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Why I think Glenn Beck has become a buffoon and is no longer much worth listening to

Perhaps he can redeem himself at some point. But he sure is displaying some unsound thinking.

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Glenn Beck over the years.

I liked his show on FOX.

He did a good job there with his diagrams, helping people connect the dots and showing viewers how Obama was hiring all these Maoists and Communists in key positions — i.e. Anita Dunn (White House Communications Director and self-professed Maoist) and Van Jones (self-professed Communist) and others.

What I liked most about Glenn Beck is he seemed to really appeal to women.

My wife Wanda loved Glenn Beck – used to DVR all his shows on FOX.

She wasn’t at all political. But Glenn connected with Wanda, helped engage her in politics, helped turn her into a conservative.

I’m sure she still likes him.

My three daughters have also been big fans of Glenn Beck.

I think one reason females like Glenn Beck is all the emoting and weeping.

He seems to really care.

Fine.

I’m not a big emoter and weeper myself, but I can deal with that. If Glenn Beck can appeal to women by emoting and weeping, I’m all for him.

But when I’ve listened to his radio show lately, I really can’t find much of value. I actually like his cohost quite a bit better than Beck. I don’t know what his name is. He’s a young guy who generally makes more sense than Beck has been making lately.

In my opinion, Glenn Beck is talking too much about religion — at least for me.

Sorry, I’m not a Mormon. I’m a traditional Christian. Sometimes I go to Catholic Mass. Sometimes I go to an evangelical Bible Church.

But to me, Mormonism makes no sense. I like most Mormons as individuals. But I’m not going to take spiritual advice from Mormons.

Also, when I tune into conservative talk radio, I want to hear about politics and what Obama is up to. I’m not looking for spiritual guidance.

I get spiritual guidance from the church I attend, also from books I read.

So Glenn Beck’s big push of late is to make a big deal about his Mormon faith and how he’s delivering Teddy Bears, Soccer Balls and, I guess, food and other necessities to the tens of thousands of Central American children who are showing up in U.S. border towns.

Fine. It’s a humanitarian crisis — created by Obama.

But that’s really the point, isn’t it?

The crisis is created intentionally by Obama to achieve his Open Border policy objectives. That is, to destroy the United States of America by transforming the electorate.

So we have this humanitarian crisis — created by Obama. And now we have Glenn Beck — the dupe that he is — lecturing us about how we have a Christian obligation to these children who Obama brought into the country.

Certainly we have a Christian obligation to do what we can for these children — to make sure they don’t starve, that they received medical care, that they aren’t killed or sold as sex slaves by gangs and cartels.

But then we need to send them home.

There really is no other solution, no other answer.

If we say, fine, all of you can stay here, this just sends the message out to the rest of the world that if you find a way to get to America, you can stay in America,

All you have to do is set foot on American soil (by hook or by crook) and you get to stay. You even get to become an American citizen.

You become a voter . . . for the Democratic Party.

And that’s really what all this is about, at least as far as Obama and the Democrats are concerned.

They are trying to create millions of new voters for the welfare state.

But even that’s not quite the point about Glenn Beck, is it?

What Glenn Beck is doing is feeding into the Obama propaganda machine.

If you don’t believe me, ask yourself the following questions:

1) Do we have impoverished American citizens here at home we should be feeding and caring about first?

2) What about the people living in shacks in Appalachia or slums in the Bronx or Chicago’s Southside? Why aren’t they deserving of Glenn Beck’s food, diapers, soccer balls, and Teddy Bears?

3) Shouldn’t we be rushing emergency food to impoverished U.S. citizens and creating shelters for them (due to the Obama economy) before doing this for people from other countries?

4) Do we not have plenty of problems here in America before we start addressing the problems of people from other countries?

5) What is Glenn Beck’s stunt really all about? Why hasn’t he rushed trucks full of stuff to the Bronx or Chicago’s Southside? Why is he less concerned about impoverished Americans than impoverished Guatamalans?

Very strange. It makes no sense whatsover.

Basically, the answer is that he’s become a dupe for Obama.

I always say that when you see something really strange happening that can’t be explained by logic, follow the money.

Follow the money and you will find your answer.

Mormon Church-owned media is a massive enterprise that has consistently supported amnesty for illegal aliens. Glenn Beck is a product of the Mormon media enterprise.

Many business interests benefit from amnesty for illegal aliens. The Mormon Church’s public policy arm has been a dogged supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens.

And let’s not forget that the second most powerful man in America Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is a Mormon and is in a position to provide significant federal support and benefits to the Mormon Church.

So Glenn Beck, an outspoken Mormon convert, a product of the Mormon Church’s enormous sprawling worldwide media empire, has a clear financial interest in keeping his powerful and wealthy patrons in the Mormon leadership happy.

Glenn Beck’s media enterprise would not be anywhere near as big as it is now without the backing of the LDS church leadership — which fervently backs Amnesty.

Here’s a good paper on the Mormon Church leadership’s massive lobbying efforts for Amnesty >>>

As often happens throughout life, money trumps principle.  Money trumps the “rule of law.”

Business interests trump patriotism and love of country.

It’s all about the money.

This is a big problem with many church organizations — not just Mormon, but Christian churches even more so. The Catholic Church in America receives billions of dollars from the U.S. government. The largest protestant denominations also receive billions of dollars from the federal government.

Catholic Charities received $2.9 BILLION from the U.S. government in 2010 — more than half its budget. No doubt, this figure has increased since then.

That’s just one small arm of the Catholic Church. Who knows what the rest of the Catholic Church is receiving from Uncle Sam?

Billions more, no doubt.

The churches have been bought by the U.S. government, meaning bought now by Obama. He controls the cash.

In other words, so much for the “separation of church and state” principle.

The churches have been bought and corrupted by the federal government.

Even the National Association of Evangelicals is now supporting what Obama calls “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

Why?

Because either their most powerful members are getting lots of money from Uncle Sam. Or, they have a misunderstanding of Scripture.  I think the former.

World Vision, a member of the National Association of Evangelicals, receives $200,000,000 per year from the U.S. government. So they’d better keep playing ball with Obama to keep the money, favors and special treatment flowing from Uncle Sam.

The Bible celebrates hospitality. The Bible says we should be welcoming to strangers, travelers, foreigners. This is what we are hearing from the pro-amnesty propaganda machine.

But hospitality and care is a far cry from saying the stranger, the traveler, the alien, the foreigner should be able to just move into your home — permanently.

We want to help the homeless. But should the homeless just be able to move into and take over your home — permanently?

What exactly is ”Comprehensive Immigration Reform” anyway?

Basically, it’s amnesty and pretty much citizenship for the illegal aliens who are here now, then secure the border later.

That’s the promise.

But we now see how well that works.

If people know they can get amnesty (and soon U.S. citizenship) simply by setting foot on American soil, border security can’t work.  There’s always a way around, under, or over a border.

Amnesty undermines and destroys even the strongest, most secure border.

And without secure borders, we really aren’t a country anymore — just like if anyone can move into your home, you don’t really have a home.

A+ for Dinesh D’Souza’s AMERICA. It’s Even Better Than His First Film

Honestly, I was not looking forward that much to seeing Dinesh D’Souza’s AMERICA.

Documentaries are not really my thing. When I go to a movie, I’m looking for an escape, pure entertainment.

But I loved his first film — 2016: Obama’s America.

D’Souza’s new film far surpasses that one.

I was rivetted by every minute of Dinesh D’Souza’s second film: AMERICA.

I wish this film could have gone on for another two hours.

What’s great about the film is he really allows the Left to make their case against America. The Left’s case is that:

1) We stole the land from the Indians.
2) We stole half of Mexico
3) We stole the labor and lives of Africans
4) We’ve plundered the world for its resources
5) Capitalism is a sophisticated system of theft.
6) The American idea was flawed from the start because the founders of the country owned slaves and our Constitution tolerated slavery.

In summary, the Left’s case is that the world would have been better off if America had never existed.

We now have a President of the United States who subscribes to much, if not all, of these six points. He views his mission in life as to correct the injustices wrought by America.

D’Souza skillfully deals with all these precepts.

He does not gloss over the inhumanity of slavery. He makes the case, as Abraham Lincoln did, that both America’s Declaration of Independence and America’s Constitution sowed the seeds of slavery’s demise.

The southern states never would have signed onto the Constitution had we insisted on the total and immediate abolition of slavery.

If the South had never signed onto the Constitution and had become its own country or many countries, slavery likely would have lasted much longer.

The South’s economy was dependent on slavery.

D’Souza notes that the economy of the South was far behind the economy and industry of the north. He quotes Alexis de Tocqueille, who attributed the differences in the economies to slavery.

In the South, the slaves had no incentive to work hard because they could not keep the fruits of their labor. So they did the bare minimum of work to avoid the lash. The owners were lazy and unproductive because their slaves were doing the work.

Meanwhile, in the North, the non-slave states, industry and enterprise were booming. This ultimately proved the Confederacy’s undoing. The Confederacy did not have the industrial engine to produce a war machine anywhere near the level of the Union army.

Ultimately, slavery could not stand up to the primary founding idea of America: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

The Declaration does not say all “white men.” The Declaration says “all men” — meaning, of course, all people.

Abraham Lincoln completed the American Revolution.

He fulfilled the original American Proposition that “all men are created equal” — meaning equal under the law.

Obviously, not everyone is created with equal talents and abilities.

Not everyone is created with equal drive and motivation.

But in America, everyone is supposed to be equal under the law.

America was the first country in the history of the world to fight a civil war to end slavery. At least 300,000 union soldiers died in that war. Upwards of 700,000 Americans lost their lives on the Civil War battlefields.

Furthermore, slavery was the norm throughout the world. Slavery was the norm in Africa. It was Africans who sold their own people into slavery. It was the American idea that ended slavery in the British Empire.

Slavery still exists throughout much of the world today.

By the way, there were many white slaves in colonial America — indentured servants.

The American Idea ultimately ended all that.

Did we mistreat the Indians?

Certainly, we did. They also horrifically mistreated each other.

Did we take land from the Indians? Certainly we did. But they took lands from each other.

Should General Sherman have burned the South to the ground?

Let’s face it. Humans can be brutal. War is brutal. Certainly America has been brutal. Who can admire General Custer?

Don’t most of us think General Custer got what he deserved at the hands of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse?

But it is precisely the American idea — as stated in America’s Declaration of Independence and the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, plus the Bill of Rights — that causes us to recoil in horror at what we did to African Americans and the Native Americans.

We’ve done our best to make it up to them.

How many African-Americans want to return to Africa?

I don’t know of any.

Are millions of Americans desperately trying to get over the border into Mexico and become Mexican citizens?

When Mexicans manage to get in here, how many want to return to Mexico?

Would the Mexican-Americans living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California want the American Southwest returned to Mexico so they could be Mexicans again?

Would they like to see America become more like Mexico?

The production value in the movie is superb. It’s very well made. I loved the soundtrack.

Don’t believe the leftist film critics who are trashing the film.

Dinesh’s movie is receiving a 90% thumbs up rating from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

Every high school and college history course should have the students watch “America” and deal with the arguments?

It won’t matter then if the teacher or professor is a Leftist.

That leftist teacher or professor can then stand there for the entire semester telling the students why D’Souza’s movie is wrong.

Some students will be persuaded by the teacher or the professor.

But many will not be persuaded.

The film makes a powerful (frankly irrefutable) argument for America. It also makes a tremendous emotional impact.

My wife Wanda and I went to the theater on a Sunday afternoon in Chicago. The theater was packed. Every person in the theater stayed through the entire rolling of the credits at the end, with our national anthem as the soundtrack . . . and sang along with it.

The Left wants you to feel bad about America (which they love to spell AMERIKA). They want you to feel bad about being an American.

We have a President of the United States who subscribes, for the most part, to this view of America. He’s trying to take America down a peg, or two, or three.

Let’s not forget that Barack Obama’s political career was hatched out of the livingroom of anti-American terrorist Bill Ayers and that Barack Obama and his family were faithful parishoners of the church of the America-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

And now we see President Obama opening America’s borders to anyone who wants to walk in. Why?

Because that’s the fastest way to end America — to merge America with Mexico and Latin America — which are such successful countries.

Is it any wonder that Barack Obama’s Justice Department has found a way to put Dinesh D’Souza in prison? . . . for a hyper-technical violation of federal campaign finance law that happens all the time and that no one else has ever been jailed for.

Not that I’m condoning. We should all try to avoid breaking laws, even laws that contradict the First Amendment of the Constitution — as campaign finance laws do.

Still, you’re better off not breaking even these unconstitutional laws. Or you risk having a heap of trouble pour down on your head. Fighting the federal government in federal court will cost you a minimum of $300,000 — if you want to go bargain basement.

Few of us can afford this. Most of us will just cry uncle and try to get the best deal we can from the prosecutor.

But don’t worry too much for Dinesh.

He’ll be fine.

He might go to jail for 10 months or so.

Then maybe he will create another documentary on how any and every American commits on average three felonies a day.

That’s actually true by the way. That’s the average.

Here’s the book on that topic — titled Three Felonies a Day

The Federal Register of regulations is now more than 80,000 pages.

These regulations are not laws duly passed by Congress — as the Constitution requires. Congress is supposed to be the law-making body. These reams of regulations are enacted by bureaucrats, acting on their own, who not accountable to voters.

These regulations carry the force of law.

The U.S. tax code today is 73,954 pages.

Who can possibly follow all these laws and rules without a team of lawyers and accountants?

Most Americans just try to keep their head down and do their best to avoid getting in the cross-hairs of some government bureaucrat who might have an axe to grind.

But if you happen to have the misfortune of having an aggressive federal prosecutor rummaging through every area of your life, he’s going to find violations of federal law — felonies.

Almost every violation of federal law — no matter how technical — is a potential felony these days.

That’s how screwed up our laws have become. You are committing three felonies a day without even knowing it.

But that’s another topic — that I hope might be the subject of Dinesh’s next film.

But here’s the takeaway point of this post.

If you want to feel good about being an American, watch Dinesh D’Souza’s AMERICA.

I loved it. You will too. It was a tour d’force.

Tears were welling up in my eyes by the end of the film.

Why tears?

Because it’s hard to imagine anyone hating the most magnificent, the most generous, and most gentle superpower in world history.

But, for some reason, the Left truly does hate America — which is why I have always thought Leftism is a mental illness.

By the way, I do distinguish liberalism from Leftism.

JFK was a liberal. He loved America.

He hated Communism. JFK was a patriot.

He and I might not have agreed on every issue. His biggest mistake was to allow government employees to unionize — which FDR opposed (also a liberal, but a patriot).

Fine. Everyone’s entitled to screw-ups. JFK was a patriot. So was Martin Luther King.

Thomas Jefferson was also a liberal for his day — the author of America’s Declaration of Independence. He was a classical liberal.

He believed “All” are endowed with unalienable rights. And that these rights are unalienable because they come from God. These rights are “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Obama opposes at least two out of three of these rights.

Barack Obama is not a liberal. He’s a Leftist.

He doesn’t seem to be a fan at all of America — at least not the original American proposition.

He might like the territory of America, the land, the scenery. He would probably agree that America is a beautiful place.

But Obama seems to have a real problem with the original American idea — of the first nation in human history to be “conceived in liberty.”

Obama believes in big government — the more government, the better for Obama.

He loves the Nanny State idea. He wants to micromanage your life. He loves government bureaucracy. His Soviet-style ObamaCare law is 2,700 pages long. Another 20,000 pages of regulations have been added, with new regulations being added every day.

This is the opposite of liberty. All this government bureaucracy is crushing liberty.

Barack Obama has spent his entire political life trashing capitalism, trashing America’s history — constantly pointing out all he thinks is wrong with America.

He calls America’s Constitution “flawed,” attacks it as a “charter of negative liberties,” and promised to “fundamentally transform” America.

How can you love something you say you want to “fundamentally transform”?

If I were to tell my wife that I am out to “fundamentally transform” her, I am quite sure she would not take that as a compliment. We’d likely be headed for divorce court.

Barack Obama is an existential threat to the original American idea.

D’Souza is an existential threat to Obama and the anti-America Left.

No wonder Obama wants Dinesh D’Souza in jail.

An Objective Ranking of Recent Presidents by Economic Performance

My goal with this piece is to be as objective as possible in ranking the actual economic performances of the six most recent Presidents, without letting my own political biases slip in.

In determining performance, more than just the raw numbers matter.  For example, what was the situation inherited by each President?  And did they leave the country heading in the right direction at the end of their Presidency?

Among the six most recent Presidents, clearly the best two in terms of economic performance

are Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

The two worst were Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush.

George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama are in the middle.

My Rankings:

My ranking of the six most recent President from best to worst in terms of economic performance are as follows:

1) Ronald Reagan
2) Bill Clinton
3) George H.W. Bush
4) Barack Obama
5) George W. Bush
6) Jimmy Carter

Ranking Purely by the Numbers

If you looked purely at GDP growth under these respective administrations, the ranking would be as follows:

1) Bill Clinton: 3.6% annual GDP growth on average
2) Ronald Reagan: 3.4%
3) Jimmy Carter: 2.65%
4) George H.W. Bush 2.17%
5) George W. Bush 1.98%
6) Barack Obama 1.1%

If we calculate Presidential rankings by saying the first year’s GDP growth of the next Administration really belongs to the previous Administration, the rankings look like this:

1) Ronald Reagan: 3.54%
2) Bill Clinton 3.53%
3) Barack Obama: 2.3%
4) Jimmy Carter: 2.02%
5) George H.W. Bush: 2.0
6) George W. Bush 1.4%

The Case for Ranking Ronald Reagan Ahead of Bill Clinton

Objectively, you would have to say Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton are tied in terms of the performance of the economy under their watch.

So why do I rank Reagan ahead of Clinton?

The reason is the economy Reagan inherited from Jimmy Carter and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

The U.S. economy shrank in the final year of the Carter Administration. Inflation also reached a high of 14.8% in March of 1980 under Carter, while the prime interest rate hit a peak of 18% that year.

“Stagflation” and “Misery Index” became part of the national lexicon.

The economy grew just .4% during Reagan’s first two years in office before his economic program of tax cuts and deregulation kicked in. Although Reagan’s tax cut program passed in 1981, Reagan’s tax cuts did not begin kicking in until the following year and were phased in over three years.

Reagan’s 1981 tax cut bill cut the top income tax rate from 70 percent to 50 percent.

Reagan then enacted a second round of tax cuts in 1986 that cut the top rate from 50% to 28%. If we omit the first two years of the Reagan Presidency from the GDP growth calculus, average annual GDP growth under Reagan becomes 4.3%

Remember also that Reagan had a Cold War to fight.

He engaged in an enormous defense build-up and bankrupted the Soviet Union. The price for that was to run up large budget deficits.

Bill Clinton had the luxury of no Cold War to fight. He had the benefit of the so-called “Peace Dividend.”

Not only was he free to scale back America’s military. But peace always helps the economy.

You also have to give a lot of the credit to the Republican-controlled Congress, which started in 1994. For six years of his Presidency, Clinton was boxed in by Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate.

Newt Gingrich and the Republicans simply would not allow President Clinton to spend as much money as he would have if it were up to him.   Clinton even signed Newt Gingrich’s welfare reform into law, declaring that the “era of big government is over.”

Clinton is a pragmatist. So you have to give him credit for going along with Gingrich and the Republicans. But you can’t really call the good economy of the late 1990s Clinton’s economy either.

The economy certainly performed well under Bill Clinton. But you would be hard-pressed to point to any Clinton policy that caused the economy to perform so well. His primary legislative initiative — HillaryCare — was defeated.

Mostly, Clinton did nothing, or went along with what Newt Gingrich and the Republican-controlled Congress wanted.

Often doing nothing is great policy. The rule of good governance is: “First, do no harm.”

The U.S. economy was also rebounding in George H.W. Bush’s final year as President, growing at 3.4% in 1992 after shrinking .2% in 1991. So Bill Clinton inherited an economy that was gathering speed after a brief slowdown.

Bill Clinton had the good fortune of inheriting the Reagan economic boom and then a Republican Congress that protected Clinton from himself by not letting him change course.

Keep in mind also that Reagan’s economic growth numbers are dragged down by Jimmy Carter’s economy not just during Reagan’s first year, but really for the first two years of the Reagan Administration.

It’s fair, I believe, to call the first two years of the Reagan Presidency Jimmy Carter’s economy.

The economic boom America experienced in the final six years of his Presidency was clearly triggered by the Reagan tax cuts and massive deregulation.

Reagan turned the country around — transformed the Carter disaster into the longest period of continued economic growth(without a recession)  in America’s history. Bill Clinton was more of a caretaker President.  A Republican-controlled Congress forced Clinton to keep Reagan’s economic policies mostly in tact.

So the good economy kept rolling.

The Case for Putting Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush at the Bottom

Similarly, you would have to say that at least the first year of the Obama Presidency belongs to George W. Bush – when the U.S. economy shrank by 3.5%.

I’m certainly no fan of Barack Obama’s policies. I think his economic policies are wrong, are hurting the economy. But the 3.5% shrinkage of the U.S. economy in 2009 objectively belongs to Bush, not Obama.

So, objectively speaking, at this point we would have to rank Barack Obama’s economy ahead of both Jimmy Carter’s and George W. Bush’s. You could also make the case that George W. Bush left America in even worse shape than Jimmy Carter.

Here’s why I think Carter is the worst of the last six Presidents in terms of economic performance.

Jimmy Carter inherited a healthy economy.

Economic growth during the first two years of his Presidency was 4.6% in 1977 and 5.6% in 1978.

Economic growth during his final two years was 0.7% in 1979 and minus 0.3 percent in 1980. Inflation spiked up to 14.8%, the prime interest rate zoomed up to 18% so people could not buy homes or start new businesses.

So Jimmy Carter took a good economy and quickly turned it into the worst economy since the Great Depression.

George W. Bush also did this, inheriting a strong economy from Bill Clinton along with a balanced budget and turning that into an economy that shrank by 3.5% in 2009 and trillion-dollar annual budget deficits. It would be tough to get much worse than Bush. You can certainly make a strong case for putting Bush at the bottom, behind Carter.

At least Jimmy Carter did not get America into a trillion-dollar war by mistake.

The multi-trillion-dollar Iraq War certainly hurt the American economy and cost thousands of American lives.  We would be far better off today with Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq than what we see going on there now.  Saddam was a counter to the even worse Iran and a bullwark against al Qaeda-Isis-style terrorism.

Reagan sided with Saddam in the Iran-Iraq War — for good reason.

I’m starting to persuade myself that W. Bush might have been even worse than Carter.

But I remember the Carter economy. The 14% inflation rate, the 18 percent prime interest rate, people waiting in line to buy gasoline, and the unemployment rate at 7.5 percent and heading toward 10% as he was leaving office  felt a lot worse than the W Bush recession.

Why I Rank George H.W. Bush Ahead of Obama

You can reasonably make a case for putting Barack Obama ahead of George H.W. Bush in the economic performance rankings.

George H.W. Bush turned a booming Reagan economy into a mediocre 2% growth economy – about what the economy is growing now under Barack Obama. He did this, in part, by increasing taxes, reregulating the economy, and undoing parts of the Reagan economic program.

He also launched an expensive war in Iraq that put a further drag on the U.S. economy.

Both HW Bush and Obama presided over an economy that’s growing at a rate of about 2% annually on average. The difference is Obama inherited a terrible economy from W, while Bush senior inherited a booming economy from Reagan and turned that into a mediocre 2% economy.

So that would seem to be “Case Closed” for ranking Obama over HW Bush.

But there’s also the natural business cycle that needs to factor in.

I would make the case that there is always a natural cooling of an economic boom, and that HW Bush had the misfortune of being in office on the downside of the business cycle.

Conversely, economies tend to rebound sharply after a recession, as should have happened after the Great Recession of 2008, but didn’t because of ObamaCare and massive regulation of the U.S. economy by Obama and his bureaucracy.

The so-called “recovery” under Barack Obama has  been just 2.3% per year from 2010 on forward, since coming out of the recession. Typically, the U.S. economy grows 5%+ in the year following a recession.

Under Reagan, the economy grew 7.2% in 1984, following the Jimmy Carter recession.

That’s what should happen in a recovery.

That’s why I rank Barack Obama behind George H.W. Bush.

Bush did not do nearly as much as Obama to actively harm the economy.

Barack Obama is taking a sledge-hammer to the economy in the form of ObamaCare and massive regulation.

So far the U.S. economy is showing some resilience. At least it’s mustering some growth.

But recent signs are that even this meager 2% growth we’ve been experiencing might be coming to an end.

The economy in the first quarter of this year shrank a stunning 2.9%. This will make it very difficult to reach even a 2% growth level for 2014. If we have another consecutive quarter of shrinking GDP, America will be back in a recession.

This would put Obama down in Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush territory in terms of being among the worst Presidents in America’s history for the economy.

Also, the ObamaCare drag on the U.S. economy, I believe, is just beginning. The 2.9% Q1 2014 shrinkage of the U.S. economy occurred exactly in the same quarter that ObamaCare started taking effect.

I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

It’s also important to note that if we were measuring inflation the same way we measured inflation in 1980, the annual inflation rate is not 2%, but closer to 10%.

The true 10% annual inflation rate we are now experiencing is in Jimmy Carter Land.

The government keeps changing the way we measure inflation, unemployment, and GDP growth to make the government look like it’s not doing quite as miserable a job as it really is.

The reason I rank Obama behind George H.W. Bush is also my view that he’s moving America in the wrong direction. HW Bush was moving America in no direction. But  no direction is better than the wrong direction.

I’m confident we would have had a much stronger economic recovery if it were not for all the uncertainties introduced by ObamaCare and the massive regulation of the economy, much of it by the EPA. We could be doing much better if the Obama Administration would allow more oil exploration on federal lands and would approve the Keystone Pipeline.

Also, much of the growth in GDP under Obama has been brought about through massive deficit spending.

So the meager GDP growth we’ve seen is phony — more like a sugar high, soon to be followed by a crash. I can live better and buy more if I run up massive credit card debt. But that’s temporary. Eventually, the piper must be paid.

So I would take HW Bush’s 2% GDP growth over Obama’s 2% GDP growth – because at least HW Bush was not generating this growth with massive deficit spending, at least nowhere near on the level of Obama’s deficit spending.

HW Bush ran up $1.03 trillion in debt during his four hears in office — not good.

HW Bush ran up the same amount of debt in four years in office that Reagan ran up in eight years.

But Obama makes HW Bush look like a piker on deficit spending.  Obama has added $7 trillion to the federal debt so far — in just five years.  The $7 trillion in borrowed money Obama has pumped into the U.S. economy is making Obama’s economy look better than it really is.  Not that Obama’s 2% GDP growth is anything to boast about even if this were not an artificially high number inflated by massive deficit spending.

A big factor for me in ranking the Presidents is the direction the country is heading when they finish their term in office. Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are at the bottom because the U.S. economy was clearly dramatically worse off at the end of their Presidencies, due in large part to their policies.

We still don’t know what America will look like after another 2 1/2 years of Obama.

Given ObamaCare, the mountain of new regulations he’s piling onto business and entrepreneurship, the unprecedented deficit spending, the steady devaluation of the dollar by the Fed’s printing press, plus a foreign policy in shambles on every front — the prognosis for Obama’s economy can’t be good.

Why (as a sports fanatic) I can’t get interested in soccer

I’m a sports fanatic. I love almost every sport.

I’ve tried to get interested in soccer. I just can’t.

Soccer is about as exciting as watching paint dry.

There’s almost no scoring in soccer. Too many games end 0-0 and 1-0.

Hours can go buy with barely a shot on goal – when no one even comes close to scoring.

I think there’s too much scoring in NBA basketball. But I’d rather have too much scoring than no scoring.

If this sport is ever to catch on in America, soccer needs to make adjustments to make the game more exciting to watch.

Adjustment #1: Dramatically shrink the size of the field.

Make the field about half the size it is now.

This will help increase the action in front of the goal.

Adjustment #2: Increase the size of the goal.

An increase in the width of six inches or so would probably be enough.

Adjustment #3: Put sideboards up around the field so the ball doesn’t go out of bounds so much.

Indoor soccer has this feature. Indoor soccer is much more fun to watch than outdoor soccer.

Passes that carom off the walls make the passing more complicated and interesting, like hockey.

Adjustment #4: Allow hitting in soccer, like in ice hockey and lacrosse.

Soccer need not make all these changes at once.

Try one or two changes at a time and see what happens.

People want to see goals. And people like to see hitting.

The National Football League is constantly tweaking the rules to make the game more exciting.

If the NFL never changed the rules, there would be no scoring because defense always catches up to the offense. Almost all the rule changes favor the offense.

Even the football itself has changed shape over the years to enhance the passing game.

Baseball created more home runs by bringing in the fences. Basketball created more scoring by adding a shot clock. Boxing created more action by making the ring smaller.

But boxing is being overtaken in popularity by martial arts caging fight because there’s a lot more action, a lot more actual fighting.

All other sports that I can think of constantly review and change the rules – to make their sports more exciting to watch.

Why can’t soccer make adjustments?

There is no sport that I can think of that is more boring than soccer.

Even golf is more exciting.

There are tense moments in golf, such as when Phil Mickelson is trying to sink a five-foot putt to win the Masters.

Baseball is slow. But it gets tense when the bases are loaded in a close playoff game if your team is involved. The tension in golf and baseball is created by the situation.

But there are few situations in soccer that create any tension because so much of the action takes place so far from the goal.

Is there strategy in soccer?  I assume there is, but I can’t discern it.

It’s obvious there’s strategy in baseball and football. The fans can see it.   The fans can question the strategy.

The fans can boo if the football coach decides not to go for it on fourth down.

Should they pass or should they run?

The fans can question whether it’s the right move for the baseball manager to take the pitcher out of the game.

Should the hitter bunt and try to move the runner over, or should he swing away?

Strategy is a big part of the appeal of football and baseball.

There’s a chess-match aspect to these sports.

There’s a lot of thinking involved.  Should we do this?  Or should we do that?

I’d Watch Soccer If It Were More Like Ice Hockey

I’m not sure there’s a lot of strategy in hockey either.

But hockey is exciting. Hockey is basically the same game as soccer. But it’s fast. It’s on skates. The rink is small compared to a soccer field.

Hockey is mayhem.

There are lots of shots on goal in hockey, lots of action in front of the net. There are fights. Many hockey players have missing teeth. They look cool. They look rugged. They are rugged. The puck is hard as a rock. It caroms off the boards. There is checking in hockey, where the player gets to slam the other player into the boards. You hear a loud thud when that happens.

Hockey is more like a gang fight on skates. The players are carrying a weapon – their hockey stick. Their skates are razor sharp.

Hockey is a truly dangerous game.

Hockey is much more of a man’s sport than soccer. In soccer, the players fall on the ground if they are barely touched. They then writhe around
on the field screaming in hopes of drawing a penalty.

When the penalty comes or doesn’t come, that same player who  was writhing around on the field crying suddenly jumps to his feet and resumes playing, perfectly healthy.

Hockey players don’t act like this. They would be laughed off their teams as sissies if they did.

In soccer, the clock keeps running during the alleged injury.

So if a team that’s winning by one goal just wants to run out the clock, that team can just fake all kinds of injuries — which often happens.

That sure makes for an exciting game.

And what’s up with the obsession with the hair of certain World Cup soccer stars?

The star player from Portugal (I forget his name) has a completely different hairdo and hair color every game. How much time is this guy spending in the hair salon?

Shouldn’t he be spending that time watching film or practicing?

Something else I’ve noticed.

Recent immigrants to America learn to love NFL football.

There’s a Mexican restaurant that I go to a lot in Chicago that doubles as a sports bar.

Mexico is known for soccer. It’s their national sport.

But at this Chicago Mexican sports bar I go to, the preferred sport there is NFL football.

Mexicans who move to America quickly become NFL football fanatics. So do Asians and Africans who move here.

These recent Mexican immigrants admit to me that American football is a whole lot more fun to watch than soccer.

They also love boxing and caging fighting.

Something else that bugs me about soccer is that it’s a sport that I feel is being forced on me by liberals who hate American football, who hate violent, dangerous sports.

Liberals are doing everything they can to feminize the NFL. There’s Breast Cancer Awareness month when all the NFL players are expected to wear pink. Kick-off returns are being phased out because they are so dangerous. Defensive players can no longer hit the quarterback, for some reason.

Former NFL great Terry Bradshaw suggests putting a skirt on the quarterback so the defensive player understands more clearly who he can’t hit.

During Super Bowl Week, there’s always the obligatory article in The New York Times on how violence against women (husbands beating their wives) rises during Super Bowl week.

Turns out this is a myth – a complete canard.

Violence against women actually seems to decline during Super Bowl week – probably because husbands are wrapped up in the game. The wife beating seems to resume after the Super Bowl is over.

There’s now the obsession with concussions in the NFL – as if concussions never occurred before now.

So now the NFL has banned leading with your head.

If we want to reduce concussions, maybe football should be played without a helmet, like in the old days. That would discourage players from engaging in head-on collisions with each other.

Some liberal writers have proposed banning football, banning boxing, banning caging fighting, banning car racing, banning all these dangerous sports.

But liberals love soccer.

Soccer’s not the least bit dangerous. About the worst injury you see in soccer is a pulled hamstring.

Well there is that guy in the World Cup from Uruguay who keeps biting the opposing players.

What’s up with that guy?  And why doesn’t someone break his nose?

Do you remember when liberals tried to force the metric system on Americans?

I feel they are trying to do this to us with soccer.

Liberals told us we needed to adopt the metric system because that’s what the rest of the world uses.

They told us the metric system makes more sense and is easier to understand.

Not sure that’s true.

A foot is about the length of my foot.

Seems pretty straight forward and simple to me.

I have no idea what 2.34 centimeters is.

Is that like a centipede?

I think America’s measuring system is a lot easier.

But liberals continue to try to push the metric system on us, just like they are desperate to get America to love soccer – so we can be just like the rest of the world.

I don’t want to be like the rest of the world.

Frankly, I was also turned off by the big celebration in the media over USA’s soccer victory over Ghana.

Where the heck is Ghana?

I had to look it up on a map. What’s their population? Do they even have enough people in Ghana to field a soccer team?

Apparently they do.

If America is this excited about its World Cup victory over a dinky little country like Ghana, that’s pathetic.

We’re a nation of 320,000,000 people.

Yet we barely beat Ghana — 2-1.

If  Wisconsin played Ghana, that would seem to be a more fair contest.

Then we went on to tie Portugal — another dinky country. This was also hailed by the media as great news for the USA.

If this is great news, America really is in decline.

UPDATE: Germany defeats USA, you guessed it . . . 1-0.

Zzzzzzzzzzz.

Here’s something else that’s off-putting.

USA keeps advancing in this World Cup tournament without winning.

We beat Ghana, and that’s it.  We then tied Portugal and lost to Germany.

Yet we continue to advance in the tourney.

Why aren’t we eliminated?

Maybe that’s another reason liberals love soccer so much.

Nothing is at stake in these games. Your actual performance in the game makes little difference.

Everyone’s a winner.  It’s almost impossible to lose at this game.

So no one feels bad.

UPDATE: Apparently, we are now finally eliminated after losing to Belgium 2-1.

I now see banner headline articles saying USA has finally achieved respect in soccer on the world stage.

We have?

We played four games, and won just one — against tiny Ghana.

That’s a 0.25 win percentage.  If that’s success for the USA, what would failure look like?

Thad Cochran and GOP Establishment: “By their fruits you shall know them”

We now know that African-Americans who normally vote Democrat turned out in droves for Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff election against Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel because of this flier, and others like it:

This flier and similar messaging was distributed and disseminated by GOP Establishment allies of Thad Cochran in African-American neighborhoods throughout Mississippi as a way to frighten black voters who usually vote Democrat into turning out to vote for Thad — in a Republican primary!

That’s how much these fliers and similar messaging by the Thad Cochran camp frightened African-American voters .  . . about the GOP, about conservatives!

Wow!

The result: black voter turnout boosted Thad’s vote total by 10 percent statewide.

Thad’s margin of victory was just 1.8%.

So Thad Cochran won by repeating the Big Lie Democrats have been telling black voters about Republicans and conservatives.

The Big Lie is that Republicans and Conservatives don’t like people who aren’t white.

Of course, nothing can be farther from the truth.

Conservatives believe what Martin Luther King, Jr. said: that people should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Conservatives believe in equality before the law — that the law should be color-blind. Conservatives think government is out of control and needs to be scaled back down to Constitutional size. Conservatives believe government should live within it’s means and that for government to be taxing 40 cents of every dollar earned in America is too much. Conservatives believe the purpose of government is to “secure the blessings of liberty.”

This is what most Americans believe.

But winning was so important to Thad Cochran and the GOP Establishment that they decided the best strategy was to reinforce the Left’s Big Lie about conservatives and even their own Republican Party in the minds of African-American voters.

They decided the best strategy was to reinforce the lie that Republicans and conservatives are racists — except, of course, for Thad Cochran.

So now, when MSNBC commentators call the Tea Party, other conservatives, and even Establishment Republicans “racist,” they can cite as evidence statements made by the Thad Cochran campaign. They can’t point to fliers, such as the one depicted above.

So even the Thad Cochran campaign says Republicans are “racist.”

He’s basically saying our philosophy of limited Constitutional government is illegitimate — inherently racist (somehow).

How does this help the GOP brand?  How does this strategy help the GOP win the votes of African-Americans in general elections?

How does this help stop the growth of the ever-expanding federal government leviathan?

Yet, this despicable, dishonest, evil strategy was undertaken by leaders of the national Republican Party — including Karl Rove, Haley Barbour, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, John McCain, and all the usual suspects.

They don’t care that this messaging hurts the GOP brand with black voters, Hispanics, and other minorities.

We believe ALL Americans benefit from limiting government power.

When I talk to African-Americans who voted for Obama (and I know many), they believe this too.

They also believe government is too big and out-of-control.

They don’t like it.  Unfortunately, they believe that Obama is out there to somehow protect them from “The Man” — when the exact opposite is the truth.

But for the GOP Establishment, it’s win the immediate contest at all costs, no matter what the long-term damage to their party and their country.

These people have no principles. They stand for absolutely nothing except their own unquenchable lust for political power.

They love being insiders. GOP power brokers love the millions of dollars they can earn by knowing how to wire the system to their liking.

A big part of this is being comfortable with an ever-expanding federal government . . .  because that makes them and their connections more important and influential.

I actually prefer Barack Obama to these lying, corrupt GOP Establishment types.

At least Barack Obama stands for something.  I disagree with Obama’s political philosophy. But at least he has one. At least he has principles.  He’s a socialist.  He’s made it clear that’s what he is.

The American people can then choose whether or not they agree with Obama.

Thad Cochran, Karl Rove, Haley Barbour, and these GOP Establishment types have no core beliefs. They are soulless.   They are the “Hollow Men” in T.S. Eliot’s classic poem.

There’s nothing they won’t do to win.

The GOP Establishment-types (like Karl Rove and Haley Barbour) are the classic “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that Jesus warned us about.

“By their fruits you shall know them,” Christ told us.

These are very bad people. They don’t have America’s best interest at heart. They only care about their own power and influence, and feathering their own nest to the detriment of America.

Is it any wonder the GOP is so unpopular with voters?  Is it any wonder the GOP Establishment-led U.S. House of Representatives stands at 9% public approval?

Americans don’t like what Obama is doing to America.  But they dislike the GOP Establishment even more.

Thad Cochran managed to eek out a narrow tactical victory by a margin of just 1.8% by outspending McDaniel 6-to-1, by telling African-American voters the outrageous lie that the Tea Party was trying to prevent blacks from voting, by telling black voters McDaniel is some kind of racist, by smearing the Tea Party as racist, and by campaigning in the black community as champion of Barack Obama’s socialistic programs.

To call someone a racist in America today is the equivalent of calling someone a Nazi. If not true, it’s the worst kind of smear because it’s so difficult to prove a negative — that is, to disprove the charge. It’s like calling someone a child abuser or a wife beater.

Yet, this is the kind of gutter politics the GOP Establishment engages against their own supporters — Tea Party people and other rank-and-file conservative voters — people they need to win in November.

How can they expect in November to get the support of people they just smeared as racists?

Thad Cochran also campaigned (with help from the GOP Establishment) on the theme that McDaniel was dangerous (some kind of fanatic) because he wants to reduce the size of the federal government, wants the federal government out of education.

Isn’t this what all conservatives want?

Chris McDaniel’s positions line up exactly with the official platform of the national Republican Party — positions Cochran, Rove, and the GOP Establishment in Washington evidently oppose.

Thad Cochran, Karl Rove, Haley Barbour, and the GOP Establishment are basically telling voters the official National Republican Party Platform is inherently racist. They are telling voters MSNBC is right when they call Republicans racist.

Cochran’s message to African-Americans in Mississippi in summary was this: If you like the direction Barack Obama is taking America, vote for me, Thad Cochran. If you’re happy with out-of-control federal spending and the monster $18 TRILLION national debt, vote for Thad. If you love the status quo in Washington, Thad’s your man.

Thad Cochran and his GOP Establishment enablers won by making it clear to African-American voters that he would do nothing to alter the current trajectory of the country.

But this begs the question: What’s the point of being a Republican if that means perpetuating and continuing Barack Obama’s and the Left’s march toward bigger and bigger government — toward more socialism?

Is it any wonder that the American people are confused about what Republicans stand for?

Disgusting.

Bush-Cheney wrong about Iraq War. But that doesn’t mean we should let ISIS-Al Qaeda take over

The truth is George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were wrong to go to war in Iraq and remove Saddam Hussein.

Yes, Saddam was a brutal tyrant. Brutal dictatorship is what’s required to rule in that part of the world.

The Shah of Iran was the best we could hope for in a place like Iran. He was tough, but at least he was an American ally, propped up with the help of the CIA.

Hosni Mubarak in Egypt was certainly no Jeffersonian Democrat. But he was an American ally and wasn’t going to eliminate Israel.

Saddam was an especially ugly tyrant — almost on the level of what Idi Amin was in Uganda. He would shoot a general on the spot in the face for disagreeing with him, or for no reason at all. His kids had their own rape rooms. He used poison gas to the kill about 20,000 Kurds.

But it turns out he wasn’t much of an immediate threat to the U.S. We were unable to find his weapons of mass destruction or his nuclear bomb program. Turns out he hated al Qaeda and these terrorist groups as much as we do because they were a threat to him. So he killed them.

Ronald Reagan sided with Saddam over Iran in the Iran-Iraq war because he saw Saddam as a counter to the even worse Iranian regime. We supplied Saddam with weapons, including WMD, so he could fight Iran to a stalemate.

We would be better off if Saddam were still in charge of Iraq.

Turns out Bush the elder was right not to go to Baghdad in the first Iraq war to take out Saddam.

He understood the value of keeping Saddam in place, as bad as Saddam was.

Bush the son had this crazy idea that we could spread democracy throughout the Middle East.

How did that work out in Egypt when Obama got rid of Hosni Mubarak, only to have the Muslim Brotherhood win the election?

Fortunately, the military has since reasserted control over Egypt.

That’s what happens when you allow the vote in these Middle East countries.

You get one election. And that’s it.

So Bush the son made the wrong call. He should have just let Saddam sit there as a counter to Iran and a bulwark against al Qaeda and the radicals.

The question is: What do we do now?

Clearly Nouri al-Maliki and his government are not up to the job. Of course, any government in the Middle East that is remotely friendly to the West is doomed without U.S. and Western support.

Obama blew it by not getting a “Status of Forces” agreement with Maliki. Obama did not want a “Status of Forces” agreement.

Obama wanted no U.S. military presence in Iraq at all.

If we had left a residual U.S. military force there of 10,000 well-trained troops (including Special Ops) plus drones and air power, we certainly could kill off ISIS without much trouble.

If you leave a power vacuum, someone’s going to fill it. So that’s what ISIS is doing. ISIS sees the opportunity, and they’re taking it.

We will certainly see the same scenario play out in Afghanistan once we’re completely out of that country.

We can’t let ISIS and al Qaeda take over Iraq, or much of it. We can’t let them get control of an entire nation state so they can launch more 9/11-style attacks (or worse) against America and the West.

We need to go back in there and kill them.

That’s now going to be a lot more expensive than if we had gotten a “Status of Forces” agreement so we could have had a military presence in place.

And we need to install a tough pro-Western Shah of Iran-style dictator to run the place. Most likely we will need to prop up this dictator with a permanent military presence.

In other words, forget democracy if you want to bring some semblance of civilization to a place like Iraq and eliminate these terrorists. We’ll need to run Iraq much the same way the British Empire ran India and Hong Kong.

We need to do the same in Afghanistan. If we’re going to have some semblance of civilization, sometimes we need to impose it.

I doubt we’re up for that. Nor will this happen with Obama at the helm. But that’s what’s required at this point.

Your Handy List of Obama’s 12 Worst Foreign Policy Disasters

President Obama cannot point to a single foreign policy success for his Administration. Everywhere you look, his foreign policy is a disaster.

Here’s your handy list of Obama’s 12 Worst Foreign Policy Disasters:

1) Iraq is imploding.

Obama released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist who was in U.S. custody and who is now leading the ISIS takeover of Iraq. ISIS is an al Qaeda offshoot which is so radical that it was disavowed by al Qaeda as too extreme even for them. Upon his release from a U.S detention camp in 2009, al-Baghdadi promised America: “I’ll see you in New York.”

Iraq had a relatively stable pro-America government on Obama’s first day as President. All he needed to do was get a “status of forces” agreement with Baghdad — easy to do, if Obama had wanted it. But he was determined to leave zero U.S. presence in Iraq.

So the terrorists are filling the power vacuum.

We are now in the incredible position of hoping Iran (“Axis of Evil”) steps in to stop the advance of ISIS.

2) Afghanistan soon to be under the control of the Taliban and al Qaeda again

Now that we’ve swapped five Taliban terrorist leaders for one U.S. Army deserter, Obama has made it clear that America will do nothing to stop the Taliban from retaking control of Afghanistan. These terrorist leaders he released back into the field are top commanders, mass-murders, called by experts “the worst of the worst.”

At least four of the five will return to the battlefield.

Obama has now taught terrorists that one American deserter equals five top Taliban commanders.

Taliban leaders have announced that they plan to kidnap as many Americans as they can.

Every American is now a target for kidnapping by terrorists.

As in Iraq, Obama is determined to leave no U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan will be under Taliban-al Qaeda control again within a year.

3) Obama Lost Egypt

Obama actively undermined U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak in favor of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military has since expelled the radical Muslim Brotherhood from power in a coup and reestablished some semblance of order over the country. But America has lost a key ally in the Middle East.

4) Libya is in flames

Libya is now a terrorist enclave thanks to Obama – who backed the al Qaeda-led insurgency against Gaddafi. As bad as

Muammar Gaddafi was, he at least wasn’t al Qaeda and seemed satisfied with just being dictator of Libya. Gaddafi hasn’t been a threat to the United States since President Reagan sent a couple of cruise missiles into his living room.

One of the side benefits of the second Iraq war and the capture of Saddam Hussein was that this convinced Gaddafi to abandon his nuclear bomb program. Gaddafi had become a toothless tiger in his old age.

5) Benghazi

The successful al Qaeda attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulting in the killing of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans shows who is really in charge of Libya today — thanks to Obama. It also sent a message to the rest of the world that this Administration is utterly inept when it comes to protecting Americans and U.S. interests.

For terrorists, it’s now “open season” on Americans.

6) Assad calls Obama’s bluff

I find myself in rare agreement with the leftist former Congressman Dennis Kucinich who says the Obama Administration has become al Qaeda’s air force in the Middle East. Yes, the Assad regime is bad, but the replacement is likely to be far worse – al Qaeda and other radical offshoots.

For some reason, Obama thought the Assad regime’s alleged killing of 1,400 insurgents with chemical weapons during a civil war was beyond the pale. But this is small potatoes as far as brutal regimes go. The Rawanda regime slaughtered 800,000 innocent Rawandans, but we did nothing. Pol Pot slaughtered one-forth of Cambodia. We did nothing.

So why the selective outrage?

Assad claims his regime did not use the chemical weapons. He claims these chemical weapons were used by the Muslim Brotherhood or perhaps in a “False Flag” attack — as a tactic by the rebels to bring the Western world’s wrath down on Assad. Assad has supplied some decent evidence that this might be the case.

At any rate, Obama backed off his “red line” threats to Assad to get rid of his chemical weapons, thus sending a message to the world that Obama doesn’t mean what he says. Putin has since taken advantage of Obama’s fecklessness to seize the Crimea and roll tanks into the Ukraine.

Obama’s on-again, off-again threats to Assad combined with his complete withdraw of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan signaled to the world that Obama is no force to be reckoned with.

7) Putin considers Obama a joke

Vladimir Putin has clearly made the calculation that Barack Obama is a joke. Putin knows he can do whatever he wants. He’s now reassembling the Soviet Union.

Obama, meanwhile, has turned America into the world’s laughingstock.

8) Iran soon to have nukes

Obama has made it clear he will do absolutely noting to stop Iran’s program to develop nuclear weapons.

9) North Korea soon to have nukes

Obama has made it clear he will do absolutely noting to stop North Korea from getting nuclear weapons.

10) Alienated Israel

Obama is the most anti-Israel President in American history. Actually, he’s the only anti-Israel President in American history.  Obama has made no secret of his disdain for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

11) Alienated Great Britain

Obama outraged America’s closest ally by agreeing to provide Britain’s nuclear submarine secrets to Vladimir Putin. He did this, apparently, as a gesture to Putin that we are on Moscow’s side and as part of his program to “reset” relations with Putin.

12) Alienated Poland and Eastern Europe

Obama reneged on America’s commitment to provide anti-missile protection to Poland. He did this also as part of his failed program to “reset” America’s relations with Putin.

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Never before has America been more loathed and disrespected around the world. Obama is universally regarded by foreign leaders as arrogant, weak, dishonest, detached, selfish, back-stabbing, petulant, lazy, foppish — just about every characteristic you don’t want in a leader.

Now that the price of oil is soaring to over $110 a barrel, Americans might be starting to see that foreign policy matters. Get ready to pay $6 for a gallon of regular gas – which is what Obama says he wants.

Meanwhile, Obama is playing another round of golf today — his equivalent of Nero’s fiddling.

QUESTION: Is Obama really this incompetent? Or is he failing on purpose as part of his program to destroy America and Western Civilization?

Imagine a referee who ALWAYS gets the call wrong — never right. At a certain point, you’d have to conclude this isn’t by chance, or that perhaps there’s some kind of mental illness at work.

A side-benefit of all these foreign policy disasters for Obama is they distract America from the disaster of ObamaCare and the disaster of Obamanomics. The U.S. economy in Q1 actually shrank by 1%.

So which is worse: Obama’s foreign policy, or his domestic policies?

It’s a tough call. I would say his foreign policy disasters are worse . . . because most of the damage he’s doing in foreign policy can’t be fixed.

Kevin McCarthy is much worse than Eric Cantor. We need completely new GOP leadership in the House.

BREAKING: Conservative Rep. Raul Labrador is challenging McCarthy for Majority Leader

House Republicans appear set to elect Kevin McCarthy as the next House Majority Leader to replace Eric Cantor.

What a disaster that will be.  Talk about someone who stands for absolutely nothing.  Talk about an empty suit.

Talk about someone who epitomizes the Washington Political Establishment — which voters keep telling us they hate.

Kevin McCarthyis much worse on this score than Eric Cantor.

Kevin McCarthy encapsulates all that’s wrong with the Republican Establishment — and all that’s wrong with Washington.

American Conservative Union says Kevin McCarthy votes conservative 72 percent of the time compared to 84 percent for Eric Cantor. According to Heritage Action, McCarthy only votes conservative 42 percent of the time compared to 53 percent for Cantor. Club for Growth says McCarthy votes for pro-growth free-market policies just 53 percent of the time, compared to Cantor’s 68 percent.

The National Journal rates McCarthy as the 170th most conservative member of the House, compared to Cantor who ranks as the 80th most conservative.

In other words, McCarthy is almost a Democrat when measured by his voting record.  He’s barely even a Republican, much less a principled Constitutionalist.

For House Republicans to elect Kevin McCarthy to replace Eric Cantor as Majority Leader would show mind-boggling tone-deafness.  Cantor’s own constituents threw Cantor out of Congress because they perceive him as “all hat and no cattle.”

McCarthy is “No hat, and no cattle.”

Cantor at least talked like a conservative most of the time.  Cantor was a conservative at one time.  He probably still is a conservative.  But he was wrong on Amnesty for illegal aliens.  Most rank-and-file Republicans don’t want to create millions of brand new Democrat voters out of thin air along with millions of new welfare dependents.

Cantor did not do much during his 14 years in office to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.  In fact, when Republicans controlled the Presidency along with the House and Senate, federal spending exploded – no thanks to Eric Cantor.

But Kevin McCarthy is even worse.  He’s an even bigger spender.

Conservatives in the House need to sweep out John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.

We need new leadership in the House.

Marsha Blackburn would be great as Majority Leader — or even Speaker.

She’s attractive, articulate, and is known as a hawk on spending.

She votes conservative 100 percent of the time according to the American Conservative Union (ACU).

Lynn Jenkins is another attractive face for the conservative cause.

She votes 100 percent conservative, according to ACU. Lynn Jenkins is the 10th most conservative member of the House according to this composite rating by Business Insider.

You can’t get much more solid and true blue than that.

Aren’t we trying to attract women to our ideas and principles?

Or how about Rep. Raul Labrador?

He’s a solid bilingual conservative Hispanic from Idaho who earns a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.

He practiced immigration law in private practice from 1995 until his election to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2006. He’s smart and would help break up the All White Male Club at the top of the GOP House leadership.

Don’t Republicans want to start appealing to Latinos?

Lynn Jenkins, Marsha Blackburn, and Raul Labrador are the kinds of  fresh faces and voices we need making the case for restoring Constitutional government to America.

Trey Gowdy is also very solid. So is Jim Jordan.

Connie Mack and Jeb Hensarling would be good.

There are scores of articulate, high-energy conservatives to choose from for these House leadership positions.

The current GOP leadership in the House has been a failure.

Public approval of Congress hovers between 9 and 13 percent – an all-time low. And for good reason.

The current House leadership is visionless.

No one can tell what Boehner, McCarthy, and the current House leadership believe in, what they stand for.

We see Boehner yucking it up with Obama on the golf course — not quite looking like he’s in tune with the concerns of average folks. That’s about all voters know about Boehner.

Well, they also know he cries a lot and likes bourbon.

Americans don’t like these people.

When John Boehner speaks, it’s very difficult even to know what he’s saying. He mumbles his words. He appears to be drunk much of the time.  He has that perma tan that screams phony at voters. He epitomizes the “Old Boy Network.”

Boehner and McCarthy need to be swept aside. We need new blood and fresh faces in the House leadership.

Cantor loss is a great “shot over the bow” of GOP Establishment. Next up is Thad Cochran. Then Pat Roberts and Lamar Alexander.

But will they listen? Probably not.

Not that Eric Cantor is a bad guy. I like him. He used to be a conservative. He often sounds conservative. I’m sure he holds conservative beliefs.

But as the #2 Republican in the House, he got too comfortable as a member of the Washington Political Establishment — the Ruling Class, which almost everyone hates.

This is a great “shot over the bow” of John Boehner and the GOP Establishment.

This means amnesty is dead for this Congress.

Republican Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised he would crush the Tea Party.  I guess that plan is not working out so well.

Next up is Senator Thad Cochran, who will likely lose to Tea Party insurgent Chris McDaniel.

Other Tea Party candidates storming to the fore are Joni Ernst in Iowa and Ben Sasse in Nebraska.

Ernst is tied or running now slightly ahead of the Democrat in Iowa. In a Republican year, my money is on her. Sasse is on the way to an easy win. So he’ll be the next junior Senator from Nebraska.

I would love to get rid of Senator Pat Roberts — the Establishment Republican in Kansas. His primary is on August 5th, and he has a strong Tea Party-backed opponent named Dr. Milton Wolf.

Another GOP Establishment dinosaur who needs to go is Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.  He faces conservative Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr in an August primary.  Alexander is polling under 50 percent among Republicans.

That said, I would support any and every Republican against any and every Democrat. Every national Republican politician is better than every Democrat politician. Even Susan Collins is better than any Democrat who runs against her.

I want Scott Brown to beat Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire even though Brown is certainly not a reliable conservative. But he will vote to end ObamaCare.

I agree with William F. Buckley Jr’s maxim: I’m always for the most conservative candidate who can win.

A candidate’s viability matters, not just their views.  Christine O’Donnell and Todd Aiken were mistakes, unforced errors that cost us two Senate seats. These candidates were not ready for prime time.

Of course, it did not help that GOP Establishment leader Karl Rove was on the airwaves of FOX News attacking O’Donnell as a loon the night she won her primary battle against liberal Republican Mike Castle. Rove’s attacks on O’Donnell sent the signal to the media that no assault on O’Donnell was out of bounds.

I’m certainly not for a third party because that just splits the conservative vote, ensuring victory for the Left.

But I love it when the Eric Cantors and the Thad Cochrans of the world go down in the primaries to viable conservative candidates — not because I have personal animosity toward them. I’m sure they are very decent people who want what’s best for the country.

But they are not making the case for conservative principles, for limited government, and for returning to the Constitution. They are doing nothing to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.

They are doing nothing to force President Obama to follow the law.

They do nothing to move the ball forward in a conservative direction on any front.

They are bumps on a log.

Often they try to talk us into abandoning our core principles.

We need people in Congress who will push hard for restoring Constitutional government in America and for holding a lawless President accountable to the law.

The truth is people don’t like the Ruling Establishment in Washington — whether it’s Obama or the Establishment Republicans. To most people, these politicians all seem to be part of the same problem — a government that never stops growing.

The richest area of the county today is suburban Washington, DC.

The easiest way to get rich in America today is not to build something, not to manufacture products, but to work for Congress or some branch of the federal government and then become a lobbyist or a member of the media, or some law firm in Washington, DC.

I guess that’s what Eric Cantor will do now — make millions of dollars by joining some lobbying firm on K Street — perhaps team up with Denny Hastert and Tom Daschle.

Republican Establishment types, just like the Democrat Establishment, love working in Washington, DC. They love getting rich for doing nothing by ripping off the taxpayer. They love the perks of power.

They’re comfortable with big government. Their influence and pull inside this big government behemoth is their stock and trade.  It’s how they make a living.

If the government shrinks, they become less important.  They become less of a factor in our lives.

People are fed up with with this Washington behemoth. People want their lives back. I’m sensing a political tsunami coming this way on November 4th.  It’s building quietly.

The “silent majority” appears to have finally had enough of these entrenched career politicians in Washington who are drunk with power.

The silver lining in Obama’s illegal executive actions

The bottom line point of this article is America’s founders did their best to protect us from ourselves. But, ultimately, we get the government we deserve. It’s not like we haven’t had many opportunities to change course.

We’re all familiar now with Barack Obama’s unilateral changing of laws by executive order, or just ignoring laws he doesn’t like, or enacting his own laws out of thin air through his control of the regulatory bureaucracy. Regulations, promulgated by the executive branch bureaucracy carry the force of law.

I have long argued that the President ought to be able to exercise the line-item veto, ought to have substantial power.

I have argued this because what Congress does is send up enormous “ominibus” spending bills, encompassing the entire federal government, or big chunks of it. They then bury all kinds of pork-barrel spending in these spending bills. So the President then must either accept the entire bill, or veto it. Ronald Reagan repeatedly made the case for the line-item vote, so he could throw the junk out of these enormous spending packages.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court ruled that the line-item veto is unconstitutional. I don’t see why.

The veto is a Constitutional power accorded to the President. But that’s what the Supreme Court ruled.

So Congress figured out a way to short-circuit the President’s Constitutional veto authority by sending up these enormous omnibus spending bills in the form of a single law.

The result is the continued explosion of federal spending.

So giving Congress more power is clearly not the answer. Congress’s approval rating is hovering between 12 and 13 percent.

Of course, Obama has gone way beyond the simple line-item veto idea. He ignores border security laws, duly passed by Congress. He ignores his own ObamaCare law — declaring changes to provisions in the law the public hates.

The truth is, most of the changes he’s enacting to the ObamaCare law are a modest improvement to the law. The law is a disaster on almost every level and should be repealed. But the changes he’s declaring on his own, though illegal, are making the law marginally less miserable.

Republicans in Congress have no power to force Obama to follow the law. Nor would they likely exercise this power even if they could enforce the law on Obama. How can you oppose delaying and cushioning the assorted ObamaCare mandates on businesses and individuals?

As things stand now, Obama could strangle a child to death on national TV, and there’s really no enforcement mechanism to bring Obama to justice. His henchman Eric Holder runs the Justice Department. So he’s not going to bring charges against his boss. Plus, Holder is just as radical as Obama — who says he wants to “fundamentally transform” America.

And so long as Harry Reid is in charge of the Senate, no action is possible against Obama. Plus, we would need at least 60 Republican Senators to actually expel Obama from office — more than that, because not every Republican would vote to expel an American President from office.

So impeachment by the House of Representatives is possible, and has happened. But actual expulsion from office is near impossible.

So what we have moved to, essentially, is a parliamentary system of one-party rule.

Under the parliamentary system, whichever party controls the legislature chooses the prime minister.

This has its pluses and minuses.

The plus is that the people get the government they deserve.

The people have multiple opportunities to get the government they want.

There’s the Presidential election every four years.

If Congress is divided, the President can do whatever he wants — declare martial law, confiscate all our property, whatever.

There’s not much we can do about it.

But every two years, Americans have an opportunity to get the President in line if he acts irresponsibly or even tyrannically.

We have an opportunity to rein in Obama in the 2014 November elections.

The truth is America’s founders wanted a robust energetic executive branch. Alexander Hamilton’s view prevailed for the most part. The Constitution corrected the almost non-existent federal government established by the Articles of Confederation.

The federal government was still too weak, which required a Civil War to correct.

We need a strong federal government and a strong Presidency to be a world super-power. Otherwise, we would devolve into tribalism, like Afghanistan. We don’t want that.

But if the President abuses his power, does things the people don’t want, the people have a chance every two years to rein him in.

The problem with a country run by Congress is we get dysfunction — nothing happens. Or, you end up with tyranny by bureaucracy — which is what we have now. Congress is lazy. So it likes to delegate its law-making authority to faceless bureaucrats who are accountable to no one.

But the problem with a country run by a single individual (a king or dictator) is that very bad things can happen — like Adolf Hitler. Henry VIII was no bargain either. Neither was Louis XIV.

The beauty of the American system is that ultimately the people get the government they want and deserve.

We have an opportunity every two years to correct course.

I was stunned that America reelected Obama in 2012. But that’s what happened. That’s the way it is.

Apparently, Americans had not had enough socialism, or did not really understand ObamaCare, or thought they had corrected Obama’s excesses with the 2010 mid-term Congressional elections, which were a landslide for Republicans.

Or perhaps Mitt Romney did not present a compelling case against ousting a sitting President.

Whatever happened in 2012, Obama won — and the election was not all that close.

I like having an energetic President. I like clear choices. This way the people can see quickly what’s really happening. They can then say “yes” or “no.” They can do that every two years.

My sense is that Obama is too radical for America. He’s done a good job of masking how radical he really is. So he won reelection in 2012 against Thurston Howell III.

But now people are beginning to see the real Obama. They don’t like ObamaCare — never have.

They don’t like his war on business — that is, the U.S. economy.

Most Americans like business — the source of jobs and money.

Most Americans like capitalism, the source of wealth — so we aren’t relegated to mud huts.

Most Americans don’t think most jobs should be government jobs . . . because Communism did not work out so well.

Yes, people want a safety net. They want Medicare. The want Social Security. They don’t like to see beggers on the street. But they don’t like socialism either. Most Americans admire Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. They admire achievers. Most Americans don’t want to punish people just because they achieved.

Most Americans understand that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison made our lives better — much better. Why punish them? Why crush innovators and producers with the heavy hand of government bureaucracy.

They also want a safety net. They want to protect the disabled and the elderly — but they don’t want to reward the lazy and the clueless.

My guess is that America will reject Obama’s neo-Marxism.

What’s great about Obama is he really is offering America a clear choice.

America’s founders did their best to protect us from ourselves. But ultimately we get the government we deserve.

I have no problem with that.

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