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Elderly Americans’ growing debt problem and other comments.

Conservative: Ex-Spy Chiefs Doing Permanent Damage Even when it gets things wrong (and it does), “the underlying ethos” of the US intelligence rank and file” has always been apolitical,” contends former CIA analyst Buck Sexton at The Hill. Yet former CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, along with former DNI James Clapper and former...
Time: 16:00     Date: 20.08.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Elderly Americans’ growing debt problem and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Even when it gets things wrong (and it does), “the underlying ethos” of the US intelligence rank and file” has always been apolitical,” contends former CIA analyst Buck Sexton at The Hill. Yet former CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, along with former DNI James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey, “have deployed some of the most extreme rhetorical weapons imaginable to take down this president.” In the process, “they’ve eradicated the long-held notion of intelligence agency chiefs as nonpartisan actors.” Moreover, they’re “presumed to be drawing upon their formerly limitless access to classified information” when they call President Trump a traitor, as Brennan has. Yet they’ve produced “no evidence to back up their most outrageous claims.”

Foreign desk: South Africa as the New Zimbabwe

From Cuba to Zimbabwe to Venezuela, notes John Fund at National Review, “expropriating private property has almost inevitably meant a slide into authoritarian rule” and economic chaos. Which is why so many South Africans are worried that their government “has for the first time moved to seize land without going through the courts first.” Indeed, it’s part of a larger plan to change the constitution to legalize unilateral seizures. This, in clear violation of the late Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid pledge that private property would not be seized this way. But his moderate voice has increasingly been replaced by more radical ones demanding expropriation as “necessary justice.” The fear is that Africa’s “biggest economic engine” will become more like Zimbabwe’s — hurting not just South Africans, but their trading partners.

From the right: Competing Liars Struggle for Credibility

Whom do you believe when everyone involved is a proven liar? That’s “exactly the prospect facing Americans,” suggests Ben Shapiro at Newsweek. President Trump “routinely fibs on matters both great and small,” Omarosa Manigault Newsman “has been wildly reviled as a liar,” yet the mainstream news media are “dutifully parroting every allegation from her.” Seems she’s benefiting from Strange New Respect — “the phenomenon that occurs the minute that any purported Republican turns on his or her former colleagues.” But “Trump still has the advantage here.” Because “in a battle of credibility between a bunch of dishonest actors, people will simply believe that which they find most comfortable.”

Numbers-cruncher: The Growing Crisis of Old-Age Debt

US credit-card debt reached an all-time high of $1.04 trillion in June, reports City Journal’s Nicole Gelinas — and especially worrisome is “the rising age of credit-card debtors.” Fact is, today’s credit-card borrower as often as not is “grandma buying groceries.” Moreover, “Americans age 65 and older are filing for bankruptcy at rates two and three times higher than in 1991.” They’re mainly “people accustomed to maintaining at least a modest middle-income lifestyle” and now “unable or unwilling to cut their expenses to meet the new realities” of retirement. So they’re using credit-card debt “as a replacement for income,” a sign of financial stress. Which means that even “sensible-sounding solutions” to financial problems in entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare “would hit many elderly people hard, and not just the financially stressed.”

Critic: Why Does It Cost So Much To Educate a Child?

In theory, that I Promise School that LeBron James is starting in Akron, Ohio, “seems like a good idea,” says PJ Media’s Paula Bolyard: Gather up “240 at-risk students into a school that, in addition to academics, provides ‘wraparound’ services like free breakfast and lunch and an extended school day and school year.” But some “staggering dollar amounts” are being poured into the school: In addition to millions from private foundations, it’ll cost the Akron School District $14,000 a year per student, the same as other schools without outside support. The root problem: “state and federal mandates, many of them bureaucratic in nature” involving social services, “cripple school budgets, leaving less money and less time for the business of educating children.” Says Bolyard: “Spend less, provide fewer amenities, return to teaching the basics and the quality of education will improve.”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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