1. Joseph Klein: Will Iran Call Obama's Bluff?
2. Dr. Elaina George: The Doctors' State of Independence
3. Crista Huff: Update - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement
4. Joe Messina: Video - Ret. General Drops Bombshell: Obama Should Be Arrested for This 'Treasonous Activity'
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The Donald's Mouth Lands Him in Hot Water, But Was He Telling the Brutal Truth?
Will Iran Call Obama's Bluff?
By Joseph Klein
Barack Obama has repeatedly compared himself to Ronald Reagan as a transformative president... but labels mean nothing. Obama could demonstrate that he learned something meaningful from the Reagan legacy by showing some backbone in his nuclear negotiations with Iran. He should order his Secretary of State John Kerry to walk away this week if Iran does not immediately concede on such vital points as allowing unfettered international inspections "anywhere at any time," including inspections of any military sites where suspected nuclear-related activities may have taken place in the past. Moreover, Obama should instruct Kerry to walk away if Iran continues to reject phased sanctions relief tied strictly to verifiable proof of Iran's compliance with each stage of its obligations under the terms of a final deal. If Obama were to do so, taking full advantage of the leverage afforded by tight economic sanctions imposed on Iran, he would be following in the footsteps of Ronald Reagan, not Neville Chamberlain. [more...]
The Doctors' State of Independence
Everything that has happened with Obamacare since its implementation has been a good thing because we can now stop pretending that the courts or Congress will help us. If we want to take our profession back, we have to do it ourselves. It has been way past time to shift the paradigm back to the doctor and by extension our relationship with our patients. We have been on the wrong track for many years: when we joined insurance panels; when we signed their contracts without reading them; when we added physician extenders to increase the patient volume in order stay open; when we sold our practices to the hospital in order to navigate the financial onslaught; when we let patients dictate the standard of care by requesting treatment by phone and prescriptions for the newest medication seen on TV; when we let fear control us; and when we lost our sense of value and purpose with the accompanying loss of joy, our profession was ripe for the picking. [more...]
Update - The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement
By Crista Huff
The U.S. is on the verge of approving and signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, and on its heels, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade agreement. These pending approvals will be expedited by the recently-approved Fast Track/TPA legislation, which specifically eliminates Congress' normal debate and amendment powers on trade agreements, and makes it easier to quickly pass trade legislation, with only a simple majority vote. These trade agreements give away U.S. sovereignty in a wide variety of far-reaching areas: our justice system, immigration, food safety; also including areas which are still secret; and additional areas yet to be determined by the new global Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission. (I say "yet to be determined," because the TPP is a living agreement, meaning that the TPP Commission, and global courts, will have the power to change and add to the TPP, without requiring U.S. approval. Imagine signing a business contract, a rental contract, or a prenuptial contract that can be arbitrarily changed, in the future, without your consent!) [more...]
Video - Ret. General Drops Bombshell: Obama Should Be Arrested for This 'Treasonous Activity'
By Joe Messina
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Paul E. Vallely stated recently during a radio interview that President Obama should be "arrested for treasonous activities." Vallely, while a guest on the Real Side radio program earlier this month, stated above anything else that Obama should be held accountable for his sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood in particular and his actions regarding the Benghazi tragedy. The retired general said one group that should hold the president's feet to the fire are high-ranking members of the military. [Watch the video here...]
The Donald's Mouth Lands Him in Hot Water, But Was He Telling the Brutal Truth?
After what was a great decision by Donald Trump to run for president, he is now experiencing backlash over a few choice words about Mexican immigrants. In his presidential speech, Trump said "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," which, when you look at the stats, it becomes clear he is telling the truth. Mexicans that cross the border are poorly educated and come from poverty-stricken cities that are littered with crime. About 60% of the Mexican immigrants that have come to America over the decades have not even graduated high school. These people come to America looking to have a better life, yet instilled in them are poor values. So if what Donald Trump said was the truth, where is the problem? That would be timing and word choice. [more...]