Saturday, October 17, 2015

op ed review 10/18

Ben Carson now running neck-and-neck with Donald Trump nationally, per a recent Fox News poll

FBI probe of the Clinton email scandal focuses on “gross negligence” provision
Letting her off the hook?   “I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” Mr. Obama said Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He said it was a mistake for Mrs. Clinton to use a private email account when she was secretary of state, but “This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”  Those statements angered F.B.I. agents who have been working for months to determine whether Ms. Clinton’s email setup had in fact put any of the nation’s secrets at risk, according to current and former law enforcement officials
Clinton had a good laugh when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about the FBI investigation.
Investigation into Hillary's email server focuses on Espionage Act and could get her 10 years in jail as FBI agent says she could be prosecuted just for failing to tell Obama
The federal government took in a record of approximately $3.2 trillion dollars in taxes in fiscal 2015 (which ended on Sept. 30).  That equaled approximately $21,833 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in September. It is also up about $212B from 2014. Even with this, the federal government ran a deficit of $438B for the fiscal year.

Obama: ‘Americans’ Suspicion Of Government Is Paralyzing’.  President also suggests Christians are holding back America from doing "big things"

Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican Party's most sought-after contributors, is leaning increasingly toward supporting Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is racing to win the backing of other uncommitted megadonors who have the potential to direct tens of millions of dollars his way and alter the contours of the Republican primary fight.

Cost of illegal immigration in one state: Tennessee:  $545 million

Muslim 'refugees' sue Germany for not paying benefits fast enough.
A German pro-migrant, open borders activist is reported to be “very sad” after being stabbed twice in the back by a gang of “Arabs” as he stood outside a pizzeria in Dresden, east Germany.

A school district in Tennessee is blaming Obamacare for its decision to shut its doors….. “the school board made its decision to cancel classes because of budget issues that are related to government mandates that the district can´t afford.”

For the past year, the Obama administration has been running an experiment: Is it possible to make policy more effective by using psychology on citizens? The nickname is “nudging”—the idea that policymakers can change people’s behavior just by presenting choices or information differently.

Putin: “Obama Administration Has ‘Mush’ For Brains “

Corruption of government officials is currently Americans’ number one fear, according to a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University. The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters).

Like most everyone else who watched last night’s Democratic debate, I thought Hillary Clinton easily won. It helped, of course, that the four people on the stage with her – Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and (especially) Lincoln Chafee — constituted the weakest field in the history of the human race. Nevertheless, Mrs. Clinton proved she’s a formidable debater, her single strength as a candidate, as best that I can tell. Her performance last night will mute calls among Democrats for Vice President Joe Biden – himself a gaffe-prone, two-time failure as a presidential candidate –to get into the race.

The discovery of huge oil reserves in Israel could transform the country´s energy policy, turning it into a mass-producer of billions of barrels of oil.

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday the recruitment of potential homegrown terrorists by the Islamic State group is widespread and goes on “24 hours a day” across the United States. Hundreds of people are “consuming” social media efforts to either draw them overseas to join the extremists “or if you can’t come, kill where you are,”

The GOP Establishment’s War With the Base
Sally Zelikovsky  10/15

…..The reason we are in this internecine battle within the GOP is because the base has been ignored and marginalized by candidates and consultants for too long.  It is this behavior that will rip the party apart if there is no change.

The fact is, 62% of Republicans feel betrayed by the party and, to prove it, roughly 60% of primary voters are currently supporting political outsiders like Trump, Fiorina, Carson and Cruz.  This isn’t just an ad hoc collection of misbegotten tea partiers hijacking the GOP for kicks.  Strip away ubiquitous campaign rhetoric about tapping into anger and frustration, and we are left with the forgotten majority within the GOP -- the base -- taking a firm stand.   They will no longer succumb to elite pleas to vote for this guy because he’s the only one who can win, cross the aisle and get the job done. They will no longer shore up Republicans who support legislation that undermines their interests. If leadership foolishly continues to turn a blind eye, that stand could very well be a last stand.

Imperious experts caution that this kind of intransigence will not work in Washington -- it will prevent legislators from building the consensus they need to legislate.  But there are scant, if any issues, on which there is true consensus.  The party of intransigence is actually the Democrats with their “our way or the highway” attitude. Republicans don’t have an intransigence problem; they have a conciliatory problem.  They lose battle after battle because they are an ineffective counterweight to the Democrat-Media Complex (DMC).  They do not have an agenda or a list of articulated conservative principles to serve as their guide.  They do not have a rapid response strategy, let alone a team to take congressional fights to the media -- especially on issues where the country leans right, like the Iran Deal, Planned Parenthood, tax reform, regulatory reform, enforcement of immigration laws, Benghazi, Hillary’s emails, or TPP.

Republicans rarely call Democrats out.  They do not protect their own when they are attacked.  They readily cave in to DMC demands for resignations, retractions, recriminations and reprimand. Republican leadership has been AWOL for too long.  That is why John Boehner was pressured to resign.

I once asked John Boehner about his strategy against the Democrats in 2012: what their Achilles Heel was that he could exploit.  I was initially met with a blank stare but his eventual response was, “You know, I’ve never been asked that before.  I’ve really never thought about it.  I don’t have an answer to that.” If there was any doubt that the GOP leadership was winging it, that settled it for me.

The GOP cannot thrive without its base of “hard-core” social and fiscal conservatives, “extreme” tea party activists, and pesky grassroots conservatives who, in the words of Rep. Peter King, are making Republicans look crazy.  If not for the votes of the tea-sipping, gun-toting, bible slappers in the base, Republicans like John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Julie Ellmers, Martha McSally…and Peter King, would not have been elected.  To dismiss the 40 in the Freedom Caucus and the millions of conservatives they represent, is to dismiss the 62% of Republicans who feel betrayed by their own party.

In the past, conservative voters held their collective noses and voted for candidates who were conservative-lite.  As devotees of William F. Buckley they “voted for the most conservative candidate who could win.”  But the yields from that strategy have proven fruitless and downright deleterious.  It’s unlikely that voters will maintain that kind of party devotion with regard to suspect GOP candidates in future contests.

Do not attempt to justify this neglect by claiming Republicans only had one-half of one-third of the power in Washington, or don’t have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate or enough votes to override a presidential veto, or, because Obama is in the White House.  We know all that and we elected you anyway, on the promise that you’d stand on principle -- not play the game, or suck up to leadership to capture the best chairmanship, or seek common ground -- even when none exists -- or compromise when it would endanger the very security, liberty, and prosperity of the people who voted for you.

I personally worked hard to create alliances among conservative groups and Republican organizations and spent a great deal of energy discouraging naysayers from forming a third party -- which I still do not support. But I cannot promise that the 62% of Republicans who feel betrayed will not throw up their hands in disgust and declare, “The GOP is no longer to be trusted…or entrusted with our votes.  We are going elsewhere.” 


“If you watched that debate last night it looked like something from the early ‘80s. It was basically a liberal vs. liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff.”
              -Marco Rubio

 “[W]hat really stands out about the Democratic debate is how there was no diversity of idea or diversity of ethnicity. It was a bunch of old white people on stage who all largely agreed on government policies, government spending, taking people’s guns away, and killing children. Contrast these Democrats with the Republicans running. The Republicans disagree on immigration, they disagree on taxes, they disagree on college funding, they are white, Hispanic, Indian, male, and female. Where there is diversity of skin and thought on the right, there is none on the left.”
             -Erick Erickson

“It’s Hillary or nothing”….The Democratic National Committee is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton to be its presidential nominee because its upper power echelons are populated with women
The Republican Party is "cooked" if it fails to take back the White House in 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Priebus said a Republican president is essential following two terms of a Democrat in control. "We're cooked as a party for quite a while if we don't win in 2016," he told the Examiner.

Reports say that the influential Teamsters union may snub Hillary Clinton in favor of endorsing a Republican candidate such as Donald Trump for the White House in 2016.

Climate experts warn a rare pattern of water cooling in the north Atlantic will trigger a chain reaction of events leading to a “fully-blown ice age” in the UK.

“This blog is designed to show you the dark side of Islam that the West does not want you to see. The Islam that Western media refuse to show you. The Islam that is slowly but surely changing the West. You may feel uncomfortable looking at this blog. You should. You will feel anger and disgust that our leaders do not understand Islam when it comes to the motives that drive our enemies to commit suicide for their ideology. Look at the photos, watch the videos, most of which come right out of the Muslim world. Understand that elements of Sharia law are creeping into our daily lives under shelter of religious freedom. Listen and learn about the real Islam, then tell your family and friends.”

An ISIS logo was daubed on the wall of a restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chilling messages such as "convert or die" and "the caliphate is here" were also found covering the outside of a bakery.

The American Principles Project’s action statement is a lucid and necessary response to the thieves in our midst: “Like Lincoln, we will not accept judicial edicts that undermine the sovereignty of the people, the Rule of Law, and the supremacy of the Constitution. We will resist them by every peaceful and honorable means. We will not be bullied into acquiescence or silence.”

Any time you get a bunch of Democrats together in the same room, it is recommended that you grab hold of your wallet tightly and lock up the family silver.  You also might want to hide your wife and daughters – just to be safe. The Democratic presidential candidates who took the stage for their debate on Tuesday night tried to outdo one another in rushing to give away tax dollars on wild spending schemes.  How much are we talking about?  The Washington Times has some thoughts: The five Democratic presidential candidates pushed proposals in their first debate that would cost trillions in new spending, from free college tuition to single-payer health care. Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is the biggest spender of the group, championing universal government-run health care, expanded Social Security and free tuition at public colleges in a platform that The Wall Street Journal estimated last month would cost $18 trillion over 10 years.

An anti-Hillary Clinton group ran a television ad during Tuesday night´s Democratic debate showing the gravestone of Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.

21 most consequential Clinton scandals, ranked from most important

“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”
             -Alexis de Tocqueville

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