Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recent TV Hits

In case you're interested!
Some other recent clips! 

Fox News - Discussing Obamacare ruling

Sun News Network - Discussing Iran deadline extension

Fox News - Discussing MH17 and what US must do next

Sun News Network (Canada) - Discussing Israel-Hamas latest

My other TV/Radio links can be found here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quick thoughts on Obamacare ruling...

Quick thoughts on Obamacare ruling...

The court has ruled that ''the government has failed to make the extraordinary showing required for such judicial rewriting of an act of Congress.''
  • POLITICAL CONCERN: At least in short term, this is a major blow for both the law and the Obama Administration. It furthers judicial doubt on an increasingly unpopular law, and does so in an election year.
  • ISSUE OF ARROGANCE: The Government's claim that the appellants lacked standing was roundly condemned by the court (see p.14 opinion). That condemnation illustrates the court's dissatisfaction over arrogance of executive/legislative power that has defined this law from its conception: thousands of pages of bureaucracy and very little regard for individual interests. Today, that arrogance has rewarded the administration with major political blowback.
  • ISSUE OF LAW: The court noted that Congress knew how to make specific reference to when a non-state entity was to be treated as a a state entity. And S. 1321 does not provide that Federal exchanges are to be construed as ''exchanges established by the state''. The court specifically mentions the principle ''elephant in a mousehole'' to show that the government cannot create definitions in post-law pursuit of later purposes. For me, the key quoute: ''we find that the government has failed to make the extraordinary showing required for such judicial rewriting of an act of Congress.''
  • CONCLUSION: The dissent claims that this "ruling portends disastrous consequences." But the law is the law. Until changed by act of Congress or overturned by SCOTUS, the law must be decided with regards to a plain understanding of Congressional intent. That is, in my opinion, what has occurred. 
If interested, some of my other thoughts on health care/reform can be found here.

Obama's new red line

My latest @ The National Review: Obama's new red line
National Review Online

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Domestic Policy!

Just to remind you that I also write extensively on US domestic politics!!! Here are some older links (please see domestic links in bio for more!). Most of my newer writings on domestic politics can be found at Opportunity Lives. Also, please have a look at my TV link page here: we discuss domestic extensively on The McLaughlin Group.
Rubio's Foreign Policy vs. Fiorina's
The American Left's Muslim Hypocrisy
Power of American Patriotism
The Economic and Political Repugnancy of State Controlled Unions
The Economic and Political Repugnancy of State Controlled Industries
Three Lessons of Europe's Immigration Integration Failure
70 Years after WW2: American Exceptionalism Proved
Three Ways to Improve America's Transport Infrastructure
Vietnam and the Beneficence of Capitalism
Three Ways to Reform America's Tax System
Donald Trump's Vulture Policy
Donald Trump in Neverland
Hillary Clinton's Economic Mobility Problem
American Speech Law is Exceptional
Five Concerns that might Sink Hillary Clinton
NOTE: most of my US domestic pieces are at The Telegraph
20 GOP Presidential Hopefuls
Midterms: Race by race predictions
Midterms: Video predictions with visual map
Midterms: My update
National Review Online

My writings on Russia (ignore date tag, constantly updated)

My TV/RADIO LINKS also include Russia segments.
This page is constantly updated (ignore date code)

Why it's hard for America to work with RussiaWashington Examiner
Trump shouldn't have thanked Putin for expelling diplomatsWashington Examiner
Is Russia about to invade NATO held Europe? - Washington Examiner
Putin is playing mindgames by expelling US diplomatsWashington Examiner
Congress just delivered a painful rebuke to PutinWashington Examiner
Trump just played into Putin's hands on Ukraine - Washington Examiner
Trump's short-sighted decision to cut support for Syrian rebels - Washington Examiner
Putin wants his mansions back. The U.S. must say no - Washington Examiner
No, most people wouldn't have met with the Russian lawyer - Washington Examiner
Hollywood's pathetic surrender to Putin - Washington Examiner
Putin and the art of the cutout - Washington Examiner
How Putin will try to play Trump Washington Examiner
How many times did Sessions meet Kisylak - Washington Examiner
Why Britain lets Russia assassinate on its soil - Washington Examiner
A joint U.S.-Russia cyber unit is a very bad idea - Washington Examiner
Obama always "choked" on Russia - Washington Examiner
How the U.S. should respond to Russian threats to our pilots - Washington Examiner
Putin and Assad are testing the U.S. but we are answering - Washington Examiner
Be skeptical of Russian claims it killed the leader of ISIS - Washington Examiner
The House must join the Senate in sanctioning Russia - Washington Examiner
Putin shows he's scared of Navalny and political reform Washington Examiner
Decoding Putin, part 2 - Washington Examiner
Decoding Putin, part 1 - Washington Examiner
How to read between the lines of Sally Yates' testimony - Washington Examiner
How Trump Should Reform NATO (Russia related) - National Review
3 Ways the U.S. Can Save Syria - National Review
The Syria Cease-Fire and Putin's Trojan Horse - National Review
3 Reasons Russia is Escalating Against the U.S. in Syria - National Review
Predicting GRU hacking of election - Homepage
Russia's Rising Empire - National Review
Discussing Russia's strategy in the Middle East - Facebook
Putin's Gun vs. Obama's Pen - National Review
Putin's Syria Strategy - National Review
Putin's Slaughter Persuasion on America - National Review
NATO strategy requires more than more money National Review
President Obama at the UN - National Review
Speech on Russia/Ukraine - Steamboat Institute
MH-17 and the Downing of US Leadership - National Review
How to confront Putin - McLaughlin Group
NATO's Inadequate Deterrent Posture - National Review
Putin Returns - National Review
US policy in Ukraine - McLaughlin Group
The Nemtsov Murder - National Review
Debaltseve - McLaughlin Group
Honesty on Ukraine - National Review
Russia's War on Fracking - National Review
Putin, the Hungry Bear - National Review
Why Russia has re-invaded Ukraine - National Review
NATO in crisis - Daily Telegraph
Ukraine situation - Fox News
Ukraine Snap Election: What this means for the conflict - Daily Telegraph
Ukraine and the division of strategic purpose - The Spectator
Discussing Ukraine crisis - Fox News
MH17 makes the situation in Ukraine an American crisis and EU catastrophe - The Spectator
What to do after MH17 - National Review
Obama Doctrine/Delusion - National Review
Obama's Sanctions Elixir - National Review
The Demise of the U.N. - National Review
Why Ukraine vindicates the NSA - American Spectator
The Nuland Call - National Review
Globe in Partes Tres - National Review

My work has been recommended by the UK Parliament, the American Enterprise Institute, the BBC, +BBC +BBC, the Council on Foreign Relations, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the Foreign Policy Initiative, The Week magazine, The Wire + The Wire + The Wire + The Wire, the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, and Real World Politics/Real Clear Politics. My examination of US security challenges at the end of 2013 was reviewed as the global ‘‘must read’’ of the day by the BBC.