Bashar al-Assad’s most recent, unconscionable transgression against his own people has rekindled a years-old debate. America, and the world, must decide again just how to deal with Syria. It’s safe to say that Washington is unified in decrying Assad and demanding his replacement. However, there are sharp disagreements, especially within the Republican party, about how to achieve that. The Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council that the U.S. would be “compelled to take our own actions” if the international community doesn’t satisfactorily react to Assad’s attack, connoting military intervention of...Read More
Author: Jeremy Beaman
“We will repeal and replace the disaster of ObamaCare.” That commitment has been a principal mantra for President Trump, second only to “Let’s make America great again!” For that reason, a Republican healthcare plan has been long-anticipated by the party and its voters. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), the proposed American Healthcare Act failed before it even got a chance to succeed. The bill had numerous problems, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s clever but unrealistic “three-pronged approach.” Derided by Sen. Tom Cotton as “political talk,” the proposal would never have flown. That being said, Ryan still...Read More
The California State Senate has proposed a bill that would severely limit state law enforcement’s engagement with federal immigration authorities. California State Senator Kevin de León first introduced SB 54, called the “California Values Act,” last December. It begins by saying that “Immigrants are valuable and essential members of the California community.” It continues: “A relationship of trust between California’s immigrant community and state and local agencies is central to the public safety of the people of California.” Unfortunately, the things SB 54’s authors and cosponsors consider necessary for maintaining a good relationship with its immigrant population will cause more harm than...Read More
Look about you and you will see climate change dissenters everywhere–Everywhere except in climate science. On this issue, those scientists who question the conclusions made by the general scientific population are generally silenced or their opinions are shunned. Dr. John Christy is one of those dissenters. He is the distinguished professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and he has also served as a lead author on the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is my second email interview with Dr. Christy. See the first here. * * * Beaman: According to the EPA, “since 1970, average annual temperatures...Read More
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s first official press conference was quite an improvement from his first appearance before the press. In large part, this was because he discussed issues that are actually important. One issue, something President Trump rarely discussed in his campaign, was fiscal responsibility and wasteful spending. Spicer had this to say regarding President Trump’s position: “There’s been frankly, to some degree, a lack of respect for tax payer dollars in this town for a long time…” I couldn’t agree more with that diagnosis, “a lack of respect for tax payer dollars.” But the qualifier “to some degree” ought to be...Read More
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