Saturday, April 15, 2017

op ed review 4/16

President Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on April 28, becoming the first U.S. president to address the gun-rights group since Ronald Reagan in 1983.

The White House will direct federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year.

The conservative Club for Growth aims to turn up the heat on more centrist Republicans to pressure them to support legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

President Trump refused to sign onto the G7 statement on the Paris Agreement to Global Warming junk science.  Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the US was in the process of reviewing the agreement.

Judge Napolitano Vindicated? British Intelligence Was Used By Obama Administration to Obtain FISA Warrants On Trump Team

61% of federal criminal arrests are of non-citizens
President Trump´s newly installed U.S. attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, is doing something unique for a top U.S. law official: He´s actually enforcing immigration law. What a concept.
Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony
Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border
Dallas´ Latino leadership organized an immigration march, hoping for 100,000 people.   After the march, Dallas police estimated 3,200 people marched and attended the subsequent rally.

In the first special election since Donald Trump’s big win in November, Republicans held Mike Pompeo’s seat in Kansas. But New York Times declares it a victory for Democrats.
The liberal media, so desperate for anti-Trump stories to feed into their narrative, are looking to use something as innocuous as the White House Easter egg roll as a yardstick to show "yet another" failure of the Trump administration.

The Keystone XL oil pipeline could generate about $44 million in tax revenues a day once it’s fully up and running, according to a new report.

State of Modern Sports: Boy Identifies as Girl, Boy Competes as Girl, Boy Wins Everything

Investor’s Business Daily 

With surprisingly little fanfare, President Trump has set about doing something that has evaded presidents of both parties for decades: reshaping, resizing and reforming our vast, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy. If he succeeds, all Americans will be the better for it. It's not an easy task. But it is a vital one.

Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to "resize" the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It's the kind of thing that private businesses do all the time, but that Big Government with its 2.9 million workers does almost never.

"The president of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch — a little blank piece of paper, and if you were going to rebuild the executive branch, what would it look like?" Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
To that end, Mulvaney has sent a letter to all federal agencies telling them to expect major funding cuts and that calls on them to "reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies" as part of a plan to make government leaner and more efficient.

Though the bureaucracy makeover is part of the laundry list of items Trump wanted to get done in his first 100 days, Mulvaney notes the actual budget cuts won't happen until the 2019 budget. "One of the reasons this is so difficult to do is that you just can't wave a magic wand in the Oval Office and do these things," Mulvaney told RealClearPolitics.

Recent tales of a Veterans Affairs worker viewing porn while dealing with a customer and a Las Vegas-based Environmental Protection Agency official who used a government credit card for a $14,799 high-end gym membership only underscore the need for changes. But it goes even farther than that.

The fact is, along with revamping the bureaucracy itself, Trump plans to slash thousands and thousands of burdensome regulations whose costs far exceed their benefits. Today, according to economists' estimates, regulation costs the U.S. more than $2 trillion, much of that completely unnecessary. Sharp cuts in regulation will lead to fewer, but far more productive, federal workers.

The goal isn't to punish federal workers, but to make them subject to the same rules of efficiency as the rest of the world. It will take some doing, but reducing the size, scope and cost of government, while also limiting its influence in our lives, is a worthy goal.

Another good read:  “The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels. How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geo-political foe? Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels? All of these items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.

“The most important thing for us is to send a message to the world that the border is not open. Please don’t come. You will be apprehended if you do come, and you will be deported promptly.”
                 -Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“In the end, capital punishment is a matter of justice and just deserts. It is justice for the dead and his or her relatives and it is just deserts for the murderer. On several occasions I have offered people opposed to the death penalty a deal. I will oppose capital punishment for the guilty, if they will oppose ‘capital punishment’ for the innocent unborn. I am still waiting to hear from them.”
                 -Cal Thomas

“The reason that the Russians are in [Syria] is not an affection for Assad … but because, as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have an active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power. They have displaced the United States. And their entire foreign policy under Putin is to restore the glory and the territory and the influence of old Soviet Union, one piece at a time. And it does that by taking away from the United States. It’s a zero sum game.”
                    -Charles Krauthammer

MIT Press has just put out a new book aimed at the kiddie market. It’s called “Communism for Kids.” And it’s hitting the “best seller” Amazon lists for the “communism and socialism” section — yes, that’s truly a section. Anyhow, the Amazon description reads thusly: “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism.”

Notre Dame’s student newspaper spotlighted a protest campaign by left-wing undergraduates decrying the supposedly “racist, sexist, homophobic, [and] xenophobic” Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, who is set to be the commencement speaker this year at the university.

The Pigpen Left: Found in 20,000 tons of Dakota pipeline protest garbage and debris: one dead body.

A lawsuit alleges Seattle mayor Ed Murray raped drug-addicted, teenaged boys.
If the Mayor resigns, the Seattle Times frets about “the possibility of a Mayor Kshama Sawant, or some other extreme left-wing ideologue, steering this booming city wildly off course.”

Forcing Political Correctness On Employees And Characters Is Killing Marvel Comics

Venezuela: Socialist Mob Assaults Archbishop of Caracas During Holy Week Mass

Harvard is dropping the reference to the school´s Puritan founders in the lyrics of its 181-year-old alma mater because it´s “not inclusive enough.”

A PBS high school lesson plan encourages students to empathize with young Palestinian terrorists who want to become suicide bombers to achieve martyrdom and suggests they would rather die because Palestinians have less land and are restricted.

The editorial staff of Wellesley College’s student newspaper recently wrote that anyone who dares utter a politically incorrect thought should be punished with “hostility.”

Muslim teacher in Australia demonstrates how a man should beat women with a stick - as Islamic group says a husband´s violence towards his wife is a ´beautiful blessing´.
Flashback from last week: “Here…is the moderate liberal Islamic position on beating your wife: Don't do it too hard. “….the goal of the beatings is rebuke in a way that does not cause injury.”

Palace intrigue:  Conflict between Trump advisor Steve Bannon and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.  “The Swamp Is Rooting for Kushner”

If Tesla Is Worth More Than GM, Why Are Taxpayers Still Subsidizing It?

“The surprising truth about Trump and veterans”  Without Trump, Vietnam War veterans would have never gotten their heroes´ welcome, 32 years ago, “the largest parade of participants in the history of New York City.”

104 Year history of the income tax.

Video released by the Pentagon on Friday showed the “Mother of all Bombs (MOAB)” plummeting from the sky and exploding in eastern Afghanistan, as military officials said it flattened a cave-and-tunnel complex controlled by ISIS.   President Donald Trump, who said he authorized the attack, called it a “very, very successful mission.”

“But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.”
                     -George Washington

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