News and Commentary for March 19

Don't be sad. Really, we will begin the road to saving our country come November!
Don’t be sad. Really, we will be on the road to saving our country come November!

Stories of the Day

I am frustrated because this story seems to be getting so little attention and it is such a very big deal. “Until late last week, other countries knew that Washington would use its control over Icann to block any such censorship. The U.S. has protected engineers and other non-government stakeholders so that they can operate an open Internet. Authoritarian regimes from Moscow to Damascus have cut off their own citizens’ Internet access, but the regimes have been unable to undermine general access to the Internet, where no one needs any government’s permission to launch a website. The Obama administration has now endangered that hallmark of Internet freedom. The U.S. role in protecting the open Internet is similar to its role enforcing freedom of the seas. The U.S. has used its power over the Internet exclusively to protect the interconnected networks from being closed off, just as the U.S. Navy protects sea lanes. Imagine the alarm if America suddenly announced that it would no longer patrol the world’s oceans.” America’s Internet Surrender: By unilaterally retreating from online oversight, the White House pleased regimes that want to control the Web.

Obama is not good for our country and the world, and we have three more years of this. Unreal. “It was a shocking disclosure just two years ago.  In Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama’s voice was picked up on a hot mic as he told Russia’s Dmitri Medvedev: “Tell Vladimir [Putin] I can be more flexible after the election.” It was an unprecedented confession by an American head of state.  It was shocking – or should have been – because it showed the president of the United States conspiring, literally whispering assurances to a foreign leader that may not have been consistent with his own public pronouncements to us, the American voters, or to the world. And this: President Obama has done virtually everything wrong in dealing with Russia.  He let Hillary Clinton present them with a misspelled “reset” button in 2009.  That button was red, but it was a green light for Russian aggression against the Republic of Georgia.  It signaled the Obama administration’s willingness to let bygones be bygones and let Putin’s seizure of several Georgian provinces stand.  Flexible. Next, Mr. Obama stiff-armed the Poles and Czechs over missile defense.  He withdrew an American offer of help to our new NATO allies while wishfully thinking this would make Putin more amenable to aiding us with Iran’s nuclear program.  Putin pocketed the concession and gave not an inch, nor a millimeter on Iran, or, for that matter, on Syria.  More flexible still.” How’s This for Flexibility, Mr. President?

Do  we have another Reagan waiting in the wings to fix the mess Obama has gotten and continues to get us in to?The rest is history. Carter’s efforts were all too little, too late. Ronald Reagan came to power. He ended Carterism, and won the Cold War by projecting U.S. strength and confidence to a tottering Soviet Union. Will Obama follow the Carter script? His foreign policy, like Carter’s in late 1979, is wrecked. Vladimir Putin saw Obama’s trashing of George W. Bush and loud boasts about “reset” as weakness to be exploited, not as outreach to be matched. Any former Soviet republic that has a large minority of Russian speakers feels that it is next in line for Putin’s bullying — and does not believe Barack Obama’s now-empty “step-over lines,” “red lines,” or ‘deadlines.’” A New Obama Doctrine? With his presidency in a tailspin, Carter radically changed course. Will Obama do the same?

This: “I have stated in the past that Obamacare is the worst thing to occur in our country since slavery. Why did I make such a strong statement? Obviously, I recognize the horrors of slavery. My roots have been traced back to Africa, and I am aware of some horrendous deeds inflicted on my ancestors in this country. The purpose of the statement was not to minimize the most evil institution in American history, but rather to draw attention to a profound shift of power from the people to the government. I think this shift is beginning to wrench the nation from one centered on the rights of individual citizens to one that accepts the right of the government to control even the most essential parts of our lives. This strikes a serious blow to the concept of freedom that gave birth to this nation.” And this: The American people must learn to identify and ignore political correctness if we are to escape the bitter ideological grenades that are destroying our unity and strength. Political correctness is impotent if we the people are fearless. Let us emphasize intelligent discussion of issues and leave the smear campaigns to those with no constructive ideas.” CARSON: Political correctness and the slavery of Obamacare

This: “I’ve been saying for years that we’re the target of a global war, that the Pyongyang-Beijing-Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Havana-Caracas etc Axis of Evil is hell-bent to dominate and destroy us.  Now the evidence is so clear that only a willfully blind man could fail to see it.  When the pundits were saying that Assad’s doom was imminent, I warned that he had the full support of Russia and Iran, and they would not go quietly.  He didn’t, but the pundits are still trying to unscrew the inscrutable jihadi networks and alliances, invoking the tired chant of Sunni vs Shi’ite, and refusing to see the battle of Syria in the context of the real war.” And this: “As we head toward the November elections, we badly need revolutionary leaders, men and women who understand the gravity of the global crisis, and who embrace the support of democratic revolution in the heartlands of our enemies.  This president and his executive branch are not going to do that, and the feckless “reporters” of the drive-by media are not going to report it in context, so it’s going to have to come from Congress. Or it’s going to end up as a big shooting war. And Obama is doing his damnedest to make sure we don’t have enough military power to win it without terrible cost. Faster, please.” The Big Story — the Global War — Goes Mostly Unreported

Amnesty

Not understanding America’s core values: If the elitists in our government get their way, America as we’ve know her will be dead. “’[V]ery similar to the pattern…among immigrants in other Western countries,’  America’s immigrants lean left politically, the report notes.  “Being liberal is not a moral failing on the part of immigrants; it is simply reflective of their backgrounds.”  “Most immigrants come from countries where the government plays a larger role in the economy and society.”  Americans likewise “bring their New York values with them” and eventually vote for higher taxes after moving from Gotham to low tax havens like Florida and New Hampshire, Coulter concurred.” Immigration and the Future of American Conservatism

Unreal. We have a tsunami-like election coming our way, and they are still pursing this? “What you have to recognize, which is an absolute truth, is that there is consensus with the Republican caucus that serious immigration reform has to happen,” Priebus said.” Reince Priebus Claims ‘Consensus’ Within GOP for ‘Serious Immigration Reform’

Big Government

Another example of Obama doing the exact opposite of what he said on the campaign trail. “It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.” That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public. ‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

This: “Democracy in America as we know it today is the creation of these two towers of the Progressive movement: cooperative federalism (i.e., federal control of state policies) and barriers to competition (i.e., the government-created cartels and monopolies). In the progressives’ version of democracy, the losers outnumber the winners, and the losses greatly outweigh the winnings. But the losses are diffuse whereas the winnings are concentrated. As Milton Friedman lamented, the average American is taken advantage of in lots of small ways, in order to pad the profits of concentrated special interests.” And this: “A belief in strong property rights and freedom of exchange must gain new adherents among the federal judiciary. Sooner or later, jurists and politicians will have to realize that, in order for our Constitution to function properly, the federal commerce power must be limited, and economic regulation must — as much as possible — be subject to competition among the states. Reclaiming the Constitution means knocking down the two towers that the progressive movement erected on the ruins of the Tenth Amendment: cooperative federalism and the cartel state. Both towers continue to grow ever stronger, and at every step liberty suffers another blow. There is little time to waste.” The Two Towers of Progressivism: To save the Constitution, target “cooperative federalism” and the cartel state.

Common Core

Another reason not to allow Common Core to be implemented. “Bad news for supporters of national education curriculum: States with education standards most closely aligned to Common Core fared worse on math tests than states with their own standards, according to a new study. The study, conducted by the Brookings Institution, compared standardized test scores for all 50 states over the last five years. It found that states using education standards that are most dissimilar to Common Core tended to score the highest on math. Though the difference is small, it nevertheless undermines the claims of Common Core’s high profile backers, which include President Obama’s Department of Education, several moderate Republican governors, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” Common Core gets AWFUL review in new study

Economics

The question of the day: “The innovation point is actually a relatively subtle one. More fundamental is the fact that if you raise the cost of anything, whether carbon emissions or labor, you will get less of it. Liberals understand the law of supply and demand when they are trying to suppress something. Hence the carbon tax, and an even better example, taxes on cigarettes. Liberals justify sky-high tobacco taxes by saying that they don’t want people to smoke, and the more expensive cigarettes are, the less people will smoke them. That is undoubtedly true. So why can’t they understand that the more expensive entry-level labor is, the fewer people will have jobs?” If Liberals Understood Economics…

Freedom

We want our freedom back (read the whole thing). “In view of the foregoing, surely it is no exaggeration to say that President Obama will leave America weaker, sicker, and more dependent on Washington, by and through which more Americans will live, move, and have their being. In a cause and effect world, decreased human freedom directly corresponds to increased human misery. When the president leaves office in 2016, more Americans will have left the job market, lost their health care, and received food stamps under his administration than any other in generations. Does he still believe he was the one we were waiting for? As more Americans look to Washington for solutions, abroad less will do so. Friends and foe alike wonder if America has lost its stomach for leadership. The president who promised to end “dumb” wars, speak to our enemies without precondition, and “reset” America’s foreign relations will justifiably be remembered as Jimmy Carter 2.0 whose nice words and good intentions were rendered utterly meaningless by his repeated failure to act when American action could have made a difference. Libyans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghanis, Israelis, and Ukrainians longing for freedom must wonder what has become of the shining city on the hill. If it shines no longer, who will light the way?” The Obama Legacy: Decreasing Freedom

The Left

Detached from reality. “Progressives pride themselves on their highly evolved psyches, their awe-inspiring good intentions and their admirable sense of right and wrong.  Indeed, so sure are they that they are right, disagreement can only be an insult.  Opposition triggers instant hatred, in a chorus chanted so loudly that nothing said, no evidence presented, will be heard or considered.  Indeed, in order to cement a belief, whatever the left decides to believe magically becomes new science, granted an exemption from any sort of scientific process because the leftist has declared that a consensus of leftists makes something scientific.  Belief alone is the sole test.  This process is, quite literally, detached from reality, as if written by an inebriated Charles Dodgson. Throughout history, the progressives of each era started with propaganda, then “progressed” to banning, confiscation, imprisonment and worse.  They are the book burners of our age.  Knowing they must rig the game to win, they have enacted laws necessary to criminalize their fellow citizens.   No matter their assurances, the only thing that will quell their fear and smother dissent is to wage war on the imaginary, extending their control even to how one is allowed to think about make-believe things.  Despite their past denials, and their ridicule of those who employ logic and reason, they have exposed themselves, finally forced by their legislation to explain how far they are prepared to go to quiet the voices in their heads.  Confiscation is how far.  Nothing else will ever be enough.” Zero Tolerance, Evil Objects, and the Psychosis of the Left

Obamacare

You can’t fix stupid. “Turns out that insurers — desperate to keep premiums as low as they could in the face of ObamaCare’s costly benefit mandates, taxes and regulations — set up narrow, sometimes extremely narrow, provider networks to hold down costs. For those with serious health problems, this could mean disruptions in care, lack of access to doctors and hospitals, and potentially huge out-of-pocket costs if they ended up out of network. Yet even with these narrow networks, premiums still climbed by double digits in most markets thanks to ObamaCare. As this reality sank in, public anger mounted. So in its latest attempt to mend a self-inflicted wound, the administration issued a new set of ObamaCare standards designed to force insurance companies to expand their provider networks. In its letter to insurers, HHS said that, starting next year, the agency will require all plans to offer “reasonable access” to doctors and hospitals. The letter didn’t define what “reasonable access” means, but any plan that fails to meet this test won’t be available in the federal ObamaCare exchange.” Another ObamaCare Rate Shock On The Way

Just in time for November elections. “Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.” O-Care premiums to skyrocket

Disaster headed our way. “The dynamics of this meet up into a perfect storm for consumers, Elise Viebeck explains. Insurers may have underpriced premiums this year despite the sharp increases already seen for 2014 plans, hoping to entice younger and healthier Americans into the system. That has largely failed, which means that the risk pools are even farther out of whack than anticipated. Also, the regulatory costs are starting to bite insurers, and the lack of providers in some plans may force insurers to expand reimbursement schedules to correct the problem in 2014 and 2015. The result? In some areas, premiums for 2015 will double, and one insurer told Viebeck that they will likely triple in his state. Those prices will get announced in the fall, regardless of whether HHS likes it or not, as insurers have to start open enrollments by October 1st to get people on plans by January 1. That puts the bad news just weeks ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.” ObamaCare premiums to double in some areas next year

Freedom lost. “Still, the most startling part of the interview was not the admission that the time is near when Americans will no longer be able to choose or keep their doctor.  Oh no!  The most outrageous thing Barack Obama said was that average people without health insurance would be required to “make some choices” to save money on something he is part and party to making unaffordable. Choices!  Obama actually said that those whose health care choices have been taken away might have to make “choices” about something they have absolutely no choice but to make. That’s why, based on the endless falsehoods the president perpetrates and the incongruity of claiming “choice” in a policy that has eliminated virtually all choice, Barack Obama has about as much regard for veracity and logic as he has for the fuel he wastes flying around to fundraisers on Air Force One. It has become clear that Barack Obama is still hustling the American people to get the reluctant to further submit to his collective utopian vision.  To add insult to injury, his newest mind-boggling attempt to justify taking away more of our freedoms is to convince those devastated by ObamaCare that choosing a doctor we’d rather not choose is all about choice.” Exercising Your Right to Choose a Doctor You’d Never Choose

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