Saturday, December 20, 2014

op ed review 12/21



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
A federal judge Tuesday ruled parts of President Obama’s deportation amnesty to be unconstitutional, with a scathing memo dismantling the White House’s legal reasoning and arguing that Mr. Obama tried to steal Congress’ lawmaking powers. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/16/charles-hurt-welcome-to-lawless-obamas-america-hom/?page=2#ixzz3MAhheMWP
“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore is unconstitutional,” Judge Schwab declared in his Memorandum Opinion.”

Obama tries 'new approach' on Cuba with normalized trade relations and diplomacy between Washington and Havana for the first time in a half-century http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2877617/Cuba-releases-US-prisoner-Alan-Gross.html#ixzz3MGScQIBh
“This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people,” said Sen. ­Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).  “All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to perpetuate itself in power.”

How stupid are the democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee for releasing the report on enhanced interrogation techniques during the war on terror?  The Taliban is now demanding an international investigation into the human rights standards of the United States.
Meanwhile, the Taliban murdered 132 children at a school in Pakistan in a revenge mission for Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Taliban terrorists allegedly burned a teacher alive and made the students watch.
"The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is to carry," said Pakistan's defense minister,  as funerals began for the 132 child victims of Tuesday's Taliban attack.

President Obama's statement condemning the mass murder fails to blame the Taliban, just calling them “terrorists.”

Sen. Feinstein’s torture report backfires:  A majority of Americans believe the CIA´s “harsh interrogation tactics” were acceptable under the circumstances according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. And a plurality say they´d be acceptable to use in the future to thwart potential terrorist threats.

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record under Obama says a new report.

The Obama White House, at the behest of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and New Jersey senator Robert Menendez, waived an immigration ban against an Ecuadorian national after her family gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns in 2012.

Trouble in socialist Sweden…..”Lightly burdened by war guilt, Sweden was the first European state to declare itself the moral monitor of the world. Sweden’s folkhem, or “people’s home,” was the gold standard of welfare states; it was also the first to run out of money.……..Mass immigration has dissolved Sweden’s social cohesion and overburdened the welfare system.

A new NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey shows that Chris Christie is at the bottom of the pack among the 2016 GOP hopefuls, with the fewest number of voters saying they could support him for the nomination.
People Magazine’s worst selling issue this year? The one with Hillary Clinton on the cover.

Unilateral disarmament:  The nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons is down 85 percent from cold war levels.  Says a State Department spokesman, "We still have more work to do."

Attorney General Holder:  cross-dressing is now a civil right, covered by the Civil Rights Act.

Government Waste: The good news is the National Institutes of Health pulled the plug on a national children´s health study because it was fatally flawed. The bad news is they wasted 10 years and $1.3 billion before they admitted it

A military recruitment program that grants accelerated citizenship to legal immigrants has ground to a halt after the Pentagon directed the armed services to make illegal immigrants eligible for the program, too.

Newly released emails expose possible collusion between the IRS and President Obama´s Department of Justice.  The IRS originally claimed that Lois Lerner’s emails were all missing. On November 22, however, the IRS Inspector General announced that 30,000 of Lerner´s emails had been recovered. The emails not only reveal efforts to bring criminal charges against conservatives and Tea Party groups, they could signal a cover-up by the Obama administration.

Last week, the Health and Human Services Department announced a plan to share your medical records with over 35 federal agencies — all in the name of “health care,” of course.

Florida taxpayers spent close to $30 billion to implement a class-size amendment, which voters adopted in 2002. The results are less than overwhelming. There is little doubt that having fewer students per class, particularly in lower grades, is generally beneficial, but it is hardly the key to educational excellence. The quality of teachers, course material, parental support and other factors can have far greater impact.

Earlier this month it was announced that Florida’s Capitol would host a satanic holiday display - now the Michigan Capitol will follow suit.

Atheists unveil anti-Christmas TV specials

Santa Claus is removed from elementary school concert over complaint he is ´too religious´.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Star Parker   12/15

The story is told that when Tennessee frontiersman Davy Crockett served in the US Congress (between 1827 and 1835) he voted for a bill appropriating $20,000 for relief for victims of a fire that broke out in Georgetown.
When he returned home, a constituent farmer chastised him for supporting the bill and for “giving what is not yours to give.” The farmer told Crockett the constitution does not grant Congress the power to give charity and if it did, “You will very easily perceive what a wide door this would open for fraud and favoritism and corruption, on the one hand, and robbing the people on the other.”

We are far from those days. Supreme Court decisions over the years have opened the door for rationalizing just about anything under the spending authority of the Congress. Those who crafted the American constitution did not intend limitations on the federal government’s role out of mean spiritedness. They did so out of a sense of what would best serve the public. It stands to reason that bureaucrats spending other people’s money - funds taken by force - is not going to produce good results.

According to a 2012 Congressional Research Service report, and the staff of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala), who commissioned the report, combined annual federal and state spending on antipoverty programs exceeds $ 1 trillion. About 75 percent comes from the federal government.

These funds, which include programs such as welfare, food stamps, low-income housing programs, child care assistance, etc. are programs that mostly came onto the American scene with the War on Poverty and, in that they are focused on helping the less fortunate, are what it is usually considered charity. These programs are notoriously wasteful and are too often counterproductive and motivated by political gain rather than genuine sincerity to really help people. Funds extracted from taxpayers, dispensed by bureaucrats, under rules and conditions designed by other bureaucrats, remove personal responsibility from both the giving and receiving ends of the equation.

In addition to waste, unintended consequences of this social engineering has produced government dependence, family breakdown, and removal of the sense on the part of recipients that they bear responsibility for their own lives……

A new book by Brookings Institution scholars Ron Haskins and Greg Margolis, “Show Me the Evidence,” reviews “evidence-based” strategies for what works as a precondition for federal funding of programs.  But why focus on trying to make government more efficient rather than on what government should or should not do?
I run a non-profit and I know what it means to deliver results in order to satisfy donors and raise funds. It is no different than any commercial enterprise.

In my column last week, I proposed 5 conservative reforms to help low income communities transition off destructive government dependence. One idea is dollar for dollar tax credits for private charitable contributions going to designated low-income zip codes.  Can there be any doubt if a trillion dollars in private giving was going to low –income America, rather government money, everyone would be better off?

Rather than trying to fix government, let’s put it back in its constitutional place and restore private decision-making and responsibility to American life.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Imagine a chief of police in a city where there has been a rash of automobile hubcap thefts and he’s trying to capture the culprits. Should he have his officers stake out and investigate residents of senior citizen homes? What about spending resources investigating men and women 40 or older? I would imagine that he would have greater success in capturing the culprits by focusing most of his resources on younger people – and particularly on young men. Doing so would more likely lead to the capture of the culprits because hubcap theft is a young man’s game. My question to you is whether you’d bring charges against the police chief because he used age and sex profiling – and didn’t investigate seniors and middle-aged adults?”
                -Walter Williams

“It’s fine to say Sony never should have green-lighted the movie in the first place. That’s true of so much that Hollywood produces. The point is it did. And America is effectively giving one of the most evil regimes in human history a veto on our First Amendment. Where’s Captain America when you need him?”
               -Jonah Goldberg
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LEFTIST WATCH
Why did President Obama engineer a prisoner swap with Communist Cuba involving Alan Gross, an American citizen who badmouthed his own country mere hours after he arrived back on U.S. soil? It turns out that a cabal of left-wing extremists helped to make Gross´s release happen.

CBS journalists compare voter ID laws to the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans during civil rights marches in 1965.
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GLOBALONEY
During the Lima Climate Change Conference, Bolivian President Evo Morales reveals the environmental movement’s core motivating philosophy. "The deep causes of global warming," he complained, "are not being dealt with here. The origin of global warming lies in capitalism. If we could end capitalism then we would have a solution." His honesty is somewhat refreshing, if disconcerting all the same. This war that's being orchestrated by alarmists is not against fossil-fuel-emitting power plants, the greenhouse gas effect or rising sea levels; it's against the free-market enterprise that springs from the foundation of Liberty.
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ISLAM
Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have unveiled their latest terror tactic - bombs containing hundreds of live scorpions designed to spread fear among their enemies. Canisters packed with poisonous varieties of scorpion are being blasted into towns and villages, which explode on impact - scattering the scorpions and causing panic among the innocent local population. Although scorpion bombs sound like something out of a modern horror movie, the tactic is actually thousands of years old and was first used by Iraqis fighting against the Roman Empire.
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ARTICLES
Think Congress can´t stop President Obama´s unilateral executive action on immigration? It can. All money spent by the federal government is under the ultimate control of Congress. If they choose, lawmakers can issue exquisitely detailed instructions on how federal dollars are spent. For proof, look no further than the 1,695-page spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend. A particular phrase, "none of the funds," appears in the bill more than 450 times. In each case, Congress used those words to dictate how money can and cannot be spent.

Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are polar opposites, a Tea Party conservative and an Occupy Wall Street socialist. Then there are the similarities: Both were elected in 2012, both have Harvard on their resume and both are mentioned as presidential material. But the media´s read of the two demonstrates an unquestionable slant. Both senators have shaken up the Senate over heavy spending and regulation. When Warren does it, she´s promoted as a profile in courage, standing up for fairness. When Cruz does it, he´s a selfish brat causing meltdowns.

Ann Coulter:  In return for the tea party not being spasmodic and pushing crazy candidates this election, the GOP establishment had better abandon its corporate-benefactor-pleasing ways. People who voted Republican took the attitude of “We’re giving you one more chance.” They are not going to back off, and they can’t be tricked or lied to. They’re looking the GOP in the eye and saying: We’re not fooling around: Amnesty is dead, right? Republicans won by ignoring the establishment when it said, Don’t criticize amnesty! and ignoring the tea party when it said, Let’s run candidates like Christine O'Donnell!........Without the presidency, Republicans' sole objective for the next two years is to keep sending Obama bills that 80 percent of Americans will support. They can pass some great legislation – and they’ll also force Democrats into votes that won’t be easy to explain to their constituents.

Conservative talk radio icon Mark Levin blasted his fellow Republican Party members during his most recent show, slamming the leadership for caving on the budget and for, time after time, ignoring basic constitutional principles. “The Constitution is in tatters,” he said, adding that he was “one inch away” from breaking with the Republicans.

VDH: There are lots of hypocrisies surrounding the recently released executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. But they pale in comparison to the current Democratic silence about President Barack Obama’s policy of targeted drone assassinations. Since 2004, drones have killed an estimated 2,400 to 3,888 individuals in Pakistan alone.

Students are stunned to learn Hillary Clinton gets chauffeured around everywhere, and by her own admission has not driven a car since 1996.

A Conservative Waterloo: John Boehner Must Go
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
AFA's 2014 Naughty or Nice listing of the top 100 retailers helps you spend your hard-earned money with companies who aren’t embarrassed to use the word “Christmas.”

Hillary Clinton’s letter to Santa:
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WISE WORDS
“To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility.”
                   -Eric Hoffer


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