Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Devoid of Leadership America looks elsewhere


Devoid of leadership America looks elsewhere

 

America is starving for leadership. Weakness has been the center piece of the Obama Administration. Lacking backbone and a clear vision for this country President Obama has faltered on the international stage and at home. Current political philosophy trends away from democratic principles towards a vacuum of logic denying the reality before us. Recently Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, awoke this sleeping giant to the threatening surge of terrorism which could reach ours shores soon. His intuitive speech to Congress was not only elegant and informative it pointed to an enemy that is engulfing large segments of the Middle East. For over forty minutes the Prime Minister described the true nature of terrorism which in recent times has killed thousands including many Americans. Those lucky enough to be seated before him were provided with spectacular glimpse of a war we should and must become involved. He noted the face of the enemy has many names yet one goal to devour all those who oppose their religious extremism. Netanyahu’s primary mission on American soil may have come with a personal price to himself here and at home. Yet he felt the moral imperative to state his case. Netanyahu noted any agreement with Iran, to stop their nuclear program, would end in a catastrophe for both our nations. Sadly, too many, did not heed the call to listen to his words. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/03/02/netanyahu-iran-speech-why-it-important-for-congress-to-at-least-listen-to/

 

President Obama, in the aftermath of Netanyahu’s speech, was resolute that his negotiations with Iran would proceed. He is oblivious to numerous indicators that his efforts would fail badly. As sponsors of terrorism globally Iran has displayed it wants war over diplomacy.  Leadership is not Obama’s strong point. Blindly pursuing a negotiated path with this rogue nation is incongruous with the terroristic reality that lies before this country. The underpinnings of weak leadership in the present Administration have driven this nation in the wrong direction providing our enemies with an edge at the expense of our friends. When the United States could have made a difference in the Middle East Obama’s silence was deafening. As ISIS and its affiliates engulf large sections of this area they are aware of their friend in the White House. Netanyahu is a World leader bent on protecting his country from any and all enemies that comes to their gates. Obama’s inclination is antithetically different. He invites the enemy in to dismantle the infrastructure of a nation that has shed too much blood in war. http://nypost.com/2015/03/01/why-obamas-iran-deal-is-a-path-to-war/ Leadership is pivotal to successful nation building and its defense. America is devoid of leadership. Yet for a moment in time everyone stood still as a real leader addressed Congress.

 

Mark Davis MD, President of Davis Writing Services, www.daviswritingservices.com, platomd@gmail.com Author of Demons of Democracy and Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Is there anything on Earth the government doesn’t want to control?


The EPA is determined to control everything that has anything to do with air, ground and water. The DOJ wants to put legal but “unpopular” types of businesses out of business. The feds tell schools what they can sell to the public at bake sales and at athletic events. And now the five unelected members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have decided the government should control the greatest and most creative invention since the wheel: the Internet.

“President Obama has pushed for the reclassification, which he said is needed to ensure a fair and open Internet,” writes Susan Ferrechio in the Washington Examiner. “But critics say it will stifle innovation and increase fees and taxes by imposing on the industry a 1934 government regulation meant for managing large utilities, such as the old telephone companies.”

"The closer we get to the FCC rubber-stamping President Obama's Internet grab, the more disturbing it becomes,” said House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., prior to the FCC’s decision. Consumers, innovators, and job creators all stand to lose from this misguided approach."

Some background, from Wikipedia: “The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link several billion devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), the infrastructure to support email, and peer-to-peer networks for file sharing and telephony.”

The Internet began gaining wide usage in the mid-1990s, and since that time has provided users with resources and connections that only until recently was even imagined. It has survived very well without the control freaks at the federal leviathan sticking their noses in.

Even though the FCC did vote to take control of the Internet, the vote was not unanimous. With a Democrat in the White House, the FCC now consists of three Democrat members and two Republicans, and both Republicans voted against the takeover.

One of them, Ajit Pai, made three important points in his dissenting statement. “For twenty years, there’s been a bipartisan consensus in favor of a free and open Internet … [and] the results speak for themselves. Dating back to the Clinton Administration, every FCC Chairman — Republican and Democrat — has let the Internet grow free from utility-style regulation.

“But today, the FCC abandons those policies. It reclassifies broadband Internet access service as a Title II telecommunications service. It seizes unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct, to direct where Internet service providers (ISPs) make their investments, and to determine what service plans will be available to the American public.

“This is … a radical departure from the bipartisan, market-oriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades.” 

His second point centered on the idea that the disagreement between Verizon and Netflix exemplified problems that required government intervention to protect consumers. But a free Internet operating in the free market solved this problem without need of government action, and well before this foolish decision was made.

“So the FCC is abandoning a 20-year-old, bipartisan framework for keeping the Internet free and open in favor of Great Depression-era legislation designed to regulate Ma Bell,” Commissioner Pai said, referring to the Communications Act of 1934 that authorized the FCC. “But at least we’re getting something in return, right? Wrong. The Internet is not broken. There is no problem for the government to solve.”

“Literally nothing in this Order will promote competition among ISPs,” he continued, outlining the third point. “To the contrary, reclassifying broadband will drive competitors out of business. Monopoly rules designed for the monopoly era will inevitably move us in the direction of a monopoly. If you liked the Ma Bell monopoly in the 20th century, you’ll love Pa Broadband in the 21st.

“One avenue for higher bills is the new taxes and fees that will be applied to broadband. If you look at your phone bill, you’ll see a ‘Universal Service Fee,’ or something like it. These fees — what most Americans would call taxes — are paid by Americans on their telephone service.

“Consumers haven’t had to pay these taxes on their broadband bills because broadband has never before been a Title II service. But now it is. And so the Order explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes. Indeed, it repeatedly states that it is only deferring a decision on new broadband taxes — not prohibiting them,” Mr. Pai concluded.

Will this lead to the FCC playing politics with the Internet like the IRS does with applicants for nonprofit status? Why wouldn’t it?

As happens quite frequently, rules with the force of law are being created not by the only branch of government authorized to create laws, but by the branch of government authorized only to enforce the laws properly created.


Once again under the Obama administration the Constitution is turned on its ear.

Friday, February 27, 2015

President Rambo Sticks it to America


President Rambo sticks it to America

 

As the nation mourns its loss of democracy President Obama moves closer to fascism. Disinclined to reign within constitutional limits Obama exploits a lame Congress that enables him through their silence. Mesmerized by the President’s consolidation of power a willing media denigrates anyone bold enough to criticize him. Moving forward on multiple fronts simultaneous the Administration is challenging anyone or group to stop them. Expansive immigration through the southern border was emboldened by a recent Executive Order. Millions who crossed “illegally” were given legal basis to stay on American soil and collect an array of entitlements. Congress responded by withholding funds from Homeland Security so this Order could not be implemented. The tug of war on immigration was taken out of Congressional hands by 2 dozen states that challenged Obama’s edict in federal court. In powerful overtones Obama declared he was right and would veto any legislation attempting to curtail his efforts in this area. Essentially establishing the basis for a dictatorship the President is pursuing a path which failed for a thousand who came before him.

 

Implicit in Obama’s overreach is control. Manifestations of this control can now be seen in the President’s latest gambit, Internet control. Unelected officials in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have empowered themselves to usurp the net from the public with 331 pages of regulations. Similar to Obamacare no one was allowed to review this FCC doctrine until after the vote of the commissioners. Reportedly every facet of Internet use from the provider to the end user will have some form of control. Whatever the final outcome we can surmise Obama’s henchman will dictate how we interact on the net and who we connect with. Information flow which is now free could be taxed ad nauseam. Perhaps all users will need licenses to hook in. Tyrants want control. Their first step is to limit weapons in the hands of the masses. Second is information control. With these two elements in place internal security takes over. My concern, which might be a stretch, will Obama attempt to suspend the next election allowing him to remain in office. History recycles on itself. With a lame Congress and a docile population the backdoor for Obama’s retention in office may not be as absurd as it sounds. President Rambo has been unstoppable so far. Will anyone step up to the plate and state the obvious?

 

Mark Davis MD, President of Davis Writing Services, www.daviswritingservices.com platomd@gmail.com

Author of Demons of Democracy and Obamacare: Dead on Arrival,

A Prescription for Disaster.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

America’s schools reflect cultural problems

The news about U.S. education from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is much less than satisfactory, showing that Americans aged 16 to 34 – the so-called millennial generation – scored lower than their peers in 15 of the 22 countries participating in the assessment, despite being regarded as the most educated generation in U.S. history.

The group ranked last for numeracy, tied with Spain and Italy, and last in problem solving in technology-rich environments, tied with the Slovak Republic, Ireland and Poland.

The Educational Testing Service, which reported the results, notes that America’s huge investment in K-12 education has produced disappointing results when compared with students in other countries.

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) commented on the report’s conclusions that “while more young Americans have attained higher education levels since 2003, those who have at least a high school education have demonstrated declining numeracy scores.”

The PIACC assessment is not the only discouraging news on the education front.

Reporting on an analysis of achievement differences in 28 countries in the Organisation (sic) for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), NCPA notes that the U.S. has a higher percentage of 15 year-old students living in single-parent families than all countries except Hungary, with the U.S. showing 20.7 percent of those students, and Hungary having 20.8 percent. The average of all countries with 15 year-olds living in single-parent families is 13.7 percent, meaning the U.S. has half again more than the average of OECD countries.

Ludger Woessman of the University of Munich performed the analysis, and NCPA notes that he reported that “single-parent homes tend to have fewer resources – and less time – to devote to their children, and various studies indicate that children of single parents in the United States face greater emotional distress and have lower educational attainment,” and that generally, “children of single-parent families score lower than students in two-parent families, on average scoring 18 points worse.”

The difference in performance between single- and two-parent families is more pronounced in the U.S., amounting to approximately one grade level, and is further affected by socio-economic status, immigration status, and parent’s education levels.

Not that additional proof is needed that our cultural decay, particularly where the family is concerned, has far reaching implications, this information ought to serve notice that if we don’t restore traditional American values and reestablish stable families, our future is bleak.

Back in 2005 Bloomberg Business reported that “Today's U.S. workforce is the most educated in the world,” citing statistics showing that 85 percent of Americans had at least a high school diploma, more than three times as many as in 1940, and that five times more Americans had a college degree over that same period.

It was this focus on education that Bloomberg cited as the reason for the U.S. economy being the world’s largest.

But Bloomberg offered this warning: “But now, for the first time ever, America's educational gains are poised to stall because of growing demographic trends. If these trends continue, the share of the U.S. workforce with high school and college degrees may not only fail to keep rising over the next 15 years but could actually decline,” citing a report by the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education. The report goes on to say that as highly educated baby boomers age out of the workforce, young Hispanics and African Americans, who are far less likely to earn degrees, will replace them, and those replacements will earn less, and therefore drive down the standard of living.

Today we have a growing number of young people less interested in getting an education, and an education system that provides far too many of those who do go to school an inadequate education.

There are many examples where public schools seem to have renounced common sense and adopted politically correct paradigms. In one, a six year-old boy was suspended for “sexual harassment” for giving a female classmate a peck on the cheek. A high school senior was given in-school suspension for the felonious act of saying, “bless you” when a classmate sneezed. A seven year-old boy was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, and supposedly saying “Bang, bang.” An elementary school impounded a third-grade boy’s batch of 30 homemade birthday cupcakes because they were adorned with green plastic figurines representing World War II soldiers.

It is important how many Americans are high school and college graduates, but more important is that they actually command useful information that prepares them to be good citizens and get and hold a job. If we have become more concerned with infecting schools with politically correct nonsense, or focus more on test results than on making sure students know American and world history, can perform functional math, can communicate effectively, understand basic science and economics, and can think critically, diplomas and degrees will mean little or nothing.

Education must again become purely the domain of states and localities, and parents must have not only primary responsibility for how their kids perform in school, but they must also have the ability to send their kids to schools that perform best.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Obama reneges on his oath of office


Obama reneges on his oath of office

 

America is under siege by its own president. Every official action by President Obama has diminished the country in some fashion or manner. The nation’s cultural identity has been wiped away by grossly misdirected Executive Orders and left of the left legislation. Worse, the President has betrayed the very people who elevated him to the Oval Office. With no intent to carry out the Presidential Oath, sworn during two inaugural events, Obama has crippled the nation’s institutions, industries and international efforts. The following is the contents of the oath he pushed aside for a darker agenda.  “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the_United_States Evidence is crystal clear Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority. Worse he has fraudulently used his authorities to enable those external to the borders of the United States to threaten this nation’s sovereignty.

 

Consequences of Administrative policies can be viewed in the amassed toll they have taken on this nation. With the swipe of a pen our southern border disappeared. Poorly managed withdrawal of troops from the Middle East helped to give birth to ISIS. Obama’s hate for the military is so profound he ordered its dismemberment leaving the nation vulnerable to attack. The federal Attorney General’s office has been used to divide the races and circumvent established law. Blatant misuse of federal funds, deepening the nation’s debt by trillions, swamps future generations with enormous pay backs. A lame Congress has not checked Obama’s advances on our society. They sit on their hands as he continues his chaotic mismanagement of this nation. Time has come to rein in Obama’s assault on society. Any other person who previously held this office would have been brought before Congress with the portent of impeachment as an outcome. Disgustingly weak men and women inhabit the halls of the legislative branch of government. America can no longer afford the luxury of time as the country falls further into the pit of depravity. The nation is waiting for action from the new Congress. Let us hope the fire that brought them into power still exists, if not we will be in for rough waters ahead. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/18554-obama-opens-borders-releases-illegal-immigrants-into-u-s

 

Mark Davis MD, President of Davis Writing Services. www.daviswritingservices.com platomd@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Potpourri: Environmentalism, Obamacare and high school seniors



United Nations environmental figure reveals new goal

Its enemies dislike capitalism in great part because it is based, generally, upon people doing what they want when they want to, and the United States, even with this current infection of liberalism/progressivism, stands as a grand tribute to the blessings of capitalism. For some 150 years the United States’ capitalist economy has achieved what other nations and economic models dreamed of and promised, but never came close to.

Monarchs, dictators and other leaders dislike capitalist liberties, preferring to limit the freedom of their subjects. They are much easier to control that way. But that control produces harmful limitations.

Environmentalism is a great enemy of capitalism, not because of its ultimate goal so much as its irrational methodology, which has done so much damage to our nation.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made an interesting admission, at a news conference last week in Brussels. She said that the goal of her convention is not to save the world from ecological calamity. That goal is instead to destroy capitalism.

"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said, as reported by Investors Business Daily.

Bloomberg News, reporting on comments made by Ms. Figueres in an interview, wrote that China, in contrast to the U.S., is able to implement policies “because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles” other countries have. Or in other words, “Damn those freedom-loving capitalists!”

Environmentalists hope that a new international treaty will be approved at the climate change conference in Paris later this year. Environmental goals will be much easier to achieve if all nations sign on to the U.N. plan and agree to beat their citizen-subjects into submission, no matter how much unnecessary pain and suffering that entails.

It should be clear why the United Nations wants to kill capitalism, since that is the source of America’s ability to resist that power-hungry organization’s efforts to become a world government.

The U.S. needs to abandon the United Nations.

Obamacare co-ops going broke

Writing for The Daily Signal online, Melissa Quinn reported that after receiving $2.5 billion from the federal government, most of the 23 nonprofit insurance companies created under the Affordable Care Act are going broke. If they have to shut their doors, taxpayers will be responsible for an average of roughly $108 million for each of them.

The Daily Signal reported that leading insurance rating firm A.M. Best found that all but one of the co-ops experienced operating losses through September 2014. “A.M. Best is concerned about the financial viability of several of these plans,” the report states. The exception is Maine Community Health Options, which received $132.3 million from the government.

State requires students to pass citizenship test to graduate

Here’s an idea that deserves to be copied by the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, signed a law into effect last week that requires high school students to pass the same test immigrants must pass to become citizens in order to graduate, the first such law.

“Why is such a requirement thought to be necessary?” you may ask. Is there a rationale for why existing Americans should know less about their country than immigrants wanting to become Americans?

Consider that a survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2011 found that “just 15 percent of Americans could correctly identify the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, while 27 percent knew Randy Jackson was a judge on “American Idol.” Only 13 percent knew the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. And just 38 percent were able to name all three branches of government.”

To pass, students would have to correctly answer just 60 of 100 questions. Here are some examples:
·      How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?
·      If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
·      Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
                  To provide schooling and education
                  To issue driver's licenses
                  To make treaties
                  To build roads
·      Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?
·      Who was president during World War I?

The sponsoring organization, Civics Education Initiative, hopes all 50 states will be mandating the test by the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 2017.

Now the government wants to control the Internet

The Internet is one of the most successful modern creations, but whenever something is successful, the control freaks in Washington get all excited.

Under a scheme referred to as “Net Neutrality,” the Internet will be declared a “public utility” and the FCC then gets to decide what Internet service providers can charge and how they operate. Less freedom; higher costs: What’s to like about this? Let your Congressional Representative and Senators know you oppose Net Neutrality before the vote scheduled for February 26.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Expanded war powers: history repeats itself


Expanded war powers: history repeats itself

 

Echoes of the 1930s are reverberating through Congress today because President Obama made a request for expansive war powers. http://www.news9.com/story/28067347/obama-to-send-his-new-war-powers-request-to-capitol-hill Memories of Americans may be shallow yet 82 years ago a request for expanded powers came from a little known leader in Germany. Under the Enabling Act the German leader was granted plenary powers. Invested Hitler was the ability to make laws by-passing the Reichstag, the German equivalent of Congress. Obama has already usurped Congressional authority with unconstitutional Executive Orders. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enabling_Act_of_1933 If Obama’s requested authorization is enacted there would be no geographical, political or technical boundaries which would be off limits to him. Many of the President’s requests to Congress have been to expand his authority at the expense of Civil Liberties. Most recently the FCC has proposed wide ranging controls on an internet that is now free to all users. Once his war powers request is enacted Obama could make the case to shut down the media, bring more foreigners to American soil and even reconfigure the economy. History is fraught with examples.

 

President Obama’s inability to conduct foreign affairs, on a level befitting an American head of state, is evident across a wide range of actions he initiated. In each case his mismanagement was so gross the outcomes were exponentially worse than anyone expected. From the Arab Spring to the assault on Americans in Benghazi Obama has clearly demonstrated a profound ineptitude to protect this country’s interests abroad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring

 Further, he has displayed a propensity to side with groups whose ambitions are not in the best interests of the United States. Handing a person, such as described here, expansive war powers can be deleterious to a nation that has fallen behind the rest of the international community in power and prestige. Americans have forgotten their history from a few generations ago. Present day America is not the country millions have fought and died for. President Obama’s war powers should be restricted allowing those whose countries have been invaded to fight their own battles. Open ended conflict, as Obama proposes, may be the ticket he has been looking for to further decimate the rights of Americans. Perhaps one person in Congress will have the wherewithal to question Obama’s true motives, as many in the conservative media already have.

 

Mark Davis MD, President of Davis Writing Services, www.daviswritingservices.com platomd@gmail.com Author of Demons of Democracy and Obamacare: Dead on Arrival, A Prescription for Disaster.