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What You Need To Know For Monday, September 15, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 5, 2014

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Top Story:  US #32 out of the 34 Industrialized Countries in Business Tax Competitiveness & Fairness

My Thoughts: Our tax code is a self-inflicted wound misengineered by politicians.  Rather than raise money it is designed for special interest give-aways.  Sadly, the biggest losers are average Americans who cannot get jobs.

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My Thoughts on Obama's Speech:  

1. IF you are a Republican seeking to be President, you should emphasize the positive in his speech and the need for the country to come together. Publicly be supportive and say that we have to succeed as one - be diplomatic - say you are leaving the criticism for another day. Today is a day to be unified and you will help the president where you can.

2. As for the merits of the speech:

a) Good points:

i) He used "we" and said it was an American task, and

ii) He was clear they had to be destroyed.

b) Bad points:

i) Success? The countries of the Middle East and ISIS know that Yemen and Somalia are not successes like Obama claimed they were. They will not be comforted by those comments at all. Instead, they and our allies will be distressed. Foreign policy is as much if not more about your allies as you domestic audience. For its part, ISIS will say if that is what he considers success, we will be ok.

ii) Safer? He said we are safer. The latest polls say overwhelmingly that Americans say we are not.. Why start a speech out by disagreeing with the public on such a basic point? Is he really that out of touch?

iii) Not Islam? When someone tells you what they are, it is a good idea to listen and give them the benefit of the doubt. They declared a Caliphate. They are not Catholic. They are not Protestant or Jewish. There was no upside to making this comment. None.

iv) Coalition? 9 countries is not a broad coalition. Period. This was the one thing he needed to have, a broad coalition. That should have been the reason he gave the speech. To say the world was united. #fail.

v) Doctrine? Saying you will hunt people down regardless of where they go is not a doctrine. BTW, didn't Bush say he would do that? He didn't call it a doctrine though.

vi) Working with Congress? Real unity would be a declaration of war - not "I can do it alone."

Overall, this will not advance his cause - only sustained credible action will. Words are meaningless at this point - unless of course they make things worse.

 

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The Morning After: CA Post Primary Election Analysis for State Races

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Jun 4, 2014

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CA Post Primary Election Analysis:

  • Overall - The CA Top 2 Open Primary (pushed by Arnold and Abel Maldonado) wreaked its havoc June 3rd.  I fought against the measure because (1) it disenfrachises 3rd parties (they will have no one on the ballot this fall - meaning hundreds of thousands of 3rd party voters were disenfranchised by Prop 14 - Fla was decided by 35,000 chads), (2) Incumbents tend to do better because large primaries place a premium on $ and name ID, (3) It results in many Fall races with no choice between the parties (see below), and (4) lack of overall choice leads to less voter particpation.  The June 3rd results demonstrate just that.
  • 26 of the 80 CA Assembly seats have already been won by one party or the other (32.5% of the seats) 17 for Democrats/8 for Republicans - 2 more are possible for Democrats as the vote count continues. 14 of those 25 were uncontested races.

What You Need To Know For Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Feb 3, 2014

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My Latest @ Forbes.com  Democrats Suffering From Issue Inequality  

"The real inequality this year, however, will be the lack of winning issues for the Democrats and their leaders’ blatant hypocrisy.  By contrast, there are several issues that strongly favor the Republicans - if they remain principled."

Top Story:  Furor & Anger Grows Over Obama Taliban Exchange

Bergdahl Messages Troubling - Pentagon Knew of Whereabouts - Didn't Want to Risk Anymore for Deserter

My Thoughts:  The Obama Taliban Trade will go down in infamy.  The 5 he gave back to them are among the most murderous of them all.  They will go back to that.  We will know of their carnage.  It is staggering to think anyone thought this was a "deal."

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Two Wrongs Don't Make a Good Foreign Policy

By Tom Del Beccaro, on Sep 3, 2013

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Good Foreign Policy

 A Way for the President To Make a Difference in Syria & Restore American Prestige  

by Thomas Del Beccaro

By all accounts, the President has mishandled Syria.  By extension, the United States has as well. The Syrian question highlights the difficulty of the post-Cold War era.  The world of foreign affairs is no longer a binary question of who to follow.  Indeed, the ability of the United States and the Soviet Union to control international events continues to diminish in the age of non-state terrorism.  [read more]