Thursday, August 27, 2015

America Needs an Arrogant Man to Confront an Arrogant Government




What America needs is fundamental transformation from the Age of Obama.  A top down government is not what this country was founded upon and the only way we the people can reestablish the moorings of life, liberty and property is to elect a president who has a fundamental understanding of what made this country great.

What America needs is a lion, not a RINO.  We need a president that will not be cowed by a dishonest media and a political party that caters to an underclass of teat squawkers that contribute nothing to society.  This is not an easy undertaking.  It will take a president with self-assurance, fortitude and yes, arrogance to endure a cacophony of vitriol and lies that would subsume a regular human being.

We’re beyond the happy warrior stage in American politics.  What we need is a modern day Andrew Jackson.  Old Hickory looked upon his enemies with contempt and action.  And they feared him.  Everyone knew Jackson didn’t make empty threats. 

When South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union over onerous tariffs, Jackson sent warships off the coast of the Palmetto State and promised to hang Vice President John C. Calhoun from the highest tree.  The Nullifiers knew Old Hickory meant business.  Jackson’s character and force of will won the day.

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a banking cartel, The Bank of the United States, in the infamous McCulloch v. Maryland case, President Jackson declared the following:


To this conclusion I cannon assent…Congress and the President as well as the Court must each for itself be guided by its own opinion of the Constitution. It is as much of the duty of the House of the Representatives, of the Senate, and the President to decide upon the constitutionality of any bill or resolution which may be presented…The opinion of the [Supreme Court] justices has no authority over Congress than the opinion of Congress has over judges, and on that point the President is independent of both. The authority of the Supreme Court must not, therefore, be permitted to control the Congress or the Executive…but to have only such influence as the force of their reasoning may deserve.



Andrew Jackson vetoed the charter for The Bank of the United States.  He then addressed the evils of centralized government.  Here is an excerpt from his message to the Senate:


It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society-the farmers, mechanics, and laborers-who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. In the act before me there seems to be a wide and unnecessary departure from these just principles


America is in need of another Andrew Jackson.  We need a president who’ll take on the special interest, federal bureaucracy, and rogue federal judges.  We need an arrogant man to confront an arrogant government.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GOP Establishment Created Trump Candidacy




The GOP establishment created Donald Trump’s candidacy.  Their lies and deceit are catching up to them.  Frank Luntz, a republican pollster, is dumbfounded at how steadfast the real estate mogul’s supporters are as he stumbles, bumbles and commits countless gaffs that would normally torpedo an establishment candidate. 

"This is a different cat. This is a different phenomenon," Luntz told reporters after conducting the focus group. 
"This is real. I'm having trouble processing it. Like, my legs are shaking," he added.
"I want to put the Republican leadership behind this mirror and let them see. They need to wake up. They don't realize how the grassroots have abandoned them. Donald Trump is punishment to a Republican elite that wasn’t listening to their grassroots.

The Republican establishment has long been at odds with its base.  Its fun watching them squirm over the prospect of a Trump nomination.

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Charlie Daniels Calls out Congress



To say we have a pissed off citizenry is an understatement.  The Potomac potlickers are constantly scheming to circumvent the Constitution.  The Iranian “executive agreement” is another example of both parties circumventing the process knowing full well the end result while looking askance at the citizenry, hoping we’ll fall for their kabuki theater.

Well, they’re not fooling anyone.  Here is an excerpt from Charlie Daniel’s open letter to Congress. 


Well, ladies and gentlemen of the United States Congress, it seems that that particular pen has run out of ink. The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly.

You don't even have the courage to face down an out of control president, even when he makes a deal with the devil. Don't you bunch of timid capons even care what kind of world you're leaving to your children and grandchildren, not to even mention the rest of us? Are you really party partisans before you're parents and grandparents or even human beings?

Be honest with yourselves a minute, go into the bathroom and look in the mirror and ask the person you see this question.

"Do I really believe that Iran will not use the money we're releasing to them to finance terrorists to kill Americans, and, when, not if, but when, the Iranians develop their nuclear device, will they really use it against America and Israel?"


Had it not been for the Corker bill, this treaty masquerading as an executive agreement wouldn’t have passed the constitutional process.  And Congress knew that.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reality Check: Donald Trump May Be RIGHT on Birthright Citizenship!





The Supreme Court has screwed up our immigration policies with some really bad rulings.  It will probably take an Article V States convention to slap down these rogue judges.

Democrats Bribed by Iranian Lobby Group





We have a bunch of traitors in Washington D.C.   A number of democrats have sold their souls and our national security to an Iranian lobbying group.  FrontPageMag.com reported the following: 

Markey had topped the list of candidates supported by the Iran Lobby. And the Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC) had maxed out its contributions to his campaign.
After more fake suspense, Al Franken, another IAPAC backed politician who also benefited from Iran Lobby money, came out for the nuke sellout.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Iran Lobby’s third Dem senator, didn’t bother playing coy like her colleagues. She came out for the deal a while back even though she only got half the IAPAC cash that Franken and Markey received.
As did Senator Gillibrand, who had benefited from IAPAC money back when she first ran for senator and whose position on the deal should have come as no surprise.
The Iran Lobby had even tried, and failed, to turn Arizona Republican Jeff Flake. Iran Lobby cash had made the White House count on him as the Republican who would flip, but Flake came out against the deal. The Iran Lobby invested a good deal of time and money into Schumer, but that effort also failed.
 How is this not treason?
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Pastor Preaches Gospel of Good Stealings




You know the country is going to hell when a reverend is preaching the gospel of good stealings.  Everett D. Mitchell is a lawyer, pastor and community leader and he believes in a Venezuelan free-for-all.  Of course, this policy only applies to businesses that fit in his community’s “legal relativism” rubric.


"I just don’t think they should be prosecuting cases for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I don’t think that. I don’t think that Target, and all them other places – the big boxes that have insurance – they should be using the people that steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police behavior."


Do these people think anything through?  If a community has sanctioned stealing, how many businesses do they think will operate in their “legal relativism” realm?  We truly are living in an idiocracy. 

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Univision Alien Invades Trump Presser




Donald Trump’s security put the boot on an illegal alien advocate’s ass during an Iowa presser.  Jorge Ramos, a Univision television host, rudely interjected himself when Mr. Trump began to take questions.  The Donald wouldn’t have any of it.  Breitbart News reported the following:


As Trump took the podium, Ramos stood up and asked Trump a question about immigration, and Trump’s immigration plan. Trump, ignoring Ramos, called on someone else. Ramos continued trying to asking the question, to which Trump responded, “Excuse me, sit down. You weren’t called.” Ramos continued, and Trump repeatedly told him, “Sit down.”
 Ramos then protested, “I have the right to ask a question.” Trump answered, “No you don’t. You haven’t been called.” Ramos again said that he has the right to ask a question, to which Trump retorted, “Go back to Univision.”
 Ramos continued to press on, at one point stating “You cannot deport 11 million people” as Trump tried to take other questions.

These illegal aliens and their advocates have an entitlement mentality.  They invade our country, demand we speak their language; feed, clothe and educate their children and dispense “free” medical care at taxpayer expense.  It’s no wonder Jorge Ramos thinks he can throw his ass around with impunity.  I can’t wait for the day when Donald Trump declares, “You’re deported.”

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Hey George Will, This is No Longer Madison's Constitution





Are you ticked off at the ineffectiveness and incompetence of the Republican leadership in Washington D.C.?  Well, if you are, George Will has some advice: Get over it!  According to this beltway courtesan, we should be angry at James Madison for establishing a separation of powers in our Constitution.





I have news for Mr. Beltway: This is no longer James Madison’s constitution.


If James Madison had the ability of time travel, he wouldn’t recognize our form of government.  When he was alive, States had representation in the Senate.  That was until the 17th Amendment.  Now it’s as populists as the House of Representatives only with a longer term.


In James Madison’s constitution, only Congress was vested with legislative powers and raising revenue.  Today, we have federal bureaucracies passing rules and regulations that have the force of law.  They also originate and collect penalties and fees.  Some agencies have the power to adjudicate their own cases.  I do believe James Madison wasn’t around in 1946 when the Administrative Procedures Act was passed.


In James Madison’s constitution, there are enumerated powers that limited the scope of the federal government.  Now we have the Supreme Court manufacturing rights for special interest groups while striking States’ constitutions for noncompliance.  The 10th Amendment mattered in James Madison’s constitution.  Today, States are mere vassals bowing and scraping to the all powerful central government thanks to the 14th and 16th Amendments and establishment of the Federal Reserve.


This is not James Madison’s constitution anymore, Mr. Will.  This is President Woodrow Wilson’s constitution.  Here is what the Progressive Era president had to say about the administrative state:


But where has this science grown up? Surely not on this side of the sea….American writers have hitherto taken no very important part in the advancement of this science. It has found its doctors in Europe. It is not of our making; it is a foreign science, speaking very little of the language of English or American principles….It has been developed by French and German professors.


So Mr. Will, this is not James Madison’s constitution.  What we have is an invasion of the Progressive constitution.


 

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

A Prepper's Show and Tell

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North Carolina Teachers Finding Greener Pastures?




The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  North Carolina's educators are constantly complaining they’re paid well below the national average.  The fact is each state has a different median income and cost of living.  The truth is teachers make as much, if not more, than the average Tar Heel family.

The media is making a big deal about retention rates in North Carolina.  Little is reported on where these teachers originate from and to why they’re leaving, except of course the media’s portrayal of poor pay and lack of respect.  The John Locke Foundation shed some light on this topic.


Earlier this month, Dr. Alisa Chapman, Vice President for Academic and University Programs for the University of North Carolina System, briefed members of the NC State Board of Education on the background, demographics, and qualifications of the state's teaching profession.

Drawing on data from the 2011-2012 school year, Dr. Chapman found that, of the 95,543 teachers employed that year, approximately 37 percent of them were trained in UNC System institutions.  The next largest share consisted of teachers trained in other states.  Nearly 29 percent of North Carolina's teacher workforce received their teaching credential from a college or university beyond our borders.  The remaining third of teachers could not be classified, came from a private university in North Carolina, or entered the profession through alternative entry, Teach for America (TFA), or Visiting International Faculty (VIF) programs.

Do not be alarmed.  Do not blame Republicans.  Do not blame me.  This is nothing new.  For a decade or more, the UNC System and out-of-state institutions have supplied the majority of North Carolina's public school teachers.  Dr. Chapman found that, between 2005 and 2012, there were only slight fluctuations in the percentage of teachers trained by the UNC System or "imported" from other states.

Data on teachers trained in UNC System institutions is plentiful.  Although Dr. Chapman has identified their states of origin, we know less about teachers trained in other states.  It should come as no surprise that New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia supplied 12 percent or nearly 11,300 public school teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.  Permanent teaching jobs are harder and harder to come by in those states, because their populations are declining or aging, the local tax bases cannot support extravagant spending on public schools, and turnover is limited.   As long as supply continues to outstrip demand (and it will for the foreseeable future), growing school districts in North Carolina will continue to recruit teachers from these states


Houston, TX has been recruiting North Carolina teachers.  Those leaving for greener pastures cite a higher salary and no state income tax.  Funny how no state income taxes is an incentive when they, and their progressive comrades, skewered republicans for trying to abolish it.


Ricky Ferguson said he's working his dream job, teaching high school science.  Last year, he taught in Union County.  Now he is one of dozens of North Carolina transplants teaching in Texas.

 "I'm doing the same job I was doing in Carolina, I'm just being appreciated here more in Texas," Ferguson said.
 

Channel 9 first met Ferguson in July when Houston school leaders were in Charlotte, trying to recruit new teachers.  Ferguson accepted the job on the spot, excited to make $60,000, which is double his North Carolina salary.  
  

"With North Carolina with the salary I was making and the state income tax, I was lucky if I brought home $20K a year and that's with a master’s degree," Ferguson said.
  
The cost of living in Houston is comparable to Charlotte's and Texas does not collect income tax, so teachers keep more of their paychecks.


I have no doubt in my mind Mr. Ferguson was a big advocate for the progressive income tax in North Carolina.  Now that he’s in Houston, I wonder what progressives have to say about the state of education in Texas.  Here’s an excerpt from an article.  See if you notice anything familiar.


Despite having a starting salary that is on par with other states, the average teacher in Texas makes about $49,000 a year — about $8,000 below the national average. Teacher pay in Texas ranked 30th in the nation during the 2010-11 school year, dropping to 35th two years later, according to an annual state-by-state analysis by the National Education Association.

Mr. Ferguson has a starting salary of $60,000 a year and living in a luxury apartment when the average annual salary for a teacher in Texas is $49,000?  Something smells fishy.

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MSNBC Cancels Stump for Trump Ladies





The two ladies, who made a YouTube sensation for their support for Donald Trump, were scheduled to appear on MSNBC when they ran into a little trouble:

At the very last second, he uninvited us when we wouldn’t provide the name of our employers, and deep personal information. Why he need that? So he could do a hit piece on us! So after dedicating 4 hours to be on his show, he cancelled us because we want to protect our privacy. They try to spread hate about Trump at MSNBC, and now they try to do it to us. But we don’t play that game, we fight fire with fire!

That sounds unusual.  To what purpose does MSNBC need that information

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Patrick Barron: The Greek Crisis and the Impossibility of the Euro

Liberal Lies About NC Taxpayer Bill of Rights




Once again, North Carolinians are fed a bunch of liberal propaganda from the editors at the Charlotte Observer.  Last Sunday, they ridiculed the Senates “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” as an August stink bomb sponsored by the evil Koch brothers.  Here are the “offensive” provisions in the bill along with the Disturber’s comments:


▪ It cuts the maximum income tax rate in half, putting a limit of 5 percent on both corporate and personal income taxes;
▪ It locks in spending limits by forbidding an increase in the state budget beyond inflation and population growth, except by two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature;
▪ It creates a Reserve Fund that can be tapped only by a two-thirds vote of both houses.

All three provisions are proposed constitutional amendments that would have to be approved by voters. Rucho and the other sponsors cleverly scheduled that vote for March 15, 2016. That’s the new date for North Carolina’s presidential primary. Given how that race is shaping up, it’s likely that Republican turnout will be stronger than Democratic turnout that day, boosting the chances of cementing these tax and spending cuts into the Constitution.


Limited government and fiscal responsibility will always ruffle the Disturber’s tail feathers.  They believe the legislature must have freedom to respond to manufactured crises such as education and health care, because when we think of crises, those two always pop up.

And what bugaboo does these lions of liberalism flag as a warning.  Why Colorado of course.

Colorado is the only state with a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. It passed there in 1992. In 2005, Colorado voters, disgusted by what the law had done to state investments in education and health care, loosened its provisions so the state was not limited to the inflation-plus-population formula over the previous year’s spending.


I can safely say anytime the Charlotte Observer makes policy assertions, its best to fact check with a reliable and reasoned source.  Here is Civitas’ response to another Disturber lie:

Big-government advocates, special interest groups and others interested in unfettered expansion of the size and scope of North Carolina government, however, have already began to mount baseless attacks on this fiscally sensible measure. Most of the opposition to HB 188 Taxpayer Bill of Rights is based on misleading and false claims about Colorado’s experience with a TABOR.

This fact sheet examines these claims and provides the truth to counter the well- coordinated but desperately misleading attacks on a measure intended to merely slow the rate of state spending growth.



Here is one example from Civitas report that directly refutes the assertions of the Disturber:

Claim

“TABOR’s impact on Colorado’s public structures led to business community leaders from across the political spectrum coming together to call for the suspension of TABOR in 2005.”

Fact

·         This “coalition” actually – and unsurprisingly – consisted of special interest groups that benefit from government largesse. Examining the finances behind the movement to suspend TABOR in 2005 reveals[4]:

o    The top contributor to this movement was public sector unions.

o    Another major contributor was the Denver area Chamber of Commerce, a group seeking to benefit from greater government spending on “economic development.”

o    Also among top donors was the construction industry – seeking to maintain high levels of state contracts.

o    Wealthy liberal philanthropists and well-funded liberal policy groups also contributed significantly.

·      The $8 million spent in 2005 by special interests seeking to suspend TABOR was two and a half times the amount spent by groups opposing TABOR’s suspension.[5]

·       In spite of this massive spending advantage, TABOR’s suspension was approved by only a 52 to 48 margin.[6]

It’s never what it seems when you read the Charlotte Observer.  You can read the rest of Civitas’ report by clicking the link below.

  


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Ferguson Libtards "Terrorized" by Oath Keepers




Grievance mongers commemorated the one year anniversary of a thug who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO.  Michael Brown, who robbed a convenience store owner and attacked a cop, has become the patron saint for Black Lives Matter looters throughout the country.
 
Citizens and small businesses were in need of protection.  A group called Oath Keepers answered the call which caused a commotion in libtardville.  Here is an excerpt from The St. Louis American:    

Our reporter was at the Ferguson protest on Monday, August 10 when a group of white men identified with the Oath Keepers group strutted through the throng of protestors. Belmar was on the scene, but neither he nor any of his officers stopped these heavily armed men to see if they had permits. In effect, their mere presence terrorized many protestors – our reporter said they made her fear for her life – but they were not dealt with as a threat by the chief or his officers. No one would argue that a black man carrying an assault weapon in the same tense situation would have been treated the same way.


“If those had been black men walking the streets of Ferguson with assault rifles, they would have been thrown to the ground and taken into custody,” our reporter said. “But these guys? Nothing. And at this same protest, people were brutally thrown to the ground and placed under arrest for slinging a little water. You need to tell Belmar he is going to lose all the ground he has made in this community if this keeps up.”



Did these armed “white men” loot and burn down businesses?  Did they attack police officers, or innocent civilians?  The answer to that is no.  And if their presence terrorized a liberal and/or a thug, well that’s too bad.  I’m sure local business owners appreciated Oath Keepers commitment to law and order.  God knows the Obama administration doesn’t.





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Old Farmer's Almanac Predicts Another Hellacious Winter




The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting another super cold winter.  So, if you Yankees are expecting global warming to turn your Northern backyards into a sunny tropical paradise, you had better put away your Bermuda shorts.

Otherwise, look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February, the almanac predicts.

"Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another," editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, New Hampshire, where the almanac is compiled. It's due out in the coming week.

Here is a little reminder for all those New England libtards in and near Cape Cod.





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http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/03/09/giant-icebergs-wash-ashore-on-cape-cod/

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A Multicultural America is a Multicreedal America





 Liberals always seem to laud multiculturalism and diversity while demonizing Christianity and nationalism.  Why is that?  What is it about the American creed that is so offensive to their delicate sensibilities?  Are they so full of self-loathing that they would abandon the principles that made this country great.

Samuel Huntington wrote in his book, “Who Are We?  The Challenges to America’s Identity” the following:

“We the people of the United States” had to exist with common ethnicity, race, culture, language, and religion before we could “ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”  The Creed is unlikely to retain its salience if Americans abandon the Anglo-Protestant culture in which it has been rooted.  A multicultural America will, in time, become a multicreedal America, with groups with different cultures espousing distinctive political values and principles rooted in their particular cultures.

That sounds like a recipe for disaster.  And indeed tribalism is part of the Democratic Party’s grand scheme for a perpetual majority.  Christianity, the bedrock of American exceptionalism, has to be marginalized as well.  Huntington wrote:

Within countries, individuals who are more religious also tend to be more nationalist.  A 1983 survey of fifteen, mostly European, countries found that “in every country surveyed, those who said they were not religious are less likely to be proud of their country.”

That’s the truth.  Talk to any liberal and you can easily come to that conclusion.  Huntington concludes with this:

Dissenting Protestantism is central to America’s.  Americans are overwhelming committed to both God and country, and for Americans they are inseparable.  In a world in which religion shapes the allegiances, the alliances, and the antagonisms of people on every continent, it should not be surprising if Americans again turn to religion to find their national identity and their national purpose.

Samuel Huntington died little over a month after Barack Obama won the 2008 election.  No doubt he foresaw what this president-elect had in store for America.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Has No Allegiance to United States




Two decades ago, Ralph Nader wrote to one hundred American companies asking them to pledge allegiance to the United States before every stockholder meeting, since all of them accepted federal government subsidies and tax breaks.  Only one company responded favorably.  All others dismissed or jeered at his request.


Business interests see themselves as transnationalist.  They have no allegiance to the United States.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exemplifies this ideology.  They have a history of siding with our enemies.  Some would say they’re in league with countries that wish to do us harm.  An Iranian news agency reported the Chamber and several other business groups were secretly conspiring to undermine U.S. policy by torpedoing economic sanctions.  The U.S. Chamber denied these allegations of course.  However, the end result is working out in their favor.


We must ask ourselves, why is it that republican senators would pass a law that would circumvent the treaty processes in the U.S. Constitution?  Who in their right mind would allow Barack Obama a free hand in negotiating with our enemies by giving him the authority to veto the Senate’s rejection of his so-called “executive agreement” with Iran?  We don’t have to look any farther than the U.S Chamber of Commerce.


We can also surmise that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is behind Barack Obama’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, and eventual lifting of the trade embargo .  Here is an excerpt from one of their press releases:


Over the past 30 years, some sanctions legislation has imposed restrictions on commercial activity in an extraterritorial fashion that incites economic, diplomatic, and legal conflicts with our allies. In the past, U.S. laws imposing restrictions on the activities of European subsidiaries of U.S. multinationals have met with intense resistance from European governments. While the United States eventually lifted the restrictions, the damage to its foreign policy goals had been done. 

Not only do such moves undermine efforts to build a consensus for multilateral action, they make the United States more vulnerable to international commercial complaints. They can also damage U.S. leadership by greatly expanding the universe of entities subject to countersanctions to include insurers, creditors, and foreign subsidiaries.

There is no better example of the ineffectiveness of U.S. unilateral sanctions than Washington's policy toward Cuba. Implemented in October 1960 to pressure Fidel Castro to democratize, the Cuban embargo arguably has helped prop up the current regime. No one seriously argues that the Cuban dictatorship could have withstood five decades of free trade, free markets, and free enterprise, powered by its own entrepreneurial citizens.

While the current isolation of Cuba has far outlasted its original purpose, U.S. policies impose real costs. A March 2010 study by Texas A&M University indicates that easing restrictions on agricultural exports and lifting the travel ban could result in up to $365 million in additional sales of U.S. goods and create 6,000 new jobs in the United States. 

A comprehensive review of U.S. unilateral economic sanctions is overdue. From the five-decade old embargo on Cuba to proposals for extraterritorial sanctions on other countries, unilateral sanctions bring a host of unintended and unhelpful consequences. It's time to put an end to these damaging policies.


 Of course, we’re expected to believe Cuba will unleash their entrepreneurial spirit with this wave of U.S. commerce when in reality only the Castro regime will profit off of this infusion of cash.  We can also expect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pick the pockets of taxpayers to fund their dictatorial ventures.

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China's Currency Devaluation More Than a Market Correction




Communist China devalued the yuan in what they say is a onetime event designed to make their currency more market oriented.  Economists are concerned about more than that.

Many economists said the decline was too small to help Chinese exports due to weak global demand. But the change fueled concern the yuan might fall further, giving Chinese traders a price advantage over foreign rivals and possibly igniting a “currency war” if other governments fight back by depressing their own exchange rates.

Economist Albert Edwards with the French bank Societe Generale had strong words along these lines.

“Make no mistake, this is the start of something big, something ugly,” Edwards told the Guardian, adding that he believes the devaluation could result in a “a tidal wave of deflation” across the world.
 Many believe China’s devaluation is more of a play to become one of the IMF’s reserve currencies along with the dollar, euro, yen, and British pound rather than a market correction.  This could get real interesting.

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