by Sam Rolley
As violent Islamic extremists in the Middle East vow to bring bloodshed to the U.S. homeland, the federal government continues its politically correct willful ignorance of the threat radical Islam poses to the well-being of American citizens.
Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his country raised its terror threat level to “severe,” its second highest spot, because of the ISIS terror threat.
“The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the UK,” he said.
Cameron also spoke of the challenges related to responding to a terrorist threat rooted in religious extremism.
“This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with perceived grievances over Western foreign policy,” he said. “Nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship or instability in the region – as important as these things are.
“The root cause of this threat to our security is quite clear. It is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism that is condemned by all faiths and faith leaders.”
The British actions and willingness to admit that Islamic extremism is a major threat contrast sharply with the stance that American officials have taken in conversations about ISIS.
Last week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that there was no indication that ISIS is plotting attacks against the U.S.
“I can tell you with great clarity and certainty that if that threat existed inside of Syria that it would certainly be my strong recommendation that we would deal with it,” he said. “I have every confidence that the president of the United States would deal with it.”
Officials at the U.S. State Department have taken a similar stance, claiming that there was no indication that ISIS is religiously motivated, or bent on attacking the U.S.
“This is not about [ISIS] versus the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “They are killing anyone who gets in their way: Sunnis, Shia Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, Iraqis, Syrians, anyone who gets in their way — and now an American.”
“So this is not about what the United States is or isn’t doing,” Harf continued. “This is about [ISIS] stated a commitment to murder, rape, enslave people who don’t agree with their ideology and who get in their way.”
She later added, “[T]hey can say whatever they’d like, but what I am making clear is that’s not what [ISIS] represents. And they don’t represent any religion. They are at war with everybody they come into contact with.”
Addressing tea party, Republican, and veterans groups, Lynch met more than 1,000 Americans throughout Florida last week, and spoke about a wide range of topics affecting the country. His focus, however, was on immigration—the subject of his first two documentaries, “They Come to America” and “They Come to America II.”
The former businessman has two goals in mind for the three-month tour: educate Americans about what’s really going on at the Southwest border and get them fired up.
“First of all, just when you look at immigration, immigration is the number one issue facing America … and yet, even the well-informed tea partier or the well-informed GOP member, they still don’t know all the facts,” he said in an interview with Townhall, pointing to the administration’s inflated deportation numbers and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s backing of work visas for illegal immigrants.
When they hear the truth, he said, “they’re baffled.”
After discussing the immigration crisis at the Jupiter, Florida event, Lynch analyzed which possible Republican presidential candidate could really fix the problem. The Palm Beach Tea Party reports:
… Mr. Lynch gave his view of the current crop of candidates. Marco Rubio “will not be re-elected to the Senate”, let alone the Presidency. Chris Christie “is not an effective leader” if he didn’t know about the bridge lane closures, Ted Cruz “will be completely destroyed by the mainstream media who despise him”, Rand Paul has been pandering and opposes voter ID laws, and Ben Carson “does not want the job”, as well as being in favor of full legalization. On the mention of Jeb Bush, his comment was drowned out by the laughter in the room, most of whom oppose our former governor’s views on common core and immigration reform.
While Lynch’s goals for the tour may have only been about educating people and encouraging them to take a stand against the direction this country is heading, many attendees in Florida had another objective: Find out if he will run for president in 2016.
The native New Yorker was first asked this question on Facebook last year. Since his latest film “We Ride to DC” was released, however, it has become a question he fields from his loyal followers daily, he explained.
When Townhall asked YN1 Lauren Price USN (Ret.) whether anyone at the Tampa Bay event she cohosted questioned Lynch about about running, her response was, “everyone did.”
Lynch, for his part, said he’s considering it.
“If people would rally behind me like Ben Carson I would do it because I want the job. I know I could get in there and get things done,” he said. “The reason why Ben Carson, I believe, is asked is because people want somebody who’s outside, they do not want a D.C. insider.”
Aside from being an acclaimed filmmaker and award-winning entrepreneur, it’s Lynch’s ability to connect with people of all stars and stripes that has helped garner interest in him as a possible candidate.
“He truly can affect every single person that he talks to,” said Price, who is the cofounder of VeteranWarriors, a veterans advocacy organization. “Dennis does really relate to every single person he speaks to regardless of their walk of life, or income, or gender, race, religion … and that’s what we need in a leader in this nation.”
If he plans to run, Lynch said he’s counting on what happened in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, when David Brat, a college economics professor, ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary election.
“If I decide to do this, I am 100 percent banking on what happened in that Cantor primary. I am banking on the fact that David can beat Goliath with the real, true message, and without having to have the money bank.”
“I very much want him to run,” Price said. “I’m hoping that it comes down to it, after he’s finished with his tour, that he decides to go ahead with it and surround himself with really strong people that can help make that happen.”
Federal Debt Has Doubled Since 2007
by Ben Bullard
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an update to its ten-year budget and economic outlook report Wednesday. It begins by touting the ongoing reduction in the federal budget deficit – that is, in the simplest terms, the amount of money the government is spending each year beyond what Congress budgeted for that year. In other words, we’re getting nominally closer to hitting the number Congress sets for the budget, but we’re still spending more than that.
Read on, though, and you’ll find the statistic that actually matters: the actual federal debt held by the public is growing rapidly, and is closing in on a figure that parallels three-quarters of the United States’ annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Right now, that number represents 74 percent of the annual GDP – up twofold from 2007 – and it’s on track to hit 77 percent of GDP by 2024. Publicly-held debt is the only type of federal debt reported on the government’s books as a liability. It outpaces the other type of federal debt – debt held by government accounts – by almost three to one. Debt held by government accounts, according to the Government Accountability Office, “represents balances in the federal government’s accounts—primarily trust funds—that accumulate surpluses…Trust funds for Social Security, Medicare, Military Retirement and Health Care, and Civil Service Retirement and Disability account for the vast majority of the total debt held by government accounts.”
Here’s the CBO’s Doug Elmendorf, who authored the official remarks on the updated projections:
Looking ahead, CBO’s baseline projections show what we think would happen if current laws governing taxes and spending generally remain unchanged. Those baseline projections are designed to serve as a benchmark that policymakers can use when considering possible changes to laws.
…We expect that federal debt held by the public will reach 74 percent of GDP at the end of this fiscal year—more than twice what it was at the end of 2007 and higher than in any year since 1950. And in our baseline projections, that debt reaches 77 percent of GDP in 2024 and is on an upward trajectory.
Such large and growing federal debt would have serious negative consequences, including:
- Increasing federal spending for interest payments;
- Restraining economic growth in the long term;
- Giving policymakers less flexibility to respond to unexpected challenges; and
- Eventually increasing the risk of a fiscal crisis.
Remember, that projection operates on the assumption that the next president and Congress won’t approve accelerated borrowing and spending, but will instead maintain the rate of increase that exists now.
The federal debt currently stands (or rises, rather) at $17.65 trillion.
IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND DANGEROUS FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL EDUCATION.
When: Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 7 pm
Where: The Palazzo Grande Banquet Hall
54660 Van Dyke (South of 25 Mile Road)
Shelby Township, Michigan 48316
Romeo Area Tea Party
COMMON CORE CURRICULUM
The Romeo Area Tea Party invites you to attend this meeting on Monday, August 18, 2014 to learn more about common core. Slowly but surely, there is a push back to Common Core happening around the country. Some states have already opted out of this new curriculum and others are in the process of doing so.
If you are concerned about this issue , please invite your family members, friends and people in your neighborhood who have children in the public AND Catholic schools.
Relevant Career Highlights: Debbie is a livelong Michigan resident , a CPA and mother of three adult sons.
More than 20 years ago, Debbie saw the dramatic changes taking place in the education her children were obtaining, not for the better. This pushed her into doing extensive research on education reform and spirited her interest and involvement in the political system. Debbie is a former member of the State Republican Executive committee, has held other positions in the party and has been a candidate for office, all focused on the central issue of education.
She has testified in Lansing, assisted and lobbied our legislators to better understand the education reform process, helped draft legislation and has made many presentations on various education topics. Today she is going to give up an udpate on the federal government initiative called Common Core.