriotism for Americans to stand for the National Anthem. “We love our flag and stand for our National Anthem,” Trump said to great applause from the crowd on the South Lawn of the White House. “We stand to honor our military and to honor country and to honor the fallen heroes who never made it back home.” Yes, we do… and those that don’t can take a hike.

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Melania Unveils This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations That Libs Are SURE To Hate

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Melania Trump’s first year in office was marked by immense criticism of our incredible first lady, who in the eyes of the Trump family’s numerous detractors, Melania could do nothing right, or at least as well as her predecessor, Michelle Obama. This included her full Christmas decor plan, which was stunning in silver and white, and a beautiful modern take on the same tired style that Michelle un-creatively came up with.

This year’s decorations will likely be no different, if not worse.

Last year, liberals claimed she decked the halls in depression and gloom, likening it to looking more like a haunted house than a holiday home. So, what will they say about this year’s new look?

Chicks On The Right reports:

FLOTUS doesn’t just slay on the fashion front. Her decorating skills are off the charts. (Yes, yes– I know she didn’t do this by herself, but if you really believe she didn’t have a say, you’re nuuuuuuuuuuuuts.)

ANYWHO. She finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and they’re GORGEOUS.

You have no idea how much I want to stroll through those halls of beautifully decorated trees. Oh well. I’ll have to settle for the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

It all looks great. I’m obsessed. TY, that is all.

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