Remember a Vet, Blue Lives Matter, Independence Day Parade.
ANDREW McCARTHY – Anti-Anti BO; WHITE – Wall St vs. Warren; DC EXAMINER: Hillary sells clearances; BERKOWITZ – Strassel vs. left intimidation; YORK – Trump on Islam; NORCROSS – Pension debt.
LEADS: HOWLEY – Trump’s platform; SIMON – Trump profiles.
PA: EDSALL – The Trump effect in PA; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: KLAVAN – Ideas don’t matter.
Remember a Vet!
Janet: Independence Day March, July 4th
Our secession from Great Britain will be honored this year with George Washington crossing the Delaware River in a boat, in tow, while our professional singer is aboard entertaining with Patriotic songs. We plan to have Revolutionary soldiers in costume, and the original 13 colony flags. Events that have happened over the recent years will be memorialized to raise awareness to the crowd. Feel free to uphold your God-given and 2nd Amendment right.
Bring your different American flags. Dress in Colonial garb. Wear your red, white, and blue.
Bring large and easily read posters. Bring banners (we need attendees to hold quite a few that we have). Bring your family. We need proud Americans to throw out 50 pounds of candy, and literature pertaining to our organization.
Afterwards, for whoever cares to gather on the outside patio in the center of the village at Basta Pasta, 4052 Skippack Pike, will have themselves a lot of fun with the dozens who join
us for great food, drink, and conversation!
Plan to join us at 10a.m. at the Skippack Fire Company, 1230 Bridge Road
(right off of Rt 73/Skippack Pike) to plan our lineup. The parade begins at 11,
and lasts approximately one hour. Jane Taylor Toal, CEO Citizens for Liberty, PO Box 782, Oaks, PA, 194546; Telephone: 484-424-3619
“Imagine you’re a defenseless sheep in a pasture filled with hundreds of other sheep, all like sitting ducks when a bloodthirsty wolf appears in the dead of night.
And you hope the shepherds and sheep dogs will protect you and your family from the ruthless beasts – which are slaughtering and eating all your neighbors.
But there’s a big problem.
The shepherds and sheep dogs are nowhere in sight.
They’re protecting other defenseless sheep on the other side of the pasture.
What do you do?
You whip out your pistol or AR-15 and blast the savage wolves into oblivion – because that’s the only way innocent lives will be saved.” Howard Stern
Thx Ted! Was the “Pulse” a “gun-free zone after the cops invaded?
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Obama: Anti-Anti-Terrorist”
“Sharia supremacists are not only shielded from scrutiny by U.S. intelligence but welcomed into the national-security apparatus.
“Barack Obama has spent his presidency cultivating Islamists, particularly from the international Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates in the United States. As we saw this week, he chafes at the term “radical Islam” — as do his Islamist advisers. At their insistence, he had instructional materials for training government agents purged of references to Islamic terms that illuminate the nexus between Muslim doctrine and jihadist terror.
“Obama’s vaunted national-security strategy, ‘Countering Violent Extremism,’ is Orwellian. The term CVE supplants identification of our jihadist enemies with the wooly notion that “violence” can be caused by any form of “extremism” — it has nothing to do with Islam. By transferring security responsibilities from government intelligence agents to Muslim “community leaders” (often, Islamist groups), CVE actually encourages violent extremism.
“These steps have been reckless. They have made our nation more vulnerable to the kind of jihadist atrocities we saw last weekend in Orlando. So obvious is this that many Obama critics have gone from thinking the unthinkable to saying it aloud: The president of the United States seems to be intentionally betraying our national security; even if not squarely on the side of the terrorists, Obama is such an apologist for their Islamist grievances that he might as well be.
“I don’t buy this. Oh, I believe Obama is betraying our national security, but I do not think he is doing so intentionally. Instead, he has the good intentions, such as they are, of a left-wing globalist. The president sees security as a matter of international stability, not of a single nation’s safety — not even of that single nation that has entrusted him with its security. . .”
Ha! Dear Leader makes a job for himself by catering to Islam . . . he also makes himself necessary to the next president . . . Cloward-Piven is still the game . . . make a crisis and be the only one available to fix it . . .
Also: Rushbo, “Obama’s CVE Program Is an Outrage — and the Republicans Are Funding It”
“. . . That’s what it’s called: CVE. Have you heard of that? Well, let me tell you about it.
“Because the Republican leadership in the House is preparing now to meet Obama’s request for $40 million of additional funding for the Countering Violent Extremism program. The FBI is trying to investigate these terror threats, and you just heard that threats against Muslims must stop, and FBI says, “We’re vigilant! We’re looking out for this.” Are you also looking out for threats against America by Muslims? Well, we presume so, but no. You would be wrong. We’re not allowed to! That’s what the CVE is. You’re not gonna believe this.
“The FBI is trying to investigate terrorist threats but is hamstrung by this Countering Violent Extremism program. The name, Countering Violent Extremism, was carefully chosen in order to suggest that there is no particular ideology causing the threat. “Countering Violent Extremism” could require investigators to focus on extremist right-wingers — and, in fact, does. “Countering Violent Extremism” is carefully chosen in order to suggest that no particular ideology is causing the threat. Any kind of “extremism” (such as in right-wing groups) that could lead to violence, will be investigated. . .”
Ben White, Politico: “Wall Street donors seek to block Warren VP pick”
“If Clinton chooses the Massachusetts senator as her running mate, donations will dry up, fundraisers warn.
“. . . In a dozen interviews, major Democratic donors in the financial services industry said they saw little chance that Clinton would pick the liberal firebrand as her vice presidential nominee. These donors despise Warren’s attacks on the financial industry. But they also think her selection would be damaging to the economy. And they warned that if Clinton surprises them and taps Warren, big donations from the industry could vanish.
“‘If Clinton picked Warren, her whole base on Wall Street would leave her,’ said one top Democratic donor who has helped raise millions for Clinton. ‘They would literally just say, ‘We have no qualms with you moving left, we understand all the things you’ve had to do because of Bernie Sanders, but if you are going there with Warren, we just can’t trust you, you’ve killed it.’’
“Most big donors don’t want Warren on the ticket because she is the most accomplished anti-Wall Street populist in the Democratic Party. But many also think her presence would drive a potential Clinton administration too far to the left, poison relations with the private sector from the start and ultimately be damaging to the economy. . .”
Washington Examiner: “Top secret clearance for sale, call and ask for Hillary”
“In 2011, when she was serving as secretary of state, Clinton and her top staff chose a major donor with no qualifications for an important national security panel. Not only that, but they also hurried through a top-secret clearance for him.
“According to emails released under a Freedom of Information request by the group Citizens United, State Department staff were pressured to fast-track the high security clearance for Rajiv Fernando, a 29-year-old securities trader who had given $5 million for the Clinton Foundation and has raised money for Clinton’s current campaign.
“After ABC News began investigating Fernando’s appointment, emails show that State Department press staffers panicked amongst themselves, knowing that Fernando’s name had been moved ahead of qualified security experts at the explicit request of Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
“Fernando was then given an interim clearance. He attended just one meeting of the panel, only to resign as media requests about his unusual appointment started rolling in.
Although it is not the most egregious case of Clinton corruption, this one bears all of its characteristic features: the sale of political access, a lack of care with national secrets and secretive behavior in an effort to cover up.
“The sale of this position and security clearance to a benefactor of the Clinton family not only demonstrates that Clinton is for sale, but also once again impugns her trustworthiness when it comes to the handling of classified information. This is why even many of the voters who will ultimately pull the lever for her still view her as a dishonest person. . .”
Peter Berkowitz, RCP: “Strassel Nails the Left’s ‘Intimidation’ Crusade”
“. . . “All throughout history and all across the planet,” Kimberly Strassel soberly observes, “government officials have used state power to silence critics.”
“But changing times give rise to novel tactics. In her chilling book “The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech,” Strassel describes “the new attempt by left-leaning organizations to” not only “shut down conservative speech” but also to ‘silence anyone who proves a threat to their ideology.’
“‘The catalyst for the latest assaults was the Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United decision. On First Amendment grounds, the court’s five more-conservative justices struck down McCain-Feingold Act restrictions on political expenditures by corporations and unions. As the Tea Party was reenergizing conservatives for the midterm campaign—in November 2010 the GOP would retake the House of Representatives, pick up six Senate seats, and score massive gains in the states—progressives sprang into action. Led by Obama, who trumpeted his displeasure with ‘shadowy’ conservative organizations, and senior congressional Democrats, the left “moved to harass and scare and shame its opponents out of speaking.’
“Strassel, a Wall Street Journal columnist, emphasizes that proponents of the regulation of political speech righteously claim the moral high ground. From the 1907 Tillman Act, which prohibited corporate contributions to political campaigns, through the 1939 Hatch Act, the 1943 Smith-Connally Act, the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA was amended in 1974), and the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (the formal name for McCain-Feingold), curtailment of democratic give-and-take has been defended as good for democracy.
“In practice, campaign finance laws are often wielded to muzzle opposition voices. This is sometimes accomplished by outright criminalization of financial support for dissenting speech. Another technique is to compel disclosure of membership in, or support for, political parties and civic organizations, which enables corrupt government officials and ruthless private citizens to identify and strong-arm opponents. Strassel’s riveting reporting shows how the left has honed such methods to a fine art. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “A rational reading of Trump’s Muslim proposals”
“Noise and controversy aside, Donald Trump is making two arguments about immigration. The first is that the U.S. admits too many immigrants. The second is that, given nearly two decades of Islamic terrorism, the government should take special measures to keep out Muslim immigrants who might threaten safety and security.
“Trump made both points at his recent rally in Greensboro, N.C. Here’s how he made the first: ‘We’ve admitted four times more immigrants than any other country in the world. We can’t do this. We can’t do this. Not surprisingly, real wages haven’t increased for 18 years. And then they wonder why I have packed houses.’
“Critics quibble with Trump’s ‘four times’ point, arguing that more sophisticated ways of counting would yield a different result. But Trump’s point stands: the U.S. has admitted more immigrants than any other country, and by any reckoning admits a lot of immigrants.
“Here’s how Trump made the second point: ‘Just so you understand — I have many Muslim friends. These are amazing people. They’re great people. The problem we have is, whether it’s 7 percent or 9 percent or 11 percent or 1 percent — we’re having a tremendous problem in our country. We don’t know — there doesn’t seem to be assimilation — we don’t know what’s going on.’”
Eileen Norcross, John Batchelor: Pension Debt
“. . . The information is right in front of us, but if we don’t pay attention, we risk missing the warning signs of the next state or territorial fiscal crisis. In the newest edition of the Mercatus Center’s state fiscal rankings, Olivia Gonzalez and I take the most recent CAFR (from FY 2014) from each state and Puerto Rico, sort the comparable data and rank their fiscal health. Not surprisingly, Puerto Rico ranks dead last. It has little cash to keep the lights on in the short-term. Its revenues only cover 88 percent of its yearly expenses. And the island’s total debt exceeds its GDP by 13 percent.
“Right above Puerto Rico in the rankings are Connecticut (50), Massachusetts (49), New Jersey (48), Illinois (47) and Kentucky (46). Their fiscal numbers are not quite as alarming as Puerto Rico’s, though they also have little ready cash on hand. Each has a troublesome long-running habit of issuing debt to cover ongoing spending, along with a history of underfunding pensions. Several northeastern states are also dependent on the financial sector for revenue, exposing them to industry swings. To be sure, these states have comparatively manageable debt and are on better footing than Puerto Rico. But they have something big in common: The faulty accounting that plagues Puerto Rico’s financial statements also obscures the full costs and risks of U.S. pension systems.
Economists continue to stress that U.S. pensions are understating their debts by almost $2 trillion. Fiscal health depends not only on economic resiliency, but on how a government measures and manages its fiscal resources. With poor accounting, it’s possible for any state to gradually slip from sound to unstable.
“When viewed in context (like rankings), CAFRs can tell us a lot. Digging deeper tells us even more. Two of the top five states — Alaska (1) and North Dakota (4) — are flush with cash, revenues and assets. But they are highly dependent on oil revenues to cover spending. Shortly after their FY 2014 financial reports were published, oil prices started their plunge from $100 per barrel to the current level near $50. That translates into a significant drop in revenues, which they rely on to cover their spending. Alaska ranks first, but only due to a reserve fund that is projected to dwindle in the coming years, meaning something has to give. State spending accounted for 28 percent of residents’ personal income in fiscal 2014, which is double the U.S. average of 13 percent. Now, Alaska has a multi-billion-dollar deficit to close, and lawmakers are considering reducing the resource rebate given to residents, re-instituting the income tax and rolling back oil and gas tax credits. . .”
LEADS . . .
Patrick Howley, Breitbart: “Donald Trump Rolls Out Winning Platform: Cut Taxes, Save Social Security and Medicare”
“. . . Trump’s platform is nearly invincible in the general election if he stresses it enough, polling shows. Trump’s plan will also have a transformational effect on how people view his party. But he still needs to make the accounting work to ensure that his Third Way platform is feasible.
“We’re going to save your Social Security without killing it like so many people want to do. And your Medicare,” Trump said this weekend at a rally in Phoenix, which followed a rally in Las Vegas where he also highlighted Social Security. Trump is only starting to focus on the issue, but he’s been aware of its political potential at least since the Wisconsin primary,when he taunted conservative-movement candidate Ted Cruz and establishment rival John Kasich: “If we don’t make the country rich again, you’re going to have your Social Security cut by Cruz and Kasich.”
“This is a major opportunity for Trump. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Trump Is Right on Profiling”
“In the wake of Orlando, the topic of profiling has come up again via Donald Trump and others. Given the horrific extent of the massacre, this is highly understandable, even though profiling has always struck me as an ironic subject for an obvious reasons: everybody already profiles!
“Well, maybe not everybody. Some of those we call leaders (presidents, vice presidents, secretaries of state, etc.) — perpetually cosseted by the Secret Service — have the luxury of pontificating in true morally narcissistic fashion about the supposed evils of this activity and demanding their minions follow suit. The rest of us live in the real world. We profile.
“Among those who have admitted to profiling are Mr. Rainbow Coalition Jesse Jackson and Fox News’ resident liberal Juan Willams (this cost Williams dearly withNPR, speaking of moral narcissists). Are these men racists? I think not — although in Jackson’s case, he does his best to exploit racism.
“Are you a racist or an Islamophobe or whatever if you feel uneasy when a Middle Eastern-looking man, carrying a backpack or perhaps an instrument case, sits down beside you on a plane? I think not again. It’s just the way things are. You have to deal with them. If you’re like me, you try to fight your apprehension, try to hold back your judgment — most of the time it’s nothing — but you stay keyed up anyway until you’re relieved to hear the guy next to you is a Portuguese violinist on his way to a recital. . .”
PA . . .
Thomas Edsall, NYT:” Measuring the Trump Effect”
“POTTSTOWN, Pa. — At the moment, Donald J. Trump casts a long shadow over this once-thriving community, where steel mills, furnaces, bridge works, brickyards, textile plants and boiler shops provided steady jobs for the city’s working and middle classes.
Since the 1970s, as the region has undergone rapid deindustrialization, these manufacturers, concentrated along the Schuylkill river, have collapsed in the face of foreign competition.
The lineup on High Street tells its own story: Pottstown Cash Traders,Federal Coin Exchange, Rehab After Work Life Counseling, which offers “adult addictions awareness.” It goes on for block after block. Twice as Nice Resold Household, the Pottstown Training and Rehabilitation Center, a National Penn bank suggesting that you “consolidate your debt loans,” Dollar Beauty and Masjid Al-Haqq — an Islamic center — nestle among empty or boarded up storefronts.
Since 1950, the number of jobs in Pottstown has fallen from 12,287 to 9,434, even as the population has held steady at just over 22,000, according to Pottstown Citizens for Enlightened Leadership, a civic organization. The group notes that
‘In 1950, most of those jobs involved making things: steel, auto parts, castings, sewer pipes, coatings, textiles and pies. Today, only two of Pottstown’s top employers make things: Dana Corp. and Precision Polymer. The Pottstown Hospital Center and the Pottstown School District are by far the largest employers, with 978 and 520 workers respectively.
“Pottstown, whose retired and laid-off steelworkers, machinists and tool and die makers have deep roots in the Democratic Party, is just the kind of place where Trump hopes his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ will resonate and move voters to the Republican column.
Pat Toomey, a former president of the conservative Club for Growth who won his Senate seat 51 to 49 percent in the Republican wave election of 2010, will also have to keep his Pottstown margin of defeat to a minimum if he is to fend off Katie McGinty, a Democrat who served as chief of staff to Governor Tom Wolf. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: (06/17/16)
“Eric Papenfuse. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse embarrassed himself and let down the office this week. Papenfuse banned the city’s largest news source, PennLive, from his briefings after the Patriot-News published someinvestigatory stories on the Mayor. Put aside the fact that Papenfuse’s reaction suggests there may be more to the subject matter of those pieces. He has insulted the intelligence of his constituents by asserting that the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper is akin to a gossip site. If the Mayor ever wants to be considered seriously again he should rescind the ban and apologize to the city for this distraction.
Pat Toomey. The Senator is desperately trying not to be impaled by the fence he’s been forced to straddle. On the one hand, Toomey has put his neck out farther than any other Republican on guns. Yet hestill wants to be seen as friendly to the pro-firearm crowd in the commonwealth (not to mention the NRA). As a result, Sen. Toomey introduced his own bill in the wake of the Orlando massacre thatultimately left no one satisfied. Furthermore, he’s followed by the ever-present specter of Donald Trump. Toomey has practically become the face of bewildered Republicans who don’t know what to do about The Donald. He’ll have to think of something because he won’t be able to take the elevator forever.
Rob Gleason. Hopeful successors are already lining up to replace the PA GOP Chairman. Gleason, however, doesn’t appear to be worried as he has the ear of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. On Wednesday,Gleason revealed that he talks personally to Donald Trump on a semi-regular basis. Apparently he is Trump’s point man in Pennsylvania, which will make him quite powerful for these next five months.
Environmentalists. It’s been a tough stretch for the environmental community in Pennsylvania. Last month, the DEP Secretary wasessentially forced out for criticizing them for not being effective enough. Now, the state legislature has recently passed two bills that would weaken Chapter 78 regulations and delay the state’s Clean Power Plan. Now Democratic legislators are worried the Governor will throw in the towel and sign those bills.
Jim Kenney. The freshman Philadelphia Mayor accomplished his first major policy initiative this week. The city will apply a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages, chief among them sodas. The achievement madenational headlines and makes Philly potentially a forerunner for cities throughout the country.”
END NOTES . . .
Andrew Klavan, PJM: “Suddenly Ideas Don’t Matter?”
“President Obama’s policy of not calling Islamic terrorism by its name has cost innocent lives. As a New York Post editorial notes, federal law officers “operate under real constraints — including not just proper regard for civil liberties but also orders from a White House that obsessively fears seeming anti-Muslim.” These constraints may well have contributed to the FBI’s clearing of Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen in two different investigations.
“Ordinary folks are also affected. Neighbors of the San Bernadino shooters did not report the killers’ suspicious behavior for fear of “racial profiling,” a dishonest phrase that essentially demonizes common sense observation. Likewise, Mateen’s security firm employers did not act on warning signs of Mateen’s toxic outlook, very possibly, as one employee charged, for fear of seeming anti-Muslim.
“These are examples of induced psycho-pathology: mentally unbalanced behavior caused by a bad idea, a multi-cultural lie that comes down from the top, from the White House, and leaves us all at risk.
“And it demonstrates an underlying irrationality in the president’s — and the left’s — thinking process. In their desperation to maintain the hellaciously wrong and discredited ideas of relativism and multi-culturalism, Obama and his leftist fellow travelers have put themselves in the position of declaring that ideas don’t matter. . .”