Sunday, June 3, 2018

op ed review 6/3


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
U.S. Back At No. 1 Competitiveness Ranking — Will Trump's Critics Ever Admit To Being Wrong?
Over the weekend, President Trump's critics were in a sputtering rage over his supposedly losing 1,500 illegal immigrant children, sticking them in cages, and putting others on specially equipped prison buses. Turns out, it was all 100% bogus. The cage photos were actually taken in 2014 — when President Obama was in the White House.
Obama administration officials are rushing to explain photos from 2014 that went viral this weekend showing locked-up immigrant children
Far from cages: Feds pay $670 a day to make unaccompanied illegal alien children 'comfortable'

The White House is aggressively stepping up its fight for tighter border enforcement, blaming former President Obama’s “catch-and-release” policies and legal loopholes promoted by congressional Democrats for the surge in fraudulent asylum claims and youth smuggling into the U.S.

Number of Employed Americans Sets 9th Record Under Trump
Unemployment Rate Falls to 18-Year Low
Shocking to see this in the New York Times: “We ran out of words to describe how good the jobs numbers are.”

President Trump will pardon conservative Dinesh D'Souza.
Dinesh: “A Behind the Scenes Look at my Presidential pardon.”

One of Stanford University’s most vocal conservative leaders, who is determined to “Make Stanford Great Again,” is the son of controversial Obama administration official Susan Rice.

Today Google informed anyone who searched for information on the California Republican Party that its political philosophy is “Nazism.”

TBS comedian Samantha Bee on Thursday lost two advertisers for her TV show amid backlash for calling Ivanka Trump the c-word. Autotrader and State Farm insurance said on Thursday that they were dropping their ads from her TBS show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

Pilots Give Teamsters the Boot…..Nearly 60 percent vote out union in 'historic' election

California has found a novel way to save money on Obamacare patients — punish hospitals that provide too much care. How much is too much? That’s up to the bureaucrats.

The pro-life niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. said that if Starbucks truly wanted to end racism, it would stop funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Italy’s new leader vows to send home 500,000 illegal immigrants.

Texas governor’s security plan in response to the Santa Fe High School attack includes placing armed veterans in Texas schools for defense of students and teachers.

Democrats' dishonesty about MS-13 hands Trump a winning issue…….. How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan.  But Nancy Pelosi defends MS-13:  "..we're all God's children ... Does (Trump) not believe in the spark of divinity, the dignity and worth of every person?"
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Charles Hurt, Washington Times, 5/27

No president from either party over the past three decades has earned the inheritance of Ronald Reagan on the world stage quite like President Trump has.

Sure, the two men could not appear more different in style. Reagan was nearly incapable of un-sunniness. Even from his hospital room after being shot, the image of Reagan was of a man smiling.

Mr. Trump, on the other hand, sometimes careens into channeling the justified rage so many Americans feel toward professional Washington politicians. But even that difference is often overstated. While the media focuses on Mr. Trump’s hot condemnations of the evils arrayed against America, he is more often sunny and funny and entertaining. And, don’t forget, Reagan was no squishy cupcake when it came to enemies wishing harm to America. When it comes to leadership in this big, nasty world, Mr. Trump is more like Reagan than any other president since.

George H.W. Bush was a silk-stocking Yankee of high privilege while Reagan was an outsider from the Midwest who grew up in a modest home. Whereas Reagan believed fervently in “America First” — to borrow a theme from Mr. Trump’s campaign — George H.W. Bush dreamed of a “new world order” where supposedly benevolent global elites would dictate the new orders. How has that worked out?

After the Kuwait war, Mr. Bush squandered the highest approval ratings of any president up to that point and promptly lost to Bill Clinton in the next election. When it came to foreign policy, Mr. Clinton’s North Star was whatever was the latest trouble his unzipped pants had gotten him into. Mr. Clinton famously lobbed his “Monica Missiles” into Sudan and Afghanistan as a diversion from the scandal involving the young White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

Though fairly popular abroad, Mr. Clinton did not enjoy much actual success on the global stage. He is best remembered for Haitian boat people, failed Middle East peace talks and a disastrous raid in Mogadishu in which 19 U.S. troops were killed, two Black Hawk helicopters shot down and the bodies of crew members were dragged through the streets and mutilated.

Like his father, George W. Bush dreamed of a new world order after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Bush should forever be praised for preventing any other attack on U.S. soil, but his dream of thwarting jihadi terrorism through nation-building lasted only as long as it would take America to elect the next dunce to the White House.

Which, of course, is exactly what happened in 2008 with the election of Barack Obama. His legacy will forever be reigniting the passion of jihadi terrorism on our shores. Oh, and handing control of the Middle East over to a soon-to-be nuclear Iran.

Mr. Trump is a stunning departure from all his predecessors back to Reagan. Drawing rebuke and scorn, Reagan refused to live in a world that accepted Mutual Assured Destruction as a normal existence. He vowed to change that.

A nuclear Korean peninsula with missiles aimed at our Western cities has long become a new accepted norm. But not to Mr. Trump. Same with Iran, radical Islamic terrorism and illegal immigration streaming across our border with Mexico.

Even the methods chosen by the two presidents have much in common. When Mr. Trump grew disgruntled with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un, he wrote him a personal — almost corny — letter canceling their planned summit. “I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you.”

Similarly, whenever a new Soviet leader would come to power, Reagan would sit down and write a personal note appealing for peace. Like Mr. Trump, Reagan appealed for peace for the Soviet people. But, like Mr. Trump, Reagan’s top priority was to Make America Great Again.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“For an administration to engage in a war against fossil fuels is just simply wrongheaded to begin with. But this president from the very beginning said that the war on coal is over. We’re going to be energy dominant and energy independent. When you see that taking place, that’s the reason there’s tremendous optimism across the country, tremendous optimism for our economy and the future and the ability to be about stewardship, and jobs and growth.”
                        -EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
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LEFTIST WATCH
The wife of a Facebook cofounder has provided a bulk of the funding to a political action committee that was co-founded by Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist Shaun King to target district attorney races across the country in an attempt to "fight structural racism." Liberal activists and entities, such as billionaire George Soros and the Color of Change PAC, have quietly flooded local district attorney races across the country with cash and organizational support in an attempt to overhaul the criminal justice system by electing far-left DAs.
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ARTICLES
It turns out that the comedy TV series Portlandia may be a documentary. KOMO-TV, a Seattle station, reports on the latest manifestation of absurdity emanating from a city so absurd that it generated its own parody television series: Two employees of a bakery in Northeast Portland were fired earlier this month for denying a black woman service because the business had closed.
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GOOD WEBSITES
Incredible color photographs from World War I
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WISE WORDS
“Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.”
                  -Thomas Jefferson

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