The View from Abroad

Hard hitting commentary from an American living overseas

Kenn Jacobine

Kenn Jacobine
June 03
Kenn Jacobine is an international educator currently teaching History and Economics for the American School of Doha, Qatar. He has also taught at international schools in Ecuador, Mali, and Zambia. His political transformation took place over the course of many years. Starting out naively as a big state liberal, he became a Reagan Republican in 1982. Disillusionment set in with the realization that small government rhetoric rarely translated into limited government actions. On Christmas day 1992, he became a libertarian. In 1994, Kenn ran for the State Senate in Pennsylvania on the Libertarian Party ticket garnering 5 percent of the vote. He has been active in freedom causes ever since.

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By just about every measure the U.S. economy continues to be mired in a depression.  Unemployment remains high.  Housing prices are still falling. Retail sales are lackluster.  Since Barack Obama became president in 2009 the national debt has ballooned by about $4 trillion with very li/… Read full post »
The drumbeats for war with Iran are pounding fast and furious in Washington.  The Obama Administration claims that it foiled a plot financed and directed by the Iranians to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S. on American soil.  According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the/… Read full post »

On November 25, 2001, American citizen turned Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh was captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan by Afghan Northern alliance forces.  Eleven months later after confessing to fighting with the Taliban against the U.S. and its ally in Afghanistan he was sentenced to 2Read full post »

Unless you have been under a rock or possibly out of the country (a benefit of the doubt I am willing to extend to my overseas teacher colleagues) you know by now that there is great outrage in Washington, D.C. over the Obama Administration’s $535 million loan to green company andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 12:06PM

A Return to the Gold Standard is a Must

Money printer extraordinaire and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is at it again.  He and several of his central banking buddies in Europe and Asia are going to lend dollars to non-U.S. banks that lack adequate liquidity to operate.  Many of the recipient banks are feeling the pinch be/Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 10:12AM

Bill O’Reilly Should Do His Homework

Last week, O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters confronted Congressman Ron Paul at New England College to ask him why he was not interested in appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s show.  One thing led to another and eventually Watters asked Dr. Paul about his position on the Gold StaRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 12:46PM

Revisionism is Alive and Well

“There is no credibility left for the Republican Party as a force to reduce the size of government.  That is the message of the Reagan years.”

Ron Paul 1987

Politicians have a tendency to change history to suit their purposes.  The revising of history by Soviet dictators was le
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“Ghastly as it may seem to say this, the terror attack (911) -- like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression -- could even do some economic good.”

“If people rush out to buy bottled water and canned goods, that will actually boost theRead full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 9:20PM

Ron Paul is Right about Iran

During the GOP Presidential Debate in Ames, Iowa, on August 11, the most significant exchange between any two candidates came when Rick Santorum called Congressman Ron Paul out for his position on our relationship with Iran.  Santorum, neoconservative extraordinaire, accused the congressman of bRead full post »

AUGUST 15, 2011 9:15PM

Ron Paul is the Only One

It has become cliché for political pundits to proclaim every four years that the presidential election campaign is the most important in the nation’s history.  Given that our economy is on the brink of collapse, we are currently engaged in 5 wars, and our civil liberties are under aRead full post »

It seems like every time I listen to a politician talk I always come away with more questions than answers.  Take President Obama’s nationally televised speech this week on the debt ceiling crisis.  The President spoke to the nation for about 15 minutes but I still don’t have aRead full post »

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government&rsRead full post »

Presidents are supposed to be compassionate.  President Obama is showing his true colors as his Department of Justice (DOJ) sent out a memo last week on medical marijuana use.  The memo directed the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Attorneys’ offices nationwide toRead full post »

JUNE 17, 2011 9:15PM

Western Imperialism Strikes Again

In his 2005 exposé, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins describes his life as an economic hit man in the 1970s.   As a chief economist for the consulting firm Chas. T. Main, Perkins worked with U.S. intelligence agencies and multinational corporations to convince foreign/… Read full post »

One thing is for sure, Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s second round of quantitative easing (QE2) will come to an end sometime this month.  Since November of last year the Fed has pumped close to $600 billion into the economy by buying treasury bonds from the balance sheets of banksRead full post »

MAY 23, 2011 8:41AM

What Obama Should Have Said

President Obama’s speech on the Middle East last week was nothing really new.  He chastised the usual culprits for suppressing human rights in their countries and assured us all that the United States government would remain vigilant in its pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way wRead full post »

The fact of the matter is that the terrorist attacks of 911 had more to do with the U.S. government’s meddling in the affairs of the Middle East for decades than it did as George W. Bush would have us believe because we are free.  All one needs to do isRead full post »

MAY 4, 2011 5:54AM

"Where's the Beef"?

Those of us that are old enough and fond of TV commercial history remember the famous Wendy’s hamburger chain commercials of the 1980s.  You might remember they featured three fickle old ladies that enter a burger joint and are disappointed at the size of the patty on the bun.  Read full post »

Recently, President Obama kicked off his 2012 reelection campaign.  Looking past all the political jabbering of the talking heads and pundits, the most astounding prediction of all about the next race for the White House is that Obama is expected to raise $1 billion for his campaign efforts.&nbsRead full post »

APRIL 9, 2011 3:42AM

Bernanke is Still Clueless

It has been a while since I criticized my favorite Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke.  I’ve been busy teaching school and Bernanke like always has been busy destroying the dollar and with it our economy and standard of living.  So, nothing new and out of the ordinary has happenedRead full post »

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest jobs report for the U.S. economy.  In March, non-farm payroll employment rose by 216,000 jobs.  According to the report, employment gains were seen in both the goods-producing and service-providing sectors.  This job cRead full post »

To be sure Muammar Qaddafi is a devil incarnate.  For 41 years he has ruled Libya with an iron fist.  He has repeatedly participated in terroristic endeavors, even against his own people.  As recently as two weeks ago it looked like he was a goner as rebels had taken hold ofRead full post »

Last Friday, March 11 marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential inauguration.  For generations the virtues of our 16th president and his martyr like demise at the hands of an assassin have been proudly proclaimed to public school students so much so that LincolnRead full post »

Last week the Justice Department announced that it would no longer enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Passed by huge bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, DOMA defines a legal marriage as one between a man and a woman. Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2011 9:11AM

Some Sensible Gun Laws for a Change

Hooray for the western states!  Many of them are in the process of enacting long overdue and sensible gun laws.  Perhaps spurred on by the unstable times we live in or just a sense that people should have the ability to defend themselves, states from Wyoming to Arizona are about toRead full post »