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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Thomas Sowell Reader

Monday, November 14, 2011

Mrs. Herman Cain on Harassment Allegations: 'This Isn't Herman'

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain's wife, Gloria, appeared with Greta van Susteren On the Record earlier this evening and talked about the recent sexual allegations against her husband.

Ron Paul Interview with AARP Iowa 11/13/11

House Majority Whip Releases 'Whipcast'

The following is a quote from the Majority Whip's website:

"Today I am proud to announce the launch of WhipCast, a first-of-its-kind government app available on the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android. As House Majority Whip, I have made it my goal to modernize the way Congress interacts and engages with our Members, staff and the American people. Congress should be as open and transparent as possible, and House Republicans have made it our priority to provide more access to the public. "While in the Minority, we saw how the Democrat Majority obscured their actions from the public as they wrote legislation behind closed doors and limited floor debate, and we vowed to chart a new course. WhipCast allows anyone who downloads the app to have the full text of legislation before it is considered on the House floor, the floor schedule, House Republican press releases, alerts on key votes in the House and more right at their fingertips. I encourage everyone with an interest in what we're doing in the House of Representatives to fight for a better, brighter America to download this user-friendly app." WhipCast is the first government app to be launched simultaneously across all major platforms -iPad, iPhone , Blackberry and Android .

Paul Ryan - 2011 Churchill Award for Statesmanship

from November 12th.

Rick Perry on Congressional Insider Trading

CBS' 60 Minutes aired their story, last night, about insider trading by members of Congress and Rick Perry released this ad today:

The Real Cain scandal: Video Cringe Alert

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 14, 2011 04:56 PM

It has nothing to do with anything Gloria Allred has her hands in.

It’s his continued lack of preparedness on, and familiarity with, basic domestic and foreign policy issues. Sorry, Cain fans. Tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. But like Rick Perry, Herman Cain is just not ready for prime time. The real Cain scandal: He can barely form a coherent thought on Libya when put on the spot and garbles collective bargaining 101 facts.

This Milwaukee Sentinel Journal editorial board session — all on video, in all its prolonged cringe-worthiness — sums up the problem with the Cain Train.

The paper’s recap:

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday that he believes public employees should be allowed to bargain collectively on wages and other benefits as long as it does not create an undue burden on taxpayers.

In Wisconsin Monday for two fundraisers, including a tailgate fundraiser at tonight’s Packers game at Lambeau Field, Cain met for a half-hour with Journal Sentinel reporters and editors. In the meeting Cain:

* Struggled to collect his thoughts and explain how his approach to the crisis in Libya would have differed from the actions taken by President Barack Obama.

…On the issue of collective bargaining, Cain said he supported the right of public employees to bargain collectively.

“But not collective hijacking. What I mean by that, if they have gotten so much for so many years and it’s going to bankrupt the state, I don’t think that’s good. It appears that in some instances, they really don’t care.”

Asked about last week’s vote in Ohio, in which the state’s new collective bargaining law was rejected by voters, Cain said that “maybe they tried to get too much and as a result it failed.”

Asked if the Ohio Legislature had gone too far in stripping collective bargaining rights for public employees, including fire and police personnel, Cain said that Ohio legislators “may have tried to get too much in one bill.”

Ohio’s collective bargaining law differed from Wisconsin in at least one key aspect: Wisconsin exempted police and fire personnel from the law.

In an interview with the Journal Sentinel last month, Cain said that he was “right in the corner of Gov. Scott Walker 100%” in Walker’s battle with public employee unions.

Cain also appeared to be unclear on the issue of collective bargaining as it involves federal employees. Asked if he thought federal employees should have the ability to bargain collectively, Cain said: “They already have it, don’t they?”

Told they didn’t, he said, “They have unions.”

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 federal government workers in 65 agencies, says that most federal employees don’t have collective bargaining over pay and benefits.

Watch for yourselves. Take anti-depressants or a stiff drink first:

Supreme Court to take up ObamaCare in March

(CBS/AP) Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear arguments next March over President Obama's health care overhaul — a case that could shake the political landscape as voters are deciding if Mr. Obama deserves another term.

This decision to hear arguments in the spring sets up an election-year showdown over the White House's main domestic policy achievement. And it allows plenty of time for a decision in late June, just over four months before Election Day.

"The court could endorse the measure, it could say the law is constitutional; it could strike it down and say it's not," said CBS News senior legal analyst Andrew Cohen. "Or the justices could not agree, and they could decide to delay it for a while. That's happened before in certain high-profile cases. I can't imagine it would happen again, but, look, anything's possible."

The justices announced they will hear an extraordinary five-and-a-half hours of arguments from lawyers on the constitutionality of a provision at the heart of the law and three other related questions about the act. The central provision in question is the requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty.

In the modern era, the last time the court allotted anywhere near this much time for arguments was in 2003 for consideration of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform. That case consumed four hours of argument. This argument may spread over two days, as the justices rarely hear more than two or three hours a day.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Well, It Turns Out, Congress IS Above the Law!

from 60 Minutes

GOP Candidates Blast CBS News’ for ‘Disgraceful’ Bias at South Carolina Debate

 I am a Ron Paul supporter and it came as a shock to me that someone that is in double digits in the polls and is ranked 3rd among the presidential candidates in many of the polls got less then 90 seconds of time in a 90 minute debate.  This was an unfair disgrace.

- Michael

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Fireworks were few and far between at the GOP’s foreign policy debate tonight, but if any issue provoked the ire of some candidates it was not each other but rather how CBS News’ moderator Scott Pelley ran the event.

Numerous candidates from Rep. Michele Bachmann to Rep. Ron Paul complained about unfair treatment from the network, arguing that rival campaigns had received far more attention during the debate. The Bachmann campaign went so far as to release an email that they said spokeswoman Alice Stewart had “inadvertently received” from CBS earlier in the day.

In the email string, CBS News’ political analyst John Dickerson said that Bachmann was “not going to get many questions during the debate and she’s nearly off the charts,” a reference to the Minnesota congresswoman’s low standing in the polls.

After the debate Stewart said that CBS News was guilty of “a bias” against Bachmann.

“I inadvertently received an email where CBS made it clear that Michele was going to receive fewer questions than the other candidates. Clearly this is a problem,” Stewart said. “The debates are an opportunity for the candidates to share their views on the issues. This is an important issue for Congresswoman Bachmann. She’s a member of the House, the Foreign Intelligence Committee. She knows this issue unlike the other candidates on this stage and the email chain that I inadvertently received clearly indicates a bias on CBS’ part to limit the questions to Congresswoman Bachmann.

“We had discussions about [it] and they indicated that they would make sure that the level — that the playing field would be level,” Stewart added. “However she received substantially fewer questions than the other candidates and she wasn’t allowed any follow-ups.

“There’s nothing that can be done now. The debate’s over,” Stewart said. “They assured us prior to debate that it was going to be a fair and level playing field and it certainly wasn’t. We didn’t want to have to get the word out but they made it clear to us that it was going to be fair and it wasn’t.”

Other candidates also complained about their treatment during the debate.

Paul’s spokesman Jesse Benton accused CBS of “disgraceful” actions that stemmed from an “arrogance” in thinking that “they can choose the next president.”

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10th Republican Presidential Debate

Last night's debate was held in Spartanburg, South Carolina and was sponsored jointly by CBS and National Journal.

Many thanks to The Right Scoop for getting the entire debate on video. - Reggie

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Triangulation of the ‘Occupy’ Movement

Throughout the painful and paradoxical existence of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) we have been told by those in the mainstream media, as well as by sympathetic politicos, that at its root, at its genesis, the OWS Movement was both organic and legitimate. We were told that the movement was exclusively about a rebellion against high unemployment and crony Capitalism, even as those championing the cause disingenuously blurred the line between crony Capitalism and Capitalism. But, an honest examination of the underlying goal(s) of this movement – and who is serving to advance its agenda – exposes a nefarious, deceitful and dangerous reality.

The notion of “triangulation” is not new to American politics. Savvy politicians have triangulated messages and circumstances to their benefit ever since the creation of our country. One needs look no further than the debates that took place over the creation of the US Constitution to understand that even though our Framers and Founders were dedicated to their principles and positions, they were willing to employ rhetorical leverage to achieve their goals. Alexander Hamilton was a master at message triangulation.

Perhaps the most contemporary politician to masterfully employ the art of message triangulation was former Pres. Bill Clinton. In pursuit of re-election in 1996, Clinton senior advisor Dick Morris advocated for a set of statements, a set of policies, that differed from those of his fellow elected Democrats. These policies, which pandered to the ideological Middle and Right, included deregulation and balanced budgets, culminating in the false declaration, included in Mr. Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union Address, that the “era of big government is over.”

Triangulation, by way of definition, can be summarized as:
“…the name given to the act of a political candidate presenting his or her ideology as being ‘above’ and ‘between’ the Left and Right sides (or factions) of a traditional democratic political spectrum. It involves adopting for oneself some of the ideas of one’s political opponent (or apparent opponent). The logic behind it is that it both takes credit for the opponent’s ideas, and insulates the triangulator from attacks on that particular issue.”
The same triangulation tactics used by politicos to further their careers can also be used by organizations and movements. In the case of the OWS movement, the use of a triangulated message by Progressives serves to blur the line between crony Capitalism and Capitalism, luring the citizenry to focus on the word “Capitalism,” associating it with the idea of “unfairness,” while Progressives present the notion of redistribution of wealth – a Progressive, neo-Marxist tenet – as being “fair.”

"Runaway Slave"

I was reading my Twitter feed earlier and read this:

That tweet made me curious so I checked out @ARunawaySlave. Needless to say, I was impressed. I'm posting some of what I found. - Reggie

"Runaway Slave, a new documentary that exposes the economic slavery of the Black community to Progressive policies"

The teaser below, was uploaded July 20, 2010:

The teaser below, was uploaded July 30, 2011:

This message was uploaded November 11, 2011:

David Brooks: If Romney falters ‘entire Washington establishment’ goes into ‘conniption fits'

David Brooks (an arrogant liberal/progressive that claims to be a conservative) showers us with his pearls of wisdom concerning the Republican primary.

He claims Jeb Bush would be the frontrunner if he had run. Wrong, Arrogant Dave. Bush is unelectable because his name is Bush plus his father and brother have been president.

He claims there is really only one candidate - Romney (hereafter known as RomneyCare) - and soon the voters will realize this. Wrong, Arrogant Dave. There are at least six candidates and RomneyCare is one of the least favored by the electorate.

Lastly, he admits if RomneyCare has a bad week the entire Washington establishment will go into conniption fits. Really, Arrogant Dave? What if the voters reject the liberal/progressive RomneyCare at the ballot box and nominate a conservative?

Yes. I pray for conniption fits and the death of progressivism in the Republican party! - Reggie

h/t The Daily Caller

Country Star Takes Aim at Health Care Law

Sorry folks, I have no idea who this guy is but he makes some excellent points about the disaster of ObamaCare. - Reggie

Collin Raye: After Granddaughter's Medical Ordeal, a Call to Fight Health Care Rationing

Singer Collin Raye on consequences of Obamacare

Forced SEIU Membership in Michigan

The unions and politicians are working together to completely destroy our country!

On 11/11/11, from Los Angeles, Rush Limbaugh told his audience how SEIU and Michigan Democrats are forcing parents of handicapped children to be dues paying members of SEIU in the state of Michigan. Seriously.

A note about the video/audio sync: I messed with this video capture for quite some time and was never able to get the sync of the audio/video together. The DittoCam was off sync from the start of the broadcast and this segment was a few minutes into the third hour. My apologies. The information is the most important thing so try to ignore the sync issue. - Reggie

from Fox Business Network:

Rush references this union grab for money (article below) at the beginning of the above clip so I thought I would link to this story for you to be informed as to what he refers to.

Deficit-Reduction Fever

Mark Steyn
President Obama launches the war on tchotchkes.

Have you been following this so-called Supercommittee? They’re the new superhero group of Superfriends from the Supercongress who are going to save America from plummeting over the cliff and into the multi-trillion-dollar abyss. There’s Spender Woman (Patty Murray), Incumbent Boy (Max Baucus), Kept Man (John Kerry), and many other warriors for truth, justice, and the American way of debt. The Supercommittee is supposed to report back by the day before Thanksgiving on how to carve out $1.2 trillion dollars of deficit reduction and thereby save the republic.

I had cynically assumed that the Superfriends would address America’s imminent debt catastrophe with some radical reform — such as, say, slowing the increase in spending by raising the age for lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 47 to 49 by the year 2137, after which triumph we could all go back to sleep until total societal collapse.

But I underestimated the genius of the Superfriends’ Supercommittee. It turns out that a committee created to reduce the deficit is instead going to increase it. As The Hill reported:
Democrats on the supercommittee have proposed that the savings from the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan be used to pay for a new stimulus package, according to a summary of the $2.3 trillion plan obtained by The Hill.
Do you follow that? Let the Congressional Budget Office explain it to you:
The budget savings from ending the wars are estimated to total around $1 trillion over a decade, according to an estimate in July from the Congressional Budget Office.
Let us note in passing that, according to the official CBO estimates, a whole decade’s worth of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan adds up to little more than Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill. But, aside from that, in what sense are these “savings”? The Iraq War is ended — or, at any rate, “ended,” at least as far as U.S. participation in it is concerned. How then can congressional accountants claim to be able to measure “savings” in 2021 from a war that ended a decade earlier? And why stop there? Why not estimate around $2 trillion in savings by 2031? After all, that would free up even more money for a bigger stimulus package, wouldn’t it? And it wouldn’t cost us anything because it would all be “savings.”

Come to think of it, didn’t the Second World War end in 1945? Could we have the CBO score the estimated two-thirds of a century of “budget savings” we’ve saved since ending that war? We could use the money to fund free master’s degrees in Complacency and Self-Esteem Studies for everyone, and that would totally stimulate the economy. The Spanish–American War ended 103 years ago, so imagine how much cash has already piled up! Like they say at Publishers Clearing House, you may already have won!

Cain Campaign 'Major Announcement?'

Last night, Herman Cain's campaign declared it would "make a "major announcement" this evening on talk radio's The Michael Savage Show."

The announcement? "I wouldn’t be Romney’s Vice President." What?

This Republican primary gets more and more bizarre. Cain is the frontrunner in practically every poll and he announces, with much fanfare, that he won't consider being Romney's Vice President?! There are times I feel like I'm entering... The Twilight Zone. - Reggie

Friday, November 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich Interviewed by Laura Ingraham

from earlier today

Romney, Cain, Gingrich Battle for Top Spot in Polls

Dead Heat for Three GOP Candidates

Herman Cain Interviewed by Neil Cavuto

from earlier today

'With Friends Like These...'

Michael Ramirez Cartoon
click image for larger view

Bill Kurtis: 'Their Roles may even have been Reversed'

Bill Kurtis
On November 8th, Mark Levin played some audio from a WLS radio show of CBS employee Bill Kurtis discussing former CBS employee, Sharon Bialek's charge of sexual assault against Herman Cain.

Very interesting audio. Where's the mainstream media? Why isn't this audio being played on the cable news channels? Why isn't Bill Kurtis being interviewed by all of the talking heads? Where is the investigation into the allegations made by Bialek and others? Where is Fox? Where is the truth?!

If Cain is guilty, he should be rejected! If he is innocent, what then? We will have another innocent man destroyed because of the lust for power by someone else. - Reggie

Here are some of the Kurtis quotes:

“She has a history.”

“There is a lot more to this story.”

“I can assure you that there will be far more to this story.”

“Let’s put Herman or Sharon in the car and say their roles may even have been reversed, given her track record here.”

CBS Poll: Newt ties Romney. Cain still on top.

CBS weighs in today with their latest round of primary polling and the big definitive news is … there’s no seriously definitive news on the primary race, other than saying that it’s almost anybody’s game at this point. The poll was conducted between Monday and yesterday, so the latest round of Cain accuser news conferences were in the news for the majority of it. Are these stories having any effect? Well… maybe. But not a lot.

If there’s one big story out of this it has to be the “new kid on the block,” rags to riches story of the one campaign which had been considered little more than road kill during the summer. Remember the good ole’ days when the race was obviously between Mitt and Michele Bachmann? And Newt was a complete loser for his trips to the Greek Islands and his Tiffany’s accounts? Well, it’s a brave new world now.
In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich’s support continues to slowly grow, and he is now tied with Mitt Romney for second place, while Herman Cain just edges both of them out for the top spot. Both Cain and Romney have lost support since late October…
The field of Republican candidates now has three candidates within striking distance of each other at the top of the list: with 18 percent, Herman Cain is in the top spot, followed by Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with 15% each. Support for both Cain and Romney has declined since late last month, and Gingrich is the only one of the top three whose support is steadily – if slowly – on the upswing.

11-11-11 Veterans Day

Michele Bachmann's tribute, below

Herman Cain's Tribute, below

Rick Perry's Tribute, below

Rick Perry 'Top Ten Excuses'

Rick Perry appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman at the end of his media blitz yesterday to try to recover from his horrible debate performance.

Byron York: Perry blows chance to be the anti-Romney

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Laura Ingraham vs. Ann Coulter on Newt and Romney

Perry GOP Debate Disaster

I'm beginning to wonder who talked this man into running for President. He is a horrible debater and he seems to get worse with each debate. Can you imagine him debating Obama? America would get four more years! - Reggie

And there is this...

UPDATE: On November 12th, Ann Coulter tweeted...

Ron Paul: Obama Presidency On The Verge Of Being A "Dictatorship"

This is one thing I agree with Ron Paul about. - Reggie

video is from last night

David Axelrod's Pattern of Sexual Misbehavior

Looks like this 'sex scandal' may be unraveling. We will see. - Reggie

by Ann Coulter

Herman Cain has spent his life living and working all over the country -- Indiana, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Washington, D.C. -- but never in Chicago.

So it's curious that all the sexual harassment allegations against Cain emanate from Chicago: home of the Daley machine and Obama consigliere David Axelrod.

Suspicions had already fallen on Sheila O'Grady, who is close with David Axelrod and went straight from being former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley's chief of staff to president of the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA), as being the person who dug up Herman Cain's personnel records from the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

The Daley-controlled IRA works hand-in-glove with the NRA. And strangely enough, Cain's short, three-year tenure at the NRA is evidently the only period in his decades-long career during which he's alleged to have been a sexual predator.

After O'Grady's name surfaced in connection with the miraculous appearance of Cain's personnel files from the NRA, she issued a Clintonesque denial of any involvement in producing them -- by vigorously denying that she knew Cain when he was at the NRA. (Duh.)

And now, after a week of conservative eye-rolling over unspecified, anonymous accusations against Cain, we've suddenly got very specific sexual assault allegations from an all-new accuser out of ... Chicago.

Herman Cain has never lived in Chicago. But you know who has? David Axelrod! And guess who lived in Axelrod's very building? Right again: Cain's latest accuser, Sharon Bialek.

Bialek's accusations were certainly specific. But they also demonstrated why anonymous accusations are worthless.

Within 24 hours of Bialek's press conference, friends and acquaintances of hers stepped forward to say that she's a "gold-digger," that she was constantly in financial trouble -- having filed for personal bankruptcy twice -- and, of course, that she had lived in Axelrod's apartment building at 505 North Lake Shore Drive, where, she admits, she knew the man The New York Times calls Obama's "hired muscle."

Throw in some federal tax evasion, and she's Obama's next Cabinet pick.

And there is this...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How Do You Feel About A "Christian" America?

Dr. Michael Brown
According to social commentator Bill Muehlenberg, “The fate of a nation is intimately tied up with its moral and spiritual condition.

If this is true, would it be wrong for conservative Christians, within the parameters established by our Constitution and laws, to do everything in their power to take the lead in the political and educational and media and business sectors of our country? Or does the very thought of that send shivers up your spine?

In support of his thesis, Muehlenberg points to statements by leaders and thinkers ranging from Thomas Jefferson to Will Durant to Alexis de Tocqueville. He can even cite General Douglas MacArthur and Joseph Stalin to back up his claim.

MacArthur said, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.” As for Stalin, the atheistic dictator observed, “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

Some sociologists have argued that it was the secularizing of America in the 20th century that lies at the heart of our national decline, while even non-religious educators have pointed to the destructive, anti-God mentality so prevalent in many of our higher learning institutions.

Why then do so many Americans have such a visceral reaction to the notion of a “Christian” America, despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans profess Christianity? Why is there serious concern that Christian politicians are covertly (or even overtly) trying to impose a theocracy?

One answer is that some Americans are secular to the core, and they would rather see freedom from religion than freedom of religion. The further we are from God, the happier they are. For them, separation of Church and state means that the only legitimate place for religious expression is within the four walls of a church building (or synagogue or mosque).

Others have had it with “Christian politics,” even though they themselves profess the Christian faith. Among them is David P. Gushee, distinguished professor of Christian ethics at Mercer University in Georgia. He writes in an op ed piece for USA Today, “Once again a presidential race is becoming a piety contest.”

Newt Gingrich in 'The Center Seat'

Latest candidate in 'The Center Seat' on Fox News Channel's Special Report earlier this evening.

AG Holder Testifies at House Hearing about 'Fast & Furious'

C-SPAN description: Attorney General Eric Holder testified at an oversight hearing. In his opening statement Mr. Holder addressed the controversy surrounding the Fast and Furious Operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program that allowed guns to "walk" across the U.S. border into Mexico in an effort to locate major weapons traffickers, rather than catching the low-level buyers. He said the program was "flawed," both in its conception and execution, "should have never happened," and would not happen again. He also said his department never knowingly provided false information to Congress about it.

Herman Cain Answers Accusers

Tonight Herman Cain held a press conference from Arizona in response to the sexual harassment allegations over the past ten days. Cain's lawyer, L. Lin Wood of Georgia, spoke briefly at the start of the presser. - Reggie

Monday, November 7, 2011

Labor Union Violence in America: A Brief History

In the wake of last week’s Occupy Oakland general strike, which—not insignificantly—gained union support before culminating with riots, The Blaze is taking a look at the history of violence surrounding union activity in America, especially strikes.

And nearly 150 years, it’s apparently no mere misunderstanding or shop-worn cultural stereotype: The United States has had the “bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world”—so concluded Philip Taft and Philip Ross for their oft-cited study, American Labor Violence: Its Causes, Character, and Outcome.

Who’s Been Running the Show?

 Taft and Ross found that “minority groups within the labor movement or without direct attachment to it advocated the use of violence against established institutions and also against leaders in government, industry, and society…Those who saw in violence a creative force…had no objectives of immediate gain; they were not concerned with public opinion. They were revolutionaries for whom the radical transformation of the economic and social system was the only and all-consuming passion.

Sound familiar?

Socialist (and Violent) Roots of U.S. Labor Unions

The International Working People’s Association became the center for national anarchist federations in the early 1880s and “favored warfare against capitalist society and its leaders,” Taft and Ross said. Soon militant social revolutionary groups organized education and defense outposts, their members meeting regularly and drilling “with arms,” the authors noted, adding that insurrection and terror against individuals was also advocated.

This ideology “gained added strength from the terroristic acts of members of the People’s Will, an organization of Russian revolutionaries who carried out campaigns of violence against persons, culminating in the assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1881,” Taft and Ross noted.

Foreign Policy Experts Agree With Ron Paul’s Controversial Foreign Policy

Ron Paul is often chided by his Republican opponents for his extreme views on American foreign policy.  His calls for ending all foreign wars and shutting hundreds of military bases across the globe have drawn howls from his GOP rivals, who have labeled the moves irresponsible and na├»ve.
His campaign pledge of cutting all foreign aid and withdrawing U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations has been at odds with even the most conservative members of his own party.
Yet as voting day in Iowa and New Hampshire draws near, Paul, the Congressman from Texas, is finding support for his non-interventionist positions from a growing number of foreign policy experts.
“He’s attacking our rich lazy friends, why is that not more popular,” said  Harvey Sapolsky, emeritus professor of public policy and organization at MIT. He backs Paul’s calls for reducing America’s military budget, arguing that much of it is used to defend wealthy nations’ security.
A huge, Cold War-era global presence — with hundreds of overseas military bases — isn’t necessary, now that the Soviet threat is over and the collapse of communism, Sapolsky said.
“It’s not in America’s interest,” said Sapolsky, who added that despite the drumbeat in the media over the fear of terrorism, America is the safest it has ever been in its history.
Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is also another foreign policy expert who agrees that the United States is extraordinarily secure due to its geography and nuclear weapons, and doesn’t need a huge global presence.
He also argued that the United States’ military is being used in overseas conflicts with little or no national interest, specifically pointing to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Preble gave Paul credit for being one of the few outspoken critics of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Congressman: Science 'czar' giving China U.S. technology

If this is true, isn't it treason? Punishable by death? It used to be. - Reggie

'Following law not voluntary for administration officials'

A congressman says he's alarmed that President Obama's science "czar," John Holdren, apparently has been collaborating with the Chinese even though Congress specifically prohibited that activity in a bill signed into law by his boss, Obama.

The accusations from U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf. R-Va., came this week in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The committee was listening to testimony about China's espionage in the United States and "the violation of the law by the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy."

Wolf noted he opposed the idea that the U.S. should work with China in any way regarding that nation's space program.

"The Chinese space program is being led by the People's Liberation Army, and to state the obvious, the PLA is not our friend as evidenced by their recent military posture and aggressive espionage against U.S. agencies and firms," Wolf said.

His concern was raised because NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden had scheduled a trip to China to talk about cooperation between NASA and the Chinese army, and Holdren made multiple trips to China for weeks of meetings.