What Happened On The Screens?

It Was Quite A Day

Let’s start with the Press Conference at 3 AM this morning that ended the long day of “spilt screens”.
The President announced (with Mike Pompeo) that he had walked from any deal with Kim Jung Un.
As he explained it, we agree.
Kim was willing to give up his big nuclear site and destroy all 400 odd buildings. In return he wanted all the U.S. sanctions lifted.
The President (utilizing intelligence knowledge) said what about these other sites? He said Kim was surprised we knew so much and would not commit to closing those. Thus the end of the summit.

Our Thoughts:
The President made the right call. We hold the cards.
Lifting the sanctions would have been akin to giving Iran the money.
Kim needs the sanctions lifted and he doesn’t get that.
He learns we know a lot about his secret country.
Kim agreed not to test and fire any missiles.

So the only question is why wasn’t this worked out before the summit? Before the President spent three days traveling to this meeting? We all know the weapons are Kim’s lifeline. It’s the only reason anyone in the world pays attention to him. Don’t you think before a second summit is held and we recognize him again, that the details would have been worked out? We are surprised about that far more than the fact Kim would not give up all his weapons.

Now the pressure must be kept on North Korea, and like Reagan drove the Russians back to the table, we need the same here. We’ve certainly made progress in halting their testing and they can’t break that promise as long as Trump is President.

Now The Other Screen

What a fiasco to have this on the same day as the summit. What did we learn?
There was no Russian collusion. What we heard from the MSM and left for two years was a lie.
Second the basis for the investigation was the Steele Report. The report said Cohen was in Prague as its basis. Cohen said he was never there.
The Steele report said there were tapes of Trump in Moscow in compromising positions. Cohen said they don’t exist, and he would know.
Asked if there was anything he knew that could allow someone to hold Trump hostage, Cohen said no.
So, there was no collusion and the whole thing was a hoax.

Now the financial side of things and Trump’s taxes, where we always feared this would go, is real. That is what the MSM will be pivoting to and become the narrative. That old refrain, “follow the money” is scary.

As for Michael Cohen he came across to us as pathetic. He’s not sorry for anything except he got caught and is going to jail. He loved making millions, cheating on his taxes, and walking around as the big man on campus. His tears now are that he got caught. They are all about him and not the remorse some say he has.

That’s our spilt screen verdict.

“Spilt Screen Day”

So What We See

While the media is calling it “spilt screen day”, we see a contrast.
As of this writing, we just saw  a President concluding trade deals with Vietnam and then meeting with the North Korea leader on a world stage to discuss peace. Monumental events that can impact the world.
Shortly, we’ll see the Democratic congress hold it’s first hearing and bring in the convicted former lawyer of the President. Convicted of lying to them. Before he goes to prison they want him to tell us how the President may have lied, is a racist and can’t be trusted.
Contrast the two. One impacting the world. One the next election. Then ask if they needed to be the same day before deciding which was right.

To The MSM: “Split Screen Day”

For the MSM this is “split screen day” as they equate the President’s meeting with North Korea to Michael Cohen’s open testimony.
Not quite the same to us, but to them its the Super Bowl, and for one day they love Michael Cohen. Now if he doesn’t say the right things they will bury him again.
The NYT expects big things. There story says this:
Michael Cohen will testify that Donald Trump engaged in criminal conduct while in office. The president’s former lawyer will, for the first time publicly, accuse Mr. Trump of criminal conduct while in office related to a hush-money payment to a porn star, a person familiar with his planned testimony before Congress said.
They added this:
“Cohen … is planning on portraying his onetime client in starkly negative terms when he testifies Wednesday before a House committee, and on describing what he says was Mr. Trump’s use of racist language, lies about his wealth and possible criminal conduct.”

We do think Cohen is coming to tell the Democrats what they want to hear. He will face harsh pushback from Republicans, but take notice if he mentions anything about Russia collusion. We don’t think so, outside of Trump was trying to build a hotel in Moscow. A business deal.
Remember, this started with Democratic charges of collusion and it will be about a hotel and a stripper getting paid off.

By the way, Michael Cohen got in trouble for lying to the congress before. There’s an old legal question that goes like this. “Sir, did you lie last time? Or, are you lying this time? Or, did you lie both times”?
Your witness counselor.

One last thought on this “spilt screen day”.  It used to be when the President was doing something involving world events, especially involving peace opportunities, the congress tread carefully. Not this congress.
Don’t you think that North Korea’s real goal is to try and wait out Trump’s time and get back to dealing with President’s they can stall? Of course they do.
Trump scared them to the table to talk possible denuclearization. They want to stall him while making him happy. Congress, by giving them the impression that he is weakened and might be taken out quickly, or defeated in the next election, gives them more desire to stall.
Our congress is aiding the enemy instead of helping clear a world problem.

News Outside The Summit and Congress:

Now I bet you didn’t see this on the news:

President Trump’s private business has turned over to the U.S. Treasury almost $200,000 of profits collected from foreign governments that used the company’s properties last year.
The Trump Organization wrote a check for $191,538 to cover benefits the company received from events, hotel stays and other spending from foreign governments at their hotel in Washington and other locations in 2018.

This from Jamie Dixon CEO of JPMorgan/Chase, who gets much coverage for every negative administration utterance. He said:
Amazon’s change of mind about locating in the New York City area resulted in a loss of about 100,000 jobs, far beyond the 25,000 people who would have worked directly for the company.
“It wasn’t just the 25,000 jobs that Amazon was going to do. It was probably going to be about 100,000 jobs supporting it,” Dixon said at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting.

The House voted to repeal the President’s emergency declaration and it looks increasingly like the Senate will do so too (just not get the 2/3 they need to override a presidential veto).
“Sen. Thom Tillis(R-N.C.)  said he would join with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) along with 47 Senate Democrats to block Trump’s attempts to secure billions for his border wall. Now just one more GOP senator’s support for a resolution to block Trump’s bid would send the measure to Trump’s desk and force a veto. Watch Mitt Romney, he’s the next Republican to say no.
Another example of weakening the President who is meeting with North Korea from strength. There should be an outcry about this.

Did you see this vote?
Remember what Va. Gov Ralph Northam said about babies on birth day? Well, the Senate Democrats voted to ensure that babies who survive abortion can die.
Democrats blocked the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in a Monday roll call vote, which would have made it mandatory for doctors to provide medical care to babies who are born alive during an abortion.
The bill needed 60 votes to pass, but fell on a 53-44 vote. All 44 no votes were Democrats. (Three Dems, Jones AL, Casey PA and Manchin W.V. voted with the Republicans).

Speaking of votes, did you hear this?
The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to be a judge and fill a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The vote was a party-line vote. The Seattle attorney, Eric Miller, was confirmed 53-46, as the Republican-led Senate focuses on reshaping the federal judiciary in the Trump era.

Interesting poll released on Howard Schultz entry into presidential race:
The national survey tested the popularity of a center-left independent presidential bid. The clear conclusion is he would rob enough votes from the Democratic nominee to help President Trump win a second term.
For every Republican who defected to the third party candidate, five Democrats would switch.
In a two way generic race, she said, voters preferred a Democrat by 11 points, 48 percent to 37 percent.
With him in the race the numbers are:
Trump taking 34,  the Democrat 32 percent, and the independent 16 percent.

The first two Democrats signed up for impeachment. You’ll know them:
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are the first members of Congress to sign on to a pledge launched by a progressive advocacy organization to impeach President Donald Trump.
The freshman congresswomen were the first to back the pledge, which was organized by “By the People,” which bills itself a grassroots group that “came together because we saw that millions of Americans want the Trump Administration removed from office.”
Now, Tlaib made national headlines for remarks she made at a reception organized by progressive advocacy group MoveOn.org hours after being sworn in as a member of Congress, in which she vowed to remove President Trump from office, stating: “We’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherfucker.”
Omar you may recall, tweeted “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Then this month as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, she set off a  firestorm for suggesting Republican lawmakers are bribed by the pro-Israel advocacy group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in exchange for supporting the Jewish state.
Both have faced accusations of anti-Semitism since taking office, a charge the two deny despite their repeated offenses. Now they are leading the impeachment signings.

Did you see the resignation in Iran?
Their top diplomat, Javad Zarif (an architect of the landmark nuclear deal), resigned.
He was a key in what is perceived as the relatively moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani.Foreign Minister, and the unexpected resignation seems to signal a victory for Iran’s hard-liners who favor confrontation with the West.

Yesterday was a day we should reflect upon:

You see February 26, 1983 was the day of the first bombing of the world trade center. Some of us, count me as one, think the failure of Bill Clinton to take real action led to future events and bombings. Why? Because we failed to act, and when you fail to act you allow others to think they can do more.
Read this excerpt from the WSJ:Bomb Explodes Beneath World Trade Center

A truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring over a thousand. The mastermind behind the attack, Ramzi Yousef, hoped the explosion would topple the first tower and fall into the second as revenge for America’s support for Israel against Palestine. Six men were eventually convicted of carrying out the attack. The bombing was financed by Yousef’s uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was later a principal architect behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

 

 

 

Here We Go ….

A relatively quiet Monday is about to lead to a noisy week. Buckle up for the competing messages from Hanoi and Washington DC.
The President and administration will try hard to paint the mural with success via the talks with North Korea and the China negotiations.
The Democrats and MSM will be infatuated with Michael Cohen and the “pending” Mueller report.

It will be fascinating to see what wins out. Peace and agreements good for the nation, or scandal with the administration. Watch how torn they are with what to lead with; how to connect the two.

Just one thought from us.
Enough with the left’s “advice and counsel” on North Korea and telling us what the President did and is doing wrong.
You, who have been in Washington for decades and criticized everything this President did and said (“Little Rocket Man”), need to be quiet. He has already done more with them than anyone in the 63 years since the ceasefire.
You failed to win the Korean War. You failed to stop the North Koreans from developing the weapons. You made “deals” with them that they disregarded, and you did nothing.
This administration has done more to create an opportunity than your failed efforts ever did.
For you to criticize their two year efforts now shows how shameless and political you are.

On China, this report in the WSJ from the President’s tweet:
“Trump to delay tariff increases on Chinese imports”.
The president tweeted that he would delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods set to take effect later this week, citing “substantial progress.”  Chinese stock indexes enjoyed their largest daily gains in years today following the news.
But don’t forget if you don’t hear this on the MSM — Michael Cohen is coming to Washington to testify.

Some New York News:

After the Amazon debacle you would think NY would learn. But no, look at these two stories yesterday:

1. Another megaproject being pushed by Gov. Cuomo is on track to get Amazoned.  A $1 billion arena and entertainment venue on state-owned property near Belmont Park is facing opposition from local leaders and will have to go before the Public Authorities Control Board.
Amazon abandoned plans for a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, after an opponent of the project, Sen. Michael Gianaris, was nominated to the board, effectively giving him veto power over the deal.
After Amazon pulled out, Gianaris’ name was withdrawn and the person finally put on the PACB is Queens Sen. Leroy Comrie, whose district takes in part of Belmont Park. The Belmont project would include 435,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a 250-room hotel and 19,000-seat arena for the NHL’s Islanders. But some local officials aren’t on board.
“I’m opposed to the project right now,” said state Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, citing traffic congestion and lack of regular train service to the area.

COMMENT:
Maybe Michaelle, like Congresswoman Cortez, thinks there is $3 billion lying around for them to spend. Hard to believe she didn’t realize the money was a result of Amazon doing things that would generate $20+ billion of revenue for the city. But, I guess no one learns and maybe they’ll do it again.
Oh yea, AOC and Michaelle, the Governor said he had a “shortfall” of $2.3 billion in the first months. Shortfall means — less revenue — just so you understand.

2. New York legislators are pushing a new law to have the cash-strapped state spend more than $500 million to provide virtually free, taxpayer-financed health care to more than 400,000 adult illegal immigrants.
The just-introduced legislation by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx) and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) would require Albany to cough up at least $532 million to allow undocumented adult residents to enroll in the state’s “Essential” or “Basic” public health-insurance plan.

COMMENT:

Okay, see above, the Governor said it was a SHORTFALL already — in a strong economy.
Contrast this with Florida, where the Governor just proposed a “No Sancutary” city law.

Wonder why people are moving to Texas and Florida?

The News This Week ….

The news this week will be dominated by five things.
– The President’s summit with North Korea
– Michael Cohen testifying before congress – for three days
– The Mueller report coming “next week”
– The China negotiations and impending tariffs
– Congress voting to overturn the President’s national emergency
So buckle up for the onslaught of noise. It will be loud and in all directions.

Some News We Want To Share As It Unfolds:

Did you see that Beto O’Rourke backed off his take the wall down position?
“Potential 2020 candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke clarified his hard-line stance against the U.S. southern border wall on Tuesday, explaining that “physical barriers” could be useful in some areas”.
An example of how far the party is being driven. He was asked by MSNBC about taking down the wall and you could see hesitation. Then realizing the left expected a “yes”, he said so. Now he realizes that will hurt him if he ever got nominated.

Did you hear that three Democratic candidates have come out for “reparations” to be paid for slavery?
Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren  and Julian Castro have said they support reparations for African-Americans over slavery.
This will now be a challenge to Bernie, who have issues with the minority vote last election. If he comes out for payments, then what does Joe Biden do?
Another example that the party might drift too far left for the general election.

A story that didn’t get much air play but is significant is this one:
An IRS agent admitted giving Michael Cohen’s financial records to Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. “Federal prosecutors say an IRS investigator in California has admitted leaking confidential details of financial transactions by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels.
You would think the MSM would have covered this.

Roger Stone went too far this time and was lucky Friday to avoid jail time.
He posted a photo of his trial judge with what appeared to be crosshairs next to her head. The judge could have jailed him immediately, but instead ordered him to avoid any further comment about his pending criminal trial.
So the Roger Stone show (or circus) will be quiet for a while.

Liberal Connecticut (which was once a destination tax free state and turned into NY North) elected another tax and spend Governor in November. His first act was to recommend putting tolls on the roads (in the campaign he said for trucks only, now it is for cars and trucks). Plus a soda tax of 1.5 cents per ounce. (That means a one dollar tax for every 2 LTR bottle). Then add this from Friday.
A “thin blue line” flag meant to honor law enforcement was removed from the Connecticut State Capitol this week after Democrats complained it might offend Black Lives Matter supporters.
Did you see any coverage on the MSM?

Remember when we railed about the plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein that let him free and all his records sealed? He was charged with abusing underage girls for years here and in the Bahamas. Remember who spent time with him and flew on his plane? Bill Clinton. It was a travesty of justice when he was given this plea deal.
Well a federal Judge ruled that prosecutors broke the law when they “concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims”.

The bad news is the judge stopped short of overturning the plea deal or exposing more information. He told prosectors to talk to the victims and report back to him in 15 days.
We don’t expect anymore to come out and this is a complete miscarriage of justice.

Some information for you on the National Emergency declaration. These are facts on the power, whether you think the President should or should not have declared one. In 1976, Congress passed the National Emergencies Act (NEA), which permits the president to declare a national emergency when he considers it appropriate to do so. The NEA does not provide any specific emergency authorities. It relies on emergency authorities provided in other statutes. The declaration must specifically identify the authorities that it is activating.

The President states in the proclamation that “the southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics.” He states further that large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing problem that has gotten worse in recent years.

Democrats are touting that: Apprehensions of illegal crossers dropped to 303,916 in fiscal 2017.
But they are rising again.
There were 50,998 apprehensions in October 2018; 51,857 in November; 50,749 in December; and 47,893 in January 2019.
At that rate, there will be around 806,000 apprehensions in fiscal 2019, which will be two and a half times as many as there were in fiscal 2017.

So choose your number.

Then add this:
Immigration courts are overwhelmed by their caseload. As of Nov. 30, 2018, the courts had a backlog of 809,041 cases. This did not include an additional 330,211 cases that had not been put on the active docket yet, for a total backlog of 1,139,252 cases. The backlog was only 542,411 cases when Trump took office.

The average wait for a hearing is 1,018 days — more than two and a half years.

Crisis?

Just Some Interesting …..

Just Some Interesting Things In The News

A judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a lawsuit that aims to stop the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan.

Imagine that, the Obama Library challenged because it is taking public land.

Did You See This From A CBS Reporter?
Reporters have become “political activists” and even “propagandists,” CBS News’ foreign correspondent Lara Logan said. She added:
“The media everywhere is mostly liberal”.
“Most journalists are left or liberal or Democrat or whatever word you want to give it.”
She added, journalistic standards have been lowered, resulting in “horses–t” reporting.
“I mean, you read one story or another and hear it and it’s all based on one anonymous administration official, former administration official,” she said. “That’s not journalism. That’s horses–t. Sorry. That is absolute horses–t.”

We agree.

The rush to believe Jussie Smollett is looking worse daily. Now not only is he suspected of faking a hate crime against himself; but he has a criminal record — for providing false information to authorities before.
Apparently he was arrested in LA for DUI and gave police false information. He said he was his brother.

Interesting now to watch how the politicians and media backtrack.

So now, Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old American woman who left the United States to join ISIS five years ago, is really sorry and wants to come home. It can’t be because we destroyed the last ISIS stronghold can it? I mean she didn’t see the light now because of that did she?
Let’s see, three husbands, all killed by the allied forces and she is ready to come home. Hmm.
We say welcome home and welcome to trial as a traitor. If convicted you pay the price. It’s a steep one.
Sorry, no amnesty. Jimmy Carter gave amnesty, as his first official act as President, to those who left the country and refused to serve. We never forgave him, and those who left didn’t take up arms and do propaganda for the enemy.
She did say “I believe that America gives second chances.” That’s true Hoda, but your second chance is after you pay the price for your first act.

When you wonder why people and the Republican party are not loyal to President Trump think of these two stories as examples:

“As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump called Matthew G. Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation, according to several American officials with direct knowledge of the call.

“Mr. Whitaker, who had privately told associates that part of his role at the Justice Department was to ‘jump on a grenade’ for the president, knew he could not put Mr. Berman in charge because Mr. Berman had already recused himself from the investigation. Reasonable right?

The president soon soured on Mr. Whitaker, as he often does with his aides, and complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away.

Now the story is that the President is angry at Matt Whitaker. If true, why would you put your career on the line to defend the President?

Story Two In Today’s News:

The President is frustrated with  Dan Coats, leading some to fear he might “be fired”“President Trump has grown increasingly disenchanted with Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, who has served as the nation’s top intelligence official for nearly two years, leading some administration officials to worry he will soon be dismissed, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Trump is still ‘enraged’ about Coats’s congressional testimony on national security threats last month, believing that the director undercut the president’s authority when he shared intelligence assessments about Iran, North Korea and the Islamic State that are at odds with many of Trump’s public statements … Privately, the president has continued to fume, and this weekend he told the adviser that Coats, a former Republican senator from Indiana, is ‘not loyal’ and ‘he’s not on the team.'”

Think about that. Coats, the head of National Intelligence (along with the others who testified), did not believe North Korea. The President is angry because of that and wants to fire him.
Does that get you loyalty or a desire to serve?

Now you see why Republicans don’t want to be all out front for the President.

Which is why congressional leaders likely didn’t object to the FBI’s probe of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia. Yesterday, former deputy director Andrew McCabe said on NBC they didn’t object at all. The revelation adds a new wrinkle to criticism from Mr. Trump and his Republican allies about the FBI’s decision to open the investigation.

Now at first you say that’s impossible. But twenty-four hours later not a single Republican who was in the room disputed that.

We repeat again, the President has no party behind him. He has the Democrats out to get him on anything possible, and no party defending him. Why? He is not loyal to them and they are not going to be loyal to him, unless their futures are at stake.

Some Democrats are realizing the party is too far left. 

Look at these comments yesterday as some realize we are too far out there: Reporter to Kamela Harris: “Bernie Sanders jumped into the presidential race today. You said that you are not a democratic socialist.”
Harris: “I am not.” …
Reporter: “Let me ask you about health care. You had said at one point that you thought it would be OK to eliminate private insurance, now I realize that you are on separate bills that would not go that far. Do you think eliminating private insurance would be a socialist idea?”
HARRIS“No — OK, so, my — I strongly believe that we need to have Medicare for all. And within that system, there –“Reporter“Do you think that’s socialist or not?” HARRIS“No, no. It’s about providing health care to all people.”

So Harris is backing off the “socialist” label as she is running from Jussie.

Then there are Amy Klobuchar and Sherod Brown:

They have made clear that they will chart a slightly different course than other major Democratic candidates like Sanders and Warren.
Ms. Klobuchar, for instance, laid out a vision of fiscal restraint that is at odds with the ambitious and likely costly proposals put forth by other candidates.

“If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would,”  when asked about her position on free four-year college tuition. Ms. Klobuchar said such a proposal would be too costly.

Winning a primary with far left positions is not good for the general election. In 1964 the Republicans learned this going far right of the country with Barry Goldwater and losing big. In 1972 the Democrats went far left with George McGovern and learned a lesson. If the Democrats go socialist in 2020 the beneficiary is Donald Trump.

 

After The Long Weekend ….

Catching Up From The Weekend

So William Barr who won unanimous support when nominated by George HW Bush was certified by the senate for AG. Only this time he won 55-44. All but three Democrats voted no. They were Senators Jones (Ala), who is running next year. Senators Kyrsten Sinema (Ar) and Joe Manchin (W.Va) were the only other Democrats to vote yes. One Republican voted no, Rand Paul.
What a divide that a good man who was unanimous before can only get 55 votes now.

A story you may not have heard:
A detective agency offered a detailed account of what happened between students from a Covington high school and a Native American man. The conclusion was that the kids from the Catholic school did absolutely nothing wrong. They were cleared completly and blame for the incident placed elsewhere.
Did you see this covered on the MSM? They sure covered this story end to end when they thought the kids were guilty. Now not even a mention?

Another story you may not have heard:
There were 7.34 million job openings across the US on the last day of 2018 — their highest level since the Labor Department began collecting the numbers in 2000, the agency said Tuesday.
Not only did the latest figures blow past the August 2018 record of 7.29 million, they also far outstripped the 6.3 million that were listed as unemployed in December.

Imagine more openings than people looking for jobs. Yet it got no coverage, did it?

ABC continues to call it a false narrative or lie, but it has been confirmed that President Trump is correct in his claim that construction has started on new portions of a border wall along the Rio Grande. Do you think they’ll admit they were wrong on ABC?
The President, who never controls his ego, said that the Prime Minister of Japan had nominated him for a Noble Peace Prize. “I will never get it” he said, ” but I was nominated.”
Now, The Nobel Committee for the last 50 years has not disclosed who recommended and who was recommended. It is their policy.
Prime Minister Abe, when asked by an opposition leader said,  “In line with this policy, I would like to refrain from giving a comment”.
Pushed again to confirm or deny the report, he added: “I am not saying it’s not true.”
President Trump put the Prime Minister, who was doing him an honor, in a bad position.
Anthony Weiner is released to a half way house. He is two months from full freedom. Think he will be back with his wife? We do.
Bernie is in. This AM he became the ninth Democratic candidate. We’ll be double digits soon and yes Joe Biden is running.
Look at the “radical” positions Bernie had in 2016 that are now Democratic standards. Medicare for all. $15.00 minimum wage. Raise taxes on the “rich”.
Wasn’t that a quick adoption of “radical positions”?
Here’s a new one. Not only should we not build any more wall, we should tear down what we have already done. Here’s Beto on that:Good @chrislhayes question via @DanCrenshawTX — He asks @BetoORourke: “Would you take the wall down now?”
Beto: “Yes, absolutely. I’d take the wall down”
Already Gillibrand is with him.On the former deputy F.B.I. director, interviews that top department officials had considered recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment we need a full uncovering.
The MSM and Democrats are worried about collusion that appears to have not occurred. This is a coup that needs real investigation.

 

Issues taking shape ….

2020 Issues Beginning To Take Shape – Taxes

As individuals begin to do their taxes the noise is starting. You are hearing “I am not getting a refund. I always do”. People are “moving out of high tax states”. Theses states are “losing their base”. We, “have to reverse the limited local tax deduction”. Let’s take these one at a time.

First, people got higher paycheck take home a year ago as the new tax rates took hold. Now you can choose to take out more if you prefer to get a refund after the year. But that makes no logical sense.

Second, people are moving out of high tax states and they are losing their base? Wait, I thought the senators from those blue states were united that this was a tax break for the rich. If it was a tax break for them how can they be paying more and looking to move? Will anyone call them on this? Because what I hear now is this tax adjustment actually raised the rates on high income individuals to the the point they are leaving your state.

Third, why should we reverse the local deduction limits? Since 80% (estimated so far) are benefiting from the reduced federal rates why should we change it? Why should we allow high tax states to raise rates and have the others in low tax states pay more because of that?
You see the federal government sets the federal tax rates. If they lower the tax rate why is that not good?
Oh, because your state has high tax rates? So others in the country should pay more for what your state does? Maybe that’s why people choose to live where they do.
If you elect people who spend, spend and spend some more, isn’t that your state and citizens decision? You pay the bill. If suddenly Texas, Florida and the Carolinas decide to spend why should New Yorkers, Californians or New Jerseysians  be responsible?
Let the federal government control federal taxes and spending, let your state do the same for the state. It’s that simple.

Finally, if your tax bill is too high because you live in a high tax state the citizens have three choices.
1. Vote leaders who will lower spending and taxes.
2. Move to a state that is more in line with your tax and spending thoughts.
3. Continue to support the taxing and spending in the state.
If you choose number three, then you pay the bill, not citizens from other states.

The Green New Deal:

Mitch McConnell is assuring this is an issue front and center. He is arranging a senate vote on it.
Now the senators running for President have already come out for it. (Harris, Booker, Klobuchar, Gillibrand and Warren).
Being for this is not going to help them if they get the nomination. It may help get it, but after that it is a disaster.

The far left is pushing the party over the edge. The knee jerk reaction of candidates to immediately endorse every wild idea the left has, is bad long term politics.

Speaking of candidates did you see Kamala Harris yesterday on smoking marijuana? She said “she smoked marijuana in college while listening to music”. The music she said said she smoked to didn’t exist when she was in college.
Again you can’t make this up.

Trump By the Numbers
President Trump Job Approval Gallup Approve 44, Disapprove 52 Disapprove +8
President Trump Job Approval Politico/Morning Consult Approve 45, Disapprove 51 Disapprove +6
President Trump Job Approval Rasmussen Reports Approve 50, Disapprove 49 Approve +1

Take your choice.

Showdowns ……

Showdowns At and On The Border

Both showdowns came together at the same time. The President was ready to speak as Beto O’Rourke held his rally and the joint house/senate committee announced an agreement on a border funding deal.

The Rally:

With the President’s speech we were hoping he would maintain the tone and composure of the state of the union. We were hoping he would not even mention the O’Rourke rally. Don’t mock that rally or the size of his crowd. Leave it to the media to tell the viewers the sizes. You would win.
But, the President jumped right into it. There were thousands outside trying to get into his, and only hundreds at the other rally. Of course we knew that wasn’t true, but having a three times larger rally was not good enough. He had to leave open the opportunity for the media to say “the President lied about …”. Why?

The Border Deal:

In my opinion the Republicans caved again. Let’s see, the President gets $1.3 billion for “border security” but “no concrete wall”. That’s the same number Pelosi and team reduced to (from $1.6) before the shutdown. Then they reduced the number of beds by close to 15,000.
So what did the Republicans get? What did those who desire increased border security get?
If this is a compromise, then I don’t know what that is.

Now we’ll hear the President say, “I am going to build this wall anyway”. Really? If you could do that then why did we go through a shutdown and this three week “bi-partisan” committee?
And, are you sure? When Nancy and Check bring legal action you’re going to prevail?

Finally the President touted his “Rasmussen approval” of 52% last night. Let’s see where that number is tomorrow. We predict going down again.

The Democrats:

On top of the Virginia fiasco, the constant AOC push left, the Green New Deal and the poor visual performance at the SOTU, comes Rep. Ilhan Omar. I know the Jewish vote is Democraticly loyal but this new class of house members seems intent on challenging that. Now, Nancy took her to the woodshed, but this class is not a friend of Isreal.

The Democratic field continues to grow for 2020. With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement there are now nine announced candidates. (Seven officially in and 2 with exploratory committees). Plenty of big names to come. Think Bernie, Biden, O’Rourke, Swalwell, Inslee, Holder, Bennent, Brown and more. It could get to 20, which would be even more than the 2016 Republican field.
To win, the candidates must go left in the primary and work their way back for the general election. Who’s ahead now? My prognosis is that Harris and Klobuchar are the front runners. We see a woman at the top and she chooses Sherod Brown of Ohio as the VP. The Democrats know they need to win Ohio, and Brown from that state just won reelection easily.

 

Heading To Weekend Thoughts …

A Few Thoughts Heading To The Weekend

As we thought the President’s SOTU has impacted his job ratings in a positive way.
Why? First he delivered his best speech and stuck to the the teleprompter.
Second, the population finally saw his side of the immigration battle without MSM interpretations and control.
Third, he avoided devastating tweets that took away from the message.

Rasmussen today has his approval at 50%. Actually ahead of disapproval at 49%. A first. Can he keep this up?

Ronald Reagan often gave his message directly to the people because the media was so anti. The difference was he didn’t shoot himself the morning after. Let’s see if the President learns anything from this.

Stories that broke and are breaking as the weekend looms:

Did you see that Chief Justice John G. Roberts again joined with the Supreme Court’s liberals yesterday to block a Louisiana law that opponents say would close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave it with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure?
Once again it was a 5-4 vote and Roberts went with the liberals. Starting to sound familiar? We think this will become the norm for him. There is no conservative majority unless another liberal judge retires and is replaced.

The Green deal got some immediate support from Democrats.
It’s clear the new left is pushing the party to unify behind a plan to quickly wean the U.S. economy off fossil fuel and cement climate change as a central issue in the 2020 election. Except that this plan will:
Overhaul the country’s energy and transportation infrastructure to “achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” in the next 10 years. An impossibility and something that would destroy jobs and the economy.
Yet, Democratic presidential contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand are co-sponsoring the legislation in the Senate, as is possible 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders.

AOC and team are leading the party so far left that unless they stop will lead them to a huge defeat. Why are they following a 28 year old with no experience? Are they that far gone?

Add the investigation frenzy, yesterday the House Ways and Means subcommittee started laying the groundwork for getting President Trump’s tax returns. Why? What is the basis? Nothing more than they think the returns should be looked at. No other reason.
If the President says he does not want to release, there is no law that says he must. It is a voter issue and decision. It is not House Democrats to demand.
If they do this, I want to know how Pelosi, Maxine, and Chuck became multi millionaires on their congressional salaries.

By the way, did you see any coverage on the MSM about the comments of Senator Burr? Burr is the senate intelligence head working with Mark Warner on the collusion investigation.  Until now he got coverage for his refusal to speak and bi-partnership on how he is handling the investigation. The opposite of Adam Schiff.
Well yesterday he said there is no evidence of any collusion he has seen. Coverage in the MSM? No where.

Jill Abramson, the former editor of the NYT, was destroyed by Martha McCallum on Wednesday night. Martha presented examples of plagiarism. Abramson denied it all. Then yesterday said she was “up all night going through my book because I take these claims of plagiarism so seriously”. Now she is rewriting and correcting.
The editor of the New York Times. You can’t make this up.
One of the  president’s most significant achievements on trade, the revised deal with Canada and Mexico is in big trouble. You know the one he said that Mexico is paying for the wall with. Democrats, of course, are against it,  and Republican senators are now coming out against it. This may not pass and the MSM is going to catch up to this and really rip the President on it.
Surprised? Did you see this story (the MSM did not cover it)? The NY State budget already has a $2.3 billion shortfall. Yes, on February 1st. Why?
Well the Governor said it was because of the new federal tax code. Wait, the one you said favored the rich?
After blaming the President and Republicans for the tax bill the Governor added this.
Tax the rich, tax the rich, tax the rich.’ We did! Now, God forbid, the rich leave,” Cuomo said. One percent of the top income earners provide 46 percent of the state’s personal-income-tax revenues.
Wait Andrew, the rich are moving to Florida you say because taxes are too high in NY? What a shock, isn’t it?
Here’s another NY story the next day, after announcing this shortfall.State lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would boost the minimum hourly wage for prisoners from as little as 10 cents an hour to $3 for chores they’re required to perform.
Most inmates in the state are required to work six hours a day, five days a week. They make license plates and furniture and perform cleaning and maintenance services for an hourly wage that ranges up to $1.14.Maybe we should charge them room and board? Maybe we should charge them for meals, heat, air conditioning and health care? Maybe we should charge to reimburse for the crimes they committed? No, not NY, they want to raise the wages of their prisoners.
Finally, as far as the Bezos fight with the National Enquirer over pictures and rights, we’ll not comment. We think it would be wiser if we let the Bezos/Pecker stuff just hang on its own.

The SOTU …

The SOTU

Our observation is that the President hit a home run. The early polls from CBS, NBC and CNN say the American public believe that too.

He was clear, strong and open. It was the best speech we have seen him give using a teleprompter.

There were only two spots we worried about how far he would go.
Taking on abortion at birth and beyond was one. Everyone has to agree that is too far. Make that the issue and he can win. How much further can he go before he loses women is the question.
The second was his self proclaimed “we would be at war with North Korea” if he didn’t win. He needs to learn to say, “his administration and team” took action to prevent where we were headed.

Other than that he gave a great argument for border security and many likely heard it for the first time. The CBS poll said 72% agreed with him on immigration. As we’ve said over and over, if the MSM would present both sides of the argument this issue would be behind us.

We think the Democrats showing the disrespect they did with their comments, actions, facial expressions and general reactions hurt themselves. You have respect for the office of the President whether you like, agree or want the person in the role to succeed. They failed here.
You have to wonder too why they wouldn’t cheer or stand for the low unemployment in different ethnic groups. Why was that?
People like AOC, I think, looked really bad. Her facial reactions, refusal to stand and honor accomplishments I think is going to hurt her. The same for the facial expressions of Kirsten Gillibrand and Nancy Pelosi. Unacceptable. We elect one president at a time and you respect the office.

Finally, the speech by pointing out American heroes from WW11, astronauts, and the community reminded us of who America is. We saved the world and words of that Dad saying to his family “it’s the Americans” and that they were “saved” is a good reminder for some. We are not the evil people some in that house are saying we are, and the President reminded us we don’t need to apologize for America. It was a good reminder for many. I hope they got the message.

One More Thing

Elizabeth Warren is done. Once that paper emerged last night of her claiming to be American Indian on her application for the Texas Bar, she was finished. After years of saying that she never claimed the distinction. It turns out to be a lie. A lie, big enough, that says to us, this is it. She is done.

 

The State of The Union …

The SOTU addresses had become a bore as they turned into political speeches. Tonight with the President at the podium and Nancy Pelosi behind him it will be must watch TV.

A SOTU Thought

Here’s a SOTU from one person’s view as I listen to potential Democrat candidates one after another come up with higher taxes and more spending programs.

I wonder what happened to the lost values we all grew up with.
That was you  get an education, develop a trade, use a skill, work hard, save and in America you can achieve what they call the American dream.
Where did that go?
It seems that today the movement is to want to punish those who worked hard, saved and invested for the future. We want to tell them that they are selfish and must give to others who may have chosen a different path.

Let’s see. We’ll take a 65 year old as an example who lived by the rules.
He never smoked because of both health and the costs of doing so. That means he saved over $60,000 probably just in cigarette costs. Lets add he chose not to do drugs. What did that add? Let’s be conservative (there I go again), and say another $50k. So now he has over a hundred thousand extra because he made what he thought were the right decisions.

Instead of spending that money he invested it. In fact he started saving for retirement on day one of his first job. He never bought big expensive gas guzzlers, instead he bought small economical cars.
In essence he did everything to build a nice nest egg for his later years, knowing at worst he would leave it for his children.

Wasn’t that the values you grew up with? Now contrast that with what you are hearing from the left today. If you worked your way up and are finally making some good income you are rich. You must pay more to help those who didn’t make the decisions you did.
What, you have health insurance? You have to pay for those who chose not to work to get health insurance.
What, you have savings? You must pay more for medicare at retirement because others smoked, did drugs, partied and bought things along the way. They can’t afford it now so you Mr. Responsible, you pay more so they can get it free.
Oh wait, they say. You paid 13% into social security (half you, half your employer), you shouldn’t get that much back. We have to take care of those who didn’t save. You were too responsible, so be responsible and pay again now.

You did what? Build a fund you want to leave to your children? We will tax that upon your death they say. No fair doing that.

Just listen to everything that is being said these days and apply this question:
The person who followed the rules and strove for the American dream, do they benefit by this proposal or lose?

To me, it sounds like every Democratic candidate has proposals to punish those we admired for the life they lived and how much they strove. It doesn’t seem right to me.

While on the subject:

It’s funny, many of those left advocates preach to us how bad we are. Then they go out and smoke, sniff and inhale their drugs. Where are they getting the drugs? Off the streets.
Who do they think the profits are going to? Do they realize who they are supporting? Do they have any idea what that money is doing? I doubt it.

On the Virginia Governor

First off when you apologized on day one you admitted to something. I don’t care if on day two you said that “was not me” in the pictures. Maybe not, but when told about it you actually thought it could be. That tells me all I need to know. You see Governor, if someone called me in the middle of the night after a long day I would immediately know I was never in a KKK outfit or black face. I don’t have to see  any pictures, view any film or have someone show me anything. It wasn’t me. You blinked. There is something.

Second, this will actually help the Democratic party in Virginia. Why do I say that when everyone says otherwise? You see he would be replaced by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, an African American Democrat who is the great-great-great-grandson of a slave. In fact, he held a copy of the paper that in 1798 freed his ancestor, tucked into his coat pocket, on the day he was inaugurated.
That would drive Democrat turn out in 2020 of the voters they need to win. 

And on it goes …..

The Beat Goes On:

It’s February 1, 2019. The election of 2020 is now twenty-one months away. However, it seems daily another Democrat enters the race. Today it’s Cory Booker.

It does seem they all are trying to go further left than the last one. Look at their proposals “to fix America”:
– Tax the rich at a 70, 80 and 90% rates have been announced.
– Tax their wealth and not just income.
– Tax them when they die up to 77%.

Only the rich they say. Remember this: When the federal income tax was imposed in 1913, it initially was to hit less than 1 percent of the country. And when someone said it might someday be 10%, people ridiculed that. It’s funny how the definition of rich changes.
Chuck Schumer, by the way,  still says it’s family income of $250,000.

All their proposals are different, and the voter will have to look closely. As an example, Kamala Harris’s tax the rich and give to the poor is like this:
Big breaks to the lowest 20 percent of filers but nothing for couples earning $60,000 or more.  She also wants free schooling from pre school through college.

Cory Booker wants to give nest eggs to poor kids. Booker would open a $1,000 savings account for every child born in the country, courtesy of taxpayers. After that, kids in the poorest families would get up to $2,000 added each year. Other kids would get less or zero.

Elizabeth Warren said it’s immoral to allow people to accumulate riches, when others are needy. Thus a wealth tax which she would then use the money to create her version of “basic fairness.

Bernie Sanders is for an up to  77% death tax. So whatever they didn’t get while you were alive they will get upon death. Today it is 40%.

– Then there’s abortion up to and even after birth. This is the first time we’ve heard that a baby could be delivered and the mother and doctor could decide. Wow.
The issue was front and center with the law in NY and attempt in Va. The argument is a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body.
Now the counter to that is that everyone does believe a woman has a right to control her own body. Men do too, by the way. However, when you choose to share your body you accept the risks that go with it. It’s like you have the right to drink and you have the right to drive. But if you drink and drive that’s a different situation. You are accepting a risk.
Anyway, if you choose to share your body you run the risk of something developing that is unique to the world and can never be duplicated. It is part of the risk.
Can you correct the risk? A majority of Americans think you need to do it in the first months of finding out the risk you took has implications. After that it is different. On the day of delivery, it’s not right to the majority of us.

So what may play in a Democratic primary, may not go over well in a general election.

Look at Howard Schultz. A committed liberal who despises the President. He has taken so much heat from the left because left of center positions are not left enough. These are your people Howard.

Interesting too to watch the super rich like Schultz and Bloomberg react to the Democratic candidate proposals to tax them. Both have said it’s crazy. I wonder how those other liberal business leaders, wall street,  Hollywood elites and vocal sports heroes really feel about how far their party has gone. Do you think they’re scared if they get their wish and get Trump out, with a far left person, that they are coming for their money? Wouldn’t that be funny?

Well keep the popcorn stocked and watch this unfold. This is with 21 months to go!

In Other News:

Is Adam Schiff ever embarrassed enough to shut up? He has been all over TV assuring us there was collusion, that he could prove, but it now appears to be not true. Plus he was the one who said Donald Trump Jr’s blocked calls was to his Dad. Well it turns out they weren’t. They were to two family friends — NASCAR CEO Brian France and real estate developer Howard Lorber.
Does Adam apologize? No he wants more investigation. The calls had to be to his Dad in his world.

The Senate turned on the President with a 68-23 vote to not withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan. We explained how the President came off a conference call and made that rash statement about withdrawal, which drove Secretary Mattis out.  Now his party voted against him.

Yesterday the President doubled down on his differences with his own intelligence committee by calling reports they disagreed “fake news”. Except we heard what he said, and we heard the intelligence committee. It was not fake news.

It does look like we are moving to a deal in Afghanistan and it’s with the Tailban. The group we drove out for allowing and protecting Osama bin Laden. The NYT report:
“U.S. and Taliban Agree in Principle to Peace Framework.
American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghan territory from being used by terrorists, and that could lead to a full pullout of American troops in return for a cease-fire and Taliban talks with the Afghan government, the chief United States negotiator said Monday. ‘We have a draft of the framework that has to be fleshed out before it becomes an agreement,’ the American envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, said in an interview with The New York Times in Kabul.”

Nancy Pelosi repeated yesterday that there would be “no money” for a wall or barrier. So much for opening the government and we can talk. Will the MSM call her on it? Of course not. Which means we are heading for another showdown and the President cannot close the government again.

Finally the administration said this AM they are cancelling a nuclear arms agreement with the Soviet Union from 1987. It was known as the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Here’s what the President said:
“For too long, Russia has violated the treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.”