So, Hillary Clinton, in her bid to win the 2016 presidential election, is going to focus on “boosting economic security for the middle class, and broadening opportunities for working families,” according to some senior advisers. We’ll be listening with both ears for details, for more than empty promises, for more than platitudes, for how she would redistribute the federal wealth so that we middle-class taxpayers don’t get gouged some more to underwrite her agenda. But if Hillary’s intended occupancy of the Oval Office reflects her “feel good” nation-hopping jaunts as U.S. secretary of state, we can look forward to four more years of a divisive, ineffectual, leaderless federal government. Moreover, the irony is not lost on anybody that Hillary chose to announce her election bid with a video posted online, only weeks after she found herself in hot water over mixing her private and State Department e-mails rooted in a private e-mail server.

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If Barack Obama’s administration succeeds in “normalizing” relations with the totalitarian government of Cuba, and if the Cuban dictatorship gives up nothing in return for sanctions being lifted and the door opening for U.S. investment, not to worry. The seeds of discontent with Fidel and Raul already are sewn in Cuba. An economic spring there will bode well for the people despite their government. The Castro brothers and their ilk would be wise to understand that what goes around comes around, even if it takes a couple of years.

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In the “What’s wrong with some people?” department, what’s wrong with Nyia Parker of Philadelphia? She dumped her 21-year-old quadriplegic son afflicted with cerebral palsy in a remote spot in the woods so she could hop a bus and go visit her boyfriend in Maryland. The son survived cold weather for several days without water, adequate food or protection from wild animals before he was found. Nyia Parker later was arrested. If she is convicted on any of the charges she faces – aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, neglect, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment — she ought to be sentenced to 20 years on a 20-foot chain anchored in cement in the middle of the same woods in which she abandoned her son. With today’s government services available, there’s no excuse for Nyia Parker’s kind of abominable behavior.

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And then there’s the unidentified Ohio woman in Cleveland who was dangling her 2-year-old son over a zoo railing surrounding the cheetah exhibit. The toddler slipped from her grip and fell 10 feet to the ground of the exhibit. The woman and her husband – to their credit – jumped into the pit and rescued the kid. Apparently the cheetahs had just been fed; they left the three humans alone. The butterfingered momma faces child-endangerment charges. She also ought to be directed to undergo a brain transplant to replace the sawdust between her ears.

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