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What You Need To Know For Thursday, January 29, 2015

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jan 5, 2015

 

My Latest In Forbes

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My Latest In The Washington Times:

Americans Need To Stop Disbelieving The Terrorists

Top Story: Obama and the Congress Trusted Equally on the Economy

My Thoughts: The economy is never far from the top concern for voters - most often it is the number one issue.  The American economy is badly lopsided today. The Democrats should be suffering from that politically but they are not because the Republicans have failed to offer concrete solutions and have sold Americans on the nature of the problem or their solution.

What I Read Today:

Nat'l News:

CA News:

My Thoughts on the State of the Union:  

The President presented a rosy view of America in his State of the Union address. To do that, he either stretched the truth or took credit for things his policies didn’t foster.

Here is the truth of the matter.

1. Lower Unemployment Rate/11 million new jobs. The published unemployment rate is now a meaningless figure. If the same labor force participation rate existed as when he took office, the unemployment rate would be 9.9% not below 6%. The 11 million number is a not net number – it doesn’t include lost jobs during the same period. It’s a phony number. Conclusion. True unemployment is historically very high and Obama is stretching the truth and his policies have failed by historical standards.

2. Free of the grip of Foreign Oil/Booming energy production. The private sector has reduced our dependence on foreign oil – not government. Energy production is booming on private land not on government land. Indeed, Obama’s EPA has fought the private sector all the way. Conclusion: Obama is taking credit for things the private sector did and he tried to defeat.

3. Combat missions over in Afghanistan. It is true that much of our forces left. However, the mission was not completed and thousands of troops remain. Conclusion. The unwary could conclude that his words mean the mission was completed and we left. Obama is being deceptive at best.

4. Growing Economy/Wages rising. It is true that the economy is growing. But, as Obama’s Federal Reserve Chair has said, it is an uneven recovery. Over 50% of the nation is living paycheck to paycheck. Wages actually fell in the last report. Conclusion: a true recovery has not reached much of America. Obama is not telling the truth.

5. 10 Million uninsured Americans got health insurance. That may be how many have signed on to some aspect of Obamacare - but that doesn’t mean they were previously uninsured. The number of uninsured has remained basically the same despite 5 years since it passed. Conclusion. Obama is using a deceptive number and America doesn’t like Obamacare.

6. Middle Class Economics Works. Actually, there is no such term and the middle class is being hurt the most by his policies. Conclusion: A ridiculous comment if there ever was.

7. Tax Increase. Creating a tax code that worsens the divide between those that pay and those that don’t is bad economics and foments class warfare. That tax increase would drive the economy down and result in more unemployment. Class warfare, meanwhile, destroys civilizations – it doesn’t lift them up.

8. “Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran.” The policy toward Iran is a near total failure. To be sure, Iran is a very difficult problem not of his original making. The closer relations between Iran and Russia, as embodied by the new accord signed between the two today, demonstrates the continuing failure of his policies. Iran could restart is nuclear program unfettered almost at any time. Sanctions brought Iran to the table. They will not be detrimental if they are increased.

9. American leadership is working to destroy ISIL/Use of Force. Tell that to those being slaughtered. He asked tonight for Congressional approval to use force? However, he has been using for months and their on troops on the ground for a war in Iraq he said he ended - and, oh BTW - they are a far higher danger than climate change.

10. Opposing Russian Aggression. Really? They have the land they want.

Despite his claims, America is more divided than ever before. We fight over our larger government at every turn. His policies have only increased that division.

Finally, the applause given to him was among the most tepid I have ever seen for a State of the Union. Obama's speaking and speaking and speaking has lost its charm. Obviously, Congress doesn’t believe him either.

Politicalvanguard.com's Top 10 Winners & Losers of 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Dec 22, 2014

It is year end awards time.  

Find out where Obama, Hillary, Republicans, Democrats,

and others fall on the list!

Click here for Politicalvanguard.com's winners and losers of 2014.

 

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

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

Follow me on Twitter:  @tomdelbeccaro  Listed As One of The Top 25 CA  Conservatives on Twitter

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.

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