Saturday, October 26, 2013

op ed review 10/27

More of the “fundamental transformation” of America that Obama promised:  The Air Force Academy is contemplating the removal of "so help me God" from its Cadet Honor Oath. However, on the facing page in Contrails, the Cadet handbook, "so help me God" has already been removed from the Cadet and Officer oaths.
Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The Democratic National Committee has narrowly edged its Republican rival in fundraising for the first time all year.

Almost the point of no return:   “49% of Americans Now Get Gov’t Benefits”

Most Americans accumulating debt faster than they’re saving for retirement

Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden: “…no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA….Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They're wrong."
University students have been told not to wear "offensive" halloween costumes including cowboys, indians and anything involving a sombrero.

“There are smart people on both sides of this debate, of course, and it was clear back in the summer when the defunding Obamacare movement began gathering steam that it enjoyed less than universal support among conservatives. But Cruz critics appear to be forgetting that the government shutdown battle isn't over and the final verdict on its impact on the 2014 congressional elections, including especially Republican prospects for gaining a majority in the Senate, won't be known until the votes are counted.”

“World Is Spending $1 Billion Per Day To Tackle Global Warming”

"We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated based on a person’s income and, in contrast to programs like Social Security or Medicare, they are a free benefit and not paid into by the recipient,"

British government removes signs on buses and vans telling illegal immigrants to go home….”too blunt an instrument."

Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud.

The Obamacare program´s flagship website is so error-prone and user-unfriendly that Consumer Reports magazine has thrown up its hands in disgust, advising readers to ´stay away from for at least another month if you can.´

While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army´s chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense. Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months....And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready.

CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government, which also failed. 

Maybe it’s just coincidence:  “First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website.”

Jeff Kuhner  10/18

The debt deal simply hastens the day of reckoning

The conventional wisdom is wrong. The mainstream media — and their parrots in the Republican establishment — are claiming that President Obama decisively won the government shutdown battle. In fact, the narrative being peddled is that the GOP brand has been badly damaged, paving the way for a possible Democratic Party takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. This is puerile nonsense. Tea Party Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, may have lost the battle, but they are poised for a major victory in the larger Obamacare war.

Liberal pundits and Republican moderates, such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona, are blaming one person for the partial government shutdown: Mr. Cruz. They argue that for all their attempts to defund or delay Obamacare, Mr. Cruz and his conservative allies accomplished nothing. The final deal reopens the federal government until Jan. 15 and lifts the debt ceiling into early February. In exchange, no significant reforms or revisions were made to Mr. Obama’s signature health law. As for the repeal of the medical devices tax, a one-year delay in the individual mandate and an end to the exemption given to Congress and its staff, none of these proposals were accepted by the Democrats. Hence, the political and media class are convinced Mr. Cruz’s obstructionist tactics backfired, fostering the public perception that “right-wing extremists” have hijacked the GOP. Mr. Obama now openly refers to the Tea Party as a “dangerous faction.”

This is myth and propaganda masquerading as analysis. The legislative deal simply does one thing: kick the can down the road. Yet the same, enduring problems remain — the very problems identified by Mr. Cruz and Tea Party Republicans. America is sitting on a ticking debt bomb, Obamacare — the most destructive law in modern memory — is a disaster, and our ruling elites are incapable of reining in out-of-control public spending.

America is increasingly dominated by one seminal reality: We are the most indebted nation in history. The national debt is approaching $17 trillion. By 2016, the debt is expected to hit $20 trillion. That will be Greece-like levels, a debt load so crippling that Washington will have trouble simply paying the interest on the debt payments. Our creditors will realize we are sliding toward the United States of Argentina — a fiscal basket case unable to live within our means. The value of the dollar will plunge. Interest rates will soar. Taxes will have to be increased. The social safety net will be shredded. Unless Congress immediately confronts the reckless spending and near-record trillion-dollar deficits, the United States will go bankrupt. The question is no longer if, but when.

Mr. Obama’s massive health care overhaul is precipitating the impending economic collapse. Nearly every aspect of Obamacare has turned out to be a lie. The real price tag is not less than a $1 trillion; rather, it is a multitrillion-dollar entitlement program that America cannot afford. Rather than lowering premium costs for the average family, it dramatically raises them — sometimes by thousands of dollars a year. Millions of citizens have lost their health benefits or are unable to keep their doctor. People seeking to enroll in Obamacare’s marketplace exchanges are stunned at the high costs of the health insurance plans. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office acknowledges that the law will not achieve its stated goal: universal coverage. Instead, about 30 million Americans will still not have health care. Hence, one-sixth of the U.S. economy will have been revolutionized essentially to put only 17 million new recipients on the Obamacare rolls. The complex law also undermines economic growth and job creation, compelling employers to either slash employees’ hours or not hire new workers. In short, Obamacare is a cancer, slowly devouring our economic dynamism, individual liberties and medical care.

As the law is implemented, its devastating effects will be increasingly felt. By next year, the government shutdown will be a fading memory. What the public will remember, though, is that a band of Tea Party patriots sought to thwart the oncoming disaster. Mr. Cruz, along with Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, represent the future. The question is no longer ideological — small government versus big government, free-market-based health care versus nationalized health care, or capitalism versus socialism. Rather, it is about something more simple — and profound: basic arithmetic.

The United States is a giant bus that is rushing toward an economic precipice. A few more years of Mr. Obama’s borrow-and-spend policies and America will crash upon the rocks of fiscal reality and national insolvency. The Democrats are keeping their foot on the gas pedal, full speed ahead. The Republican establishment thinks we may need to slow down — at least a little. The bus, however, will still go off the cliff. Only the Tea Party is saying — in fact, yelling — to hit the brakes. They’re right, and they will be vindicated. The only question is this: Will Americans wake up before it’s too late?

More good reads:
“In the recent internecine conservative donnybrook over the government shutdown, the insurgents insisted they were in an ideological struggle with the establishment. But there was precious little ideology involved. Instead, it was a fight over tactics and power. The Republican Party almost unanimously opposed Obamacare, and the Republicans who’ve been in office far longer than Cruz & Co. have voted more than three dozen times to get rid of the disastrous program. And yet, the latecomers to the battle talk as if the veterans in the trenches were collaborators the whole time. … But the real source of that frustration is not the insufficient conservatism of the establishment; it’s the insufficient power and popularity of conservatism coupled with the very real failures of the GOP to reverse conservatism’s fortunes over the last two decades.”
                         -Jonah Goldberg

“We have just endured six weeks of contentious debate between Republicans and Democrats and, worse yet, four weeks of fratricidal infighting between conservatives and moderates within the Republican Party. Given the chronically rancorous tone in Washington since Barack Hussein Obama took office -- a tone often punctuated by periods of acute acrimony as in recent weeks -- inevitably the din can temporarily obscure all the good that is America, both historically and today. Consequently, some grassroots folks either resort to reckless box-canyon politics or retreat in surrender.

Fortunately the vast majority of American Patriots who will read these words are not among them. But if you know others who have become so frustrated that they have lost sight of the prize, please share these words of encouragement with them.

Greet every sunrise as "morning again in America," every dawn as affirmation that, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead." (Indeed, the Reagan model for restoration was based on the sum total of our nation's history, and it is as applicable today as ever.)

Approach every sunset in the spirit of a Patriot from Reagan's generation, John Wayne: "There's a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday."
                            -Mark Alexander

“We are on course to becoming the first nation of negative-millionaires. … In Australia, each citizen’s share of the debt is $12,000; in New Zealand, it’s $15,000 per person; in Canada and Spain, $18,000; in the United Kingdom, $28,000; in Germany and France, $38,000; Italy, $44,000. And in the United States it’s $54,000 per person – twice as much as Britain, thrice as much as Canada, closing in on five times as much as Oz. On this trajectory, America is exiting the First World. And that’s before counting the ‘unfunded liabilities’ that Washington keeps off the books but which add another million bucks per taxpayer. Nor does it include Obamacare, with which the geniuses of the ‘technocracy’ have managed to spend a fortune creating the Internet version of a Brezhnev-era Soviet supermarket. … Either you think those numbers above are serious or you don’t. And, if you do think they’re serious and you’re a ‘lawmaker’ … when are you going to get serious? Next month? Next year? Or shall we all sportingly agree to leave it till 2015 after the bipartisan deal on a $20 trillion debt ceiling?”
                       -Mark Steyn

Things That Matter is a collection of Charles Krauthammer’s extraordinary writings over the last 30 years.

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), a liberal firebrand known for his controversial comments, compared the Tea Party to the Ku Klux Klan in an email to supporters that features a photo of a burning cross

Ann Coulter:  One of the most effective ways of discouraging people is to make them think there’s absolutely nothing they can do about something, anyway. Thus, liberals have tried to insinuate that Obamacare is impossible to remove, hoping conservatives will despair. But with only one-half of one branch of government, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and the House Republicans have made it absolutely clear that Republicans are not giving up on repealing Obamacare. Inasmuch as “bubonic plague” is polling higher than “Obamacare,” I’d say this is a brilliant marketing strategy for the GOP.”

In what rational world is trying to get the government of, for and by the people under the people's control equated with "hating government"?  The same one in which 1) being opposed to reverse discrimination and special privileges for certain racial groups is 'racist' 2) being opposed to gay 'marriage' is equated with 'hating gays' 3) favoring the enforcement of immigration laws is equated with 'hating immigrants' 4) favoring security measures that factor in the prevalence of Muslims involved in terrorism is equated with 'hating Muslims’.
Greenfield: “Beating Obama:  Obama can only be beaten in the popular arena. In his mind, he derives his power from the bully pulpit. He is a creature of the media age and popularity is his only law and the only verdict that he will accept. The Republican Party is still playing this game by Washington rules while Obama is playing it by Chicago rules where the only rule is to do whatever you can get away with for as long as the people let you. Obama isn’t just challenging a few laws, he is challenging whether the government has any hard limits that can’t be overcome by asserting popular will or the force of history. And the Republican Party is not only unable to answer his challenge, but is unable to even understand that it is being made.”

According to recent data compiled by the CDC, people who eat organic and "natural" foods are eight times as likely as the rest of the population to be attacked by a deadly new strain of E. coli bacteria.  Organic food is more dangerous than conventionally grown produce because organic farmers use animal manure as the major source of fertilizer for their food crops. Animal manure is the biggest reservoir of nasty bacteria that are afflicting and killing so many people.
Genetically modified food can greatly increase yields and feed a hungry world. They are safe, say doctors, food scientists, and plant biologists:  National Academy of Sciences, The World Health Organization, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, The American Medical Association, The International Council for Science ___________________________________________________________________________

Top Five ObamaCare Catastrophes the Media Refuse to Cover

From making babies to being struck by lightning, a new map has revealed the surprising things that countries are best at. The map is based on statistics gathered from across the internet - ranging from sources as diverse as the World Bank to the Guinness World Records. Created by online comic and website DogHouse Diaries, the map shows what each country leads the rest of the world in and the words picked - which are written across the country´s geographical territory - are in many cases surprising.

Leno:  People have been speculating lately about what President Obama will do when he leaves office in 2016. The one thing I think we can safely rule out — website designer……..Some marketing experts are comparing the Obamacare website rollout to a Ford Edsel filled with New Coke. But they are making progress. They said today that if you find yourself getting too frustrated trying to log on, they’ve added a link to a suicide hot line. …….What the president should do is put the NSA in charge of the website. That way there’s nothing to fill out. They already have all our information. You just put your name in.

"Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be."
                     -John Wayne

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
                    -John Quincy Adams

"Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood -- the virtues that made America. ... We can have no 50-50 allegiances in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all."
                  -Teddy Roosevelt

"In the words of Thomas Paine: 'These are times that try men's souls.' We need more than summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. ... We must draw anew on the individual strength, ingenuity, and vision that built America. But our gaze is not set on the past; it's firmly fixed on tomorrow. ... You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children (America), the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
                  -Ronald Reagan

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