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Trump Expected to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

President Trump is likely to resurrect regulations drawn up by the Reagan administration that would lead to a reduction in funding for Planned Parenthood even without a congressional cutoff.

The move, according to The Hill, could help generate enthusiasm among conservatives whom Republicans are desperate to turn out for the 20189 midterms.

The Hill reports:

The regulations would ban organizations that receive family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services like birth control to low-income women and men, from promoting abortion or referring patients for abortions.

Former President Reagan first issued the regulations, which Democrats describe as a “domestic gag rule,” in 1988. They also require a physical and financial separation of Title X funding recipients from abortion providers . . .

Their hope is that the restrictions will dissuade Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in Title X. Some clinics could also become ineligible if their family planning services are offered in the same location as abortion services.

“It’s a way to wiggle away at Planned Parenthood federal funding, and a way to reinforce the idea that abortion is not family planning,” Marcum said . . .

That’s right. It’s not family planning if they’re promoting abortion. It’s family unplanning.

In fact, I think an organization opposing the group should be established and called “Unplanned Parenthood” to help people decide to keep the baby they didn’t mean to produce in the heat of passion.

The regulations were never implemented under Reagan because of legal challenges, but they were upheld by he Supreme Court in May 1991. The rule was only in effect for a single month in 1992 before the Clinton administration suspended it and years later replaced it with something else.

Which begs the question, why didn’t George W. Bush reinstate this? Just another case of Trump acting as easilly the most conservative president since Reagan – and maybe before, if there was anyone more conservative than Reagan – while conservative NeverTrumpers continue to bellyache about him.

Video || Johnny Carson Respectfully Sends Up Reagan

President Reagan was hated by the press and much of Hollywood almost as much as President Trump is.

But that didn’t mean comedians vilely disrespected the office of the president, even if today, admittedly, the president himself diminishes it with his own crude behavior.

This is Johnny Carson spoofing Reagan with a new take on an old Abbott and Costello Routine. In case you don’t know, the Interior Secretary at the time was James Watt and the person in the video with Carson is supposed to be Reagan Chief of Staff James Baker.

Here is the original.

Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital HELPS Mideast Peace

That’s right. All the conventional, in-the-box thinking you’re hearing about how President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel – which, de facto, it already is – and move the embassy there actually increases to prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Even supporters of the move who say, Well, it’s just the right thing to do, don’t understand that it also makes sense strategically.

Here’s why.

As Trump the dealmaker knows, you don’t negotiate from a position of weakness. And you don’t, as Barack Obama was fond of doing, show that you are willing to cave to the incessant and unreasonable demands of your adversaries.

What Trump did Wednesday was demonstrate to the Arab world, a violent arena of ruthless Darwinian struggle, that he isn’t cowed by the usual tactic deployed by Israel’s enemies of threatening to unleash Jihads and Intifadas to get their way. The Arabs are now made to understand that there is a completely different character in the White House, one who is willing to make a deal with them, but not if they engage in activities that only draw the sides further apart.

In the short term, there may be some violence. And of course, the Arab states have issued the obligatory denunciations of the move, treated by the press as thundering declarations of consequence that could ruin Trump’s outreach to Saudi Arabia’s princes and other Arab leaders. But in reality, this is little more than pro forma commentary by states that know they need the United States to combat actual existential threats like Islamist extremism and Iran.

Whatever violence prompted by Hamas and the like will dissipate, because its instigators know it is of no use. This is not a president, like the previous one, who is instinctually sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and is prone to, for example, wetting his pants and invite the Russians into the Middle East when a punk like Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crosses his “red line” by launching chemical weapons. The current president responded to the same provocation by swiftly dispatching a few cruise missiles toward Damascus. No more chemical weapons.

Trump’s strategy with the Jerusalem recognition is actually subtler and more marked by long-range, strategic thought than the knee-jerk, surface analyses of the intellectuals who despise him as a fool. Trump’s approach is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s in 1981, when rather than caving to the illegal demands of striking air control tower workers, he fired them, even at risk of having a plane crash blamed on his action. The move was noticed in Moscow which, like the Arab world today, understood it had a new and tougher adversary in the West Wing and would not be able to roll him over with threats and demands.

When people get that their adversary won’t be indulging their bellicosity and folding when they bluff, they are more likely to make the kind of concessions that can lead to a deal. The Palestinians are on notice, if they are even serious about peace: They will either get something that is fair to both sides, or they will get nothing. And their leaders will understand that in the long term they will lose the support of their own people if they unleash violence that leads to little but contempt from America and retaliation from Israel.

Reagan’s motto was peace through strength. It works. Just ask the free people of Eastern Europe.

Nancy Reagan is Dead

Nancy Reagan was not just the wife of one of the greatest presidents in American history. She was Ronald Reagan’s soulmate, his protector, and often, his closest advisor. And in his twilight, as he declined due to the effects of Alzheimer’s, she was his caretaker, too.

Now, former First Lady Nancy Reagan is dead at the age of 94. She passed away on Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles.

Ronald Reagan shared his innermost self with very few people. Mrs. Reagan had access to aspects of the president that no one else could fathom.

In her role as her “Ronnie’s” fiercest guardian, she was known particularly for her involvement in staff decisions, ever on the watch for people who might be putting their own interests first. She was reportedly deeply involved in the ouster of White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan in 1987 following the Iran-Contra crisis.

But Mrs. Reagan carved her own role in the Reagan presidency. Her “Just Say No” campaign against drug use became one of the great movements of the 1980s. In true conservative fashion, she sought to address a problem not through massive government intervention but by using her bully pulpit to effect cultural change.

The title of the cause, which became perhaps the decade’s most famous watchword, was chosen after she met with schoolchildren in Oakland, according to the Ronald Reagan Library. “A little girl raised her hand,” Nancy Reagan remembered, “and said, ’Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?’ And I said, ‘Well, you just say no.’ And there it was born. I think people thought we had an advertising agency over who dreamed that up — not true.”

The crusade took her to 65 cities in 33 states and 9 foreign countries. She made 110 appearances and 14 anti-drug speeches on behalf of the effort in 1984 alone.

Mrs. Reagan also was involved during her husband’s presidency in a program to create “foster grandparents” for needy children.

Nancy Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921, in New York City. Her mother was an actress who eventually married a Chicago neurosurgeon, Loyal Davis, who adopted her. The then-Nancy Davis became an actress herself and met then-fellow actor Ronald Reagan in the late 1940s.

They were married March 4, 1952, in a small ceremony and had two children together. They remained together until the president’s death on June 5, 2004.

She will be buried next to her husband at the Reagan library in spot overlooking California’s  Simi Valley.

Cruz “Scorpion” Video Plays Off Reagan Ad

Ted Cruz released a new campaign video today, this one cleverly playing off a famous 1984 reelection campaign ad by Ronald Reagan, “The Bear in the Woods.”

Some of you surely remember it. Here’s the Reagan ad first.

And now the Cruz ad.

All the candidates tonight will be trying to claim they are just like Reagan.

I don’t think Reagan really claimed to be like anyone else. He didn’t say he was the new Barry Goldwater, although he tipped his hat to him.

The one who compares himself the least to Reagan, it seems to me, is Donald Trump. He claims he’s just like Donald Trump. And that makes him more like Reagan.

The Dissing of America: Our enemies and rivals show no respect

As President Obama was traversing Alaska last week sounding the alarm about the theoretical consequences of global warming, a more concrete threat loomed just off the coast, in the Bering Sea.

Five Chinese naval ships suddenly materialized and were cruising about, symbols of China’s growing military might and its challenge to America’s naval hegemony in the Pacific.

That Chinese warships had appeared on U.S. radar in the Bering for the first time ever during a rare Obama visit to Alaska could be no coincidence. It was an obvious challenge to the president, and to be sure, an unmistakable sign of disrespect.

Meantime, halfway around the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin was toying with sending troops into Syria. Iran, which had just signed a nuclear deal with the United States, was continuing its rhetoric of open contempt for its new “partner.”

America’s enemies and rivals seem to have little fear with Obama at the helm. Would such derision, particularly by the Chinese, be offered up were Ronald Reagan president? Or even George W. Bush?

Obama boats

Obama’s naive policy of “outreach,” his grave affliction with indecision, and his ardent commitment to tentative half-measures have earned him the disrespect of the rest of the world.

Overseas, jackals reign in a Darwinian struggle for power and survival. They have a finely tuned nose for weakness, and with Obama, they sense it in abundance.

The problem is not so much that Obama refuses to launch the kind of military engagements Bush did. It is that he fails to understand the symbols of power and dithers instead of acting.

Obama didn’t do the wrong thing in Syria. He did nothing, refusing to decide whether to arm the Syrian rebels.

At the same time, he withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq and crowed about it on the campaign trail in 2012. The result of his Syria and Iraq policies was opportunity knocking for extremists in the absence of U.S. policy, and the rise of ISIS.

In Libya, Obama “led from behind” and then abandoned the scene once Qaddafi had been removed, resulting in anarchy exploited by Islamists. He drew a red line in Syria and then backed away. He set a deadline for ending the war in Afghanistan, win or lose. He demanded that Iran dismantle its nuclear infrastructure, only to reach an agreement that permits Iran to develop nuclear weapons in 15 years.

He abandoned a stalwart ally, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, and expressed optimism as the radical Islamist Egyptian Brotherhood seized power. Soon, he quietly acquiesced as the Egyptian generals took power back and slaughtered and imprisoned their opponents.

These are only a few of the exhibits in the Obama gallery of indecisiveness and timidity. Pair all this with the incessant golf, the long, luxurious vacations, and the indulgent White House parties, and America’s enemies know they are not dealing with a serious opponent.

Ronald Reagan understood that he had to be perceived as unrelenting, and it was this that allowed him to win the Cold War without firing a shot.

One of the most significant foreign policy decisions of his presidency was made on the domestic front, when Reagan opted in 1981 to fire most of the illegally striking air traffic controllers. The Soviet politburo took notice and understood that they were dealing with a resolute force.

It was Reagan’s same stubborn conviction not to abandon his anti-missile defense program, even as the initiative was ridiculed as “Star Wars” by the left and in the press, that made the Soviets realize they could not compete with American power on an equal footing, hastening the dissolution of their empire.

Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 is still debated today. But his resolve is not, and the flexing of American might caused the Libyans to abandon their nuclear aspirations and may have helped keep a temporary lid on the Iranian nuclear arms program. After all, why invite trouble?

Nobody fears trouble from Obama, least of all the Iranians, who will have their nuclear arsenal, obtain billions of dollars that had been frozen overseas, and keep the American hostages they have taken.

And not the Chinese either, who will send their warships close to American shores and grow their power in the Pacific, knowing the worst they have to fear is a lecture from the president.

This piece was first published in Polizette.

Labor Secretary Perez Goes After Ronald Reagan

Labor Secretary Tom Perez, one of the more ideological and also annoying members of the Obama administration, attacked Ronald Reagan for his prediction that Medicare would lead to socialized medicine and, indeed, socialism. Here’s some of what Reagan said. Now, I know everyone likes their Medicare. But Reagan had it absolutely right. With health insurers… Continue Reading

The Seriousness of Ronald Reagan

Fifty years ago today, Ronald Reagan staked his claim to leadership among conservatives with a speech meant to rescue Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It didn’t rescue Goldwater. But it saved conservatism. And maybe the nation. Writing in the Washington Post, Steven Hayward, the Ronald Reagan distinguished visiting professor at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, notes that… Continue Reading

The Wit of Ronald Reagan

This ran on the CBS program Sunday Morning day before yesterday. The piece is ostensibly about how Reagan was methodical about his humor, but it’s really an excuse to air some of Reagan’s famous jokes and take a trip down memory lane. Funny how kind CBS is to Reagan. You’d have never seen something like… Continue Reading