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As Fellow ‘Journalists’ Back-Stab Woodward, others come out to Speak of Brutal WH Hectoring of Reporters
by ‘Reaganite Republican,’
March 4, 2013
If you’ve somehow been convinced Watergate reporting legend Bob Woodward was mistaken in thinking he’d been threatened by the obama regime -perhaps by the gaggle of obammunist hacks lining up to trash him -think again: Now that such an honorable source has come out and exposed Team obama for the punks they are, more victims are going public (thus sure to be attacked by the left in the coming days): [….]
Europe, Unemployment and Stability
by George Friedman,
March 5, 2013
The global financial crisis of 2008 has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will, fairly quickly, give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system — Europe, China and the United States. The level of intensity differs, the political response differs and the relationship to the financial crisis differs. But there is a common element, which is that unemployment is increasingly replacing finance as the central problem of the financial system.
Europe is the focal point of this crisis. Last week Italy held elections, and the party that won the most votes — with about a quarter of the total — was a brand-new group called the Five Star Movement that is led by a professional comedian. Two things are of interest about this movement. First, one of its central pillars is the call for defaulting on a part of Italy’s debt as the lesser of evils. The second is that Italy, with 11.2 percent unemployment, is far from the worst case of unemployment in the European Union. Nevertheless, Italy is breeding radical parties deeply opposed to the austerity policies currently in place.
The core debate in Europe has been how to solve the sovereign debt crisis and the resulting threat to Europe’s banks. The issue was who would bear the burden of stabilizing the system. The argument that won the day, particularly among Europe’s elites, was that what Europe needed was austerity, that government spending had to be dramatically restrained so that sovereign debt — however restructured it might be — would not default.
One of the consequences of austerity is [….]
by Dr Thomas Sowell,
March 8, 2013
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.
At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored.
The Obama administration is following the same pattern. The Department of Homeland Security, for example, released thousands of illegal aliens [….]
Woodward-Sperling Flap may Turn Tide
by Debra J. Saunders,
March 3, 2013
There is a rule in Politics 2013 that’s evident in the flap about a White House aide’s maybe threatening or not threatening Washington Post veteran reporter Bob Woodward. The rule: The more superficial the brouhaha the bigger its impact. What public figures say is more important than what they do, because cable TV and political blogs can cover a mud fight more cheaply and more easily than they can a real story.
Quick synopsis: Woodward has reported doggedly on the White House’s role in putting “sequester” cuts — $85 billion this year — in the 2011 Budget Control Act. Last week, as Woodward was writing that President Barack Obama was moving the goal post in negotiations on those cuts, a White House aide yelled at him on the phone for a half-hour, Woodward says. Economic adviser Gene Sperling later sent him an email to apologize for raising his voice. Sperling also wrote, “I think you will regret staking out that claim.”
The White House says no threat [….]
How Congress Sold Us Out
by Sam Ridley,
Personal Liberty Digest
March 5, 2013
For the past several weeks, the word “sequester” has dominated headlines as President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers shrieked about the coming doomsday to be brought forth by $85 billion in Federal spending cuts, while Republicans refused to budge on taxes.
Since the sequester officially took hold on Friday, both sides have pledged to create a plan to retroactively reverse the spending cuts, with Democrats vowing that a deal won’t be reached if taxes aren’t raised and Republicans still vehemently fighting the idea of higher taxes. If they don’t come up with a plan, so what?
Obama has been warning for weeks that sequestration will have devastating impacts on everything from American education to public safety to the ease of travel. Meanwhile, defense hawks on both sides of the legislative aisle spent the months advertising premonitions of a vulnerable America if the military-industrial complex is funded by one less red cent.
The Federal government, it seems, is the boy who cried wolf.
Not only did the entire Nation fail to shut down on Friday after sequestration hit; American financial markets hardly even shuddered. The American public has grown accustomed to periodic government-hyped emergencies. And, ever more transparently, these manufactured crises don’t arise from a lack of government funding but remain necessary to whitewash Congressional inability, or unwillingness, to make budget decisions.
The truth about sequester — as evidenced by the White House’s full steam retreat from its previous sensational predictions — is [….]
[Marxists UNITE!] obama to send Official Delegation to Chavez Funeral
by Guy Taylor
March 7, 2013
The Obama administration has dispatched an official delegation to Caracas to attend Friday’s funeral for deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
In addition to James Derham, who presently serves as Charge d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in the Venezuelan capital, the State Department said Thursday that the delegation to the socialist revolutionary’s funeral will include U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, New York Democrat, and former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat.
Details were not forthcoming about why Mr. Meeks and Mr. Delahunt were chosen to represent the U.S. at the funeral.
However, Mr. Delahunt, who served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee while in Congress from 1997 through 2011, has a history of quietly attempting to forge positive diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.
During the early 2000s, he partook in a little reported effort known in foreign policy circles as the “Groupo De Boston,” which […]
McConnell: Proud of Paul calls obama Dinner a PR Gimmick
by Paul Bedard,
March 7, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went to bat today for the new Senate filibuster king, Sen. Rand Paul, after his Kentucky colleague was rapped by GOP old bulls like Sen. John McCain angry with Paul’s tactics.
“We should all be proud of Rand’s efforts,” said McConnell, who was with Paul on the Senate floor at midnight Wednesday. “We encouraged everybody to stand with him. Because what he was trying to get, frankly, is the answer to a question that’s really not an intelligence question, but a straightforward legal one. ‘Does the president have the authority to order the use of lethal force against a United States citizen who is not a combatant here on U.S. soil without due process of law?'”
McConnell, speaking on the nationally-syndicated radio program The Andrea Tantaros Show, said [….]
Part 2 to follow….