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27 марта, 14:55

FULL TEXT: Speaker Ryan’s Address to the Czech Parliament

PRAGUE—In an address today to a special session of the Czech Parliament, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called for “solidarity on this frontier of freedom” and hailed strong U.S.-Czech ties based on common values and interests. The speech comes during an official visit to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-Czech relations. Speaker Ryan is the first American leader in history to address the Czech Parliament.   Following is the text of Speaker Ryan’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:  "Speaker Vondráček, Prime Minister Babiš, ministers, distinguished members of this chamber:  "It is wonderful to be here in Prague, this inspiring city of a hundred spires.  "Thank you for convening this special session.  "I know it is a rare privilege for a foreign leader to address this body.  "While I am deeply honored, I view this far more as a tribute to the warm friendship between our countries, which share such a unique and lasting bond of history.  "This is a special moment in that story, 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson collaborated with your first president, Tomas Masaryk, to establish an independent Czechoslovak Republic.    "Just as our declaration of 1776 spoke of a 'pursuit of happiness,' Masaryk’s declaration —drafted in Washington—calls the Czech people to begin a 'constant endeavor for progress.'  "What an extraordinary endeavor it has been.  "There were times along the way when few would have fathomed a gathering such as this.  "In the mid-1970s, the Chancellor of West Germany predicted that Western Europe 'has only 20 or 30 more years of democracy left in it.' "But today, the American and Czech militaries serve side by side to keep the peace.  "American and Czech businesses invest in each other’s workers and economies. "Countless students, artists, and entrepreneurs go back and forth each year.  "And today, an American speaker appears before you, the elected representatives of a free and thriving Czech people. "Colleagues, freedom is flourishing. We should not take this milestone for granted.  "You know, in a way, our ties run even deeper than the last century. "The Czech Republic is often referred to as being in the 'heart of Europe.' "Similarly, my family is from Janesville, Wisconsin, a small, working-class town in America’s heartland. We raise our kids on the same block where I grew up. "My great-great grandfather, James Ryan, made the long voyage from Ireland sometime in the 1850s.  "To this day, there are some 60 Ryan cousins in Janesville. . .all living in one square mile.  "Wisconsin is where many European migrations of the mid-19th century ended.  "In fact, most of the first Czech settlers in America came to our state. Many began as farmers, and went on to open their own shops and businesses.  "Racine, a community I have the privilege to represent, was actually called 'Czech Bethlehem.' "The first Czech newspapers in the United States were published there. One of the first mayors of Racine was Czech.  "The Czech people helped shape our country.  "That sense of striving and upward mobility—of making the most of your God-given talents—is at the heart of what I call the 'American Idea.' "It is the notion that the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life.  "Those beautiful timeless principles—freedom, free enterprise, self-determination, government by consent…they give us the ability to chart our own course.  "Government is at its best when we are applying those founding principles to the problems of the day.  "This 'American Idea' animated my own studies, and motivated my own very unlikely pursuit of public service. "When I first ran for office, I was 27 years old.  "And to tell you the truth, there were few people willing to take a risk on a 27-year old running for Congress.  "I needed to find someone who would, and would help me get a start.  "So I reached out to one of the top political leaders in our state. His name was Steve King.  "By then, Steve was a giant in Wisconsin politics. He had long been our state party chairman.  "And I simply would not take ‘no’ for an answer.  "When Steve signed on to be my campaign chairman, it gave me instant credibility. And, as I know now, it gave me a lifelong friend too. "This man is a true patriot and a class act. We are so blessed to have him as America’s ambassador to the Czech Republic.  "Thank you, Mr. Ambassador. "Yesterday, over at our embassy, the Ambassador and I walked up the hill to the Glorietta. The view from up there is just splendid, it really is. "There, I presented him with an American flag that recently flew above our Capitol building to commemorate this centennial. "You may recall that in a much different, and darker, time—when the Iron Curtain divided this continent—we kept our stars and stripes flying above the Glorietta.  "It was a signal of our unending support for the Czech people and our desire that we would one day return to our deeply shared values. "But this republic did not merely return from communism.  "It roared back to life, in large part on the vision of Vaclav Havel.  "Every day, just before heading up the stairs to my office in the Capitol, I walk by a bust of Havel.  "It was sculpted by a Czech artist who was forced into exile during the period of communist rule. "The Havel bust is actually just across the hall from a bust of Winston Churchill.  "I always wonder what those two talk about at night when no one is around. "They stand watch in a space we call Freedom Foyer, as a tribute to all those who have fought and sacrificed for our guiding principles. "In a scene that only a playwright of his caliber could have crafted, Havel was just months removed from prison when he addressed the United States Congress in January 1990. "He reminded the Congress of our collective responsibility to preserve the greatness of democratic values. "He said this: 'Our freedom, independence and our newborn democracy have been purchased at great cost, and we shall not surrender them.' "On this occasion, we would be wise to recall Havel’s words, and his determination too.  "When he said ‘we shall not surrender’ freedom, he surely knew there were powers that would try to wrest it back, and take us backward.  "He knew there were forces that would seek to remake the world in their own authoritarian image. "And as we gather here to celebrate the ties of the last century, we are called to confront the challenges of the next. "The Czech people are no strangers to Russian influence, whether in the guise of oppression or subversion. "Russia has violated international norms with its aggression against our closest allies in Eastern Europe. "More furtively, it spreads disinformation, and engages in cyber attacks. "It meddles in democratic elections throughout Europe, as it did in the United States. "Russia does not share our interests or our values.  "If anything, it seeks to undermine those values. "We must see this for what it is: an attempt to sow discord among our peoples, divide allies, and destabilize democratic institutions. "We cannot and we will not tolerate it.  "This week, more than 20 countries, including the United States and the Czech Republic, took action to expel Russian diplomats in response to an attack on British soil.  "Solidarity on this frontier of freedom is more important than ever. It is everything, really.  "All of the nations that once suffered under Soviet rule have a common interest in building security and prosperity. "In this work, our two republics are not simply allies mutually dedicated to the cause of liberty.  "We are partners and leaders in the community of democracies.  "Our common values are the foundation on which we will build stronger, more resilient institutions. "First, there is our shared commitment to economic growth.  "A strong economy is essential to spreading liberty and ensuring stability. It is what gives people confidence they can get a good job, live a good life, and take care of their own.  "Faster growth does not solve all of our problems, but it certainly makes our problems easier to solve. "Here in the Czech Republic, you have an economy that is doing extremely well, featuring strong exports and low unemployment. "We are proud that the United States is one of the top foreign investors here.  "Leading American companies, such as AT&T, Honeywell, GE, IBM, and Microsoft, do innovative research and development in and with the Czech Republic.  "And I just learned this today: Prague is home to one of the oldest Harley-Davidson clubs in the world. A great Milwaukee company.  "There is so much potential for more trade between our two nations, which will bring more opportunity to Czechs and Americans alike.  "Second, there is our security cooperation, an area where we have a range of tools at our disposal. "Here again, the Czech Republic is an example to its neighbors, leading in the NATO alliance, aggressively fighting disinformation, and upholding sanctions against Russia.  "On NATO, as President Trump has said, we have demonstrated with our words and actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, our mutual defense commitment.  "That commitment is rock-solid. "Of course, we have all pledged to spend at least 2 percent of GDP on our defense. We are glad that the Czech Republic has a concrete plan to reach its goal in the years ahead.  "And we look forward to seeing you take on a larger share of the defense responsibility.  "This is not simply about meeting a benchmark. It is about expanding our capabilities to address evolving threats.  "That is why last week, our Congress passed, and President Trump signed, legislation increasing support for the European Deterrence Initiative.  "It includes beginning the build-up of a division’s worth of equipment being prepositioned over five locations on this continent. "We want you to see that America is committed to an enduring presence in Europe.  "For us and our allies, the bravery and the expertise of the Czechs are indispensable.  "We know, and appreciate, how much you have fought side by side with us in Iraq, and in Afghanistan.  "We are also fortunate to have you watching over our embassy in Damascus, providing critical support for American citizens.  "You are an active and valued member of the Global Coalition for the Defeat of ISIS.  "And yes, we must defeat ISIS.  "We need to collectively do more to stop this insidious threat. We need all allies to assist robustly in sharing information, and addressing the sources of extremism. "You have not only helped to roll back ISIS on the battlefield. You have also taken part in efforts to rebuild liberated territory so that Iraqis can return home.  "No one knows better than you do just how much that means, for people to be able to return and rebuild their lives. "Your contributions to these missions have greatly enhanced your stature in Europe and the world. "And I am very encouraged by the discussions we have had here about how to expand our defense cooperation even further. "Third, there are the things we do every day to support democracy and human rights.  "Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Radio Free Europe, and to see firsthand the remarkable work they are doing. It was just incredible.  "How fortunate we are to have them broadcasting from here. Thank you for what you do to support them.  "Let it serve as a reminder that a free and transparent media is a vital component of a healthy democracy. "We also partner to support the heroic efforts of organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy and the International Republican Institute.  "We, as elected legislators, should never forget just how powerful it is to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.  "After all, that is why we are here today, because people who were free and sought to be free banded together in common cause.  "Colleagues, I know democracy is not easy.  "It can be just as hard to keep it as it is to win it. "It has its flaws, and that is never going to change.  "It has its skeptics, and that is certainly never going to change.  "This truly is an ‘endeavor for progress,’ and so long as we are imperfect beings, we will have an imperfect form of government.  "But there is always that fearless aspiration to do better, pushing us forward.  "Our task, in the time we have to serve, is to build up the antibodies of our institutions—to leave them resilient enough to endure come what may.  "This is our great moral and political responsibility. "In this swirl of events, I refer you back to those moving words of Masaryk’s declaration of a century ago: "'The forces of darkness have served the victory of light; the longed-for age of humanity is dawning. We believe in democracy, we believe in liberty and liberty evermore.' "This is a time to raise our gaze, to renew our faith in what we believe, and what we can achieve together, to reach the grace and capacity of humanity.  "America was with you for the first 100 years.  "We will be with you for the next 100 years.  "We will be with you always, and evermore.  "God bless you. Thank you very much." p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 17.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none}

26 марта, 22:47

Prague, Day One: Solidarity of Western Alliance, Stronger U.S.-Czech Ties

PRAGUE—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today underscored the importance of the solidarity of the Western alliance and stronger U.S.-Czech ties during a visit to mark the centennial of diplomatic relations between our two nations. At a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, the two leaders discussed a range of defense and economic issues as well as the decision by the U.S. and NATO allies to expel Russian diplomats following the attack on British soil. In the evening, Speaker Ryan took part in a working dinner with Prime Minister Babiš and Ambassador Stephen B. King at the Ambassador’s residence.  “As we enter the second century of U.S.-Czech relations, we are poised to further strengthen our security and economic ties,” Speaker Ryan said. “Today’s united action to expel Russian diplomats is a perfect example of how we must work together to defend our interests and values. The Western alliance, particularly through our joint efforts in NATO, has never been more critical.”  Radio Free Europe. In the afternoon, Speaker Ryan visited Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to learn more about their work reporting in 20 countries without a fully-established free press, and particularly how they reach audiences in Russia. Ryan then sat down for an interview with RFE that focused on today’s actions against Russian diplomats. “This is done in solidarity with our allies in Britain,” Ryan said. “I think it’s fantastic that other European nations, including the Czech Republic right here, followed suit as well.” Watch the full interview. Flag Presentation at the Glorietta. At the Glorietta pavilion overlooking the U.S. embassy and the city, Speaker Ryan presented Ambassador King with an American flag that was flown over the Capitol in honor of this centennial. The flag was raised by the embassy’s Marine Detachment. During the period of communist role in Czechoslovakia, the United States kept its flag flying above the Glorietta as a symbol of our solidarity with the Czech people. Watch the ceremony.  Look Ahead. Tomorrow, Speaker Ryan will address a special session of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech parliament. He will be the first American leader in history to address this body. Afterward, Ryan will take part in a joint press conference with Speaker Radek Vondráček. More information is available here. 

26 марта, 14:50

Speaker Ryan Begins Official Visit to the Czech Republic

PRAGUE—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has begun a two-day official visit to the Czech Republic that will include a historic address to the country’s parliament. The visit marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-Czech relations. Speaker Ryan is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the Czech Republic since President Obama in 2009. “It is wonderful to be in Prague to commemorate this milestone in relations between the United States and the Czech Republic,” Speaker Ryan said. “Our countries continue to enjoy strong ties, made even stronger by our commitment to democratic ideals and the NATO alliance. I look forward to meeting with Czech leaders to discuss ways we can expand our security cooperation and economic partnerships in the years ahead.” As part of his visit, Speaker Ryan will meet with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondráček, and U.S. Ambassador Stephen B. King. Speaker Ryan met with Ambassador King last week in the U.S. Capitol. Se @SpeakerRyan ve Strakovce. Je mi ctí. pic.twitter.com/nNe8xbixzn — Andrej Babiš (@AndrejBabis) March 26, 2018 The centerpiece of Speaker Ryan’s visit is an address he will give on Tuesday at a special session of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Czech Parliament. Ryan will be the first American leader in history to address this body. An advisory from the Chamber of Deputies is included below. “I am deeply honored by Speaker Vondráček’s invitation to address the Chamber of Deputies,” Speaker Ryan added. “This is yet another tribute to the warm friendship between the American and Czech peoples, who share common bonds of history and values.”  This is the fourth foreign visit of Ryan’s speakership. Speaker Ryan visited Europe last spring, leading a delegation to the United Kingdom, Poland, Norway, and Estonia, to reaffirm America’s commitment to NATO and our transatlantic alliances.  Media Advisory from the Czech Chamber of Deputies  All times local. Contact: [email protected]   At the invitation of the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek Vondráček, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan, the third highest U.S. constitutional official, will visit the Czech Republic March 26 – 27, 2018.  In the framework of his official program on Tuesday March 27, 2018, he will come to the Chamber of Deputies.  He will be greeted by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Radek Vondráček, at 12:00 and they will then meet for a discussion in the Speaker’s office.  At an extraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies at 14:00, Paul Ryan and Radek Vondráček will deliver speeches.  A press conference with both Speakers is planned for 14:40 in the Press Atrium. Photo-ops: 11:55     Arrival and beginning of visit (foyer of the Speaker’s Office) 12:30     P. Ryan signs the Guest Book (foyer of the Speaker’s Office) 14:00     P. Ryan delivers his speech at the Chamber 14:40     Press Conference in Press Atrium

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Endgame Russia: NATO Sprawl Invades Eastern Europe, No More Illusions

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation, In the past, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) justified its militarization of large swaths of Eastern Europe by pointing to the omnipresent threat of terrorism, or some 'rogue' foreign state, inherently understood to be Iran. Today the mask has slipped and it is no longer denied that NATO's primary target is Russia. But first, a trip down nightmare lane. The road to ruin - at least as far as US-Russia relations were concerned - began immediately following the 9/11 terror attacks. Three months after that fateful day, in December 2001, George W. Bush informed Vladimir Putin that the US was withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a strange move considering that the treaty had kept the peace between the nuclear superpowers since 1972. This geopolitical "mistake," as Putin rightly defined it, allowed the US to begin the process of deploying a missile defense system, smack on the border with Russia, allegedly to shield the continent against an attack by Iran. Never mind the fact that Tehran had absolutely no reason, not to mention the wherewithal, to carry out such a suicidal mission. But Washington has never been one to let facts get in the way of a forced move on the global chess board. Thus, the Bush administration advocated on behalf of a land-based missile defense system with interceptors based in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic. However, due to serious objections from Russia, not to mention the apprehensive citizens of the host countries, the plan had reached an impasse in 2008 - just as Obama was replacing Bush in the White House. Some would call that impeccable timing. What happened next can only be described as a devious sleight of hand on the part of Washington. In September 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Barack Obama, announced to great fanfare that the US would "shelve" the Bush plan. This announcement was received in Moscow and beyond as a sign that America's first black president was truly the real deal when it came to working on behalf of global peace. Suddenly, it appeared that the Bush reign of error had been an ugly anomaly, a bad eight-year dream. That grand illusion lasted for about as long as it took to read that sentence. Barack Obama, the man who had seduced the global masses with his velvety albeit teleprompted delivery, shifted gears the very next day, announcing that the US would be deploying, in four phases, sea-based SM-3 interceptor missiles in Eastern Europe instead. An opinion piece in the New York Times, penned by then Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, provided all the information to understand that the world had been hoodwinked. "Steady technological advances in our missile defense program — from kill vehicles to the abilities to network radars and sensors — give us confidence in this plan," Gates wrote. "The SM-3 has had eight successful tests since 2007, and we will continue to develop it to give it the capacity to intercept long-range missiles like ICBMs. It is now more than able to deal with the threat from multiple short- and medium-range missiles — a very real threat to our allies and some 80,000 American troops based in Europe that was not addressed by the previous plan." "We are strengthening — not scrapping — missile defense in Europe," he concluded. With the benefit of hindsight and common sense, it seems that Washington's plan from the start was to move forward with the sophisticated SM-3 system; the bulky Bush initiative just provided the necessary distraction to usher in the advanced Obama plan, which presents a major threat to the global strategic balance. But all that is ancient history compared to what is happening today. Under the guise of 'Russia aggression,' a concept that was peddled to the unsuspecting masses based on the fake news of a Russian 'invasion' of Ukraine and Crimea, compounded by claims that Russia somehow swayed the 2016 US presidential elections, US-led NATO has dropped all pretensions and declared open season on Russia. Combined with Donald Trump's empty threat that the US would exit NATO if member states did not start spending more on defense (2 percent of annual GDP), Eastern Europe has become a veritable hothouse of paranoia-driven militarization. In what the Kremlin has described as the greatest amassing of military assets on its border since World War II, NATO troops and hardware have set up camp from as far north as Estonia, down through Latvia and Lithuania, into Romania and Poland, where the rotation of US troops is now standard operating procedure. Meanwhile, massive military games aimed at deterring the Russian bogeyman continue unabated on Russia's border. In April, British journalist Neil Clark described just one of these exercises, dubbed Summer Shield. The NATO military exercises "got underway at the Adazi military base. Soldiers from Latvia, the US, Bulgaria, Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, the UK, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Germany and also non-NATO member Sweden are taking part in the drills," Clark wrote. He then went on to make a rather unsettling yet accurate observation: "Today’s mantra regarding 'Russian aggression' is the 2003 equivalent of 'Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction,' to be repeated ad nauseum by anyone supporting NATO’s Drang nach Osten. And like the WMD claim, it’s based on zero evidence." Such reckless behavior would have been difficult to fathom less than a decade ago. But these are brave new times, and American madness has settled upon the realm of foreign relations like a noxious cloud, forcing client states to crack open their tattered wallets or be left out in the cold when the big, bad Russian bear comes a knocking. Consider the case of Romania, one of Europe's poorest countries. Prompted by Donald Trump's warning that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members must fork over 2 percent of their GDP on military spending, Bucharest just made a down payment on a $1 billion American-made M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), as well as four new multi-function corvettes. Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor told Jane’s that these exorbitant purchases would “improve Romania’s national and allied defense capability” and emphasized that Romania’s commitment to the 2% of GDP spending cap “for the next 10 years is strong”. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said, “We want those procurement programs to also strengthen our defense industry based on offset arrangements where possible”. This was not the first American military incursion into Romania under the guise of guarding against Iran and other alleged rogue players. In May 2016, the US activated its $800 million missile shield in Romania, which Russia obviously views as a direct threat. “At the moment the interceptor missiles installed have a range of 500 kilometers, soon this will go up to 1000 kilometers, and worse than that, they can be rearmed with 2400km-range offensive missiles even today, and it can be done by simply switching the software, so that even the Romanians themselves won’t know,” Vladimir Putin told reporters during a visit to Greece in May 2016. “We have been saying since the early 2000s that we will have to react somehow to your moves to undermine international security. No one is listening to us,” Putin warned. It remains to be seen how long NATO tone-deafness will continue before the militarization of Eastern Europe gets completely out of control and the situation becomes untenable. Or perhaps the point of no return has already come to pass and, fait accompli, we are merely enjoying an illusory calm before the storm.

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25 сентября 2012, 15:11

The Zero Deficit Line in 2012

Now that the U.S. Census has released its newest estimate of median household income in the United States, it's time to consider where the U.S. federal government spending per U.S. household stands with respect to the Zero Deficit Line, which is the amount of spending that the typical American household can actually afford. The chart below shows those two measures for each year since 1967, when the Census first began reporting its median household income figure: Looking at the chart, we see that for the third year in a row, the amount of U.S. federal government spending per household is hovering just below $30,000 per U.S. household. Our tool below will reveal how much spending can actually be supported by the typical American household given its annual income of $50,054 (or whatever median household income level you might choose to enter!) Median Household Income Data Input Data Values Median Household Income How Much Federal Spending Per Household Can the U.S. Really Afford? Estimated Results Values Federal Spending per U.S. Household Using our tool, we find that in reality, the typical American household can only afford to have the federal government spend no more than $21,059. On a side note, do you remember the old Warner Brothers' Road Runner cartoons? The ones where Wile E. Coyote would be chasing after the bird, then suddenly find himself suspended in mid-air beyond the edge of a cliff, until he looked down and finally crashed back to earth? The level of federal spending per household since 2008 and the lack of meaningful growth in the incomes of U.S. households under President Obama, combined with all the talk these days of the approaching "fiscal cliff" suggests that there is one giant "splat" sound in the near future for the U.S.