Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Obama Surrenders to Iran; Boehner Surrenders to Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave John Boehner a lesson in leadership by risking his political career to come here to address a joint session of Congress. In that speech, Netanyahu made a compelling case for our country standing up to Iran over nuclear weapons.

With the Israeli election just two weeks away, Netanyahu faced enormous pressure in Israel and here in the United States from those urging him to stay home. Nevertheless, he threw caution to the wind and used his time to lecture Barack Obama on the dangers of striking a dangerous deal with Iran which will allow that country to remain a hair’s breadth away from becoming a nuclear power and essentially get nothing in return.

Unfortunately, this lesson was lost on Boehner. Shortly after Netanyahu left the House Chamber, Boehner offered his unconditional surrender to Barack Obama over his illegal amnesty and, in return, got nothing, nada, zilch! Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

The Power of One

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Much has been written about the power of one.  One person can literally change the world.  Most of us look at such individuals as exceptional people, those blessed with a great talent or skill.  We tell ourselves, “Certainly, this doesn’t apply to people like me.”

We’re full of excuses like I’m too young or too old or too busy.  Perhaps we hesitate because our perspective is simply too large.  What if we didn’t set out to change the world, just the world around us.

Recently, I was moved by reports from two individuals, one who could be classified too young, the other too old. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

McConnell to Newbies: Drop Dead!

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There are twelve new faces in the Republican Senate caucus this year.  Each won a hard-fought victory.

They all made big promises on the road to Washington which they expected to keep.

Without exception, all made definitive statements on the problem of illegal immigration and the president’s plan to create amnesty for millions with the stroke of his pen.   This is a good time to review some of the statements made before and immediately after their elections:

Shelly Capito (R-W.V.) “The president does not have the constitutional authority to grant amnesty to millions of people who have broken the law by entering our country illegally. President Obama’s executive action on immigration is wrong and violates the responsibility of Congress to write and pass laws as outlined in our Constitution. (Facebook posting December 4, 2014)

Bill Cassidy (R-La.) “We must stop Obama … As your senator, I will fight his amnesty plan. Your tax dollars should benefit you, not those here illegally.”  (On-line campaign ad) Read the rest of this entry »

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February 18th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Voters: Caught between a Democrat Rock and a Repubican Soft-Place

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In the run-up to the November election President Obama rightfully said that he wasn’t on the ballot but his policies were.  Voters responded and sent a strong message against those policies by kicking out a large number of Democrat office holders and putting Republicans in control of Congress.

It wasn’t because Republicans had a strong message.  It was because the individual candidates running against those ousted Democrats all voiced their opposition to Obamacare and his illegal executive action granting amnesty to millions of alien lawbreakers.

Three months have passed since that message was sent and voters now find themselves caught between a Democrat rock and a Republican soft-place.   Democrats have no power, but when the issue of Obama’s amnesty came up in the Senate, they put up a united front to shield the president from having to veto a popular measure — the bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security sans funding for amnesty.

When that happened, Republicans, who have all the power,  grabbed their pacifiers and blankies and went into their soft-place hidey-holes.   Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Where the Rubber Meets the Road (On Illegal Immigration)

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This is the month the rubber will meet the road when it comes to illegal immigration.  Does the new Republican-controlled Congress mean what it says on this subject or is it all a political game?

This month we will find out if the Republican-controlled Senate will approve a radical left-wing ideologue as attorney general.  In testimony before the Judiciary Committee Loretta Lynch let it be known that she has no intention of enforcing our immigration laws.

This is also the month that we will find out if Congress will defund Obama’s illegal amnesty.

Make no mistake.  Republicans are in complete control  of Congress and they have the support of the overwhelming majority of the public on this issue, but will they hold the line on illegal immigration or will they cave in to political pressure from the White House and the Washington press corps?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

February 4th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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