Odds and Ends

Who does the President’s planning? Why would they have Chris Christie in the WH high fiving the President on the day and time his two top aides are being sentenced for Bridgegate? A media disaster.

Gallup today: “Trump’s Approval Rating Unusually Low, Unusually Early”.  The story says: “As the first president in Gallup’s polling history to start his term with a job approval rating below the majority level, Donald Trump has already received the all-time lowest approval ratings of any president in his first year.”
Other polls Rasmussen, PPD, CBS all show his disapproval to be 12+ points higher than his approval rating. The MSM  beat down is having an impact.

WSJ today writes this: “Democrats now have a “realistic” chance of taking back the House in 2018, writes Josh Kraushaar of National Journal: “Re­pub­lic­ans, with con­trol of the White House and Con­gress, look em­bar­rass­ingly in­cap­able of gov­ern­ing. The polit­ic­al con­sequences are severe: GOP voters are likely to be de­mor­al­ized in the run-up to next year’s midterm elec­tions, es­pe­cially if Pres­id­ent Trump is un­able to achieve any oth­er le­gis­lat­ive vic­tor­ies.”
Imagine that. Pelosi and Schumer as leaders in house and senate.

Is Freedom Caucus running scared now? We keep hearing that intense negotiations are going on to raise the healthcare bill again.
The whole healthcare issue is a loser. It divided the Republican party. The bill was judged to raise costs and lower the number covered. It dented Trump’s image as a deal maker and made Republican congress look inept.

The MSM continues to blow up and express indignation over the Russian involvement in the election. Yet, no evidence of any connection to date. But, not a word about the illegal leakers and how they broke the law. Why is that?

Yet, more than half the Democrats in the Senate now say they will vote against Judge Gorsuch. Can you believe that? For no reason other than Trump nominated him. Will they pay for this? Watch how media plays it. They would bury the Republicans in reverse.

Are we saying the media is anti? Look at today’s NYT lead stories. You judge:

Top News
Civilians in Mosul waited for aid this month. American forces have stepped up airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces’ fight for the city.U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight
By BEN HUBBARD and MICHAEL R. GORDON
Two months after President Trump took office, indications are mounting that the military is deepening its involvement in complex wars that lack clear outcomes.
Burning coal at an unauthorized steel factory in Inner Mongolia in November. China consumes as much coal as the rest of the world combined.China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies
By EDWARD WONG
For years, the United States pushed China to commit to limiting its use of fossil fuels. The countries now look likely to switch roles.
Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, updated reporters about their ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday. Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Vow Thorough Russian Investigation
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
The top Republican and Democrat on the committee pledged to forge ahead, while seeking to distance themselves from the troubled House inquiry.
OPINION | OP-ED
Why Democrats Should Work With Trump 
America doesn’t have room for two parties of “no.”

News
Coal miners in Welch, W.Va., in Appalachia. The coal industry has been replacing workers with machines and explosives.Coal Mining Jobs Trump Would Bring Back No Longer Exist
By HIROKO TABUCHI
The jobs the president alluded to – hardy miners in mazelike tunnels with picks and shovels – have become vestiges of the past.

Business:
Valdese Weavers in Burke County, N.C., is hiring, but can’t always find the right employees. Little Sign of a ‘Trump Bump’ in the Economic Forecast
By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
Despite upbeat sentiment among consumers and investors in the new year, actual growth estimates are modest for the quarter and beyond.

 

The MSM beat goes on ……

The MSM negative reporting on the President and administration is relentless. They attack everything the administration does, proposes and thinks. There is never a positive story on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or MSNBC. You can see why Trump’s numbers are trending lower and running negative. Think about it, outside of Fox where do you hear anything positive? You know where, only in his tweets. On some days that is the only counter to the negativity.

Want an exampl? You’ve heard how Trump’s budget adds $54 billion to defense and according to the MSM hurts the poor and needy. Stories like, “How Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Hurt Low-Income Americans” (CNN) or “If You’re a Poor Person in America, Trump’s Budget is Not For You” (Washington Post). A New York Times editorial described the budget as a sadistic attempt to “impose pain for pain’s sake.” You get the idea. Now what is reality?
How much will President Trump’s budget proposal cut federal anti-poverty spending below current levels? Want to guess?
Ten percent? Twenty percent? More?
Answer — Zero. That’s right zero.
In fact it increases anti poverty spending by 1.9%. Why the uproar? They want a 2.7% increase.
Anti poverty spending in the current budget is $783 billion. Under Trump’s budget it will go to $798 billion, not the $804 billion desired.

So this becomes fodder for MSM presentation of starving people thrown out in the street by the new administration.

Your MSM at work.

What a mess you have woven……

On Friday right after pulling the healthcare bill the President went on the air and blamed lack of Democratic support four times. They of course took umbrage and delighted in bashing him. They felt they won.
Does anyone care the American people lost?

By Sunday morning the President was talking of working with the Democrats to foster a bill and bashing the conservative freedom caucus made up of right wing Republicans. Then he tweeted, this time telling everyone to watch Judge Jeanine on TV that night. What does she lead with? A statement that Paul Ryan should resign as speaker. Wait I thought you said on Friday he did a great job. So where are we?

Is he planning to work with the Democrats to fix Obamacare? You see they won’t repeal and replace it, they want it called Obamacare. But Trump said it was in a death spiral and couldn’t be saved. How are we going to fix that law and keep the promise of better coverage, lower deductibles and reduced costs? Is Trump going to put his energy to save Obamacare and the Democrats? Or is it not in the death spiral they said it is? And wait, have we given up on working with the Republican majority because they really are the party of “no”? Confusing.

Now this AM one member of the Freedom Caucus said he’s out. Rep Ted Poe said, “Some members of the Freedom Caucus would have voted against the American Health Care Act no matter what changes had been included, but at some point, they need to learn to say yes and lead”. Oh you mean like realize you are now the majority and must compromise?

In our view this caucus bit off more than it realized and angered the administration. An administration that works impulsively and they are already shifting from working with you to treating you like the opposition. So much so that they are willing to work with Schumer and Pelosi over you. Nice job.

So where are we going with this? Who knows what trick the administration has next. Maybe the Russians have a plan we can adopt.

Special Edition: And down goes Trump/Ryan care ..

So Obamacare lives and we are reduced to words tonight. Our frustrations:

For seven years the Republicans in congress passed repeal and replace. (That Obama vetoed). It turns out they lied. They had no replace.
As Ryan said, governing is a little harder.
For the entire campaign Trump had a plan ready to go day one. He did not.

His words tonight that maybe Schumer and Pelosi will come to him, ask for help to save healthcare in the future, and that he will listen is pathetic.
It is where you should have started.

Blaming Democrats four times in his speech was sad. When did you hear one time in the last month he, Ryan or anyone mentioned Democrats. You never tried. You went behind closed doors just like Pelosi and team did and that was a disgrace. You were no better.

Our thoughts from the outset were:

Tell the American people you are concerned about healthcare, rising costs and want everyone to have the best of care. You want it to be right and non partisan.  Then form a committee of 12. Made up of three from Pelosi, three from Schumer, three from Ryan and three from O’Connell.
Would they have reached a deal? Of course not.
But it would have allowed Obamacare to run another year and continue to implode. It would have isolated the problem clearly while you took a statesman position.
Instead, what Trump and Ryan did was make Obamacare popular. Can you believe that? If you want proof this was badly handled it is right there. Who else could have made it popular?

Now What?

Now they better make sure they don’t get out maneuvered by Schumer and Pelosi on who gets the blame as things unfold. Are you confident they can do that? Me neither.
Next it is time to adjust. His words after the vote were terrible. It’s time to start talking and acting like a President. Get on with the business of making lives better.
The next battle is tax cuts and the budget. Watch how liberals and the MSM paint the tax cuts as taking care of the wealthy over the needy. (Forgetting that it is those working who are paying the taxes). Watch how the budget blows up and deficits become a big issue. Part of this will be the $4 billion dollars asked to build that wall that Mexico was going to pay for.
Sounds bad? It is. Any saving grace? Yes, there is one. It comes from the famous words of Harry Reid. Hillary didn’t win did she?

Down to the wire …..

If you like news, breaking events, drama and infighting, this is your time.

The Healthcare Vote Today:

The vote extends one day and finally the President says this is it. Vote up or down, we’re done dealing. All the cards are on the table now.
Think about the disaster here:
What Trump and Ryan have been doing is trying to line up 216 Republican votes. Not a single Democrat will vote to repeal Obamacare.
The plan has been attacked from the left and right.
CBO says it does not reduce costs and increases the uncovered numbers.
Supporters say Obamacare is in a death spiral.
So chose your pain.
As this blog has said for years, you cannot provide free coverage to 30 million, improve services and reduce costs. Impossible.
To enter this quagmire with their initial thrust was the wrong move by the new administration. They didn’t learn from Hillarycare or Obamacare.
The vote today? Our guess is it passes by one vote  — but it’s a guess.

Schumer says Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch:

You can’t be serious. What’s worse is the MSM will give him cover for this outrageous action. Gorsuch should be unanimous as he was when Schumer and every Democrat voted for him last time.
Remember it was Schumer who when Bush was President said no supreme court nominee should be made or approved with 18 months left in his term. Now he is “angry” about no vote on Judge Gerland last year.
And the MSM will give this hypocrite cover. Disgraceful is all we can say.

Rockville Maryland:

Shocking lack of MSM coverage of the rape of a 14 year old. Contrast that with the coverage of the false Virginia rape and Duke lacrosse cases.

Anti Trump Protests to continue. Today’s WSJ:

The Democracy Alliance, “a group of 112 prolific political contributors that includes George Soros, Tom Steyer and Donald Sussman,” is meeting this week with groups “that helped kick off protest marches and town-hall confrontations to oppose President Donald Trump’s agenda,” report Bill Allison and John McCormick of Bloomberg.

Is There Wiretapping Proof?

Fox News is reporting that 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.
It won’t be anything that says Obama did it and the MSM will harp on the Trump tweet no matter what they find.

Philadelphia Soda Tax Update:

The Associated Press reports that “Pepsi is pulling 2-liter bottles and 12-packs of its products from Philadelphia grocery store shelves over the city’s new tax on sweetened drinks … The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened and diet beverages is imposed at the distributor level. If fully passed on to the consumer it amounts to $1.44 on a six-pack of 16-ounce bottles.”Pepsi says that “it wants to offer products and package sizes working families can better afford,” the AP writes, noting that “earlier this month, Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo Inc. cited the tax when announcing layoffs of 80 to 100 workers at distribution plants serving Philadelphia.”

A story we have followed and illustrates liberal government at work.

Madness Continued …..

The Gorsuch Hearings:

Really a third day of negative questioning and outrageous tone by lightweights? The hearing is simply disgusting to us. We believe this all goes back to Senator Edward Kennedy attacking Judge Bork back in 1987. Until then it was a civil process. Look it up. Here’s a NY Times story from 2011 on that:
“Twenty-four years after Bork’s nomination was rejected in 2011, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera claimed that the Bork fight, in some ways, was the beginning of the end of civil discourse in politics…The anger between Democrats and Republicans, the unwillingness to work together, the profound mistrust–the line from Bork to today’s ugly politics is a straight one”.

Russia and Wiretaps Ongoing:

A congressman on the intelligence committee says there is possible evidence of tapping into Trump associates. That sets off a firestorm. Trump supporters jump up and say “see”. The MSM and liberals respond, “but it doesn’t support Obama ordered it”. Then an hour later another leak. This one says there is evidence that Trump’s people collaborated with the Russians to release information harmful to Hillary.
So round and round we go with no real end in sight. It’s about politics and not about governing the nation. What a shame.

The Healthcare Bill:

So what will happen today? You can mark this down. If there is a vote it passes. No way Trump and Ryan let it go to a vote to lose. Will it pass? Of course it will, it could be by one vote. You see there are congress people who want to vote “no” but will vote “yes” to assure passage. Politics.

London:

We live in a dangerous world with a deranged enemy. They want to kill freedom loving people. You get it, not everyone does. Look at Rockville, Md. One day after that horrendous rape story the state’s Democratic legislature voted to make it a sanctuary state. One day. As if our government is the issue not the people coming illegally, committing crimes and some of whom may have ill intent.

Madness, simply madness.

March Madness of a different type …

March madness might refer to the college basketball post season games, but it clearly describes the current state of events in Washington and the world.

The Hearings:

First the truly extraordinary hearings with FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers. As I watched it all I could think was Trump is in trouble. That tweet two weeks ago accusing Obama of wiretapping was way over board. Then the attempt to blame the British compounded things. There is no evidence at all to support that tweet, but Trump is sticking to it. Crazy statement and crazier to keep it going.
The hearings destroyed Trump on the wiretaps and possible Russian connections. No doubt you have heard the news. Here’s our summary:
1. There’s no evidence that Obama tapped his phones. Zero. Bad news one.
2. The FBI is investigating real connections between Trump’s campaign associates and the Russian government. Bad news two.
3. The FBI Director said that Putin hated Hillary and wanted to hurt her.
4. Democrats are sure that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
5. It appears intelligence officials don’t think there’s evidence that the meddling influenced votes.
6. The FBI is going to be very quiet about the investigation until finished.
7. Republicans are trying hard to focus on the leaks to the press. They believe an Obama official is behind them.
Except for the last point the rest are very negative for Trump. The FBI wouldn’t even acknowledge they are investigating the leaks. A bad day for Trump and team.

The Gorsuch Hearings:

We will make this simple. A disgrace, the manner in which the judge was treated and questioned. Disgraceful that our elected officials now think they must act in such a despicable manner. If we don’t get back to civility the future is bleak. This is an honorable man with impeccable characteristics. The treatment is prep for the next nominee, we get it, but still disgraceful.

The Intolerable Left:

So Eric Trump announces his wife is pregnant and they are having a son.  Chelsea Handler wrote this when she heard.

On Monday, Eric Trump announced that his wife Lara is pregnant with their first child. Handler responded by tweeting: “I guess one of @realDonaldTrump’s sons is expecting a new baby. Just what we need. Another person with those jeans [sic]. Let’s hope for a girl.”— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) 3:27 PM – 20 Mar 2017

Handler evidently meant to write “genes,” a point not lost on Trump Jr., who slammed the comic on social media.

“Attacking the announcement of someone’s first pregnancy would seem below the belt to most, but sadly that’s no longer the case,” Trump Jr. wrote on Facebook. ” So much for the party of science.”

My response to @ChelseaHandler and her sick tweet targeted at our family. So much for the “tolerant left!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) 8:13 PM – 20 Mar 2017
Handler later apologized for her spelling mistake, but not for the attack on Donald Trump’s granchild.“Sorry about spelling mistake. I meant “genes,” not “jeans.” I’m a little stoned. What’s your excuse?”

Did you see and hear this on the MSM?

In the meantime:

In the meantime, a hero of the intolerant left and one they fought not to be extradited back to the U.S. is back in the news. Roman Polanski who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl wants a deal to come back to the U.S.

“Roman Polanski is willing to come back to the US to settle his 40-year-old child-rape case but wants assurances he won’t face prison time, his lawyer said Monday. Mr. Polanski just wants to settle this case, wants it over with,” lawyer Harland Braun told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon at a hearing. Braun wants a sentence of time served.

Polanski served 42 days in jail, but fled to France in 1978.

What do you think? I am uncompromising here and want him locked up. The intolerable left supports him, yet they attack Gorsuch because he might be against Roe vs. Wade. Think about that. No abortions, but rape of a 13 year old is okay if he’s one of yours.

 

Was it a set up?

Was the tax release a plant?

Was the release of two pages of Trump’s 2005 taxes a plant by a Trump supporter? That was our initial thought when we saw the income and taxes paid. After all, the narrative had been Trump paid no taxes. A 25% rate? Is that real? My goodness, Obama only paid 19%. Bernie the socialist (with a tax rate he supports of 90%) paid only 13%. This can’t be real being exposed on MSNBC, by Rachel Maddow of all people. It had to be a plant, we thought, to divert attention from the wiretapping charges.
Plus, there were increasing calls for his taxes as the Russian connection was ongoing. They wanted to see if he had loans and business dealings with them. This release (or expose) will impact that too. It lost steam.

Whether a plant or not it was helpful to Trump. It showed he paid taxes and other than his earnings, nothing else. No loan information, no bank detail, no business dealings. If someone were out to get him why just those two pages? Let’s see what develops and comes next. This will surely enrage the MSM and liberals when they realize they were had. The excitement all night following Maddow’s tweet she was going to show the tax return was a major let down for them.
We think they got taken.

A Judge Steps In Again:

An Hawaii judge this time ordered a halt to the travel ban for purposes of setting up enhanced vetting. This one will end up a fight, as the order was carefully prepared and a President’s power is at stake. In our opinion, this time the judiciary has gone too far and clarifies why we need judges who enforce the law and not make it.

This judge said this citing prior comments President Trump made as a candidate about his desire to curb immigration of foreign nationals who are Muslim. He said “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” was behind both the original and revised versions of the executive order.
Oh is that right? So now we base decisions on what someone said in a campaign and not what the law before you is? Really?
Does that mean anything Obama wanted to do to curb police was illegal because from the outset he remarked about the Cambridge Police “they overreacted” and he was wrong? Or, anything Hillary wanted would be illegal since she called half of America “undesirables and deplorable”?

Healthcare Update:

The debate goes on and the negatives from the Democrats and MSM remains loud and anti to the Ryan/Trump plan.
What remains lost is Obamacare is falling apart. Yesterday the largest insurer in Obamacare came out for a change to the new plan.
“Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish wrote to the chairmen of the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees that the leadership’s bill “addresses the challenges immediately facing the individual market and will ensure more affordable health plan choices for consumers in the short term. The health insurance company supports the Ryan plan’s provisions to repeal Obamacare’s health insurance tax, temporarily continuing Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies, and doling out tax credits for those on the Obamacare exchanges. Anthem CEO Swedish explained, “These provisions are essential and must be finalized quickly to have the intended impact on products and prices to benefit consumers”.

We repeat, the shame of the coverage is that they don’t mention Obamacare is falling apart at the seams and can’t survive.

Bracketology:
In six hours the college basketball championship tournament tips off and work productivity goes down for the next two days.
We love it and our final picks are:
Men:  Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and eventual champ North Carolina.
Women: Miss. State, Florida State, Texas and eventual champion UConn.

Now you know.

The Issues Are The Same

The issues remain the same. Obamacare, the Russians and wiretapping.

Replacing Obamacare:

As we’ve said since the day it passed in 2009, you can’t insure 30 million for free, improve coverage and lower costs. Impossible.
Obamacare forced young people to buy coverage or face a fine. That was how it intended to offset costs. It didn’t work and the system is falling apart. You have seen the insurers leaving the system. Republicans are doing a great job of bailing out Democrats on a failed system. In 2018 the problems would have been clear to all as insurers ran. Obama had the costs deferred until then.
In the end we all want insurance for all, but how do you pay the bill? The CBO said we would save $337 million with the Trump/Ryan bill. But 24 million would lose coverage. Do you balance the budget or give free insurance? You can’t do both.

The Russians and Wiretapping:

President Trump’s tweet that Saturday AM just destroyed what could have turned out to be an advantage. He accused Obama of wiretapping him. As we said that day Obama is too smart to do that (or have his hands exposed on it). It changed the narrative. Before that tweet it was about connections and collusion between the Russians and Trump team. There was none and that will prove out which would have been a Trump asset. Instead, it is now all about the Obama wiretapping charge. There was wiretapping, but you will never find the smoking gun on Obama. Plus the illegal leaks are lost in the explosive charges. That is a real crime.
An opportunity lost.
By the way, did you notice less Trump tweets since? Hard to believe he learned, though.

In Other News Did You Know:

Democrats plan to block spending bills over border wall?

Congressional Democrats on Monday said they’re ready to block spending bills over President Trump’s planned border wall, raising the risks of a new government shutdown.
They can’t be that dumb.  Republicans did it and the backfire was massive.

Dems are against the new vetting procedure.

Senate Democrats announced a bill Monday to revoke President Trump’s latest extreme vetting executive order, saying its discriminatory and counterproductive to the country’s efforts to influence allies. They really are against checking who is coming into the country.
Plus, five states are challenging the new temporary ban in court.

Did you hear about this interview on CNN?

“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that she had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN’s GPS host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
What, the Russians met with the Democrats too this year? Who would have guessed that? I bet now it was their job.
By the way, do you think CNN asked who in the Clinton campaign they met with? If you guessed “no” you would be right.

How funny was the news about replacing U.S. Attorney’s?

As soon as it was announced, the headlines and outrage came flying out. CNN led the way with “Outrage as administration announces ….” Then within hours it quieted as it turned out Clinton fired double the people in the same manner, and oh yea, Obama did the same. But the MSM acted before knowing the facts thinking this was another chance to get Trump. Instead they got trumped.
How did the MSM cover this versus when Obama did it? Check these actual headlines from Politicio: 
Obama “replaces” US attorneys, Trump “ousts” them. 

Did you know the Democrats want to lower the voting age to 17?

They are starting in California and the program is funded by George Soros. Democratic legislators introduced a landmark bill, that would give the Golden State the nation’s youngest statewide voting age by lowering the threshold from 18 to 17 in the name of reversing the slide in voter turnout.
They plan on trying to do this in other places.
They know as voters age, get jobs, pay taxes and live life they  turn more conservative. Remember the old saying “if you’re not a liberal at 20 you have no heart, and if you’re not a conservative at 40 you have no brain”?
If people continue to smarten up we’ll be lowering the voting age to 10.

I knew that but not ….

We all know the negative drumbeat in the news. Obamacare is failing. The Republican alternative is a disaster. Wikileaks released damaging information. North Korea is a real problem. Iran is dangerous. Iraq is making progress in Mosul. The Russians and Trump are one………
Here’s some other news you may not have heard on the MSM.

Tim Kaine’s son arrested in an anti Trump rally:

Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the “March 4 Trump” rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they disrupted the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb.
Did you hear this on the MSM? Imagine if it were a Trump kid or relative.

http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/07/son-of-sen-tim-kaine-one-of-six-arrested-during-trump-rally-at-state-capitol-last-weekend/

Illegal Crossings Down on Southern Border

Did you hear that illegal border crossings last month were down 40%? The downward number is credited to President Trump’s tough talk and polices.  Watch this morning and see how (or if) they cover it and what they say.

Ben Carson torched for his comments:

I bet you heard all about Ben Carson’s comments on slaves and immigrants. He was torched on every medium. Robin Roberts on GMA talking with her buddy George blasted out loud “outrageous”. Anger was all over. Read this quote:
“It wasn’t always easy for new immigrants. Certainly, it wasn’t easy for those of African heritage who had not come here voluntarily and yet in their own way were immigrants themselves. There was discrimination and hardship and poverty. But, like you, they no doubt found inspiration in all those who had come before them. And they were able to muster faith that, here in America, they might build a better life and give their children something more.”
Who do you think said it? The answer, Barack Obama. Hear that on MSM?
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-called-slaves-immigrants/2017/03/07/id/777496/

You heard about dropping Ivanka’s clothes 

We heard about all the chains from Sears, Nordstrom and Kmart dropping her line, but did you hear this? Ivanka Trump’s fashion line is reporting record sales figures despite demands to drop the line and calls for a boycott.
“Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand,” Abigail Klem, the president of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand, tells Refinery29 in an interview published Tuesday. “For several different retailers Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever.”
What, you didn’t hear this on the MSM? Only about dropping her? Hmmm.
http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/322818-ivanka-trump-clothing-line-reports-record-sales

Obamacare and Trumpcare:

Here’s an opinion. The new Trumpcare (for lack of a better ID right now) and all the hula-a-bala  about what is offered is nothing more than a starting point. This is Trump practicing the Art of The Deal negotiation. Put something out, let others demand more, add to it and lock them in. If you put it all out upfront, they always want more. Watch the dealing now and how he adds insurance against state lines and other enhancements.

Healthcare, More Russians, Bugs and the Press

Healthcare:

The Republicans put out their ACA (Obamacare) replacement yesterday. One funny thing was they put it out there “for all to read, not like Pelosi did”. They said that over and over. The bill is 100 pages as contrasted with the ACA which was 2700 pages to start.
What the Republicans have put forward is just the start of the discussion. There will be a lot of give and take now before a final replacement is defined. As an example, the across the state selling of policies is not in this. It will be in the final version. This is a placeholder and the final bill is a ways off.
Conversatives are not happy; they have raised concerns about key provisions within the bill. Conservatives have argued that refundable tax credits are little more than a new entitlement program, and some Republicans from Medicaid-expansion states have said they would not support plans that could kick millions of people off the Medicaid rolls.
Liberals are concerned about Medicaid, lost coverage and tax reductions (of ACA added taxes) “to the rich”.

The joke of the day was Nancy Pelosi saying it must be shared and reviewed before anything happens. Sometimes the hypocrisy is just too laughable. Imagine people follow her as the Democrat lead in the house.

Lots of noise and charges to come on this, so buckle up. It was never easy.

The Russians Did It:

The drumbeat goes on with Sessions. Yet another senator (Murphy from Ct. and a rising Dem star) faced embarrassment yesterday. He has been a very vocal critic of Sessions, even demanding he resign. Guess what?Pictures have emerged of him meeting with the same Ambassador.

What we have here is a story with no evidence that Trump and team conspired with the Russians to impact the election. But it is becoming clear the Democrats thought there was, and hence, we get to the wire tapping charges. These two stories are related, and as this unfolds you will see it all clearly. There just may be a little right on each side.
The Democrats thought there was collusion and got an investigation going. The Republicans are right that there was wire tapping because of that. But both are a little wrong too.
Obama did not order it personally on Trump. That was his error. He went too far again.
The Democrats are  making noise where there is nothing to support it and when this is over they could look bad.

Iran and North Korea:

How much coverage have these two countries gotten recently? You would think they just developed and started testing ballistic missiles in the 40 days Trump has been President. How come there was such little coverage when Obama was in office? All they did during those years was develop the weapons, test them, improve upon their capability and invest more. Watch how this grows and becomes Trump’s problem.

The new Travel Ban:

Not much noise on this second ban right? It was written by some of the best legal minds and the opponents need time to find a loop hold. They set a date (March 16) to take effect, allowing for airport issues to be resolved. Plus, holders of visas and green cards can come to the U.S.
The quiet won’t last though. Hawaii is set to file change one today. Others will follow.

How we see media coverage:

A  clear majority of Americans believe the press has been too hard on President Trump. In fact, 55 percent saying they’re growing “weary” of the constant drumbeat of negative coverage.

This latest finding is from an IBD/TIPP poll. The poll had good and bad news for all sides. Here’s a link:
http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Poll-Media-Tough-Trump/2017/03/07/id/777352/

 

Trump, Obama, Wiretaps and More ….

Wiretap Noise:

It’s going to happen over and over until someone gets control of Trump’s twitter account. Think about it, instinctively, you reading the tweet he was about to send that Obama wire tapped his phones, would have said “wait”. You never would have allowed that to go. But, in the early morning hours of Saturday, Trump had no safety check and out goes a tweet in anger that further damages his standing and provides fodder for his enemies. Then they come in bunches and add fuel, and along with all the misspellings allow for more ridicule. You get it, his people do, but the President doesn’t. His ego doesn’t allow it.

Besides the charges he most likely won’t be able to support, he then takes on Arnold Schwarzenegger again. Enough already with this. In fact it was too much the first time you did it.

Now what’s the truth in all this? We think there may well have been an FBI investigation. Obama may have approved it (as would have everyone that came before him), but I doubt he initiated it. Trump’s charge that he did is a loser one as we see it. Obama was too careful to do that.
Is this related to the Russian investigation? We think it is. Did someone who supported Obama start it? We think so. Did they find anything? We don’t think so, or we would have heard it already. Is there anything with this whole Russian thing? We again say no. It is Democrat and liberal hype.

So what happened here is this. The Trump Team (led by the President) are frustrated with the MSM and Democrats accusing his team of working wth the Russians. They are frustrated by the coverage and false charges. His reaction upon hearing they even tapped some people to investigate drove him over the deep end to outlandish charges. He could have taken the high road, even thrown some bait out to set them up and make them look bad. But no, he had to match the other side and get down and nasty.

The Russians:

The Democrats really beat up Jeff Sessions for his two public meetings with the Russian Ambassador Kislyak to the U.S. They took off after him saying they never met like that. Really?
Here’s what Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) tweeted. In her ten years on the Senate Armed Services Committee, she never met with Kislyak.
“I’ve been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years. No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com”.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) 7:06 AM – 2 Mar 2017

The truth:
She had tweeted twice previously about meetings with the same Ambassador.
You know who else was pictured drinking and meeting with the Ambassador? None other than Chuck Schumer.

Maybe it’s a part of a Senator’s job and the Sessions hysteria is just that?

The JCC Threats:

The news all week was the threats made against the the Jewish centers. It was being tied back to the administration, their comments and people. Here’s a story from the DailyWire on the outcome:
“For the past two weeks, the Trump administration has been slammed for its supposedly tepid response to anti-Semitic attacks on cemeteries and threats to Jewish Community Centers. Trump himself was smashed over and over for suggesting that the threats might be coming from left-wing provocateurs attempting to cast a shadow on his administration.
He was widely mocked for such an assertion – pretty much everyone on the left assumed that the JCC threats had to be coming from Trump supporters, including  The Intercept, a left-wing publication that headlined just two days ago, “Trump Can’t Accept That His Allies Are Targeting Jews – So He Blames His Opponents.”It now turns out that the culprit, at one point, worked for…The Intercept”
The reporter a Missouri man named Juan Thompson was arrested for making multiple threats to JCCs across the country in order to harass his ex-girlfriend.
Did you hear that on the MSM?

Sessions and The Russians …

The Trump Team and The Russians

Let’s start with this. Tell me exactly what the Democrats and MSM are saying that Trump and team did with the Russians. What are they accusing them of? Do you know? And exactly what do they think Trump and team did to break the law? Do you know?
I know it has created hysteria and noise, but can you explain it?

Here’s what we understand it is:
1.  The Russians tried to influence the US election.
Is that a surprise? They do it across the world. Exactly what did they do? They hacked the DNC, yes. They tried to hack the RNC, but failed because security was too tough. What has that got to do with Trump and team?

2.   Did Trump and team try to solicit the Russians to hack the Democrats?
Do you think the Russians (or Chinese, Iranians or anyone else) need solicitation to hack U.S. political parties, companies or people? We do it to them, they do it to us. If I told you countries were trying to hack us would you be surprised?
Now, Trump said once on TV to the Russians if you have Hillary’s lost 33,000 emails please release them. The MSM leaves the word “if” out when reporting this. He said it in frustration at the investigation and what she might be hiding in wiping the servers clean. Many of us wanted to know if she was hiding something. That seems more likely to me than Trump solicited the Russians.

3.  The FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are looking into contacts.
So far they have reported none. Yet the coverage and charges in the MSM give a far different impression. This from the same people who said there was “no there” in the Benghazi and Hillary probes.

4. What did Sessions do?
He testified he had no meetings or discussions with any Russians on the election. Yesterday it was reported Sessions met with a Russian Ambassador twice, in July and September. Sessions said his story was consistent because those meetings were part of his work as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Once at a dinner and once in his senate office.
Sessions says he is recusing himself from any campaign-related investigations.

5. Obama warned the Russians in October and cleared them in November.
You may remember Obama warned the Russians about our upcoming election, and in fact told Putin to “cut it out”. Asked in November if the Russians hacked the election he said no.

6. Was Wikileaks involved in all this?
The charge is that Wikileaks received the hacked emails that they released  from the Russians. Did they? Probably. But remember they tried to hack the RNC too and failed.
Now the Wikileaks release showed zero Trump, Republican or any involvement by anyone. They did show how DNC staffers favored Clinton during her primary campaign against Bernie Sanders — a sideshow that prompted Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign as DNC head. That Donna Brazille, her replacement, fed Hillary the debate questions ahead of time. Later in the campaign, WikiLeaks released tens of thousands of emails from the Gmail account of John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, who you may recall used password as his password.

7. Is this really unusual?
Here’s a report on that from Bloomberg Politics, no conservative beacon.
“The cyber element might just be a new twist on an old story. The U.S. intelligence report says Russia, and the Soviet Union before it, “has a history of conducting covert influence campaigns focused on U.S. presidential elections” with an aim “to disparage candidates perceived as hostile to the Kremlin.” And it’s not just the U.S. Already, Putin’s Russia has been accused of meddling in European elections taking place this year”.

So we ask again, exactly what are the Democrats and MSM saying that Trump and team did (besides win the election against their desire and predictions)?

On Sessions:

The people calling for Sessions immediate resignation are Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They are all over the MSM expressing their indignation. Which to us is incredible. They are the same two who defended Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton on that plane and saw nothing wrong with Attorney General Holder’s lie about the false narrative of Hands Up, Don’t Shoot. Politics today is just nasty and so partisan it is hard to take.

Now if Sessions did something let’s get the evidence and take action. We are all for that. As of now, he answered a rambling question about Trump surrogates and the Russians saying he was unaware of any meetings. He left out the two meetings he had, which he said were official business and not on the election. (One at a dinner). If he is lying, then he goes, but where is any evidence of that? The meetings were not even one on one.
Let’s not convict because the MSM and far left has an agenda.

Congressional Speech Plus One Day…

One Day Later:

The reviews remain strong for Trump’s speech before congress. Schumer, Pelosi and team hit the airwaves and condemned it, but they came across the same as they did the night of it. Shallow.

Their point of attack was “how is he going to pay for things”? Really, now you found religion. As a country we accumulated $10 trillion of debt from Presidents George Washington through George W. Bush. We doubled that in Obama’s eight years to $20 trillion.  One President doubled the debt of our history while you supported his every move. Now you have concerns? Shallow.

Plus, Senator Schumer and Congress person Pelosi, allowed me to be the first to inform you that over 85% of that $20 trillion debt has occurred while you were in Congress. Maybe we should get rid of you. Your words are Shallow.

One last point to them. Since we need to do what the President presented, let me ask you, what are you going to cut to allow it to happen? I know the cut is alien to you but look it up. Shallow.

 Issues The Day After

Immigration and what to do. We say again our solution is still the best (in our opinion). That is the criminals, drug dealers and those breaking the law are rounded up and deported. The borders are locked and anyone entering from this moment on is deported. You are on notice. Those already here illegally, but not criminals then do the following. Register and go on the bottom of the list to become citizens. They can stay while on  the list as long as they don’t break the law, pay their taxes and contribute to society. No advantage for coming here illegally over those who have tried the legal manner, but compassionate we think.

Obamacare is issue two today. We are on record numerous times saying we don’t see how it is replaced, money saved and insure 30 million for free. The current program is a disaster with the bills already paid big, but the large ones coming in 2018. It may well self destruct on its own, as you are aware that insurance companies are bailing on it. How you replace a disaster, but keep everyone insured, no pre conditions and kids on parents until 26, and reduce costs is beyond us. Last night he said further we would take away the mandate for people to buy. That was the sole revenue source in the whole act. We’ll wait and see, but phoniness of liberals saying nothing is wrong is beyond words.

A Cabinet Addition:

The Senate approved Ryan Zinke as Interior secretary yesterday with 68 votes in favor including 16 Democrats. We ask again, with that support what took so long? Nothing except far left zeals throwing mud.

Supporting Police Departments:

You may have not seen this yesterday, but it is big news and shows the difference in administrations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated on Tuesday that the federal government would back away from monitoring troubled police departments, which was the central strategy of the Obama administration to force accountability onto local law enforcement amid rising racial tensions.

In his first speech as attorney general, Mr. Sessions did not name any specific cities, but he indicated that Justice Department scrutiny from afar was undermining the effectiveness of the police across the country. It was a clear reference to the aggressive efforts of the Obama administration to oversee law enforcement agencies charged with civil rights abuses.

“We need, so far as we can, in my view, help police departments get better, not diminish their effectiveness,” Mr. Sessions said in remarks to the National Association of Attorneys General. “And I’m afraid we’ve done some of that. So we’re going to try to pull back on this, and I don’t think it’s wrong or mean or insensitive to civil rights or human rights.”

And their folks you have an example of Obama’s famous words
“Elections have consequences”