CIA LIES, Economic Collapse & The Banker’s WW3 — Harley Schlanger

The following video was published by SGTreport.com on Mar 4, 2015
Harley Schlanger the national spokesman for LarouchPAC joins me to discuss the very latest global news. We begin with the assassination of Boris Nemtsov and who is likely behind it as the Western banking powers lead the world closer and closer to WW3. Harley and I discuss the collapse of the EU and the fraud that is the Greece debt bomb. Harley reminds us of the need to stand by our principles here at home by impeaching Barack Obama for his litany of crimes against the US Constitution and we round out the discussion by exposing Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton for the Globalist frauds they are, and the absolute antithesis to everything Ron Paul stands for. Thanks for tuning in.

Chicago’s Only Possible Salvation: Bankruptcy – a Name That Cannot be Spoken

Is the Chicago pension system so messed up and union work rules so entrenched the only way to change either of them is bankruptcy? I think so.
So does Dennis Byrne who wrote on his blog today Chicago’s Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy.
This is a guest post from Byrne.
Chicago’s Only Salvation: A Detroit-Like Bankruptcy
Wait, I thought only the Republican Party was being torn asunder by a rift between the establishment middle and the fringe. That impression was nailed down, again, last week by the embarrassing fracture among House Republicans over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
But don’t forget last Tuesday’s Chicago primary in which incumbent Rahm Emanuel, the so-called establishment candidate, was forced into a runoff election for mayor with progressive Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Observers on the right and left expect that Garcia’s unexpected success bodes well for progressives and is bad for moderate, establishment Democrats. That includes “centrist” (I don’t necessarily agree with the label) and president-in-waiting Hillary Clinton.
They see an uprising among progressives that’ll energize the drive to draft the far-left Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to challenge Clinton. Suggesting that a national movement is afoot to cleanse the Democratic Party of centrist heretics, they also point to the election of New York Mayor Bill (“I’m a progressive, don’t call me liberal”) de Blasio. Others said last year’s election of labor-backed Ras (“We are the mayor”) Baraka as Newark, N. J., mayor energized progressives.
Locally, left-wing Democrats have draped their mantle over the shoulders of Garcia. That’s happened even though, after reading his answers to the Tribune’s Candidate Questionnaire, I wouldn’t call him the perfect progressive. The Illinois branch of MoveOn.org (the left’s noisy equivalent of the right’s tea party) endorsed Garcia. The Chicago Teachers Union and assorted progressive activists credit themselves for Garcia’s unexpectedly strong showing and their successes in several alderman races.
So, yes, there is a fissure within the Democratic Party, between the establishment types and progressives.
So what?

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on March 03, 2015.

hdr22@clintonemail.com – How A Romanian Hacker Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Secret Email Life

While the Hillary Clinton email fiasco is sure to be the talk of the town for the next few days, weeks, and months and may have seriously jeopardized the former SecState’s chances at becoming America’s next president, an even more important story is how the revelation that Hillary exclusively used a private, unencrypted and unsupervised email for 4 years of state-level, official business communications, emerged in the first place.
The answer, shockingly, comes courtesy of a Romanian hacker who was known by the handle “Guccifer”, and who is currently serving time in a Bucharest prison for his online attacks against countless public figures including the infamous leaks of George W. Bush personal paintings.
How is it possible that a Romanian convict may have helped accelerate the downfall of Warren Buffett’s presidential hopeful? According to the Smoking Gun, which first reported on this topic back in March 2013, ‘Guccifer’ illegally accessed the AOL e-mail account of Sidney Blumenthal, who then worked as a senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, and later became a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/03/2015.

As Jeb Bush Pounces On The Hillary Email Scandal, The Real Winner Is… Goldman Sachs

While the Clintons have had their share of funding snafus in recent history exposing the former “not truly well off” first lady as not only a puppet of not only Wall Street but also America’s mega corporations, Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email accounts as America’s former top diplomat is a far more serious issue as it touches directly on accountability, and rational decision-making while in a top position of government power. To say that it impairs her image as a presidential candidate who puts the country ahead of her own interests, would be an understatement.
However, depending on just how aggressive the US DOJ is, it may have criminal implications as well: according to the Weekly Standard, citing CNN conversations with “experts”, Hillary Clinton broke the law by using her personal email account to conduct official State Department business while she was secretary of state.
“This is a very big deal,” Brianna Keilar said to host Chris Cuomo. “And you said she may have broken laws or rules here, Chris, well a lot of experts say that she did by using only a personal account while she was secretary of state. This is a huge development, especially as Hillary Clinton is just perhaps weeks from declaring her candidacy for president.” Keilar went on to suggest other Democrats might be tempted to run for president after this latest revelation.
One person who was obviously delighted by the latest development was Clinton’s main Republican competitors, Jeb Bush, whose camp on Monday was quick to pounce on the email scandal, while also invoking the farcical IRS Lois Lerner “excuse” that emails were lost due to failed hard drives. To wit from Politico:
“A potential rival of Clinton in the presidential campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), called on the former secretary of state to make the collection of emails public. ‘Hillary Clinton should release her emails. Hopefully she hasn’t already destroyed them,’ Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said. ‘Governor Bush believes transparency is a critical part of public service and of governing.’


This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/03/2015.

Hillary Clinton’s Latest Scandal: Former SecState Exclusively Used Undocumented, Personal Email Account

While the Hillary Clinton campaign seems unperturbed by recent problematic disclosures by Politico into the Hillary Clinton Foundation, the former first lady and current democrat presidential hopeful will have a field day explaining why, as the NYT reported overnight, Hillary – in her role as Secretary of State – “exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business” according to State Department officials in violation of “federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.”
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
Why is this a deeply troubling breach of protocol, not to say a substantial threat to national security by America’s former top diplomat? For starter, using Hotmail or Aol instead of a protected, encrypted government address leaves little to the hacker’s imagination. But what’s worse is that as a result of exclusive reliance on non-government platforms, which have no document retention policy and in fact have a “straight to trash” policy, any and all emails regarding the Benghazi scandal, many of which were FOIAed, could have been and were simply deleted without ever leaving a trace. Or as NSA Nate summarized:
#FOIA pic.twitter.com/jXycJI5QAd
— NSA Nate (@NSANate) March 3, 2015

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 03/03/2015.

Hillary Clinton Exposed Part 2 – Clinton Foundation Took Millions From Countries That Also Fund ISIS

The Washington Post reported last week that foreign sources, including governments, made up a third of those who have given the foundation more than $1 million over time. The Post found that the foundation, begun by former president Bill Clinton, has raised nearly $2 billion since its creation in 2001.
Foreign governments and individuals are prohibited from giving money to U. S. political candidates, to prevent outside influence over national leaders. But the foundation has given donors a way to potentially gain favor with the Clintons outside the traditional political limits.
– From the Washington Post article: Foreign Governments Gave Millions to Foundation While Clinton Was at State Dept.
Of all the idiotic wars that the dangerously inept American politicians propagandize the public into accepting, the latest ISIS conflict is the most Orwellian and terrifying. Not only was the emergence of ISIS the direct consequence of the chaos left over by the Iraq war – which in itself was based on lies and inaccurate information – but the primary funders of the latest existential terrorist threat du jour are America’s Persian Gulf allies.
This is something I’ve covered before. For example, in last summer’s piece, America’s Disastrous Foreign Policy – My Thoughts on Iraq, I highlighted:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 26, 2015.

Hilary Clinton Exposed Part 1 – How She Aggressively Lobbied for Mega Corporations as Secretary of State

That approach, which Mrs. Clinton called ‘economic statecraft,’ emerged in discussions with Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. investment banker who has worked in Democratic and Republican administrations and became an undersecretary of state. ‘One of the very first items was, how do we strengthen the role of the State Department in economic policy?’ he says.
Early in Mrs. Clinton’s tenure, according to Mr. Hormats, Microsoft’s then Chief Research Officer Craig Mundie asked the State Department to send a ranking official to a fourth annual meeting of U. S. software executives and Chinese government officials about piracy and Internet freedom. Mr. Hormats joined the December 2009 meeting in Beijing.
Mr. Hormats says there was no relation between Microsoft’s donations and the State Department’s participation in the China conference.
Before every overseas trip, says Mr. Hormats, the former undersecretary of state, he helped prepare a list of U. S. corporate interests for Mrs. Clinton to advocate while abroad.
– From the Wall Street Journal article: Hillary Clinton’s Complex Corporate Ties
If you can’t beat em, mock em. That’s essentially my motto going into the imperial spectacle known as the 2016 American Presidential election. With another Bush and another Clinton likely on the ballot, there’s basically only one candidate running, and I plan on proving this in no uncertain terms over the next couple of years.
Recently, I started a series known as ‘Jeb Bush Exposed’ (read part 1and part 2), so it’s only fair that I create a similar category for Hilary. Going forward, I plan on naming all future exposes on these two cronies in that manner, so all the stories are easily accessible as we head into next year’s charade.
Hilary Clinton’s biggest weakness is that she doesn’t actually stand for anything other than money and power. Glenn Greenwald pointed this out perfectly in last year’s post: Glenn Greenwald on Hilary Clinton: ‘Soulless, Principle-Free, Power Hungry…’ Here’s an excerpt:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Feb 20, 2015.

A Clinton Scandal Ignites Before Hillary Is Even Officially a Candidate

Hillary Clinton, who has yet to be named the Democratic candidate for President in 2016, finds herself enmeshed in a transatlantic scandal that is an untimely reminder of the scandal fatigue that Americans were forced to endure during the Presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton.
Last Monday, the Guardian newspaper, the BBC, the French newspaper, Le Monde and dozens of other news outlets disclosed that the Swiss banking unit of the global behemoth bank, HSBC, had assisted the ultra rich in hiding assets and providing advice on how to evade domestic tax authorities.
The documentation for the revelations were provided by a former HSBC employee, Herv Falciani, to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
That news broke on Monday, February 9. The Clinton bombshell came the next day, Tuesday, February 10, when the Guardian reported that seven clients of the Swiss HSBC bank had cumulatively donated $81 million to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation – a nonprofit that runs the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Presidential Library and numerous other programs.

This post was published at Wall Street On Parade By Pam Martens and Russ Marte.

LEAKED AUDIO RECORDINGS Reveal Hillary Clinton is a Muslim Brotherhood Agent Who Helped Muslim Brotherhood Take Control of North Africa and Middle East

According to a three-part series published by the Washington Times, it was Hillary Clinton who was insisting that the U. S. remove Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi in 2011 while pushing false narratives to do so. These reports have allegedly caught the attention of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. What must be included in this analysis is just how influential Clinton’s most trusted adviser Huma Abedin was and is. If anyone had a vested interest in removing Gadhafi from power to benefit Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood rebels, it was Huma’s Muslim Brotherhood family.
To illustrate how close Huma and Hillary were, it was Abedin who first informed her boss of Gadhafi’s death:
The timeline of events as they unfolded in Libya starts in early 2011. By July of that year, the positions of the State Department, led by Hillary at the time, were apparently so ridiculous that someone from the Pentagon went to the Gadhafi regime to tell them so. Using lies to justify regime change in Libya reflected a very pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance.

This post was published at FreedomOutpost on February 4, 2015.

Bill Clinton And The Pedophile: The Sex Scandal That Could Destroy Hillary’s Presidential Ambitions

Why did a convicted billionaire pedophile named Jeffrey Epstein that pimped out underage girls to powerful men have 21 contact phone numbers for Bill Clinton? And why did Clinton fly on ‘multiple occasions’ to the private Caribbean island where Epstein regularly held wild sexual orgies? Let me give you a hint: it was not to discuss politics over milk and cookies. Every once in a while, we get a small peek into the twisted sexual world of the global elite. In this case, a Florida lawsuit that alleges that Britain’s Prince Andrew had sex with a 17-year-old ‘sex slave’provided by Epstein is making headlines all over the planet. But of potentially even greater importance is what this lawsuit is revealing about Bill Clinton. If it can be proven that Bill Clinton had sex with underage girls provided by Jeffrey Epstein, that could potentially destroy any chance that Hillary Clinton has of winning the presidency in 2016.
The 17-year-old girl that Prince Andrew is alleged to have had sex with is named Virginia Roberts. She is claiming that she once received $15,000 for having sex with him…
A teenage ‘sex slave’ says she was paid $15,000 for bedding Britain’s Prince Andrew by the American billionaire who served as the royal’s procurer.
Virginia Roberts was 17 when Wall Street honcho and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly pimped her out to the prince.
‘A lot of powerful men were part of Jeffrey’s scene, but I specifically remember Andrew,’ Roberts told Britain’s Daily Mail.
And it is a fact that Jeffrey Epstein is a convicted sex offender. He was convicted by a court of law for paying a 14-year-old girl 300 dollars to massage him and have sex with him…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on January 5th, 2015.

False Flagging the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood

Almost all wars begin with false flag operations.
The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception.
Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.
The false flagging of North Korea: CIA weaponizes Hollywood
The campaign of aggression against North Korea, from the hacking of Sony and the crescendo of noise over the film, The Interview, bears all the markings of a CIA false flag operation.
The hacking and alleged threats to moviegoers has been blamed entirely on North Korea, without a shred of credible evidence beyond unsubstantiated accusations by the FBI. Pyongyang’s responsibility has not been proven. But it has already been officially endorsed, and publicly embraced as fact.
The idea of ‘America under attack by North Korea’ is a lie.
The actual individuals of the mysterious group responsible for the hacking remain conveniently unidentified. A multitude of possibilities – Sony insiders, hackers-for-hire, generic Internet vandalism – have not been explored in earnest. The more plausible involvement of US spying agencies – the CIA, the c, etc. , their overwhelming technological capability and their peerless hacking and surveillance powers – remains studiously ignored.
Who benefits? It is illogical for Pyongyang to have done it. Isolated, impoverished North Korea, which has wanted improved relations with the United States for years (to no avail), gains nothing by cyberattacking the United States with its relatively weak capabilities, and face the certainty of overwhelming cyber and military response. On the other hand, Washington benefits greatly from any action that leads to regime change in North Korea.
But discussion about Pyongyang’s involvement – or lack of – risks missing the larger point.
This project, from the creation of The Interview to the well-orchestrated international incident, has been guided by the CIA, the Pentagon, and the State Department from the start. It is propaganda. It is a weapon of psychological warfare. It is an especially perverted example of military-intelligence manipulation of popular culture for the purpose of war.
There is nothing funny about any of it.
The Interview was made with the direct and open involvement of CIA and Rand Corporation operatives for the express purpose of destabilizing North Korea. Star and co-director Seth Rogen has admitted that he worked ‘directly with people who work in the government as consultants, who I’m convinced are in the CIA’. Originally conceived to be a plot taking place in an ‘unnamed country’, Sony Pictures co-chairman Michael Lynton, who also sits on the board of the Rand Corporation, encouraged the film makers to make the movie overtly about murdering Kim Jong-Un. Bruce Bennett, the Rand Corporation’s North Korean specialist, also had an active role, expressing enthusiasm that the film would assist regime change and spark South Korean action against Pyongyang. Other government figures from the State Department, even operatives connected to Hillary Clinton, read the script.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 31st, 2014.

Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for. Now that Jeb Bush has all but officially declared that he is running for president, a ‘dream matchup’ between Bush and Hillary Clinton is being touted as ‘inevitable’. But is this what the American people actually want? Most liberals seem to truly dislike Clinton, and most conservatives can’t stand Bush at this point. And yet when the time comes, the big money donors will line up behind them and they will get far more media coverage than the other candidates. Yes, there is still a chance that another establishment candidate such as Mitt Romney could jump ahead of Bush on the Republican side, and there is also a chance that Hillary Clinton may decide not to run at all (more on that below). But when it is all said and done, it is virtually certain that Americans will have a choice between establishment candidate #1 and establishment candidate #2 on election day 2016, and that is absolutely sickening.
We have already had 20 years of Bush/Clinton, and if it is Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton in 2016 we will be guaranteed another four years.
The Bushes and Clintons are portrayed as ‘enemies’ by the mainstream media, but that is not even close to the truth. The two families have a long, friendly relationship, they have taken vacations together, and they even publicly joke with each other over social media. The following is just one example that was recently highlighted in Time Magazine…

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on December 16th, 2014.

Meet Hillary Clinton’s Replacement for the 2016 Democratic Ticket for President

It is becoming increasingly clear that Hillary Clinton will not be a viable candidate for President in 2016. The skeletons are falling out of her closet. In keeping with the recent Democratic party principle of choosing candidates from groups who have previously been disenfranchised, it is safe to say that the next Democratic Presidential candidate will not be a white male. Obama was the perfect candidate who could usher in anti-American legislation and he would be largely be criticism proof because he is black and if you oppose his politics, well, you must be a bigot. Along these lines of creating a candidate who would be largely immune to criticism, Hillary Clinton would be the ideal candidate because if you oppose her political agenda, well, you must be a sexist.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on 12 Dec, 2014.

Protests Across America: Will Obama Step Down?

After the eruption of large-scale protests which subsequently devolved into chaotic riots in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson police, protests began to spread outside of Ferguson to large cities all across the country. Fresh on the heels of the Michael Brown protests, reports of the Eric Garner murder by the NYPD and the non-indictment of the murderer, large-scale protests erupted in New York City and, like the Brown-inspired protests, all across the country as well.
In short, anger, protests, riots and other forms of violence have engulfed cities all across the United States. Years of authoritarianism, a stagnant economy, and police brutality among many other issues are coming to a head, regardless of what one thinks about the methods or even the merits of some of the protesters/rioters.
Flashback to 2011, shortly after death squad operations funded by NATO, the GCC and Israel began in earnest inside Syria. According to Western media, these operatives who were killing Syrians indiscriminately in the streets, implementing Sharia law, and beheading civilians were peaceful protesters. Such widespread chaos in the streets of Syrian cities was used as a justification by Western leaders such as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister David Cameron to call for Assad to step down.
According to these leaders, ‘peaceful protests’ across Syria were enough to warrant calls for Assad to step down as President of the country. Such civil unrest was reason enough to demand that Assad ‘face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people.’
So with the massive civil unrest taking place all across the United States in 2014, one must ask the question, is the logical response to demand that U. S. President Barack Obama step down?

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 11th, 2014.

Hillary Clinton, Empathizing with America’s Islamic Enemies Will Only Get You a Caliphate

Earlier this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) put forward an anti-Muslim Brotherhood bill that would label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. In light of her warnings of the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into the US federal government and Egypt’s declaration of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, she also pointed the finger at Hillary Clinton’s Muslim Sisterhood adviser Huma Abedin, who has familial ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, as evidence of that infiltration. Now, Hillary Clinton believes America should ‘empathize’ with its ‘enemies.’
In a recent speech given at Georgetown University, Clinton spoke like a true liberal who has been embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood, and possibly compromised by her affiliation with Huma Abedin.
‘This is what we call ‘smart power,” she told the audience at Georgetown. ‘Using every possible partner and tool to advance peace and security, leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect, even for one’s enemies… trying to understand, and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view, helping to define the problems, determine the solutions…. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change the prospects for peace.’


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 7th, 2014.

Get Your Barf Bag Ready: ‘Stand with Hillary’ Country Song Review

So…this is a thing.
I seriously doubt even the people who put those ‘I’m ready for Hillary!’ bumper stickers on their cars were ready for this auto-tuned country song about Hillary Clinton. It’s called ‘Stand with Hillary’ but a more apt title might have been, ‘Hillary 2016: I Think I Just Threw up in My Mouth a Little.’


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on December 6th, 2014.

Russia Has Western Enemies, Not Partners – Paul Craig Roberts

The US House of Representatives has joined Hillary Clinton, Obama, the neoconservatives, Washington’s vassals, and the American and European presstitutes in demonizing Russia and President Putin. The House resolution against Russia is a packet of lies, but that did not stop the resolution from passing by a vote of 411 for and 10 against.
The entire world should take note that the American people are capable of electing only ten intelligent representatives. Ten people out of 435 is 2 percent. And yet Washington declares itself to be the ‘exceptional,’ ‘indispensable’ country empowered to exercise hegemony over the world!
No one should be surprised to see Washington, its presstitutes and European vassal states using the same propagandistic lies against Russia and Putin as were used against Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Libya and Gaddafi, Syria and Assad, Afghanistan and the Taliban, and Iran. Washington is fearful of the rise of Russia and China, of the leadership demonstrated by Vladimir Putin, of the formation of new organizations independent of Washington, such as the BRICS. While the George W. Bush regime was sidetracked by its ‘six week, $70 billion war,’ which turned out to be, so far, a multi-trillion dollar 13-year losing operation, Putin kicked out some of the American agents who were contaminating Russian sovereignty and rebuilt the country.
When Putin blocked the planned US invasions of Syria and Iran, Washington decided that something had to be done about Putin and Russia. Washington had spent $5 billion dollars buying Ukrainian politicians and funding fifth column NGOs. With Putin distracted with the Olympics, Washington struck, overthrew the elected Ukrainian government and installed its puppets.
The puppets set about antagonizing Ukraine’s Russian population in provinces that formerly were part of Russia but were attached to Ukraine by Soviet leaders when Russia and Ukraine were the same country. Russians threatened with death and the banning of their language naturally did not want to be victims of Washington’s puppet government in Kiev. Crimea voted to reunite with Russia from whence it came, and so did the eastern and southern provinces.
Washington and its the vassals and presstitutes lied and described these acts of self-determination as Russian invasion and annexation. Russia is falsely accused of having troops occupying the breakaway provinces.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on December 5, 2014.

Politicians to Business Owners: Drop Dead

Senator Ted Stevens once explained that the Internet is a ‘series of tubes’ and ‘not a big truck.’ Steven’s comments made me a little sad, since I worried we’d never again hear such idiocy from a senior government official. Had we reached peak stupid on Capitol Hill?
There was a ray of hope a few years back when Congressman Hank Johnson shared, in Committee, his fears that if too many people move to Guam it might ‘tip over and capsize.’
Johnson is a well-known fool, though, so I was cautious yet. Maybe we just got lucky. Maybe stupid really was over.
So imagine my sheer joy when another well-known DC fixture, one Hillary Clinton, addressed her considerable analytic talents to the question of job creation during 2014′s election cycle.
Speaking at a Boston rally, Clinton opined, ‘Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs. You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics’. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.’
Strictly speaking, ‘trickle-down economics’ is a specific type of economic policy identified with Reaganomics in the 1980s. But given the context of her speech, it’s clear that Clinton was using the phrase to invoke the broad leftist assertion that any fiscal policy that is relatively kind toward business growth and private wealth accumulation is somehow putting wage earners and other non-business owners at some kind of disadvantage.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on DECEMBER 4, 2014.

Washington Goes Nation-Building In Afghanistan – – Another Flaming Failure

As U. S. forces withdraw from parts of Afghanistan, the Taliban is making gains in several areas of the country. The Afghan police and army are slowly giving way, despite the United States spending 13 years and tens of billions of dollars training those forces. When the United States completes its withdrawal from ground combat at the end of this year, this unfavorable trend will undoubtedly accelerate – that is, if the Afghan security forces don’t collapse altogether, as did similarly U. S. trained Iraqi forces in that country. Thus, in the longest war in American history, the U. S. military has failed to pacify Afghanistan – as had the mighty British Empire three times in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the Soviet superpower more recently in the 1980s. In fact, an outside force has not pacified Afghanistan since Cyrus the Great of Persia did it in ancient times.
Why did the United States have the hubris to think it could succeed in taming Afghanistan, when all of these other strenuous efforts had failed? Because many in the American foreign policy elite, media, and citizenry believe in ‘American exceptionalism.’ As propounded by politicians of both parties – for example, Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright in the Democratic Party and people such as John McCain and his sidekick Lindsay Graham in the Republican Party – America is the ‘indispensable nation’ to a world that cannot do without its solving most major problems using military power. Yet despite the current public fawning over military personnel and veterans of American wars, the U. S. military has been fairly incompetent in most major engagements since World War II that required significant ground forces – with only Desert Storm in 1991 being an unvarnished success in recent years. The U. S. armed forces are probably more powerful than any other military in world history, both absolutely and relative to other countries, yet their battlefield performance has not been that great, especially against irregular guerrilla forces in the developing world.
In the post-World War II era, the U. S. military managed to fight the then-poor nation of China to only a draw in the Korean War (1950-1953); lost the Vietnam War (1965-1973) to rag tag Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese; and made the same mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq and Afghanistan – initially using excessive firepower and alienating the population, the allegiance of which is key to fighting guerrillas.

This post was published at David Stockmans Contra Corner on December 2, 2014.

Obama: Americans Want ‘New Car Smell’ in 2016 & Hillary Would Be a ‘Great President’

I think the president chose a bad day to stop sniffing glue. Or maybe a bad day to start.
In an interview with ABC’s ‘This Week,’ Obama spoke from Las Vegas the day after he announced his executive amnesty move on the 2016 presidential election.
Obama said voters want quote ‘a new car smell’ in the 2016 presidential race, because indeed, ‘They want to drive something off the lot that doesn’t have as much mileage as me.’
(Because Obama obviously knows what Americans want. Also, is it just me, or does it seem like the people in charge have, more and more, begun openly talking about the American public like they’re a bunch of simple-minded, adolescent morons?)
Continuing on with more lame puns than my grandfather for as long as possible without inducing horrible gastrointestinal symptoms, Fox reported that Obama acknowledged the ‘dings’ in his own political career (groan!), then talked about how the Democrats have so much to offer via ‘terrific’ presidential candidates two years from now…but he only mentioned Hillary Clinton specifically by name.
‘He said she would be a ‘formidable candidate’ and make ‘a great president’ if she decides to run a second time,’ Fox reported.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 24th, 2014.