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"These candidates want to transform America even more than Obama did, American citizens be damned. The difference between Trump, who loves this country, and all twenty Democrat candidates who seem to hate everything about America could not have been clearer in these two debates"
If there were ever two evenings that exposed the economic idiocy of the Democratic Party, it was both debate nights. Every single candidate promises a wish list of free things for all, including a $1,000-a-month income (Yang) courtesy of the government. College will be free; health care will be free, even for illegal aliens; abortion will be free on demand; student debt will be erased; etc. Not one of them explains where all this money will come from.
And if there was ever an evening that made American citizens double down on protecting their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, it was hearing all of them talk about abrogating that right. They all clearly believe that law-abiding citizens should not own guns.
They all are abjectly committed to the hoax that is climate alarmism, which proves that all of them are a bit dim, ignorant of science, and subject to mass hypnosis. If any one of them knows better, he is too afraid to say so. Only Biden had the guts to say the U.S. is not the problem with regard to CO2 emissions, but he still thinks we should pay for the pollutants of other nations, like China and India.
The most destructive policy they all support is open borders. To this bunch, illegal migrants, the hundreds of thousands of them breaching our border, are far more important than American citizens.
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UPDATE: Who Won Medals at the Woke Olympics Debate?
I am ashamed to say I watched the entire debate. BY LIZ SHELD JUNE 27, 2019
Who was the winner? I would say it was a tie between Donald Trump and those who did something else. Here is a summary for the smarter people among us who did not watch.
* Most of the candidates claimed that Trump's economic policies are not working for the middle class, only the rich are benefiting. But According to Rasmussen's latest survey released on Wednesday, 50 percent of likely voters say the economy is good or excellent. By comparison, only 34 percent said the same about Obama at the same point in his administration
* De Blasio and Warren both want to put you into a government-controlled health care program and take away your healthcare choices.
* Julian Castro who doesn't speak Spanish, believes in "reproductive justice." I don't know what that is but it sounds scary.
* On national security, some of the candidates said China was the biggest geopolitical threat while others said it was Iran. I can't remember which ones, they all blurred together since they aren't really that different policy-wise, said climate change was the biggest threat.
* One big topic was immigration. Most of the Democrats on the stage wanted to decriminalize unauthorized crossings across the U.S.-Mexico border. This is insane, is there another country on the planet that allows people unauthorized access to their country?
Perhaps the second round of debates (TONIGHT) will be different. Just kidding. Read more @ Carousel of Freaks
It may be traditional that in the scrum of politics, candidates make overly optimistic promises that the electorate somewhat discounts. Even so, we would wager that never in the history of this country have so many absurd statements been made, and unrealistic policy prescriptions been advanced.
Virtually all the 26 candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination for president are espousing positions no more credible than the snake-oil salesmen of old. To get a clear sense of the absurdity of some of the claims, several examples are worth highlighting:
Snake Oil #1: The ‘Green New Deal’
The idea that the United States can solve a global problem while India, China, and others with many times the U.S. population grow their carbon emissions is nonsensical. Furthermore, the notion that this country could offset the emissions of others without destroying our economy is downright delusional.
Stunningly, but not surprising, the Dems seem unfazed by the Green New Deal’s $93 trillion estimated price-tag.
Snake Oil #2: ‘Medicare for All’
“Medicare for All,” as Robert Pozen pointed out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, isn’t Medicare at all. Under such a scheme, private insurance coverage would be outlawed. In fact, the current proposals are draconian even compared to the single-payer systems in Canada and Britain, which ration services and fail to provide high-quality care.
Snake Oil #3: Income Redistribution
We have a do-nothing, know-nothing Congress that can’t agree on how to get right the most basic issues facing the nation today, yet we are being asked to trust them to dictate to companies how to deploy their resources and profits? The resulting shift away from shareholder to “stakeholder” (i.e., political) interests would collapse the stock market.
Snake Oil #4: Raising the Minimum Wage
Another old chestnut that refuses to die is the foolhardy call to raise the minimum wage. A study of Seattle’s minimum-wage hike found that it actually lowered average incomes among entry-level workers. Employers simply reduced hours, hired fewer workers, and offset the cost of the wage hike.
Snake Oil #5: The ‘Wage Gap’ Fallacy
And then there is Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) equal pay hoax. Harris’s plan would fine companies that cannot sufficiently prove to the government that they pay men and women the same for “the same kind of work.” (“The Equal Pay Act of 1963 already prohibits employers from paying men and women differently for the same jobs. And Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964 outlaws sex-based employment discrimination of any kind.”)
Snake Oil #6: Reparation
How would it be just to punish (via taxation) a vast number of people whose parents never even entered America until decades, or even a century or more, after slavery ended? What of those whose families never resided in places where there was slavery? How would we calculate how many African-Americans are descended from slaves and would qualify?
Snake Oil #7: Open-Borders and Amnesty
Many of the 26 hopefuls often say that opposing it is “not who we are.” Wrong. It is completely legitimate—actually, responsible and civic-minded—to demand that immigration be legal. We should be discussing how much legal immigration is good for America
By Andrew I. Fillat and Henry I. Miller
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“Father you have raised President Trump up for such a time as this ... Let every demonic network that has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus. Let the counsel of the wicked be spoiled now according to Job 17, I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy. Destroy and divide their tongues, Oh Lord.”
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I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995, in light of the actions of the Government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taken to destabilize the Middle East, promote international terrorism, and advance Iran’s ballistic missile program, and Iran’s irresponsible and provocative actions in and over international waters, including the targeting of United States military assets and civilian vessels, hereby order:
The omnipotent ayatollah commands a private militia and intelligence agency, which are outside the jurisdiction of any other arm of government. The budgetary and financial assets at his disposal and of the heads of bodies operating in his “office” are separate from all over governing mechanisms in the county, including even the Revolutionary Guards autonomous economic empire.
Khamenei’s “key financial resources” are believed to be kept in a secret fund and run into tens of billions of dollars.
UPDATE: US struck Iranian military computers this week
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems on Thursday as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, U.S. officials said Saturday.
The cyber attacks — a contingency plan developed over weeks amid escalating tensions — disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, the officials said. Two of the officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps computer system, were provided as options after Iranian forces blew up two oil tankers earlier this month.
The action by U.S. Cyber Command was a demonstration of the U.S.’s increasingly mature cyber military capabilities and its more aggressive cyber strategy under the Trump administration. Over the last year U.S. officials have focused on persistently engaging with adversaries in cyberspace and undertaking more offensive operations.
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And so a watching world comes to understand that who lives or dies in Iran is decided by the American President .. not by the petty rulers of that imprisoned country.
Oh how these desperate leaders hate this President of the United States, who steals their authority, who speaks a word and saves the lives of their Iranian people .. lives that mean nothing to these ayatollahs, who use their people as fodder, as human sacrifice:
They wear the blood-red headband and a small metal key into battle. ''Sar Allah,'' (''Warriors of God''), some of the headbands read in Farsi script, identifying the wearers as divinely designated martyrs who will use their keys to go directly to heaven if killed in the holy war against Iraq declared by their leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The headbands and the keys are worn by young boys, aged 12 to 17, who are recruited by local clergy or simply rounded up in the villages of Iran, given an intensive indoctrination in the Shiite tradition of martyrdom, and then sent weaponless into battle against Iraqi armor. Often bound together in groups of 20 by ropes to prevent the fainthearted from deserting, they hurl themselves on barbed wire or march into Iraqi mine fields in the face of withering machine-gun fire to clear the way for Iranian tanks. Across the back of their khaki-colored shirts is stenciled the slogan: ''I have the special permission of the Imam to enter heaven.''
In dozens of interviews conducted by this reporter in recent weeks with Iranian exiles, academics and government and intelligence officials in the United States and Europe, the blind faith of these teen-age martyrs was frequently cited as symbolic of the fanaticism that is part of life today in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
An East European journalist who witnessed one of these human-wave assaults, in which tens of thousands of young Iranians have gone willingly to their deaths, could hardly believe what he was seeing, as first one boy, and then another, detonated a mine and was hurled into the air by the explosion.
''We have so few tanks,'' an Iranian officer explained to the journalist, without apology.
Source: Terence Smith, "Iran: Five Years of Fanaticism", The New York Times, February 12, 1984
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UPDATE: DEPORTATIONS ON HOLD
President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday.
The “family op,” as it is referred to at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security, is slated to target up to 2,000 families facing deportation orders in as many as 10 U.S. cities. The White House has been in direct communication with acting ICE director Mark Morgan.
“In February, we sent letters to these individuals telling them they had an order of removal,” Morgan told reporters this week. “We’re at the point right now where we have no other choice but to use our interior enforcement statutory authority to identify where these individuals are and remove them.”
Families cannot be exempted, he said: “The law must be applied fairly and equally. We’re going to do that with compassion and dignity, but we’re going to enforce the law.”
Morgan this week urged families with deportation orders to turn themselves in to ICE, and said that operations targeting those who defy court orders would reinforce the administration’s broader deterrent efforts.
“The message has gotten out that if you bring a kid, nothing will ever happen to you,” Morgan said. “We need to make sure we’re sending the message that will not be tolerated any more.”
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Chairman Kim may never be freed, but for U.S. interests the Nuclear threat is gone.
Chairman Xi now owns any actions taken by North Korea. The open engagement by Xi now transfers all DPRK behavior openly to Beijing. North Korea is no more a nuclear threat than China. Technically, this has always been the reality; however, now things are public. China cannot hide or deny their involvement.
Remember, generally speaking President trump held two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon; and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.
The first objective has been achieved. President Trump can now go into full economic war against China without the worry of Beijing using Pyongyang to launch rockets.
Big Happenings: President Xi’s visit to NK (the first such visit by a Chines leader in 14 years) kicks off a flurry of high-level diplomatic activity around the Korean Peninsula ahead of the G20 summit in Japan later this month.
Long before media pundits starting noticing/considering how serious President Trump was about structurally resetting the entire landscape of a U.S-China trade relationship ... President Trump quietly and methodically laid the groundwork.
The November 2017 tour of Asia was President Trump traveling to meet directly, face-to-face, one-on-one with the manufacturing heavyweights of Southeast Asia
For two-and-a-half years U.S. President Trump has been working on two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon (Kim is hostage to China); and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.
Both issues are directly connected to U.S. national security; and both issues are being approached by President Trump through the use of economic leverage to achieve national security results.
Critical Background HERE and HERE
Additionally, President Trump has been openly, albeit with coded messages, telling the world North Korea was already no longer a threat.
(Reuters) – Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.
Apple’s request was a result of the extended Sino-U.S. trade dispute. The iPhone maker has decided the risks of depending heavily on manufacturing in China are too great and even rising, it said.
TOKYO— Nintendo Co. is shifting some production of its Switch videogame console to Southeast Asia from China to limit the impact of possible U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made electronics.
Japan’s Sharp Corp. , which is controlled by Foxconn, said last week that it planned to move production of personal computers to Taiwan or Vietnam.
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"President Trump Just Revolutionized Health Care — And Nobody Noticed"
There are two big ways Washington can affect healthcare for Americans. The first is by working to expand the range of affordable, high-quality options available in every community. The second is by purposefully eliminating these options in order to drive more people toward centralized, government-run healthcare schemes.
Here’s an example: Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, allow workers to shop for a health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families. The previous administration imposed crushing fines and penalties on HRAs to prevent employees from selecting the plan of their choice. “It was impossible,” President Trump said
On Friday, President Trump announced that HRAs will now receive the same tax treatment as other employer-provided health plans. The move is crucial for America’s small businesses: It’s estimated that 90 percent of the businesses that will take advantage of HRAs have fewer than 20 employees.
“The Obama administration had made it illegal for our business to help employees with their health insurance costs,” Maryland small business owner Tom Kunkel said at the White House on Friday. “After the Obama ruling we had to stop all reimbursements . . . which caused a great bit of hardship for our employees.”
Now, his business and others can help defray healthcare costs for employees again.
The Trump Administration expects that 800,000 employers will offer these new HRAs to more than 11 million employees and family members once employers fully adjust to the rule. As a result, some 800,000 Americans who would otherwise be uninsured are projected to gain coverage.