Buying American: It’s more difficult than you think

May 26, 2015

…and will only get worse

We’ve all felt the bone-deep frustration of wanting to buy American made items and being met with a sea of foreign produced goods. Whether we’re looking for the latest in technology, a wrench or a new pair of running shoes, the dearth of American products is not only apparent, but often the manufacturing  origin is stealthily concealed.  The words “distributed by” assure consumers of a distribution address in New York. A magnifier is needed to read the much smaller print “Made in China” or PRC (People’s Republic of China).

Eighty-four percent of American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product, believing them to be more reliable than imported ones, according to a recent survey. Respondents said they were even willing to pay more for U.S. made goods.

Consumer Reports, the longtime rating and recommendations company, gives the lowdown on the issue and provides a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the United States. Trying to sort it out becomes even more confusing, since some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country.

Food products are not immune from the garbled presentations. They give the example of brands of salmon that are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American manufacturing lost almost 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2010. “Offshoring” became a buzzword with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But the more recent hemorrhaging of jobs was due in large part to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. A decade of BLS data reveals heavy job losses across more than a dozen manufacturing sectors, including apparel and textiles, electrical equipment, iron and steel production, computers, glass, and leather tanning and finishing.

Last Tuesday we wrote that Congressional Republicans are foolishly poised to give Barack Obama irreversible fast track authority on Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation trade agreement that provides an unrestricted flow of workers into the United States. This is particularly dangerous since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution.  If you missed the post and accompanying video, take time to acquaint yourself with the facts.

The previous day the post “GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal” reveals the depth of the putrid deception being flung by Republicrats who claim to representative us.


Boy Scouts victims of homosexual agenda

May 23, 2015

 Bizarro world of gay activism incrementally pushes agenda, sets standards

Homosexuality, which until 1973 was defined as deviant behavior by the American Psychiatric Association, has —- 42 years later —- become “gay” and trendy. Celebrities stumble over themselves to be the latest to declare their inclinations for members of the same sex. We are treated to countless characters in movies, on stage, coming into our homes via comedy programming and even the cartoons children watch.  Who doesn’t know that 65-year-old Bruce Jenner, a three times married father of six and stepfather of four is “transitioning into womanhood?” We are told this is worthy of celebration.

How do the Boy Scouts of America fit into this scenario? Start with their oath:

“On my honor, I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

The Scout Law states: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Founded in 1909, scouting taught boys various survival skills, patriotism and morality. They earned merit badges for completing projects. Many city kids went camping for the first time in their lives. Public schools were happy to sponsor troops. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge commended the three fundamentals of scouting: reverence for nature, for the law and for God.

Fast forward: Since the 1990’s, Scouting has been at the center of a firestorm. Homosexual activists and their surrogates have instituted several high-profile lawsuits, citing the BSA’s core belief that homosexuals cannot serve as scout leaders since that violates the traditional moral values defined in the Scout Oath and Law.

As an example, the ACLU of San Diego claimed that the organization’s practice was discriminatory and should make them ineligible for the use of public funds or public lands.

In 2005, the BSA removed the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools after the ACLU threatened to sue taxpayer-funded institutions that charter the troops.

The city of Philadelphia, citing the Scout’s “anti-gay policies” pressured the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America to vacate the building the BSA built on city property in the simpler times of 1928 and has used rent-free for decades. In 2013, the city bought the building from the Scouts. At the time, more than 17,000 boys were served by the Council in Philadelphia and Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

Gay rights activists in dozens of cities persuaded United Way to stop supporting the Scouts, though UW distributed nearly $2 million to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and no voices were raised in protest.

Now we learn that Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and President of Boy Scouts of America, has called for an end to the group’s ban on homosexual troop leaders. Gates, a former Eagle Scout (the highest scouting rank), declares, “We cannot ignore the social, political and judicial changes taking place in our country. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo….cannot be maintained.” 

A righteous organization providing guidance to countless boys, many from fatherless homes, becomes the villain in this topsy-turvy world of sexual politics.

The kids lose.


Obama handcuffs police

May 20, 2015

On February 28, 1997, Los Angeles police officers engaged in one of the most violent gun battles in modern law enforcement history. A foiled bank robbery and the lengthy exchange of gun fire that followed came to be known as the North Hollywood Shootout. Twelve officers and eight civilians were wounded. The two heavily armed bank robbers eventually were taken down. What makes this shootout involving nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition memorable is the fact that the police were outgunned by the criminals who were wearing the latest in body armor and carrying military-level armaments. The battle gave police agencies a compelling reason to better equip patrol officers, arming them with semi-automatic rifles, rather than pistols and 12-gauge shotguns.

That was then and this is now.

Barack Obama has announced a ban on federal transfers of various types of military-style gear to local police departments.

“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they’re an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said in a speech in Camden, New Jersey earlier this week. He said such equipment can “alienate and intimidate local residents and may send the wrong message.”

He announced the formation of a volunteer, “Elite Tech Team,” described as “data scientists, software engineers, and tech leaders, to assist law enforcement.” Obama absurdly says, “They’re going to work with the police department to troubleshoot some of the technical challenges so it’s even easier for police departments to do the things they already want to do in helping to track what’s going on in communities, and then also helping to make sure that data is used effectively to identify where there are trouble spots, where there are problems, are there particular officers that may need additional help, additional training.  All that can be obtained in a really effective, efficient way,” he claimed. 

Since when is it up to the President of the United States to decide how individual city police departments function and which officers may “need help or additional training?” Exactly how do volunteers fit into that scenario?

Through an executive order, Obama instructed federal departments to consult with police and civil rights groups to come up with restrictions on police use of military equipment. 

Obama also declared that he is launching what he calls “Promise Zones,” to combat “a sense of unfairness and powerlessness, to change the odds for communities because we’re providing job training, and helping to reduce violence, and expanding affordable housing.” 

Instilling the importance of education, respect, and working to lower the astronomical out-of-wedlock births in black communities —- which carry a near certain guarantee of poverty and accompanying high crime rates —- would be a great starting point. 

But don’t expect that to happen. The national media remains fixated on supporting Obama’s agenda of racial divisiveness, dutifully reporting on his betrayal of our dedicated law enforcement personnel —- blaming them for unrest and now severely restricting their abilities to serve and protect.


GOP aids Obama’s stealth immigration, climate change power grab & UPDATE

May 19, 2015

Republicans foolishly poised to give Obama fast track on Trans Pacific Partnership, providing irreversible authority, since treaties supersede statutes under U.S. Constitution

This is huge,” Dick Morris tells America‘s Forum host J.D. Hayworth as he discusses Obama’s attempt to fast track Trans Pacific Partnership.*  (video under link)

“I hope that everybody listening takes action, call your senator about it.  If he‘s a Republican. he‘s voting wrong.  I don’t think the people understand that in this deal, which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru and Chili, there is a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union.

What that means is unrestricted immigration.  It means literally that Congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration, because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”

Morris continues, “Obama is going to try to circumvent the legislative process and use the treaty-making authority do stuff that Congress can’t repeal, and a future president can’t change. As he enters the seventh year of his presidency, that’s what he’s focused on.  Under the guise of a NAFTA-like trade agreement it provides for unrestricted immigration within these eleven countries, which means any Mexican can come here to the United States legally, stay here, be naturalized, become a citizen and vote — and Congress can’t do anything about it. The Constitution enumerates the powers of Congress. One of them is Immigration and Naturalization.  This supersedes that and it does so for all time. Because you can’t repeal a treaty unless the other signatories agree.’

“It also could become the way to get Climate Change in,” Morris warns.  “He’s taking the whole legislative agenda and putting it in a treaty and getting it ratified and then it becomes as good as a Constitutional Amendment.

In this case Obama is putting it in a treaty and asking congress to approve fast track authority.  The idea that with all the power this president has grabbed, the Republicans are about to give him fast track, which means he can do  any trade agreement he wants and ratification is almost automatic, and the Democrats are opposing this. It is entirely Republican votes that are pushing it and they just don’t understand what’s in the damn bill.”

“This is not amnesty,“ Morris tells Hayworth. “Amnesty is for people who are already here.”

Watch this vitally important interview beginning at 5:52.

 * Besides the United States there are 11 other countries involved in  the TPP: :Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Update-tag

On Thurs. May 21, 2015, by a roll call vote of 62 to 38, this is the Senate vote on HR 1314. This measure is expected to be the vehicle in the Senate guaranteeing Obama’s trade promotion authority. Check out the votes of Arizona’s Senators.


Stephanopoulos acted disreputably…but “for the best reasons”

May 16, 2015

The unbridled arrogance of the left exposed once again

George Stephanopoulos, chief political correspondent and anchor for ABC News, as well as the co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and host of the Sunday show, “This Week,” has been exposed as a high dollar donor to the increasingly questionable Clinton Foundation. 

Among the myriad revelations to emerge regarding the donor list is the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, a former Canadian mining company that was taken over by Russia in 2013 with U.S. government approval. From 2009 through 2013, Uranium One’s chairman donated a whopping $2.35 million to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton claims that there is “not an inherent conflict of interest” between the foundation donations and her decisions at the State Department. Foreign governments with much to gain also contributed. 

Stephanopoulos, who had not previously disclosed his own donations, has now admitted he has given a total of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. That figure represents contributions of $25,000 each in three consecutive years. ABC News initially said that Stephanopoulos had given a total of $50,000 to the foundation —- which has raised nearly $2 billion since it was founded in 2001

Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer rightly refers to Stephanopoulos’ donations as a “massive ethical breach.” After Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee joined the chorus for him recuse himself from all 2016 coverage, he has finally acquiesced and will step aside.

This man is not a political novice. Prior to joining the network, Stephanopoulos was communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to President Clinton. He was also communications director on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. 

This video montage shows Stephanopoulos shamelessly acting as Clinton Defender-In Chief.

Stephanopoulos apologized for not making the contributions public knowledge. The left-of-center network issued a statement saying he was wrong not to disclose the contribution though calling it “an honest mistake.’ 

In an interview Stephanopoulos acknowledged that while he made the donations “for the best reasons,” he now realizes he “probably shouldn’t have” done so, even as he nobly characterized his “substantial donations” as given to “stop the spread of AIDS, help children and protect the environment in poor counties.” 

Would this newly selfless and benevolent, longtime Clinton political strategist, have come to that conclusion had he not gotten caught?


Parent alert: The Feds want your kids 24/7

May 13, 2015

Public boarding schools on Obama regime’s agenda

It was not even a dozen years ago that apprehensive Arizona parents balked at what was being pushed as “Full Day Kindergarten” by leftist Gov. Janet Napolitano. It was put into effect in 2004 despite objections to the governmental overreach subjecting preschoolers to institutionalization and liberal indoctrination when they were barely out of diapers.

Many parents opted out.

Fast forward as the educrats have even more insidious schemes in mind for America’s children. Federal Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday proposed the idea of public boarding schools open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“One idea that I threw out is the idea of public boarding schools,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “That’s a little bit of a different idea —- a controversial idea —- but the question is do we have some children where there’s not a mom, there’s not a dad, there’s not a grandma, there’s just nobody at home?”

Does Duncan mean ever? Or are these parents or other relatives simply at work when the kids arrive home from school?  We all know not all home situations are ideal, but less ideal are governmental communes.

“There’s just certain kids we should have 24/7 to really create a safe environment and give them a chance to be successful,” Arne Duncan continued. “I think all of our schools should be community centers,” he said. “Our schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day with a wide variety of after-school programming.

Pay attention. We are witnessing the incremental encroachment of the benevolent dictatorship which author Aldous Huxley prophetically envisioned in 1932 in his literary masterpiece, “Brave New World.”  No longer fictional, it’s being brought to us nearly 85 years later by the Obama administration. This book was once required reading in high school English classes. It needs to be brought back.

Read the full CNSNews report by Penny Starr who points to documented soaring school violence rates. The report includes the brief but nonetheless alarming news video clip of Secretary Duncan.


AZ Republic wants to mute your voice, muzzle your vote

May 11, 2015

It wasn’t that long ago, the daily newspaper was rife with editorials, columns, contrivances and a variety of other machinations passing themselves off as reports, pushing what it termed the “non-partisan,” or “Top Two” Primary. In a nutshell, the scheme does away with party aligned voters selecting their own candidates to run in the General Election. The ideal scenario of the leftists at the newspaper would have the “Top Two” both Democrats, restricting voter’s choices to liberal or liberal. Swell for the leftists at the newspaper, bad for the rest of us.  

There have been other such schemes over the years. The warm and fuzzy sounding “Home Rule,” included provisions to appoint all county “line officers” as they were dismissively called, including the County Attorney, Sheriff, Treasurer and School Superintendent. Though its intent was to eliminate citizen’s ability to vote for these and other county officials —-  turning the immense appointment power over to the Board of Supervisors —- it was promoted as merely a “housekeeping” budgetary provision. Arizona voters caught on quickly as did the elected office holders, both successfully pushing back against this ruse.

Now the slippery tricksters at the Fish Wrap have taken the editorial route again to advocate for appointing the five members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, charged among numerous other tasks, with regulating utility rates. Ambiguous language is its tool in trade and denials of hazy allegations are flippantly dismissed. Regardless of the specious reasons the newspaper puts forward for taking away the vote of the people —- this time —- the actual reason is purely political. Commissioners Tom Forese, Doug Little, Bob Stump, Bob Burns and Chairman Susan Bitter Smith have one thing in common that rankles the folks at the Arizona Republic: They are all Republican.  So are the Maricopa County elected officeholders with the exception of a single County Supervisor.

 In July 2012 columnist Robert Robb candidly exposed the Republic’s angst regarding the Top Two. His words apply to the latest crusade to remove our vote:

“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona. The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”

No wonder the liberals get testy.


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