Easy to decide …..



Who Are We? Who Are You?

Chase Manhatten Bank puts out what they call a Monday Motivational Tweet. It says this:
“You: why is my balance so low.
Bank account: make coffee at home.
Bank account: eat the food that’s already in the fridge.
Bank account: you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks.
You: guess we’ll never know.
Bank account: seriously?

So what’s your reaction to that?
To me it was, “that’s some sound counsel”. If you thought so too, you may not be a Democrat. The bank was forced to pull it down and promise to do better in the future. Why? Here’s some reactions from Democrats:

Elizabeth Warren:
@Chase: why aren’t customers saving money?
Taxpayers: we lost our jobs/homes/savings but gave you a $25b bailout. Workers: employers don’t pay living wages.
Economists: rising costs + stagnant wages = 0 savings.
Chase: guess we’ll never know.
Everyone: seriously? 

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.)
“Hey @Chase, try paying your workers more. Families aren’t spending frivolously; they’re trying to pay rent,” Porter wrote.

So right there is the issue we have been talking about for awhile here now. Are you responsible for your own life, saving and future or are you supposed to do whatever you want and the government takes care of you?

Chase pulled the tweet and even said  it would work “to get better at #MondayMotivation tweets.”

Get better? Maybe people who disagree should get back to being American and understand they control their own lives.

Speaking of Democrats

As of this morning sixteen candidates have qualified for the Democratic primary debates. The only announced candidates who haven’t are:
Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton, Eric Swalwell and Marianne Williamson.
It’s going to be a crowded stage.

PETE BUTTIGIEG dined at Sylvia’s in Harlem on Monday with Rev. Al Sharpton — a campaign ritual for Democratic presidential aspirants.
Imagine Al Sharpton, who produced the Twana Brawley hoax, called the innocent police involved racists, and owes the federal government for non payment of taxes is an honored figure in the party.




2020 Underway …

With Joe Biden in the race the field is almost set, though there are a few more Democrats who will announce. It may seem early to the average voter, but wait until the next election if Trump wins in November 2020. As a lame duck the campaign will begin in January 2021.
That said, how do we see this election shaping up?

Biden enters as the clear leader for the Democratic field. He brings name recognition, a middle class appeal and a tie to the Obama years. He is the strongest threat to Trump’s reelection today.
His problem is he has been around for a long time. His kickoff had many issues, as others did like Warren and Beto. The Anita Hill controversy, the past gaffes, the touchy feely questions. He likely peaked the day before he announced. The other twenty candidates will open up on him in the period up to and including the debates. They will attack him from the left and the party seems to be on the left today. We don’t think Joe makes it all the way around the track because of that.

Bernie will be strong and go as far left as any candidate of our lifetime. He has a strong base, but is that large enough to get the nomination? We think he goes all the way to the convention but falls short.

Our early prognosis is Kamela Harris is the one to watch. She has moved left. She is a woman. A minority and from California. That state moved its primary up early to have an impact and it will. Keep a watch on this.

As for the President, he has quite a record to run on. Jobs, working numbers, manufacturing returning, strong foreign policy decisions and positions. He will be attacked on health care, demeanor and frayed relationships with some. He should be the favorite as long as he stays under control and sticks to the promises made and delivered upon.

At the bottom of this blog is a listing of Biden’s vulnerabilities as per a
conservative web site.
Oil volatility puts 2019 rally under scrutiny. Investors are reeling from
the Trump administration’s recent decision to end Iran sanctions
waivers, uncertain whether Saudi Arabia and other large producers will
fill an impending production gap. That unknown has helped push prices
to their highest level in nearly six months. At the same time, many
remain skeptical of the nature of the recovery. 

Other News:


A story that we didn’t see on the MSM this AM regarding the President and the Rabbi in the San Diego shooting. This from Politico this AM:

RABBI YISROEL GOLDSTEIN, whose synagogue in San Diego was attacked Saturday, described his phone call from PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP to MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt on “Kasie DC”: “I’ve never spoken to a president before. He was so gracious and generous with his words. Exceedingly comforting to me, to my community, and he spoke to me like a friend, like a buddy, and I didn’t realize I’m talking to the president of the United States of America. 

“He is just exceedingly kind and sensitive and — and — and we spoke for close to 50 minutes. I thought to myself, for the president of the United States of America to take time out of his day, 50 minutes to talk to me about the issues at hand, was just absolutely incredible and admirable.”

Two things to keep a watch on.
1. The deal to replace NAFTA is in trouble in congress. WSJ this AM.

New Nafta deal faces resistance. President Trump’s push to revamp North America’s trade rules is hitting a roadblock as prominent Democrats and labor groups demand changes. Congress returns from recess this week
with a full plate and the Democrats have signaled they won’t allow a vote on the trade deal without certain changes.

Hard to believe this new agreement can’t get past congress, isn’t it?

2. A warning on oil pricing, also the WSJ:
Oil volatility puts 2019 rally under scrutinyInvestors are reeling from the Trump administration’s recent decision to end Iran sanctions waivers,
uncertain whether Saudi Arabia and other large producers will fill an 
impending production gap. That unknown has helped push prices to their highest level in nearly six months. At the same time, many remain
skeptical of the nature of the recovery. 

Biden’s Vulnerabilities:

By Walker: Joe Biden’s  accomplishments under Obama! 

THE LEGACY OF FAILURE 2008-2016 

1. Lowest Labor Participation rate since 1970’s
2. 95 million out of labor force.
3. 11 million more Americans on food stamps.
4. Lowest home ownership in 50 years.
5. Worst economic recovery rate since WWII.
6. 1 in 5 families without a member in the labor force.
7. $20 Trillion dollars in debt – $9.3 Trillion in the last 8 years.
8. 1 in 6 adult men aged 18-34 –in prison or out of labor force.
9. Apology Tour.
10. Ranked 17th out of 40 countries in educational performance.
11. More debt accumulated in last 8 years than under all other presidents combined.
12. 43 million Americans living in poverty.
13. $873 billion dollars in regulations against businesses.
14. 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost.
15. Resurgence and expansion of Soviet/Russian empire.
16. $732 billion global trade deficit last year.
17. Obamacare premiums up as much as 116%.
18. Increase in healthcare costs 43%, or approximately $5462 per family per year.
(Remember “You can keep your doctor. You can keep your health insurance; The ACA will reduce family healthcare premiums by $2500 per year.”?
19. Unaffordable healthcare deductibles.
20. Decreased availability of healthcare providers.
21. Decreased healthcare choices.
22. It’s Bush’s fault.
23. It’s racism.
24. AG Holder in contempt
25. AG Lynch takes the 5th.
26. $150 billion to Iran, much of it under cover of darkness without Congressional approval.
27. $1.5 Billion to the Muslim Brotherhood.
28. 4 dead including an Ambassador in Benghazi and a cover-up for political gain.
29. Political activist judges.
30. Honored the deaths of Fidel Castro and inner-city criminals, but not police officers and soldiers.
31. Encouraging illegals to vote.
32. $1 Billion in taxpayer money to the failed Green Climate Fund.
33. Politically manufactured racial unrest.
34. Politically orchestrated civil disobedience.
35. Red lines.
36. Clock boy.
37. Cap and Trade.
38. DNS spying on the press.
39. IRS investigations of political opponents.
40. Doubled debt per US citizen from $31,000 to $61,340.
41. The rise of ISIS and Muslim extremism.
42. An unarmed invasion across unsecured borders.
43. Suppression of speech and thought.
44. A weakened military.
45. Bergdahl.
46. First President without a 3% GDP in any year of office.
47. Media propaganda.
48. ACORN.
49. Fast & Furious a/k/a Guns for Cartels.
50. Black Lives Matter.
51. Dead Cops.
52. Lowest US Credit Rating in history.
53. Betrayal of Israel.
54. Social division and unrest.
55. Burned and looted cities.
56. Obliterated Democrat Party – 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats lost.
57. Abolished separation of powers.
58. Nukes to Iran.
59. A fixed election.
60. International loss of respect.
61. Feckless foreign policy.
62. Secretary of State Clinton.
63. 10.5% true unemployment.
64. Over 150 Muslim terrorists released from Gitmo; at least 30% return to ISIS.
65. Inedible school lunches.
66. $100 million in taxpayer funded vacations.
67. Political purge of Generals and Admirals.
68. Immunity for Clinton Aides.
69. Record Gun Sales.
70. Most Presidential commutations and pardons ever.
71. Boys in Girl’s restrooms.
72. A politically controlled DOJ.
73. Fake News.
74. Green Energy Initiative collapse costing taxpayers $2 billion.
75. Solyndra bankruptcy and cover up
76. Shovel Ready Jobs.
77. Inability to account for $6 Billion in DOS contracts.
78. Common Core.
79. Project Veritas.
80. The View.
81. Foreign hacking of intelligence communications.
82. Unsecured classified e-mails.
83. Participation Trophies
84. Presidential Participation Medals.
85. Stonewalling Congressional investigations.
86. Destruction of Middle Class.
87. Brexit.
88. Mother in Law federal pensions.
89. Bradley “Chelsey” Manning.
90. Paid rioters.
91. VA Care crisis.
92. Sharia Law in America.
93. Fixed Debates.
94. Illegal recess appointments.
95. Operation Choke Point used against political opponents/gun shops.
96. Snowflakes.
97. Millions in taxpayer funds to Sanctuary Cities.
98. Presidential salary raise.
99. Mass Murders in Gun-Free zones.
DO YOU REALLY WANT MORE OF BIDEN?


Drift turns into a leap …

Political parties often drift left and right. Savvy candidates and political advisors know that it is in the center you win most often. Yet, within the parties there is a natural push by the extremes (ideologues) within it to push it further to the edge. The Republicans to the right, the Democrats to the left. They are often beaten back, though as we noted yesterday it does occur sometimes. We cited 1964 (to the right) and 1972 (to the left) as examples. Generally though the parties drift to the edges slowly and over time.

Today, however, we see a Democratic party that seems to daily take leaps to the left. It’s almost like the candidates are thinking up a far more, what they call “progressive” position. Just look at this month and where they have gone:

A wealth tax on accumulated savings.
A 70, 80 or 90% tax on earnings.
Medicaid for all. Private health insurance companies go out of business.
A Green Deal, that changes every aspect of everyone’s life.
Guaranteed pay for all, even if you don’t want to work.
Free college for all.
We pay off everyone’s college debt.
Allow convicted terrorists and others to vote from prison.
Legalize drugs.
Hire ex convicted drug dealers to be legal dealers (Harris yesterday).

You can add to this list but it just illustrates the leaps they are taking to prove they are the most progressive person. How you pay for this is always answered the same way. “Tax the wealthy”. They don’t have anywhere the money to pay for this.

So let’s see, the Democratic party has now leapt all the way to socialism plus. Is this where America is today?

The America I grew up in was, you were free to become whatever you wished. You could achieve anything. You work to build a better life and a better country for the future generations. Where in any proposal above are the candidates rewarding individual initiative, drive and effort? They are all about taking from these people to give to those who don’t do the same.

When our parents and grandparents, who won WW2 and came home, they didn’t ask for a handout. All they wanted was a chance to go to work, build a family and a future. If anyone was entitled it was them. As the ceremonies unfold this year of what happened 75 years ago on D-Day, The Battle of The Bulge and Okinawa, look at the price they paid and what they wanted back. Then look at today.

Finally, running as a “progressive” used to mean certain defeat. It was a term candidates ran away from. The twenty Democratic candidates today cannot say progressive enough, and as outlined above are trying to out progressive the next person as best they can. With free everything the basic premise that drove American ingenuity allowing us to become the country we are is being challenged.

It’s Clear Now …

It’s clear now that we will not have a working government with the Presidency and congress until the voters decide in 2020 what they want.

The far left wants impeachment and despite wiser voices in their party, they are going to investigate, investigate more and talk impeachment, no matter the cost.

The President for his part is going to talk, tweet and tell fables.

So, it will be the American people that will have to decide in 2020 what kind of government they want.

Here’s My observations:

Congress is demanding more hearings on the findings in the Mueller report.
The President has now said he is not going to send anyone or any reports.
Congress wants to investigate more, the President who cooperated fully with Mueller is done.
This won’t end until the people decide what they want in 2020.

One liberal publication put this out today:
“IMAGINE Barack Obama said he was not going to send any witnesses to a Republican House and would ignore document requests. The GOP would have lit its collective hair on fire”.
Our Comment:
Actually if this were reversed you the MSM would be saying the Mueller report found Obama innocent and congress must stop and get on with governing.

Here’s another from the MSM. Free advice to Trump staffers and personnel:
FREE ADVICE FOR TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS: TRUMP doesn’t want you to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but we have a different idea: Do what you want. If you want to go — do it. Your free time is your free time, providing you aren’t breaking the law. Just because the president seems intent on demonizing the people who cover him doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s a guarantee: You’ll be in this town a lot longer than he will, and your currency is your relationships — including those with reporters.

MANY TRUMP OFFICIALS have great relationships with the press — and the White House benefits from that. The president might not care, but you should.

DARE THE WHITE HOUSE TO FIRE YOU for going to a dinner celebrating the freedom of the press. We bet you he won’t. The guy didn’t fire Bob Mueller! You think he’s gonna fire you?! It’s not like people are lining up to work in this White House. … Holler and we’ll save some seats for you.

Our Comment: … 
One more example of the press not recognizing how biased they are. The Trump people and supporters are angry at the press for their biased coverage (92% negative). Remember the speaker who blasted Sarah Sanders who was there? The press is so self centered they don’t recognize how the right feels about them.

One more thing on the Mueller Report. Really Hillary? You are going to lecture us that he should impeached? Really?
First of all you should have been with the bleach bit, destroying phones and misleading comments. Now you are telling us Trump did it?
Second, the President is not getting impeached. Only one president in my lifetime was impeached (and it wasn’t Nixon, on whose investigation committee you worked). I think you know it who was.
Why don’t you just be quiet on these issues?

Other Issues

The citizen question on the 2020 census goes to the supreme court.
The administration wants to add a question (that was on every census until the 1950’s) which asks “Are you a citizen?”
The Democrats are against it and the case has gone to the highest court. The lower courts have supported the Democrats, that it was wrong. It appears to be at least 4-4 with the liberals against the question and the conservatives for it. What does Justice Roberts do here?

In the drive to out left the others the Democrats continue going over the ledge. The latest was Elizabeth Warren. Lagging in the polls since her disastrous kickoff she continues to reach. This time she propoposes student-debt cancellation. The proposal steers the bulk of debt relief toward people whom Ms. Warren views as least likely to be able to repay their loans. She is also proposing the elimination of tuition and fees at every U.S. public two- and four-year college.
Our Comment:
So you worked your way through college or diligently paid back your loans, great. You didn’t bother with either, you win. Warren will pay for you. Once again don’t reward positive behavior, do the opposite.
The American voter in 2020 must decide this.

This after Bernie said he wants incarnated individuals, including terrorists, to have a vote in every election.

Just watch how far left they go as this primary begins to unfold. It could be most costly in the Nov. 2020 election. It happened to the Republicans in 1964 and the Democrats in 1972.

Congress vs. The President

Here’s a small example of congress versus the administration:

On Tuesday, the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a letter that the department would not comply with a request from House Democrats to see six years of Mr. Trump’s tax returns before a Tuesday evening deadline. Rep. Richard Neal (D., Mass.), the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, is seeking the returns under an obscure 1920s law that gives him access to any American taxpayer’s returns, and Mr. Neal may take the Internal Revenue Service to court to obtain them.

On Monday, lawyers for the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and an accounting firm for Mr. Trump to block a subpoena the committee filed last week. The Democratic-led committee is seeking eight years of President Trump’s financial statements.

Last week, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a subpoena for Mr. Mueller’s entire report—including the redacted elements. Democrats may need to go to court to attempt to get access to grand jury information. The Justice Department, which has pledged to give a bipartisan group of lawmakers access to some of the redacted information, called the subpoena “premature and unnecessary.”

And late Tuesday, Mr. Trump said in an interview with the Washington Postthat he didn’t want aides providing testimony.


Ratings: U.S. Political Leaders

From Real Clear Politics averages today. Which tells you 2020 will be a battle.

FavorableUnfavorableSpread
Donald Trump41.153.6-12.5
Nancy Pelosi37.050.3-13.3
Mitch McConnell24.047.0-23.0
Chuck Schumer28.340.7-12.4

Speaking of 2020, some news:

Joe Biden is about to get in. Our gut is he is at the peak of his popularity today. Once he announces the gloves come off and Obama will not endorse him.
How much money have candidates raised?

Individual contributions totals by Democratic presidential candidates for the first quarter of 2019:
Sanders: $18 million   
Harris:      $12 million   
O’Rourke:   $ 9.4 million   
Buttigieg:    $ 7 million   
Warren:     $ 6 million   
Klobuchar:   $ 5.2 million   
Booker:      $ 5 million   
Gillibrand:   $ 3 million  
 Inslee:       $ 2.2 million   
Hickenlooper: $ 2 million    
 Yang:        $ 1.7 million   
Williamson: $ 1.5 million      
Delaney     $ 404,000*   Also made a personal loan of $11 million campaign
Castro               $ 213,387
  
President Donald Trump raised just over $30 million

Did you see that James Comey and his wife contributed to and endorsed Amy Klobucher? So much for the “he is a Republican”.


Wait ….

Wait, I’ve been listening and watching coverage since the Mueller Report release and I’ve got questions:

For 22 months the left and MSM told us about collusion. It was collusion all day and night.
They appointed Mueller to get it exposed. They loved him and the team he surrounded himself with.
We were assured the report would be the end of the Trump era.

Then a funny thing happened, and Mueller said there was “no collusion”.
Then he said the Trump team cooperated fully and gave all documents requested.
Then they said the President “never” used executive privilege.

So what do we get?
We get dialogue like the word collusion was never uttered.
In fact on the Sunday news shows we had people denying collusion was the key term.
Wait, was I was living in a different universe? It was all I heard from you.

Now the media and left are not saying Trump was cleared of the collusion charge that was going to impeach him.
In fact they never mention it in their coverage.
They moved the posts and are talking about “obstruction”.
Wait, obstruction? Obstruction of what? A crime that never occurred?

Look at what they’re saying now:
“The President called his attorney and wanted to fire Mueller”.
Wait, he had a conversation about something that never occurred and that is obstruction? Aren’t you the media that defended the Clintons and Obamas against everything “in fairness”?
Wait, the President said “I am f’ed”. You say that over and over as if it is proof of guilt. Why don’t you say that after Mueller said this, then the President said everyone told him a special prosecutor drains the presidency and nothing gets done? In full context it is different. How dare you take it out.

So now the MSM and left are all about obstruction.
Wait, after Mueller said “no collusion” he said he could neither bring obstruction charges or dismiss them. He couldn’t prove them. So the left with MSM support drop collusion and discuss only the obstruction discussion in the report. Obstruction that Mueller could not prove.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
When did the left change the rules on that? When did the media?
Here’s a question for the media.
If this report were put out about Hillary or Obama what would they say?
Would they still be saying they were guilty and discussing charges?
Or, would they be criticizing those calling them guilty?
There is no doubt the MSM would be the defense for Hillary and Obama.
Here they lead the prosecution and are embarrassing themselves.

Obstruct what we ask again?
It was a non crime that the President knew was such.
He gave every document they wanted.
He told people (in the report) to tell the truth.
He never used executive privilege.
So again, he was cleared of the charge and obstructed what you say?

Now we have these questions on the bigger picture:
Who bleach bit their hard drives? Was that not obstruction?
How come the media never says that?
Who smashed their phones and devices so they couldn’t be read?
How come they don’t mention this?
And, add this:
How did this whole Russia thing start?
Was it the fake Steele Dossier? We think so.
Who paid for that? (Hillary and team)
Where did Steele go for information? It was Russia.
So maybe the left and media should check who really involved the Russians.
Because, even Mueller said the Trump team turned down any help from Russia.

In the end the Russians did help one side. One side did destroy evidence. It just wasn’t the Trump team.

Finally we have a question. What was the charge and direction given Mueller by Rod Rosenstein? He was the one who laid out what Mueller was to investigate. Did he limit him to what the Trump team did? It’s clear that Mueller did not venture down the path of the Clinton campaign and the Steele Dossier. Why not, if this was about Russian involvement?
Did Rosenstein box in Mueller? Wasn’t he (Rosenstein) involved with McCabe, Strock, Page and others? Did he limit this probe for a reason?

Enough already from the MSM and left. Let’s get the facts.




The Mueller Report Release

With the report released minutes ago we have skimmed through it. Here’s our thoughts:

This was collusion for eighteen months. That was the nightly refrain from the MSM. That was the Democratic talking point. Trump was in bed with Putin. He was a secret agent for the Russians. He colluded with them to win the election. That was it, remember the nightly drumbeat?
Mueller was going to be the truth.

Well, that’s done. The report upfront is as clear. There was no collusion. Not only was there no collusion but the Trump team refused any attempts to help them. No collusion is absolutely clear.

We should hold the MSM and the Democrats who touted this liable. They perpetuated this myth and convinced most of the country that it was done.
The question here is why did the MSM fail to do their job? They are supposed to be after the truth and they supported the falsehood.

So no collusion is a proven fact, there is nothing there. End of story.

That brings us to part two which is obstruction of justice. I ask again how do you obstruct a crime that never occurred? I don’t get that.

I have to believe the MSM and Democrats will now turn to the ten incidents discussed and try to prove there is something here. It is up to the American people to hold them responsible for what the entire Trump presidency has been subject to.
Adam Schiff and he has proof, must pay a price.
Chuck and Nancy need to put country first and stop the false charges.
Maxine and AOC must stop with the impeachment.
It’s time for two things:

  1. Put America first and get to work on governing.
  2. It’s time for the MSM to stop its bias and get back to true journalism.

That’s our early read in the first 30 minutes.

On To Thursday

                         

We all now await the Thursday release of the Mueller report. It’s predictable what will happen. The left will yell for the full report without redactions. They know something is hidden.
Trump and team will claim they are vindicated, there was no collusion. Get ready for the dual messages.

For us this should have been the Trump team narrative from the start. There “was no collusion”. This was all about that for 18 months. Let’s judge it on that.
By the way how do you obstruct a crime that wasn’t committed?

Bernie Goes On Fox

So Bernie was prepared when he went on Fox to bash the station and attack the conservatives. He was very effective and aggressive. That fact leads us to a belief we have long held, why don’t candidates go on the opposition platforms more? If they show up with zero votes and leave with a few didn’t they win? Plus it shows your supporters how good and tough you are.
Watch for more of this.

TAXES

By the way, Bernie released ten years of taxes yesterday too. They showed an annual income that exceeded $1 million in 2016 and 2017 following his first presidential campaign. He is part of the one percenters!

On taxes, did you see that Beto O’Rourke and his wife, Amy, appear to have underpaid their 2013 and 2014 taxes by more than $4,000 combined because of an error in the way they reported their medical expenses? Apparently they are going to pay up now.
Beto is getting hit far more in this primary than Cruz and the Republicans hit him.

The polls on taxes continue to baffle me. People saying the Trump Tax cuts have hurt them. The left has gotten to them because every independent study says otherwise. In fact, the Joint Committee on Taxation said, 65.6% of American taxpayers were expected to get tax cuts of at least $100, while just 5.5% were expected to see their taxes increase by more than $100.
Think about 5.5% to see an increase of $100 or more. Yet closer to 50% are saying they lost. How can that be? Just better messaging by the left.

There was an interesting study on the real estate market market that showed in some of the richest pockets of the Northeast are flooded with sellers, as homeowners try to unload properties — and their high tax rates.
It showed the population of New York and other high-tax states has posted a demonstrable decline in recent years, sparking a debate on whether there are limits to how much the taxman can squeeze from residents.
“The data shows a net outflow in 2016 of almost 600,000 people from the 25 highest-tax states to the 25 lowest, and they took with them roughly $33 billion in income.” Interesting isn’t it?

Running against Trump

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said Monday he will challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Talk about an uphill climb against an incumbent with avid support from the party base, Weld just entered into it.
Who is he?  Mr. Weld served two terms as governor in the 1990s and was viewed as a moderate. However, in 2008, he endorsed Barack Obama over fellow Republican John McCain. And in 2016, he ran as the running mate to libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson.
How do you rate his chances? Me too.

An interesting survey out of Ohio swing voters.
None of the Democrats who are running for president in 2020 has broken through with a group of Ohio voters who have swung back and forth between the parties in recent elections, a focus group shows.

Plus we keep hearing from the left jobs are bad. This survey just released:
“In low-wage sectors of the economy, a scarcity of workers is compelling employers to raise wages, make work schedules more flexible and lower requirements for college degrees to fill jobs”

Noise Follow Up …..

Yesterday we wrote there was “lot’s of noise” and said it’s “just noise”. Now twenty-four hours later take a look:

The Democratic noise about todays deadline to AG Burr has become an authorization vote to issue a subpoena.
So, since the Mueller release all they have done is make needless noise. The MSM supported the noise and now all will be quieter until the report is released. Then more noise.

The President, meanwhile, backed off his “great healthcare” program. It will now be after the 2020 election.
Why the noise from him again on this? Senator Thune said  this: “Obviously this is a president who tends sometimes to move on his own and then obviously has some of those conversations later. That’s the dynamic that everybody up here deals with.”
It was just another example of the President speaking on his own off the top of his head. Needless noise.

The President has also backed off closing the border. So about three days of noise will cease now. There was no chance it would happen. It was noise.

Joe Biden

My feeling on Biden is this. He did not sexually harass people. He has been doing what he does forever. That’s why he earned the nickname “Creepy Joe”. It is creepy and in today’s world inappropriate.
Now Joe understands the vehemence of the far left, as it is them who  orchestrated this. Bernie denies it.

Other News:

Two election results. One you heard about and one you didn’t.

In Chicago you heard about the first gay, black, female elected Mayor. She won easily beating a former prosector who may have been hurt by the Jussie case.

In the other, Michael Brown’s Mother (Ferguson, Mo.) lost her election yesterday for a seat on the city council overlooking the police department. She had said that “police accountability” would have been a priority.

The next time someone says “cut the budget”, remember the fiasco over the proposed cut in special olympic dollars from the government. Everyone wants cuts, but just not on a program that impacts them or they like.
Which is why we are forever stuck with deficits.

Get ready,the Democrats’ first televised presidential primary debate will be held June 26-27 in Miami. The party is planning to hold a dozen debates—six in 2019 and six in 2020.
The first round could include as many as 20 presidential candidates.

Here’s a related story on MSM bias I bet you didn’t see.

A freelance journalist has accused a top NBC News editor of “highly inappropriate and unethical” conduct by pressuring him to hold a story to help the Democratic National Committee.

Yashar Ali, whose work has appeared in HuffPost and New York magazine, tweeted Friday that Dafna Linzer, who oversees political coverage at NBC and MSNBC, pushed him to hold off on publishing an item revealing the date of the first Democratic presidential primary debate until the DNC could first “make their calls” letting the candidates know.

Ali said he had called the DNC to confirm a story he planned to write with the precise date of the debate (June 26 in Miami) — and immediately heard from Linzer.

He claimed she asked him to delay his story for an hour.

“I said I couldn’t. She was agitated, ‘why not?’ I said I’m not going to lose a scoop,” he tweeted. “Then she got angrier and said ‘Why not? It’s not a big deal, let them make a few phone calls.’

“I realized that @DafnaLinzer, the head of all political coverage for NBC News and MSNBC wasn’t calling to advocate for her network, she was calling to advocate the DNC’s position. She wanted me to wait so they could call state party leaders.

“I couldn’t believe what she was saying.”

On Monday Ali said he didn’t wish to comment further.

Linzer didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Just Noise …..

There’s not much out there right now except noise. Just noise.

The Democrats in congress continue to yell they want the full Mueller report. In fact they demanded to have it today.
The MSM is covering their demand — of course.
Except they won’t get it.
There are laws to follow and innocent people to protect.
The AG promised it by mid April.
Now think about the noise you hear on every newscast and read.
Two weeks. That is the time difference.
Does anyone think the AG is going to change the report? That’s impossible.
So why the noise?
They mislead their followers and probably fooled themselves to thinking there was collusion. When Mueller said “no”, they were stunned.

When the report comes out we can predict their comments. Let’s see:
“Oh there were plenty of crimes, Mueller just couldn’t prove it.”
“We will get to the bottom of this”. (Get ready for more hearings)
“We demand they release the un-redacted parts”.
“They are covering up”.
And, the MSM will cover it as if it has validity.

Now what they not covering? How about this:
There is a crisis at the border. Remember when the President declared it? Remember the coverage? Remember the opposition then?
Where is the “the President was right” now?
Plenty of noise weeks ago, none now.

More noise from the President too. This time on healthcare. He is going to have a policy that costs less, insures all, and improves coverage.
How?
Republicans have had eight years to come up with a plan and failed. You can’t insure 25-40 million for free and reduce costs.
Just more noise.

Here’s a tweet trail from the President and the outcome of the vote to illustrate the difference between the parties these days

.. at 10:50 p.m.: “The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any ‘place’ in history. The people of Puerto Rico…..”

… at 11:11 p.m.: “….are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt. Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess — nothing works. FEMA & the Military worked emergency miracles, but politicians like…..”

… at 11:38 p.m .: “….the crazed and incompetent Mayor of San Juan have done such a poor job of bringing the Island back to health. 91 Billion Dollars to Puerto Rico, and now the Dems want to give them more, taking dollars away from our Farmers and so many others. Disgraceful!”

THE SENATE did defeat two disaster bills because Republicans didn’t believe a House bill had enough money for Midwest flooding, and Democrats were opposed to a GOP bill because of what they saw as inadequate funding for Puerto Rico disasters.

So in essence Puerto Rico got more money than Houston and other disasters and still not fixed. The Dems say more money and the Republicans say less and more to our farmers.

Here’s another story that is not covered by the MSM. Think about how long it is taking for the administration to get their people approved. Here’s one that took a year and it was unanimous approval.

“It took six months of partisan delays — and several railroad accidents — before Democrats let the Senate confirm a federal railroad administrator, even though none of them actually voted against the nominee in the end.

“It’s been 354 days and counting in Senate purgatory for the president’s nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Two-hundred eighty-seven days and counting for the under secretary of state for management. Noncontroversial lower court nominees have languished for weeks and weeks — for no discernible reason — before they, too, were confirmed unanimously. These are just a few examples of the historic obstruction Senate Democrats have visited upon President Trump’s nominees for two years and counting.

“Since January 2017, for the first time in memory, a minority has exploited procedure to systematically obstruct a president from staffing up his administration. This new, across-the-board obstruction is unfair to the president and, more importantly, to the American people. Left unchecked, it is guaranteed to create an unsustainable precedent that would see every future presidency of either party obstructed in the same mindless way. The Senate needs to restore normalcy. And this week, we will vote to do just that.”

Even the WSJ said this:
Enough with the partisan delays. The president’s nominees deserve consideration”:

The there’s the NY Times. Today it has this:
OPINION

America Is Done Waiting for the Mueller Report

Someday, Trump will not be in office. Congress needs a full accounting of his misdeeds to ensure they don’t happen again.

Our Comment:
Maybe they should look internal and not let what they they did happen again with this fiasco going on for three years.

Finally another story the MSM did not cover:
A decision by the 9th circuit, this time against the family of Kate Steinle.

The parents of Kate Steinle — the woman shot dead in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant — cannot sue the “sanctuary city” for having quietly set the shooter free shortly before the 2015 tragedy, a federal appeals court ruled.

The appellate decision noted that the case of Steinle, 32 — for three years a focus of President Trump’s strong criticism of sanctuary cities — is “undeniably tragic.”

Still, San Francisco can’t be penalized for Steinle’s death at the hands of José Ines Garcia Zarate, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the parents’ wrongful-death suit.

San Francisco’s City Attorney’s Office had argued successfully that the city was not liable for the actions of a former inmate, even though the city had sprung Garcia Zarate, who had a record of at least seven felony convictions, without telling immigration authorities.

The feds had a deportation order lodged against Garcia Zarate at the time, but the municipality’s sanctuary-city laws limited its cooperation with immigration officials.

Less than three months after he was freed, on July 1, 2015, Garcia Zarate, who was homeless, opened fire on San Francisco’s Pier 14. He claimed he pulled the trigger accidentally after finding the stolen gun on the pier.

A bullet ricocheted off the pier’s concrete and fatally struck Steinle in the back as she walked with her father.