My observations on items in the news.
A REMINDER TO TAXPAYERS – Just three days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, President Obama ordered his State Department to transfer $500 million to the United Nations Green Climate Fund in support of the Paris Accord on climate change. It was the second installment in his $3 billion pledge to the Fund, initiated to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The transfer and pledge was made without the approval of Congress, which would normally have to approve such an appropriation. Critics viewed the climate fund as a “slush fund” and a “handout to foreign bureaucrats.”
Democrats are using President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord as another reason to attack him. Leading the pack was former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was Obama’s water carrier in securing a leadership role for the U.S. in the accord. You remember John “Swift Boat” Kerry, don’t you? Kerry, the flip-flopper on the war in Iraq. And John Kerry, the negotiator, who insists that his negotiations with Iran prevent them from building a nuclear weapon.
“He (Kerry) has brokered two lousy deals that are completely averse to the American people,” said Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.), commenting on the Paris agreement and the Iran nuclear deal. He noted that the U.S. was the leader in emissions control years before the Paris agreement, and we’re not going to give that up.
“President Trump is providing more motivation and inspiration for additional innovation and technology than any president I’ve seen in my adult life … I think we’re going to continue to be the world’s leader in it,” said Keane.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET that it was President Obama who, in his final days in office, expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections. His Executive Order 12333 relaxes the collection and dissemination of information under that authority with little oversight, transparency, or concern for privacy.
And we’re wondering about all those mysterious leaks during the Trump transition.
HILLARY CLINTON BLAMES HER LOSS on nearly everyone and everything beside herself and husband, Bill. Her blame tour, broadly covered by the media, was laughable.
“The worst part is that she insulted her own country by both stating and implying that American is full of knuckle-dragging, deplorable oafs who are averse to powerful women and would never elect one president,“ writes Peggy Noonan in her column, “Hillary Lacks Remorse of Conscience.”
“It would have been helpful if she’d spoken at least of those who’d voted for her and supported her and donated to her campaign precisely because she was a woman,” Noonan adds.
THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION ON THE PARIS ACCORD again shows that the president is putting America first, but that doesn’t mean America alone. He is committed to protecting and advancing our vital interests in creating jobs and a growth economy. He just returned from a highly successful trip abroad, where in Brussels, he stated that “the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is rooted in the courage of our people, the strength of our resolve and the commitments that bind us together as one.”
Don’t believe for a minute that the president’s mere decision to pull out of the Paris Accord will turn our allies against us as we face economic and security issues of importance. They are beginning to see evidence of an America with true leadership.
MEGYN KELLY continues to shun professional attire in her return to the tube on NBC Sunday night. You will recall my criticism of her spaghetti strap evening wear while she was at Fox in my October 27, 2016 post, “Too big for her britches.” You have to hand it to her for landing an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but her off the shoulder blue velvet dress with a slit up the thigh, in my opinion, is not appropriate dress for someone who wants to be taken seriously as a professional news woman. It seems that she’s more interested in celebrity status.