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DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM WHO KNEW ‘FREE’ COULD COST SO MUCH?
ince the Democratic Party took a turn for the worse toward so-called democratic socialism, the party’s leading lights have laid the promises on pretty thick. Free Medicare for all! Guaranteed income! Guaranteed jobs! Subsidized housing! Free college! Universal pre-school! Wow, and all for free. Well, not exactly. In a devastating piece that appeared on the left-ofcenter web site Vox (to its credit), Manhattan Institute fellow Brian Riedl went through the simple math of what free actually costs. It’s a lot. It’s not just the free aspect, but the fact that the democratic socialists have made so many promises that must be paid for that will make it so tough to swallow for most voters. Riedl looked at the 10-year costs of all the various promises made by Bernie Sanders, Alexandria OcasioCortez, and other self-described democratic socialists. He was as generous as could be in his estimates, often accepting the democratic socialists’ cost estimate even when it was patently and absurdly too low. It’s quite a laundry-list of promises with enormous costs: “Free college” ($807 billion); Social Security expansion ($188 billion); single-payer health care ($32 trillion); guaranteed jobs at $15 per hour plus benefits ($6.8 trillion); infrastructure ($1 trillion); student loan debt forgiveness ($1.4 trillion). Net cost: about $42.5 trillion over 10 years, give or take a few hundred billion. To paraphrase the late, great Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen: “A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” As it is, current federal estimates expect about $44 trillion in tax revenues over that same period, with a deficit of roughly $12.4 trillion. Remember: All this democratic socialist spending comes on top of what we’re already spending. Long-term, the fiscal picture grows progressively (forgive the term) worse. “The 30-year projected tab for these programs is even more stagFREE LUNCH, continued on Page 9
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‘TREASON’ A SUSPENSEFUL, MILITARY THRILLER CAMPBELL’S O’CONNOR NO ORDINARY ADVISER By Elise Cooper Military Press
“Treason” by Rick Campbell has plenty of suspense and action in this military thriller. Once again National Security Adviser Christine O’Connor is put in imminent danger and must use her skills, experience and mind to outwit the Russians who are intent on killing her and destroying the U.S. The plot has some rogue Russian military generals, after initiating a coup against the Russian president, Yuri Kalinin, decide to implement the Zolotov option, rendering American’s B2 bombers and ballistic missiles useless. Without the U.S. to worry about, they swiftly invade the Ukraine. To make matters worse, Christine is trapped in Russia after she had accepted a date of sorts by Kalinin. Now she and he are on the run after escaping those that tried to depose him. The American president has issued orders to send in a SEAL team led by Jake Harrison to rescue both Kalinin and Christine.
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A former submariner, author Rick Campbell pens action-packed military fiction.
As with most military/political thrillers, at times readers must suspend belief. Although for the most part the plot is based on probable reality: the tactics used, the paramilitary armies, the
Russian coup, arms reduction and the American response are possibilities that could happen. This series is different than the others in that a female lead can fend for herself and actually save her male counterparts. Having an overwhelming survival instinct, she has beat lethal odds, including in this story. The other difference is that the Russian president is not a Putin look-alike. Readers can actually sym- pathize with him, realizing that he is a moderate amongst extremists. He is not the typical Russian antagonist and is full of surprises. This is a compelling story with compelling characters. The probable scenarios make for a riveting plot. Elise Cooper: Did you think there were some scenes that tended to not be realworld? Rick Campbell: Up to now I wanted to make my books completely realistic, but in this book, I made up the submarine. It does not exist in real life. Regarding Christine and Yuri, my thoughts are when it comes to men and women attracted to eachother, people sometimes go beyond what is imaginable. Just look at Helen of Troy where an entire nation went to war over one woman. The Russian coup could happen considering Boris Yeltsin was overthrown, although not by the military but by the KGB. EC: How would you describe Christine’s actions? RC: If I was just writing a true national security adviser, I would just have
her go to meetings, take notes and make policy. But this would be super boring. I decided to make her like Jack Ryan and get into all sorts of trouble. Since she is vindictive and impulsive; she does not just walk away. There is always the challenge of keeping her as the main character. She is a magnet for danger, but I do try to pick things that would happen to her as realistic as possible. EC: Do you think we are back to the Cold War with thriller plots? RC: In 2014 I went to my first Thrillerfest. One author said the Cold War is hot again. It took 15 years after the Berlin Wall fell that people realized Russia is not our friend. Their mindset is that they want to be a superpower and will pursue that at the detriment of others. I wrote books three, four and five in this series because I wanted a military power that the U.S. could go up against, and Russia could still give us a run for our money, along with China. I put the U.S. in a bind and do not make it obvious how they will get out of it. EC: What about your next book? RC: The next three books are a trilogy of sorts. The relationship between Christine and Jake will come to the forefront, after I take care of the problem that he is married. The next book will be delayed because my son died, and I pushed it back. But I do have the outline, which will involve a military scenario and an operative mission to thwart a terrorist plot. The antagonist is Jake’s best friend who blames him for being dishonorably discharged. www.militarypress.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
WARRIORS’ FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR IS HERE This is the happiest time of the year for the Golden State Warriors. It’s not Christmas or Thanksgiving, or a day when championship rings will be handed out or banners hoisted. Yes, the most joyous window on the calendar for Steve Kerr’s troop of threetime titlists is here — when the end of the NBA regular season hits us. Six months of tireless slog will come to a close for 29 teams and six months of wretched boredom will cease for Golden State. The Warriors’ ongoing glut of success has created a conundrum for them. Such is the strength of their talent pool and so stretched and forgiving is the NBA’s seasonal format, that everything since October has essentially been one, elongated, tiresome pre-season. While everyone else has been battling to get into the playoffs, or fighting for position, Golden State has been trying to stay awake. They have sometimes done so by getting snippy with each other, because that is what happens when you throw a bunch of competitive folks together with little to focus on apart from how to kill time. Draymond Green and Kevin Durant got famously feisty early in the campaign, railing at each other on the bench after Green kept the ball late in a tied game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Fast forward a few months and it seemed like Kerr was frazzled with Green’s antics as well, with amateur lipreaders having plenty of fun attempting to decipher the coach’s purportedly frustrated comments. The ire is certainly far from being exclusively internal. Anyone can find themselves in the crossfire, even a…singer? Soon after the Durant vs. Green verbal title fight there was a locker room collaboration video whereby the Warriors united to roast performing artist Fergie and her estranged husband Josh Duhamel. Duhamel had made the mistake of criticizing Green for laughing at Fergie’s dismal national anthem performance at last year’s All-Star Game and, well, the
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Warriors had time on their hands. DeMarcus Cousins could be forgiven for being more bored than anyone, given that he had to sit half the season while recuperating from injury. He kept himself busy by recording the team’s first ejection of the season, in a game he wasn’t even playing in. Since then the Warriors have marked time by picking up just enough wins to comfortably clinch the Western Conference’s top seed, and by racking up a remarkable number of technical fouls. Durant and Green are tied for second-most in the league with 15 and the Warriors collectively have more than any other franchise, at 0.7 per game. They think the refs are against them and don’t mind showing it, most notably when Stephen Curry actively laughed in the face of one official after hitting a game-tying shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It just so happened that moments later the referees essentially decided that game by calling a contentious foul against Golden State, but you sensed the Warriors felt it was worth losing to get their digs in. If you’re starting to get the sense that
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the Warriors sometimes willingly create drama through sheer boredom, let’s just say you might be onto something. “In the playoffs you have to show more poise,” Kerr said recently. “Everything matters a little bit more.” The Warriors know that already, better than anyone. They’ve actually lost a lot this season, to some teams where the mismatch was so big it belonged on Space Jam. At those times, after defeats to the likes of Phoenix and Dallas,
it hasn’t seemed like a very happy family. Talk of Durant joining the New York Knicks as a summer free agent continues to swirl unabated. But you can forget about all the discord for now, because while internal strife kills some teams it has no bearing on the Warriors and these playoffs. In fact, the more angsty the Warriors were during the regular season, the more danger they might pose now. Finally, some worthy opponents are coming to the schedule. Finally, some games that matter are on the horizon. In their title-winning seasons their playoff record has been 48-11, so they know how to switch off the nonsense and turn on the lights. They’re beatable, but only if a team — most likely Houston — produces an unbelievable performance. Four times. The Warriors are motivated, activated, locked and loaded. They will take a hell of a lot of stopping. Recently, they’ve been pissed and losing, but not particularly pissed about the losing. They’ve just been mad because the meaningful part of the year was still months, or weeks, or days away. Now it’s here, and the most dangerous team in the NBA’s modern era has finished its warm-up and is ready to get started.
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‘We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.’ Franklin Roosevelt 32nd U.S. President Served March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
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National Hockey League is played March 26. The Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings went scoreless until 16 and a 32nd U.S. Vice President half minutes into the sixth OT when Mud Served March 4, 1933 – Jan. 20, 1941 Bruneteau ends it at 2:25 in the morning. • Peace talks in the Second Italo-EthiopiWorld events an War break off April 17 in Geneva as the • In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations concludes it is too late Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland to save Ethiopia from defeat. on March 7. • Pro-democratic militarist Keisuke Oka- • The 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine da steps down as Prime Minister of Japan against the British government and opposion March 9 and is replaced by radical mili- tion to Jewish immigration begins April 19. • The Spanish Army of Africa launches tarist Koki Hirota. a coup d’état July 17 against the Second • The longest game in the history of the
Jesse Owens wins Gold at the Berlin Olympics.
Spanish Republic, beginning the Spanish Civil War. • The 1936 Summer Olympics open Aug. 1 in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history. • Hitler mandates that all German boys aged 10 to 18 join the Hitler Youth paramilitary organization Dec. 1. • King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom signs an instrument of abdication Dec. 10 at Fort Belvedere, Surrey.
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MARINES BATTLE THE SIERRA NEVADA COLD By Cpl. Dallas Johnson
MOINTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, BRIDGEPORT, Calif. — As bone-chilling winds tore through California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, Marines with 1st and 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, participated in Mountain Exercise 2-19, at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., from Feb. 25 to March 28. Established in 1951 as the Cold Weather Battalion, MWTC is one of the Corps’ most remote and isolated posts that provide cold-weather training for personnel who are bound for deployments and further training around the world. With its base camp nestled at 6,700 feet above sea level, and training areas rising above 11,000 feet, MWTC is the premier location for this specialized training. “What Bridgeport offers is, fundamentally, wet, cold conditions that range from 35-10 degrees, and this creates a lot of challenges,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Kevin Hutchison, commander, MWTC. “Nowhere else does any training area offer altitude, com-
partmentalized terrain, snow and similar conditions.” Both battalions, who are stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., received a 12-day crash course on acclimatization, lessons on moving in the snow, and keeping warm. They put what they learned to the test by summiting and surviving atop the 12,000-foot mountain. The units focused on three mission essential tasks: survival, mobility and combat. During the physically demanding exercise each Marine’s issued mainpack weighed up to 103 pounds. U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Graham Blunt said training in such an unfamiliar environment, altitude, temperature and mountainous terrain brought its fair share of challenges to the units, which normally train in humid, flat terrain on N.C.’s coast. “We’re all east-coast Marines,” said Blunt, a squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. “Being out here puts us out of our element, only in great ways.” We’re learning the basics all over again, but this time in a mountainous
Marines with Company G, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, patrol during Mountain Training Exercise 2-19, at Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif.
environment, he said. “Right now, we’re at 8,500 feet. Other platoons, like our snipers, have gone significantly higher.” Hutchison said this type of coldweather package is an invaluable lesson for the Marines. “On the most basic level, the Marines are hardened to a degree that they’ve
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