Hillary Clinton finally caught red-handed in her incompetence. “That whole ‘reset’ has been a problem for her from the start. The red button didn’t actually say reset when she presented it to her Russian counterpart. She has to lay low here, tied to Benghazi, because this is something that Republicans flow back to, and use to rally their base and drive the fundraising dollars to Republican candidates. This fall and 2016.”
Between Iran, Syria and Russia, President Obama’s foreign policy errors have piled up and embarrassed the liberal foreign policy establishment. Lee Smith recalls, “President Obama has made nuclear nonproliferation one of his highest priorities but. . . . the White House’s weak response on Ukraine is sending all the wrong messages. Ukraine was left with an enormous nuclear arsenal of 1,800 weapons, more than any other country at the time except for Russia and the United States. The Clinton administration was concerned that these warheads might get loose and convinced Kiev to sign on to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, with which Ukraine agreed to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and send its nuclear arsenal to Russia — in exchange for security ‘assurances’ from Russia, the U.S. and United Kingdom that included ‘promises to respect Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty within its existing borders, as well as refraining from threatening or using force against Ukraine.'” Silly them.
If you want to boost the economy, let in foreign brainiacs who are experts in their field. “High-skilled immigrant workers spend and invest, supporting businesses and the economy. Generally, highly skilled workers earn much more than average U.S. wages, with those in the STEM fields earning almost twice the average. The top 20% of high earners account for 38% of all spending. . . . Highly skilled immigrants help create jobs. They increase innovation and productivity and are more likely to start a new business than U.S.-born workers. Startup businesses are the true engine of job creation in the U.S. economy.
Another bad call by the Obama team. Bend the cost-curve down? Hardly: “Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.”
Doctors may take a walk. “Doctors groups fear their members won’t get paid because of an unusual 90-day grace period for government-subsidized health plans and are urging physicians to check patients’ insurance status before every visit.”
Once again, the Obama foreign policy team strikes out. “The Obama administration prides itself on ‘isolating’ U.S. adversaries . . . .Now Russia joins the list: it is supposedly isolated because of an un-adopted UN resolution. They are laughing at the American president in North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Russia (literally in the latter case): do not cross President Obama, or he might “isolate” you. Meanwhile, the nuclear tests, ICBM launches, civilian massacres (using only conventional weapons), centrifuge whirrings, and cross-border military moves go on, undeterred by past or prospective Obama ‘isolations.'”
The pipeline is a hit even with Democrats, but Obama defers to his left-wing base. “As the Obama administration deliberates over whether to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built, the proposed pipeline continues to draw broad support from the public. Currently, 61% favor building the pipeline while 27% are opposed. These views have changed little over the past year. As previous surveys on the pipeline proposal have found, there is far more support for constructing the pipeline among Republicans (84% favor) and independents (61%) than among Democrats. About half of Democrats (49%) favor building the pipeline while 38% are opposed.”