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Post by Sonshine on Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:07 am

Obama’s Foreign Policy Still A Zero

A few weeks ago, the media were abuzz over how the brilliant Obama (compared to that stupid cowboy from Crawford) had reset relations with Russia. Obama had pleased Russia by cancelling the missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Now the grateful Russians would surely work with us to get tough on Iran. Great theory, but apparently Obama forget to check the fine print in the “understanding” he made with Russia.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew to Moscow this week to work out how Russia would join us to impose real sanctions on Iran. But, alas, she left the meeting murmuring that the time wasn’t right for sanctions. Today, we found out why she was so glum. The real power in Russia, Vladimir Putin, warned the U.S. and others not to “intimidate” Iran and pointedly added that talk of sanctions was “premature.”

So, let’s add up the score:

1. The U.S. won’t install a defensive missile shield, angering our allies in Poland and the Czech Republic.

2. Iran has stepped up its work to get the bomb and produce missiles to deliver it.

3. Russia continues to make sanctions against Iran impossible.

Final score: Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama 0, Russia/Iran 3.

A Death Panel Confession

We’ve all heard of death bed conversions, but a leading liberal luminary has been caught on tape making a death panel confession. Sarah Palin got pilloried for suggesting that government-run healthcare would lead to “death panels.” But in a 2007 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, former Clinton Labor Secretary and Obama economics advisor Robert B. Reich essentially admitted that Palin was right.

Reich began his address by telling the audience that he was going to deliver a speech about healthcare as if he were an honest candidate who “did not care about becoming president.” Reich continued, “In other words, this is what the truth is…” Are you sitting down for this? Here’s an excerpt:

“…particularly you young healthy’re going to have to pay more. …And by the way, … if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life… It’s too we’re going to let you die.

“Also, I’m going to use the bargaining leverage of the federal government … to force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. What that means, less innovation and that means less [sic] new products and less [sic] new drugs on the market which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents.”

So, let’s summarize the kind of healthcare program that Robert Reich wants: “you’re going to have to pay more,” “if you’re very old ... we’re going to let you die” and “less innovation … means you are probably not going to live much longer.”

That’s pretty shocking stuff. The media just couldn’t believe it when Sarah Palin suggested that government-run, socialized healthcare would lead to “we’re going to let you die” death panels. But that’s exactly what Reich said, and you can listen to him say it here.

To the bean counting bureaucrats, your life is a burden, not a blessing. So Big Government is going to dictate what healthcare you can and cannot receive. Need critical surgery? Maybe not. Suffering from serious pain? Sorry. Need cancer treatment? Too bad. How could anyone possibly call that “reform”? Democrats do.

Everyone Gets It But Washington

Like monsters from bad horror movies, bad ideas in Washington rarely die. They come back to life again and again. As soon as Democrats in Congress clear the decks of healthcare reform and the cap and trade energy tax, the next item on the agenda is likely to be immigration reform in the form of a massive amnesty. Yes, it’s back!

Everyone understands that our immigration system is a mess thanks to failed liberal policies. Everyone understands that one of the worst ideas is amnesty. Everyone except Washington, that is.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that 56% of voters believe that the policies of the federal government encourage illegal immigration, and 74% don’t think the government is doing enough to secure our borders. Anticipating another battle over immigration reform, pollster John Zogby surveyed more than 1,000 people in Mexico to get their opinions on U.S. immigration policy.

Among the results, Zogby found that 56% of Mexicans thought that giving legal status to illegal immigrants in the U.S. would make it more likely that people they know would go to the United States illegally. In other words, an amnesty policy would encourage more illegal immigration. Another amnesty would simply continue the vicious cycle. As the Rasmussen poll indicates, you get it. As the Zogby poll indicates, Mexicans get it too.

Now, I want to be clear about this next point, because I think it speaks directly to the frustration that so many Americans have with our immigration system. We are welcoming people. The overwhelming majority of Americans would welcome anyone who comes here wanting to be an American, willing to work hard, obey our laws and contribute to this country.

But, according to the Zogby poll, “An overwhelming majority (69 percent) thought that the primary loyalty of Mexican-Americans (Mexico- and U.S.-born) should be to Mexico. Just 20 percent said it should be to the United States. The rest were unsure.” [Emphasis added.]

In other words, the poll suggests that an overwhelming majority of Mexicans believe that Mexicans who do come here should retain an allegiance to the nation they fled, rather than to the nation they chose to come to in the hope of finding a better life. Many are not coming here to be Americans. Their first act upon entering the country is to break the law by coming in illegally, and they are here asking “not what they can do for America, but what America can do for them.” How can anyone call amnesty “reform”? Democrats do.

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