Failed Economies: As Zimbabwe locked down following a military coup this week, Venezuela defaulted on its debt. On the surface, these events in these two countries — one African, the other South American — seem to have little in common. But, in fact, they share two very big things: Both are socialist, and both are failed states. Indeed, both nations are near collapse, suffering from hyperinflation, economic contraction and widespread hunger. What´s most alarming about this is that both countries have been, in the recent past, highly successful as capitalist economies. Today they are basket cases, Marxist-inspired dictatorships that were systematically
I doubt people are really using the term, "Socialism" accurately. It is not socialism these failing nations have been adhering so forlornly to.
It´s like people called Obama a socialist, a Muslim, a Leftist, a Racist. He was none of that. He was first and always an Obamaist! Like Hitler was never a Nazi. He used the Nazis to gain power. But, come to find out, he never joined the Party himself. Why? Because he was a Hitlerite first and foremost! Mugabe; What makes anyone think that old murderer was a member of any political movement? 37 years a dictator is not a party affiliate. Kimmy Un of North Korea- That guy is a one man band- a Un-ite, not a communist or anything else ´ist´. Could anyone honestly say Chavez was a Socialista? No, of course not. No more than Castro was a communist.
Socialism is merely the avenue these petty potentates use to rise to their own party of one. Once on top, they consolidate the party through a team of vicious thug elites. Notice almost none of them ever use any intellectuals, or think tanks or social scientist- they use guys like Che Guevara (murderous hit man)and Maduro (a barely functional moron bus driver) and petty criminals like Goering (a deeply flawed, uneducated heroin addict) and Himmler (a failed chicken farmer) to terrify people into obedience.
Socialism is such a flawed government experiment, it is highly open to being taken over by such low browed, uneducated goons. Anyone saying they are a socialist is just an empty headed idiot waiting for someone to make use of their personal lack of self motivation.
Economy: On Thursday, the Joint Committee on Taxation confirmed that the Senate tax cut bill will boost economic growth and create jobs. Yet Republicans started freaking out that the bill might produce a slight increase in deficits over the next decade. Every independent analysis of the Senate bill now confirms that it is a pro-growth bill. The only question now is how much growth will it produce. The JCT report says that the Senate plan will increase GDP by an average 0.8% over the next decade, and increase the number of jobs by 0.6%. Those might seem like small numbers, but
Climate Hysteria: With climate change activists and the big media still in high dudgeon over President Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Deal, yet another study shows no acceleration in global warming for the last 23 years. Piece by piece, the church of global warming is being dismantled. The University of Alabama-Huntsville study, conducted by climate scientists John Christy and Richard McNider, shows that not only is the temperature rising far more slowly than predicted, but that the Earth´s atmosphere appears to be less sensitive to changing CO2 levels than previously assumed. How do the study´s authors know this? They corrected
Tax Reform: Critics of the Republican tax cuts fret that they will have a profound effect on American lives. If true, that´s all the more reason to cut taxes and simplify the tax code. A lengthy New York Times "analysis" of the Senate tax bill published on Wednesday carried the ominous headline: "It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life." The story is full of scary sounding words like "re-engineering" and "behemoth" and "far-reaching." It quotes various sources calling the plan a "repudiation of the social contract" and a "grand deception," and warns that it will widen income
WMD: Until quite recently, the nuclear threat posed by North Korea was mostly hypothetical. But in recent days, after yet another successful missile test, it´s become clear that the threat is all too real and immediate. The time for more talk is running short. Anyone who wasn´t concerned about North Korea´s growing missile prowess before should be now. North Korea told the world Wednesday that it fired a new Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile over Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. Ominously, it came just two weeks after North Korea reportedly exploded a hydrogen bomb underground. Just six months ago, the world was
Higher Education: Thanks to years of extremely bad public policies, the federal higher education programs dump tens of billions of dollars a year in grants and aid, only to produce an ocean of debt and millions of graduates ill-suited for the workforce. House Republicans are set to introduce a sweeping reform plan that would start to repair this wreckage. The House Republican reform plan, previewed by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, would revamp the student loan program by among other things capping loans, putting colleges on the hook for defaults, and removing various Obama-era loan forgiveness programs. Community colleges would
The network news divisions boast about how much they care about the truth and then rage against President Trump when he calls them makers of "fake news." But when it comes to the politicians they adore, especially those they wish would run for president, the truth takes a back seat. Exhibit A right now is Elizabeth Warren, who falsely claimed in a professional directory to be descended from Cherokee Indians, so as to be listed as a minority when she was hired as a professor. When Trump makes fun of her by calling her "Pocahontas," the networks get oh so
The Fed: Jerome Powell, nominated by President Trump to lead the Fed when Janet Yellen leaves the post early next year, faced his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Based on his remarks, he won´t be rocking the Fed´s boat. Trump passed on much better-known names such as Stanford economist John Taylor and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh to name Powell, a little-known quantity who has served on the Federal Reserve Board only since 2012. In a piece written earlier in November, the Wall Street Journal called Powell — a former lawyer, investment banker and Treasury official under the
Scandals: It´s bad enough that lawmakers created a taxpayer-financed protection scheme that let them sexually harass their employees. The fact that the mainstream press has apparently been contributing to this cover up is even worse. On ABC News´ "This Week", veteran journalist Cokie Roberts made a rather revealing admission in the wake of accusations from women that far-left Rep. John Conyers had assaulted them. "Every female in the press corps knew that, right, don´t get in elevator with him," she said, apparently referring to Conyers. "Now people are saying it out loud." She added that "we all talked about (it) for years." Every
Regulation: After Consumer Finance Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray submitted his resignation, President Trump picked a suitable temporary director to replace him: Mick Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget. The swamp didn´t like it. It turns out that Cordray, quite illegally, on his way out named his deputy, Leandra English, as the temporary director. When Mulvaney arrived at work Monday morning, he was forced to issue a memo saying "Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director." He was being polite. This was nothing more than an attempt at
Tax Reform: The Senate tax bill would reduce income taxes for people at every income level — even those who don´t pay taxes. That´s the official conclusion of the Joint Committee on Taxation. So why are Monday´s headlines screaming that the tax cuts would make the poor much worse off? "Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds." That´s the headline in the Washington Post describing a Congressional Budget Office report released on Sunday. The story claims that the "Republican tax plan gives substantial tax cuts and benefits to Americans earning more than $100,000 a year, while
Environmentalism: Every once in a while, environmentalists will let slip that the goal of fighting climate change can´t be won unless capitalism is first defeated. The fact that there´s no evidence to support the claim doesn´t seem to matter. The latest to make this case is Arizona State University fellow Benjamin Fong in an Op-Ed published recently by the New York Times, headlined "The Climate Crisis? It´s Capitalism, Stupid." "It should be stated plainly: It´s capitalism that is at fault," he writes. Or, what he later calls "the rampant stupidity of capitalism." The answer, he says, is a "democratic socialist society." Fong isn´t
Regulations: When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to repeal the Obama administration´s heavy-handed "net neutrality" regulations, critics acted as if the world were coming to an end. Actual consumers, however, aren´t likely to notice any difference, because the "problem" those rules were supposed to solve has always been wildly exaggerated. X This ad will end in 25 seconds. Autoplay: On | Off Net neutrality sounds at first blush like a noble goal. Internet service providers shouldn´t, the argument goes, be allowed to favor some traffic over others, either by throttling speeds, charging more or taking any other action that discriminates against bits
Sweet Jesus, Donald Trump doesn´t even understand the Bible´s most important story! At Thursday night´s annual Christmas tree lighting at the White House, the president recounted the birth of Jesus by saying it "begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son." Their baby? Um, care to take a paternity test? As all devout Christians believe, Jesus is not the son of Joseph, but of God. Yes, the future savior was born in Bethlehem during the time of Herod to Mary, the wife of Joseph. [Snip] But he is not the father. He with a capital H
New reporting suggests that former national security adviser Michael Flynn will testify that Donald Trump as a candidate ordered him to make contact with Russian officials. ABC’s Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent, said that sources told him Flynn is prepared to testify against Trump and his family. “He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team,” Ross said, referring to special prosecutor Robert Mueller. “He is prepared to testify, we have been told by a confidant, against President Trump, against others in the Trump family, and others in the White House.” “He is prepared to testify that President
The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers has shed light on another major scandal: Conyers’ deteriorating mental health, which is said to have been an open secret in Washington and Michigan political circles. That the 88-year-old Conyers, until recently a ranking member on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, is reportedly losing his mental health is emerging as common knowledge among political insiders at the same time that Democrats push Conyers toward resigning. Conyers is accused of serially sexually harassing his female staffers and demanding sexual favors from them, and Democrats have struggled to control the political blowback
NFL players will pay tribute to the cause of their choice this weekend, through the league’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. Most will wear cleats honoring organizations that fight cancer, or promote literacy. Others, will dedicate their footwear to messages far more personal. Colts LB Anthony Walker will wear a pair of cleats honoring Trayvon Martin, the Miami teenager killed in an altercation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmer in February of 2012: Anthony Walker Jr. ? @__AWalkJr Decided To Honor & Support #TrayvonMartinFoundation For Week 13 #MyCauseMyCleats .
Michael Flynn, who was fired as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser after revelations that he lied about his communications with Russia’s ambassador, is expected to plead guilty Friday morning to lying to federal agents about the contact. The charge against Flynn, 58, adds another prominent defendant to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller has already secured indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, as well as a guilty plea from a junior foreign policy adviser. The single charge is outlined in a criminal information unsealed Friday in a
The Trump administration is ending Michelle Obama’s hated school lunch rules by bringing chocolate milk back to the cafeteria. (Photo) Breitbart.com reported: The Trump administration is ending yet another of Michelle Obama’s hated, overly strict school lunch rules by bringing chocolate milk back to school lunch menus.The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a new rule set to take effect on July 1 after the period of public comment. The new rule relaxes sodium limits and Obama’s whole-grain requirements. The rule will also allow milk with one percent fat back on the menu, ABC News reported. “Schools need flexibility
“If I was walking down the highway with a quarter in my pocket and a briefcase full of truth, I’d be so happy.” – Muhammad Ali, Sports Illustrated, Feb. 19, 1968 Colin Kaepernick made his truth known when he first decided not to stand for the national anthem. He had a lot of football left to play and a lot more money to make when he made his decision. It was late August, 2016. People who were anonymous in life had become famous in death. Philando Castile. Eric Garner?. Alton Sterling. Freddie Gray. They were tragic symbols of a society
ABC News announced Saturday that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn. "We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process," ABC said in a statement. "As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online." ´´It is vital we get
For a couple of hours on a recent Thursday, Sen. Kamala Harris of California became the favorite to win the Democratic Party´s 2020 presidential nomination. According to the oddsmakers, that is. (Snip) Ever since she stepped into the public arena, Harris has been bathed in great expectations. When he was president of NBC Universal, CNN´s Jeff Zucker broke his policy of supporting candidates and introduced her to New York power players as "important for the entire country." Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicted in August that "she´s going to be knocking on doors in Iowa." In defending her against
Hollywood stars jumped on social media late Friday night and into early Saturday to fume and forecast the end of America after the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Saturday.Some celebrity reaction was loom and gloom, like comedian Chelsea Handler who called the passage of the GOP-led bill “sickening.”“What Republicans did last night to the poor and middle class in this country to reward huge corporations and the very wealthy is sickening,” she wrote. “So, for all the religious beliefs you hold, rewarding the people who fund your campaigns must be somewhere in the Bible.” (Tweet) Actor
ABC News on Friday evening corrected an explosive special report that aired in the morning saying that Donald Trump, as a candidate for president, had asked Michael Flynn to make contact with Russians. During "World News Tonight," ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross said the source who had provided the initial information for his story later told him that it was as president-elect, not as a candidate, that Trump asked Flynn to contact the Russians. The initial report, based on one anonymous source, prompted a dramatic reaction in the financial markets
Hush up and stand. You might think it’s that simple, given the significant step the NFL is taking in partnering with players for a social justice initiative that will involve an estimated $89 million over seven years. Not quite. The NFL’s PR problem stemming from the national anthem protests is hardly squashed just because the league is throwing money at its migraine headache of an issue. Sure, Malcolm Jenkins, the Philadelphia Eagles safety who is one of the key leaders of the Players Coalition that struck a deal with the NFL, has declared that he’ll no longer raise a fist