UN Declares A Palestinian State

Wall Poster of Arafat and Palestinian Statehood

An Excellent Spirit reports that the United Nations General Assembly has voted Palestinian Statehood today. The Washington Post carried this news alert: “The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelming Thursday to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations, delivering a stinging defeat to American and Israeli efforts to block the Palestinian bid. The 193-member U.N. body voted 138 to 9 in favor of a resolution that stops well short of conferring independence on the Palestinians, but grants their territory limited privileges as a state, including the right to join international treaty bodies. Forty-one countries abstained. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly before a key vote on Thursday that it “is being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine.” The vote for the resolution upgrading Palestine’s U.N. observer status from “entity” to “non-member observer state” was greeted by cheers and celebratory gunfire from Palestinians in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority government, but was strongly denounced in Washington and Jerusalem. Read the whole thing.

What does all this mean? For answers, we turn to our best source Barry Rubin of The Rubin Report.  In an article subtitled “UN: Palestine is Now a Non-Member State; Reality: Palestine Will Continue to be a Non-Existent State” that was also posted on PJ Media, Rubin writes “Now the UN will probably give Palestine the status of a non-member state. The only thing that will change is to convince people even more that they are following a clever and successful strategy. They aren’t. Perhaps in 24 or 41 years there will actually be a Palestinian state.”

Unfortunately, this toothless vote that grants nothing to no one is symbolic and, as such, a pretext for more violence, as Rubin notes. “To the extent that “President” Mahmoud Abbas convinced West Bank Palestinians that they have achieved some great victory it takes off the pressure for violent action or support for Hamas there. Of course, there is no popular pressure for a negotiated solution. Indeed, I’m not aware of a single Palestinian Authority official who has even claimed for cosmetic purposes that the reason for this move at the UN move is to press Israel to compromise or a deal. Its purpose is to make Abbas’s regime look good and be a step forward toward total victory, a Palestinian state unbound by commitments that could be used as a base for wiping out Israel.”

The United Nations General Assembly

The action by the United Nations can only be said to be more of the same by a body known for its impotence and stupidity. Rubin continues, “At any rate, the UN General Assembly’s action neither contributes to peace nor is a just decision. Nevertheless, once again we have a case of symbolism over substance.  This is the same General Assembly that received Yasir Arafat as a man of peace in 1974 at the very moment he was masterminding terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians and the following year voted for a resolution that Zionism was racism. Can one really say things have gotten worse?” All of this leads An Excellent Spirit to ask, “what now?”. Rubin gives us some direction. “During the period since then, Israel has survived and prospered. Its enemies in the Middle East have undergone constant instability and economic stagnation (except for those small in population and large in oilfields). The supposed springtime of democracy has quickly turned into just another authoritarian era of repression and disastrous policies that ultimately weaken those countries and make their people poor and miserable. What else is new?” This all leads to one conclusion: “Ignoring that history and the contemporary reality, some Western countries are voting for this resolution or abstaining for a variety of reasons: cheap public relations’ gain among Arabs and Muslims; a belief that this will shore up the Palestinian “moderates” against the radicals, or that it will encourage the non-existent peace process. What it will do, however, is to sink the Palestinian leadership even deeper into an obsession with intransigence in practice and paper victories that mean nothing in the real world. And, yes, that’s what the result of this UN vote will be. And of course no matter what is said publicly about unity between the Fatah-ruled Palestinian Authority and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip there will be no change on that front either.

Palestinians burning their streets.

Stay tuned. It is the same as it ever was in the Middle East. Millions of people living under the worst kind of terror and violence each day as their leaders and the rest of the world vote on useless resolutions that resolve nothing. Rubin concludes his analysis, “In 1939, the British offered the Arab states and Palestinian leadership a deal in which they would be handed all of the Palestine mandate as an Arab state if they accepted a few simple conditions, including a ten year transition period. Despite the pleas of some Arab rulers, the Palestinians said no, believing a German victory would give them everything soon. Almost precisely 65 years ago the UN endorsed the creation of a Palestinian Arab state. The Palestinians said no believing that the military efforts of themselves and their allies would give them everything soon. The Palestinians’ leaders have long believed that an intransigent strategy coupled with some outside force—Nazi Germany, the USSR, weaning the West away from Israel—will miraculously grant them total victory. They aren’t going to change course now but that route leads not forward but in circles.”

Barry Rubin of The Rubin Report

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest book, Israel: An Introduction, has just been published by Yale University Press.

Middle East Round Up – Victor Davis Hanson

In light of the UN vote on Palestinian status today, this article in Jewish World Review by Victor Davis Hanson is interesting. Hanson posits that Hamas went to war against Israel by reigning bombs from Gaza upon Israeli citizens because they thought that America and its Israeli allies could do little to help them. “Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory. Wars then are prevented only by a balance of power and military deterrence: aggressors have to be warned that it would be stupid to start a war they will likely lose. If there are miscalculations or if emotions run high and logic is ignored, then the resulting conflicts only end when one side loses and has no choice but to accept the imposed terms of the winner. That being said, the modern therapeutic West has either forgotten such rules or ignored them. In today’s globally televised wars, a novel doctrine of proportionality reigns. It is sort of like T-ball in which scoring and winning don’t matter. Instead both the stronger and weaker sides end up the same. Little attention is paid to who started the conflict, how it was conducted or how it should be ended.”

Stanford University Professor Victor Davis Hanson

While likening the conflict to a T-ball game may not work for you, Hanson quickly returns to the real world, “Hamas went to war against Israel by shooting hundreds of rockets into the Jewish state. It thought such aggression made sense. The attack was timed just after the U.S. election. Hamas guessed that the Obama administration would be largely neutral without re-election worries over pro-Israel voters in swing states. Hamas also hoped that it would have more success against Israel than during its last war in 2008. After all, it had plenty of new, longer-range Iranian rockets that could reach most cities in Israel. Iran also egged Hamas on. It believed that its client’s rocket barrages would give Israel a very public taste of what it should expect if it ever dared to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities – while Hamas’s new rockets would outshine those of its rival, the Palestine Authority on the West Bank. More importantly, Hamas figured it had two new friends nearby in Recep Erdogan’s Islamist government in Turkey and the newly ascendant Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt under Mohamed Morsi. By going to war, Hamas reminded the world that American allies like Turkey and Egypt are now firmly in the new Iranian-backed Islamist and anti-Israel orbit. Like Hamas, both regimes came to power through elections, and then almost immediately tried to silence the opposition to ensure their permanent authoritarian rule. In Morsi’s case, the new Gaza war gave him cover for almost immediately trying to suspend the constitution.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Strongman Mursi

Now that the United Nations has rewarded Hamas’ violence with statehood status, what will Israel do when the new state does what the old unstate has done since 1948, when the unstated Palestinians became an ignored pawn in the politics of the Arab, Muslim world? For an answer, Hanson returns to his T-ball game: “But just as the fantasies of T-ball give way when kids grow up and start keeping score in the real world of baseball, so too will the T-ball war in the Middle East come to an end. To avoid unending rocket barrages and serial on-and-off wars, Israel will have to convince Hamas and its allies that, collectively, they all have a lot to lose by starting more T-ball wars — ones that in the future no longer will end with a no-score truce.” Victor Davis Hanson is smarter than An Excellent Spirit so it would not surprise us if he was right as rain. Stay tuned.

 

Today’s Humor

Hey! Carney! This is the way I want all pressers run from now on. No more questions, just me talking to my “peeps”!

It’s those @#%& civil liberties types again! Didn’t you tell them that I have this under control? Get Jarrett on the phone with the ACLU and Media Matters. I want these photos to stop! Now!!

Great job with the makeup! I told Spiel that his movie would help us! Nobody reads the small print anymore. They think I am Lincolnesque! What a riot! If they only knew the truth! The only thing I have in common with that guy is the state that sent me to the people is the state that he was born in. Chicago!

 

 

Thoughts from Great Thinkers

 Thomas Sowell

An Excellent Spirit has posted on Stanford Professor Thomas Sowell many times. In the aftermath of the recent Election, this Townhall column appeared today. The piece is about a recently published book by Stephen Moore entitled “ Who’s the Fairest of Them All?” The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America”, Encounter Books (October 9, 2012). Professor Sowell does more than just tout this work. At just 136 pages, the book is said by Sowell to too late to make a difference in the past Election. “If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore’s new book, “Who’s The Fairest of Them All?”, Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide. The point here is not to say, “Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?” A more apt question might be, “Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?” Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans?”

Sowell then reviews the recent history of both Democrats and Republicans on the subject of taxing the rich. As this is about to hit America with a jolt in 2013, both the book and Sowell’s piece are timely and, as usual, say what needs to be said, even if no one is listening. As he did with his book, The Housing Boom and Bust, Thomas Sowell spells out with clarity the economic realities America faces and the consequences of following failed policies. Read the whole thing and get a copy of this book and read it. Perhaps, then, Americans will be prepared to act once we are over the Fiscal Cliff, hurtling into the Abyss. God bless America. “We” Americans will need all the blessing “we” can get. Hard times are coming, if Thomas Sowell is right. Stay tuned.

Frank Gaffney

In this Townhall column, Frank Gaffney, another source preferred by An Excellent Spirit, writes on the Arab Spring, the Muslim Brotherhood and the failed, desperate policies of the Obama Administration in the Middle East. “During the so-called “Arab Spring,” the Obama administration insisted that the United States risked being on the “wrong side of history” if it remained aligned with secular despots like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. Recent events have made clear that there is a wrong side for freedom in the Mideast all right and, thanks to Team Obama’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, we’re on it.” Read the whole thing here.

After reviewing the whole sordid mess that President Obama and his re-election inattentiveness have created in the Middle East (to say nothing of the Fiscal Cliff and other issues), Gaffney asks a question that An Excellent Spirit has asked some time ago. “The question occurs – and must be insistently asked in congressional hearings into the Benghazigate scandal and the larger failed practice of embracing Islamists of which it is a symptom: To what extent are individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood who are working in or serving as advisors to the Obama administration contributing to these clearly counterproductive national security policies? Five Members of Congress – Republican Representatives Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Rooney – presciently raised this concern last June, and were roundly criticized for doing so (including by some in their own party). They appear to have been vindicated in their warnings that such influence operations are putting us on the wrong side of history. We cannot afford to remain there, to the benefit of our enemies and their jihadist agenda.” Here is a round up of our past articles on the subject.  We especially draw our readers attention to two of the earliest articles on “America’s Iron Lady”.

 Victor Davis Hanson

 An Excellent Spirit has many articles on Stanford’s other “twin tower” of wisdom. Here Today, this column in PJ Media, gives our readers Hanson’s take on the Election and what it means to America in the near future. Hanson’s analysis covers ten topics including the lamestream media (The Mainstream Media Still Rules), the populist appeal of Obama, attack ads that destroyed Mitt Romney, the “cocoon” of Fox News and right wing talk radio and much more. Be sure to read the whole thing. His conclusion is, as usual, to the point. “A final take on the election: Mitt Romney was a glittering Sir Galahad who, given his impressive horse, armor, and lance, along with his decency and piety, assumed that he could win a joust in a fair charge against the other team’s knight. Instead he waded into a sudden fray where he was swarmed, mobbed, cut off, pulled off his magnificent steed, had his matchless armor yanked away by a mob of foot soldiers, and then, once stripped clean, was clubbed and maced beyond recognition.”

An Excellent Spirit will have much more on the factors that played out in the Election. We have already posted on it. Here and here  We will revisit the subject once full data on the Election are available and broken down. Stay tuned.

Today’s Humor

Hey! Pay attention! You can have it all, if you tax the rich and spend it all on government! Understand?

He Who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps! 

Axelrod! Jarrett!! Who is this guy with a red “S” on his chest? I’m supposed to be the One! Get me some white out here!

Call someone! Call Hillary! Oh! I forgot, she is under the bus! Call the “Brotherhood” sister Huma Abedin! Get this off the screen! It is too true to be seen by “them”!

Who Cares?

An Excellent Spirit is watching the debate and squabble in the lamestream media over the supposed naming as US Secretary of State to succeed Hillary Clinton of US Un Envoy, Susan Rice, she of the misinformation campaign to the American people of the Benghazi murders and the cover up. We have not commented to date because we are of the opinion, Who Cares?

The President is Constitutionally entitled to name his own cabinet. Article 2. Section 2 clearly gives him that power. We reprint it here from an online text of the Constitution.

Article 2 – The Executive Branch
Section 2 – Civilian Power Over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.  All Emphasis ours.

What is so interesting about this section is that it is controlling, the Supreme Law of the Land with respect to the President, his Cabinet and it clearly was intended by our Founders to proscribe that power of the President. The last sentence gives Congress the authority to “vest the appointment” by the President. “as they (Congress) think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.”

There is no way to read or interpret that section but to understand that Congress has virtually unlimited power with respect to those the President appoints, should they decide to exercise that power. The appointment of any Cabinet head is, without the urgency and controversy of Benghazi Gate, foreign policy, the Middle East conflict and our relationship with Israel, heady enough stuff. The appointment of a clear lightweight as Ambassador Rice is and always will be is still not without precedent, especially in the Obama Administration.

There are, however, a few considerations that Americans should consider as this orchestrated dog and pony show is unveiled for “our” consumption. First, who “we” appoint as our Secretary of State tells the world a lot about who “we” are. If the United States appoints a neophyte, a talking head that knows only what she is told to say and no more; if “we” send our chief diplomat out into the world with that reputation to repair what it most certainly the weakest appeasement stance of a major nation in history, we will reap what we as a nation have sown. More aggression, more disrespect. We live in a violent world where aggressors respect one thing. Strength and demonstrated resolve to use that strength when challenged. The Pax Romana, “(Latin for “Roman peace“) was the long period of relative peace and minimal expansion by military force experienced by the Roman Empire in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. Its span was about 207 years (27 BC to 180 AD).” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Romana This longest period of relative peace in the history of the world came about because of Roman military might and Romans of that day said that a Roman citizen could walk the face of the earth without fear because the full might of Rome guaranteed the safety of each of its citizens.

The last time that An Excellent Spirit looked, there is no Pax Obama or Pax Barack. “We” are not safe, nor are “we” secure. An Excellent Spirit cannot begin to list the critical problems America faces as a nation, nor can we point to a single action or policy that America has adopted or professed in the last four years, with the sole exception of Kill bin Laden and drone strikes on a “kill list” of President Obama’s.

Whomever President Obama names as Secretary of State will have a hard time in the US Senate getting confirmed. http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2012/11/25/obama-susan-rice-secretary-of-state-john-mccain/1725193/ and Democrats also cannot seem to stomach Rice. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2963520/posts The authoritative Foreign Policy seems to be saying that Rice is no more than a stalking horse for the eventual nominee, Massachusetts US Senator and 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry, as a Senator would easily get confirmed, as US Senators never vote against one of their own without clear and convincing evidence of incompetence or worse. Kerry has never given much indication that he is competent, but is Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair and wealthy. His choice, while not a strong indication of American strength, would at least enable “us” to feel more secure in a dangerous world, even if we are not.

 

Middle East Update – Egyptian Dictator Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood

An Excellent Spirit’s friend and source of all things Middle Eastern, Barry Rubin of The Rubin Report has penned this story on Egyptian President Mursi (American lamestream media call him “Morsi” but Middle Easterners, who know him well, spell it “Mursi”). The article was also posted in PJ Media, another source that gets it right most of the time.  “What’s been happening in Egypt this week is as important as the revolution that overthrew the old regime almost two years ago. A new dictator has arrived and while the Muslim Brotherhood’s overturning of democracy was totally predictable, Western policymakers walked right into the trap. They even helped build it. President Mursi has now declared his ability to rule by decree. The key concept is that he can do everything to protect the revolution. In doing so, he is defining the revolution — as the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979 which was made by a broad coalition of forces soon after became defined — as an Islamist revolution. One could call the Islamist strategy a short march through the institutions. Once Islamists take power — in Iran, the Gaza Strip, and Turkey, perhaps too in Syria — that is only the beginning of the story. They systematically do a fundamental transformation.” All Emphasis ours.

As Barry Rubin points out, the Islamist template, beginning with Iran in 1979 and continuing with Egypt in 2012 is to pull out everything they do not like and start from scratch. “The media, or at least a large part of it, is tamed. The draft constitution written by the Brotherhood and Salafists allows the government to shut down any newspaper or television station by decree. The courts are made impotent and judges replaced. Mursi’s decree said he could ignore any court decision. At a November 18 press conference, a few days before Mursi issued his decree, the leading secular-oriented representatives in the constitution-writing constituent assembly resigned, charging the new document would enshrine Sharia law. The problem was not the statement in Article 2 about Sharia being the main source of Egyptian legislation but rather later provisions making it clear that Islamist-controlled institutions would interpret precisely what that meant. Amr Moussa, former foreign minister and Arab League secretary-general, said the new constitution would bring disaster for Egypt. Abdel Meguid called this combination “Taliban-like.”

Egypt has always seen itself as the central part of the Islamic Caliphate, and while Turkey, Iran and many others lay claim to that centrality, today, only Egypt is able to take action to position Egypt as the starting point of Muslim world domination. Rubin continues, “Of critical importance for Egypt is control over the religious infrastructure: the ministry of Waqf that supervises huge amounts of money in Islamic foundations; the office of qadi, the chief Islamist jurist; al-Azhar University, the most important institution defining Islam in the Muslim world; which clerics get to go on television or have their own shoes; and down to appointments of preachers in every public mosque in the country. Many clerics are not moderate but most are not systematic Islamists. Soon they will be or at least talk as if they were. Revolutionary Islamism will become in Egypt merely normative Islam. Thus is the endless debate in the West about the nature of Islam — religion of peace or religion of terrorism? — short-circuited and made even more irrelevant. The real power is not what the texts say but who interprets them. And the Islamists will do the interpreting. Until some years from now, that is, when the Caliphate is fully established as the only power in the Middle East and the greatest power in the world! That is the plan and it will follow the template until fully implemented. But God!

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Tehran, Iran, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit on August 30, 2012. (UN Photo by Evan Schneider)

Historically, Rubin relatesUnder the leadership of a secret society called the Free Officers, Egypt’s army overturned the monarchy in 1952 in a virtually bloodless coup. Yet while Egypt was for decades thereafter ruled by the resulting regime, the military government soon became a military-backed government. Officers either moved over to civilian offices or if they opposed the regime were purged. Aside from doing its professional duties, the new generation of officers turned to money-making. The Egyptian army became a vast economic enterprise, with its own farms, factories, and housing estates. It was not a political interest group, and certainly not an ideological organization, but an economic enterprise. During the more recent revolution, the army’s main concern was its own corporate interests — especially control over the military budget, the choice of its leaders, and those business activities. Over and over again the Western mass media and governments spoke as if they were dealing with a South American army that wanted to rule the country. It was portrayed as repressive and potentially tyrannical. By definition, all civilians — especially the Muslim Brotherhood — were good guys against the supposed military would-be dictators.” Remember our quote about the devil convincing “us” that he does not exist? “This was far from the truth. The military was eager to get out of power as long as its narrow interests were preserved. One of its biggest fears was becoming unpopular. That’s why it didn’t crack down in 2011 on behalf of the Mubarak regime and didn’t do so very much when it was in the transitional military council. To put it bluntly, the army wasn’t the bad guys but, relatively speaking, among the good guys.

Professor Rubin reveals the almost total capitulation of the generals to the Brotherhood. “Now, however, that moment is past. Partly under international pressure, it gave power to an elected president without securing a single one of its demands. So much for the tyrannical generals. Scores of top officers resigned and they are now being replaced by the choices of one man, the president. Who is Mursi going to appoint to head the new Egyptian army? Given the lack of Islamist sympathizers at the top — there is much debate over how many there are among more junior officers — he needs to put in place opportunists. These would be men who in exchange for their rank and privileges will do his bidding. That is what’s happening now; the Islamist high command should come later. Lacking any ideological orientation against revolutionary Islamism; without charismatic leadership, not at all united, and in a sense fat and greedy, without any foreign encouragement, and not wanting to shoot down its own people and set off a civil war, the Egyptian army is not a bulwark against the country becoming an Islamist dictatorship. If the Islamists could overcome a far more coherent and ideologically anti-Islamist military in Turkey so easily, there’s no reason to think a similar process won’t happen in Egypt, too. What are the red lines for the army? First and foremost, that nobody touch their economic empire and cuts their budget. Mursi isn’t stupid enough to get into trouble on that issue. Second, those who attack the military with guns must be dealt with harshly. Mursi is willing to crack down on those extremely radical Salafist groups — notably in the Sinai — who shoot Egyptian soldiers rather than just restricting themselves to attacks on Israel. Third, the preservation of U.S. military aid. No worries there; it would take a lot for the Obama Administration to cut off this assistance. The regime can go far toward suppressing women and Christians, making clear it is helping the forces seeking to wipe Israel off the map, subvert other Arabic-speaking countries, and setting up a dictatorship without having to worry about losing the aid. Finally, will the Egyptian military constantly refuse to take steps that might entangle it in a war with Israel? Here is the most likely hope of restraint though Mursi isn’t eager for such a direct conflict either. The danger, however, is not so much an executive decision to go to war but a slow slide into conflict. Along the way, Egypt can be permissive toward those staging cross-border attacks on Israel; allow Egyptian volunteers in large numbers to go to the Gaza Strip to fight; and allow lots of weapons in the Gaza Strip. Small-scale border clashes or a future Israel-Hamas war could move things in that direction. For the time being, however, as indicated by the ceasefire, Egypt’s new regime doesn’t want a conflict either. Consolidating its power within the country and creating a new order that will last for decades is a big task. All the institutions must be transformed, a constitution finalized and adopted, billions of dollars of foreign aid begged, oppositions tamed. As an indication, the radical nationalist regime in the 1950s spent three years at that task before turning toward an attempt to dominate the region. Patience and practical sense of how to proceed to accomplish radical objectives should not be mistaken for moderation. The Middle East will still be there to Islamize, Israel to destroy, and American influence to eliminate when Mursi is ready.”

In today’s Egypt, while “the judges are still holding out bravely only the army has real power to counter the Islamist revolution transforming the most important country in the Arabic-speaking world into the instrument of the leading international anti-Western, anti-American, and antisemitic organization. It doesn’t matter how nicely Mursi spoke to Obama any more than say how Lenin — who moderated Soviet policy in the 1920s to consolidate the regime and get Western help — did in his day.” Rubin questions “What is going on inside Egypt’s army, the last remaining institution that could offer resistance? We don’t really know but there are certainly some important indications. In theory, the army is the only force that can challenge the Muslim Brotherhood’s drive to transform Egypt into an Islamist state. But why should we believe the officers want to engage in such a battle?”

Muslim Brotherhood on Middle East TV: We will rule the world!

An Excellent Spirit has written about the Muslim Brotherhood and its overreaching influence in the Obama Administration, the US State Department and the White House itself. Here. Despite all that we have written about what is at stake and how the US is handling it, the fact of the matter is that the US position or activity has little to do with the over all goals and actions of Islamists who have but one thing in mind: the world domination by an Islamic Caliphate. Not an uplifting, confidence building scenario unless you are an Islamofacist. Nevertheless, “we” who watch Israel and believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob know that “He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” and “we” will continue to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” to the God of Heaven and Earth Who hears and answers our prayers. Stay tuned, there will be more. There has to be, until Jesus stands on the Mount of Olives and it splits in half as the Heavenly Host comes to Him in the clouds. “We” say, “come quickly Lord Jesus”!

President Obama and his Islamic women: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett in Muslim Dress

Today’s Humor

Hey Axelrod! Can’t these guys understand that we cannot have these types on camera? Even with the lamestream media, this type of “friend” will not fool the fools who voted for us!

The Egyptian Pharaoh Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Caliphate.

Really? Get me that sniveling Obama! He is the one responsible for all this mess in the Middle East! Policy??? His policy is madness! Next thing he will ask us to give up all our weapons so they can enforce “their” peace: No Israeli left alive, just in pieces!

Their Blood Runs In The Streets – Israel and Gaza

Israeli’s mourning dead in Gaza War

An Excellent Spirit brings this update on the Gaza Strip/Israel violence now that a cease-fire has been shown to be mostly a ploy that those bent on killing more Jews can violate. Our old friend, Dr. Mike Brown has this Townhall column. “In the aftermath of Israel’s latest conflict with Hamas terrorists, it seems that the Jewish state’s greatest failing was that it did not suffer enough casualties to satisfy its critics. And so, once again, the world is railing against “Israeli aggression” and casting its sympathies with those who seek to slaughter its civilians, and this despite the outrageous statements of the Islamic radicals hell-bent on destroying Israel. On Thursday, November 23rd, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said, “Israel screamed with pain from what the resistance did to it. I thank everyone who provided us with arms and money, especially Iran.” Yes, to make Israel scream with pain is something virtuous.” Emphasis ours.

Dr. Michael L. Brown

This story in The Times of Israel confirms that Hamas greatest cause for celebration is not the end of hostilities that have killed innocents on both sides, but thanking Iran and Egypt for their help in killing Israeli’s. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked Egypt and Iran on Thursday for their support in helping make “Israel scream with pain.” Haniyeh, who heads Hamas in Gaza, hailed the previous night’s ceasefire as a victory, despite what Israel called heavy losses for the terror group during Operation Pillar of Defense.” Haniyeh continued, “The strength of the Palestinians was the basis for the latest victory, and now “it’s a sign of pride to the whole world,” Hamas’s leader said. We “did not raise a white flag. Israel screamed with pain from what the resistance did to it. I thank everyone who provided us with arms and money, especially Iran.” Read the whole thing here.

Dr. Brown brings the American lamestream media’s anti-Jewish narrative into clear focus. He reports what they will not even mention in all their ink condemning Israel for firing back at Hamas’ constant reign of rockets on Israeli cities for the past years. “Shortly after the bomb blast in Tel Aviv that wounded 22 Israelis, Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV aired a report showing footage of the bloody scene and commenting: “These are scenes of the casualties. God willing, we will soon see black body bags. I pray to God the exalted we will see body bags in a short while. . . . Right now in these moments, the mosques in the Gaza Strip, their minarets are loudly sounding cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’ and cries of joy, and the residents of the Gaza Strip are bowing down to Allah for this offering [or, gift]. The morale of the Gaza residents is in the sky right now, and is rising just as the rockets of the resistance.” This is in keeping with Articles 6 and 8 of the Hamas charter which read (in part): “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it … The Islamic Resistance Movement…strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine … Allah is our goal, the Prophet our model, the Qur’an our Constitution, Jihad our path and death for the cause of Allah our most sublime belief.” (The last sentence is the motto of Hamas.) Danny Ayalon, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, noted “that Hamas’s charter includes the aspiration that ‘The Day of Judgment will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews)’.” In contrast, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pointed out that, “For us, every time there are civilian casualties, that’s an operational failure. For them, every time there are civilian casualties, that’s an operational success.”

Our lamestream media is much more interested in building public opinion against Israel than reporting news, facts, information or anything that is pro-Israel. Just look at the pictures available on the Gaza conflict. There are ten thousand pictures of Palestinian casualties to every one of Israeli wounded or dead. The corrupt, biased media are content to ignore or justify Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon and the means to strike Israel or another of its Arab neighbors with it, even though almost every other Middle Eastern country fears Iran’s nuclear capability more than Israel. The Saudi’s and other countries are, as we write this, exploring their acquisition of nuclear weapons as a last resort to counter the Iranian threat to the whole region, not just Israel.

We used to refer to the standoff between nuclear USSR and the USA as M A D, Mutually Assured Destruction, meaning that no sane country would be the first to use a nuclear weapon when the other would retaliate and wipe it off the map. Today, despite the rosy picture the US its lamestream media paints, we have entered an age of Madness : The Insanity Assured Destruction or M I A D.

That is the way it is when the global media, our lamestream media and our government foster the narrative that Israel is not defending itself with its Iron Dome Defense System that shoots down many of the rockets. That is only more Israeli murder of innocents whose only crime is that they are unfortunate to live among terrorists who launch thousands of rockets into Israel each year, killing civilians just like them! Mike Brown concludes, “How dare Israel defend itself so forcefully. And how dare its new Iron Dome defense system work so well in intercepting more than 400 Hamas rockets, including new long range missiles supplied by Iran. If only more Jews had been killed! Even before Israel began its attack on Hamas last week, the student senate at the University of California Irvine (UCI) passed a resolution by a vote of 16-0, accusing Israel of “human rights abuse and institutionalized structural violence against the Palestinian people.” But terrorist groups like Hamas are apparently guilty of no such thing. If only their rockets and missiles were more accurate. If only more Israelis died. Then Israel wouldn’t be quite so evil in the eyes of the world.” Emphasis ours.

Israel does not have the luxury of bowing to the insanity of the lamestream media. To do anything other that what it is now doing would assure its destruction and the murder of tens of thousands of its citizens a year until they would be wiped from the face of the earth!

Israeli child in bombed out window.

The only thing that will satisfy Hamas, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah is that the streets of Israel run red with the blood of dead Jews until the last Jew is murdered! But God!

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. Years ago, Dr. Brown prophetically wrote Our Hands are Stained With Blood, subtitled “The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People”. Destiny Image Publishers, 1992.

Today’s Humor

Hey Axelrod! Michelle says she can’t cook this thing! We can’t even find anyone to kill it! It’s way too big!!!!

The truth hurts, doesn’t it? That is why “they” won’t tell “us” the truth!

Missiles are good for you, aren’t they? The way this works is when we get too many to store more, we have to send them to Israel!

We checked this statement with the White House and they approved it for the American people. Send it to the UN too! They will love it.

 

Fiscal Cliff or Fiscal Abyss? Billionaires Dump Stocks

The Fiscal Cliff. It is a long way down, America.

An Excellent Spirit has reported that numerous “progressive” billionaires are dumping their holdings in the US stock markets in anticipation of the economic meltdown that the Fiscal Cliff will bring in 2013. Here Now, in the wake of President Obama’s re-election, here are more current stories about the super rich abandoning the American economy and the President they helped to re-elect. First is this one.  The story tells us that the “US economy close to collapse as of 9/10/12 billionaires Buffet, Poulson, and Soros have started dumping American stocks at an alarming rate in anticipation of up to a 90% market correction/drop in stocks, and are buying gold.”

President Obama giving Medial of Freedom to Warren Buffet

Not a very good example for these titans of progressive greed to set for “us”, is it? Next we have this from Off Grid Survival “Despite government assurances that the economy is on the mend, a number of the world’s richest people have been quietly dumping their American Stocks. Billionaires who are dumping their stocks: Warren Buffett, who has been the current administrations top ally when it comes to propping up the markets, might not be as optimistic as he pretends to be in public. In fact, Buffet has recently begun to dramatically reduce his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing. He has reduced his stock exposure in these companies by over 21% and has even sold of his entire stake in the computer parts company Intel (7,745,000 shares). The controversial billionaire George Soros, has also been moving at a frenzied pace to sell off his stocks in all financial companies.  According to his SEC filings, Soros dumped his entire stake in all major financial stocks. He completely dumped Citigroup (420,000 shares), JP Morgan (701,400 shares) and Goldman Sachs (120,000 shares), leaving himself with no exposure to the American financial markets.

Interestingly, at the same time Soros started dumping these financial stocks, he started pumping major money into the Gold markets. During that same period, Soros more than doubled his investment in the SPDR gold trust ETF.”

Our readers will recall that Buffet told America that his secretary paid higher taxes than he did and “they” named Obama’s “tax the rich” strategy after him. The Buffet Rule. Soros, the convicted felon in Europe for his manipulation of markets, bragged about how he would change the Election and then did so on November 6th. Now that he has had his influence, however, his money will not follow his mouth. It will depart for safer environs than America.

George Soros, Obama Funder and Supporter   

Next, we have this from MoneyNews. In their story, Robert Wiedemer, an esteemed economist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Aftershock publishing his research, said America’s economy would suffer a massive failure. Many “progressive” economists and critics were outraged, but more centrist economists and commentators told us “Before you dismiss the possibility of a 90% drop in the stock market as unrealistic, consider Wiedemer’s credentials. In 2006, Wiedemer and a team of economists accurately predicted the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States. They published their research in the book America’s Bubble Economy. The book quickly grabbed headlines for its accuracy in predicting what many thought would never happen, and quickly established Wiedemer as a trusted voice. A columnist at Dow Jones said the book was “one of those rare finds that not only predicted the subprime credit meltdown well in advance, it offered Main Street investors a winning strategy that helped avoid the forty percent losses that followed . . .” The chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s said that Wiedemer’s track record “demands our attention.” And finally, the former CFO of Goldman Sachs said Wiedemer’s “prescience in (his) first book lends credence to the new warnings. This book deserves our attention.” In the interview for his latest blockbuster Aftershock, Wiedemer says the 90% drop in the stock market is “a worst-case scenario,” and the host quickly challenged this claim. Wiedemer calmly laid out a clear explanation of why a large drop of some sort is a virtual certainty. That is ominous news. The only thing An Excellent Spirit can say is why is no one telling the American people of these possibilities? Are “they” so certain that the economy will fail that “they” cannot level with “us”?

Finally, we have this report from 2012indyinfo.com. It confirms Weidemer’s report. “where Wiedemer explains why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros could be dumping U.S. stocks: “Companies will be spending more money on borrowing costs than business expansion costs. That means lower profit margins, lower dividends, and less hiring. Plus, more layoffs.” No investors, let alone billionaires, will want to own stocks with falling profit margins and shrinking dividends. So if that’s why Buffett, Paulson, and Soros are dumping stocks, they have decided to cash out early and leave Main Street investors holding the bag.

The truth is that our economy is headed for more than a recession or a severe inflationary spiral. With prices of staples like food, water, health care, electricity and everything else rising to unprecedented levels and real unemployment at or above 15%, the re-election of Barack Obama means that Americans have chosen government over jobs, entitlements over work and unions and violence over education and peace in our cities. The fact that Europe has been depending on America is not lost on economic forecasters who know America cannot be depended on for anything but collapse. When that happens, Europe, Asia and the Third World, including China will plunge over the edge of the cliff into the Abyss. After that, it is anyone’s guess.

After me, there is no after me!

At the height of the French Revolution, when it was clear to Louis XV that he and his government would be the last of the monarchy, he is reputed to have said, “Apres moi, le deluge.”  After me, the flood. The re-election of Barack Obama says, loud and clear to one and all, “I am the flood!” Of socialism, of poverty, of riots and violence in our streets and of despair and depression unlike anything ever experienced in America. Pray that it is not so, America! Buffett, Soros et al are betting that it is!

Middle East, Gaza and The Rubin Report

Masked terrorists in Gaza calling Israel “criminals”

An Excellent Spirit promised our readers that we would keep them current on the Middle East and the “bombs bursting in air” over Israel and Gaza. We have also told you many times of The Rubin Report one of our primary sources. Here The following articles are highly recommended to our readers who want up to date, accurate information from an on the ground source. First we have News Flash: Egypt’s Islamist President Assumes Dictatorial Powers  (This article is published on PJ Media). Here  “The French press agency headline says it all: “Egypt’s [President] Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh.” Mursi has issued a decree giving himself virtually dictatorial powers and contradicting the assumption that he—and his Muslim Brotherhood organization—intend to rule democratically. Opposition forces said this constituted a coup.” Read the whole thing.

Rubin also reports on the Gaza cease-fire. Here His report is entitled Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas War  “A ceasefire ending this round of the Hamas-Israel fighting went into effect at 9 PM local time, November 21, 2012. There were reports—still unconfirmed—of more rockets being fired from Gaza at Israel after the ceasefire was to be implemented. Hamas immediately claimed victory. So did Netanyahu and here is his statement. The brief agreement provides that both sides will stop all hostilities. For Israel, that included the targeted killings of terrorists and Hamas leaders. For the Palestinian side, the phrase, “All Palestinian factions,” was used. That means the Hamas regime is responsible for any attacks by Islamic Jihad, al-Qaida affiliates, and other small Salafist groups. According to the text, at least, Hamas cannot hide behind allowing or encouraging such groups to attack and then disclaiming responsibility. Another provision is that Israel will reopen the crossings and let people (a small number of Gazans seeking medical attention in Israel) and supplies to return to normal levels. Egypt—not the United States, which isn’t mentioned in the agreement–is the sponsor of the ceasefire. According to some reports which seem accurate, the ceasefire was agreed to through Egypt but delayed until Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived. By allowing Clinton to claim credit for the agreement, Israel may get something in return including most obviously a greater U.S. commitment to make the agreement work.” There is much more. Read it all.

Next we have the insightful analysis of 2013 and beyond by Barry Rubin. Entitled “The Middle East Crises of 2013 Are Already In Dress Rehearsal”, this article was also published in PJ Media. Here “If 2011 was the year of the Arab Spring, 2013 looks to be the year of the Arab Fall.  The hopes of quick, easy democracy have already been eclipsed by the rise of radical Islamist groups, which are no less extreme for coming to power through elections. And so the coming months are likely to see more disillusion, violence, and the entrenchment of Islamist regimes.” Barry Rubin concludes his intelligent and readable insights, “The bitter fruits of the Obama Administration’s pro-Islamist policy will be increasingly visible. The only question is whether the Obama Administration will still be around to respond ineffectively or even to keep helping the anti-American forces.” Be sure to read what is in between.

That is just a small taste of what The Rubin Report and Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal offer to our readers. We highly recommend that you bookmark both sources and refer to them as often as possible for news and information that our lamestream media will never publish and our poor excuse for a government will never reveal to the American people. Stay tuned, An Excellent Spirit will bring more as it develops. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and God bless America!

Today’s Humor

We have the Obama Administration, the US State Department and The Muslim Brotherhood on one side and Israel on the other side. Just about an even match!   But God!

If we don’t tax the rich, the people might look at us! We can’t have that happen! We can only fool them some of the time! Tax the Rich! Off with their heads! Let them eat cake! Tell them it is a new revolution, not the same old thing!

Hey Jarrett! This “dummy” is great! I’ve got an idea! Let’s replace Hillary with this “dummy”. That should work! 

Look! Didn’t that guy used to have a white beard and a red, white and blue hat? What happened to him? It sure looks like “we” are going to have a bare Christmas.

Give Thanks To God For All His Blessings!

Today is Thanksgiving, a national Holiday in America. We celebrate our good fortune in being brought by God to America and in enduring all that we faced as people and as a nation to establish this experiment in a democratic republic. To whom do we give thanks? To God! 

God is the one who the Pilgrims thanked back in the days of Miles Standish and Pocohantus. It was God then and it is God today to Whom Americans owe thanks, reverence, obedience and gratitude. It was God to Whom George Washington knelt and beseeched in Valley Forge. It was God that Benjamin Franklin invoked when the battle over a Constitution reached a crisis. It was God Whom Thomas Jefferson identified as the One who gave “us” the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington on his knees seeking God’s help at Valley Forge

It was God to Whom Jesus, the Son of God, gave thanks before He broke the bread at The Last Supper. It was God, it is God, it will ever be God! God created this world and every man and woman since Adam have been His sons and daughters, no matter what they have thought or think. God says so and we at An Excellent Spirit believe God! Always. About everything.

Jesus took the Bread and after he broke it He gave thanks to God.

Today, as you celebrate Thanksgiving, give thanks to the God of Heaven and Earth who created you and loves you with an everlasting love! We here at An Excellent Spirit will resume our efforts tonight. For today, we give thanks to God. Won’t you please join with us?

Here is one of the many Psalms, written by David and other anointed psalmists that are now Scripture, that celebrate God and give Him thanks. We can think of no better way to celebrate our holiday by praying, reciting out loud, singing or just reading this celebration that clearly shows that Thanksgiving did not originate with Americans. It originated with God!

Psalm 118

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord now say, “His mercy endures forever.” I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me, But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.       They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely, But He has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, And I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, Through which the righteous shall enter.  I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  We have blessed you from the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

An Excellent Spirit wishes and prays for a Happy, Blessed Thanksgiving to all of God’s Children in America and in the World!

Thanksgiving Humor

This is what happens to “us” when “they” fail to lead or do “their” jobs!

Hey Axelrod! We had another miss! Keep shooting, we’ll hit something sooner or later!

Is that all there is??? I saw what “they” are eating! “They” are eating “our” food and this is all “we” get????

God! Get “us” off this cliff! Please! “We” are falling and “they” are safe. If You don’t do something, “we” will be goooonnnneeee! 

 

Gaza And Israel: Cease-Fire Announced

Fighting in Gaza, Bombs in Israel. Cease-fire allows clean up to begin.

An Excellent Spirit has closely watched the terror Islamists have reigned on Israel and their own innocents in the Gaza. We have just learned that Egypt has brokered a cease-fire to begin tonight (Wed. Nov. 21st). We will keep watch and pray, as there are many slips twixt cup and lip, especially in the Middle East. The Washington Post has this long story/bulletin today. “CAIRO— The Egyptian government announced Wednesday night that Israel and Palestinian leaders in the Gaza strip have agreed to halt hostilities after eight days of Israeli bombardment of the enclave and hundreds of rocket strikes inside Israel. Standing alongside Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who engaged in intensive shuttle diplomacy aimed at ending the conflict, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr told a news conference that the cease-fire would begin at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. in Washington). The cease-fire pact appeared to fall short of the grand bargain that both sides had hoped to reach. But it headed off, at least temporarily, an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza that could have unleashed a broader regional war. Clinton said the United States welcomes the move. “This is a critical moment for the region,” she said. “The people of this region deserve the chance” to live in peace. The agreement will “improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel,” said Clinton, who left Cairo soon afterward to return to the United States.”

Putting out fires in Israel after rocket attack.

While both the United States and Israel worked with Egypt to bring the cease-fire about, Israel was skeptical, as were those in Gaza. “In a speech in Jerusalem shortly before the cease-fire took effect, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that in talks by telephone with President Obama, he agreed to “give an opportunity to the cease-fire” that Obama was urging him to accept. But Netanyahu warned that at the same time, Israel could not sit idly by as “our enemies continue to arm themselves with terrorist arms.” Netanyahu said that “he and Obama had agreed, therefore, that Israel and the United States would “work together to prevent the smuggling of arms to the terrorist organizations, the vast majority of which come from Iran.” He did not elaborate. Netanyahu also left open the prospect that an even more intensive military campaign against Gaza “may be needed” in the future.”

There is much to be done before there is any real prospect of violence abating more than briefly, but, for now, residents of Gaza and Israel get a respite. Read the whole, long story. An Excellent Spirit will keep our readers up to date. Shalom! And pray for peace in Gaza, and for the peace of Jerusalem!

Obamacare After the Election

Supporters of Obamacare demonstrate outside US Supreme Court in 2012

An Excellent Spirit has called for the repeal of Obamacare so many times that we have lost count. Here. Now that the Election is over, it is unlikely that it will be repealed, as the President will never allow its repeal and Congress, in its present make up will not vote to repeal it. That means that more provisions of Obamacare will come on line and “we” will pay, through our noses, for the care that is to be afforded to people who do not need it and for those who may. The worst thing, however, is “we” will also pay for the biggest bureaucratic structure in American history that will be set up and for the corruption, overpayments, waste and crony socialism that will be the reason for “their” joy and “our” dismay.

This article by The Fiscal Times is illustrative. “After surviving a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election, the Obama administration’s health-care law faces another challenge: a public largely unaware of major changes that will roll out in the coming months. States are rushing to decide whether to build their own health exchanges and the administration is readying final regulations, but a growing body of research suggests that most low-income Americans who will become eligible for subsidized insurance have no idea what’s coming. Part of the problem, experts say, is that people who will be affected don’t realize the urgency because the subsidies won’t begin for another year. But policy decisions are being made now that will affect tens of millions of Americans, and the lack of public awareness could jeopardize a system that depends on having many people involved.” That is a veiled reference to the humongous bureaucracy that we told our readers about. But there is more.

Demonstrators against Obamacare

“We know now that the Affordable Care Act has to be implemented,” said Rachel Klein, Enroll America’s executive director. “It’s imperative that the people who will benefit hear about the new coverage available and learn how to sign up.” Currently, 48.6 million U.S. residents lack health insurance. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 30 million will gain coverage. That would leave nearly 19 million uninsured. About a quarter of those are illegal immigrants, who aren’t eligible for the reform law’s subsidies. Two million, the CBO projects, live in states that will opt out of the Medicaid expansion. The rest, however, probably are eligible for new benefits. The CBO, for example, expects that nearly 6 million of those newly eligible for Medicaid just won’t sign up for the program. Even though the subsidies for currently uninsured people won’t go out until Jan. 1, 2014, the state exchanges that will offer health plans are being set up now, and participants will need to start signing up next Oct. 1. Supporters of the health-care law say the plan won’t be a success without a massive public relations campaign to build awareness. “That part is a going to be a real challenge,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president of the American Hospital Association, one of Enroll America’s funders. “If we want to see high enrollment achieved, we have to figure out how to get the word out.” Enroll America held focus groups in Philadelphia in mid-November, working exclusively with those who probably would qualify for benefits. Looking to understand how much public education will be needed, the researchers came back with a simple answer: a lot. Participants’ hands shot up when researchers asked whether they had heard about a requirement to buy health insurance. But when asked about whether they had heard about any provisions that might make insurance more affordable, none of the 31 participants in the four groups answered yes. “They might find a way to reject or judge me,” said Tim Perot, 30, a focus group participant. Perot lost his insurance two years ago after he was laid off from a job as a cook. He said he lost welfare benefits in his early 20s, after he gained a full-time job, and the drug and alcohol treatment those benefits covered. He fears a similar situation with the health-care law. “I don’t think I’m going to be accepted or approved for it,” Perot said. “I’ll supposedly have too much money, and I’ll get denied.” Other participants questioned the quality of the benefits. That included Marina Sokolvosky, 26, who has not had insurance since she was 17 and makes about $1,500 a month by selling jewelry online. A bike accident last year, in which Sokolvosky broke her collarbone, left her with a $6,000 emergency room bill she has not paid. “All I know is not having health insurance, and then needing it,” she said. “There wasn’t anything affordable. For how complicated insurance is, it would be very difficult to create something functional. I don’t think it’s possible.”

What now, Americans ask? This Forbes article suggests that the battle, if there is to be one on Obamacare, will shift to the individual states. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gracemarieturner/2012/11/14/the-obamacare-battlefront-shifts-to-the-states/ “Throughout the debate over ObamaCare – and back to HillaryCare and beyond – the fundamental question in health reform has always been this: Who will control our choices – government or individuals? Each side has won battles over the last 15 years in the tug of war between those who want a system that empowers the individual and one that cedes more and more authority to the state.

  • Congress created the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to expand publicly-financed coverage to children.
  • But it later created Health Savings Accounts to empower individuals in the free market.
  • It expanded Medicare to create a new prescription drug benefit.
  • But it also boosted participation by private plans in Medicare through the Medicare Advantage program.

The Avalanche Of New Obamacare Rules Will Come In January, 2013. The newly re-elected President has been mostly silent, having gotten what he wanted. Now it will be implemented and “we” will begin to find out what it all really means. To “us”.  Forbes continues, “ when ObamaCare was slammed through in 2010, we took a screeching left turn toward government control even as citizens marched in the streets and more than 100,000 people called Congress every hour in the days leading up to the vote pleading that their representatives vote “No.” ObamaCare gives only passing lip service to markets and individual choice and did not win a single Republican vote when it passed. Even after it passed, most Americans continue to opposed the law which they correctly understand will lead to a government-run health care system.  Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only 38% of those polled support the health law.  Exit polls on Election Day found that 49% of voters said they wanted all or part of the law repealed, and only 42% said they supported keeping or expanding it – millions fewer than voted to re-elect President Obama.”

This should give “us” a starting point as to what is coming and how “we” can begin to deal with it. In the final analysis, the fate of Obamacare is where it always was: with “us”. “We” had a chance to repeal it, but that would have meant defeating President Obama for re-election. “We” did not do that, so “we” will live with the law and President Obama unless “we” quickly conclude that neither is or was in “our” best interests. In that case, the 2014 off year elections will give a signal of what must happen in 2016: the Election of a President with a clear mandate, even instruction, to repeal Obamacare. Absent that, “we” should all resolve to live with the single largest tax increase we will ever face, the largest ever government bureaucracy and corruption and waste that will destroy everything in its path. That is what “we” as a nation voted for, whether we understood that or not.

Elections have consequences. Decisions are made by those who show up. Never in our history, with the sole exception of the first few elections after our Independence in 1776, have our choices and decisions had such an immediate result in our lives. And this is just the beginning. More consequences and choices are coming. Fast. Hold on tight, “we” are in for a wild ride!

 

Today’s Humor

I don’t care! Rice, Clinton, Patreaus, all of them! I do not do blame! I blame anyone but me! “They” just re-elected me! I’m bullet proof and blame proof!

Oh yeah, Axelrod! Call Bubba and tell him she did it just like he said she would!

Hey Axelrod, Jarrett! Get in here! This teleprompter better work or I will not go on tonight. It’s either that or Letterman! He does not ask questions.

You tell Netanyahu that is the best we will do! What does he want? Peace?

 

Forward To Go Backward

The Election is over and the nation gladly exchanges the rancor, misleading and fraud of the Election for the normal mismanagement, rancor, misleading and fraud of the country’s usual business. As usual, Professor Thomas Sowell has a gem to guide us down our path to fiscal, foreign policy and cultural insanity. An Excellent Spirit has posted on this American treasure and his sharp, almost uncanny ability to frame an issue in clarity and truth. Here This time he writes on the otherwise comical Twinkie Gate. “Killing the goose that lays the golden egg is one of those old fairy tales for children which has a heavy message that a lot of adults should listen to. The labor unions which have driven the makers of Twinkies into bankruptcy, potentially destroying 18,500 jobs, could have learned a lot from that old children’s fairy tale. Many people think of labor unions as organizations to benefit workers, and think of employers who are opposed to unions as just people who don’t want to pay their employees more money. But some employers have made it a point to pay their employees more than the union wages, just to keep them from joining a union. Why would they do that, if it is just a question of not wanting to pay union wages? The Twinkies bankruptcy is a classic example of costs created by labor unions that are not confined to paychecks. The work rules imposed in union contracts required the company that makes Twinkies, which also makes Wonder Bread, to deliver these two products to stores in separate trucks. Moreover, truck drivers were not allowed to load either of these products into their trucks. And the people who did load Twinkies into trucks were not allowed to load Wonder Bread, and vice versa. All of this was obviously intended to create more jobs for the unions’ members. But the needless additional costs that these make-work rules created ended up driving the company into bankruptcy, which can cost 18,500 jobs. The union is killing the goose that laid the golden egg.”

Professor Thomas Sowell of Stanford University

Professor Sowell is one of the most astute and respected economists in America. When he speaks, An Excellent Spirit listens. As he did with his treatise on the American Housing Crisis of 2007-2012 and counting) “The Housing Boom or Bust”, Thomas Sowell is telling Americans what is really happening in this otherwise comical incident of 18,500 workers losing jobs in an industry that makes chemicals that people eat to die. That just may be the smaller benefit in the larger issue of labor unions and what they do to our economy, indirectly and directly. Sowell takes that apart for us. “Not only are there reasons for employers to pay their workers enough to keep them from joining unions, there are reasons why workers in the private sector have increasingly voted against joining unions. They have seen unions driving jobs away to non-union competitors at home or driving them overseas, whether with costly work rules or in other ways.” He then discusses some of the titans of American industry and their legendary battles with employers and concludes: “Not only are there reasons for employers to pay their workers enough to keep them from joining unions, there are reasons why workers in the private sector have increasingly voted against joining unions. They have seen unions driving jobs away to non-union competitors at home or driving them overseas, whether with costly work rules or in other ways.”

Then Professor Sowell moves to the crux of the issue, public sector unions. “There is also a reason why labor unions are flourishing among people who work for government. No matter how much these public sector unions drive up costs, government agencies do not go out of business. They simply go back to the taxpayers for more money. Consumers in the private sector have the option of buying products and services from competing, non-union companies— from Toyota instead of General Motors, for example, even though most Toyotas sold in America are made in America. Consumers of other products can buy things made in non-union factories overseas. But government agencies are monopolies. You cannot get your Social Security checks from anywhere except the Social Security Administration or your driver’s license from anywhere but the DMV.”

Civil Service workers increasing protests against cutbacks. SEIU Workers in New York.

The good professor ends by putting “our” part in this saga firmly before “us”. “Is it surprising that government employees have seen their pay go up, even during the downturn, and their pensions rise to levels undreamed of in the private sector? None of this will kill the goose that lays the golden egg, so long as there are both current taxpayers and future taxpayers to pay off debts passed on to them.”

Let’s see now, “we” get to pay for the Fiscal Cliff, the “green energy revolution at the same time we pay exploding costs for health care, food, gas, heat, electricity, water, clothing and everything else. I guess we just have to add to that the cost of government workers, until that day that they tell “us” that we all have come to work for the government that has taken over everything because no one can afford anything anymore and we will have to go to work for “them” to get what “we” used to provide for ourselves. I know! That’s socialism. I thought that was tried in Europe and failed. I guess “they” think that if they confiscate (tax) “our money” and redistribute it to those who do not want to work here, “they” can force “us” to make it work here? Stay tuned.