Monthly Archives: December 2016

USA is financially broke

“Our country is broke. It’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It’s broke today.” Laurence Kotlikoff, Boston University economist

“In reality we’re facing a fiscal gap of $210 trillion…That’s 16 times larger than official U. S. debt.” Ibid

“The world is sinking under a sea of debt, private as well as public, and it is increasingly hard to see how this might end, except in some form of mass default.” Jeremy Warner, The Daily Telegraph

(The above quotes: Dan Weil, “Economist Kotlikoff: ‘Our Country is Broke,’, March 10, 2015)

“If Mr. Trump truly means to drain the swamp, he should order the Treasury Department to renounce budget gimmicks and honestly determine and report the average cost per family of closing the fiscal gap and how much his own proposals on taxes and spending would increase or decrease that cost.” David Schoenbrod

Some Honesty (at Last) About America’s Debt

Trump should renounce budget gimmicks and give a straight accounting of how much citizens owe.

David Schoenbrod,  The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2016, p. A21

Having ridden a historic wave of voter dissatisfaction to the presidency, Donald Trump must now address what makes so many voters angry at Washington. If not, the anger that promoted him to the White House will demote him to the doghouse. Mr. Trump could start by being forthright about the true cost of this country’s fiscal policies.

The president-elect recently announced that he would nominate Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R., S.C.), a fiscal conservative, to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget. He should encourage his budget director to forego the dishonest accounting that both parties have used in the past.  Continue reading

On the Birth of Jesus Christ

birth-of-jesus“Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a town in Roman-occupied Palestine, around 4 B.C. After a flight into Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of King Herod, Jesus return to Palestine with Mary and Joseph and grew up in the village of Nazareth, where he worked in Joseph’s carpenter shop.” James Drummey

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This rst registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David, to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. Then she gave birth to her rstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough—because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the elds and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terri ed. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”

Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!” When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough.

After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

—Luke 2:1-20, Holman Christian Standard Bible

The Birth of Jesus Christ

James Drummey, The Review of the News, December 24, 1981

Jesus Christ, whose birthday is celebrated throughout the world this month, has had a greater impact on human history than any person who ever lived. Though he died at the age of 33, the year in which we live is dated from his birth. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves followers of Christ. Though he never wrote a book; tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and teachings. Continue reading

American POWs

“The story of [Fidel] Castro’s atrocities against American soldiers in this [Vietnam] conflict is rarely ever told, least of all by our mainstream media.”  Jamie Glazov

“Castro selected American POWs as his guinea pigs.” Ibid

GLAZOV: Castro’s Torture of American POWs in Vietnam: An Untold Story

Jamie Glazov, Breitbart News, December 9, 2016 

The death of communist tyrant Fidel Castro has yielded much-deserved coverage of the monstrous nature of his tyrannical rule.

What has gone virtually unreported, however, is the direct and instrumental role Castro played in the torture and murder of American POWs in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The story of Castro’s atrocities against American soldiers in this conflict is rarely ever told, least of all by our mainstream media.

During the Vietnam War, Castro sent a gang of his henchmen to run the “Cuban Program” at the Cu Loc POW camp in Hanoi, which became known as “the Zoo.” As Stuart Rochester and Frederick Kiley have documented in their book Honor Bound in a chapter entitled “The Zoo, 1967–1969: The Cuban Program and Other Atrocities,” one of the primary objectives of this “program” was to determine how much physical and psychological agony a human being could withstand.

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