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Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s Health Failing

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 28, 2014

TRuth Bader Ginsberghis week Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery for a coronary blockage. This was not the Justice’s first bout of serious health issues. In 1999 Ginsberg had surgery for colon cancer. Ten years later in 2009 she had surgery for pancreatic cancer.

This Blog wishes Ms. Ginsberg a speedy recovery. At the same time it is hard to imagine that the 81-year-old Justice can effectively carry out her duties. Giving her advanced age and in health issues, both her physical and mental prowess must be diminished.

Many politicians and public servants enter the field to serve the People. At the same time too many seem to believe that once elected or appointed that they have the right to the job for life, irrespective of their capabilities.

Serving in government should be what it was once was considered, public service. That was the philosophy envisioned by Founding Fathers. The many who stay too long and make this a lifestyle demonstrate that is no longer is a public service, but has instead become a career path. This has lead to the creation of an elitist ruling class whose focus is often on power or personal enrichment instead of service.

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Al Sharpton Refuses to Pay His Fair Share

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 23, 2014

Liberals are all for wealth redistribution until the tax man comes for their assets.  Examples include the mega-rich Kennedy clan continuing to live off the riches that patriarch Joseph created before, during and after the Great Depression.  More recently Secretary of State John Kerry, who gained his wealth by marrying into the Heinz catchup family, was caught moving his multimillion dollar yacht to a state with significantly lower taxes than Massachusetts charges.

SharptonThe current outrageous example of tax avoidance by a wealthy liberal is Al Sharpton.  While it is difficult to determine exactly how Sharpton obtained his substantial wealth, he is currently a MSNBC host and often a visitor to the Barack Obama White.  He is a member of the top 10%.  Remarkably, in an article titled “As Sharpton Rose, So Did His Unpaid Taxes”, the New York Times reported that this Progressive owes $4.5 million in unpaid taxes.

When confronted with the unpaid tax issue in a recent interview, Sharpton’s first excuse was that “we’re talking about old taxes”.  Then, he went into the victim mode even inferring racism:

“I think it’s political, he said. A lot of people don’t like the fact that President Obama’s the president.  A lot of people do not like the fact that Bill de Blasio won for mayor.  And they certainly don’t like that I’m still here, and I ain’t going nowhere.”

It is hard to fault Sharpton for not wanting to pay taxes that are often excessive.  However, his unwillingness to do so given his Progressive views is hypocritical.  Those with means who preach and rationalize the societal benefits of the welfare state and wealth redistribution should be first in line pay their fair share.  The fact that so many do not is another indication that their political motives are not so righteous.

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Emperor Obama Called Out by Jon Stewart

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 21, 2014

There was a time when the mainstream news media and comedians gave Barack Obama a pass from the scrutiny typically laid on our presidents by them.  That has long past, at least with comedians.

Last night President Obama, through executive action, modified America’s immigration laws even though he does not have the constitutional authority to do so.  Making matters worse, prior to taking this action Obama publicly admitted that as president he did not have the authority to modify laws.  Last night’s presidential action was not lost on Jon Stewart, who through comedy, excoriated the President not only on the illegal executive action, but also Obama’s about-face on its legality.  In the video below, Stewart concludes:

“Basically all it took is one bad midterm term election to make Obama go from this …[Video clip of Obama saying: ‘I’m not the Emperor of United States’ tooooo this: ‘good to be the king’”.

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Physicist PhD Believes Global Warming Alarmists have it Wrong

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 20, 2014

Dr. William Happer is a physicist with expertise in atomic physics and optics.  He earned a doctorate at Princeton University in 1964 and has been a professor at Columbia and Princeton Universities.  He also managed a $3 billion research budget for the US Department of Energy.

Professor Happer is a vocal skeptic concerning the danger that man-made CO2 present to the environment.  He does not believe that CO2 has significantly affected the greenhouse effect, placing the blame instead on increased water vapor in the atmosphere.  Happer presents his case in more detail in the video clip below.

Happer presents is the fact that global temperatures have shown no significant change in the past 18 years even though there is been significant increase in man-made CO2 emissions.  In addition, the models presented by the man-made global warming advocates predicted a continual increase in global temperatures as these CO2 emissions increased.  This disconnect alone proves their models flawed.  What is the response from global warming zealots?  “Don’t confuse us with facts.”

There are those that will respond to Dr. Happer by attacking the relevance of his credentials.  Those same people, however, would rely on Al Gore for their science.

Real atmospheric pollution needs to be curbed, as Happer concludes.  However, CO2 is considered a pollutant only because of rulings by lawyers even though it is excreted by all mammals, which then becomes a food source for the plants that feed animals.

Draconian curbing of CO2 emissions offers real dangers to society.  It will increase the cost of energy and food sources worldwide.  This will increase global hunger and starvation, especially in the Third World.  Unlike global warming, these problems do not require complex computer models to predict.  They are here today.

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Congressman Trey Rowdy Offers Good Reason Why Obama Shouldn’t Be Impeached

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 16, 2014

President Barack Obama has threatened to use an executive order to offer amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  This effectively bypasses the Congress’s Constitutional authority to make laws.  Some suggest that Obama should be impeached for taking and unconstitutional action.

In a recent interview by Bill O’Reilly, appropriate section posted below, Congressman Trey Gowdy, Republican from South Carolina, offered one good reason as to why impeaching the President would be a bad idea stating: “Um, have you met Joe Biden?  That’s my response to that, so no.”

Mr. Gowdy logic is unquestionable.

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Democrat Offers a Reality Check on Obamacare

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 14, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections are nearly two weeks behind us.  The historic defeat for Democrats and President Obama’s policies continue to reverberate throughout the media.

Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an op-ed, posted in its entirety below, from a lifelong Democrat titled This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare.  Cutting through the scandals and many problems that plagued the Administration during the last six years, Burke Beu, a social service counselor from Denver, Colorado, proffers the view that Obamacare, the President’s supposed signature achievement, is the main culprit behind the Democrat’s recent whopping.

Beu concludes:

I voted for Barack Obama  in 2008, then lost my job in the Great Recession. ….. I survived on part-time jobs while paying out-of-pocket for my health insurance.  I voted for President Obama again in 2012, then received a cancellation notice for my health insurance.  This was due to ObamaCare, the so-called Affordable Care Act.  However, I couldn’t afford anything else.

ObamaCare is a failure. …  It punishes responsible consumers like me and treats younger individuals as fools who are expected to pay the bills while not paying attention.

Now we learn in videos that came to light this week that Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, proudly relied on his perceived “stupidity of the American voter” as the basis for designing ObamaCare.  Such comments, along with the program’s notoriously dysfunctional website and false assurances that people can keep their previous health plans, are insults to every citizen regardless of party.

…, ObamaCare looks and feels exactly like what it is: a health-care plan devised by lawyers and corporate executives rather than true health-care providers.  ….  We claim to be the party of the underdogs, but on ObamaCare we simply catered to a different set of fat cats.

When the next Congress convenes in 2015, Democrats need to work with the new Republican majority, repeal ObamaCare, override a presidential veto if necessary, and start from scratch on health-care reform.

Mr. Beu, a realist, has been on the receiving end of bad policies promoted by Obama and his allies in Congress.  Will Obama listen to middle-of-the-road Democrats like Beu?  Unlikely.  A few days before his first term victory Barack Obama promised to fundamentally change America.  That goal remains his primary focus irrespective of damage that results from his radical-leftist policies.  Mr. Beu, you are but collateral damage.

This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare, By BURKE BEU, Nov. 13, 2014

The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping.

I grew up in a Democratic family.  I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state.  I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns.  The 2014 election results were extremely disappointing for me, but hardly a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obamacare Insider Admits to Deceiving Americans

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 11, 2014

In an incredible show of disdain for the People, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was caught on tape bragging about how the Administration bamboozled the electorate.  While speaking at the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts earlier this year, the MIT economist, who served as a technical consultant for Obamacare, said in the video posted below:

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.  If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.  Okay, so it’s written to do that.  In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passé.  Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.  Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

So here you have it.  The Obama Administration lied to the American People in order to pass a bill that could not have passed through honesty.  Gruber has the gall to publicly state that the ends justify the means.  He seems oblivious to history that has demonstrated that some really bad things have occurred when governments take this approach.

Had the American Affordable Care Act truly been affordable they could have honestly presented the reality of this bill to the People.  The fact that they used dishonesty to get it passed proves it will be anything but affordable.

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Iran’s Khamanei Calls for Israel’s Destruction

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 9, 2014

KhameneiIran has once again called for the annihilation of Israel.  This time its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used Twitter to spew his anti-Semitic rant, posts included below.  The fact that an Iranian mullah calls for Israel’s destruction is not new or newsworthy.  More troubling is that President Obama is trying to do business with these thugs.

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama sent secret communications to this same Khamenei suggesting that the United States and Iran should work together to fight ISIS.  Putting aside for a moment that this Iranian leader calls for the destruction of the only US alley it can count on in the Middle East, Obama’s vision is lame on a boarder scale.  ISIS is a radical Sunni-Islamic entity.  The radicals in Iran are Shia-based.  Shia’s represent less than 15% of the world’s total Islamic population.  Choosing them over the majority Sunnis cannot further America’s interests in the Middle East or great Islamic world.

It is fortunate that the Republicans are taking control of the Senate.  While they are unlikely to put forth great strategic policies, at least they will be able to temper what Obama can unilaterally do on foreign policy.  Given his myopic focus on cutting a deal with the Iranians, this is fortuitous.

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NAACP is a Subset of Democratic Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 8, 2014

Tim scott.pgNAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was formed in 1909 with its mission being to promote equality and equal justice for people of color; African-Americans.  Unfortunately that directive has been lost in recent decades and it has since become another arm of the Democratic Party.

Mia LoveThe NAACP is typically critical of Republicans, irrespective of the candidates’ positions on social or racial issues.  That became even more apparent after Tuesday’s elections with the organization failing to comment on the election of Tim Scott to Senator in South Carolina, the first African-American elected senator in the South since Reconstruction.  In addition, it has been silent on Tuesday’s victory of Mia Love, the first African-American woman elected as a Republican to Congress in the state of Utah.  These two elections should have been heralded as victories for people of color if equality and justice for minorities were truly their current missions.

Prior to the elections, the NAACP attacked Tim Scott giving in “F” for his voting record.  Instead of lashing out at the organization, Scott responded with a dose of reality saying:

“Well, let’s just ask ourselves if we look back over history when the Congress was controlled by the Democrats for 40 consecutive years.  If we look at the result of that control what has happened in black America?  We saw greater poverty.  If we take the statistics from 1970s to the 21st century, what we see very clearly is that poverty’s gone from 11 percent to 15 percent.  These are classic examples that the policies of the left have not worked.  I will tell you that if I have an F on the NAACP’s scorecard, it’s because I believe that progress has to be made, and the government is not the answer for progress.”  In addition, Scott said: “South Carolina voters vote their values and their issues — and not my complexion.  This is a great sign for what’s happening throughout the South, but certainly a fantastic sign for the evolution that has occurred in South Carolina.”

Tim Scott’s comments concerning the NAACP and Progressive policies in a few brief sentences clearly state the problem with these policies.  While politics is often about power and money, it is likely that sooner rather than later the African-American community will ask the logical question:  “If these Progressive policies are supposedly good for our community, why has so much damage occurred within it, both economically and socially?”

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Harvard Students Claim United States Greater world Threat than ISIS

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 6, 2014

A few weeks ago Campus Reform went to Harvard University and asked students who they felt was the greater risk to the world; the United States or ISIS.  Some indicated that the US was the greater threat and claimed that American policies were responsible for the creation of radical Islamic movements such as ISIS.  Some Harvard students then followed up on this “study” creating their own video questionnaire and found similar responses, videos posted below.

Harvard University is renowned as perhaps the most famous and supposedly intellectual colleges in the United States.  The skills exhibited by some of the students in the videos bring into questions these conclusions.

It is remarkable that students from this prestigious University believe the United States responsible for radical Islam and the infighting within its subgroups.  Had these students studied world history instead of the phony academics that make up much of today’s college curriculums they would have been taught that the Sunni–Shia divide that is led to so much conflict within the Islamic world began shortly after the death of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed in 632 with infighting over the secession to the Prophet.  They would also learned that this conflict began over 1100 years before the founding of the United States.

 

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