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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: James Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy…[more]

December 10, 2018 • 03:51 pm

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On the Utopian Ideology of a Borderless World:
 
 

"The activists behind the latest migrant caravan dream of dissolving national frontiers. But all they're doing is hardening existing borders -- and the hearts and minds of Americans fed up with such stunts and the worldview that inspires them.

"The sight of more than 7,000 mostly Hondurans and Guatemalans trekking across southern Mexico, en route to the US, is sure to rouse the GOP base, which is why most Democrats are keeping mum two weeks from the midterms. The images also lend credence to heartland anxieties about organized, systematic efforts to pierce US sovereignty and flood the southern border with newcomers.

"And make no mistake: This is an organized effort. A Mexico-based outfit called Pueblos Sin Fronteras ('People Without Borders') has been arranging route logistics and publicizing the exodus, though you'd be hard-pressed to find references to the group in most mainstream coverage of the caravanistas. Liberal reporters and editors, I suspect, think a spontaneous caravan makes for a more heart-tugging story.

"But much as Pueblos would like to disclaim responsibility, this many people don't decide willy-nilly to travel 2,500 miles on foot, no matter how desperate they might be. Mass movement on this scale is a tremendous feat of coordination, and Pueblos has been perfecting the art for several years, long before Donald Trump's election to the White House."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Sohrab Ahmari, Commentary Magazine Senior Writer
— Sohrab Ahmari, Commentary Magazine Senior Writer
Posted October 26, 2018 • 08:19 am
 
 
On Better Health Care, State-Style:
 
 

"No one is guaranteed a tomorrow, but expectations run pretty high for happy days in the here and now. Americans consider first-rate health care a right tucked somewhere in the Constitution, between baseball and free hot dogs. The lengthy struggle over the proper role of government in facilitating access to modern medicine -- including the grinding Obamacare tug-of-war -- has reached an exhausting stalemate. With voters soon to pass judgment on the well-being of the nation, legislators at every level would be advised to get on with devising a health care system that Americans can live with. The key could be loosening the bureaucratic rules and enabling states to do what they were meant to do. ...

"Despite Obamacare's broken promises of freedom to keep one's doctor and less onerous premiums, a majority persists in backing a government-run medical entitlement in 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.' It would be surprising, except for the fact that the forceful vortex swirling off the Democratic Party's left wing is gathering strength and followers. In 2016, 51 percent of voters threw their support behind socialized medicine; now the figure is 60 percent, and only 37 percent disagree.

"Turning to the federal Leviathan for health care aid may be understandable, but the outcome is unaffordable. The average premiums Americans without employer-based coverage were forced to pay under Obamacare climbed 105 percent between 2013 and 2017, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, including a 37 percent increase this year. Medical bills are expected to increase only 3 percent next year. The individual mandate repeal will enable individual taxpayers to withdraw from Obamacare next year, but without new choices, policies might still be too dear for average Americans short of a GoFundMe page.

"If more states win permission to innovate, Americans may conclude that neither Obamacare nor socialized medicine is the remedy they crave. Effective solutions could be much closer at hand than in Washington."

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted October 25, 2018 • 08:30 am
 
 
On the Dangers of the 'Data Industrial Complex':
 
 

"Apple's CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies -- arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a 'data industrial complex'.

"Cook did not namecheck the adtech elephants in the room: Google, Facebook and other background data brokers that profit from privacy-hostile business models. But his target was clear.

"'Our own information -- from the everyday to the deeply personal -- is being weaponized against us with military efficiency,' warned Cook. 'These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded and sold.

"'Taken to the extreme this process creates an enduring digital profile and lets companies know you better than you may know yourself. Your profile is a bunch of algorithms that serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into harm.'

"'We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,' he added."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch Senior Reporter
— Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch Senior Reporter
Posted October 24, 2018 • 08:26 am
 
 
On the Immigrant Caravan and the Mid-Term Election:
 
 

"In love as in politics, timing is everything. Hardball politics is hastening a caravan of immigrants rumbling north toward the United States, on course to arrive sometime around Election Day, Nov. 6. The sight of thousands of illegals from Central America crashing the border could haunt voters as they step into the voting booth. Rather than propel the media-predicted flood of Democratic Party victories, it could have the opposite effect, reinforcing the growing feeling among Americans that they're on the verge of losing their nation. Will Americans decide who crosses the border, or enable prospective immigrants to do it for them. ...

"Border security has been one of President Trump's signature promises, and he tweets what many Americans are thinking as they watch news accounts of the advancing throng: 'Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large caravans, that there's no support for legislation to enable effective support for laws to protect the country.'

"His pledge to return to the right to decide who may and may not share their their country should be a winner. That's what helped Donald Trump win the White House. Two years on, Gallup finds that Republican favorability outpolls Democratic favorability 45-44 percent to Gallup. As voters witness the immigrant caravan approach from the south and ponder the coming chaos of Democrats' open-borders policies, they're likely to conclude that Donald Trump has got it right."

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted October 23, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Election Day's Blue Wave:
 
 

"Every election people talk about an 'October surprise' that upends the conventional wisdom about the outcome. Well, it appears we can see the contours of at least one October surprise. The Democrats have managed to shoot themselves in the foot with their handling of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and the antics of their most extreme supporters. The 'Blue Wave' that liberals have been waiting for may still come, but it's more likely to splash the knees of most GOP incumbents than to submerge them.

"Veteran political handicapper Charlie Cook puts it bluntly in his latest column at the Cook Political Report, in which he asks whether 'those who led the out-of-control demonstrations on Capitol Hill against the Kavanaugh nomination have any understanding of how much damage they did to Democrats and the party's chances of winning a majority in the Senate.' His answer: 'My guess is they don't. But Senate Democrats probably do.'

"Cook now says the odds of Democrats winning a Senate a majority are 'long, no better than 1 in 5.' As of today, 'a Republican net gain of a seat or two seems most likely, moving the GOP up to either 52 or 53 seats, though a gain of three seats or no net change [is] entirely possible.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— John Fund, National Review
— John Fund, National Review
Posted October 22, 2018 • 08:36 am
 
 
On the Proper Role of the Supreme Court in our Constitutional System:
 
 

"With the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, for the first time in generations there is a majority of justices on the Supreme Court who, to varying degrees, practice originalism and textualism. This means that the Court can systematically begin to restore the Constitution to its original meaning. This constitutional restoration does not mean that the Constitution's original meaning is the best choice from a policy perspective on any given issue. It means that the people get to decide what is best, and the Supreme Court is bound to follow their will. The Court has no authority to diverge from the Constitution's original meaning, only a duty to return to it until the people decide otherwise. And with the Court's new makeup, a day when it once again sits atop the 'least dangerous' branch of government is within sight."

 
 
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
— John Yoo and James C. Phillips
Posted October 19, 2018 • 08:08 am
 
 
On Repealing Obamacare:
 
 

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans will try again to repeal Obamacare if they have the votes to do so after the November midterm elections.

"'If we had the votes to completely start over, we'd do it,' he told Reuters on Wednesday. 'But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks ...We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.'

"The GOP's efforts under President Trump to overturn the Affordable Care Act crashed in July of last summer after a dramatic vote rejected the repeal bill by just one no vote, that of recently deceased Republican Senator John McCain."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mairead McArdle, National Review Online
— Mairead McArdle, National Review Online
Posted October 18, 2018 • 08:12 am
 
 
On the Clintons' Latest Foray Into the Public Square:
 
 

"The last thing Democrats wanted to do in October 2018 was talk about the Clintons.

"Bill and Hillary Clinton aren't just the past of the Democratic Party. The once-enormously-popular two-term president and the party's 2016 standard-bearer are the living embodiments of two of the Democrats' biggest problems: hypocrisy about the #MeToo movement, which they believe they can exploit politically, and contempt for the working-class voters who cost the party the last presidential election.

"Any mention of the Clintons, whether with respect to Bill Clinton's predatory personal behavior or Hillary's insatiable need to relitigate her 2016 defeat and to justify her incompetent presidential campaign, distracts the voters from the topic Democrats want to discuss: President Donald Trump.

"And yet, talking heads even on the network shows and cable-news outlets most hostile to Trump have spent a considerable amount of time reacting to the Clintons' latest foray into the public square. Rationalizing Bill and Hillary is hard duty, yet some on the left are still up to the task, though they seem to be doing it more out of habit than conviction. But even those most inclined to sympathize with the Clintons seem to understand that justifying their latest statements -- or even their puzzling decision to take to the road as a duo on a pricey lecture tour -- is a counterproductive exercise for those who would rather be expending effort attacking Republicans. ...

"Why are the Clintons sabotaging their party in this manner?

"Only they can answer that question, but it's clear that their sense of entitlement is at the heart of their refusal to simply go away, as so much of the country would prefer they do. They remain as clueless about the inappropriateness of the former president's unrepentant attitude as they were about how Hillary's deceitful attitude about the email scandal and other key issues cost her the election. Their belief that their self-proclaimed high-minded motives justify anything they do defines them as much today as it did in 1998 or 2016."

 
 
— Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS.org Editor in Chief and National Review Contributor
— Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS.org Editor in Chief and National Review Contributor
Posted October 17, 2018 • 08:09 am
 
 
On Summoning Witches to Anti-War Rally:
 
 

"Politicians talk about 'witch hunts' so often that the occult has almost become cliche in American politics. But in Arizona, there's at least one candidate on the ballot who takes sorcery very seriously.

"Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is not a witch. But she has been known to hang out with witches. It was during the height of the Iraq War when Sinema, then a far-left protest organizer, summoned supernatural help to stop the Iraq War.

"Emails obtained by the Washington Examiner show Sinema inviting a prominent coven of feminist witches in Arizona called Pagan Cluster to celebrate International Women's Day and to protest the war in March of 2003. Code Pink protesters wore pink, obviously enough, and the Women in Black wore black. But Sinema encouraged the witches to wear 'colorful clothing and come ready to dance, twirl, and stay in touch with your inner creativity and with the Earth.'"

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Philip Wegmann, Washington Examiner
— Philip Wegmann, Washington Examiner
Posted October 16, 2018 • 08:28 am
 
 
On How the U.S. Should Respond to Saudi Arabia & the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi:
 
 

"Saudi Arabia has been the linchpin of America's Middle East strategy for close to a century. That relationship has not been without costs. What would the cost be if the alliance fractured? The Saudis would be imperiled in Yemen, potentially endangering the free flow of traffic in the Gulf of Aden. Iranian victory there would extend a Shia crescent in the south to accompany the one running through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

"Governments without democratic legitimacy are brittle and unpredictable -- a fact highlighted not only by Khashoggi but also by recent Saudi actions against Canada and the crown prince's delayed IPO of oil giant Aramco. America has sustained and protected the Saudis for decades. Withdrawing such protection would open the regime to both domestic and international challenges. As President Trump put it recently, Saudi Arabia wouldn't last two weeks without American support. The Middle East and Levant already are filled with examples of state failure. Is America prepared to risk another?

"A Saudi meltdown would deprive the United States of a counterterrorist ally, roil energy markets, create pockets of instability in which jihadists and Iranian-backed militias thrive, and cause headaches for Israel. To forestall such a disaster, the Saudis, like others before them, might turn to either Russia or China for support. That would accelerate the waning of American influence in the Middle East. It would boost the very autocracies we condemn.

"Punish the Saudis if it turns out they acted no better than Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, and Iran. And as you weigh the evidence and consider the form of reprimand, keep in mind the following: The penalty must fit the crime; neither democracy nor peace is likely to follow the end of the House of Saud; and the morality of cable news and the op-ed page counts for little in the ruthless, brutal, conspiratorial, and bloody Middle East."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief, Writing in National Review
— Matthew Continetti, Washington Free Beacon Editor in Chief, Writing in National Review
Posted October 15, 2018 • 08:05 am
 
Question of the Week   
The son of which one of the following U.S. politicians currently serves as a Marine aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting…[more]
 
 
—John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
 
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