Buck Sexton: To impeach or not to impeach?Posted July 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Chris Peterson
There’s been a lot of talk about impeachment lately. Today on TheBlaze Radio Network, Buck Sexton broke down both sides of the argument and what impeachment would mean politically.
Buck started off by taking a strong stance against President Barack Obama by saying, “There’s nothing the president of the United States can point to in his second term that would convince rational and fair minded people that he’s done a good job – Not a single thing.”
So, does Buck think the President should be impeached? You’ll have listen to The Buck Sexton Show On Demand (starting at the 37:11 mark). Bonus: You’ll also be treated to some pretty hilarious Obama and Bill Clinton impressions:
Man who claims to be mysterious artist behind anti-Obama posters calls into TheBlaze RadioPosted July 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm by Mike Opelka
Perhaps artwork poking fun at some of the scandals plaguing the Obama administration is a growing industry.
Last week, during President Barack Obama’s latest fundraising swing through California, another set of anti-Obama, anti-Democratic posters were spotted in the areas where the president was scheduled to appear.
The artwork took some shots at Obama and the NSA.
Obama’s famous line, “You didn’t build that,” was lampooned in a poster spotlighting Silicon Valley.
There was also a flyer that skewered Obama, Pelosi, and the $32,400 per plate fundraising dinner.
Initially, no group or individual took credit for the artwork. However, late Sunday, TheBlaze received an email from an individual who claimed to be part of a small band of artists responsible for the posters.
The next morning, a man who identified himself ”Sid” called TheBlaze Radio’s Morning Blaze on Monday and spoke about the work that he claims he and his friends are creating to bring attention to what they see as the failings of this administration.
“There’s a small group of us, you know, we all come from a variety of different backgrounds, and we’re just working together to get this out,” he told “Morning Blaze” fill-in host Mike Opelka.
The man also referenced a popular quote from the late Andrew Breitbart: “Politics is downstream of pop culture.”
When asked why the group did not have a website showcasing their work or provide contact information to the public, the artist mentioned that might be a possibility in the future, but stressed, ”Really, our long term goal is to get more people doing this in cities across America.”
Listen to the interview with “Sid” at the 32:20 mark of the audio.
In a follow up telephone interview on Tuesday afternoon, Sid also pointed TheBlaze to some of the group’s early works. These were posters he called the “Sub Par” series. Posters and yard signs that were strategically placed around Augusta, Georgia during The Masters tournament in April of this year.
The shy artist also added additional clarity to why the group is intent on staying anonymous.
“We just want our work to be known,” he said.
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It’s Tocqueville’s birthday: Here’s what he predicted despotism in America would look likePosted July 29, 2014 at 5:08 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
In honor of Alexis de Tocqueville’s birthday some 209 years ago, we present this excerpt from the very end of his “Democracy in America,” in which Tocqueville expounds upon his fears about how a democratic society like America might fall to despotism [emphasis ours].
I seek to trace the novel features under which despotism may appear in the world.
The first thing that strikes the observation is an innumerable multitude of men all equal and alike, incessantly endeavoring to procure the petty and paltry pleasures with which they glut their lives. Each of them, living apart, is as a stranger to the fate of all the rest—his children and his private friends constitute to him the whole of mankind; as for the rest of his fellow-citizens, he is close to them, but he sees them not—he touches them, but he feels them not; he exists but in himself and for himself alone; and if his kindred still remain to him, he may be said at any rate to have lost his country.
Title: Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications, and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent, if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks on the contrary to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing.
For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness: (more…)
Sessions calls House border bill ‘surrender to a lawless president’Posted July 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the House’s proposed $659 million spending bill to address the border crisis is effectively a sign of surrender to President Barack Obama, since it contains no language that would stop Obama from granting amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
Sessions has warned that reports indicate Obama is planning to take this step, and that Congress must seek to defund this possible action or watch as expensive efforts to secure the border fail under the weight of an even bigger flood of immigrants.
The Border Is Secure!Posted July 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm by Stu Burguiere
At least that’s what Harry Reid said. He’s not alone. The left loves to claim that President Obama is tough on the border. Some have even gone so far as to nickname him the “Deporter -in-Chief.”
But have deportations increased under Obama?
Only if you look at the numbers the way the Obama administration would like you to look at them.
Obama himself has even admitted that his deportation numbers are “deceptive.”
I’ll demonstrate exactly how Obama is deceiving you on the deportation numbers…using action figures and Strawberry Short Cake dolls, of course.
Glenn interrupted ‘The Pat & Stu Show’ to say these two wordsPosted July 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Stu Burguiere
Working for Glenn Beck has many unique challenges. Make that many, many, many unique challenges.
Here at The Blaze we are constantly juggling 40 of Glenn’s ideas at once, suffering through his unconventional attire, correcting countless mispronunciations and of course dealing with stuff like we had to today.
During Pat & Stu, Glenn interrupted us today in order to say two simple words. It is as if he owns this place or something (Hear Glenn’s rude interruption at the 41:05 mark):
Pelosi says everyone living in the United States deserves rightsPosted July 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that everyone living within the boundaries of the United States deserve rights, regardless of their legal status.
Pelosi spoke at an ad hoc hearing held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus to hear testimony from three minors who described how and why they came to America. Pelosi said the U.S. needs to “have a heart” and find ways to aid the thousands of children who have traveled across the southern U.S. border. (more…)
‘Coincidence’: Rand Paul’s new bipartisan book set to release in early 2015Posted July 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm by Alak Mehta
In an interview with Louisville’s The Courier-Journal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul revealed that he is working on a new book set for release in early 2015. While Senator Paul did not reveal the working title, he mentioned that a possible subtitle was “Beyond Partisanship.”
Paul says his book will be “about policy and about my approach to a variety of issues, and maybe the uniqueness of that approach.” The book is intended for those not entirely aligned with either the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, according to Paul, who elaborated upon his bipartisan appeal:
“I’ve sided with some of the most liberal members of the Senate on criminal justice reform and NSA (National Security Agency) and surveillance reform and the right to privacy. And I’ve sided with some of the most conservative members of the Senate on areas of regulation and fiscal responsibility and taxation.”
Paul also told The Courier-Journal that he would make a decision regarding a potential 2016 presidential bid (more…)
Official: Obama has ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to expand DACA to millionsPosted July 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
A senior immigration official told the House on Tuesday that President Barack Obama has the discretion to grant amnesty and work authorization permits to millions of illegal immigrants, because the executive branch has broad discretion in how to implement laws passed by Congress.
Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was asked by several House Republicans at Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing about whether it would be legal to expand Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to millions of adults.
House GOP proposes $659 million border bill, $3 billion short of Obama’s requestPosted July 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Republicans on Tuesday released a border security bill that spends $659 million to secure the southern U.S. border and help process the thousands of immigrant children who have crossed into the United States this year.
The bill spends $3 billion less than the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has requested for the next few years to deal with the border crisis.
What a British atheist and a Dutch Christian can teach us about combating anti-SemitismPosted July 29, 2014 at 11:51 am by Alak Mehta
On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck discussed the problem of anti-Semitism in light of the growing anti-Jewish sentiment metastasizing worldwide, following the renewed conflict in Gaza. In particular, Beck emphasized the idea that anti-Semitism is inimical to humanity itself, citing a speech given by prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens in which the late polemicist stated:
Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity, and of civilization, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason.
Title: A Prisoner and Yet...
Author: Corrie Ten Boom
To illustrate humanity’s collective responsibility to combat anti-Semitism, Beck took out a copy of “A Prisoner and Yet…” by Corrie ten Boom. The book details the inspirational story of a Dutch Christian whose family was sent to a concentration camp for helping save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. While she watched her father and sister perish, ten Boom found courage in Christ to resist and endure the suffering. This is what Beck had to say about her story: (more…)
Senators support boosting U.S. arms in IsraelPosted July 29, 2014 at 11:01 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Dozens of senators from both parties proposed legislation on Monday that would increase the amount of U.S. arms held in Israel that would be available for Israel to use to defend itself from Hamas or other attackers.
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) proposed the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, along with 77 other senators. The bill is an updated version of legislation that senators proposed more than a year ago.
The single defining civilizational test that millions are failing the world overPosted July 29, 2014 at 10:46 am by Benjamin Weingarten
George Gilder, President Reagan’s most quoted living author, pioneer of supply-side economics, venture capitalist, and founder of the futurist Discovery Institute presented a test to the world in 2009. If events in recent years and days are any indication, some Americans and millions all over the world are failing it. The test
distills into a few questions: What is your attitude toward people who surpass you in the creation of wealth or in other accomplishments? Do you aspire to equal their excellence, or does it make you seethe? Do you admire and celebrate exceptional achievement, or do you impugn it and seek to tear it down?
Gilder writes that one’s attitude towards a single country in the world is the measure of this test.
[The] central issue [in international politics] is not a global war of civilizations between the West and Islam or a split between Arabs and Jews. These conflicts are real and salient, but they obscure the deeper moral and ideological war. The real issue is between the rule of law and the rule of the leveler, between creative excellence and “fairness,” between admiration of achievement versus envy and resentment of it.
Israel defines a line of demarcation. On one side, marshaled at the United Nations and in universities around the globe, are those who see capitalism as a zero-sum game in which success comes at the expense of the poor and the environment: every gain for one party comes at the cost of another. On the other side are those who see the genius and the good fortune of some as a source of wealth and opportunity for all.
The real issue is between the rule of law and…the leveler…Israel defines a line of demarcation
In Gilder’s “The Israel Test,” he argues that the test is about more than culture or economics, but morality itself, in paragraph that is particularly poignant in light of the class warfare stirring the world over.
The Israel test is a moral challenge. The world has learned to see moral challenges as issues of charity and compassion toward victims, especially the poor, whose poverty is seen as proof of their victimization. But the moral challenge of this century is not charity toward the poor but treatment of the productive elites who create the wealth that supports us all. A victim only of resentment, Israel epitomizes the plight of the productive elites under siege around the globe.
Gilder, a philo-Semitic WASP — who admittedly initially failed his own test in his resentment of Jews while growing up as a New England prep school student — continues: (more…)
Sessions calls on members to oppose border bill that doesn’t stop Obama’s amnesty planPosted July 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday called on members of the House and Senate to vote down any border supplemental bill that doesn’t include language blocking President Barack Obama from extending an amnesty and work permit program for millions of illegal immigrants.
“I’m calling on all members of Congress today to stand up to these lawless actions and sponsor legislate that will block them,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Monday. “I’m calling on all members of Congress today to oppose any border supplemental that does not include such language.” (more…)
Fired VA workers will get appeals process under House-Senate billPosted July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Members of the House and Senate negotiating a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs have agreed to language giving fired VA officials a 21-day appeal period, instead of allowing them to be fired immediately with no appeal.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his House counterpart Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced the deal to reporters on Monday. The agreement also includes $15 billion in immediate funding — two-thirds of that amount will be treated as emergency spending and thus will not be offset with spending cuts.
Jeffy’s big news will ruin your weekendsPosted July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Stu Burguiere
TheBlaze’s Jeff Fisher (“Jeffy”) made a big announcement on Pat & Stu today. Granted it’s really, really bad news for your ears but it still qualifies as big news (listen at the 46:00 mark):
Getting politicians to tell the truth: As usual, Johnny Carson had the answerPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Chris Field
On the Glenn Beck Radio Program today, Glenn, Pat and Stu fantasized about giving truth serum to politicians–especially President Obama.
Of course, truth serum’s just a silly fantasy. But what about this proven, highly scientific marvel Johnny Carson displayed for America way back in 1982?
Thanks to Pace Allen, Jr., for the heads-up and YouTube link.
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Kerry says U.S. continuing to work on ‘humanitarian cease-fire’ between Israel, HamasPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is continuing to work on a cease-fire agreement that allows aid to be brought to both Israel and people in Gaza.
“Today, we are continuing to work toward establishing an unconditional, humanitarian cease-fire, one that could honor Eid, which begins now, and that will stop the fighting, allow desperately needed food and medicine and other supplies into Gaza, and enable Israel to address the threat which we fully understand and which is real, the threat posed by tunnel attacks.”
Winston Churchill’s eerie reflections in the aftermath of World War IPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
Winston Churchill left for posterity a great mass of writings about the Western world in war and peace, from the perspective of a military leader, politician and historian.
On this hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the below reflections in the aftermath of that war, as originally published on January 1, 1929 in Churchill’s “The Aftermath,” and quoted in his “The Gathering Storm” are as striking and prescient as they are eloquent. Not only do they provide a telling window into the state of the world following “The Great War,” but serve as an eerie precursor to World War II, the Cold War and even today.
It was not until the dawn of the twentieth century of the Christian era that war began to enter into its kingdom as the potential destroyer of the human race. The organisation of mankind into great States and Empires, and the rise of nations to full collective consciousness, enabled enterprises of slaughter to be planned and executed upon a scale and with a perseverance never before imagined. All the noblest virtues of individuals were gathered to strengthen the destructive capacity of the mass. Good finances, the resources of world-wide credit and trade, the accumulation of large capital reserves, made it possible to divert for considerable periods the energies of whole peoples to the task of devastation. Democratic institutions gave expression to the will-power of millions. Education not only brought the course of the conflict within the comprehension of everyone, but rendered each person serviceable in a high degree for the purpose in hand. The Press afforded a means of unification and of mutual stimulation. Religion, having discreetly avoided conflicted on the fundamental issues, offered its encouragements and consolations, through all its forms, impartially to all the combatantts. Lastly, Science unfolded her treasures and her secrets to the desperate demands of men, and placed in tehir hands agencies and appartus almost decisive in their character.
the noblest virtues of individuals were gathered to strengthen the destructive capacity of the mass
In consequence, many novel features presented themselves. Instead of merely fortified towns being starved whole nations were methodically subjectd, or sought to be subjected, to the process of reduction by famine. The entire population in one capacity or another took part in the war; all were equally the object of attack, The air opened paths along which death and terror could be carried far behind the lines of the actual armies, to women, children, the aged, the sick, who in earlier struggles would perforce have been left untouched. Marvelous orgnisations of railroads, steamships, and motor vehicles placed and maintained tens of millions of men continuously in action. Healing and surgery in their exquisitve developments returned them again and again to the shambles. Nothing was wasted that could contribute to the process of waste. The last dying kick was brought into military utility.
But all that happened in the four years of the Great War was only a prelude to what was preparing for the fifth year. The campaign of the year 1919 would have witnessed an immense accession to the powers of destruction. Had the Germans retained the morale to make good their retreat to the Rhine, they would have been assaulted in the summer of 1919 with forces and by methods incomparably more prodigious than any yet employed. Thousands of aeroplanes would have shattered their cities. Scores of thousands of cannon would have blasted their front. Arrangements were being made to carry simultaneously a quarter of a million men, together with all their requirements, continuously forward across country in mechanical vehicles moving ten or fifteen miles each day. Poison gases of incredible malignity, against which only a secret mask (which the Germans could not obtain in time) was proof, would have stifled all resistance and paralysed all life on he hostile front subjected to attack. No doubt the Germans too had their plans. But the hour of wrath had passed. The signal of relief was given, and the horrors of 1919 remained buried in the archives of the great antagonists.
The war stopped as suddenly and as universally as it had begun. The world lifted its head, surveyed the scene of ruin, and victors and vanquished alike drew breath. In a hundred laboratories, in a thousand arsenals, factories, and bureaux, men pulled themselves up with a jerk, and turned from the task in which they had been absorbed. Their projects were put aside unfinished, unexecuted; but their knowledge was preserved; their data, calculations, and discoveries were hastily bundled together and docketed “for future reference” by the War Offices in every country. The campaign of 1919 was never fought; but its ideas go marching along. In every army they are being explored, elaborated, refined under the surface of peace, and should war come again to the world it is not with the weapons and agencies prepared for 1919 that it will be fought, but with developments and extensions of these which will be incomparably more formidable and fatal.
It is in these circumstances that we entered upon that period of exhaustion which has been described as Peace. It gives us, at any rate, an opportunity to consider the general situation. Certain sombre facts emerge, solid, inexorable, like the shapes of mountains from drifting mist. It is established that henceforward whole populations will take part in war, all doing their utmost, all subjected to the fury of the enemy. It is established that nations who believe their life is at stake will not be restrained from using any means to secure their existence. It is probably–nay, certain–that among the means which will next time be at their disposal will be agencies and process of destruction wholesale, unlimited, and perhaps, once launched, uncontrollable.
Mankind has never been in this position before. Without having improved appreciably in virtue or enjoying wiser guidance, it has got into its hands for the first time the tools by which it can unfailingly accomplish its own extermination. That is the point in human destinies to which all the glories and toils of men have at last led them. They would do well to pause and ponder upon their new responsibilities. Death stands at attention, obedient, expectant, ready to serve, ready to shear away the peoples en masse; ready, if called on, to pulverise, without hope of repair, what is left of civilisation. He awaits only the word of command. He awaits it from a frail, bewildered being, long his victim, now–for one occasion only–his Master.
Churchill laments that 18 years later he “could not write it differently.” He continues:
There can hardly ever have been a war more easy to prevent than this second Armageddon…had our British, American, and Allied affairs been conducted with the ordinary consistency and common sense usual in decent households there was no need for Force to march unaccompanied by law; and Strength, moreover, could have been used in righteous causes with little risk of bloodshed. In their loss of purpose, in their abandonment even of the themes they most sincerely espoused, Britain, France, and most of all, because of their immense power and impartiality, the United States, allowed conditions to be gradually built up which led to the very climax they dreaded most. They have only to repeat the same well-meaning, short-sighted behavior towards the new problems which in singular resemblance confront us today to bring about a third convulsion from which none may live to tell the tale.
Churchill elaborates on the errors of the Western powers in one particularly compelling passage, writing that World War II could have easily been prevented were it not for:
how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous; how the structure and habits of democratic States, unless they are welded into larger organisms, lack those elements of persistence and conviction which can alone give security to humble masses; how, even in matters of self-preservation, no policy is pursued for even ten or fifteen years at a time. We shall see how the counsels of prudence and restraint may become the prime agents of mortal danger; how the middle course adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life may be found to lead direct to the bull’s-eye of disaster. We shall see how absolute is the need of a broad path of international action pursued by many States in common across the years, irrespective of the ebb and flow of international politics.
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Oh Canada: America’s neighbor to the north becoming friendlier to gun owners?Posted July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Steve Krakauer
Canada adopting “common sense” gun laws, eh?
TheBlaze Radio host SE Cupp took on the issue of gun rights and gun laws on her Saturday Cain and Cupp show – but she focused on Canada rather than the U.S.
National Firearms Association Executive Vice President Blair Hagen (as Cupp described it, the organization is like the “Canadian NRA”) joined the show to discuss the “Common Sense” Firearms Act being proposed now – which would relax some of the strict gun laws that Canada had previously adopted.
Hagen thinks the bill is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t go far enough. “I wouldn’t really call this comprehensive, but it is certainly welcome,” said Hagen.
Hagen gave advice to legal gun owners in America who are faced with the prospect of more stringent gun laws. “If you give an inch, they’ll take a mile,” said Hagen. “We learned a very hard lesson, that perhaps Americans haven’t had to. You can’t give an inch, because the actual fact of the matter is, it’s a social engineering agenda rather than a public safety agenda.”
This conversation starts up at approximately the 1:18:00 mark. Other topics on the show include the Israel-Hamas conflict, pet peeves, secret collections and more.
So what do you think? You can listen to all the “Cain and Cupp” TheBlaze Radio shows here.
Obama nominates rabbi to serve as State’s religious freedom ambassadorPosted July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday announced the nomination of Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein to be the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year.
“I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.” (more…)
Franks, Blackburn bill says Obama has all the money and tools he needs to fix the borderPosted July 28, 2014 at 10:41 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) say President Barack Obama has all the tools he needs to resolve the humanitarian crisis at the border, and have proposed a simple resolution calling on Obama to use them.
“[T]he president currently has the necessary tools at his disposal to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border with existing funding from Congress,” the resolution reads.
Another example of a president invoking ‘economic patriotism’…from 1951Posted July 28, 2014 at 10:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently, President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Lew have been pushing back against and seeking legislation to prevent corporations from merging with companies overseas to shield themselves from U.S. tax rates (known as inversion transactions), or leave America altogether, calling for a new sense of “economic patriotism” from business.
Some have argued that the notion of “economic patriotism” stems from fascist rhetoric of the 1930s, and others have argued that patriotism was used to justify President Roosevelt’s economic policies during the Great Depression. But we found another interesting early example of a U.S. president invoking patriotism as a means of criticizing businesses who opposed the federal government’s economic policies.
As free-market journalist and author Henry Hazlitt wrote in Newsweek in 1951, in a June 18 article titled “Price Controllers in a Panic” (which you can find in Hazlitt’s collected editorials from 1946-1966, “Business Tides“), President Harry Truman’s Economic Stabilization Administrator Eric Johnston declared
that those who oppose the continuance of price and wage controls are led by special interests whose whole attitude is “damn the consumer, and full pockets ahead.” They are “grinding their own ax without thought for the welfare of anyone or anything else . . . at a time when men are dying in battle in Korea for a free way of life.”
For the president’s price-and-wage control law was set to expire on June 30 that year, and so the Truman administration was pushing hard for its extension, arguing that in absence of the president’s economic policies, there could be “an unmanageable torrent of inflation.”
Title: Business Tides: The Newsweek Era of Henry Hazlitt
Author: Henry Hazlitt
In an article published shortly thereafter, Hazlitt indicates that Truman himself used similar rhetoric in support of price controls:
Mr. Truman, in his recent radio address, of course utterly ignored the fact that the upward pressure on prices today comes from his own Administration’s monetary and fiscal policies. And he went on to imply that those who, like himself, favored the price control, were inspired only by the loftiest patriotism, while those who opposed price control were merely “lobbyists,” who “placed private interests above the national interest.”
“After the representatives of the Administration testified in favor of a good, strong law,” he explained, “the Congressional committees heard from 124 witnesses, representing all sorts of private organizations. And do you know how many of them came out for the bill? Twenty, just twenty.” Instead of concluding that this might indicate some possible weaknesses in the bill, or some real dangers to producers and production, Mr. Truman implied that the 104 opposing witnesses were all placing their “private interests above the national interest.”
Hazlitt continued: “Mr. Truman’s strange idea is that the only way to be a real friend of the consumer is to make things tough for the producer. But it is a little hard to see just how the consumer gains by measures that discourage production.”
Lest you think these wage and price controls were a parochial matter, Hazlitt argued that “Nothing…has more clearly signaled the imminent danger to our whole system of private enterprise” than the price controls and regulations trumpeted by President Truman in his 1951 Midyear Economic Report to Congress.
While President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Lew are not arguing for sweeping wage and price controls, they are seeking to prevent capital from traveling to those places where it can achieve its highest returns — where businesses are least hampered by taxes and regulations.
President Obama himself implicitly acknowledged weaknesses in the U.S. business climate in a radio address this weekend, noting that “The best way to level the playing field is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate, closes wasteful loopholes, and simplifies the tax code for everybody.”
But before looking at the root causes behind why companies are choosing to reorganize their corporations abroad or move altogether, the president argued that “stopping companies from renouncing their citizenship just to get out of paying their fair share of taxes is something that cannot wait.”
The president adds, “when some companies cherrypick their taxes, it damages the country’s finances. It adds to the deficit. It makes it harder to invest in the things that will keep America strong, and it sticks you with the tab for what they stash offshore.”
Whatever one’s sentiments on the merits of President Obama’s policy, it bears noting that his administration’s rhetoric has been invoked previously when businesses reacted negatively to federal economic policy in the eyes of its promulgators.
Note: The links to the book in this post will give you an option to elect to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale to a charity of your choice. Mercury One, the charity founded by TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck, is one of the options. Donations to Mercury One go towards efforts such as disaster relief, support for education, support for Israel and support for veterans and our military. You can read more about Amazon Smile and Mercury One here.
Doctor: There is ‘no question’ Obama administration is putting America’s health at risk in illegal immigration crisisPosted July 27, 2014 at 12:42 am by Chris Salcedo
Reporting indicates that some in the medical community are growing increasingly concerned over the health threat posed by the wave of humanity coming into the country illegally on the southern border. Tuberculosis, Swine flu, scabies and epidemic levels of lice are just a few of the imports coming over the border with Central American children and adults. Team Obama has worked very hard to keep the details secret from the American people, even threatening the prosecution to healthcare workers who dare to tell the truth.
Appearing on the Chris Salcedo Show, Dr. Elaina George, a board certified otolaryngologist, said she’s very concerned about the threat to public health as a result of the Obama administration’s handling of the illegal immigration crisis. The Princeton University graduate also said that Americans all over the country will begin seeing reports of infections in local schools districts once classes resume in the fall, as illegal immigrant children are placed into America’s classrooms.
Most damming is the administration’s secretiveness over the placement of these children and just how many are coming into America with illnesses. Also alarming is the fact that many of the illegal immigrants are being transported all over the U.S. using commercial planes and buses. The general public may have been exposed to disease and not even know it. Dr. George says there is, “no question,” that Mr. Obama and his cohorts in government are putting American’s health at risk. She simply wants to know why.
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Listen: Blaze Reporter In Israel Shares Her Firsthand Experiences In The War-Torn RegionPosted July 26, 2014 at 11:35 am by Mike Opelka
During the interview, Schwartz talked about the dozens of terror tunnels into her country that Hamas had built using cement that was probably provided by Israel. She added that each tunnel cost an estimated $1 million per year to maintain, while reporting that the average per capita income in Gaza is under $1200 per year.
Schwartz explained the Israeli perspective on the FAA’s temporary blocking of flights from the U.S. into Israel and how Hamas viewed that as a victory.
She also shared her feelings on life in a country that has been the target of more than 2,200 Gaza-launched rockets in the past month. Schwartz told TheBlaze Radio audience, “As for my family, I live in northern Israel, so I really can’t complain…I personally only heard one siren, and that was one too many.”
Schwartz went on to detail the stresses felt by friends and family in central and southern Israel where the threat of incoming rockets has cancelled all summer camp and outdoor activities for children.
Monday morning on TheBlaze Radio, Sharona Schwartz will return with a live report with the latest news from the region.
The interview with Sharona starts at the 9:30 point.
This episode of “Pure Opelka” also includes segments on internet security from Tech and Intelligence Editor Elizabeth Kreft and a discussion with Faith Editor Billy Hallowell about the five biggest companies that openly declare their ties to their Christian faith.
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