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Trump/Bolton/Big Mistake

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Trump is making an enormous mistake. Bolton is correct. How can you reduce the economic pressures on Iran when they strike Saudi Arabia as they did yesterday? Please read on.

NEWSMAX

September 15, 2019

Axios: Bolton Resigned Over Talk of Easing Iran Sanctions

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s resignation came this week after President Donald Trump spoke about the possibility of easing Iranian sanctions,  a source told Axios.

Bolton, famously a hardliner against foreign adversaries, reportedly believed strongly the maximum pressure campaign against Iran was working and easing sanctions would have been capitulating, according to the anonymous source.

The news came just as a series of brazen attacks on a massive Saudi Aramco oil facility this weekend knocked off half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and threatened to send world oil markets skyrocketing.

Houthi rebels claimed the attacks that were carried out by roughly a dozen drones that originated in Yemen. But on Saturday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blamed Iran, an ally of the Houthis, for the attack.

Pompeo tweeted after the White House confirmed that President Donald Trump offered support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense in a call on Saturday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Iran launched an “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo said on Twitter after at least one Republican lawmaker urged the U.S. to respond in kind with a strike on Iranian oil facilities. He gave no evidence to back up that allegation.

Iran denied responsibility but said it is ready for war. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, “Having failed at ‘max pressure,’ @SecPompeo’s turning to ‘max deceit.’”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a confidant of Trump, earlier urged a decisive U.S. response against Iranian targets.

“It is now time for the U.S. to put on the table an attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear enrichment,” Graham of South Carolina said on Twitter. “Iran will not stop their misbehavior until the consequences become more real, like attacking their refineries.”

The Trump administration has been imposing economic sanctions on Iran after decertifying and pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA). The deal restricted levels of uraninum enrichment, which Iran had ceased to adhere to, despite wanting to maintain the agreements with European countries.

Iran has expressed an interest in renegotiating with the U.S. if sanctions are lifted, according to the report, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani “signaled approval” of Bolton’s ouster, according to an AP report.

President Trump has frequently negotiated with U.S. adversaries and has been oft-criticized for it, particularly in the interactions with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

 

 

Poor Joe and Poor Dems

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

TRENDING CONSERVITISM

 September 15, 2019

Poor Joe and poor Democrat party. He’s the best they have and he can’t even keep his teeth in place.

Biden Suffers A Denture Malfunction During Debate

RedState September 15, 2019

During Thursday night’s Democratic debate, ABC’s John Muir questioned former Vice President Joe Biden about failed gun control legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre in Newtown, CT. Muir asked, “If you couldn’t get it done after Sandy Hook, why should voters give you another chance?”

What followed was a series of peculiar mouth movements and several slurred words as he struggled to adjust his dentures which appeared to have come lose. Another public humiliation for the “only candidate who can beat Donald Trump.”

Biden’s latest cringeworthy moment quickly went viral on social media along with captions such as “Joe Biden’s teeth doing their best to jump right out of his mouth” and “Wait for it… Did Biden lose his teeth for a moment before trying to enforce his stance on #guncontrol?”

The fact that Biden’s dentures came loose, in and of itself, is meaningless. However, as episodes which remind of us Biden’s age and possible mental impairment continue to pile up, one wonders how long the Democrats will allow this to continue.

The former vice president has always been gaffe prone, but his recent blunders go well beyond gaffe territory and the sheer number of them have left some voters wondering if he has become “too old” to serve.

There are signs that Democrats are concerned about Biden’s obvious decline. The New York Times recently reported that, “Recent interviews with more than 50 Democratic voters and party officials across four states, as well as with political strategists and some of Mr. Biden’s own donors, showed significant unease about Mr. Biden’s ability to be a reliably crisp and effective messenger against Mr. Trump.”

DNC leadership, not to mention Biden’s family members, need to realize that the former Vice President’s best days are behind him now. Even if Biden should win the Democratic nomination, which has become more doubtful, his decline will be showcased in a general election. And Biden’s lifelong career of public service will end in humiliation.

The post Biden Suffers A Denture Malfunction During Debate; When Will Democrats End Biden’s Public Humiliation? appeared first on RedState.

Bernie Sanders /Authoritarian Dictator or Crazy Old Man?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

After Reading this would you really want him to be President of the United States?

Godfather Politics

Warner Todd Huston

August 24, 2019

Like all leftists, Bernie Sanders is a fascist authoritarian at heart, and now he wants people arrested and made into “criminals” just for engaging in legal businesses he doesn’t like.

Like all fascists, Sanders wants to use the iron boot of government to criminalize his opponents. Like any tinpot dictator would.

Herr Sanders jumped to Twitter on Thursday afternoon and called for executives of fossil fuel companies to be “criminally prosecuted.” Now

“Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused,” the aged fascist tweeted adding everyone’s favorite Communist hashtag, “#GreenNewDeal.”

“Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused.” #GreenNewDeal

Sanders’ tweet came on the same day that he released an economy-crushing $16 trillion plan to address the mythological “climate change” crisis. Sanders exclaimed that his personal version of the communistic “Green New Deal” as a way to “end the greed of the fossil fuel industry.”

… and replace it with the greed of the new green energy industry, obviously.

Sanders posted a second tweet attacking the idea of “clean coal.”

“There is no such thing as ‘clean coal.’ There is no such thing as ‘sustainably fracked” natural gas,’” the crackpot tweeted, adding, “We are going to end the greed of the fossil fuel industry and move to 100% renewable energy.”

On his website, Sanders goes off on fossil fuels.

“These executives have spent hundreds of millions of dollars protecting their profits at the expense of our future, and they will do whatever it takes to squeeze every last penny out of the Earth,” his about section reads.

“Bernie promises to go further than any other presidential candidate in history to end the fossil fuel industry’s greed, including by making the industry pay for its pollution and prosecuting it for the damage it has caused.”

This decrepit crackpot would tank the one industry most responsible for America’s high standard of living.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

 

The New York Times/ Media Outlet or Activist Organization?

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

For those of us who read the paper regularly, we knew this was the case. However, this information reveals it in a most solid manner and serves as a blot on the character of this old and highly respected newspaper.

 

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The New York Times Works for the Left, and Now Everyone Should Know It

Jarrett Stepman / @JarrettStepman / August 20, 2019

Is The New York Times a media outlet or an activist organization?

It appears that it’s leaning toward activism. A recent town hall meeting of Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Times staffers revealed a publication struggling to maintain any meaningful independence from its aggressively left-wing readership and staff.

The leaked transcript is well worth reading, as it demonstrates how far-left voices now dominate the direction of the Times and how closely the newspaper’s work aligns with the progressive political strategies of the moment.

The liberal Left continue to push their radical agenda against American values. The good news is there is a solution.

The paper’s left-leaning readership, which includes many self-styled progressive politicians, earlier this month pushed the Times to change a Page One headline for a news story about President Donald Trump’s official remarks about the El Paso shooting.

The original headline read: “Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism.”

Editors soon changed it to “Assailing Hate, but Not Guns” after the Times was inundated by criticism from readers and, according to reports, angry staff members.

Many critics were furious that the paper didn’t outright call Trump a “racist.”

Was there any meaningful pushback to this attempt to label the president a racist? No.

Instead, Baquet simply noted at the meeting that outright labeling the president a racist wasn’t the most effective tack, and that implying or demonstrating that he is a racist was more powerful.

On top of discussing headlines and wording in articles, Baquet addressed the Times’ coverage strategy going forward.

It appears that the newspaper was banking on the Trump-Russia collusion narrative to placate readers who are eager to see Trump removed from office.

The result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation, though, left the publication “a little tiny bit flat-footed,” Baquet said.

“Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, ‘Holy s–t, Bob Mueller is not going to do it,’” the executive editor said. “And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago.”

What’s the new narrative? Race and racial division, apparently.

In the transcript of the meeting, one anonymous Times staffer says: “I’m wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting. Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know?”

The staffer continues:

Like these conversations about what is racist, what isn’t racist. I just feel like racism is in everything. It should be considered in our science reporting, in our culture reporting, in our national reporting. And so, to me, it’s less about the individual instances of racism, and sort of how we’re thinking about racism and white supremacy as the foundation of all of the systems in the country.

Baquet responds by saying that “race in the next year is going to be a huge part of the American story,” and that the Times would begin a project to address it.

The newspaper’s recently released “1619 Project,” based on the arrival of African slaves in the British colony of Virginia, is clearly a big part of focusing coverage of American politics on race. While the project could be an important historical look at the history of slavery in America, it instead announces its revisionist intent from the very beginning:

The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.

Despite denials from the project’s supporters, the ideological intent of the 1619 Project is clear and unfortunate, although predictable, given what is happening behind the scenes at the Times.

The fact that The New York Times is a progressive paper with a left-wing slant is fine. A publication can have an editorial line and still do objective, fact-based reporting.

But we shouldn’t be deluded into thinking, especially after the leak of this transcript, that the Times doesn’t have an obvious ideological bias and that its editorial decisions are not being swayed by its increasingly far-left staff and readers.

This shift should have been an obvious development to  Americans, but now it couldn’t be clearer.

David Marcus, writing at The Federalist, summed it up nicely. Marcus wrote:

I read The New York Times, I enjoy it, sometimes I do the crossword, but to the extent I ever did, I can no longer see it as a straight paper with limited bias. This transcript makes that blatantly obvious. So, by all means, read the Times. But make sure you go in with your eyes wide open.

The New York Times essentially is bowing to leftist demands and becoming an activist organization. It has abandoned even the pretense of being dedicated to covering important news and evenhandedly informing readers.

With the recent conservative victories related to tax cuts, the Supreme Court, and other major issues, it is easy to become complacent.

However, the liberal Left is not backing down. They are rallying supporters to advance their agenda, moving this nation further from the vision of our founding fathers.

If we are to continue to bring this nation back to our founding principles of limited government and fiscal conservatism, The Heritage Foundation needs for conservatives to come together as a group of likeminded citizens.

This is the mission of The Heritage Foundation. We want to continue to develop and present conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest problems. And we cannot do this alone. We need conservatives to unite, and this Candy accomplished by joining The Heritage Foundation.

 

 

Medicare for All/A Gigantic Catastrophe in the Making

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

I believe I can assert without argument that the 20 or so democrats who want to be president know little or nothing about the practice and delivery of medicine. That is why their ridiculous pronouncements about.  “Medicare for all,”(MFA) is complete and utter rubbish. Leading the charge on MFA is Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, you should read this report carefully before you vote and when you are deciding about how you will fare medically, if one of these candidates becomes president. Oh, and if you are on Medicare now, consider what will happen when 200 million or more of your fellow Americans suddenly leave their present medical insurance and enter MFA. Do you think you will ever see your doctor, or any doctor, again?

Medicare for Bernie

Jane Orient, MD

August 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders is strongly promoting “Medicare for All,” and claims to be its father (“I wrote the damn bill,” he  proclaimed to the nation during the second round  of Democratic Presidential debates).

His plan does not look like Medicare at all. It appears that he hardly knows anything about Medicare. He probably has no experience with it. Despite his advanced age, he does not need to depend on it. Members of Congress are allowed to receive Medicare benefits, but unlike most other Americans, they can receive other benefits in addition.

Sitting members of Congress  can get routine examinations and consultations from the attending physician in the U.S. Capitol for an annual fee. And military treatment facilities in the Washington area offer free emergency medical and dental care for outpatient services.

Members are also eligible for the Federal Employees Health Insurance Program, and they won’t be kicked off as soon as they reach Medicare age. They do have to go through an ObamaCare exchange, but it is a small one, the DC Health Link, which reportedly functions well. There are 57 gold-tier plans to choose from, not one or two as in many states. Their portion of the premiums could be as little as 25 percent of the total premiums. Apparently, subsidies for senators don’t run out just because their salary exceeds 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

Funding for Medicare for All will apparently be vacuumed up from all other sources of payment for “healthcare,” and will go into the big collective pot. Then people can get everything without premiums, copays, or deductibles—so they say. This is not at all like Medicare.

Medicare Part A, for hospital care, is funded through the Medicare payroll tax: a 2.9% first-dollar tax—no deductions–on all employment income, half of which is paid by the employer. Seniors believe that they have been funding this through their working years, as they are constantly told. They have indeed paid, but their taxes were immediately used to pay for the care of older retirees. So, their hospital bill today will be paid from the wages of about 2.5 workers (say the persons pumping their gas, collecting their trash, and repairing their plumbing). Already that is not enough, so the IOUs in the “trust fund” are being redeemed from general tax revenues. That fund will soon be gone, according to the Medicare trustees, as Baby Boomers are flooding into the system. It would vanish in a nanosecond if we loaded in everybody, with or without illegal immigrants.

Medicare has long been implementing ways to curb runaway expenditures. From the mid 1980s comes the Prospective Payment System, or Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs), under which payment has nothing to do with services rendered to a particular patient. According to my 1985 “Ode to DRG Creep”:

“Now the pay’s by the head, if alive or if dead,
“Diagnosis determines the money,…
“We need costs less than average, and discharges quicker
“We will get no advantage — For care of the sicker.”

Since “quicker and sicker” discharges might cause a need for readmission, the government penalizes hospitals for readmission. One way to prevent readmission is to discharge to hospice or directly to the morgue. If Bernie were an anonymous Medicare patient, he’d get a consultation on POLST. That’s Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, which translates in the Newspeak Dictionary to “Legally Enforceable Orders to Terminate Life-Sustaining Treatment Including Food and Water.”

Bernie might think he had been admitted—say he had an IV in a hospital room. But if he gets discharged before his second midnight, he might be classified as an outpatient, which is covered under Medicare Part B, and get a “surprise” bill for thousands of dollars, because of the “Two-Midnight Rule.”

Or Bernie might expect to have a little rehab after an orthopedic procedure, but if he is in hospital for fewer than three midnights, rehab isn’t covered. He might have the choice of paying out of pocket, or going home where he will be alone, unable to get out of bed.

Yes, Bernie on Medicare will have free choice of doctors—except for the ones  who aren’t accepting Medicare patients.

If Bernie himself were stuck on Medicare with no way out, he might think it not so wonderful. Has anyone heard him tell people about these Medicare problems?

Maybe he means the Canadian medicare system. It does have a way out for non-senators—called the United States.

Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989. She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. Since 1988, she has been chairman of the Public Health Committee of the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Society. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fourth editions of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

 


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