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Obama scores worst legislative record in history
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Signed fewer bills into law than one-term Carter
President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern
political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index,
which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that
ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him.
Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into
law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush.
Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session,
handled fewer business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for
much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index.
Blame for the poor showing falls across Washington. Some analysts say a
Congress with four years of divided control hamstrung Mr. Obama, while
others say the president failed to find ways to work with the
legislature that voters gave him — particularly after the 2010
White House says Obama's release of Manning serves 'justice'
The White House said Wednesday that President Obama granted clemency for
transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning “in pursuit of
justice,” and accused congressional Republicans of hypocrisy for
criticizing the commutation.
“Chelsea Manning was convicted of serious crimes,” said White House
press secretary Josh Earnest. “She also took responsibility for those
crimes. She expressed remorse for those crimes.”
He said Manning’s 35-year prison term was “much longer than the sentence
that was handed down to people who committed similar crimes that got
much less attention.”
Protesters, Democrats open fire on EPA nominee
As protesters shouted outside, Democrats wasted little time opening fire
on Scott Pruitt Wednesday morning, questioning whether the Oklahoma
attorney general is truly committed to protecting the environment and
warning that Republicans are bent on rolling back key climate-change
Mr. Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the
Environmental Protection Agency, made his first appearance on Capitol
Hill Wednesday at a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee. Democrats on the committee said they’re looking for
“the truth” on whether Mr. Pruitt will fulfill his duties atop the EPA
or will merely be a shill for the oil-and-gas industry.
Trump's Declaration on Enemies: 'I'll Solve the Problems'
President-elect Donald Trump has taken to heart intelligence briefings
he once mocked, acknowledging that the U.S. has "some very big enemies,"
he told Axios in an interview published Wednesday.
"I've had a lot of briefings that are very … I don't want to say
'scary,' because I'll solve the problems," Trump told Axios. "But … we
have some big enemies out there in this country and we have some … very
big and, in some cases, strong enemies."
Trump to take handful of executive actions on Day One
President-elect Donald Trump may take four or five executive actions on
Friday, the day he is sworn into office, spokesman Sean Spicer said.
"He's got a few of them probably in the area of four or five that we're
looking at for Friday," some of them logistical, Spicer said Wednesday
at a news briefing. "Then there are some other ones that I expect him to
sign with respect to a couple of issues that have been high on his
Democrats: Left in the Lurch
The curious decline and uncertain future of the Democratic Party
When President-elect Donald Trump replaces Barack Obama on January 20,
the Democratic Party will find itself more removed from power than at
almost any point since the party’s creation.
Scorned by the same voters who once embraced the New Deal, built the
Great Society, and put their hope in the nation’s first black president,
Democrats are now locked out of power in Washington and out
of two-thirds of state legislative chambers across the country.
Simply put, Democrats’ once vaunted coalition of the ascendant —
younger, multiethnic, educated, and urban — failed them in 2016, and in
2014 and 2010 before that. That coalition proved to have major
handicaps, part demographic and part geographic, that have been
hollowing out the party for years.
Joe Biden warms progressive democratic world order at risk of collapse
Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to
the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must
double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not
allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces.
Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is
using "every tool" in his power to whittle away the European project,
and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to
"roll back decades of progress."
US Business Group: China Preparing to Retaliate on Trade
China is preparing to retaliate if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
raises duties on Chinese goods and already has toughened its stance, an
American business group said Wednesday.
Trump, who is due to be inaugurated Friday, threatened during his
campaign to raise import duties on Chinese goods to 45 percent. American
companies are frustrated by Chinese market barriers and want Washington
to take a tougher stance toward Beijing but worry reckless action might
Already, China has ordered unusually high anti-dumping penalties against a U.S.-made agricultural chemical.
Pro-life women banned from anti-Trump Women's March on Washington
It’s clear: According to liberal dogma, one can only be a feminist if they are pro-choice.
Organizers of the anti-Trump Women’s March, which include abortion
groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, were put into an uncomfortable
position, when some pro-life groups wanted to join them.
According to a report in the Atlantic: “As many as a few hundred
pro-lifers are planning to attend the Women’s March on Washington, which
has been billed as feminist counterprogramming to the inauguration.”
A 12-step freedom agenda for the new Congress
It’s time to end the addiction to big government
So-called “12-step” programs are intended to help people addicted to alcohol or drugs break the grip of their addictions.
Similarly, with the imminent departure of President Obama, who was
regrettably addicted to growing the size and reach of the federal
government, America now has the opportunity to reclaim the personal
liberties and financial freedoms diminished by his liberal policies over
the past eight years.
With a Republican in the White House, congressional Republicans no
longer have excuses for inaction. Here’s a 12-step freedom agenda for
Congress that would help President-elect Donald Trump make America great
Washington's chance to reform the status quo
The need is urgent for fiscal sustainability and government transformation
The United States is a great nation, but we face many serious challenges
that need to be addressed. Two key ones relate to the need to ensure
fiscal sustainability and achieve government transformation. As a
recognized expert in these areas, I have several thoughts that I believe
President-elect Donald Trump needs to consider.
With regard to fiscal sustainability, the incoming Trump administration
is understandably focused on how to grow the economy and create more job
opportunities in the United States. Many of Mr. Trump’s announced top
priorities have this goal in mind (e.g., regulatory relief, tax reform,
infrastructure investment, trade policy and immigration reform). There
is no question that additional economic growth will help increase
federal revenues; however, growth alone will not ensure fiscal
sustainability over time. Basic math, the current composition of the
federal budget, and known demographic trends dictate that efforts need
to be made to significantly reduce projected federal spending over time
as compared to the baseline, especially in connection with health care
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”