Saturday, May 28, 2016

op ed review 5/29



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Trump leads the Real Clear Politics average of national polls by two-tenths of a percentage point. Trump leads the ABC News/Washington Post poll by two points, the Rasmussen poll by five points and the Fox News poll by three points; he trails the CBS News/New York Times poll by six points and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll by three points.

The Republican Party is racing to build a presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The presumptive GOP nominee enters the general election with an organization even thinner than Mitt Romney´s four years ago. Trump won the primary by dominating media coverage. He didn´t bother to develop a ground game or data analytics program, believing those modern tools overrated. The Republican National Committee is filling the void.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) endorses Trump for president, calls him “disruptive” in a good way.

Sen. Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by 12 points in the Oregon Democratic primary…..not only did Oregon reject Clinton at this late stage, but Kentucky, viewed by most as a relatively safe state for her, very nearly went to Sanders as well.

Mexican flag waving mob riots at Trump rally in Albuquerque
http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/25/activists-and-illegal-aliens-attack-police-horses-outside-trump-rally-video/
The protesting groups were organized by the “PSL” which stands for “Party for Socialism and Liberation“.

Justice Department Documents Reveal Widespread Use of Fast and Furious Weapons by Major Mexican Drug Cartels – Linked to at least 69 Killings

64% of voters think the Clintons are dishonest.
Kathleen Willey, one of the women who famously accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault, used a radio interview to call on other female victims of Bill Clinton to contact her and consider going public.

20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency

The recent surge of illegal aliens flooding across the Southwest U.S. border continues undeterred as U.S. Customs and Border Protection set a new FY2016 apprehension record in April, catching a grand total of 38,135 illegal aliens over the 30-day period – an average of about 1,271 per day

Building robot McDonald's staff 'cheaper' than hiring workers on new minimum wage

New York City Lets You Choose From 31 Different Gender Identities.  Businesses that don’t respect and accommodate an individual’s chosen gender identity risk incurring six-figure fines under rules implemented by the city’s Commission on Human Rights.

More Obama era fundamental transformation:  For the first time in modern history, more 18-to-34-year-olds live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a Pew Research Center report.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was given unprecedented say over the Democratic Party platform in a move party leaders hope will soothe a bitter split with backers of the longshot challenger to Hillary Clinton — and Sanders immediately used his new power to name a well-known advocate for Palestinian rights to help draft Democratic policy.

The Obama administration has gone into overdrive in the last two months, pushing administrative policy changes to make it easier for ex-convicts to rejoin society, but at the same time sparking concern that reforms will increase crime and jeopardize safety. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/22/obamas-plan-to-reintegrate-ex-convicts-into-societ/

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn´t use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn´t either.

A new illegal immigrant detention facility opening in November will house 700 detainees, “including a separate 36 bed unit for transgender immigrants.”

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Charlie Daniels: “Our Government Has Grown Too Big and Too Cumbersome”

Recently, I have been thinking about how much life has changed in the last three quarters of a century and how much of that change is influenced by the bureaucracies and federal agencies that hold sway over almost every facet of life in America today.

I have come to the conclusion that we live in a self-imposed system of government that has grown so big and so incompetently operated, that the overlapping entities are literally tripping over each other's feet.

Rather than being a government by the people and for the people, it comes off as a cold, impersonal monolith. It’s so complicated, so overwhelming, with so many moving parts and so many departments that dealing with them on a one-on-one basis is such an exasperating experience that to even open a letter from any branch of government is a near traumatic experience.

Our lives are regulated, observed, subsidized and intimidated by so many government agencies that it's impossible to keep up.

They are the masters of overkill, they intentionally complicate their dealings with the public to the point of frustration. For instance, trying to fill out a tax return can bring on anxiety attacks, and understanding federal regulations is tantamount to deciphering advanced calculus.

There are so many ways to break the law without even knowing it. You can violate federal environmental laws by removing a plant from your own land that you had no way of knowing had been put on the endangered species list.

The federal government can come and take away your property and pay you less than it's worth claiming public domain. They can garnish your wages for back taxes before ever proving in court that you even owe them. They can hold you in jail indefinitely claiming you're a threat to national security before you've even been charged with any crime.

Our government has grown too big and too cumbersome for its own good, or more importantly, “We the People's” good. How many politicians have we elected who have promised to reduce the size of government and done absolutely nothing about it. And yet, we reelect their kind again and again.

Our federal government is now the world's largest debtor, with a national debt approaching twenty trillion dollars, with no plan in place to eradicate or even reduce it. According to the Census Bureau, nearly half the people in America are receiving some kind of remittance from the government.

The unemployment numbers are misleading because they count part-time jobs as if they were full employment.

Our foreign policy is basically non-existent.

Our military is the smallest in personnel and equipment that it's been in over a half century.
Big government does not translate into better efficiency or more national strength or a better life for its citizens. It is nothing more than a large unwieldy machine, requiring more and more taxpayer money, acquiring more and more debt, a bloated, self-proliferating conundrum; confusing, disordered and completely unsustainable.

The writing is on the wall. What do you think? Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem. God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
Colon:  Well, this conservative never thought I’d be quoting a rapper but Azealia Banks is one smart cookie. Even though she has tweeted insults about Donald Trump she now tweets that she will vote for him because Hillary "talks to black people as if we’re children or pets." She also tweeted that, "Right, black folk having been voting democrat for the last 70 years and we don´t have s**t to show for it."

“Being politically correct in the brave new America is extraordinarily difficult. Who can keep up with what’s new in confusion and abuse? The attempt is particularly difficult since transgender folk, ever on the scout for a comfortable place “to go,” became the majority in America. If you doubt they’re the majority, just read the newspapers. Pay no attention to the official U.S. government estimates that about one-tenth of 1 percent are unhappy with their sex, or “gender” as you’re supposed to call it now, whether you’re a noun or not.”
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LEFTIST WATCH
Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer’s first direct foray into the presidential race is coming by way of a new Super PAC cutting anti-Donald Trump ads in an effort to convince young people to register to vote and turn out on election day, public records show.

The “Christian leader” fronting the campaign to rally clergymen against Donald Trump is an aging Sixties radical who once belonged to the left-wing extremist group that birthed Bill Ayers’ Weathermen.

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GLOBALONEY
The global warming alarmists tell us to trust the science. But when it comes to climate studies, there’s less science and more accounting going on there. Computer models have an important place in science. They are useful in helping us understand our world, but models themselves aren’t science. Encyclopaedia Britannica says “scientific models at best are approximations of the objects and systems that they represent,” but “they are not exact replicas.” In the case of climate models, they are not even close to being approximate replicas. “http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/the-truth-warming-alarmists-dont-want-you-to-know-about-the-climate-models/
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ARTICLES
Hillary’s double-digit lead has vanished - and with it, apparently, Democrats´ dreams of a transformational 2016 victory that would leave Republicans wandering the wilderness for a generation. What happened? A closer look at those poll numbers offers some clarity.

Salon Magazine:  “Donald Trump is going to win: This is why Hillary Clinton can’t defeat what Trump represents.  People are rising up against neoliberal globalization.”

The successful parasite does not kill its host. But the federal regulatory parasite is in the process of killing the golden goose upon which it feeds.  From the new annual report, Ten Thousand Commandments 2016, prepared by Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we learn that the costs of federal regulations — nearly $1.9 trillion — is now greater than the Internal Revenue Service collects from both personal income and corporate taxes. “Federal regulation is a hidden tax that amounts to nearly $15,000 per U.S. household each year.”

Free Markets: When conservative activist Grover Norquist started arguing a couple years ago that Web-based sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb create “an opportunity for Republicans to make a comeback in cities,” the idea seemed a bit far-fetched. A new survey shows that he was on to something. A Pew Research Center survey released late last week took an in-depth look into the “sharing economy” to see how many people are using it, and how they feel about government efforts to regulate these hugely popular new services. What did it find? Ride-sharing users are far younger than the population, and they

It’s a lie often repeated that Obama was a Constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago law school. In fact, he was just a lecturer there for a short time who never much impressed his colleagues. Watching this administration in action one wonders what, if anything, he understands about the Constitution at all. His is an administration based on flouting it.
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WISE WORDS
"The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys."
                -Thomas Jefferson

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