Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OBAMA'S AMNESTY FOR CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS -- A NATIONAL SECURITY PROBLEM


IMMIGRATION MUST NOT BE USED FOR POLITICAL GAINS


Immigration reform is long overdue and must be dealt with, but not for political gain. Illegal immigration, long a misdemeanor of innocents, mostly Hispanics seeking a better life, is now criminal and a threat to national security. If Mr. Obama grants amnesty to criminals, even terrorists, to build the voter bloc, he will be abrogating his first obligation as president – providing for national security. It will be a crime against all Americans, an impeachable offense. I'm on record now opposing impeachment – no longer if an order of amnesty for these criminals comes down.

Since early 2000's, drug and human trafficking have made illegal immigration criminal. Now, terrorists entering the USA makes it a clear and present danger to national security. The president must deal with national security responsibly. Amnesty for criminals, even terrorists, is irresponsible.

In 20+ years of association in Mexico, and significant interactions with Central and South Americans, I learned much about activities there. In 2001, I learned that Hezbollah has a base at the South American “Triple Frontier,” the intersection of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. I reported it to the government but it wasn't reported publicly until May 2007. Hezbollah's stated purpose is “to get to the United States on behalf of Iran.” They have long been in Mexico and said to be associated with drug cartels. Who can doubt this? There is evidence they, and others, are in the USA as well. Some came on visas. Who can ignore this? The president? I also learned, from an involved person, that Mid-Easterners pay large sums to groups in Mexico to teach them Spanish, groom them as Mexicans and get them visas to enter the USA without scrutiny.

In 2007 I developed a comprehensive proposal, “Immigration and Terrorism – Beyond Walls” sent it to President Bush. Congress voted him down. More recently I tried to get it carried as a bill in Congress, but it was deemed “too massive(?).” As illegal immigration has morphed from misdemeanor to a criminal and national security issue, I've thought that we would eventually be at war on the southern border. So, I published on my blog (mann2man.blogspot.com) first in September 2011, “Immigration –War On The Border?” Here are comments from South American readers:

Dr. Mann, explained this clear and present danger, we the people of South America see with fear and distrust how many Americans lives on denial about the terrorism operations from the triple frontier of South America (Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay) and think everyone crossing the Mexican-U.S. border are poor people looking for a better life.....how wrong Americans are! We the Hispanic people CANNOT distinguish the physical difference between middle Eastern and us.....only when we heard them speak we know if they are Hispanics or NOT! What more has to happen to wake up those in denial.” 

But not only the operations are at the triple frontier of South America, our natives all over the southern continent had been turned Muslims and are their main source of information about military operations, from the Tierra del Fuego at the south pole up to the northern point of Canada......Hezbollah, Hamas, Al-Qida joint forces with Mexican Zapatista group, militant training bases exists in Mexican soil....but money corrupted government officials....Mexican "cartels" (the mask of terrorism) operates also at McAllen, Jalisco, Laredo and all the border, including the Florida Cays and California and baja California.”

I came to the U.S. almost thirty years ago, and I can say without any doubt that this is not the United States I knew, the transformation of this (past) wonderful country since 2009 is unbelievable, the American Dream is DEAD, is the American Nightmare! In the south American countries We know about terrorists safe heaven at the triple frontier of Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay, called "Mesopotamia" like Arabia, Babylon,it's way this place was chosen to built their training camps and financed by Hugo Chavez...this information can be found in: www.nbcnews.com/.”

Of 12 million illegals said to be here, half are on expired visas. How many of these are terrorists? Does our government care? President Obama will soon indicate if he does. Now, what about ISIS?

Joe Mann, PhD
Founder and CEO of The Mann Group
James City County




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

EBOLA IN AMERICA --- POSSIBLY


EBOLA PARK -- A provocative comparison of Ebola to "Jurassic Park" and the chaos of man's arrogance regarding nature. By Dr. Robert Warren, PhD

The policies of the federal government have brought Ebola to the United States. This is astounding, and it brings to mind “Jurassic Park” - the movie that showed us the rebirth of the dinosaurs, but also showed us the chaos that resulted from man’s arrogance regarding nature.

Uncontrolled diseases of all kinds are now everywhere in the United States. Some are new to us - although well known in the tropics. Others are the re-emergence of long vanquished one. Each of these diseases, like the various types of dinosaurs, has unique capabilities. Some create respiratory problems in children, others severe joint pain, and some long-term potentially deadly health problems. The Tyrannosaurus Rex of the bunch is Ebola. It is a rapid and deadly killer.

There are a number of entry points for these diseases. The southern border is wide open and there is little to no effective screening of the men, women and children streaming across it. As we now know, air transport from Western Africa has brought Ebola to Texas. The Obama administration has sent thousands of troops into the contagion, and many experts have said that this will lead to military personnel bringing the Ebola contagion back to the country via personnel rotations or emergencies.

Ellis Island, the now closed gateway for millions of immigrants, existed for a number of reasons - one of which was to segregate arriving immigrants from the general American population and check them for diseases before allowing them into New York. Essentially, the long recognized process of quarantining and isolating the sick from the healthy was applied as standard medical practice. It would work now if it were actually used in the current contagion situation.

Ebola, or some other contagious and generally fatal disease, might just make Jurassic Park look like child’s play. Let’s hope that the incredible decisions of the Obama administration don’t play out as a chaotic Ebola epidemic on America’s shores. Hope, however, is not going to cure it if it does.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ANOTHER WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST?


Ed. comment: A PROFOUND ANALYSIS AND THOUGHTS REGARDING THE AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS(L) DESTINED TO FAIL UNDER DIRECTION OF A FECKLESS "LEADER" WHO HASN'T A CLUE AS TO WHAT A STRATEGY IS AND WHO APPARENTLY THINKS THAT IN WAR WE ANNOUNCE OUR INTENTIONS TO THE ENEMY. 
BY MICHAEL WILSON 

Ed/Owner's note: Michael Wilson is not only a profound thinker, as this piece confirms, he is a veteran who nearly gave his life in service to America. I agree totally with Mr. Wilson. I am grateful to him for permitting me to post this for our 4,000+ daily readers around the world. Here are Mr. Wilson's thoughts.

It would seem that we are stumbling inexorably into another war in the middle east. I feel absolutely nothing even approaching schadenfreude as my analyses and predictions concerning the harm done by the policies of this administration are proven correct. More American lives will be lost as a result of the policy failures of this horrible administration, and I have wept for too many dead warrior friends already in my life.
Wars are won by the application of overwhelming and devastating force at any point which cannot resist it. Nuanced reaction to enemy initiative failed us woefully in Vietnam. The attempt to employ it even in the situations in which the military stabilization had been achieved in Iraq and Afghanistan, has quickly failed. The victors are now seen by both our enemies and the populations to be weak and lacking in determination, and unwilling to stay the course. As a result, the rats are crawling out of their holes once again,and the victory is being thrown away.
Sage political leaders seldom announce their intentions beyond stating the end goal. They certainly do not announce timetables, troop movements, or the tactics to be employed therein. They do not attempt to employ friendship, conciliation, and apology with foreign national leaders who understand only power, and who see public conciliation for no good reason as weakness. They do not try to advance preposterous assessments of the enemy, going so far as to publicly insult the intelligence of any listener by suggesting that a group that calls itself the Islamic State has no connection to Islam. They do not sack effective commanders who happen to disagree with their politics, or who question the wisdom and effectiveness of proposed grand strategies as is their duty. They NEVER make threats or promises which they are not certain that they can and will back with whatever force is required.
They strengthen not just their military position, but also their strategic national posture in every other area. Had we developed our energy resources, rather than capitulating to a tiny but highly vocal and well funded environmental minority, we could now walk away from the middle east and let these people carry on with their internecine warfare that has endured, if sometimes sporadically, for more than 1,400 years. Due to this administration's ignoring the advice to strengthen our energy production we are forced to remain in the area to protect our interest in this critical resource. We are also reinforcing our enemies' strength by providing the oil revenues needed to finance their aggression aimed at us and our western allies.
Vladimir Putin, with whom the President's weak attempts at unnecessary conciliation have clearly failed, is now attempting to expand Russia's hegemony in Europe. Putin, who knows how to conduct international relations to his and his nation's advantage, is clearly taking advantage of the self destructive national emasculation that has been carried out by this administration. His major strategic advantage is that he controls the gas and oil on which western Europe is dependent, not just for commerce and industry, but for heat for the entire area. We could have precluded his march westward by relieving this dependence with our exportable energy, and without one soldier on either side deploying.
Tactically we are foolishly showing inadequate force in the areas in which our lack of strategic acumen allowed a resurgence of Islamic extremism. We send a few sorties against IS, or ISIS, or ISIL, or Al Quaeda, or whatever it is calling itself this week, which fail to wipe out enough of the enemy's strength to matter, and which allow the enemy to ensconce and insinuate itself into the local populations where it will be more difficult to effectively use our air superior against them. Quite recently the IS forces were casually and arrogantly deploying their forces out in the open, where their equipment which gave them tactical superiority over the locals could have been largely wiped out by our air superiority. The pinprick assaults against them, rather than decimating them, have simply pushed them to get the bulk of their forces into civilian areas. We are told by the administration's complicit media friends that IS(I)(L)(S) is a force to be reckoned with. While it is indeed superior to most of what we have seen from the Islamic extremists by way of conventional military strength, it is no major force by western standards. It should have been riddled by our real military by now, but since it hasn't it is now being seen as something greater than it is. It is a force that has arisen from the ashes of defeat because those with real force have allowed it to become so. It is not a Phoenix on its own, but one our making.
Much is being made of the coalition cobbled together by this administration, but how many of our ad hoc allies will actually commit the ground forces that will eventually surely be needed? Of these, how many will actually be effective, battle tested forces? When American forces will be called for to enter the fray as acknowledged combatants, as it seems probable that they will be, will they committed piecemeal and reactively as the air effort to date has been? Or will we send in enough, with realistic ROE, to ruthlessly and quickly destroy this enemy and his ability to wage war effectively? I think, sadly, that we all know the answer to this question.
Thus far I have endeavored to quietly and logically deal with the facts in evidence in this situation, without much personal political philosophizing. Please allow me some personal thoughts about the leadership, or lack of it, that has gotten to this sorry pass. If this President had devoted time to some study of the history of warfare and statecraft, which really haven't changed significantly in theory since Sun-Tzu's treatise written 2,500 years ago laid out the cogent points on how to conduct war and Machiavelli produced his comments on statecraft some 400 years ago, rather than Saul Alinsky's treatise on how to subvert democratic governments, with a cursory skim of Marx and Mao, he might have some clue as to how to conduct affairs now. This, of course, gives him (if not his inner circle) the benefit of the doubt as to real his intentions for our wonderful land. We are in serious trouble, and the man who would be leader is a feckless and internationally disrespected poltroon.
God help us, our nation, and the brave and dedicated young men and women who will once again have to risk their lives to bail out a failed leader and his poor planning.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ERIC HOLDER TO THE SUPREME COURT


MY PREDICTIONS (look below for the latest after a bit of explanation)

I have found over time that many, if not most of my predictions regarding government actions, foreign affairs and special societal events have come true. For inexplicable reasons, people who lean politically left often rebut, and those most hide-bound to the left often do so vociferously, even venomously. Expletives and name calling are normal from the latter.

One dramatic example was the so-called “Arab Spring” and the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. While James Clapper, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama et al were touting “Democracy in Egypt,” I wrote, in this blog,that the Muslim Brotherhood would be “elected” and would take over Egypt. It happened as expected. And, the military still may be the only entity to maintain order in Egypt.

I also wrote that a “pan-Islamic region was the goal of activists (aka radicals) in the mid-east. It is now happening. That a Caliphate will be formed is now virtually assured --- without vastly expanding a ground war.

I predicted we'd have beheading right here at home soon. I didn't expect it so soon, but it has happened. At the same time, government spokespeople, media etc. assert that there is no threat here. We haven't seen anything yet! I will post an article about terrorists in all of the Americas now, an expansion of Hezbollah in the South American “Triple Frontier” that I discovered in 2001 and published in local papers, only to be called a liar by a left-winger here. I received 3 blog comments last week regarding terrorists in all of South America. They are in Mexico......and probably in the USA. There is little doubt of the latter and we'll realize it too late.

So much for the past.

TODAY'S PREDICTION: ERIC HOLDER WILL BE ON THE SUPREME COURT BEFORE A NEW SENATE IS CONVENED AFTER THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG WILL RESIGN SOON FOR HEALTH REASONS OR AGE. OF COURSE, AS A LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE, SHE WILL DO SO TO ASSURE A LIBERAL SCOTUS IF REPUBLICANS WIN THE SENATE.

We were set up for this a few weeks back even as Justice Ginsburg denied any intent to resign. She will cooperate …. under pressure from the Executive Office. So much for an unbiased judicial system. Obama has already packed the lower courts with Liberals/Progressives.

This far left judiciary will be Obama's legacy -- great for him, bad for America.

WELFARE STATE -- GOVERNMENT GREED

 
Greed in the Welfare State: (plus Sen. Mark Warner's hypocrisy...ed note)
By Dr. Robert Warren, PhD

Whenever the word “greed” is used, it is directed at Americans who favor the individual rather than the collective. Those who save for their retirement are “hoarders”. Those who work for a living are “stealing” jobs they didn’t deserve. Owners of private companies didn’t “build that business”. And, the wealthy are just plain uncaring, undeserving – and greedy.

Greed is seldom applied to the government. Yet the government will beg, borrow and steal every dollar it wants through taxes, fees and political corruption. To expect fiscal integrity in government is to expect the impossible - as a national debt approaching 20 trillion dollars and the uncontrolled printing of money clearly demonstrates.

But greed is also an issue with the poor. There are well over 100 million Americans on some form of welfare program. Many are now so comfortable “working the system” that they have no interest in employment. Regrettably, these comfortable poor don’t care about, or even resent, the working folk who pay their bills. They are content to exchange their vote for more government largess.

President Obama sees no problem in taking from those who produce and giving to those who don’t. To transform America into a collectivist nation, the force of government must be directed at those who work, save and create. In this, he is supported by Senator Warner, - who actually did, as a lawyer, help “build that business” (NEXTEL, ed note) but now votes lock steep to undermine the very freedoms he enjoyed.

The desire for votes and the power that comes with elected office is the greed of the political class talked about by the founders. And both Obama and Warner know that the greed of the comfortable poor will help to sustain them in office. However, to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling’s warning from a hundred years ago: When man is paid for existing and no man pays for his sins, the lessons of past generations with horror and vengeance return.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Justice in the Bizarro World (satirical truth)
by Dr. Robert Warren, PhD

Editor/Owner's note: Dr. Warren will post a follow-up later
I hope readers enjoy, but also comprehend the truth and accuracy of, this satirical presentation of life today as traditional America is transformed.

I think it started a couple of years ago but, blame me, I was too busy to notice. Then with a clap of thunder and a resounding “What the heck?”, I was transported into Bizarro World. But let me step back for a minute. I grew up poor, but not impoverished. I worked my way through an education, got a job, got married and started a family, went into business and am now retired. Little did I know that this standard for American success was going to be undone and even considered an injustice.

In Bizarro World, those who save for their retirement are “hoarders”. If you aren’t out there spending and consuming then you are greedy. Even stranger, if you earn a living through work then you are a thief. Although what you have stolen is difficult to explain, and I am not competent to do so. Best consult an economist.

Decades ago, I started and grew a small business in my spare time. It helped me buy a house and then educate my kids. I thought I had built a business and added my contribution to the American Dream. But, silly me, I am now told I didn’t “build that business”. I kind of scratch my head on that one but since I am now retired I have just become a simple “hoarder”.

As we all know now, the wealthy are the scum of the earth. The investments they made and the people they employed were part of some heartless scheme to suppress the middle class. This is confusing because the middle class works and, therefore, steals so there is justice in here somewhere. Oh, all the charitable giving of the wealthy has some type of ulterior and nefarious motive, that is one of the givens.

The government is never greedy. That is the law, and even to suggest the opposite is grounds for some type of condemnation or worse. Since I cannot oppose the government’s greed, allow me to quote from a comment I made before Bizarro World appeared. “Government will beg, borrow and steal every dollar it wants through taxes, fees and political corruption. To expect fiscal integrity in government is unrealistic and actually impossible.” I have had to apologize numerous times for this comment and do so here again

Friday, September 19, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS TO THINKING SCOTS FOR VOTING TO STAY WITH THE UK


After posting the previous article regarding the separatist movement and impending vote for Scottish independence from Britain, some asked why I, as an American, was concerned about internal UK "politics.:"

 This is far more than just UK politics. A vote to separate from Britain would have, almost assuredly, led to "Balkanization," financial stress, dislocations, government chaos and perhaps more that would have had worldwide impact, especially on the western world. Britain is our most reliable ally of the United States and our relationships would surely have been affected. When I spent time in Scotland and had the opportunity to speak with people both pro- and con-independence, the "pros" made somewhat convincing arguments, their passion for it making it sound convincing. But, beyond their passion, an analytical assessment of the many results to be contemplated showed their arguments not to be compelling. I came away from such discussions convinced that the separatists were misguided. I remained so until the vote yesterday.

Therefore, I applaud the 55% of Scottish people who saw through the haze, euphoria and passion of independence and voted for stability of the UK. The world will benefit. And, after discussion today with a knowledgeable Brit, a thinking person, I feel even more positive about the vote and more congratulatory to those who were wise enough to make the right decision. It's quite impressive that 85% of Scots voted.

Congratulations to my Scottish friends, especially to Robin and Mena, who introduced me to their group of friends who worked to remain with Britain and educated me quite a bit as to the wisdom of doing so. Cheers!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SCOTLAND'S VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN 9/18/2014


SCOTLAND'S UBER-LIBERALS VOTE FOR THEIR "SOCIALIST UTOPIA"

It will be interesting to see the outcome of Thursda's vote to split Scotland from Great Britain.
Will the uber-Liberal Scots, for years already paying the price of being overly socialistic, find the Socialist utopia they seek? Will people ever learn that the Socialist utopia doesn't exist? Do the Scottish leftists not understand why their population of 19- to 29-year people is minimal as their youth exit Scotland for jobs and a better life than they can realize in Scotland? Apparently not!

Scotland is a lovely country and I enjoyed working there with one of the few remaining manufacturing companies.

I suddenly remember the remarks of a veterinary specialist here when she learned that I contracted with a Scottish company to produce carbon fiber from our precursor produced in Mexico. She said, “I'm glad, but surprised, that there is still a company like that in Scotland. Not many.

When in Scotland I stayed at a wonderful guest house, a 17th century house run by a wonderful husband-wife team. They were the most gracious host, Robin, and hostess, Mena – served me the best food, made sure I was comfortable and more. One evening the hostess came to the dining room and invited me to meet their guests in the commons room. There must have been 30-40 people. Mena introduced me to the group as their American guest and new friend......then said, “I do believe Dr. Mann is one of us.” Conservatives! We talked quite a bit. Their meeting was to organize opposition to independence. They declared that socialism was already their problem, not a solution. They could not reconcile how to manage as an independent country, how to finance it and more. They recognized that their industrial job base was greatly diminished from their better days, hence the loss of their youth to England, Ireland, and other countries, even the USA. The uber-Liberals had no concerns about these essential needs. Taxes could always be increased.

The uber-Liberals refuse to recognize that Socialism and a form of nationalization of industry and banking nearly brought death to England. It was Thatcher's conservative governance that rescued the nation.

And then there is America. How will she be transformed as Liberal Progressives gain more control. The election of Obama suggested such transformation would be the result. What I thought was forgone, that it would, may not be so yet. I won't get a full head of hopeful steam though until I see more evidence.

Cheers and wishes for a win to my conservative Scottish friends and sincere wishes for the Liberal's to lose the referendum Thursday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PAN-ISLAMIC STATE -- My prediction in July 2013


Below is a re-post of an article I wrote in July 2013 that, in reflection and now with current evidence, is spot on as I believed to be evident from information available at the time but ignored, or falsely reported by media. ARE OUR LEADERS IGNORANT, NOT ASTUTE ENOUGH TO READ TRUTHS AND FACTS IN REAL TIME.... OR ARE THEY COMPLICIT IN THE EVENTS? The way Mr. Obama has treated the ISIS threat compels the question, especially the latter. Sorry to come to this position. This issue takes me back to my May 1, 2013 post, "Obama--Inept or Deliberately Destroying Traditional America?" I chose to think ineptitude then. More and more I must wonder and reassess the issue.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

EGYPT IS NO DEMOCRACY -- The Arab Spring Fallacies

03 July 2013

 

The following is a response to a question about the current demonstrations in Egypt and how the “democracy” will be affected. There is no democracy in Egypt.

Democracy as we define it hardly fits the situation in that part of the world (I'll go ahead and say it and be criticized....the world of Islam). The time to have dealt with what would predictably be chaos and theocratic control was during the improperly characterized "Arab Spring." Hillary Clinton and others, such as the hapless James Clapper praised the Muslim Brotherhood as being "Democratic." Clapper even called the Muslim Brotherhood "secular."

At that time I wrote in the blog a rebuttal predicting that the MB would prevail and Egypt would fall under theocratic control. The question is, "Were Clinton, Clapper and others so ignorant as to believe what they preached or did they and President Obama have a different agenda under the guise of supporting "democracy?" I think I know the answer, but I'll be castigated for either one. I believe we are looking at the formation of a pan-Islamic region. I believe Obama is comfortable with that. Even Turkey's Prime Minister, Erdogan is trying hard to be a part of it...undoing all the Ataturk did 90+ years ago to make Turkey a secular Democratic state. Neither ignorance nor deceptive support by the USA of theocratic control of the region is acceptable. The media is sycophantic and complicit. More to be written later.

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMERICA'S CONDITION -- Democrats control politics and culture, financial industry the economy


THE AMERICAN CONDITION (CARMA forum January 16, 2014)
How did America get into the condition she is in today?
PRELIMINARY COMMENTS FOR THE CARMA FORUM

If you've ever eaten an elephant, you know it's difficult to decide where to take the first bite. Well, so it is trying to discuss a topic as broad and complex as “The American Condition.”

But, let's try. Get a start for a further forums and for written articles. Let's take a broad brush look at a brief summary of how we've evolved, or devolved, POLITICALLY, CULTURALLY AND ECONOMICALLY since we became a free nation.

My intentions are to offer some thoughts, not necessarily in any order, then conclude with analysis and commentary regarding our CURRENT “CONDITION” and how we arrived to it. Please interject when you wish. I intend to leave adequate time for group discussion at the end. Let's ask, “Who were we?” and “Who are we now?” The essence can be found in looking at our first and last president – the CEO of the country.

IN THE BEGINNING, AMERICANS ELECTED THE BEST AMONG US – PROVEN LEADERS, MEN OF ACCOMPLISHMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NATION. QUALIFIED! DEDICATED!NO LONGER IS THIS TRUE!

THE BEST AMONG US DON'T PRESENT FOR ELECTED OFFICE NOW AND VOTERS WILLFULLY ELECT THE WORST WHO DO RUN.” I've been writing and speaking this for quite some time. It cannot be denied without compromising intellectual integrity. Of course, many are willing to do just that and argue the contrary out of bias and prejudice. That, too, is a part of the declining American Condition -- lack of integrity.

OUR CULTURE, OUR ECONOMY AND OUR GENERAL WELL-BEING SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ELECTING THE

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WORST, NOT THE BEST. Let's compare our first and last president.
FIRST PRESIDENT:
GEORGE WASHINGTON (1789-1797) WAS UTTERLY QUALIFIED. EXPRIENCED! A LEADER! WHEN URGED BY CITIZENS TO BE PRESIDENT, HE ASKED, “HAVE I NOT DONE ENOUGH FOR MY COUNTRY?” Of course he had. Led our delivery from tyranny. How's that for contributions to the nation? Yet, he relented and signed on for more service. Led early development of the greatest nation on earth. Could have been king. Wisely refused.
THE CURRENT PRESIDENT:
BARACK OBAMA(2008-??) WAS, AND IS, UTTERLY UNQUALIFIED – NOT A LEADER, NO CONTRIBUTIONS, QUESTIONABLE BACKGROUND WITH MUCH OF IT UNKNOWN. Elected with no accountable accomplishments or applicable experience...not once but twice. No measurable contributions. Results are chaos, inept governance, a stagnant economy, confused foreign relations (in spite of spin from the administration and media). It's probable that he has destroyed our vaunted healthcare system.
In getting elected he declared to his supporters, “We are the people we've been waiting for.” We'll change America and then change the world.” A narcissist! His goal? Seems to be to transform a great America into parity with lesser nations. By his Imperial actions, he shows he wants to be KING OR EMPEROR.....THE OPPOSITE OF WASHINGTON.

HOW DID WE GET TO THIS STATE WHERE EARLY
AMERICANS CHOSE A LEADER WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON'S CHARACTER TO ACCEPTING A BARACK OBAMA WHOSE EVERY CHARACTERISTIC IS ANTITHETICAL TO WASHINGTON'S?


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In my opinion much of the answer lies in how we evolved from an
AGRARIAN nation, to an INDUSTRIAL ONE and now to one whose
ECONOMY is controlled by the FINANCIAL INDUSTRY. With these
changes, came political and culture change. Let's take a look.

THE AGRARIAN ERA was defined by sense of family and community, individual responsibility, appreciation of freedom and liberty and how they were gained. Strong personal initiatives, without government dependence, largely led to the next era of immense economic and industrial growth, primacy in many developments and preeminence in many ways in international relationships.

In the INDUSTRIAL age the middle class grew rapidly and thrived as manufacturing dominated the economy. With the growth in manufacturing came “worker rights” issues – some perceived some real. UNIONS were formed to help enforce worker rights. For a time, this was positive. However, unions morphed from problem solvers to being problems themselves. Many object to this characterization of unions and can even become violent in defending their positions, but one has to suspend intellectual integrity to deny the transforming of unions from positively working for workers' rights to political activism. In fact, they've become major operatives of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY, which itself has changed dramatically. Liberal Democrats, focused on liberty and freedom, began to die in the 1950's, with focus more on individual permissiveness rather than liberty for all. This change is very much a part of the American Condition today. The change is complete. Death of classical Liberalism. But, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself.
Union voting power helps keep Democrats in control. Their major focus now is using workers' dues to finance DEMOCRATS, who are not traditional Democrats at all, to repeat, rather are far more WILSONIAN PROGRESSIVES. Their major policy issues are social change and creation of controlling administrative bureaucracies. My contention is that the Democrats have even radicalized Wilsonian Progressive

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ideology. Social change, a major Progressive initiative, was epitomized by legalizing abortion on demand. This event has done more to change the American Condition, the culture, than any other social change. However, that's a subject for another day, another article for publication.

So, who and what are the major determinants of the American Political and Economic Conditions today. DEMOCRATS/PROGRESSIVES CONTROL THE AMERICAN POLITICAL CONDITION. And, to a great extent, the CULTURE.

The FINANCIAL INDUSTRY now controls the ECONOMY. While it may not be commonly known, the major money centers that control the economy are headed mostly by Democrats. Typically, 80% of their political contributions go to Democrats. There is some indication that the whole of the financial industry is shifting more funding to Republicans. However, their top management will continue to control the political funding. And, the leaders are largely Democrats. Honesty is often
not a hallmark of the financial industry. Fraud is all to prevalent.

Fraud, previously spotty and localized, has become more systemic. The nature of the financial industry makes fraud and malfeasance far easier than in previous eras – more serious in single instances and far more pervasive. Financial fraud is virtually endemic today.

So, my contention is that the economy-controlling financial industry is complicit in the nation's cultural decline and is a partner with the political condition in doing so.

With this backdrop, we will discuss the evolution of control of our nation by Democrats as radical Progressives gained control of the Democratic Party. To be sure, Democrats are not totally responsible for our critical, declining condition today (decadence), but they are now firmly in control after 5-6 decades of work, some insidious, to change the social, political and economic fabric of America. All of this I refer to as our culture. 
 
We will discuss this condition. An article defining how Democrat/Progressive control came about over several decades will be posted. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

IMPEACH PRESIDENT OBAMA? JUSTIFIABLE BUT NO



OBAMA'S VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND FAILURE TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS PASSED BY CONGRESS

THIS DOCUMENT DISCUSSES ELEVEN OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND FIVE BREACHES OF PUBLIC TRUST OUT OF NUMEROUS INSTANCES OF EXCEEDING THE LIMITATIONS OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY AS ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION. 
 
Some violations and breaches of trust undoubtedly rise to a level to warrant IMPEACHMENT. However, with a strong Democrat majority in the US Senate, impeachment proceedings would surely fail. It would be a fool's errand to attempt it. Perhaps even more compelling is the fact that THE AMERICAN CONDITION IS CRITICAL, so fractured politically, so contentious and government all but totally dysfunctional that an impeachment proceeding, even if it could be brought, would be so divisive and rancorous as to have the distinct possibility, even probability, of creating it's own constitutional crisis. While many have proposed impeachment, it is the strong opinion, and firm conclusion, of this blog owner/editor, as well as CARMA management, that the best alternative is to present the case, as done herein, broadly so as to inform as many people as possible.
 
VIOLATIONS OFTHE CONSTITUTION

THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBES ELEVEN OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS INCLUDING NUMEROUS INSTANCES OF EXCEEDING THE LIMITATIONS OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY AS ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION.
  1. NLRB APPOINTMENTS: In a move to circumvent Congress, President Obama made three appointments to the National Relations Labor Board when Congress was officially in session. Congressional approval of these appointees is required. These appointments were made specifically to tilt the ideological balance of the NLRB to the left to assure unions are favored by the board. A federal appeals court (U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit) ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution in filling these labor board vacancies and the appointments were vacated. This was a breathtaking violation of separation of powers and constitutional abuse of the highest order. The case has gone to the Supreme Court and will be adjudicated shortly. [Editor/Owner's note: This document was prepared prior to the SCOTUS deciding to vacate President Obama's action. We leave it here to indicate the action was known to be illegal by us and others.]
  2. MOROTORIUM ON DRILLING: President Obama placed a moratorium (through the DOE) on new drilling or exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, causing economic hardships in the region. Not only is this action outside the limits of his constitutional authority, it was in direct defiance of several court orders issued by Federal Judge Martin Feldman. Judge Feldman stated the Obama administration showed clear contempt for, and defiance of, the court ruling. He stated specifically, “ Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second, substantively identical, blanket moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt”. In October 2010, after much delay, in spite of court orders and economic hardship, Obama finally lifted the moratorium.
  3. WAGING WAR:The President is not authorized by the Constitution to take our nation to war without the consent of Congress—with one exception, that of imminent threat. Although there was no imminent threat caused by the Civil War in Libya, President Obama committed members of the US military to combat missions in a foreign country without the consent of Congress. He based his authority on United Nations and NATO resolutions, which is clearly not in compliance with the US Constitution. And, after 90 days had expired—the maximum days allowed under the War Powers Resolution without Congressional approval-- the White House systematically avoided requesting a formal authorization from Congress for its action.
  4. AUTO COMPANY BAILOUTS: With the Chrysler Corporation facing bankruptcy, President Obama reached well beyond his bounds of authority to force Chrysler bond holders to accept vast losses—to the benefit of his union allies. Well established bankruptcy laws, which favor secured creditors (bondholders), were abrogated by a corrupt federal government, specifically the Executive Branch. The United Auto Workers, who owned no interest whatsoever in Chrysler, was gifted a 55% interest valued at $4.5 billion. Fiat, a third tier Italian auto producer, was given 20% interest. The US government then took a sizable slice for itself, before tossing the remnants back to the secured bondholders who got only 29 cents on the dollar. The President acted well outside of his constitutional limits and clearly violated bankruptcy statutes to take this action. Then he doubled down in abrogation of bankruptcy law by bailing out General Motors largely to the benefit of the UAW.
  5. IGNORED VOTER INTIMIDATION: Another case of failure to uphold federal laws occurred with the dropping of voter intimidation charges against two Black Panthers caught brandishing weapons in front of a voting location in Philadelphia in the 2008 election that put Obama in office. The decision to dismiss the charges has led to accusations that the Department of Justice under Obama is biased against white victims and unwilling to prosecute minorities for civil rights violations. AG Holder intimated as much. These charges have been most notably made by J. Christian Adams, who in May 2010 resigned his post in the Department of Justice in protest over the Obama Administration’s mishandling of the case.
  6. AMENDMENT I VIOLATION: President Obama has violated the freedom of religion, Amendment I of the Constitution, by ordering churches and schools to provide contraceptives and morning after pills. This is in violation of their religious teachings and represents an attack on freedom of religion. [SCOTUS confirmed the extra-constitutionality of this in the Hobby Lobby case, another rebuke of Obama for constitution violations].
  7. DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT: President Obama unilaterally declared that the Defense of Marriage Act passed by the Congress to be unconstitutional and further declared that he will not have the Justice Department enforce it. He has also refused to enforce laws requiring states to purge their voter registration lists of deceased individuals and those that are registered illegally. In addition, the Justice Department is refusing to allow states to enforce laws requiring proof of identity by voters at the polls. President Obama is essentially acting as the supreme ruler of the United States rendering Congress and the Federal Judiciary irrelevant.
  8. ACA UNILATERAL CHANGES: Since President Obama signed the affordable care act, he has changed it often, more than 30 times, to grant special benefits to specific groups. By rewriting, changing laws and voiding laws passed by Congress, he is operating well outside the executive branch's constitutional limits of authority. Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution and he has made this clear by stating: “I have the power and I will use it in defense of the middle class. We are going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without congressional approval.”
  9. AG HOLDER'S IGNORING SCOTUS: The attorney general’s office is the branch of government charged with enforcing federal laws. After the Supreme Court struck down the key provision of the voting rights act of 1965, Attorney General Holder announced that he would use other provisions of the act to get around the court’s decision.
  10. OVERRULING CONGRESS: 17-year old Congressional funding ban on gun control research by the CDC was recently lifted by Obama, again willfully and unconstitutionally changing a provision solely the purview of Congress. Obama flaunts the constitutional concept of “three co-equal branches” of government.
  11. DREAM ACT: In 2001, a legislative proposal known as the DREAM ACT (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was introduced in the Senate. This bill would provide conditional permanent residency status for children of illegal immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors, met certain criteria, and showed themselves to be solid prospective citizens by accomplishing a prescribed list of goals. This proposal was debated, reintroduced several times but failed to pass Congress. President Obama, in another breathtaking act of lawlessness, announced he would stop deporting young illegal aliens, as required by law, under a program issued by yet another illegal Executive Order, known as DACA (Deferred Action for Children Arrivals). Several ICE agents challenged the DACA amnesty, declaring it forced them to violated federal law, contrary to their oath to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution. A federal judge in Dallas agreed with the agents that the DACA is illegal, writing that: “Plaintiffs were likely to succeed on the merits of their claim that the Department of Homeland Security has implemented a program contrary to congressional mandate.” But he dismissed the case, claiming that the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 establishes an administrative process for resolving employment disputes, and that the court didn’t have jurisdiction. This issue has again come to the fore with 10's of thousands of young people entering the USA illegally.
WHEN THE PRESIDENT ROUTINELY ACTS OUTSIDE THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT'S CONSTITUTIONALLY LIMITED AUTHORITY, HE IS DESTROYING THE CONCEPT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC AND HAS, IN ESSENCE, TURNED OUR GOVERNMENT INTO A DICTATORSHIP. HIS USE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO CHANGE LAWS, EVEN IN THE MOST SUBSTANTATIVE ISSUES, SHOWS HIS CONTEMPT FOR CONGRESS—AS WELL AS OUR CONSTITUTION. (not all executive orders are unconstitutional or even egregious, but many of Obama's are).


MISLEADING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – BREACH OF PUBLIC TRUST AND CONFIDENCE
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DEMONSTRATED A CONSISTENT PATTERN OF MENDACITY THAT, IN AND OF ITSELF, IS CAUSE FOR PROFOUND CONCERN FOR ALL AMERICANS. NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND HIS OATH OF OFFICE PLEDGE, WOULD BEG FOR CONGRESSIONAL IMPEACHMENT IF POLITCAL BALANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY PERMITTED IT. SADLY IT DOES NOT. THE FOLLOWING ARE INSTANCES OF IMPROPER BEHAVIOR
  1. ACA PROMISES: Before and after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama repeatedly told the American people that, “If you like your insurance you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” If he was not aware of the truth of this, he should have been! Americans now know the truth. He is guilty of dereliction of duty, unacceptable management practices in not ascertaining the truth, misrepresentation of information critical to Americans. All acts of poor leadership and a breach of trust. If he was aware, it is criminal fraud. And, based upon internal analysis, which he was aware of 3 years prior, millions of Americans would lose their policies. This prompted some of the unilateral changes in the ACA stated in the above section.
  2. GUNS INTO MEXICO: Acting through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms the Obama administration was involved for months in getting legitimate and law-abiding gun store owners to supply weapons to straw buyers who the government knew would deliver them to the drug cartels in Mexico. This operation has been termed “Fast and Furious.” This was used to produce fraudulent data showing that large numbers of weapons were going from the US to the Mexican drug dealers. These data were then to be used, and are being used, to try to justify new gun control regulations to limit the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms (2nd amendment). This illegal operation resulted in Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry being shot and killed with one of these weapons. Obama continues to impose gun control laws by Executive Order so he will not have to deal with Congress. He is also refusing to cooperate with the committees in the House of Representatives that are investigating “Fast and Furious.” He has even defied Congressional subpoenas.
  3. BENGHAZI COVER-UP: A huge breach of trust with Obama's administration occurred after the Benghazi attack. Almost immediately, President Obama knew this was a terrorist attack. As president and CEO of America, he again exhibited mendacious behavior by holding back information. Then false stories were fabricated to confuse Americans as to what had actually happened. He and the Secretary of State then engaged Ambassador Susan Rice, to appear on five Sunday talk shows days after the attack, and when he and the administration knew what had happened, to offer bogus accounts of the incidents. He subsequently covered up, delayed, and impeded the follow-on investigation.
  4. IRS SCANDAL, ARGUABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BREACH OF TRUST AND DERELICTION OF DUTY: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Inspector General has revealed that the tax collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their application for tax exempt status. While he promised to “get to the bottom” of this egregious activity, he has done nothing. Further, it is instructive to note that the person who first got the IRS involved in this nefarious activity was a Mr. Bob Bauer, general counsel to Obama’s campaign and later counsel for the White House. With our major source of national income based upon voluntary contributions of individuals, the repercussions of the IRS losing credibility are frightening. How will Individuals react when they finally realize the IRS is corrupt and the president is complicit?
  5. CONTEMPT FOR SCOTUS: The contempt in which president Obama holds the Supreme Court was on full display when, during the 2010 State of the Union address, he excoriated Supreme Court justices sitting defenselessly in front of him. The charge President Obama was making was even a false one. What the Supreme Court decision had done was to restore freedom of speech to corporations and unions. To criticize any branch of government during a State of the Union address serves as a major power grab by him and it lessens the public confidence in our government. To say this was non-presidential behavior would be an understatement. An appalling and tasteless act.
THE REMEDY FOR PROFOUND EXTRA-CONSTITUTIONAL AND OTHER EGREGIOUS ACTIONS, AS THOSE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, IS POLITICAL, NOT LEGAL. IT IS IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL. “HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS,” THE CONSTITUTION’S PREDICATE FOR IMPEACHMENT, NEED NOT BE INDICTABLE OFFENSES UNDER THE CRIMINAL CODE. AS HAMILTON EXPLAINED IN FEDERALIST PAPER NO. 65, THEY RELATE TO “INJURIES DONE IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOCIETY ITSELF.” THEY INVOLVE SCANDALOUS BREACHES OF TRUST (E.G., FAST AND FURIOUS, BENGHAZI, IRS ILLEGAL ACTIONS) “BY OFFICIALS IN WHOM SOLEMN FIDUCIARY DUTIES ARE REPOSED.”

SPECIAL NOTE: If blatant mismanagement were impeachable offenses, there would be virtually innumerable reasons to impeach President Obama. Ignoring for 5+ years the incredibly damaging scandal of mismanagement of the Veterans Administration would top the list. Obama didn't create the problems, but he acknowledged the situation early on and promised to correct them. He didn't. Rather, he exacerbated them by appointing an inadequate agency head unqualified by applicable experience. Such appointments have characterized Obama's entire tenure. This is explained in a post on May 1, 2013 in this blog titled “Obama – Inept or Deliberately Trying to Destroy Traditional America.”
 
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

ACADEMIC TENURE -- IDEOLOGICAL BIAS LEFT

Editor/owner's note: Quote from a 2004 article I wrote and published: "Colleges and universities are no longer sanctuaries  for learning but are now havens for political activism." The article here by Dr. Robert Warren is but one of many examples of how this is true. The quote was pulled from the article and run as a banner headline across the top of the page. JAM

Tenure and Ideological Bias:
By Dr. Robert A. Warren, PhD

The Young American’s for Freedom (YAF) recently surveyed the Forbes “top 50” colleges and universities. They reported “of the schools that institute a freshman reading program, no conservative books were assigned to incoming students over the past three years”. Although I don’t have access to the YAF data, its conclusion supports conservative complaints about a progressive bias in higher education.

Assuming it exists, what is the origin of such bias? Is it as a result of a tenure process that has protected a particular ideology and discouraged different points of view? If so, then tenure, once intended to protect academic freedom, is now suppressing it. Admittedly, ideological bias swings on a pendulum from right to left and back again. Nevertheless, when such bias is discovered, corrective action should be taken. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

A lawsuit involving the University of North Carolina at Wilmington shows that institutions can and do punish advocates of opposing points of view. Mike Adams was denied promotion to full tenured professor of sociology. Adams alleged that this denial was because of his conservative positions, and that his personal ideological conversion from atheist liberal to Christian conservative was involved. The university countered this claim by alleging that Adams hadn’t done enough to meet promotion standards and that political bias did not occur. Adams provided evidence showing that he met the university standards. He also produced documents showing ideologically based criticism from other faculty and the university administration itself. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury agreed with Adams.

Tenure is now being challenged in the courts by parents of public high school students who are concerned that it is depriving their children of equal access to quality teachers. Although the situation is different at the college and university level, a legal challenge to tenure on the basis that it is depriving students of equal access to an unbiased and classically apolitical education may be appropriate. In closing, I pose the following question: Who is “John Galt” and what is “Atlas Shrugged”, and do students know the answer because they learned it in the classroom.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GDP DROP 1ST QUARTER 2013 REVISED TO 2.9% FROM 1%... VERY SIGNIFICANT

UPDATE: GDP SHRANK 2.9% REVISED CALCULATIONS SHOW --- JUNE 27, 2014

 

THIS SHRINKAGE IS BEING PROMOTED BY SOME, MOSTLY APOLOGISTS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, AS A "NOT-UNEXPECTED" BLIP.  BY OTHERS AS THE BEGINNING OF CATASTROPHIC DECLINE IN THE ECONOMY. I CHOOSE NOT TO BELIEVE EITHER, RATHER TO THINK THERE WILL BE A CONTINUED DECLINE AS  CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DECLINES AND THE FED MORE AGGRESSIVELY REDUCES QE AND BEGINS RAISING INTEREST RATES. WE CAN EXPECT A STOCK MARKET DECLINE AS WELL,  BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS ROBERT REICH WROTE....POSTED EARLIER AND REFERRED TO ON JUNE 1 BELOW

 

 

EARLIER REPORT ON JUNE 1, 2014


GDP SHRINKS BY 1% IN 1ST QUARTER 2014

Another report that suggests Robert Reich's commentary, previously posted and written about, is inaccurate.

 

From The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2014

U.S. GDP Contracted at 1% Pace in First Quarter

The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter of 2014, the latest stumble for a recovery that has struggled to find its footing since the recession ended almost five years ago.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.0% in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday. It was the first time economic output contracted since the first quarter of 2011, when it declined at a 1.3% pace

Friday, June 13, 2014

HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR'S DEFEAT -- A PARADIGM SHIFT?


A NEW PARADIGM IN ELECTION INFLUENCE, A NEW ERA BEGINNING?
As you read this keep in mind GETTING OUT THE VOTE, something conservative Republicans have not done effectively for many election cycles. They focus on ideological purity, even single issues or parts of issues, and refrain from voting if the candidate isn't "pure" on their issue. Ideology alone cannot win elections, getting voters out to vote does. And, we cannot govern if we don't win. Sure, it sounds trite, but it's a truism. Also, please know that, in my opinion, Brat's issues were sound conservative ones and his focus on the Virginia Republican creed was music to the ears of many of us. However it is my strong and considered belief that he beat Cantor with the constant hammering on the issue of amnesty for immigrants, all led by radio talk show hosts. (edited June 15, 2013) JAM

Congressional Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss to a conservative political neophyte, Professor David Brat, in the 7th Congressional District of Virginia is being discussed by media in terms such as unbelievable, shocking, an earthquake, a bombshell and more. While the loss is being viewed legitimately as an event reflective of a Republican Party whose so-called controlling “establishment” leadership is ineffective at uniting somewhat disparate factions, especially conservatives from the more liberal, it is likely more complex and definitive than that. I'm compelled to think more in terms of a change in who and what influences elections. Is this the beginning of a shift in influencing local and regional elections? There's reason to think it may be so. Think talk radio and such names as Laura Ingraham, prominent talk show host and TV personality.

Is conservative talk radio, with powerful personalities like Ingraham, on the verge of countering, in part at least, the dominance of social media and internet “news” by Progressives (aka Democrats)? If so, how much impact can they have in countering the plethora of activist left-wing political propagandists -- such entities as The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Salon.com and countless others. While there are conservative outlets as well, the left-wing dominates. In addition there are literally thousands of left-wing memes constantly pouring into social media, especially Facebook, under such names as “To Be A Liberal” and many more.

Ingraham made much of her focus on Cantor's defeat before the election and is basking in the glory of having helped defeat him. Legitimately so it would seem. She now reports that “I went down there (Richmond) and we had 600+ activists out for Brat.” While the number may not seem large for a congressional election (regional), it's remarkable to draw that many people who are enthusiastic enough take time to show support for their candidate.

Ingraham is a strong and vocal advocate for immigration control. Rightly or wrongly, she is opposed to the concept of comprehensive reform and tends to equate comprehensive with amnesty. While I am one who believes that comprehensive immigration reform is possible, even necessary, without amnesty and even wrote a proposal for President Bush, Ingraham disagrees. And, she sold 100's of others on the notion that Cantor favored amnesty by favoring comprehensive legislation. That's her right, she did what she had to do for her cause and the cause of many conservatives, and she won her case with help of other conservative talk show and TV personalities. She, and they, beat the so-called “establishment Republicans. How important was her activism. In this case it would seem she, and they, made the difference in the running of the House of Representatives by ousting the Majority Leader. What will the outcome be? We'll have to wait and see.

What seems to be true from this case is that talk radio hosts can focus on local and regional candidates, saturate their segment of voters with constant messaging and get out the vote. Quite an accomplishment with Republicans who have no hesitancy to complain rather than vote.

We may have just witnessed the beginning of a paradigm shift in influencing election outcomes.
Has a new era begun? It's not too farfetched to think it might be so.










Sunday, June 1, 2014

GDP SHRINKS BY 1% IN 1ST QUARTER 2014

Another report that suggests Robert Reich's commentary, previously posted and written about, is inaccurate.

 

From The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2014

U.S. GDP Contracted at 1% Pace in First Quarter

The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter of 2014, the latest stumble for a recovery that has struggled to find its footing since the recession ended almost five years ago.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.0% in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday. It was the first time economic output contracted since the first quarter of 2011, when it declined at a 1.3% pace.
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

ROBERT REICH'S INACCURATE ECONOMIC REPORTS


ROBERT REICH -- INEPT ECONOMIC PREDICTIONS OR COVERING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS DYSFUNCTIONAL ECONOMIC ADVISERS?

Recently, Robert Reich issued the statement below published as a meme in a Face Book group in which I'm a participant. Innocent people, who want to trust his advice because of his “status,” bought into his theory. I dissented because his opinion made no sense, was even a reversal of normal economic consequences of corporate actions. I even pondered if Reich was setting up a straw man for coming unfavorable economic news to protect President Obama and his economic advisers, whom I've long viewed as dysfunctional. The economic news of the last few days strongly suggest the latter.

Reports today are that the GDP retracted 1% in the last quarter. There were indicators that this was coming. If some of us laymen saw it, why did Reich not know it?

The recent retail sector reports are strong indicators of a downturn also. Did Reich not know this? Did he know and ignored the data? I will post some retail reports in a separate article.

Is this a pattern of performance? I still remember Dr. Reich's statements as late as 2004 that the good economy of the 90's was because “we invested in education and healthcare that made workers more productive.” That naivete (?) ignored all the drivers of the 90's economy, including the dot com boom.

I rebutted this in a blog post here entitled “Economy of the 90's.” Reich's assertion follows. Note: The economy has already turned down with a GDP report today of negative 1%. Reported in another post.


Why do I think the stock market will plunge this year? Because most companies are boosting their stock prices not by developing new products or selling more goods and services but by slashing their payrolls and buying back their shares of stock. These steroidal tactics are generating temporary boosts in share prices, but they can’t be sustained. There are only so many workers to be sacked and so many stocks to be repurchased. These companies remain as incapable of generating things people want as before. Consider Hewlett-Packard, which yesterday announced plans to cut an additional 11,000 to 16,000 jobs. Wall Street is enthusiastic, pushing the stock up more than 6 percent today. But the tactic won’t work over the longer term because Hewlett-Packard's PC sales are dropping and business customers are shifting toward cloud computing, where it’s not a major player.

More to the point, as big companies across America continue to shed middle-class jobs in pursuit of lower costs, median household income continues to drop. Which means fewer Americans can afford to buy what these companies have to sell. Which means these companies' profits are bound to shrink and their stock prices to drop. Get it? Workers are consumers. As these companies' workers do worse, so do their customers, and so, ultimately, do they.