Winners, Losers And Leaders

President Obama’s reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange — and disturbing.

Instead of rallying the country and calling for the United States to lead the fight to wipe out the Islamic State, what did he do first?

He took pot shots at Republicans for their reluctance to open our borders to thousands of Syrian refugees.

He even said some Republicans were helping ISIS recruit new fighters by suggesting that the United States should give preference to Christian refugees over Muslims.

We’re stuck with Obama and his failed leadership for another 13 months.

Meanwhile, we’ll have to hope that Francois Hollande of France and Vladimir Putin of Russia can lead a coalition to victory over the Islamist extremists.

Unlike Obama, President Hollande reacted to the Paris attack like a real leader.

He immediately called it what it was — an act of war perpetrated by terrorists — and he promised the whole world that his government would not let ISIS get away with it.

“I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” Hollande said as he toured the music hall where more than 100 of his countrymen and women were slaughtered.

“Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”

Obama did not seek to unite America after Paris. He sought to divide it.

He didn’t promise to make the Islamic State pay for Paris or any of its earlier atrocities and war crimes.

The mass murders in Paris and the blowing up of a Russian airliner finally woke up Hollande and Putin to the threat posed by ISIS.

What will it take to wake up Obama?

His policy towards ISIS reminds me of detente, the foreign policy practiced by Republicans and Democrats alike during the Cold War.

Detente is the French word to describe the easing of tensions and hostilities between the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union.

What the policy of detente meant in practice, however, was not exactly something to be proud of if you were a freedom-loving American.

It basically said to the Soviets — and other totalitarian countries — that we don’t care if you torture or imprison or mistreat your own people as long as you don’t do anything to harm us.

Detente with the Evil Empire was OK with both parties, and it would have continued for God-knows how long except that my father came along in 1980.

Shortly after his inauguration, when he was asked what his foreign policy was vis-a-vis the Soviets, he shocked everyone in Washington.

“We win. They lose,” he said. That was his “radical” position from Day 1, and he stuck to it.

He didn’t say how he was going to achieve victory over Communism or how long it would take, but eight years later the Berlin Wall came down.

President Obama has been practicing a form of detente with ISIS.

As long as you are only slaughtering and enslaving people over in Syria and Iraq, he seems to have been saying, we’ll just bomb you here and there–but we won’t try to destroy you.

Well, ISIS is no longer just “over there.” It’s in Paris and Lebanon and Egypt, and it’s certain to be coming soon to our backyards.

Obama says what he is doing is the right way to defeat ISIS, but that it’ll take a long time.

He says we Americans have to stay the course, yet he is unwilling to change his failed course and assume leadership in the fight against terrorism.

Once he does that, his foreign policy should be real simple. “We win. They lose.”

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

A debate broke out.

Episode 3 of the GOP’s presidential debates was the best yet — if you’re more interested in what the candidates think about the issues than what they think about each other.

Unlike the fiasco put on by CNBC last month, the moderators on the Fox Business Network didn’t try to get the candidates to fight among themselves or ask stupid liberal gotcha questions.

In fact, FNB’s classy and competent journalists — Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker — were the night’s biggest winners.

But what about the candidates? Who won or lost?

I did my duty to God and party and watched the so-called “undercard” debate, where Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie slugged it out.

Santorum stuck up for the family and the workingman as usual, while Huckabee tried to sell his unsellable Fair Tax idea, which has no chance of becoming a reality — ever.

Rising New Jersey heavyweight Chris Christie clearly won the undercard debate on points, despite the pesky attacks of his fellow governor Jindal.

Christie fought off Jindal with one hand while throwing a dozen hard jabs at someone who wasn’t even in the ring — Hillary Clinton. He proved he deserves to be with the first tier at the next debate in Reno on Dec. 15.

In the main event Tuesday, there were no clear winners or losers.

John Kasich got in a good zinger about Donald Trump’s fantasy promise that he’d round up and deport 11 million illegal immigrants, but overall he was too angry-looking and yelled too much.

Jeb Bush, once again, acted more like an awkward wallflower at a seniors dance than a future president. He needed a memorable moment but didn’t get it.

Bush did get a chance or two to show he’s smart on foreign policy and realistic on immigration.

But in this silly primary season, he and Kasich are out of place. This time, it’s not just about having brains or experience. It’s about having style and personality — and being an outsider.

Speaking of which, Trump, except for his cheap verbal snaps at Kasich and Fiorina, behaved himself.

He did OK when he answered questions but seemed like he was there more in body than spirit.

He again promised to rebuild our military and kick everyone’s butt in the Mideast.

But his “Make America Great Again” bumper-sticker boasts are looking more dubious all the time. Maybe The Donald should ask Bush if he could sublease some of his position papers.

Dr. Carson didn’t hurt or help himself at the debate, either. But he also needs to start sharing some of his substantial policy ideas — if he has them.

Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina did great each time they had the stage.

Fiorina killed with her tough foreign policy stand and her rant on crony capitalism.

Cruz warned that if the Republicans join Democrats “as the party of amnesty, we lose” in 2016.

He had the best quip of the night when he said that the politics of immigration would be much different “if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”

Rand Paul showed up to debate this time.

He made his libertarian points well and landed a sharp sucker punch on Marco Rubio’s chin by asking how his plan to spend $1 trillion on families and $1 trillion on rebuilding the military could qualify as a fiscally conservative position.

Anyone forced to single out a winner would probably pick the crowd favorite, Kid Rubio. He was smooth, quick on his feet and hit hard with both hands on foreign policy.

He, Cruz and Christie are the best debaters among the establishment candidates.

If they are going to get a chance to knock out Trump and Carson, however, the GOP bosses have to dump the undercard now and get the top five or six contenders on the same stage in Reno.

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Cruel Apprentice Where The Boss Is Fired

It seems Jobs “Rn’t” Theirs at Toys “R” Us.

Breitbart News uncovered a particularly flagrant example of H—1B visa abuse at Toys “R” Us. The story is particularly timely in the wake of the exchange between Donald Trump and Marco Rubio at the CNBC Inquisition.

Rubio wants to greatly expand usage of the H—1B visa program that ostensibly brings in foreign workers to do jobs Americans are not qualified to perform. Rubio justifies his support with the rationalization that if there are abuses, those companies shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the program.

I can only conclude, sadly, that Marco is not among the readers of my column.

Exploiters of the H—1B loophole use foreign workers to fill jobs that Americans are fully capable of filling. Even the state of California does it as you can read here.

According to Breitbart, “Other companies that have displaced American workers in favor of H-1B visa laborers include Disney in Florida, Southern California Edison, Harley Davidson Wisconsin, Cargill in Minnesota, Pfizer in Connecticut, and Xerox in New York.”

And in spite of Rubio’s recycling H—1B supporters’ false claim that we need more Americans trained in the IT and STEM fields, the truth is “there are far more U.S. graduates with STEM and IT degrees than there are jobs available.”

I will give Toys “R” Us credit for creativity in tossing Americans on to the unemployment heap. Where Disney and Southern California Edison subjected its employees to the exquisitely cruel assignment of training the people one—on—one who would be filling your desk chair before it had time to grow cold, Toys trained the trainer.

Employees in the accounting department (American’s can’t do bookkeeping? Who knew?) were stalked by employees from the Tata Consultancy Services who watched their every move and then produced “intricate manuals” for TCS workers back in India who would then perform the work Americans were perfectly willing to do.

As one employee who had worked for Toys for almost 12 years lamented, “Why am I sitting here showing this man how to do my job when they are taking it away from me and sending it to India?” Once the information extraction was complete, 67 citizens lost their jobs.

Before Marco Rubio comes out in favor of tripling the size of this American displacement program again, I suggest he meet individually with laid off employees from Disney, Toys, Harley Davidson or Xerox and ask them how well the program is working.

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Primary Losers Of Last Night’s Debate

Donald Trump did not dominate the debate stage in his usual way.

Ben Carson may have put a few people to sleep.

Former GOP heavyweight hopeful Jeb Bush was badly bloodied by the counter punches of Kid Rubio.

Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina were lost in the crowd and held scoreless all night.

John Kasich yelled too much, and Rand Paul continued his slow disappearing act.

But the biggest losers at CNBC’s Republican debate Wednesday night  — in an embarrassing landslide — were not running for president.

They were CNBC and its three argumentative, biased and incompetent “first-string” moderators.

On Thursday morning, the Drudge Report nailed it in four words when it put the headline “Shame of the Nation” under a photo of Becky Quick, Carl Quintanilla and John Harwood.

The trio of alleged journalists and the entire debate was so pathetic that CNBC corporate parent Comcast should quietly pull the plug on its failing business cable channel at midnight tonight, change its call letters and start showing infomercials for Snuggies 24/7.

No one would notice CNBC was gone for weeks.

Except for second-stringers Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer, the moderators’ questions were often dumb and snarky, starting with the first doozy of the night by John Harwood.

He snidely listed some of Donald Trump’s notorious campaign promises before asking, “Let’s be honest. Is this a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?”

In addition to their bad and apparently often factually challenged questions, the moderators couldn’t manage the flow of the debate or control the debaters.

They often seemed more interested in enforcing time limits than asking follow-up questions. And they quickly jumped from one issue to another after hearing from only one or two candidates.

Making it even worse, they couldn’t tell when the debate was actually producing real information about the candidates’ plans for reforming Social Security or taxes.

The liberal bias of CNBC’s moderators was no surprise.

It was a micro-example of the political bias practiced by the mainstream national news media for the last 50 years.

Harwood’s dislike of Republicans and conservatism was so obvious that everyone on stage, in the audience and in living rooms across America could smell it.

Ted Cruz, Trump, Huckabee, Fiorina and Carson took advantage of the moderators’ blatant leftward tilt. They racked up easy points by slamming and shaming them, CNBC and the mainstream liberal media in general.

The big co-winners of the night for the GOP were clearly Cruz and Chris Christie. They both never swung and missed and hit several home runs.

Rubio was close behind, thanks to how easily he wiped the floor with Jeb Bush after Jeb went after Marco for his poor attendance record in the Senate.

After Rubio came Trump and then the rest. The Donald did himself no harm by being a kinder, gentler candidate and being nice to all of his fellow Republicans–except ex-Ohio Governor Kasich.

Like his co-winner Christie, Cruz had his best debate yet. If before you had trouble liking Cruz, after last night you had to love him.

He earned his biggest cheers with a spontaneous rant criticizing the moderators for their gotcha questions and for trying to get the candidates to fight with each other while ignoring serious issues.

CNBC set a new low for televised political debates incompetence and biased moderators. But at least it did one thing right Wednesday night.

It did for Republicans what they have not been able to do for themselves so far this primary season. It actually unified the Republican Party, on and off the stage.

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It’s Choosing Time For The GOP

Maybe Joe took my advice.

I told a friend of the VP’s recently that he should not run for president in 2016 but instead should leave the political stage as an elder statesman.

No matter why Biden really decided to let Hillary Clinton have the Democrats’ presidential nomination without a fight, it’s great news for the GOP.

At least it should be.

In an ordinary election season, the GOP should be thrilled to pieces at the chance to duke it out with Hillary and the U-Haul load of dirty old political baggage she and her husband are always dragging around with them.

But this is no ordinary season. It’s the upside-down season of Donald Trump.

What Trump has done to hurt the GOP’s chances so far is enough to make a conspiratorialist think Hillary and Bill paid him to run as a Republican.

But I forgot. Trump is so rich no one has enough loot to buy him off, not even Bill and Hillary.

What Trump is doing to the GOP continues to amaze me.

It’s bad enough he has infected what’s left of the party’s conservative brand with his Democrat-lite ideas.

But one-by-one he’s been biting his fellow Republicans like a liberal attack dog  — even ones he’s not running against.

As part of his nonstop bullying of Jeb Bush, Trump tried to make it seem Jeb’s big brother George W. was somehow responsible for the 9/11 attack on America.

It was a cheap shot that knocked Jeb off his message — a message no one is hearing anyway — and forced him to defend his brother.

Democrats have been unfairly blaming George W. for 9/11 — and everything else that’s gone wrong in the world — for eight years. So now Trump piles on?

GW could have done nothing to stop the attack, which occurred just nine months after he replaced Bill Clinton in the White House.

People like Trump forget that in 2001, the U.S. Senate wouldn’t allow GW to appoint a new CIA director or appoint other people he needed who could have given him better intelligence information.

On top of Trump’s stupid 9-11 statement, Dr. Ben Carson came out with an even dumber one.

The GOP’s Mister Rogers candidate said he would have brought Osama Bin Laden to justice in two weeks without going to war in Afghanistan.

He said he simply would have told the Saudis we were going to become oil independent.

That threat to their bottom line, he said, would have caused the Saudis to rush out and capture Osama and turn him over to us.

These are the two top-tier Republican people trying to become President of the U.S.?

Trump and Carson may say things in the primary that some want to hear.

But the most important question is, “Can they actually do what you want them to do if they win?”

To be a successful president, even a conservative one, in the real world, you have to work with members of Congress, not call them names. Trump will never be able to work with anyone in Congress — on either side.

The GOP desperately needs to save itself from being Trumped.

With Hillary and her heavy baggage as the competition, Republicans and conservatives have been handed a great chance to win in 2016.

But they also have a great chance to absolutely blow winning 2016 if they don’t stop Trump, who could cinch the nomination as early as next march on Super Tuesday.

Despite its dysfunction, the GOP still has time to derail the Trump Express. It has a deep bench of conservative politicians and leaders from around the country.

But if they’re going to beat Hillary and prevent the GOP from becoming the next Whig Party, Republicans have to unite behind someone like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich or Chris Christie.

They have to choose wisely — and they better do it fast.

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