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Democrats Politicize Ebola

October 16, 2014

It didn’t take long for Democrats to politicize the dangerous Ebola outbreak and begin blaming Republicans. A TV ad from the liberal Agenda Project tries to lay blame on Republican cuts in CDC funding for the current Ebola fiasco. The Huffington Post, some Democrat members of Congress, and even Hillary Clinton are also pointing to budget cuts to the CDC and NIH (National Institutes of Health) as reasons for poor preparation for the outbreak. These claims are easily debunked and the truth, as usual, is that government agencies are becoming more incompetent, inefficient, politically correct, and out of control.

From Michelle Malkin:

At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested…while Ebola and enterovirus D68 wreak havoc on our health system, the CDC has been busying itself with an ever-widening array of non-disease control campaigns…mandatory motorcycle helmet laws…$10 million last year to study violent video games… funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nations’ playgrounds…funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships” in homes and schools…Why is this the CDC’s business?

In 2000, the agency essentially lied to Congress about how it spent up to $7.5 million earmarked each year since 1993 for research on the deadly hantavirus…The CDC also misspent $22.7 million appropriated for chronic fatigue syndrome and was investigated in 2001 for squandering $13 million on hepatitis C research…the CDC has its own private funding pipeline…To date, the entity has raised some $400 million to support the CDC’s work.

Read it all here: The Centers for Everything but Disease Control

DJH

Panetta Shatters the Façade

October 11, 2014

Former CIA Chief and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has shattered the liberal façade of competency concerning Obama’s foreign policies with his newly released book “Worthy Fights”. Trying mightily to remain a loyal Democrat and loyal to the president, Panetta has not been able to hide deep concern over Obama’s foreign policy failures and lack of leadership.

In multiple interviews since his book’s release, Panetta revealed more than may be evident in the book about Obama’s indecisiveness, lack of leadership, and political obsessiveness. He also validated critics’ allegations that Obama continually dismisses recommendations from military advisers and the intelligence community, making decisions based on political and ideological factors.

Panetta tries hard not to put all the blame on Obama for pulling our troops out of Iraq, but he does admit that Obama’s efforts to convince Iraq’s government to allow troops to remain were weak at best and it was a mistake. This is one of Obama’s decisions based on political ramifications and personal ideology that many supporters try to deny was wrong.

Panetta points to Obama’s indecision and lack of action concerning the “red line” in Syria as being a policy failure that combined with our troop pull-out from Iraq to produce a rampaging ISIS. Panetta also admits telling Obama up front that Benghazi was a terrorist attack and believes that further investigation is needed. This suggests an administration cover up.

Leon Panetta (Democrat) is highly experienced and has held many top-level positions throughout his career. His concerns should be taken seriously by all and serve as a wake-up call to blind followers. So far, the mainstream media has decided to focus only on his alleged “disloyalty” to Obama, pointing to the book’s release while Obama is still in office as some sort of breach of protocol.

The mainstream media’s investment in Obama has superseded concern for the country’s well-being, allowing Obama’s failing foreign policies to continue unchallenged. Panetta’s book seems to be a desperate plea for all to make a realistic evaluation of Obama and his dangerous policies. His concerns should not be taken lightly.

November’s elections are the first step to reversing our failing direction. Vote wisely.

David J. Hentosh

No Troops…No Troops…No Troops…

September 11, 2014

President Obama’s ISIS speech was less about his ISIS strategy than it was about his personal ideology. He made sure we all understood he was not going to send troops to Iraq and he assured us that ISIS is not Islamic. Ruling out troops twice in his speech emphasized his presumptuousness (which got us into this mess in the first place) and refusing to call ISIS Islamic was just politically correct nonsense.

Obama’s presidential campaign centered on pulling our troops out of Iraq, not winning the war, and he put a timetable on doing that with no consideration of future circumstances. He wasn’t interested in victory, having even stated his dislike for that very word and making sure it wasn’t a goal for the U.S. in Afghanistan. His given date for troop removal gave terrorists preparation time, a morale boost, and a goal.

Furthermore, he was not interested in having any troops remain in Iraq and he pulled them all out against military advice. Obama sees our military as representative of U.S. power and influence in the world – and he loathes it. On his “apology tour”, he made it very clear that he was embarrassed by past U.S. actions and promised he was going to “change” our ways. He has accomplished that and, consequently, the U.S. has lost credibility across the globe.

Obama’s distaste for the military is also behind ignoring the red line he set concerning Syria’s use of chemical weapons. His ideology does not allow use of U.S. power, so his red line was just rhetorical bluster which seems to be the bulk of his failing foreign policy. He has previously stated his belief that he was elected to stop wars, not start them, so he is desperately trying to avoid anything remotely resembling military might.

Obama’s ISIS speech was a result of reality forcing its way into his fantasy view of the world. Reluctance to face that reality was evident by his insistence on ideological notions that circumstances could easily prove to be very naive. Time will tell if reality will penetrate further but the “plan” has been revealed to ISIS in more detail than necessary and ISIS will be eager to test Obama’s resolve of no troops…no troops…no troops…

David J. Hentosh

When “Rights” are Wrong

September 4, 2014

In a Labor Day speech, Obama brought up the idea of “rights” for illegal immigrants. This goes far beyond amnesty. It is an attempt to sanction and even legalize the illegality of sneaking across our border, insinuating that everyone has a “right” to come here, even illegally.

The country is currently experiencing chaos and economic stress due to Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration laws. More than 70,000 children have illegally crossed the border this year and are being sent to states for shelter, benefits, and schooling without even notifying those states. In 2013 there were 36,000 illegals awaiting deportation proceedings released from detention, many who were convicted of serious and violent crimes, and ICE declined to bring immigration charges against 68,000 other illegal alien criminals who were detained and released.

School systems across the country are being flooded with illegal immigrant children causing economic stress to the point of possible bankruptcy. It has been estimated that it will cost $760 million dollars this year to pay for their education. When you add the estimated $252/day it costs to care for each child, the total cost to taxpayers this year is estimated to be $2 billion dollars.

In spite of this impact, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, said illegals are “part of the backbone of our economy”; AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka said he would like to see “affirmative action” for illegal immigrants; and Democratic candidate for governor of NY, Zephyr Teachout, said she wants state citizenship for illegals. What they really want is votes (and unions want their dues), but that’s hidden between the lines.

Bowing to Obama’s de facto amnesty policy, immigration court judges are setting hearing dates four years into the future while deported illegal aliens are even being invited back for reconsideration. A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico ensures Mexican Nationals will have workplace rights regardless of their immigration status.

Considering that the net job growth in North Carolina since 2000 went to immigrants, both legal and illegal, the idea of “rights” for illegal immigrants is an insult to native-born citizens, especially those who lost their jobs in Obama’s failing economy. Sadly, it has become common practice for Obama to insult traditional Americans and international allies. It’s all part of his “transformation of America”.

David J. Hentosh

The ISIS Crisis – and the UN

September 3, 2014

On the heels of Obama’s indecision, incompetency, and lack of interest regarding the ISIS crisis, the UN is taking action. It is sending 11 investigators to Iran, at a budget of $1.18 million, to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State “militants”. (Note that the linked Reuters report uses “militants” rather than “terrorists”.)

The UN investigators will report back by…March, 2015. That’s over 6 months away, long enough for an unimpeded, rampaging ISIS army to reach the UN building in NY and report personally before the investigation is complete. (With our southern border completely open, that may not be an exaggeration.) One wonders why it takes 6 months to find crimes in Iraq when they are being shown on the news every night.

Once the UN investigation is over, there are sure to be sanctions put in place against ISIS. An embargo of the scarfs hiding ISIS faces can stop beheadings and an embargo on pick-up truck replacement parts can slow them down, but banning them from YouTube or stopping arms shipments is much too inhumane for the UN.

It is hard to believe the UN could be less effective than Obama in dealing with the ISIS crisis, but it will be. The UN continually outdoes itself with ineffectiveness and its inherent bias against Israel automatically makes it sympathetic to Arab terrorists. There will be nothing good coming from the UN, and certainly nothing at all until its investigation is completed…in March.

ISIS, Russia, China, Iran, and Hamas are wreaking havoc around the world because there is an absence of strong leadership on the world stage. That leadership used to be provided by the U.S. president but Obama deliberately rejected it to follow his fantasy vision of the world. Even if he finally wakes to the foolishness of that fantasy, he has lost too much credibility to be handed the reins of leadership.

The world may have to wait until 2016 for a leader to step up. We can only hope it won’t be too late.

David J. Hentosh

See No Evil

August 25, 2014

ISIS is a large, well-financed, blood-thirsty army storming unimpeded through Iraq murdering all who do not agree to their repressive demands. They have ravaged Syria, beheaded an American (with two more US captives being threatened), demanded (and received) ransoms from European countries, are in the process of taking over Iraq, and have informed us that they are intent on coming to the U.S. to kill as many as possible, having our open southern border available for easy entry.

Here’s what the Daily Kos, which sees no evil, thinks of ISIS: “You know how much threat ISIS represents to the United States? None…ISIS is a ragtag organization on the far side of the world…ISIS could no more threaten the United States than Lindsey Graham could punch God in the nose…You know what ISIS is? A bunch of politicians…They are not a threat…”

Michael J. Boyle of the NY Times tells us the beheading of American journalist James Foley has “led to a disturbing return of the moralistic language once used to describe Al Qaeda in the panicked days after the 9/11 attacks.” Boyle worries that condemning ISIS as evil “conveys a moral clarity and separates ourselves and our tactics from the enemy and theirs”. Boyle should be thankful we have the moral clarity to separate ourselves from the tactics of ISIS. Moral clarity helped make this country great.

The attack on 9/11 by a small band of terrorists was certainly evil and it wreaked havoc on our entire economy and changed our way of life. The NY Times refuses to accept it as evil and The Daily Kos would have us believe that a much larger, better financed, and highly motivated terrorist army such as ISIS poses no threat. Far-left heads are buried in moral equivalent sand.

Perhaps an even larger threat to our country comes from those believing in the idealistic and foolish notion of moral equivalency. Allowing it to become government policy is as dangerous as it gets and proudly proclaiming it is just stupid.

David J. Hentosh

Where Are the Riots?

August 21, 2014

Where are the riots? Where is the outcry for justice? Where is the demand for action? Where are the protests? Where is our leadership?

ISIS, a savage terrorist group, beheaded an American citizen, James Foley, who was captured and held in captivity for two years. ISIS proudly put a video of the decapitation on YouTube for the world to see, stating that the murder was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against them in Iraq. Previously, they demanded a ransom for Foley’s release but that was refused by the U.S. They are now threatening to kill three other captured U.S. citizens.

Capturing and murdering American citizens is an act of war and an unambiguous and brazen declaration of war against the U.S. It is not a “crime” to be investigated by Holder’s Justice Department. Have we become so politically correct and impotent that we will hide behind an “investigation” rather than act firmly and immediately? Are we “transformed” to the point of allowing our citizens to be brutally murdered with impunity?

European countries have been paying ransoms to terrorists for captured citizens because they lack the military means and fortitude to do anything else. They have decimated their militaries by diverting defense spending to government assistance programs. Obviously, these ransoms have not deterred terrorism; they have just emboldened the terrorists and proven the weakness of those paying the ransom.

President Obama prematurely removed all of our troops from Iraq. It was a mistake and the rise and growth of ISIS is the result. This is not a small band of rag-tag terrorists. It is an army viciously taking over an entire country and openly declaring war on the U.S. Our foolishly open southern border, another Obama mistake, will not be ignored by these terrorists who are intent on killing Americans on American soil.

Will Obama show leadership, admit mistakes, and take firm and proper action? Will citizens rise up in protest and march in the streets (ala Ferguson) if he doesn’t? To quote vice president Biden, “This is big f**king deal”, and the answers will determine our future.

David J. Hentosh

Obama’s One-Way Fantasy Street

August 11, 2014

Obama continues to travel on a one-way fantasy street where nothing bad is his fault and everything good that happens (which is very little lately) is his doing. It is going to be very hard for even hard-core believers and the media (redundant?) to go down that street with him this time.

Obama campaigned on ending the Iraq War and bringing home ALL of our troops. It was his signature promise as he blamed Bush for waging the wrong war in Iraq. He left no wiggle room in that promise and it was as definitive as his promise that “you can keep your doctor”.

After hastily declaring the Iraq war over and actually removing all of our troops, NBC, along with other networks, hailed the achievement while the Obama website bragged about the fulfillment of his promise. Obama preened like a peacock about his success.

Now, with Iraq being overrun by terrorists exactly as predicted by President George W. Bush and his top officials, President Obama is trying to tell us removing all our troops was not his fault. He is claiming political pressure from Iraqi leaders is responsible. He believes we are dumb enough to buy this, and it is insulting to all of us.

Obama made a purely political decision, ignoring warnings and military assessments, to pull out all our troops in order to make good on his campaign promise and his personal agenda. He was proud of his decision and his supporters were proud of him. He made little attempt to keep a much-needed military base in Iraq, believing his soft-talk foreign policy would be sufficient to handle any future problems.

Obama’s speeches are inappropriately filled with “I” and “me” except when responsibility is the issue. He has been so wrong on so many things; his continued refusal to take responsibility seems like a mental disorder. He and his unconditional supporters are living out a fantasy that is jeopardizing the country. We must start turning this around in November.

David J. Hentosh

Who Will Win?

August 10, 2014

The battle between good and evil never ends and it is always hard to predict the winner of any single clash. However, the current trend of politically indoctrinating children does not bode well for the success of good.

In the Middle East, children are being taught to hate Jews and continue jihad against the Western World. They are being inundated with lies and distortions that condition them to a future life of violence and hate. Children will learn whatever they are taught and they are being taught to kill and die for jihad. There is no hope for peace when generations continue this senselessness violence.

In North Korea, the same type of indoctrination takes place and children are brainwashed into believing all they are told about the outside world. The total control North Korea has over communications keeps people in the dark, often literally, and children are taught to fear and hate everything outside the country. It is hard to break that cycle when it is government controlled.

Here in the United States, our children are also being indoctrinated. Our schools are dominated and controlled by progressive liberals who believe social justice is more important than basic education. Our children are being inundated with the ideology of moral equivalence that scorns judgment of other cultures, even those based on violence. With the line between good and evil erased, our children will not even know they are in a battle when they reach adulthood. How, then, can they win?

Currently, the trend in schools is to teach history based on this moral equivalence, ignoring our country’s incredible contributions to the world and concentrating on our mistakes and “atrocities”. This is a deliberate attempt to reduce the standing of the US as the leader of the free world and to level the international playing field. Our children are being conditioned to actively pursue this, so who will stand against those being taught to kill and dominate?

Much of the free world has become dependent on US leadership and military strength. Our current administration has backed away from this responsibility and world chaos is increasing as a result. If our children continue to be taught moral equivalence while other children are taught the “righteousness” of their violence and killing, who do you think has a better chance of winning the battle between good and evil?

Your vote counts and it is the only way to secure the future for our children. Social justice will be meaningless if evil triumphs.

David J. Hentosh

Preposterous

July 28, 2014

Conservative (though often independent) columnist George Will stunned many when he told Fox News host Chris Wallace: “The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous”, adding that the US should handle the problem because it is capable of doing so.

This is indicative of how difficult and emotional the border situation has become and how successful it is to use children for political purposes. It is becoming more and more apparent that Obama is using this influx of children to force his dream of amnesty. This use of children may be less dangerous than Hamas’ use of children as shields, but it is the same basic and disgusting principle.

While George Will is correct in saying the US can handle the estimated 60,000 children that have already crossed the border, the truly “preposterous” thing is that until the border is secured, that number will just increase to the point where the US can’t handle it. There has already been a 117% increase in children crossing in the past year.

It is also “preposterous” that Obama has no intention of securing the border and is now preparing to issue an executive order granting the amnesty he cannot get Congress to approve. Just the reporting of this possibility is sure to entice more to cross illegally. Whether this comes from blind adherence to an agenda or pure political manipulation, the flood at the border will increase as a result.

Seeing those children at the border tugs at everyone’s heart strings, not just George Will’s, but there are more than “8-year-olds” crossing the border. There are cartel members, gang members, and possible international terrorists taking advantage of Obama’s immigration folly. While border agents focus on taking care of children, the border is an open door to all, and that is incredibly dangerous.

Emotions need to be put aside and the border needs to be properly secured before this can be dealt with properly. It is truly “preposterous” that Obama chooses to ignore the consequences of his actions. George Will knows this, but emotions got the better of him.

David J. Hentosh


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