Scary for the anti-immigration crowd. “Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, S.C., and Democrat Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, Ill., are about as far apart in manner and ideology as they could be. . . .But their friendship may offer the U.S. House its best chance to find agreement on how to secure the border, overhaul procedures for legal immigration and deal with the 11 million people in the country illegally.”
The frightful fall continues for the White House. “Overall, 41% approve of Obama’s performance as president vs. 52% who disapprove. The net -11% is his lowest yet.”
Alarming stats for the anti-gay marriage forces. “By an unprecedented 55%-40%, Americans say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights of traditional marriage. That’s the highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996.” I think they’ve lost the argument.
It is worrisome that he has never had a coherent Egypt policy. This rhetoric is nice, but President Obama’s policy hasn’t matched it. “The way we make decisions about assistance to Egypt is based on, are they in fact following rule of law, and democratic procedures? We do make decisions based on whether or not a government is listening to the opposition, maintaining a free press, maintaining freedom of assembly, not using violence and intimidation, conducting fair and free elections. And those are the kinds of things we’re examining, and we press the Egyptian government very hard on those issues.”
John Kerry’s lack of understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unnerving. “[W]hat has been and remains mysterious to me is why Mr. Kerry thinks progress will be made on final status issues if and when he manages to get talks started. What’s new here that would lead to optimism? All that is new in the region–from tensions between Hamas and Fatah that make concessions tougher for Abbas to troubles inside Likud that pressure Netanyahu against concessions, to the situations in Lebanon and Jordan, the amazing levels of violence in Syria, and the current instability on Egypt–suggests that making peace will be harder, not easier, than in the past when attempts after all failed.” Read the whole thing.
Kerry’s approach to China is even more terrifying. He wanted a “special relationship” with the Communist dictatorship and now this: “Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that relations with China would not be upset by allegations that it had facilitated the flight of Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former national security contractor.” They should be upset, otherwise we will see more of the same.
If you think the U.S. economy is in the doldrums, here’s some chilling news from Europe. “Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro hit another all-time high in May, official data showed Monday. . . .The figures will make sobering reading for the region’s politicians as they gather in Berlin this week to tackle the problem of youth unemployment — nearly one in four people aged under-25 are out of work — and the damage it is doing to the eurozone’s economy and social fabric.” Keep in mind the E.U. is our largest trading partner.