Saturday, December 6, 2014

op ed review 12/7


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
First the good news:  146 million Americans live in all-GOP (governor and legislature) states compared to 49 million in all-Democratic states. Here’s the new map.
And the most liberal states in the country are the worst run and have the widest gaps between rich and poor.

The bad news:  “America is now No. 2. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet.  As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese.”
Well, it actually depends on how you measure economic power.  Yes, using a calculation called "purchasing power parity," it looks as if China has passed America. But that calculation is a statistically manufactured one, which supposedly makes up for different costs of living in the two countries.

Government math:  Friday's turbocharged jobs headline came thanks to seasonal adjustments and other wizardry at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reported that U.S. job growth hit 321,000 even as the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. But wait: The big headline number translated into just 4,000 more working Americans.  Oh, and full-time jobs declined by 150,000, while part-time positions increased by 77,000.

American industries are taking a beating from President Obama’s rules makers, getting socked with nearly 50 percent more “economically significant” regulations than under former President Bush — and Obama still has two more years to go.
“Obamacare Calorie Posting Regulations to Cost Industry $1.7 Billion”

The U.S. birth rate reached an all-time low in 2013, as the number of babies born in the country declined for the sixth straight year since the peak in 2007, a new report finds.

How cozy is the Democrats´ relationship with the media and technology worlds? Close enough for Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt to head up a panel convened by the Democratic National Committee to figure out why they got creamed in the midterm elections.

Washington Post:  “President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration has no precedent”
Newt Gingrich: Latest Obama Move ‘Greatest Threat to Freedom since King George III’

The Obama administration paid Baptist Children and Family Services $182,129,786 to provide “basic shelter care” to 2,400 “unaccompanied alien children” for four months in 2014.
Despite the media’s gushing over support for President Obama’s executive order on illegal immigrants, a poll just published finds that the public is rejecting his move, with overwhelming majorities demanding that illegal children be barred from schools and illegal adults from jobs.

But House Speaker Boehner’s top committee chairman says he wants an immigration bill that would allow millions of foreign migrants to stay and work jobs sought by Americans.
Senate Conservatives Huddle With House Members to Plot Immigration Revolt. “Republican leadership doesn’t want to fight Obama, so the conservative lawmakers have to hope that grassroots activists can goad their colleagues into a more aggressive posture.”
Krauthammer To GOP: “See A Psychiatrist’ For ‘Rage’ Over Executive Amnesty, but Don’t Vote For Government Shutdown”

Without a hint of irony, despite its history of pioneering widespread abortions in black communities, Planned Parenthood joins the “BlackLivesMatter” protest.

Louisiana Democrat urges democrats to vote more than once. “Look, nobody’s going to prosecute you for illegally voting….”

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case of Nojay v. Cuomo. At stake is nothing less than whether the Second Amendment grants substantive gun rights to American citizens, or is meaningless rhetoric that allows the government total control over what firearms citizens may or may not possess.
Although the elections and Michael Bloomberg´s original $50 million pledge to beat the NRA are over, the former mayor is still spending money and is considering a push for gun control in 12 more states.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Ben S. Carson  11/8/14

Jonathan Gruber set off a firestorm of controversy, at least in the conservative media, with the recent revelation of his comments about the “stupidity of the American people,” which allowed the Affordable Care Act to be passed. In essence, he admitted that the bill was written in a way that would allow its purveyors to characterize it as the cure-all and salvation for a health care system that was in trouble, with no danger of their deception being discovered by a populace that was trusting and naive. He obviously never intended for his comments to make it into the public sphere and did not consider the fact that someone is always recording on their smartphone.

What is truly disturbing is the fact that our government is willing to engage in the purposeful deception of the populace in order to thrust its secretive agenda on an unsuspecting populace and a sycophantic mainstream media. As I have said many times before, Obamacare was never about health care; rather, it was about government control and wealth redistribution. If there was real concern about the uninsured, it would have been much cheaper and considerably less complex to simply give all the uninsured Cadillac health plans for life. I am a firm believer that health care reform was and is needed, and I have been advocating for it for several years. It needs to be done correctly, though, and in a way that does not create different levels of access and treatment.

There is no question that the American people are distracted by sports and entertainment and that we confer godlike status on actors and some athletes. There is also no question that we could do more to enhance our knowledge about important issues. However, to assume that the American people are stupid and uncaring, and to design programs and speeches around that assumption is arrogant, disrespectful and, frankly, very shortsighted. As has been famously said, “You can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”

This most recent revelation by the unmasking of one of the chief architects of Obamacare is far from the first and only indication of a pattern of deception and manipulation by the current administration. There appears to be overt contempt for the intelligence of the populace by people who would have us believe that the Benghazi disaster was caused by an ill-defined and little-watched video, and that there was not even a “smidgen” of evidence of wrongdoing surrounding the “phony” Internal Revenue Service scandal, and that the government would never engage in spying on its own citizens without cause. Unfortunately, the administration knows that it can say virtually anything, and that there are some people who are so desperate to believe, that it will be accepted as truth. They also know that many members of the mainstream media subscribe to their same ideology and will protect them, regardless of the consequences.

Only people who doubt the analytical ability of the populace would believe that giving people free phones and generous entitlements could purchase their loyalty forever. Only people who think the populace consisted of morons would believe that they could keep delaying the employer-mandate portion of Obamacare until after an important election, and that people would not realize that they were being manipulated.

The recent election results indicate the resurgence of an informed populace in our nation. Even though the awakening is not complete, I believe Mr. Gruber may be proven extremely wrong about the intellect of the American people.



5 Things You Need To Know About Ben Carson
“Ben Carson may not be ready for prime time…..he’s entering into a pool of sharks and he needs some swimming lessons pronto.”
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Whether a student is black, white, orange or polka-dot and whether he’s poor or rich, there are some minimum requirements that must be met in order for him to do well in school. Someone must make the student do his homework. Someone must see to it that he gets eight to nine hours of sleep. Someone has to fix him a wholesome breakfast and ensure that he gets to school on time and respects and obeys teachers. Here’s my question: Which one of those basic requirements can be accomplished through a presidential executive order, a congressional mandate or the edict of a mayor, a superintendent of schools or a teacher? If those basic requirements aren’t met, whatever else that is done in the name of education is for naught.”
                     -Walter Williams
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LEFTIST WATCH
The communist and racist New Black Panther Party plotted to bomb St. Louis’ Gateway Arch and assassinate local law enforcement officials, but the Justice Department so far has limited its prosecution of the group to an indictment of two members on minor gun charges. The soft treatment for activities that normally would have brought federal terrorism charges appears to be part of efforts by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to “go soft” on the racist group, according to former Justice official J. Christian Adams. “
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GLOBALONEY
2014 Chicago Has Been Coldest In 110 Years

Back in the good old days when President Obama didn´t have so many dings on his record, he promised that by 2015 there´d be more than 1 million electric cars on the road. Well, with just days to go, he´s only about 826,000 or so cars short of that goal.
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ISLAM
In the wake of the December 1st stabbing death of an American teacher in Abu Dhabi by a woman wearing a burqa…..it is somewhat amazing and a welcome relief that some newspapers in the UAE are wondering whether the burqa should not be worn “for security reasons.”
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ARTICLES
Fred Barnes:  Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections, but not much else over the past six years. They’ve captured the House and Senate. They now hold 31 governorships and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. What this means is pretty simple: There’s an emerging Republican majority.

Thomas Sowell: increasing the number of foreign workers in the US will "keep down the wages of American workers, I mean, this is not a new principle. I mean this has been known for hundreds of years.”  When asked why Republicans would support such a policy:…..”you would have to get a psychiatrist or someone like that to explain that.”

“Liberalism Is a Hoax”
VDH  Liberalism in Ruins

“The Democrats’ war on whites”   This data contradict all the fairy tales the lame-stream media has crafted to explain why we just had one of the top Senate swing elections of the past 70 years. Or why Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide since before the Great Depression. And why Republicans will simultaneously serve as governor in Massachusetts, Maryland and Mr. Obama’s home state of Illinois for the first time since “Leave it to Beaver” was still on network television……Sure, Mr. Obama won two elections for himself this way. But by the time he leaves office in two years, he’ll also be known as the man who was even more successful getting Republicans elected than Ronald Reagan.

Has Hillary lost that “new car smell?”  There was something in the air before Hillary Clinton addressed Georgetown University students Wednesday, but it definitely wasn’t a new-car smell. It was a faint but unmistakable whiff of indifference…….when it was time for Clinton’s appearance to begin Wednesday morning, half of the 700 seats in the place were empty.
“Hillary Clinton Will Never Be President”

The Actual Facts of The Eric Garner Case
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
You’ll like this, especially if you’re a horse lover.
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WISE WORDS
“The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.”
        -Daniel Webster


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