Archive for September, 2016

DONALD TRUMP DID WELL IN FIRST DEBATE WITH CLINTON

September 28, 2016

In spite of the pro-Clinton questions by the moderator in the Hofstra debate in September 2016 Donald Trump did well. Due to the efforts of the moderator to favor Clinton Trump was to a great extent forced to play defense but he stood his ground.

There should have been more focus on Clinton’s three decades of failed policies. The Iran agreement stands out as a one of the Obama administration’s greatest mistakes.
The Iranians seek to humiliate the United States. Naturally they have no intention to to abide by the treaty. The regime in Theran is profiting greatly by getting US cash payments that were withheld for terrorist support activities.

One of the great weaknesses of the Obama administration supported by Clinton is constant informing the Islamic state and other enemies what they are planning to do in relation to terrorist activities. The State Department under Hillary contributed to weakening the American position in the fight against ISIS.

The Obama administration has for eight years attempted to falsely fit the facts into their story of terrorism. Thus they are avoiding the reality of what is happening in the Middle East. They are hiding much of what is done in an attempt to look good when in reality the situation in the Middle East is a disaster. This goes against prudent policy in war. Instead truth is always so important that it must be protected by a bodyguard of lies. The Obama administration is failing to protect that truth.

In future it would be important for Trump to more in detail expose Clinton’s failure as secretary of state and as senator. The terrible record of Clinton when it comes to security was only briefly mentioned in the debate.

In the future debates an important subject for Trump would be the ongoing deterioration of the American military in fields of training, equipment and readiness. Obamas personal dislike for nuclear weapons has resulted in an opening for China and Russia in this field. It has become a grave threat to all the whole West as American nuclear protection is necessary.

Russian military leaders have started talking about “no con” war (no contact). Conflicts in the future will to a great extent be a war of electronics. That would mean hacking and the use of electromagnetic pulse weapons. There are relevant doubts about how preparations against this type of warfare have been handled by the present administration.

GOP SENATORS SLAM OBAMA FOR “INACTION” IN SYRIA AS VIOLENCE CONTINUES

September 27, 2016

Washington Examiner on September 26, 2016, reported that two leading senators on defense slammed the Obama administration for its lack of leadership in Syria after a weekend of extreme violence that saw any hope of a cease-fire crumble. Excerpts below:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the Obama administration must stop trying the same fix over and over again in Syria when both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad have demonstrated that he “is not interested in diplomacy.”

“How many hospitals, markets, schools and playgrounds do Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have to bomb before we realize that Putin and Assad are not interested in stopping the violence?” the two senators said in a statement. “Putin and Assad do not want to broker peace. They want to win a war. And American inaction is helping them to do it.”

“After yet another cycle of this diplomatic masquerade, Russian and Syrian regime forces have unleashed new waves of airstrikes in Aleppo that no longer just indiscriminately target civilians, but now deliberately target humanitarian convoys, aid warehouses and rescue workers responding to the bloodshed,” McCain and Graham said.

“But, as Assad and Putin lay the ground work to starve or butcher the 250,000 Syrians in eastern Aleppo, President Obama’s policy remains shockingly unchanged.”

EXPOSING THE MYTH OF NORDIC SOCIALISM

September 25, 2016

National Review on July 26, 2016 published an article on an important book by Nima Sanandaji to be published in August 2016 on the Nordic social system the American left dreams of importing. Excerpts below:

“Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism” [is about] the social success of Nordic countries…The social success of Nordic countries pre-dates progressive welfare-state policies. A common misconception is that the Nordic countries became socially and economically successful by introducing universal welfare states funded by high taxes. In fact, their economic and social success had already materialized during a period when these countries combined a small public sector with free-market policies. The welfare state was introduced afterward. That the Nordic countries are so successful is due to an exceptional culture that emphasizes social cohesion, hard work, and individual responsibility.

Today, in contrast, Nordic countries stand out as having high-tax models. Denmark, for example, has the highest tax rate among developed nations. But in 1960, the tax rate in the country was merely 25 percent of GDP, lower than the 27 percent rate in the U.S. at the time. In Sweden, the rate was 29 percent, only slightly higher than in the U.S.

In fact, much of Nordic prosperity evolved between the time that a capitalist model was introduced in this part of the world during the late 19th century and the mid 20th century –during the free-market era.

What might come as a surprise to American admirers of the Nordic countries is that high levels of income equality evolved during the same period. Swedish economists Jesper Roine and Daniel Waldenström, for example, explain that “most of the decrease [in income inequality in Sweden] takes place before the expansion of the welfare state and by 1950 Swedish top income shares were already lower than in other countries.”

…some scholars attribute [the Nordic success] to the Protestant work ethic. It is likely that climate played an equally important role in creating the Nordic success culture. Nordic farmers owned their land but struggled to survive in the unforgiving climate of Scandinavia. In order to thrive, these homogenous societies developed strict work ethics, healthy lifestyles, and a code of individual responsibility out of necessity. To paraphrase the ancient Persian king Cyrus the Great, hard lands breed hard people.

American admirers of Nordic-style social democracy argue that by copying social-democratic policies, the U.S. will copy Nordic social success. But is this true? Hard lands breed hard people.

…the longest average life spans among Nordic peoples are found in Iceland — the small Nordic cousin that has the most distinctly Nordic culture, but also the most limited welfare system. It is equally interesting to look at Nordic Americans, a group that combines the Nordic success culture with U.S.-style capitalism. It was mainly the impoverished people in the Nordic countries who sailed across the Atlantic to found new lives…

Danish Americans today have fully 55 percent higher living standard than Danes. Similarly, Swedish Americans have a 53 percent higher living standard than Swedes. The gap is even greater, 59 percent, between Finnish Americans and Finns. Even though Norwegian Americans lack the oil wealth of Norway, they have a 3 percent higher living standard than their cousins overseas. Perhaps even more astonishing is that Nordic Americans are more socially successful than their cousins in Scandinavia.

They have much lower high-school-dropout rates, much lower unemployment rates, and even slightly lower poverty rates.

Currently, Nordic-style democratic socialism is all the rage among Democrat activists as well as with liberal intellectuals and journalists. But in the Nordic countries themselves, this ideal has gradually lost its appeal. Only one of the five Nordic countries, Sweden, currently has a government headed by social democrats.

The other four countries have center-right governments. Moreover, the Swedish Social Democrats enjoy weaker popular support today than at any point in modern times. They lead a minority government, as the majority of Swedes either support one of the center-right parties or the anti-immigration party.

During the past few decades, the Nordic countries have gradually been reforming their social systems. Taxes have been cut to stimulate work, public benefits have been limited in order to reduce welfare dependency, pension savings have been partially privatized, for-profit forces have been allowed in the welfare sector, and state monopolies have been opened up to the market. In short, the universal-welfare-state model is being liberalized.

…a closer look shows that these policies are not what explain the success of Nordic societies, and that the Nordic people themselves are becoming less enthusiastic about democratic socialism. Unfortunately, the American Left is more interested in the Nordic myth than a nuanced view of the actual benefits — and drawbacks — of democratic socialism.

Nima Sanandaji is the president of the European Centre for Policy Reform and Entrepreneurship. His latest book, “Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism” [was published in August].

FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DECEIVING CONGRESS ON IRAN MONEY

September 13, 2016

Fox News on September 12, 2016, reported on Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio accusing the Obama administration of trying to “deceive” Congress and the American people about roughly $1.7 billion in payments to Iran — suggesting at least some of the money was a “ransom” for American hostages and demanding official documents for the related transactions. Excerpts below:

“Each day brings new revelations about your administration’s efforts to deceive Congress and the American people regarding payments of billions of dollars to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio wrote Saturday in a letter to President Obama. “The America people do not believe the story that your administration did not provide Iran an illicit and potentially illegal ransom payment.”

The administration in January announced an agreement between the U.S. and Iran to settle a failed, decades-old arms deal that included Washington returning to Tehran $400 million and an additional $1.3 billion in interest.

However, reports in early August revealed the initial $400 million was delivered on Jan. 17 — the same day Tehran agreed to release four American prisoners. And Republicans are calling it a ransom.

Rubio submitted a list of nine demands in the letter, including a request for a copy of a waiver allowing the use of cash, instead of complying with a U.S. code that states “all federal payments made by an agency shall be made by electronic transfer.”

“Iran has pocketed this money and continued to hold and take more American hostages,” Rubio also wrote. “It has likely used this foreign currency to fund its military including its ballistic missile programs and to support Iran’s terrorist proxies throughout the Middle East.”

OBAMA DOCTRINE: SURRENDER WITHOUT PEACE?

September 8, 2016

Washington Times on September 7, 2016, published a commentary by Charles Hurt on the dangers of the Obama Doctrine. Excerpts below:

Everybody remembers the Monroe Doctrine, jealously defending the U.S. sphere of influence in North and South America from European meddling.

Normally, presidential foreign policy doctrines do not end in a question mark.

Ronald Reagan had a few that worked pretty well. “Peace through strength” and “Trust but verify” seemed to do a pretty good job of keep the world on its toes and our enemies at bay.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have not officially announced what their foreign policy doctrines would be, but isn’t it pretty well clear by now?

Riding as she does her husband’s coattails everywhere she goes, Hillary Clinton ends at least one of her doctrines with a question mark: “Cash or credit?” Her other doctrines would be more declarative. “Pay here.” That one includes a red arrow pointing to Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

The other one: “Insert cash or credit into slot.” What is really cutting edge about that last one is that it comes with ATM machines to be installed in 7-Elevens around the world, particularly in third world countries led by savage dictators and brutal theocracies where women are second-class citizens and little girls are tortured. The only difference is that these machines do not dispense cash. They only collect payments. Donald Trump has not declared his foreign policy doctrine yet either…

But for at least four more months, we must settle for “Surrender without peace.”

That is assuming Mr. Obama does not declare this November’s election null and void after Mr. Trump wins in a massive orange landslide…

Anyway, “Surrender without peace” is not pretty, but it is what [the US has].

It is what paved the way for a future nuclear Iran and rewarded them handsomely with pallets of cash for kidnapping Americans. That was the largest terrorist bailout program in world history.

“Surrender without peace” is what gets children gassed in Syria after declaring a “red line” against chemical weapons use.

“Surrender without peace” is what promotes human trafficking and child rape on death trains headed for the U.S. Southern border after you invited tens of thousands of illegals illegally into the country. Illegally.

“Surrender without peace” is what attracts Iranian boats to taunt U.S. warships and Russian jets to buzz American planes.

“Surrender without peace” is what invites the president of the Philippines to publicly declare that Mr. Obama is a “son of a whore.” And it is what emboldens the Chinese to publicly humiliate him by refusing to allow him to deplane Air Force One except though the little aft hole at the back of the plane.

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE ICON PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY, 92, HAS PASSED AWAY

September 7, 2016

Washington Times on September 6, 2016, reported that conservative author and icon Phyllis Schlafly has passed away at age 92. Excerpts below:

Eagle Forum, the grass-roots organization Mrs. Schlafly founded and presided over until her death, said in an online statement that she had died at her home in St. Louis surrounded by family members.

“Rest in peace, Phyllis Schlafly. Wife, mother, grandmother, author, lawyer, tireless voice of grass-roots conservative activism,” said conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

“A woman of valor, a formidable friend and adversary, an American patriot,” said Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.

A polymath and a political combatant whose adversaries included communists at the height of the Cold War and feminists emboldened by the sexual revolution, Mrs. Schlafly will best be remembered for almost single-handedly derailing the Equal Rights Amendment as it neared ratification.

Her victory served as a precursor to the Reagan revolution, uniting the anti-communist and pro-family factions of the Republican Party in order to triumph at the ballot box.

Mrs. Schlafly burst onto the national scene in 1964 with her book “A Choice, Not an Echo,” a clarion call for conservatives to unite behind presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. More than 3.5 million copies of the book were sold.

She would go on to write more than 20 more books and more than 2,500 columns.

A staunch pro-life Republican, Mrs. Schlafly played an active role in Republican National Conventions since 1952…Although she participated in many political campaigns, she never won office herself.

“Your work is an example to all those who would struggle for an America that is prosperous and free,” President Reagan said at a tribute event for Mrs. Schlafly in 1984.

..feminists saw her differently. “I’d like to burn you at the stake,” Betty Friedan said to Mrs. Schlafly at a 1973 ERA debate at Illinois State University. Mrs. Schlafly coolly responded that such a comment “shows the intemperate nature of proponents of ERA.”

Phyllis McAlpin Stewart was born in St. Louis on Aug. 15, 1924. Her father was a machinist, and her mother was a librarian. Mrs. Schlafly was a dedicated Girl Scout and attended Catholic schools, including Academy of Sacred Heart.

She worked nights at an ammunition plant as she earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1944 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She later received a master’s degree in government from Harvard University in 1945, law degree from Washington University Law School in 1978 and multiple academic honors, including an honorary doctor of humane letters from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008.

She married Mr. Schlafly, a lawyer and devout Catholic, in 1949 and began life as a stay-at-home mother in Alton, Illinois.

Mrs. Schlafly is survived by six children, 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.