Has Rand Paul been right all along about Israeli independence?

Brad S.:

This has been my position for many years. Israel does not need our largesse, and it gives too big a voice to the parasites in Washington over matters that they know little or nothing about.

Originally posted on Rare:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has argued in the past that the U.S. should explore cutting aid to Israel because a more independent Israel would be better off.

As the fighting intensifies in Gaza, Israel is starting to realize what independence means, Breitbart reports.

“Israel is acting with greater independence than it has in decades, ignoring Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry as they push for a ceasefire that most Israelis see as premature,” Joel B. Pollak writes. “In previous rounds in Gaza, the Israeli government had to weigh carefully the risk that it might alienate the White House if it pressed too hard for victory. By now, however, there is no risk: the Obama administration is effectively on the other side.”

Rand Paul’s notion of a more independent, and thus stronger, Israel, is not unheard of even among Israelis. The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake writes:

Ironically, the United States may…

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Articles: Weekend Must-Read: Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist

'illegal asylum seeker' is an oxymoron - Refug...

‘illegal asylum seeker’ is an oxymoron – Refugee Action protest 27 July 2013 Melbourne (Photo credit: John Englart (Takver))

Hang out in leftist internet environments, and you will discover a toxic bath of irrational hatred for the Judeo-Christian tradition. You will discover an alternate vocabulary in which Jesus is a “dead Jew on a stick” or a “zombie” and any belief is an arbitrary sham, the equivalent of a recently invented “flying spaghetti monster.” You will discover historical revisionism that posits Nazism as a Christian denomination. You will discover a rejection of the Judeo-Christian foundation of Western Civilization and American concepts of individual rights and law.

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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Brad S.:

Anti Carbon Tax Rally, Melbourne

Anti Carbon Tax Rally, Melbourne (Photo credit: mugfaker)

More evidence that lawyers should not pretend to be economists. Taxes imposed on manufacturers of anything are invariably passed on to consumers. This includes co-called “carbon offset” taxes. In the process, the money is laundered through exchanges and the state bureaucracy, enriching the non-productive leach sector of the economy at the expense of the middle-class.
You liberals whine about the inequality between the 1% & the 99%, then want to impose even more draconian financial policies that exacerbate the problem!
OH NO! THERE’S A CLIMATE CRISIS (there’s always a crisis) so we need to TAX MORE to CONTROL PEOPLE and SAVE THE WORLD! Ad nauseum.

Originally posted on JONATHAN TURLEY:

200px-Tony_Abbott_-_2010220px-AlfedPalmersmokestacksIn a major setback to effort to combat climate change, Australia’s Abbott government has secured a repeal of the carbon tax. It is the first major country to rollback on the basic environmental protection. Abbott’s government is suggesting that it will pay corporations not to pollute — a proposal that would cost a huge amount and environmentalists insist is unlikely to be successful.

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You Trust Too Much

Frédéric Bastiat

Frédéric Bastiat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?”  – Frederic Bastiat

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July 17, 2014 · 9:34 am