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					                                                                                              At Issue this week... Israel by William Murchison


                         Israel and America: Two of a kind
    June 1, 2011




                          T
Abortion
   Bozell (23)
Answer Man
   Seamans (14)                    he point about Israel that keeps      “Why” isn’t a question that needs to        side in Middle Eastern controversies over
Cain Campaign                      getting lost in the Gentile under- be asked or answered right now. The fact       Israeli settlements on the West Bank and
   Cain (9)                        brush is that Israel isn’t just a of Israel’s unique standing in the Middle       the like generally belong to the political
California              Jewish homeland.                              East is the matter in need of underscoring.    left. They don’t themselves particularly
   Will (12)                                                          Israel’s and the United States’ long-stand-    like the traditional America. They less
Common                     WELL, IT’S that certainly. Such was ing cordiality — a condition the president            prefer the American “exceptionalism”
   Elder (21)
Dear Mark               the point of its creation in 1948, which is not precisely promoting by leaning on            that so much resembles Israeli “excep-
   Levy (19)            wasn’t about efficiency of things like that. Benjamin Netanyahu instead                      tionalism.”
Debt Crisis             Under mandate from the League of Na-                                                            It’s Israel’s enemies and critics on
   Limbaugh (15)        tions, the British had been doing a charac-                                                  whom we ought to keep our gaze as we
Doomsday                teristically admirable British job of look-               William                            evaluate the president’s proposals. Not
   Prager (2)
Education
                        ing after a foreign territory — building
                        roads, administering justice and such like.
                                                                        Murchison                                    many of these critics are of the old, irra-
                                                                                                                     tional anti-Semitic right.
   Lowry (6)                                                                      (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
	 Schlafly	20)          The Jews had a different vision for Pales-                                                      More noticeable are the kind — you
Energy Independence     tine, as it was then known. They saw the of the terrorist gang Hamas — is based              see them in left-wing religious circles
   DeWeese (4, 5)       vision enacted at last, and in paraphrase only partly on the solidarity of American          and in hard-core secular environments —
Entitlement Mentality   of the Creation narrative it was good.        Jew with Israeli Jew. It is based only part-   who rarely have a good word to say for
   Olasky (12)
   Sowell (26)
                           It was good for reasons that non-Jews ly on the perception of particular evangel-         Western history or Western values; who
FAA                     could appreciate if they opened their eyes. ical Christians that the convergence of the      tend to view the United States as a sin-
   Williams (25)        The Israel that flowered in the midst of Jews in Judea and Samaria somehow be-               ister presence abroad, doing more harm
Government Spending     an anti-democratic Arab world, antitheti- tokens fulfillment of biblical prophecies.         than good.
   Lambro (13)          cal to the West, was democratic and pro-
   Thomas (13)          Western.                                         A BIGGER reason for the cordiality             TO SUCH AS these, Israel and Amer-
Huntsman, Jon
   Gallagher (3)           A lot might be wrong, philosophical- of which I speak concerns basic values.              ica are two of a kind. Come to think of it,
IMF                     ly and practically, with Israel’s socialist Israel’s civic values are recognizable as        maybe they’re right. If so, we should do
	 Kudlow	(20)           economics, but Israel was always one of Western values — love of freedom, dis-               something about it — such as make sure
   Tyrrell (23)         us: a constituent member, that is to say, like of tyranny; willingness to lay lives on       our kind doesn’t diminish any further.
Israel                  of the community of civilized nations. the line in defense of both values.
   Buchanan (24, 31)
                        Losing Israel as a member of that com-           Americans who favor the Palestinian           May 24, 2011
   Charen (29)
   Murchison (1)        munity would be like losing Nebraska or
	 Thomas	(30)	          Pennsylvania or Georgia. It would be far
Jews                    worse, indeed, than losing “people’s para-
	 Shapiro	(30)	         dises” like San Francisco or Cambridge,
Liberal Men             Mass.
   Coulter (7)
McDonald’s
                           This isn’t at all the way that President
   Chapman (6)          Obama sees things. To the president, Is-
Media Bias              rael is a trouble spot — a running sore on
   Bozell (26)          the international carcass. Heal the sore
   Limbaugh (22)        and you’ve got peace. The idea is, have
Middle East Speech      Israel offer to retreat, by and large, behind
   Barone (17)
   Blankley (28)        its pre-Six Day War lines, making room
   Chavez (17)          thereby for a Palestinian state.
   Krauthammer (16)        The improbability of that vision — or
   North (18)           delusion — is to be glimpsed by looking
Obama Presidency        around the neighborhood. Who is rioting
   Bay (14)             or repressing? The Egyptians. The Syr-
   Lambro (8)
Pakistan                ians. The Libyans. This is to speak only
   Chapman (29)         of the currently noisier nations.
Republican Party           WHEN WAS the last time we saw
	 Barone	(10)           throngs of Israelis filling public squares
   Lowry (11)           to call for their leaders’ ouster or demise?
   Morris (11)
   Norris (27)
                        When was the last time we saw Israeli
Romneycare              security forces shooting down unarmed
   Jacoby (9)           demonstrators? The answer to both ques-
Stimulus Fraud          tions is the same: We haven’t ever seen it.
   Malkin (25)          It hasn’t happened. Massacres in the Mid-
                        dle East are a phenomenon we see outside
                        Israel, not within.
 2                                                                                                                             Conservative Chronicle
  DOOMSDAY: May 24, 2011

When it comes to doomsdays, the left shouldn’t laugh
  I
      t appears that the Rapture leading    of the world’s great coastal cities; en- the left. Here is a small sample of some               lions of people will starve to death in
      to the end of the world predicted     tire island-countries will disappear; others:                                                   spite of any crash programs embarked
      by a Christian radio broadcaster      vast areas of the world will dry up and                                                         upon now. At this late date nothing can
for this past Saturday, May 21, 2011        countries will fight one another for the                 RECALL THE Time and Newsweek           prevent a substantial increase in the
did not take place. And the failure was     little remaining fresh water.                       cover stories about how heterosexual        world death rate.”
covered worldwide. A Google search              Compared to the global warming AIDS would become a national plague                              Another doomsday prophecy from
on Saturday evening, Pacific Time,          scenario, I’ll face the Rapture — and — since                          “AIDS         doesn’t    the left:
yielded more than 32,000 articles — in      I’m not even                                                            discriminate.”              Two prominent feminist writers,
English alone — in the world media.         Christian.                                                              Skeptics who said       Gloria Steinem and Naomi Wolf wrote
                                                Of      course,
                                                                                 Dennis                             at the time that het-   in their bestselling books, Revolution
    THE SECULAR, especially the an-
ti-religious left, enjoy these spectacles
                                            none of these
                                            global warming
                                                                              Prager                                 erosexual AIDS
                                                                                                                     in America was
                                                                                                                                            from Within and The Beauty Myth —
                                                                                                                                            and the news media reported — that
                                                                           (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
of religious foolishness. They seem to      predictions has                                                          largely a scare        150,000 girls and women per year die
confirm for them not only how absurd        materialized. For example, in April of were called “anti-science.” But Mi-                      of anorexia nervosa. The number is ac-
these end-of-days predictions are, but      this year, Der Spiegel reported:                    chael Fumento, the science writer who       tually fewer than 100.
how absurd religion is in general.              “Six years ago, the United Nations wrote The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS,                         There is one major difference be-
    But the left should not laugh too       issued a dramatic warning that the first in Commentary Magazine and then                        tween leftist and religious doomsday
loudly. The religious world has far         world would have to cope with 50 mil- as a book, turned out to be right. In                     scenarios. The religious readily ac-
fewer doomsday predictions than the         lion climate refugees by 2010. But now America, it was a myth.                                  knowledge that their doomsday sce-
left does. At least every few years, the    that those migration flows have failed                   At the Democrat National Conven-       nario is built entirely on faith. The
secular-left frightens itself — and tries   to materialize, the UN has distanced it- tion in 2000, the Democrats featured                   left, on the other hand, claims that its
to frighten everyone else — about an-       self from the forecasts. On the contrary, five children ages about five to 11 who               doomsday scenarios are entirely built
other doomsday scenario.                    populations are growing in the regions recited lyrics about the doomsdays they                  on science.
    The most obvious current example        that had been identified as environmen- could look forward to growing up in                         That there is little truth to the left-
is, of course, global warming. For          tal danger zones.”                                  America. The first child, for example,      wing claim is not as important as the
years now, we have been told by the             As a result of so many such false said this:                                                fact that these doomsday scenarios
world’s left-wing media that scientists     alarms, and because so many places                       “When I grow up ... Will I be able     have undermined the status of science.
are united in predicting that there will    have experienced record cold temper- to see a rainbow in a smog-filled sky?                     How many scientists have been com-
be worldwide catastrophe as a result of     atures, global warming has been re- Will there be any trees alive?”                             promised by their joining the research-
global warming caused by manmade            named “climate change.”                                  In his 1968 book, The Population       money and fame bandwagons of left-
carbon dioxide emissions. Oceans will           But global warming is only the most Bomb, Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich                   wing apocalyptic predictions? And
rise so high that they will drown many      recent doomsday scenario offered by wrote: “In the 1970s hundreds of mil-                       how has this affected the public’s per-
                                                                                                                                            ceptions of science and scientists when
                                                                                                                                            it comes to contentious issues?

                                                                                                                                               THE LEFT had its laugh this past
                                                                                                                                            weekend, but only because it’s a lot
                                                                                                                                            easier to laugh at religious doomsdays
                                                                                                                                            than at leftist ones.




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  JON HUNTSMAN: May 24, 2011

Can Jon Huntsman step into Mitch Daniels’ shoes?
   W                                                                                                      HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!
               ith Indiana Gov. Mitch Obama) says he believes in marriage
               Daniels out of the race, is as one man and one woman, but who
               a Huntsman boomlet brew- abruptly flip-flopped and promoted a
ing? There is no shortage of voices will- civil union bill that 70 percent of Utah-
ing to say so, including Jon Huntsman. ans opposed, just shortly before be-


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tage,” the former Utah governor told Po- Obama.
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                                                                                                      sible commission arrangement.
                                                         package — but only for not being large
    DANIELS HAD a strong appeal to enough.
fiscal conservatives, but his “truce talk”                    Politico asked him in 2009: “You
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mavericky McCain campaign aides are would have liked to see included in the
now drifting off in Huntsman’s direc- bill?”                                                           Huntsman replied: “I think we’ve        blowing off the right. He’s cementing
tion.                                                         Huntsman answered: “Well, the size    drifted a little bit from intellectual     his progressive credentials by support-
    LifeNews ran a story in January un- of about a trillion dollars was floated                     honesty in the tradition of Theodore       ing gay rights, backing climate change
der the headline “Jon Huntsman may by Mark Zandi, who’s a very respected                            Roosevelt, for example, where they         initiatives, taking the sales tax off food,
launch pro-life Republican bid,” but the economist. I tend to believe what he is                    would use rigorous science to back up      liberalizing liquor laws and adopting
only data the reporter offered to suggest saying about the size of the package,                     many of their policies, and in this case   moderate positions on immigration. It’s
Huntsman is strongly pro-life or will which didn’t necessarily hit the mark in                      many of their environmental policies.      obviously how he believes, but it’s also
run a pro-life campaign is that he “sup- terms of size.”                                            Richard Nixon created the Environmen-      a calculated risk that a market will exist
ported and signed into law parental con-                                                            tal Protection Agency. We declared the     for a moderate, progressive, pragmatic
sent requirement for abortion.” (Also,                        THE SAME interview shows that         war on cancer.”                            Westerner in the 2012 GOP presidential
several pro-life staffers have joined his Huntsman has a peculiar obsession with                       A local political consultant quoted     or vice-presidential sweepstakes.”
campaign.) Signing a parental consent Richard Nixon (the China thing fits) and                      in the Deseret News described Hunts-           Is he a conservative? Back in 2009,
law in Utah seems a thin resume on the the idea that Republicans need to get                        man as taking a calculated risk in 2009,   the Deseret News asked Huntsman the
issue.                                                   more respect from the intelligentsia.      believing that 2012 GOP voters will be     question and reported: “Huntsman de-
    GOP primary voters who oppose gay                         Politico asked: “Why do you think     hungry for a moderate:                     clined to label himself, but instead said
marriage may wonder whether they can winning back the intelligentsia mat-                              “Huntsman is a moderate governor        he is a ‘moderating voice’ on all kinds of
trust a governor who (like President ters?”                                                         who, instead of veering to the right, is   issues, and all areas of his life.”
                                                                                                                                                   Jon Huntsman doesn’t like to be la-
                                                                                                                                               beled. He doesn’t even like to be labeled
                                                                                                                                               “Mormon.”
                                                                                                                                                   The Time reporter who wrote a glow-
                                                                                                                                               ing profile of Huntsman was amazed at
                                                                                                                                               how difficult it was to get an answer to a
                                                                                                                                               question about his religion:
                                                                                                                                                   “And as for whether or not Huntsman
                                                                                                                                               still belongs to the Church of Latter-day
                                                                                                                                               Saints, I know less than I did before I
                                                                                                                                               asked him. (‘I’m a very spiritual per-
                                                                                                                                               son,’ as opposed to a religious one, he
                                                                                                                                               says, ‘and proud of my Mormon roots.’
                                                                                                                                               Roots? That makes it sound as if you’re
                                                                                                                                               not a member anymore. Are you? ‘That’s
                                                                                                                                               tough to define,’ he says.)”
                                                                                                                                                   The reporter later followed up with
                                                                                                                                               different aides, two of whom said they
                                                                                                                                               didn’t know, ask him.
                                                                                                                                                   Huntsman has since affirmed that he
                                                                                                                                               is a Mormon.
                                                                                                                                                   This was not a stray mistake, but a
                                                                                                                                               window into his soul:
                                                                                                                                                   The truth is Huntsman is “tough to
                                                                                                                                               define” in a lot of ways, and that’s the
                                                                                                                                               way he likes it.

                                                                                                                                                  THE QUESTION is: Will the voters
                                                                                                                                               of New Hampshire?
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  ENERGY INDEPENDENCE: May 18, 2011

NIMBYS, BANANAS and Greens
  P
         rices at gas pumps are at some     they go. They want three car garages
         of the highest levels ever and     to house the family van, the daughter’s
         rising. Americans want an-         little bug and the husband’s sports car;
swers. In particular they want the          but don’t blight the landscape with fill-
names and numbers of those to blame.        ing stations, refineries or power plants.
To answer that question perhaps they            There’s no place in our pretty, clean,
should simply consult the phone book        politically-correct, well-ordered world
or look in the mirror. Because the main     for industry to make the things we need,
culprits in the rising gas prices aren’t    yet when all of our toys don’t work,
necessarily members of OPEC, but the        Americans are outraged and they want
American people who support policies        heads to roll. Fix it!
that block new drilling and the building        Yes, what silly children Americans       didn’t see that tower during the battle, so   energy shortage with massive grants for
of new refineries on American soil. It’s    have become. But, one can hardly             we must ban it now. So, just get on your      “alternative energy,” like wind mills
that simple.                                blame the results of three decades of        cell phone and call everyone you know         and solar cells. This is the answer, says
                                            implementing the radical agendas of          to come to the meeting and oppose it.         Barack Obama, to get us off of our de-
   THE REAL political parties in            special interests like the Sierra Club       And also, make sure you let them know         pendency on foreign oil. These green
America are the NIMBYs (Not In My           and the Nature Conservancy. These rich       that we are all properly indignant about      myths provide only about 1% of our en-
Back Yard) and the BANANAs (Build           and powerful groups have spent bil-          those evil developers trying to build         ergy needs without much hope soon for
Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near            lions of dollars to push their agenda of     more houses. Tell everyone in your new        improvement. Alternative energy is fast
Anything). These two political forces       no growth (called Sustainable Develop-       neighborhood to join our protest.             coming to mean no energy.
are driving the future of the nation by     ment) through Congress and into our             Such is today’s modern American               Of course, a few well-placed oil
dictating the policy agendas of the Re-     local communities. And they use the          society. We are indeed properly indig-        wells would do much more to reduce
publicans and Democrats. Soon, the na-      news media and corporate commercials         nant with no responsibility for the con-      that dependency — and actually reduce
tional bird will no longer be the noble     to constantly barrage us with the “Go        sequences. Now the chickens are in-           the costs at the pump. But, if you want
eagle, but the ostrich.                     Green” message to indoctrinate the rest      deed coming home to roost. Energy we          to see a green turn blue — just suggest
   Americans are becoming adolescent        of us to feel guilty about our very exis-    so desperately need to run our homes,         such a simple solution. Through pres-
children who want towns to remain           tence. We’re sorry we need to use en-        cars, airplanes and industry can’t be         sure from environmental organizations,
small, yet they themselves have chil-       ergy. We’re sorry that we have to grow       produced fast enough. As a result, the        Congress and federal agencies have
dren who must have schools, jobs and        food to eat. We’re sorry that we keep        cost of heating and cooling our homes,        banned oil activity from more than 300
homes of their own. They want to build      inventing creature comforts for our-         driving our cars and flying our planes is     million acres of federal land onshore
their homes in rural areas with beautiful   selves.                                      spinning out of control.                      and more than 460 million acres off-
vistas, yet complain when someone else          The answer from a sorry society,            88% of the energy for America’s            shore in the past 20 years. An estimated
wants to do the same thing. They argue      while not giving up our toys, is to just     transportation, industry, government          67% of oil reserves and 40% of natural
that a neighbor’s new home has blocked      ban the building of the things that make     and residential needs comes from oil,         gas reserves are locked away on federal
their “view shed,” never considering        them work. It all sounds so noble. We        gas, and coal. Without them the na-           lands in America’s western states. One
that their home used to be someone          pack public meetings to express our          tion shuts down. Yet there is no drive        accident in the Gulf, caused by negli-
else’s view shed or open space. Ameri-      outrage over the idea of building a pow-     in Congress to ease regulations to al-        gent government regulators not enforc-
cans support programs to lock away          er plant in the community. We certainly      low for domestic production. Instead,         ing the law, resulted in the complete
land to keep wilderness pristine, free of   don’t want that smelly thing around          government sees only one solution —           banning and destruction of the U.S. off-
human development, power lines and          here! Did you know that new cell tower       stop using energy. They call it “sustain-     shore supply.
cell towers. Yet they want to use their     would interfere with the view of the his-    able.”                                           Research now shows that America
cell phones and computers wherever          toric battlefield? General Robert E. Lee        Government pretends to address the         has perhaps the largest oil reserves in
                                                                                                                                       the world, yet it is locked away. Today’s
                                                                                                                                       domestic oil production comes from a
                                                                                                                                       diminishing number of wells scattered
                                                                                                                                       throughout the country. The most im-
                                                                                                                                       portant discovery of new oil reserves
                                                                                                                                       has been in Alaska in the Arctic Nation-
                                                                                                                                       al Wildlife Reserve (ANWR). Yet, Con-
                                                                                                                                       gress has refused to allow drilling for
                                                                                                                                       this urgently needed American resource
                                                                                                                                       because of lies told by environmental-
                                                                                                                                       ists that the drilling will damage the
                                                                                                                                       Alaskan ecosystem. Such Green scare-
                                                                                                                                       mongering is simply not true. Technol-
                                                                                                                                       ogy allows for a very small footprint
                                                                                                                                       for the wells in an area that is nothing
                                                                                                                                       but a frozen tundra wasteland. For this
                                                                                                                                       America starves for evergy.
                                                                                                                                          Instead, Congress plays to the
                                                                                                                                       whims of the Greens, NIMBY’s and
                                                                                                                                       BANANA’s by ignoring domestic re-
                                                                                                                                       sources and importing oil from unstable
                                                                                                                                       political sources. By doing that, Con-
                                                                                                                                       gress eliminates pressure from highly
                                                                                                                                       paid green lobbyists who want the land
                                                                                                                                       locked away. Of course, the politicians
                                                                                                                                       also sidestep town meetings with angry
                                                                                                                                       NIMBY’s who don’t want oil wells in
                                                                                                                                       their back yards.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                5



   However, the nation’s energy prob-          ists are well organized to build pressure     mercy of Libya’s revolution and is the       site and the Outer Continental Shelf, and
lem is much worse than just not being          on any politician who might support           immediate cause of the current jump in       the mere 2,000 acres in ANWR.
able to drill our American oil. Even if        such an endeavor. They know how to            oil prices. Saudi Arabia, the largest ex-        Typically, as the nation’s urgently
we could drill our own oil or even had a       energize the NIMBYs and BANANAs.              porter to the U.S., is in grave danger of    needed resources are locked away and
glut of imported oil, the crisis couldn’t      All the greens have to do is voice con-       destabilization. Arab radicals are angry     the existing oil market grows more un-
be averted to bring oil prices down.           cerns about air pollution or the dangers      over the Saudi royal family’s aid and        stable by the day with prices rising to
That’s because the United States hasn’t        of large trucks carrying hazardous mate-      support to the U.S. in the war on ter-       new heights, our politicians are play-
built a new oil refinery since 1976. All       rials or the potential for leakage into the   rorism. If a coup or assassinations were     ing the usual blame game. The Demo-
remaining American refineries are run-         environment. Just a hint at these things      ever to take place in that country by the    crats want an investigation of the oil
ning at full capacity. There is barely         and poof, the refinery is history. Scien-     radical factions that have successfully      companies to see if they are gouging
time for the plants to shut down to per-       tific facts are rarely heard in the din of    launched several recent terrorist attacks    the consumer, ignoring the fact that the
form needed upkeep and repairs because         the argument.                                 in the Kingdom, the world’s oil supplies     real gougers are federal and state gov-
such activity will cause a bump in the             The Department of Energy predicts         would go into a tail spin. The U.S. econ-    ernments which tax every gallon by as
system and force prices up. The industry       domestic oil consumption will increase        omy would be pulverized.                     much as 50 cents. This is on top of the
can do nothing to keep up with demand.         43 percent by 2025, but production will           Moreover, Saudi Arabian oil fields       increased costs of environmental regu-
Rules and regulations, both federal and        grow only by 23 percent. So, as our na-       are manned in great numbers by foreign       lations on the oil industry. Perhaps it’s
state, are blocking the industry’s ability     tion’s future teeters on the brink, Con-      workers who live in compounds run by         time for a congressional investigation
to build new refineries.Even worse: old,       gress plays a coward’s game by produc-        the oil companies. These are tantaliz-       into how much the taxpayers have been
worn out refineries are closing, reduc-        ing an energy policy that pours more          ing targets for the terrorists anxious to    gouged by the “Green” industry through
ing capacity even more. In California,         than $23 billion of taxpayer money into       hit back at the United States. One has       the billions of dollars in grants shelled
ten refineries representing 20% of the         alternative energy sources like wind-         already been kidnapped and beheaded.         out to this fraud.
state’s refining capacity were closed be-      mills, solar panels and ethanol, all in the   The U.S. State Department has issued             As the corporations, which take those
tween 1985 and 1995. With California           name of conservation. The truth is, no        warnings for the American workers to         grants, rev up their propaganda for
energy policy literally dominated by           combination of conservation, technolo-        get out of Saudi Arabia. If those workers    “green” cars, “green” light bulbs, and
radical environmental groups, it is un-        gy or alternative fuels can come close to     obey that warning, who will run the oil      “green” smart meters, the only solution
likely that any new refineries will ever       replacing the fossil fuels system already     fields and who will supply our oil? Our      permitted in the public energy debate is
be built.                                      in place. It will take years for research,    leaders have made us nothing but pawns       energy shortages, higher costs and sac-
                                               testing, permitting, construction and         to Middle Eastern kings and potentates,      rifice. Anyone attempting to talk about
   TO BUILD A new refinery would               distribution systems for replacement al-      and to anti-American communists in           real solutions is shouted down by the
take a risk of at least $2 billion in a ten-   ternatives to be realized. Meanwhile, we      South America. They call this a policy?      green “ecologarchy” that now controls
year undertaking. In the end, even if per-     need oil and gas now!                             Now is the time (in fact way past        nearly every decision on the federal,
mits are obtained there is no guarantee            As Congress ignores its responsibil-      time) to put a long-term plan in place       state and local level. Real solutions to
that the refinery will ever be built. No-      ity to the needs of the nation, the United    with bold policies to keep the nation’s      assure our nation and our civilization
body wants to invest in new refineries         States imports more than 60% of its oil       lights on and transportation and indus-      survive are not even on the table.
because there is no money to be made.          from unstable nations in the Middle East      try moving independent of world con-             The United States plays dumb as
If there were investors willing to take        who uniformly hate us and would glee-         flict. It must include reopening the off-    the Middle East grows ever more dan-
the risk, where would it be built? What        fully aid our demise. The entire Middle       shore fields as well as opening access to    gerous and unstable. We have allowed
town would welcome it? What land               East is in a state of revolt. U.S. govern-    energy-rich areas currently off limits for   ourselves no running room, no bargain-
would be used? Radical environmental-          ment energy policy has left us at the         exploration. Such areas include offshore     ing chip, and no alternative should the
                                                                                                                                          region completely implode into terrorist
                                                                                                                                          anarchy. Our economy would quickly
                                                                                                                                          resemble the World Trade Center on
                                                                                                                                          9/11 and our national security would
                                                                                                                                          face severe threat. Energy has become
                                                                                                                                          the molten lava of an inferno burning
                                                                                                                                          just under the surface of the U.S. econo-
                                                                                                                                          my, which is primed for meltdown.

                                                                                                                                              SO OIL PRICES continue to rise
                                                                                                                                          as demand increases and supply gets
                                                                                                                                          locked away in a national park, or bottle-
                                                                                                                                          necked in an ever-shrinking number of
                                                                                                                                          American refineries. Our elected repre-
                                                                                                                                          sentatives play silly games. The Greens
                                                                                                                                          relentlessly push their anti-civilization
                                                                                                                                          agenda. And the indignant NIMBY’s
                                                                                                                                          and BANANA’s continue to sleep, sat-
                                                                                                                                          isfied that their world is well controlled.
                                                                                                                                          These are the cadre of self- serving brats
                                                                                                                                          who now are selling out America to their
                                                                                                                                          whims.

                                                                                                                                             Guest Viewpoint author Tom De-
                                                                                                                                          Weese is one of the nation’s leading ad-
                                                                                                                                          vocates of individual liberty, free enter-
                                                                                                                                          prise, private property rights, personal
                                                                                                                                          privacy, back-to-basics education and
                                                                                                                                          American sovereignty and indepen-
                                                                                                                                          dence. Go to americanpolicy.org for
                                                                                                                                          more information.
 6                                                                                                                                      Conservative Chronicle
  MCDONALD’S: May 22, 2011

Moralizing against McDonald’s fast food
  N
           ow that Osama bin Laden is        targets helpless to resist. Ronald Mc-                    It may be argued that many parents      tors for hundreds of millennia, count
           dead, we can turn our atten-      Donald might as well be rounding up are too weak or ignorant to make sound                        that as progress. But those determined
           tion to another remorseless       kids at gunpoint and forcing them to decisions about the food their kids eat.                     to save human beings from their own
enemy who for years has sown death           choke down burgers and fries.                        If so, McDonald’s and its unstoppable        alleged folly see it as catastrophic.
and destruction among blameless in-             But children young enough to be b r a i n -                           washing      machine        What is apparent is that the militant
nocents. I refer, of course, to Ronald       seduced by Ron-                                                           could vanish tomor-     enemies of fast food would like it treat-
McDonald.                                    ald     McDonald                                                          row without making      ed as a public health menace along the
   The McDonald’s mascot may qual-           or Happy Meals                      Stephen                               the slightest differ-   lines of tobacco. They want broad mea-
ify as one of the more annoying char-
acters on the planet. But to his credit,
                                             rarely visit res-
                                             taurants without
                                                                         Chapman                                       ence in obesity or
                                                                                                                        other diet-related
                                                                                                                                               sures to restrict, discourage and punish
                                                                                                                                               the companies that sell it.
                                                                            (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
he doesn’t compound his unappealing          parents.     These                                                          ailments.                Ronald McDonald is merely a con-
personality by bossing you around. In        adults are free agents experienced at                     People don’t like cheap, tasty, high-   venient symbol. Their true target is a
that respect, he is far less objectionable   saying “no” to protect the interests of calorie fare because McDonald’s offers                    capitalist economy that gives compa-
than the people who make a fetish of         their sometimes ungrateful offspring.                it. McDonald’s offers it because people      nies far too much latitude in appeal-
finding him objectionable.                                                                        like it. In McDonald’s absence, patrons      ing to customers and allows govern-
                                                PARENTS WHO dislike McDon- would seek it out at other fast-food                                ment far too little control over our food
   LAST WEEK, they took out ads in           ald’s sales tactics have a wealth of din- places, sit-down establishments or gro-                 choices.
several newspapers blaming the clown         ing alternatives. And anyone who wants cery stores.
for childhood obesity and demanding          a low-fat, low-calorie meal can easily                    We live in an age of inexpensive,         THE IDEA of using government
that McDonald’s “stop marketing junk         find it underneath the Golden Arches: abundant food carefully designed to                         power to dictate what we eat will strike
food to kids.” The signers range from        Health magazine ranks McDonald’s please the mass palate. Most of us, re-                          many Americans as a gross intrusion
the Physicians Committee for Respon-         among the 10 healthiest fast-food res- calling the scarcity, dietary monotony                     on personal freedom. But McDonald’s
sible Medicine, an anti-meat group that      taurants.                                            and starvation that afflicted our ances-     enemies? They’re lovin’ it.
the American Medical Association has
accused of “perverting medical sci-
ence,” to alternative-healing huckster         EDUCATION: May 19, 2011
Andrew Weil.
   The general rule of critics is that
McDonald’s can do nothing right.             Congratulations! You’re in debt
                                                A
Some years ago, they insisted that the
company get rid of the beef tallow in                    mid all the uplifting cliches          Miraculously grades haven’t dropped,           enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, socialize
which it cooked French fries. It did so,                 at their commencement cer-          despite less study. Such are the wonders          and figure how to come away with the
in favor of a supposedly healthier oil                   emonies, graduating college         of grade inflation and students selecting         credential of a degree in exchange for
containing trans fats. A few years later,    students won’t hear a line applicable to        the classes where they can most easily            minimal effort. (That is, if they gradu-
the activists demanded that it abandon       some of them — you got ripped off.              slide by. The two labor economists be-            ate at all — four-year institutions only
trans fats, which it soon did.                  Student debt just surpassed the coun-        lieve that students have mastered “the            graduate about a third of their students
   How much credit did it get for those      try’s credit-card debt for the first time. It   art of college management,” whereby               in four years, and two-thirds of them in
changes? Not much. The class of peo-         is projected to top $1 trillion this year,      they succeed at “controlling college by           six.)
ple who detested McDonald’s went             according to the New York Times, when           shaping schedules, taming professors                 This is not a formula for drinking
right on detesting it.                       it was less than $200 billion in 2000. For      and limiting workload.”                           deeply from the fountain of learning.
   These ads are part of a larger cam-       the class of 2011, the mean student debt                                                          Arum and Roksa find only minimal
paign against everything McDonald’s          burden is nearly $23,000, up eight per-                                                           gains in critical thinking, complex rea-
represents. Were the company to retire       cent from a year ago.                                                   Rich                      soning and writing for many students.
Ronald McDonald, its enemies would
step up their calls for an end to Happy         THERE’S NO doubt that graduat-
                                                                                                           Lowry                               Forty-five percent of students barely
                                                                                                                                               ticked upward after two years, and 36
                                                                                                    (c) 2010, King Features Syndicate
Meals. Get rid of Happy Meals, and           ing from college brings a significant                                                             percent hadn’t budged after four years.
they would demand that McDonald’s            economic advantage, but that doesn’t               There are fewer professors to tame                Reformers are brimming with ideas
thoroughly revamp its menu to incor-         excuse the waste and self-satisfied las-        than in the past. Full-time instructional         to renovate an expensive and inefficient
porate their superior notions of nutri-      situde of American higher education.            faculty dropped from 78 percent in 1970           system. Economist Richard Vedder sug-
tion.                                        Colleges appropriate tuition dollars            to 52 percent in 2005. “On average,”              gests dismantling the current architec-
   Ultimately, the only way to please        from America’s students with an ever-           Arum and Roksa write, “faculty spend              ture of financial aid — which helps drive
the critics is to become something           accelerating voracity, yet don’t deliver        approximately 11 hours per week on ad-            up costs in a never-ending cycle — and
unrecognizable. Or, better yet, disap-       any additional educational benefits —           visement and instructional preparation            giving help only to truly needy students
pear from the planet. New York Times         indeed, they do the opposite. Higher            and delivery.” The rest is devoted to             who are performing well academically.
food columnist Mark Bittman, who is          education is one of the sectors of Amer-        research and sundry other professional            Sen. Lamar Alexander, R.- Tenn., asks
to sanctimony what Saudi Arabia is to        ican life that most desperately needs a         and administrative tasks.                         why we can’t move toward three- rather
oil, believes “anything that discour-        thorough re-conception.                                                                           than four-year degrees. Charles Mur-
ages people from eating at McDonald’s           What are students going into hock               THE HIRING binge on campus has                 ray of the American Enterprise Institute
could be seen as wonderful.”                 for? In their book Academically Adrift,         been devoted to what sociologist Gary             wants other ways to credential young
   Wonderful, that is, to enlightened        Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa sift              Rhoades calls “managerial profession-             people besides a B.A. Gov. Rick Perry
souls who avoid it at all costs. But it’s    through data that only Bluto could rel-         als” specializing in sundry student ser-          of Texas is embarking on a controversial
clear that McDonald’s comes much             ish.                                            vices. What kind of learning environ-             push to get the state’s universities to de-
closer to what paying consumers actu-           They cite the work of labor econo-           ment is it, after all, without a director of      vote themselves more to teaching than
ally want than what its detractors pre-      mists Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks            sustainability initiatives?                       to obscure research.
fer. It has 32,000 restaurants, serving      showing that in the early 1960s, col-              If increasingly students don’t study,
64 million people a day. Last year, it       lege students spent 40 hours per week           teachers don’t teach and college em-                 IN THEIR book, Richard Arum and
had revenues of $24 billion, more than       on academic work; now they spend only           ployees aren’t primarily concerned with           Josipa Roska make the elementary sug-
the gross domestic product of some           27 hours per week. In 1961, 67 percent          either, it raises the question of what the        gestion that colleges foster “a culture of
countries.                                   of students said they studied more than         heck happens on campus. Well, many                learning.” That would seem to go with-
   The food moralists imagine that Mc-       20 hours per week; now only one in five         students have a grand time during a               out saying, except in the groves of aca-
Donald’s marketing magic renders its         study that much.                                years-long vacation from real life. They          deme.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                          7
  LIBERAL MEN: May 18, 2011

To liberals, every woman looks like a hotel maid
   I
      suppose we’ll know the truth when          wealthy liberal would assume the law referring to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid,                          Liberal male misogyny goes back even
      the DNA testing comes back, but            does not apply to him. Actually, let me known as a date-rape drug.                                farther than Polanski’s three-decades-old
      close observers of privileged lib-         restate that: Wealthy liberals always as-                Luster was cataloging video evidence     child rape.
eral men are not shocked by the accusa-          sume that laws don’t apply to them. After of his                       own criminal acts —            As Phyllis Schlafly points out in her
tions against Dominique Strauss-Kahn,            all the waivers the                                                     and yet he thought he     book Feminist Fantasies (with a stirring
the socialist head of the International          Obama administra-                                                        could get away with      foreword by Ann Coulter), for centu-
Monetary Fund. (And you thought you              tion has been dish-                         Ann                           it.                     ries, famous left-wing men have treated
were getting screwed by your banker!)            ing out like candy,
                                                 are there any lib-
                                                                                  Coulter                                       He almost did,
                                                                                                                              too, fleeing the
                                                                                                                                                   “their wives and mistresses like unpaid
                                                                                                                                                   servants.”
                                                                                        (c) 2011, Ann Coulter
   ONLY IN Hollywood movies are                  erals left to whom                                                           country during his       Their credo might well have been,
handsome lacrosse players from nice              Obamacare will apply?                                2003 trial. He was caught and is now         “From each, according to my needs ...”
families seen as likely rapists. In real life,       We might also ask how a governor of serving 124 years in prison, having been                      Schlafly bases her review of liberal
they look more like the 5-foot-2-inch Ro-        New York could think he could get away convicted, in absentia, of 86 crimes, in-                  woman-haters on the book Intellectuals
man Polanski or pudgy, unathletic Bill           with hiring prostitutes to service him in cluding 20 counts of drug-induced rape,                 by historian Paul Johnson. Among the
Clinton — or the homunculus 5-foot-2-            similarly pricey hotels, bringing them 17 counts of raping an unconscious vic-                    left-wing heroes highlighted by Schlafly
inch Strauss-Kahn.                               across state lines, and using his friend’s tim, and multiple counts of sodomy and                 from Johnson’s book are Jean-Jacques
   But, it is argued, how could Strauss-         names to book the girls, year after year.            oral copulation by use of drugs.             Rousseau, Ernest Hemingway, Henrik
Kahn possibly think he could get away                But Eliot Spitzer thought he could get               Also out of Southern California we       Ibsen, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre
with the violent rape of a chambermaid           away with that. Fortunately he has been have Roman Polanski, the legendary di-                    and Karl Marx.
in a $3,000-a-night hotel room, booked           brought to justice and sentenced to host- rector of two good movies and about a                       Johnson writes that the pint-sized — 5
in his name?                                     ing a lame show on CNN.                              hundred unbelievably horrible ones, who      foot 2 1/2 inch — communist-sympathiz-
   First of all, Strauss-Kahn has evident-           Still, rape is a more serious crime than drugged and anally raped an underage                 ing Sartre “was notorious for never tak-
ly gotten away with treating the fairer          being a frenzied masturbator paying for girl, according to the police report.                     ing a bath and being disgustingly dirty.”
sex as his playthings for some time. No          sex. For that, I give you Andrew Luster,                 Not only did Polanski think he could     He said admiringly of the Nazis, “We
wonder his nickname among the French             multimillionaire Max Factor heir, whose get away with it, he did get away with it                 have never been as free as we were under
is “le grand seducteur,” which I believe         mother gives to every liberal cause under by fleeing the country (to France) when                 the German occupation.”
roughly translates to “the short, tubby se-      the sun from Barbara Boxer and Loretta he discovered, to his shock and dismay,                        The flyweight Sartre famously turned
rial rapist.”                                    Sanchez to Moveon.org, Emily’s List and that in America, a person can actually be                 Simone de Beauvoir into his “mistress,
   The New York Times reports that as            pro-gay marriage groups. (If only her son sentenced to prison for drugging and rap-               surrogate wife, cook and manager, fe-
far back as 2007, Brussels journalist Jean       had been gay!)                                       ing a 13-year-old. That was in 1977. He      male bodyguard and nurse.” (Sadly, she
Quatremer remarked on Strauss-Kahn’s                 Her son not only drugged and raped a has never been brought to justice.                       never learned how to give someone a
troubled behavior — “close to harass-            string of women, but made videotapes of                  Liberals supported Polanski’s evasion    sponge bath.) All the while, the smelly
ment” — toward women, saying the                 his crimes.                                          of punishment for child rape, with the       midget committed a stream of infideli-
press knew all about it, but never men-                                                               Hollywood left denouncing his arrest in      ties, viewing women “as scalps to add to
tioned it because “we are in France.”                ON THE TAPES, Luster can be seen Switzerland a couple of years ago, howl-                     his centaur’s belt.”
   When Strauss-Kahn was appointed               sodomizing unconscious women with ing that he had suffered enough! Wasn’t                             In “the annals of literature,” Johnson
to the I.M.F., Quatremer sardonically            lighted marijuana cigarettes, candles and he prevented from coming to the U.S. to                 writes, “there are few worse cases of a
warned that the international institution        plastic swords, and then talking into the pick up his Oscar in 2003?                              man exploiting a woman.”
was not the same as France, but instead          camera about the unconscious women ly-                   You know who’s suffered enough?              As he got older, Sartre’s sexual con-
had “Anglo-Saxon morals.”                        ing on his bed. The tapes were carefully Anybody who sat all the way through                      quests got younger, including teenaged
   Second, it’s not unheard of that a            labeled with titles like “Shauna GHBing,” The Pianist.                                            girls.
                                                                                                                                                       Like Spitzer, Luster and Polanski,
                                                                                                                                                   liberal men seem driven by their mas-
                                                                                                                                                   sive insecurities (often based on physical
                                                                                                                                                   defects, such as their diminutive size or
                                                                                                                                                   soap allergies) to choose unconscious,
                                                                                                                                                   illiterate, servant-class and teenage fe-
                                                                                                                                                   males as their sex partners. But let’s not
                                                                                                                                                   drag pocket-sized Woody Allen’s name
                                                                                                                                                   into this, as my column appears in many
                                                                                                                                                   family newspapers.
                                                                                                                                                       Karl Marx kept a female slave from
                                                                                                                                                   the time she was eight years old, eventu-
                                                                                                                                                   ally using her not only as a servant but
                                                                                                                                                   as his mistress, never acknowledging his
                                                                                                                                                   child with her or paying her at all. She
                                                                                                                                                   waited on him hand and foot while he ex-
                                                                                                                                                   plained to the world that profit is the sto-
                                                                                                                                                   len surplus value of the laborer. Like so
                                                                                                                                                   many liberal icons, Marx seldom bathed
                                                                                                                                                   and left his wife and children in poverty.
                                                                                                                                                       As Schlafly says, no wonder liberal
                                                                                                                                                   women think men are pigs: Their men
                                                                                                                                                   are pigs.

                                                                                                                                                      MAYBE STRAUSS-KAHN is inno-
                                                                                                                                                   cent, but students of liberal comportment
                                                                                                                                                   base their suspicions of his guilt not on
                                                                                                                                                   fairy tales from Lifetime: TV for Wom-
                                                                                                                                                   en, but on 200 years of disgusting sexual
                                                                                                                                                   behavior by liberal men.
  8                                                                                                                                     Conservative Chronicle
  OBAMA PRESIDENCY: May 19, 2011

Obama’s bid threatened by ‘Unnamed Republican’
   T
           he bump in President Obama’s a better word — the White House an-
           approval polls, after Navy nounced last week that Obama was step-
           Seals killed Osama bin Laden, ping up oil drilling permits in the Gulf,
didn’t last long. It was shot down by a offshore areas and Alaska’s oil-rich
$4 gallon of gas, a nine-percent unem- fields.
ployment rate and an economy that has                       After two years of steadily rising gas
slowed to barely two-percent growth.                   costs,              when the president
   T h u r s d a y ’s                                                       was tirelessly pro-
Gallup poll puts                      Donald                                 moting alternative
his job approval-                                                            biofuels and the like,
disapproval score
at 48 percent to
                                 Lambro                                        he and his advisers
                                                                               suddenly became
                                (c) 2011, United Media Services
43 percent, down                                                               born-again       oil
from mid-level scores in the 50s after supply-siders, a move that they said was
U.S. Special Forces eliminated the ter- brought about by the need to meet grow-
rorist mastermind.                                     ing demand and drive down prices.
                                                            Before the switch, however, as gaso-
   THE PRESIDENT’S re-election line prices were crushing our economy
poll numbers this month aren’t anything and there was talk of a double-dip reces-
to write home about either, even when sion, the Harvard law graduate said this
he’s paired against an unknown Repub- was not a job for oil rigs and hard hats
lican candidate.                                       but for the U.S. Justice Department’s          ing the debt limit by an estimated $2 tril-   Polls suggested that this was hurting the
   “Given a choice between Barack lawyers, asking them to investigate the                             lion without an agreement to cut spend-       president and his future re-election pros-
Obama and an unnamed Republican, 43 oil companies.                                                    ing significantly, possibly by $2 trillion.   pects more than the Republicans, who
percent of registered voters say they are                   That led to the umpteenth investiga-          Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner       had won control of the House and made
more likely to vote for Obama and 40 tion of big oil, with Democrats on Capi-                         played the administration’s scare card,       major gains in the Senate on this very
percent are more likely to vote for the tol Hill grilling a panel of oil company                      warning that failure to raise the debt        issue.
Republican,” writes Gallup Poll analyst CEOs and getting the same answers                             limit, which would allow the govern-              The time had now come for Obama
Lydia Saad.                                            they’ve always gotten: “Senators, we           ment to continue borrowing to pay its         to zigzag. So last week in an hour-long
   “This (statistical dead heat) is essen- need to lift the moratoriums and licens-                   bills, would send the economy into a re-      White House strategy session with Sen-
tially unchanged from April and Febru- ing delays and drill for more oil.” Duh!                       cession, sandbag the dollar and, for the      ate Democratic leaders, Obama told
ary, when voters’ preferences were even-                    Presto! The White House, with its         first time in U.S. history, force America     them not to “draw a line in the sand”
ly split,” she says.                                   eyes firmly fixed on the polls, a declining    to default on its debts.                      during their negotiations, according to
   It isn’t for lack of trying. Obama and GDP growth rate and rising unemploy-                            Republican leaders responded that         Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
his White House strategists have been ment, is now calling for more drilling.                         a $14-plus trillion mountain of debt,             Obama’s sudden desire to show more
throwing flip-flops at the electorate late-                                                           the size of the U.S. economy, was even        flexibility in the debt-ceiling delibera-
ly, particularly at independents — who                      BUT THEN there was the little mat-        scarier and that a country that continues     tions didn’t mean he was willing to make
have deserted him in droves — hoping ter of the federal government’s $14.3                            to live far beyond its means cannot long      deeper cuts in his favorite spending pro-
they would soften his ultra-liberal, big- trillion debt ceiling, which the U.S. Trea-                 endure.                                       grams. It was a political decision, pure
spending image.                                        sury reached and exceeded this week.               Budget talks between the White            and simple.
   As gasoline prices have squeezed Republicans, who control the House,                               House and leaders of Congress were                Americans are fed up with an uninter-
consumer wallets — flattened might be said they weren’t going along with rais-                        continuing, but had reached a stalemate.      rupted line of the trillion-dollar deficits
                                                                                                                                                    that have marked his presidency, hitting
                                                                                                                                                    $1.6 trillion this year alone — increases
                                                                                                                                                    that economists say will further swell
                                                                                                                                                    the nation’s public debt by more than $7
                                                                                                                                                    trillion over the course of this decade.
                                                                                                                                                        But how much flexibility Obama is
                                                                                                                                                    willing to show in this budgetary show-
                                                                                                                                                    down is still a moving target. He contin-
                                                                                                                                                    ues to attack the GOP for attempting to
                                                                                                                                                    cut education and infrastructure spend-
                                                                                                                                                    ing, wanting us to believe that they are
                                                                                                                                                    the ill-nourished orphans of a Scrooge-
                                                                                                                                                    like government. Not so.
                                                                                                                                                        “Since 2000, Washington has tripled
                                                                                                                                                    K-12 education and Pell Grant spend-
                                                                                                                                                    ing. Federal transportation has risen 70
                                                                                                                                                    percent faster than inflation. And nearly
                                                                                                                                                    half this spending growth has occurred
                                                                                                                                                    in the last two years under Obama,” says
                                                                                                                                                    Brian Riedl, chief budget analyst at the
                                                                                                                                                    Heritage Foundation.

                                                                                                                                                        THE AMERICAN people aren’t
                                                                                                                                                    buying Obama’s argument that there is
                                                                                                                                                    little room to make deep discretionary
                                                                                                                                                    spending cuts. They’ve had to make
                                                                                                                                                    major cuts in their own family budgets
                                                                                                                                                    and they think the federal government
                                                                                                                                                    should, too.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                    9
  ROMNEYCARE: May 18, 2011

Romney stands steadfast for a bad idea
   M
              itt Romney has been stal- one requiring it, Massachusetts needed
              wart in his defense of the a way to prevent uninsured free riders
              individual mandate — the from using hospital emergency rooms
obligation to buy health insurance that to get medical care at public expense.
is at the heart of both the law he signed M a k i n g                     insurance compul-
in Massachusetts                                                           sory for those who
in 2006 and the                                                            could afford it,
federal      version                        Jeff                           Romney says, was
President Obama
enacted last year.
                                   Jacoby                                the solution to the
                                                                            free-rider   prob-
                                   (c) 2011, Boston Globe
Ironically,       his                                                       lem.
firmness on this issue may cost him                     But if that theory is valid in Massa-    emergency care to all comers, why does        ous benefits going far beyond emergen-
more dearly with Republican primary chusetts, it’s valid everywhere. Rom-                        it follow that another law must force         cy care. In Massachusetts, health care
voters than his reputation for conve- ney’s rationale for an individual man-                     every citizen to buy insurance? Clearly       policies must include services ranging
niently reversing past positions ever date is all but indistinguishable from                     there are other ways to compensate hos-       from fertility treatment to orthotics to
did.                                                Obama’s. “There’s always going to be         pitals for the “free” care they supply to     hospice care. Those mandates drive up
                                                    somebody out there who thinks they’re        the uninsured. To mention only the most       the cost of insurance, but have nothing
    IN HIS Ann Arbor speech last week, indestructible and doesn’t want to get                    obvious option, the government could          to do with keeping uninsured deadbeats
the former governor declared that Rom- health care,” the president has argued.                   reimburse the cost of that care directly.     from showing up in emergency rooms.
neycare “was right for the people of my “And then ... they get hit by a bus, end                                                                  Supporters of the individual mandate
state,” and that regardless of the po- up in the emergency room and the rest                        ON THE OTHER hand, if the indi-            often imply that going without insur-
litical fallout, he was not about to “just of us have to pay for it.”                            vidual mandate’s purpose is to prevent        ance and being a free rider are one and
stand up and say this whole thing was a                 On the surface, this free-rider justi-   free riders from shifting the cost of their   the same. They aren’t. In his January
mistake.” He repeated the argument he fication for mandating insurance may                       emergency care to others, all it should       opinion striking down the Obamacare
has made for years — that an individual sound plausible. Start digging into it,                  require is enough insurance to cover a        mandate as unconstitutional, Federal
mandate is a matter of “personal re- though, and it quickly falls apart.                         trip to the emergency room. Instead,          Judge Roger Vinson pointed out that the
sponsibility.” Since federal law requires               To begin with, just because a 25-year-   both Romneycare and Obamacare re-             uninsured impose no economic costs on
hospitals to provide urgent care to any- old law requires hospitals to provide                   quire everyone to be covered for numer-       anyone unless at least four other con-
                                                                                                                                               ditions are met: (1) they get sick or in-
                                                                                                                                               jured, (2) they seek medical care, (3)
  CAIN CAMPAIGN: May 22, 2011                                                                                                                  they can’t pay for their treatment and
                                                                                                                                               (4) they receive no assistance from rel-

I don’t run for second place                                                                                                                   atives, friends or private charities. Yes,
                                                                                                                                               some people who don’t buy insurance
                                                                                                                                               end up saddling others with higher tax-
                                          the immediate reaction of a Frank Luntz
   “Just to be clear, I’m running for pres-                                                      becoming a second class association in        es or premiums. But only some.
ident of the United States of America,    on-air focus group.                                    Washington, D.C. Our task under my               Meanwhile, five years of the Rom-
and I’m not running for second place.”       Even a recent Zogby poll shows me                   leadership was to become a first class        neycare mandate have done nothing to
   That was my announcement on Sat-       in first place of the declared or soon-to-             professional association of influence,        reduce the crowding in Massachusetts
urday May 21, 2011 in Atlanta’s Centen-   be declared candidates for the Republi-                which today represents over 13 million        emergency rooms. (That is because
nial Olympic Park. It was a high noon     can nomination for president. And ever                 workers.                                      families with insurance tend to con-
event with over 15,000 of my closest      since the Gallup Organization started                      Just as money cannot buy happiness,       sume more health care — including
friends in attendance!                    including me in its “positive intensity”               money alone cannot buy the Republican         more emergency care — than those
                                          poll, I have placed in the top three and               nomination or even a second term, as          without.) In a survey by the American
   I WANTED to be very clear of my most recently tied for first among all of                     President Obama hopes to do by raising        College of Emergency Physicians in
intentions because of the usual three the potential candidates.                                  $1 billion in campaign cash. Although         March, three-fourths of the respondents
reservations expressed by skeptics                                                               we need enough money to be competi-           reported seeing an increase in the num-
about a “dark horse” candidate win-                                                              tive, money alone will not supersede          ber of emergency-room patients. That
ning the Republican nomination for the                     Herman                                the voices of an energized and informed       confirmed earlier state data showing a
presidency. Name recognition, money
and not being a previous office holder
                                                                 Cain                            electorate. That’s what is propelling my
                                                                                                 campaign into the limelight.
                                                                                                                                               nine percent rise in ER visits between
                                                                                                                                               2004 to 2008.
are the usual negatives pointed out by
                                                     (c) 2011, North Star National
                                                                                                     No, I have never held public office          It is true that fewer Massachusetts
political pundits.                           MOST IMPORTANTLY, people                            before, and I may not know how Wash-          residents are uninsured. But most of the
   My name may not be a household who know me and my professional his-                           ington works as some have pointed out.        newly insured aren’t paying their way:
name, but it is a grassroots-recognized tory know that running for second place                  But I do not want to learn how to create      They’re being subsidized by taxpayers.
name. Just consider the number of straw is not my style. There’s no such thing                   a $14 trillion national debt, or waste $1     The cost of those subsidies will hit $830
polls in which I have placed first in the as second place when you are trying to                 trillion to create a stalled economy and      million in 2011, and it is growing by five
last few months. The Tea Party Patriots save a company like Godfather’s Pizza                    a nine percent unemployment rate, or          percent a year. Simultaneously, health
Summit in Phoenix, the Conservatives from bankruptcy, and we did!                                continue to push problems off on future       care premiums in Massachusetts for
Values Conference hosted by Congress-        When I was assigned the responsibil-                generations.                                  people paying market rates are among
man Steve King in Des Moines, Iowa, ity for the most troubled region in the                          Our collective vision for America is      the highest anywhere — and climbing.
multiple state Republican Party conven- Burger King Corporation back in 1982,                    to change those results for the better
tions and most recently an online Fox we did not strive to become the second                     with a direct boost to the economy using         THE INDIVIDUAL mandate, Rom-
News survey following my official an- most successful region in the company.                     bold tax reductions, responsible regula-      ney continues to insist, “was right for
nouncement of candidacy last Saturday. Our goal was to become the most suc-                      tory reductions, a restructuring of social    the people of my state.” The evidence
   Now, my performance in the recent cessful region in the company, and we                       programs and common sense solutions           to date says just the opposite. The man-
South Carolina presidential debate was did.                                                      to our national problems.                     date didn’t solve the free-rider prob-
not a straw poll, but by most accounts       When the Board of Directors of the                                                                lem and it made other problems even
I was viewed most favorably by a ma- National Restaurant Association asked                          AS PRESIDENT, my job would be              worse. Romneycare has proven a grave
jority of those who saw that exchange me to become their president and CEO                       to change Washington, not learn Wash-         mistake. Expect Obamacare to do the
among potential candidates, as well as in 1996, my mission was not defined as                    ington.                                       same.
 10                                                                                                                                Conservative Chronicle
  REPUBLICAN PARTY: May 19, 2011

Gingrich and Romney run against their own party
   E
           xit Mike Huckabee. Enter depends heavily on how poll questions
           Newt Gingrich. Exit Donald are worded. And the plan wouldn’t
           Trump. It’s been a busy week completely change Medicare. The cur-
in the race for the 2012 Republican rent system would remain in effect for
presidential nomination.                              e v e r y o n e now 55 and over.
    A few questions remain to be an-                       But           Gingrich      accepted
swered.        Enter                                                      Gregory’s       prem-
Mitch Daniels?                      Michael                                ises. “I don’t think
Exit Sarah Palin?                                                          right-wing     social
    But      already
two of the best-
                                  Barone                                     engineering is any
                                                                             more      desirable
                                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
known candidates                                                             than left-wing so-
seem bent on ruling themselves out of cial engineering,” Gingrich responded.
contention.                                           “I don’t think imposing radical change
                                                      from the right or the left is a very good
    ONE IS Newt Gingrich. He’s being way for a free society to operate.”
denounced for his comments on House                        So a former Republican speaker
Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ry- of the House who wants to become a
an’s Medicare plan by the likes of Rush Republican president has just given
Limbaugh, Bill Bennett, the Wall Street Democrats a warrant to label a major
Journal editorial page and Charles Republican proposal “right-wing social
Krauthammer on Fox News.                              engineering” and “radical change from
    Ryan’s Medicare plan was part of the the right.”
budget resolution that all Republicans                     It’s not hard to see why Russell        in anything like the way Gingrich dis-      most unanimously supported repeal of
but four voted for in the House. It is for Fuhrman, an Iowa Republican who hap-                    paraged Ryan’s. Gingrich sees himself,      the Obamacare bill jammed through
all practical purposes the platform of the pened to run into Gingrich in Dubuque,                  accurately, as a generator of new ideas.    Congress in March 2010 with a man-
Republican Party. And Gingrich seemed said: “You’re an embarrassment to our                        But the party he seeks to lead is already   date, modeled on the one in Massachu-
to trash it.                                          party. Why don’t you get out before you      committed to ideas that are apparently      setts, requiring everyone to buy health
    He did so in response to a tendentious make a bigger fool of yourself?”                        contrary to his.                            insurance. Twenty-seven state attorneys
question from Meet the Press’s David                       From his own personal experience,                                                   general or governors, almost all Repub-
Gregory, who asked whether Republi- Gingrich should have known what is                                IF GINGRICH has put himself out          licans, are bringing lawsuits arguing
cans “ought to buck the public opposi- happening here. The party’s congressio-                     of line with Republican policy more         that the Obamacare mandate violates
tion” and “really move forward to com- nal wing, with its majority in the House,                   or less purposefully, Mitt Romney had       the Constitution.
pletely change Medicare.”                             has taken the initiative in setting party    no way of knowing that he would be             Romney delivered a health care
    The smart response would have been policy — as it did when Gingrich was                        aligned with President Obama when           speech last week in Michigan defend-
to challenge the premises of Gregory’s speaker in 1995 and 1996.                                   he formulated his Massachusetts health      ing his Massachusetts plan and insisting
question. The Ryan plan is not neces-                      Republican presidential contend-        care plan back in 2006.                     that a state mandate is a different kind
sarily unpopular — public sentiment ers didn’t disparage Gingrich’s ideas                             Congressional Republicans have al-       of duck from a federal mandate. But
                                                                                                                                               the response of the large mass of Re-
                                                                                                                                               publicans seems something like the old
                                                                                                                                               New Yorker cartoon in which the little
                                                                                                                                               girl confronted with a green vegetable
                                                                                                                                               says, “I say it’s spinach, and I say the
                                                                                                                                               he-- with it.”
                                                                                                                                                  Some Romney fans are saying he has
                                                                                                                                               recovered by raising $10.25 million in a
                                                                                                                                               single day this week. It’s an impressive
                                                                                                                                               fundraising feat.
                                                                                                                                                  But what is money for in a presiden-
                                                                                                                                               tial nomination race? It can help build
                                                                                                                                               state organizations, it can introduce an
                                                                                                                                               unknown candidate to voters, and it can
                                                                                                                                               present arguments for a candidate or
                                                                                                                                               against his opponents.
                                                                                                                                                  Some of those things, however, can
                                                                                                                                               be done much more cheaply these days
                                                                                                                                               through new media. And it doesn’t seem
                                                                                                                                               likely that even millions of dollars of
                                                                                                                                               ads can make Republican primary vot-
                                                                                                                                               ers and caucus-goers love the Massa-
                                                                                                                                               chusetts mandate.
                                                                                                                                                  Romney is running as a technocrat,
                                                                                                                                               someone who can analyze data and get
                                                                                                                                               results through good management. But
                                                                                                                                               Republicans this year are looking not for
                                                                                                                                               a technocrat but for someone to reverse
                                                                                                                                               the Obama Democrats’ vast increase in
                                                                                                                                               the size and scope of government.

                                                                                                                                                 ROMNEY, TOO, seems out of line
                                                                                                                                               with the party he seeks to lead.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                 11
  REPUBLICAN PARTY: May 25, 2011

Who’s left on the right after several departures?
   O
           n arriving at the Democratic dropped out. Tim Pawlenty and Jon
           Convention of 1960, report- Huntsman are his only rivals.
           ers asked Adlai Stevenson                      Huntsman, hobbled by his service
who would emerge as the nominee. in the                                Obama administra-
“The last survi-                                                        tion, is unlikely to
vor,” he answered.                                                      make much progress
Perhaps the 2012                         Dick                           while Romney is run-
Republican nomi-
nation will be de-
                                 Morris                                   ning, but Pawlenty
                                                                          might be more vi-
                                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
termined by the                                                           able. The former
same criterion.                                      Minnesota governor enjoys important
                                                     advantages in next-door Iowa. If he can      WILL ENOUGH conservative                   ner’s deals with Obama and demand a
   WITH THE departures of John finish above Romney there, he could be                          women flock to Michele to overcome            militancy as popular on the hustings as
Thune, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, a viable opponent down the track. To                         Gingrich’s advantage among the right-         it is anathema in the House Speaker’s
Haley Barbour, Donald Trump and, knock Pawlenty out of the race, Rom-                          wing faithful? A lot depends on whether       Office.
now, Mitch Daniels, we have constantly ney needs to beat him in Iowa.                          she can contain the grassfire of enthu-
to revise our scenarios of the likely out-                Meanwhile, in the conservative       siasm spreading for the Tea Party fa-             THE MOST likely outcome in Iowa
come.                                                quarterfinal, Michele Bachmann is the     vorite, Cain. Now that enough insiders        would be: Bachmann, Romney, Ging-
   As always, the geographic mix of pri- odds-on favorite now that Huckabee has                have dropped out, there may be running        rich, Pawlenty, Cain, Huntsman.
maries is overshadowed by the ideologi- gotten out of the way. An Iowa native,                 room for the charismatic former CEO of            Then attention will turn, of course, to
cal aspects of the contest. On the center she seems ideally poised to win the first            Godfathers’ Pizza. But Bachmann’s role        New Hampshire, where Romney has a
court, Mitt Romney stands to win the caucus. Her main rivals will be Newt                      as the leader of the Tea Party caucus in      big lead whose solidity is questionable.
moderate Republican quarterfinal now Gingrich and Herman Cain. Newt has to                     the House gives her a big advantage.          Having failed to win there in 2008 facing
that Trump, Daniels and Thune have finish above Bachmann.                                      From that perch, she can protest Boeh-        John McCain, can he prevail now that he
                                                                                                                                             has been out of office as Massachusetts
                                                                                                                                             governor for six years? Romney needs
  REPUBLICAN PARTY: May 23, 2011                                                                                                             to win or he will be badly hurt. And, fol-
                                                                                                                                             lowing a likely Bachmann win in Iowa,

The 2012 Republicans: Is this it?                                                                                                            Gingrich must finish at least second to
                                                                                                                                             remain in contention.
                                                                                                                                                 The most likely result is that Bach-
   How’s this for an impressive Repub-     conservative record as governor of a                2006. Newt Gingrich is running around         mann and Romney head into South
lican lineup?                              Democratic state, and he comes from                 his launching pad in a flame-retardant        Carolina with major momentum. There,
   A likable former governor and TV        the Upper Midwest, an area where                    suit trying to douse the fire.                next door to Georgia, Newt will make
personality; a two-term governor with      Republicans have growth potential.                      Which is why the party turns its          his last stand. Failing an upset, the Mitt
an unmatched fiscal record; another for-   But nominations aren’t won on paper.                lonely eyes to New Jersey Gov. Chris          and Michele show will take to the road.
mer governor with the best education-      Pawlenty will have to energize GOP                  Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.            A battle of Romney vs. Bachmann
reform credentials in the country; a ris-  voters without being too obviously false            Christie has grappled with his state’s fis-   would be less a struggle between the
ing star in the House; and a photogenic    to his mild-mannered persona.                       cal problems with brio. He’s fresh and        center and the right of the Republican
senator from the heartland.                   Jon Huntsman is the other candidate              unconventional, at a time of exhaustion       Party than of its top against its bottom.
                                           with credentials usually associated with            with politics as usual. Yet the moment        The party establishment, its donors, its
   THEY ARE Mike Huckabee, Mitch a presidential nominee — former gov-                          he even dips his toe in the presidential      business allies and its elected officials
Daniels, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence and ernor and former ambassador.                                 waters, his standing will decline among       would rally to Romney, while the Tea
John Thune. The Republicans sitting He was President Obama’s                                   New Jersey voters who will feel jilted.       Party and evangelical voters will back
out the 2012 nomination battle would                                                           If he makes the plunge, he’d be staking       Bachmann. (In the Democratic Party,
themselves make a formidable field. In-                          Rich                          his New Jersey career on a late entrance      it’s always wise to bet on the bottom —
deed, more formidable than the actual                                                          and victory in New Hampshire, where           but in the Republican Party, the top usu-
entrants. The hottest place to be in Re-                  Lowry                                there’s no guarantee he’d sell the way        ally prevails).
publican politics right now is sitting on         (c) 2011, King Features Syndicate            he does in the Garden State.                      (If Chris Christie enters the race, all
the sidelines.                                                                                     Among the crop of candidates and          bets are off. He could win Iowa, N.H.,
   With Indiana Gov. Daniels deciding ambassador to China, though, and spent                   potential candidates, Ryan has the pro-       S.C. and everyplace else. But this par-
not to run over the weekend, it is slowly much of his Utah governorship lectur-                file most similar to the Barack Obama         ticular dragon seems too reluctant to
dawning on the Republican mind that ing the party to be less conservative                      of 2007 as he prepared to take his party      run.)
the party’s choice may effectively come on fashionable issues like the environ-                by storm. He, too, is an implausible can-         Working for Romney is a sense of
down to Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty. ment and gay rights. That he is now be-                   didate; no one has won the presidency         legitimacy. The Republican Party is es-
This prospect produces a range of emo- ing mentioned as a top-tier candidate                   from the House since 1880. He, too, is        sentially monarchic, always looking for
tions running from disappointment to is commentary on the weakness of that                     young, talented and winsome, and cap-         a duly anointed heir. With George W.
panic.                                     tier.                                               tures something important in the zeit-        Bush leaving office intestate, Romney’s
   Former Massachusetts Gov. Romney                                                            geist of his party. But he just ascended      good run in 2008 and his loyalty to the
is next-in-line, an advantageous place        MINNESOTA REP. Michele Bach-                     to the Budget Committee chairmanship,         GOP since create a sense that it is his
to be in a party that traditionally choos- mann will probably run and generate                 from which he is already defining the         turn.
es its candidates like the guy behind the excitement in Howard Dean-style as                   national debate. There’s one quality that
counter in a deli — take a number and the candidate of “the Republican wing                    unites all the declared or likely candi-         ON THE OTHER hand, his Rom-
wait. If Romney wins the nomination, of the Republican Party.” Like another                    dates so far — they have nothing to           neycare legislation in Massachusetts
it will likely be a victory in the tradi- compelling grassroots candidate, Pat                 lose.                                         will offer the Tea Party ranks of Michele
tion of GOP frontrunners Bob Dole and Buchanan, she’s more likely to be a                          Every nomination fight produces sur-      Bachmann a huge target in primary af-
John McCain, who got the party’s nod glorious cause than an eventual nomi-                     prises and dark horses, a John McCain         ter primary. Has the Republican Party
out of sheer reflex or the lack of other nee. Herman Cain is a big, appealing                  in 2000, a Mike Huckabee in 2008. As          become enough like the Democratic —
appealing choices.                         personality but has never held elective             their field emerges into the cold light       dominated by an energized grassroots
   Former Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty office. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick                        of day, Republicans are desperate to be       — that an upset is possible? We’ll see.
makes sense on paper. He compiled a Santorum lost his job by 18 points in                      surprised.
 12                                                                                                                                          Conservative Chronicle
  CALIFORNIA: May 19, 2011

Hugs and taxes — or not, if you’re Dutton
  P
         ausing in his struggle to solve,    Brown, 73, said: “At this stage of my you, but give us a break, let the people                          On Monday, Brown reported good
         or to get others to solve, to-      life, I have not come here to embrace vote.’” In March, Brown said:                                  news that actually is bad news for his
         day’s iteration of California’s     delay and denial.” Dutton embraces                           “This is a matter that’s too big, too   agenda, which he has modified hardly
recurring fiscal crisis, Jerry Brown, the    denying tax increases for a state whose irreversible, to leave just to those whom                    at all. An unanticipated $6.6 billion in
recurring governor, recently approved        total tax burden is one of the nation’s y o u ’ v e                      elected. This is a time     tax revenues over the next 13 months
a new contract for the prison guards         highest. He says that when Brown w h e n                                    the people them-         will reduce the projected $15.4 billion
union. Henceforth, guards can cash out       “pushed me for a                                                             selves can gather       deficit, but will also reduce the force of
at retirement an unlimited number of         plan” for balanc-                        George                              together in a special   his dire warnings about a budget bal-
unused vacation days. Most California        ing the budget, he                                                           election and make       anced only by spending cuts. Yet he
employees can monetize only 80 ac-           replied: The state                      Will                                  the hard choice.”
                                                                                                                               Dutton,     evi-
                                                                                                                                                  still insists on five-year extensions of
                                                                                                                                                  higher sales and vehicle taxes. His only
crued days. Many guards will receive         expects $90 bil-           (c) 2011, Washington Post Writers Group
lump sums exceeding $100,000. The            lion in revenues,                                                               dently not the       concession to the revenue windfall is to
Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates       up from $82 billion in 2005. “Spend it hugging sort, says making such choic-                         propose higher income taxes for four
that guards possess time worth $600          any way you want -- you set the priori- es is the Legislature’s job. And for the                     rather than five years.
million. The union contributed almost        ties.” But don’t expect more.                           people to “gather together” -- note the
$2 million to Brown’s 2010 campaign.                                                                 communitarian patina Brown puts on              SO THE revenue surge serves to un-
                                                “HUG A Republican, make them plebiscitary democracy -- in an election                             derscore the state government’s meta-
   IN 1980, according to former Gov.         feel good,” Brown recently told an about these taxes would be redundant:                             bolic urge to grow, and the unswerving
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 10 percent of         audience. “In fact, I’m going to go up in two referendums, in 2009 and 2010,                         devotion of Democrats to that project.
the state’s general fund went to higher      and down the state to see if I can’t hug voters resoundingly rejected extending                      Dutton’s response is economical: “Ri-
education and three percent to pris-         Republicans and ... tell them, ‘We love the taxes.                                                   diculous.”
ons; in 2010, almost 11 percent went
to prisons and 7.5 percent to higher
education. The national average in-            ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY: May 19, 2011
carceration cost is $29,000 per inmate
per year. California’s cost is $49,000,
about $7,000 more than a year’s tuition
at Dartmouth.
                                             Banish hardship: The 1960s mentality
   Brown says the union is cooperating           “Where it began, I can’t begin to             for herself, her boyfriend, her family             that rarely agree on anything, released a
with his plan to reduce state costs by       know when, but then I know it’s growing           and her future.”                                   report contending that countries could
transferring prisoners to county jails.      strong.” That’s the opening line of Neil             The state-invented “Maria” declares             reduce teen unemployment by “lowering
But funding this would require ex-           Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” a song                that “abortions are safe and effec-                the cost of employing low-skilled youth”
tension of a vehicle licensing fee and       inspired by Caroline Kennedy, com-                tive, though some people may expe-                 through a sub-minimum training wage.
other taxes due to expire next month.        posed in 1969, and now played every               rience temporary discomfort.” Since                   The “progressive” concern, of course,
Which brings us to the importance of         eighth inning at Boston’s Fenway Park.            Massachusetts has a parental con-                  is that rapacious bosses will seize the
Bob Dutton.                                  (It’s also shown up at Florida State, Pitt,       sent law, “Maria” tells teens that their           opportunity to fire an adult — but no
   Leader of the 15 Republicans in the       Davidson College, New York Mets, and              peers get around this “all the time here           competent manager will replace a good
40-seat state Senate, Dutton is the un-      Washington Nationals games.)                      in Massachusetts ... call the Planned              worker with an untrained teen. To play
Brown. Where Brown is lean, exotic                                                             Parenthood Counseling and Referral                 on another 1960s tune, “All we are say-
and epigrammatic, Dutton is ample,               HMM. I know when our national                 Hotline at 1-800-258-4448. ... They                ing, is give kids a chance.” So, why the
Main Street and laconic. And he is an        craziness began: in the 1960s. That’s             will provide you with a free lawyer who            furor from the Huffington Post and other
impediment to Brown’s plans to get           when the American left thought we                 will help you go to court and talk to a            organs of the left? Because 1960s crazi-
voters to increase their tax burdens by      could put an end to hardship. Marriage            judge.”                                            ness remains. Why should anyone have
referendum, or Republicans to enable         a disaster? No-fault divorce. Pregnancy                                                              to work for less than $10 per hour? Why
the Legislature to increase them.            a problem? Abortion. Work a bummer?                                                                  shouldn’t everyone work for at least $100
   As a candidate, Brown said he would       Don’t work. Tired of the Cold War?                                Marvin                             per hour? Banish hardship! If we bang
seek voters’ approval for any taxes
to close the yawning budget deficit.
                                             Give up: Better Red than dead.
                                                 During the 1980s and 1990s some                            Olasky                                on the doors of Eden, they will open.
                                                                                                                                                     Neil Diamond: “Sweet Caroline, o-o-
He wanted a referendum this June on          foreign-policy and economic conserva-                      (c) 2011, God’s World Publications        o, good times never seem so good.” But
a five-year extension of “temporary”         tives thought they had put the 1960s to                                                              they don’t last unless children are born
taxes and fees imposed in 2009 and           rest. The Reagan administration pushed               SURE, BANISH hardship. How                      and grow up. Diamond: “Hands, touch-
due to expire soon. In an off-year ref-      the Soviet Union so hard that it fell             1960s! The Boston Herald reported con-             ing hands, reaching out, touching me,
erendum, turnout would be low -- and         apart. Welfare reform in 1996 brought             servative outrage over the site and con-           touching you.” That may lead to crisis
dominated by pro-taxation public em-         work requirements. But no-fault di-               cluded its story with a quotation from a           pregnancies, but I prefer to think about
ployee unions.                               vorce and abortion remained — and                 high-school principal, Charles Skidmore:           the hand of an unborn child reaching out
   Because two-thirds of both houses of      two current controversies remind me               “I’m assuming because it’s from the De-            of the womb during prenatal surgery and
the Legislature must vote to put a mea-      that many liberal leaders (particularly           partment of Public Health, it’s balanced           touching the doctor’s, or the hands of a
sure on the ballot, Brown needed two         in New England, where I grew up) are              information.” Assume away.                         man-child or a girl/woman learning the
Republican votes in each. As Repub-          still living in the 1960s.                           Crazy. But wait, let’s go to Maine.             joy of grown-up work and gaining pro-
licans are doing in Washington about             The first centers on mariatalks.com,          With teen unemployment nationally at               ductive habits that can last a lifetime.
raising the debt ceiling, some Repub-        a Massachusetts government-funded                 21 percent and likely to soar this sum-
licans offered support for a referen-        web site that tells teenagers an abor-            mer, Gov. Paul LePage and fellow GOP                  THE 1960S were a search for instant
dum conditional on Brown agreeing to         tion “is much easier than it sounds.”             legislators want to allow employers to             gratification. We would have a Great So-
various reforms, particularly regarding      The site uses a faux-teenage voice to             offer teens $5.25 rather than $7.25 per            ciety by willing it. Actually, good times
public employees’ pensions: This year,       declare, “Abortion is a pretty hot topic.         hour for their first three months of em-           often seem good at the time, but differ-
more than 12,000 state and municipal         ... Some believe that it is wrong while           ployment.                                          ent the next day. That next day is now.
retirees will receive pensions of at least   others believe that it can be a good and             Good data support the LePage pro-
$100,000. Brown and the Republicans          responsible choice. ... What’s impor-             posal. Last year even the Paris-head-                 Reprinted with permission of WORLD
could not agree, so there is no referen-     tant is how you feel about it. One of my          quartered Organization for Economic                Magazine. To read more news and views
dum.                                         friends who had an abortion ... felt that         Cooperation and Development, made up               from a Christian perspective, call 800-
   In his January inaugural address,         it was the best choice she could make             of 34 countries (70 percent from Europe)           951-6397 or visit WORLDmaga.com.
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  GOVERNMENT SPENDING: May 24, 2011

Where’s the budget to stop Dems’ runaway spending
   S
         enate Democrats were expected        ate Budget Committee Chairman Kent                         AND DON’T expect to see the Dem-             The Democrats did not pass a budget
         to bring up the House Repub-         Conrad’s safe at a time when President ocrats’ secret budget anytime soon, if                        in the last Congress, even when they
         licans’ 2012 budget plan for a       Obama’s administration is running a there is one. Indeed, Reid has told re-                          had huge majorities in the House and
vote this week, but not their own plan,       $1.6 trillion budget deficit, the third in p o r t e r s                  “There is no need to       Senate, and they haven’t been unable to
which remains under lock and key.             a string of trillion                                                        have a Democratic        produce a budget plan this year, either.
   It’s not because the Democrats want        dollar deficits that                                                         budget in my opin-         Why? In part, because of deep divi-
to be magnanimous and give the GOP            will add more than                           Donald                          ion. It would be        sions in their ranks over how much to
plan full consideration as the basis for
negotiations on a bipartisan compro-
                                              $10 trillion to an
                                              already monstrous
                                                                                          Lambro                             foolish for us to
                                                                                                                             do a budget at this
                                                                                                                                                   cut spending, and whether to cut it all
                                                                                                                                                   — but also because they believe that by
                                                                             (c) 2011, United Media Services
mise. No, they intend to demagogue it         $14.3 trillion na-                                                             stage.”               playing political games with the budget
to death, focusing almost entirely on its     tional debt over this                                                            Preparing an an-    process, they can make the Republicans
provision to slowly replace Medicare          decade.                                               nual budget blueprint is the No. 1 job         look cruel and heartless and bolster their
with a government-subsidized health               Next to the lackluster economy and of Congress. The 2012 fiscal year be-                         prospects in next year’s elections.
care voucher plan for seniors — a priva-      a persistently high nine percent unem- gins Oct. 1. It has only four months to                          The story behind the Democratic
tization idea Democrats believe will          ployment rate, runaway spending and adopt a budget plan and put it into effect                       leadership’s decision to duck its respon-
prove fatal to dozens of vulnerable Re-       debt remain one of the voters’ greatest through the laborious appropriations                         sibility to tackle the nation’s fiscal crisis
publicans in next year’s elections.           concerns. But the Democrats’ strategy process. The Democrats’ message: Not                           hasn’t got very much attention in the
                                              right now is not to grab the deficit by to worry. We don’t need a budget right                       national news media. A brief story ap-
   BUT THERE are other reasons why            the horns and wrestle it into submission. now. Let the spending flow.                                peared in the Washington Post last week
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will        It is to play political games with the is-                 But if there was ever a time in our       under the headline, “Senate Democrats
not be offering the Democrats’ own            sue, and with the American people, to history when our government needed an                          keep budget close to the vest.”
budget proposal. They don’t have one.         help the Democrats win back control of ironclad budget to stop runaway spend-                           Conrad’s excuse is that he wants to
Or, at least, one they want to reveal to      the House and rebuild their dwindling ing from pushing the U.S. economy over                         give a bipartisan group of senators a
the public. That’s locked away in Sen-        forces in the Senate.                                 the cliff, that time is now.                   chance to produce an agreement. But
                                                                                                                                                   Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, a key
                                                                                                                                                   Republican budget-cutter who has
  GOVERNMENT SPENDING: May 19, 2011                                                                                                                earned the nickname, “Dr. No,” has
                                                                                                                                                   dropped out the group known as the

Blackmailing taxpayers                                                                                                                             Gang of Six because of its inability to
                                                                                                                                                   reach an agreement on getting control of



  O
                                                                                                                                                   Medicare’s unsustainably rising costs.
           ne of Dictionary.com’s defi-       ing axe would be the Department of                what would happen if we got into too                  Coburn says he is “on sabbatical”
           nitions of blackmail is “to        Housing and Urban Development                     much debt. They have something to say              from the Gang of Six, but he remains
           extort money from (a person)       (HUD). The Washington Post last Sun-              to us across the years if we will pay at-          doubtful that anything can come from
by use of threats.” Substitute “taxpay-       day published the results of a lengthy            tention.                                           fruitless negotiations over soaring enti-
ers” for “person” and you have what the       investigation into the spending ways                 Possibly the most profound remon-               tlements that are going to break the bank
White House and congressional Demo-           of this unnecessary federal agency. The           strance concerning debt came from                  when tens of millions baby boomers sign
crats are doing with the debt ceiling.        expose found that “nearly 700 proj-               Thomas Jefferson, who said, “I place               up for Social Security and Medicare.
                                              ects awarded $400 million appear to               economy among the first and most im-                  Meantime, separate negotiations are
    IN CASE you weren’t paying atten-         be stalled or abandoned. An additional            portant virtues, and public debt as the            being led by Vice President Joe Biden
tion (and too few are) the United States      600 projects have not drawn any of the            greatest of dangers to be feared. To pre-          over a plan that would reduce borrow-
officially reached the debt ceiling on        money allocated, tying up $250                    serve our independence, we must not let            ing by $4 trillion over 10 years. But half
Monday. Treasury Secretary Tim (“I            million.”                                         our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If         those savings would come from higher
forgot to pay my taxes”) Geithner in-                                                           we run into such debts, we must be taxed           taxes that would be a nonstarter with
formed Congress of difficult decisions                                      Cal                 in our meat and drink, in our necessities          Republicans who have made it clear that
                                                                                                                                                   higher taxes are off the table.
he was forced to make to keep the coun-
try solvent, which is a joke. How can a               Thomas                                    and in our comforts, in our labor and in
                                                                                                our amusements. If we can prevent the                 Getting control of spending and grad-
country be considered solvent when just                (c) 2011, Tribune Media Services         government from wasting the labor of               ually reducing borrowing are not insolu-
the interest on the debt amounts to more                                                        the people, under the pretense of caring           ble problems. They just require political
than the entire gross national product of        That is, or ought to be considered,            for them, they will be happy.”                     will and most of all leadership, which
many countries?                               disgusting. But for much of the bloated              Has this no meaning in 2011? Of                 is missing in Washington — from Presi-
    Among Geithner’s sleights of hand         federal government, it is increasingly            course it does. Wisdom is not bound by             dent Obama who has kept his distance
to keep America from “defaulting” on          the norm. Two senators have promised              centuries, but people must act on wis-             from the battle to the Senate Democrats
its loans is his suspension of payments       an “investigation.” Don’t look for any-           dom before it can work its magic.                  who see this as a political opportunity,
to federal retirement funding invest-         thing serious to be done. It never is.               Manipulating federal retirement in-             not a solemn responsibility to “preserve
ments until Aug. 2. Whoa, there’s a           Politicians and bureaucrats protect their         vestments is not a serious response to             and protect” our country at a time of
brave move! Geithner doesn’t suggest          turf. Wrists might be slapped. Someone            having reached the debt ceiling. Call-             great economic peril.
spending cutbacks. That’s because with        near — but not at — the top might even            ing a “contractor” to lower the ceiling               Harry Reid’s attempt at politi-
Democrats, especially, federal spending       be replaced. There could be promises              by reducing debt would be serious. Are             cal gamesmanship in the midst of this
is considered more sacred than money          of “reform,” but in the end, HUD will             there enough serious people to do the              emerging fiscal train wreck is a dis-
dropped in a church offering plate. Once      remain to misspend another day, along             necessary budget-cutting work in Wash-             grace. What America needs right now
it’s in, it would be a sacrilege to take it   with so many other agencies and pro-              ington?                                            is a tough-as-nails budget that reins in
out.                                          grams that waste our money.                                                                          spending and borrowing, and lowers
    The public — or at least the half of         What is needed is a top-to-bottom re-             COMMENTING ON the debt ceil-                    taxes to boost job creation and much
us who pay our tax bills so that the other    view of government, beginning with a              ing having been reached, Senator Marco             stronger economic growth.
half can take it and so politicians can       serious discussion about its purpose and          Rubio (R-FL) said it “further highlights
keep themselves in office — ought to be       the responsibility of individuals to do           the failed leadership and reckless spend-             BUT AS LONG as Reid and his gang
awake to this scam. It makes convicted        more for themselves.                              ing that has our country heading toward            of big spenders run the Senate, we will
Ponzi scheme practitioner Bernie Mad-            For people not addicted to TV real-            a Greece-like day of reckoning. We are             continue to see a spendthrift govern-
off look like a piker.                        ity shows and the baser things in life,           better than that.”                                 ment that is spiraling ever deeper into
    A good place to start with the spend-     the Founders of our country warned of                Are we?                                         unfathomable debt.
  14                                                                                                                                 Conservative Chronicle
  OBAMA PRESIDENCY: May 25, 2011

War Powers Resolution: Obama as Humpty Dumpty
   President Barack Obama has violated fessoriate on the White House tyrant’s
the 1973 War Powers Resolution.                      imperial arrogance.
   That is a good thing. The War Powers                   For the good of American security,
Resolution was constitutionally dubious we should rescind the problematic law.
when it was passed — by a Democratic Yet legislation to rescind might face
Party-controlled Congress intent on ob- a                             presidential veto, for
structing the pow-                                                     Obama claims he isn’t
ers of a Republi-                                                       violating the act.
can president.
                                    Austin                                 Which leads to the
   Instead of tak-
ing a principled
                                         Bay                                president’s    cor-
                                                                            rupting cleverness.
                                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
stance against a                                                            Rather than con-
questionable law, however, President front the resolution’s suspect demands,
Obama chose to mask his violation with it seems Obama wants to keep the law
cleverness — a corrosive, shallow clev- for Democrats to wield as a political
erness smacking of the worst in partisan cudgel when Republican presidents
skullduggery.                                        wage war. Invoking it will prompt the
                                                     profs to begin their lectures.
   TOO BAD. Tackling the War Powers                       Obama bases his claim the act does
Act would have strengthened the presi- not apply to his Libya venture on word
dency as an institution and reinforced games that are as transparently silly as
Obama’s moral authority. Democratic they are intellectually and morally dis-                      Obama’s readily revised dictionary as a        clared the Global War on Terror kaput
and Republican presidents have argued honest.                                                     reference.                                     and replaced it with “Overseas Contin-
rigorous enforcement of the act leads to                  Libya, according to Obama, is not          The administration’s next act of ver-       gency Operation.” Changing the name
congressional micro-management of a even a war but a “kinetic military ac-                        bal prestidigitation is to claim that U.S.     didn’t alter the battlefield. Maj. Nidal
war and erodes presidential prerogatives tion.” If the stakes were not so serious                 forces are, by and large, supporting           Hasan’s terror attack at Ft. Hood dem-
to the detriment of U.S. security.                   — say, if the subject were basketball        NATO’s war by providing logistics ca-          onstrated the war is very much back
   The act forbids employing U.S. brackets rather than deadly war — we                            pabilities (like tanker aircraft) and intel-   here.
armed forces in combat for more than might chuckle at his buck-naked bra-                         ligence. So — the ruse goes — we aren’t
60 days without congressional autho- vado. It recalls Lewis Carroll’s Humpty                      at war too much, it’s war einy-tiny, since         OBAMA MUST believe his word
rization or declaring war. The Libyan Dumpty. “When I use a word,’ Humpty                         we’re mostly non-kinetic.                      games are tactical tools for achieving
War’s 60 days ended May 20. Obama Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,                             This argument would lose in a middle-       policy objectives. That may be the case
never sought congressional authoriza- ‘it means just what I choose it to mean                     school debate tournament, but in Wash-         if you are community organizing in Chi-
tion. To do so would make him look, — neither more nor less.” The Big O                           ington’s Obama-worshipping precincts,          cago, but a more sober and presidential
once again, like George W. Bush.                     echoes the big egg that Alice discovered     who knows? If a Republican president           appreciation of reality is appropriate
   Congress might also rebuff him since sitting on a wall, before his fall.                       made it, we’d hear for six years that the      when cruise missiles disorganize air
he has devoted so little public political                                                         man was a low-IQ cowboy attempting             defense communities (by blast effects).
effort to the war. A few legislators have                 THE PENTAGON uses the term ki-          “strategery.”                                  Otherwise, the commander in chief risks
raised the issue of Obama’s legal failure, netic attack to mean the use of a weapon                  Obama has tried to turn Humpty              diminishing one of his most precious
but media outrage is missing, as are the that relies on energy (e.g., high explo-                 Dumpty definitionalism into policy be-         strategic assets: moral authority.
usual arch-left moral seizures associated sive energy) to inflict damage. Kinetic                 fore, and failed. In early 2009, he de-
with American combat. No demonstra- operations (organizing kinetic attacks
tors, lathered in blood red paint, chant to achieve a goal) are combat opera-
before television cameras. We hear no tions. So the subject is deadly serious,                      ANSWER MAN: June 1, 2011
manic lectures from the ponytailed pro- orchestrated warfare — unless you use

                                                                                                  T h e A n s w er M an
                                                                                                      ALL ABOUT MUSIC
                                                                                                      This week, the Answer Man looks at                            Andy
                                                                                                  music.
                                                                                                      1. This song was recorded by a duo
                                                                                                                                                    Seamans
                                                                                                  in the ‘70s and covered by Elvis Pres-                 (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate

                                                                                                  ley. It was on the original recording art-     band took their group name from the
                                                                                                  ist’s final album.                             movie Barbarella.
                                                                                                      2. Stevie Nicks took the title of this         7. Can you name the top three best-
                                                                                                  song from a Welsh goddess who shuns a          selling albums of all time?
                                                                                                  god and marries a mortal man.                      8. This group produced a best hits
                                                                                                      3. This celebrity received a star on       record, which included 10 songs taken
                                                                                                  Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in May                from the six albums they had recorded
                                                                                                  1998, four months after he died in a           to that time. Name both the group and
                                                                                                  tragic skiing accident.                        the album.
                                                                                                      4. This top-selling singer was born            9. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight,
                                                                                                  Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta,            this singer/songwriter took his stage
                                                                                                  but she goes by a much shorter stage           name from a Bluesology saxophonist
                                                                                                  name.                                          and his last name from another singer/
                                                                                                      5. This country crossover group stum-      songwriter.
                                                                                                  bled on their name after touring pre-war           10. Born Henry John Deutschendorf
                                                                                                  homes in Franklin, Tenn.                       Jr., this folk singer got his humble be-
                                                                                                      6. With members named Simon,               ginning when singing with the Chad
                                                                                                  Nick, John, Andy and Roger, this ‘80s          Mitchell Trio in 1965.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                  15
  DEBT CRISIS: May 20, 2011

Obama and Dems need to answer for debt ceiling
   W
              hat kind of surreal world ready sold off all of its U.S. government
              are we inhabiting where holdings.
              the political party that is                 So, the media shouldn’t be asking the
trying to address our debt problem is on Republicans whether they intend to play
the defensive at the hands of the reckless brinks-                       manship with the debt
party that chooses                                                        ceiling, suggesting
to mock, dema-                                                            that if they refuse to
gogue and delay?
                                        David                             raise the limit again
   The national di-
alogue, at least the
                           Limbaugh                                        they’ll cause the
                                                                            United States to
                                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
one being choreo-                                                           default on its obli-
graphed by Democrats and their amen gations and plunge into a financial ca-
chorus in the liberal Beltway media, has tastrophe.
been distorted beyond measure. We are                     Instead, they should be cornering
asking the wrong questions and getting their most favored president and his
the wrong answers.                                   Democrats and asking them why they are
                                                     AWOL on our debt crisis. They should
   LET’S FOCUS on the real problem. demand an answer on why they didn’t
We are in a national debt crisis — pres- produce a budget in 2010 despite having
ent tense; this is not something that control of both houses of Congress, an
might occur in the future. Medicare and egregious act of neglect that hasn’t oc-
Social Security trustees just issued the curred in a couple of generations.
grim report that Medicare’s fiscal hole                   Obama and the Democrats should be
has deepened by an additional $2 trillion asked why they continue to perpetuate                    considerable frequency and volume.             We need to ask them, “Why do you
and its projected date of insolvency has the myth that Republicans are going to                    Obama and his Democrats need to be         refuse to join Republicans in serious and
been moved up five more years to 2024. force a default on our national obliga-                     placed on the defensive. They are the      concrete spending cuts and entitlement
Social Security was already $49 billion tions if they don’t agree to raise the debt                primary drivers of this spending; they     reform (as distinguished from your in-
in the red last year, and its projected ceiling. Democrats know the govern-                        are the obstructers of entitlement re-     sincere promises to curtail spending at
insolvency date has been advanced to ment won’t default on its obligations be-                     form, and the national debt continues to   some indefinite time in the future) prior
2036.                                                cause the interest on the debt represents     burn while they fiddle.                    to raising the debt ceiling? Why do you
   Meanwhile, S&P lowered America’s but a small fraction of the budget. It is                         We need to dispense a little of their   continue to excoriate Republicans for
long-term credit rating from “stable” to other expenditures that will have to be                   own medicine to them and turn the PR       insisting on such urgent legislation? Do
“negative,” and CNN Money warned delayed — something that’s unthinkable                            tide against them. Behind their aggres-    you deny Paul Ryan’s report that bond-
that this means there’s a one in three to these rapacious spenders.                                sive accusations against Republicans,      holders and the financial markets are far
chance that S&P will downgrade our                                                                 beneath the veneer of their fear monger-   more concerned about the United States
AAA credit rating within two years.                       BUT SINCE the liberal press is not       ing, lurks a sordid absence of engage-     not bringing its fiscal house in order
Also, Pimco, the world’s largest bond going to do its job, the Republicans and                     ment on the major issue facing us to-      than about not raising the debt ceiling?
fund with $1.2 trillion in assets, has al- the alternative media need to do it, with               day.                                       Do you deny that the United States will
                                                                                                                                              honor its interest and principal pay-
                                                                                                                                              ments irrespective of its having reached
                                                                                                                                              its debt ceiling?”
                                                                                                                                                  “Do you plan to come to the table
                                                                                                                                              anytime soon and present concrete pro-
                                                                                                                                              posals of your own, or do you intend
                                                                                                                                              to stonewall through the 2012 election,
                                                                                                                                              calculating that you can win re-election
                                                                                                                                              simply by slinging arrows at Ryan for
                                                                                                                                              attacking the third rail of politics and its
                                                                                                                                              cousins?”
                                                                                                                                                  “Or are you too busy directing the Na-
                                                                                                                                              tional Labor Relations Board in its law-
                                                                                                                                              less war on Boeing, our largest exporter,
                                                                                                                                              in favor of your union bosses; directing
                                                                                                                                              Eric Holder’s unconscionable decision
                                                                                                                                              to prosecute CIA interrogators whose
                                                                                                                                              work product made possible the bin
                                                                                                                                              Laden raid; directing Kathleen Sebelius
                                                                                                                                              as to which of your political friends will
                                                                                                                                              receive Obamacare favoritism waivers;
                                                                                                                                              directing your EPA’s overt war against
                                                                                                                                              offshore drilling; directing your admin-
                                                                                                                                              istration’s refusal to protect America’s
                                                                                                                                              borders; and devising ways to mistreat
                                                                                                                                              our ally Israel?” Oh, that’s right. You
                                                                                                                                              never interfere with the prerogative of
                                                                                                                                              your “independent” agencies. My bad.

                                                                                                                                                 OBAMA AND the Democrats have
                                                                                                                                              no excuse under the sun for their wan-
                                                                                                                                              ton failure to address our debt crisis. It’s
                                                                                                                                              time they answered for it.
 16                                                                                                                                    June 1, 2011

The news in President Obama’s speech
   Herewith President Obama’s May 19                           “In Iraq, we see the promise of a
Middle East speech, annotated:                             multiethnic, multisectarian democracy.
   “It will be the policy of the United                    There, the Iraqi people have rejected
States to promote reform across the re-                    the perils of political violence for a
gion, and to support transitions to de-                    democratic process ... Iraq is poised to
mocracy.”                                                  play a key role in the region.”
                                                               Hail the Bush-Obama doctrine.
    WITH THIS Barack Obama open-                               “President Assad now has a choice:
ly, unreservedly and without a trace of he can                              lead that transition (to
irony or self-re-                                                             democracy), or get
flection adopts the                                                            out of the way.”
Bush Doctrine,                          Charles                                   The only jarring
which made the
spread of democ-
                           Krauthammer                                            note in an other-
                                                                                  wise interesting,
racy the key U.S.         (c) 2011, Washington Post Writers Group
                                                                                  if convoluted, at-
objective in the                                                                 tempt to unite all
Middle East.                                               current “Arab Spring” policies under
    “Too many leaders in the region one philosophical rubric. Convoluted
tried to direct their people’s grievances because the Bahrain part was uncon-
elsewhere. The West was blamed as the vincing and the omission of Saudi Ara-
source of all ills.”                                       bia was unmistakable.
    Note how even Obama’s rationale                            Syria’s Assad leading a transition to
matches Bush’s. Bush argued that be- democracy? This is bizarre and appall-                              would return to Palestine, not Israel —   Obama’s omission of previous Ameri-
cause the roots of 9/11 were to be found ing. Assad has made all-out war on his                          Palestine being their homeland, and Is-   can assurances to recognize “realities
in the deflected anger of repressed people — shooting, arresting, execut-                                rael (which would cease to be Jewish if   on the ground” in adjusting the 1967
Middle Eastern peoples, our response ing, even using artillery against cities.                           flooded with refugees) being a Jewish     border, meaning U.S. agreement that Is-
would require a democratic transforma- Yet Obama is still holding out the olive                          state. But why use code for an issue on   rael would incorporate the thickly pop-
tion of the region.                                        branch when, if anything, he should be        which depends Israel’s existence?         ulated, close-in settlements in any land
    “We have a stake not just in the sta- declaring Assad as illegitimate as Qadd-                          “The borders of Israel and Palestine   swap. By omitting this, Obama leaves
bility of nations, but in the self-determi- afi. Clearly, some habits of engagement/                     should be based on the 1967 lines with    the impression of indifference to the
nation of individuals.”                                    appeasement die hard.                         mutually agreed swaps.”                   fate of these settlements. This would be
    A fine critique of exactly the kind                        “A lasting peace will involve ... Is-                                               a significant change in U.S. policy and
of “realism” the Obama administration rael as a Jewish state and the homeland                              A NEW formulation favorable to          a heavy blow to the Israeli national con-
prided itself for having practiced in its for the Jewish people, and the state of                        maximal Arab demands. True, that idea     sensus.
first two years.                                           Palestine as the homeland for the Pal-        has been the working premise for ne-         “The Palestinian people must have
    How far did this concession to Bush estinian people.”                                                gotiations since 2000. But no president   the right to govern themselves ... in a
go? Note Obama’s example of the de-                            Meant to reassure Israelis that the ad-   had ever before publicly and explicitly   sovereign and contiguous state.”
mocratization we’re aiming for. He ac- ministration rejects the so-called right                          endorsed the 1967 lines.                     Normal U.S. boilerplate except for
tually said:                                               of return of Palestinian refugees. They         Even more alarming to Israel is         one thing: Obama refers to Palestinian
                                                                                                                                                   borders with Egypt, Jordan and Israel.
                                                                                                                                                   But the only Palestinian territory bor-
                                                                                                                                                   dering Egypt is Gaza. How do you get
                                                                                                                                                   contiguity with Gaza? Does Obama’s
                                                                                                                                                   map force Israel to give up a corridor
                                                                                                                                                   of territory connecting the West Bank
                                                                                                                                                   and Gaza? This is an old Palestinian de-
                                                                                                                                                   mand which would cut Israel in two. Is
                                                                                                                                                   this simply an oversight? Or a new slic-
                                                                                                                                                   ing up of Israel?
                                                                                                                                                      Finally, in calling for both parties
                                                                                                                                                   to “come back to the table,” the Pales-
                                                                                                                                                   tinians have to explain “the recent an-
                                                                                                                                                   nouncement of an agreement between
                                                                                                                                                   Fatah and Hamas. ... How can one ne-
                                                                                                                                                   gotiate with a party that has shown it-
                                                                                                                                                   self unwilling to recognize your right to
                                                                                                                                                   exist?”
                                                                                                                                                      Not a strong statement about Wash-
                                                                                                                                                   ington rejecting any talks involving
                                                                                                                                                   Hamas. A mere placeholder.

                                                                                                                                                      ON THE OTHER hand, Obama
                                                                                                                                                   made no mention here of Israeli settle-
                                                                                                                                                   ments. A mere oversight? Or has Obama
                                                                                                                                                   finally realized that his making a settle-
                                                                                                                                                   ment freeze a precondition for negotia-
                                                                                                                                                   tions — something never demanded be-
                                                                                                                                                   fore he took office — was a disastrous
                                                                                                                                                   unforced error? One can only hope.

                                                                                                                                                     May 19, 2011
                                   This Week’s Conservative Focus                                                                                                                17
                                                                                                       Middle East Speech

Obama channels W. except on Israel & Palestinians
   “The State Department is a fitting Bush said almost exactly the same                            In June 2009, Obama scornfully ig-      not mention Saudi Arabia, where wom-
venue,” declared Barack Obama at the thing.                                                   nored Iranian protesters. But now “we        en’s rights are, er, not fully respected.
beginning of his speech on the Middle        “It will be the policy of the United still hear the chants echo from the roof-                    Obama denounced Moammar Gad-
East last Thursday.                       States to promote reform across the tops of Iran” and remember “the im-                          hafi’s strategy to “keep power by kill-
                                          region,” Obama said, “and to support age of a                         young woman dying in       ing as many people as he likes” and said
   THAT’S CURIOUS because in transitions to de-                                                                   the streets.”            Gadhafi would “inevitably” be forced
three-quarters of his speech Obama mocracy.” Sure                                                                      Obama used to       out in Libya.
repudiated most of what has been tra- sounds like W.                                   Michael                      portray the Iraq War       But while Obama noted that “the
ditional State Department Middle East        Obama came
policy. Only in the last page and a half to office with                                Barone                       as folly and pre-
                                                                                                                      dicted that Bush’s
                                                                                                                                           Syrian regime has chosen the path of
                                                                                                                                           murder,” he held out hope that Bashir
of a six-page text, when he discussed quite a different                  (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                 surge would fail.    al Assad would lead “a transition to de-
the Israeli-Palestinian issue, did he re- view. He wanted                                                            Now he felt obliged   mocracy” or “get out of the way.”
vert to State Department mode.            to skedaddle from Iraq and engage to salute “the promise of a multiethnic,                           For 40 years, State Department Ara-
   Not once did Obama mention the with “the Islamic Republic of Iran.” multisectarian democracy” in Iraq.                                  bists and secretaries of state seem to have
name of George W. Bush, but much of Ousting tyrants seemed the last thing                                                                  believed that Assad pere et fils were on
his speech sounded like it came from on his mind.                                                  TRUE, BUSH did not pursue de-           the brink of instituting reform and mak-
his predecessor.                             But events — the mullahs’ rejection mocracy in the Middle East with perfect                   ing peace with Israel. For reasons that
   “Too many leaders in the region of his overtures, the “Arab Spring” up- consistency, and Obama didn’t propose                           are unclear, Obama evidently clings to
tried to direct their people’s grievances risings — have apparently convinced to do so either. Sometimes it must be                        that forlorn hope for change.
elsewhere,” Obama said, blaming the him that history is moving in the direc- subordinated to other interests.                                  But on one issue Obama took the old
West “as the source of all ills, a half- tion that Bush perceived and encour-                      “Universal rights apply to women as     State Department line. “The status quo”
century after the end of colonialism.” aged.                                                  well as men,” Obama said. But he did         between Israel and the Palestinians, he
                                                                                                                                           said, “is unsustainable.” The United
                                                                                                                                           States needs to pressure Israel into mak-
                                                                                                                                           ing concessions.
                                                                                                                                               He emphasized this issue even

Obama’s abandonment of Israel                                                                                                              though it’s obvious that it’s not a prior-
                                                                                                                                           ity or even of much interest to the “Arab



   P
                                                                                                                                           Spring protestors.” And even though, as
          resident Obama’s major speech           Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-           The good news is that the Obama plan       he mentioned in his speech, the merger
          on the Middle East Thursday         tanyahu was quick to respond, calling         will go nowhere. There is no chance that       of Fatah and Hamas means that Israel
          will come back to haunt him.        Israel’s pre-1967 borders “indefensible.”     Congress will support the administra-          does not have a negotiating partner will-
He said nothing that will have any im-        History proves he’s right. In 1967, Israel    tion’s heavy-handed pressure on Israel.        ing to recognize its right to exist.
pact in deterring Syrian government vio-      was on the eve of an all-out assault by       And the Israelis will never agree to such          He continued to press his demand,
lence against pro-democracy protestors,       its Arab neighbors when it took out the       conditions as a prerequisite to peace ne-      made by no previous president, that Is-
but the president did make pronounce-         Egyptian and Syrian air forces. Within        gotiations.                                    rael stop all “settlements,” even in Je-
ments that threaten another state in the      six days, Israel had defeated Egypt,              And Obama has hurt himself domes-          rusalem. Of course, he failed to note
Middle East: Israel, America’s strongest      Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon and gained         tically as well. Jewish donors and vot-        that that demand derailed any possible
ally in the region.                           significant territory, including the Arab-    ers were an important part of Obama’s          negotiations, since no Israeli leader will
                                              controlled parts of Jerusalem.                winning coalition in 2008. But many            ever agree and since, once Obama made
   IN HIS SPEECH Thursday, the                                                              in the pro-Israel community are deeply         it, Palestinian leaders had to insist on it,
president paid lip service to Israeli se-                                                   disturbed at what they see as the presi-       too.
curity but laid down dangerous mark-                               Linda                    dent’s lukewarm support for Israel and             And he asserted — also a first for an
ers for restarting peace negotiations
between Israelis and Palestinians. With                  Chavez                             will not likely give him the same level
                                                                                            of support in 2012.
                                                                                                                                           American president — that an agreement
                                                                                                                                           “should be based on the 1967 lines with
this speech, Obama became the first                     (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            On Sunday, the president is set to ad-     mutually agreed swaps.” Previous presi-
American president to require that Is-                                                      dress the American Israel Public Affairs       dents have said that adjustments should
rael accept its pre-1967 borders as a                                                       Committee (AIPAC), one of the most             recognize changes that have occurred in
starting point to negotiations with the           NONETHELESS, ISRAEL was at-               influential lobbying groups in the coun-       the last 44 years.
Palestinians.                                 tacked again a few years later. In 1973,      try. I expect he’ll say all the right things       Obama did not, and he added that all
   This is a dramatic departure from          Egypt and Syria launched an offensive         about how important an ally Israel is to       Israeli troops should be withdrawn from
U.S. policy, which recognized that            on the holiest day in the Jewish calen-       the United States and that our two coun-       Palestinian territory, undercutting any
agreed-to final borders would be the end      dar, Yom Kippur. Again, Israel was suc-       tries share common values and princi-          Israeli demand to leave a defensive force
product of negotiations between the par-      cessful in defeating both countries and       ples. The audience will applaud politely       along the Jordan River.
ties, not a precondition to starting talks.   gained more territory in the process.         — and some die-hard Democrats in the               Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-
In essence, what Obama has called for is          Even though Israel was twice the vic-     group may even tell themselves that            tanyahu, sitting next to Obama in the
unilateral concessions from Israel with-      tor, both wars were the result of Arab        Obama is a good friend to Israel.              Oval Office after their meeting Friday,
out a single concrete concession from         aggression. Yet Israel has proven its             But the president can’t have it both       said flatly that the 1967 (actually 1949-
the Palestinians.                             willingness to return territory gained in     ways. He can’t give a speech Thursday          67) lines were unacceptable and that
   What makes this even more danger-          war. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt       that makes dangerous demands on Is-            asking Israel to negotiate with Hamas is
ous is that a terrorist group dedicated       after negotiating a peace settlement with     rael and pretend a few days later that his     like asking the United States to negotiate
to the destruction of Israel — Hamas          Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.               words have not damaged the important           with al Qaeda.
— governs Palestinians in Gaza. On the            Israel has been the one country in the    U.S.-Israeli relationship.
West Bank, the Palestinian Authority is       area willing from the start to negotiate                                                        OBAMA DESERVES credit for go-
in the hands of a Hamas-Fatah coalition,      away land in return for recognition of       OBAMA HAS abandoned Israel.                     ing to the State Department to renounce
with the two groups having agreed to          its right to exist and a promise of peace- Now its time that Israel’s supporters in          State Department policy on the Middle
put aside their differences in order to de-   ful coexistence from its neighbors. But the U.S. abandon him.                                East. Unfortunately, he didn’t follow
mand recognition of a Palestine state by      instead of encouraging that precedent,                                                       through on that on Israel and the Pales-
the United Nations this fall. If that hap-    Obama wants unilateral territorial con-      March 20, 2011                                  tinians.
pens, there will be no such thing as what     cessions from Israel in return for empty
the president termed “a secure Israel.”       promises.                                                                                       May 23, 2011
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  MIDDLE EAST SPEECH: May 20, 2011

Dancing with Yasser Arafat’s ghost
   O
           n Thursday, Barack Obama “the events of the past six months show
           went to the State Department us that strategies of repression and di-
           to “mark a new chapter in version won’t work anymore” because
American diplomacy.” The president’s satellite television, the Internet, cell
handlers boldly billed his lengthy ad- phones and social networks “allow
dress “A Moment of Opportunity” for y o u n g                             people to connect
the Middle East.                                                           and organize like
It was neither.                         Oliver                             never before.” He
   Instead,      he                                                        says “the United
delivered a na-
ive,    revisionist
                                     North                                   States   opposes
                                                                             the use of vio-
                                 (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate
lecture that was                                                             lence and repres-
sufficiently utopian and self-centered sion against the people of the region.”
to have been drafted by Jimmy Carter. Yet repression and violence seem to be
Unfortunately, he also demanded major working just fine for the theocrats in
concessions from the only democracy Tehran and their proxies, Bashar Assad
in the Middle East and America’s most in Damascus and Hezbollah in South
steadfast ally in the region, Israel.                 Lebanon.
                                                           Sadly, the people of Lebanon didn’t
   TO NO ONE’S surprise, Obama al- even warrant an honorable mention in
luded — for the 12th time in two weeks the remarks. He did devote 11 words
— to the death of Osama bin Laden and to the violent suppression of Coptic
cleverly described the terror kingpin’s Christians in Egypt — but ignored                        the “NATO-led coalition” to impose a       only example Obama proffers for “the
demise, the withdrawal of American the destruction of Maronite Christian                         no fly-zone over Libya on March 18,        promise of a multi-ethnic, multi-sectar-
troops from Iraq and the U.S. draw- churches in the Levant, and Greek                            we were told it was a “humanitarian”       ian democracy,” the only place where
down in Afghanistan, to be part of his Orthodox places of worship and syna-                      operation. On Thursday, he claimed         he says “people have rejected the perils
grand design for the Middle East.                     gogues throughout the region.              that “in Libya we saw the prospect of      of political violence for a democratic
   After naming a litany of places                         Obama asks us to “remember that       imminent massacre,” and had we not         process, even as they have taken full
where “the shouts of human dignity” the first peaceful protests were on the                      acted, “thousands would have been          responsibility for their own security,”
and “self determination are being streets of Tehran, where the govern-                           killed.” Though nobody has an accu-        is Iraq! Who loaded these words into
heard” — including Tunisia, Egypt, ment brutalized women and men, and                            rate “body count,” that certainly seems    the Teleprompter?
Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and Libya — he threw innocent people into jail.” Are we                    to be what’s happening right now along        All of this was preamble for the big
staked his claim: “... two years ago in therefore supposed to forget the days of                 the Barbary Coast — and in Syria, as       news the O-Team wanted to make in
Cairo, I began to broaden our engage- stunning silence from the White House                      well.                                      Thursday’s speech. After obfuscating
ment based upon mutual interests and as these events unfolded?                                      On Thursday, he said, “We have          history, mangling the record and of-
mutual respect.” Apparently that mu-                       The intellectual disconnects be-      learned from our experience in Iraq just   fering American tax dollars to relieve
tual respect extends to everyone in the tween rhetoric and reality don’t stop                    how costly and difficult it is to impose   debts and “finance infrastructure and
region except the Israelis.                           there. When our commander in chief         regime change by force — no matter         job creation” in the Middle East and
   In his lecture, the president asserted first announced U.S. “participation” in                how well intended. Yet, ironically, the    North Africa, Obama dropped the ham-
                                                                                                                                            mer on Israel.
                                                                                                                                               Other presidents, going back to Jim-
                                                                                                                                            my Carter, have called for a “two-state
                                                                                                                                            solution” to the “Israeli-Palestinian
                                                                                                                                            conflict.” In 2004, President George
                                                                                                                                            W. Bush supported a Palestinian state
                                                                                                                                            but acknowledged “it is unrealistic to
                                                                                                                                            expect that the outcome of final status
                                                                                                                                            negotiations will be a full and complete
                                                                                                                                            return to the armistice lines of 1949.”
                                                                                                                                            On Thursday, Obama ditched these as-
                                                                                                                                            surances and made an unprecedented
                                                                                                                                            demand: Israel must surrender territory
                                                                                                                                            crucial to its very existence.
                                                                                                                                               For those who do not have a map
                                                                                                                                            in front of them, Obama’s insistence
                                                                                                                                            that “the borders of Israel and Pales-
                                                                                                                                            tine should be based on the 1967 lines
                                                                                                                                            with mutually agreed swaps” means at
                                                                                                                                            its narrowest point the country would
                                                                                                                                            be only eight miles wide — and utterly
                                                                                                                                            indefensible.

                                                                                                                                               IT MEANS Israel, the only state in
                                                                                                                                            the region that meets the president’s
                                                                                                                                            criteria for “self determination” — an
                                                                                                                                            honest judiciary; an independent me-
                                                                                                                                            dia; credible political parties; free and
                                                                                                                                            fair elections — must now negotiate its
                                                                                                                                            fate with those who want none of those
                                                                                                                                            things. Barack Obama has become
                                                                                                                                            Yasser Arafat’s dream come true.
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  DEAR MARK: May 21, 2011

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   Donald Trump is out. Mike Hucka-           tience for even a hint of political dou- food Nazis.                                 Krauthammer - letters@charleskrauthammer.com
bee is out. And Newt Gingrich is now          ble-speak, and that includes a popular      According to an article in the Wall      Levy - marklevy92@aol.com
officially a candidate for the presiden-      figure like Newt.                        Street Journal, “Under the USDA pro-        Lowry - comments.lowry@nationalreview.com
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cy. Newt has stumbled out of the gate                                                  posal, school cafeterias would have to      Schlafly - phyllis@eagleforum.org
with conservatives because of some of            DEAR MARK:                            limit starchy vegetables such as po-        Thomas - tmseditors@tribune.com
the things he said on Meet the Press             The food police are at it again. The tatoes, corn, peas and lima beans to a       Will - georgewill@washpost.com
last Sunday. Does Newt have a realistic       U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying total of one cup per week for lunch.”       Contact through North Star
chance to win the Republican nomina-          to eliminate potatoes from school lunch- That pretty much leaves turnips, car-       Herman Cain, Dan Calabrese, David
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which is why I am mystified as to what                       Mark                         I have news for the first couple: Kids   Michael Barone, Austin Bay, Brent Bo-
the heck happened to his mouth on
Sunday. At one time, I would have con-                     Levy                        are not becoming obese because of the
                                                                                       meals they consume at public schools.
                                                                                                                                   zell, Pat Buchanan, Stephen Chapman,
                                                                                                                                   Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Larry
                                                                                                                                   Elder, David Harsanyi, Terence Jeffrey,
sidered him a frontrunner — but now                     (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate   Kids are becoming obese because they        Larry Kudlow, David Limbaugh, Dick
I believe it will take a miracle for the                                               sit on their butts all day playing video    Morris, William Murchison, Chuck
former speaker of the House to win the        husband isn’t meddling enough in our games while their parents allow them to         Norris, Oliver North, Dennis Prager,
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  EDUCATION: May 24, 2011

Perpetuating federal spending on education
  T
         he tea partiers are demanding       example of the overreaching dictatorial ceptions apply.                                               unjust society), multiculturalism instead
         that Congress not raise the debt    bureaucracy trying to restrict parents’                    Both the No Child Left Behind law,         of patriotism and diversity in moral and
         ceiling but instead avoid de-       rights over the care and upbringing of which applies to elementary and sec-                           immoral behaviors.
fault by cutting spending dramatically.      their own children. The liberals really ondary schools, and the Higher Educa-                            The people and groups working to
Federal spending on education emerges        mean it when they say they want the vil- tion Act,                         which applies to col-      achieve national control of education
as the discretionary item in the federal     lage (i.e., the gov-                                                          leges, reaffirmed       curriculum view the collection of enor-
budget most available for the knife, and     ernment) to raise                                                              FERPA’s prohibi-       mous amounts of personal information
a House bill is being introduced by Rep.     and teach chil-                          Phyllis                               tion on the gov-       about every student on a longitudinal
Duncan Hunter (R-CA) that lists 43 edu-
cation programs to be cut.
                                             dren, control their
                                             school curriculum                 Schlafly                                  ernment developing
                                                                                                                        a national or inter-
                                                                                                                                                   basis, with tracking from “pre-birth”
                                                                                                                                                   and preschool through post-graduate
                                             and      ultimately              (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                  agency database        experience and into the labor force, as
   WE’VE SPENT $2 trillion on educa-         decide what adult                                                              of personal infor-     the essential path to achieve control of
tion since federal aid began in 1965. The    job they can get.                                     mation on students. But the Obama Ad-           school curriculum and to guide kids’
specified goals were to improve student                                                            ministration is now trying to get around        opinions about America.
achievement, eliminate or narrow the            THE PEOPLE who seek to control FERPA by the subterfuge of having the
gap between upper-income and low-in-         the lives and education of our children states build the databases and assign                            THIS TYPE of collection of per-
come students, and increase graduation       should be restrained from implement- each child a different ID number.                                sonal information on all children is the
rates from high school and college.          ing this plan by the Family Educational                    States are bribed to participate in this   mark of a totalitarian state, not a free
   We have little or nothing to show for     Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), for- vast data collection by grants from a                            America. It is reminiscent of the no-
the taxpayers’ generosity. Even Educa-       merly known as the Buckley Amend- pot of federal money and by the threat                              torious “dangan” or dossier that Com-
tion Secretary Arne Duncan admitted          ment, which passed in 1974. FERPA to withhold other federal grants if states                          munist China maintains on every citizen
that 82 percent of public schools should     states that school and college records don’t comply.                                                  (in folders stacked in giant warehouses
be ranked as failing.                        cannot be disclosed, or transferred to                     The Obama Administration looks             in the pre-computer age), with complete
   So how will the army of educrats,         other agencies, without consent of the upon schools and colleges as giant res-                        information on every child through his
whose jobs depend on billions of dol-        parents of kids under age 18 or the stu- ervoirs of young people who can be in-                       years of school, which is then available
lars of federal handouts, save their         dent if over 18, unless the information doctrinated with “social justice” (i.e.,                      to his employer when the kid goes into
jobs? They’ve come up with an auda-          is not personally identifiable or other ex- America is somehow an oppressive,                         the labor force.
cious plan that pretends to be useful in
enabling them to discover what works
and what doesn’t, but it is so large and       IMF: May 20, 2011
complicated that it would take years and
require a huge computer-savvy payroll
and billions of taxpayers’ dollars.          Fix IMF, grow, end Bailout Nation
                                                A
   And incidentally, it would be illegal
because it’s based on using executive-                   s the International Monetary           IMF, and Bailout Nation is very unpopu-            And so it got into the bailout business,
branch regulations to override federal                   Fund gets ready to choose              lar among the tea partiers and indepen-            with policy prescriptions that frequently
statutes.                                                a successor to Dominique               dent voters.)                                      made the patient worse, not better.
   This plan calls for a computerized        Strauss-Kahn, who resigned following                  According to news reports, it is wide-             I remember a great article years ago
system to track all Americans from           his arrest on charges that he sexually as-         ly expected that French Finance Minster            by David Malpass: “A Radical Idea: The
cradle to grave by cross-linking all their   saulted and raped a hotel housekeeper, it          Christine Lagarde will get the IMF’s               IMF Should Promote Growth.” Today, a
school and college academic and extra-       would be a good thing to step back for a           newly vacated top post, although there’s           whole bunch of us — like Lew Lehrman,
curricular records, including tests and      moment and ask: What should the IMF                some talk of Jean-Claude Trichet, the              Steve Forbes and myself — would prefer
appraisals by supervisors and peers,         do? More specifically, can the IMF pos-            able central banker.                               the IMF work toward a return to a gold-
with health, welfare, employment and         sibly morph itself into a worldwide force             The point is, however, will the IMF             based world currency system.
income data. The data gatherers used         for economic growth instead of Bailout             ever adopt a true economic-growth mod-                Like many, I believe successful newly
to talk about collecting K-12 data, and      Nation?                                            el for the basket-case countries     it is         emerging economies like China, India
then they moved to PreK-16, and now                                                             trying to fix?                                     and Brazil should play a larger role in
their lingo is pre-birth to entry into the      YES, IT’S A powerful global eco-                                                                   IMF governance and decision-making.
workforce.                                   nomic agency. It’s also one with a very                                Larry                          But I think the biggest issue is what will
   States already collect a lot of data      checkered past. Usually opting for aus-                                                               the IMF do with all its resources and
that have nothing to do with students’
academic achievement, including Social
                                             terity policies, such as currency devalu-                  Kudlow                                     influence to promote world economic
                                             ation and tax increases, the IMF has                          (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            growth?
Security numbers, family income, medi-       bungled a lot of rescue missions down                                                                    There’s news that the highly respected
cal exams and criminal and administra-       through the years.                                    For example, why not East European-             Economic Cycle Research Institute is
tive penalties. Now the plan is to enter        There was Turkey, Mexico and the                style flat-tax reform to go along with             now predicting a downturn in global in-
additional data on preschool experience,     Asian Tigers. More recently, there was             the necessary social-welfare entitlement           dustrial growth. Of course, the financial
pre-natal care, daycare, early childhood     the Greece bailout plan, which has not             reduction? Greece and Portugal could               near-bankruptcy of the U.S., without any
education and after-school activities.       succeeded. Neither have the Portugal and           do as well as Poland and Slovakia. And             serious budget-cutting deals, may well
   This plan would computerize and           Ireland plans. Though the EU’s involve-            outside the eurozone, the IMF could seek           contribute to that downturn this summer.
combine information not only from the        ment in these European states has been             currency stabilization rather than curren-         So I am less worried about who runs the
Department of Education, but also from       larger than the IMF’s, the IMF was sup-            cy depreciation.                                   IMF and more concerned about whether
the Department of Health and Human           posed to be the tough cop for budget cuts             People forget, by the way, that the             it will be a force for economic growth.
Services (which would include Head           that have not materialized. The necessary          original IMF created in 1945 was a cur-               Judging by past decades, I’m not hold-
Start, WIC [Women, Infants and Chil-         debt restructuring also hasn’t occurred.           rency-stability fund. It was set up for the        ing my breath.
dren], Parents as Teachers and after-           Socialist Strauss-Kahn restored IMF             postwar era to help Germany, Japan and
school programs) and from the Depart-        prestige with his political-economic ac-           many others keep their currencies lined                THE LATE Jude Wanniski used
ment of Labor. The goal is to give the       tivism. But he didn’t restore prosperity to        up with the dollar, which in turn was              to joke that if you want to find the next
government access to a giant computer        the southern-tier European countries.              linked to gold at $35 an ounce. But when           breakout of social and political unrest,
data warehouse with personal informa-           So, to some extent, the IMF has be-             the Bretton Woods arrangement collapsed            all you need to do is get hold of the IMF
tion on all children.                        come Bailout Nation Europe. (I note that           in the early 1970s under Richard Nixon,            travel schedule. I hope that will change.
   This data-gathering plan is another       the U.S. owns about 20 percent of the              the IMF was forced to look for a new job.          But I doubt it.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                 21
  COMMON: May 19, 2011

The ‘Common’ defense from the White House
   R
           apper “Common” recently ing President George W. Bush. But to be
           performed for “poetry night” fair, even Common lovers admit that the
           at the White House. “Objec- first two might not be all that socially
tion!” said the out-of-touch, Golf Chan- conscious. This is a poet with a soft spot
nel-watching, Pat Boone-loving right- — for                             blacks who murder
wingers,        who                                                      white cops.
called Common                            Larry                              President Barack
unworthy of an                                                            Obama’s       White
invitation to the                     Elder                                 House celebrates
                                                                            open-mindedness
People’s House.                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
The        Comedy                                                           and tolerance. For
Channel’s hip Jon Stewart ridiculed the example, Obama just dined with the so-
unhip for their outrage. Who’s right?                cially conscious Rev. Al Sharpton, the
                                                     whitey-denouncing race hustler who
   WHITE HOUSE press secretary rode to fame by falsely accusing a white
and apparent rap-o-phile Jay Carney, former assistant district attorney of rap-
who hails from the mean streets of the ing a black teenage girl. Sharpton’s in-
Lawrenceville prep school and Yale — cendiary rants — “If the Jews want to
where he majored in Russian and East- get it on, tell them to pin their yarmul-
ern European studies — defended Com- kes back and come over to my house”                         ing that Fidel Castro return her to the      Goldberg, as well as the French. Not all
mon as “socially conscious.”                         — helped ignite a riot in Crown Heights     States. The FBI calls her a “domestic        of the French, just the ones like the then-
   Common ought not, therefore, be that left a hundred wounded and a Jew-                        terrorist” and offers $1 million for her     mayor of Paris who made Abu-Jamal an
grouped with non-socially conscious ish student stabbed to death.                                capture.                                     honorary citizen and the Parisian subur-
rappers — the gold-chain-wearing,                         Unlike Sharpton, Common never                                                       banites who named a street after him.
crotch-grabbing, dope-smoking, dope- called then-New York Mayor David                               NOW IT’S possible that Common                 Common does not personally advo-
selling, misogynistic kind who riff about Dinkins, the city’s first and only black               named his daughter after Shakur be-          cate violence. He merely adopts a char-
killing cops, hating whites, and fighting mayor, a “n--ger wh--e.” Besides, Com-                 cause he likes the name. On the other        acter, and becomes a tool through which
the ever-present and all-encompassing mon and Obama go way back. They                            hand, he did write a poem in which he        urban angst of the streets is given voice.
racism practiced by The Man. (The both belonged to Trinity United Church                         calls Shakur an innocent woman wrong-        Does actor Anthony Hopkins actually
Man, of course, briefly left his post in of Christ, presided over by the Rev. Jer-               ly convicted by the racist criminal jus-     eat people with some fava beans and a
November 2008 and allowed the elec- emiah “United States of KKK” Wright.                         tice system.                                 nice Chianti?
tion of a black president. Everybody has                  So what’s the problem with Com-           This would be the same racist crimi-          Middle-agers, who grew up on Mo-
bad days.)                                           mon?                                        nal justice system that the socially con-    town, are hopelessly out-of-touch. Why
   Think of Common as a black Ward                        His daughter is named after Assata     scious rapper insists unjustly convicted     if it were today, Smokey Robinson would
Cleaver, up from the ‘hood, who comes Shakur, a black panther formerly known                     Mumia Abu-Jamal, currently serving           be doing drive-bys on Marvin Gaye and
in from a hard day at the office, sets as Joanne Chesimard. Shakur was sen-                      a life sentence for the execution-style      Stevie Wonder. Stax and Motown would
down his briefcase at the coat rack, tenced to life for her role in the execu-                   murder of Philadelphia police officer        trade lead over which label was “keepin’
hangs up his tweed jacket and shouts, tion-style murder of New Jersey State                      Daniel Faulkner. But let us not single out   it real.” Otis Redding would be sitting
“Bit--, where’s my dinner?!” Sure, Trooper Werner Foerster. Shakur broke                         Common. Abu-Jamal defenders include          on the dock of the bay, recovering from
Common, like the non-socially con- out of prison and fled to Cuba, where                         Hollywoodies Ed Asner, the late Paul         gunshots fired by the Temptations —
scious rappers, has rapped about killing she still lives under political asylum.                 Newman, Susan Sarandon, Ossie Davis,         strapped, cruising the streets in a tinted
cops, beating up white people and burn- Congress passed a resolution demand-                     Mike Farrell, Tim Robbins and Whoopi         SUV, searching for respect. It’s hard out
                                                                                                                                              there for a pimp.
                                                                                                                                                  When not rapping, Common stays
                                                                                                                                              in touch with his inner Klansman. Like
                                                                                                                                              the Klan, Common condemns interra-
                                                                                                                                              cial dating. Sticklers might recall the
                                                                                                                                              heat then-presidential candidate George
                                                                                                                                              W. Bush took when he agreed to speak
                                                                                                                                              at Bob Jones University, which, at the
                                                                                                                                              time, forbade interracial dating among
                                                                                                                                              students without parental permission.
                                                                                                                                                    When asked about “mixed-race re-
                                                                                                                                              lationships,” Common explained: “I
                                                                                                                                              disagree with them. ... Sometimes to
                                                                                                                                              get back up to the level of respect and
                                                                                                                                              love, you’ve gotta stick with your own
                                                                                                                                              for a minute and build a certain amount
                                                                                                                                              of strength and community within yours
                                                                                                                                              so that other people can respect and
                                                                                                                                              honor your traditions.” Unlike the Klan,
                                                                                                                                              Common approves of interracial sex, in
                                                                                                                                              which he admits having indulged. He
                                                                                                                                              opposes only interracial relationships,
                                                                                                                                              like the kind that produced ... President
                                                                                                                                              Obama.

                                                                                                                                                 MAYBE COMMON will rap about
                                                                                                                                              that at next year’s poetry night. Until
                                                                                                                                              then, peace out.
 22                                                                                                                                 Conservative Chronicle
  MEDIA BIAS: May 24, 2011

Don’t let liberal establishment choose our candidates
   C
           onservatives are worried that years for his high-profile counter-con-
           an ideal Reagan conservative servative stances and his penchant for
           has yet to emerge and lead the administering friendly fire on his GOP
2012 GOP presidential field. But are we colleagues. It wasn’t until the general
allowing the liberal media (and estab- election that they turned on McCain.
lishment Republicans) to manipulate the                   More          recently, we see the
narrative to prevent such a result?                  s a m e               phenomenon       with
   Obviously, the                                                           this year’s slate of
liberal media do                         David                              potential candidates.
not have the best                                                           Sarah Palin and Mi-
interests of Rea-          Limbaugh                                           chele Bachmann
gan conservatives               (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                  are strong, un-
in mind when                                                                  apologetic conser-
they do their “reporting.” So when they vatives, qualifying as conservatives on
tell us certain GOP candidates are un- all three legs of Reagan’s three-legged
electable or electable, common sense stool: economic, social and foreign pol-
would counsel us to take their advice icy issues.
with mounds of salt. But do we?                           They have both been savaged as in-
                                                     experienced, extremist, divisive light-
   SURELY RONALD Reagan isn’t weights. But the media never cast
the only qualified, electable Reagan con- Barack Obama’s inexperience in a nega-
servative in our lifetimes. Nonetheless, tive light. They conserved their ammo                      ing up John Huntsman — doubtlessly Nexis and Google and couldn’t find a
the virtually unchallenged assumption for use solely against Palin, who wasn’t                      because they see him as less conserva- scintilla of evidence of Gregory’s in-
is that Reagan conservatism is extreme even running for the main spot on the                        tive and thus less threatening.           dignation against Obama for shoving
and its purveyors intrinsically divisive. ticket and who had far more executive                                                               Obamacare through without a consen-
   The demonization always follows the experience than Obama.                                          NOR IS THE media’s anti-conser- sus. So the rule is: Vilify the conservative
same pattern. A promising mainstream                      The media portrayed Obama as a            vative vitriol reserved exclusively for for pushing a plan and simultaneously
conservative candidate appears and be- uniter, despite his having had the most                      announced presidential candidates. On engaging in a national dialogue aimed
gins to gain traction and is then relent- liberal voting record in the Senate in                    Meet the Press, David Gregory am- at developing a national consensus, and
lessly attacked and marginalized into 2007. And they haven’t properly ac-                           bushed Paul Ryan for his plan to “cut” glorify the liberal for lying, cheating and
apparent unelectablility.                            knowledged the extent of his divisive-         Medicare when polls allegedly show stealing to cram a bill through with an
   Compare the media’s treatment of ness yet, though he’s the most polarizing                       that people incoherently oppose cuts overwhelming majority of opposition,
Mitt Romney with their treatment of president of the modern era — including                         even if the failure to impose substantial let alone without a consensus.
John McCain in the 2008 Republican George W. Bush.                                                  cuts would bankrupt the country. In a         But in the end, it’s not the liberal
primary campaign. We don’t need to de-                    This year, the establishment had been     display of smugness I’ve not witnessed bias, double standards, selective de-
bate here whether Romney is a Reagan propping up Mitch Daniels, probably                            since Obama told Sen. McCain “I won, monization and unfairness that troubles
conservative; all that matters for pur- because it didn’t view him as being as                      John,” Gregory sneeringly lectured me most. It is what I fear to be our side’s
poses of this discussion is that the lib- conservative as Palin, Bachmann, Rick                     Ryan on his audacity in promoting his passive acquiescence to the media’s pre-
eral media thought he was — or enough Santorum, Herman Cain or Tim Pawlen-                          plan without having a national “consen- dictable narrative. Why do we keep al-
so that he had to be stopped. McCain, on ty. Now that Daniels is out, we hear that                  sus” in favor of it.                      lowing our political enemies to pick and
the other hand, had been their darling for those in the establishment will start talk-                 Hold on for a second. I researched disqualify our candidates?
                                                                                                                                                  Professional politicians have steered
                                                                                                                                              our ship of state into the Titanic iceberg.
                                                                                                                                              It’s hardly facetious to suggest that
                                                                                                                                              there’s an inverse relationship between
                                                                                                                                              the collective experience of those in the
                                                                                                                                              political class and their ability and will-
                                                                                                                                              ingness to extricate us from the mess
                                                                                                                                              they’ve created.
                                                                                                                                                  We need fresh blood and a fresh ap-
                                                                                                                                              proach to the nation-threatening prob-
                                                                                                                                              lems we face, so perhaps we should
                                                                                                                                              liberate ourselves from the template
                                                                                                                                              preventing us from stepping outside the
                                                                                                                                              box.
                                                                                                                                                  I haven’t decided whom I will sup-
                                                                                                                                              port for the GOP nomination this early
                                                                                                                                              in the field. I like Palin, Cain, Ryan,
                                                                                                                                              Rick Perry, Santorum, Pawlenty, John
                                                                                                                                              Bolton and Bachmann, among others.
                                                                                                                                              But I sure won’t let the liberal media or
                                                                                                                                              establishment types color my thinking
                                                                                                                                              about it.

                                                                                                                                                  LET’S TRY to resist the debilitat-
                                                                                                                                               ing contagion of pessimism out there.
                                                                                                                                               Contrary to conventional wisdom, there
                                                                                                                                               are plenty of good candidates, and all of
                                                                                                                                               them are infinitely superior to Obama. If
                                                                                                                                               the nation is to be saved, one of them, on
                                                                                                                                               this list or not, has to prevail.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                      23
  ABORTION: May 20, 2011

ABC’s partial-birth hero on Private Practice
  A
           s far as I’m concerned, there’s    1,700 abortion providers. And I’m one                    THE TENSION in the Private Prac-         crushed a baby’s skull. But she’s the con-
           a circle in Hell reserved for      of them.”                                           tice plot came from the show’s pro-life       troversial one.
           late-term abortionists. But           The poor, poor killer of babies. ABC character, African-American fertility spe-                    When pregnant Patty comes to the of-
this is the Obama era, so Hollywood           should have cued the orchestra to swell cialist Dr.                     Naomi Bennett. When       fice to consult with Addison, Naomi tries
makes TV shows casting them as heroic         up and champion the few and the proud, she first                          protests the partial-   to talk her out of an abortion, telling her
figures. Such is the state of our popular     followed by the                                                            birth abortion, Ad-    that her baby, at 19 weeks in the womb,
culture.                                      on-screen credit,                         Brent                             dison argues, “Par-   can hear her mother talk and be startled
   On the May 12 episode of ABC’s Pri-
vate Practice, Dr. Addison Montgomery
                                              “This      message
                                              brought to you by                     Bozell                                tial birth is not a
                                                                                                                         medical term, it’s a
                                                                                                                                                by loud noises and has vocal cords and
                                                                                                                                                fingerprints. With a gentle smile, she
(played by actress Kate Walsh, a real-life    Planned Parent-                  (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate               political term, and   insists, “Consider carrying the baby to
Planned Parenthood activist) spewed the       hood.” It was that                                                          you know it.”         term.”
strongest pro-abortion — “pro-choice”         blatant.                                                 Naomi replies, “I don’t care what you        This puts Patty on the fence, infuriat-
— rhetoric as she performed a partial-           There were no cheers for this very call it, you can’t do it.”                                  ing Addison. The scene shifts to Patty’s
birth abortion on a woman who thought         special episode from the usual liberal                   Another female character chimes in,      workplace, a bar, where Addison arrives
she’d already had an abortion two             TV critics, and feminist groups weren’t “Yes, she can. It’s at the doctor’s discre-               to talk her back into the abortion.
months before.                                shaking pom-poms either. But there’s tion. And it is legal.”                                          “She had no right to upset you like
                                              probably a Planned Parenthood “Maggie                    Naturally, ABC wasn’t about to be very   that,” she insists.
  “I HATE WHAT I’m about to do,               Award for Media Excellence” in ABC’s specific about how grisly the partial-birth                      If pro-lifers discuss facts about fetal
but I support Patty’s right to choose,” the   future. Walsh won this award in 2008 abortion is, as Addison euphemistically                      development and plead that parenthood
doctor declares. “It is not enough just to    for her “extensive advocacy efforts on proclaims to the patient it involves “for-                 isn’t a prison sentence, somehow that un-
have an opinion, because in a nation of       behalf of affordable family planning ser- ceps and suction,” and “the fetus would                 fairly interferes with “choice.”
over 300 million people, there are only       vices and real sex education.”                      be removed.” Naomi later protests that it         Montgomery uncorks another pro-
                                                                                                                                                abortion lecture at the bar: “When it
                                                                                                                                                comes to abortion, everybody has an
  IMF: May 19, 2011                                                                                                                             opinion. Everybody’s going to want to
                                                                                                                                                tell you what to do. If this were 1972,

The facts keep changing                                                                                                                         it would have been a back alley and not
                                                                                                                                                my elevator you would have collapsed



  T
                                                                                                                                                in. You didn’t have a choice. Now you
          he facts keep changing. Domi-     took place. In fact, he had lunch with                In France, opinion is in conflict.            do.” She claims to Patty “everyone else
          nique Strauss-Kahn (DSK to        his daughter in a Manhattan restaurant            Some say DSK was set up. Others                   is background noise.” This is not an of-
          the cognoscenti), the manag-      about a half-hour after the alleged as-           are embarrassed and some blame the                fering of “choice.” This is an urgent ap-
ing director of the International Mon-      sault. The personal cellphone that he al-         French press. As for the French journal-          peal for an abortion.
etary Fund, is nabbed by New York           legedly forgot in his hasty exit to the air-      ists, there seems to be an awakening that             Of course, the doctor added those
police Saturday, having just boarded an     port and called the hotel about, tipping          the English-speaking people are not so            fiendish and violent pro-lifers are always
Air France flight to Paris. Accused of      the cops to his whereabouts, has com-             puritanical after all.                            ruining the Era of Choice.
sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel   pletely slipped from sight. Still, he is              “We felt that we were superior to the             “It’s still hard. And even after you
Hotel back in Manhattan hours earlier,      jailed with no hope of bail and charged           Americans and the British by upholding            make the most difficult and personal de-
he is hustled off the plane.                with several felony counts for chasing a          the principle of protecting private life,”        cision that there is, it’s still not safe. Be-
                                            maid around his hotel room and forcing            Pierre Haski, co-founder of the web site          cause you have some fanatic who claims
   DSK, ALSO the leading candidate her into various humiliating                               Rue89, told the New York Times.                   to value life who can walk into an abor-
against France’s President Nicolas positions.                                                     Well, hang on, Pierre. You did not            tion clinic and blow it up.”
Sarkozy, is taken into custody, identi-                                                       have it so wrong. Public figures have                 It’s the ultimate Orwellian argument.
fied by his alleged victim in a police              R. Emmett                                 a right to a private life. Yet when they          We live in a country where 4,000 abor-
lineup and lingers in a Manhattan hold-
ing cell. He undergoes some sort of tests              Tyrrell                                draw attention to their private lives,
                                                                                              they go too far. Or when their behavior
                                                                                                                                                tions are performed daily and it’s the pro-
                                                                                                                                                lifers who are killers.
wherein DNA samples are taken from                    (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            in private affects the public life of the             Just as upsetting as this dramatic
his fingernails and skin — he volunteers                                                      nation, they have gone too far.                   smear that the abortion-opposing side
for this.                                      The news accounts echo with tales of               When Bill Clinton continually held            is dominated by violent fanatics was the
   In a matter of hours, he is a fallen earlier sexual assaults and behavior that             up his private life as exemplary, he              complete collapse of the pro-life charac-
man. He got up Saturday morning the suggest he suffers from the Clinton Syn-                  played the public for fools and he got            ter. At the episode’s end, there is Naomi,
head of the respected International Mon- drome. At least one woman in France                  just what he deserved: exposure. When             supportively holding the woman’s hand
etary Fund. He goes to sleep that night is opening up a case against him from                 he disported with an intern in the Oval           as Addison prepares to carve up the baby
convicted in the eyes of the vast major- years before. My hunch is that he will               Office, he went too far. When he engaged          (off-screen, of course). When the butch-
ity of the public as a sex offender.        never be elected president of France. In          in “phone sex” on unsecured lines that            ering is complete, pro-abort Addison
   He is subjected to that peculiar Amer- fact, he might not ever get out of jail.            were open to foreign intelligence agen-           thanks Naomi for her support of Patty.
ican institution of justice, the Perp Walk,                                                   cies, he went too far. Who knows what                 “Pro-life,” Naomi replies. “I was there
and the pictures are grim. He is not the       NOW DSK is claiming that there                 foreign nations have done with those              for both of you,” and concedes, “You
dapper Frenchman anymore, but a guy was indeed sexual activity in that hotel                  embarrassing tapes of him and Monica              helped that woman.”
in a trench coat looking disheveled and room, but it was consensual. Someone                  Lewinsky? When indiscretions commit-
woebegone. Judge Melissa Jackson de- close to the defense tells the New York                  ted in private affect the commonweal, a       HOLLYWOOD WOULD never end
nies him bail, though his wife is on her Post, “There may well have been con-                 public figure has gone too far.            an episode or a movie with a woman
way from Paris with a million dollars. sent.” After all, it was midday, and the                                                          deeply troubled by her abortion convert-
He may spend the rest of his life behind hotel was busy. How did he manage to                     IN THE CASE of DSK, we have the ing to Christianity — even though that’s
bars. He is sent to Rikers Island, a brutal chase the maid from room to room in his           presumption of innocence in this coun- exactly what happened with Norma
place.                                      $3,000-per-night suite, as she claimed,           try until he is proven guilty. He has not McCorvey, the “Roe” in Roe vs. Wade.
   Yet the facts keep changing to those without raising a commotion, and did                  been proven guilty. He can wear a brace- They’d never have an abortionist switch
who follow the story with care. He he secure the outer door to the hallway?                   let and be bailed out. He should not have sides — as did the late Dr. Bernard Na-
booked the seat on the plane at least a Oh, and by the way, he got the suite on               been forced to make the Perp Walk. This thanson. In Hollywood, the pro-lifers
week before, so he did not hightail it a discount. He paid between $500 and                   is not one of our justice system’s finest fold within 60 minutes. It is truly the land
to the airport after the alleged assault $800. So it is not a $3,000 suite.                   hours.                                     of make-believe.
  24                                                                                                                                 Conservative Chronicle
  ISRAEL: May 24, 2011

‘Bibi’ votes Republican and Obama won’t forget
   N
            ot since Nikita Khrushchev ally agreed swaps” of land to guarantee
            berated Dwight Eisenhower secure and defensible borders for Is-
            over Gary Powers’ U-2 spy rael, Netanyahu, warning the president
flight over Russia only weeks earlier has against a peace “based on illusions,”
an American president been subjected acted as though Obama had called for
to a dressing down like the one Barack an Is-                              rael withdrawal to the
Obama received                                                               armistice line of
from      Benjamin                                                           1967.
Netanyahu on Fri-                              Pat                               This was absurd.
day.
    With this cru-
                          Buchanan                                             All Obama was
                                                                               saying was what
cial     difference.              (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                               three Israeli prime
Khrushchev ranted                                                             ministers — Yit-
behind closed doors, and when Ike re- zhak Rabin, Ehud Barak and Ehud Ol-
fused to apologize, blew up the Paris mert — have all recognized.
summit hosted by President de Gaulle.                       To get Palestinian and international
                                                       recognition for a united Jerusalem and
    OBAMA, HOWEVER, was lec- Israel’s annexation of the settlements
tured like some schoolboy in the Oval around the city, Israel will have to trade
Office in front of the national press and land for land.
a worldwide TV audience.                                    Obama was not saying the 1967 bor-       been hurt. To the world, and not just the   and less so to Israel than any president
    And two days later, he trooped over ders were to be the end of negotiations                      Arabs, he appears weak.                     since Jimmy Carter, and he, Netanyahu,
to the Israeli lobby AIPAC to walk back but the starting point. Indeed, where else                      In Israel, Netanyahu is seen as having   would like to see Obama replaced by
what he had said that had so infuriated would one begin land negotiations if not                     stood up for Israel’s vital interests and   someone more like the born-again pro-
Netanyahu.                                             from the last recognized map?                 forced an American president to back        Israel Christian George W. Bush.
    “Bibi” then purred that he was                          Undeniably, Netanyahu won the            down. His right-wing coalition is cheer-       And indeed, the Republicans and the
“pleased” with the clarification.                      smack-down. The president was humili-         ing him on.                                 right, Mitt Romney in the lead, accus-
    Diplomatic oil is now being poured ated in the Oval Office, and in his trip                         Indeed, the issue is not whether         ing Obama of “throwing Israel under
over the troubled waters, but this humil- to AIPAC’s woodshed he spoke of the                        Obama has been hurt, but why Bibi,          the bus,” seized on the issue and, almost
iation will not be forgotten.                          future peace negotiations ending just as      raised in the U.S.A., who knows Ameri-      universally, have taken Netanyahu’s
    What did Obama do to draw this pub- Israelis desire and demand.                                  can politics better than any previous Is-   side.
lic rebuke? In his Thursday speech on                                                                raeli prime minister, did it. Why wound        This could be a serious problem for
the Arab Spring and Middle East peace,                      NOR IS THIS the first time Obama         Obama like that?                            the president and his party in 2012. For,
Obama declared:                                        has been rolled by the Israeli prime min-        Why would the leader of a nation of      consider:
    “We believe the borders of Israel ister. Obama came into office demand-                          seven million that is dependent on U.S.        In 2008, Obama won the African-
should be based on the 1967 lines with ing an end to all new or expanded set-                        arms, foreign aid and diplomatic sup-       American vote 95 to four, or 16 to one.
mutually agreed swaps, so that secure tlements on the West Bank and in East                          port choose to humiliate a president        He won the Jewish vote 78 to 21, by 57
and recognized borders are established Jerusalem, and subsequently backed                            who could be sitting in that office until   points, a historic landslide.
for both states. ... Israel must be able to down from each and every demand.                         2017?                                          These are arguably the two most reli-
defend itself — by itself — against any                     Fed up, his Mideast peace negotiator        The one explanation that makes           able of Democratic voting blocs.
threat.”                                               George Mitchell has quit.                     sense is that Netanyahu sees Obama as          And while the Jewish vote may be
    Ignoring Obama’s call for “mutu-                        Politically, too, the president has      more sympathetic to the Palestinians        only one-seventh of the black vote, it
                                                                                                                                                 has proven decisive in the crucial state
                                                                                                                                                 of Florida. Moreover, Jewish contribu-
                                                                                                                                                 tions, by some estimates, may make up
                                                                                                                                                 half of all the contributions to the Dem-
                                                                                                                                                 ocratic Party.
                                                                                                                                                    If, after hearing an Israeli prime
                                                                                                                                                 minister berate Obama for ignorance
                                                                                                                                                 or indifference to the cold realities the
                                                                                                                                                 Jewish state faces, Jewish folks decide
                                                                                                                                                 Obama is bad for Israel and close their
                                                                                                                                                 checkbooks, the impact in a tight elec-
                                                                                                                                                 tion could be critical.
                                                                                                                                                    On the other hand, for African-Amer-
                                                                                                                                                 icans to see the first black president
                                                                                                                                                 treated like some truant third-grader by
                                                                                                                                                 a prime minister of Israel whose nation
                                                                                                                                                 is deeply dependent on this country has
                                                                                                                                                 to grate.
                                                                                                                                                    In the short run, Bibi won the con-
                                                                                                                                                 frontation, hands down. Like no other
                                                                                                                                                 leader before him, he humiliated a U.S.
                                                                                                                                                 president in front of the world, forced
                                                                                                                                                 him to revise his remarks of four days
                                                                                                                                                 previous, then graciously accepted the
                                                                                                                                                 revision.

                                                                                                                                                    BUT A SECOND-TERM Obama
                                                                                                                                                 is unlikely to forget what was done to
                                                                                                                                                 him.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                          25
  STIMULUS FRAUD: May 25, 2011

Porkulus: Cash for tax cheats
  W
               hen President Obama signed         — One nonprofit organization owed had been nabbed with frequent labor vio-                         not prohibit tax delinquents from getting
               the trillion-dollar stimulus   more than $2 million from years of un- lations. It also received a stimulus con-                       government contracts or grants.” As if the
               law in 2009, he proclaimed     paid payroll taxes, while at the same time tract worth more than $100,000.                             RATs couldn’t have exercised their own
that he was “keeping the American dream       its CEO made numerous trips to a casino.                                                               common sense to stop such plundering in
alive in our time.” The stimulator-in-chief   The group was awarded more than $1                          AND THIS is just the tip of the Cash       the name of job creation themselves?
failed to mention that billions would be      million in stimulus funds.                             for Tax Cheats iceberg. The GAO ac-                Even if such a prohibition existed,
spent keeping American tax scammers               — One engineering services firm had knowledged in its report that “the estimat-                    you can’t count on the IRS to perform
afloat on our dime.                           a $6 million delinquent tax debt and was ed amount                          of known unpaid            due diligence on behalf of the American
                                              called by the IRS an “extreme case of federal                                 taxes we identified is   taxpayer, either. Last week, the Treasury
   AT A CONGRESSIONAL hearing                 noncompliance,”                                                                likely understated”     Department inspector general found
on Tuesday, federal auditors reported on      yet won a contract                        Michelle                             because of rampant      that the tax police have failed to pre-
the latest porkulus spending gone wild.
According to a new General Account-
                                              worth more than
                                              $100,000.                                 Malkin                               underreporting of
                                                                                                                              income and be-
                                                                                                                                                     vent fraud in the stimulus law’s energy
                                                                                                                                                     tax credit program. Some $6 billion in
ing Office audit conducted over the past          — A munici-                  (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                   cause the analysis     stimulus energy credits for homeowners
year, nearly 4,000 stimulus recipients re-    pality with a his-                                                              did “not include       have been claimed — but the inspector
ceived $24 billion in Recovery Act funds      tory of late tax filings and five periods Recovery Act contract and grant recipi-                      general’s audit found that 30 percent of
— while owing more than $750 million          of unpaid payroll taxes worth $1 million ents who are noncompliant with or not                         credit-claimers had no record of hom-
in unpaid corporate, payroll and other        received $100,000 in stimulus money.                   subject to Recovery Act reporting re-           eownership. “I am troubled by the IRS’s
taxes. Among the tax-cheating federal             — A health care company that owes quirements.”                                                     continued failure to develop appropriate
contractors and grant winners who raked       more than $1 million in back taxes and                      The official response of the Obama ad-     verification methods for distributing Re-
in stimulus bucks, the Senate Permanent       has had federal IRS liens filed against it ministration’s stimulus oversight board?                    covery Act credits,” the Treasury Inspec-
Subcommittee on Investigations found:         since the late 1990s received $100,000 in First, the Recovery Accountability and                       tor watchdog said.
   — Two social services groups with          stimulus funds.                                        Transparency Board patted itself on the            Moreover, when the IRS wasn’t falling
nearly $3 million in unpaid taxes each            — One security firm owed $9 million back for its transparency. Second, the                         down on its job policing outside fraud, its
received more than $1 million in stimu-       and was repeatedly cited not only for be- panel dodged responsibility by sheep-                        own workers were committing their own
lus awards.                                   ing uncooperative with the IRS, but also ishly pointing out that “federal law does                     stimulus fraud — by cheating the sys-
                                                                                                                                                     tem and claiming a first-time homebuyer
                                                                                                                                                     tax credit included in the 2008 and 2009
  FAA: May 25, 2011                                                                                                                                  economic stimulus packages. At least
                                                                                                                                                     128 IRS employees claimed the credit,

Common sense versus nonsense                                                                                                                         according to a recent Treasury Depart-
                                                                                                                                                     ment audit, yet weren’t first-time buyers



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                                                                                                                                                     or violated other basic eligibility criteria.
              illiam J. McGee, the con-       ible. There are the crashes, injuries and          accident that could be easily prevented                Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn,
              sumer advocate on the           fatalities.                                        by a routine daily inspection. Yet how              who has doggedly tracked stimulus
              Department of Transporta-          The effects of being over-safe are              many of us bother to inspect our car’s              waste from Day One, said, “That such a
tion’s Future of Aviation Advisory Com-       less visible. They are revealed when               hydraulic brake lines before we start               huge amount of the stimulus money went
mittee wrote “Forcing the F.A.A. to Fly       we recognize that too many safety mea-             the engine and head off to work? Doing              to known tax cheats should be a wake-up
Blind” in the New York Times (April 9,        sures such as unnecessary maintenance,             so would be safer than simply assum-                call for Congress.” It should be about the
2011), where he laments Congress’ cut         early parts replacements and inspections           ing that the lines were intact. After all,          20th wake-up call by now. Obama’s noto-
in the FAA budget, saying, “A $4 bil-         cost money. If airline companies are to            NASA doesn’t act so “irresponsibly.”                rious slush fund has redistributed wealth
lion cut will necessarily reduce the work     remain profitable and in business, pas-            Prior to launch, they make no safety as-            to prison inmates, flaky researchers, so-
force further. And it’s hard to imagine       senger fares must reflect such                     sumptions. They go through a detailed               cial justice boondoggles, infrastructure
this will not diminish safety.” Mr. Mc-       costs. Because of higher                           inspection of all systems, taking noth-             to nowhere, foreign companies, dead
Gee suggests there will be shortcuts in                                                          ing for granted. As far as our cars are             people and ghost congressional districts
aircraft maintenance.                                        Walter                              concerned, we decide that such a level              — not to mention $20 million in chump
                                                                                                                                                     change to pay for campaign-style stimu-
                                                                                                 of safety is not worth it.
   HERE ARE a few facts and then a                 Williams                                         How about the frequently heard claim             lus-hyping road signs across the country
question. Each Boeing 747 costs $317                     (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate            “If it will save just one life, it’s worth          emblazoned with the shovel-ready logo.
million, its 777 goes for $284 million                                                           it?” As a generality, it, too, is nonsense.            And for what?
and its 737 sells for $80 million. Airbus’    fares, some families will opt to drive to          According to 2009 data from the De-                    Unemployment remains near double-
giant 555-plus passenger A380 sells           their destination. Highway travel is not           partment of Transportation’s National               digits. Obama economic advisers Chris-
for $375 million. Here’s a true or false      nearly as safe as air travel. Therefore,           Highway Traffic Safety Administration,              tina Romer and Jared Bernstein infa-
statement: If it weren’t for the FAA, air-    some highway fatalities might be be-               33,808 people died in car crashes. I’m              mously vowed the stimulus would stay
line company CEOs would not take the          cause higher fares have forced people to           guessing that if Congress would man-                below eight percent. Highway jobs have
necessary measures to ensure that their       drive instead of fly.                              date and enforce a 5 or 10 mph speed                not materialized. Investor’s Business
aircraft took off and landed safely.              Witnessing a highway fatality, few             limit, at least 30,000 American lives               Daily notes that a new study by econo-
   I’d say the statement is false. Even       would attribute it to FAA edicts. By the           would be saved.                                     mists Timothy Conley of the University
if CEOs didn’t give a hoot about pas-         way, FAA officials have an incentive to                                                                of Western Ontario and Bill Dupor of
sengers, I’m betting that they do care,       err on the side of being over-safe be-                HOW MANY people would support                    Ohio State “found that despite the influx
without FAA edicts, whether billions of       cause the victims of their policy are in-          such a mandate? “Williams,” you say,                of all that federal money, highway con-
dollars worth of aircraft landed and took     visible and the agency suffers no public           “that’s a ridiculous and impractical pro-           struction jobs actually plunged by nearly
off safely, and they will spend enough        embarrassment and blame.                           posal!” I’d agree but put it more truthful-         70,000 between 2008 and 2010.” Indeed,
on maintenance to ensure that.                    Speaking of safety, too many of us             ly, though politically incorrect. People            the researchers found that the stimu-
   Mr. McGee might say that without           buy into the notions like “You can never           wouldn’t support such a congressional               lus actually “destroyed or forestalled” a
the FAA mandates, airlines would spend        be too safe” and “If it will save one life,        mandate because those 30,000 lives that             whopping one million private sector jobs
less on safety. Whether we acknowl-           it’s worth it.” Let’s put this in perspec-         would be saved just aren’t worth all the            by crowding them out with make-work
edge it or not, there is such a thing as      tive. There’s a non-zero probability that          inconvenience and costs we have to bear             public jobs and programs.
being too safe, as well as being not safe     our automobile hydraulic brake line                by having to drive at 5 or 10 mph.
enough. Typically, it’s only the effects      system has a just-about-ready-to-frac-                                                                   RECOVERY.GOV?               More      like
of not being safe enough that are vis-        ture crack that could cause a serious                                                                  Wreckovery.gov.
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  MEDIA BIAS: May 25, 2011

No one may lecture the beloved Obama
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             hen Barack Obama re-             be so easily ignored because he has so                    REPORTER CHUCK Todd went                remarks on Israel. CBS’s Early Show in-
             placed George Bush, there        much oil.”                                            further, virtually endorsing the Bush in-   stead turned to former Clinton State De-
             was unbridled joy among             The next day, Matt Lauer turned to sult, saying that “in our last poll we had                  partment spokesman Jamie Rubin.
the elites. The days of “cowboy diplo-        a set of VH-1 comedians. He played 80 percent said they wouldn’t miss him,”                          Anchor Erica Hill suggested Netan-
macy” were over! Finally, we had a            the Chavez devil clip, and said, “That’s and “He’s already being sort of kicked                   yahu couldn’t “give an inch” politically
president who was a careful multi-lat-        wacky.”                                               out of of-           fice by the American   to the president on Israeli security. Rubin
eralist who wouldn’t rudely impose his           Sherrod Small                                                             people.”             replied: “This is unfortunate for every-
will, but would instead work with allies      replied, “I ain’t                                                               The other net-    one, I think. Because President Obama
to build consensus.                           laughed that much                        Brent                               works were even      doesn’t have the huge popularity in Isra-

   BUT THAT’S not what Obama
                                              at a Latino guy on
                                              TV since I watched
                                                                                    Bozell                                 worse.      ABC’s
                                                                                                                           World News put
                                                                                                                                                el that, perhaps, President Bush had, it’s
                                                                                                                                                easier for Prime Minister Netanyahu to
                                                                                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
delivered with Israel last week, is it?       Telemundo. He’s                                                              “Folk Hero?” on      have a fight with him.”
Obama went to the State Department            got what it takes.”                                   screen as anchor Elizabeth Vargas trum-
and insisted Israel needed to stop its           Jessica St. Clair added: “He’s saying peted this “instant celebrity to many of                    CBS’S LIBERAL guest insisted
“unsustainable” policy toward the Pal-        what everybody wants to say, and so now his countrymen.” Then-employed and                        it was “unfortunate for everyone” that
estinians and “boldly” retreat behind         we love him.”                                         more perky CBS anchor Katie Cou-            Obama wasn’t more popular in Israel,
pre-1967 borders. A stunned Benjamin             Thanks, NBC, for always standing up ric hailed how “many Iraqis are calling                    with the clear implication that he should
Netanyahu responded as any ally would         for our president, regardless of party.               him a hero.” Reporter Elizabeth Palmer      be. Our media feel Obama’s pain so in-
if so roundly betrayed. He publicly —            How about when that idiot Iraqi jour- snidely concluded the man “should do                     tensely that they can’t bear the thought
correctly — denounced Obama’s policy          nalist threw a shoe at President Bush’s jail time, said the Iraqi bloggers, because               that someone would say an unkind word
prescription.                                 head in December 2008, screaming, “This he missed.”                                               to him, especially with their cameras roll-
   Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic mag-      is your goodbye (present), you dog”? On                   Did anyone disagree with Obama’s        ing. Their outrage at Netanyahu is only a
azine (and web site) posted an item on        NBC’s Today, reporter Richard Engel position on Israel? Apparently not, if we                     small indicator of how much they’re go-
May 20 headlined: “Dear Mr. Netanya-          excused the shoe-tosser because he had are to trust the press. None of the network                ing to hate Obama’s Republican oppo-
hu, Please Don’t Speak to My President        relatives killed in Baghdad.                          morning shows found critics of Obama’s      nents in the months to come.
That Way.” Netanyahu, he wrote, threw
a “hissy fit.” That pretty much encap-
sulated the American media’s reaction.          ENTITLEMENT MENTALITY: May 24, 2011
“Cowboy diplomacy” is just fine from
time to time — if the man in the saddle
is Obama.                                     Dependency and votes
                                                 T
   On that night’s NBC Nightly News,
reporter Andrea Mitchell was find-                      hose who regard government            ity, low-income people are overweight             to feed their children. The fraction of
ing anonymous distaste for Netanyahu                    “entitlement” programs as             even more often than other Americans.             the people in such neighborhoods who
from other Israeli officials, never mind                sacrosanct, and regard those             As for housing and homelessness,               commit most of the crimes are far more
that his country was unquestionably ap-       who want to cut them back as calloused          housing prices are higher and homeless-           likely to steal luxury products that they
plauding him.                                 or cruel, picture a world very different        ness a bigger problem in places where             can either use or sell to get money to
   “I was told that even some Israeli of-     from the world of reality.                      there has been massive government in-             support their parasitic lifestyle.
ficials, David, were uncomfortable with          To listen to some of the defenders of        tervention, such as liberal bastions like            As for the rest of the poor, Professor
what they acknowledge was a lecturing         entitlement programs, which are at the          New York City and San Francisco. As               Walter Williams of George Mason Uni-
tone by the prime minister. But he felt       heart of the present financial crisis, you      for the elderly, 80 percent are homeown-          versity long ago showed that you could
very strongly he had to say this to the       might think that anything the govern-           ers. whose monthly housing costs are              give the poor enough money to lift them
world, to President Obama’s face.”            ment fails to provide is something that         less than $400, including property taxes,         all above the official poverty line for
   By the time Sunday’s Meet the Press        people will be deprived of.                     utilities and maintenance.                        a fraction of what it costs to support a
rolled around, Mitchell heightened the                                                                                                          massive welfare state bureaucracy.
attack on Netanyahu for daring to lec-           IN OTHER words, if you cut spend-                                                                 We don’t need to send the country into
ture the Almighty Barack.                     ing on school lunches, children will go                    Thomas                                 bankruptcy, in the name of the poor, by
   “Netanyahu seized on it. Even be-
fore he got on the plane, he criticized
                                              hungry. If you fail to subsidize housing,
                                              people will be homeless. If you fail to
                                                                                                         Sowell                                 spending trillions of dollars on people
                                                                                                                                                who are not poor, and who could take
                                                                                                         (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
the president, and in such a fashion! He      subsidize prescription drugs, old people                                                          care of themselves. The poor have been
lectured him in the Oval Office. And if       will have to eat dog food in order to be           The desperately poor elderly conjured          used as human shields behind which the
you look at that picture that you have        able to afford their meds.                      up in political and media rhetoric are —          expanding welfare state can advance.
up there right now, it was a stone-faced         This is the vision promoted by many          in the world of reality — the wealthiest             The goal is not to keep the poor from
Barack Obama and Netanyahu basically          politicians and much of the media. But,         segment of the American population.               starving but to create dependency, be-
treating him like a schoolboy.”               in the world of reality, it is not even true    The average wealth of older house-                cause dependency translates into votes
   And then, some more anonymity:             for most people who are living below            holds is nearly three times the wealth of         for politicians who play Santa Claus.
“People even who work for Netanyahu,          the official poverty line.                      households headed by people in the 35                We have all heard the old saying about
some Israeli officials, told him later that      Most Americans living below the of-          to 44-year-old bracket, and more than 15          how giving a man a fish feeds him for
he went too far. That it was, it was really   ficial poverty line own a car or truck —        times the wealth of households headed             a day, while teaching him to fish feeds
rude and that there would be blowback         and government entitlement programs             by someone under 35 years of age.                 him for a lifetime. Independence makes
to this.”                                     seldom provide cars and trucks. Most               If the wealthiest segment of the pop-          for a healthier society, but dependency
   Mitchell’s NBC sure was less out-          people living below the official poverty        ulation cannot pay their own medical              is what gets votes for politicians.
raged when Venezuelan dictator Hugo           line also have air conditioning, color          bills, who can? The country as a whole               For politicians, giving a man a fish
Chavez came to the U.N. in 2006 and           television and a microwave oven — and           is not any richer because the govern-             every day of his life is the way to keep
denounced President Bush as a devil.          these too are not usually handed out by         ment pays our medical bills — with                getting his vote. “Entitlement” is just a
   Kelly O’Donnell was downright bla-         government entitlement programs.                money that it takes from us.                      fancy word for dependency.
se: “Chavez repeatedly called the presi-         Cell phones and other electronic de-
dent ‘a devil’ and labeled him a ‘Yankee      vices are by no means unheard of in low-           WHAT ABOUT the truly poor, in             AS FOR THE scary stories politi-
terrorist.’ The administration quickly        income neighborhoods, where children            whatever age brackets? First of all, even cians tell, in order to keep the entitle-
dismissed the swipe. ... And some say         would supposedly go hungry if there             in low-income and high-crime neigh- ment programs going, as long as we
that the Venezuelan president cannot          were no school lunch programs. In real-         borhoods, people are not stealing bread keep buying it, they will keep selling it.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                  27
  REPUBLICAN PARTY: May 24, 2011

The self-destructing Republican Party
   I
       f the Wall Street Republicans and Ryan’s Medicare plan as “right-wing so-
       the conservative Republicans cial engineering.” Newt apologized, but
       don’t resolve their differences the damage already was done.
and work as a TEAM (“together every-                      There’s a difference between “gotcha”
one achieves more”), we will go back p o l i t i c s                       and political friendly
to having a Demo-                                                            fire, but when Re-
cratic      majority                                                         publicans are po-
in Congress and                           Chuck                              larizing on issues
President Barack
Obama will be re-
                                      Norris                                from civil rights to
                                                                              health care reform,
elected for another             (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
                                                                              you can bet there’s
four years.                                                                  going to be a field
   Ripples began to form last year when day of Democrats ridiculing Republi-
then Republican Senate candidate Rand cans’ disunity and dissolution.
Paul of Kentucky spouted what some                        We also can be assured of this: Re-
say were typical libertarian views but publicans will never unify behind a
what to others sounded like criticisms presidential candidate as long as friend-
of the fixed and firm Civil Rights Act of ly fire and infighting create fractures and
1964.                                                factions that characterize their party.
                                                          I don’t know at this time which Re-
   THEN THERE were House Repub- publican candidate running for the
licans bickering back and forth forever presidential seat has the overall quali-                    ple, and they liked what he had to say.       To that point, I feel that Mike has
over how much to cut from congressio- fications to successfully out-debate                          Mike only raised $13 million through-      the ability to reach a wider spectrum
nal budgets. Democrats learned quickly Obama, win the presidency and get our                        out his campaign but was still able to     of voters than any other candidate run-
that all they needed to do was stay out of country back on the right track. I deeply                defeat every other candidate running       ning, from Wall Street to Main Street,
their way and allow Republican schisms respect his decision, but I was extremely                    except for John McCain. That included      conservative to liberal and a diversity of
to be viewed by the world.                           disappointed when Mike Huckabee an-            Mitt Romney, who had spent $107 mil-       all ethnic backgrounds. And quite pos-
   In April, a Republican candidate for nounced that he will not be making a                        lion during his campaign, $44 million of   sibly the most important issue of all is
governor in West Virginia, Larry Fair- presidential run in this election. When                      his own money! Mike would have won         that I believe Mike has the ability to out-
cloth, called President Obama a “Sam- I was on the campaign trail with Mike,                        South Carolina if Fred Thompson hadn’t     debate Obama, which would not be an
bo” and House Minority Leader Nancy he was connecting with not only the                             jumped into the race and siphoned off      easy task to do. We all know that Obama
Pelosi a “bimbo.” He proposed that Syl- Republican base but also many liberal-                      many votes that probably would have        has the gift of gab and is a brazen young
vester Stallone take the place of Vice leaning people. Mike had a great mix of                      gone to Mike otherwise.                    man who can make you believe he has
President Joe Biden and that Obama African-American and Hispanic follow-                                                                       your best interests at heart.
start a campaign slogan, “Vote Sambo, ers at his rallies, as well.                                     SEEING AS many people know that            President Obama had the opportunity
Rambo and Bimbo.” Faircloth apolo-                        You have to remember that Mike be-        I campaigned for Mike in 2008, I have      to be one of our greatest and most trans-
gized, but the damage was done.                      gan his run for president with 2 percent       been bombarded by people asking why        parent presidents. Unfortunately, he
   And a more recent example came of voter support and very little money.                           he isn’t running again, because they       failed that test. He not only reneged on
when Newt Gingrich criticized Rep. Paul But he started resonating with the peo-                     were planning on voting for him.           all of his bipartisan campaign promises
                                                                                                                                               but also is well on his way to fundamen-
                                                                                                                                               tally transforming America, and it is not
                                                                                                                                               for the better.
                                                                                                                                                  It’s been said that if you don’t stand
                                                                                                                                               for something, you’ll fall for anything.
                                                                                                                                               At the moment, that adage characterizes
                                                                                                                                               too much of the Republican Party. Re-
                                                                                                                                               publicans need to return to their roots,
                                                                                                                                               remember who they are and reunify
                                                                                                                                               around those common tenets. In short,
                                                                                                                                               we need to get back to the basics.
                                                                                                                                                  And if Republicans are bewildered
                                                                                                                                               about those basics, then let Ronald Rea-
                                                                                                                                               gan remind us all of the platform on
                                                                                                                                               which not only to rebuild the Republi-
                                                                                                                                               can Party but also to reawaken America:
                                                                                                                                               “The basis of conservatism is a desire
                                                                                                                                               for less government interference or less
                                                                                                                                               centralized authority or more individ-
                                                                                                                                               ual freedom.” All decisions and plans
                                                                                                                                               should be based upon that philosophical
                                                                                                                                               conviction.

                                                                                                                                                  I PRAY ONE of the Republican can-
                                                                                                                                               didates can prove to us that he possesses
                                                                                                                                               the leadership to rally us all behind the
                                                                                                                                               fundamentals and lead us on to victory
                                                                                                                                               in the 2012 presidential election. If not,
                                                                                                                                               by 2016, we will be well on the road not
                                                                                                                                               only to our partisan demise but also to a
                                                                                                                                               one-world government, if we aren’t al-
                                                                                                                                               ready there.
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    MIDDLE EAST SPEECH: May 25, 2011

Mideast communications chaos
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          he president’s speech last week, — and publicly condemned it after the
          which was described by the speech and as he was getting on his plane
          White House in advance as a to fly to                          Washington. The re-
speech intended to reach out to the Mus- m a r k s                         stayed in the speech,
lim world, will                                                             but were placed just
probably go down                               Tony                          a few paragraphs
as one of the least                                                           from the end of a
well-understood                  Blankley                                      speech that was
major presidential                (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate                 mostly about the
speeches in mod-                                                               “Arab Spring” and
ern memory. Confusion concerning the President Obama’s current view of it.
president’s words and intent cut across                     At the White House photo op af-           but gravely concerned about the central      that Egypt is about to become a radi-
the lines of Jews, Christians and Mus- ter the two-hour meeting between the                           part of the speech concerning Muslim         cal state, that the Egypt-Israel treaty is
lims, Democrats and Republicans, neo- prime minister and the president, Ne-                           “outreach.”                                  jeopardized, and that Israel is now fac-
cons and paleocons, friends and foes of tanyahu severely chastised the Presi-                            Distinguished scholar Barry Rubin’s       ing the prospect of a renewed enemy
Israel, and friends and foes of the presi- dent for his reference to 1967 borders.                    statement is most noteworthy: “Presi-        to its southwest with twelve times its
dent.                                                  Many supporters of Israel both in the          dent Barack Obama’s speech on Middle         own population simply has not entered
                                                       U.S. and abroad (including the Cana-           East policy did more damage to U.S.-         Obama’s calculations.”
   FOR MANY serious commentators, dian government) echoed Netanyahu’s                                 Israel relations than anything said by          Harsh criticism of a yet different per-
the confusion lies on what the president grave concern about the 1967 borders                         any previous president during the al-        ception came from the Washington Post
meant by his statement that “We be- statement. Even George Mitchell, the                              most forty-year alliance between the         — a vehement endorser of Obama for
lieve the borders of Israel and Palestine president’s Mideast peace envoy (and                        two countries. Yet, ironically, the speech   President 2012. The Post editorial after
should be based on the 1967 lines with not considered pro-Israel) said that the                       wasn’t intended to be on Israel at all;      the speech identified Obama’s intention
mutually agreed swaps, so that secure 1967 border emphasis by the president                           Obama apparently thought he was being        as “to persuade Mr. Abbas to give up his
and recognized borders are established was wrong.                                                     friendly toward Israel; and the point that   U.N. bid and return to negotiations with
for both states.” Was this a shift of poli-                 However, seeing — or claiming to          created the biggest controversy (1967        Israel. To do so, he endorsed one of the
cy, no shift or a critical increase in U.S. see — vindication of their efforts, for-                  borders) was something that the presi-       conditions Palestinians have tried to set
presidential pressure on Israel in future mer foreign policy aides to President                       dent didn’t even say.                        for talks: that they be based on Israel’s
peace negotiations?                                    Bush (and conservative commentators                                                         1967 border lines, with swaps of land
   A few days before the speech, the who supported Bush’s “freedom initia-                               “THE CRISIS, then, was caused             to accommodate large Jewish settle-
president’s press secretary said refer- tive” in the Middle East) rushed out to                       by three factors: The ignorance of the       ments in the West Bank. This is not a
ence to the 1967 borders would not be congratulate Obama for switching from                           Obama Administration over the is-            big change in U.S. policy. Presidents
in the speech. A day before the speech, his “realist” policy of befriending Mus-                      sues involved, Obama’s chronic lack of       Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, along
the Israeli prime minster was privately lim dictatorial regimes such as Iran’s                        friendliness toward Israel and his refusal   with previous Israeli governments, have
informed by the administration that it to what they claimed was Obama’s                               to recognize the threat from revolution-     supported the approach.
would be in the speech. He privately endorsement of the Bush Middle East                              ary Islamism.                                   “But Mr. Netanyahu has not yet
informed Secretary of State Clinton — policy.                                                            “His speech mainly focused on a to-       signed on, and so Mr. Obama’s decision
before the presidential speech — of his                     Yet other supporters of Israel were in-   tally uncritical evaluation of the current   to confront him with a formal U.S. em-
profound opposition to that statement different to the 1967 borders statement                         upheavals in the Arab world. The idea        brace of the idea, with only a few hours’
                                                                                                                                                   warning, ensured a blowup. Israeli bad
                                                                                                                                                   feeling was exacerbated by Mr. Obama’s
                                                                                                                                                   failure to repeat past U.S. positions — in
                                                                                                                                                   particular, an explicit stance against the
                                                                                                                                                   return of Palestinian refugees to Israel.
                                                                                                                                                      “Mr. Obama should have learned
                                                                                                                                                   from his past diplomatic failures — in-
                                                                                                                                                   cluding his attempt to force a freeze on
                                                                                                                                                   Jewish settlements in the West Bank —
                                                                                                                                                   that initiating a conflict with Israel will
                                                                                                                                                   thwart rather than advance peace nego-
                                                                                                                                                   tiations.”
                                                                                                                                                      In the president’s Sunday speech
                                                                                                                                                   to AIPAC, the major media generally
                                                                                                                                                   characterized it as shifting tone, more
                                                                                                                                                   conciliatory, clarifying, more explicitly
                                                                                                                                                   supportive of Israel, etc, than the presi-
                                                                                                                                                   dent’s main speech last week.

                                                                                                                                                      THE QUESTIONS that remain
                                                                                                                                                   unanswered for many are whether the
                                                                                                                                                   president understood the diplomatic
                                                                                                                                                   and political impact of his words (in
                                                                                                                                                   which case, his tonal backpedaling at
                                                                                                                                                   the AIPAC speech was anticipated and
                                                                                                                                                   all part of a shrewd master narrative) or
                                                                                                                                                   whether the impact of his words was in-
                                                                                                                                                   advertent and based on inexperience or
                                                                                                                                                   poor judgment. Fascinatingly, both the
                                                                                                                                                   president’s friends and foes are on both
                                                                                                                                                   sides of those questions.
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  ISRAEL: May 24, 2011

Some friend: Actions are anything but friendly
   P
         resident Obama has claimed           courage every time they board a bus or                    BY ANNOUNCING American de-            demand that negotiations over a future
         many times to be a steadfast         walk to school.”                                      mands on Israel at the United Nations,    Palestinian state begin with the assump-
         friend of the state of Israel. He       The aspiring president went further. seat of virulent, Israel-despising des-                 tion that Israel will relinquish all of the
certainly found bold words to convey          In the same speech, he proclaimed that pots, the president betrayed his promise                 disputed territories acquired in a defen-
that impression when he addressed the         “there is no room at the negotiating table to stand                     by the lonely democ-    sive war 44 years ago. Is the president
AIPAC conference in 2008.                     for terrorist orga-                                                       racy in the Middle    again serving as chief negotiator for the
                                              nizations.” The                                                           East and, in fact,    Palestinians?
   “(W)E KNOW that we cannot re-              president didn’t                       Mona                               contributed to the        The president claims a warrant for
lent, we cannot yield, and, as president,
I will never compromise when it comes
                                              touch on the mat-
                                              ter of borders, but
                                                                              Charen                                   atmosphere of men-
                                                                                                                         ace toward Israel.
                                                                                                                                              his unprecedented demands on Israel —
                                                                                                                                              pressure to withdraw to what Abba Eban
                                                                                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
to Israel’s security ... not when there       he did pledge that                                                            The president’s   called “Auschwitz borders” — from the
are still voices that deny the Holocaust,     “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Is- concept of friendship toward Israel was               Arab spring and what he perceives to be
not when there are terrorist groups and       rael, and it must remain undivided.”                  capacious enough to permit him to in-     the dangers of “procrastination.” It’s an
political leaders committed to Israel’s          But since taking office, the presi- sult the nation’s prime minister during                  interesting word choice, suggesting that
destruction, not when there are maps          dent’s actions have been anything but a Washington visit because Netanyahu                      Israel has been reluctant to make peace.
across the Middle East that don’t even        friendly. By publicly demanding in 2009 had not agreed to stop building apart-                      An actual friend of the Jewish state
acknowledge Israel’s existence, and           that Israel halt all settlement activity, he ments for Jews in Jerusalem, and to in-            might look at things differently. Did
government-funded textbooks filled            stepped into the role of negotiator for struct his secretary of state to engage in              Obama notice that Mubarak’s exit, how-
with hatred towards Jews, not when            Mahmoud Abbas, who had not, before a 40-minute dressing down of the PM                          ever well deserved, has thrown into the
there are rockets raining down on             then, made participating in talks contin- for the same offense.                                 doubt the most important peace treaty
Sderot, and Israeli children have to take     gent on such a moratorium. (Afterward,                    Now Obama claims to have found        Israel was ever able to sign with an Arab
a deep breath and summon uncommon             he could do nothing else.)                            a new expression of friendship — the      neighbor? Egypt, which had been, at
                                                                                                                                              best, an intermittent ally in thwarting
                                                                                                                                              Iranian arms shipments to Hamas, has
  PAKISTAN: May 19, 2011                                                                                                                      now become much more cordial with
                                                                                                                                              Tehran, with unknown consequences

Poisonous in Pakistan                                                                                                                         for the sensitive border between Egypt
                                                                                                                                              and Gaza.
                                                                                                                                                  The president has been slow to com-
    It’s a mess, ain’t it Sheriff?              working.                                        One big reason for our involvement            ment upon it, but surely he has noticed
    If it ain’t it’ll do till a mess gets here.    The fault lies as much with us as with    with the Pakistani government is the Af-         that Syria is in flames, and that Bashar
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country for them. For nearly 10 years, the U.S. has                  ghanistan war. Without its cooperation,          al Assad has already attempted to divert
Old Men                                         been waging war next door. Lately it has     the U.S. military would have trouble sup-        anger away from himself and toward Is-
                                                also been waging war inside Pakistan         plying its troops and going after Taliban        rael by sending hundreds of Palestinians
    FOR YEARS, we have poured bil- with unmanned drones that are used to                     allies in Pakistan. But we wouldn’t need         to breach the border on Israeli Indepen-
lions of dollars into Pakistan, and the kill jihadists but sometimes slaughter               to supply troops if we acknowledged the          dence Day. Turkey, formerly Israel’s best
payoff is that two out of every three innocents. How many Pakistani troops                   futility of persisting in Afghanistan.           Muslim ally, has slid into hostility under
Pakistanis regard the United States as in Mexico, or errant Pakistani bombs                     If our purpose is to wipe out enemies         the leadership of an Islamist party.
an enemy. After the discovery that Osa- exploding in California, would it take               and create friends, we’re going about it             At the U.N., the General Assembly
ma bin Laden had been living there for before Americans got fed up?                          exactly the wrong way. The longer we             will vote in September on declaring the
years, the feeling in America is: Right            Our martial activities in South Asia do   stay, and the more troops we deploy, the         statehood of “Palestine.” What then?
back atcha.                                     not breed happy feelings in Pakistan. On     more animosity we create, and the less           Will Israel’s efforts to disarm the Pales-
    Some marriages can’t be saved, and the contrary, they provoke suspicion, re-             secure we are.                                   tinians in Gaza be considered an act of
this looks like one of them. Ever since sentment and rage in the populace,                      The dangers we foment are not just            war against a sovereign state?
the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government to the benefit of militants.                           on the other side of the planet. After a             And what of the Palestinians, with
has treated Pakistan as an indispens-                                                        Pakistani-American man tried to deto-            whom Israel would presumably be ne-
able asset while leaning on its rulers                                                       nate a bomb in Times Square last year,           gotiating these “land swaps?” The presi-
to do our bidding. They have taken the
                                                          Stephen                            he told police he was motivated by an-           dent acknowledged that “Israel cannot
money and, often as not, sabotaged our
interests. The Obama administration,
                                                  Chapman                                    ger over American drone attacks.
                                                                                                It’s often argued that the U.S. has
                                                                                                                                              be expected to negotiate with” those
                                                                                                                                              “who do not recognize its right to ex-
                                                         (c) 2010, Creators Syndicate
however, resists all calls to end or cur-                                                    to provide aid to keep the country’s             ist.” How to account then for Obama’s
tail our aid.                                      NOT ONLY that, but our money              nuclear weapons from falling into the            timing?
    Today, the war in Afghanistan drags usually gets used for bad purposes.                  hands of radicals. But Pakistan’s rulers             The Palestinian Authority and Hamas
on, al Qaeda has a large presence in Wright says the army and the intelli-                   already have ample incentive to secure           have just inked a unity accord. After the
Pakistan, and elements of the govern- gence service “created and nurtured the                their stockpile — if only to keep it from        ceremony in Cairo, Mahmoud Abbas
ment are obviously working with our very groups — such as the Taliban —                      being seized by the U.S. or India.               made clear that Hamas had surrendered
worst enemies. When we went after bin that have turned against the Pakistani                    A more plausible danger is that Isla-         none of its extremism to get the deal: “It
Laden, we didn’t notify the Pakistanis state. And the money used to fund these               mist extremists will gain access to the          is not required of Hamas to recognize
in advance, figuring they would help radical organizations came largely from                 nukes by gaining power in Islamabad.             Israel. We will form a government of
him get away. The other day, Pakistani American taxpayers.”                                  But our activities in the region only            technocrats and we will not ask Hamas
troops fired on NATO helicopters that              So maybe American taxpayers               magnify that risk. We’re the irritant they       to recognize Israel.”
strayed over the Afghan border.                 should do something less harmful with        need to flourish.                                    Yet at this, of all moments, Obama
    Writing in the New Yorker, Law- their money, like place it in a box, wrap                                                                 chose to issue a public demand that Is-
rence Wright, author of The Looming it up with a big red bow and set it on                      DURING THE war on terror, Wash-               rael pre-emptively surrender its essen-
Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, fire. The United States has an interest in             ington has spent great sums to bolster a         tial security buffer of land. It’s nothing
notes that Pakistan “is one of the most the direction taken by Pakistan. But we              regime that is corrupt, duplicitous and          less than a reward for Hamas and for the
anti-American countries in the world, have a better chance of good results if                often hostile. Yet U.S. officials, gaz-          Palestinians’ unswerving dedication to
and a covert sponsor of terrorism. Po- we pull back than if we remain actively               ing on the fruits of our Pakistan policy,        Israel’s destruction.
litically and economically, it verges on engaged, locked in endless conflict with            warn that any sharp change will lead to
being a failed state.” Whatever you can a government whose goals are at odds                 disaster. Disaster is what we’ve already    A FALSE friend can do more dam-
say about our policy, you can’t say it’s with our own.                                       got.                                      age than an open enemy.
 30                                                                                                                                      Conservative Chronicle
  JEWS: May 25, 2011

Jews in name only with different priorities
   I
       n 2008, Obama grabbed 78 percent            And voting for Obama is a violation in the process; he has appointed advisers                          Why bother exposing JINOs for what
       of the Jewish vote. Even the most        of those principles. Obama’s speech last who openly call for placing American                         they are? First, it helps non-Jews under-
       wildly optimistic polling today          week implicitly blaming Israel’s failure to troops on the ground in Israel to stop Is-                stand the dynamics of the Jewish com-
shows that Obama’s support remains high         surrender its security for the radical terror- raeli military action; he has allowed the              munity — it is not monolithic, and much
among Jews. It’s a result that Republicans      ism of the Islamic world threatens Israel United Nations to castigate Israel routine-                 of it is not authentically Jewish. Second,
simply can’t understand — why do so             ideologically; his call for Israel to return ly while                       ignoring Palestinian      it acts as a shaming mechanism for those
many Jews continue to support a presi-          to the pre-1967                                                               terrorism on a daily    Jews who throw away Jewish principle in
dent who has shown time and again that          borders as the ba-                                                            basis. Obama is a       pursuit of back-slapping from their liberal
he stands against the State of Israel? Why      sis for negotiation                            Ben                            man who used his        buddies. And they should be ashamed of
the reflexive lever-pulling on behalf of a
man who appoints anti-Semites to posi-
                                                endangers Israel’s
                                                survival on a prac-
                                                                                  Shapiro                                      Passover message
                                                                                                                               to stump for the
                                                                                                                                                      what they do. They are the moral equiva-
                                                                                                                                                      lent of Jewish Neville Chamberlain vot-
                                                                                   (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
tions of high power, attends a virulently       tical level, cutting                                                           Muslim Brother-        ers in 1939. They must understand that
anti-Semitic church for 20 years and sees       the State to nine miles wide and handing hood-backed Arab Spring. Seriously.                          their votes have consequences.
Israel as the cause of the West’s conflict      over the strategic high ground to enemy                      Simply put, Obama is an enemy of the
with the Muslim world?                          forces; his suggestion that a Palestinian Jewish people and the State of Israel. And                     JEWISH IDENTITY is about more
                                                state be “contiguous” by definition slices any Jew who votes for him betrays his                      than ethnicity. Boiling it down to a pro-
   THE ANSWER is deceptively simple:            Israel in half; his failure to recognize the or her brothers and sisters at home and                  pensity for “Seinfeld” cheapens the
the Jews who vote for Obama are, by and         incoherence of the so-called “right of re- abroad. By definition, a vote for Obama                    experience, the history and the bond
large, Jews In Name Only (JINOs). They          turn” destroys Israel demographically.                  is a vote against the truly Jewish part of    of Judaism itself. Being Jewish means
eat bagels and lox; they watch Schindler’s                                                              Jewish identity. There is a reason that the   something. And if it means anything, it
List; they visit temple on Yom Kippur —            OBAMA HAS backed the Muslim observant Jewish community votes over-                                 means that voting for Barack Obama im-
sometimes. But they do not care about Is-       Brotherhood revolts throughout the Mid- whelmingly Republican — they vote on                          mediately places you in opposition to the
rael. Or if they do, they care about it less    dle East and toppled Israeli peace partners Jewish principle.                                         Jewish people.
than abortion, gay marriage and global
warming.
   That prioritization is critical in un-         ISRAEL: May 24, 2011
derstanding the Jewish vote. The same
polls that report high levels of support for
President Obama show that 94 percent            Betraying our friend Israel
                                                   W
of American Jews said that if Israel “no
longer existed tomorrow,” it would be a                     ith friends like President         He continued: “Allah will kill the                        Once again the prime minister noted
tragedy (this means, by the way, that six                   Obama, who needs ene-           Jews in the hell of the world to come,                    that Israel’s 1967 borders would be in-
percent of Jews should be automatically                     mies? If you’re Israel, you     just like they killed the believers in the                defensible. All of the talk by this and
discounted as self-hating or insane) and        already have quite enough of those.         hell of this world.” And “The Jews kill                   previous administrations of “unshak-
that 77 percent of Jews believe that Israel        On May 14, 2011, the State of Israel     anyone who believes in Allah. They do                     able” support for Israel is meaningless
should refuse to negotiate with a Hamas-        observed the 63rd anniversary of its in-    not want to see any peace whatsoever                      if enemy tanks, missiles and especially
backed Palestinian Arab government. The         dependence. But if the proposals made       on Earth.”                                                nuclear weapons are used against this
only way to reconcile that high level of        by President Obama in his State De-            This kind of “peace” means no Jews                     tiny nation. What would America do?
support for Israel with a high level of sup-    partment speech are implemented, that       with all Israel occupied and dominated                    Bomb Iran? Invade Egypt? Strafe Syr-
port for an anti-Israel, anti-Semitic ad-       observance could be its last.               by legions of Muslims who will impose                     ia? The State Department would likely
ministration lies in the fact that all voters                                               Sharia law to the detriment of women                      wring its hands and blame Israel for its
have priorities, and that Israel is not these      IT IS DIFFICULT to say if the and anyone who believes in a different                               own destruction, saying it should have
voters’ highest priority.                       president is self-deluded, if he drinks God and different laws and rules                              compromised sooner.
   Which is why they are known as JI-           State Department Arabist Kool-Aid or                                                                     The ludicrously named “Arab
NOs.                                            if he’s just a fool. It doesn’t matter. The                                                           Spring” is more like an Arab winter that
   Being Jewish is not like being black         results are the same.                                                                                 will never end as long as radical Islam
or Asian or Hispanic. It comes with cer-           Why does anyone continue to be-                                        Cal                         is the established religion. Very little
tain attendant ideological responsibilities.
There is no logical or inherent connec-
                                                lieve that the unsuccessful “Land for
                                                Peace” formula can magically persuade                      Thomas                                     good is likely to come out of the upris-
                                                                                                                                                      ings from Egypt to Syria and beyond
tion between skin color and liberalism or       Arab states and terrorist groups to lay             (c) 2011, Tribune Media Services                  because there is no foundation in the
conservatism — melanin has no political         down their arms and change their minds                                                                region for political pluralism, religious
playbook. Jewish identity, however, does.       about a goal they have taught in their         THE APOLOGISTS for such rheto-                         tolerance and equality for women. Such
There is more to being truly Jewish than        schools, preached in their mosques and ric, which is legion, turn blind eyes and                      things are not part of their political and
being born into a Jewish family, just as        reinforced in their media since 1948?       deaf ears to the intent and objectives                    religious DNA. So why is the U.S. send-
there is more to being Christian than be-          The president’s peace formulation is of Hamas, which is increasingly con-                          ing billions more in borrowed money to
ing baptized.                                   as likely to succeed as Harold Camp- sidered mainstream in the Arab world.                            Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood
   Being truly Jewish requires allegiance       ing’s doomsday prophecy.                    Arab and Palestinian diplomats say one                    candidate might win the upcoming
to basic Judaic principles; the first and          This is the reality, expressed by thing for Western consumption and the                            election?
foremost of which is identity with the          Hamas’ former minister of “culture,” opposite when communicating with                                    It is only when the State Department
Jewish people and its enlightened nation-       Atallah Abu al Subh, and broadcast on their own.                                                      and the White House begin to under-
al aspirations. In the Tanach (the Jewish       Al Aqsa TV: “The Jews are the most             In his bold rebuke of President                        stand reality that Israel’s — and Ameri-
canon, including the Old Testament, the         despicable and contemptible nation to Obama in the Oval Office, Israeli Prime                         ca’s — interests will be served.
Prophets and the Writings), when Ruth           crawl upon the face of the earth.” Would Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered
converts to Judaism, she states, “Your          1967 borders change his mind?               a history lesson. Ignorance of history                       THE PUBLIC seems to understand
people will be my people and your God              Here’s another excerpt from al Subh’s threatens not only Israel, but also Amer-                    that better than politicians and diplo-
my God.” The connection between Jews            April 8 sermon: “Whoever is killed by a ican interests and ultimately America                         mats. A recent Rasmussen poll found
and the land of Israel is the running theme     Jew receives the reward of two martyrs, itself. That’s because Arab intentions                        that 78 percent of U.S. voters believe
of the Old Testament. Any Jew who does          because the very thing that the Jews did to dominate do not end in the Middle                         peace between Israel and the Arab
not take these principles seriously — more      to the prophets was done to him.” That East. “Peace based on illusions,” said                         world is unlikely. Thousands of years
seriously than global warming or affirma-       would be 144 virgins and double the fig Netanyahu, “will crash eventually on                          of history and common sense confirm
tive action, for example — is a JINO.           ration.                                     the rocks of Middle East reality.”                        this.
    June 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                                   31
  ISRAEL: May 20, 2011

Israel in a post-American era
   I
        n 1918, the United States proved view the Turks as among their staunch-
        militarily decisive in the defeat est friends in the Middle East.
        of the Kaiser’s Germany and                       President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
emerged as first power on earth.                     scrupulously adhered to the terms of his
   World War II, ending in 1945, pro- predecessor’s peace treaty with Israel
duced two truly victorious nations, the and maintained the western end of the
Soviet Union of Joseph Stalin and the I s r a e l i                        blockade of Gaza.
America of Harry                                                                Since he fell,
Truman.                                                                      the interim Egyp-
   Out of the Cold
                                              Pat                            tian regime has
War that lasted
from Truman to
                          Buchanan                                             midwifed a unity
                                                                               government    of
                                 (c) 2011, Creators Syndicate
the disintegration                                                             Fatah and Hamas,
of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the moved to establish diplomatic relations
Soviet Union at the end of Ronald Rea- with Tehran for the first time since the
gan’s term came a lone victor: the last fall of the Shah and begun to lift the Gaza
superpower, the United States.                       blockade. September’s elections are al-
                                                     most guaranteed to deliver to parliament
   WHO EMERGED triumphant from a huge if not controlling bloc from the
the post-Cold War era, 1991-2011?                    Muslim Brotherhood.
   Indisputably, it is China, whose 10-12                 While the Brotherhood appears to be
percent annual growth vaulted her past the strongest party in Egypt, it has held
Italy, France, Britain, Germany and Ja- back from openly seeking the presiden-                    ca’s allies, will vote to recognize Pales-        Nor are these the only crises Israel
pan to become the world’s second larg- cy or absolute power in the legislature.                   tine and seat it in the General Assembly,     confronts.
est economy and America’s lone rival It appears to be playing a waiting game.                     where it can make demands on Israel,              To Israel’s north is Hezbollah, which
for first manufacturing power.                       After them, us.                              backed by U.N. sanctions, to terminate        has become the dominant force in Leb-
   If we use a metric called “purchasing                  Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian lead-    its occupation and vacate its national ter-   anon. To the south is Gaza, dominated
power parity,” China overtakes America er who had looked to President Obama                       ritory.                                       by Hamas, which has never accepted Is-
in 2016. Says the International Monetary to bring a halt to new Israeli settlements                                                             rael’s existence. Israel has fought wars
Fund, the American era is over.                      in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and         THE GENERAL Assembly resolu-               with both.
   Strategically, too, the United States preside over peace talks, appears to have                tion will set as the borders of Palestine         To the east is the West Bank, where
seems in retreat, nowhere more so than given up on the Americans.                                 those that existed between 1948 and           the Palestinian Authority appears to have
in that region that was the focus of                      Though the beneficiary of hundreds      1967. But, today, beyond those borders        given up on U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
George W. Bush’s “global democratic of millions in U.S. aid, he has entered a                     live no fewer than 500,000 Israeli Jews.      Beyond lies Jordan, whose King Abdul-
revolution.” And no nation reflects more coalition with his old enemy Hamas, and                     While the United States vetoed a recent    lah rules over millions of Palestinians,
the relative loss of U.S. power and influ- together — if they can stay together —                 Security Council resolution condemning        who is under pressure to take a tougher
ence than does Israel, whose isolation is they plan to seek recognition of an in-                 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s           stand against Israel and who has no love
today unprecedented.                                 dependent Palestine by vote of the U.N.      continued expansion of settlements, we        for Bibi Netanyahu.
   A decade ago, Turkey, a NATO ally of General Assembly in September.                            have no veto in the General Assembly. If          And what happened Sunday on the
50 years, was a quiet friend and partner                  The likelihood is that the overwhelm-   Obama opposes the U.N. resolution, we         63rd anniversary of Israel’s indepen-
to Israel. Today, the Palestinians in Gaza ing majority, including many of Ameri-                 and Israel will stand virtually alone.        dence and the Palestinian “nakba,” or
                                                                                                                                                “catastrophe,” where 700,000 fled or
                                                                                                                                                were driven into exile, is perhaps the
                                                                                                                                                most ominous portent of all.
                                                                                                                                                    Palestinian protesters approached the
                                                                                                                                                fence separating Lebanon and Israel and
                                                                                                                                                climbed the fence on the Israeli-occupied
                                                                                                                                                Golan heights to come and reclaim Pal-
                                                                                                                                                estinian lands. Fifteen to 20 were shot to
                                                                                                                                                death and scores were wounded by Is-
                                                                                                                                                raeli troops.
                                                                                                                                                    Though the White House backed Isra-
                                                                                                                                                el, across Europe what Israel did to these
                                                                                                                                                protesters seemed exactly what the king
                                                                                                                                                of Bahrain and the president of Yemen
                                                                                                                                                had done to theirs.
                                                                                                                                                    Given the coordination of the Pales-
                                                                                                                                                tinian actions, we may be on the verge
                                                                                                                                                either of a Facebook revolution or a
                                                                                                                                                “third intifada,” an uprising by Palestin-
                                                                                                                                                ians in Israel, the occupied territories,
                                                                                                                                                and Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt,
                                                                                                                                                where hundreds of thousands of descen-
                                                                                                                                                dants of the original exiles still live.

                                                                                                                                                   SUCH AN uprising would divert the
                                                                                                                                                attention of Arab peoples from the fail-
                                                                                                                                                ures of their own regimes and isolate
                                                                                                                                                Israel and her principal — indeed, only
                                                                                                                                                — ally, the United States, as they have
                                                                                                                                                never been before in the Arab world.
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