ELECTION: UNION LEADER – Clinton to ignore immigration laws; GOLDBERG – Historic now; HANSON – Convention of the absurd; McCARTHY – Guns via Benghazi; RUSHBO – Benghazi guns; SYRMOPOULOS – ISIS tie; EARL – Assange to launch.
LEADS: US Debt Clock; SOLOMON & LEE – $$$ to Iran; FERGUSON – Fishtown vs. Belmont; DATOC – BO’s guide to illegals.
PA: KNEPPER – Budget fractures.
END NOTES: LEVIN – 8/2/16; BATCHELOR – The economy.
Remember a Vet!
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”
1:20pm, 4:20pm, 7:30pm, 10:20pm
1:10pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm, 9:55pm
ELECTION . . .
NH Union Leader: “Lawless Clinton: Promises to ignore immigration laws”
“Hillary Clinton has long acted as if she were above the law.
“Now, she’s hoping to extend that privilege to immigrants living in the United States illegally.
“Clinton has long promised to ‘go further’ than President Barack Obama ‘to bring more people relief and keep families together.’
“She means she will go beyond Obama’s executive order in which the President promised to simply stop deporting illegal aliens. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, “Clinton said she would deport ‘violent criminals as fast as we can’ but renewed her support for Obama’s decision to pretend immigration laws don’t exist.
“In June, a deadlocked Supreme Court left in place a lower court order against Obama’s lawless immigration action. Clinton pledges to replace Justice Antonin Scalia with someone who will let the President decide which laws will be enforced.
“Clinton not only wants a pliant court that will let her rewrite the law without having to bother with that pesky Congress. She’s also shamelessly pandering to Hispanic voters.
“But illegal immigration is incredibly harmful to those trapped in America’s underground economy. By refusing to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, Clinton would dramatically increase the perverse incentive to come here illegally. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why Hillary’s Candidacy Is More ‘Historic’ now than in 2008”
“Clinton’s decision to emphasize the historic nature of her candidacy is probably as calculated as her decision to deemphasize it in 2008.
“Among the innumerable flip-flops, course corrections, and reinventions that have come to define Hillary Clinton’s three decades in public life, perhaps the most interesting one is her decision in 2016 to go all in as the woman-candidate.
“In 2008, Clinton downplayed her gender. Mark Penn, her chief strategist in that campaign, had a ‘FWP’ (First Woman President) plan that emphasized toughness, not nurturing. Voters, he argued, did ‘not want someone who would be the first mama, especially in this kind of world.’
“Ann Lewis, a 2008 senior adviser, told the New York Times last year that the decision not to double down on gender was the ‘biggest missed opportunity’ of Clinton’s presidential bid. ‘It was not a major theme of the campaign,’ Lewis added.
“She’s right about the latter; I’m not sure about the former. Perhaps one reason Clinton didn’t bang the feminist gong more forcefully was that she feared it might remind voters she was a household name because of her husband’s accomplishments, not her own. Clinton successfully sponsored only three pieces of legislation while in the Senate: the renaming of a road, the renaming of a post office, and the naming of a house as a historic landmark. She had other accomplishments, but little that would have distinguished a senator named Jones or Smith.
“Another possible factor: Clinton was running against Barack Obama, the man who would become the first black president — and in the game of identity politics, race trumps sex. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “A Convention of the Absurd”
“The Democratic Convention was an exercise in absurdist theater.
“Donald Trump, to the degree he is coherent, wants Americans to think the following of the Obama administration, the Clinton candidacy, and the entire progressive enterprise. His three-part writ could be summed up as follows:
“1) Obama has doubled the national debt in just eight years. He has abdicated U.S. leadership abroad, was taken for a patsy by duplicitous trade partners, has deliberately divided races and tribes at home for transient political advantage, has nationalized health care into a mess, has overregulated and overtaxed the economy into near-zero-growth stasis, and has whitewashed all of the above with upbeat banalities about hope and change.
2) During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, the Obama administration oversaw the destruction of the modern Middle East, ignored the rise of ISIS, engineered a failed reset that empowered Putin’s Russia, let China systematize unfair and injurious trade practices that fuel an aggressive foreign policy, and alienated traditional friends while courting longstanding enemies. Clinton’s record of government service is one of decades of prevarication, malfeasance, and corruption.
3) Progressivism is a euphemism for a grievance-based agenda with mandated equality of result. An incompetent, uncaring, and always larger government is its agency — a project that demands constant tax increases and ever-greater social spending. It seeks to divide the country up by identity groups, politicize the bureaucracies, and ignore the old working classes, especially the white lower middle class.
“The Democrats held a convention to prove all of Trump’s above depictions laughable by attacking Trump himself, often an easy target. Instead, they often seemed to confirm them. Consider . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Debacle: Arming Jihadists in Libya . . . and Syria”
Looking ahead to the next installment of e-mails from WikiLeaks
“As U.S. armed forces attack ISIS in Libya, WikiLeaks is poised to remind us that ISIS is in Libya — indeed, that ISIS is ISIS — thanks to disastrous policies championed by Hillary Clinton as President Obama’s secretary of state. Also raised, yet again, is the specter of Mrs. Clinton’s lying to Congress and the American people — this time regarding a matter some of us have been trying for years to get answers about: What mission was so important the United States kept personnel in the jihadist hellhole of Benghazi in 2012?
“Specifically, did that mission involve arming the Syrian “rebels” — including al-Qaeda and forces that became ISIS — just as, at Mrs. Clinton’s urging, our government had armed Libyan “rebels” (again, jihadists) to catastrophic effect?
“It has been less than two weeks since WikiLeaks rocked the Clinton campaign on the eve of the Democratic convention by leaking hacked e-mails illuminating DNC efforts to rig the nomination chase in Clinton’s favor. Now the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, has announced that WikiLeaks is soon to publish highly sensitive government e-mails that demonstrate Hillary Clinton’s key participation in efforts to arm jihadists in Syria. Just as in Libya, where Mrs. Clinton championed the strategy of arming Islamist “rebels,” the Syrian ‘rebels’ who ultimately received weapons included the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.
“The Daily Wire and other outlets are reporting on Assange’s comments, published by Democracy Now. Clearly, we should not take Assange’s word for what is to be gleaned from the hacked records, which he says include some 17,000 e-mails “about Libya alone.” Let’s see if he has what he says he has. But it is worth setting the stage, because what is known is outrageous and has not been given nearly enough attention — largely because Beltway Republicans were complicit in the Obama-Clinton policy of allying with Islamists, and thus have shown no interest in probing the inevitably disastrous fallout. . .”
Also: Rushbo: Did Hillary Run Guns Out of Benghazi?”
“. . . There was no reason to have to have a State Department annex anywhere near an embassy in Benghazi. There was no reason for it diplomatically, particularly in the aftermath of having ousted Khadafy, which Hillary Clinton to this day claims was a major foreign policy achievement. Well, you may have heard over the course of the recent past — a few years or so — that there was actually a gunrunning operation going on out of Benghazi.
“Have you heard that? I have. I have heard it I don’t know how many times in different ways, and the upshot of it is that we, the United States, were running weapons to the Syrian “rebels” — ISIS — that we were running weapons to Islamic jihadists in Syria, ostensibly supporting their position in the civil war. When you hear the rebels in Syria, the anti-Assadists and so forth, you’re not supposed to think terrorists or ISIS, and that the ambassador Stevens was there to ensure the free flow of military armaments from the United States to Syria.
“Well, now, with the apparent imminent release of more emails from WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, — and he’s intimidating that the emails he has back this up. We won’t know until and after said email release actually happens. But a lot of people have put a lot of stock in these… I guess you call ’em “rumors” up to now about what we were doing in Benghazi, because of what did happen, because of the four Americans who died in Benghazi, because of the lackadaisical attitude of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“The depth of which we’re not supposed to talk about now, and we’re not supposed to have any sympathy for the parents of those people who died. Isn’t that interesting? We’re not supposed to even think about — we’re not supposed any sympathy whatsoever for — Patricia Smith or any of the others whose family members perished there, because of government incompetence. . .”
Also: Jay Syrmopoulos, Free Thought: “WikiLeaks Exposes Hillary’s Stunning Connection to ISIS — Mainstream Media Blackout Ensues”
“Washington, D.C. – Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, claimed during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) that, “We have more material related to the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
“Staying true to their word, WikiLeaks, with one simple tweet, dropped another bomb on the Clinton campaign – one so damaging it will almost surely be ignored by the mainstream media.
“The latest revelation by the whistleblower organization reveals Hillary Clinton was a director of, and received over $100,000 from, French industrial giant Lafarge, which was recently exposed as secretly sponsoring the Islamic State for profit.
“These latest revelations expose the deep relationship between Hillary Clinton and Lafarge — a company proven to be working with and funding ISIS. The information was released one week after a statement made by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, during an interview with Democracy Now, implicated Clinton as being connected to arming terrorists. . .”
Also: Geoff Earle, UK Daily Mail: “Wikileaks chief says he has ‘quite a lot of material’ from Hillary’s campaign and will release it in stages for maximum publicity”
- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said his group is sitting on material related toHillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign
- Won’t say whetherRussia was behind the hack
- The group rocked the Democratic National Convention by releasing thousands of internal emails
- Plans to put out material in ‘batches’
- The U.S. is investigating a possible hack of the Clinton campaign
- Hackers linked to Russia reportedly penetrated an account used by the Clinton campaign
- FBI is investigating hacking activity
LEADS . . .
US National Debt Clock: Thanks Barry, John, Nancy, Mitch, & Paul.
Jay Solomon & Carol Lee, WSJ: “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed”
“Obama administration insists there was no quid pro quo, but critics charge payment amounted to ransom
“WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.
“Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.
“The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.
“‘With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,’ President Barack Obama said at the White House on Jan. 17—without disclosing the $400 million cash payment. . .”
Niall Ferguson, Boston Globe: “Fishtown vs. Belmont, 2016”
“In his brilliant and prophetic 2011 book, “Coming Apart,’’ my friend Charles Murray identified the stark social division that is defining this year’s presidential election.
Murray’s book was unabashedly about “the state of white America.” The white population of the United States, he argued, is more polarized than at any time in the past half century. On the one hand there is a ‘cognitive elite,’ who are educated together at universities like Harvard and Yale, then marry each other, work together, and live together in the same exclusive neighborhoods.
“Concentrated in ‘super zipcodes’ such as Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu, Manhattan, and Boston, these people are politically more liberal than the national average, as well as much richer and more inclined to eat quinoa salads.
“On the other side of this social chasm is a new lower class: white Americans with nothing more than a high school diploma, if that. They eat Chick-fil-A, not quinoa. In a masterstroke of exposition, Murray vividly localized his argument by imagining two emblematic communities: Belmont, where everyone has at least one university degree, and Fishtown, where no one has any.
“Murray’s key point in ‘Coming Apart’ was that four great social trends of the post-1960 period had hit Fishtown much harder than Belmont. Family breakdown, loss of employment, crime, declining “social capital”: all are much more prevalent in Fishtown. And that, Murray concluded, is why the inhabitants of Fishtown are so unhappy
“Fast forward five years. Murray’s disgruntled white lower class has now found its “voice” and his name, as you have probably guessed, is Donald Trump. The declining, dangerous country that Trump described in his supposedly “dark” acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was Fishtown writ large. Indeed, you could simply change the names. For Fishtown read Cleveland; for Belmont read Philadelphia, where the Democrats held their convention last week.
“Viewed from Belmont, everything is awesome. President Obama’s speech on Wednesday was a masterpiece of self-congratulation. He proclaimed his “faith in America — the generous, big-hearted, hopeful country that made my story.” He celebrated the United States of Diversity. And he insisted that “every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago … America is already great. America is already strong.”
“Though mostly a hatchet job on Trump, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech offered a further helping of this Kool-Aid: “We have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world. … America is great because America is good.”
“But that’s not how it looks in Fishtown. . .”
Christian Datoc, Daily Caller: “Obama Admin Has Online Guide Telling Illegals Where They Can Avoid Deportation”
“The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has a page on its official website titled, “Secure Locations FAQ” which is essentially a guide teaching illegal immigrants how to avoid deportation.
- Schools, such as known and licensed daycares, pre-schools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; post-secondary schools up to and including colleges and universities; as well as scholastic or education-related activities or events, and school bus stops that are marked and/or known to the officer, during periods when school children are present at the stop
- Medical treatment and health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities;
- Places of worship, such as churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples;
- Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, such as funerals and weddings; and
- During public demonstration, such as a march, rally, or parade.. . .
“CBP explicitly states that these ‘sensitive locations’ are still subject to ‘enforcement actions,’ but notes that they are still highly unlikely to occur in these zones. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Balanced” Budget Falling Apart”
“In the search for revenue to cover the General Assembly’s insatiable need for more spending, the legislature looked for new sources of revenue and taxes. Ignoring the $200 million that they borrowed from other funds, the ill-conceived choices they made are already falling through.
“Lawmakers thought they had a sure winner when they decided to sell casinos licenses to sell alcohol between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM; they were wrong. Casinos have scoffed at the $1 million license fee. One casino spokesman stated that they likely wouldn’t take the license if it was free. This lack of interest from casinos for the 24-hour liquor licenses creates an immediate $12 million hole.
“The second hole opening up is even more tragic. In their abject greed, the General Assembly levied a 40 percent wholesale tax on electronic cigarette and “vaping” supplies. Adding insult to injury, the new tax applies to merchandise that is already in stock. As one small business ownernoted:
“’It’s almost as if the tax was designed to kill small business,’ said Chris Hughes, owner of Fat Cat Vapor Shop in Montoursville.
“Hughes estimated that he would have to cut the state a $40,000 check for the $100,000 in inventory he currently has on hand.”
“Because Mr. Hughes does not have the ability to send the government a $40,000, he is liquidating his inventory and going out of business. Now the state will lose the tax revenue Mr. Hughes’s business was generating and the new taxes the General Assembly had counted on to fill in the budget deficit.
“These problems could have been avoided if the legislature and the Governor had made an attempt to rein in spending. Instead, they added to the corporate welfare budget at the expense of small businesses. Now business owners like Mr. Hughes closing shop because of legislative greed.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (8/2/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, President Obama is in no position to say who is fit for the presidency given his background and contempt for the Constitution and limits on his office. Obama is friends with two domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Ayers and Dohrn fueled revolutionary efforts to advance Communism and advocated for violence. He relied on these two to help launch him into political office. Obama has demonstrated that he is unfit before he was elected and currently while serving as president.
“After that, Donald Trump is proposing to double what Hillary Clinton is considering spending on infrastructure. Doesn’t anybody believe in smaller government anymore? We have this every election cycle, where billions are spent on infrastructure and the money never goes to where it’s supposed to.
“Later, Senator Mike Lee of Utah calls in to talk about Obama’s federal land grab of 2 million acres in southeastern Utah. The Federal government already controls 90% of the land in that area.
“Finally, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review calls in to discuss his new book, Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America.
John Batchelor (8/2/16)
“Hour One: Tuesday 2 August 2016 / Hour 1, Block A: Despite Pres Obama’s high approval rating, the economy remains weak. Mrs Clinton ‘s plan is to redistribute funds better, and raise more money by taxes. Mr Trump has a reasonably good economic plan. I have an anti-growth vs pro-growth election. Mr Trump must stay on the growth message! When Republicans aren’t thinking about growth their minds wander to terrible things. Mrs C’s plan to ueber-tax the corporations and rich: hard to start a business unless you have capital. A govt-planning takeover through the regulatory, taxing and spending route. You can jack up taxes on the rich as much as you want but won’t get an extra cent. I agree only in part with Trump on trade; but slashing corp taxes to 15% alone will raise the economic growth rate in 6 to 18 mos. Do millennials understand that taxing us to riches is false? I speak on college campuses all the time and never get shouted down.
Tuesday 2 August 2016 / Hour 1, Block B: Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus, in re: Growth. Wages. Does minimum wage grow the economy? The evidence for years is that it doesn’t. This is pricing out of the market young teenagers, almost guaranteeing criminal activity among a delicate group that needs help. What you want in a slow-growth economy, where bargaining strength is on the side of employers, is not to increase the cost of hiring entry-level workers. Behind this discussion is the assumption that employers are greedy and could easily afford to pay more but prefer to abuse their employees.
The Mercatus Center has done extensive research on the issue of mandatory minimum wage and strongly contends that the proposed regulation is harmful to the nation’s economy and to the municipalities around the country who have already implemented the $15 minimum wage standard. The study includes Clinton remarks on minimum wage; in fact, a general comparison of the two campaigns on minimum wage. . .”