Tuesday, June 28, 2016

World Leaders Blaming Obama For Brexit

Barack Obama
World leaders, political pundits and journalists are blaming President Barack Obama for Brexit. In the April 25, 2016 article "British And American Journalists Call President Obama A ‘Hypocrite’ For Meddling In Brexit" the Judiciary Report warned that Obama flying to Britain and arrogantly threatening journalists and the British public to vote to remain in the European Union (EU) or else he would take negative action against the United Kingdom, was a bad idea. I don’t know what possessed him to do it. 

If a foreign leader flew into Washington and in a televised address began threatening Americans to vote how he says or he will punish the United States, it would go over horribly and rightly so. As a world leader you can’t go into other people’s countries browbeating and bullying them into doing your will. 

Rumors are rife in European political circles that heads of state and party politicians in the EU are squarely blaming Obama’s arrogance during the aforementioned trip to London, England for the British people voting against remaining in the European Union. Obama needs to stop asking others to do things he would not, because in America there is an appropriate rule that immigrants cannot get benefits for 4-years. During Bill Clinton’s time, he also reformed the welfare system regarding Americans and immigrants, in a way that helped to tame the nation’s finances.

A nation’s finances does not work by magic. Impractical and or excessive spending can cause any nation of the world to collapse. When a nation collapses it is not pretty - it leads to widespread poverty, social unrest and increased crime levels. It is a scenario to be avoided through proper financial, legal and social management. 

One of the biggest, richest and most influential nations in the EU, Germany, did not want to lose Britain from the European Union, as both nations have been paying a massive amount of their taxpayers money to help support the collective of nations. With Britain gone from the EU, Germany will have to do significantly more, as they have the most money and manpower. 

Considering Germany has already taken in 1,000,000 non-German speaking migrants who will need food, clothes, shelter and jobs, as well as the nation giving billions to the European Union, I hope their economy and tax coffers can sustain such a massive commitment. Germany is a strong and industrious country, but they are being stretched to the limit as well. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, publicly stated she is in no rush to usher Britain out of the European Union, referring to the United Kingdom as a partner. Britain and Germany have done great business together. So have Britain and France and Spain, among others. 

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, bent over backwards to accommodate the EU. Britain gave 19 billion pounds per year and allowed millions of immigrants from the European Union into the United Kingdom. However, I do believe he sensed public dissatisfaction in the number of immigrants from the European Union and the issues it created with overcrowding in classrooms, the strain on the NHS and heavy demand on the benefits system. 

Last year I read a report stating Cameron was trying to negotiate a deal with the EU, stipulating immigrants could not apply for financial and housing benefits for four years after coming to Britain (it’s the same rule in America, which is not apart of the EU). The EU (headquartered in Brussels, Belgium) should have approved Cameron’s request if they wanted Britain to remain in the European Union. This was the major sticking point for the British public, Cameron tried to fix it, but the EU did not embrace it. 

British Home Secretary, Theresa May, also tried a last ditch attempt at fixing the issue. Last year May stated on British television that the government would like to implement a rule that stipulates immigrants coming to Britain should have a job lined up and financial means of support. Once again, the EU did not embrace it. 

History has repeatedly shown for centuries that when one is involved in politics, one must listen to and correctly gauge public sentiment. Never ignore public discontent. Look what it turned into for so many world leaders throughout time who refused the will of the people. The European Union lost the British people’s vote for this reason. 

Let’s be reasonable, millions of people from other parts of the European Union were emptying out into Britain, a nation that received an enormous amount of mass immigration. There should have been rules to assure immigration was done in a more controlled manner, to prevent any EU nation from breaking under the strain of immigration. However, the European Union rejected it.

From 2009 the Judiciary Report sensed public discontent in Britain regarding immigrants coming to the UK and immediately getting sizeable financial and housing benefits ( and ). The Judiciary Report made suggestions on how to reform the benefits system as the issue was turning into a powder keg for Britons, who felt they were being taken advantage of by immigrants. 

David Cameron

Once again, it wasn’t a matter of racism or xenophobia, as many of the immigrants from the European Union are white and many Brits have married them, but Britons losing benefits while seeing immigrants living very comfortably and in some cases lavishly off state money, due to the British government wanting to be hospitable in fulfilling their role in the EU and to political refugees seeking asylum, did a significant amount of political damage to the European Union’s cause. 

At the end of the day, some able bodied people would not work realizing they could just leave other parts of the European Union and plead poverty in Britain, then receive sizeable cash and housing benefits. Meanwhile, Brits born and raised in the United Kingdom, who have been working long hours for years, were not eligible for benefits (as in all countries with a benefits system, it is for the needy). Be honest, how would you feel if that happened in your country. 

Not everyone did this, as there are many French, Polish, German and Middle Eastern corner shops, phone stores, computer stores and clothing businesses I have bought goods and services from in Britain, run by hardworking immigrants, who work from sun up to sun down. However, let’s be honest, there are some immigrants that have been taking advantage of the British benefits system and this is what created the discontent among natives. 

To the Brits on the trains who get up early to go to work in business offices, stores, restaurants and on construction sites, among other places, it pained them that they have been working so hard, only to see immigrants claiming poverty getting generous financial and housing benefits (as seen in the newspapers). Some immigrants needed to understand that benefits are supposed to be within reason and for people who are sick, disabled or truly can’t find work, to stop them from becoming destitute and homeless. 

Newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Mirror among others, began running credible stories showing immigrants who came to Britain and immediately got big benefits to the point they lived in middle class and upper class homes with multiple flat screen televisions, leather furniture, designer clothes and luxury shoes. They took advantage of the system due to their family size. The more family members and children you have in one household, the more benefits you receive and the bigger the property you will be housed in, all underwritten by the taxpayers. 

British homes are very nice and the bigger the house, the more lavish its appointments will be. Local councils had difficulty finding larger homes in more moderately priced areas of London, so big immigrant families ended up housed next to high earning judges and doctors. 

This is why in 2009 the Judiciary Report suggested the government house immigrants in places like the home counties, where there are big homes in nice neighborhoods at lower prices (Britain's Benefits). Surrey, England is nice and affordable. However, some immigrants registered for benefits in London, England, wanting to be in the heart of the fabulous capital and this is where another problem occurred for the government. 

The new rule should be immigrants applying for benefits are automatically housed in the home counties, because large London homes for big families is too expensive for the taxpayers to underwrite in benefits cases. There are many hardworking Britons in the home counties, who live in nice homes and travel to London via train for work or to enjoy the many activities in the capital. It’s workable. At the end of the day, as an immigrant, someone is giving you a chance at a new life. Be understanding, take the opportunity and make the most of it.



 Nigel Farage: Britons voted for Brexit because Obama told them not to
June 24, 2016, 12:01 pm - A leading figure in the British push to exit the European Union says President Obama accidentally helped the Brexit cause. Nigel Farage on Friday said Obama's calls for the United Kingdom to stay in the EU caused people to vote to leave. “Threatening people too much insults their intelligence,” the United Kingdom Independence Party head said. 

“A lot of people in Britain said, ‘How dare the American president come here and tell us what to do?’ ” Farage continued on Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Daily,” citing Obama’s U.K. trip in April. “It backfired. We got an Obama-Brexit bounce, because people do not want foreign leaders telling them how to think and vote.” 

Obama warned Britain against leaving the EU during a visit in April, saying it could hurt potential trade deals with the U.S. “The U.K. is going to be in the back of the queue,” he said during an appearance alongside Cameron. “Not because we don’t have a special relationship but because given the heavy lift of any trade agreement, us having access to a big market with a lot of countries rather than trying to do piecemeal trade agreements is hugely inefficient.” 

Donald Trump on Friday mocked Obama for being on the losing side in the Brexit vote. “The world doesn’t listen to him,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said during a press conference in Turnberry, Scotland. Trump said he wholeheartedly backed Britain’s decision to leave the EU and once again forge its own path. “You just have to embrace it,” he said. "It’s the will of the people. What happened should have happened, and they’ll be stronger for it.” 

Farage on Friday said Britain’s exit from the EU could ultimately jeopardize the organization’s existence. “I think we’ve changed not just the future of British history, I’m sure the European Union project itself will come tumbling down. People power can beat the establishment if they try hard enough."...


Obama’s credibility takes a beating after Brexit vote

June 24, 2016 | 11:21pm President Obama ate a serving of humble pie Friday after Britain ignored his advice and voted to leave the European Union. “Yesterday’s vote speaks to the ongoing changes and challenges raised by globalization,” Obama said while attending a tech conference in Silicon Valley. 

“The world has shrunk. It is ­interconnected . . . It promises to bring extraordinary benefits, but it also has challenges,” Obama said. One of those challenges is to the president’s credibility, which is taking a beating after he heavily advocated for the Brits to remain in the EU. Conor McCann, a Dublin-based political-affairs analyst, wondered if Obama’s lost Europe. “Obama, with his great status in Europe — if he couldn’t sway it, it’s an indication things have changed,” McCann told Bloomberg News. 

In April, Obama traveled to the UK in part to advocate that it remain in the EU. He even threatened the UK directly, saying it would have to go to the “back of the queue” in trade negotiations with the United States because the EU is so much bigger. On Friday, the president’s language was far more deferential. “Based on our conversation, I’m confident that the UK is committed to an orderly transition out of the EU,” he said...

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump rubbed salt in the wound on his trip to Scotland. “A lot of people don’t like him,” Trump said of Obama. Trump, who backed the “Leave” campaign, added, “I was actually very surprised that President Obama would’ve come over here and he would’ve been so bold as to tell the people over here what to do.” 


German chancellor Angela Merkel is in no hurry to see Britain go Reuters

Jun. 25, 2016, 6:52 PM - Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for clear-headed negotiations with "close partner" Britain over its departure from the European Union. Foreign ministers of the EU's six founding members had earlier said Britain should leave the bloc as soon as possible after Britons voted on Thursday to quit the 28-member bloc. However, Merkel struck a more conciliatory tone. 

"The negotiations must take place in a businesslike, good climate," Merkel said after a meeting of her conservative party in Hermannswerder, outside Potsdam, to the west of Berlin. "Britain will remain a close partner, with which we are linked economically," she said, adding that there was no hurry for Britain to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty - the first step it must take to set in motion the exit process. 

"It should not take ages, that is true, but I would not fight now for a short time frame," Merkel said, in contrast with the more urgent call by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, who were meeting to the north of the German capital...