Pope Francis, Meet Venezuela’s President!





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In just a few months, Pope Francis has made quite an impact on the Catholic Church. He has shown admirable qualities of compassion and humility and offered stern warnings for Church leaders to focus on their true mission, instead of the trappings of their position.

At the same time, he has won the praise of the liberal media and leftist politicians like President Obama. They were certainly overjoyed when the Pope cautioned his flock from being “obsessed” with issues such as abortion and gay marriage. He also expressed concern about Catholics who attend Latin mass, noting that following the traditional services could risk “ideologization” and “exploitation.”

While somewhat disturbing, these comments pale in comparison to his recent denunciation of capitalism. Last week, Pope Francis released his first encyclical, which labeled “trickle down economics” a major failure that “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”  In the Pope’s view, the poor have been left out by rich capitalists; and a more equitable system focusing on economic justice is necessary to combat poverty.

The document served as a shocking attack on the most successful economic system ever devised: capitalism. Only liberals like Pope Francis equate capitalism with the loaded term “trickle down economics.” For all its faults, capitalism and “trickle down economics” is a much better model for prosperity for all citizens. It worked during the 1980’s in this country and led to the creation of over 20 million new jobs. It also worked in other countries throughout the world, such as Chile.

The best way to help a poor person is to give that individual a job, not a government program. Capitalism lifts people out of poverty, while socialism distributes crumbs of assistance to the poor, dooming people to an existence of misery.

The Pope said that the “idolatry of money” would lead to a “new tyranny.” Yet, this system has created an untold number of rich philanthropists who have generously contributed to Catholic causes and helped the Vatican maintain a worldwide network of activities.

It seems that Pope Francis prefers socialism, or Marxism, two systems that have continued to fail miserably throughout the world. In fact, the Argentine Pope only has to look at what is happening to the north of his native country. In Venezuela, a socialist dictator, Nicholas Maduro, has maintained the failed policies of the late Hugo Chavez. The result has been a total disaster for the poor people of Venezuela.

It is so bad there that there is a shortage of basic items such as toilet paper, newspapers, and magazines. To address the continuing economic problems, Maduro spoke to the nation Monday night. However, in the middle of his speech, a power outage disabled 60% of the country.

How ironic and appropriate that the outage occurred as the President was issuing more decrees against the country’s diminishing private sector. It was similar to a major power outage that occurred in early September. Instead of taking responsibility for these embarrassments, Maduro hinted it was caused by some sort of sabotage by his political opponents.

In reality, the socialist government of Venezuela is always looking to shift blame for their failures, reminiscent of the current occupant of the White House. Maduro’s failed policies include a ridiculous campaign to regulate prices on items such as used and new cars. This is an attempt to limit the ability of Venezuelans to buy durable items (such as vehicles) as an investment hedge against the rampant 54 percent inflation rate and the plunging value of the currency.

Maduro is an enemy of the private sector and is working to reduce corporate salaries and shrink private sector profit margins. He has ordered the military to assume control of major outlets selling electronic goods. While he demands that his citizens save more and consume less, his government continues to grow.

In total, these actions limit freedom, all in the name of helping the poor. Of course, the complete opposite will occur as expanded government control will lead to more economic misfortune for the poor people of Venezuela.

It is outrageous for a country with the world’s largest crude oil reserves, estimated at 297 billion barrels, to have rampant poverty, a scarcity of basic necessities, and a moribund economy.

In a country with massive rivers and hydroelectric facilities that generate power for two-thirds of the population, blackouts are becoming routine, especially since the government nationalized this sector in 2007.

For the past 15 years, socialism has been tried in Venezuela. The result has been widespread corruption and utter incompetence, along with shortages, blackouts, and overall economic misery. There have been few benefits for any segment of society, the poor, the middle class, or the rich.

It should be crystal clear to any objective observer that socialism, such as the Venezuelan model, does not work. Hopefully, one day, Pope Francis and other liberal Catholic leaders will get the message.

Obviously, Pope Francis has the best intentions to help the poor and the powerless. Sadly, his recipe for success will only lead to more poverty, unemployment, and hunger. For evidence, the Pontiff just needs to look at the disaster unfolding in Venezuela today.

 

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Finally, Someone In Obama’s Administration Fired





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The pleasant-looking face of the Obamacare website is gone. The young lady on the home page of the Healthcare.gov site has been replaced by nebulous circles.

It seems the glitch-ridden website needed a new start after four weeks of embarrassing failures. After the Obama administration spent $600 million on a lousy site that was designed by a Canadian company with a track record of failure, the President had to resort to advising Americans to send in paper applications or call the hotline (never mind that you may be on hold for hours on end.)

While Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, is not taking responsibility for the web debacle and (of course) the President refuses to take any of the blame for any of his fiascoes, the White House has found a fall girl, the website lady.

Finally, someone in the Obama administration has been fired. Unfortunately, it was just the young woman who posed for the picture on the website, the face that launched a million glitches. Today, she may be in protective custody, as hidden as the supposed Obamacare savings.

On the other hand, “Glitch Girl” may have asked to be removed from a site that has been a disaster from day one. Supposedly, it was going to be fixed with a “tech surge”; but there were more problems last weekend. And, tonight, the troubled site is down once again.

It has been almost one month since the site’s launch; yet, we still do not have any concrete numbers on how many people have signed up for health insurance on the site. Earlier this week, in congressional testimony, Marilyn Tavenner, leader of the federal agency in charge of the Healthcare.gov site, refused to divulge the number of people who have enrolled in Obamacare. While she was forthcoming with apologies, she was not forthcoming with the truth about this debacle. Obviously, the administration is too embarrassed to share the facts with the American people.

Sadly, we do know that at least 1.5 million Americans have lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare. According to the Congressional Budget Office, this is just the tip of the iceberg as eventually, millions of Americans will lose health insurance due to the “Affordable Care Act.”

While millions of Americans may lose coverage and millions more will remain uninsured despite the new law, countless others are facing premium sticker shock. Horror stories are now being reported of Americans facing health insurance increases of 500-1000%, thanks to Obamacare.

While the plan was being debated in Congress, Obama pledged that Americans would be able to keep their doctors and their current insurance policies. He also promised that people would benefit from reduced costs and be able to sign up easily on the website. Every one of his lofty promises has proven to be total lies.

No wonder “Glitch Girl” is on the run. Initially, she may have thought her image on the site would be a great career move. Now, she is in hiding, hoping that Americans forget her association with the biggest disaster in the history of the Internet.

The Three Amigos Of Racial Discord

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On Monday, MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and other “civil rights” leaders met with President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. They were purportedly discussing voting rights; but, in reality, they were discussing how to perpetuate voter fraud.

None of these so-called leaders are in favor of voter identification laws, which require individuals to present a picture ID at voting polls. Somehow, mandating voter identification is supposed to be racist and akin to a poll tax that will “disenfranchise” minority voters. Such views are plainly ridiculous as many states have programs to provide free voter identification cards to their citizens. For example, Texas has implemented a plan to distribute free picture ID’s to any interested voter; but even that has drawn the ire of Sharpton, Holder, and Obama.

The Three Amigos are upset that Texas will require anyone seeking a free voter ID to present verification of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Of course, anyone interested in voter integrity and fair elections would agree that non-citizens should not be allowed to vote. Sadly, Sharpton, Holder, and Obama disagree and are not interested in combating fraudulent voting. They want more illegal aliens to vote, which translates into more votes for the Democratic Party.

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Three Amigos have been upset. This ruling freed Texas and 15 other states from submitting to the Department of Justice for preclearance any changes in their election laws. Thus, these mostly Southern states are now free to govern their elections like the rest of the country. Not surprisingly, the Attorney General is fighting back and is on a crusade to circumvent this Supreme Court ruling.  Last week, his Justice Department offered “clear evidence” of discrimination and asked a Federal Court in San Antonio to force Texas to undergo 10 additional years of preclearance and oversight. Of course, part of the phony discrimination that Holder cites is the 2011 Texas voter ID law.

The Three Amigos rail against any states that have voter ID laws, even though the results from the 2012 election show that in many of these areas, turnout was higher among black voters than white voters.  The facts are unimportant to the Three Amigos, who have a vested interest in promoting claims of racism. Rev. Sharpton has made a living on race-baiting, while Holder and Obama have exacerbated racial division over the past five years.

Holder has refused to prosecute Black Panthers who have intimated white voters, while he has no problem lamenting “Stand Your Ground” laws and investigating an exonerated George Zimmerman for civil rights charges.

Obama has polarized the races since the day he stepped into the White House. From his misguided comments on the Cambridge Police’s arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to his personalization of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, Obama continues to divide, rather than unite.

In recent days, the President has claimed that he is working day and night on the economy; however, such a claim is preposterous. For Obama spent precious time meeting this week with Sharpton, a hustler and phony. Obviously, the President is not serious about helping the American people; for his real motto is to divide and conquer.

The President wants to create turmoil and racial division throughout the nation and heap blame on the Republican Congress. All of this is a blatant attempt to take back control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections of 2014.

If Obama and the Democrats have total control of the country in the last two years of his term, it will be a nightmare for liberty-loving Americans. The President already has control of a Democratic Senate. He also has strong support from a liberal-dominated press, Hollywood, unions, universities, and special interest groups. The last piece he needs for ultimate control is the House of Representatives.

For victory in 2014, Obama and the Democrats want to flood the polls with illegal votes, prevent voter identification laws from being enacted, and use the Holder Justice Department to fight any state that tries to pass voter integrity laws.

By meeting with Sharpton and other liberal activists, Obama has once again exposed to the American people his radical agenda.

He has no intention to lead, govern, and unite. His real intention is to continue to campaign, play politics, and foster racial division.

The country is already very racially polarized, so the President has accomplished some of his goals. However, he wants to pass more legislation on the liberal wish list, such as comprehensive immigration reform, strict gun control, cap and trade, and the Fairness Doctrine (to name only a few.)

For all of this to be accomplished, the Democrats need to win in the 2014 elections. Heaven help us if that happens.

And The Oscar Goes To…President And Mrs. Obama!!

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President Barack Obama is accustomed to receiving awards he does not deserve. In fact, the President received the ultimate prize in November of 2008. He was elected President of the United States despite scant credentials for the world’s most important position. He benefited from very inadequate vetting by the liberal news media, former political watchdogs turned lapdogs in the age of Obama.

Right after his inauguration, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. This ludicrous decision was not based on the President’s few accomplishments, but rather on the hope that he would successfully pursue peace during his term. Of course, no other U.S. President would have ever received such an award without any qualifications.

So, what do you get for the man who has everything? How about an Oscar? It makes sense; for Barack Obama is a glorified actor portraying a President. He is impersonating a leader, without showing leadership. He has never managed any organizations and has no executive experience; yet he is the Chief Executive Officer of our nation. He clearly does not know how to govern; so instead, he continues to engage in his favorite activity: campaigning.

He is not the Commander-in-chief, but the Campaigner-in chief. In the process, he plays the role of President perfectly, fooling more than half of the American people, approximately 51% in the last election and in recent approval ratings.

Barack Obama appears presidential, sounds presidential, lives in the White House, and uses Air Force One. Everyone calls him “Mr. President,” and he even welcomes world leaders to our nation’s capital.

It is clear that he is an excellent actor; he knows enough to look and act the part of President. But, just like in the movies, it is make believe. In reality, behind the facade, Barack Obama is a truly clueless and ineffectual President. For example, his lack of leadership in the sequester debate has been astounding. Instead of cobbling together a sensible deal, he has demonized Republicans and threatened our national security.

While he plays a role, our nation’s problems are only getting worse, our country is becoming further divided, and there is no bipartisan compromise–only bitter confrontation in Washington D.C. This situation is exacerbated because Barack Obama is only acting in a role that he has no idea how to actually embody in the real world.

This persuasive acting performance has certainly convinced one group of supporters, the liberal elite who control the entertainment industry. They know a good actor when they see one.

This community treats the President and his family as virtual monarchs. So, when Queen Michelle wants to appear on television programs, it happens. The First Lady has been on a whirlwind media tour in recent weeks, appearing on practically every television show that will give her air time.

She reached the apex of exposure Sunday night when the top brass of Hollywood gave her the unprecedented and highly inappropriate honor of announcing the Oscar for Best Picture. She appeared via satellite as a reigning monarch, in a glittering dress, surrounded by military personnel. It was a completely shameful misuse of our brave service members and another example of how the First Couple uses people as props to further their agenda.

Last week, President Obama was campaigning against the budget sequester with first-responders behind him. He recently signed executive orders on gun control surrounded by selected children who had written to the Oval Office. Clearly, the First Couple will use anyone they need at any time to accomplish their political goals.

In this latest outrage, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was only too happy to be used by Mrs. Obama. Never before had a First Lady been given such a privilege. Even Nancy Reagan, a former actress, was denied such a distinction. Of course, the Hollywood liberals hated anything associated with Ronald Reagan, although he spent years as an actor and President of the Screen Actors Guild.

The infatuation with the President and First Lady is so extreme that the movie industry may want to take a bold step for 2014. Instead of staging the awards in Hollywood, they might as well do it right in the Rose Garden.  They should invite Mrs. Obama to expand her role and become the permanent host and presenter of all awards. In that way, she can award the Oscar for Best Male Actor to the person who really deserves it: her partner in celebrity, Barack Obama.

Just imagine the scene, as the President accepts the award from his wife: the camera pans to the Hollywood sycophants in the audience all rising in unison, paying tribute to their heroes with a standing ovation.

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The Republican Party Is An Insane Political Asylum!

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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein

In the end, it was another Democratic Party rout.  On Election Day, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney by over three million popular votes and 126 electoral votes.

The President won every battleground state except one and ushered two more Democrats in the Senate and at least seven more in the House. While Obama recorded seven million fewer votes than in 2008, Romney was one million votes shy of reaching John McCain’s losing total.

Although it was not a landslide, it was nowhere near the nail biter that many GOP pundits and consultants were predicting. In fact, many of these supposed geniuses were forecasting a Romney “landslide.” How foolish do Dick Morris and Karl Rove look today?

In their post-election analysis, many of these same “experts” are giving poisonous advice to a party in serious trouble. They are recommending that the party move in the direction of Democrats on issues such as illegal immigration, gay marriage, drug use, taxes, and abortion to name a few. Following such advice would be the death knell of the Republican Party.

To succeed, the GOP must stand for principles that are starkly different from the Democratic Party; otherwise, there is no compelling reason for any voter to support the Republican Party. Unfortunately, the Republican Party is controlled by the moderate “country club” establishment wing, also known as Republicans in Name Only (RINOS).

This controlling faction is opposed to a true conservative ever getting the nomination of the party. The party establishment has successfully destroyed every conservative candidate for the nomination since Ronald Reagan.

The result is that the Republican Party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. The RINOS have given us Gerald Ford, Bush Sr. and Jr., Bob Dole, John McCain, and, most recently, Mitt Romney.

As is custom, in the last primary season, every viable conservative candidate was savaged by the party elite who backed Romney’s candidacy. They were joined by the Fox News commentators, powerful pollsters like Karl Rove and Dick Morris, and influential columnists like George Will and Ann Coulter. All of them claimed the Romney was the most electable candidate; and, in the end, all of them were quite wrong.

After a billion dollars wasted on feckless advertising, Romney could not even match McCain’s pathetic level of support. He did not inspire or motivate the conservative GOP base and thus lost a quarter of the evangelical vote on Election Day. These voters knew Romney was uncomfortable with social issues and had switched his position on everything from gay marriage to abortion.

In the general election, Romney did not employ the same hard ball tactics against Barack Obama that he effectively used against his GOP opponents in the primary season. Like John McCain in 2008, Romney’s kid glove treatment of the President was an utter failure. There is no better example than in the last debate, when Romney played nice with the President and agreed with many of his positions on foreign policy. Tragically, he refused to criticize the President for his deception and disastrous handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack.

Romney’s campaign was the political equivalent of a football team playing the prevent defense, trying not to lose, but not trying to win. This led the GOP nominee to disregard the “Fast and Furious” scandal and the President’s decision to give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens under the age of 30. Worst of all, the President’s unpopular plan to socialize healthcare was not attacked by the Romney campaign, thus wasting a powerful issue. As the father of socialized medicine in Massachusetts, Romney was the worst possible candidate to criticize “Obamacare,” so he solved that problem by ignoring it altogether.

Romney tried to make the entire campaign about one issue, the economy. As a result, social conservatives were given no reason to vote. The grassroots movement that delivered the House of Representatives to the Republican Party, the Tea Party, was completely ignored by the Romney campaign. Tea Party favorites like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin were not even invited to the party’s convention in Tampa. To add insult to injury, Ron Paul delegates were rudely treated in Tampa, and many of them were denied credentials to the convention. The Romney team wanted a “unanimous” convention, but it was a counterproductive tactic as disgruntled Ron Paul supporters did not forget this disgrace on Election Day.

Will the GOP ever learn? The correct response is not to become more like Democrats but to nominate a candidate with courage who will embrace the conservative principles outlined in the Republican platform. In contrast, Mitt Romney treated the platform like it was the bubonic plague.

The quest for 2016 now begins, and this will be an effort to see whether conservatives can stay within the GOP or find a new home, as recommended by former presidential candidate Herman Cain.

To survive, Republicans cannot allow the beltway, establishment wing of the party to dictate who will be the next nominee. If so, it guarantees another loss, like Romney and his predecessors.

The next nominee cannot be another moderate flip flopper, but someone who can communicate powerful conservative principles while energizing, not insulting, the base of the party. The next nominee needs to embrace the Tea Party movement and use this enthusiastic group as the foot soldiers for the next campaign.

Over the next four years, the last thing the Republican Party should do is move more to the political left, which is already owned by the Democratic Party. Even though this was another painful defeat, Republicans should not abandon their time-tested principles; instead, they should finally start to proclaim them.

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