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What You Need To Know For Thursday, September 18, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 5, 2014

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Top Story:  Australian Police Raids Foil ISIS Beheading Plots - US Parents of Boy Killed By Self-Declared Jihadist Speak Out

My Thoughts: Any notion that there are no active lots by ISIS in America is simply absurd.  They would have said the same about 9/11

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My Thoughts on Obama's Speech:  

1. IF you are a Republican seeking to be President, you should emphasize the positive in his speech and the need for the country to come together. Publicly be supportive and say that we have to succeed as one - be diplomatic - say you are leaving the criticism for another day. Today is a day to be unified and you will help the president where you can.

2. As for the merits of the speech:

a) Good points:

i) He used "we" and said it was an American task, and

ii) He was clear they had to be destroyed.

b) Bad points:

i) Success? The countries of the Middle East and ISIS know that Yemen and Somalia are not successes like Obama claimed they were. They will not be comforted by those comments at all. Instead, they and our allies will be distressed. Foreign policy is as much if not more about your allies as you domestic audience. For its part, ISIS will say if that is what he considers success, we will be ok.

ii) Safer? He said we are safer. The latest polls say overwhelmingly that Americans say we are not.. Why start a speech out by disagreeing with the public on such a basic point? Is he really that out of touch?

iii) Not Islam? When someone tells you what they are, it is a good idea to listen and give them the benefit of the doubt. They declared a Caliphate. They are not Catholic. They are not Protestant or Jewish. There was no upside to making this comment. None.

iv) Coalition? 9 countries is not a broad coalition. Period. This was the one thing he needed to have, a broad coalition. That should have been the reason he gave the speech. To say the world was united. #fail.

v) Doctrine? Saying you will hunt people down regardless of where they go is not a doctrine. BTW, didn't Bush say he would do that? He didn't call it a doctrine though.

vi) Working with Congress? Real unity would be a declaration of war - not "I can do it alone."

Overall, this will not advance his cause - only sustained credible action will. Words are meaningless at this point - unless of course they make things worse.


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The Morning After: CA Post Primary Election Analysis for State Races

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

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CA Post Primary Election Analysis:

  • Overall - The CA Top 2 Open Primary (pushed by Arnold and Abel Maldonado) wreaked its havoc June 3rd.  I fought against the measure because (1) it disenfrachises 3rd parties (they will have no one on the ballot this fall - meaning hundreds of thousands of 3rd party voters were disenfranchised by Prop 14 - Fla was decided by 35,000 chads), (2) Incumbents tend to do better because large primaries place a premium on $ and name ID, (3) It results in many Fall races with no choice between the parties (see below), and (4) lack of overall choice leads to less voter particpation.  The June 3rd results demonstrate just that.
  • 26 of the 80 CA Assembly seats have already been won by one party or the other (32.5% of the seats) 17 for Democrats/8 for Republicans - 2 more are possible for Democrats as the vote count continues. 14 of those 25 were uncontested races.

What You Need To Know For Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Feb 3, 2014

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My Latest @  Democrats Suffering From Issue Inequality  

"The real inequality this year, however, will be the lack of winning issues for the Democrats and their leaders’ blatant hypocrisy.  By contrast, there are several issues that strongly favor the Republicans - if they remain principled."

Top Story:  Furor & Anger Grows Over Obama Taliban Exchange

Bergdahl Messages Troubling - Pentagon Knew of Whereabouts - Didn't Want to Risk Anymore for Deserter

My Thoughts:  The Obama Taliban Trade will go down in infamy.  The 5 he gave back to them are among the most murderous of them all.  They will go back to that.  We will know of their carnage.  It is staggering to think anyone thought this was a "deal."

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Two Wrongs Don't Make a Good Foreign Policy

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Sep 3, 2013

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Good Foreign Policy

 A Way for the President To Make a Difference in Syria & Restore American Prestige  

by Thomas Del Beccaro

By all accounts, the President has mishandled Syria.  By extension, the United States has as well. The Syrian question highlights the difficulty of the post-Cold War era.  The world of foreign affairs is no longer a binary question of who to follow.  Indeed, the ability of the United States and the Soviet Union to control international events continues to diminish in the age of non-state terrorism.  [read more]

The 5 Steps in the DOMA Decision That Will Overturn all Traditional Marriage Laws.

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 27, 2013

The 5 Steps in the DOMA Decision That Will Overturn all Traditional Marriage Laws

My goal of  my writing is to place events in historical context - to let you see the part, in light of the whole, as Will Durant would say. With that understanding . . . 

I am not surprised with the decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This nation began as a country in which federal law started where state law ended - not the other way around. States were to be the incubators and center of our laws.  

What You Need To Know - Friday, June 28, 2013

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 11, 2013

My Thought for Today:  The omnibus Senate Immigration Bill is filled with problems just like ObamaCare was.  The Republicans in the House need to expose those problems if they want to defeat.  They cannot pass something so we can find out what is in it.

Top Story:  Senate approves Immigration overhaul

Must Read: Obama's Crisis driven 2nd term

CA News: Walters:  Budget won't end fiscal mess

My Latest in Forbes:  California's Anti-Fracking Idealogues Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth -  The world knows of California’s unemployment, spending and budget problems.  With over $1 trillion in public debt, it’s unlikely California will be able to right its fiscal ship.  Amazingly, a giant gift was laid at California’s doorstep in the form of giant oil fields accessible by fracking.  Rather than promote the budget soothing jobs and the tax revenue that comes with it, California Democrats have lined up to stop it.

My Latest in Forbes: "In The Divided Era, The US Becomes England"

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Mar 22, 2013

My Latest in Forbes: "In The Divided Era, The US Becomes England"

Now that our government is very much less tethered, the stakes of our elections are growing and will continue to grow significantly. If our President can now determine which businesses to support, our elections matter much more. If our President can determine which industries to take over, in whole or in part, then our elections matter much, much more – and, along this way, we have come to resemble England – the country from whom we fought to not be.

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What You Need to Know - Friday, March 22, 2013

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jan 24, 2013

My Thoughts For Today:

#1 In the Top Story - Republicans vow to get to the bottom of Benghazi - given the nature of what occurred, it's good to see Republicans fighting on - Democrats are used to Republicans walking away from controversies over fear of backlash.

#2 Dems are so fiscally irresponsible that even a motion for a balanced budget is too much for them.

#3 CA voters are turning on big spending Sacramento projects such as the water bond and high speed rail - what will they do when the Dems want a tax increase for public employee pensions?

Top Story: Republicans Not Giving Up on Benghazi Inquiry

Must Read: Mona Charen: Republicans Should Prepare for the Collapse of Obamacare

Nat'l News:  Senate Dems Unite to Defeat Balanced Budget Motion - House approves Ryan Budget - Senate Rejects It

CA News: Unfunded pension liabilities for Teachers catching lawmakers attention

My Latest In Forbes:  Republicans Need A Smart Action Plan, Not Just Words -- The New Left Only Cares About Power, Not People -- Barack Obama Is No Ronald Reagan - He is the Worst of FD --- Jerry Brown Still Treating California's Jobless Like Unwanted Stepchildren ---  Republicans, Sun Tzu & Obama's Fiscal Cliff Victory

The Divided Era & the 2012 Election

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Oct 10, 2012

Please share this column - it addresses the growing partisanship in America and provides a framework for why and how we got here.

The Divided Era & The 2012 election