Thursday, February 14, 2019

2-14-19 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. Michael Stumo: USDA Failed to Craft a Strategy to Protect Farmers and Ranchers
2. Karen Kataline: The Greatest Enemy of Socialism is Free Will
3. Daniel Greenfield: The Incredible Hypocrisy of Jeff Bezos
4. Robert Spencer: Ilhan Omar's Non-Apology for her Anti-Semitism

USDA Failed to Craft a Strategy to Protect Farmers and Ranchers
By Michael Stumo

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wrongly criticized the tariff actions imposed in 2018 by President Trump. The USDA compensation program was a good start, but no further strategy was created to address low farm prices which, in most cases preceded the retaliatory tariffs. U.S. agriculture has been suffering from global oversupply and excessive concentration in food processing for many years. USDA’s free trade agenda and opposition to country of origin labeling has spurred imports to displace U.S. farm and ranch products in our home market. Further, the free trade policies of the past have not only enabled global oversupply but prevented any action to fix that problem. President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a strategy to protect farmers and ranchers from tariff-related retaliation. Perdue should not respond with opposition to the very steel, aluminum, and China tariffs that are addressing foreign trade cheating. [more...]

The Greatest Enemy of Socialism is Free Will
By Karen Kataline

The Left is already in the middle stages of imposing their evil and seductive ideology on the rest of us. Consequently, they have abandoned many of the ideas they formerly pretended to cherish. Case in point, they don’t lecture us much anymore about “tolerance” and “compassion.” They are more willing than ever to let us see their intolerance for white people, straight men, conservatives, Christians, rural dwellers, law-abiding citizens and, of course, Trump voters. Like a cult that most people would easily dismiss if they were told the whole truth up front, Socialism must be sold deceptively and incrementally in a velvet glove. It’s a pretty picture of Utopia where there is never any want; there is equality and fairness for all, and no one has more than anyone else. If Socialism is so great, why is it always necessary to first coerce and then force acceptance of it? Because the greatest enemy of socialism is the concept of individual free will. [more...]

The Incredible Hypocrisy of Jeff Bezos
By Daniel Greenfield

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did not pay $250 million for the Washington Post because it was a good deal. In his own words, “It is the newspaper in the capital city of the most important country in the world. The Washington Post has an incredibly important role to play in this democracy.” Clear away the PR euphemisms and the world’s richest man was saying that he bought the Post because it sets the agenda in Washington, D.C. and helps determine the outcome of elections. Bezos isn’t the first tycoon to buy influence by buying an influential paper. The power he wields with the Washington Post is a pale shadow of the Hearst empire. Dot com billionaires keep buying up media white elephants. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is buying Time. The Atlantic is in the hands of Steve Jobs’ widow. The New Republic is being run into the ground by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. [more...]

Ilhan Omar's Non-Apology for her Anti-Semitism
By Robert Spencer

The anti-Semitism of hijabbed Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has apparently gotten to be too much even for the inveterately anti-Israel Democrat Party leadership. “I unequivocally apologize,” Omar tweeted Monday, after party leaders including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James E. Clyburn and others publicly castigated her: “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.” However, Omar’s apology was more of an admission that she had gotten caught than a sign of a genuine change of heart. But Omar’s second paragraph nullified her apology. [more...]

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