Weak Sanctions Against Russia + More – Daily Digest

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“The judiciary of the United States is the subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly working under ground to undermine the foundations of our confederated fabric. They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Ritchie, 1820


Weak Sanctions Against Russia

Barack Obama ordered the first round of sanctions Monday against Vladimir Putin’s inner circle in response to the weekend’s referendum in Crimea – just as Putin recognized Crimea’s independence and began steps to annex it. “We are imposing sanctions on specific individuals responsible for undermining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and government of Ukraine,” Obama said in a statement. “We’re making it clear that there are consequences for their actions.” More will come, too, he said, if Russia doesn’t back down. “Further provocations will achieve nothing except to further isolate Russia and diminish its place in the world.” Unfortunately, the pitifully weak sanctions had the opposite of the desired effect: Moscow’s stock exchange rose 3.7% as Putin’s men laughed at Obama. As Mitt Romney writes, “that’s the price of failed leadership.”

Canceling Cancellations

The Obama HHS has yet another “solution” to the woes created by ObamaCare. This time, a draft regulation says, “We propose that a modification made solely pursuant to applicable Federal or State law would be considered a modification of coverage rather than a product withdrawal.” In other words, HHS is trying to make it easier for a health insurance policy to be “grandfathered” in under ObamaCare. Millions of Americans have already lost coverage because slight changes were made negating grandfather qualification. The new regulation proposal would loosen those requirements. Anything to ease the burden on Democrats come November.

Gates: Don’t Raise Minimum Wage

Billionaire Bill Gates – a liberal but an entrepreneur nonetheless with a far better understanding of capitalism than most lawmakers, not to mention our president – spoke with the American Enterprise Institute and warned against elevating the minimum wage. “When people say we should raise the minimum wage … I worry about what that does to job creation,” he said. His critique contradicts most leftist economic talking points. Why? Because unlike the majority of policy makers on Capitol Hill, Gates understands the challenges of operating a business; meanwhile, Barack Obama, a career community organizer, has yet to even run a lemonade stand much less a company that employs hundreds or thousands of workers. And while liberals are quick to cite Gates on most progressive causes, don’t expect them to heed his economic concerns.

Big Daddy Government

MBSNC’s Melissa Harris-Perry gave voice to one of the biggest problems with the overbearing nanny state: The effort to take over the role of parent. “I see President Obama as uniquely forthright in how central fatherhood and his identity as a father are to his role as president,” said Harris-Perry. “Although all our presidents have been fathers, I’m not sure we have had another president in the modern era for whom this identity is so obviously central.” Obama provides people with food, phones, homes and health insurance, and he thinks the government is “my brother’s keeper,” making the comparison all too fitting. But a constitutional system of limited government doesn’t need a father at its head; it needs a president who operates under the Rule of Law.

U.S. Winters Cooling

It’s been a brutal winter for many, and winter refuses to loosen its grip on a good chunk of the country even as spring rapidly approaches. But despite what climate alarmists want you to believe, this season’s bone-chilling cold wasn’t and isn’t some fluke; in fact, according to Meteorologist Joe D’Aleo, average temperatures across the United States in the December-February period have dropped by 2.26 degrees Fahrenheit over the last two decades based on data from the National Climate Data Center. This occurred despite some notably warm winters. Call us crazy, but that sure doesn’t sound like global warming to us; in fact, Earth as a whole hasn’t experienced any warming for more than 17 years. No wonder they’re now calling it “climate change.”

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The Democrats’ Dishonest Koch Habit

David and Charles Koch

David and Charles Koch

Democrats have escalated their attacks on Charles and David Koch, who donate a significant amount of their accumulated capital to conservative groups. The charge is led by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who now routinely takes to the Senate floor to angrily denounce these two private citizens. “I’m not afraid of the Koch brothers,” he thundered. “None of us should be afraid of the Koch brothers. These two multi-billionaires may spend hundreds of millions of dollars rigging the political process for their own benefit. And they may believe that whoever has the most money gets the most free speech. But I will do whatever it takes to expose their campaign to rig the American political system to benefit the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.”

A Democrat ad also recently demonized the brothers, accusing them of having an agenda to “protect tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas.” That was too much even for The Washington Post’s “fact checker,” Glenn Kessler, who gave the charge a full Four Pinocchios. Specifically, Kessler says, “The ad not only mischaracterizes an ordinary tax deduction as a special ‘tax cut’ but then it falsely asserts that ‘protecting’ this tax break is part of the Koch agenda. It turns out this claim is based on a tenuous link to an organization that never even took a position on the legislation in question.” The truth didn’t stop Reid from repeating the same “tax breaks” lie.

This attack campaign is a clear sign that Democrats are very worried about November, and they’re lashing out at anyone who’s bankrolling the opposition. Americans for Prosperity, a political group founded with the Kochs’ support, has spent $30 million already hanging ObamaCare around Democrats’ necks. The attacks also reek of hypocrisy coming from a party well funded by leftist billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer. And yet the effort is odd all the same because most people don’t even know who the Kochs are, much less how they earned their money or how they use it. That means shutting them out of the political process is not very high on the list of the average American’s concerns.

Reid wants to make this a class war, slamming the Kochs for having the “most money” and, therefore, the “most speech.” He aims to silence this speech because it endangers his control of the Senate, and the best way to do that is to follow Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, Rule 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” The Kochs are the target, and polarizing them is intended to mobilize a demoralized leftist base.

But we’ll let Democrats in on a little secret. The Founders wrote the First Amendment’s bit about “free speech” in order to prevent the government from trying to dictate what or whose or how much speech is acceptable. If Harry Reid & Co. have the better argument on substance, let’s hear it. Until then, the Kochs should be free to speak away – like everyone else.

Risk of Audit Rises With Income

PP_TaxForm_2014-03-18-1ce51d22_featureAudit rates for affluent taxpayers have nearly doubled under Obama. Apparently, this new “fairness” is part of what he meant by “fundamentally transforming” America.

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Who Condemned ‘An Unacceptable Abuse of Power’?

PP_Obama_2014-03-17-925c53b4_featureIn an impassioned speech supporting the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act of 2014, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) gave his fellow House members a “pop quiz” on the House floor. He read quotes about abuse of presidential power and asked who said them. Hint: He’s in the White House.

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Columnist Cal Thomas: “President Obama, perhaps our most self-absorbed chief executive, has said: ‘I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exception of (Lyndon) Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln – just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history.’ Leaving aside his hubris and a debate over whether retreat from the world and pressuring Israel to give up more land to its enemies are accomplishments, what should be concluded from such a ridiculous statement about America’s foreign policy? Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has observed: ‘No foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.’ American foreign policy in 2014 hasn’t been born, because under this administration it does not even appear to have yet been conceived.”

British novelist C. S. Lewis (1898-1963): “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”

Mona Charen: “Nothing seems to penetrate Obama’s ideological lead helmet. Israel captures a huge cache of Iranian weapons headed for Gaza, and the administration denies that this undermines the notion that Iran is negotiating in good faith. ‘It’s entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a resolution on the nuclear program,’ the spokesman insists. There is one Obama accomplishment that cannot be denied – supplanting Jimmy Carter as the worst foreign policy leader of our time.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “Often seems like the only thing the Left learned from the civil rights movement is that some viewpoints should be banned from civil society.”

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