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My Sentiments Exactly…

Jonah Goldberg’s lede in his latest column nails what I’ve been thinking has to be the larger Obama Administration’s “doctrine” on foreign policy.

I think we all know what Barack Obama’s foreign-policy strategy coming into office was.

Step 1: Be Barack Obama (and not George W. Bush).

Step 2: ????

Step 3: World peace!

(With apologies to South Park.)

As a candidate, Obama held a huge campaign rally in, of all places, Berlin, touting his bona fides as a citizen of the world. The crowd went wild, as he talked at length about a world without walls (you had to be there). As president, in his first major speech abroad, Obama suggested to a Cairo audience that the fact America elected him was all the proof anyone should need that America had turned the page.

It all seems very strange now in retrospect, but in his defense, you can understand how seductive this notion must have been. The whole world — at least the parts of it that Obama listens to — was telling him that replacing George W. Bush with Barack Obama was just the ticket for what ailed the planet. The fervor was all so detached from facts on the ground that the Nobel Committee even gave Obama a Peace Prize for the stuff they were sure he was going to do, eventually. (One clue that Obama’s cult of personality didn’t actually translate into tangible results on the world stage should have been his failure to win the 2016 Olympics for his hometown of Chicago, despite being the first president to personally lobby for it.)

This explains a lot.

I mean, one of the most bullshit, puke-inducing lines from the sycophant-in-chief for Obama, Andrew Sullivan, during the 2008 election was that “All the world needs to know about Obama is that his middle name is Hussein.”

Really?  That’s it.  That alone is going to get nations to stop hating us?  That by just pointing to the man’s middle name is enough to turn swords into plow shears?

Please.  This entire presidency has been one long foreign policy failure after another.  Iran?  Hey, let’s talk to them, consider it a “Win” and then COMPLETELY IGNORE ACTUAL POPULAR UPRISING TO OVERTHROW THE MAD MULLAHS IN 2009 FOR TWO WEEKS AS THE RIOT COPS COME IN AND CRUSH SOME HEADS!  Southeast Asia?  So what if China looks like its acting like pre-World War II Japan and frightening every single one of its neighbors (and U.S. allies to boot).

Ukraine?  Just tell me when it’s either one, two, or three countries — or do we just wait until the Russian flag flies over Kiev again?

Iraq?  Well, the countries completely collapsed into a corruptocracy and treats women like brood mares, but hey, we got our troops out of there!

Afghanistan, land of “The Right War?”  Well, the leader has pretty much handed the country over to warlords and past-Taliban types and we’ve all but pissed away a status-of-forces agreement with Karzi.

Do I even bother with things like Syria, Egypt and Libya?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

Part of the problem is that this White House thought “If we’re not there, there’s no problem,” failed to see how the world really acts.  Much of the world operates under a schoolyard mentality.  While liberals may like to see the United States as “the bully” in this scenario, the reality has long been we’ve been acting as “recess monitor” since the end of World War II whether we wanted to or not.  It was the U.S. who has to act as “Global Cop” because no one else is able or even remotely capable of.

When we don’t, crap like the stuff happening now does.  When you don’t act with a firm hand, the kids on the playground laugh at you behind your back and then go beat up the nerds when you aren’t looking.

It’s a cruel lot in life, but frankly, it’s the job of U.S. foreign policy to keep the world sane, not coddled and supplied with lollypops, warm hugs, and good feelings.

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Vorpagel to Seek 27th Assembly District

Good to see this.   My hometown should remain in good hands.

(Plymouth, WI) Today, Tyler Vorpagel publicly announced his campaign for Wisconsin’s 27th Assembly District on the Republican ticket. The 27th District seat covers northern Sheboygan and southern Manitowoc counties and is currently held by State Rep. Steve Kestell, who has announced his intention to retire at the end of this term.

“After the successful reforms of the past four years that have put our state’s fiscal house in order, I hope to be part of the next generation of conservative leadership needed in Madison,” said Vorpagel, who expressed thanks to Rep. Kestell for his years of service.

“I have truly been blessed to grow up in such a wonderful part of our state, and I will take our values of hard work, fiscal responsibility, and common sense,” Vorpagel said. “I want to make sure that the citizens of the 27th have someone working hard for them in Madison.”

“I’m heartened by the support and positive response my campaign has received from many local, county, and state elected officials, as well as voters across the 27th district,” Vorpagel said.

Plymouth Mayor Don Pohlman said, “I have known Tyler for many years and we have worked on many issues for the betterment of our community and I am proud to support his campaign because I know he will continue to be there not only for Plymouth, but for everyone in the 27th Assembly District.”

State Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) endorsed Vorpagel, noting, “Over the past decade, I have enjoyed working side by side with Tyler Vorpagel, both in electing fiscal and social conservatives to office at all levels of government and in achieving results for our shared constituents in the 6th Congressional District. I am proud to call Tyler a friend and know that he will be a dedicated advocate for his constituents and commonsense conservative solutions that aid job creators and empower people, not government.”

I’ve known Ty Vorpagel for about six or seven years now (maybe longer, I’ve lost track), and he’s one of the truly good guys working in politics today.  For the past three years, he’s been Tom Petri’s District Director — elevated when Dave Anderson left to help Sean Duffy set up his district office — and started as a lowly staffer there in 2007.  During the 2010 campaign, I’d occasionally used Ty as a source for material on highway funding and other issues Petri’s office specialized in as I prepared Ron Johnson’s briefing papers.

The 27th District contains the cities of Plymouth and Kiel as well as the Villages of Kohler, Elkhart Lake, Cleveland, and Howards Grove.  All-in-all, it’s about a 57% Republican-leaning district.

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Walker Named One of TIME’s “100 Most Influencial”

And liberal heads all across Wisconsin just exploded.

Leadership takes many forms in public office. One of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Scott Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors.

His battle to bring fairness to the taxpayers through commonsense reform of the public-sector collective-bargaining laws brought him scorn from the special interests and a recall election. Despite these threats, he stood tall. His reforms have brought tax reductions to his citizens and economic growth to his state. They have allowed public workers the freedom to choose whether to belong to a union. They have made Wisconsin a better place to live and work.

His reward? A resounding “re-election” in 2012 after the failed recall, prosperity for his state and the satisfaction of knowing that the public does recognize and appreciate an officeholder with the courage of his convictions. Governor Scott Walker is one of those leaders.

That was written by New Jersey Governor Christ Christie, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association.

(Sorry for the lack of posting. Lately, been dealing with a bunch of other things at the moment. Most of them involve a nasty head cold, the others are posted at RightWisconsin.)

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Less than Half of Georgia’s ObamaCare Applicants have Paid

Sign-ups are one thing; if they actually paid the bill is something else entirely.

Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday.

Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.

“Many Georgians completed the application process by the deadline, but have yet to pay for the coverage,” Hudgens said in a statement Wednesday.

March 31 was the official deadline for individuals to get insurance coverage or face a financial penalty under the ACA. Yet because of the deluge of last-minute shoppers, federal officials relaxed the rules for those who reported having trouble with the exchange, and gave them into this week to sign up.

(H/T Jim Geraghty)


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There Will be a Democratic Gubernatorial Primary After All

People, I give you Madison Rep. Brett Hulsey…Candidate for Governor.

Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Madison) cleared up months of speculation about his political future in emphatic fashion Monday morning, announcing he will challenge Mary Burke for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

“I am getting a great reception for my Get Wisconsin Working Again Plan as I travel the state,” Rep. Hulsey noted. “People want a real plan to get back to work, not more divisive politics.”

Rep. Hulsey says that plan allocates $2.1 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, provide investments for public schools, the UW system and technical college investments.

“Gov. Walker’s Reign of Error has made Wisconsin 2nd in the nation in losing jobs. We have to turn the state around to create a better future for our children and neighbors,” said Rep. Hulsey.

The announcement comes after a tumultuous couple of years for Rep. Hulsey, which saw him plea “no contest” to disorderly conduct for flipping a 9-year-old boy, whom he did not know, off his inner tube while both were swimming on July 4, 2012 at Spring Harbor Beach.

In early 2013, Hulsey aide Terri Zimmerman filed a complaint with Capitol Police after he brought a box cutter to work to allegedly teach her how to defend herself.  Zimmerman told police Hulsey also considered bringing a gun to the Capitol, even though he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit.

After that second incident, Madison Alders Mark Clear and Lisa Subeck both announced they would challenge Rep. Hulsey for his 78th Assembly District seat.

Rep. Hulsey was first elected to the State Assembly in 2010, after serving 14 years on the Dane County Board.

Emphasis of the crazy is mine.

Oh, this his chances of winning are an utter joke, but to Hulsey, this is no doubt a real thing.


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