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Chickens Roosting in the Crimea

Ted in California Wrote: Mar 07, 2014 1:29 PM
Great points. I think that the clearest and easiest political issue for people to understand is the cost of energy. It's very easy for people to understand the impact high energy has on them directly. So it would be very easy to teach people how having higher energy costs raises the cost of everything else. It's the one cost variable that transcends all industries with maybe the exception being that of the Legal Services industry. We all know lawyers only need a couple pints of fresh blood every month to stay energized.
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Chickens Roosting in the Crimea

Ted in California Wrote: Mar 07, 2014 11:58 AM
First, it's nice to see Mr. Erickson on Townhall.com. Secondly, there are different ways to view the current situation in the Ukraine. Since the Ukraine is only one part of a tapestry of mistakes, I'd hate to focus on just that thread but I don't have my own column so I'm constrained. If the Ukraine situation were one in a vacuum. I'd say the appropriate response by the U.S. would be to do nothing. We could very easily take the Pat Buchanan approach and say, "Russia/Ukraine = not our problem" and I'd be fine with that. However, this is only one move on the chessboard. While we do not need to be aggressive, our lack of a defense has invited Putin to be aggressive. We've projected weakness and an unwillingness to support anyone. It's a miracle in some ways that Egypt has walked itself back from the ledge of the pit of insanity. Though not with our support. What can we do? Well, we can get serious about domestic issues that inadvertenly harm our ability to act globally. First, we get serious about the national debt. Second, we launch an effort to modernize our defense department. Which might be some downsizing at first (maybe convert some of the old systems into reserve units and start cutting their operating hours) while the newer systems get brought online. Third, we get serious about energy production here at home. It would trigger another golden age in America, lower energy prices would deflate the cost of everything, lower real unemployment, and it would strengthen a strategic national resource that would allow us to divest ourselves from nations that do not share our values which would make it easier for us to stand up to them on moral grounds when issues arise. A strong economy, a managable national debt, and a modern military would be an effective deterent to evil forces and bad actors all over the world.
When those tantrums happen, you know you are cutting close to the quick.
Yes, trample her Constitutional Rights because she is a political foe.
Its a win-win isn't it. If she wins, great. If she loses, then Rs and Texas are bad actors in the war on women.
I think she deserves to be punished however if her testimony can be used to snare bigger fish, I'd be fine with immunity.
She has a right to invoke her Rights at any time. The government cannot force her to testify if it will result in criminal charges against her. She can deny wrong doing, that is not a waiver of her Rights.
This is procedural. Its proper for the Congress to ask her direct questions and if she feels like she could incriminate herself by answering them, she has a right to take the Fifth. Now that we have some idea on what may incriminate her, I think the next step is to give her immunity and then come back and question her again. Of all the scandals we've seen from this administration, this one can potentially be the most damaging.
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The Obama Collapse

Ted in California Wrote: Mar 04, 2014 2:23 PM
To what end?
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The Obama Collapse

Ted in California Wrote: Mar 04, 2014 2:23 PM
The U.S. has no business in the Crimean Peninsula or anywhere else in the Ukraine. If the EU thinks it needs to hedge Russian political power, then they should be the ones to build up their defenses and to "take action" when Putin flexes his muscles.
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