Angela Merkel

What Does Pope Francis Have to Hide?

Pope Francis

As troubling as it is to have leadership in the White House insisting it’s so above the fray that it must learn from the news (just like you and me, kids!) when serious allegations of improper behavior by government entities is occurring, this latest “mea culpa because I just didn’t know” is kind of fun. For Catholics, anyway:

In light of a recent report, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) fears the National Security Agency may be spying on President Barack Obama. “They could well be spying on the president, for all I know,” Paul says, in an interview with National Review Online. “He has a cell phone, and, in fact, my guess is that they have collected data on the president’s phone.”

Maybe Germans Did Learn Something From The Weimar Republic

When President Obama arrives in London this week he will meet with the leader of Germany, a nation where his election has brought newfound goodwill towards America; but will the goodwill be enough to force the hands of Germany to conform to Washington’s desires for additional stimulus and bailouts? If the latest media reports, which point towards an Administration attempting to dial down expectations, are any indication, then the answer is most likely a soft no.

The NYT is reporting that little ground is expected to be made in regards to additional German stimulus, with Chancellor Angela Merkel expected to cite fiscal discipline as a reason for German non-cooperation with President Obama’s Administration on the issue-

German Chancellor Criticizes “Cheap Money” in U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday criticized the presence of “cheap money” in the United States in recent years, blaming it for the current financial crisis.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, turned the tables on her international critics on Wednesday by accusing the US and other governments of making “cheap money” a central tool of their economic management, thus planting the seeds of a similar crisis in five years.

Obama Bypasses Security Screening in Importing Syrian Muslims


Barack Obama’s legacy will be as the most lawless president in American history. His contempt for the Constitution in general, and its separation of powers doctrine in particular, drips from his lips like saliva from a rabid dog. Like most progressives, he sees the Constitution and Congress as useless impediments to the implementation of his brilliant policies.

One would be challenged to point out one area of Obama’s policy that has been a success (or, at least, a success by the standards of the American people, as opposed to progressive zealots), but if one were to try to pinpoint the area where Obama’s efforts have been most disastrous, a strong case could be made for his Middle East policy, which has made the world a far more dangerous place.

He pulled out all American troops from Iraq, against the direct recommendation of his military advisers, and as a result the “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq” he left behind was soon overrun by ISIS, the most radical, violent terrorist group we’ve seen in our lifetimes. He essentially deposed Moamar Ghaddafi of Libya who, though certainly an evil tyrant, was no threat to the U.S. In the power vacuum in Libya, chaos and bloodshed has been rampant. He claimed a “red line” in Syria past which dictator Bashar al-Assad must not pass, and when Assad soon crossed that red line by using chemical weapons, Obama backtracked and claimed that the red line was never his, but the “world’s”.

Obama didn’t know about U.S. spying on world leaders

Does President Barack Obama have any idea of what his administration is doing? His excuse for some of the biggest controversies and scandals that have come out of his government has been that he was oblivious to them.

For example, after it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service had inappropriately targeted conservative and Tea Party groups, a White House aid told reporters that President Obama wasn’t aware of the IRS investigation until it was covered on the news. It was later revealed that White House lawyers opted not to tell him about the investigation.

President Obama gave the same line about the Fast and Furious scandal, the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists covering leak stories, and again when he was pressed about the accusations of spying on leaders of Brazil and Mexico.

Now, the White House is giving a similar line about the NSA’s spying on other world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

NSA chief wants to limit freedom of the press

Keith Alexander

Amid growing concerns from foreign governments of the NSA’s alleged spying and backlash domestically over the collection of innocent Americans phone and Internet data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander wants to stop the press from reporting on the information provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden:

The head of the embattled National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, is accusing journalists of “selling” his agency’s documents and is calling for an end to the steady stream of public disclosures of secrets snatched by former contractor Edward Snowden.

“I think it’s wrong that that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000—whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these—you know it just doesn’t make sense,” Alexander said in an interview with the Defense Department’s “Armed With Science” blog.

“We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on,” the NSA director declared.

Alexander did not elaborate on what he meant by reporters “selling” documents or what options he might consider for halting the disclosures. An NSA spokeswoman declined to expand on the general’s comments.

Merkel schools Obama

President Barack Obama is getting an economics lesson from German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Chancellor Angela Merkel championed German export strength as “the right thing” for her country, spurning President Barack Obama’s call to boost private spending as both leaders prepare for Group of 20 talks.

Merkel, addressing a business audience in Berlin today, said she told Obama in a phone call that cutting government debt is “absolutely important for us,” exposing a second point of contention ahead of the June 26-27 G-20 summit in Canada.

Reducing the budget deficit by 10 billion euros ($12 billion) per year “won’t put a brake on the world’s economic growth,” Merkel said, relating what she told Obama yesterday. Germans are more likely to spend money if they feel the government “is taking precautions” to ensure solid finances, she said.

While Obama is urging countries in the G-20 to spend, spend, spend. Merkel is basically saying that spending more money, or the Keynesian tactic of “stimulating” the economy through deficit spending, will only set Germany up for failure in the future.

Accepting fiscal advice from the United States is like going to a drug dealer to break a heroin habit.

Angela Merkel, Lone Ranger

Among all of the Heads of State, Ms. Angela Merkel is the only one with the courage to denounce the policies of the world’s most powerful central bankers, Ben Bernanke, Mervyn King, and Jean-Claude Trichet. Bertrand Benoit’s piece in today’s Financial Times describes the important ending of her otherwise uninteresting speech Wednesday.

She gave “a vitriolic attack on the world’s three mightiest central banks”—something which she has never done in the past. People who know her well confirm that it was no slip of the tongue, that she is always careful to mean what she says and say what she means. She said that she is “sceptical” about the powers of the US Fed to control the flood of purchasing media and credit they continue to create, alongside their European counterparts.

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