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Paul seems to think we are clever enough to have overthrown the Ukrainian government; that we can actually set out to do something and that it will happen. I don't know what we did, Paul is the only one saying much about it, but Paul seems to understand that we almost always mess things up, are inept if not venal, but then gives us credit for surgical excision of a Russian backed sitting government. This is the same approach of our far left, the CIA bungled around in Chile with nothing to show for it, but when the Chilean military overthrew Allende, it was clearly our doing. This mind set which comes from hollywood and adolescent professors, is behind a lot of our interventionism and our bumbling overreaching foreign policy. I thought Paul was against that.
I'd feel better if the cowardly Republicans didn't jump to the media's rescue by distancing themselves from Giuliani. They know what they'll be asked why don't they get ready, talk to each other. The only answer that isn't acceptable is anything that doesn't leave the media bloody and regretting they asked the question. Why is this so difficult. Because they share liberal views, are idiots or cowards? Usually all three.
Trouble is the only people who can or would ask these questions already know the answers and those that don't wont ask them. We can say the same thing about hundreds of easy questions liberals won't or can't ask.
As she says, our schools are a disaster and are on the cusp of a real revolution. Teachers unions understand the threat, any teacher less than superb will become rielevant and unemployed. Many parents understand it as well. So do text book publishers who see future profits drastically reduced by competion. The only people who don't seem to understand are in the Republican establishment who join the teachers unions to promote their last ditch attempt to stop the revolution, common core. Think about it, we're in the midst of an information revolution where the cost of getting, transmitting, accumulating information has dropped to zero, where the best teachers on the planet can come into ones home or class room with the touch of a digital button, where kids can interact with other students in global classrooms and yet our text book publishers want all kids to have one text per subject/grade, want to hold them in a room with 30 other students where an average teacher will bore them to death to convey information that may or may not be relevant or interesting to them. The cost of education can easily drop by more than half. How do we get there? We have to figure it out, like everything else that takes place through time and gives rise to human flourishing. Get the bureaucrats out of the way, allow freedom of choice, decentralize by getting the Federal government out of the business, let schools and parents figure it out and let totally dysfunctional schools die the death they deserve.
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johnm h Wrote: Feb 22, 2015 9:58 AM
Not at all. I've not heard any foreign policy sense from anybody, but I don't expect specifics from any of them. I'm questioning Chapman's sincerity. He's a liberal so he's a fool. The Bush's lack vision because they lack basic understanding of a great many things. I hope I am not forced to choose between Bush and Hillary.
Stop providing immigrant, tourist and student visas to people from terrorist supporting countries or who have ties to terrorism. That's pretty much all Muslims. And end all refugees and grants of asylum. Why is that so difficult? They aren't happy here, Islam says they aren't supposed to live among the infidels, so help them out. As a group they do not add, they do not assimilate and we don't have to discriminate against Islam, just likely terrorists who won't adapt and who can't show us that they have never regularly attended a radical mosque, have no radicals in their families, have never participated in an anti american demonstration. These things we required of visa applicants in the 50s if they had even lose associations with communist organizations. We took pictures of demonstrators etc. It was pretty silly but now it would be useful.
If the government is given power it will abuse it. If we make it even easier for kids to harm themselves by being stupid they will. Within these two truths we ought to be able to craft a policy to deal with all narcotics. Make it unprofitable but not easy. Our current policy of non tariff barriers we call the war on drugs make the difference between coke and heroin paste and powder on the streets a 20000% profit and drugs are easier and more available than ever.
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Jeb Bush's Empty Indictment

johnm h Wrote: Feb 22, 2015 7:51 AM
Chapman isn't running for office so doesn't have to avoid specifics like all candidates must. So lets hear them. He and other liberals want specifics so they can pile on. So Chapman tell us ,what is Obama's global strategy? How is it working? What do think it should be? Do you really believe that a Republican candidate should lay out the details of dealing with radical Islam, or merely signal that, unlike Obama, they think it is a problem and must be dealt with. I'd be satisfied if the candidates would give us a realizable vision, a sense that they know the limits of our power, but also that they know that we must lead and cannot withdraw. Reagan didn't lay out details, it was pretty simply, but those of us working in the field knew where we were supposed to try to move things.
The filibuster will be killed by the Democrats the next time they have power, so the question is how can it be defended, strengthened. Of course if we by chance elect a conservative majority and a president and they want to dismantle the Federal government's regulatory regime, tax code and most of the bureaucracy then by all means get rid of it. But that isn't likely and congress will remain the the threat it has always been and anything that keeps them from doing more harm is good.
Yes, we see evidence every day but it's not rigorous or statistical, but then we see how well average graduates do on simple history tests, or public affairs, and we see surveys on political bias, etc. so it seems to me that those who deny what appears to the rest of us as obvious should offer evidence that his assertions are not true.
He exaggerates our ability to shape events. We helped him but mostly we stumbled and didn't know what we wanted nor how to get it. We exaggerate our ability because the left has been telling us for years that the dictators around the world were our doing and that we could get rid of them if we chose to do so. Carter also helped the Mullahs take over Iran and he helped the Sandinistas take over Nicaragua but once they had power we weren't so good at getting rid of them. We should remember that our foreign policy apparatus, State, AID, CIA are government agencies and the world is really complex. We know that it can't cause growth and development right here at home where we have some understanding, but then we think we can shape events abroad. we can beak things, but we aren't so good at putting them back together.
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