Sunday, March 10, 2013

op ed review 3/10



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
President Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, according to his attorney general.

The administration’s secret drone program burst into very public view with lawmakers grilling the attorney general over legal justification for targeted killings and Sen. Rand Paul launching an old-style one-man filibuster to demand answers from President Obama.
Sen. Rand Paul´s filibuster against the confirmation of CIA Director and "drone czar" John Brennan offers a "teachable moment" to the media and the left about the Tea Party. As they seethe in outrage and confusion that it took a Republican to question the constitutionality of drone attacks, it is important to remind our friends on the other side that it wasn´t just any Republican, but a--gasp!--Tea Party Republican who spoke "truth to power."

Gallup: Obama´s Job Approval Dives to 46%

Pollster Scott Rasmussen is questioning the media´s interpretation of polling data that suggest the American public oppose spending cuts and favor spending increases for a variety of programs. In fact, Rasmussen says, Americans favor spending cuts. The misinterpretation, he says, is a result of the fact that the public and the political class interpret the word "cut" differently: in Washington, holding spending steady is defined as a "cut." http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/03/04/Rasmussen-Questions-Media-s-Interpretation-of-Polls-on-Spending

Some of the costs the White House incurs annually: Like the "Chief Calligrapher," Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year. In all, the White House appears to employ 3 calligraphers for a yearly total of $277,050.

Arkansas now has the nation's most restrictive abortion law - a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy - unless a lawsuit or court action intervenes before it takes effect this summer.

North Korea says it will launch nuclear attack on America

President Obama continues to ignore new science suggesting that the threat posed by human-caused climate change is substantially less than previously thought. Obama´s brand-new pick to head the EPA, Gina McCarthy, is a fresh signal that the administration favors knee-jerk policies to restrict emissions, even when they are unsupported by available data and would hamper the economic recovery.

If Obamacare is unpopular now, how much more will people hate it when they hear for the first time that they are being forced to buy health insurance, that many of them will not be able to keep the plan they are on now, or that their employer may drop their company health insurance because it’s cheaper to pay the fine? Those tens of millions of Americans who have not been paying attention are in for the shock of their lifetimes.

Socialized Medicine: “Missed the last horror story from Great Britain’s government health care system? Don´t worry, another alarming report will come soon. They just keep piling up like firewood in the fall. On our minds right now is the story from the Daily Mail, which reported last week that nearly 40% of National Health Service workers — doctors, nurses and paramedics — said they would not recommend their own workplace to friends or family who need care.”

The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that children do not need mothers.
Chicago Will Require Kindergarteners to Take Sex Ed

FOX News’s Roger Ailes:    “I have a soft spot for Joe Biden…….I like him. But he’s dumb as an ashtray.”  Ailes’ disdain for Newt Gingrich – “He’s a sore loser and if he had won he would have been a sore winner,” he asserts.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Investor’s Business Daily  3/6
The left is out in force, bleating its praise for deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez as somehow a champion of the poor. It's lies. Fact is, Chavez hurt the poor, not just in Venezuela, but all over the world.

Chavez's death from cancer Tuesday set off a chorus of wailing from the left's politicos, media and movie stars, hailing Chavez as a friend of the poor. "President Chavez cared deeply about the poor," declared Citizens Energy President Joe Kennedy, who's made it his business to distribute Chavez's oil handouts to the poor to help the dictator's political ends. "His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere," said Rep. Jose Serrano, a Bronx Democrat, will be "a better life for the poor and downtrodden."

Chavez's "positive legacies," said forever-naive ex-President Jimmy Carter, was for "the gains made for the poor and vulnerable." The New York Times credited Chavez with "empowering and energizing millions of poor people" while Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson praised Chavez for providing (Cuban) medical care, saying "frankly, it was the first time in many decades that a leader paid that kind of attention to the poor majority in Venezuela." The Nation sighed that Chavez wasn't dictator enough. "It wasn't too much control, but too little," pined longtime Chavez toady Greg Grandin.

"Poor people around the world have lost a champion," said Hollywood actor Sean Penn. "He used the oil (money to) eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health care (and) education (for) all," tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore. "A great hero," said director Oliver Stone.

It's the Left's Big Lie, writ loud, stupid and vulgar, like Chavez himself. The ugly reality is, Chavez's Castro-inspired socialist model, far from helping the poor, left them worse off than ever even as Venezuela's neighbors in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Chile have risen by embracing free markets. Chavez's currency devaluation and capital controls made everything from toilet paper to tires expensive and scarce in Venezuela, harming the poor — who spend 80% of their income on necessities — most.

His wretched Cuban education and health care starved public institutions and chased competent doctors and educators abroad. His farm and business expropriations killed jobs. And he turned Venezuela into a crime hellhole, which the poor suffered from most. His harm to the poor went beyond Venezuela. Starting in 2002, he worked to drive oil prices skyward by cutting production and monopolizing resources. Higher oil prices hurt the world's poor at the pump. But they also raise the cost of food, and lead to factories being shut down. And this helps the poor?

The only proven way to lift the poor from poverty is to embrace free markets. Yet those who praise this odious, now-dead dictator don't seem to get that they served as Chavez's "useful idiots," as Vladimir Lenin called those naive Western socialists who aided his totalitarian rule. Hopefully, Chavez's death will mean his Chavista model of socialist failure will be buried along with him.

FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"What is so astonishing about liberals is that they aren't just wrong occasionally or even wrong more often than not. What is truly amazing is that they are always wrong about everything."
                       -Burt Prelutsky

"Say what you like about those Mayan guys, but they only schedule an apocalypse once every 5,126 years. Only Washington would try to pull it off every six weeks."
                      -Mark Steyn

"Congress did not reach an agreement and Congresswoman Maxine Waters said 170 million jobs could be lost. There are only 155 million workers in America. Are you beginning to understand why we're in this situation in the first place?"
                     -Jay Leno

"The White House said that President Obama's salary would not be affected by the looming sequestration cuts. Congress quickly added that their pay is also unaffected. Their salaries are all protected under the Americans with No Abilities Act."
                    -Argus Hamilton
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LEFTIST WATCH
Venezuela’s Chavez:  Moonbats mourn another Red thug

Leftist hero Chavez amassed personal riches of $2B

With African Catholic Cardinal Peter Turkson in the running as the next pope, the media have noted that he carries the fancy title of the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, an arm of the Vatican. But they have failed to note the existence of a left-wing lobby in the U.S. working feverishly on his behalf. It is the same group of radicals, with connections to billionaire hedge-fund operator George Soros, who backed Obama for president by claiming he shared their Catholic values. One of Turkson’s chief supporters in the U.S. appears to be Stephen Schneck,
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ARTICLES
VDH:  “At about dusk, I close two large metal gates to my driveways. The security lights come on, and I enjoy intramural life. I am not protecting my dogs from coyotes, although there are many in the vineyard, but rather the farmhouse from the odd array of visitors, the lost, and criminals that can make up the now normal nighttime world of central California. If you doubt me, just peruse the Fresno Bee for the sort of things that occur nightly. From the past year I offer the following catalogue of those who have visited the farm….”

Sixty-three months ago Barack Obama officially declared his candidacy for President. Only now are some among the so-called media and ruling elites in America slowly awakening from their self-induced infatuation and beginning to understand who he is. It has become difficult to ignore the overt intimidation, demagoguery and deliberate falsehoods spewed forth by Obama relative to sequestration -- a miniscule cut in the growth of federal spending. However, any cursory examination of his past reveals that these tactics are second nature to the man who currently occupies the Oval Office.

 “It's no secret the United States has an unemployment problem….But there's an even more portentous unemployment story unfolding today that receives almost no attention at all….I'm referring to the millions of Americans whom economists benignly describe as “people who have left the work force.”…..According to the experts, they are predominantly able-bodied men who have chosen to stop looking for work and are relying instead on the financial support of others. And the others they rely on are more likely to be girlfriends than spouses and government programs rather than friends or community groups. How big is this problem?.....more than 36 percent of able-bodied, non-elderly men have “chosen” to stop working.

Democrats toasted the New Year’s fiscal cliff deal with the belief that they had set a crucial new precedent: Tax hikes would be part of any future deficit reduction package. Two months later, the champagne buzz is wearing off. With about $85 billion in spending cuts — and no new revenue — kicking into gear on Friday, it appears that the exuberance expressed by many Democrats at the beginning of the year was misplaced. Efforts to avert the sequester never achieved liftoff, and Democrats are realizing that new tax revenues are off the table for the immediate future.

President Obama is just 42 days into his second term in the White House but he is already done governing. As The Washington Post reported this weekend, Obama is already “executing plans to win back the House in 2014, which he and his advisers believe will be crucial to the outcome of his second term and to his legacy as president.” “The goal,” The Washington Post reports, “is to flip the Republican-held House back to Democratic control, allowing Obama to push forward with a progressive agenda on gun control, immigration, climate change and the economy.

In a previous job, Professor Barack Obama once said “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
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WISE WORDS
"I believe in your right to know all the facts concerning the people's business. ... I know that you can face any prospect and do anything that has to be done as long as you know the truth of what you are up against. We will put our fiscal house in order. And as we do, we will build those things we need to make our state a better place in which to live, and we will enjoy them more, knowing we can afford them and they are paid for."
                  -Ronald Reagan

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