The Drumbeat ….

The abortion debate

Well both sides of this divisive issue went to extremes. Once the Virginia issue arose with the Governor speaking of “options” after birth and supporting abortion up to the minute of it, the issue has been center stage.
New York followed immediately with no limits on time frame and the Pro Life movement had an edge for the first time that I can remember.

So what do they do? Go to the other end and beginning with Alabama place restrictions to a degree that takes away the edge they gained.
A few weeks ago we noted America was against nine month abortions. They favored a first trimester decision. After that they were okay with restrictions. Alabama and others in their zeal to do right, as they saw it, gave back the advantage.
So who’s right?
It depends on which side of the divide you are. The left says a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body.
The right agrees she does, until she shares that body and a life to be born has begun.
The left says, until it’s born it is her body.
The right says, how come we consider someone deceased when their heart stops beating, but not alive when it starts?
And so it goes. Where is the ground we can survive?

It is not arguing the under one percent extreme of rape and incense. Going to extremes on either side just inflames the discussion. Let’s settle the 99% first and them get to the extreme.
America today wants to support abortion but wants a decision early before the fetus can feel pain.
Let’s define what America would accept.

Alabama at six weeks, and Missouri at eight has America saying too soon. First trimester is where they feel comfortable. That by the way, would take care of the extreme we noted earlier.
Why don’t those on the right recognize the opportunity to make progress on this issue? Why don’t they say that in the case of rape we would make available morning after pills?
Why don’t they make the limit twelve weeks and not six? It would be a major victory in their decades long fight.
Once there, then they can monitor scientific progress for earlier detection. Why would they fight for a time period that will cause them to lose, maybe forever? I know they believe they are right, but so does the other side.
Let’s agree on a period people can and will support. We will all be better for that.

Impeachment

As the argument goes on and the Democrats have moved from collusion to other reasons there is a huge divide in the party. Here’s a story from Politico this AM that illustrates how bad:

BEHIND THE SCENES … “Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment”: “Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Joe Neguse of Colorado — all members of Democratic leadership — pushed to begin impeachment proceedings during a leadership meeting in Pelosi’s office, said the sources. 

“Pelosi and Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Cheri Bustos of Illinois — some of her key allies — rejected their calls, saying Democrats’ message is being drowned out by the fight over possibly impeaching Trump. … 

“[I]n a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee stood up and demanded Trump’s impeachment. Pelosi then countered, ‘This is not about politics, it’s about what’s best for the American people,’ said a member who attended the meeting. … During the Steering and Policy Committee meeting, Cohen said President Bill Clinton faced impeachment proceedings ‘over sex’ while Trump is ‘raping the country,’ according to two sources in the room. Cohen later confirmed his remarks.” 

The MSM is not reporting it but the far left clearly wants impeachment. You remember Cohen, he was the one who brought the chicken in when Barr didn’t show up. This issue is so intense inside the party it can divide them for 2020.

Speaking of the MSM have you noticed how they have avoided the whole counter investigation on how the collusion story began? For a medium that covered collusion every night and was proven wrong, wouldn’t you think they would want the details on how they were mislead? Instead we get silence. Why?

Trump’s IMMIGRATION Plan

The President presented his plan and it was immediately controversial of course. I can tell you he made one big mistake in presenting it that is so basic you wonder about his staff.
You have heard over and over about his “merit” entry. It has been the one area most attacked. As I listened to his presentation it was clear that this was the area of left attack. I wondered immediately why he didn’t say we would have immigration annually based upon “need”. What does our country need to satisfy national needs. We would open the doors annually to needs. We may need engineers and farm workers this year. Next year it might be health care and scientists. Need in place of merit would have been so much better.

Finally a follow up

Remember when we talked about the soda tax implemented in Philadelphia and predicted it would be a disaster? Well here’s a report out of Philly:

A two-year-old decision by city officials in Philadelphia to impose a beverage tax on sugary and artificially sweetened drinks caused sales to drop by 38 percent, according to one of the first studies evaluating the duty’s effects. Since Jan. 1, 2017, Philadelphia has added a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on all soft drinks including “diet” sodas.

Areas bordering the city that were not affected by the tax saw a bump in sales, but after accounting for this effect, the net fall in sales was estimated at 38 percent a year. The numbers confirm a basic economic theory: If the price of a product goes up, fewer people will buy it.
Now Philadelphia budgeted the “income expected” into their budget. Next you’ll hear about a revenue shortage and the need to raise taxes to cover costs.

A Nervous Time …



World events are getting tenser by day.

In the Persian Gulf region something is going on with Iran.
First, we had the deployment of a battleship. Then, the rumors of possible troop placement. Finally, this AM we hear that the U.S. has ordered all its nonemergency staff to leave Iraq immediately.
So what’s up?
We know Iran on the one year anniversary of the U.S. cancelling the Obama agreement is angry. We know their economy is in tough shape because of a U.S. led boycott. We know that the U.S. recently upped the stakes with an oil boycott pressure. We know Iran doesn’t want to talk to President Trump and give him a win. What does that leave?
Disruptive activity in the region that has reached the point we have to be sure it doesn’t escalate to actual shots fired.

We have written before that Iran is the world’s leader in terrorism support and upheaval in the world. For over 40 years now this has gone on and today we have a new crisis with them. I think they know that President Trump does not want bullets flying and they are going to push him to the brink. I think this will heat up before it cools down. Keep watch.

Have you noticed the MSM has stopped covering the border issues? Know why? Now both sides know there is a crisis, and why would they want to say Trump was right?
If they begin reporting a crisis then the country will call for action and the Democrats are not prepared to do that or give Trump a win.

Yesterday, at a luncheon meeting with Senate Republicans a group of White House officials including Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller outlined an immigration plan.
Today Senator Graham will outline a plan to fix some major issues.

The House under Nancy Pelosi will take up neither. The MSM should be calling them on it. Think they will?

Add Venezuela and the inability to remove Maduro. We don’t know what North Korea’s next move is, and Putin is feeling his oats and the world is suddenly less stable.

So when someone tells you they know what will happen in the 2020 election, ask them the outcome of all these hot spots, because without that you cannot predict anything.

Two Domestic issues jump Up front

Two issues in the news that people need to decide and wonder which side history will be on:
1. San Francisco is the first major city to ban use of facial recognition technology by the police and all other municipal agencies.
If you think technology is the future, do you favor the use of facial recognition or not? This will be a civil rights vs security question that will arise across the nation.
2. The Alabama Senate passed an anti abortion bill that would effectively ban the procedure in the state. Some think the goal is to reach the U.S. Supreme Court and have them rule.

Most Americans we think are in between the Virginia discussion where you can abort up to and at birth, and Alabama’s never. Polls say, people favor an option in the first trimester.

Meanwhile the market continues to jump up and down as it tries to decide where we are going. Stay tuned.

A Week Makes A Difference


From Last week to this

A week ago the economy was was booming off the GDP and jobs reports. The market looked up, foreign policy looked strong, the President was standing tall and congress was investigating everything was his biggest threat.


Today it all looks different

The China deal was driving optimism in the market and then they backed out.
Up went tariffs (effective in June). The uncertainty has the world on edge.
Boom went the market, for a few days at least. Don’t buy say the experts.
Maduro didn’t go as the administration expected. Do we end up with a second Cuba in the region? A country with ties to Russia on our doorstep?
Iran shows its anger with military moves and attacks on Persian Gulf ships. The administration sends war ships to the region and is looking at plans for 120,000 troops to be deployed.
The Syrian army with Russian support is about to secure the country.
The North Koreans are angry, firing short range missiles, and today demanding their ship back that we took off the high seas.
The world looks different just a week later.

Some Thoughts

China:
They reneged on the “almost deal”. China has always negotiated and acted “for the long term”. As they state over and over, they are in deals for the long period. However, if they backed off to agreed positions, that is wrong. They can play this in hopes they harm the President and get a new one in 2020 and can go back to the deals they had, but that’s a big bet.
The risk they run is true harm to their economy in the short and long term. That is real. Let’s just review how the tariffs work:
We put a 25% tax on goods coming into out ports from China. Now remember, the goods are already purchased from China. So the importer or company bringing them in is paying the 25% charge, not China. So how does China get hurt? Three ways:
1. The price goes up in the U.S. marketplace and sales decline. The decline goes back to less orders from China.
2. The importers or purchasers of the goods find an alternative source that is less expensive than China with the 25% added on. This costs them sales and business.
3. Alternate countries manufacture the products long term and countries move out of China to them for future supplies.
So, China’s biggest risk is if they allow the tariffs long term that countries like Mexico, Japan, Brazil Vietnam and even the U.S. develop the manufacturing and they lose long term.
The President’s risk is prices rise, people turn on him and he loses reelection.
It’s a high stakes show down. Watch it closely.

What’s involved in the current and proposed tariffs?

The current tariffs (a total of $250 billion) on China have largely hit intermediate and capital goods — items typically bought by businesses, not shoppers.

That will change to now taxing nearly every product China sends to the United States. (roughly an additional $300 billion worth of goods). The United States trade representative on Monday detailed a list of what would face a tax of as much as 25 percent, which includes nearly 4,000 product categories. Included are toys, shoes, coffee makers, watches, smartphones, photocopiers, video game consoles, guns, fireworks, backgammon, Christmas decorations, practical joke toys, furs and merry-go-rounds.

How else can this be bad for China? From the WSJ:
“Escalating trade tensions have pounded the yuan, reviving questions about China’s willingness to use its currency as a tool of trade policy.
“The currency depreciated beyond 6.9 to the U.S. dollar this week in the offshore market, touching its weakest level since late December.
In recent action Tuesday, it traded around 6.89 offshore—roughly 2.3% weaker in seven sessions, as trade relations with the U.S. have soured.
“The swoon puts Beijing in a tricky spot. A weaker currency makes Chinese goods cheaper for U.S. buyers, helping offset the impact of higher tariffs. But China is eager to prevent domestic concerns about currency depreciation feeding an exodus of capital and further exchange-rate weakness. A breaching of the symbolically important level of 7 to the dollar could be a trigger.”

Foreign affairs:
This is becoming front and center and the President who has acted with bravado and from strength is now being challenged.
He came in promising change in trade agreements, less war and more focus on the key issues. Where are we?
China we outlined above. The showdown is on.
He canceled the TPP agreement and another is still being discussed.
The new agreement to replace NAFTA sits idly in congress. So all the talk of change in NA is still on hold. Is he going to get this done before the election? It’s beginning to look doubtful.
There’s no question he has some success bringing some jobs back, but as we enter an election cycle, it is questionable how much more progress can be made. He can’t cave in now, and the foreign countries want to stall hoping he loses. The Democrats don’t want to give him any victories, so we are in a dangerous spot.

Iran is angry and acting out now. The sanctions are hurting them. The President hoped they (the sanctions) would drive Iran to the negotiation table. Instead they seem to be acting more militarily today.
We don’t want another war in the middle east. We can send ships and troops, but this President is anti war. He has to show strength, but Iran is willing to call him on it.
Here’s our dilemma. Americans don’t want more war in the area. The difference between Russia’s success with Syria and our attempts in Iraq and Afghanistan  is this.
They (Russia) supported an in place leader and government. No matter how despicable he might be, he has the office and the military. In Iraq and Afghanistan we learned over throwing a government in the area leads to factional activity and endless fighting. Iran would the same.
So options are limited. The best is to get the world united with us on the boycott and have the people replace the government.

Have you noticed less noise from Nadler and congress this week on all their subpoenas and impeachment talk?
We think they looked at the polls and saw the American people were fed up with it and thought it was wrong. They saw it was hurting them and they are going to a quiet period. Still looking for anything, just less vocal.


U.S. Politics

Candidate number 22 entered the race today for the Democrats. He is Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana. He’s leaning heavily into the fact that he’s a Democrat who has won in a state Trump won by 20 points.

The Republicans meanwhile are all about “finding women and minority candidates”. The current congressional makeup of the GOP is overwhelmingly white male. Just 13 of its 197 House members are women. By contrast, 89 of the 235 House Democrats are women and nearly 90 are black or Hispanic. The candidate committees are working hard to find candidates to more balance this.

The Donald Trump Jr. subpoena. Here’s an interesting analysis from the WSJ:

At the center of the case is whether or not the House subpoena serves a “legislative purpose.” Lawyers for the Trump Organization have argued that Democrats are using the subpoena as a political weapon, while lawyers for the committee say the requests could relate to a number of pieces of potential legislation.

The question of whether or not the subpoena has a “legislative purpose” will bear on a number of other Democratic efforts. Mr. Trump and members of his administration have not complied with a number of congressional subpoenas, setting the stage for a series of court challenges between the legislative and executive branches.

Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said it would be difficult to show a president’s personal financial information serves a legislative purpose. A ruling in favor of the committee, he said, would license other House committees to make far-reaching requests.

“If the committee can prevail on this highly generalized claim it bodes well for the short term for these other committee demands,” he said.

A ruling against the committee, though, could endanger future Democratic oversight efforts and empower the Trump administration to continue to stonewall the House. The difficulty in obtaining information from the Trump administration has already rankled many House Democrats, and a key legal set back could cause unrest in the sometimes fractious caucus.

“If the court does not find an articulated legislative purpose, it could smack down the committee, that could be a tremendous loss for Congress,” Mr. Turley said.

Any ruling could be appealed, of course. But the ruling in this case will be an important indication of the battle of the branches to come.



Issues Today …

A few issues dominate our thoughts today:

China and the tariffs imposed. It appears to us that China clearly backed off agreements sensing a weakness in the U.S. They are wrong with this President. He only appears to give Putin an out. China won’t get one.

Now did they think the pressure of North Korea, Iran and Venezuela would allow them to gain some advantages; or did they think the pressure of Democratic candidates gaining traction would help? Maybe it was the administration arguing that the Fed should reduce rates that had them thinking the economy could be slowing.

Well, whatever it was they are wrong and the President is not going to blink here and what’s more the American people are behind him on this.
Now, they can bet a stock market decline changes things, but I think they will be wrong there too.

Now the situation with North Korea is another issue that should be getting more play. In fact there was an event yesterday that didn’t get the play it should have.
N. Korea fired some missiles again. You heard that. They were short range and within the agreement, so Kim hasn’t yet broken the agreement not to fire long range missiles. However, just firing missiles has upset the progress and the administration is not happy. Within minutes of their test we fired missiles, saying they “were not in reaction”. They were.
But a bigger event happened that got no coverage. We conducted a stop seizure of a North Korean ship accused of smuggling coal and heavy machinery in defiance of international sanctions. We took this ship off the high seas. This ship is the second largest in North Korea’s fleet. So it was no minor move. We’re not sure why coverage hasn’t been greater, but it should be.
Now remember all this activity from N.Korea has occurred after Kim’s visit to Russia and meeting with Putin. It’s all related.
Keep a watch on this as Kim must now react to the ship being seized, and let’s see what Putin promised Kim when he told him to go ahead and fire the missiles.

Some Domestic Issues:

Bernie Sanders proposed legislation to cap credit card interest rates at
15%, comparing the banking industry to “loan sharks”. He announced
this alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
What would it mean to you? For those who have cards for miles or cash
return it means the companies would lower the benefit. Someone has to
pay and in this case the conscientious user would lose again.

Speaking of the Democrats, theNational Committee set a June 12 deadline for qualifying for the first presidential primary debates, and outlined a
tie breaking system in case more than 20 candidates qualify for the two-
night event. So 20 is the maximum for the debate.
Remember the media noise on rules for the 2016 Republican debates?
Hear any yet on this?

Democrats are also debating having a national minimum wage as part of their platform. It would not be controversial as living costs in some areas are far different than others. We would guess they will not do this.

One issue that was in the news yestderday is both domestic and international. The Pope made a statement on church sexual abuse. He basically said that “new church law orders officials to report misconduct to their superiors and empowers senior archbishops to investigate”. Really? You are just saying and now ordering this?
And by the way, it says nothing about punishment.

Have a great weekend.

Never Ending …

The battle between the President and Congress will go on for as long as the Democrats control the house; and the battle between the President and the press will go on for as long as he in office.

We all waited for the Mueller report to get things settled and behind us. We got a “no collusion” verdict, but more new investigations than we could have imagined. There’s a saying from the old west that applies here:

“While we recognize that the subject did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.”

So Congress wants the records and people that Mueller reviewed and spoke to. Why? The only reason is to try and keep this going and embarrass the President.
Forget about governing, or fixing the border, let’s redo Mueller on national TV.
Hey, the report said “no collusion”, now you want to investigate obstruction of a crime that wasn’t committed. A warning to the Democrats, you are going too far. I know most of you are in districts you cannot lose, but enough of you can, to lose the house again. Be careful!

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) described the probe as “case closed.” He added that the Democrats are “angry that our legal system will not magically undo the 2016 election for them.” 
  • Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) shot back: “What we have here is a concerted effort to …protect the president from accountability, to whitewash his conduct by simply declaring it irrelevant.”
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would continue their investigations, and accused Mr. Trump of “goading us to impeach him.”

By the way, with Rep. Nadler making all the noise he is for the full report consider this:
First, he is demanding the total un-redacted report. Well that is illegal. He should know the law.
Second, there is a report congress can see that is 95% un-redacted. Three people have gone to read it. (All Republicans).
If this wasn’t all a stunt wouldn’t he and his fellow “cover up” associates have gone to see that report? Why didn’t they? Two reasons why:
1. They are not really interested in learning more, they are interested in noise for TV and fooling people.
2. Second, they know they have MSM support. Where is the MSM to call this out? Why is the media covering Nadler, Blumenthal, Pelosi and others as if they care? Why isn’t the media asking them why they don’t go read the 95% report before asking the AG to break the law?
We know the answer, as do the readers of this blog.

Speaking of the border, did you see the sixth circuit (Yes that sixth circuit) overturned a ruling and by doing so supported the administration?

The court ruled the administration can, for now, continue with its policy of returning Central American migrants to Mexico while their requests for asylum in the U.S. are adjudicated.
Authorities say that working with Mexico to allow families to live and work in Mexico while their claims are adjudicated is among the few ways to stem the influx while fulfilling legal and humanitarian obligations.

You heard that the New York Times obtained Donald Trump’s tax figures for the years 1985 to 1994, which showed losses of over $1 billion from his casinos, hotels and retail spaces. The losses enabled him to avoid paying income taxes for eight of those years. It was big news.
What does it mean?
Nothing, except some one committed a crime and released the taxes to
them. America doesn’t care.

Meanwhile the Treasury said they are not providing congress the
President’s recent tax returns. We ask again, why are they entitled to
them? There’s no crime they are checking. It’s a witch hunt. The NY
Times is trying to help congress, but it won’t work.

Now, did you read this about Bernie Sanders’ taxes also released
yesterday?
The oldest tax return released by Bernie Sanders offers a lesson in the
perils of do-it-yourself tax preparation.  Had his 2009 returns been
prepared correctly, Mr. Sanders should have paid $4,479 more than he
did, according to accountants.

So Bernie underpaid and it’s not news?

Interesting testimony by FBI Director Wray yesterday. After AG Barr
brought up the real possibility of “spying”, Wray was asked about it. He
clearly distanced himself from Barr’s use of it.
It surprised me he was so clear on it.


So let’s see where we are in this early 2020 period:
As Joe Biden seems to widen his primary lead you see the others getting more desperate. The attack is coming Joe.
We don’t see him holding on to any substantial lead.

Kamala Harris yesterday said repeal the Trump tax cuts. “Get rid of the whole thing” was her direct quote. Great plan Kamala. You want to stop the economy and our growth, you do that. You might be surprised to find out it wasn’t a tax cut for the wealthy.

Susan Rice, she of the famous “a video caused the Benghazi attack”, yesterday ripped the President over his foreign policy. The last person we need of foreign policy advice is from her and others in the administration who left behind a mess.


Questions for a new week ..

What Happened?

As I watched the news shows over the weekend I wondered what happened to AOC? She was all the news for 24/7 since her election and suddenly she is gone. Why?
Is it because her far left beliefs and touting are out of step with America and was actually hurting the left? Did the MSM suddenly realize they might love her statements and feelings but she was hurting the cause?
I think so.
AOC hasn’t changed her beliefs or statements. She is just now being ignored.

The second person I noticed who was a mainstay on the shows and whose name was never mentioned was Adam Schiff.
Here he was day after day, week after week, assuring the media and public that collusion was a fact. He was a MSM hero. Then a funny thing happened. The Mueller report came out. Adam kept saying it and is still touting it. Only now the MSM sees it more of an issue, and rather than embarrass him, they just don’t cover it.

There are others. Maxine is still yelling “Impeach 45”. But the MSM sees the people do not think it is warranted. So do they call her out as they would a right winger? No, they just stop covering it.

Your MSM at work.

Suddenly Foreign Policy …

We have written from the outset that the President’s foreign policy is going in the right direction. He was reversing the Obama tendency to apologize for America. He was demanding others pay their fair (and agreed to) share of costs. He wanted ISIS destroyed. He recognized Iran was a bad actor in the world. He called North Korea’s bluff. He told China the rules were biased. The one place we couldn’t understand is why he wasn’t tough on Putin. While we still don’t understand the latter, suddenly there are global issues.

In North Korea where he claimed victory after that first summit and we all knew it was premature, there are issues. They (NK) have begun testing missiles again.
Now, to be sure, they are short range and it is the long range that they agreed to stop, it is a sign that N.Korea is growing restless. They want concessions from the U.S. before any disarmament occurs. The U.S. says the opposite.
We still say that N.Korea cannot disarm with nothing. It is those weapons that give them a world standing. They get rid of them and they are open to government overthrow.
The optimism of the past year is now at a cross road barrier and it is going to take some maneuvering to save this.

Then there is Venezuela. The administration was sure that early last week Maduro was ready to be overthrown. They miscalculated and now it appears he is going to be able to hold on. This is dangerous long term as it provides another country (ala Cuba) in the region providing Russia a staging area.

By the way, the hand of Putin is involved in both the N.Korea and Venezuela situations. N.Korea visited Moscow two weeks ago, and boom we get missiles. Maduro was reported ready to leave when Putin said not to.
Yet when the President spoke to Putin for 90 minutes late last week, he said nothing but nice things about him. Makes you wonder if Putin does have something, doesn’t it?

Then add the China news this AM. We thought we were close to an economic deal, but today it appears otherwise and an escalation of the trade war could be in place.
It’s clear China is not ready to give up just yet.

Finally, Wednesday is one year since the U.S. backed out and tore up the Iran agreement. Suddenly today we are sending a carrier to the region as Iran is acting up. Though the treat is unknown, the state department is concerned enough to act.

So the foreign policy issues arise after a stable period. The administration will be challenged the next six months. Let’s see how they do.

Finally …

Poor Micheal Cohen heads to prison today. He tried to buy time by saying he found more documents and could testify about them because they are anti Trump. He was rejected.
Michael heads to prison with friends on neither side of this battle. The President’s supporters cannot stand him for turning as he did. The left cannot stand him for not having the goods on the President. Lucky for him his family still loves him.

The NY Times today has this in it’s opinion section:
“Trump’s Other Impeachable Offense”
Wait, what was the first? I thought Mueller said “no collusion”
What did I miss?

Last week we questioned why President Trump would do an infrastructure deal for up to $2 trillion dollars. It didn’t make sense and where was the money coming from?
Well Chris Christie provided an answer yesterday that made sense. He said by doing this deal, the President would put more middle class workers to work and drive right into any argument that Democrats would have against him. He would be employing people, driving the economy and improving the country. Makes sense. With one exception, does anyone care about the deficits we are creating?


2020 Will Have To Decide It

The Barr incident, coverage and story just proves that the 2020 voters will have to decide what America is and the direction we go.
After a lifetime of impeccable service look at how the left and MSM are treating and presenting him. Why? Did he withhold the Mueller report? No. Did he misrepresent it? No? They don’t like that he doesn’t support their belief that the President should be impeached.
They may also not like that Barr is intent on investigating how this whole “Russian Collusion” and “Steele Dossier” began. Suddenly some information that could destroy their entire theory is coming to light.
I, for one, stand for full disclosure. Let’s get all the facts on the table and provide them in the light of day.
So the left and MSM can yell all they want. Let’s see what the next 90-120 days bring.

The news today that the NY Times has a front page story about “spying” on the Trump campaign is interesting. However, note this is their story defintion:
“The use of the investigator in an operation aimed at a campaign shows the alarm in the F.B.I. as officials uncovered the scope of Russia’s 2016 election interference”.
Not exactly a full leap is it?

One final thought on this investigation. I know Hillary thinks she is being funny with this comment:

“So why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don’t we ask China to back us? And not only that, China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get [President] Trump’s tax returns? I’m sure our media would richly reward you,” she added.
A word of caution Hillary, watch out what Barr and team find.


News of the day….

The jobs report this morning was just more good news on the economy. Unemployment down (3.6%), jobs up, minority unemployment down, manufacturing up. Average hourly wages for private-sector workers grew 3.2% from a year earlier, matching the prior month’s increase.
The shame of it is the left continues to tell people they are not included and the MSM covers them.
If it were any administration except this one the coverage would be so upbeat. A shame.

Not much coverage, but did you see the Baltimore Mayor had to resign? It was just the latest blow to the leadership of a city that’s seen two mayors resign in scandal in less than a decade and a third one decline to seek another term after a riot over police misconduct and a soaring murder rate.
The city is a mess and the police are what the MSM covers there. A police department that has basically fallen back to doing only what they must since no one will back them.

The twenty-first Democratic candidate announced for President yesterday. Senator Michael Bennent from Colorado in case you missed it.
How are they going to handle the debates beginning in June? They announced yesterday that the debates will be capped at 20 participants.
Should be interesting to see the reactions as more enter and people get cut.

Speaking of Democratic candidates, FoxNews announced its next Town Hall will be with Kiersten Gillibrand.
We predict right now it will be their lowest rated ever.

Right now both political parties see these states as the keys in 2020:
Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

CNN continues its coverage and attitude. Well they just saw its prime time lineup drop 26% in April compared to the same month one year ago. CNN’s total audience in prime time was well under a million viewers–767,000–while competitors MSNBC and Fox News finished the month far ahead: MSNBC in second place overall with 1.660 million total viewers, and Fox News leading all of cable with a total audience of 2.395 million.


The Barr Hearing …

Okay we watched the hearing and our analysis is clear. This was an embarrassment to many of the questioners, a stain on our democracy and a total fiasco.

We are still having trouble understanding all this. Let me lay out some quick thoughts:

The President colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election.
We heard that narrative for 22 months, day and night.
Bob Mueller was a sainted figure who would get the truth.
He said there was “no collusion”. None whatsoever.
So the next day collusion disappeared from the news and obstruction entered.
There was obstruction they said, of a crime that didn’t happen.
That brings us to yesterday.

Yesterday the hearing was going to be about the report.
Instead a letter emerged that Mueller wrote expressing concern about the four page release.
Now think about that. The four page release.
The release that they and the media were demanding information on as the report was delivered to Barr.
They were sure that Barr was going to cover up and maybe not release the report. (He is not obligated to do so).
So Barr provides an overview. No collusion and no obstruction charges.
Mueller sends a note saying he thinks Barr should release the summaries he also wrote. (Not the full report, the summaries).
Barr decides not to because he is going to get the full report out in two weeks.
It is going to be redacted so much say the left and media that it won’t be worth anything.

Then Barr releases the report and 92% is un-redacted.
He makes the complete un-redacted report available to congress behind secure doors. (Three have gone to read it. All Republicans. None of yesterday’s bomb throwers).

Now we have the hearing and they make it a fiasco.
They go back to the letter as if Barr is hiding something.
Think about that and their argument.
He is covering up and hiding things. He is misrepresenting the report.
WHAT? WHAT?
He released the full report. You can read it. The public can read it.
Mueller’s summaries are released in it. Every word.
The 8% hidden by law is available to congress.

What can they possibly be arguing? You can read the report.

You know why they get away with it? Because the media supports them.
The media is embarrassed that they supported and were sure Trump and team were guilty and can not accept this verdict.
So they give credence to the craziness.

If this were a true media, that was fair, they would be talking about the “no collusion” after all those charges.
But they can’t since they help lead it.

If this were reversed and the charges were against Obama or Clinton they would be chastising the right for not accepting the findings after 22 months and $25 million dollars.
They would be berating the senators for their questioning, tone and attitude.
Think about that.

I am embarrassed for our country and the display yesterday by Senators like Hirono and Blumential.
She should be reprimanded for her conduct and he should be embarrassed to talk about morals and truth. Yet the MSM wants to make them heroes.


Which points back to 2020, and Americans must decide what kind of country we are.

Tidbits ….

Let’s start with the Washington Post/NY Times headline that “Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture the context of the probe”.
Great theater for sure. Except for two things.
First, in the article they said Mueller did not disagree with the findings.
Second, the whole report has been out for weeks now. Everyone can read it. So covering up is what they are implying now? It’s not like no one has seen the full report. They’re acting and reporting like it was secret.

Next, have you seen some states (blue ones) are trying to pass regulations that say you cannot be on their presidential ballot without releasing your taxes? It won’t hold up but another illustration of there is something with Trump we must expose.

Now on the other side the President is going to court to prevent Deutsche Bank from sharing his financial information with Congress.
We’ve always believed any chance to get the President was in his finances, so you can see why this is being pursued.
The question is, on what grounds are they pursuing the records? In America don’t you need a reason to do this other than a desire to get someone?

Yesterday Democratic congressional leaders said President Trump agreed to aim for a $2 trillion infrastructure package in a meeting. A White House statement didn’t mention a $2 trillion agreement.
The question here is where is the money coming from? Senator Schumer said the President agreed to present ideas on funding in a few weeks. Really? You mean it is the President only? Congress gets only to spend?
We see where they agree infrastructure needs, but can’t see any way they agree on funding. Raise the gas tax? That could be a partial idea, but would be against Republican principles. Let’s see.

Healthcare will be a major issue in the 2020 election. We have long stated there is no way to cover 40 million for free and reduce costs. Obamacare tried to force healthy individuals to buy insurance to offset some of the costs, but even that is done now.
While Democrats have the edge on this issue their 2020 candidates now disagree.  Joe Biden  plans to build upon the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Bernie Sanders backs Medicare for All. Sen. Kamala Harris wants Medicare for All, too, but would keep some pieces of the current setup. They will have to hash this out over the primaries and Republicans need a plan.

American citizens will have to answer this and the direction of the nation with their ballots. How are they feeling? We know that the President’s popularity lingers in the 40’s. This mostly due to the negative press he gets and creates for himself. One barometer though was in the Rasmussen poll results released yesterday. It is telling:
“Americans are feeling better about the future than they have in over 12 years of regular surveying” they reported.
The survey found that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters now say America’s best days are in the future. This is the first time a majority of voters has expressed this sentiment since November 2006. Since then the average for this question was in the 30’s.
They also found only 28% now think the country’s best days are in the past. This is a new low. As recently as May 2017, this figure stood at 52%.

That number is not one that says the nation will change direction. Now, it’s a long way to 2020.

Is there media bias? Think about this. Remember the astounding 3.2% GDP growth reported this week? It was big news, right? Do you know that CBS and ABC news failed to report it that evening? NBC covered it for ten seconds.

Here’s another example of bias in America today. LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson played golf over the weekend with the President. A picture was tweeted out. You know what happened? The comments back were so fierce and “hurtful” that she is taking a break from social media now.
It used to be playing with the President was the honor of a lifetime.

2020 the voters must decide what America is today.





This week will bring the first-ever congressional hearings on
Medicare for All—Democrats’ proposed government-run health care—and a long-awaited Congressional Budget Office report on how it could be set up and financed. The push may put Democratic presidential contenders in an awkward spot: Many aren’t so sure now is the right time to campaign for such a major overhaul, and the mixed messages risk confusing voters.