Winnowing the wheat from the chaff

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A two-fer. First, even a stopped clock is correct twice each day - one of Obama's policies was a good one and President Trump is taking the bone in his teeth and running with it. From The Washington Post:

Trump puts the world’s worst crooks and killers on notice
After months of conflicting messages, last week the Trump administration took a big step toward drastically expanding punishments for human rights abusers and kleptocrats all over the world. The move also reveals how government professionals and political officials inside the administration are finding ways to work together one year into the Trump presidency.

There was understandable skepticism that the Trump team would enthusiastically enforce the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, signed by President Barack Obama in his final days in office, which authorizes the president to block visas and sanction individuals and entities from any country that abuses human rights or engages in “acts of significant corruption.” But the first-ever list of 51 such targets, announced by the State and Treasury departments on Dec. 21, was a clear sign the Trump administration is supporting the law and implementing it in good faith.

And second - not just talk at the United Nations - from the New York Post:

Nikki Haley negotiates $285M cut in ‘bloated’ UN budget
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Sunday that the United States negotiated a $285 million cut in the United Nations’ “bloated” budget for next year.

“The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known,” Haley said in a statement from the US Mission. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.”

Haley added that the “historic reduction” in spending is a step in the right direction and that the US would make many other moves toward a more efficient and accountable UN.

Heaven help that these kleptocrats would actually have to work for a living. Anyone remember Kofi Annan and his son Kojo? (here, here and here) How about the Oil for Food program? (here, here, here and here) How about the rampant sex trafficking? (here, here and here) Anyone? Bueller?

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