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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Last week, President Obama said that "income inequality" is the major problem that his administration would focus on for the remainder of his term. He proposed increasing the minimum wage as a way to solve this issue.

The president's statement is a perfect example of how politicians misdiagnose problems and then offer solutions that make matters worse.

The real problem is the lack of economic growth, which reduces economic opportunity, particularly for the least skilled. Increasing the minimum wage helps those who actually receive an increase in their wage, but it makes it worse for all of those who lose a job or can't get one because the minimum wage is far above the market clearing rate.

As can be seen in this table, most minimum-wage workers are young people who quickly obtain higher wages as their work skills improve.
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OUR LO-FO MEDIA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Sunday after he won re-election by a landslide, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the guest on most of the major television talk shows.  Nearly every question he was asked by the journalist panelists pertained to whether he'd run for president. 

Hardly any of the scribes expressed interest in what it was about how he has governed the Garden State that prompted so many Democrats to vote for him.

Only if we know whether campaign promises have been kept or broken, whether the challenges that have arisen during his or her term have been met, side-stepped or botched can we make a reasonable judgment about whether an incumbent deserves re-election -- or higher office.

Journalists pay more attention to froth and celebrity than they do to substance.  We laugh at "lo-fo" (low-information) voters, but most journalists are just as lo-fo as their readers or viewers.
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Friday, 13 December 2013


HALF-FULL REPORT 12/06/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 06 December 2013

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And, if you want something gift-wrapped under the Christmas Tree, give them a copy of The Jade Steps:  The Story of the Liberation of Mexico by One of History's Most Heroic Women - by, ahem, yours truly.   

America gave itself a huge Christmas present this week: the Gallup poll released yesterday (12/05) on Zero's job approval.  Study it carefully, it will blow you away.

Gallup headlines the 23% drop in Hispanic support, from 75 to 52%, which is an eye-opener especially given his desperate pandering to Hispanic illegals.   But he's down by double digits across the board - nonwhites, unmarrieds, all age and income groups, churched or unchurched, men or women. 

So it's not just the young ‘uns who've soured on Zero, it's most everyone.  An there's good news elsewhere, including an astounding discovery regarding the world's most vital resource -- water.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 05 December 2013

Enough is enough.  I want this lying corrupt fascist out of the White House, and I don't want to give him 38 months to leave - 38 months in which he will relentlessly continue to destroy our economy and put our national security in gravest danger.

Fortunately, I am far from alone in this desire.  Scores of millions of Americans feel the same way.  And now, more have arrived on the battlefield.  The Millennials are joining us.

This week, Millennials have taken over the headlines with news of their rejection of Zero's Sleaze Presidency.  Millennials Abandon Obama is a headline denoting a generational tsunami.  It takes a while for kids to grow up, as we know from personal experience.  Now they've started to, and their teen-age crush on The Won is over.

This is a signal moment.  When Harvard University reports that 47% of young Americans between 18 and 29, and 52% between 18 and 25 want to "recall" Zero - as in resign, quit, step down, get out of here and go away - you have a real turning point.

The question now is, how do we max this turning point out?  How do we take the best advantage of this moment?
Written by Victor Davis Hanson   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013

Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have broken it long before his serial lying on Obamacare.

Further, well apart from scandal, the perception of presidential lying usually ends presidential agendas. Richard Nixon resigned after never telling the truth about the Watergate cover-up. “Read my lips: no new taxes” cost George H.W. Bush his reelection. Yet Obama has lied repeatedly throughout his presidency, not just about Obamacare.

In addition to his multiple scandals and serial lying, the public is also indifferent to his incompetence. We have a president more dishonest than Richard Nixon, more corrupt than Bill Clinton, and more incompetent than Jimmy Carter, yet he continues to be worshipped like JFK. Why?
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 05 December 2013

" No Longer a Complete Fail" was the headline on the story in Time Magazine Dec. 2 on the rollout of the "new, improved" version of the Obamacare web site.

It's hard to find a better illustration of the expression: "to damn with faint praise."

To hide from Catherine the Great the squalor that existed in the Crimea, Gregory Potemkin allegedly erected pasteboard "villages" along the banks of the Dnieper.  Actually, the villages were real and Potemkin was smeared - Jack Wheeler recounts the true history in Potemkin America (June 2009).

Yet though "Potemkin villages" is a myth, it's still a common metaphor for the fake.  Thus, regarding, the Obama administration "has erected a Potemkin village online - a façade that temporarily conceals the lack of architecture behind it," said Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Indeed, the metaphor applies to the entire Obama Presidency.
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Written by Allen West   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013

I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe liberals/progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That's why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics.

However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we've found a very disturbing one. it seems that back door gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.

What this all means is that after December 2013, any ammunition that will be available to US citizens will have to be imported, which will surely increase the price and possibly come under government control.  Welcome to Obama's backdoor gun control.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

The attention of Americans understandably is riveted on the Obamacare fiasco.  But the harm done by Obamacare can be ameliorated fairly quickly by repealing it.

There is no simple way to repair the damage that could result from Mr. Obama's mammoth foreign policy blunder regarding Iran

The U.S. and allies will lift economic sanctions on Iran, in exchange for the mullah's promise they'll stop work on a nuclear bomb, the Obama administration announced Nov. 24. That'll give Iran a cash infusion of at least $7 billion.  We get...bupkes.   

Mr. Obama is taking the mullahs' word for it their nuclear research is for peaceful purposes.  You'd think a president who lies as often as he does would be more skeptical.

This "is the worst deal since Munich," said columnist Charles Krauthammer.  It's worse than Munich, said Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal.  Neville Obama indeed.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Have you noticed that many government regulations are so complex and vague that it is impossible to know if you are in compliance?

Examples are the 70,000-plus pages of Internal Revenue Service regulations and the reported 30,000-plus pages of Obamacare regulations. Who do you think has a self-interest in all this complexity and vagueness?

The Food and Drug Administration was set up to protect us from consuming bad food or drugs. It has morphed into an agency that keeps potentially beneficial drugs from us, and now is even banning our ability to know what diseases to which we may be prone, and thus, blocking our ability to take potential corrective or preventative action.

The FDA has gone from being a protector to a destroyer of health and liberty.  Other overreaching government regulators are also squeezing liberty out of existence.  Here are some examples.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 06 December 2013

Going to bed the other night, I noticed thieves in my shed stealing things.

I called 911 to tell the police my shed with all my tools and valuables was being burglarized.  They told me there was no one in the area to help. They said that they would send someone over as soon as possible.

I hung up. A minute later I rang again. "Hello," I said, "I called you a minute ago because there were thieves in my shed. It's OK, you don't need to come now because I've shot and killed them."
HALF-FULL REPORT 11/29/13 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 29 November 2013

Well, so much for Papal Infallibility.

Jorge Bergoglio spent his 77 years devoted to his religion, which is a fine thing, but in so doing he learned nothing about how business and capitalism actually works - living his life until recently in autocratic anti-capitalist Peronist Argentina. 

Last March, he was elevated to the papacy.  This week (11/26), as Pope Francis I, he chose to issue an Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, that very unfortunately contained a collection of thoughtless socialist bromides condemning capitalist "greed" and "inequality."  The Global Enemedia had a field day.  "Pope Francis' Stinging Critique of Capitalism" was the WaPo's celebratory headline.

As the IBD explains, it is incredibly ignorant to argue that the free market is a "new tyranny... that rules instead of serves." Rush thinks "it's sad because this pope makes it very clear he doesn't know what he's talking about."

Instead of reciting memorized Marxist slogans of his teachers in Buenos Aires, he could have thought for himself and identified just what is the most powerful institution of greed in the world, composed of the greediest and most selfishly profligate people on the planet who demand to live like royalty and treat those who support them like slaves....

....A Marxist Pope makes the world a more dangerous place.  And there was a lot more bad news creating a lot more danger this week as well.

....But is there any good news around here?  Yes!  Here's the question.  What do Dennis Rodman, Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus, and Anthony Weiner have in common with Zero?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 28 November 2013

On October 28, 2001, as America was trying to cope with the shock of September 11, Game 2 of the World Series  began with Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful for 50,000 attending the game and millions via television.  To this day, it's hard to watch without tears pouring down your face:


America is the most beautiful dream there has ever been.  On this Thanksgiving Day, let's reflect on why, and what has happened to it.
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Obama never explained how allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium decreases the likelihood of war.

It isn't surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran last Saturday (11/23). Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible.

And it isn't surprising that the deal these overeager leaders signed with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism makes the world a much more dangerous place than it was before the agreement was concluded.

While the deal isn't surprising in and of itself, Obama's decision to conclude it now makes clear the true goal of his foreign policy. To understand that goal, it is first necessary to consider an aspect of the deal that, on the surface, makes little sense.
IS HE, IN FACT, NUTS? Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

"After years of trillion-dollar deficits we reined in spending," Barack Hussein Obama told the Wall Street CEO Council last week.  "And since I took office, we have now cut our deficits by more than half.

"Add it all and businesses like yours have created 7.8 million new jobs over the past 44 months, we've gone farther and recovered faster than most other advanced nations," he said.

It must have taken a great exertion of willpower for the business titans to refrain from bursting in laughter.

He wasn't trying to con an audience of lo-fo's.  To make these claims to the nation's top business execs is evidence of an estrangement from reality that could be pathological.
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