Monday, February 24, 2014

I guess that # 45 will have to tackle entitlement reform

(My new American Thinker post)


Let's add another campaign promise to the "no he won't" category.  I can't wait for hear how the "yes we can" screamers will spin this broken promise. 

Do you remember this one from 2007-08, or the "yes we can" days? 

On July 3, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama said this:   
The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents - #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back - $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."
We understand that President Obama's budget will avoid any tough decisions and kick the can forward, as The Washington Post correctly points out:
"With his party facing a battle to hold its Senate majority in November, Mr. Obama has apparently concluded that the expedient course is to bash Republicans rather than to resist bad policy ideas emanating from his own camp. In so doing, he has abdicated what little leadership on entitlement reform he had shown, making it much more likely that the problem will be left for his successor - contrary to Mr. Obama's repeated assurances, both as a candidate in 2008 and as president."
So I guess that # 45 will have to tackle the problem that # 44 just doesn't want to deal with.   

We understand politics, and specially helping his party overcome the Obama Care avalanche in November.  However, President Obama's unwillingness to get serious with our structural budget problems is very irresponsible.

So much for "we are the ones that we've been waiting for"!

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Mexico should put 'El Chapo' in a plane and send him to the US

(My new American Thinker post)

My friend Alfredo Corchado of The Dallas Morning News has a detailed account of "El Chapo's" capture in a Mexican resort. 

It is clear, as Alfredo reports today, that this was a US-Mexican cooperation:
"The operation that led to the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was an unusual joint effort carried out by Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials who were down to the wire in a manhunt for the world's most-wanted drug capo, according to a top U.S. law enforcement official. 

Guzmán, head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, and an associate were captured at 6:40 a.m. Saturday in a modest yellow and white beachfront hotel in the Pacific Coast resort city of Mazatlán. No shots were fired.  

The weeks-long operation that led to his capture involved agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security 
Department, as well as U.S. marshals.  

The top U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Americans were given less than a month to work closely and on the ground with the Mexican navy to capture the longtime fugitive, whose empire stretched from the streets here in Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso, throughout North America and to Europe, West Africa, Asia and Australia. 

"The Mexican government gave us a set time, and we were right down to the wire - in fact, down to the last day," said the U.S. official. "This couldn't have been more dramatic, but the arrest was a credit to our long working relationship with Mexican marines, who led the operation." 

In Mexico City, President Enrique Peña Nieto confirmed the capture via his Twitter account, and Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karám lauded the work of Mexican authorities, particularly marine commandos. He credited U.S. intelligence for assisting but did not elaborate. 

Asked whether U.S. law enforcement officials had assisted on the ground in Mazatlán, a Mexican official said only, "This was a Mexican operation."  

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Department of Justice had placed a $5 million bounty on Guzmán's head, called the capture a "landmark achievement, and a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the United States." He said the U.S. government "salutes the government of Mexico, and the professionalism and courage of the Mexican authorities, for this arrest." 

Guzmán's arrest, which captivated Mexicans in Ciudad Juárez and throughout the country, was likened to the killing of Osama bin Laden. "El Chapo Captured!" screamed the headline of an afternoon newspaper in Ciudad Juárez."
Again, both governments, as well as all of those agents on both sides, deserve a lot of credit for a successful capture.

What happens next?

Mexico has to put him on trial and convict "El Chapo."  This is going to take time and it will be very dangerous for public officials who work in the prosecution.  The cartels are going to get very aggressive and target public officials all over Mexico.

This is why Mexico needs to send him to the US and get "El Chapo" out of  their jail as soon as possible.  

I spoke with a Mexican friend on Sunday who confirmed that there are fears south of the border that "El Chapo's" jail will be a target for a terrorist attack or that he may escape.

Again, send him north and let US authorities hold him.  He will not escape here.

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Congratulations to Team Canada

Team Canada was the best on the ice.  Their defense was outstanding, as reported on NHL.com:

"Canada allowed three goals on 129 shots in six Olympic games, a team save percentage of .977, and allowed none in its final 164:19 of play.
It was a defensive Picasso.
Carey Price was named the top goaltender of the tournament by the International Ice Hockey Federation directorate, but he didn't think he was particularly deserving of it."
At the end of the day, no one could score on Team Canada and that is why they won!

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