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Our system is changing and [Congress] is the one branch that must act if we are to reverse those changes. We are seeing the emergence of a different model of government, a model long-ago rejected by the framers. … A dominant presidency has occurred with very little congressional opposition. Indeed, when President Obama pledged to circumvent Congress, he received rapturous applause from the very body that he was proposing to make practically irrelevant. Now many members are contesting the right of this institution to even be heard in federal court. … This body is moving from self-loathing to self-destruction in a system that is in crisis. The president’s pledge to effectively govern alone is alarming, and what is most alarming is his ability to fulfill that pledge. When a president can govern alone, he can become a government unto himself, which is precisely the danger the framers sought to avoid.
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The Islamic State of al Bakr Baghdadi makes no secret of its plans to punish infidels in Europe and the United States. Why then, does the current administration think that airpower alone will deal with the threat? The answer is that the American people believe they have had enough of war. Until the Islamic State begins sending its European and American passport holders home to shoot up shopping malls, airport ticket lobbies, and elementary schools; Americans won’t know what real war is. The reality is that only American boots on the ground can destroy the conventional military power of the self described caliphate and the sanctuary it gives to those who mean to attack our homeland. If we do not destroy the conventional war making capability of the Islamic state to hold ground and provide terrorist sanctuaries, we will suffer the consequences.
Defeating Baghdadi: The War We Don’t Want But Will Have to Fight | Small Wars Journal

George Will on IRS: "It Is Off The Rails And It Is Now Thoroughly Corrupted"

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redbloodedamerica:

When liberals claim the rich want to hold down the poor or make “the poor” poorer, they’re totally ignoring the fact that the rich benefit off of everyone’s prosperity, not the poor’s stagnation.  The wealthy do not become richer by someone else being poorer.  These are just erroneous postulations by economic illiterates and class warfare proponents.

The only entity that benefits off of the poor staying poor is big government, who’s politicians promise more and more handouts to perpetuate their condition rather than improve it.

Every piece of research, every record of the past 50 years prove the above statements totally bogus.  The rich have never in History as a class cared about the poor.

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I see, so because poor people exist, therefore it must be because rich people don’t care now.  BTW, what “class” are the “rich” in, anyway?  Are the hundred thousand dollar incomers in the same class as the millionaire dollar incomers?  Are the millionaire dollar incomers in the same class as the billionaires?  My grandmother is  a retired millionaire; is she part of the evil rich because she sits on her retirement money and crotchets all day?  Is she holding down the poor when she spends her money at restaurants, hospitals or when shopping?  Or is she really benefiting them?  Moreso, when a rich millionaires starts a chain of businesses, who benefits more exactly?  The rich…or the poor and middle income earners?  I would say these businesses improve more individuals who earn jobs working there and/or shop there.  That was the point of this video.

There is no record of the last 50+ years that proves the “fixed pie” fallacy.

Despite being considered “poor,” the impoverished of today are far wealthier than the impoverished of yesterday.  The income gap just means the opportunity for those on the bottom hasn’t been as great over the last 50 years.  I still blame the government’s policies for that, just as Milton Friedman said during his time.  It has nothing to do with the “rich” other than government has only benefited them more.  Big government redistribution policies of stealing from the pockets of the producers to keep non-producers from producing is not helping anyone but big government.

President Barack Obama is spending his vacation golfing on Martha’s Vineyard. Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending her vacation in the habitual Clintonian mode, making a vulgar spectacle of herself in the Hamptons. Joe Biden, not that anybody cares, is off to Grand Teton.

Senator Rand Paul, on the other hand, is spending his vacation in Guatemala, performing eye surgeries on poor children who need care. (Eliana Johnson wrote about the trip here.) As the Washington Post points out, this is not a new thing for the senator-surgeon; on this trip, he saw two patients he’d first treated 15 years ago.

For once, the Washingtonian term “optics” is entirely apt.

Senator Paul will come out of his vacation looking pretty good. Given the political class’s endless appetite for self-serving theater, I found myself wondering why President Obama, Mrs. Clinton, or Vice President Biden did not choose to spend their vacations in a similar way, offering to put their skills and abilities to use on behalf of others. And then I realized that this was a deeply stupid question on my part.

What the hell would they do?

Unlike Senator Paul, neither the president nor the vice president nor the former secretary of state has anything that one might describe as a useful skill. That’s not quite right: They have skills that are useful … to themselves. As for skills that are useful to other people — you’d be hard pressed to think of one. If you were a poor family in Guatemala, which would you rather have: the services of a pretty good ophthalmologist, or those of an excellent orator? (Never mind that, unlike Senator Paul, President Obama does not speak Spanish — or, indeed, any foreign language.) Imagine dispatching Hillary Rodham Clinton to Calcutta or Joe Biden to Conakry and then expecting them to do something useful. The idea is preposterous.

Vacations and Vocations | National Review Online
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