ISIS Now Controls Libyan WMDs — Obama Claimed ISIS Contained in November

Libya Strategic For ISIS(ASAHRQ) ISIS Now Controls Libya Nerve Agent ‘Sarin’ Gas
Storage Facility — Libya Provides ISIS Access to Ports & Large Stash
of Weapons to Export Terrorism –Image Courtesy: The Soufan Group

Obama Claimed Before ISIS Attack in Paris That ISIS Is Contained

Related: ISIS Beheads 14 Yr Old Syrian Boy in Front of his Parents -ARA

An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Pray For The Lonely & UnwantedThe Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He anointed me to bring Good News to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives…to let the oppressed go free. –Luke 4:18 Image: Respect Life Los Angeles

Care For Those Less FortunateMay We Practice Mercy & Compassion for Those Less Fortunate
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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Behold I Stand at the Door...For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16 Image Courtesy: Sister Veronica Paul

Our LivesWhat Are the Desires of Your Life? -Image Courtesy: Mercy Lives

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Today Christians Celebrate Feast of St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti

ST. HYACINTHA OF MARISCOTTISt. Hyacintha of Mariscotti
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(Franciscan Media) Born in Italy Viterbo into a noble family, Hyacintha was educated at St. Bernardine’s a Franciscan Convent in Viterbo according to SQPN and for ten years, she had no real enthusiasm, using her personal finances to insure comfortable lodging with none of the hardships experienced by the other Tertiaries Third Orders.

A serious illness caused Hyacintha’s Confessor to bring her Communion, which afforded her the opportunity to really examine her life for the first time — Appalled at the life she provided to herself, the Priest counseled her to live more humbly. Hyacintha took that advice, becoming humble in her dress, diet and subsequently performed the most menial work at the Convent.

Hyacintha became an exceptional mistress to the Novices and developed a special appeal for ‘those who are despised, who are devoid of self-love and had little sensible consolation.’

Over the years Hyacintha developed a special devotion to the sufferings of Christ and by her penances, became an inspiration to the Sisters at the Convent.

Hyacintha passed away on this date in 1640 at the age of 55–Hyacintha was Beatified in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII and Canonized in 1807 by Pope Pius VII

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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Children Coming to JesusBlessed are You Father Lord of Heaven and Earth — You Have Revealed to Little Ones the Mysteries of the Kingdom –Matthew 11:25
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An Inspiration Of Time With God For Today

Holy ScripturesYour Word is a Lamp to My Feet and a Light to My Path. –Psalm 119:105 Image Courtesy: Sister Veronica Paul

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Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism Means Coercion

Bernie Sanders Socialism@Bernie Sanders “The Problem with Socialism is That Eventually
You Run Out of Other Peoples Money.” -Margaret Thatcher

(Washington Times) Do you know what Socialism is? Hillary Clinton struggled to find an answer when recently asked. — Socialism is a system which the government owns or controls the means of production and allocates resources and rewards.

Sen. Bernie Sanders proudly proclaims himself a ‘democratic socialist’ and many in the Democratic Party seem to have no problem with it and in fact, are embracing him and his ideas. Listening to all of this, one gets the feeling that for a significant portion of the population, history began in the year 2000 — Where have been the great Socialist success stories? Much of the worlds population greatly suffered under various forms of socialism in the 20th century. Not one of the various socialist models proved to be a success.

There was the Communist variety of Socialism in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, China and Cambodia, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths from starvation and the gulags. There was the Nationalist Socialist (Nazi) model in Germany and Italy, which like the Communist version, resulted in tens of millions of deaths. Somewhat more benign but still coercive versions of Socialism were prevalent in India, many places in Africa and South America, all resulted in economic stagnation–because productive effort was separated from reward. The two most Socialist countries today are North Korea and Cuba–both very poor and repressive. The average Cuban government worker has a monthly wage which is less than what the average American worker makes in an hour.

It is true that every country has some Socialist enterprises at the federal, state or local levels. For instance, the U.S. government owns Amtrak and the City of Flint, Michigan owns its water department. Arguably, both would do much better in private hands. France has many more government owned enterprises than neighboring Switzerland. Even France is still basically a capitalistic free-market economy but with far less freedom and prosperity than Switzerland.

Why does Socialism always fail and why will Bernie Sanders’ schemes and to a lesser extent Hillary’s ObamaCare version also fail? Under a capitalist free-market system, the business person seeks to produce goods and services that the consumer wants at the lowest possible cost-which includes having the smallest and most productive work force possible–in order to maximize profits. Under the Socialist model, the political leaders decide what the consumers should have (which is often very different from what they want or need) Productivity and innovation are given short shift, needless workers are hired and few are fired. In almost all cases, costs soon overrun revenues and the losses are made up by even higher taxes or more debt–eventually causing an economic collapse. As economic stagnation increases, the citizens become more restless and either throw off the yoke of government through ballot box, as was done in 1979 in the United Kingdom with the election of Margaret Thatcher, or the protesters are imprisoned until often a bloody revolt occurs.

Now back to Bernie Sanders who has proposed “Medicare for all” as one of his many schemes. Professor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts, Dept of Economics has examined the Sanders plan (and has no political ax to grind) he estimates it would cost $40.9 Trillion between 2017-2026 Hospitals and doctors would be forced to take huge cuts, driving many out of the medical profession, reducing innovation and standards in health care. Patients would be forced to wait in long queues. It would be like the present failed Veterans Administration health system for all.

Back in 2002 Joshua Muravchik wrote a classic book on the history of Socialism. Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism (available at Amazon.com) Perhaps it is time for the political class, including the commentators, to go back and read it and realize again that the next time the Socialists will not get it right because the model is fatally flawed.

What is most disturbing is the idea that America–and its unique success as a nation, was built around individual liberty and opportunity, not collective coercion. All too many no longer understand what the American Founders were trying to and largely did achieve.

The young people who support Bernie Sanders and even Hillary Clinton, seem to be generally ignorant of why America worked. Many do not want the government to restrict unfettered abortions or their right to smoke pot but seem to be oblivious that Socialism and big government makes everyone into an economic slave. Many workers in the Soviet Union as is true of North Korea and Cuba today, could not even choose their own profession, or what town or apartment block they lived in. Such restrictions are the logical and necessary outcomes of Socialism, unless it is thrown off before it reaches that stage.

Those in the news media who have an opportunity to quiz the presidential candidates, would do the citizens a great favor if they could discern what the candidates really know about the Constitution and the arguments made in the Federalist Papers.

Related: CATO Matthew Feeney–Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism

Bernie Sanders Plan to Bankrupt the Country -Latinos Ready to Vote

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What Do You Call Someone Hillary Clinton, That Has an Opinion On Everything?

Hillary Clinton Oscars@HillaryClinton ‘A Wise Person Makes Their Own Decisions, an Ignorant Person Follows the Public Opinion.’ -Chinese Proverb

“Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon who will accept them. If you are influenced by Opinions, when you reach Decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking.” -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

How’s That Covered California Working Out This Year? Still Not So Good, Huh…

Covered California...@Liz Kofman Covered California Like the Federal ObamaCare Website Continues Having Computer Issues — Go Figure —

Covered CaliforniaGovt Bureaucracy: Covered California Hasn’t Even be Able to Correct What Should Be Easy to Change in Its System for @Caitlin Doughty

Flashback: Last March I wrote here and here about other issues with Covered California — Isn’t government bureaucracy just peachy?

Related: ObamaCare to Raise the Cost of Food –Calif Political Review

If Donald Trump Can’t Handle Tough Questions from Fox News Megyn Kelly, How’s he Going to Handle ISIS, Iran, Putin & Xi Jinping?