The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle on how radical Muslims’ global war exploits Western tolerance:
President Obama’s national security speech two weeks ago likely will be remembered, if it’s remembered at all, for its being repeatedly heckled.
What it should be remembered for is being a transparent, but tone-deaf, attempt to change the subject from the scandals swirling around him.
Tone-deaf? He basically came out against the drone strikes he’s been presiding over, and in favor of closing Guantanamo, which he hasn’t done.
And most outrageously, on the heels of the Boston bombing – not to mention attacks on other Westerners in London and Paris – our president claimed that “America’s legitimate claim of self-defense cannot be the end of the discussion.”
Really? Let’s hear the rest of the discussion, Mr. President.
He almost seemed to be declaring the war on terror over. ...
As this president calls a rhetorical retreat, the British - not exactly your shoot-from-the-hip gang - are headed the opposite direction: set- ting up a terrorism task force to go after radi- cal preachers and other flashpoints of Islamic fanaticism.
Truth be told, Britain and much of the rest of Western Europe have an even taller task – that of reforming their immigration laws. ...
Perhaps Sweden, and the whole of Western Europe, needed shaking. Its immigration policies are a disaster. They’ve allowed in huge immigrant populations that have assimilated poorly or not at all, creating ghettos and powder kegs across the continent.
This is not a matter of being “intolerant” toward the immigrants; fact is, policies have been far too tolerant.
Immigrant populations necessarily take their own cultures with them - and that can be a beautiful, edifying thing. Different music, food and other wisps of unique cultures breathe new life into an immigrant’s new nation.
But assimilation is not only not a bad thing, it’s a necessary thing.
And the onus is on the immigrant to fit in, not on the host nation to recast itself in the immigrant’s image.
This is especially true when some immigrants are as malodorously overbearing and violent as they have shown themselves to be.
The Albany (Ga.) Herald on the outlook for Social Security and Medicare:
A report released last week on the financial outlook for the nation’s Social Security and Medicare programs showed some improvement in the Medicare area. Unfortunately, that will add fuel to Washington’s unofficial motto when it comes to programs that are popular with voters: Never fix today what you can put off until another term of office.
The closest spending crisis in the programs is three years away. That’s when the Social Security fund that pays for disability benefits is expected to be depleted. The Social Security fund for retirees should be good at least until 2033, trustees of the program said Friday.
Meanwhile, a slower than anticipated growth in health care costs means the Medicare fund has gained a couple of extra years of life. Trust- ees of that program now expect it to be able to meet obligations through 2026, beating last year’s estimate of 2024.
These are touchy programs with Americans.
With the Baby Boomer generation on the cusp of retirement, it’s very likely that Amer- ica has a disaster waiting to happen if things remain as they are now.
Also, the trustees’ pre- diction that moved the Medicare depletion from 2024 to 2026 was based at least in part on assumptions in connection with the Affordable Care Act. We have a suspicion that when that law is fully implemented, there very well may be some unexpected costs that come to light. ... We can expect to hear a lot about the need for reform. We can expect to hear a lot about why the other side’s solutions won’t work.
What we shouldn’t expect is any meaningful action. At least not anytime soon.