July 04, 2014

Ellis Island Immigrants to America

Jack Kemp

This Independence Day, my thoughts return to a tourist visit I made over decades ago to Ellis Island, the place where new immigrants were examined and processed roughly twenty million immigrants from the late Nineteenth to the early Twentieth Century in New York Harbor.

The most startling thing seen on that visit was the peeling paint of the main building, a problem not based on years of  age but on more recent neglect of the plumbing system. The old pipes had broken and flooded the building before anyone could realize what happened. The Ellis Island museum was then asking American citizens for - and they did receive - voluntary funds to fix the pipes and other structures as well as repaint the water damaged walls.

Ellis Island is, of course, a National Park Museum and if you go to the website http://www.nps.gov/elis/historyculture/people.htm  you can read about inspectors, doctors, nurses who did a quick check of potential immigrant's paperwork to enter the U.S. and their health condition. Some were quarantined on the Island and would later enter into the United States. Others were sent back to their home country, failing to gain entry to the U.S. because of their poor health for such conditions as tuberculosis. The left keeps screaming about "white privilege" but if you contrast Ellis Island to the Central American illegal immigrants now flooding over the U.S. Southern Border, it is these Central Americans who are being allowed entry and the ability to move around the U.S. in a privileged state, with neither legal paperwork (as was required on Ellis Island) nor being required to pass any health inspection requirement of not having communicable diseases. The Central Americans should now be given the same "privileges" as the European and British Isle immigrants who came to Ellis Island around a century ago.

In the tour, our guide told us a funny story of an Eastern European Jew who was flustered by his meeting with stern looking uniformed immigration inspector. When asked his name, he said in Yiddish, "Shoen Fargessen" which means "(I) already forgot." The immigration inspector, wrote down what he heard - "Sean Ferguson" - and that was the new immigrant's legal name in his new country!

The large Ellis Island complex of inspection stations and employee housing and quarantine hospital facilities was not placed on Governor's Island, which was an actual nearby New York Harbor military base and Civil War prison in the Nineteenth and - in the Twentieth Century, it was a Coast Guard base. There was ample housing space on Governor's Island, but in those days the government felt they should keep immigrants, some of them quite ill, far away from the military base and its housing.

So if someone tells you that you are "old fashioned" to want the sanitary and legal safeguards of the Nineteenth Century, ask them if they think disease conditions, such as those that cause tuberculosis, are operating in an "enlightened, modern" way today or whether they operate very much like they did in earlier times - and would operate in that "outdated" fashion when the children carrying those diseases are given "temporary" asylum and placed in public schools and walk in the shopping malls where their own children congregate. Although some people will make an angry face and walk away, others will listen. Over a decade ago, there was a news story in New York City about a school bus company working for some fancy private schools had hired the lowest cost immigrant drivers, some of whom had tuberculosis. And the children who rode those buses had to be tested for the disease because apparently the disease did not have any regard for the family wealth or political convictions (be it liberal or conservative) of the children involved.

There is a similar immigration center on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, now a museum, a place ofter referred to informally as "The Ellis Island of the West Coast." The immigrants arriving there between 1910 and 1940 were largely from Asia (mostly China). And they  were processed in the same manner as those on Ellis Island in a center with its own hospital. You can read about it at http://aiisf.org/

So on this Independence Day, it is worth taking a moment to consider what it took, in the last steps of their journey, for many of our ancestors to be officially allowed to enter the United States. Last week Lower Manhattan in New York City was full of tourists standing in line in Battery Park to get on the tourist boat going to both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, all to retrace the steps of perhaps their own ancestors who first saw the Lady in the Harbor and then had to pass her agents' inspections on Ellis Island before being allowed into the United States. No society can care for the health and well being of its citizens - and their children - by relying solely on the sentiments of Emma Lazarus' poetry written on a plaque at the Statue of Liberty's base.Would Lazarus write the same poem if new immigrants with tuberculosis were walking around her neighborhood coughing on Emma and her family?

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July 03, 2014

Dispatch from the Belly of Obamacare

Timothy Birdnow

Yesterday I saw my new obamacare-approved doctor. He was quite thorough and I was pleased with the overall quality of service. of course, he was not an obamacare doctor to begin with, and so his practices are still a bit old-school.

But there were a couple of things I found disturbing.

When going over the new patient information, one of the first questions asked of me was "do you suffer from depression?" to which I responded "I will when I get the bill for this." I fear the doctor's assistant didn't have too much of a sense of humor, or at least was used to such remarks and did not find them funny any longer. Such is life. Still, why was I being asked about depression when I was coming to visit a doctor for other health concerns? I see no reason to borrow troubles, and I have plenty of troubles to worry about; depression isn't one of them.

I would not answer such a question in any case; I suspect the question was asked to report to the government.

Dan Joppich, writing in American Thinker, proves my paranoid well-founded.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/welcome_to_the_end_of_doctorpatient_confidentiality_.html

According to Joppich:

"So let’s get one thing straight: With the federal government takeover of the health care industry under ObamaCare, today Doctor=Hospital=Insurance Company=Government. By virtue of controlling the purse strings, the first three are beholden to the fourth.

The reality is that any personal physician can size up a person’s lifestyle choices in five minutes of face-to-face contact. A few simple questions and a good look a person’s body style, skin, face, hands, eyes, ears and mouth along with a quick check of heart rate, blood pressure, and the smell of their breath can tell a doctor everything about a person’s lifestyle that a government data dump and some computer algorithms might try to construe. The only reason for the government to be doing this is so that they can make financial decisions independent of the physician.

ObamaCare prevents insurers from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions or charging patients more based on their health status, meaning the data can’t be used to raise rates or drop policies. But it doesn’t guarantee that everyone will have equal access to medical services or the timing of those services based on that data.

By this I mean, for example, that a healthy person who has made good personal lifestyle choices as determined by government computers, who happens to have liver failure, will have a better chance of receiving lifesaving treatment sooner than someone who the algorithms determine has been a chronic drinker based on his/her alcohol purchases recorded on their grocery store rewards cards or credit card charges at bars or liquor stores.

A doctor or hospital has the obligation to treat both patients the same, but a government computer hasn’t taken the same oath. A bureaucrat in Washington can refuse payment or allocation of resources based on the data only. The caregivers will be subject to financial and professional penalties if they refuse to comply with the government determination.

These financial decisions are already being made to some degree as individuals obtaining insurance through the exchanges are being denied access to specialists and medications previously offered under private insurance plans."

End excerpt.

And I have little doubt that this question about depression comes straight from our masters in Washington, and that they want this information for a reason.

In case anyone has forgotten, the old Soviet Union made use of psychiatric hospitals to suppress dissent, and there is no reason to believe that the U.S. government is not thinking of doing something similar. If they can have a mark on a medical file saying someone suffers from depression they could perhaps use it to justify "necessary" measures - such as keeping the person out of political office, or putting him under "observation" or just plain old denying medical treatment because of it. I don't know, but I certainly do not want to find out.

The other issue I had with the new doctor was that they vaccinated me pretty much without asking permission. I could have refused, but then I saw no reason by and large. One vaccine was for tetanus - something that is good for me to get, as my time at the Ozark Hilton imperils me with rusty nails sticking out of boards and whatnot. Lockjaw is a real danger, and so a tetanus shot was wise. But the other was a pneumonia vaccination. Now, I have never even heard of a pneumonia vaccination before, and was quite surprised when they readied the needle. I had pneumonia when I was in the hospital back in March, a complication of laying around with kidney stones, and I have no moral or scientific objection to such a vaccination, although I routinely eschew the flu vaccine they are always trying to give me because I have always been deathly ill after receiving one. As I tell the medical people, the only time I get the flu is if I am vaccinated. I know the arguments against this, but the school of hard knocks has taught me otherwise; I have had six flu shots and came down with fever, chills, nauseau, vomiting, etc. withing ten days of the shot. And the flu-shot flu usually lasts a lot longer and is more severe than any illness I have acquired on my own. I do not allow them to put that stuff in my body.

I did allow the pneumonia shot, but have trepidations. I have been feeling whoozy and tired since receiving it, but am hoping it will pass. Still, the assumption was that I could not or would not say no, and it is my body and I have the right to refuse. I fear Obamacare will eventually demand such things as flu shots to receive benefits in the future, and this was just a snapshot of the future.

At any rate, my new doctor seems to be good, but I hold some trepidations. I KNOW I have trepidations about the manner of payment I am going to be stuck with.

Doctors provide a service, and as such are working for the patient. That is something often forgotten in health care, where too often the patient is not seen as the employer but as the subject, or at least as a kind of employee who has to obey directions. It is, I suppose, a natural consequence of too many patients demanding time from doctors, as well as the third party payer system. See, doctors don't work for YOU but for the insurance company. You don't employ them, nor do you really employ the insurers, since they make the payments when you need treatment. Of course, you pay into the insurance pool every month, and you pay dearly, but that is forgotten by the insurer when it comes time to pay a claim. Adding government to this mix further diminishes the authority of the individual; your body becomes property of the State. The basic rules of supply and demand no longer apply, nor does the contractual obligations of normal commerce. Essentially, the patient is seen as more of a subject, someone under orders. Obey are not be treated. Choice disappears in such a system because the patient isn't the one making the payments.

This is the worst approach to take if we are really trying to make health care more affordable and improve quality. Mandates for coverage only drive up costs, and increasing the demand via a universal system drives up cost and diminishes quality. Add a huge beauracratic layer to it and the extra administrative costs make it that much worse.

We could not have come up with a worse idea for reform.

Beware America! Doctors are not going to be our friends, and what we tell them will get back to our masters in government. I want everyone to think about that when they see their doctors, and are asked inquisitive questions.

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School system blocks access to conservative, Christian websites

Dana Mathewson

This came to my inbox when I was working daily and trying to catch up after my California trip -- I just found it today. I doubt anything in it will particularly surprise you, but it's the sort of thing that needs to be fought tooth and nail.



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Town Stops Dumping of Illegal Aliens

Jack kemp forwards this;

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/07/tipping_point_protestors_block_illegals_from_being_dumped_in_their_town.html
July 2, 2014
Tipping point? Protestors block illegals from being dumped in their town
By Rick Moran

A bus carrying about 140 illegal aliens was blocked by proterstors from entering a California town after they had been flown from Texas in order to be "processed" and released.
ICE apparrently made the mistake of calling the mayor of the town and informing him of the transfer. The mayor, none too pleased with the prospect of the Feds using his town as an illegal alien dumping ground, publicly complained which sparked the protest.
We're going to be seeing a lot more of this.
Reuters:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/02/us-usa-immigration-california-protesters-idUSKBN0F65L720140702

Protesters shouting anti-immigration slogans blocked the arrival of three buses carrying undocumented Central American families to a U.S. Border Patrol station on Tuesday after they were flown to San Diego from Texas.
The migrants, a group of around 140 adults and children, were sent to California to be assigned case numbers and undergo background checks before most were likely to be released under limited supervision to await deportation proceedings, U.S. immigration officials said.
But plans to bring the immigrants to a Border Patrol outpost in Murrieta, 60 miles (100 km) north of San Diego, sparked an outcry from town mayor Alan Long, who said the migrants posed a public safety threat to his community.
The group is part of a growing wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and streaming by the thousands into the United States by way of human trafficking networks through Mexico.

I would guess that most of the protestors were not "antii-immigration" demonstrators. They were anti-illegal immigration protestors. Note to Reuters: There is a difference between entering the country legally and illegally. Please don't tar all protestors as xenophobes and Know Nothings.
And can we please dispense with the laughable contention that these illegal aliens will be under "limited supervision"? Fact: They will be under no supervision whatsoever and to say otherwise is a lie. When given their little piece of paper telling them when to report for a deportation hearing, the illegals will be gone and no attempt will ever be made to find them and deport them.
Reuters writes the story, making it appear as if this is all just an orderly, legal way of handling the situation. It isn't. It is madness and it's got to stop.

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July 02, 2014

If it Gets Any Hotter We'll Freeze!

Dana Mathewson

In case you can stand One More Article about the climate, here's one that has more scientists predicting eventual Global Cooling -- from the Yid With Lid blog:

http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2014/06/more-scientists-predict-global-cooling.html

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Med staff warned: shutup about illegals or face arrest

Jack Kemp

This is what this country has come to. Help!

Jack

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/07/01/medical-staff-warned-keep-quiet-about-illegal-immigrants-or-face-arrest/
Todd's American Dispatch
Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest


By Todd Starnes
Published July 01, 2014
FoxNews.com

A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps.


"There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. "We were under orders not to say anything.”

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.
The sources say security forces called themselves the "Brown Shirts.”

"It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. "Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired.

"Everyone was paranoid,” she said. "The children had more rights than the workers.”

She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues.

"It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. "I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”

A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw.

"We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. "We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.”

Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses.
"When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. "But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”

The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept "hush-hush.”

"You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. "After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”

The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes.

"That’s what alerted me,” she said. "Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”
I don't mean to upset anyone's Independence Day vacation plans, but were these kids transported to the camps before or after they were deloused? Anyone who flies the friendly skies could be facing a public health concern.
The counselor told me the refugee camp resembled a giant emergency room – off limits to the public.
"They did not want the community to know,” she said. "I initially spoke out at Lackland because I had a concern the children’s mental health care was not being taken care of.”

She said the breaking point came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal.

"I made a recommendation that a child needed to be sent to a psychiatric unit,” the counselor told me. "He was reaching psychosis. He was suicidal. Instead of treating him, they sent him off to a family in the United States.”

She said she filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job.

"I didn’t want to lose my license if this kid committed suicide,” she told me. "I was done.”
The counselor kept a detailed journal about what happened during her tenure at the facility.
"When people read that journal they are going to be astonished,” she said. ‘I don’t think they will believe what is going on in America.”

So it was not a great surprise, she said, when she received a call from federal agents demanding that she return to the military base and hand over her journal.
She said she declined to do so.

"I didn’t go back to Lackland,” she said.

Both workers told me while they have no regrets, they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
"They’re going to crush the system,” the nurse told me. "We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system and I think it’s a travesty.”

Baptist Family & Childen’s Services spokeswoman Krista Piferrer tells me the agency takes "any allegation of malfeasance or inappropriate care of a child very seriously.”

"There are a number of checks and balances to ensure children are receiving appropriate and adequate mental health care,” she said.

Piferrer said the clinicians are supervised by a federal field specialist from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. She also said BFCS have 58 medical professionals serving at

"Every illness, whether it is a headache or something more serious, is recorded in a child’s electronic medical record and posted on WebEOC – a real-time, web-based platform that is visible to not only BFCS but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” she said.

As for those brown shirts, the BFCS said they are "incident management team personnel” – who happen to wear tan shirts.

My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps.
"This is just the beginning,” one source told me. "It is a long-term financial responsibility.”
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Surprise! Surprise!

Jack Kemp

From Dennis Prager's latest article:

http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2014/07/01/why-the-lefts-preoccupation-with-the-redskins-n1857558/page/full

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, under huge pressure from leftists, just dropped conservative Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist George Will.

(A NoTE FROM St. Louisan Tim:

I don't suspect it took a whole lot of pressure to get Tony Messenger and the rest of the socialists at the P-D to take this step. They were undoubtedly licking their chops when the opportunity came.)

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The sensible solution to it all? Well, maybe. . .

Dana Mathewson

Yes, I admit it sounds a bit violent. And warning, there's an F-bomb hidden in the text.

But the writer has a good point here. Especially where he quotes Einstein.



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Slaying the Rule of Law

Timothy Birdnow

The Mayor of the City of St. Louis, the Honorable Francis Slay, has openly, willfully violated the state constitutional ban on gay marriage

Mayor Slay, perhaps taking his cue from President Barack Obama, who enforces only laws he likes, married several homosexual partners in a ceremony at taxpayer-funded city hall, then watched as the happy couples fired up cigars in violation of the city smoking ban. Slay has done this ostensibly to set the stage for a legal challenge to the law, which was approved with 71% of the vote in 2004. So, a typical Democrat simply ignores both the will of the People and the state constitution to get what he wants.

Article 1, Section 33 of the Missouri Constitution Bill of Rights states:

Marriage, validity and recognition.

Section 33. That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.


And indeed it is so and has always been thus. Marriage is a word that means something specific, and to speak of "gay marriage" is to string words together that have no meaning. It's rather like referring to "our corporate family", something that also is done on occasion and which no rational person accepts as being in any way a familial relationship. In both instances a certain relationship can be established that bears a surface resemblance to family or marriage, but the reality is that neither are any such thing. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and its primary purpose is to procreate, and raise children who will become upstanding citizens. Oh, there are plenty of relationships that bear a similarity to marriage, and the passion involved may be equal but we do not define them as marriage. We do not allow marriage between brother or sister, and calling a committed sexual relationship between siblings marriage is unacceptable. We do not allow people to marry corpses (although a certain Muslim cleric says it's lawful for a man to copulate with his dead wife for a period of time after she expires). One may not marry non-human life forms; a boy may not marry his dog. One cannot marry an inanimate object. You cannot marry more than one person at a time, and you have to be legally divorced to remarry. And two men or two women cannot marry. Oh, they can create a relationship that bears a resemblance to marriage, one they may think of as marriage, one that is committed and meets the emotional needs of the partners, but it is not marriage. And we should stop calling it that.

Homosexuals took to calling their lifestyles "gay", co-opting a word that meant something quite different. We allowed this deconstruction of our language, and "gay" took a lot of the stigma away from what was once called sodomy. Then they began speaking about gay marriage, and now the term is "marriage equality". Who can be against marriage or equality? The reality is that this is neither. Homosexuals always had the right to marry, just not to someone of the same sex.

Indeed, as a man thinketh so shall he be, and we have allowed the Left to subvert our language to the point where it is nearly impossible for us to win in the court of public opinion, because we are speaking a very different language from that spoken by the Left. The institutions that define the meaning of words and phrases to the general public are controlled by our friendly neighborhood Progressives. When we speak of rights we mean something that is inherent to our personhood, something given by God that requires no active support from anyone else. When liberals speak of rights they mean something quite different, they mean a societal obligation. Gay marriage is such a right, because it obligates society to recognize a condition that is at odds with traditional norms - and to actively promote it. But most people believe the liberal definition of rights, not our definition. Rights come from government, and when we speak of Natural Law and the inalienability of rights we lose our audience because they have never had this explained to them. Rights to at least a plurality of Americans are government granted perks.

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, as the Good Book says. The key to a healthy society is honesty. We have allowed liberals to erode our language and with it our minds. Or as has been attributed to Confucius:

"If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything."

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And so now we have the mayor of a major city spitting on the Rule of Law and calling it good. Now law -- our most important mechanism for maintaining peace in our society -- has become a mere inconvenience, and for a brave hero like Francis Slay to openly defy it is considered praiseworthy. That in an earlier period Slay would have been arrested by state authorities seems lost on our dear Progressive friends. But Francis Slay is a criminal and that is precisely what should be done with him.

But it's courage when done in a liberal cause but lawlessness when done against them. President Obama sought to arrest honor flight vets who violated his closure of the WWII memorial (a purely political act on the president's part) but allows Lois Lerner to run amok attacking political enemies of the administration. This is not really hypocrisy in the minds of the Left, because laws are purely arbitrary things, created at the pleasure of the ruling class and enforced solely to benefit our betters. Obama breaks the law as he sees fit, as does the Missouri governor Jay Millhouse Nixon, who is in danger of being for using executive orders to override the rule of law. In the minds of good liberals like BHO, Nixon, and Slay there is nothing wrong with ruling rather than governing. They are the natural superior class and have every right to do so.

There is a word for that -- it is tyranny.

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Breaking EPA's climate science secrecy barriers

Paul Driessen

My article this week (with attorney Lawrence Kogan) addresses two important matters. First, it shows how the Environmental Protection Agency, US Global Change Research Program and other government agencies are using billions of our tax dollars to fund biased climate research, select research that supports their regulatory agenda, ignore studies that do not, handpick the "independent” experts who peer-review the research, hide their actions from public view – and issue regulations that will cost countless billions of dollars and affect the lives, livelihoods, liberties, living standards, health, welfare and life spans of every American.

Second, it explains how these actions violate federal laws – and how Kogan’s Institute and other independent watchdog groups are using FOIA requests to secure disclosure of EPA records that could reveal this rigged climate science peer review process – and bring legal actions under the Information Quality Act to correct the resultant data corruption. Those efforts could ultimately end these corrupt government practices … and force a large-scale dismantling of EPA’s junk science and the job-killing regulations it spawns.

Please be sure to note that this article is coauthored by ITSSD CEO Lawrence Kogan and include his bio at the end.

Breaking EPA’s climate science secrecy barriers
FOIA request seeks hidden data and analyses that agency claims back up its climate rulings

Paul Driessen and Lawrence Kogan

Can you imagine telling the IRS you don’t need to complete all their forms or provide records to back up your claim for a tax refund? Or saying your company’s assurances that its medical products are safe and effective should satisfy the FDA? Especially if some of your data don’t actually support your claims – or you "can’t find” key data, research and other records, because your hard drive conveniently crashed? But, you tell them, people you paid to review your information said it’s accurate, so there’s no problem.
Do you suppose the government would accept your assurance that there’s "not a smidgen” of corruption, error or doubt – perhaps because 97% of your close colleagues agree with you? Or that your actions affect only a small amount of tax money, or a small number of customers – so the agencies shouldn’t worry?
If you were the Environmental Protection Agency, White House-operated US Global Change Research Program and their participating agencies (NOAA, NASA, NSF, etc.), you’d get away with all of that.

Using billions of our tax dollars, these government entities fund the research they use, select research that supports their regulatory agenda (while ignoring studies that do not), and handpick the "independent” experts who peer-review the research. As a  HYPERLINK "http://nebula.wsimg.com/0baa4f08132c24c2fc9cd650501bbc66?AccessKeyId=39A2DC689E4CA87C906D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1" recent analysis reveals, the agencies also give "significant financial support” to United Nations and other organizations that prepare computer models and other assessments. They then use the results to justify regulations that will cost countless billions of dollars and affect the lives, livelihoods, liberties, living standards, health, welfare and life spans of every American.

EPA utilized this clever maneuver to determine that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases "endanger” public health and welfare. It then devised devious reports, including national climate change assessments – and expensive, punitive regulations to control emissions of those gases from vehicles, electrical generating plants and countless other sources.

At the very least, you would expect that this supposedly "scientific” review process – and the data and studies involved in it – should be subject to rigorous, least-discretionary standards designed to ensure their quality, integrity, credibility and reliability, as well as truly independent expert review. Indeed they are.

The Information Quality Act of 2000 and subsequent Office of Management and Budget guidelines require that all federal agencies ensure and maximize "the quality, objectivity, utility and integrity of information disseminated by Federal agencies.” The rules also call for proper peer review of all "influential scientific information” and "highly influential scientific assessments,” particularly if they could be used as the basis for regulatory action. Finally, they direct federal agencies to provide adequate administrative mechanisms enabling affected parties to review agency failures to respond to requests for correction or reconsideration of the scientific information.

EPA and other agencies apparently think these rules are burdensome, inconvenient, and a threat to their independence and regulatory agenda. They routinely ignore the rules, and resist attempts by outside experts to gain access to data and studies. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said she intends to "protect” them from people and organizations she decides "are not qualified to analyze” the materials.
Thus EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee reviews the agency’s CO2 and pollution data, studies and conclusions – for which EPA has paid CASAC’s 15 members  HYPERLINK "http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/epas-shredding-system-makes-bad-news-about-climate-regulations-disappear/article/2546272" $180.8 million since 2000. The  HYPERLINK "http://www.globalwarming.org/2014/06/15/american-lung-association-manipulates-maternal-instinct-to-sell-epa-power-grab/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+globalwarmingorg+%28GlobalWarming.org%29" American Lung Association has received  HYPERLINK "http://www.usaspending.gov/search?form_fields=%7B%22search_term%22%3A%22american+lung+association%22%2C%22dept%22%3A%5B%226800%22%5D%7D&sort_by=dollars&per_page=25" $24.7 million in EPA grants over the past 15 years and  HYPERLINK "http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-panel-hopes-to-air-inconvenient-truths-about-epas-war-on-coal/article/2549851" $43 million overall via a total of 591 federal grants, for applauding and promoting government agency decisions. Big Green foundations bankrolled the ALA with an additional  HYPERLINK "http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-panel-hopes-to-air-inconvenient-truths-about-epas-war-on-coal/article/2549851" $76 million, under 2,806 grants.

These payoffs raise serious questions about EPA, CASAC and ALA integrity and credibility.

Meanwhile, real stakeholders – families and companies that will be severely impacted by the rules, and organizations and experts trying to protect their interests – are systematically denied access to data, studies, scientific assessments and other information. CASAC excludes from its ranks industry and other experts who might question EPA findings. EPA stonewalls and slow-walks FOIA requests and denies requests for correction and reconsideration. One lawyer who’s filed FOIA cases since 1978 says the Obama

Administration is bar-none "the worst” in history on transparency. Even members of Congress get nowhere, resulting in testy confrontations with Ms. McCarthy and other EPA officials.

The stakes are high, particularly in view of the Obama EPA’s war on coal mining, coal-fired power plants, businesses and industries that require reliable, affordable electricity – and families, communities and entire states whose jobs, health and welfare will suffer under this anti-fossil fuel agenda. States that mine and use coal will be bludgeoned. Because they pay a larger portion of their incomes on energy and food, elderly, minority and poor families are especially vulnerable and will suffer greatly.
That is why the House of Representatives is moving forward on the  HYPERLINK "https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4012" Secret Science Reform Act. It is why the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development is again filing  HYPERLINK "http://nebula.wsimg.com/e155ee64b03ea37237297cdbab7a2854?
AccessKeyId=39A2DC689E4CA87C906D&disposition=0&alloworigin=1" new FOIA requests with EPA and other agencies that are hiding their junk science, manipulating laws and strangling our economy.
The agencies’ benefit-cost analyses are equally deceptive. EPA claims its latest coal-fueled power plant rules (requiring an impossible 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030) would bring $30 billion in "climate benefits” versus $7.3 billion in costs. Even the left-leaning  HYPERLINK "http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/06/04-determining-proper-scope-climate-change-benefits-gayer" Brookings Institution has trashed the agency’s analysis – pointing out that the low-balled costs will be paid by American taxpayers, consumers, businesses and workers, whereas the highly conjectural benefits will be accrued globally.

That violates President Clinton’s 1993 Executive Order 12688, which requires that agencies "assess both the costs and benefits” of a proposed regulation, and adopt it "only upon a reasoned determination that the benefits … justify its costs.” EO 12866 specifies that only benefits to US citizens be counted. Once that’s done, the EPA benefits plummet to between $2.1 billion and $6.9 billion. That means its kill-coal rules cost Americans $400 million to $4.8 billion more than the clearly inflated benefits, using EPA’s own numbers.

Moreover, the US Chamber of Commerce calculates that the regulations will actually penalize the United States  HYPERLINK "http://www.energyxxi.org/sites/default/files/file-tool/Assessing_the_Impact_of_Potential_New_Carbon_Regulations_in_the_United_States.pdf" $51 billion. Energy analyst Roger Bezdek estimates that the benefits of using carbon-based fuels outweigh any hypothesized "social costs of carbon” by  HYPERLINK "http://www.cfact.org/2014/03/20/carbon-benefits-trump-costs-by-up-to-500-to-1/" orders of magnitude: 50-to-1 (using the inflated SCC of $36/ton of CO2 concocted by EPA and other federal agencies in 2013) – and 500-to-1 (using the equally arbitrary $22/ton estimate that they cooked up in 2010).

Even more intolerable, these punitive EPA rules will have virtually no effect on atmospheric CO2 levels, because China, India, Germany and other countries will continue to burn coal and other fossil fuels. They will likewise have no effect on global temperatures, even accepting the Obama/EPA/IPCC notion that carbon dioxide is now the primary cause of climate change. Even EPA models acknowledge that its rules will prevent an undetectable 0.018 degrees Celsius (0.032 deg F) of total global warming in 100 years!

Fortunately, the Supreme Court  HYPERLINK "http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1146_4g18.pdf" recently ruled that EPA does not have the authority to  HYPERLINK "http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-constitutional-tutorial-for-obama-1403562504" rewrite federal laws to serve its power-grabbing agendas. FOIA requests seeking disclosure of EPA records that could reveal a rigged climate science peer review process – and legal actions under the Information Quality Act seeking correction of resultant data corruption – could compel courts to reconsider their all-too-common practice of deferring to "agency discretion” on scientific and regulatory matters. That clearly scares these federales.

The feds have become accustomed to saying "We don’t need  HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsdZKCh6RsU" no stinkin’ badges.” The prospect of having to share their data, methodologies and research with experts outside their closed circle of regulators, collaborators and eco-activists almost makes them soil their shorts.

Bright sunlight has always been the best disinfectant for mold, slime and corruption. With America’s economy, international competitiveness, jobs, health and welfare at stake, we need that sunlight now.
Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow ( HYPERLINK "http://www.cfact.org" www.cfact.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death. Lawrence Kogan is CEO of the Institute for Trade, Standards and Sustainable Development ( HYPERLINK "http://www.ITSSD.org" www.ITSSD.org).




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Liberalism and Defining Deviancy Down

Timothy Birdnow

Daren Jonescu made the following observations about my article in American Thinker yesterday:

"Both strains of your piece -- the corruption of language and the double standard about law-breaking -- were right on target. To a progressive, law is a tool for guiding the public into correct behavior. Hence, the progressive overseer himself, since his behavior is already correct in all the relevant ways, is naturally exempt from the rules that apply only to the unenlightened. "Thou shalt not kill"? Well, surely you didn't mean me; after all, I only kill when I think it's necessary for the greater good of the Revolution. As for language, of course a community without a shared, stable, and rationally evolving language is no community at all. If words may simply be co-opted by minority factions to be distorted for political purposes, then language ceases to be a means of civilizing men, and becomes the opposite, a weapon of war.

And by the way, all the more absurd reductio examples you used to demonstrate the problem with "gay marriage" are coming down the road. Yesterday, homosexual marriage was a party joke; today it's an unassailable human right. Don't doubt for a moment that the same turn can, and will, happen with regard to incest, polygamy, man-beast unions, and almost anything else you can think of. As you say, if you accept the "logic" of homosexual marriage, what's to stop these other things from following the same pattern. And the left does accept that logic. Ergo."


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He's right in so many ways. Science, which led to technological advancement, took hold in the West partly because of language. The Indo-European languages stress grammatical features that are missing in many non-Western languages, and these technical aspects of the language allow for a more abstract thinking. Compared with Chinese, say, which is based more on intonation and requires innumerable characters to represent words, the West developed phonetic writing and a sentence can be understood if deconstructed according to grammar. This gives it a precision that other languages often lack - and force the speaker to think in a kind of mathematical manner. Sentences in Western languages bear a resemblence to equations, and there is even a scholastic exercise called sentence diagramming in which a sentence is deconstructed as though it were an algabraic equation.

This was, I am convinced, part of the reason why the West developed Science and the accompanying technology. (There were other reasons, such as the Christian desire to know the Universe as a way to knowlege of God.) The precision of language is vitally important to such things as law, too, and a slight change in terms leads to a major change in the meaning of a law. Law was the cornerstone of Western nations; the Law ruled over even kings, while in most non-Western nations kings rule over laws. This was a vital distinction between West and non-West, and our happy society is the result.

The Progressives have waged war on both words and laws. The endless elevation of slang into our everyday language via cultural institutions such as movies, television, music, etc. has led to the creation of a dialect that has even been refered to as a separate language (Ebonics) and has taken a large swath of Americans into an entirely different culture. That culture, though quite destructive, is celebrated by the Avante Guarde, who delight in hurling racist terms about, in misogynous expressions, in huge gold chains, in gang violence, in all the things that any reasonable person would seek to escape. They made being a vicious fool hip. Gangsta Rap is little else but the glorification of a destructive subculture. That subculture has at it's roots the bastardization of our common language; it was born out of the failure to teach proper English.

And it was intentional. Not only did Progressives fail to demand proper education for the poorer black children, but they actually have promoted this slide into barbarism through changes in educational standards, through notions of "who are we to judge" and concepts of self-expression and self-esteem. Cultural relativism. All have conspired to create a black dialect that is at odds with the mainstream of society. Once separated it is hard to put an egg like Humpty Dumpty back together.

This is what Daniel Patrick Moynihan (the last sensible Democrat) meant by "defining deviancy down".

Daren is also absolutely correct about the way what is now seen as radical will become the norm. Gay marriage was indeed a comic thing in the old days; anyone who has ever seen Mel Brooks' History of the World remembers the gag where the homosexual caveman beat the other caveman over the head and dragged him away. This was funny because it was considered ludicrous at the time. No more, and Brooks would never dream of putting that scene in the movie today.

At present we are seeing the new wave of the Revolution coming in. Consider transgender; there is a reason why they stuck the T on the end of LGBT. There was a time when cross-dressers (as they used to be known, or transvestites) were comic. Monty Python's Flying Circus had a sketch about a transvestite lumberjack, who started out singing a song about the glories of being a he-man lumberjack but quickly decended into talk of dressing in women's clothing and wishing he had "been a girlie". The backing chorus began drifting away and finally all just bolt, and one girl sniffles and says "I thought you were so butch!" That was in the 1970's, and today there are laws being passed, rules being made, serious demands to allow boys dressed as girls to use the girl's bathrooms and whatnot. In forty years cross dressing has moved from a ridiculous situation to part of mainstream "civil rights". Pseudo Matrimonial Sodomy aka gay marriage is upon us, and I see no way to stop it at this point. And the Left is gearing up on the really foul stuff; there is a move to mainstream pedophilia, for example. How long before we hear that loving child should not be a crime?

Victory in the pseudo matrimonial sodomy movement will only embolden the Progs in these other areas. These things are coming. (See contributor Selwyn Duke's article at the New American from 2013 http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/16581-the-slippery-slope-to-pedophilia)

A culture rooted in moral degeneracy cannot survive, and anyone who believes otherwise is a fool. That is the whole point, I suspect, for many of those who want to remake America; they know it will make this country collapse, then they can pick up the pieces. Others in the Prog wing simply want to indulge whatever sexual fantasies they may hold, while still others are the "useful idiots" who actually believe the arguments. But those arguments are false, and the endgame is something that few Americans would support at this point.

One does not throw a frog into boiling water; one makes a nice warm jacuzzi for the little beast then turns the knob slowly...

Changes in language do that, and are intended to divide and conquer.

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July 01, 2014

Cochran's Manager Payed Black Democrats to Vote in Miss. Primary

Timothy Birdnow

Thad the Inhaler's campaign manager paid black Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary, according to The Gateway Pundit. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/06/thad-cochran-campaign-manager-busted-in-vote-buying-scheme/

Funny; I rather supposed that it was illegal to pay people to vote. Granted, the Democrats have been doing it for years, but when did it become a Republican dirty trick?

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13::24 Receives High Marks from Publisher's Weekly

Timothy Birdnow

As regular readers may know, I've had the honor of acting as a reviewer of the novel 13:24 by M. Dolan Hickmon. I first corresponded with Mike when he sent me, well, I suppose one could call it hate mail. He wrote me in reply to an article I had at Intellectual Conservative some time back, where I defended corporal punishment. He and I had a spirited but courteous debate, and we became quite friendly, disagreeing in some areas and agreeing in others. I've been somewhat involved with his book project for a number of years now, getting updates as Mike wrote chapters and writing a cover blurb.

13:24 is a self-published novel about child abuse, religious hypocrisy, perversion, and crime. Hickmon has a lot of balls in the air here, with a brutal murder spree by a young teenage boy, a boy who has a very good reason for what he is doing - and leading to the intersection of the law, a heavy-metal rock star, and ultimate redemption. It is a fascinating read; fast paced, tense, and shocking.

I just received this from Mr. Hickmon:

"Very proud to announce that 13:24 was selected as one of a VERY few self-published books to be reviewed in Publishers Weekly. In addition to receiving a great review, it was also given a 'Starred Review', which denotes a 'book of outstanding quality'.


""Hickmon unleashes a shocking blitzkrieg of murder, conspiracy, and child abuse in this disturbing, breathlessly plotted murder mystery….Merging biblical tales, psychology, and social criticism, Hickmon stares into the distressing abyss of child exploitation with daring honesty….Eschewing easy answers for moral complexity, this thriller is unsettling entertainment that offers catharsis.”


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PW Select June 2014: The Reviews
This month's installment of PW Select self-published print and e-books.

Preview by Yahoo

 
read the review here:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/63127-pw-select-june-2014-the-reviews.html

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Compdoctrinate

A.J. Cameron

Devastating news. If computers are used to indoctrinate in globalism, there is no hope for freedom, what little there is left of it.

A.J.

"IN 1984 SCHOOLING AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL. 3, PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: A COLLABORAtiveModel, An Interpretive Report on Creative Partnerships in Technology—An Open Forum by
Dustin H. Heuston, World Institute for Computer-Assisted Teaching (WICAT) was published(Southeastern Regional Council for Educational Improvement: Research Triangle Park, NorthCarolina, 1984) under a grant from the U.S. Office of Education, HEW, National Institute ofEducation. An excerpt from "Discussion: Developing the Potential of an Amazing Tool” inSchooling and Technology follows:

"We’ve been absolutely staggered by realizing that the computer has the capability to act as if it were ten of the top psychologists working with one student.... You’ve seen the tip of the iceberg. Won’t it be wonderful when the child in the smallest county in the most distant area or in the most confused urban setting can have the equivalent of the finest school inthe world on that terminal and no one can get between that child and the curriculum? We
have great moments coming in the history of education."

[Ed. Note: The comment regarding the computer’s role as a "top psychologist” is as disturbingas is the idea of "no one getting between the child and the curriculum.” These ideas lay torest the publicly stated purpose of the words "parent-school partnerships” which represent a
superb example of semantic deception.]

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt

Former Senior Policy Advisor

U.S. Department of Education

Here are some links to go with it:

http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

http://www.americandeception.com

http://www.abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

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Slaying the Rule of Law at American T

Timothy Birdnow

I have distilled my thoughts on gay marriage and language into a new piece at American Thinker. Check it out! http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/slaying_the_rule_of_law.html

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June 29, 2014

VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors

Jack Kemp

This VA scandal story just keeps growing. You're not supposed to turn a VA Hospital into a solar energy pilot program while you take away money from medical budgets.

Jack
http://watchdog.org/156746/va-hospitals/?utm_source=hoot&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=ss
VA hospitals fund solar panels while veterans wait for doctors
By Tori Richards / June 27, 2014 /
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By Bre Payton and Tori Richards | Watchdog.org

Veterans Administration hospitals have spent at least $420 million on solar panels and windmills while vets wait months — or even lay dying — to see a doctor.
In total, VA hospitals reported 23 deaths due to 76 instances of delayed care, an April 2014 VA fact sheet said. Then on June 5, Acting Veteran Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson revealed that at least 18 Phoenix patients died while waiting for treatment on a secret list kept off the books. It is not clear if that number is in addition to the 23 deaths reported earlier. During the past month, the scandal has resulted in the resignations of both the VA secretary and the leaders of its health care component.

According to a June 3 audit, 100,000 veterans had lengthy wait times for appointments. Of the nation’s 216 VA hospitals, 37 percent will require further investigation.

A whistleblower revealed Tuesday that seven of the patients listed on the Phoenix VA hospitals waiting list are already dead. That same Phoenix facility spent $20 million to build the nation’s largest solar carport. Phase one of the project was completed in 2011. The hospital also had an $11.4 million shortfall that year, an Inspector General’s report stated.

Also in 2011, only 49 percent of first-time patients nationwide got a full mental health evaluation within the VA’s own goal of within 14 days after initial contact, the IG’s report said.
The Phoenix hospital is not the only VA hospital to have installed solar panels while hiding long wait times. Millions in stimulus funds were used to install panels on two facilities, one Albuquerque, N.M., and another in nearby Tucson, Ariz.. With the latter, the VA spent $14.7 million between 2010 and 2012 to install solar panels on the roof of its medical center. The contract was awarded to REC Solar, the sixth-largest recipient of stimulus funds from the VA.

During the time of the solar project, one patient at the Tucson, Ariz., hospital died of colon cancer after not getting a routine colonoscopy. That death was revealed in a fact sheet the VA released in early April after an internal investigation.

Ironically, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., recently praised the Tucson hospital for its "exemplary services.” The Inspector General’s report gave the hospital three out of five stars for performance in 2013 while the Phoenix facility earned just one star.

Even though the epicenter of the scandal remains in Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., has come under fire recently for falsely stating wait times and manipulating statistics to receive bonuses.

A 2012 audit by the VA’s Southwest Health Care Network revealed that VA administrators have known about the fabricated reports for two years. That audit went public only after the Arizona Republic received the document in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

During the time the VA was made aware that wait times were being falsified, it was spending nearly $15 million to fund solar panels for the hospital.

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A Great Article by Kyle Smith

Jack Kemp

Among the highlights of "Why Democrats insist on lying about how poor they are" http://nypost.com/2014/06/28/why-democrats-insist-on-lying-about-how-poor-they-are/
(in the NY Post) are these gems:

The more Democrats insist on their proletarian cred, the more absurd it gets. They’re no longer just holier than thou: Now they’re prolier than thou...

Why do all these exceedingly well-off people keep trying to convince us we’ll see them at the dollar store?

It’s all part of the increasingly delusional myth Democrats tell themselves that they are the tribunes of the middle class. In fact, their party is a strange two-headed beast — picture a Cerberus featuring the faces of Barbra Streisand and Lois Lerner....

If the Clintons had gotten rich inventing Facebook, that fortune would have spawned many others. But celebrity honoraria don’t work that way.

Drug dealers create more middle-class jobs than these people do.

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What Economic Recovery?


By Alan Caruba

You have to know that the Obama administration has run out of excuses for destroying the U.S. economy when it starts to blame it on the weather.

According to the Commerce Department, the economy based on its Gross domestic product--the value of its goods and services--fell at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.9% in the first quarter of this year. That was the largest recorded drop since the end of World War II in 1945!

The June 20 edition of The Wall Street Journal’s article, "Economy Shrank Rapidly in First Quarter” led off by reporting that "Weather disruptions at home and weak demand abroad caused a contraction in the U.S. economy in the first quarter, renewing doubts about the strength of the nation’s five-year-old recovery.” http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-gdp-contracted-at-2-9-pace-in-first-quarter-1403699600?mod=trending_now_4&articleIndex=3

What recovery? When the economy stays in the basement for five years you are looking at an on-going stagnation based on too much government interference with growth, the decline of the nation’s middle class, the lack of new start-up businesses, and the reluctance or inability of consumers to spend money, if they have any to spend.

In May, writing on his blog, Economic Collapse, Michael Synder pointed to "27 Hugh Red Flags for the U.S. Economy” noting, for example, that according to government numbers, "everyone is unemployed in 20 percent of all American families.” The other indicators include: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/27-huge-red-flags-for-the-u-s-economy

# Sales for construction equipment were down 13% in April and have been down for 17 months in a row.

# During the first quarter of 2014, profits at the office supplies giant, Staples, fell by 43.5%

# Foot traffic at Wal-Mart stores fell by 1.4% during the first quarter of 2014.

# It is being projected that Sears will soon close hundreds more stores and may go out of business altogether.

# Existing home sales have fallen for seven of the last eight months and seem to repeating a pattern witnessed back in 2007 prior to the last financial crash.

# The home ownership rate in the U.S. has dropped to the lowest level in 19 years.

You do not have to be an economist to understand that President Obama’s economic policies are flat-out failures that include a "stimulus” that wasted billions of taxpayer dollars without stimulating the economy, nor that having a $17 trillion debt means anything other than a nation teetering on a massive economic collapse.

In May, CNSnews reported that "A record 92,594,000 Americans were not in the labor force in April as the labor force participation rate matched a 36-year low of 62.8 percent, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

This is not my definition of a "recession” although we are told that it ended in 2009. This is a "depression” for millions of Americans. The labor force participation rate has gone from 63.5% to 63.3%, the lowest since 1979, but the Obama administration keeps telling us that it is "improving.”

Consumer spending is down. Exports are down. Employment is barely increasing. The only thing that is up is inflation.

Edward C. Prescott, a 2004 Nobel Laureate in Economics and Lee E. Ohanian, a professor of economics UCLA, writing in the June 26 edition of The Wall Street Journal, noted that the declining GDP rate was "the worst productivity statistic since 1990. And productivity since 2005 has declined by more than 8% relative to its long-run trend. This means that business output is nearly $1 trillion less today than what it would be had productivity continued to grow at its average rate of about 2.5% per year.”

"Lagging productivity growth is an enormous problem because virtually all of the increase in Americans’ standard of living is made possible by rising worker productivity.”

The Obama administration would have you believe that the economic decline in the first quarter was due to a harsh winter. They will be blaming it on a hot summer come autumn.

This is an administration whose main theme these days is the threat of "climate change”, but it has nothing to do with the climate and everything to do with vast government spending and borrowing, an explosion of regulations that have slowed or stopped the creation of new businesses, a "war on coal” that is forcing a decline in the production of electricity, and a widespread perception that the President is the worst to have held office since the nation began.

There is no recovery. There is a return to the factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Government entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that bought up all the sub-prime mortgage loans and packaged them as assets are still in business. Credit card companies are reaching out to sub-prime users, signing them up. Nobody seems to learn anything from the past, even if it is the recent past.

If the control of the U.S. Senate cannot be wrested away from a Democratic Party led by Harry Reid and a GOP increase in the U.S. House that was led by Nancy Pelosi until the 2010 elections cannot be achieved in the forthcoming November elections, the President’s continued attack on the economy—which includes a massive increase in illegal immigration—the nation’s economy will remain tenuous.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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