Kushner v. Bannon?: #POTUS @RealDonaldTrump’s Brilliant Management Style

Jared Kushner should be worried. Steve Bannon should be worried. Reince Priebus should be worried. They should all be worried and that’s because of President Trump’s brilliant management style.

Every management style has plusses and minuses. We happen to prefer President Trump’s management style. The other management style used by people such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama simply does not work in our modern society with all its divisions.

Trump’s management style? President Trump is the center of the wheel. This makes President Trump a centripetal force when it comes to information. PDT sucks up information from all his aides, TV, publications, critics, everything and everyone.

The management style we don’t think works for a modern president is the pyramid management style. That is the management style of people like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. This pyramid style is very structured and everyone has a place in the pyramid. The president at the top of the pyramid has all his/her incoming information filtered through those immediately below him on the pyramid.

Big Media and the establishment of the country prefer the pyramid management style. Everyone has a place and all information is filtered through the pyramid. There are few if any surprises in the pyramid. The pyramid management style is excellent if your goal is structure and order. It’s not so good at getting things done other than the conventional. Lately conventional does not work.

President Trump’s management style is a vortex. It appears to be chaotic to everyone but the president at the center. Everyone competes to get the attention of the vortex center and the old rules of hierarchy and order are caught in the whirlwind.

Big Media hates the vortex. Big Media has long believed they are the masters of information. Big Media has been usurped by the center of the wheel for information gathering and information dissemination. Consider the latest “analysis” by Vanity Fair in their much discussed (by Big Media and Trump haters) article on the Trump White House:

THE INSIDE STORY OF THE KUSHNER-BANNON CIVIL WAR

West Wing sources come clean about the backstabbing, the bullying, the distrust, and the buzzing flies. [snip]

Priebus’s role is, by Trump’s design, less powerful than that of a traditional chief of staff. Typically, the chief of staff is meant to serve as the main gatekeeper to the president—having one person atop the hierarchy with unquestioned authority is essential—but Trump’s management style has long been to pit top aides against one another, and almost any senior aide can just wander into the Oval Office.

Oh, the horror!!! Vanity Fair cannot comprehend a free flow of information to the president. Vanity Fair craves the pyramid structure which has so spectacularly failed American voters/citizens with such regularity.

As a public service we will digest and excrete the entire Vanity Fair article which has titillated Big Media narratives for our readers. Vanity Fair‘s entire article on the Trump White House is one cheap and easy conceit. Vanity Fair declares that the Trump White House is like a “reality show”. The entire article populates the imagined “reality show” with characters from the Trump orbit. Isn’t that a “wow” so very very original? Uninspired bitchiness from hacks is the fare of Vanity Fair these days.

As with everything from Big Media these days, insipid chit-chat is what passes for “analysis” from Vanity Fair. Big Media takes everything Trump and puts a negative spin on it. It’s easy to do. Anyone can do it. If you have a loving relationship with a person, just label it “co-dependent” or “exploitative”. If a wonderful new technology is developed, describe all the horrors that could potentially come from the technology. You fall in love, “oh girlfriend you’re gonna regret it”. Anything and everything is turned into negative energy chit chat. Whatever it is, it is not “analysis”.

Good analysis of the Trump White House should examine the benefits and drawbacks of the Trump management style. The big drawback of the Trumpcentric universe is that if anything happens to Trump there will be a black hole of gravity at the center which will threaten to consume everything. Also, for the not very astute outside the vortex, the vortex appears as chaos. But as has been demonstrated since June 15, 2015 the vortex wins in the end and creates its own order and results. As long as President Trump remains healthy and active, we believe the benefits of the Trump vortex are greater than its deficits.

Of course the Trump vortex is not very good for those who work for Trump. The voter and President Trump benefit from the vortex but not the aides.

Consider Jared Kushner, the son-in-law. Big Media has declared that Jared Kushner is now king of the hill. To the extent that Kushner is family he is well positioned. Kushner, to quote from the chit-chat Vanity Fair airhead gossips is ascendant:

Ivanka Trump, who could play the No-BS Heiress in our reality show, and her husband, Jared, the Crafty In-Law, are both children of privilege and are both extraordinarily loyal to their fathers. The senior administration official told me that, with this president, it is “family above all else. That’s how he has lived his life. Anybody thinking they are going to win a fight against the family is not very smart.” Kushner has reportedly described himself as a “first among equals” among White House staffers—not an endearing self-assessment, but probably an accurate one—and has been given an almost laughable assortment of responsibilities. He is tasked not only with bringing peace to the Middle East but also with re-inventing the way the entire government does business. He is heavily involved in policy regarding China. He recently made a surprise trip to Iraq. In addition, he is now the boss of his father’s former tormentor, Chris Christie, who heads a White House commission to tackle the opioid crisis. Christie was the prosecutor who helped put Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, in prison, and Jared has not forgotten.

If Vanity Air tried to do “analysis” not gossip the mag rag could have pondered the situation Jared Kushner finds himself in. From the world of real estate in New York/New Jersey Jared Kushner has a background not entirely dissimilar from President Trump. But where President Trump is the center of the vortex, consuming information, and due to his life in public and the tabloids, able to command from the executive suite – Jared Kushner has very specific assignments to carry out on behalf of President Trump.

President Trump can make general decisions and issue orders. But no one expects President Trump to be an operative who picks up the hammer and saw to get the job done. That is precisely the situation Jared Kushner is in right now.

Jared Kushner has some very specific assignments. Will he succeed or fail? Middle East peace, China, opiods? That’s a very diverse portfolio. If Jared Kushner succeeds in these tasks who would be so churlish as to be unhappy he has done his job well? If Jared Kushner fails, then he will be called Icarus.

In the world of politics, the wheel is always in spin. What goes up, comes down. Anyone remember Rick Perry, the guy who is now Secretary of Energy? We recall when Rick Perry called Donald Trump a “cancer”, a “small minded” “divisive” figure. Now Rick Perry helps the TrumpTrain wheels roll bigly.

Anyone recall candidate Ben Carson? To be discreet and our typical sweet selves we won’t quote what Candidate Trump said about Candidate Carson. But it had something to do with Carson trying to kill his mother. Candidate Lyin’ Ted? Again, discretion is the better part of our nature, and we don’t mention Candidate Trump saying something about the assassination of JFK and Heidi and Daddy Cruz. Now Cruz helps PDT. Remember the wack-a-doodle two headed dentist, Candidate Rand Paul and the mockery unleashed by Candidate Trump against the diminutive senator? Senator Rand Paul is now a big Trump fan. What happened? It was the Trump Doctrine at play:


The Trump Doctrine

Do what President Trump wants you to do, and he loves you. Stand in President Trump’s way and a MOAB lands on your head.

Remember when Candidate Trump denounced NATO as obsolete? Now NATO is dancing to President Trump’s tune – taking on once-upon-a-time friend Putin and paying up on their dues. Result? President Trump no longer slaps NATO as obsolete. Trump “Art of the Deal-ed” them. President Trump got what Americans wanted – so as long as they do what this American president wants, NATO’s wheel spoke is up.

Remember the Import-Export Bank that Candidate Trump denounced – promised he would destroy? NeverTrump hysterics flow from President Trump’s latest moves on the Import-Export Bank. What did President Trump do? President Trump violated his campaign pledge to eliminate the bank. Or did he? President Trump just appointed Scott Garrett to the Import-Export Bank Board. Who is Scott Garrett? He hates the Import-Export Bank and nothing can be done without his “yes” vote.

China’s spoke on the wheel is up right now because China is doing what President Trump wants for the American people. Remember what President Trump said about China on the campaign trail? For diplomacy’s sake we won’t quote Candidate Trump. As long as China does what President Trump wants, China will be wined, dined, and praised. Until the moment when the wheel turns China is on top. The wheel will turn when President Trump makes more “Art of the Deal-y” demands.

Speaking of China, Big Media at the time loved a certain Chinese leader:

Deng Xiaoping Theory (simplified Chinese: 邓小平理论; traditional Chinese: 鄧小平理論; pinyin: Dèng Xiǎopíng Lǐlùn), also known as Dengism, is the series of political and economic ideologies first developed by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. The theory does not claim to reject Marxism–Leninism or Mao Zedong Thought but instead seeks to adapt them to the existing socio-economic conditions of China.

Deng also stressed opening China to the outside world,[1] the implementation of one country, two systems, and through the phrase “seek truth from facts“, an advocation of political and economic pragmatism.[2] [snip]

One of the most famous maxims of Deng, dating back to the years before the Cultural Revolution, states that “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.” In other words, he did not worry too much about whether a person is a revolutionary or not, as long as he or she is efficient and capable to do the job under the socialist economy.[3] (This statement came to stand in opposition to the ideas of class struggle projected into economic relations, the latter being epitomized in a phrase “a socialist train coming with a delay is better than the capitalist one that comes on time“).

China largely owes its economic growth to the pragmatism of Deng Xiaoping’s theory.[citation needed] The task faced by Deng was twofold: to promote modernization while preserving the ideological unity of the CPC and its control of the difficult process of reforms.

If President Trump quoted commie Deng Xiaoping our Big Media would fawn all over sweetie pie commie Trump. President Trump is not commie Deng but there is no doubt that President Trump aides should remember “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice.”

During the presidential campaign Candidate Donald J. Trump stunned many when he either redefined “conservatism” to be what he thought. Remember “I am for free trade but I also want fair trade” that so shocked the conservative priesthood? Candidate Trump especially shocked, when denounced because he was not a “conservative, and responded with “who cares?”

That’s what so many who lament the rise of Kushner and the slump of Steve Bannon don’t get. After the failure of ObamaCare repeal because of the Freedom Caucus, President Trump did his usual “Art of the Deal-ing” moves. Trump immediately declared he was through with ObamaCare repeal, denounced the Freedom Caucus, and announced he would triangulate with Democrats to pass legislation. This shocked the pearl clutchers.

To slap awake the Freedom Caucus and wake them to the dangers of not passing ObamaCare repeal soon, President Trump played his trump card – Steve Bannon. If the Freedom Caucus did not cooperate even with a powerful Steve Bannon cajoling them, then either Steve Bannon is useless in dealings with the Freedom Caucus, or the Freedom Caucus is too contrarian to ever get anything done.

President Trump’s argument is “if this cat can’t catch mice, get rid of him. I’ll get rid of the rats another way.” The threat from President Trump is credible, not because of how he MOABed ISIS or Tomahawked Syria (although that does demonstrate the “#DFWM” doctrine) but because of campaign history. Corey Lewandowski was viewed as indispensable, until Paul Manafort became indispensable, until Steve Bannon/KellyAnne Conway became indispensable. Now Jared Kushner is indispensable.

All President Trump was doing was “Art of the Deal-ing”. President Trump knows Obama Dimocrats won’t help him or the American people to see Candidate Trump’s promises fulfilled. But the threat did some awfully good artful dealing. For all the complaints, the fact is that the Freedom Caucus came forth with a bit more pragmatism and now ObamaCare repeal is once again on the table and soon to be voted on.

Which brings us to Deng Xiaoping again. Something conservative NeverTrumpers should keep in mind. Let’s invert a Dengism to see what President Trump would like to do: “a capitalist train coming with a delay is better than the socialist one that comes on time“. That’s contrary to the postulate of the efficient cat. But it is a warning that the TrumpTrain will roll in the direction of Candidate Trump’s campaign as long as it rolls but if you try to stop it for reasons of ideological purity, then watch out, because the cat in the dark will come back. In other words what matters to President Trump is to get the job done, hopefully in the right way, but whichever way, the job will get done. The job, is Make America Great Again.

Some don’t understand that for President Trump the job is to Make America Great Again, not make ideology or particular leaders, or something or other great again. The threats of scandal thuggery coming from people like Mike Cernovich who are infatuated with themselves, are going nowhere. President Trump does not faint. The well intended warnings about false friends from Kurt Schlichter are best directed at those that think they can use President Trump as their toy.

Schlichter makes some good points about how close President Trump is to total victory and winning, winning, winning. But President Trump is the one who performed the miracle of election and he deserves better than faint praise.

President Trump knows what he is doing. He is at the center of the vortex. We recall when Vladimir Putin was going to be his best friend. Then Putin thought he was king of the hill. So Trump had to MOAB drop the Trump doctrine on Putin’s head.


The Trump Doctrine

President Trump is not going to get America into another neo-con war in Syria as some hyperventilate about. But President Trump needed to schlong Syria on its Assad. President Trump is at the same time not going to allow North Korea to threaten Hawaii nor California and the West Coast by continuing to finesse the Phat Un’s nuclear and chemical warfare weapons onto missiles.

The same forces aligned against Candidate Trump are still spreading the “chaos” “sell-out” “not a real conservative” narratives to undermine President Trump. But President Trump continues to strike like a TrumpNado for his goal of Make America Great Again.

President Trump is at the center of the vortex and in calm control. Where Big Media and NeverTrumpers see “chaos” President Trump sees the vortex of information flows. President Trump understands the vortex he is in. President Trump at the center of the vortex knows how to use what orbits around him to move in the direction he selects.

America’s enemies, foreign and domestic still don’t see the vortex, the TrumpNado as an intelligent force, moving deliberately to strike.

#MOAB “The Mother Of All Bombs”: The #TrumpTrain Big Wheels Roll Bigly

President Trump is not alone.

President Trump is not without resources.

On Thursday President Trump dropped a MOAB bomb, the biggest bomb that is not nuclear, on tunnel systems in Afghanistan. The #MOAB message hit hardest in Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Wanna play in tunnels boys? You are digging your own grave.



The old scripture Moab was the son of Lot, after the Almighty destroyed the cities of the plain, Sodom and Gomorrah. Hint, hint, ladies and gents.

As discussed in our comments section, North Korea will probably blow up on Saturday, April 15. The glorious “Day of the Sun” will likely be the glorious “Day of the Death of the Son“.

The Trump Doctrine is in full force and effect.


The Trump Doctrine

President Trump is not Barack Hussein Obama. Obama was a lead-from-my-behind asshole. Obama let the problems fester, profit, and proliferate. For eight years the cancers grew. Surgeon Trump will remove the problems.

It is a lot of problems President Trump inherited. Fortunately President Trump is not alone.

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Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was an odd anti-Trump choice for many when she was chosen by President Trump. But damn, girlfriend has been kicking ass at the U.N.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a bit of an imp, we think Irish Leprechaun every time he smiles. Damn, that good ol’ boy recused himself from the Russia distraction nonsense and is now full tilt boogie on immigration and all else under his jurisdiction that matters.

Office of Management and the Budget’s Mike Mulvaney is adding it all up. He’s taking the numbers, dividing them, and most of all doing lots of subtraction. Mike less-is-more-vaney.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, wow, well he… um… and uh, yeah, and well he’s… um… done… um… well he truly has… um… Well, something is just not right with that boy.

Secretary of Urban Development and Housing Ben Carson! The once “Gentle Ben” has grown claws and is threatening some massive growling, if only those damn elevators would work.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry? That Texan is writing letters. They’re “Dear John” letters. Letters that break little hearts. Secretary Perry is breaking little hearts, bless his heart.

Secretary of State Tillerson? Damn that T-Rex is Jurassic Park come alive chowing down on Big Media, Russians, Syria, North Korea. T-Rex can be accused of theft. He stole President Trump’s flag!

Or maybe just borrowed it.

Or maybe President Trump gave everyone who works for Trump and us a replica of his flag.

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What are President Trump’s appointments doing? Take a squint.

Mike Mulvaney is busy:

Agency heads will receive a 14-page memorandum outlining changes. The memo, which replaces the federal hiring ban Trump enacted in January, outlines cuts based on Trump’s “skinny” budget, released last month. The budget proposal called for deep cuts to domestic programs and an increase in military spending.

The memo tells agencies to “begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.” It also instructs agencies to develop by June 30 a plan to “maximize employee performance” — i.e., take steps to reward employees deemed effective while working to improve or dismiss weak performers. The memo also calls for delivery by September of an agency reform plan to shrink personnel to accommodate long term budget reductions outlined in the skinny budget.

Speaking to reporters, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the end result will likely take effect in about 11 months. The executive branch will be dramatically different, Mulvaney said, with agencies operating more like private businesses. Mulvaney downplayed the cuts, saying the focus was on making agencies more efficient, not just smaller.

Really what you’re talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C.,” Mulvaney said. “That is how you drain the swamp.”

“At the end of the day,” Mulvaney added, “this leads to a government that is dramatically more accountable, dramatically more efficient, and dramatically more effective at following through on the promises that the president made during the campaign.”

The White House’s latest instructions to the agencies would appear to bear the fingerprints of chief strategist Steve Bannon, who pledged himself publicly to “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Less is more. Mulvaney will remove “programs that are duplicative, non-essential to the agency’s mission, or are already carried out in some form by state and local government.” That’s “Don’t F with Me” in math. “He pointed out that there are 43 different workforce training programs across 13 different agencies, and that was a case of “if everybody is responsible, nobody is responsible” and of hereditary structure that needs to change.” Numbers matter, budgets matter.

Jeff Sessions gave a speech at the southern border this week.



It’s Trump time, not weak Obama sleepy-time.

Why does Attorney General Jeff Sessions give such a tough Trumpy speech? Pew Research provides a hint:

Half (50%) of the 165,265 total arrests made by the federal government in fiscal 2014 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – were for immigration-related offenses, such as crossing the border illegally or smuggling others into the United States. A decade earlier, immigration-related offenses accounted for 28% of all federal arrests.

At the same time, arrests for drug crimes fell from 23% of the total in 2004 to 14% in 2014. Those for supervision violations, such as probation or parole infractions, fell from 17% to 14%. Arrests for property crimes, including fraud and embezzlement, declined from 11% to 8%. And arrests for weapon offenses, such as possession of an unregistered firearm, fell from 7% to 4%.

Illegal immigration and associated crimes committed by that population are a cancer on the country. Arrests of illegals cut down the resources that can be deployed to stop other crimes. The answer is not to stop arresting illegals and devote resources elsewhere. The answer is to stop the massive influx of illegal immigration then tackle other crimes once you have established the principle of “rule of law”.

Notice those numbers come from the Obama weakness era. “In 2014, 61% of all federal arrests involved non-U.S. citizens”. Back then no matter how many arrests of illegal immigrants took place, millions more illegals came in to replace those removed. Stopping illegal immigration is the nexus of all President Trump policies. These numbers don’t include state and local government arrests of illegal aliens committing more crimes in this country. You have to stop the bleeding before healing can begin. Doctor Jeff Sessions is on the job.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s “Dear John” letters:

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the U.S. “is in the process of reviewing many of its policies and reserves its position on this issue, which will be communicated at a future date,” Italy’s industry and energy minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement.

Calenda said other G7 members “reaffirmed their commitment towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement to effectively limit the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial level.”

The Trump administration would not sign onto a statement mentioning Paris, since the president is still deciding whether or not to keep his campaign pledge. Perry also wanted the G7 to include support for coal and natural gas in its statement.

“Therefore, we believe it is wise for countries to use and pursue highly efficient energy resources,” Perry said in a statement after his meeting in Rome with energy ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the European Union.

Perry specifically pushed for a commitment to “[h]igh efficiency, low-emission coal and natural gas with adequate financing from multi-lateral development banks and private sector investment.”

Perry also advocated for “[a]dvanced civil-nuclear technologies that are proliferation resistant, produce little to no waste and ensure safety.”

“Innovation is also a top priority for the Trump Administration,” Perry said. “We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy.”

Italy, which hosted this year’s G7 meeting, pushed to include the Paris agreement in a policy statement member countries typically sign after these meetings end. No statement was signed since Perry couldn’t commit to backing Paris.

The Paris agreement went into effect in 2016, committing United Nations members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. President Barack Obama committed the U.S. to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025.

Trump promised to withdraw from the Paris agreement on the campaign trail, and the president has already issued executive orders to dismantle the regulatory regime Obama relied on to meet his Paris pledge.

The White house is split on whether or not to keep Trump’s campaign pledge. On one side, Ivanka Trump, White House aide Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson support remaining in Paris.
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt oppose the Paris agreement.

Secretary “first neurosurgeon” Ben Carson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development? He might get stuck in elevators, but he knows where he is going:

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD

Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he’s kind of a super hero.

But apparently, he’s also not a bad accountant.

President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama.

In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively,” the auditors wrote.

But there were plenty of other problems, too.

There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion. These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations. [snip]

So, look for Carson to get out his scalpel and start operating. Or perhaps he’ll use a machete.

Turns out “Gentle Ben” is a Grizzly.

Speaking of Grizzly, as is Mama Grizzly, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley:



On Syria, Israel, Russia, and every other issue, Nikki Haley is “taking names”. She is schlonging the bad boys. Big Media doesn’t like it. Screw Big Media.

Screwing Big Media appears to be the joy of Secretary of State T-Rex Tillerson. T-Rex refuses to take Big Media along with him on his world-wide T-Rexing. Big Media can get their own travel arrangements made is the message from T-Rex. T-Rex has work to do and babysitting the travel of Big Media blowhards is not a job for a mighty T-Rex.

Big Media is a mosquito to T-Rex. A bigger gnat is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Anyone here remember when we declared Vladimir Putin to be a strong and powerful leader? We saw what Putin was up to in Syria and we saw the threat he posed to the world because it is in Russia’s interest to drive up the cost of oil. As we wrote, Putin has his own “operation Grand Slam” just like Goldfinger. That is Russia’s ultimate aim. Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a smart powerful guy who knows that because of instability in the middle east (hey, something could happen to those oil fields in Saudi Arabia if some country lobbed a bunch of missiles to set the whole place on fire) Russia is in position to profit handsomely.

Vladimir Putin indeed was, as we declared, a strong powerful leader. But that is like saying Woody Allen is a strong powerful man – in a roomful of pre-schoolers. Vladimir Putin was a strong powerful leader when the opposition was weak fey simpering apologist America-hating “managed decline” Barack Obama. Now Vladimir Putin is in opposition to President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Defense General “Mad-dog” Mattis, and Secretary of State T-Rex Tillerson. Up against these is like Woody Allen up against Seal Team Six. All of a sudden you’re not so strong and powerful anymore.

In Moscow a few days ago, President Putin pretended his was not going to meet with his once friend T-Rex Tillerson. Obama Dimocrats opposed the confirmation of T-Rex because they said he was too close to Russian President Putin. But in Moscow, President Putin played games that he would not meet with President Trump’s emissary. In the end President Putin met with T-Rex for hours.



The Putin gamesmanship would have worked if he was up against weak, fey, simpering, lead-from-presenting-his-behind Barack Obama. But against T-Rex Trump, President Putin appeared to be old and weak, playing games long retired. The result of all the games is that T-Rex Trump took all the winnings.

Vladimir Putin is isolated because of his not credible position on the Syria issue. Putin looks either a liar or a fool. He knows it now. China abstained on the U.N. vote and did not veto as would usually be expected. China is also making some very powerful threats against North Korea, as our comments section has noted. Putin against Obama was a towering figure. Putin against T-Rex is a gnat. Putin against Trump is a mosquito.

To all that display of military and diplomatic might, President Trump adds his most powerful display of force. President Trump understands that the most important component of Make America Great Again is economic. To that end President Trump commands Mulvaney, Perry, Sessions, Carson, and even Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy) to make America an economic powerhouse.

On Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy), President Trump and his allies might have to drop a MOAB bomb on his head to get some work done from Paul Ryan (something is just not right with that boy). Obama Dimocrats too need a MOAB to drop on their heads and President Trump just might do that:

Nearly three weeks after Republican infighting sank an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump dug back into the battle on Wednesday, threatening to withhold payments to insurers to force Democrats to the negotiating table.

In an interview in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump said the White House may lack authority to make the payments established under his predecessor to reduce copayments and deductibles for some of the poorest customers who buy insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Cutting off the payments could trigger turmoil in insurance markets.

“I don’t want people to get hurt,” Mr. Trump said. “What I think should happen—and will happen—is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating.”…

We’ve written about that before so we won’t beat a dead horse today. But something is not right with that Paul Ryan boy and the Obama Dimocrats need a house to fall on their heads. It might not be a house that falls on their heads. It might be a political MOAB.

As President Trump exercises his muscles across the sea, his domestic muscles grow that much stronger. MOAB is coming.

Bombs away!

News From The Rialto: #POTUS @RealDonaldTrump’s Nexus Issue

One issue is THE issue for President Donald J. Trump. All roads lead to and from this one issue. Drain the Swamp? This issue. Women’s rights? This issue. The economy? This issue. Crime? This issue. Terrorism? This issue. Obama Dimocrats? This issue. White working class? This issue. Minority voters? This issue. GOP establishment? This issue. Congressional redistricting? This issue. The 2020 Census? This issue. Judicial overreach? This issue. Foreign policy? This issue. Domestic policy? This issue. Big Media? This issue. Rule of law? This issue. Gun control? This issue. Healthcare? This issue. Education? This issue. Federalism? This issue. Supreme Court? This issue. The Wall? This issue. Barack Obama? This issue. Hillary Clinton? This issue. The DNC? This issue. California DailyKooks? This issue. Opioid crisis? This issue. Russia distractions? This issue. 2018 elections? This issue. 2020 presidential election? This issue. And so on and so forth.

Can you deduce what this nexus issue is? We’ll give you a few moments to consider the question as we take a stroll down memory lane. After memory lane, we’ll return with the answer.



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Years ago we were in Venice, Italy. We were invited to a cocktail party. We dressed to the nines to match the swells attending this very exclusive, small, cocktail party. The faboo party was in a massive palazzo. In the lobby of the palazzo there was a gondola for decoration. It was a truly fabulous party.

At the party in the palazzo we all sipped fine wines and giggled as the very tall and big Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy sat down in a chair which was hundreds of years old – and broke it. Hubert was not only a big fashion designer, he was a very big man. After his destruction of the antique chair we spoke with Givenchy about Audrey Hepburn, the clothes he designed for her, and the making of the movie Funny Face which he designed clothes for. We told him an amusing anecdote about Audrey and himself.



Givenchy regaled us with tales of rich people he knew (the Mellons) and described unbelievable wealth. Those are stories best left for another day. The host of the party, to amplify on what massive wealth is as compared to mere wealth, guided us up the stairs to the gargantuan full floor apartment above and there we saw, through a thirty foot brass grill on glass doors, into the apartment of a family that resided there for hundreds of years. The chandeliers in that apartment were town car sized. Gorgeous.

As we returned to the cocktail party we looked out through the windows and there saw the first or second most famous bridge in Venice, which was directly adjacent to the cocktail party.



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So what is that nexus issue for President Trump?

It’s immigration. Immigration – legal, illegal, it’s the nexus issue. It’s also the issue candidate Donald J. Trump highlighted during the primary elections and the general election. Immigration is the nexus issue!

That party in Venice we attended with Givenchy? First, Funny Face, the movie he designed for, takes place in Paris and of course the House of Givenchy is based in Paris. We wonder these days what Givenchy would say to the news that a wall will be built around the Eiffel Tower to protect it from terrorists? The bridge we crossed to get to our cocktail party? The Rialto Bridge.

William Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice highlighted the Rialto’s central role for news distribution in old Venice and wrote for his character Solanio the lines, Now, what news on the Rialto?

Pam Geller answers that question several hundred years later – VENICE TERROR: Trio of Muslims from KOSOVO arrested over jihad plot to bomb famous Rialto Bridge.


We take this particular terrorist news as almost a personal affront especially as we view the palazzo we once partied in on tourist videos. The Express has the details:

Three people from Kosovo, who are said to be Islamic State (ISIS) sympathisers, were arrested on suspicion of operating a jihadist cell that had discussed the Rialto Bridge attack.

Venice’s chief prosecutor Adelchi D’Ippolito said the suspects had celebrated the Westminster attack in London which saw Khalid Masood kill four people and injure up to 50 others on March 22. [snip]

All suspects lived in the historic centre of Venice and had papers allowing them to live legally in Italy. [snip]

Police also carried out 10 raids overnight in Venice, one in the neighbouring town of Mestre and one in nearby Treviso.

That’s the news for the entire world, from the Rialto.

Immigration is the nexus issue! That’s the news from the Rialto.

California and the Trumpian battle over sanctuary cities? Immigration is the nexus issue.

Brexit? Immigration is the nexus issue.

Immigration is the nexus issue in our latest Civil War too.

The fight on the filibuster and Justice Gorsuch confirmation also revolves around immigration.

ObamaCare repeal and replace? Illegal immigration is a big component of that fight.

Goofball Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment against President Trump? They don’t like President Trump’s position on immigration. They will try to fight President Trump funding for the Wall and on immigration issues.

A large chunk of Big Media hatred of President Trump is due to his immigration policies on legal and illegal immigration.

Women’s rights versus the clit cutters? Immigration, obviously.

You can’t fix the American economy without addressing illegal immigration and the effect on wages which harm the white working class and minorities legally here. Can President Trump will minority voters? Yeah, because of the illegal immigration issue, and that does have Big Media worried.

Want to Drain the Swamp? The Swamp wants illegal immigration and higher rates of legal immigration and the swamp will fight back. The economy? You can’t run the economy and Make America Great Again without addressing H1B1 visas, illegal immigration, legal immigration and its effects on wages.

Obama Dimocrats, Hillary, Barack? They will use immigration and illegal immigration to attack President Trump. Crime? How many crimes are committed by illegal immigrants which pour through our still insecure southern border? Terrorism? Go to the Rialto and understand that legal immigration too is a problem on this issue as Muslim terrorists come in foreign and domestic varieties.

After the 2020 elections there will be a census. That census will lead to congressional redistricting. Obama Dimocrats and Barack Obama himself want to defeat Donald Trump so that Obama Dimocrats can import an electorate that will elect them. Defeat President Trump in 2018 or 2020 and the Obama Dimocrats will win on their nexus issue – immigration.

The foreign policy challenges which drive much of the populism sweeping through Europe? Immigration is a lead cause for resistance against President Trump in much of the establishment in Europe and the EU.

The opioid crisis? It often starts with legally prescribed drugs then degenerates into heroin brought in through the southern border from China and domestically grown in the southern hemisphere.

Gun control? The left is against gun ownership except if an illegal immigrant kills someone in a sanctuary city.

Budgets for education? Massive legal and mostly illegal immigration are wreaking school budgets and warping pedagogic philosophy. No longer do American schools celebrate English and teach it. Now the “cultural diversity” arguments have twisted the educational establishment into near anti-English schemes. Want to wear a flag or celebrate American history and culture? The left propagandizes that is xenophobia and race hatred. President Trump stands athwart the educational establishment here too.

All that Russia nonsense? It is a distraction. Don’t be distracted. The Russia nonsense is an attempt to prevent President Trump progress on immigration policies he favors.

The Wall proposed by President Trump? Obviously, illegal immigration. Drugs. Crime. Nexus issue is immigration.

The pure distillation of the immigration battle? The news from the Rialto:

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday extended his previous ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban” that would have restricted entry to the United States by refugees and people from some predominantly Muslim countries.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson granted a motion by the state to turn his temporary restraining order blocking Trump’s revised executive order into a preliminary injunction. The move extends the ban on enforcement while the case moves forward.

The government also sought to have the judge limit the injunction to just the issue of visas from six predominantly Muslim nations, and not on a 120-day hold on refugees, but the judge declined to do so and that part of Trump’s order remains blocked.

The case will move forward.

The nexus of issues on immigration can best be seen from examination of this news.

This judge from Hawaii is clearly engaged in judicial overreach. This fool and the 9th Circuit seek to overthrow constitutional order.

With this judicial overreach we see the questions of the rule of law come to the fore. We see federalism and the supremacy of the federal government on immigration matters come into question. We see some very interesting possibilities We see the… well, the Supreme Court.

At some point this bit of judicial overreach will reach the Supreme Court. As we predicted, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the Gorsuch nomination on Monday, April 3, and on Friday there will be a full U.S. Senate vote which will create Justice Gorsuch.

With Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court the rule of law will be restored. The issue of immigration, legal and illegal, will be settled one way or the other. We believe President Trump and his executive orders will prevail.

But just the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch will be a devastating defeat for Obama Dimocrats and a great triumph for President Trump. Could the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch be defeated? Glory, Glory, Hallelujah – NO, that train has left the station:

Unlike past institutional crises, there’s no bipartisan “gang” stepping up to force a truce between the warring armies led by Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Acrimony between the two parties has become so routine that invoking the so-called nuclear option to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court is almost a ho-hum affair, assumed to be a done deal.

“The Senate has changed,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who’s fought rules changes in the past. “You can’t do what we used to do, what I did in the past. There’s too much ill will.”

Senator McCain was the last hope for Minority leader Schmuck Schemer and his band of clowns. Schemer thought he could sway the NeverTrump McCain to block an end to the filibuster. But as we wrote, glory, glory, Hallelujah the Obama Dimocrats have fallen into a brilliant trap of their own making. Even the dumbass McCaskill sees the trap we’ve described:

McCaskill warns Democratic donors of pitfalls of blocking Trump nominee for high court

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri warned Democratic donors that blocking President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could have dire consequences, according to audio obtained by The Star. [snip]

McCaskill told the fundraiser’s attendees that blocking Gorsuch could result in someone worse being appointed to the court in the future, according to the audio. [snip]

So they move it to 51 votes and they confirm either Gorsuch or they confirm the one after Gorsuch,” she continued. “They go on the Supreme Court and then, God forbid, Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, or (Anthony) Kennedy retires or (Stephen) Breyer has a stroke or is no longer able to serve. Then we’re not talking about Scalia for Scalia, which is what Gorsuch is, we’re talking about Scalia for somebody on the court who shares our values. And then all of a sudden the things I fought for with scars on my back to show for it in this state are in jeopardy.”

McCaskill might be waking up to reality. The Obama Dimocrat left has not fully processed the immeasurable vastness of the Trump triumph. They will have to deal with that immeasurable vastness soon.

With Gorsuch on the court Alito and Thomas might have a new ally on apportionment issues for state legislatures. Voter ID laws? Um, Gorsuch might be the final victory in that battle.

The Obama Dimocrat left spent half of 2015 laughing at Donald J. Trump. The Obama Dimocrat left and Big Media laughed throughout most of 2016 at the thought Donald J. Trump thought he could win the election.

The Obama Dimocrat left, weeks before the election in November 2016, laughed at the notion that Donald J. Trump could ever be president. The Obama Dimocrat left on election day and up to 9:00 p.m. of election night, as the votes came in, laughed at the notion that Donald J. Trump could ever be President. Then, President Elect TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Same now. The Obama Dimocrat left #ResistReality clowns believe they will beat President Trump. They #ResistReality as Salena Zito has explained.

Immigration is a big reason for President Donald J. Trump. Immigration is the nexus issue. That’s the news on the Rialto.

Glory, Glory Hallelujah!!!

Everyday is Trump Christmas. The gifts just keep on coming.

Today we get a train transfer on ObamaCare, the question of “what is more important – an illegal immigrant or women” answered, and potentially even more information to prove President Trump correct in his battle with the “deep state”.

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Let’s start with women. In 2008 we saw the left favors black men over women during the presidential election. Fat ol’ Oprah the crackhead in 2007/2008 went with skin color over the audience that made her. The left in unison went with the black guy too over the woman candidate. In 2017, we can see that illegal immigrants too are more important than women to the left.

Remember that Rockville rape we wrote about? A 14 year old girl was raped anally, orally and vaginally. Last night on Tucker Carlson the experienced lawyer for the men who raped her claimed she wanted it. You can’t rape the willing said the leftist lawyer:



Bitch wanted to get fu*ked says the lawyer and we will smear her as much as we can. So much for the “To every survivor of sexual assault … You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed. We’re with you” mantra Hillary Clinton used to declare. We have not heard from Hillary Clinton on this issue. The womens’ rights activist remains silent. Why? Well, illegal immigrant male rapists are more important to the left than women. Go to hell bitches!

14 year old bitch ain’t alone. A two year old toddler was also assaulted by a man in New York. You won’t know it from the Newsday report because it’s buried, but yeah, illegal alien. Big Media won’t report he’s illegal. You have to search to find that he was deported four times already. He’s also a gang member. The two year old? She’s the daughter of his “girlfriend”. Illegal alien also stabbed his “girlfriend” and another woman. One in the face. He was sleeping peacefully when gently arrested. Illegal woman stabber and toddler rapist will soon have a great lawyer from the left. Yeah, we’re waiting for Hillary Clinton to comment on this too.

Guess Donald J. Trump was right on the illegal immigration issue. And, on this issue President Trump is on the job and soon these problems will be a thing of the past. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

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Today is also the day when President Trump will have additional ammunition via Representative Nunes for his astonishing claims of Obama skullduggery and snooping. President Trump, as we wrote previously, has already been vindicated. We also wrote that “the scandal is the ‘unmasking’“. Vindication! – On all fronts in this story, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

Lots more at the link. Lots more today from Nunes. The F.B.I. is not cooperating with the investigation. F.B.I. Director Comey has been summoned for more testimony before the Intelligence Committee. Nunes is on the job. Glory, Glory, Hallelujah.

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Then there is ObamaCare. Less glory, less glory, but a hearty Hallelujah! This was our analysis about the fight to repeal ObamaCare:

It’s two trains running. Two trains running along two separate tracks and President Trump ready, willing, and able, to jump from Von Ryan’s Express to the TrumpTrain. President Trump is on Von Ryan’s Express on the healthcare debate for now, but it is very easy to see that President Trump has a very good grasp on the truth in this healthcare debate and might soon jump to the TrumpTrain.

Well, President Trump is about to jump from Paul von Ryan Express to nowhere and onto the fast moving Trump train to victory.

Yesterday, President Trump realized games were being played and he decided to play “schlong the swamp”. President Trump declared he wanted a vote TODAY and if it is no, then he will move on. What we suggested should happen, will happen if the Phase I vote fumbles today:

If we are wrong and Phase I does fail or looks like it is about to fail, President Trump can implement Phase II and thereby force a revisit of Phase I by one and all – Democrats responsible for ObamaCare and the current mess as well as Republicans. President Trump can basically gut ObamaCare like a fish via Secretary Price.

President Trump can basically agree to the federal court ruling and stop immediately the cost sharing program and thereby destroy ObamaCare with the excuse that he is obeying a federal court order. End of the world ensues for Obama Dimocrats.

To quote from the band that wrote/sang “You can’t always get what you want” this is an instance of “Let It Bleed”. In “Enders Game” we quoted from a CNN article about the next “let it bleed” step:

In an Oval Office meeting featuring leaders of conservative groups that already lining up against House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump revealed his plan in the event the GOP effort doesn’t succeed: Allow Obamacare to fail and let Democrats take the blame, sources at the gathering told CNN.

If by some miracle the Phase I bill passes today, well, it will be a miracle entirely due to President Trump’s efforts and nobody else.

In Enders Game we pinpointed one of the big problems of the current ObamaCare repeal and replace bill: Paul Ryan. As we wrote, Something is just not right with that boy.

President Trump apparently knows (according to the New York Times, so grain of salt warning) “something is just not right with that boy“:

Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.

He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.

Two of his most influential advisers — Stephen K. Bannon, his chief strategist, and Gary D. Cohn, the National Economic Council director, who had a major role in pushing the bill — came to agree, and did not like the compromise that was emerging. So on Thursday night, Mr. Trump delivered an ultimatum.

He dispatched his budget adviser, Mick Mulvaney, to a conference of House Republicans and told them they had to vote on Friday. And if the bill fails, he said, Mr. Trump will move on.

Bryon York had warned earlier on about Paul Ryan:

Now, however, in the middle of his first 100 days in office, Trump has gotten bogged down in a complex, time-consuming, and unpopular fight over another issue — repealing and replacing Obamacare — that, while a key Republican priority and a Trump campaign promise, is not at the very top of the public’s concerns.

New to Washington and with no experience in public office, Trump has become a prisoner to the House Republican leadership — or more precisely, to the complicated procedural requirements of the House and Senate, and the judgment of the GOP leadership that must operate within those boundaries.

All across the capital, politicos are arguing about what House Republicans should do next in the Obamacare fight. Can they prevail in the Budget Committee? How much damage has the CBO report done? Can the Freedom Caucus be brought aboard? What about the moderates? And reconciliation? The three-step process?

It has become mind-numbingly complicated. And perhaps the answer to all those questions is one simple sentence: Republicans are working on the wrong thing. And the Republican president is allowing himself to be distracted from delivering early and often on his core campaign promise of improving the economy and bringing jobs to millions of Americans.

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Now President Trump understands the above and has unshackled himself. President Trump has jumped from the Paul Von Ryan Express and onto the Trump train!

It’s over for Ryan, really:

In public, President Donald Trump is standing by House Speaker Paul Ryan over the Obamacare replacement bill.

Behind the scenes, the president’s aides are planning to blame Ryan if there is an embarrassing defeat on a bill that has been a Republican goal for more than seven years, a senior administration official said. [snip]

Ryan is coming to the White House to brief Trump on the bill’s status, three Republican officials said. Several House Republicans including the chairman of the Appropriations Committee announced in the morning that they would vote against the measure, making its prospects grim. [snip]

I think Paul Ryan did a major disservice to President Trump, I think the president was extremely courageous in taking on health care and trusted others to come through with a program he could sign off on,” Chris Ruddy, chief executive officer of Newsmax and a long-time friend of Trump’s, said in an interview last week. “The President had confidence Paul Ryan would come up with a good plan and to me, it is disappointing.”

A Trump associate who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s views on the matter said that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus may also be imperiled.

Trump’s core supporters regarded Ryan as at best unimportant during the presidential campaign and at worst a poster child for the sort of establishment, scripted politician they loathed.


As we’ve written previously, anything is better than ObamaCare. ObamaCare must be repealed. Replaced? Eh.

Today’s real failure or potential failure (we’ll know soon) will not be good news on the face of it. It will be a GOP failure and all President Trump will be able to claim is that, as we discussed, “he is making a good faith effort to pass the current bill“. Done, done, and done.

But, as we discussed, ObamaCare will be repealed one way or the other. As of today, it will be the “let it bleed” way.

So why are we “happy”? Because we like clarity. We like it that everyone sees which Republicans really meant their earlier votes to repeal ObamaCare. We like it that everyone saw how hard President Trump worked to get the ObamaCare repeal passed.

We also want the swamp drained. We want Paul Ryan gone. We want as Mike Mulvaney said, health care, not costly useless health insurance.

After today, one way or the other ObamaCare will be repealed – along with Paul Ryan – and President Trump can govern as the outsider he is.

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

#POTUS @RealDonaldTrump Vindicated: London Terror Attack, #RockvilleRape, Nunes Intel Bombshell

President Trump bugged:



“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes told reporters.

Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.

He said that “additional names” of Trump transition officials had been unmasked in the intelligence reports and indicated that Trump’s communications may have been swept up as well. [snip]

“I want to be clear — none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team,” Nunes said. [snip]

The information was “legally brought to him by sources who thought we should know it,” Nunes said, though he declined to provide further detail. [snip]

Nunes later told reporters at the White House that he believes the details should “bother” the president and his team because some of the collection seemed “inappropriate.” [snip]

Trump said later Wednesday that he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’s revelation.

As we previously wrote, the scandal is the “unmasking”. Next Tuesday former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (the one who shirked her duty to defend President Trump’s travel ban in court therefore fired by PDT) will appear at an Intelligence Committee hearing. At some point Comey the Clown will have to return to ‘splain all of this after his assurances that nobody did what was done. So will Barack Obama:

The FBI is not cooperating with the House of Representatives’ investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said today. [snip]

“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how communications from Gen. Flynn’s calls were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”

“And I’ll tell you, NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes continued, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter, which is now a couple of weeks old.”

Nunes also reported that as of now, he “cannot rule out” President Obama ordering the surveillance.

And contrary to earlier media reports, Nunes clarified that the surveillance was not related to the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia. This surveillance, he emphasized to reporters, does not “have anything to do with Russia.”

Trump Vindicated!

In France a few days ago, the police declared themselves perplexed as to the motives of a killer who shouted something about Allah as he went on with his attempted killings. French police cannot unravel the mystery as to why the Allah shouting killer killed.

Today London police will soon be perplexed:




FOUR people are dead – including police officer and terrorist – and 20 more injured – after killer mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before killer is shot attacking police in Parliament grounds

The police reports from London describe the wonton, er, wanton killer as “middle-aged and Asian”. While we merely studied anthropology and are not “experts” at determination of racial or ethnic origin we suspect this killer is not “Asian” as we understand the term.

Skin complexion? Not “black” but most assuredly “dark” of skin. Not the usual complexion most people associate as “Asian” in the sense of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian or Chinese. In fact, what can be seen in photos released thus far by the DailyMail, the killer in question had a beard which began at his sideburns and followed a path to the chin and back up to the other sideburn. It’s not a “Fu Manchu” beard we associate with “Asian”. No, this beard is very similar to the one worn by El Sayyid Nosair.

Take a look for yourself: the Mirror too has a photo of the dead killer. We would say more “middle eastern” than “Asian”. Although the killer was driving a Hyundai 4x4n which is an “Asian” car.

Good thing Britain went Brexit as President Trump suggested. Maybe once they regain control of their borders Britain will be Great again. Trump Vindicated.

Then there is the Rockville rape. Trump Vindicated again:

Two illegal-alien teenagers who were placed in ninth-grade classes at Montgomery County Schools, Maryland, have been arrested and charged with the brutal rape of a 14-year-old girl, and at least one of the boys had a pending deportation order from ICE.

The boys, identified as Henry Sanchez, 18, of Guatemala and Jose Montano, 17, of El Salvador, approached the young girl in the hallway near the gymnasium inside Rockville High School during school hours about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Montano asked her for sex.

The girl refused — twice.

So the two boys forced her into the boys bathroom and then into a stall.

Montano pushed her into the corner of the stall and began kissing her neck, despite her repeatedly telling him to stop. He unzipped her top, forcibly removed her clothes and the two proceeded to rape her at the same time, then traded positions and raped her again.

She cried out in pain, the report says, but the assault continued. By the time it was over, they had raped her anally, orally and vaginally, according to the police report. [snip]

“18-year-old criminals set to be deported should not be a freshman in our public schools,” stated a post on the website of Help Save Maryland, an organization that opposes illegal immigration.

Maryland is perhaps the most welcoming state for illegal aliens and refugees in the Eastern United States, with Montgomery County the most welcoming county in the state. Maryland gives in-state tuition rates to illegal-alien college students, and its legislature is considering a bill that would declare Maryland the country’s first sanctuary state. Montgomery County is already a sanctuary county, denying 63 ICE requests to turn over illegal-alien criminals last year, Fox News reported.

These policies helped create a culture that allows a young girl to be raped and sodomized in a bathroom stall by two illegal-alien boys, at least one of whom was ordered to be deported, border hawks told WND.

Thus far we have not heard Hillary Clinton denounce this rapists. Thus far we have not seen hordes of women in pussy hats march on Montgomery County demanding justice for this girl. Thus far we have not heard Chelsea Clinton, about to be awarded a “lifetime achievement” prize from Variety, say anything about the Rockville rape.

Some other bleeding heart liberals however, have been “woke”:


Some Obama Dimocrats however will continue to lie and protect the rapists:


Trump vindicated again. How many times has Trump been vindicated even as Big Media declared such vindications impossible before they emerged as fact?

Tomorrow President Donald J. Trump will face a tough challenge. The House of Representatives votes on an “ObamaCare repeal/replace”.

On April 3 the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the Gorsuch nomination. On or before April 8 the U.S. Senate will vote on the confirmation of Gorsuch to become Justice Gorsuch of the Supreme Court.

Will President Trump be vindicated again and again? Will President Trump get tired of vindication?

Tomorrow, the President Trump potential vindications continue.

@POTUS @RealDonaldTrump Legacy Monday: Happy Birthday Barron Trump, Neil Gorsuch Shocker, Russia Intelligence Bomb

Today is Trump Legacy Monday. On every front President Trump builds – his legacy, monuments, and legislative achievements.

Legacy! Biggest legacy item for any father is family. For Donald J. Trump he has a big family of very talented children. But the vengeance? The one that sweeps them all away? Barron Trump.

Today is Barron Trump’s birthday. Have you seen the latest pictures of that boy? Barron Trump is now taller than his mother and arguably prettier. Barron Trump is almost as tall as his six foot plus father.

Today, this first day of spring, Barron Trump is eleven years old. When President Trump becomes a civilian again Barron Trump will be eighteen years old. Picture an eighteen year old Barron Trump!

Remember that earlier gorgeous hunk, John-John Kennedy Jr.? Well, forget him. In eight years Barron Trump can be a star at whatever he chooses to be. Basketball player? Golfer? Builder? Actor? Boy Band performer? Restauranteur? For Obama Dimocrats the nightmare is that Barron Trump decides to follow his father’s footsteps and have a business career then a political career. Barron Trump and President Trump will have the last laugh after all the ugly attacks they have endured.

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Legacy! Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Spring’s green shoots sprout forth.

Today the confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, expected to last several days, begin. The Obama Dimocrats are already defeated but resist that reality. Neil Gorsuch will soon be Justice Gorsuch. The only open question is whether or not the Obama Dimocrats will filibuster as has been promised by Senators Blumenthal and Merkley. The Obama Dimocrat nutroots demand a filibuster.

A filibuster of Neil Gorsuch will be a big help for President Trump. The Republicans that control the U.S. Senate will follow in Obama Dimocrat Leader Harry Reid’s footsteps and kill the filibuster forever. Then President Trump will have an easy time of it for his second and third Supreme Court appointments. Obama Dimocrats shudder and shake as President Trump builds his legacy on the Supreme Court this first day of spring.

There is one shocking fact about Neil Gorsuch that few talk about.

[whisper] Neil Gorsuch is a Protestant. Yeah. A WASP. A White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.

About half of Americans are Protestants. The Protestant Ethic built America. Yet, the WASP is the only group you can still attack in the most racially ugly terms possible.

There is not one single Protestant on the Supreme Court.

There are Catholics and Jews on the Supreme Court. There are men and women on the Supreme Court. Latinos and blacks are represented on the Supreme Court. Not one single Protestant. Neil Gorsuch will only begin to restore the balance to the Supreme Court.

Neil Gorsuch will restore the five vote majority of non-leftists on the high court. This will be a major legacy item for President Trump in his first hundred days.

Those like us here that in the comments have been tracking with giggles and guffaws the Ninth Circuit lunacy over President Trump’s executive orders on immigration will have more giggles and guffaws to come as President Trump trumps on immigration. In the immigration battles to come Neil Gorsuch will add to the President Trump legacy.

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On this first day of spring we also see the trees bloom and fill with nuts. In the House of Representatives the nuts are plentiful.

Today, at a hearing in the House, Obama Dimocrats chortled. Resistance to reality reigned.

Obama Dimocrats made a great show about their deranged allegations. The Obama Dimocrat base swooned with fantasies of a soon to be impeached President Trump brought down by a Russia-Trump connection which stole the American election and now America under a Putin palace coup will soon be liberated.

On national television the Obama Dimocrat elected representatives fed the mushroom hallucinations of their masturbating fantasist base.

Fortunately, the Obama Dimocrats are unable to see their fantasies will ultimately dissolve and thus President Trump’s legacy will be framed by the madness of the lunatic crowd. The Obama Dimocrats have been warned. Leftist Glenn Greenwald warns them to wean off the hallucinogens because there is no evidence of their delusions as real, here in the real world. Byron York has warned them too with an explanation of history.

Hells bells! What more do these leftist loons need? Even leftist Ben Smith who published lies about President Trump tries to warn these Hopium addled loons off their self medication and hallucinations. In the end the only valid question about Russia that will remain is the “unmasking” one that will enhance President Trump’s legacy and bring historic mockery of the madness of the Obama Dims.

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On this first day of spring, President Trump’s legacy is already assured and ready to grow for eight more years. As Michael Barone explains, Americans believe President Trump’s policies are working. Americans know President Trump is a fighter and will fight to cut back waste and fraud in government. That’s why we know who will win the fight which Howie Kurtz explains as the swamp fighting back.

The swamp will also fight back to defend the swamp stench called ObamaCare. But it is already too late. President Trump will build his legacy by destroying Barack Obama’s sole “legacy”. The first vote is set for Thursday. The new legacy will destroy the old legacy which will only serve to enhance the significance of the President Trump legacy.

Want to have an historic giggle and guffaw? Consider the House will “schedule a floor vote on the bill Thursday, seven years to the day that Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act.” Tomorrow morning President Trump will meet with every House Republican to prepare for that vote and to announce the changes to be made to Phase I of the ObamaCare repeal and replace.

So today, the first day of spring, President Trump will be in Louisville Kentucky at a rally. It will be another rip-roaring tub-thumping rock-n-rollicking event.

It’s Legacy Monday baby!

Enders Game: #POTUS @RealDonaldTrump’s ObamaCare Repeal Trump Card

Update: Trump in Tennessee Tonight:



Presumably, among the topics will be ObamaCare repeal and replace. President Trump might also have a few choice words for the Obama appointed federal clown in Hawaii who issued a Temporary Restraining Order on the latest executive order travel ban. The order is bad enough but the reasoning based on the Establishment Clause is entirely ridiculous. Note: before the TRO expires there might just be a new Supreme Court Justice because Neil Gorsuch gets a hearing in the Senate on Monday and maybe just maybe he will get a vote soon.

President Trump has been Trumpnado-ing through today. President Trump in Michigan spoke to automobile company workers, unions, and management. President Trump promised to unshackle the automobile industry in this country and restore it to glory. “Buy American and Hire American” said POTUS with Mostest.

POTUS Mostest Trumpest will also be on Tucker Carlson’s show tonight after an early morning of Tweeting about Rachel Maddow’s disaster Tuesday night on TrumpTaxes. Is it 2018 already?

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It’s two trains running. Two trains running along two separate tracks and President Trump ready, willing, and able, to jump from Von Ryan’s Express to the TrumpTrain. President Trump is on Von Ryan’s Express on the healthcare debate for now, but it is very easy to see that President Trump has a very good grasp on the truth in this healthcare debate and might soon jump to the TrumpTrain.

Von Ryan’s Express, TrumpTrain??? There are three must understand truths about the current healthcare debate to be put into the context of everlasting truths of politics (everlasting truth such as that the prime directive for senators and congress-critters is to be re-elected).

Healthcare debate truth #1: ObamaCare is so bad it must and will be repealed and what will replace it will be much better than ObamaCare.

Healthcare debate truth #2: The current GOP public plan to replace ObamaCare is stupid and not very bright on policy and electoral grounds but the likelihood it will pass is very great because President Trump knows how to sell and for senators and House members the next election is always around the corner.

Healthcare debate truth #3: Trust President Trump on ObamaCare repeal and replace because this guy is very smart, knows what he is doing, and wants to truly repeal ObamaCare and replace it with something that provides healthcare, not merely inaccessible health insurance.

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Don’t trust President Trump for the reason that you are a cult member of a fan club that will excuse anything he does and will defend anything he does. Trust President Trump because he is smart, has a game plan to Make America Great Again, and will repeal/replace ObamaCare. Flim-flam con man Barack Obama was a two trains type guy too. But for Obama the two trains he hopped on were personal advancement gravy trains. Those always lead to a train wreak.

So what the Hell is President Trump up to?

On Wednesday, President Trump begins his sell pitch at a big rally. Another rally is scheduled and more are likely to come. President Trump will take to the road to sell something that is not particularly good. Yes, it is better than the ObamaCare America is oppressed by. But um, is it great? Um, no.

So what the Hell is President Trump up to?

What is President Trump up to? Well, President Trump on Von Ryan’s Express has to demonstrate he is making a good faith effort to pass the current bill the House leadership under Paul Ryan has written before Trump moves to change it. That bill is a mess on several levels but President Trump has to make a good faith effort to pass it so that he can say “I tried to pass this” just before he jumps to the TrumpTrain.

President Trump knows the mess that is the health insurance plan on Von Ryan’s Express. President Trump knows it is a mess because he is listening to the critics of the plan – critics who supported him during his election bid. Still President Trump, like a good businessman, is going forward with the Ryan express package to see how it plays out. It’s an opening bid.

Recall, how the Von Ryan Express Train tracks. It is a three phase plan. Phase I is to pass the current health insurance bill via the “Reconciliation” process. Using “reconciliation” to overcome the artificial 60 vote majority necessary to pass a bill through the Senate means that supposedly only matters of a strict budgetary nature get to be in the bill.

Phase II, is one we will discuss later.

Phase III, is the mirage that at some point the Obama Dimocrats will agree to provide the 60 vote majority necessary to pass all the really good stuff in health care reform, such as tort reform and the ability for Americans to buy insurance across state lines thereby bringing competition into the reform process.

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Before we return to “what the Hell is President Trump up to?” let’s deal in this section of our analysis with the dull policy stuff. Hey, it’s only life and death, not the fun stuff we like in politics. But the policy stuff does matter. If you get bored with policy, just skip this section.

What’s the problem with the Von Ryan Express plan? First and foremost, the author. Paul Ryan. Let’s all agree that Paul Ryan is a male Nancy Pelousy. That’s unfair. Paul Ryan is smart and Paul Ryan is kinda cute unlike Nancy Pelousy. But like Nancy Pelousy, Paul Ryan could not sell lemonade in August heat, shovels in winter pre-snow storm, nor life insurance on board the Titanic in it’s last hours. Indeed the more Paul Ryan talks, the more likely the Paul Ryan train goes off the tracks.

Earlier this week the Congressional Budget Office issued it’s assessment of Ryan’s health insurance scheme. Ryan began to appear on television to laud the CBO report as wonderful. Everyone else in the administration spoke with a degree of intelligence and essentially blasted the CBO report. Paul Ryan? Well, something’s not right with that boy.

Compare and contrast Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich’s response to the CBO report:



If that’s an example of Paul Ryan “excited” we feel sorry for his wife. Paul Ryan, blue eyes aside, simply is at a par with Nancy Pelousy when it comes to believability. We don’t doubt he knows what he is talking about, but his interest appears to be to demonstrate he knows what he is talking about instead of convincing the public that he is telling the truth. Something is just not right with that boy, the way he talks and talks a little too fast and slippery.

Bottom line is that best message came from Newt. Even Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made a better pitch than Ryan on the hostile Morning Joe show:



Mulvaney is right: Care is what matters, not coverage. It’s a critique we made of ObamaCare since 2009. ObamaCare fed the health insurance companies money forced from Americans via the coercive force of government but the insurance deductibles were so high many Americans could not access the insurance they paid dearly for.

Avik Roy, of Forbes Magazine, frequently agreed with points we made about ObamaCare. Avik Roy makes the case much better than Paul Ryan for why the CBO report is kinda useless and sorta good news:

Believe It Or Not, CBO’s Score Of House GOP Obamacare Replacement Is Better Than Expected

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 24 million fewer people will have health insurance by 2026 under the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare. That projection is unsurprising, and quite likely overstated. But what is surprising about the CBO report is the ways in which it makes the GOP bill look better than expected, and how it points to how the bill can be improved. [snip]

The first thing to know about the CBO is that it has long had problems modeling how a competitive, individual insurance market would work. This is reflected in their frequently revised estimates as to how many people would enroll in Obamacare’s insurance exchanges.

As the below chart shows, in 2010, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, CBO estimated that 21 million people would enroll in the ACA exchanges in 2016. The actual number was closer to 10 million. Even now, CBO believes that 18 to 19 million people will soon be enrolled in the exchanges, when in fact enrollment is degrading under current law, and will likely end up stabilizing at about 10 to 11 million. [snip]

This chart is relevant to our discussion of the GOP plan in two ways. First, it shows that the CBO is far from infallible; indeed, its projections of ACA exchange enrollment have been wildly off.

Second, as CBO notes in the first paragraph of its report on the AHCA, “CBO used its March 2016 baseline with adjustments for subsequently enacted legislation, which underlies the resolution, as the benchmark to measure the cost of the legislation.” That baseline is off by 7 to 8 million in future exchange enrollment; hence, the impact of the AHCA is also off by the same amount.

An even bigger problem is that the CBO has long believed that Obamacare’s individual mandate has near-magical powers to compel people to buy health insurance. There is little evidence to support this claim.

The Ryan plan, AHCA, gets mathed by Avik Roy. Roy checks out the numbers. Roy understands the CBO is a mess that does not know its ass from its mouth. The CBO has made 24 million people mistakes before. Roy has numbers upon numbers to make his case. Roy declares the CBO estimates on who loses coverage might be off by 19 million people.

Avik Roy has many prescriptions for what ails Paul Ryan’s plan. A lot of those prescriptions are tinkering with a Rube Goldberg contraption, but unfortunately America’s health care system, or rather health insurance system is a Rube Goldberg contraption.

On the fiscal front, Avik Roy has some flowers for Paul Ryan:

The bill’s arbitrary 30 percent surcharge for those who buy coverage outside of open enrollment might actually make the risk pool less stable, and ought to be replaced by a much more flexible regulatory regime.

And we haven’t even gotten to the AHCA’s profound fiscal effects. The bill would cut taxes by $1.2 trillion, and spending by $880 billion, for a net deficit reduction of $337 billion. And that’s before you take into account the macroeconomic effects that those tax cuts would have on economic growth, and thereby on greater tax revenues.

Over ensuing decades, the fiscal impact would be even greater, because the bill entails the most significant effort at entitlement reform in American history. Incoherent GOP hard-liners like Rand Paul, who claim that the AHCA is a “new entitlement,” are displaying their unseriousness about a bill that reduces federal spending by more than $2 trillion over the next 20 years.

With all this wonderfulness, why so much upset? Here’s InsureBlog:

Republicans’ latest attempt to change Obamacare is nothing more than misdirection. It replaces “subsidies” with “tax credits”, continues Medicaid expansion until an election year (when nothing gets done), and keeps the most costly items such as guaranteed issue, community rating, and no pre-existing conditions exclusion in place.

It eliminates the individual mandate and creates a new continuous coverage rule allowing insurers to charge 30% higher premiums for up to 12 months to those who have a break in insurance coverage greater than 63 days. The new rule, like the mandate tax, has no teeth.

Speaking of taxes, it eliminates almost $600 million over ten years – which is a good thing. Except for the fact that over half of that amount does nothing to reduce or influence costs of health care or health insurance. More than half ($275 million) is going back to high income earners who are currently paying more in taxes for Medicare and investment income. We should also note these two taxes aren’t indexed so as incomes rise more of us would pay these over time.

For Medicaid, it would roll back the enhanced matching rate for the expansion population. This has serious implications for states who fell hook, line, and sinker for the bait of government funding that they knew wasn’t financially sustainable. [snip]

We should have known this was going to be a poo-poo platter. Anything short of full repeal – which takes 60 senators to accomplish – is nothing more than lip service.

Yikes! That’s a scorcher. They’re not alone. Here’s Senator Tom Cotton interviewed by Hugh Hewitt:

HH: So what can be done? I’ve talked to the Speaker, I’ve got to the Leader. I’ve talked to Cathy McMorris Rodgers is on today, Mick Mulvaney, Tom Price. They all say it’s a three-step dance because of the Senate reconciliation rule. So you know those rules. Working within the rules, how can the Senate improve its bill, or how can the House send to the Senate a bill that fits within the guardrails of reconciliation and allows for 51 votes that improves the individual market?

TC: Hugh, there is no three-phase process. There is no three-step plan. That is just political talk. It’s just politicians engaging in spin. This is why. Step one is a bill that can pass with 51 votes in the Senate. That’s what we’re working on right now. Step two, as yet unwritten regulations by Tom Price, which is going to be subject to court challenge, and therefore, perhaps the whims of the most liberal judge in America. But step three, some mythical legislation in the future that is going to garner Democratic support and help us get over 60 votes in the Senate. If we had those Democratic votes, we wouldn’t need three steps. We would just be doing that right now on this legislation altogether. That’s why it’s so important that we get this legislation right, because there is no step three. And step two is not completely under our control.

And there’s the rub. Are there three steps? Is there only a two-step? Is there only one step?

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So, what the Hell is President Trump up to? Is President Trump doing a three step waltz, a lively little country two-step, or the singular Trump stomp? Got a dance card?

President Trump has more than a dance card. President Trump has a Trump card, or two.

Trump hating CNN knows President Trump has a Trump card:

In an Oval Office meeting featuring leaders of conservative groups that already lining up against House Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump revealed his plan in the event the GOP effort doesn’t succeed: Allow Obamacare to fail and let Democrats take the blame, sources at the gathering told CNN.

In his meetings with conservative leaders President Trump has repeatedly declared that he is open to negotiations. The Medicaid funding provision until 2020? That might be hauled to 2018. The “tax credits” for lower income people some see as subsidies? That might be a tougher negotiation because former Freedom Caucus member Mike Mulvaney wants that to stay.

Mike Mulvaney now works for President Trump but he has lots of credibility with his former Freedom Caucus members, who are the fiercest critics of the Ryan plan. But any negotiations with “conservatives” might lead to trouble with “moderates”:

In addition to Medicaid changes, some White House officials are also pushing for the inclusion of provisions making it easier to buy health care across state lines. Senate budget rules, however, bar the upper chamber from including on a fast-tracked bill any provisions that don’t have a significant budgetary effect.

Rep. Dave Brat on Monday told POLITICO conservatives were asking the White House to back these kinds of free-market provisions. The Virginia Republican said the Freedom Caucus is also encouraging Trump officials to press for provisions that would enact into law any deregulations Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price plans to make administratively for the insurance market.

“Trump ran on this competition across state lines, bringing the price down, and so, that is the huge piece that, I think, if we can get that in the bill, then I think we can make some progress and I think get a lot of people to yes,” Brat said.

So while GOP leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan, adamantly support the idea of allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, they don’t think it can be included on the replacement bill under Senate rules. [snip]

The manager’s amendments are likely to bring additional savings, according to the White House officials, and would help the plan get through the House, where the Freedom Caucus has lined up opposition against the plan. But it would likely make passage in the Senate more difficult, several Capitol Hill officials said. That’s because many Senate Republicans — and more than a few House GOP lawmakers — hail from states that took the Medicaid expansion, and they’re unlikely to support a quick phase-out of the expanded program. [snip]

Leadership sources, however, have not ruled out changes to the bill altogether, and many senior House GOP sources believe there might be a manager’s amendment. But they have to ensure the changes will get several conservatives to “yes” if it’s actually made, while maintaining moderate Republican support. They can only afford to lose 21 Republican votes.

Oy vey! What a mess. Game over! Nothing can save this. It’s over for Trump, again. Well, there are some Trump cards still left to be played.

Remember “Phase II”? Phase I is the reconciliation process to pass the turd. Phase III is the delusion of goodies at the end of the road. But we never discussed Phase II. Phase II is the Trump card no matter what happens in Phase I. With Phase II, President Trump can force reality onto everybody as the 2018 elections draw close, ever closer every day. Phase II is the Trump card:

How Trump can use Obamacare to kill Obamacare
The same executive authority the Obama administration used to implement the law may now be used to dismantle it. [snip]

“For me, it’s a mix of irony and schadenfreude,” says Josh Blackman, a law professor who’s written two books that criticized the Obama administration’s implementation of the law. “I’ve warned for years that, with a new president in the White House, the exact same powers could be used for different purposes. That’s what we’re seeing now, to a T.

Trump’s order, which encourages Health and Human Services, the IRS and other agencies to work toward dismantling the ACA, doesn’t confer any new powers on the executive branch. But Trump explicitly instructs his agencies to use their existing powers to weaken the law “to the maximum extent permitted by law,” regardless of congressional action to repeal it.

That could be devastating to Obamacare because the Obama administration relied on its executive authority to set up the law.

Its implementation depended critically — and depends critically — on rules and guidance that HHS and other agencies have put out,” says Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor who supports the ACA. “There are literally thousands of decisions that had to be made” by the administration — and “any decision that the Obama administration had the discretion to make, in principle, the Trump administration can revisit.”

A big, complex law always requires a lot of the details to be filled in through regulation, but that was particularly true of Obamacare. [snip]

Many of the law’s most controversial elements, like which Americans would be exempt from the mandate requiring most Americans to purchase insurance coverage, were administration decisions. Obama’s HHS secretary was also empowered to flesh out the important details about the benefits that Obamacare insurance plans were required to cover, from mental health to maternity care. Even Healthcare.gov — the much-maligned website that turned into the linchpin of Obamacare enrollment efforts — was built out through executive authority.

The vast, and at times, legally questionable decisions undertaken by the Obama administration may also set precedent for the Trump administration to do the exact same thing. Both Blackman and Bagley agree the administration’s 2013 decision to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate was unlawful; House Republicans even sued, although their challenge was thrown out in court. Trump could now cite that delay as precedent for declining to enforce provisions that he dislikes.

The Trump administration could also issue a slew of waivers to exempt Americans from the ACA’s individual mandate — although the Obama administration already broadened those exemptions in 2013, after the political outcry from Americans whose plans were canceled because they didn’t meet Obamacare criteria.

The “‘like it, keep it’ fiasco” set a precedent for Trump too, says Bagley.

At the time, the administration said it would give hardship waivers to Americans who had difficulties paying for coverage under the ACA. But “if you define the hardship as that, then every American is facing higher premiums because of the ACA, one way or another,” says Blackman. “Obamacare is itself the hardship.”

House Republicans also sued and won an initial ruling over the Obama administration’s payments to subsidize health care costs such as co-pays and deductibles for Obamacare enrollees under a certain income level. A federal court agreed the funds were illegally appropriated; the Obama administration appealed that decision. But Trump could discontinue the appeal, and hold that over Democrats in negotiations to replace the law: If he chooses to discontinue those payments, health insurers — which would be on the hook for those payments even if the government funding dried up — would probably flee the markets or jack up prices next year. Millions of ACA customers would likely see their premiums spike and their plans become unaffordable.

“If Trump were to stop the cost-sharing payments, he could send the individual insurance markets into an immediate tailspin,” says Bagley. “It would be an extraordinary hit.”

So what do we think happens? What are the Trump cards?

We believe that Phase I, amended by a managers amendment that will improve the bill, will pass the House and Senate because failure to do so would threaten the reelection of too many Republicans (and Dims in red states too). So the Republican opposition to Phase I in both the House and Senate will fail and Phase I of repeal/replace will happen.

If we are wrong and Phase I does fail or looks like it is about to fail, President Trump can implement Phase II and thereby force a revisit of Phase I by one and all – Democrats responsible for ObamaCare and the current mess as well as Republicans. President Trump can basically gut ObamaCare like a fish via Secretary Price.

President Trump can basically agree to the federal court ruling and stop immediately the cost sharing program and thereby destroy ObamaCare with the excuse that he is obeying a federal court order. End of the world ensues for Obama Dimocrats.

There is another Trump card to play: blow up the filibuster and pass whatever you want with 51 votes in the Senate. Better to blow up the soon to be destroyed filibuster in year one of Trump than year 4 or 8. The sooner the better.

But if you want to keep your filibuster you can keep your filibuster – although there is another Trump card to play:

“Under the Budget Act of 1974, which is what governs reconciliation, it is the presiding officer, the vice president of the United States, who rules on what’s permissible on reconciliation and what is not. [snip]

Cruz said this process would allow Republicans to include a number of provisions that would make the health care reform bill much more attractive to conservatives.

For example, Cruz notes that Republicans could “repeal all of the insurance regulations in Obamacare that have increased premiums,” in particular one that decreased competition by preventing insurers from selling across state lines.

Any more Trump cards? Well, under immigration reform President Trump could invite doctors and medical professionals from around the world to come to America and bring down costs. You know that ol’ law of supply and demand.

As Rahm Emanuel said to Barack Obama “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

President Trump has a lot of Trump cards to play.

#Trump On Fire: Burns ObamaCare

Donald J. Trump is burning down the house in speech after speech lately. Little wonder because there is plenty of tinder to get the fire to blaze forth. The biggest fuel for Trump’s fire is now ObamaCare. ObamaCare as every logical person could see, as we did in 2009, was a catastrophe. We called it a Frankenstein let loose among the villagers prepared, willing, and able, to kill.

The villagers are now fully aware of the monster as it ravages across the countryside:

Democrats are increasingly acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act has an affordability problem.

Former President Bill Clinton said recently that people who are ineligible to get subsidies to buy ObamaCare insurance are “getting killed.”

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said this month that “the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.”

Even President Obama said in a speech last week that “there are going to be people who are hurt by premium increases.”

Premium increases??? That’s not what the flim-flam man and his Lurch wife with her history of patient dumping schemes promised.



Yeah, Obama used to promise that his ObamaCare Frankenstein would be your friend. Instead, ObamaCare is a monster that kills after it robs your wallet. Barack Obama lied and ran his flim-flam scams. The Obama Dimocrats helped Obama pass the scam. If there is justice, Obama and the Obama Dimocrats will be burnt to the ground this November for what they have done:

Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

Consumers will be faced this year with not only big premium increases but also with a declining number of insurers participating, and that will lead to a tumultuous open enrollment period,” said Larry Levitt, who tracks the health care law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Republicans pounced on the numbers as a warning that insurance markets created by the 2010 health overhaul are teetering toward a “death spiral.” Sign-up season starts Nov. 1, about a week before national elections in which the GOP remains committed to a full repeal.

“It’s over for Obamacare,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a campaign rally Monday evening in Tampa, Florida.

Trump said his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, “wants to double down and make it more expensive and it’s not gonna work. … Our country can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.” He promised his own plan would deliver “great health care at a fraction of the cost.”

The new numbers aren’t too surprising, said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who chairs a committee that oversees the law. It “does little to dispel the notion we are seeing the law implode at the expense of middle-class families.”

ObamaCare was always a scam. Young people who did not need health insurance because they were healthy (at most they might want catastrophic health insurance which ObamaCare banned from existence) were supposed to be forced to buy insurance to pay for the health insurance of others. Medicare was raided by hundreds of billions to pay for the ObamaCare scam. The worst part of ObamaCare was that those who took care of their health were to be punished with high insurance costs to pay for insurance for those who did not take care of their health. It was a scam by which the Federal Gangster Government would force citizens by the coercive powers of the state to give their money to the health insurance companies and in turn, because of high premiums and shockingly high deductibles, when you needed the insurance to pay, you would get nothing but more bills. It was a scam from top to bottom.

The mathematics of the scam never made any sense as we so often pointed out. Health insurance could be obtained when needed and because insurance could not be denied because of preconditions it meant that a person who purchased ObamaCare only during a medical emergency would be rewarded. After the medical emergency ObamaCare could be dropped by such a person without consequence. Forced “grace” periods made it easy to buy ObamaCare only when medical emergencies made it a smart choice.

ObamaCare never made any sense. We knew from the very beginning that people would be smart enough to take advantage of a system that had so many built in welcome mats for scam artists. ObamaCare was the product of a scam artist so naturally it attracted more scams.

Now the very basic foundation of the scam is there for all to see:

The Obama administration is trying to calm the panic over soaring ObamaCare premiums by pointing to subsidies many will receive to offset the cost — but analysts and GOP lawmakers counter that those subsidies nevertheless will stick taxpayers with a rising bill.

With enrollment set to begin Nov. 1, the administration announced Monday that premiums are set rise an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market. Some states, such as Arizona, will see premiums jump by as much as 116 percent. [snip]

Analysts say it’s safe to assume taxpayer costs will rise. Miller noted that HHS reported an average subsidy of $291 per month in 2016. A 25 percent increase in premiums would theoretically translate into an extra $73 per month, or about $870 a year per person.

“If you assume conservatively that there’s 10 million people getting subsidies, that’s an extra $8.5 billion in extra costs taxpayers are getting hit by going into next year,” he said.

Other experts warned this is likely to continue as long as premiums keep rising.

“Its real simple, premiums are going up and up, and subsidies are going to go up with them,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former CBO director, told FoxNews.com.

Didn’t Obama say ObamaCare would bring premiums down? Yes Obama said ObamaCare would bring premiums down but ObamaCare premiums continue to rise. Deductibles will rise too.

If anyone thinks Donald J. Trump won’t win Arizona wait till Arizonians learn their premiums might go up by “as much as 116 percent”. In state after state as the higher premiums are announced on November 1, Donald J. Trump will rise to #1 in the vote counts.

Donald J. Trump is on fire as he burns down ObamaCare:



“It’s over for ObamaCare!!!”

Everywhere he goes, Donald J. Trump is on fire with substance and detail as he attacks ObamaCare:



The scam known as ObamaCare is over! says Donald J. Trump as he details some of the big problems of ObamaCare. As November 1 approaches those who support ObamaCare face a Frankenstein monster Halloween. This year Halloween won’t be on October 31, it will be November 1.

Donald J. Trump promises to slay the Frankenstein monster called ObamaCare. The villagers are happy to see Trump come to their rescue.

@RealDonaldTrump In #Gettysburg Embraces His Destiny

We were the first to say the 2016 presidential election was the most significant election since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. We called this presidential election Prairie Fire Pre-Civil War Revolution Realignment. In that article, before the first vote in Iowa was cast, we outlined the historical implications of the 2016 elections:

Understand this: The governed withdraw their consent from the corrupt political establishment. We’re in a pre-Civil War situation. America 2016 is late stage America of the 1819 Missouri Compromise, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854, Dred Scott decision of 1857, and finally the presidential election of 1860. The stakes are that high. Iowa today possibly sets off the prairie fire.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Only a successful next president that can lead the country and unify it via clear, undisputed economic achievement with resonant leadership can prevent the fraying and eventual dissolution or the long painful circle the drain vortex. [snip]

You’ll never live long enough to see it’s like. The Roosevelt election in the 1930s, Reagan, JFK, Buchanan/Obama, Wilson, pikers all. This could be the big one of our lifetimes and many lifetimes after that. Or it could be a fizzle. Just another election. But the chances this is the big one, are… big. And that’s not normal and it is something to watch with awe.

Today, in Gettysburg, “awe” struck with a vengeance as Donald J. Trump embraced his destiny as the candidate of change and the Avenger against the ruling class that controls and rigs our political system:



Trump in his speech, which outlined his first 100 days stipulated ““I am not a politician. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I felt I had to act.” Trump took action and a nation which still considers itself “the land of the free and the home of the brave” rallied to the cause of “Make America Great Again”.



Trump in Gettysburg at the turn of the tide:

Donald Trump planted a flag on hallowed ground Saturday morning by laying out near the Gettysburg National Battlefield what he would do in his first 100 days as President of the United States.

Touting ‘the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,’ Trump told an audience of about 300 invited guests that he will ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, replacing the current government ‘with a new government of, by and for the people.’

The symbolism factor was high, with a campaign aide telling reporters Friday night that the Civil War battle in Gettysburg memorialized by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 ‘was the moment when the war turned.’

Trump’s own war – a two-front clash against both Hillary Clinton and the mass media – will come to a climax on November 8 when most Americans will choose a leader for the next four years.

He summed up the substance of his campaign in a ‘Contract With The American Voter’ – a point-by-point set of initiatives that track with the themes he has focused on for 16 months.

Included are six anti-corruption pledges, seven actions related to jobs and trade and five on immigration and the ‘rule of law.’ He ended his contract with a list of 10 bills he said he would try to quickly shepherd through Congress.

In a shock of change and awe to the Big Media establishment, Donald J. Trump pledged to block many of the mergers proposed and already in place which have created near monopoly control of Big Media by the powerful. “Deals like this destroy democracy” exclaimed Trump in what can be seen as a declaration of war by for and of the people against Big Media.

Big Media is the enemy, Trump now clearly understands. Donald J. Trump in Gettysburg made it clear that he will not allow Big Media to continue to destroy our democracy. This was always to be his destiny. In order to Make America Great Again the ruling class and the political establishment of all political parties and institutions had to be confronted and defeated. Today Trump embraced his destiny.

To borrow from Lincoln at Gettysburg, today Donald J. Trump declared in different words for a different time “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Those few words are the meaning of “Make America Great Again”.

#DebateNight 2 Pus*y Riot: @RealDonaldTrump Nuclear Fallout Falls On #Hillary2016

It’s over. By Tuesday he will resign. He’s lost the capacity to lead.

That first paragraph is not a prediction. It is a memory. A memory with lessons for Republicans. A memory to lash hypocrite Democrats.

We remember a get together with liberal activist Democrats years ago. The Monica Lewinsky story broke that very hour. George Stephanoupoulos predicted Bill Clinton could not survive until his State of the Union speech. Big Media and Democrat politicians knew it was all over. At our little get together the overwhelming consensus was “it’s over for Bill”. There was one voice that disagreed.

At that get together we stood up to scoff at the conventional wisdom. Our prediction was “this will make Bill stronger than ever.” A few days later Bill Clinton’s poll numbers jumped up sixteen percent. Republicans thought the Lewinsky sex scandal would finish him off and Democrats who wanted a leftist in office wanted Bill Clinton gone. We based our contrary opinion that night on the fact that Americans knew Bill Clinton was not a choir boy. We knew Americans don’t like contrived controversies to distract from the big issues. Which brings us to tonight and the presidential debate at 9:00.

What should Donald J. Trump do? Take a page from Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton survived and thrived because at the State of the Union speech he demonstrated personal control and stamina and stuck to the issues American care about. Trump should sincerely apologize, say he has changed during this presidential campaign, and say he will speak to the issues Americans face.

At that point to everything Hillary Clinton says Donald J. Trump should reply with “but what is your private view, the view you really hold behind closed doors with your Wall Street donors?”

Hillary Clinton and the moderators will not let Trump do that. They will continue with their Pussy riot. At that point we will discard all our previously held opinions which are that sex scandals against the Clintons don’t profit Republicans. At that point Donald J. Trump can make a very spirited and successful attack against Bill Clinton’s predatory behaviors and Hillary Clinton’s defense of same. Republicans will finally get the fight on sex they always wanted. This time they will finally win.

Well, not all Republicans will win. Donald J. Trump, when pressed tonight about Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jason Chaffetz, Kelly Ayotte, and others running for office who have denounced Trump or even declared they will not vote for Trump could declare that many of his voters will now abandon those who abandoned Trump. Republicans in close elections like Ayotte, Kirk, and Heck, should be told in certain terms that Trump voters will not vote for those who stab Trump in the back. The pressure on Paul Ryan, booed by Trump supporters yesterday at a Ryan rally, should make clear to the GOP establishment that if they attack Trump, Trump voters will attack them.

As to Hillary Clinton, she should abandon the Pussy riot attacks. Donald J. Trump will attack if Hillary Clinton tries the Pussy riot attack.

Donald J. Trump can ask young women how they can support a candidate that has attacked women who complained about rape? Trump can remind young women that Hillary Clinton stood by Bill Clinton – who used a young woman in the White House as a cigar humidor. Donald J. Trump can ask young women not to have as their role model either Hillary Clinton who defends a sex predator and who’s top aide remained by the side of her husband even as Anthony Weiner sexted erect penis pictures, took engorged penis pictures with his 4 year old son next to him, and even sexted a 15 year old girl. See what we mean. Young women who connect the dots will not like the picture. This can get very ugly. Very ugly.

As we advised earlier, Donald J. Trump should stick to the issues. At the same time every response from Hillary Clinton should be “rinse, repeat” questions and Trump should ask “but what is your private view, the view you really hold behind closed doors with your Wall Street donors?” If Trump wants to reach out to Bernie Sanders supporters this is how to do it. Bernie Sanders supporters, as Yahoo news reports, are “seething”.

Also as we advised before, Donald J. Trump should ask how someone in public life for decades has managed to amass well over a hundred million dollars. Trump can ask why all the Hillary Clinton proposals have not been done by Barack Obama. Trump can ask why in her long career Hillary Clinton has not achieved what she say she will now finally achieve. It all rather a simple line of attack from Trump.

Trump, as we advised, should remind the American public tonight that Bill Clinton knows that ObamaCare is crazy and does not work. ObamaCare viciously extracts money from the hardworking middle and working classes to give to big insurance companies. Why does Hillary Clinton defend ObamaCare?

But the big atomic issue, the nuclear bomb that has blown up Hillary2016 is the latest Wikileaks release. Hillary Clinton’s dream is “open trade” and “open borders”. That’s a nightmare. Donald J. Trump should stick to the issues tonight. There is no bigger issue than Hillary Clinton’s lies to Bernie Sanders’ voters and the American public about “open borders”.


“Open borders” is a game changer. It is a nuclear bomb that has detonated. Hypocrite Democrats who defended Bill Clinton’s cigar in vagina exploits and Big Media focused on their Pussy riot have not realized the nuclear fallout will begin tonight.