Why Ted Cruz’s Presidential Candidacy Is a Disappointment



Updated March 28, 2016 –


Initially, he first candidate for President in 2016 – Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz – won’t win. The Democratic candidates notwithstanding, Sen. Cruz is perhaps one of the least Republican favorites.

His campaign has also been accused of numerous dirty tricks.

For instance, in South Carolina, voters got a Spanish-language robocall claiming a fellow candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) supported amnesty. The woman in the recording emphasized the words Marco Rubio, amnista, inmigración ilegal. It was a disingenuous tactic aimed at English-speaking voters to fool them into thinking Sen. Rubio’s supporter was telephoning Hispanics and promising them amnesty.

South Carolina voters also received a robocall criticizing businessman Donald Trump for condemning the Confederate Flag.

Another pro-Cruz commercial implied Mr. Trump was pro-choice when he wasn’t.

The Cruz campaign released a Photoshopped picture of Sen. Rubio shaking hands with President Barack Obama, who is despised by most Republican voters.

In Hawaii, Sen. Cruz’s supporters blasted out an e-mail warning them not to waste a vote for Sen. Rubio claiming he was allegedly dropping his campaign.

In Iowa, Sen. Cruz’s campaign sent out e-mails to supporters to spread a rumor that Dr. Ben Carson was dropping out of the race. Sen. Cruz reluctantly apologized, and through his campaign manager under the bus and fired him.

In effect, Sen. Cruz was forced to officially announce his candidacy to get a jump start over his opponents, who all signaled they wanted to run.

Hat in the ring

“I am running for president and I hope to earn your support,” said the senator, a Tea Party favorite.

As a 44-year-old, the younger Cruz launched his bid in a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

He ostensibly announced his candidacy at the Christian college founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell instead of his home state of Texas to capture the hearts of religious, conservative voters. Ironically, Rev. Falwell later endorsed Mr. Trump.

The former Texas Solicitor General was elected as a senator in 2012. Since then he’s been known as an uncompromising conservative on such small-government issues as the disastrous ObamaCare and on the president’s executive actions on immigration.

Sen. Cruz has also called for the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education.

Should he beat the odds, as the son of an American mother and Cuban father, he would become the nation’s first Hispanic president.

He is married to Heidi Nelson Cruz, a Goldman-Sachs managing director.

Credentials

His credentials weren’t well-known but they are impressive. With honors, he graduated with a B.A. from Princeton and earned a J.D from Harvard Law School.

He was part of the 1999 Bush-Cheney campaign as a domestic policy adviser – on civil and criminal justice, constitutional law, government reform and immigration. That’s where he met the woman who became his wife.

During the 2000 Florida presidential-election recounts, he helped assemble the Bush legal team and assisted in the devising of strategy and draft pleadings for the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the Bush Administration, he was the associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department and director of policy planning at the U.S. Trade Commission.

As senator, his aggressive politicking has generated a negative image in the liberal news media. But his image contrasts with the facts.

Why his candidacy matters

He’s been a hardliner on the right side of the arguments — the trampling of economic and political freedoms:

— ObamaCare is not only unpopular with more than 50 percent of Americans, it’s dysfunctional and littered with broken promises, and is too costly

— Mr. Obama’s circumvention of Constitutional principles concerning illegal immigration

 — A reduction in the onerous size and regulations of the federal bureaucracy concerning the return of the constitutionally defined role of the federal government, including the IRS and the Department of Education

— Elimination of the U.S. national debt and wasteful federal spending

— Transparency in government

— Mr. Obama’s misguided favoritism of Iran on its nuclear programs

— Mr. Obama’s mistreatment of Israel

— A strong, secure national defense

— Opposition to gun control

These and other issues warrant a comprehensive national debate.

What Sen. Cruz must do to win 

First, he must run an honest campaign.

Secondly, he might have to deal with some baggage – his wife, Heidi. She’s taken a leave from her occupation as a Goldman Sachs’ managing director. Reportedly, one of her responsibilities in Houston was overseeing Goldman’s derivative portfolio – along with the mortgage scandals, those risky derivatives were a strategic part of the Wall Street banks’ greed that caused the trauma of the Great Recession.

A government agency’s triumph over Goldman Sachs in the controversial derivatives underscored the fear of many Americans that the market is rigged against them because Wall Street is a haven for questionable behavior. (See: Will Goldman’s Scandal Prompt Cultural Changes on Wall Street?)

Wall Street continues to prove again and again that it needs a moral compass. JP Morgan Chase was fined $20 billion in fines in 2013 and Bank of America was fined more than $16 billion for their companies’ behavior in Wall Street’s collapse in the Great Recession. (See: Legal War on Wall Street Chicanery Isn’t Finished.)

As a strict Constitutionalist, his candidacy helped to ignite a fruitful discussion of issues confronting America. We deserve nothing less.

Thirdly, another shortcoming is his lack of proven experience in budgeting and management — like the successful Ohio Governor John Kasich or Mr. Trump.

Finally, to be effective, he needs to learn from the politics of the late Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

Sen. Cruz has refused to work with other conservatives and moderates like President Reagan and Mr. Ford did as Speaker of the House. Americans’ common welfare must come first; personal progress for the greatest number depends on unity of the American people.

Messrs. Reagan and Ford understood that important concept for healthy relationships.

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Urgent Plea for the Media and Nation’s Leaders from a Wise Teenager — “Congratulations America! With the sequestration implemented, we finally cut spending! Right? Wrong! Unfortunately, the American public has just been deceived by politicians and the mainstream media.” -Charlie Kirk, a concerned teenager.

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Memorial Day: What Would Abraham Lincoln Say Today? — Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the armed forces’ men and women and why they died to protect our freedoms. What Honest Abe would say today? It’s been well documented that Abraham Lincoln is the political idol of President Barack Obama.

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

-Abraham Lincoln

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is also a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Trusted News Organization Blasts Obama Administration over Continuing Censorship



Edward R. Murrow (April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was a famous American journalist and revered by his successors for being a courageous, honest reporter.

He is best remembered for his journalistic bravery — his groundbreaking reports about Nazi Germany and later on World War II — as well as his 1954 TV program that led to the political downfall of a demagogue, Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is named in his honor at his alma mater, Washington State University.

More than likely he would be angered by recent government-censorship developments, and would be applauding activities of a noted journalism organization. Why?

As Americans trusted Mr. Murrow to do the right thing in journalism, one of the world’s most-trusted and largest news reporting services warned about censorship imposed by the Obama Administration. It was the organization’s second warning in 2014.

Ignoring the public’s right to know is a serious accusation, especially from the Associated Press (AP).

Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow

AP – www.ap.org – is legendary for its high standards in news reporting. (As a former broadcast journalist and having read AP copy on-air or edited it, I’m very familiar with its credibility.)

Founded in 1846, AP has been a reliable source of news for countless major and minor stories. It’s a cooperative funded by American broadcast and newspaper companies.

Based in New York, it has operations in 280+ global locales. It has been honored with 51 Pulitzer Prizes.

So it was eye-opening when AP cited the Obama Administration for its failures in transparency.

First warning

AP blogger, Erin Madigan White, wrote: 8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information on Sept. 19, 2014.

She quoted AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee, who addressed a meeting of American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers.

For years, we know Mr. Obama has reneged on his pre-election vow to be transparent. But now, not only the federal government fails to provide information, state and local governments are following his example.

Her eight criticisms:

  1. There’s a blackout on the war on Islamist terrorists. In previous wars, reporters were even embedded with the troops.
  2. The administration won’t let journalists observe meetings with foreign leaders. Instead, the White House hands out pictures taken by government photographers.
  3. With the 9/11 trial of the Guantanamo detainees approaching, there isn’t any access to court filings – even non-classified documents.
  4. Formerly, during the Bush Administration, Guantanamo information was readily made available. Now, however, nothing is revealed about “the number of prisoners on hunger strikes or the number of assaults on guards.”
  5. “Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling.” Government officials say they’re ordered to censor anything that’s “controversial or that makes the administration look bad.”
  6. Federal agencies aren’t complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Journalists request information as they’re legally entitled to do, but the government is nonresponsive.
  7. Worse, the Obama Administration is using the FOIA to spy on “what news organizations are pursuing” and “Requests are now routinely forwarded to political appointees. At the agency that oversees the new health care law, for example, political appointees now handle the FOIA requests.”
  8. The Obama Administration “is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out.” Ms. White cited clandestine behavior on cellphone spying.

Second warning

Ms. White wrote: AP top editor urges journalists to renew fight for access on May 20, 2014.

She quoted Kathleen Carroll, a senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, who lobbied journalists to fight censorship. It was at a gathering in New York of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

To summarize, Ms. Carroll’s three salient points:

  1. Make certain “everyone in your newsroom understands the open meetings and records laws…”
  2. Journalists should stand together to fight censorship.
  3. Tell journalism schools to fully inform students of their rights to access after they graduate.

Amen.

Memo to journalists: Now how about calling for accountability in the Obama Administration on other scandals, such as the IRS treatment of the president’s political opponents and the Benghazi coverup.

From the Coach’s Corner, more on Mr. Obama’s lack of transparency:

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How Will Journalists Act After Obama’s Supreme Slap at the 1st Amendment? — Updated Feb. 26, 2014 A controversial study of the news media by the Federal Communications Commission has been put on hold. Many Republican lawmakers, media groups — and this business portal — complained that the study was a disingenuous attempt to influence journalists in their news coverage.

“Censorship is advertising paid by the government.”

-Federico Fellini

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How Will Journalists Act After Obama’s Supreme Slap at the 1st Amendment?

Updated March 1, 2015 –

A controversial study of the news media by the Federal Communications Commission has been put on hold. Many Republican lawmakers, media groups — and this business portal — complained that the study was a disingenuous attempt to influence journalists in their news coverage — a threat to freedom of the press, which is protected by the 1st Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, this portal pointed out it was a dangerous big brother precedent — it was also an attempt to influence news coverage to favor Democrats in the 2014 elections.

constitution_1_of_4_630The controversial study is just the latest of outrageous Obama Administration actions, such as the Justice Department’s unconstitutional seizure of some Associated Press telephone records and for monitoring Fox News reporter James Rosen’s e-mails and phones; the IRS targeting Obama’s political adversaries, and the administration’s cover up of in the Benghazi attacks.

As it is, the mainstream media has proverbially been an administration lap dog by failing to accurately report the countless failures of Obama policies.

The FCC disingenuously called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.”

All media operations have a Web site so this meant 100 percent monitoring of news coverage with a veiled threat of government control and intimidation.

An agency commissioner, Ajit Pai, had warned in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece that researchers will “grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.”

He also cited the survey as a threat to the freedom of the press. It’s also a threat to American citizens in our democracy.

“The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch,” wrote Commissioner Pai, who was appointed in May 2012 by President Obama. “But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.”

Commissioner Pai is right. The FCC is comprised of five commissioners — three Democrats and two Republicans. So the threat is real.

Newspapers have been immune from the heavy hand of government except in cross-media ownerships in certain markets. Newspapers aren’t regulated by the FCC, but broadcast operations are. Radio and TV stations must apply to renew their federal licenses every eight years.

For conscientious, hardworking journalists, the FCC survey was a euphemism for a draconian threat to the Constitution and First Amendment by the immense, sinister machinery of government.

To be polite, it’s also a disingenuous political power grab in an election year — in which the Obama Administration is likely to lose support in Congress over ObamaCare failures and other policies.

Intrusive monitoring

According to published accounts, survey questions include:

– What is the news philosophy of the station?

– Who else in your market provides news?

– Who are your main competitors?

– How much news does your station air every day?

– Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?

– Do you employ news people?

– How many reporters and editors do you employ?

-Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so, how many and what are the beats?

– Who decides which stories are covered?

– How much influence do you have in deciding which stories to cover?

– How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover?

– How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?

– How do you define critical information that the community needs?

– How do you ensure the community gets this critical information?

– Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management? If so, can you give an example? What was the reason given for the decision? Why do you disagree?

The Obama Administration’s attempt to put monitors in newsrooms is outrageous and unacceptable — it represents an insulting challenge to both journalists and Americans, alike, who relish freedom from government control and propaganda.

Can anyone say “big brother is watching?” Throughout both terms of the Obama Administration, most journalists have behaved like lap dogs instead of asking the right questions about the administration and its motives.

From the Coach’s Corner, editor’s picks for additional reading:

Obama’s Broken Promise for Transparent Government – Study — New questions emerge about President Obama’s promise for open government — in the aftermath of the creepy behavior of Obama Administration officials in the IRS scandal, the snooping on journalists, and the changing stories about their roles in denying aid to four Americans who were killed at Benghazi. 

Canadian Study – U.S. States Plummet in Economic Freedom — If you or your business has unwarranted problems with any level of government – from ObamaCare and the IRS to local zoning ordinances – your economic freedom is being trampled. Further, there’s a connection between the arrogant trampling of our economic freedom and our unhealthy economic climate.

7 Capitalism Principles for Economic Growth, Prosperity — Employers are discouraged from hiring largely because of uncertainty created by public policies. That includes uncertainty – created by ObamaCare – in costs and taxes. Add to them, policies leading to tepid growth in U.S. gross domestic product. Of course, global concerns include the European Union economic crisis, China’s banking and housing headaches. 

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say Today? — Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the armed forces’ men and women and why they died to protect our freedoms. What Honest Abe would say today.   It’s been well documented that Abraham Lincoln is the political idol of President Barack Obama. 

“Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.”

-Will Rogers 

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Memorial Day: How would Abraham Lincoln Feel Today?


Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the armed forces’ men and women and why they died to protect our freedoms. Given Honest Abe’s thoughts in his Gettysburg Address, here are clues about what Honest Abe would say today.



Updated May 29, 2017 –

Some positive news was implied in a Rasmussen Report headline, “Respect for Memorial Day Reaches New High.”

As a holiday, when many Americans enjoy barbecues in the backyard and retailers stage sales to lure shoppers, Memorial Day may mark the unofficial start of summer.

But the intended meaning goes far deeper.

Memorial Day is a day for remembrance – remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to protect our freedoms – from economic to political.

It was originally known as Decoration Day following the Civil War.

The horrors of the war were fresh in the minds of the American people, and the principles of President Abraham Lincoln were recognized and honored.

Here's Looking At You

Gettysburg Address

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln gave perhaps one of the best-known speeches in American history – the Gettysburg Address:

“…It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The name, Memorial Day, didn’t become widely used until after World War II. Federal law mandated it become official in 1967.

The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed on June 28, 1968. Effective in 1971, Memorial Day and three other holidays were shifted to specific Mondays, which meant Americans would have a three-day holiday weekends.

Unfortunately, the switch has led to an indifferent observance of the solemn day when American flags are supposed to be quickly raised to the top of the flag pole then soberly lowered to half-staff.

At noon – for the rest of the day – it’s to be repositioned at the top of the staff.

So what would Abraham Lincoln, arguably the most-respected president ever in American history say about trends today?

President Obama channeled President Lincoln

It’s been well documented that Abraham Lincoln is the political idol of former President Barack Obama. Mr. Obama has even tried to emulate President Lincoln, at least, in one way.

In imitating the structure of the Gettysburg Address starting in January 2011, Mr. Obama has ostensibly started to pattern his speeches after Honest Abe’s.

So it’s apropos to anticipate what the 16th president would say about the status of American patriotism today on Memorial Day now that more than one million Americans have given their lives.

Other than President Obama copying President Lincoln’s speech structure, the two presidents from Illinois have something else in common.

Each had polarizing results from their presidencies – Mr. Lincoln in saving the nation in the Civil War and Mr. Obama in 21st century far-left policies.

Have their results led to suitable respect for their sacrifices protecting our “government of the people, by the people, for the people?”

The answer is yes for the former and no for the latter. Why? An explanation follows below.

Gravestones With Flag

Popularity of Memorial Day

Ostensibly, it was very heartening when the respected Rasmussen Poll showed an all-time high popularity for the Memorial Day holiday.

After all, unlike all the major polling organizations – from the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll to the ABC News/Washington Post pollthere were only three accurate polls that forecast a big Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

The only accurate polls: The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, trends in Google search results, and Rasmussen Reports.com.

Unfortunately, Rasmussen Reports shows only 49 percent of American adults consider “Memorial Day as one of the nation’s most import holidays.”

Respect for patriotic Americans who serve in the military was a key issue for the Trump campaign. Countless American military-service members have died to protect our freedoms as a democracy.

In many ways, economic and political freedoms were trampled under Mr. Obama’s presidency.

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”

-George Bernard Shaw

One of the world’s most-trusted and largest news reporting services warned about censorship imposed by the Obama Administration.

It was the organization’s second warning in 2014. Ignoring the public’s right to know is a serious accusation, especially from the Associated Press (Trusted News Organization Blasts Obama Administration over Continuing Censorship).

And the trend has continued as Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have refused to accept the election results.

They have disingenuously tried to claim the high road while refusing to respect the wishes of American voters by continually trolling and criticizing the Trump presidency for his immigration stance, terrorism, and other patriotic issues such as his economic policies to reduce the nation’s massive debt.

After succeeding President George Bush, Mr. Obama’s far-left policies exploded the debt by more than $10 trillion. And it’s still climbing.

U.S. Debt Clock

This means each American is saddled with $260,382 in federal debt. If it isn’t eliminated, America will fall to her knees.

Meantime, Mrs. Clinton has continued to claim numerous excuses for her loss (All of Hillary Clinton’s ‘but for’ excuses – The Washington Post).

However, the truth is she lost because 63 million Americans wanted change after her huge scandal list exploded.

Chilling similarities

Despite the what the mainstream media would have us believe, the stench of her scandals and the Obama Administration’s IRS scandal and dubious ties to the White House have been reminiscent of the same type of events in the Watergate scandal that also started in President Nixon’s first term.

The Republican break-in of the Democratic Party office at the Watergate Hotel was characterized as the work of just a few people.

Thanks to Deepthroat and the relentless investigation by two young Washington Post journalists, we gradually learned about hush money to the thieves, the stone-walling, lies, ties to the White House and other details of the cover up.

We learned about Mr. Nixon’s enemies’ list and his desire to use the IRS to further his goals. An article of impeachment resulted from his desired use of the IRS to target his enemies.

Genetic liberals and many Democrats disagree, but the facts are indisputable. The IRS scandal deepened by the day, and its deplorable events paralleled Watergate.

Starting in 2008, conservative and Tea Party groups were prevented from tax-exempt status but liberal groups weren’t. Some of the conservative organizations were threatened even though they already had received their tax-exempt status.

False claims

During the presidential election year, in March 2012, then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told a House committee there was “absolutely no targeting.”

But Lois Lerner, the person in charge of the IRS office overseeing tax-exempt organizations, knew about the outrageous behavior of her employees in June 2011.

The scandalous IRS behavior continued another 11 months – until 2012 – the IRS was still developing tax-exempt guidelines.

This means the illicit activity continued for at least three months after Mr. Shulman’s misleading testimony before Congress. Worse, Mr. Shulman never returned to Congress to voluntarily correct his false statements.

In May 2013, in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing televised by C-SPAN, Mr. Shulman appeared indifferent to concerns by Rep. John Mica (R-FL) that the targeted victims were gagged for political reasons by the IRS for 27 months.

Mr. Shulman denied there had been any concerns about about the suppression of political beliefs.

Then, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told him 132 members of Congress wrote him such issues. To the nonchalant Mr. Shulman, Rep. Jordan told him there were 42 major news stories on Google.

It was also revealed Mr. Shulman had an extraordinary high number of meetings at the White House in 2010 and 2011 – 118 visits – an average of more than once per week.  Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) reminded Mr. Shulman he was under oath.

In denying he conspired with administration officials, Mr. Shulman claimed he only visited the White House for “the Easter egg roll” with his children and for other miscellaneous reasons.

The IRS also targeted other conservative groups – from religious organizations like the Rev. Billy Graham’s to patriotic groups that educated Americans on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Nixon-like enemies’ list

Then, we learned more about Mr. Obama’s campaign enemies’ list, which included a businessman.

He was attacked with a tax audit and his company was hit with a Department of Labor audit after the Obama campaign Web site disingenuously defamed his integrity — along with seven others — for being a Romney donor.

The audits cleared him, but he was stuck with $80,000 in legal and accounting fees.

An Obama Administration employee falsely besmirched the reputation of a Koch Industries. It’s no secret those businesspeople oppose Obama Administration policies.

Sounding a lot like President Nixon and his officials in Watergate who were later imprisoned, Ms. Lerner denied any wrongdoing in her appearance before Congress.

Then she had the audacity to plead the Fifth Amendment – refusing to answer any questions about her role.

It’s an outrage that she used a Constitutional right that many Americans were denied by her 900 IRS employees.

Smoking gun

With the appearance of a smoking gun in an Obama campaign-IRS conspiracy to deny conservative fundraising in order to defeat Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, Mr. Obama met with anti-Tea Party IRS Union President Colleen Kelley just prior to the IRS attacks on the conservative groups.

More disingenuous behavior in the taxpayers’ White House: They put the person who oversaw the IRS tax-exempt division, Sarah Hall Ingram, in charge of implementing the highly controversial ObamaCare.

(Even some of Mr. Obama’s key union supporters demanded “repeal or complete reform” of ObamaCare.)

But even in the far-left bastion of the Huffington Post, in May 2013 Howard Fineman wrote:

“With two winning presidential campaigns built on successful grassroots fundraising, with a former White House counsel (in 2010-11) who is one of the Democrats’ leading experts on campaign law (Bob Bauer), with former top campaign officials having been ensconced as staffers in the White House . . . it’s hard to imagine that the Obama inner circle was oblivious to the issue of what the IRS was doing in Cincinnati.”

In case it isn’t obvious to you, the IRS scandal is about restricting freedoms – discouraging donations to conservative-minded opponents – to lower the level of free speech in a presidential campaign to steal an election.

So with the unpatriotic trends, what would President Lincoln say today?

You know the answer.

Honest Abe believed in good government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that the heroic men and women who have died to protect our freedoms deserve better — much better.

From the Coach’s Corner, editor’s public-policy picks:

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Betrayal of Israel, an Obama Legacy — For many supporters in the two terms of President Obama, his administration’s Middle East policy and treatment of Israel seemed well-balanced and positive. But his betrayal of Israel on the eve of Hanukkah shows the truth.

President Obama Never Listened to Steve Jobs on Economy — Toward the end of his life, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs – widely recognized as a genius – warned President Barack Obama about his public policies.

2 Democrat Presidents Provide Lessons for Obama in Terrorism — Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, both Democrats, won wide respect for their handling of monster threats to America. Plus, both presidents did not hesitate to identify the enemies, call them out on their lies, and to take decisive action. Why President Obama’s political correctness threatens America’s free-enterprise system.

Downward Revision of GDP Should Set off Alarm Bells — To gauge the health of America’s economy, the gross domestic product is, of course, an important indicator. It’s been revised downward — again. What this means …

Urgent Plea for the Media and Nation’s Leaders from a Wise Teenager — Here’s a primer on how elected officials are destroying America’s economy the future of young Americans — astute observations from a 19-year-old.

“Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.”

-George Bernard Shaw

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.




Urgent Plea for the Media and Nation’s Leaders from a Wise Teenager


 

“Congratulations America! With the sequestration implemented, we finally cut spending! Right? Wrong! Unfortunately, the American public has just been deceived by politicians and the mainstream media.”

-Charlie Kirk, a concerned teenager 


Can you believe such insights from a 19-year-old? In his post entitled, “How Baseline Budgeting is Bankrupting My Generation,” Mr. Kirk gives a primer on how elected officials are destroying his future and America’s economy.

It was published March 9, 2013 on FindLaw – Legal Professional News and Townhall.

American flag Stuart Miles“For the sake of my generation, I hope Washington and the mainstream media begin to tell the truth about why government spending is out of control,” he wrote. “Otherwise, today’s youth will become the first generation to be worse off than the previous generation.”

Mr. Kirk argues that Congress and President Obama talk about sequestration as though they’re actually about cutting their spending. He successfully argues that it’s not true – they’re misrepresenting their fiscal behavior.

Such temerity from a teenager – he says the meaning of spending cuts depends on your definition of the phrase.

“During the past few weeks, we have been told these sequester ‘cuts’ will be detrimental to firefighters, teachers and seniors,” wrote Mr. Kirk. “In order to realize what they mean by a ‘cut,’ we must first look at the definition of ‘cut.’”

Obviously, he’s pragmatic thinker.

“A cut, according to Washington math, means a reduction in the amount of increased spending,” he stated. “The mainstream media and demagogues in Washington are trying to keep our citizens in the dark by neglecting to point out that the net result of these ‘cuts’ is actually an increase in spending!”

Baseline budgeting

The 19-year-old explains baseline budgeting.

“The beginning of baseline budgeting started in 1974 with the Congressional Budget Act signed by President Nixon,” he pointed out. “This bill required the Office of Management of Budget to release projections of federal spending for the upcoming fiscal year.

“These projections are designed to naturally anticipate population growth, inflation and other market tendencies,” he wrote. “When baseline budgeting was implemented, it gave Congress a ‘baseline’ of spending from the previous year.

“For example, if Congress allocated $50 billion last year to the Department of State, then the next year their budget would automatically start with the ‘baseline’ of $50 billion.

“When you incorporate the automatic increases in spending, for example, a 10 percent increase, then spending would increase to $55 billion without Congress acting at all,” he wrote. “This system of budgeting is extremely dangerous for many reasons.”

Ramifications

He warns the federal spending could increase by 100 percent in 10 years, if it’s automatically increased annually – even though Congress will continue to fail to vote on such increases. Mr. Kirk knows that federal expenditures – on autopilot – balloon by 7 percent each year.

“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

-Charles de Gaulle

Using a car metaphor, this means the government is out of control and won’t be able to bring the heavy spending to a halt.

“Where are the leaders who have the courage to disengage this dysfunctional cruise control and put on the brakes?” he asks. “Baseline budgeting is dangerously deceptive to the American people because while politicians and the media talk about spending cuts, government spending and borrowing is actually increasing adding to the debt being passed down to my generation.

“Baseline budgeting is bankrupting my generation and stealing the future from children not old enough to vote yet,” he adds. “Big government advocates love baseline budgeting because they can increase spending while, in the next breath, proclaim they cut spending!”

He illustrates his point about disingenuous government spending by comparing the politicians’ practice with a hypothetical American family that has to cut its budget to survive.

It was heartwarming to learn that young America has such an astute spokesperson. He’s right. The media, Congress and President Obama need to do the right thing.

Postscript

The only thing I’d add to Mr. Kirk’s comments is that the government-spending nightmare is horribly exacerbated because the U.S. Senate hasn’t passed a federal budget in four years.

The House of Representatives has done its budgeting homework each year. It continually sends its budget proposals to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but he refuses to allow a budget discussion. Hence, no Senate vote and no federal budget. Meantime, the nation’s deficit is approaching $17 trillion.

It’s unconscionable.

Furthermore, the news media should do its job to report Mr. Reid’s shocking behavior, and the consequences. Members of the Senate should openly discuss the federal budget and demand to vote on it. Mr. Obama should submit affordable ideas and work with Congress.

From the Coach’s Corner, Mr. Kirk is the founder of Turning Point USA, www.turningpointusa.net, “a national student organization dedicated towards educating young people about fiscally conservative values,” according to the Web site. You’ll discover a bevy of excellent commentaries by our leaders of the future.

“I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.”

-Charles de Gaulle

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Will NLRB’s Controversial Decisions be Reversed after Court Rules Obama Violated Constitution?



In a court case involving a Washington state employer, it’s also a win for employers and the U.S. Constitution — the supreme law of America. 
(Read the official text of the U.S. Constitution.)

In a unanimous ruling in January 2013, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled President Obama has abused the appointment process. The ruling was cheered by Republican critics, as well as by some liberals.

Mr. Obama has been abusing his power by claiming his disingenuous appointments of three political partisans to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were legal recess appointments.

constitution_1_of_4_630In truth, the Senate wasn’t in recess but in pro forma sessions meeting every three days.

The court ruled presidents can only make recess appointments between formal sessions of Congress, which normally occur once at the end of the body’s business year. It also ruled Mr. Obama can only make appointments for openings that occur during the same recess.

Checks and balances

So, Mr. Obama has been violating the checks and balances in the Constitution’s advice-and-consent requirement. For 200 years, presidents have been making recess appointments.

But no other president has tried to circumvent Congress by making such appointments under false pretenses.

Since Mr. Obama’s appointments on January 4, 2012, the NLRB has made some 300 decisions —many were huge — that adversely impact employers and help his political supporters.

But now, legal experts believe the decisions will be thrown out because of the unlawful appointments.

This ruling immediately invalidates a dubious action by the board against a Pepsi-Cola bottler in Washington state.

It also means the president’s appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that same day in January 2012 may be nullified. That would include his actions. Many have been dubious.

The court ruling may have other implications for recess appointments by future presidents. Their recess appointment power is in doubt.

NLRB’s future

Temporarily, the ruling might also stop the NLRB from overseeing labor disputes – the board doesn’t have a quorum with the removal of the three appointees.

Of course, the administration will probably appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meantime, the court’s decision represents a rebuke to Mr. Obama. He deserves a reproach for many other reasons.

Justifiably, his critics have increasingly condemned his corrosive presidency – such as his refusals to work with Congress, his demand for a blank check on the nation’s debt limit, the $16.5 trillion in red ink and growing, saddling small businesses with his unpopular ObamaCare, his broken promise of transparency, and his failure to create productive policies for family wage jobs.

QE3 (printing money), borrowing billions of dollars from China, the interest on the borrowing now costs 46 cents out of each federal dollar, nearly 50 million Americans on food stamps, and no federal budget for four years — aren’t solutions. Further, the massive debt is grossly unfair for our children and grandchildren, and it’s unacceptable.

So, his disingenuous claims regarding his NLRB appointments typify why many of us are alarmed by his efforts to turn his presidency into an imperial monarchy.

Hurray for the Constitution.

From the Coach’s Corner, see these related articles:

It’s only unethical if you get caught.

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Why Uncertainty Continues for U.S. Business and Workers, Alike


Reasons include 11 states have more welfare recipients than job holders in this era of entitlement



Updated Sept. 6, 2015


Developments indicate the U.S. has lost its way. There’s no hope for beleaguered businesses and workers unless effective measures are implemented immediately. 

The economy created only 173,000 jobs in August, 2015.

Job creation remains well below the pace needed to reemploy all the workers displaced during the Great Recession. Twenty-three million Americans remain unemployed or under-employed. The average workweek is only 34.6 hours.

David Castillo DominiciObamaCare is both a fiscal and life-and-death nightmare. Some 6 million Americans have lost their insurance policies, employers are forced to cut the hours of workers to stay in compliance and premiums have skyrocketed for individual policyholders.

There have been 10 failed promises by Mr. Obama, including whether Americans can keep their policies, stay with their doctors, and save money on their premiums.

Lack of economic growth has been trending for a long time.

For instance, the last jobs report for 2012 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed job growth was barely keeping pace with the population growth. 

The BLS also listed the professions with the highest and lowest unemployment rates. The highest unemployment rates are in construction, sales and transportation. The lowest unemployment rates are in finance, healthcare and social services.

Involuntary part-time workers

Also, earlier in December 2012, the BLS reported 8.2 million Americans were under-employed – they had to settle for part-time work. Unfortunately, that’s twice as high as the number of involuntary part-time workers in 2006.

Yes, the last BLS report of an increase of 155,000 jobs that month was welcome, but that was still pitiable news about the so-called Obama recovery. The number of jobs created in December was actually less than the month before – there were 166,000 new jobs in November.

Only 1.84 million jobs were created in 2012. There was no improvement over 2011 when Mr. Obama’s economy only produced 1.84 million jobs.

At such a mediocre pace, the pre-Great Recession success won’t be attained until 2019. That’s terrible news for the millions of unemployed and involuntary part-time workers.

“I’m here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.”

-Joe Biden, at Pennsylvania fundraiser, April 23, 2010

Conference Board’s 2 cents

What did the nation’s major employers say about this fiscal quagmire in 2012?

“The current moderate pace of hiring could be sustainable if companies believe that economic growth is poised to accelerate a bit in the second half of the year as the fiscal drag wanes and the housing recovery strengthens,” said Kathy Bostjancic, director of macroeconomic analysis, for the Conference Board.

The Conference Board is an association comprising about 1,200 public and private corporations from 60 countries.

“The key to boosting the labor market is stronger demand – a task made slightly more difficult with new higher withholding rates,” she added. “Additional uncertainty surrounding the next round of political wrangling over the fiscal budget also leads businesses to be hesitant in hiring new workers.”

Her bottom-line: “Weakened business and consumer confidence doesn’t bode well for any acceleration in the hiring trend.”

Fiscal Cliff deal

Americans failed to get good results from the Fiscal Cliff deal cut by Congress and the president. All it did was create higher taxes for individuals earning $400,000 and couples making $450,000. Many of those are small businesspeople – A.K.A. employers.

So nothing was achieved.

The nation’s debt is more than $17 trillion and climbing. A two-year budget deal was reached in December 2013, but the heavy spending will continue.

In 2012, the House of Representatives passed a budget and sent it to the Senate, where it was ignored. The Senate, under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, hadn’t approved a budget in more than three years.

Messrs. Obama and Reid are oblivious to the fact that red ink always follows poor planning.

Further, instead of showing an interest in putting a halt to the heavy spending and the $17 trillion debt ceiling, Mr. Obama and Democrats are signaling they’ll seek more tax increases.

So look for more business angst and waste – in money and time – instead of real progress.

Escalating entitlement mentality

Workers and businesses are increasingly burdened – having to underwrite an entitlement mentality. Why?

Eleven states have more people on welfare than they have working. That was revealed in the Nov. 25, 2012 issue of Forbes by writer William Baldwin. (See: Do You Live In A Death Spiral State? – Forbes)

The 11 states:  California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Hawaii.

For every 100 workers in California, there are 139 residents are drinking from the welfare trough. Is it a coincidence that seven of the 11 states backed Mr. Obama in the election?

Avalanche of new regulations

Federal agencies are required by law to announce their proposed regulations that affect the economy by each April and October. This process allows dozens of bureaucracies to circumvent oversight by Congress.

Guess what?

If you’re a businessperson coping with the shortcomings of the Obama Administration, you’ll be shocked by two developments:

Firstly, the Obama Administration ignored the law. It released its 2012 agenda for regulations on the Friday just before Christmas. That meant relatively few people would even notice the furtive, onerous administration charade because of the holidays.

Secondly, the government’s Web site has introduced more than 5,500 new regulations comprising thousands of pages. The regulations will affect nearly every industry.

The American Action Forum estimates the aggregate cost to implement the regulations will be $123 billion.

The Obama Administration’s morass shows questionable priorities in other ways. As of this writing, some 50 percent of the deadlines – for implementing ObamaCare and the Dodd-Frank law – have been ignored or missed.

No wonder business and workers, alike, are apprehensive. No business would succeed if it was operated like Mr. Obama and Democrats conduct their affairs.

From the Coach’s Corner, see solutions by a noted economist here.

“I’m here to tell you, some time in the next couple of months, we’re going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month.”

-Joe Biden, at a Pennsylvania fundraiser, April 23, 2010

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.  

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The Link: Artificial 4.9% Jobless Rate, Obama’s Firing of His Jobs Council


Updated July 30, 2016

Economic growth is an oxymoron under the Obama Administration.

The broadest measure of the economy is the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). But it only grew at 1.2 percent from April to June this year – far short of the 2.6 percent forecast by most economists.

Even the 1.2 percent might be wrong – in Q1 GDP was 1.1 percent but the government revised it downward to .8 percent. That’s three consecutive quarters of pathetic growth.

So no surprise why countless Americans are stuck in low-wage or part-time jobs, which means the unemployment rate is at an artificial 4.9 percent — a phony statistic.

It’s worth remembering President Obama fired his jobs council — comprised of CEOs at major companies. Ostensibly, he didn’t like their advice.

A noted economist has been expressing the same concerns for years.

ID-10043269 xedos4“The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the lack of decent job openings, have quit altogether. They are neither employed nor looking for work,” explained economist Peter Morici, Ph.D., in his analysis on August 1, 2014.

“Only about half of the drop in the adult participation rate may be attributed to the Baby Boom generation reaching retirement age. Lacking adequate resources to retire, a larger percentage of adults over 65 are working than before the recession,” he wrote.

“Many Americans who would like full time jobs are stuck in part-time positions, because businesses can hire desirable part-time workers to supplement a core of permanent, full-time employees, but at lower wages,” Dr. Morici added.

“The economy needs to add about 360,000 jobs each month to push unemployment down to about 6 percent and provide employment for those frustrated adults,” explained Dr. Morici. “That would require GDP growth in the range of 4 to 5 percent.”

But under Obama, the nation’s GDP growth rate has been comparatively tepid.

President Reagan’s Administration inherited a worse economy from President Carter than Obama from Bush. But the Reagan White House performed at a much higher level than Obama. Millions of legitimate jobs were created and the GDP was 4.8 percent.

Sadly, the mainstream news media has largely failed to report such facts, as well as two other economic developments:

1. There’s a connection between the president ignoring his own Council on Jobs and Competitiveness a year, and the artificial unemployment rate.

Mr. Obama recruited business leaders to join his jobs council in January 2011. This was to demonstrate leadership in solving the nation’s anemic jobs situation, and to fix his impaired relationships with employers.

But not since Jan. 17, 2012, has Mr. Obama convened his own jobs council, which is supposed to be chaired by General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt.

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
-Will Rogers

Some 23 million Americans are out-of-work or are under-employed because they can only find part-time work — so the average American workweek is only 34.6 hours. And the president has not bothered to convene his jobs council?

So neither of Mr. Obama’s jobs-council goals has been attained — by default. That’s unacceptable for the nation’s economy and workers.

2. Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini, a member of the Obama jobs council, joined the ranks of high-profile business leaders who opposed Mr. Obama’s re-election.

Mr. Otellini is ostensibly disappointed by Mr. Obama’s lack of commitment to creating private-sector jobs.

He has good reason. Mr. Otellini joined the president’s jobs council to lend his expertise even after voicing his concerns about ineffective administration policies for job creation. (See: Job Creation: Will Public Officials Listen to Intel’s CEO?)

Other business leaders who were forced to actively campaign in the 2012 presidential election for Mitt Romney: Charles Schwab, Cisco CEO John Chambers, and Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot.

The results speak for themselves. Mr. Obama has not kept his promises – from his commitment to reduce the unemployment rate to 5.2 percent – to his pledge to balance the federal budget.

You might recall in 2008 he called President Bush “unpatriotic” for his handling of the economy and heavy spending, but the national debt increased 52 percent under President Obama.

Here we have a president who campaigned on “hope and change.” But he hasn’t delivered — understandably because he doesn’t have any job-creation credentials — his experience as a community activist explain his economic failures and focus. There’s been no hope under Mr. Obama — only harm to the nation’s economy.

Even Steve Jobs criticized the ineffective Obama approach. (See: Biography: Will President Obama Listen to Steve Jobs on the Economy?)

Business leaders understandably chortled at Mr. Obama’s announcement that he wants to add a new cabinet position, a “secretary of business.” I concur.

“I don’t think adding a new chair in his Cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street,” said Mr. Romney in the 2012 campaign. “We don’t need a secretary of business to understand business. We need a president who understands business.”

Agreed. It’s time for realistic hope and positive change.

From the Coach’s Corner, the media also failed to report another noteworthy development in 2012, about which I wrote: 6 Nobel Laureates Among 673 Economists Back Romney’s Economic and Jobs Plan.

The economists signed a statement — the benefits of Mr. Romney’s plan — and multiple reasons why Mr. Obama’s economic approach is a failure.

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

-Will Rogers

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

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6 Nobel Laureates Among 673 Economists Backed Romney’s Economic and Jobs Plan



Nearly lost in all the gutter politics engineered by President Obama and his supporters in the 2012 presidential campaign are two important elements.

That would be meaningful discussions about the issues, and the endorsement by 673 economists.

The impressive endorsements included six Nobel Prize winners of Gov. Romney’s economic and jobs plan.

“We enthusiastically endorse Governor Mitt Romney’s economic plan to create jobs and restore economic growth while returning America to its tradition of economic freedom,” wrote the economists in a statement.

“The plan is based on proven principles: a more contained and less intrusive federal government, a greater reliance on the private sector, a broad expansion of opportunity without government favors for special interests, and respect for the rule of law including the decision-making authority of states and localities,” they added.

The six Nobel laureates:

  • Gary Becker
  • James Buchanan
  • Robert Lucas
  • Robert Mundell
  • Edward Prescott
  • Myron Scholes

Why the endorsement?

The economists predict the Romney plan would result in six achievements:

  1. Reduce marginal tax rates on business and wage incomes and broaden the tax base to increase investment, jobs, and living standards.
  2. End the exploding federal debt by controlling the growth of spending so federal spending does not exceed 20 percent of the economy.
  3. Restructure regulation to end “too big to fail,” improve credit availability to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and increase regulatory accountability, and ensure that all regulations pass rigorous benefit-cost tests.
  4. Improve our Social Security and Medicare programs by reducing their growth to sustainable levels, ensuring their viability over the long term, and protecting those in or near retirement.
  5. Reform our healthcare system to harness market forces and thereby reduce costs and increase quality, empowering patients and doctors, rather than the federal bureaucracy.
  6. Promote energy policies that increase domestic production, enlarge the use of all western hemisphere resources, encourage the use of new technologies, end wasteful subsidies, and rely more on market forces and less on government planners.

“In stark contrast, President Obama has failed to advance policies that promote economic and job growth, focusing instead on increasing the size and scope of the federal government, which increases the debt, requires large tax increases, and burdens business with many new financial and health care regulations,” they explained.

“The result is an anemic economic recovery and high unemployment. His future plans are to double down on the failed policies, which will only prolong slow growth and high unemployment,” they added.

Their complaints about Obama

The economists also fault Mr. Obama for six reasons:

  1. Relied on short-term “stimulus” programs, which provided little sustainable lift to the economy, and enacted and proposed significant tax increases for all Americans.
  2. Offered no plan to reduce federal spending and stop the growth of the debt-to-GDP ratio.
  3. Failed to propose Social Security reform and offered a Medicare proposal that relies on a panel of bureaucrats to set prices, quantities, and qualities of healthcare services.
  4. Favored a large expansion of economic regulation across many sectors, with little regard for proper cost-benefit analysis and with a disturbing degree of favoritism toward special interests.
  5. Enacted health care legislation that centralizes health care decisions and increases the power of the federal bureaucracy to impose one-size-fits-all solutions on patients and doctors, and creates greater incentives for waste.
  6. Favored expansion of one-size-fits-all federal rulemaking, with an erosion of the ability of state and local governments to make decisions appropriate for their particular circumstances.

Instead of campaigning on Mr. Obama’s indefensible economic record, he and his supporters have ostensibly tried to throw smoke screens with a barrage of personal attacks on Mr. Romney – everything from accusing him of being a tax-dodger to a disingenuous innuendo about putting blacks “back in chains.”

Little wonder it’s a tight race sans the 2008 promise of “hope and change.” History shows that in tight contests, the incumbent always loses.

From the Coach’s Corner, see this portal’s economic analyses in the Op Ed section by another economist, Dr. Peter Morici.

Plus, here are related topics:

Now, ObamaCare Consultant Insults Small Businesses – 3rd Surfaced Video — Yet another scandalous video related to the ObamaCare deception has surfaced — this time insulting small businesses. In a newly released video, the ObamaCare architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, said he wrote tax credits into the ObamaCare bill — purportedly to benefit small businesses because “you gotta say you like small businesses in America or you’re a communist…”

Fiscal Fact-Check: Deficit, Social Security, and Medicare — America’s economic system is in grave danger. Like your personal finances, fiscal discernment in U.S. public policy is important for our economic recovery. A Harvard study reveals that massive U.S. borrowing and spending have wasted trillions of dollars in flawed efforts to stimulate the economy.

Is it Too Much to Ask For Civility and Honesty from Mr. Reid and the Press? — There was an unsubstantiated claim, ostensibly for political reasons, by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the 2012 presidential campaign. He made headlines when he falsely claimed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to pay his income taxes for 10 years. It’s reminiscent of McCarthyism and lazy journalism.

“On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.”

-Will Rogers

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is also a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.

Instead of Solving Budget Crisis, Wash. Politicians Threaten Integrity of Election Day



Updated Jan. 16, 2012


Washington state has a $1.5 billion deficit, and ample justification for implementing government and budgeting reforms.

But nearly two dozen lawmakers have something more important to do. They’re gaming the voter registration system in a disingenuous effort to win elections.

That’s right. They’re not addressing the concerns of most businesspeople and consumers – a balanced budget and government reforms.

But more on that later; for now, let’s address some background information in two examples:

Example No. 1. Perhaps you saw the May 30, 2011 headline: “Voter registration could be key to Obama in 2012.” The article indicated Barack Obama’s 2008 election hinged on his ability to capitalize on the nearly 15 million voters who were newly registered.

However, the article also mentioned that Democrats are looking at a major red flag – their party has regressed in terms of voter registrations in states won by Mr. Obama. Many Independents now disfavor Mr. Obama’s re-election. The upshot being he needs to attract more black, college students, Hispanic and women voters.

He has problems in at least three states:

  • Florida – 2.6 million voters haven’t declared their party affiliation
  • Pennsylvania – 500,000 unaffiliated voters
  • Iowa – at least 762,000 nonpartisan voters

The article indicated several cities are in play:

  • Philadelphia
  • Denver (site of the 2008 Democratic convention)
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (site of the 2012 Democratic convention)

And the newspaper report quoted Mr. Obama’s adviser, David Axelrod, who said voter registrations are a big priority for the 2012 election.

Example No. 2. Democrats are also worried about the Washington’s gubernatorial race. First the time in recent memory, Washington state Republicans have a solid chance to elect a governor.

Since last September, State Attorney General Rob McKenna has a six point lead in four polls pitting him against U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee. The polls include two by SurveyUSA, The Washington Poll, and Strategies 360 (D).

As of this writing, Mr. McKenna has netted $3.67 million in donations – $560,000 or 18 percent more than Mr. Inslee.

Disingenuous lawmakers

Fear by Democrats in a spirited competition to win elections is one thing, but it’s another to behave against the best interests of the electorate. A new development has failed to be adequately covered by the news media.

Twenty-three Washington House Democrats have introduced HB 2204, which would require the state’s 60 counties to accept voter registrations on Election Day after the polling is well underway – until 5 p.m. to be exact.

“What?!” you’re probably stunned. “Don’t voters have to register eight days before an election – not on Election Day?!”

Yes, you’re right.

Such a new law would have several ramifications.

It means the right to vote is no longer sacred. It games the voter registration system. It opens the door for voter fraud. It leaves no time to check the registration of new voters’ eligibility. It overburdens county election workers when they’re already straining to count votes.

Indeed, citing such concerns, the County Auditors Association and the Secretary of State oppose the bill.

Further, there’s a recent precedent to consider: Election Day registrations had 33.7 percent error rate in the April 5, 2011 election held in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

It isn’t too much to ask legislators to earn their pay. Stop trying to game the voter registration system.  Fix the budget and institute permanent safeguards for good government and balanced budgets.

Then, it will be possible for Washington to have a healthy climate for economic development and the creation of jobs.

From the Coach’s Corner, in case you’re not aware, state lawmakers have long failed to do their jobs.

The most recent example is featured in this column: Washington: A Balanced Budget Is No Longer Enough.

“You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”

-Abraham Lincoln

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