OPINIONS: Obama’s budget proposal in La-La- Land, What planet are they on?, Charlie Sheen’s Search for God, UN and U.S. Double Standards: Egypt vs. Iran
February 14, 2011
The Obama administration on Monday released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2012. The plan offers cuts in many government programs but, as in years past, ignores the largest drivers of the country’s long-term debt: entitlements. With various other budget proposals expected out in the coming days and weeks, the Cato Institute offers a wide array of resources for finding savings on the federal balance sheet.
- DownsizingGovernment.org – Cato’s agency-by-agency guide to reducing the size of the federal bureaucracy
- “High-Speed Pork,” by Randal O’Toole
- “Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint,” by Christopher Preble and Benjamin Friedman
- “Challenges to U.S. Economic Recovery: Federal and State Spending,” Testimony by Chris Edwards
The number of federal aid programs for state and local governments totaled 1,122 in 2010, or more than triple the number 25 years ago. Some of the most expensive federal aid programs are in the areas of education, housing, health care, and transportation. In a new Tax & Budget Bulletin, Cato scholar Chris Edwards argues that the $646 billion aid system should be cut. “Federal lawmakers,” says Edwards, “would better serve the nation by focusing on national issues rather than trying to fix potholes and run the schools.”
Though the spectacular events in Cairo have ended with Hosni Mubarak stepping down, pundits on both the left and the right increasingly chide the Obama administration for not being more supportive of popular movements challenging authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. However, Cato scholar Ted Galen Carpenter warns that the U.S needs to be cautious: “Embracing secular factions could easily backfire,” says Carpenter in USA Today. “Like it or not, the United States needs to adopt a low-profile role during these turbulent days.”
by Frank Crimi
The Muslim Brotherhood casts its net of terror into the Sinai Peninsula. …
Progressives rise to the defense of a modern-day Alger Hiss….
by Steven Plaut
Welcome to the world of tenured academic extremism….
Nonie Darwish joins Jamie Glazov’s video series to voice her concern for her homeland….
by Anna Geifman
Soviet Russia’s “Red Terror” has much to teach us about the current crisis in Egypt….
by Jamie Glazov
Why Islamists and the radical Left loathe the day of love….
Suhail Khan’s troubling Muslim Brotherhood allegiances and agendas….
by Ryan Mauro
The fate of the Middle East hangs in the balance….
by Paul Kengor
Recalling the Left’s support for the most vicious revolutionary monsters of the past 100 years. …
by Jamie Glazov
A distinguished panel battles it out over the nature of Putin’s criminal regime — and its true roots….
by Joe Kaufman
Florida Atlantic University continues to harbor terrorist-associated criminal, Bassem Alhalabi….
by Ryan Mauro
Syrian dictator prevents uprising — but for how long?…
The Christian Science Monitor – Fri Feb 11, 12:27 pm ET For 18 days, millions of Egyptians of all stripes – from feminists to Islamists, rich to poor, Google execs to illiterate farmers, old to young – gathered around Cairo’s Tahrir Square. They set aside differences that would have once kept them from barely talking or even acknowledging each other on the street. In this giant melting pot, personal divisions by class, age, education, religion, or income disappeared. Full Story »
The Atlantic Wire – Fri Feb 11, 8:30 am ET
The Week – Fri Feb 11, 11:04 am ET
Beneath his public outrage lies an outrageous lack of conscience.
Egypt is an Opportunity
Herbert E. Meyer
Egypt’s had half a revolution, which means the country’s future is in play. We have suddenly entered one of those rare moments in history when the world is about to be remade. More
Democratic, Oligarchic or Islamic Revolution in Egypt?
LTC Joseph C. Myers
The Egyptian military leadership is an oligarchy, and how much they will allow constitutional changes for greater democratic space is yet to be seen. More
1. Video: Rep. Allen West at CPAC 2011
2. Child abuse in Britain’s Islamic schools
3. Video: Ann Coulter at CPAC 2011
4. Video: Israel shuts embassy in Cairo
5. Video: Herman Cain at CPAC 2011
6. Video: Chris Matthews on Egypt: “I’m Jubilant, a little frisky …It Took Obama to Have This Happen.”
7. Video: David Horowitz speaks at CPAC 2011
8. The Interrogation of Rumsfeld
9. Girl Scouts Back Away From Pledge Committing to Lobby for Global Warming Legislation
10. Video: Trailer: ‘Atlas Shrugged’
In the Middle East we are witnessing a seismic shift in the geopolitical balance of power, with the contagion ultimately spreading well beyond the region and reaching our shores.
G. Murphy Donovan
The immaturity of the White House in handling domestic issues is now manifest in its foreign affairs…
The Obama administration is preparing the political ground for failure in Egypt.
Multiculturalism was extolled as state policy in European nations, but they have now rejected it as a failure. So why is it being promoted here?
When a mummy encounters life, it disintegrates. This is what happened when President Hosni Mubarak fell apart in the face of an Egyptian people full of life and youth.
Let us not make the mistake of thinking that toppling a dictatorial president is an example of democracy in action.
Alan Caruba, Laina Farhat-Holzman, Daniel Greenfield, Ruth King, Jim Kouri, Chet Nagle and Frank Salvato give their views about the Egyptian revolution and its possible ramifications.
Does The American Conservative Union have an Islamist cuckoo in its nest?
With the resignation yesterday of Egypt’s President Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood are hovering in the wings, waiting to seize their moment…
If one treats interviews as a discussion, the job seeker should come as prepared to ask intelligent and relevant questions as he or she is to answer them.
America always has been at odds with the philosophies of Founders Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over where the nation’s exceptionalism would be found.
In some American schools, Arabic is going to be taught because federal authorities see it as “the language of the future.” And in some schools, learning Arabic will be compulsory.
In August 2006, George W. Bush spoke of Islamic fascism, after a plot was discovered to blow up U.S.-bound airplanes. Is “Islamofascism” a valid expression to describe Islam?
Putting terrorists in prison does not automatically stop them from coordinating terrorist activities from within their cells…
Casa de Maryland is a U.S. group that supports illegal immigrants. Why is it accepting money from Hugo Chávez, the terror-supporting socialist dictator who is an enemy of America?
The Egyptian military needs to remain in charge through the transition and beyond. America’s first president was a retired general, who provided stability and confidence.
We are starring down the barrel of a regional Islamist Caliphate and a direct threat to Israel’s existence.
Instead of basing his foreign policy on such politically-correct, multicultural, and relativistic notions, America’s president should listen to the Prime Minister of Turkey.
The days of unrest and uncertainty in Egypt said more about U.S. government ineptitude than it did about the key players in the Egyptian drama.
The military own and control most of Egypt’s economy. Will they encourage reforms and restructure an economy that has bred poverty, repression and resentment?
Egypt’s future after Mubarak’s exit will be either as a military dictatorship or an Islamic state.
The people’s revolution in Egypt has been heartening–but we must know it is not over yet. We have yet to see what the army will do.
We are watching another stage in the unfortunate rise of fanatical Islam of the same order as occurred in Iran in 1979.
While the U.S. supports the Egyptian revolution which is unlikely to benefit Israel, the unstable nation of Pakistan has quietly doubled its nuclear arsenal…
An American diplomat in Pakistan shot two men on a motorbike who pointed guns at him. He is in jail, fanatical Pakistanis are baying for his blood, and a diplomatic crisis could be brewing…
Our “intelligence” experts are operating on the basis of some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes that have very little to do with the real world.
Dr Paula D. Gordon
The Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has constitutional and practical problems that leave health providers and insurers in such uncertainty, it needs Supreme Court clarification.
A hypothetical conversation with the late Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former adviser and ambassador under the Reagan administration, based upon her previously published comments.
The Internet has become the repository for a dangerous mix of tabloid journalism and vital medical information, claims Dr. Robert Goldberg in his book “Tabloid Medicine.”
The Coming Battle for Egypt
While there is never an ideal time for an overthrow, there are factors at play that will make peaceful transition to a true democracy exceedingly difficult and open the door for the radical Islamists. More
The West needs to realize its mistakes and act quickly before any more surprises in the Middle East start to pose threats. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)
CPAC erupted into controversy this week over the presence of ACU board of directors member Suhail Khan. He didn’t help the matter by saying something that is provably false.
Facebook and Twitter alerts are to replace the color-coded terror alerts. Friend DHS at your own risk.
Like it or not, George W. Bush was right and Joe Biden was wrong.
One way to tell whether a regime has lost power is when its major symbols are overrun. Think Berlin Wall smashed, or Saddam’s statue toppled. But in the case of Mubarak’s resignation, the singer is gone, but the song remains. (Also read “Obama v. Mubarak” at the Tatler.)
The party staged by Andrew Breitbart for the gay Republican group was as close to a game changer as things get and the most interesting event at CPAC by far, at least to this point.
James Clapper’s astonishing declarations concerning the Muslim Brotherhood are yet another reminder that our “intelligence” experts are blinded by some amazingly politically correct and demonstrably false stereotypes. (Also read Patrick Poole at the Tatler: “Obama’s worst day.”)
Mubarak has stepped down, and no doubt the White House will claim this is a great victory for its Egypt policy. But which Egypt policy? (Also see “Video: Gov. Tim Pawlenty addresses the unrest in Egypt” at the Tatler.)
Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)
According to documents PJM has obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if fulfilled at all. (And don’t miss J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)
Far from eliminating radicalization, there is reason to believe that Western values can actually exacerbate Islamist tendencies.
Poseurs of the Arena. Plus, VDH answers questions from readers.
by Elise Cooper
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded last month in Tucson. Her friends, neighbors, and constituents tell Pajamas Media about the woman they know as “Gabby.”
I have a sneaking suspicion Geert Wilders was right when he said that there may well be such a thing as moderate Muslim but, alas, there is not such thing as moderate Islam.
At what point does this sort of admission warrant investigation by Congress?
by Jack Dunphy
The Times shows its naivete regarding the work of police gang units and why they are balking at financial disclosure regulations.
by Ed Driscoll
Tiny Current TV may lack for viewers, but between Al Gore and Keith Olbermann, it now has more argumentum ad Hitlerum than any other cable TV channel.
by Ron Radosh
Only the defeat of the Muslim Brotherhood will help to ensure a successful Democratic transition in Egypt. But that doesn’t stop its Western apologists from continuing to airbrush its reputation.
Obama is the picture of a man who could not choose between chocolate or vanilla and is simply waiting for the soda jerk to make the decision for him.
As chaos spreads through the Arab world, here’s one way we can protect ourselves.
There is massive evidence to be found in the Western media of anti-Semitism and “anti-Zionism” at the Egypt protests. But images in the flickr streams of amateur local photographers are even more shocking and unambiguous.
by Barry Rubin
It’s the reporting that’s bad.
I think it would be fair to say that the Obama administration has been caught entirely surprised by the crisis in Egypt.
Egypt rejoiced after the ouster of its 30-year strongman, but his departure also leaves a void. Who benefits now that Mubarak is gone?
February 14, 2011, at 11:30 AMWhat can researchers tell us about the thrills and heartaches of Valentine’s Day? More than you might think
February 14, 2011, at 8:00 AMRepublican leaders at both the state and federal levels are making limiting abortion a big priority
February 14, 2011, at 7:25 AMBeleaguered Michiganders are demanding a statue of the ’80s movie hero. Might they actually get their way?
February 11, 2011, at 5:30 PMWhat happened this week? Egypt’s president finally resigned, a “sexy” photo wrecked a congressman’s career, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ miraculous recovery continued
February 11, 2011, at 5:17 PMThe West is worried about the Muslim Brotherhood, but it should be just as concerned about Egypt’s armed forces taking power, says Ellis Goldberg in Foreign Affairs
Few presidents have altered the trajectory of world affairs as dramatically as Ronald Reagan. (Also read Richard Pollock at the Tatler: Happy Birthday, Ronnie…but you wouldn’t know it at D.C.’s Reagan Building )
by Paul Hsieh
The government’s set to worsen our shortage of life-saving medications.
It’s often said that the NRA’s political influence stems from outspending gun control supporters. That’s a myth.
by Ed Driscoll
The MSM descends from the heights of an imagined forty year Democratic reign that began on January 20, 2009, to Paradise Lost, just two years later.
A Colossal Failure for Obama’s Foreign Policy – Niall Ferguson, Newsweek
The U.S. Can Overcome 9/11 Through 2/11 – Roger Cohen, New York Times
After Egypt, What Should U.S. Allies Conclude? – Mark Steyn, SteynOnline
Obama, GOP in Different Galaxy on Budget – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Government Gone Wrong – Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
Debt Is the New “Red Menace” – Gov. Mitch Daniels, CPAC
How Timothy Geithner Survived – Noam Scheiber, The New Republic
Death of Ireland’s Crony Insiders – Christopher Caldwell, Weekly Standard
There Is No Life in Our Jobs Market – Mort Zuckerman, US News & WR
Public-Worker Unions Steel for Budget Fights – Melanie Trottman, WSJ
Ideology Shadows Fight to Rule New Egypt – Oren Dorell, USA Today
The West Loses Its Favorite Tyrant – Gathmann, Putz & Weiland, Der Spiegel
Behind Team Obama’s Egypt Gaffes – Michael Walsh, New York Post
The Future of Telecom is Now – Sen. John Kerry, Politico
Crisis Mode Persists for Detroit Schools – Matthew Dolan, Wall St. Journal
Charlie Sheen’s Search for God – Father Raymond de Souza, National Post
Sunday Video Highlights: Ryan | Lew | Boehner | FNS, MTP, TW Panels
The Special Interest Driving Spending? Big Labor – Washington Examiner
House GOP Tries to Skewer the EPA – Las Vegas Sun
Egypt Shockwaves Being Felt Throughout Mideast – The Guardian
Obama Botched Egypt — Here’s How To Fix It – Investor’s Business Daily
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said nothing to the Iranian government when the demonstrators in Iran were bleeding in the streets, but wants Mubarak to go “now”?
The president’s unrealistic energy generation goals and detrimental new energy taxes must be rejected.
To the degree Obama feels comfortable “imposing our values” and taking a stand, it will only be in a context where there is an authoritarian figure who can be seen as culpably right-wing or an American puppet.
Vodkapundit interviews the Tennessee senator regarding his proposed Commitment to Prosperity Act.
Recent history should sober up the idealists among us. But it probably won’t. (For a different take on the crisis in Egypt, read Raymond Ibrahim at the Tatler: “Why the Egyptian Revolution Can Be the Best – or Worst – Thing to Happen”)
Whether or not it represents the advent of freedom for Egyptians, the current protest movement clearly represents the advent of the total banalization of anti-Semitism in the Western media. (Also read Bruce Bawer at the Tatler: “CNN: See no evil”)
The time is fast approaching when President Obama will have to throw in behind one faction or the other in Egypt. Signaling doesn’t always stop a runaway train. (Also read “Jerusalem Post: Machine gun fire in Tahrir Square” at the Tatler)
by Ron Radosh
It’s the 21st century, and Communist summer camps still exist.
by Dan Miller
Only one who simply doesn’t care about individual rights could read Judge Vinson’s decision and still believe the individual mandate is constitutional. (Also read: “McConnell to attach ObamaCare repeal to FAA bill today”)
Does Barack Obama have any cards left to play? Or is he left crossing his fingers that the crisis in Egypt will end OK? (And at the Tatler: “Obama addresses Egypt unrest”)
Senate hearings on chromium-6 in our drinking water will feature a lot of smoke and mirrors about “dangerous” levels of the chemical, but not much real science.
Protesters refuse to stop. Mubarak shows no intention of stepping down.
Initial link at the Tatler. Much more to follow as story develops.
The TicketA Yahoo! News blog obsessively devoted to politics.
Remember when Guantanamo was a gulag, renditions were the stuff of Hollywood movies, and Bush and Cheney were deemed veritable war criminals? Was it all a dream, those nightmare years of 2004-7?
Libyans have even more reasons to hate their tyrant than the Egyptians had to hate Hosni Mubarak.
by AWR Hawkins
For free citizens like us, self-preservation is a duty.
American pundits say that the deposed Egyptian president fomented anti-Semitism in Egyptian society. But on closer examination, the charges again reveal the anti-Semitism of the opposition that toppled him.
by Mark Tapson
With the world focused on Egypt and the possible rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood there, the new documentary Iranium is a disturbing reminder that Iran remains the truly imminent and terrifying threat to American interests and world peace.
This century, less will be more for the CIA.
Heady feelings from the former communist bloc. (Also read Michael Totten: “North African Dominoes?”)
You might expect that Obama’s ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, would be working overtime to enhance the chances that Egypt’s uprising will become a portal to democracy, rather than a replay of Iran. You’d be wrong.