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Obama’s Politics Feed Deteriorating Race Relations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 31, 2015

Barack Obama was elected president with high expectations, to a great extent based on his first election’s theme, “hope and change”.  Perhaps in no area were expectations higher than in race relations in. America elected not only its first African-American president, but also a person from a blended family with his father being African and mother Caucasian.

Instead of meeting the potential, race relations in the United States have deteriorated since Obama’s first moderation.  This can be attributed to the politics of divisive used by the radical Left and this President to gin up their political base.  It divided people by sexual orientation, income bracket, immigrant status, and yes race.

The President inappropriately interjected himself in local actions where race could be discussed since early in his first term.  First, this included making televised national comments concerning the arrest of Prof. Gates by local police for disturbing the peace, even before as Obama admitted, he knew the facts.  He then interjected himself into the Travon Martin shooting, even though it became evident that the shooting was not racially motivated.  Then, Obama and Attorney General Holder not only inferred that the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson was racially motivated, but that the police officer involved was guilty of a crime.  Both assertions were false as determined by Obama’s own Justice Department and a grand jury true.  The often promoted theme of “hands up, don’t shoot” was also prove to be a fabrication.  Still, there has been no admission of error by Obama.

As a result of the increasing racial divide, outward expression of violence in America is increasing.  In Ferguson, Missouri, the rioting was devastating to the local community.  In Baltimore, Maryland, rioting was even more extensive since the death of Freddie Gray with the murder rate of African-Americans in that community since skyrocketing.

A non-surprising outgrowth of this growing racial divide is the Black Lives Matter movement that infers police and much of America do not value African-American lives.  With this type of outrageous rhetoric, it is no wonder violence is increasing.  That begs the question; who is benefiting from the increasing racial divide?  Certainly not the greater African-American community.  Not the police.  And not middle America.  The ones that benefit are the bosses on the radical Left, which includes Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi.  Shame on those elitists that seek personal gain on the backs of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Now the racially-based violence is morphing with police being in the crosshairs.  This past weekend Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth was murdered by an African-American merely because he was a police officer.  Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman correctly called this an execution and blamed the shooting on the vitriolic rhetoric on race. (see video below)

Fellow Sheriff, African-American David Clarke, blames the White House for the increasing violence against police officers stating:  “I said last December that war had been declared against the American police officer, led by some high-profile people.  One of them coming out of the White House, another one coming out of the U.S. Department of Justice.  And it’s open season right now, no doubt about it.”

It is difficult to place the genie back in the bottle once a cycle of violence based on preconceived notions takes hold in society.  President Obama is one of the few people who could have a significant positive effect on this issue.  Unfortunately, he has shown little willingness to admit error or place the Country’s overall good before his own political well-being.

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Affordable Care Act ain’t Affordable

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 27, 2015

Since his first election, Barack Obama has made the Affordable Care Act (ACA) his signature legislation.  While there were many claims made concerning ACA’s suppose it benefits, one repeated by the President in May 2008 claimed it would save the average American family $2,500.  This claim had little basis in reality, but was required to gain the support necessary to have the legislation pass.

The Wall Street Journal recently published information about 2016 rate increases for healthcare provided under ACA exchanges.  The increases include:

  • Tennessee – 36.3%
  • Kentucky – 25.1%
  • Oregon – 25.6%
  • Idaho – 23%
  • Ohio – 14.5%
  • Michigan – 11.4%

While not all states’ exchanges will see the significant increases listed above, the evidence indicates that the ACA is causing cost increases, not the decreases for the average American family promised by the President.  This is of little surprise.  The ACA added significant benefit requirements to healthcare plans, as well as millions of uninsured Americans being covered under it.  To expect this to lead to cost decreases goes beyond stupidity.  However, this is not to imply that Obama lacks intelligence.  In fact, it is likely that he was well aware of the financial implications of ACA, but purposely misled the American people on this issue.

The American people are not blameless in this sleight-of-hand economics orchestrated by President Obama concerning healthcare reform.  The implications of increasing benefits and the number of people covered should have been obvious to any who supported this President and his legislation.  Unfortunately, it is too late to put this genie back in the bottle.

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MSNBC Host Slams Hillary over Email Scandal

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 24, 2015

Neither MSNBC nor its host Mika Brzezinski have ever been accused of being part of the “right-wing conspiracy” that supposedly is the source of Hillary Clinton’s troubles.  Last week on the network’s “Morning Joe” show, Brzezinski showed displeasure with Hillary’s lame excuses for the growing scandal concerning her usage of a private email account while Secretary of State.  The video below is another indication that the Left is tiring of the Clinton dishonesty.  Get ready for Elizabeth Warren,

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US Judge Stops Windmills from Killing Bald Eagles

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 21, 2015

Progressives have demonstrated over the years a willingness to protect wildlife irrespective of consequences to society or the economy.  In some cases they have used various wildlife protection laws including the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Interpreting and enforcing regulations are left to various government agencies including windmillthe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  However, bureaucrats often politicize their interpretation by selective enforcement.

This week the Wall Street Journal published a story of selective enforcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).  Obama appointed US District Judge Lucy H. Koh has slapped down the FWS for allowing the wind industry to legally kill Bald and Golden Eagles for up to 30 years.  The judge found that the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act in 2013 by not doing the required environmental impact assessment and limiting permits to a maximum of five years.

It is common knowledge that wind generators kill birds.  A 2008 study estimated that one facility in northern California killed dozens of eagles and thousands of raptors and non-raptors annually.

It seems that to the Left, saving endangered species is important only if it does not interfere with their political agenda that includes promoting green energy.  This selective enforcement of regulatory edicts shows that crony capitalism is alive and well in the Obama administration.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Disses on Political Correctness

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 18, 2015

James HarrisonJason Harrison is a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  This week he attacked one leg of modern Progressive political correctness.  When Harrison learned that his two sons brought home trophies they were “awarded” for merely participating events, he returned them and posted the following explanation on Instagram (emphasis added):

“I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies!  While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy.

I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy.#harrisonfamilyvalues

Harrison’s common sense approach to raising children offers them the best chance for success in life, not some nonsense award given to make them feel good and merely equal to others.

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Bernie Sanders Shouted Down by Radical Left

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 10, 2015

For Baby Boomers, the late 1960s were an exciting and turbulent time.  A youth movement exerted itself for the first time in America.  We protested racism, the Vietnam War and other areas deemed ripe for social change.  We also introduced a bit of excitement into our social lives, but that’s a topic for another posting.

While good came of the 60’s movement, there were dark sides that continue to impact society today.  First, our desire to change the world through our youth movement morphed into a perverse type of narcissism.  We not only demanded societal benefits for the less fortunate, but also ourselves in ever increasing amounts.  As a result, programs like Social Security are becoming insolvent due to benefits handed out like candy on Halloween.

In addition, our demands to be heard morphed into an unwillingness to listen to others.  We shouted down the establishment, which has become the norm today for any group with a cause.  It is a tactic that stifles debate with the favorite tool being political correctness.

Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from Vermont, was on the receiving end of the Radical Left’s disdain for free speech.  Sanders, who is running for president in the Democratic primaries, was in Seattle this weekend on a campaign swing.  When attempting to make a speech in Seattle, WA, Sanders was not only heckled, but called a part of the “white supremacist liberals” by some involved with the Black Lives Matter movement.  After 20 minutes of heckling, Sanders was forced to leave without giving his speech.  Video clip posted below.

It is ironic that Sanders, an unapologetic Socialist, was at the rally at Seattle’s Westlake Park to commemorate the celebration of entitlement programs Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  These programs were initiated to help those that are at economic risk.  Sanders has been a champion for income redistribution, also benefits the same groups.  For Sanders to be heckled off the stage by the Radical Left is one sign that that the movement has a fascist side.

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Carly Fiorina Shines in Debates, Rattles Chris Matthews

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 7, 2015

Carly Fiorina Shines in Debates, Rattles Chris Matthews

The first two Republican debates concluded last night and began the process of whittling down out candidates.  There were some surprises.

Fox News is to be commended for not only hosting the debates, but also asking the Republicans difficult questions, the type that other networks refused to ask of Democrats including the current President.

During recent weeks, Donald Trump has taken the lion share of media attention for Republican hopefuls.  He damaged his cause last night.  First, in responding to the initial question, Trump indicated that he is not a team player by being the only candidate not willing to commit to backing the ultimate Republican winter.  This should discount his candidacy to any rational Republican, irrespective of his threat to run as a third-party candidate.  He also showed himself to be mean-spirited and lacking in depth on issues.

While many on the Right are disappointed with the direction of government and the country, that does not justify nominating one ill-equipped for office.  The Democrats did that seven years ago and the results are not pretty.

Most of the other Republican candidates on the two stages acquitted themselves well, but lacking in excitement and vision.  Dr. Ben Carson made a good showing considering he is a novice in politics and political debate.  Perry and Lindsey Graham seemed weak in presentation and substance.

Carly FThe big surprise of the evening came during the first debate with Carly Fiorina stealing the show.  Her performance was so strong that not to do many consider her the winner, but that she even overshadowed the candidates in the second debate in which she did not participate.  This conclusion is shared by this Blog, as well as pundits on the Left, such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, and Fox News’s conservative Charles Krauthammer, with video clips posted below.

Fiorina’s strong showing came from being well prepared on issues and presenting her views with conviction.   It is obvious that there is significant substance behind this candidate and that the surprise is the result of her being unknown to many Americans.  This is likely to change going forward.

Chris Matthews is an unapologetic Leftist and an eager and early supporter of Barack Obama during his first run for the White House.  The fact that Matthews last night spent significant time after the debates going after Fiorina for calling Hillary Clinton a liar is a telling sign that he fears her skills and potential candidacy.

Following the debate, Matthews interviewed Fiorina and went on the attack asking:  “You called Hillary Clinton a liar tonight on a number of occasions.  Do you want to explain why you would use such a, almost end of conversation term for your possible opponent next year?

Fiorina did not back down, responding concisely: “Because it’s true.  You know, one of the things that I think people are tired of in politics, and Republicans do it as well, is we don’t use common-sense language.  We talk in sanitized sound bites. I don’t, but most politicians do.”  Editing specifics to her response, Fiorina said: “By any standard common-sense measure, Hillary Clinton has lied, about Benghazi, about her emails and about her server.”

It is early in the Republican primary process.  There is much to learn about the candidates and more surprises will come.  However, last night’s debates were helpful in beginning this process with two significant outcomes.  First, Donald Trump began his dissent from political stardom.  That was not a surprise.   On the surprise side, Carly Fiorina’s near rock-star performance was refreshing.  She will be a legitimate force in the upcoming primary processes.

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Obama Compares Republicans who Oppose Iran Nuke Deal to Iranian Hardliners

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 6, 2015

Proving once again that he is the most divisive President of modern times, Barack Obama had the gall to this week compare Republicans who disapprove of the proposed Iranian nuclear deal to the hardliners; i.e. Radical Islamists, in Iran.  The President’s said:

It’s those hardliners chanting ‘death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal, they’re making common cause with the Republican caucus.”

KhameneiThis morning, Obama’s Propagandist-in-Chief, Josh Earnest, was grilled on MSNBC’s Morning Joe concerning the President’s incendiary language.  Instead of backing down, Earnest parsed words and incorrectly attempted to change what Obama said, as shown in the video posted below.

It is remarkable that President Obama, who has been on the wrong side of nearly every issue relating international politics since the day he entered office, has the nerve to compare Republicans to the radical mullahs in Iran.  Let us remember that is less than two years ago Obama called ISIS the “JV team”.  Since then they have become one of the most powerful radical forces in the Middle East.

American politics in Washington had dubious morality long before Barack Obama became president.  However, this President has taken the White House and politics to a new low, a standard that will haunt the Country for years to come.  This legacy will have more long-term negative effects than the questionable policies implemented by Obama.

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Government Program for Disabled Workers Investigated for Fraud

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 31, 2015

CNN has reported that the US Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into a huge governmental program designed to assist severely disabled Americans find work.  According to the report, AbilityOne and SourceAmerica are being investigated for potential infractions including financial fraud, inappropriate steering of contracts, and obstruction of justice.

The AbilityOne program is responsible for spending approximately $3 billion of taxpayer funds annually, which is supposed to be funneled to companies with at least 75% of their workforce being severely disabled.  This program was initiated during Franklin Roosevelt’s administration in 1938.  Typical of government programs, once started they continue into perpetuity.  This program’s continuance is questionable given the many newer laws that protect handicap workers, including the infamous Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

According to CNN, up to half the companies receiving contracts from AbilityOne and SourceAmerica under this program do not meet the requirements of employing severely disabled in appropriate numbers.  In other words, this program is yet another form of crony capitalism that permeates our government.  In this case, approximately 10 large companies are receiving the lion’s share of this program’s funds.  This degradation of a program initiated with the best intent is not surprising given that the person who runs AbilityOne is a presidential appointee, in other words a political hack.

Very large organizations are difficult to control under the best of circumstances.  Lines of communications are tenuous and complex.   Holding people accountable for their performance is nearly impossible.

The outrageously large US federal government has added burdens that ensure its inefficiency and ineffectiveness.  This includes political appointments of unskilled managers, as well as a bureaucracy that answers to no one.  Its employment rules also make it nearly impossible to terminate ineffective employees.

The greatest albatross on the government’s ability to reform itself is its nearly limitless budget that is only possible because of deficit spending.  Only by removing the government’s ability to borrow funds for other than catastrophic needs could Americans hope to limit governmental corruption.  Limited budgets force competition between different agencies for scarce funds, help weed out inefficient agencies, and would also help create transparency as groups vie for funds.

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Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal Grows

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 24, 2015

Earlier this year we learned that Hillary Clinton utilized her private email account to conduct government business as Secretary of State, contrary governmental regulations.  In response to the issue, Ms. Clinton countered by claiming her predecessors took similar actions.  In addition and more importantly, she claimed that no secret information was sent via her private email account stating with the New York Times quoting her: “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.  There is no classified material.   I’m certainly aware of the classified requirements and did not send classified material.”

When it was later reported that some of the emails included secret material, Clinton then modified her story claiming that some of the material sent was unclassified at the time, but later may have had his classification changed.  A State Department employee back this claim earlier this month stating: “It’s not uncommon that something that you’re sending now on an unclassified network could in later years or later months be deemed to be classified either because the passage of time made it so or because events on the ground have borne out.

The New York Times today reported that both Ms. Clinton’s and the State Department’s earlier claims concerning the emails were false.  According to the report, Inspector General I. Charles McCullough of the Intelligence Community has determined that Clinton sent material classified as “secret” via her private email account.  The Inspector General reviewed 40 emails in Clinton’s private inbox and found 40 that included secret material.  There are thousands of additional emails that have not yet been reviewed.

With the severity of the breach, the Inspector General has referred the matter to the counterintelligence division of the FBI.  At the very least this action indicates that Ms. Clinton was not truthful in her response to the emails’ issue.  At worst there could be criminal violations involved.

When scandals hit a campaign, some politicians gracefully bow out of the election admitting their error.  However, Hillary, like husband Bill, has a different view of lies and morality.  We should expect Hillary to come out swinging, yet again claiming a right-wing conspiracy against her.  However, if there is a conspiracy here, she might first look to the White House given this President’s not being overly fond of the Clinton’s.

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