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Heritage: 5 Reasons Lawmakers Should Ignore the UN Vote and Reject Iran Deal

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5 Reasons Lawmakers Should Ignore the UN Vote and Reject Iran Deal

The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted Monday morning to support the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

President Obama did so despite strong opposition from Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and many other prominent members of Congress who argued that such a move violated the intent of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which Obama signed into law, and argued that Congress should vote on the deal before the U.N.

Last week, several reports indicated that the administration would seek to use the Security Council resolution to pressure individual members of Congress to support the Iran deal because, as Secretary John Kerry stated, “If Congress were to veto the deal, Congress—the United States of America—would be in noncompliance with this agreement and contrary to all of the other countries in the world.” Congress should dismiss this pressure for several important reasons:

1. Congress still has a say over whether U.S. sanctions remain enforced.

Congress made it clear from the outset in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act that it demanded the right to review the agreement prior to implementation. The Act would prohibit the president from waiving Iranian sanctions regardless of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Congress may be acting inconsistently with Resolution 2231, but Obama would be acting inconsistently with U.S. law if he tried to waive sanctions over the objection of two-thirds of Congress.

2. UN Security Council Resolution 2231 does not require the U.S. is to remove its sanctions.

The resolution has a number of binding provisions, but as explained by former State Department Legal Advisor John Bellinger, paragraph 2 merely “calls upon” member states to “take such actions as may be appropriate to support implementation of the JCPOA, including by taking actions commensurate with the implementation plan set out in the JCPOA” and to refrain “from actions that undermine implementation of commitments under the JCPOA.” In other words, the relevant paragraph does not include references (such as acting under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, adopting a decision along with a reference to Articles 39 or 41, otherwise identifying a situation as a threat to peace, a breach of the peace, or act of aggression) historically associated with a binding instruction to member states under the U.N. Charter.

3. The JCPOA remains a terrible deal that dismantles sanctions but not Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

The agreement in effect legitimizes Iran as a nuclear threshold state. Although the administration promised that the negotiations would cut off all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon, the agreement amounts to little more than a diplomatic speed bump that will delay, but not permanently halt, Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons.

Once key restrictions on uranium enrichment expire in 10 to 15 years, Iran will have the option to develop an industrial scale enrichment program that will make it easier for it to sprint across that threshold. Other Arab states and Turkey are likely to tee up their own nuclear programs as a prudent counterweight to offset to Iran’s expanding nuclear potential, after some of the restrictions on its uranium enrichment program automatically sunset.

The Saudis already have demanded the same concessions on uranium enrichment that Iran got and have entered into negotiations to buy French nuclear reactors, which could become the foundation for a future nuclear weapons program. The end result would encourage nuclear proliferation, rather than discouraging it. And it would strengthen Iran’s power and influence at the expense of U.S. allies, straining ties between Washington and Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states.

4. Iran will benefit from a financial windfall that will be used to support terrorism.

Iran has for nearly four decades actively supported, armed, and financed terrorist groups that have expressed the deepest hostility toward the U.S. and Israel and continue to plan and engage in terrorist acts against them.

It is implausible that none of the more than $100 billion in frozen assets scheduled for release under the JCPOA will go to support groups that Iran has and continues to support.

However, even if the U.S. and the U.N. can somehow prevent the frozen assets from being used in this manner, money is fungible and the receipt of those funds will allow other resources to be redirected to this purpose. The bottom line is that Iran sees terrorist groups as a valuable asymmetric force multiplier to its foreign policy and security objectives and will continue to support them. The JCPOA will provide them with greater resources to dedicate toward that goal.

5. No deal remains better than a bad deal.

The administration repeatedly insisted that it preferred no deal to a bad deal which is obviously inconsistent with Obama’s false choice presented in his news conference last week that the alternative to this deal is war.

The alternative it to maintain U.S. and U.N. sanctions, ratchet them up where possible, and wait for the economic pressure to force Iran to accept a better deal. The original sanctions forced Iran to the negotiating table in the first place; the administration’s ineptness and desperation for any deal squandered that opportunity. Congress should reset the board and allow the next administration an opportunity to succeed where this administration failed.

Congress is right to be outraged by the administration’s dismissal of their desire to vote on the deal before the U.N. Security Council.

Aside from the administration’s violation of its commitment to Congress, returning to the status quo ante becomes more complicated if Congress opposes the deal.

Indeed, it is possible that the deal might survive despite the U.S. maintaining sanctions if Iran concluded that the removal of U.N. and European Union sanctions – and the release of more than $100 billion in frozen assets – was sufficient to comply with the agreement in the short-term.

Unfortunately, Congress can’t force the administration to scrap the deal. But at least it can ensure that U.S. sanctions would remain in place and Congress would have done what it could to impede Obama’s facilitation of Iran’s aspirations of being a regional hegemon and a nuclear power.

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ObamaCare Threw This Burn Victim Out Of The Hospital After 3 Days!

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The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

Recently, John, a Floridian man visiting Tennessee was burned over 60% of his body. After 3 days he was sent home and without pain medication. Vanderbilt Hospital has since picked up the slack, but this story will horrify you!

If it happens to him, it can happen to anyone.

The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

The man’s sister took to social media to plead for help after exhausting all other avenues. As of this writing the post had almost 10,000 shares and it is stated that Vanderbilt has stepped up to the plate and is now giving her brother the help he needs.

It should not take Facebook to get a burn victim the help he needs and before ObamaCare this would not have happened!

John’s sister posted on June 28th:

What’s worse then having 60% of your body burned from a fire? I’ll tell you…. Being forced from hospital because you have no insurance and released with zero pain meds.

Does anyone have any contacts with newscasters, tv stations, or anyone of importance that can help my brother????

My brother was burned over 60% of his body in Nashville 5 days ago. Because he has no Insurance and ObamaCare doesn’t really actually work, he was released, forced out of hospital, after 3 days and no pain meds. He is in excruciating pain and needs pain meds. Should be re-admitted. He is in Nashville. Please give feedback. Any at all will help. Thinking if a tv station did a story about him, he’d get re-admitted. He was released from Vanderbilt burn center….. After only 3 days! He has been sitting in lobby for 2 hrs this morning asking for pain meds but has been ignored. I am now on a mission to help.

After a LOT of shares via social media, on the 30th Jana commented:

Some good news today after our let down yesterday. Vanderbilt burn center called my brother and asked him to come in. They cleaned the burns/wounds and re-bandaged him and had him there for hours. They also gave him a script for a weeks worth of a strong pain killer to match the pain he is in!

The Federal Government cannot micromanage and nowhere is that made clearer than with ObamaCare.

On July 1st, she also commented:

Vanderbilt interventional pain clinic has accepted my brother into their program to treat him and he is now getting exceptional treatment from them. Thank you Vanderbilt for stepping up! All the posts and shares have worked and helped! So grateful that spreading the word has brought him the care he needed and deserved!

This whole mess would have been solved if we did not have the federal government messing around where they do not belong. We have watched the quality of healthcare deteriorate for years now under ObamaCare and the prices go up!

Just let the Doctors be Doctors. The ObamaCare horror stories are rampant and the warnings were made before!

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Florida School Ditches Common Core – Soars To Number One!

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You can’t really argue with the evidence on this one. We all know Common Core is a complete disaster. Frustrated parents and underachieving kids everywhere need relief from this monstrosity. Common Core was pushed on states by the Obama administration (you know, he’s from Chicago and they have stellar schools, not!) and the majority of states adopted it, and have been implementing it since 2009.

The Common Core State Standards are “a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills students need in Language Arts and Mathematics at each grade level so they can be prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.”  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  Who doesn’t want to succeed in life? Sign me up!

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Except, instead, it seems to be producing students who can’t even succeed in putting together a cohesive sentence, much less in passing state tests. Enter charter schools – publicly funded, but independent schools that have the freedom to choose their own curriculum and teaching methods, unlike general public schools.

Charter schools are tuition free and are not affiliated with any religious background.  They are simply alternative choices for those who find their public schools lacking.  Charter schools often have extensive wait lists which shows how bad parents want alternative educational opportunities for their children.  Thankfully, President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos are both big proponents of school choice and charter schools.

Perhaps you’ve seen examples of Common Core work like these provided by National Review  that demonstrate how Common Core takes simple problems and unnecessarily complicates them to the point where parents can’t even help their children do their homework without pulling their hair out!  It’s no wonder that kids exposed to Common Core are not excelling as they could be.  When parents can’t even help their 3rd grader do math homework, something is seriously wrong.  As Trump would say:  sad! It’s no wonder parents are looking for alternatives.

Here we have solid evidence of a charter school that abandoned Common Core and produced incredible results. This charter school proves that “back to basics” teaching obliterates Common Core methods.

H/T:  Your News Wire reports that a Naples, Florida charter school, Mason Classical Academy, proves that Common Core simply doesn’t produce the results of more traditional teaching methods. Mason Classical Academy rejected Common Core and is instead using good old fashioned phonics and traditional math to prepare its students for the future and their success is “YUGE”.

Fifth graders at MCA score in the top 1% of the state on English Language Arts (ELA). Third graders excelled as well with 90% of students displaying proficiency compared to 58% county wide (which mostly relies on Common Core methodology). If you think that’s bad, consider that California third graders are at 43% and in Baltimore there are six districts in which not a single student is proficient in ELA or Math! Not a single student!

Unfortunately, not all students have access to charter schools (in 2014, approximately 5% of public school students were enrolled in charter schools nationwide) like Mason Classical Academy and have no choice but to learn with Common Core.

President Trump has been clear in his opposition to Common Core, saying “I am totally against Common Core” and “obviously Common Core doesn’t work.”

But it is unclear, so far, what he and Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, plan to do to get rid of it. Areas without charter schools could benefit from vouchers that can assist parents in sending their kids to private schools, many of which teach using traditional methods.  Perhaps more success stories like MCA will make their way to the powers that be and we will see a return to sanity in our schools soon.

Make no mistake – Common Core is an experiment gone horribly bad. It’s too bad so many kids have already been robbed of a solid education because of this ridiculous curriculum. Hopefully, as evidence mounts from more schools like Mason Classical Academy, Common Core will quickly meet its end and charter schools and school vouchers will offer more choices to those stuck in the public school system.

In the meantime, if you visit Baltimore, you might want to speak slower and in short sentences.

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