Sunday, April 19, 2015

You can't do immigration reform by executive order




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The GOP field and a few other thoughts about 2016





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Saturday, April 18, 2015

President Obama vs Democrats on free trade

Back in the days of “hope and change”, candidate Obama was against NAFTA and voted against the Central America Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA.
He beat up Hillary Clinton for her support of NAFTA and blamed everything on free trade agreements. The Washington Post called it “pander“.  
We recall that he turned off Canada and Mexico with some of his attacks on NAFTA. Some of us raised concerns about the candidate’s comments but it worked well in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, three states with strong union influence.
That was then and this is now. He was giving speeches and pandering back then. He has to govern now in the context of an Asia Pacific market that also includes Chile in South America.
President Obama is getting it from Democrats and labor leaders, as we read in Laurie Kellman’s post:
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said the bill “would allow secret trade pacts to sail through Congress with no chance to alter them. That’s bad for American workers as well as their families.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the agreement marked only a start and could be derailed by amendments that might be added when lawmakers consider the bill in committees or on the floor.
“Negotiating objectives without enforcement mechanisms don’t get you very far,” Brown told reporters.
Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said the bill “puts Congress in the back seat and greases the skids for an up-or-down vote after the fact. Real congressional power is not at the end of the process, it is right now when the critical outstanding issues are being negotiated.”
There is a 2008 Obama flavor to those remarks from Mr Hoffa and Senators Levin & Brown.    
It’s about legacy for President Obama. We are in year seven of the Obama presidency and it looks like another war in the Middle East is what he will be likely remembered for. ObamaCare is still unpopular and the numbers just don’t add  up. The U.S. economy has improved but don’t expect a Democrat in 2016 to say that happy days are here again. And the Obama foreign policy is one problem after another.
Again, it’s about legacy, especially since he is running out of time and possibilities.
President Obama was wrong in 2008 and he is right now. We need this trade deal to promote U.S. businesses in the Asia Pacific region.    
Unfortunately for President Obama, the Democrats are throwing his words from 2008 right back at him.
It’s like Obama’s chickens have come home to roost!   
Yes, I support the free trade agreement. At the same time, it’s hard to feel sorry for a man who was so irresponsible in 2008.
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The Bay of Pigs, Apollo 13 and a few other thoughts


We will look back at some of my American Thinker posts of the week, from marches in Brazil to US-Cuba talks to The Monroe Doctrine to Cuba no longer on terror list.....plus remembering The Bay of Pigs in 1961, Apollo 13 safely returns to Earth in 1970 and a few other thoughts......

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Bay of Pigs 1961




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April 17, 1961: Bay of Pigs by Victor Andres Triay..a good book about that day.





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Do we really want to tell Putin that the Monroe Doctrine is Over?

We hear from the Obama corner that it’s time to remove Cuba from the list of terror nations.    
Has anyone told the terrorists and fugitives living on the island?  
Cuba looks like “la isla bonita” for a few bad guys, such as James Kirchisk wrote this week:
Cuba was originally placed on the terrorism list in 1982, as punishment for its support of communist insurgencies in places ranging from Nicaragua to Angola. In recent years, it shared a place on that list with just Iran, Sudan, and Syria. (The Bush administration controversially removed North Korea in 2008.) There are some 70 American fugitives from justice living in Cuba today, though not all are terrorists. And while Cuban soldiers may no longer be fighting American-backed proxies in Southern Africa, Cuba remains something of a Star Wars cantina of violent Cold War-era radicals.
The most prominent figure in this rogue’s gallery is JoAnne Chesimard AKA Assata Shakur,godmother to the late Tupac Shakur and a distinguished member of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List, where she has the dubious honor of being the first and currently only woman. In 1973, Shakur, then a member of the Black Panther Party, participated in the execution-style killing of a New Jersey State Trooper. In 1979, members of another black radical nationalist group busted her from prison; five years later she resurfaced in Cuba, where she had won political asylum. According to a fellow at New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War who has met with her, Shakur lives under the constant watch of Cuban security along with one of her accomplices, Nehanda Abiodun. Though there exists a $2 million bounty for her capture, a Cuban journalist who visited the American interests section in Havana wroteseveral months ago that the FBI Most Wanted sign beseeching her capture is no longer even posted in the building. It’s likely a signal that the Obama administration does not plan to make her extradition a condition for improved relations.
Another terrorist assumed to be living large under the protection of the Castro brothers is William Morales, a bomb maker for the Puerto Rican FALN separatist organization. According to the FBI, the group perpetrated over 100 bombings throughout the 1970s and ’80s. In 1978, Morales lost nine fingers when one of his projects blew up prematurely; the following year he was convicted in federal court of possessing illegal explosives and weaponry and sentenced to 89 years in prison. Morales escaped to Mexico, and he is now believed to be hiding in Cuba.
Then there’s Charlie Hill, a black power militant involved in the murder of a policeman in 1971. On the run, he and two comrades stole a tow truck at gunpoint, crashed it through the gates onto the runway of Albuquerque airport, and hijacked a TWA plane. Told by the pilots that it could not fly all the way to Africa — where the men originally wanted to flee — they instructed the crew to take them to Cuba instead. “If anything went down, you went to Cuba,” Hill recently told CNN. 
It is not only American terrorists who find safe haven in Cuba. Over a dozen members of the State Department-listed Basque terrorist group ETA reside on the island, though the Cuban government has repatriated several members back to Spain. Last month, however, the Spanish government requested that the United States try to persuade Cuba to extradite two ETA leaders; it’s difficult to see how that will ever happen now that Washington has surrendered even more leverage to Havana by removing it from the State Department list. Cuba also shelters a number of insurgents associated with the FARC, a Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization long at war with the Colombian government.
Add to all of this that the Obama administration said that the Monroe Doctrine is over.
So what happens when Putin decides to sell (and finance) defensive anti-aircraft missiles to “la isla bonita”? or to President Maduro in Venezuela? 
Do you seriously think that Putin is going to stay put and not test our new statement that the Monroe Doctrine is over?

Shouldn't someone ask Secretary Clinton about this? Does she think that it’s over too?
It’s crazy, but then again this is the same administration that was assuring us that the Iranians were serious about a deal.
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The Iran deal and the art of negotiations with Frank Burke


GUEST:  Frank Burke, businessman and contributor to American Thinker.....we will discuss the negotiations with Iran......how did the US negotiate this deal?   What did we demand from Iran?  where are we now?.....what lessons can we learn from the way that the Obama Administration negotiated this deal?   

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Excellent movie about Churchill in the 1930s: "Gathering Storm"




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It’s getting crazy down in Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil faces a perfect storm, from charges of corruption to a slowdown in the economy.
The marches are frequent and getting more hostile:
The ongoing corruption investigation of state-run energy company Petrobras may be her biggest problem, though. 
Last week, the country’s Supreme Federal Court approved investigations on 54 politicians, mostly from Rousseff’s Worker’s Party, suspected of being involved in a graft scheme with the oil giant. 
Rousseff herself isn’t implicated in the scandal. 
Even though she was chair of the Petrobras board at the time the alleged scheme occurred, she said she had no knowledge of any wrongdoing, and no evidence has surfaced implicating otherwise. Still, speculation about what she may have known has fueled the calls for impeachment.
As the scandal unfolds, Rousseff’s popularity has sunk to an all-time low of 23 percent, according to a February survey by Datafolha. 
And the impeachment calls have grown to the extent that Rousseff herself addressed them this week. “Stop looking for a third electoral round,” she said at a press conference Monday, according to news agency Efe
“The elections are over and a third round won’t happen, unless someone wants a breakdown of our democracy.”
Let’s hope that she survives in office.   
To be clear, I would not have voted for Miss Rousseff. She was reelected last year in a very close election. Her party played “the class warfare” card and did a good job of getting its supporters to vote.  
It was pathetic but elections sometimes turn out that way. 
At the same time, I think that Latin American countries need to see elected leaders serve out their terms. I understand the frustration in the streets but calls for “resignation” or even a “military coup” are not helpful.   
Didn’t Brazil already have a bad experience with a military junta?
Some in the streets want a Brazilian Pinochet, or a strongman who will bring order and clean up the corrupt public sector. Again, I understand the anger but a military government or special election is not the answer.
Brazil, like other Latin American countries, need to survive these storms rather than give in to people in the streets.  
Hopefully, these sad experiences with “populist” policies will make voters wiser. Maybe the voters will demand more transparency and honesty from their candidates in the future.
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It's now Obama vs Democrats on free trade

He beat up Hillary Clinton for her support of NAFTA and blamed everything on free trade agreements.
That was then and this is now.    
President Obama is now trying to pass a 12-nation free trade pact in Asia Pacific.  At the same time, he is having a very hard time persuading Democrats according to The Washington Post:
“Obama’s embrace of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) faces fierce opposition from some of his closest political allies and the organizational heart of the Democratic coalition: labor unions, environmental groups and the progressive wing of Congress. His critics on the left contend the pact would help American corporations in state-controlled foreign markets but would lead to job losses and exacerbate the growing income gap at home.”
President Obama was wrong in 2008 and he is right now.     We need this trade deal to promote US businesses in the Asia Pacific region.    
Unfortunately for President Obama, the Democrats are throwing his words from 2008 right back at him.
It’s like Obama’s chickens have come home to roost!   Yes they have.

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Cuba and other US-Latin America stories of the week




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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The day that Jackie Robinson played with the Dodgers




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Lincoln and the 13th Amendment




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President Lincoln died April 15, 1865




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‘Nada’ or ‘Zilch’ from these U.S.-Cuba Negotiations

President Obama has decided to remove Cuba from the list of terrorist nations.
I guess that harboring terrorists or smuggling weapons no longer makes you a terrorist nation. It’s hard to settle that with the reality of Cuba. such as the harboring of Basque and Colombia terrorists plus fugitives from U.S. law.   
Sadly, it is beginning to look like we got nothing from Cuba, or “zilch” as Ben Domenech just reminded us:
It’s that this normalization came without getting the United States any of their long-stated policy priorities for the Cuban people in return. Normalization is President Obama’s gift to the Castro regime — a gift with no strings attached.
This is, not coincidentally, the exact same problem we see with the administration’s approach to negotiations with Iran (with far more at stake, of course). In both cases, an avowed enemy of the United States is handed huge strategic concessions by the Americans — in exchange for what amounts to nothing.
And that’s the point!
We got “nada”!   
This silly handshake  comes with consequences, such as the escalation of violence in Ukraine, those S-300 missile systems to Tehran and Russian jets pushing their weight around.   
I understand that most Americans just see normalization with Cuba in the context of travelling to beaches or seeing 1950s cars. 
However, there is a larger issue and I hope that the GOP points this out as we discuss the collapse of our foreign policy under President Obama.
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The Hispanic vote and the elections for Mayor of Chicago


GUEST:  Michael Bargo Jr, contributor to American Thinker.....Michael just wrote an article about the Chicago elections and the Hispanic vote......Michael believes that the results should be a wake up call for Democrats.....Hispanics are a major electoral force in Chicago and the same in other cities across the country.......what conflicts lie in the future for Hispanics vs blacks in the Democrat Party?   

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