Monday, June 12, 2017

June, 2017, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: Crushing Small Business Dreams, The Failure To Beat Terrorism, and One Politician Gets Caught...Felony Wise

As we do every month, we review the latest idiocy, lunacy, ineptness, and general insanity from the American political class. We are getting started as little late this month since we needed to review the latest global warming.climate change insanity from the likes of Al Gore, culminating in our review of the 26 reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for Trump to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement:

But let’s quickly get into this month’s political class insanity because over the past month or so there has been a lot of it was Washington implodes into a useless pile of incompetence:

1) It is not often when a crooked politician actually gets caught so it is very refreshing when it does happen. Consider what recently happened to a New jersey mayor when he ran afoul of the law:
  • The Department of Justice in New Jersey recently reported that a former New Jersey mayor was going to jail for 27 months for taking $110,000 worth of bribes from developers working in his city.
  • Alex D. Bianco pleaded guilty to a U.S. judge for one charge of soliciting and accepting corrupt payments regarding business related to the town he was once mayor of, Passaic, New Jersey.
  • Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick commented that, “Mayor Blanco admitted to aggressively soliciting and accepting illegal payments from developers, taking for himself federal money that was intended to help provide housing for some of the city’s poorest residents. This case demonstrates that public officials who exploit their office for personal gain can expect to be thoroughly investigated and aggressively prosecuted.”
  • Special Agent in charge of the case, Brian A. Michael of Homeland Security Investigations in Newark, New Jersey offered his views as well: “The mayor’s sentencing sends a message that no one is above the law. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our special agents and their law enforcement colleagues—job well done.” 
  • The former mayor apparently asked a third party to approach two building developers in the town and suggest they make a sizable donation to the mayor if they expected to see a low income residential building project go forth in the town that the developers wanted to build.
  • In addition to prison, Blanco will be under three years of supervised parole and must pay back $110,000.
As always, we are so glad when corrupt politicians get caught and punished. As always, we wonder and fear how many more get away with their criminal activities under the cover of their elected office.

2) If you have the gut feeling that the war on terrorism continued to be a lost battle under the Obama regime, well it appears you are right. The Institute for Economics and Peace recently released its annual “Global Peace Index” report for 2017 and the results are not good:
  • The index considers the “state of peace” in 163 countries around the world.
  • The study found that the rate of world terrorism had tripled in the past six years, years in which Obama was President.
  • This put the rate of terrorism at an all time high.
  • It says that world peace has been declining over that period of time with actions and situations in the Middle East and North Africa driving the skyrocketing terrorism rate.
  • Terrorism related deaths have risen more than 900% since 2007 just in the 35 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a platform for governments to work together to solve common problems, including terrorism.
  • Twenty three of those 35 nations had suffered terrorism deaths over that period of time including France, Turkey, Denmark, and Sweden.
  • Just in the past year, terrorism was up 80% with 11 countries suffering more than 500 terrorism related deaths in 2016 compared to only five countries in 2015.
  • Terrorism increases in the Middle East caused terrorism deaths to reach a 25 year high and the number of refugees is at a level not seen in 60 years.
  • The cost to fight terrorism in 2016 is estimated to have been a mind boggling $14.3 TRILLION dollars.
And while Obama will never admit it, his action or inactions were a large contributing factor to the increase in terrorism. His illegal and un-Constitutional use of U.S. armed forces in Libya turned a once modern society into a haven for all types of terrorist organizations. His under estimation of ISIS, the so-call “JV team” in Obama administration lingo, now terrorizes the world. During his watch, the Taliban now control more territory in Afghanistan than it has in a very long time.

Given these specific failures and the overall failure to control terrorism, it is pretty clear that the Obama administration, Congress, and the Federal government failed to accomplish anything during its run relative to terrorism threats around the world. As a result of this incompetence, a lot of people die, a lot of money is spent, and very little seems to get accomplished.

3) If Obama did not do well on the global stage relative to terrorism as we just discussed, he also did not do to well relative to economic growth and health on the domestic stage during his eight years in office.According to P .Gardner Goldsmith, writing for the MRCTV website, wrote on how Obama’s economic policies resulted in fewer self employed Americans, fewer business start ups, and decreased entrepreneurship:
  • According to Mr. Goldsmith: “A new report by Michael Snyder for The Economic Collapse reveals what many free market economists have been warning for years: that the growth of the federal regulatory state has diminished the ability of, and interest in, individual business entrepreneurs to operate.”
  • Snyder reports that the number of self employed Americans today (8.4 million) is lower than it was in 1990 (8.7 million) even though the population has grown significantly since then, up over 70 million people.
  • Snyder cites one study that show the percentage of self employed people is down 20% and another study found that number of new entrepreneurs and business owners was down 53% between 1977 and 2010.
  • Tax policy, over taxation, over regulations, and over litigation are some of the main factors that Obama and the rest of Washington have heaped on the marketplace which has restricted, prevented and discouraged people to start their own business.
  • The article points out the idiocy of some of Obama's business strategies and tactics, citing a study by Elizabeth Harrington in 2016 that found that the Obama administration issued a new business regulation every three days during the Obama regime, regulations that stifled creativity, resources, and the desire to start a business.
No wonder the economic recovery and history of the Obama administration was so weak. You cannot keep growing a robust economy unless new businesses are constantly being formed and such is not the case under the heavier tax burden, the heavier regulations burden, and the insensitivity to the needs of small time business owners and dreamers.

That will do it for today’s insanity: crushing the dreams of people who want to start a business, fighting and losing the battle against terrorism, and at least one crooked politician is going to jail. More insanity to follow.

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