Update: Think what we write about below is wrong? Wrong. Look at what we suggest President Trump do to congressional exemptions from ObamaCare and the ObamaCare subsidies issue litigated against Barack Obama’s illegal subsidies as determined to be so by the courts. Check out this most important “tweet” from President Donald J. Trump:
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
Ram ObamaCare exactly as written in law down the GOP congressional throat. Ram ObamaCare exactly as written in law down those who enjoy illegal subsidies the courts have struck down but not yet implemented – then watch as they realize ObamaCare is an Obamination. Enforce ObamaCare as written into law and watch the health insurance system collapse. Ram ObamaCare down every Obama Dimocrat’s throat.
As soon as the failure of the ObamaCare repeal vote Friday morning, we thought this was death knell for Reince Priebus.
Reince Priebus had one job. The job was to bring the GOP establishment along to help President Donald J. Trump build the wall, repeal ObamaCare, stop illegal immigration, jobsjobsjobs, tax reform and cuts, invigorate the American economy, Make America Great Again.
With the failure of the ObamaCare repeal in the Senate and the silly House bill supposed to do the same but not really, it became clear to President Trump that his strategy must now change. The Obama Dimocrats and most importantly the GOP establishment want to destroy the President. President Trump no longer has doubts about that. Nor does President Trump apparently hold out any hope that anything but a war against the establishment of both parties is needed.
Hey, he gave it the good ol’ college try. Now President Trump can say he tried to be “nice” but that did not work. So what next?
We described earlier this week what needs to be done to repeal ObamaCare. All that advice still holds true. Please reread what we wrote there about beating the sh*t out of GOP liars that ran for office on ObamaCare repeal but when it came time to vote they did everything they could in private to sink the repeal efforts. We mentioned that President Trump should go to West Virginia to beat the sh*t out of Senator Capito. President Trump did go to West Virginia to address the Boy Scout jamboree. Surprise, surprise, next Thursday President Trump will be back in West Virginia.
Is the ObamaCare repeal dead? Only the most facile silly jaded type of “analysis” would assume so. ObamaCare repeal will proceed as we thought it should, with ObamaCare’s collapse.
We described what needs to be done to repeal ObamaCare. We wrote about the need to let the courts publish a final ruling that would finish off ObamaCare illegal subsidies crookedly dished out by Barack Obama.
How Trump can win the ObamaCare fight: End the “friends and cronies” exemption for Congress
If President Trump wants to fulfill his repeated promise to end ObamaCare, his best course of action is a radical change in tactics that would hit members of Congress where it hurts – in their wallets. The 55-45 vote Wednesday by the Senate rejecting a straight repeal of ObamaCare makes it clear that the president needs to try something new.
With a mere stroke of his pen, President Trump could end the exemption that President Obama gave members of Congress and their staffs that makes them the only participants in the ObamaCare exchanges to receive generous subsidies from their employer (the American people) to pay for their health insurance. Nothing would better focus Congress’ attention on changing ObamaCare than being trapped in it just like other Americans. [snip]
Back in 2009, when ObamaCare was being debated, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was able to insert a provision requiring all members of Congress and their staffs to get insurance through the ObamaCare health exchanges.
“The more that Congress experiences the laws it passes, the better,” said Grassley.
Although his amendment was watered down to exclude committee staff, it still applies to members of Congress and their personal staffs. Most employment lawyers interpreted that to mean that the taxpayer-funded federal health insurance subsidies dispensed to members of Congress and their personal staffs – which now range from $6,000 to $12,000 a year and cover about 70 percent of the cost of insurance premiums – would have to end.
Democratic and Republican staffers alike were furious, and along with members of Congress applied behind-the-scenes pressure on the White House. During a congressional recess in August 2013, President Obama personally ordered the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises federal employment issues, to interpret the law so as to retain the generous congressional benefits. This overturned the intent of the provision Grassley added to the law.
OPM had previously balked at issuing such a ruling. [snip]
Polls taken by Independent Women’s Voice, a free market group, find that 94 percent of voters think Congress shouldn’t be exempted from the insurance provisions of ObamaCare. Most voters blame both parties equally for the exemption, which means Republicans will also be hurt politically if it stands.
“The president should announce that he is instructing OPM to end the exemption and subsidies for Congress,” IWV president Heather Higgins wrote in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.
”If the president does this, he’d have huge negotiating leverage. He would align the interests of the ruling class with those of his voters, forcing Congress to act. He might even get some Democratic votes.”
Wait until congress goes on another vacation to do this so when these congresscreatures complain they will be disciplined by voters. Better yet, announce this change at a rally in Arizona so that John McCain and his fellow NeverTrumper Jeff the Flake can get the full impact of the announcement.
President Donald Trump on Friday removed his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and tapped Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for the job.
The stunning shakeup is the latest chapter in the West Wing drama that has unfolded publicly in recent days. White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attacked Preibus in profane terms in an interview published Thursday, and pledged to crack down on leaks that he suspected had come from Priebus.
But what may have ultimately doomed Priebus is the failure of congressional Republicans to repeal Obamacare.
Preibus, former chairman of the Republican National Committee during last year’s presidential campaign, led the White House effort to get that done on Capitol Hill, and his fate was largely tied to the success of undoing Obamacare, a source close to the White House told NBC News.
“He failed,” the source said.
The Republican failure to undo the Affordable Care Act — one of Trump’s central campaign promises — was the “final straw” for Priebus, another person close to the administration told NBC.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has done a magnificent job. President Trump wants results and General John Kelly produced results. A clue for all other cabinet officials is the fate of Priebus and the elevation of John Kelly.
Kelly, who starts his new job on Monday, is a retired four-star Marine general whom Trump frequently credits for dramatically reducing the number of undocumented immigrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico. He called Kelly “a true star” in a tweet announcing his appointment as chief of staff.
Trump has placed a disciplined and respected military leader to head what is one of the most important jobs in the White House. The chief of staff typically serves as the gatekeeper to the president and plays a large role in staffing and policy decisions in the West Wing.
But Kelly’s appointment may also reflect the president’s deep concerns over White House leaks. In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press” in May, Kelly said leaking intelligence information is “darn close to treason.”
Trump gushed over Kelly’s record at an event in New York on Friday afternoon.
“I want to congratulate John Kelly, who has done an incredible job of Secretary of Homeland Security. Incredible. One of our real stars. Truly, one of our stars. John Kelly is one of our great stars,” the president said.
Trump also tweeted at Priebus to thank him for his service.
We do have one complaint about this all.
We don’t mind the very public “game of thrones” “house of cards” displays of internal jockeying for position and power. We prefer this public throat cutting politics because it is better than the behind tapestries backstabbing so often practiced by public officials who then pretend they are such sweet gentle folk. Humiliating? The pundits and NeverTrumpers (ahem, Krauthammer) who wail about the “unseemly” displays of public hate and humiliation have forgotten JFK having aides watch him penetrate young women at the White House swimming pool or LBJ having discussions with public officials while he sat on the toilet seat emptying his bowels.
We think it is good for everyone who votes to see what goes on in the White House and how tough the people in these positions are. Wipe away the delusions of unicorns and fairy dust.
Our complaint is about John Kelly. Who will replace him at Homeland Security on a permanent basis?
Alright, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT ABOUT EVERYTHING BELOW. We don’t want you to wake up the totalitarian left to anything we write here. Plus – We’ve got answers for you on why President Donald J. Trump is upping his push on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit – and answers on the Senate repeal ObamaCare vote. As a special bonus we will have a good laugh at “The Better Deal” of Obama Dimocrats which is related to all this and everything we have written since 2007.
First, hold on a few minutes while we once again gloat.
On May 5 of this year, while everyone else was moaning and groaning about the horrible Big Media news coverage of Russia, Kushner, Manafort, Sessions, etc. and forecasts of Trump impeachment or irrelevance, and disaster for the GOP and Trump in 2018 and 2020, we made our own prediction contrary to all that blather. We predicted a Trump reelection victory in 2020 and a GOP victory in the congressional elections of 2018:
It’s not to early for us to declare that President Donald J. Trump will be reelected in 2020. We already know his officially trademarked campaign slogan for 2020. [snip]
Obama Dimocrats will make it much easier for President Trump to be reelected. Obama Dimocrats will run on “time for a change” in 2018 and 2020. The screams and howls of “time for a change” from Obama Dimocrats will doom them and reelect President Trump. Why? How? [snip]
It will be the Kooks versus the “normals” in the Dimocrat primaries and the Kooks will win every time. [snip]
By the time the general elections in 2018 roll in, the “normals” that have been duped into running as Obama Dimocrats in the primaries will be aborted. The new “normals” in the general election will be Republicans who will run against the Obama full tilt Kooks that won their primaries.
Yup! Years before the 2016 elections came we predicted the 2016 elections would be a change election and that if Hillary Clinton wanted to win she had to be the candidate of change. Hillary ignored us and Hillary failed. In 2020 the election will be a “stay the course” election. President Trump will be reelected.
Let’s get to the news. We’ve already explained how much we like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and why he is such a great disappointment that needs to go. We haven’t explained why President Trump continues to schlong the AG.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!
Um, recess appointment. Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to resign early in August so that when the congress goes on the latest of their many vacations President Trump can recess appoint a new Attorney General that will fiercely attempt to stop leaks from all the federal employees doing Obama’s bidding.
The U.S. Senate has a lot to do for the remainder of this year (and can barely get the minimum done) so we hope President Trump recess appoints hundreds, if not thousands of appointees.
That explanation out of the way let’s deal with why the GOP wins in 2018.
Failure? Trump is beating Democrats left and right
Democrats are handing President Trump a big fat “F” for his six months in office, but in this case the “F” may stand for frustration.
No matter what you think of Trump’s policies or personality, he has beaten Democrats on every angle.
The stock market is up. Unemployment is down.
And Trump has gotten nearly every nominee he wanted, including Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, which was absolutely critical to fulfilling the Republican agenda.
Even his inability to repeal Obamacare has turned into a backhanded win for Trump, if for no other reason than that it’s freed him from having to come up with a workable alternative, which he clearly does not have.
Like it or not, he’s doing what his supporters wanted him to do: make a lot of noise, hit the brakes on the Democratic agenda and keep them entertained.
Willie Brown wrote that before the Senate voted to proceed with ObamaCare repeal and replace. Perhaps ObamaCare repeal and replace will really happen after all.
But Willie Brown’s analysis is “entertainment”. The real evidence of a GOP win in 2018 is particularly staggering because it comes from one of the most respected Democrat pollsters.
Big Media wants to continue the misinformation campaign against President Trump alive. That’s why Big Media has ignored the polls that matter. Our comments section already discussed the Reuters poll that twisted the results to make it appear as if President Trump is losing support amongst Trump supporters:
In May, 82 percent of Trump voters said they would vote for him again. In July, that number jumped to 88 percent.
Reuters continues to distort data to publish headlines which attack President Trump. That’s the tactic Big Media employed in 2016. That the tactic Big Media failed with and which made Donald J. Trump president in 2016.
Why does Big Media continue to distort data and lie? Big Media understands that it is imperative to separate President Trump from Trump supporters. Only by convincing Trump supporters to abandon President Trump can the left win. As we wrote in June:
If Trump voters stick with President Trump then the GOP leadership has to stick with President Trump and the 2016 elections are a rerun. Obama Dimocrats can’t get the voters they disparage daily.
That’s the point. If Trump voters stick with Trump, Trump wins in 2020 and the GOP wins in 2018 (as long as the GOP sticks with President Trump).
But the key point is one we have written about repeatedly in our long running series “Mistake In ’08“. In Barack Obama’s Situation Comedy Coalition series of articles and in the “Mistake In ’08” series we explained that the Democratic Party of FDR committed suicide when they traded the winning FDR coalition of voters for the losers of the Obama “coalition of the ascendant”.
New study projects stunning drop in 2018 millennial voter turnout in battleground states
The 2016 presidential election — and its outcome — may have given plenty of Americans a new sense of urgency when it comes to civics.
But a new study projects that 40 million Americans who voted last year will likely not show up at the polls for the 2018 midterms — and that two-thirds of those “drop-off” voters will be millennials, unmarried women and people of color.
The report, just out from the Voter Participation Center and Lake Research Partners, “Comparing the Voting Electorate in 2012-2016 and Predicting 2018 Drop-off,” notes that many of those expected not to cast a ballot next year live in key battleground states like Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Ohio.
“Everybody declines in their turnout in off-year elections. But the decline is much, much more dramatic among the ‘Rising American Electorate,’” Democratic strategist and pollster Celinda Lake said in a Thursday conference call about the findings.
According to the report produced for the nonprofit Voter Participation Center, which works to increase civic engagement, “35.1% of those who voted in 2016, or 25.4 million RAE voters, will stay home” in 2018. By comparison, “The predicted drop-off among non-RAE voters is only 22.1%, or 14.4 million voters.”
The study defines the “Rising American Electorate” as unmarried women, millennials ages 18 to 34, African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color as defined by the U.S. Census.
The totalitarian leftist kooks will be as surprised in 2018/2020 as they were late into the evening of election night 2016.
Get it? The Obama coalition of the “ascendant”, what the left has rebranded as the “Rising American Electorate”, is a coalition more suited for the network suits who seek viewers for their situation comedies. We wrote long ago that it was monumentally stupid to trade the FDR coalition of seniors and other voters who vote in every election for the whimsical types who vote for clowns like Obama.
The lunatic left convinced the Democratic Party in 2007/2008 to go with this new riff-raff RAE. As in 2010 the GOP is poised for a big victory in 2018 because of this grave miscalculation and stupid trade-off of voters. The GOP got reliable seniors and white working class voters while the Dims got goofballs and lunatics who burn cars and riot but don’t vote. Some trade huh?
Into the sh*t the Obama Dimocrats shat in 2007/2008 steps Chuck Schumer and the Obama Dimocrat Party with a new slogan. “A Better Deal” is supposed to be a harkening to FDR’s “New Deal”. “A Better Deal” is supposed to be a way to woo white working class voters lost to the GOP. But “A Better Deal” is a broken down rented mule.
Tucker Carlson zoomed in on the weakness of “A Better Deal” as a slogan the Obama Dimocrats don’t believe in:
In a follow-up interview with a congressional Obama Dimocrat Tucker Carlson asked about illegal immigration. Because illegal immigration brings down working class wages, will “A Better Deal” mean the Obama Dimocrats will now care more about American workers than illegal immigrants, asked Carlson. The Obama Dimocrat persisted to defend illegal immigration which means “A Better Deal” is a lie to lure the stupid.
But what about the centrist Democrats? What do they have to say? Well, not much. That was Hillary’s dilemma. Yes, she was about as charismatic as yesterday’s sushi, but even if she wasn’t, what could she say? Promise more things to black people? She already had their vote, more or less.
This reliance on reactionary identity politics is the root of the Democrats’ problem — a Faustian bargain that like all such agreements turns out badly in the end. LBJ’s original plan may have worked for the party (until now) but it has been a disaster for African-Americans whose communities and family life have been hurt significantly rather than helped.
Yet the Democrats cling to this cultivation of individual groups as if it were their only policy. Not surprisingly, these groups are finding themselves in conflict with each other, spelling problems for the Dems who have no way of reconciling the complaints of each. (The ludicrous construct of “intersectionality” has appeared because of this.)
“When you lose elections, as we did in 2014 and 2016, you don’t flinch, you don’t blink. You look in the mirror and ask what did we do wrong?” said Chuck Schumer, flanked on stage by nine other Democratic congressional leaders. “The number one thing we did wrong was not to present a strong, bold economic agenda to working Americans so they’re hope for the future might return.”
Chuck Schumer has been much remarked upon, even praised in many quarters, for stating the obvious — that Hillary Clinton should stop blaming the sun, moon, and stars, and, of course, Russia for her demise and look to herself for her failure to win the presidency. She was a wretched candidate with no obvious reason for running. Indeed, the WikiLeaks from her campaign operatives are rife with emails searching for some justification for her candidacy other than gender.
Hillary Clinton failed in 2008 and 2016 because she did not want to fight against Barack Obama and his coalition of kooks in the same way Bill Clinton fought the kooks in 1992. We predicted all of what has happened. The Obama Coalition was the death certificate of the Democratic Party.
The future now belongs to President Trump. At a boy scouts “jamboree” over 40,000 scouts cheered the future:
Want to know why Senator Capito voted “yes” on healthcare today. Look at that crowd in her home state of West Virginia. We suggested that to pass today’s health care vote President Trump should go to West Virginia and he did and it did.
Later on Tuesday, to pressure Senator Portman for future ObamaCare repeal votes, it’s Ohio time. President Trump flew to Youngstown Ohio, to show the young what a Real Better Deal is.
The GOP #RepealObamaCare battle is not a battle between moderates and conservatives. It is a battle between liars who voted to #RepealObamaCare when they knew Obama would veto such a law, and those who refuse to lie to the American people regarding #RepealObamaCare.
Likewise the resignation of Sean Spicer as a protest against the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director and the public rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Trump are attempts by President Trump to keep his campaign promises.
Further, the Spicer, Sessions, Scaramucci, news and moves are intricately tied to the #RepealObamaCare strategy of President Donald J. Trump.
Let’s look at the Jeff Sessions schlonging by President Trump first. We like Jeff Sessions and think he was an integral part of the President Trump election in 2016 as well as a bright hope for the present and future. But first and foremost Attorney General Jeff Sessions has to do his job.
President Trump appointed Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General. But all along, as Jeff Sessions explained to congress, he knew he had to recuse himself from any Russia investigation because, according to Jeff Sessions himself, the reason he recused himself from doing all of his job was because he was a campaign official for Trump2016:
“I have decided to recuse myself from any present or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaign of the president of the United States,” Sessions told reporters at the Justice Department.
He added that his announcement “should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation.”
The attorney general said he made his decision about recusal after his staff recommended that he step away from any investigation related to the Trump campaign, since he had been involved in the campaign.
Those like us who like Attorney General Jeff Sessions need to understand that his reasons for recusal were well known to him, or should have been known, before he took the job of Attorney General:
“My staff recommended recusal,” he said. “They said that since I had involvement with the campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation. I have studied the rules and considered their comments and evaluation. I believe those recommendations are right and just.”
In a statement following his remarks, Sessions noted that his recusal goes for “any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaign for president of the United States.”
“Jeff Sessions takes the job, gets into the job, recuses himself, which frankly I think is very unfair to the president. How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” Trump said.
Sessions said he promised at his confirmation that he would recuse himself if his “impartiality might reasonably be questioned.” He said he stepped back from the investigation because it probed a campaign he was involved with.
The Jeff Sessions recusal has ramifications beyond the Russia nonsense. We want a bunch of special prosecutors appointed, but Jeff Sessions’ recusal means we won’t get them unless he resigns. Right now we need a special prosecutor to investigate leaks coming from the Deep State and that includes the Justice Department. We need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor. But, recusal means no one getting that job done. Special Counsel Mueller must be put on a leash but because of recusal Mueller will do as he pleases and continue his witch hunt of the president.
Much that needs to be done by the Justice Department is not getting done because of Jeff Sessions’ recusal. Attorney General Sessions is doing fine on some issues but he is not fully engaged in pushing the Trump Agenda because Sessions recused himself from many issues that go back to campaign promises made by now President Trump. Between personal loyalties and people we like we will always choose to promote the agenda the American voters voted for. Jeff Sessions (and Deputy Rosenstein) need to consider removing themselves and sparing the president the task.
President Donald J. Trump wants the Justice Department to move rapidly to implement his agenda and that is why he built a fire under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The AG must either build a fire to get his department moving forward or he will burn.
As to the Sean Spicer resignation and the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci this too is President Donald J. Trump demanding action by taking action. Spicer wanted the job and left when Scaramucci got the job. Those who recall the presidential campaign will recall that President Trump will chop heads when heads need to be chopped. That’s why the President has also reorganized his legal team which now consists of Ty Cobb, Jay Sekulow, and John Dowd.
Recall the last time Anthony Scaramucci was in the headlines. CNN made accusations against him. Scaramucci threatened CNN with lawsuits. CNN ran from the fight and fired top propagandists from the network. In brief, Scaramucci fights tough and President Trump wants fighters:
Three CNN staffers have resigned following the publication and subsequent retraction of a story linking a Trump transition team member to the Russia-related investigations.
Big Media won’t understand any of this. What we see is President Trump ready, willing, and able to fight. And that’s how you win the battle to #RepealObamaCare.
How to win the #RepealObamaCare fight? Um, fight, declare war!
President Donald J. Trump will rally his supporters in Ohio this week. This is a way to force Ohio Senator Portman to vote to #RepealObamaCare now, in the same way Portman voted in 2015 (when he knew Obama would veto) to #RepealObamaCare:
Senator Portman is a liar if he does not vote in 2017, like he did in 2015, to #RepealObamaCare! That’s the message President Trump, Scaramucci and his team, must push forward.
President Donald J. Trump should go to Nevada and West Virginia to campaign to #RepealObamaCare and against the liar senators from those states. Those two senators are liars that need to be called out. President Trump can be particularly effective in both states. In Nevada, Senator Heller is up for election this year. Senator Heller can be called a “liar” if he votes to not #RepealObamaCare. Senator Heller should also be primaried and defeated.
President Donald J. Trump has already made the threat against go to Hell Heller:
Liar Heller of Nevada was for #RepealObamaCare before he was against it:
Expose liar Dean Heller and send him to electoral Hell, Mr. President.
Senator Lisa Murkowski is a liar too:
Senator Capito is up for election when President Trump is up for reelection in 2020. Senator Capito must also be made to realize that she represents a state that voted by over 40 points for President Trump. President Trump should go to West Virginia and call Senator Capito a liar because she ran for election to #RepealObamaCare, but now is against #RepealObamaCare:
Run liar Capito’s ads against ObamaCare against her in West Virginia Mr. President. Senator Capito is a liar!
At the same meeting in which President Trump reminded Dean Heller about next year’s election, President Trump also discussed the illegal Barack Obama subsides for ObamaCare. President Trump has thus far not pulled the pin on this grenade but he has that weapon as a Trump card. Any Senator that does not vote to #RepealObamaCare must be held to account and the President can blame them for the collapse of illegal ObamaCare subsidies. We’ve written about the illegal ObamaCare subsidies before and cited news reports to explain this grenade:
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.”
President Donald J. Trump has a lot of grenades to throw at liars such as Heller and Capito and a lot of Trump cards up his sleeve. If President Trump wants to destroy ObamaCare all he has to do is implement ObamaCare as written and blame the Obama Dimocrats and GOP senators who refuse to #RepealObamaCare.
President Donald J. Trump should also warn the country about government control of healthcare. All President Trump has to do is retell the saga of Charlie Gard and the British run healthcare dictatorship that refuses the parents of Charlie Gard from taking their child for medical treatment at their expense outside of Britain’s dictatorial hospital establishment.
Conservative group warns of primaries for those who don’t back ObamaCare repeal
A top conservative group is threatening primary challenges to senators who vote against a repeal of ObamaCare after Senate Republicans failed to coalesce around a replacement plan.
Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who now serves as the president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, drew the line in the sand on Tuesday, soon after reports surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to hold a repeal vote even though it’s already clear he doesn’t have the votes to pass it.
“Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare for years and now with President Trump in the White House, there is no excuse for them to break their promise,” Cuccinelli said.
“Working with the grassroots across the country, we will seek to identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers against Republican senators who vote against repeal. If they won’t keep their word and if they can’t find the courage to repeal a liberal takeover of our health care system that has hurt so many American families, they should be replaced by someone who will.”
Any and all Republicans who have lied to the American people about their willingness to #RepealObamaCare must be held to account.
Hillary Clinton has disappeared. President Trump fired F.B.I. Director Jim Comey and Hillary Clinton has remained absolutely quiet. We’ll explain why, now.
Throughout the presidential campaign in 2015/2016 then candidate Donald J. Trump spoke to huge rallies of supporters who shouted “Lock Her Up!!!” Once candidate Donald J. Trump won the election because of his victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s heart softened, along with, some would argue, his head. No longer did President-Elect Donald J. Trump want to “Lock Her Up!!!” President-Elect Donald J. Trump sweetly declared that he did not want to see his vanquished opponent dragged off to prison in an orange outfit which few can pull off fashion-wise.
To this kindness, Hillary Clinton replied with some trepidation. Hillary Clinton first vowed to help President Trump succeed. That was Phase I of Hillary into the woods.
Into the woods went Hillary Clinton looking for the magic items to make her wishes come true. Then came Phase II of Hillary and her magic beans.
The magic beans were the bean soup of excuses Hillary Clinton made to herself and Big Media to explain away her stunning loss to the guy that Big Media hated and that had held absolutely zero elected office. But the complete Phase II of Hillary Clinton’s Grimm Fairy Tales began the day Donald J. Trump became President Donald J. Trump and President Donald J. Trump appeared with F.B.I. Director James Comey who appeared to be secure in his job.
F.B.I. Director James Comey was a fool to believe his job was secure just because he appeared at a staged event with President Donald J. Trump. But an even bigger fool was Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director. James Comey had protected Hillary during the presidential campaign by (1) not indicting Hillary with the false excuse that the law to prosecute required “intent”; (2) providing immunity to many top Hillary aides without getting anything in return; (3) never putting Hillary Clinton under oath and never recording on video the “interrogation” of the supposed “winner” which could be seen repeatedly on television just before the election of 2016.
Hillary Clinton believed James Comey would remain F.B.I. Director and therefore she was safe from further prosecution. Apparently Hillary Clinton never saw Donald J. Trump’s reality show “Apprentice” nor “Celebrity Apprentice”. Just because President Trump appeared with Comey for a televised event did not mean Comey would not be fired.
At that point Hillary Clinton came out of the woods to attack President Trump. Phase II was a “blame the Russians” excuse mongering to attack the legitimacy of President Trump’s election and also to try to rally the losers who voted for her.
Phase III of Hillary Clinton’s descent into madness was her declaration that she was about to start a political action committee called “Onward Together” as a rerun of her failed “Stronger Together”.
“Onward Together” was Hillary Clinton’s most fatal mistake. She now faces prison and a life wearing a hideously unfashionable orange jumpsuit.
Shortly after Hillary Clinton raised her head to announce “Onward Together”, F.B.I. Director James Comey lost his head in a reality show called “Loser Clown Apprentice” hosted by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary had once again miscalculated badly. Hillary should have taken President Trump’s act of grace in not prosecuting her as a gift. Instead Hillary calculated that she was safe with Comey and that she could attack President Trump.
Hillary Clinton should have breathed a sigh of relief that she would not be imprisoned and found a way to make her life with granddaughter Charlotte happy. Instead Hillary Clinton chose to “resist, insist, persist, enlist”. Somehow Hillary forgot about the Inspector General.
So why is Hillary Clinton hiding now that James Comey lost his battle with President Trump? Because there is an Inspector General investigation which likely means a Hillary indictment.
There are two Inspector General investigations at the F.B.I.
The first investigation is to determine whether the F.B.I. conducted the Hillary Clinton email investigation competently and according to law and the rules of the F.B.I. The second investigation by the Inspector General is to determine whether now acting F.B.I. Director McCabe acted ethically when he refused to recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton investigations because his wife who ran for political office in 2016 accepted donations from Hillary Clinton friends and cronies. In addition Acting Director McCabe did not disclose his wife’s involvement in political office seeking and donation fundraising. The investigations of the Inspector General are mostly ignored by Big Media even as the consequences of the investigations pose massive ramifications for Comey and Hillary:
FBI ACTING DIRECTOR ANDREW MCCABE ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED OVER CLINTON EMAILS
Following President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, Andrew McCabe, the deputy director, will temporarily lead the bureau. The president dismissed Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, according to a memorandum by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but McCabe is also under scrutiny for his involvement in the Clinton emails matter.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General announced in January that in response to requests from members of Congress, organizations and the public, it was opening a review of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton matter. Among the aspects that the office said it would review were “allegations that the FBI deputy director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters.” [snip]
“FBI’s senior leadership should never have allowed that appearance of a conflict to undermine the bureau’s important work…. If Mr. McCabe failed to avoid the appearance of a partisan conflict of interest in favor of Mrs. Clinton during the presidential election, then any participation in this inquiry creates the exact same appearance of a partisan conflict of interest against Mr. Trump,” Grassley said. [snip]
Comey was also a subject of the inspector general probe, and the review will likely continue without him, Michael Bromwich, who was inspector general under Bill Clinton, told Newsweek Tuesday night. Bromwich told Newsweek in March that a review of this scope will perhaps take at least a year and involve interviewing witnesses and reviewing electronic communications. The office will then provide its findings to the Justice Department and to the public, and the department will decide on sanctions, which could be suspension or termination.
McCabe has real problems with these investigations. But Comey, even though his head is rolling down a hill somewhere, has bigger problems:
The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving FBI Director James B. Comey and how he handled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices, the inspector general announced Thursday.
The investigation will be wide-ranging, encompassing Comey’s various letters and public statements on the matter and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.
The inspector general’s announcement drew praise from those on both sides of the political aisle and again put a spotlight on Comey, who emerged as a controversial figure during the 2016 race. [snip]
Comey has also been criticized for months by former Justice Department officials for violating the department’s policy of avoiding any action that could affect a candidate close to an election. President-elect Donald Trump has notably declined to commit to keeping the FBI director.
Brian Fallon, a former Clinton campaign spokesman, praised the investigation Thursday. [snip]
Horowitz wrote that his inquiry will extend back to at least July — when Comey announced he was recommending the Clinton case be closed without charges. [snip]
And he said he would also probe whether Peter Kadzik, the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, “improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have been recused from participating in certain matters.” Kadzik used to be the lawyer for Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and WikiLeaks released hacked emails showing communications between the two men about the State Department’s review of Clinton emails for Freedom of Information Act purposes. [snip]
The tarmac meeting could be encompassed in the investigation of possible leaks of information, and Horowitz wrote that his investigators would consider “other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R- Iowa), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took note of the omission.
“It’s good to hear that the Inspector General agreed to my request to look at multiple concerns that I raised throughout the investigation,” Grassley said in a statement. “Conspicuously absent, though, is any specific reference to the Attorney General’s failure to recuse herself from the probe, particularly after her meeting with former President Clinton. It’s in the public interest to provide a full accounting of all the facts that led to the FBI and Justice Department’s decision-making regarding the investigation.”
This is deadly stuff and explains why Hillary Clinton is back in the woods, not heard from since Comey was schlonged by President Donald J. Trump.
Hillary Clinton is back in the woods because she understands that an F.B.I. Inspector General report that declares Comey and McCabe acted either illegally, unethically, or in violation of rules and regulations PUTS HER IN GREAT PERIL. If the Inspector General concludes the Hillary Clinton email investigation was improperly, illegally, or unethically, handled, then the obvious course will be that the Hillary Clinton investigation will be reopened. Hillary Clinton better get ready to wear orange jumpsuits even Martha Stewart could not fashionably wear.
Hillary Clinton should have been grateful to President Trump when he declared he did not want to “Lock Her Up!!!” Instead Hillary miscalculated that Comey would protect her.
In all this President Donald J. Trump revealed his other secret weapon! English is President Donald J. Trump’s superpower #1. President Trump has two other superpowers for us to consider today.
Consider this entire Comey/Hillary episode. President Trump was generous when he put aside “Lock Her Up” as an aim. Hillary Clinton in Phase I promised to help President Trump. Then in Phases II and III Hillary Clinton lost her mind and decided she was safe with Comey at the F.B.I. and therefore could attack President Trump.
How did President Trump respond? He let the dogs run wild in Phase I and II of Hillary’s miscalculations. Then in Phase III, President Trump struck.
Trump adviser vows to release video of Hillary’s concession
A key member of President Trump’s communication team says he has video of Hillary Clinton’s concession call and is promising to release it in the near future.
On Tuesday, Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted a screenshot of a telephone call Clinton aide Huma Abedin made to Kellyanne Conway on election night to concede. The photo shows a two-minute call from Abedin at 2:30 a.m., with her telephone number blurred out.
This is a clever attack against Hillary Clinton’s political posturing. First Hillary Clinton said she would not question the election results – then Hillary Clinton questioned the election results and blamed everyone and everything except her “muddled message mess” of a campaign. In one fell swoop President Trump calls out Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisies as well as dominates the news cycle the moment the video/audio of the concession calls are made public.
President Trump has an amazing capacity to gauge reality. Donald J. Trump was a reality show star. But in the greatest game of reality TV President Donald J. Trump is King of Reality.
President Trump fired Comey in a most unexpected and most unusual manner. It was a transcontinental schlonging. Big Media, the left, the kingdom of kooks, went mad, hysterical! And that is how President Trump wins.
No need to restate all the madness of Big Media and the left at President Trump’s removal of Comey. Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes, “it’s a coup”, “Trump will be impeached in 30 days”, Trump will be impeached in 15 days”, “IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP, IT’S OVER FOR TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.
The permanent crisis that is the Trump administration broke new, deeper ground on Tuesday afternoon as Baby Donald sacked FBI Director James Comey, whose sleuthing into connections between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia had discomposed him. The public uproar sounded immediately, as the cable channels went Full Bore Blitzer in their coverage and nearly every commentator and anchor (outside of the Fox News Channel) spotted the parallels between the Comey canning and President Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, the 1973 firing of an independent special prosecutor snooping into his Watergate misconduct and crimes. [snip]
The Comey affair surpasses all previous Trump-devised news events in part because it came so unexpectedly. [snip]
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin went falsetto in his outrage, correctly noting that Trump’s given rationale for the firing—Comey’s handling of the Clinton email case last summer—was a tissue-thin pretense: He had decided Comey must go and assigned the backing documentation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That the president had the right to fire Comey didn’t make the firing at this junction right, Democrats, a scattering of Republicans, and the non-Fox commentariat howled, setting the stage for what promises to be a weeks-long news festival of accusations and recriminations. [snip]
Of course, an entire Zappos warehouse of shoes may drop, but Trump knows from experience that he can still bend the news arc in his direction and take the news edge off his lawful act with a well-timed wrist flick. [snip]
The usual Trump Twitter bullshit, which he resorted to Wednesday morning, won’t be enough to stay the criticisms and calls for an independent counsel. [snip]
As I write, there are 32 Comey stories above the fold at CNN.com.
The current crisis is a case in point. Trump’s wits have allowed him to survive worse crises than this. File today’s New York Times and Washington Post in a safe place and revisit them this time next month. Trump may eventually face the comeuppance his foes dream of, but not over shoving Comey out the door.
That insult heavy “analysis” does not fully understand why President Trump will outlive “it’s over for Trump” heave hos. Why will President Trump survive and thrive? Why has President Trump, like candidate Trump, survived and thrived? Because President Trump’s view of reality is congruent with reality.
What astonishes is that not only does President Trump see reality, President Trump acts boldly on his vision of reality. President Trump succeeds because what Trump sees as reality is reality.
Do Americans share Big Media’s hysteria over Comey? Even leftist Big Media sees the non-writing on the FaceBook wall:Despite the wall-to-wall media coverage, most Americans — according to Facebook interactions — cared less about James Comey being fired than other big moments so far in the Trump administration.
The F.B.I.? Consider this: FBI Gives Hollywood Hacking Victims Surprising Advice: “Pay the Ransom” Hacking is a major and growing problem and the F.B.I. does not inspire confidence at all in any of this. Hacking, emails, F.B.I. says “pay the ransom”. Is that what the F.B.I. did with Hillary? Does the F.B.I. think the anti-Trumpers there can win against President Trump if the F.B.I. Trump haters there attack the President? All an F.B.I. or Comey attack against President Trump will prove is that many in the F.B.I. are using their legal powers illegally to act politically. Result will be Trump makes his point and wins again.
Consider all the news other than Comey the Clown related news from these past few days. Remember way back to last week when Obama Dimocrats giddily proclaimed the Republicans would lose the 2018 elections because of ObamaCare repeal? Then reality hit. Aetna is pulling out of ObamaCare. Premiums will rise dramatically. Disaster for Obama Dims. Trump got reality right (ObamaCare is in a death spiral). Obama Dims got reality kooky (and don’t care ObamaCare is in a death spiral).
With the latest departures, more than 40 percent of U.S. counties would have only one insurer selling coverage on their marketplaces for next year, according to data compiled by The Associated Press and the consulting firm Avalere. That assumes no other insurers leave and none step in by the time customers start shopping for coverage in the fall.
These state-based marketplaces, known as exchanges, were established by the Affordable Care Act as a place for customers to compare prices and buy coverage, often with help from income-based tax credits. They provided coverage for about 12 million people this year.
The idea was that competition for customers would keep prices low. But insurers faced big losses in some markets, and they got less financial support from the government than they expected. They’ve been raising prices and pulling out of some markets altogether in response.
Consider, the OPEC oil cartel thieves worry about President Trump’s promise to Make America Great Again. OPEC wants America to stop producing so much shale oil because oil prices are plummeting with the over supply. “I think [OPEC] are now acutely aware that they don’t have the kind of influence they used to have 10 years ago, and that shale is now the swing producer in the market.” President Trump schlongs OPEC!
Consider, China and President Trump art of the deal.After months of bashing China for its trade practices, the Trump administration said it had agreed with Beijing on a broad range of measures aimed at improving the access of American beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters, among others, to the world’s second-largest economy.
Big Media is focused on hysteria. President Donald J. Trump is using his superpowers to Make America Great Again.
In the battle of Big Media hysteria versus President Donald J. Trump, the reality is that President Trump sees reality.
President Trump’s superpowers – he makes his enemies go mad, he speaks in American blunt power English not Oxford/Harvard debater masturbators’ mush-mouth muddles, and he sees and acts quickly on his vision of reality which is the reality of most Americans.
The findings are significant for a Democratic Party, at a historic low point, that’s trying to figure out how it can win back power. Much of the debate over how to move forward has centered on whether the party should try to win back working-class white voters – who make up the bulk of Obama-Trump voters – or focus instead on mobilizing its base.
Turning out the base, the data suggests, is simply not good enough.
“This idea that Democrats can somehow ignore this constituency and just turn out more of our voters, the math doesn’t work,” Canter said. “We have to do both.”
It’s not to early for us to declare that President Donald J. Trump will be reelected in 2020. We already know his officially trademarked campaign slogan for 2020. The campaign slogan is reported by none other than President Trump himself to be “Keep America Great!” which is a Trumpian way of saying “Stay The Course“.
Compare and contrast what we write today with the analysis of the 2016 election we wrote back in 2013 about Hillary Clinton’s “Muddled Message Mess”. Everything we wrote in that article was exactly on target. We perform the same analysis today. We declare President Trump the winner of the 2020 election today.
Why will President Trump be reelected? Read what we wrote in “Muddled Message Mess” about Hillary Clinton’s not yet declared candidacy for President in 2016. In our update to “Muddled Message Mess” we asked in the very first sentence “Why would anyone who wants to win in 2016 support ObamaCare?” Hillary Clinton supported ObamaCare, became the Obama Third Term, and ignored every bit of advice we provided. Hillary Clinton decided we were wrong when we repeatedly wrote that 2016 was to be a “change” election. Hillary Clinton became the status quo candidate in a change election and that killed any chance she had of winning:
Hillary Clinton 2016 is a muddled message mess. The elemental question a campaign must answer before it begins to even be a dream is at this point answered by Hillary Clinton 2016 with a dust storm of incoherence. [snip]
Hillary Clinton 2016 however is a wagon train immersed in fog headed into quicksand bogs because it has not answered the question a campaign must answer as the chief policy motivation and raison d’etre of the candidate.
The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops.
“Muddled Message Mess” made it clear years before anyone else wrote it, that 2016 would be a CHANGE election. Election year 2020 will be the opposite of 2016. 2020 will be a status quo election. President Trump will run on “stay the course” because we must “Keep America Great!” It’s a powerful message that helps most all presidents when they run for reelection. “Stay the course” and “Keep America Great! will help reelect President Trump. Already President Trump has raised millions for 2020. Already, ten people, including Michael Glassner, Sean Dollman, and John Pence, are busy collecting data, fundraising, and hosting large rallies in support of President Trump’s 2020 campaign. They have a lot of help.
Obama Dimocrats will make it much easier for President Trump to be reelected. Obama Dimocrats will run on “time for a change” in 2018 and 2020. The screams and howls of “time for a change” from Obama Dimocrats will doom them and reelect President Trump. Why? How?
Anti-Trump energy poses recruiting dilemma for Dems
House Democrats face a recruiting dilemma in 2018 as the liberal backlash to President Trump looks poised to boost progressive candidates in primaries.
Democrats are seeing a groundswell of enthusiasm on the left, but that same energy could complicate the calculus in swing seats and districts carried by Trump that Democrats need to take back the House.
The party will likely need to strike a delicate balance between finding moderate candidates who best match the political profiles of the target districts on issues such as abortion and gun control without alienating its left wing.
“I think it may be helpful in some of the deep red districts or red-of-center districts to have some candidates who may be anti-abortion rights or pro-gun, maybe … more conservative side of some of these social issues,” said Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of campaign analysis site Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Democrats need to flip two dozen seats to regain the House majority. To win that many seats, they’ll need to put many Trump districts into play. [snip]
“It will be difficult for them to get the candidates they need because their base won’t allow it,” a House GOP strategist said. “They are going to want ideological purity.”
“It will be awfully hard to win those races, because you aren’t competing in New York City.”
Obama Dimocrats will try to dupe the voters in 2018. Obama Dimocrats will run inexperienced candidates who are women and veterans, all without records to be examined. But the primaries will also include full tilt kooks from DailyKooks and the leftist mobs that run riot in the streets.
It will be the Kooks versus the “normals” in the Dimocrat primaries and the Kooks will win every time. Already the top Dim Kook, Tom Perez, has declared that the Obama Dimocrat Party will abort any candidate that does not support abortion on demand. The “normals” will argue that abortion on demand is not viable once the baby is viable – late term abortions a few hours or days before birth will have to be exempt from “abortion on demand”. The Kooks will shout “misogyny!” The “normals” will lose every time.
By the time the general elections in 2018 roll in, the “normals” that have been duped into running as Obama Dimocrats in the primaries will be aborted. The new “normals” in the general election will be Republicans who will run against the Obama full tilt Kooks that won their primaries.
Ordinarily we would write “it doesn’t have to be this way”. We could surmise that if the Democratic Party of old existed, wiser heads would help the “normals” win their primaries and restore some sense to the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton in 1992 ran against the kooks in the party and won. But in 2017, Hillary Clinton has gone full kook and decided to organize a new money milking operation called “Onward Together”.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “Stronger Together” was bad enough. It answered nothing about stronger for what? It reminded us of a drunk who drinks coffee. You remain drunk only you are more hyper. “Stronger Together” was the end. Now, “Onward Together”, but where? Into the valley of death.
Ordinarily we would write “it doesn’t have to be this way”. If the Democratic Party of old existed, sensible “normals” in the Democratic Party would admit that ObamaCare was a failure and work with President Trump to fix the mess they created under Barack Obama. If there were any Dimocrat “normals” they would have proposed good and meaningful ways to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
But because the Obama Dimocrat kooks are in control, the idea from the Obama Dimocrat Party is to attack everything that President Trump attempts to do. They reason that what worked for Obama opponents will work for them. But those tactics will fail because ObamaCare is a failure that only gets worst every day.
If the “normals” existed in the Obama Dimocrat Party they could have profited. Many Trump supporters are not happy with the soggy healthcare proposals passed by the House. Many more Trump supporters are not happy with the continuing resolution to finance the government recently passed. Many Trump supporters understand the limitations Trump was under with the continuing resolution and see the Trump chess game as to budgets, and tax reform, but still want the entire political world to change in an instant. If there were “normals” in the Obama Dimocrat Party they could damage President Trump by wooing normal voters. But there are no “normals” in the Obama Dimocrat Party to woo normal Americans.
There are only kooks left in the Obama Dimocrat Party. That’s why a Trump hater like Marc Thiessen can say “The past 100 days have been a disaster – for Democrats”. According to the Post-ABC News poll, only 2 percent of Americans who voted for Trump regret their votes, while fully 96 percent say it was the right thing to do. Former Bill Clinton pollster Doug Schoen understands that the strong bond maintained by President Trump with his supporters is a potent source of political power for 2018 and 2020. The smart Salena Zito observes that The media assault on Trump could win him a second term. At the New York Times, bad news for Trump opponents is spun as good news:
Biden said he was prepared to storm the country to help revive the party, and boasted of his comfort in wooing areas that voted for Trump. [snip]
In a largely leaderless party, two distinct groups are emerging, defined mostly by age and national stature. On one side are three potential candidates approaching celebrity status who would all be older than 70 on Election Day: Biden, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. [snip]
Sanders, the runner-up in the 2016 primaries, may loom largest over the next Democratic race. He is already planning his first return trip to early-voting Iowa in July, and plans to be the keynote speaker at the convention of a social justice organization that works closely with his political group, Our Revolution. [snip]
Competing against the Democrats’ senior cohort is a large and relatively shapeless set of younger candidates who span the ideological spectrum: governors, senators, mayors, wealthy executives and even members of the House. [snip]
In the Senate alone, as much as a quarter of the Democrats’ 48-member caucus are thought to be giving at least a measure of consideration to the 2020 race, among them Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kamala Harris of California. All are closer to 40 than 80.
Bernie Sanders is a socialist kook who is considered the front-runner for 2020. He’s not even a member of the party!
Recently we wrote about President Trump’s management style. We said it was a vortex of information flowing to President Trump at the center. But really, it is a TrumpNado of productive activity.
On immigration and other issues the winning has only begun. President Trump did not get all the monies he wanted from the continuing resolution on immigration, but he got what he needed. President Trump can do a lot with a little. President Trump comes in ahead of schedule and under budget. Notice how President Trump, via Executive Order, will regularly release to the public information on illegal immigrants and crime. The first report declares that of the 45,493 inmates currently in Bureau of Prisons custody only 3,939 are Americans, including those naturalized. The vast majority of those are soon to be deported because they are in this country illegally.
Not much attention will be paid to the illegal immigrants in American prisons for crimes committed here. For now. But in elections in 2018 and the elections in 2020, this information will come into sharp focus. Obama Dimocrats will side with the lawbreakers. President Trump will side with Americans.
On ObamaCare, President Trump only has to wait as ObamaCare collapses more and more with each passing day, all on its own. By summer, President Trump will begin the argument that targets Obama Dimocrats as uncaring political profiteers willing to hurt “normals” for their own political benefit at the polls. That argument will be repeated on issue after issue. President Trump will win for the “normals”. The kooks? The kooks will continue to resist, insist, persist, enlist and ride off into the sunset, off the cliffs of reality.
Why will President Trump win in 2018 and 2020? Because President Trump is building a Great America based on reality, not fantasy. The Kooks? The Kooks are busy having fun with those fun gadgets called fidget spinners, getting nowhere fast.
In 2020 President Trump will be reelected, and America will be Great, again.
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 Fairairhead 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.
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:
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.
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, the implementation of one country, two systems, and through the phrase “seek truth from facts“, an advocation of political and economic pragmatism. [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. (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. 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 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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
senior WH aide, asked if decisive health care defeat today is best for Team Trump: "100%"
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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”:
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.