Sunday, September 14, 2014

op ed review 9/14



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Political analyst Stu Rothenberg sees a wave election upcoming for Senate Republicans in November. In a Roll Call column published Monday, the electoral expert said he is expecting Republicans to gain at least seven seats in the Senate and earn a November victory more dramatic than several pollsters have suggested. “I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain.”
Polling avalanche: GOP leads in eight races for Democrat-held Senate seats
Gallup:  “The Republican Party has expanded its historical edge over the Democratic Party in Americans' minds as being better able to protect the U.S. from international terrorism and military threats. At this point, 55% of Americans choose the GOP on this dimension, while 32% choose the Democratic Party. This is the widest Republican advantage in Gallup's history of asking this question since 2002.”
American voters disagree with President Obama that the economy is in better shape today than in 2008. Most are unhappy with ObamaCare. And optimism about the future of the country is down. With only 54 days until Election Day, these sentiments are pretty well baked into the cake -- boosting Republican candidates in a new Fox News poll.
By a wide margin of 52-42%, voters see President Obama as a failed president.

Nancy Pelosi says civilization is ‘In Jeopardy’ If GOP Takes Senate.

Obama losing the confidence of women?

Bowing to political concerns, President Obama will not announce any plans to take executive action to change immigration policy until after the November elections.

In the NEW YORK TIMES! “Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution……Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris.”

Is it a “safety net” or a hammock?  . On the average day, an unemployed American is more likely to be shopping—for things other than groceries and gas---than to be looking for a new job, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “An unemployed person—on the average day—was more likely to spend time on shopping, sports and recreation, socializing and leisure, than they were searching for and interviewing for a new job, according to BLS.”

Secretary of State John Kerry refused to say we are at war with ISIS.
That’ll show ‘em!  State Department fights  ISIS by making videos.
“White House, Pentagon contradict Kerry, say US ‘at war’ with ISIS”

Gaffes 1:  A senior Obama administration official declared in a press release that “Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria.” (It doesn’t)
Gaffes 2:  The third-ranking House Democrat, recently told a C-SPAN caller that “sexting” is an important tool for organizing voters.

Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices.

Welfare recipients can’t use their EBT cards at liquor stores but they can at marijuana dispensaries in states such as Colorado that have legalized pot, Sen. Jeff Sessions revealed Tuesday.

The Obama administration announced that their court case against the Little Sisters of the Poor will continue.  The Little Sisters of the Poor provide care for the elderly poor, regardless of their religious affiliation.

An Illinois woman tried to used the popular crowdfunding website GoFundMe to raise money for a late term abortion so she can continue to party. The funding page, “Bailey’s Abortion Fund” has been taken down, but Life Site News reported Friday that 106 people had already donated $1,654 towards the woman’s goal of $2,500. “The page was written by Bailey’s current boyfriend, Lücifer Ryzing.”  ??

During a California gubernatorial debate against Republican Neel Kashkari, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) revealed that nearly 30% of the state's schoolchildren are either illegal immigrants or do not speak English.

Greta Van Susteren admitted Friday “Off the Record” that she was called by the Obama White House and told to push FOX reporter Jennifer Griffin to drop her Benghazi investigation.

A Pennsylvania county council has voted 8-6 against posting the national motto, "In God We Trust," in its chambers. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald had threatened to veto the measure, which he called "a movement by the right-wing evangelical Christians across the country basically to impose Christianity" in public buildings. Fitzgerald is a Democrat, as are the eight council members who opposed the display, which would also have included Pennsylvania's state motto "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" and another U.S. motto, "E Pluribus Unum."
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Thomas Sowell  9/13/14
While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats.

The latest examples are the mobs in the streets in cities across the country, demanding that employers pay a minimum wage of $15 an hour, or else that the government makes them do so by law. Some of the more gullible observers think the issue is whether what some people are making now is "a living wage." This misconstrues the whole point of hiring someone to do work. Those who are being hired are paid for the value of the work they do.

If their work is really worth more than what their employer is paying them, all they have to do is quit and go work for some other employer, who will pay them what their work is really worth. If they can't find any other employer who will pay them more, then what makes them think their work is worth more?

As for a "living wage," the employer is not hiring people in order to acquire dependents and become their meal ticket. He is hiring them for what they produce. Are some people not able to produce much? Absolutely! I know because I was once one of those people.

After leaving home as a teenager, I discovered that what I could earn would only enable me to rent a furnished room about 6 by 9 feet. Instead of a closet, it had a nail on the back of the door -- which was completely adequate for my wardrobe at the time. It became painfully clear that there was no great demand for a high school dropout with no skills and no experience. My choices were to get angry at my employer or to acquire some skills and experience -- and try to pick up some more education, while I was at it. Even to a teenage dropout, that choice was a no-brainer. There was no one around to confuse the issue by telling me that I was somehow "entitled" to what other people had produced, whether at the expense of the taxpayers or the employer.

There was a minimum wage law, even back in those days. But it had been passed ten years earlier, and inflation had raised both prices and wages to the point where it was the same as if there were no minimum wage law. Thank heaven! The unemployment rate among black teenagers back then was a fraction of what it would become in later years, after "compassionate" politicians repeatedly raised the minimum wage rate to keep up with inflation.

In 1948, the year I left home, the unemployment rate among black 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds was 9.4 percent, slightly lower than that for white kids the same ages, which was 10.2 percent. Over the decades since then, we have gotten used to unemployment rates among black teenagers being over 30 percent, 40 percent or in some years even 50 percent. Such is the price of political "compassion." Whatever the good intentions behind minimum wage laws, what matters are the actual consequences. Many people have ideological, financial or political incentives to obfuscate the consequences.

Labor unions are the biggest force behind attempts to raise the minimum wage, not only in the United States but in other countries around the world. That may seem strange, since most union members already earn more than the minimum wage. But the unions know what they are doing, even if too many gullible observers do not. Low-skill workers with correspondingly low wages compete in the labor market with higher skilled union members with correspondingly higher wages. Many kinds of work can be done by various mixtures of low-skilled workers and high-skilled workers.

Minimum wage rates that are higher than what most low-skilled and inexperienced workers are worth simply price those workers out of the job markets, leaving more work for union members. All the unions have to do is camouflage what is happening by using rhetoric about "a living wage," or "social justice" or whatever else will impress the gullible.

Life was tough when all I could get were low-paying jobs. But it would have been a lot tougher if I couldn't get any job at all. And a tough life made me go get some skills and knowledge.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Welfare caseloads aren’t falling in part because this administration doesn’t want them to. Times sure have changed. Bill Clinton boasted about the reduction in welfare caseloads in the 1990s. What’s most important as a first step toward restoring self-reliance is to at least acknowledge as a nation that when there are 109 million Americans collecting some form of welfare, we have a crisis on our hands. It’s partly the economy, but partly cultural. The poverty lobby has worked hard to erase any negative stigma attached to welfare benefits. In some cities in America food stamps are like a parallel currency. By the way, in 2012 there were 51 million Americans on food stamps. One possible approach has been suggested by Rep. Paul Ryan. He would turn many of the welfare programs, like food stamps, back to the states so they can find ways to expeditiously move people swiftly back into work. What is for sure is that the feds have failed in replacing welfare with the dignity of work. Or worse, they haven’t even tried.”
                    -Stephen Moore
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LEFTIST WATCH
Washington D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler.
The Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Montana last month dodged questions about her ties to a group that explicitly advocates the abolition of capitalism in the United States. “That sounds like contemporary communism,” said Montana Public Radio reporter Edward O’Brien of the Industrial Workers of the World, a labor group for which Montana legislator Amanda Curtis’ husband is a representative.

Free money for everyone! Arguments for a universal basic income (UBI) — in which everyone without exception would receive an equal stipend — have flourished in policy-centric areas of the internet

NY Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have security clearance to get classified information from the feds — ­unlike his two predecessors — and he has never even bothered to apply for it.  A law enforcement source said that if he does apply for clearance, he will have to endure an arduous vetting process that would include questions about his 1991 trip to Communist Cuba and support of the Marxist Sandinista regime during his visit to Nicaragua in the 1980s.

 “Gwyneth Paltrow to host October fundraiser for President Obama at her Los Angeles home.” Taxpayers get to pay his travel expenses, but “he simply can´t stay away from California´s famously deep-pocketed Democratic donors.”
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GLOBALONEY
“Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous." The "97 percent" claim is an utter nonsense. This report released today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation explains exactly why.

This is $1B that won’t be used for education. The University of California, keeping pace with the state government’s obsession with climate change, is proposing to invest $1 billion over five years in companies and researchers that are seeking solutions solving climate change.

Global warming??  “Rapid City SD sees earliest snowfall since 1888”
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BOOKS
Despite the administration´s claim, the CIA operatives who fought for their lives and others´ from a rooftop say that a stand-down order may have cost four Americans their lives while their ignoring it saved others. ….There was even a second stand-down order, according to the trio in their book, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi," written with Mitchell Zuckoff. After Tiegen insisted they had to leave right away, "Bob" told them to "hold up" because "we´re going to let the local militia handle it." It was an incredible order, one telling Americans not to rescue Americans.
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ISLAM
Ray Ibrahim:  “To understand why the Islamic State not only decapitates its “infidel” captives, but also mutilates and mocks their corpses—and all to sadistic laughter—one need only turn to the Koran and deeds of the prophet Muhammad………pious Muslims are so full of zeal for Allah’s cause that the only way their inflamed hearts can be at rest is to see those who oppose Allah and his prophet utterly crushed—humiliated, mutilated, decapitated.  Then the hearts of the believers can be at ease and “healed.” This is surely one of the reasons behind the Islamic State’s dissemination of gory videos and pictures of its victims: the new “caliphate” is trying to heal the hearts of every believer inflamed for the cause of Allah……If this sounds too farfetched, consider the following picture of a decapitated “infidel” from the Islamic State’s websites.   The Arabic caption to the left says “healing for hearts”—a clear reference to the aforementioned Koran verse…”

Former Muslim Nonie Darwish:  “Obama does not want to go down in history as the one who destroyed and extinguished the dream of resurrecting the Islamic State. That was never his intention. In fact, Obama’s plan when he took office was exactly the opposite: to end American supremacy as the one and only most powerful superpower in the world…..If Obama annihilates ISIS, he will turn into infidel enemy number one of Islam -- one who supported Muslims in their dream of the Caliphate by looking the other way, only to later crush it. Obama’s dream has turned into an unexpected nightmare…..Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries are paralyzed……Could there be a hidden reason to explain why Arabs do not want to destroy ISIS but would rather give the job to America? Could fighting and killing the ISIS jihadists be a violation of Sharia Islamic Law? I think that is the reason Saudi Arabia is desperately trying to convince Obama to destroy ISIS for them.
´Sharia Police´ Patrolling Streets in Germany

Imagine a sex scandal centered on a small area, involving decades of abuse, with hundreds of children raped, assaulted and prostituted. Authorities suspected or knew of the crimes but did nothing, preferring to protect the abusers than aid their victims or see justice done. If that city were in, say, Ireland, and the abusers Catholic priests, the U.S. networks would report it immediately and continuously. And rightly so. But move that city to northern England, and make the perpetrators Muslim men? Don’t look to ABC, NBC or CBS for details.

At least THREE young Minnesota women have traveled to Syria to aid ISIS jihadis
You won’t hear about it in the mainstream media but a Jihadist serial killer has been traveling across America. Ali Muhammad Brown, a “devout Muslim” has murdered at least four random men as an act of Islamic jihad.

How do Islamic extremists fire up the troops? Poems about virgins, of course.
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ARTICLES
Charlie Daniels: (yes, THAT Charlie Daniels)  “Hidden things have a habit of coming to light after a while. This is especially true when the hidden thing is an exposed lie, propagated by more lies and cover ups, and involves the lives of four Americans, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Manager Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were left alone to die at the hands of Islamic fanatics with no attempt at rescue on September 11, 2012. The issue was supposedly laid to rest by a congressional hearing, but only to the satisfaction of partisan politicians, lapdog journalists and those who think Obama is incapable of mistakes and downright wrongdoing.”

Five things that could go horribly wrong with Obama's action in Iraq

“I could have sworn we were going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).But the president, a well-known theologian, has informed us that despite what the Muslims of ISIS say, the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” So I guess we’re in a war against SIS — the State of Iraq and Syria. But it still is a war, isn’t it, Mr. Secretary Kerry?“I think that’s the wrong terminology,” he sniffed yesterday. “What we are engaging in is a very significant counterterrorism operation.” Does that make it … a police action?

Head Start, the federal preschool program for low-income kids, is a politician’s favorite. They regard the sum of the money poured into Head Start as the measurement of the depth of their concern “for the children.” No wonder it’s costing $8 billion a year. There’s no limit to the concern the right-minded have “for the children.” For all that money, we’re not getting much. This is the conclusion in a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The bureau is unable to find lasting benefits for the 900,000 children enrolled in the program. When children who attend Head Start begin.
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WISE WORDS
"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war."
                  -George Washington

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