Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Romney-Ryan Forces Americans to Finally Face Looming Fiscal Doom
By: Ken Blackwell / Townhall Daily
We do not know who will win the White House in November. But we do know that American politics has crossed the Rubicon on spending and entitlements, and these issues will at long last complete the journey from a forbidden third rail to a central element of national politics. Even if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan lose this year’s battle to Barack Obama, they will win the war on the challenge of our generation.
Congressman Paul Ryan is best known for his budget, the Ryan Roadmap, which ties together the two sides of our fiscal-crisis coin: First, the major entitlements of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid will soon be bankrupt and unable to provide for millions of beneficiaries. And second, our growing $16 trillion debt will result in an unprecedented economic disaster if not balanced and then paid off.
President Barack Obama and his Democrats are replying with the inexcusably-irresponsible argument that overhauling entitlements and balancing the budget are cruel and unnecessary. They cry that this will harm seniors and deprive people of needed benefits, willfully ignoring the reality—with can be proved beyond doubt on a napkin using fifth-grade math skills—that the status quo cannot and will not continue.
Beginning in 1783, national leaders like John Jay corresponded with George Washington—the recently-retired commander-in-chief of the Continental Army—about the need for structural change in American government. They made the case that the Articles of Confederation had failed, and the national governing document must be fundamentally overhauled.
This eventually led to the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. But before reaching that point, as late as 1786, Washington agreed that young America teetered on the edge of an abyss, but that a critical mass of American citizens had not yet reached the same assessment. Things would get worse before they could get better, Washington concluded. Then things got worse with Shay’s Rebellion, and change came.
George Washington intuitively understood that major change in a democratic system must be driven by the people. We will not reform entitlements and balance the budget until they become kitchen-table issues for ordinary citizens, which takes time and visibility. Democrats simply pretend there is no problem. Now Republicans can make these points so central to national discourse that they become unavoidable and undeniable.
This election now turns on whether a critical mass of American voters have arrived at the undeniable conclusion that if we do not fundamentally transform the three major entitlements for younger Americans then it will not be there for them at all (or even for those who will soon rely upon them), and that if we do not balance the federal budget it will cause an economic catastrophe.
We will see one of three outcomes over the next four years. First, Romney-Ryan wins in November, with sufficient numbers and political will in the House and Senate to enact fundamental entitlement reform and a balanced budget. If so, that by itself could give Mitt Romney a lasting legacy as a transformational president.
Second, Romney-Ryans prevails, but without persuading a majority of Americans of the urgency of this issue, and so either Republicans do not hold both houses of Congress with stable majorities or those majorities lack the political courage to steadfastly resist intimidation and reject demagoguery to pass legislation to reinvent the entitlements and balance the budget.
Third, Barack Obama wins a second term, and claims it as a mandate not to curb spending or entitlements. We continue with trillion-dollar deficits, reaching $20 trillion in national debt 2017.
Under the first scenario, although current and imminent beneficiaries will retain their benefits, younger Americans will experience the discomfort that such foundational change entails, but will later be profoundly grateful. Under the second, Republicans may be at the helm when everything unravels, and conservatism could be blamed and suffer a devastating setback with voters. Under the third, by November 2016 voters should have no doubt what must be done, and realize that liberals offer only blame and denial, while conservatives offer solutions.
Regardless of whether Messrs. Romney and Ryan win this battle, conservatives can now win this war.
Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Ken Klukowski, Legal Columnist for Breitbart.com
For Israel the game is set...the dice just have to be rolled
By: Diane Sori
And so the countdown to a Middle-East war begins but it’s on Israel’s timetable NOT Barack Hussein Obama’s. Two scenarios, two possibilities.
Scenario one: senior Israeli ministers publicly stated last weekend that the next International Atomic Energy Agency's report, due out on November 8th, will bear a great deal of weight on Israel’s decision whether to strike or not strike Iran. But most importantly note the date...two days AFTER our elections.
Binyamin Netanyahu is a smart man, a very smart man, and he’s known all along that Barack Hussein Obama is NOT Israel’s friend and would sell her out to his muslim brethren in a heartbeat. I have said since day one that BiBi would NEVER gamble on Obama’s using Israel as a campaign tactic for his re-election bid, as he knows that if Obama is re-elected it might be the death toll for Israel. The November 8th release date, and BiBi using its findings to base his timetable to attack Iran on is a deliberate and oh so warranted slap in the face to Barack Hussein Obama.
With Iran already possessing more than four tons of 3%-4% enriched uranium, and 70 kgs. of 20% enriched uranium, and with them continuing to make and test fire missiles, Netanyahu knows the time is near but not so near as to allow Obama the upper hand in deciding when, how, and what will or will not be done to take out Iran’s nuclear program...if Obama even decided to support Israel at all.
The decision to go or not go remains solely with Benjamin Netanyahu for its Israel that Iran wants to wipe off the map NOT their good old buddy, protector, and fellow muslim Barack Hussein Obama.
Scenario two: reports have recently surfaced that Iran might have an operation nuclear weapon by as early as October 1st. If true, and only if true, this could mean that Israel will go in before our election most likely without notifying Obama beforehand and without the support our military. While Obama would love to use this as an October surprise, again, Netanyahu would not allow him to do so as he has NO trust or faith in Obama’s objectives for Israel’s future survival.
If Netanyahu decides to go in alone, Obama would still have to protect American interests in the Middle East while avoiding the appearance of siding with Israel as he can’t make his muslim brethren mad at him. With either scenario Obama comes out the loser, and as I’ve always said payback would be a bitch for him and rightly so.
But no matter if scenario one or scenario two plays out, it seems that Netanyahu has indeed decided to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities sometime within the next few months. Israel will do what it has to do to stop Iran from either acquiring nuclear weapons, or at least preventing them from getting delivery capability.
But even with all the pieces in place it’s still important to remember that Netanyahu does NOT want a major conflict that could cause serious damage to Israel itself or to her people. So whatever scenario plays out it will play out on the side of limited engagement so as NOT to cause a major escalation in tensions that could quickly degenerate into a total all out Middle-East war. Also, the Iranians do understand that starting a major war with Israel would most likely assure an all-out American intervention, especially if scenario one plays out and Mitt Romney is president, as Romney has publicly stated that he will stand by and support Israel in whatever decision they make.
However, no matter which scenario becomes the one put into play you have to throw into the mix irrational minds that have one objective and one alone, and that is to wipe Israel off the map. Such is the case with Iranian Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guard's air force, who recently told the IRNA news agency that an Israeli airstrike against his country's nuclear facilities is ‘welcome’ because then Iran would have a reason to retaliate and ‘get rid of’ the Jewish state ‘forever.’
And this past Saturday Hezbollah officials warned Israel of serious consequences if Iran is attacked as they will be Iran's proxy and launch rocket attacks on Israel’s major cities.
The bottom line in all this is that Israel will go and pre-emptively take out Iran’s nuclear facilities. The only question is when exactly that will be. Obama and Netanyahu will never agree on Iran as Netanyahu does not believe Obama will ever be willing to take pre-emptive military action against Iran, and with Obama believing Netanyahu's diplomatic policies being a failure.
Netanyahu knows attacking Iran will call for using all Israel’s military and defense capabilities but what choice does he really have as Israel is now completely surrounding be those out to wipe her off the face of the Earth...a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iran to the east; threatened Syrian chemical warfare to the north, and the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt to the south...and a current American president who could care less.
For America’s future and Israel’s very survival, November 6th can’t come soon enough.