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THE CONTINUING INSANITY OF OBAMACARE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Monday (3/23) was the fifth anniversary of passage of Obamacare. Seven Democrat senators marked it by asking for delay of yet another provision of the law.

Putting companies with 51 to 100 employees in the costlier "small group" market could be "harmful and disruptive," they said in a letter to HHS Secretary Silvia Burwell.

The uninsured should be given another chance to avoid the fine for not having health insurance, three House Democrats said in a letter to President Obama in February.

"If ObamaCare is so great, why do Democrats repeatedly try to hide its more unpleasant features?" Investors Business Daily asked then.

Here are the lies President Obama told, which he assured us were true, before the law was passed:
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OBAMA PERSONIFIES GEOSTRATEGIC INCOMPETENCE Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Thursday, 26 March 2015

The United States has handled its economic diplomacy with shocking myopia.

The US Treasury's attempt to cripple the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) before it gets off the ground is clearly intended to head off China's ascendancy as a rival financial superpower, whatever the faux-pieties from Washington about standards of "governance".

Such a policy is misguided at every level, evidence of what can go wrong when a lame-duck president defers to posturing amateurs in Congress on delicate matters of global geostrategy.

Washington has enraged Britain by trying to browbeat Downing Street into boycotting the project. It has forced allies and friendly countries across the Far East to make a fatal choice between the US and China that none wished to make, and has ended up losing almost everybody. Germany, France, and Italy are joining. Australia and South Korea may follow soon.

The AIIB is exactly what the world needs.  Here's why...
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CULTURE AND RELIGION IS WHAT MATTERS, NOT RACE Print E-mail
Written by Robert H. Lee   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Why do some nations prosper while others do not?  Take a look at SE Asia. Singapore is prosperous and miles ahead in per capita income and technology than neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia.

In the Middle East, you see the same story. Out of the same desert sands as its neighbors, Israel has carved a high tech and prosperous democracy. But its neighbors languish in poverty and dictatorships.

Now, if you look at different communities living in the same country, you again see a stark difference...
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PROOF IN PERU THAT MORE FREEDOM PROVIDES MORE PROSPERITY Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lima, Peru.  When someone mentions Peru to you, what is the first visual image that pops into your head?

Inca Indians with their llamas in the Andes Mountains, looking at the some of the stone ruins of their ancient civilization? Yes, Peru still does have some of that, but most Peruvians are now employed in an increasingly rapid-growing and diverse economy.

In 1985, Peru was very poor with almost the lowest level of economic freedom in the world. In the early 1990s, former President Alberto Fujimori began major economic reforms. These reforms have continued through a series of administrations, including that of the current president, Ollanta Humala.

Peru is now listed as the 20th most-free economy in the world, according to the Economic Freedom of the World 2014 Annual Report.

As a result of the economic liberalization and increase in economic freedom...
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THE LESSON OF IWO JIMA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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Iwo Jima.  This is Mount Suribachi from the air.  The memorial where the Marines planted the American flag in Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo is at the bare patch on the rim above the area of white rocks on the right.

I took the picture flying here with over 30 Marines who fought here 70 years ago, all in their late 80s-early 90s today.  The experience of walking the black sands of Iwo Jima and standing on top of Suribachi with them was emotionally overpowering.

This is the 70th anniversary of the Marine victory at Iwo Jima, and you may have seen the news stories.  Here's one from the London Daily Mail.  The battle was fought from February 19 to March 26, 1945 - 36 days in which 6,871 Marines were killed and 19, 217 wounded (out of a total invasion force of some 70,000). 

The lessons to be learned here have the most profound relevance to today.  Here they are...
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IS AMERICA FINALLY FED UP WITH LIBERAL RACISM? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A week after announcing his "Race Together" campaign, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz walked it back. His baristas no longer will write "Race Together" on the coffee cups of customers, or try to engage them in "conversations" about race relations in America.

The response he got wasn't the applause Mr. Schultz was expecting.  Corey duBrowa, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, received so much negative feedback he deleted his Twitter account the day after the campaign was announced.

PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who is black, spoke for millions when she tweeted: "Honest to God, if you start to engage me in a race conversation before I've had my morning coffee, it will not end well."

Schulz's "moral exhibitionism," as Mona Charen described it, did not end well because Americans have had it with liberal race-baiting racism.  Here's why...
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HALF-FULL REPORT 03/20/15 Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 20 March 2015

Who knew St. Patrick was Jewish? Tuesday, March 17 was a great day for the Irish, a greater day for Israelis; a bad day for the putz in the White House and for the Lying Swine; a very bad day for the mullahs in Tehran.

Zero plans to punish Israel for voting for the guy he doesn't like. "Every single Obama failure... is followed by a Prolonged Snit," says Ace.

That the White House was "doing its damndest to vilify him on the Sunday talk shows" indicates the carpet bombing of Sen. Tom Cotton, R-AR has failed, said William Bigelow of Breitbart News.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Monday the administration's request to lift the injunction issued by District Judge Andrew Hanen barring implementation of Zero's executive orders providing amnesty for illegal aliens. Hanen is peeved about having been lied to; may impose sanctions on the Justice Department.

The EPA wants to regulate backyard barbecues; monitor how long hotel guests spend in the shower. It's "burning the Constitution," said liberal Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe.

"Late Night" host Seth Meyers tried to ambush Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, Tuesday on "climate change." It did not go as planned.

The Obama administration has shut down walk-in tax preparation centers where the IRS provided, for free, assistance in filling out their income tax forms to the poor and elderly, diverted the money to left wing nonprofits with ties to the administration.
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CRUISING THE INSIDER PASSAGE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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One of our planet's most enjoyable voyages is sailing through Alaska's Inside Passage on a luxury cruiseship.  Even better, however, would be converting it into an Insider Passage, where in addition to the stupendous scenery and sumptuous onboard living, you gain a financial insider's knowledge on how to best protect your assets from government pickpockets.

This would be my friend Brian Jensen, CPA and president of Legacy Global Financial Group.  Brian is a featured speaker at The Platinum Vegas Rendezvous April 24-26 - and the extreme practical value of his advice on asset protection, advanced estate planning, and wealth transfer (passing your assets on to your family and loved ones) is a persuasive reason for you to be in Vegas with us.

Yet the Rendezvous lasts but a weekend.  An entire week with Brian would be vastly more valuable.  He's the only guy I know who has an optimistic positive attitude towards taxes - that's because he knows all the legal loopholes.  How much would it mean to you if you knew them too?
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THE CHINESE MARATHON Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Sanya, Hainan Island, South China Sea.  This is China's Florida, where Chinese Snowbirds escape from freezing their tuches off suffering Beijing's winter.  I am at Howard Johnson's Sanya Resort eating a cheeseburger and listening to a local rock band playing Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman, singing the lyrics in English.  

The place is gigantic with 1,000 rooms, and packed with Chinese - I am the only Westerner here.  The band now launches into an enthusiastic Beatles' Obla-dee-obla-dah, which brings back a flood of memories when I first heard it, dancing with my Hawaiian girlfriend Vonnie at a Honolulu night club in 1969.

The Red Guards were rampaging through China back then, egged on by Mao, while millions of Chinese were starving to death.  The scene before me now would have been considered a madman's hallucination in 1969. 

Then Mao finally died in 1976, and his successor, Deng Xiao Ping created a "birdcage economy" as the way for China to grow into an economic superpower yet retain a Communist Party monopoly of power.

The Chinese people were allowed to be songbang, unleashed and free to fly around in the cage to make money - but never allowed to escape from the Party's cage itself.  They accepted the bargain offered them - prosperity in exchange for loyalty - and the result was the most massive increase in national wealth in the shortest time in human history.

Today, the bargain between the Chicoms and the Chinese people - greater economic freedom for little or no political freedom - is breaking down.  The Party needs a new rationale for its monopoly of political power - and has found it in that most lethal of tyrant excuses, jingoistic nationalism and demonization of a foreign devil.

Guess who that is.
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CONSERVATIVE PUNDITS FORM CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 20 March 2015

According to Gallup’s annual poll, 38 percent of Americans are conservative, just 24 percent say they’re liberal. Yet liberals win elections far more often. The teapot tempest that erupted this week over Liz Mair illustrates one of the reasons why.

In the likely event you’ve never heard of Liz, she’s an evidently highly regarded Republican political consultant with expertise in social media.

Ms. Mair is also a woman of strong opinions, whose views on amnesty for illegal aliens, abortion and gay marriage many conservatives find distressing.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker exposed himself as a secret squish by hiring Liz Mair, said, among others, Matt Boyle of Breitbart News and columnist Michelle Malkin.

By accepting her resignation, Gov. Walker indicated he’s easy to push around, said, among others, Jonah Goldberg of National Review, Erick Erickson of Red State, and Michael van der Galien of PJ Media.
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A REPUBLICAN WE CAN COTTON TO Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 19 March 2015

Dr. George Logan of Germantown, Pa. took it upon himself to negotiate an end to our undeclared war with France, which peeved President John Adams.

So in January, 1799, Congress passed the Logan Act, which forbids a citizen, "without the authority of the United States," to "engage in correspondence or intercourse" with a foreign government "in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States."

There was one indictment under the Logan Act - in 1803 -- but no prosecutions.

Unhinged Democrats resurrected the Logan Act from the musty pages of history after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-AR, wrote an "open" letter to the mullahs in Tehran (full text in the link) to remind them that if the Senate doesn't ratify it, any deal they make with President Obama will end when his term does.

Sen. Cotton wrote it to shine a light on President Obama's willingness to permit Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, which at least 77 percent of Americans oppose, according to a Gallup poll in February.

Mission accomplished - in large part because of the hysterical, hypocritical overreaction from Democrats.
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RULES ARE NOT LAWS: WHAT 2016 SHOULD BE ABOUT Print E-mail
Written by Bruce Walker   
Thursday, 19 March 2015

The power to make laws rests wholly in Congress - at least that is what the Constitution says.  Yet who makes the "laws" in our federal system today? 

Vast amounts of legislative power have been "delegated" to independent federal regulatory agencies like the Federal Communications Commission or to the president or his cabinet secretaries. 

The sheer volume of these rules is mind-numbing.  Consider that in 2014, the year that just ended, 75,000 pages of new regulations were adopted by the Executive Branch, either by the Obama administration directly or through independent regulatory agencies. 

This is in addition to the myriad executive orders the president gives to his various departments regarding how to administrate federal laws.

The imagined need for these rules is that congressional legislation cannot anticipate every situation or change that requires new regulations.  That is true, of course, only if we accept the underlying premise that the federal government ought to be directly involved in almost everything we do. 

Abolishing the completely illegal and unconsitutional scam of legislative delegation to unelected bureaucracies should be a major GOP campaign theme in 2016.
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HOW TO GET REGIME CHANGE IN IRAN Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015

There's a profound disgruntlement in the Force over the impending Iran deal, ranging from the Israelis to the Saudis, and from the French to the Gulfies.  It isn't just words, apparently - there are rumors suggesting that some of the disgruntled Arabs are arranging to get their own nukes, just as Netanyahu foresaw (or perhaps even knew), and as Kissinger warned (and perhaps knew).

The powers-that-be have bought into the false option of either making a deal or going to a war footing. It was once known as the Sarkozy Option:  Iran with the bomb, or bomb Iran.

It need not be, and everybody knows it.  Deep in the subtexts, and every now and then in public, we hear about the White House's not-so-secret dream that the Iranian regime will either moderate or fall.  It's worth recalling that Gorbachev managed both.  First he reformed, via glasnost and perestroika, and then he fell.  There was never a fatal choice between a deal and war.

Indeed, regime change is a constant leitmotif of the world today, having reshaped Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, threatened Syria and Venezuela, aimed at Jordan, and raged across Africa.  It can be done in Iran and here's why.
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MORE FOOD FROM LESS LAND Print E-mail
Written by Matt Ridley   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

If something drops out of the news, it usually means it is going well. 

Mad cow disease killed nobody last year. Mozambique and Angola are growing their economies at a furious lick. There were only two localized famines last year - in South Sudan and the Central African Republic - both caused by conflict, rather than drought or population pressure.

That's because the feeding of the world is going so well it's not news.

New figures from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization show that the world's cereal harvest, which provides more than half of the calories that humans eat, broke a new record last year at 2.54 billion tons - an astonishing 20 per cent higher than ten years ago.

Thanks to better techniques and seeds, the world's farmers (of which I declare I am one, in a mostly hands-off way) have provided a growing population with more food per head, year after year, largely without cultivating extra land or using extra water or chemicals.

Corn, rice and wheat - the big three cereals - each broke records in 2014. So why do we hear frequent cries that the world soon will be or is already struggling to feed itself?
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RONALD REAGAN'S FAVORITE IRISH JOKE Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  To celebrate - well, before we all go off to our favorite Irish pub and really celebrate - we at To The Point thought we'd share with you Ronald Reagan's favorite Irish joke.

An Irishman was walking along a beach in County Cork one day and noticed an encrusted bottle washed up on the sand.  Wondering what might be inside he broke it off at the neck and out popped an Irish Genie.

"Oh, me man, I hah been in tha bottle for a hundred years, and you be settin' me free!" he exclaimed.  "For that, I'll be givin' you two wishes!"

"Two wishes?  Anything I want?" the man asked incredulously.

"Anythin' - just name it," the genie replied.

"Well, what I'll be wantin'," said the man, "is...."
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