In 1980, presidential candidate Ross Perot used the metaphor of a “giant sucking sound” to warn our citizens on the dangers of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He correctly predicted that many of our factories would relocate to Mexico to take advantage of lower labor costs. His critics said, “Good riddance. We will replace those low paying jobs with good paying high-tech jobs!”
Well that giant sucking sound from Mexico paled by comparison to the ginormous sucking sound from China. Surely you’ve heard it! China not only sucked the bulk of our manufacturing jobs out of the U.S., it also sucked a good portion of those high-tech jobs away from our country along with the bulk of our technology.
I remember being in a state of shock in 1996, when I learned that the Chinese began launching our satellites. Both American industry and state-owned Chinese companies had been lobbying for years to get satellites off what is known as the ”munitions list,” the inventory of America’s most sensitive military and intelligence-gathering technology. Continue reading “China’s Giant Sucking Sound”
It’s a little early for an in-depth analysis of the 2018 mid-terms. However, there are a few take-aways that are hard to miss. President Trump is a net-gain for Republicans and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Traditionally, the party with an incumbent president tends to lose 30 seats in the House and an average of four seats in the Senate. Although results are still trickling in, the Democrats’ gain in the House likely will be about average. Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate beat the odds and will score an impressive pick-up courtesy of Mr. Trump.
While Democrats managed to retake the House of Representatives, their net-gain was far less than Republicans achieved in 2010 during Obama’s first mid-term. His party lost 63 House seats with voters angry over the passage of Obamacare.
Voters have short memories. Continue reading “The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms”
It is rare to see three overrated, self-righteous, liberal divas fall from their vaulted platforms in the same week but in a short 36-hour span, Sunday morning to Monday afternoon, we witnessed such a trifecta.
I’ll take the easy one first: Stormy Daniels suing for defamation is a little like a skunk complaining of a bad smell. Seriously, how can someone defame this “porn star”? Her reputation was already in the toilet. Furthermore, calling someone who has explicit sex in front of a camera for money a “star” is defaming the celestial lights in the heavens.
The media also should be called out for continually referring to her alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump 12 years ago as an “affair.” By her own account there was only one illicit meeting between the two. A one-off tryst lasting no more than a couple of hours is really stretching it. Continue reading “The Self-Destruction of the Self-Righteous”
How can China hurt us? Let us count the ways:
First and foremost, they hold most of our foreign debt, 19 percent or $1.17 trillion. By buying U.S. treasuries, China keeps our interest rates low but it also gives China leverage over U.S. fiscal policy.
What would happen if China stopped buying U.S. treasures or, worst still, called the loans?
China also controls the supply of the world’s rare earth metals that are used in most of the high-tech products we take for granted like smart phones and hard drives. More importantly, these materials are necessary components for building smart bombs and military radar. It’s not that we don’t have any of these minerals. It’s just that our government shut down our only rare earth mine and allowed the Chinese to buy the company that supplied them.
Lastly, China now has access to our most sensitive military technology. That which wasn’t stolen was transferred overtly by previous administrations. Continue reading “The U.S. vs China”
Hillary Clinton made a lot of mistakes in her quest to become the first woman president of the United States, but her biggest mistake occurred well before she ever ran for public office. It was back in 1995, when, as the chief strategist during her husband’s tenure in the White House, she grew frustrated that their many scandals where making their way into the press.
As first lady of Arkansas she managed to keep a lid on their misdeeds. She was well versed in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and successfully demonized and silenced anyone who dared question their actions.
However, in 1995, things were getting out of hand. Those of you old enough to have lived through the Clinton years may remember an unguarded moment when she lashed out at the “vast right-wing conspiracy” in a TV interview. But she was far from done. I can only imagine the hours she must have put into a 331-page report in which she vented her frustrations in a publication called the “Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce.” It was released during the 1996 presidential campaign by the White House council’s office and the Democratic National Committee. Continue reading “Why’d Hillary Lose? Blame Joseph Farah”
I was born in what was then a deep blue state, into a Democratic family. Among my kin you were either a Democrat or un-American. As a youngster I asked my parents, “Why are we Democrats?” They answered, “Because Democrats are for the working people.”
My parents both worked very hard and so I just accepted that. When I turned 18, I registered to vote and proudly voted in every election. I didn’t know anything about the issues, but I voted. When I became a parent, I began to study the issues and realized that Democrats were not what they seemed. They supported principles that undermined the working class, small business owners and immigrants who wanted their shot at the American dream. As the years rolled by, these Democrats took positions that were, well, un-American.
Much to my chagrin, I discovered, that Republicans weren’t much better. Although, they talked a good ballgame about law and order, the free enterprise system and protecting the rights of the minority by defending the Constitution, they were afraid to make the case for these beliefs. They were gradually taken over by political correctness and were unwilling to fight for anything for fear of losing their precious seats in Congress and their small grip on what power they had left. Continue reading “A Victory for the Great Unwashed (Now GOP Leaders must Put Up or Shut Up)”
The cast of Orange is the New Black reached a new low (even for this disgusting sitcom) this week when it posed wearing “Vaginas Against Trump” T-shirts. These shirts have been available on-line for $16.99 for over a year now. Just an example of the class displayed by some Hillary supporters. And she has the nerve to call Trump supporters “deplorable.”
For the record, I am sick about the choice we face in this election and I stand by all the previous columns I have written criticizing the now Republican nominee. Nevertheless, it is the choice we face and voters are asked to choose between bad and worse. We must choose between someone who has been a womanizer and someone who has enabled a womanizer who actually abused women while holding public office. This is a far more serious offense, not only against these women, but against the offices he held and the public trust. Continue reading “Women: Vote with Your Brains not Your Gentials”
Some are baffled that Donald Trump has ridden a sea of controversy to the top of the polls of GOP presidential candidates.
The same head-scratching is going on in Democrat circles over the irascible Bernie Sanders who is now within striking distance of their crown princess, Hillary Clinton. How could this aging socialist threaten the planned coordination of their queen?
These two men are as far apart on the political spectrum as any two candidates can be, but they do have one thing in common: bad hair. Is America really yearning for a fright wig or a comb-over?
That’s not it. Continue reading “Why Donald Trump’s Star Is Rising (He’s Our Bernie Sanders)”
Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert has been indicted for allegedly structuring bank withdrawals of $952,000 to evade bank reporting requirements and then making false statements to federal investigators.
According to various media outlets, quoting unnamed law enforcement sources, this was part of a $3.5 million “hush money” agreement he made in 2010 with a former student over some form of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.
However, it’s the method Hastert used for the withdrawals and the coverup that landed him in hot water with the Feds, not his actions with the former student.
If these allegations are true, they would be despicable. Any sexual contact between an adult and a minor is against the law (although it may not be prosecutable due to the statute of limitations). The wrong would be compounded, whether or not the act was consensual, because, at the time of the alleged incident, Hastert was in a position of power and influence over the student. People in positions of power are held to a higher standard — or they should be —such as a doctor and a patient or a president of the United States and an INTERN. Anyone remember Monica? Continue reading “Lessons from Denny Hastert (The real Scandal)”
When Bill Clinton became president, he had earned a maximum salary of $35,000 as governor of Arkansas and another $5,000 from honorariums from speaking fees. His wife, Hillary, pulled down $92,000 as a rainmaker at the Rose Law Firm. Somehow, despite their modest incomes, and her profit sharing at Rose, they managed to accumulate assets greater than $1 million, which was placed in a public trust.
How did they do it? No one knows for sure. There was that infamous $100,000 Hillary supposedly made on cattle futures (no political payoff there).
Continue reading “The Clintons’ “Get Rich Quick” Schemes”