Just like the payroll tax increase, increased fuel costs in the form of high gasoline prices are eating up paychecks while providing no additional economic benefit or utility. In 2012, the average household spent a record $2,912 on gasoline. Compared to the 2002 average of $1,235, that is an extra $1,677 that families have been forced to spend on transportation costs.
Admiral Hyman Rickover graduated from the Naval Academy and faced anti-Semitism throughout his career. Still, he pressed on to create the nuclear Navy. By his bulldog determination, Rickover gave America the means to withstand a Soviet nuclear first strike and still wipe out that evil empire. Knowing that Rickoverâ€™s submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) could deliver a knockout blowâ€”even if the continental U.S. had been destroyed--provided the balance in what Churchill called the balance of terror.
For him to have made such unqualified assurances to the American peopleâ€”not once but dozens of timesâ€”and for us to learn that he always knew that promise could not be keptâ€”will haunt his presidency. He has impeached himself.
President Obama willÂ notÂ attend ceremonies at Gettysburg later this month marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's immortal address. Thank goodness! Mr. Obama has been getting few kudos of late. His Gallup approval rating has slipped into the thirties. But in this, we can applaud his action.
With unsustainable public pensions and corrupt leadership like Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was sentenced last month to 28 years in prison for fraud, bribery, and racketeering, the cityâ€™s vast wealth was bled dry. Elected city leaders wasted billions on unnecessary projects like the People Mover, Comerica Park, Fox Theater, Renaissance Center, and others while neglecting the basic needs of their increasingly destitute population.
Today, we see millions, yes,Â millionsÂ of Americans, losing their health care coverage. These are the folks who were promised over and over by President Obama â€śif you like your doctor, you can keep him or her; if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.â€ť Well, it turns out that millions of Americans cannot keep their doctors or their plans. They have been betrayed. They are outraged. They should be.
Mikey Weinstein heads up an outfit called Military Religious Freedom FoundationÂ (MRFF), which might be shortened to Murfs. These atheizers are not to be confused with those cuddly Smurfs. The little blue cartoon character Smurfs all wear Phrygian capsâ€”a symbol of freedom. No, Murfs take it on themselves toÂ smotherÂ religious freedom.
President Obama was schooled in moral equivalence of East and West.Â Weâ€™ve never asked to see his grades at Columbia or Harvard, but it would be instructive to know at leastÂ which courses he took at those Ivy League liberal bastions.Â He has acknowledged attending Marxist scholars' conferences as a college student, but how many of the actual courses he tookÂ would have equipped him to understand American Exceptionalism?
There are plenty of reasons for pause when Mayors Against Illegal Guns becomes involved in an issue. After all, it is the same group that included Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and California cop killer Christopher Dorner among a list of â€śvictims of gun violence.â€ť Moreover, it is a group whose extreme positions extend far beyond what many members signed up for. Bloombergâ€™s group has lost dozens of members throughout the year as more and more member mayors have realized that Bloomberg is advocating for far more restrictive proposals than simply keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.
Christian persecution around the world is no joke. It is mounting daily. And it is coming in many of those Muslim majority lands to which President Obama famously extended, not a clenched fist, but an open hand. Along with his open hand too often came an opening of our Treasury doors. Some of the worst abusers of human rights and religious freedom are recipients of U.S. foreign and military aid