There is growing concern about what appear to be recent attacks on free markets and on capitalism itself by Pope Francis.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady has analyzed all this quite objectively in the Wall Street Journal. Here’s part of what she has to say:
In the document released last week he [Pope Francis] admonished those who defend “trickle-down theories, which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.” There is no empirical evidence for this, he wrote. It is instead “a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
“Our friends don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us.”
With those words, former Vice President Dick Cheney summed up the Obama administration’s disastrous foreign policy.
However, Cheney’s scathing analysis remains at odds with President Obama’s own self-assessment. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, Mr. Obama declared that the world is “more stable than it was five years ago.”
Which begs the question: is President Obama delusional? Or is he simply so narcissistic – or naïve – that he believes by declaring the world to be safer, it simply becomes so?
Something we were the first to point out back in October has finally come to fruition, Save Jerseyans: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) will assume control of the powerful Defense Appropriations Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.
This decision by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers comes after the passing of legendary Florida Congressman Bill Young.
“Rodney is a thoughtful, steady, and strong leader, is staunchly dedicated to doing what is best for the country and his district, and has a determined focus that allows him to rise above politics to get things done,” Chairman Rogers announced in an official statement. ”He has an unwavering devotion to the safety and security of our nation, and to the care and protection of our men and women in uniform, and I know he will be a great leader of the Defense subcommittee.”
The Committee’s power is tied to its control over hundreds of billions of dollars in the defense budget. In FY 2010, the House Committee on Appropriations’s defense subcommittee steered $636 billion for the Pentagon. Having assumed the helm of it half-way through his 10th term in Congress, Frelinghuysen is now unarguably one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill.
Photographer’s Mate 2nd class Joseph Sharp aboard the USS Forrestal in 1978
On Veterans’ Day, we honor all the men and women who have protected our country and fought for our way of life.
Today, I would like to especially thank the Vets of the post-Viet Nam era.
One of my most vivid memories from growing up in the 1960′s and 1970′s was watching Mr. Hayes, a tough man and a Vet in my neighborhood, balling his eyes out as his eldest son went off to Viet Nam. His son came home two years later, but he was different. There was no parade, as the war was still on and increasingly controversial. The younger Hayes was angry and seemingly damaged.
With pictures of casualties on the evening news every night, news of William Calley’s My Lai Massacre trial, the Kent State shootings and protests throughout the country, and witnessing how veterans of Viet Nam had come home changed, military service and the draft was feared by many. Young men went to college, got married and had children or fled to Canada to avoid being drafted into the war.
Some of you remembered that today (Monday, November 11th) is Veterans Day without prompting, Save Jerseyans, but most of you who remembered did so only because you’re off from work. Even fewer of you know much at all about this holiday’s true origins.
Not good! But your error is correctable. Take a few minutes to acquaint yourselves with the relevant history:
This morning, the House of Representatives passed a resolution, 400-1, urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to allow continued performance of religious services on military installations during the government shutdown.
I’m not pretending to be Carnac the Magnificent, but I think I can see how the potential U.S. – Iran talks will play out, Save Jerseyans.
Iran volunteers to give up its nuclear program if Israel will do likewise. If Israel does – which it won’t – it will be vulnerable to attack, conventional or otherwise. If Israel refuses – which it will – it will be portrayed as a warmonger, further ostracized by the international community and once again, vulnerable to attack by the surrounding Arab nations.
It’s a win-win for Hassan Rouhani and a lose-lose for Benjamin Netanyahu.
Meanwhile, President Obama will be played by the Iranians the way FDR was by the Japanese when he unwittingly negotiated with them while they were finalizing their plans to attack Pearl Harbor.
I hope I’m wrong, but the mayonnaise jar under Funk & Wagnalls’ front porch says otherwise.