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THE WIPEOUT OF OBAMA’S LEGACY

Friday, May 18th, 2018

 

THE WEEKLY STANDARD

The Wipeout of Obama’s Legacy

  • 4 MIN READ     May 11, 2018

President Obama’s legacy is rapidly vanishing. The decision by President Trump to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran is the biggest blow, but it’s only the latest. The elimination of the individual mandate and canceling the yearly bailout of insurance companies have left Obamacare in a precarious condition. Young immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States unlawfully—so-called dreamers—are losing their legal status.

This is historic. Presidents often vow to wipe out big chunks of their predecessor’s legacies. President Eisenhower was going to take on the New Deal. Ronald Reagan targeted the Great Society. Both backed down. Trump, working with congressional Republicans, hasn’t. He’s eager to deflate Obama’s standing and inflate his own.

Obama and Democrats have made Trump’s efforts surprisingly easy. Obama, you’ll recall, succeeded brilliantly in the first two years of his presidency when Democrats controlled Congress. But once Republicans held the House, Senate, or both over the next six years, he ignored Capitol Hill as much as possible. He spared himself the unpleasantness of compromising with Republicans and instead governed by executive orders and regulations.

Decisions taken by the president alone are vulnerable to being erased by subsequent presidents. And that’s what happened to the pact with Iran. It wasn’t a treaty ratified by the Senate. Democrats used the filibuster to block even a nonbinding vote on it. Trump killed the deal with his signature. That was also all it took to quit the Paris accord on global warming.

There were two factors behind Obama’s decision to shun a treaty, which requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate. Winning that lopsided a vote appeared to be impossible. On the other hand, Obama had a backup—Hillary Clinton. She was expected to win the presidency in 2016 and could be relied on to protect the nuclear agreement.

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VIDEO – SENATOR LANKFORD OF OKLAHOMA DISCUSSES WASTE AND FRAUD IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Friday, May 18th, 2018

 

Suggestion:  Pour yourself a rather large glass of wine for its calming effects  while watching this video.  How are we ever going to get the Federal Government to reduce wasteful spending ? Perhaps electing more  representatives with business experience and term limits might help.  Nancy
C-SPAN VIDEO  – SENATOR LANKFORD OF OKLAHOMA   DISCUSSES WASTE AND FRAUD IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
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AMERICA CAN’T AFFORD TO CEDE THE SEAS

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

America Can’t Afford to Cede the Seas

Does the U.S. want to continue as a great power? China’s navy is set to surpass our fleet by 2030.

The escalating territorial disputes in the Pacific between China and America’s allies create an ever-more-urgent need for U.S. sea power. But even as China rapidly expands and modernizes its navy, the Trump administration has not proposed enough funds to maintain America’s maritime advantage. Beginning with the coming 2019 federal budget, the president and Congress must commit to funding a full, modern fleet—or risk ceding essential U.S. and allied interests.

American sea power has secured the Pacific since the end of World War II, assuring safe and open trade, while defusing conflict throughout the region. Maintaining a powerful navy for these ends is hardly an American innovation: No great state or empire has ever retained its status without pre-eminent sea power. The histories of Athens, Venice, Spain, Holland and England show that losing control of the oceans leads ineluctably to losing great-power status.

The rapid growth and improvement of China’s naval forces is the major challenge to American sea dominance today, and likely for the foreseeable future. Retired Capt. James Fanell, former director of intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, stated in 2015 that China’s combat fleet will reach 415 ships in 2030. Beijing is particularly focused on adding submarines, amphibious vessels and small surface combatants. The buildup demonstrates China’s clear intention to dominate in coastal regions and amphibious operations—domains in which the U.S. has pre-eminence today.

As Adm. Phil Davidson, nominated to lead the U.S. Pacific Command, told the Senate in April: China “is no longer a rising power but an arrived great power and peer competitor.” He added that “China has undergone a rapid military modernization over the last three decades and is approaching parity in a number of critical areas; there is no guarantee that the United States would win a future conflict with China.”

The White House has proposed expanding the U.S. Navy to 355 ships, but its plan is too slow and underfunded. The full fleet would not be complete until 2050 at the earliest. Although President Trump proposes to dedicate $20 billion for new ship construction in 2019, and about the same in constant dollars in each of the next five years, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the project requires an additional $6.6 billion a year over the next 30 years. Without increased funding, the fleet will be smaller in three decades than it is today, and China’s navy could surpass it by 2030.

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NC MARCH OF TEACHERS – THE 4 MYTHS OF EDUCATION FUNDING

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16, teachers in North Carolina will be marching in Raleigh to protest education funding.  The links below give the real story of how the Republican legislature has funded the public schools.  Thanks to several of our readers who have helped to provide this information.   Nancy
Here are two sites also with facts and figures about the raises that teachers have gotten over the last 5 budget years (including this one):
www.ncteacherraise.com/  (At this site, a teacher can type in how many years they have been a teacher and it will show what their pay is now vs what it would have been before Republican pay increases)
LONGLEAF POLITICS
FOUR MYTHS ABOUT EDUCATION FUNDING IN NORTH CAROLINA
by Andrew Dunn   May 7, 2018
 PLEASE NOTE:  THE GRAPHS DID NOT REPRODUCE WHEN COPIED AND PASTED.  PLEASE CLICK ON ABOVE LINK TO VIEW GRAPHS

 

Thousands of teachers from Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill will be marching on Raleigh next week as part of a protest sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

It’s an emotional issue, to be sure. And that’s shown up in the rhetoric I’ve heard.

Republicans have “gutted” public education. Teachers aren’t respected. Classes are overcrowded.

To be clear: I think North Carolina could do more to fund public schools. I believe it is more than fair to criticize the state of public education in our state. It’s OK to say things aren’t improving fast enough.

But I also believe things are moving in the right direction — and to say that the General Assembly is anti-teacher or anti-education is demonstrably false.

[Longleaf story: The impact N.C. Republicans have had on K-12 public education, explained]

Here are the facts behind some of the overheated slogans you’ll hear.

Myth #1: Republicans have gutted education funding.

Reality: By all measures, education spending has increased in North Carolina over the past half-decade.

Total spending

In 2011, K-12 education cost North Carolina about $7.5 billion. In the most recent approved budget, that total had grown to $9 billion.

That’s $1.5 billion in additional education spending over six years, according to officially published state budgets.

Please forgive the fact that the graph does not start at zero. The House speaker’s office made the chart and wanted it to look more dramatic. Still, the numbers and the trend check out.Per pupil spending

Per pupil spending has also risen, according to reports from the National Education Association.

Per student spending by the state was $8,572 in 2011, good for 45th in the nation. By 2016, it had climbed slightly, to $8,955 — jumping three places to No. 42.

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HAPPY TAX DAY !

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

 

The waste of our taxpayer money is described in excruciating detail in this article. Try to smile  as you write your check to the IRS !   Nancy   

HAPPY TAX DAY !

Happy Tax Day! Here’s a $75,000 Puppet Show, Courtesy Of Your Paycheck

April. 17. 2018
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THE OUTRAGEOUS SPENDING BILL

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

 

  Thanks to Anthony Bruno for sharing this analysis of the outrageous and obscene omnibus bill that President Trump just signed.  Particularly offensive is  the tax payers’ money that is going to other countries.  It is shameful that in order to fund our military, all sorts of pork barrel spending was included in this bill. Congress is irresponsible with the money that is entrusted to them from the American taxpayer.  We need to replace these big spenders with true fiscal conservatives.
 Be sure to scroll down to Rush Limbaugh’s transcript of today’s program regarding this bill.     Nancy
Those of us that understand the dis-ingenuousness of politicians who promise but never
deliver are seeing once again the Congress has passed a six month budget that will cost us
more than $1 trillion, ‘funded’ with debt and will not address important issues that will
now have to wait until 2020 when another budget will be due!
Three key campaign issues of President Trump, defunding of Planned Parenthood and
sanctuary cities, and building the wall on the Southern border are not included in this
budget to the satisfaction of Democrats and half of Republicans than couldn’t care
less about the president’s promise to the people that elected him.
Even one issue Democrats say are deeply concerned about, ‘Dreamers’, DACA children
are also not protected, even though it really doesn’t hurt their cause as until legislation
is written they’re here to stay and the “chain’ of relatives also will not be deported.
This was enough to warrant a presidential veto which did not occur, but, will it be
enough to give Democrats a Congressional majority in November?
What else is in this legislative concoction? The following are requests from the Trump
Administration which were rejected.
1. No increased in the number of ICE ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
2. Detention centers for apprehended illegals are not being increased.
3. Sanctuary cities will continue to be funded.
4. Only 33 miles of new fencing on the Texas border will be funded,  none may
     resemble the wall prototypes being tested.
5. Funding to enhance border security of nations in conflict in the Middle East,
    not here in the United States.
6. African Development Foundation, Corporation for National Community Service,
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting ALL will receive funding.
7. The National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities did get a cut, $1000 less than
     the combined $300 million received in previous budget!
8. Woodrow Wilson Center, a “think tank”  receives $12 million.
9. Planned Parenthood gets $500 million a year.
Many organizations on this list are self sustaining, pay their executives and employees
handsomely, yet each year they grovel to Congress for more funding, all indifferent
to the great debt taxpayers carry.
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COST OF REFUGEES TO AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

 

Thanks to Gadi Adelman for sharing this information with us on the cost to American Taxpayers for refugees.  Nancy 

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THE COST OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

 

Please share this article .  The Republicans have not made the case in terms of the cost of illegal immigration.  It is up to us, the grassroots, to get this information out.
Also, if the information in this article alarms you, please call or write  your representatives and tell them to Build That Wall !   Nancy

The Cost of Illegal Immigration

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HOW THE TRUMP ERA IS CHANGING THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

 

THE WASHINGTON POST
How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy
 December 30, 2017

Nearly a year into his takeover of Washington, President Trump has made a significant down payment on his campaign pledge to shrink the federal bureaucracy, a shift long sought by conservatives that could eventually bring the workforce down to levels not seen in decades.

By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with most shedding many hundreds of employees, according to an analysis of federal personnel data by The Washington Post.

The diminishing federal footprint comes after Trump promised in last year’s campaign to “cut so much your head will spin,” and it reverses a boost in hiring under President Barack Obama. The falloff has been driven by an exodus of civil servants, a diminished corps of political appointees and an effective hiring freeze.

Even though Congress did not pass a new budget in his first year, the drastic spending cuts Trump laid out in the spring — which would slash more than 30 percent of funding at some agencies — also has triggered a spending slowdown, according to officials at multiple departments.

The White House is now warning agencies to brace for even deeper cuts in the 2019 budget it will announce early next year, part of an effort to lower the federal deficit to pay for the new tax law, according to officials briefed on the budgets for their agencies. One possible casualty: a pay raise that federal employees historically have received when the economy is humming.

The administration’s effort so far to reshape the workforce of nearly 2 million civil servants that serves as the backbone of the government already has provoked a contentious culture shift.

Federal workers fret that their jobs could be zeroed out amid buyouts and early retirement offers that already have prompted hundreds of their colleagues to leave, according to interviews with three dozen employees across the government. Many chafed as supervisors laid down new rules they said are aimed at holding poor performers and problem workers to account.

hiring freeze technically lifted in the spring has been kept in practice at most agencies, hollowing out many offices. And the slow pace of political appointments has left a number of departments with a leadership vacuum in their upper ranks.

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DON’T TRUST THE CHINESE TO MAKE MICROCHIPS FOR THE MILITARY

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

 

 

Plain old common sense tells us that the U.S. should not depend on our adversaries to supply our military with essential military  components needed to protect this country.     Just because the Chinese can make these components cheaper than they are made in the U.S., does not mean we should be so short sighted as to make the functioning of  our military weapons dependent  on Chinese made components.  Nancy

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Don’t Trust the Chinese to Make Microchips for the Military

Congress should require defense manufacturers to buy vital electronics from American producers.

Friday, October 27, 2017
by Dan Nidess   Mr. Nidess, a former Marine, is a writer in San Francisco
EXCERPT FROM THIS ARTICLE:  

In 2011 microchips headed for U.S. Navy helicopters were found to carry defects that would have prevented them from firing missiles. Given that the chips came from China, there was a strong suspicion that the defect was the result of deliberate tampering. Sabotaging an adversary’s military equipment has a long and colorful history, and it would fit squarely in China’s strategy of asymmetrically undermining America’s conventional military superiority.

 

After an investigation the Navy concluded the defect was an unintentional flaw. This only raised additional concerns about the quality of critical electronics produced in China. Counterfeit Chinese chips have become a rampant problem affecting America’s military, the intelligence community and the Missile Defense Agency. Long and obscure supply chains make it almost impossible to verify the reliability and source for weapons-grade microchips.

The Defense Department is experimenting with different ways to detect fakes entering the supply chain and has pursued legal actionagainst traffickers. Such efforts, while welcome, are insufficient. Even if the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency succeeds at reducing counterfeits, the U.S. will still be vulnerable to defects deliberately embedded by legitimate Chinese suppliers. The possibility that China will simply cut off access to the integrated circuits on which the military relies remains a risk as well.

 

The recent disclosure that Moscow co-opted the popular Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab to aid its espionage efforts has highlighted the danger of relying on companies from adversary countries for the security of sensitive government systems. While the federal bureaucracy and Congress now are acting decisively to end American dependence on Russian-made software products, America’s national-security infrastructure has an even deeper vulnerability to address.

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