Thursday, September 19, 2013

op ed review 9/22



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 Now
Households on Food Stamps Now Outnumber All Households in Northeast U.S.
After 5 years of Obama, the gap in employment rates between America´s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data.

A large number of Americans continue to adamantly oppose the nation’s new health-care law and believe it will produce damaging results, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives will unveil a healthcare bill Wednesday that would replace Obamacare. The bill, titled the Republican Study Committee’s American Healthcare Reform Act, “dramatically opens up options for families, and dramatically lowers costs” compared to the Obamacare law,

A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker.
Democrats walk out and refuse to listen to the testimony of families of Benghazi victims. Like “spitting on their graves.”

“If you have any doubts that President Obama’s handling of Syria is an utter debacle, witness the embarrassing spectacle this morning as his top aides scramble to place blame for it at their boss’s feet.”

Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about "anti-Obama rhetoric," inflammatory language”, "emotional" statements”, and "propaganda."

why we cling:  While the next few weeks will invariably bring out the same cavalcade of charts, graphs, and statistics purporting to explain either how the United States is the most violent nation in the world or how more gun ownership actually helps make us less violent, the gun-control debate has moved well past statistics and into much deeper matters of family, morality, and political culture. We simply speak different cultural languages, and these languages are rooted in choices that go far beyond the decision to own a gun. Do you live in a rural or urban community? Were you raised around firearms?

Leadership sources tell me the House GOP will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday’s closed-door conference meeting. This means the conservatives who have been urging Boehner to back a defunding effort as part of the CR have won a victory, at least in terms of getting the leadership to go along with their strategy. But getting such a CR through the Democratic Senate and signed into law will be very difficult — and many House Republican

Huh?  Raising the debt ceiling doesn't increase the nation's debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech.

What a concept:  A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive.

A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities.

“White House full of vermin.”  Obama's Roach Problem.  As in cockroaches.

The Huffington Post assessed the "dramatic toll" that recent pro-life laws have taken on abortion clinics, with Arizona leading the way. Meanwhile, the abortion battle has gone digital as more states ban abortions by telemedicine.

For its foreign editions this week, Time magazine features a picture of contented-looking Russian president Vladimir Putin, complete with a black background and a damning caption that declares “America’s weak and waffling, Russia’s rich and resurgent.”  But for the USA edition, Time’s editors are shielding Americans from the demoralizing picture, putting a cheerful, sky-blue photo on the covers of magazines distributed in the United States. “It’s time to pay college athletes,” says the chirpy, non-political U.S. cover, which shows a ball-carrying football player with arm outstretched.

Starbucks Flip-flop:  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has asked customers to no longer bring firearms into the stores, even in states where they are legally permissible to carry. He notes that this is not a "ban" on guns, but rather a request.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Dr. Ben Carson  9/19

I have been interested in the political atmosphere of our country since my preteen years. It has been particularly interesting to observe the political shenanigans adopted by many of those wishing to obtain or maintain power. Fortunately, there have also been many who were truly interested in serving the people who put them in office. Looking at one’s life, voting record and words can provide significant insight into which of the aforementioned categories a political figure fits.

In the 1960s, John F. Kennedy wrote a book titled “Profiles In Courage,” which was very inspiring, as he examined the lives of individuals who had enough daring to go against the flow and make a real difference in society. As a young, very intelligent president of our country, he was faced with many daunting problems, not the least of which was an attempt by the Russians to supply Cuba with nuclear weapons, which would have been situated just 90 miles off of our shores.

Although there have been many attempts to rewrite the history of the Cuban missile crisis, the bottom line is that Kennedy had the necessary backbone to stand up to Nikita Khrushchev and avert an enormous detrimental shift in the power structure of the world while enhancing America’s international image. Some readers are probably already irritated that I have said something positive about someone who is not a member of their political party. It is my belief that if JFK were alive today, advocating personal responsibility and patriotism, he might find his views at odds with many in the Democratic Party.

Perhaps it is time to de-emphasize political affiliations and labels, and instead concentrate on the philosophies that define one’s beliefs and actions. The direction of our country is not good, and “we the people” — not we the Democrats or we the Republicans — are in desperate need of courageous leadership, guided by an understanding of our Constitution.

Our divided government was formed by diligent men who had studied the history of governmental structures throughout the world and wanted to design a system that would not succumb to the temptation to continuously expand its size and scope at the expense of the people. An important concept was the separation of powers with checks and balances among the three branches of government. It was a rather ingenious idea to invest each of the three branches of government with enough power to check unwarranted power grabs by the others.

There is, however, a breakdown in this system when officeholders are more concerned about their legacy or their re-election than they are about the proper functioning of government. Our Founders were most concerned about the possibility of the executive branch seizing power and disregarding constitutional constraints.
I suspect they would have been horrified to witness the manipulative and secretive strong-armed techniques utilized by the current administration to push through Obamacare. I’m sure they would also be shocked to see an administration that picks and chooses the laws it wishes to enforce, thereby diminishing the power of the legislative branch of government.

This practice in some ways resembles that of the centralized government system that swept the Soviet Union, whose notorious founders wrote that it was sometimes necessary to force ideas on a populace that will eventually come to accept and endorse the ideas. Similarly, our current leadership is certain that Americans will eventually see the wisdom of governmental oversight in almost every aspect of their lives.

If we are to pass a free and prosperous nation on to our progeny, it is imperative that the legislative branch of government exhibit the courage to exercise the check function it possesses. Lawmakers cannot be afraid that they will be blamed for a government shutdown if they defund Obamacare. They have the ability to separate the health care law from the rest of the federal budget and fund one without funding the other. In doing so, they need to make it abundantly clear that they are willing to fund the government and its essential functions, but they feel that Obamacare is detrimental to the future economic health of America.

If the Democrat-controlled Senate reattaches the law, or if the executive branch makes the decision to fund Obamacare at the expense of other vital national functions, the electorate must take notice and act decisively in 2014. Many say that those who want to restore constitutional restraints are fighting a useless battle, but we must remember that freedom is reserved only for those willing to fight for it.

I am confident that the people will awaken from their apathy and vigorously support whoever has the backbone to stand up for them.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/18/carson-a-moment-that-defines-courage/#ixzz2fMjMcdj1 ________________________________________________________________________

FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“[G]overnment bureaucrats create the official definition of poverty, and they do so in ways that provide a political rationale for the welfare state – and, not incidentally, for the bureaucrats' own jobs. … There is nothing mysterious about the fact that most people start off in entry level jobs that pay much less than they will earn after they get some work experience. But, when minimum wage levels are set without regard to their initial productivity, young people are disproportionately unemployed – priced out of jobs. … Minorities, like young people, can also be priced out of jobs. In the United States, the last year in which the black unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment rate – 1930 – was also the last year when there was no federal minimum wage law. … In 1948 the unemployment rate of black 16-year-old and 17-year-old males was 9.4 percent. This was a fraction of what it would become in even the most prosperous years from 1958 on, as the minimum wage was raised repeatedly to keep up with inflation. Some ‘compassion’ for ‘the poor’!”
                 -Thomas Sowell
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BOOKS, FILM, TV
“My friend and colleague Steve Grammatico is out with his new book, “You Hear Me, Barack?” a collection of his mordant, satirical takes on President Obama and his extended family of zany, lovable characters, including the First Lady, the vice president and a host of other comic-opera Public Enemies currently adored by the collection of circus clowns known as the White House Press Corps.”

On being a Duckhead:  “The liberal elites can demean the "duckhead" phenomenon and act as if this type of entertainment is beneath them, but the numbers don't lie, whether it's the show's ratings or its merchandise sales. Apparently, a large segment of America loves the ideas expressed on this show that humbly emanates from the swamps of Louisiana; as opposed to the figurative swamp we call the entertainment industry. Hey, Republican establishment, you could also learn a thing or two about messaging from the show's style and presentation.  In this day and age, when we need more Walton's on television and less South Park, more Mike Brady's and fewer Miley Cyrus', the Robertson family and "Duck Dynasty" are a breath of fresh air in the swamp that is television today.

Remember the media's account of Matthew Shepard's torture and murder in Wyoming for being a homosexual, peddled to curry public favor for gay rights?  . Thanks to a new book by a homosexual journalist, much of this meme turns out to be an outlandish hoax.
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GLOBALONEY
Dialing Back the Alarm on Climate Change  A forthcoming IPCC report lowers estimates on global warming.

“Wind farms and renewable energy: a modern version of a medieval scam….. It is not the opponents of wind farms that are backward looking and atavistic, but those who champion them. It is difficult to think of a more medieval technology than wind mills. They were cutting edge when Henry II was king and Richard the Lionheart was launching crusades.”

Earth Gains A Record Amount Of Sea Ice In 2013 — ‘Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record’
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ISLAM
A former top Clinton Foundation official is also a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for inciting violence in Egypt.
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ARTICLES
Obamacare’s Useful Idiots:  “The “leaders” of the CHA, Big Pharma, the AMA and the AFL-CIO constitute but a sample of the useful idiots exploited by the President and his congressional accomplices in order to foist Obamacare on the American public. The list of dupes goes on and on. They got presidential pens and photos of themselves grinning at the man who took them in. If they have any capacity for introspection, they also feel shame. Some have publicly repented of their support for Obamacare. Most still pretend they did the right thing. It may be an insult to the intellectually impaired to elevate such people to the level of “idiot.”

It’s easy for conservatives to write off college campuses as impenetrable liberal strongholds and to regard women students in particular as a lost cause. But three efforts to reach young women with conservative ideas — a magazine, a speaker recruitment, and a campus-based organization — demonstrate that conservatives can make some headway. Conservatives should be emboldened by these successes and use the lessons from them to develop more ways to influence the experience of college students today.

Media Buries Psychiatric Drug Connection to Navy Shooter:  Despite every indication that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was on SSRI drugs that have been linked to dozens of previous mass shootings, the mainstream media has once again avoided all discussion of the issue, preferring instead to blame the tragedy on a non-existent AR-15 that the gunman didn’t even use.

Ann Coulter:  “There’s been another mass shooting by a crazy person, and liberals still refuse to consider institutionalizing the dangerous mentally ill. The man who shot up the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Aaron Alexis, heard voices speaking to him through the walls. He thought people were following him. He believed microwave ovens were sending vibrations through his body…..But Alexis couldn’t be institutionalized because the left has officially certified the mentally ill as “victims,” and once you’re a victim, all that matters is that you not be “stigmatized.”

It is claimed that the Navy shooter was a Buddhist.  “CNN, among other media outlets, expressed shock that a Buddhist like Alexis could be responsible for the Navy Yard massacre.”   Explanation:  “Buddhism lacked the power and substance to civilize him. As a non-judgmental, navel-gazing religion, it asks little of its adherents and accommodates all sorts of wild contradictions, producing not a holy fear of God but sometimes just emboldened self-indulgence and a frantic search for fulfillment through willy-nilly negation. There is a reason why nihilistic and hedonistic Hollywood stars love Buddhism. It appears to have appealed to Alexis not in spite of his world-hating aggression but because of it. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out, it is a religion particularly well-suited to a modern world on the verge of mental collapse: “He who does not climb the mountain of Christ does indeed fall into the abyss of Buddha.””
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
“The Idiots Guide to Defunding Obamacare”

The 25 Most Influential People on the Right For 2013

The NSA's secret org chart
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WISE WORDS
“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
                     -Winston Churchill

 “Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty….The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”
                      -John Adams

“Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject.”
                        -George Washington
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LATE NITE
Leno……USA Today had a big front-page feature on the new health care law, and said that the opposition to ObamaCare is at an all-time high. In fact, it’s gotten so bad the president’s now calling it BidenCare



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