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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Are you more responsible than your government? If so, what can you do about it?  How can you carry fiscal prudence from the kitchen table to the voting booth?

If your personal spending rises faster than your income each year, you eventually will go bankrupt. Responsible people understand this and thus refrain from taking on more debt than their income can support. This basic fact is true of individuals, businesses and even governments -- look at Greece and Detroit.

President Obama presented his budget proposal for 2015 last week. As the chart below shows, it calls for increasing government spending from $3.6 trillion this year to $5.9 trillion in 2024. Much of this whopping increase is to be funded through more deficit spending -- thus increasing the debt-to-gross domestic product ratio, which is already at a record high for peacetime.

There is nothing new about governments overspending and accumulating fatal amounts of debt. A quote attributed to Roman senator Cicero (106-43 BC) warned:

"The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced. The arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced if the nation does not want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
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Friday, 14 March 2014


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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 07 March 2014

It is always an intensely interesting and educational experience on any visit to China.  Now that I'm out, I can talk about it, as everything you do online is monitored - just like in the US (except that you can use an anonymizer like Cryptohippie which is blocked in China).

On Saturday, March 01, there was an astonishing terrorist attack at the railway station of Kunming, capital of Yunnan province.  Six men and two women, wearing masks and all black uniforms of some kind, bearing long knives - no other weapons, just knives - stabbed 29 people to death and wounded well over one hundred.

I was not far away at the time, and flew through the Kunming airport the next day.

What's so totally ridiculous about this two-bit KGB thug Putin seizing Crimea and playing the Russian bear is how our very own President Pussy hasn't the cojones to kick him in his vulnerabilities.
My friend John Bolton nailed it yesterday (3/06) in his speech at CPAC:  "Our biggest national security crisis is Barack Obama."

John could not possibly be more spot on.  Yet Zero is not only the Number One threat to America's national security.  He is the Number One threat to America's economy, to America's freedom, to America's culture, and to America's future.

So let's see where Zero and his DemFascist minions may have screwed up this week.
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Written by Senator Ted Cruz   
Thursday, 06 March 2014

You may have seen the headlines that yesterday (3/05) at the CPAC conference in Washington, I called for the abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service.  It's true.  I said "The IRS should go the way of the dodo."

The IRS is currently considering new rules to limit the free speech of the very same groups it illegally targeted. In short, the Obama Administration is trying to do through regulatory fiat what it was unable to legally do before: limit the First Amendment rights of Americans.

Below  is the letter I sent to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for a special prosecutor to investigate IRS's illegal targeting of conservative groups.

My speech at CPAC was entitled How We Win.  I explained that "If you want to lose elections, stand for nothing."

By contrast, you win elections by standing for principles and believing that there is a better tomorrow.

How do we inspire people? Number one we tell the truth.... The truth is Washington is corrupt. As more and more people make great wealth in Washington, young people, single moms, and small business owners suffer.  Real change is changing the corruption that is here in Washington, D.C.
Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

"The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," President Barack Hussein Obama said in a brief statement from the White House after Russia invaded the Crimea Feb. 28.

Then he left for the Washington Hilton to declare the bar open at a function for the Democrat National Committee.  When intelligence officials came to the White House the next day to brief, the president didn't attend.

"Rarely has a threat from a U.S. president been dismissed as quickly - and comprehensively - as Obama's warning Friday night," noted Washington Post reporter Scott Wilson.

The seizure of the Crimea "is really 19th Century behavior in the 21st Century," said Secretary of State John Kerry.  Mr. Putin, alas, "has not received the memo on 21st-century behavior," said the Washington Post.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

Each day brings new reports of seriously ill patients losing their doctors; financially struggling families socked with huge health insurance premium increases; workers who've had their hours cut back or lost jobs because of Obamacare.

Twenty nine percent of respondents in a Kaiser health tracking poll Feb. 26 say they've been hurt by Obamacare; 17 percent say they've benefited from it.

The number negatively affected is sure to rise, while new problems are sure to keep cropping up. The federal government has spent $1.2 billion to subsidize troubled state health care exchanges.  But heartbreaking stories like these examples below make the mammoth waste of taxpayers' money almost not worth mentioning. 

Any advocate of Obamacare should now be seen as criminally immoral.
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Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014

If a politician or government official takes a direct monetary bribe for granting a favor or sweetheart contract, do you think he should be sent to prison?

Such an illegal activity is despicable, but it is usually far less costly to society than the legal forms of corruption, which undermine the integrity and respect for government that is necessary for a civil and prosperous society. Most legal corruption is all about increasing power for those in government.

This past Friday (2/28), the following amendment offered by Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, was defeated in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  It was to prevent "Intentional discrimination by employee of the Internal Revenue Service."

It is hard to imagine anyone interested in good government being against such an amendment, because it is clearly designed to help prevent those in the IRS from abusing their power -- which many have done. Yet 10 senators, all Democrats, voted against it. They were:
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014

I met my wife Sue more than 23 years ago at a Thanksgiving party with some mutual friends. Normally I would have been with my extended family - Thanksgiving was always a favorite of my parents - but this year they hosted our family dinner on Friday, so other family members could be with their respective in-laws.

Had my parents not changed the routine that year, Sue and I might never have met; we never would have been married, we would never have had our kids, and the life we know would be different in so many ways it's hard to fathom.

Many other circumstances lined up just right to lead to that night that might not have been - my wife might not have come to the dinner (she almost didn't), one or both of us might have lived in another town, we might not have known these particular friends...

It's pretty remarkable, if you think about it, that two people ever meet. But people do, and we did. If you're married, it might be worth considering the chance that the two of you might never have met.

Doing this deliberately can also make you happier.  Here's why and how.
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 07 March 2014


God didn't have a "Previous Administration" to blame

On the seventh day God rested; Obama rested for the other six

God spake unto Moses; Obama spake unto giggling college students

God commanded not to covet thy neighbor's property; Obama commands to covet and redistribute it, too

God doesn't think he is Barack Obama.

God told Noah to build an ark; Obama told Noah "you didn't build that"

God unleashed ten plagues on Pharaoh; Obama just signed him up for Obamacare

God's chosen people wandered in the desert for 40 years; Obama's people wandered in for 40 weeks

God told Mary she was blessed with a child; Obama said she was punished with a baby

If you don't believe in God you're an atheist. If you don't believe in Obama you're a racist.

God banished Lucifer; Obama's mentor dedicated a book to him

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Written by Jack Kelly   
Friday, 28 February 2014

For the time being, the good guys have won in Ukraine, no thanks to the pusillanimous wimps in Washington and the European Union.

"The seismic shift in Ukraine was achieved by its people, not outside forces, and not its politicians," said Andrew Wood.

It may not last long. Russia is conducting "military maneuvers" near the Crimea in southeastern Ukraine, where Russia has an important naval base. Armed men seized the regional parliament building in the Crimea, and the regional airport.

"The eruption in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will engulf us all," warned British historian Mark Almond. 
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As gutsy and determined as the protestors in Kiev - but recipients of far less attention - are the protestors in Venezuela.  Anti-government demonstrations have grown since the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez Feb. 18.

A gun-toting ex-general has become a hero to the protest movement. 
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This time of rising international tensions is a good time to gut the U.S. military, the Obama administration thinks. 
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It was, said Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald, the best speech of Marco Rubio's career.  Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan is impressed he gave it with so little preparation:
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Obamacare is certain now to fall far short of the administration's original goal of 7 million signups by the March 31 deadline, so HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is trying to more the goalposts.

She should try telling the truth for a change, recommends Charles Krauthammer.  "It's easier to memorize."
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All the Obamacare horror stories are untrue, Dingy Harry Reid said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday. 

"I wonder if Reid calling millions of Americans liars will show up in any ads," said Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. 

I'd bet on it.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 24 February 2014


Lijiang, Yunnan, China.  I'm in the midst of conducting my Hidden China II adventure when an extraordinary opportunity has suddenly materialized.

What you  see above is an actual unretouched photograph, not a painting.  It was taken by National Geographic photographer Franz Lanting at sunrise at the base of the world's biggest sand dune in the world's oldest desert in Africa's most spectacularly unknown country: Namibia.

Namibia is as big as Texas and Oklahoma together, yet only has 2 million people.  The former German colony of Southwest Africa, it gained independence in 1990.  While it is one of Africa's cleanest, safest, and best-run countries, it only now is beginning to be discovered by savvy international travelers as the place to have an African Safari like nowhere else.

Even if you have been to the Serengeti of Tanzania, the Masai Mara of Kenya, or the Okavango of Botswana, Namibia's unique beauty, wildlife, and tribes will astound you.  The opportunity is this:

I have been able to arrange a safari to Namibia's most spectacular places and tribes - The Namib Desert, the Skeleton Coast, the Painted Himba Nomads, the Etosha Pan with such a profusion of wildlife it's known as Africa's Last Eden - at a stunningly low cost for a luxury private air safari. 

What's more, the Hidden Africa Safari is at the best time of year for game viewing, after the rainy season with the grass drying up and the wildlife congregating at the waterholes.  And we can do it all in little more than one week, departing the US on Friday May 23 and arriving back in the US on Sunday June 01.

The catch is that I only have until March 15, then the opportunity goes away.  And I can only take 8 TTPers.  I can't post more than a few photos with the connection I have here in China.  Here's a brief summary.
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

It's all about winning and losing, but the best man doesn't always win, and outcomes frequently have more to do with luck than with merit.  Brilliant strategies fail, and fools stumble into glorious victories.  Napoleon preferred a lucky general to a brilliant one.

Which brings us to today.  The headlines are grim, the pictures from Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine are blood-chilling, executions and demonstrations are mounting in Iran, and Obama doesn't know what to do about anything.  So he doesn't do anything; he and his strategists just dither.  And yet...

And yet, our enemies may be on the verge of losing.  Big time.

The global anti-freedom alliance consists primarily of jihadis and radical leftists, the two principal forces committed to the destruction of what is sometimes known as the Western world.

That alliance is cracking, because many millions of people are fighting the anti-Western tyrants.  Here's the scorecard.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

As America suffers through a brutal winter as well as a political/economic winter with Curse of Zero, let's step back and take a longer look at the historical era we are enduring.

His research from 1789 on indicates capitalist economies go through a cycle of boom and bust roughly every 50 to 60 years, Russian economist Nikolai Kondratieff wrote in 1925. 

The "Kondratieff Wave," K-Wave, for short, was given its name by Joseph Schumpeter, arguably the greatest economist of the 20th Century, who based his work on business cycles on it.

Kondratieff offered no opinion about why the long waves he'd identified existed, but said they are "a very important and essential factor in economic development, a factor the effects of which can be found in all the principal fields of social and economic life."

The "seasons" within a K-Wave each last for roughly the same amount of time, but the length and strength of each vary somewhat, depending on how people behave.

The last Kondratieff "Spring" began around 1950.  "Winter" started around 2000.  Earlier K-Wave "Winters" (since 1789) have lasted from 9 to 20 years.  The last three have averaged 16 years.  They always end in depression.  Buckle your seatbelts.  Hard times - really hard times - are fast approaching. Yet...
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Leaders of other countries don't respect President Barack Obama, say 53 percent of respondents in Gallup's annual World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 3-6.

That only 53 percent of Americans think this is a clear indictment of the news media's coverage of foreign affairs.

He would lead the world by "deed and example," not try to "bully it into submission," Sen. Obama wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine in 2007.

In a major foreign policy speech in 2008, Mr. Obama said he would focus on: "ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban; securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states; achieving true energy security; and rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

No president has talked the talk so well, or walked the walk so badly.  Here's a compendium of just how badly.
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Written by Caroline Glick   
Thursday, 27 February 2014

In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, "The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel."

And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%.

Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC's annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood.

These committed supporters of the Jewish state have been sternly lectured that Israel is doomed if it doesn't give the Palestinians an outlet for their political impulses outside of Israel, because within a year or two there will be more Palestinians than Israelis west of the Jordan.

The same day AIPAC's delegates meet with members of both houses of Congress, my new book, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East will be released by Crown Forum, a division of Random House.
In my book, I show that the demographic time bomb is a dud, and a malicious one at that.
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