Comey and more…

Comey:
To me the I.G. report on James Comey was damning. He can call it vindication, but my take is different. You can’t claim to be the last honest person in Washington and portray yourself a boy scout then found to be leaking and misleading. Sorry Jim, you placed yourself on a pedestal but your actions proved otherwise. You can still believe your self pronouncements but the report tells me otherwise.
You’re right, you did not leak information that was classified later; but you did leak. You were the head of the FBI and you were leaking. That’s not right for the job, or a boy scout. You should have been seeking leakers, not being part of the problem.

Now also it seems clear you met with the President elect not to tell him of the rumor but to investigate. The head of the FBI lied or at the least mislead his boss. That is not worthy of the head of the FBI, and you should have been fired.
You’re clear you say? Well Mr Boy Scout, that just proves you are not who you told us you were.

Biden:
Now Joe Biden and his fight with the Washington Post on the story he has been telling as truth. Joe said last night, “I don’t know what the problem is. What is it that I said wrong?”
Well Mr Vice President, only almost every detail. Let’s see, you were VP, it was the wrong person, the wrong time, the wrong place. Other than that and the fact you took three stories and made them one, you are right, you did nothing wrong.

Think about this. The next Democratic debate is down to ten as we reported yesterday. That means more time for each candidate because the debate will be three hours long. How is Joe going to do in that environment?

The President:
Can he pick anyone? Did you see his personal assistant, (Madeleine Westerhout), whose office sits in front of the Oval Office and who has served as the president’s gatekeeper since Day 1 of his administration, resigned on Thursday? Why? Well the President learned that she had indiscreetly shared details about his family and the Oval Office operations. She was leaking!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

Just Thinking Today…

With the Democratic field narrowing and Joe Biden holding his lead this thought struck me. If he and the President run against each other then:
We will be choosing between a candidate (Biden) who every time he opens his mouth we will hold our breadth over what he might say because of the relationship to actual fact; and a President (Trump) who we will hold our breadh because of what and how he might say it.
How’s that for a choice?

The new deabte stage for the Democrats is cut in half. Only ten qualified. The 10 candidates who did, and their current per cents in the polls according to the DNC are:
Biden (37 percent), Sanders (21 percent), Warren (20 percent), Harris (17 percent), Buttigieg (7 percent), Booker (3 percent), Klobuchar (3 percent), Yang (3 percent), Castro (3 percent) and O’Rourke of Texas (3 percent).

Gillibrand of course dropped out after failing to qualify. We won’t miss her. You know who else didn’t qualify? Tom Steyer. Steyer spent more than $325,000 a day on campaign advertising but failed to break through.
I don’t think he will quit yet. He is all about impeachment.

Speaking of impeachment, there are now 137 House Democrats who have called for proceedings to investigate whether the president should be removed from office. What will Nancy Pelosi do here?

Speaking of Pelosi, what is she going to do about the president’s trade deal with Canada and Mexico? Does she pass it handing a big political victory to Trump or let it lie until after the election? How can she hold a deal good for America and get away with it?

If she holds it then she lends more credibility to the argument the left is rooting for a recession. They better be careful here.

No real coverage on this but a fallout with Iran yesterday. The administration hit two Iranian-linked business networks with sanctions for illegally helping Iran’s missile and weapons programs.
This continues the financial pressure that has been applied and is hurting them.

Now Iran…

Yesterday we wrote about China and the telephone call that likely didn’t happen and how the optimism of progress was deflated. Then hours later the supposed progress with Iran was popped as they repeated they wanted sanction relief before any talks. Something this President will not (and rightfully so) do.

So where are we and why? Here’s my view.

Think about the last 20, 30 and 40 years if you can and what the issues were in the international market. How long do you remember:
“China is stealing our jobs” and companies “are leaving”?
“Iran is the leading terrorist organization in the world. They are behind much of the activities in the world”?
“North Korea wants nuclear weapons and is working on building them”?

Pretty much for as long as you can remember you’ve been hearing that.
Now ask yourself, should those issues be addressed? Should he be going after them as he is? Well in his campaign he talked about them and didn’t come to Washington to continue the charade of the past. He is actually doing what others said they would.

Now you can’t change what has gone on without some pain. The forces you are going to impact are going to fight back. They have gotten used to the good life they had woven and don’t want to give it up.
China was on a path to be the world’s most dominant economic force. They aren’t going to surrender that.
Iran bullied Presidents for 30 years, why would they think this is going to be different?
North Korea fooled Presidents with false words, why not again?

I think the President should be applauded for his efforts, but he isn’t, why is that? Two major reasons:
First he is his own worst enemy. His enormous ego wants everyone to adore him and tell him how smart he is. He cannot take the negative comments. When you hear him speak it is always “no one has done what I have”, or this is “bigger than anything”, it’s “enormous” or “something no one else can do”. He wants that adulation and his ego cannot take it. He is not satisfied that time will prove him right, he must be told every minute he is a genius and the greatest.
The second reason is the press and his opposition hate him. His arguments or positions are never presented in a fair and balanced way. They are always negative. Think about this. If the three issues were presented as a question to the American people, where would they fall?
Don’t you think that a great majority would say we need to address the situation with China?
Don’t you think the majority would realize how dangerous Iran is and understand why we need to isolate them?
With North Korea wouldn’t the majority among us say we must not allow them to get nuclear?

You see, Trump is on the right side of these issues for America, but his ego and a hostile press and opposition party have been able to make him look bad. It’s part his fault, part their’s, but a danger to our nation. The American people must stand strong now to fix the world problems that we have failed to do for 30+ years.

Finally, what is the press and opposition parties solutions for these three issues? Since all the Democrats running have been in Washington for decades, what did they do? Is their answer a return to where we were? I haven’t heard anything else. Do we want that? I don’t, and we need to stand strong now. Teddy Roosevelt said it best, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

Fallout China…

So what’s the truth with China?
At the G7 the President said that China called and wants to talk. Reporters questioned him hard, “did they really call”? Aides said “yes, there was correspondence” . There would be meetings everyone said. I wondered was there really a call in the middle of the night?
This AM China said there was “no call”. There were notes it appears.
So, why did the President say “calls”? It’s just baffling and makes you wonder.

What I think is this.
The President truly got spooked with Friday’s market drop. He knew the 2020 election was around the corner and now he needed a way out. Over the weekend he tweeted that we should judge his market performance based upon the day after the election and not from January 20th when he took office. I think he realized he was out there and was ready to jump on any opening.

China for its part is losing in this confrontation (more on this below) and is looking to deescalate. So they send a note to say we need to sit and talk and instead of running with that it becomes something bigger to the President so he can win bigger.

It doesn’t mean China wants a deal. They do want to measure the election, and if Trump can be beat they want to wait it out. If it looks like Trump will win they know a deal before the election is better than after.

Now who is winning this face off?
America is, but you won’t get that impression or message from the MSM. Why? They look for the negatives to us. You will get “higher prices” and “drive the economy to a recession”. You know what they don’t do? They don’t look at it from China’s side.
In business I always counseled people to put themselves across the table from themselves. How would you view what you are saying and doing. Would you make this deal?
Now China has devalued its currency, lost jobs, slowed their growth and is facing economic woes. They are doing everything they can to eat the tariffs and not drive up prices to lose sales and cause companies to leave.
Imagine if we were China and a free media was reporting on this from that side.

China is in a bind.
They are dependent on exports to the U.S.. They are dependent on U.S. companies relocating manufacturing in their country. They are dependent on mimicking IP and producing goods. They are facing a President who is saying “no more”. This relationship must be balanced. If they agree to balance they lose. If they stand pat they lose. They are the one in the corner, not us.
All the President needs to do is tell the truth.

Reparations…
With all the talk of reparations I think we owe them here too.
99 years ago (1920) women gained the right to vote on August 26. Don’t we owe all woman reparations for the years prior?

Rattling The Markets…

As I write this I am awaiting the President’s recap from the G7 Summit. Under this President he moves the market one way or another with each utterance. Friday he sent it into a tailspin with his anti China tweets. This AM it is up on his we are “going to talk” words. At the press conference there is no guessing what he will say. With Trump, we live in interesting times.

On China I will just say this. For decades we have heard about losing jobs to China and the growth of that country. Presidents and congress failed to take action and this President is. It is about time. We support him.
What I find deplorable are the politicians and media that are reporting every move he makes as bad, and blaming him for the mess. Let’s be clear. Candidates like Biden, Warren, Klobuchar and others have been in Washington for decades and this mess occurred under their watch. The President has been in Washington for two and a half years.
He is not the blame, he is the possible solution.

On Politics:
It appears to us that Elizabeth Warren is gaining traction and her fellow Democratic candidates need to go after her. This from Politico:
“On Sunday, Warren stood on the biggest stage of her presidential campaign for a rally here that drew an estimated 15,000 people — eclipsing an estimated 12,000-person event she held in Minnesota earlier in the week, according to her campaign. Across the country in New Hampshire, Biden presided over a series of intimate, subdued events in New Hampshire and Iowa, hosting crowds that numbered in the low hundreds.”

Enthusiasm matters and she has it now.

Impeachment:
The House committee continues. They are issuing a subpoena to former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump, as the panel weighs articles of impeachment.
This committee will not quit, while Republicans await the IG report.

News Tidbits….

Just some tidbits that you may not have heard on the news. Let’s start with Politics:

One Democratic presidential candidate dropped out (Gov. Inslee) and will rerun for Governor in Washington State.
One who dropped out earlier, Gov. Hickenlooper of Colorado, is running for the senate against Republican Cory Gardner. He will be favored.
Joe Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Illinois congressman, is going to challenge President Donald Trump in the Republican primary.
He will join Gov. Bill Weld as challengers. Neither have any shot.

Congress is on August break but this is clear. Democrats and Republicans strongly disagree about how best to rev up the economy. Democrats favor higher spending and Republicans want lower taxes. Sound familiar?

Impeachment? Did you know that more than half of House Democrats (127 total) are now publicly in favor of impeachment proceedings? Not much MSM coverage but the number keeps increasing.
In fact the fourth ranking Democrat in the house came out for the impeachment inquiry (Rep. Ben Ray Lujan N.M.) .
Eyes are now on Georgia Rep. John Lewis to see what he does.

Get ready for this fight. The administration rolled out a plan to detain families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border longer than the 20-day detention limit. If it survives a sure court challenge, the policy change could permit authorities to detain families through the duration of their immigration proceedings. That would cut illegal attempts. Democrats oppose, which is why congress will not vote for it. Let’s see if the attempt to do it without them works.

Did you see any coverage of the President announcing yesterday at an American Veteran conference that college loans for disabled vets will be cleared up? You hear about the Dems saying they will do it for all, so how come no coverage of this?

Where does the President stand?

Yesterday he once again said he favored beefed-up background checks for gun buyers. He offered no clarification of his stance amid recent signs he was backing away from stricter rules. Americans truly want this, why the hesitation? The NRA? Where are they going to go if not President Trump? Back a Democrat?

After saying he was not serious about Greenland we get first a cancelled trip to Denmark, then the President accusing their prime minister of “blowing off the U.S..  He added, “I thought the prime minister’s statement that it was an absurd idea was nasty”. Wow. Great for diplomacy.

Polls:
You keep hearing of the Presidents average favorability (44%) and unfavorably (53%). Well look at the Democratic candidates numbers:
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have all seen their standing decline.
Joe Biden is views positively by 34%, down 20 points from January 2018, while the people who viewed him negatively increased to 38%.
Bernie Sanders has seen a drop to 37% positive and 40%, negative.
For Elizabeth Warren its 31% see her positively and 32% negatively.

You don’t ever hear those numbers on the MSM do you?

Finally here is a story and the results from the Iowa Fair Kernel Poll:
The voting is finished, and the corn kernels are packed away for the year. The 2019 Cast Your Kernel presidential poll results showed something that has never happened before in the 15 years of the poll at the Iowa State Fair: almost exactly as many fairgoers voted for a Democratic candidate for president as a Republican.

  • Total votes for Republican candidates: 33,280
  • Total votes for Democratic candidates: 33,165

That 50-50 percentage split is the closest ever.

Republicans:

  • Donald Trump: 32,375 (97%)
  • Bill Weld: 905 (3%)

Democrats:

  • Joe Biden: 8,143 (25%)
  • Pete Buttigieg: 5,892 (18%)
  • Elizabeth Warren: 5,064 (15%)
  • Kamala Harris: 3,700 (11%)
  • Bernie Sanders: 2,675 (8%)
  • Cory Booker: 1,219 (4%)
  • Tulsi Gabbard: 1,153 (3%)
  • Tom Steyer: 1,078 (3%)
  • Amy Klobuchar: 905 (3%)
  • Andrew Yang: 745 (2%)
  • Beto O’Rourke: 550 (2%)
  • Steve Bullock: 300 (1%)
  • John Delaney: 277 (1%)
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: 270 (1%)
  • Julián Castro: 264 (1%)
  • Marianne Williamson: 240 (1%)
  • Michael Bennet: 129 (0%)
  • Jay Inslee: 120 (0%)
  • John Hickenlooper: 115 (0%)
  • Tim Ryan: 70 (0%)
  • Joe Sestak: 69 (0%)
  • Wayne Messam: 66 (0%)
  • Bill de Blasio: 61 (0%)
  • Seth Moulton: 60 (0%)

The overall turnout was the third highest for Cast Your Kernel. In 2012, 72,216 people voted when Republican Mitt Romney defeated President Barack Obama, a Democrat, 55-45%. In 2016, 69,598 people voted when Trump topped Democrat Hillary Clinton 56-44%.

Obama is the only Democrat to win the Cast Your Kernel poll. In 2008, he defeated Republican John McCain 51-49% with 48,865 kernels cast.

Just Thinking…

Some thoughts heading to weekend

We disagreed with the decision by Isreal to ban two congressional members from entering the country. We thought all it did was give them ammunition and a reason for people to support them.
Then we heard about the touching note from Congressperson Tlaib that she wanted to visit her 90 year old grandmother one more time.
We were happy Isreal immediately said yes.
Then we realized what a farce the whole thing was as Tlaib said she would not go under the rules Isreal set.
So you only sent the “Grandmother letter” hoping they would say “no” and you could get sympathy and blast them? When they said “yes” you backed off?
Why can’t the MSM see through this?

The NYT had this in today’s paper in reaction to the initial “no”.
“What Are Trump and Netanyahu Afraid Of?”: It is difficult to stomach the notion that an American president would put pressure on Israel to deny entry to two members of the United States Congress. … 
Let’s see if they say anything else tomorrow. I doubt it.

North Korea:
All the noise about N.Korea shooting missiles is so one sided. Do you know why they are doing it? Because the U.S. and S.Korea are conducting military exercises right next door.
Is the media so one sided they can’t give you the full picture?

One down but watch the senate now.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado ended his presidential bid and will likely enter the race for his state’s Republican-held Senate seat. He gives the Democrats a strong candidate in a race where they need three seats to take control.
Keep an eye on Beto. He may be the next to do this.

China:
The U.S.  suddenly postponed a plan to impose new tariffs on about $156 billion in goods from China. They moved the date back to Dec. 15 for tariffs on smartphones, laptops, toys and video games.
Why? “We’re doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers,” President Trump said.
Also he knows the economy is slowing and the last thing he needs is a recession in 2020.
He also knows that China is hurting badly in this tariff war, and though the media in the U.S. is talking only domestic, it is much wider.
Now the questions are, can our economy withstand this? Can the President ride it out? Does China cave realizing Trump is going to win and they will get a better deal now? Or, do they think he will lose and a Democrat gives them a better deal?
Keep in mind that Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter, for the second time in a row, and they are in recession. So the economy worldwide needs watching. Will European leaders provide a major stimulus to drive things? That could help.

Have a great weekend.

The Epstein Mess…

You’re getting all the news you need on Jeffrey Epstein and don’t need me adding to it. Yesterday I wrote here that it likely was a suicide. But I have to admit questions keep arising. Here’s just a few as this whole thing continues to baffle.
The NY Post reported today he hanged himself with bed sheets by tying them to the top bunk. Well he was six feet tall, so how did that work?
They reported he folded his legs at the knees. So we are supposed to believe as he lost consciousness they never hit the ground?
Then his cellmate (required for returned to cells for ex suicide inmates) just happened to be removed that evening — and not replaced?
Add it was a job requirement for two guards to check on him every 30 minutes. Well that night they didn’t do so at the time of this incident for hours.
Then we learn one of the two guards was not a guard at all.
Now add this.
July 23rd was the first time there “was an apparent suicide attempt”. I say apparent because it has never been verified that is what it was. Epstein said he “couldn’t recall” what happened and his cellmate at the time (a former police officer who was a four time killer) said “he saw nothing”.

So there are lots of questions and we again say AG Barr is the best hope for any answers. There will be pressure from some very powerful and influential people to get this off the news and buried. Barr is going to have to stand up to it all. I think he will.

The Deficit:
We’ve talked endlessly here about the growing deficit and the need to address it. Well this AM here’s the report on where we are:
The U.S. fiscal deficit has already exceeded the full-year figure for last year, as spending growth outpaces revenue.
The gap grew to $866.8 billion in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, up 27% from the same period a year earlier, the Treasury Department said in its monthly budget report on Monday. That’s wider than last fiscal year’s shortfall of $779 billion — which was the largest federal deficit since 2012.

For people who do so much for our children and grandchildren do we not understand what we are passing on to them?

The Iowa Kernels:
One great tradition of the Iowa Fair is individuals 18 and over are asked to place a corn kernel in a bucket of the candidate of their choice. More than 20,000 have been cast already. Here’s the results:
Joe Biden 24 percent, Pete Butigieg 16 percent, Elizabeth Warren 15 percent, Kamala Harris 11 percent and Bernie Sanders at 9 percent.
By the way there are an additional 14 candidates registering higher than NY Mayor DeBlasio who had 23 kernels and has spent considerable time in the state.

Afghanistan:
This is another example of the President getting out ahead of a story. A few weeks ago he talked about getting out of Afghanistan and a peace agreement. He desperately wants to end this war, but reaching a bad deal, as President Obama did in Iraq would lead to an even worse situation. Well here in Afghanistan he apparently was willing to deal with the Taliban. This is the same Taliban that allowed Osama Bin Laden to exist and build his terrorist army.
Yesterday though, the talks with the Taliban ended without an agreement. The negotiations, held since last year in Qatar, sought a deal in which the US would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban guaranteeing they wouldn’t allow the country to once again become a base for Islamic militants.
A member of the Taliban negotiating said: “We prolonged our meeting with the hope of reaching a peace agreement but it could not happen.”

The President sometimes speaks long before he should on things.

Speaking of the President, for a guy who surrounds himself “with only the best people”, you can add Anthony Scaramucci, “The Mooch” as another miss. There’s a pretty long list of people on that list.

Epstein Was…

The news this weekend was about the Epstein suicide. Nothing we can add to that today. We think it likely was a suicide, but that doesn’t answer all the questions.
We wonder why he was isolated. Why he was taken out of suicide watch.
Why he had no cellmate since suicide immates have them to provide conversation relief. Why the guards weren’t doing what they were supposed to do.
Why there wasn’t extra vigilance since the papers were released that day naming some names.
Lots of questions on that score, and we know lots of powerful people with lots of money and lots of connections want this to go away today.
The sole person we trust here is AG Barr. We think he is one of the few uncorruptable people in government and this morning we heard he wants three hour updates, which means he wants to get to the truth. Let’s hope.

outside Epstein

Presidential tweets this weekend:
1. “Never has the press been more inaccurate, unfair or corrupt! We are not fighting the Democrats, they are easy, we are fighting the seriously dishonest and unhinged Lamestream Media. They have gone totally CRAZY. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

2. “In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercises are over. It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises. It was………also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!”

Joe Biden continues to misspeak. This time he said:
“Joe Biden said he was vice president when the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place. Except, it happened in 2018, more than a year after he left office — the latest gaffe by the Democratic presidential front-runner. An official with the Biden campaign said the former vice president was thinking of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when he misspoke. That attack, in which 20 children between six and seven years old were killed along with six staff members, was in December 2012.”
Don’t you think you would remember Sandy Hook and that tragic situation?

A positive comment (from our side) that Joe said this weekend:
“The 1994 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines bans worked. And if I am elected president, we’re going to pass them again — and this time, we’ll make them even stronger. We’re going to stop gun manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor modifications to their products — modifications that leave them just as deadly. And this time, we’re going to pair it with a buyback program to get as many assault weapons off our streets as possible as quickly as possible.”

Interesting comment from acting DHS Secretary Kevin McCaleenan on Meet The Press. When asked about the Mississppi raids:
I want to go back to the Mississippi raid one more time on this. Given the emotions of the country right now, in hindsight, do you wish this raid didn’t happen this week?” MCALEENAN: “The timing was unfortunate.”
Yes it was.

NYT asks today if after the El Paso shooting will Americans look upon Beto O’Rourke differently?
All we saw was a foul mouthed political animal looking to move himself forward more than anything else.

Finally, remember the videos of water dousing in NY Cops? The Republicans in the NY Assembly brought up a bill to make that a felony. The Assembly Democrats led by Speaker Carl Heastie threw cold water on it and buried it. That’s the current divide in the nation.

You Might Have Missed…

A few stories this AM you may have missed
(or maybe the MSM just didn’t cover).

So Joe Biden unscripted is really dangerous. From yesterday he said:
— “Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids”. Then realizing what he said he added: “Wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids, no I really mean it, but think how we think about it.”
If a Republican did this would you have seen it on the media? Maybe a lead story?

— Then he mixed things up by saying “we choose truth over facts”. Wait, what? Did you see coverage?

— Then for the second time recently he confused Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher. Again he stopped and pivoted and began talking of Angela Markel.
Imagine if this were President Trump.

The MSM did not think any of these were news worthy as far as I saw.

Now yesterday the Democratic candidates continued their portrayal of the President as a White Supremacist. Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke were highly visible in the media with their comments and charges. Plenty of coverage. All I could think of listening to them was this.
Calling someone biased and a racist is as bad as you can charge someone. To call the leader of the country this, is so divisive and negative. Then I thought:
The President is probably as much a white supremacist as Elizabeth Warren is Indian and Beto (Robert Francis) O’Rourke is Hispanic.

Remember when the President threatened tariffs on Mexico if they didn’t help with border control? Remember how negative the press was on him about that? Well with the new numbers are out and illegal crossings are down 24%. Any of them apologizing for being wrong? Are they even covering it as they should?

Did you see what the President said about Europe, in particular Macron and the Iran situation? He accused France’s leader with “sending mixed signals to them” (Iran) and said “the U.S. will speak for itself”. He later tweeted:
“I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself”.

I still say this is their issue (Europe and Japan) and they should either stand with us, fight on their own or get out of the way.

The candidates qualifying for the next Democratic debate is up to nine.
Andrew Yang earned 2 percent support in a new poll, adding him to the list. He joins, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.
Julian Castro, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard are getting close.

Have a great weekend.

Non Stop Rhetoric…

Better get used to the rhetoric you are hearing on the news. It will continue all the way to the 2020 election and beyond if the President wins reelection.

Yesterday was a day to visit and console? Here’s the NYT headline today:
Trump Uses a Day of Healing to Deepen the Nation’s Divisions:
As the president traveled to Dayton and El Paso after this weekend’s mass shootings, he was greeted by protesters and lashed out at rivals.

I bet you didn’t know that? Notice too, it is all Trump, not the names and charges from the left.

This in the Washington Post today:
“None of the eight patients still being treated at University Medical Center in El Paso agreed to meet with Trump when he visited the hospital, UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke said. Two victims who already had been discharged returned to the hospital with family members to meet with the president.” 
That shows the divide in the nation as much as anything. When did people not want to meet the President and First Lady?

Meanwhile, remember when President Trump was the cause of all the problems in Puerto Rico? This in todays WSJ:
“Puerto Rico court has another new governor. Puerto Rico swore in Wanda Vázquez as its third governor in less than a week after its Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Pedro Pierluisi’s swearing-in last week was unconstitutional”. 
Is is Trump’s fault too or does the Island have a problem?

Impeach, Impeach Impeach. From the Washington Times this AM:
“House Democrats told a federal court Wednesday their investigations of President Trump are moving ‘toward possible impeachment proceedings,’ marking one of the boldest pro-impeachment statements for party leaders to date”.
Nadler is determined to carry this on.
As he is continuing his investigation and demand to get Supreme Court Justice Kavanagh’s papers from the President Bush archives. He wants access to the private counsel Kavanagh gave Bush. He wants them provide “possible impeachment” information for the Justice.
There was a time efforts like this would have been called harassment, but today as long as its against the right, then its okay.

To illustrate how far left California has gone look at this story from the L.A. Times:
“Orange County, longtime GOP stronghold, now has more registered Democrats than Republicans. The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home to 547,458 registered Democrats, compared with 547,369 Republicans, according to statistics released early Wednesday morning by the county Registrar of Voters. And the number of voters not aligned with a political party has surged in recent years, and now tops 440,770, or 27.4% of the county’s voters.”

Finally today, this column has long said it does not understand why Democrats don’t go on Fox. It can only help them. After watching the Town Halls earlier this year and Mayor DeBlasio last night on Sean Hannity, I am more convinced of that. It provides them a chance to argue their side and fight back. Do you think DeBlasio hurt himself last night? I don’t. I thought he made progress and Hannity did not go as hard as he could have.
An example. DeBlasio talked about a 70% tax rate. Why didn’t Hannity say “then Mr Mayor you add the state of NY tax (9%) and your City tax (4%) on top of that and we’re up to 83%. Then we have to add the Obamacare medicare tax 2.50%. So you’re saying over 85% tax is fair”?
Then add, “Mr Mayor you mentioned we had those rates before and the country survived. Well we also had deductions then that people used to reduce that rate. Are you going to add the old deductions back? And Mr Mayor, when Ronald Reagan became President he said those rates were stopping people from investing. He argued why invest and build when the government is taking the proceeds from your success. He then lowered the rates and our economy boomed. How do you explain that”?
I think Hannity let DeBlasio off on every issue. Why didn’t he ask why the police turned their back on him? Or, why they were protesting his candidacy outside the debates? He let DeBlasio talk as if NYC was a safe environment under his leadership. If the police vote decided who was Mayor would DeBlasio have gotten any?
A disappointing interview and why every Democrat should be brave enough to go on Fox.

The Visit…

In the history of our country the President has been the “comforter in chief” and led the nation in times of grief. This year the atmosphere has been vilified that we don’t know what will happen as he visits each city.

Beto O’Rourke has led the charge against the visit to El Paso as he states as fact that the President is racist and caused the shooting there. Of course there is no proof of that, but with the backing of the MSM he can say whatever he wants and not worry.

In Dayton the Mayor has made clear she prefer the President not come, but she will do her job as Mayor. She too said his words and actions make him unwanted. Well since the shooter there was a self avowed “leftist” who hated Trump, how does that square?

Once again we circle back to the MSM, who talked from the outset about it was White Nationalism and Trump supporters that are causing all the shootings. They present the news and leave the impression it is all tied together. Well there have been three mass shootings this month. (Four actually, as in NYC twelve were shot and one died two weeks ago at a party. You didn’t hear much about it did you? Don’t those lives matter or is it because the attendees and shooter were minorities it doesn’t rate coverage. Maybe it didn’t fit a narrative!)
Anyway of the other three, El Paso, Dayton and Gilbride, CA only one could be tied to white nationalism. The other two had other leanings. Now one is too many for any of us. But, the media swaying the public that this is all connected to white nationalism is shameful and fueling more unrest in the nation and does nothing to drive us to find solutions.

Other news

Remember the other day we wrote about the impact of China cutting the value of its Yuan? We said it keeps price inceases down and improves the revenue for the government. Well this from the WSJ today:
“The tariff hikes approved by President Trump have infuriated Beijing and escalated the U.S.-China trade war, but there has been at least one beneficiary: the U.S. Treasury. As of June 30, the U.S. government has collected $63 billion in tariffs over the preceding 12 months, according to the latest Treasury data. What’s more, the tariff bounty is on the rise”.
Did you hear that on the news or only the higher costs you are going to pay because the President is so wrong?

The latest QUINNIPIAC poll on the Democratic primary is this:
Biden 32 (-2 since July), Warren 21 (+6), Sanders 14 (+3), Harris 7 (-5). Buttigieg gets 5 percent and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke have 2 percent each. There are 4 candidates with 1 percent each and 14 candidates at less than 1 percent each. 

The release of names by Joaqium Castro of Trump donors in San Antonio is simply deplorable. The left is out of control.

Let’s Blame…

So it took no time and the blame game started, and that’s why nothing gets done. How many times have you heard this is the President’s fault. He drove the killers this weekend. It was led by the Democratic candidates for president and the MSM. So what are they saying, if the President were to leave office this would cease? Isn’t that ignoring history?
The desire to blame the President is so overwhelming that I ask, do facts matter?

Does the fact the El Paso shooter wrote that he felt the anger he did long “before Trump was President”.
Does the fact the Dayton Shooter hated the President matter? Does the fact he was an avowed socialist matter? That he was for Elizabeth Warren?
The ICE bomber quoted AOC. Does that matter?
The Congressional baseball game shooter was a Bernie Sanders voter. Does that matter?
Not to the media and Democratic candidates. The violence is Trump’s fault.
Over the weekend in Chicago 46 people were shot and wounded (7 killed), is that Trump’s fault too?

We can’t make any progress on solutions when all we want to do is place blame. Here’s a simple example that I would guess 90% of the country would support today. REP. ADAM KINZINGER  of Illinois proposed:
– Universal background checks
– Raising the gun-purchasing age to 21
– Banning high-capacity magazines. 

Doesn’t that make sense to start? But why do that when you blame Trump?

As for the President, as I listened to his address to the nation yesterday I loved what he was saying, with one exception. He never mentioned guns.
As for the Democratic candidates words, and the fact a few began fund raising on the tragedy, it was shameful.
Why can’t we have a true bipartisan effort to impact the shootings? Can’t anyone step across the divide and lead?

Other news

While we are focusing on the shooting did you notice that Iran seized another vessel off the high seas? It’s the third ship it has detained in the recent weeks. They are pushing the envelope and creating a dangerous situation.

North Korea continues for fire “short range” missles. This week they are doing so because the U.S. and South Korea are doing joint military options in the area. Make sure you know that when you hear on the media that they are doing so.

Did you see that “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff and communications director is departing her office?
Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, and Corbin Trent, her director of communications have been alongside Ocasio-Cortez since her primary run.

Weekend Horror…

There are no words to express the feelings and horror as we witnessed two more mass shootings. Lives cut short, families destroyed because of anger and hatred. The questions I would ask as president are these:
— Why is this happening now when it didn’t in the past?
— What changed to make it so common today?
— Why doesn’t it occur elsewhere in the civilized world as it does here?
— What can we do begining this minute to stop it?

The problem is the left will say it is the guns and their availability. The right will say it’s mental illness and our failure to act upon that today.

In my opinion they are both right, and since neither will give an inch we will get no where.
Why do we need military style automatic weapons in the hands of so many?
Why is it we can no longer take action on mental illness as we did in the past?

You need to look no further than the shooters this weekend to see the two sides.
On Saturday morning the shooter was angry about the Mexican immigration to America and decided he was going to kill to make his point. He didn’t need access to the weapon he had.
On Saturday night the shooter had given warnings he was unstable and once again his classmates were fearful he would be the one to shoot up the school. He kept a list of fellow students he wanted to rape and kill. He was suspended from school. The Dayton Daily News said today, “Signs of the shooter’s unusual obsession with killing and death — cropped up long ago.” 

Now the immediate reaction of the left and MSM was to blame President Trump. It was “White Nationalism” once again they said.
This is exactly the kind of dialogue we don’t need. Does the President’s words rile up feelings? Yes they do. Do the Democrats rile up feelings with their border words? Yes they do. Both sides own the issue. Try solving the border issue and lower the dialogue for the betterment of us all.

The shooter in El Paso was truly biased and prejudiced. His words make that clear. He also said his feelings and anger go back beyond the President.
The killer in Dayton was anti Trump. Did you hear that? He wanted Trump out and was pro Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Does that make Warren a “White Nationalist”.

The MSM today has avoided talking about the Dayton shooters background because it does not fit their narrative. That makes understanding and evidently finding solutions all the more difficult.

You didn’t hear about the Dayton shooters feelings and left leanings because of a few reasons. One, the MSM wants to focus on El Paso and tie the shooter to the President. Second, FoxNews has decided to take the high road and not name or discuss any shooters in that light. If they do that for the White Nationalist, they have to do the same for the liberal shooter.

In the end we need restrictions on the type of weapons we allow legally, and who owns them. We need to get back to identifying mental illness for what it is and getting people into treatment and stop worrying about “stereotyping” them. It is not one or the other. It is all.

China

For a week the MSM has played up that the President’s new ten per cent tariff on China goods is going to drive prices up in the U.S. It has been a drumbeat and impacted the market.
Well yesterday China devalued their currency.
“China’s currency fell past the psychologically important level of 7 yuan to the dollar, days after President Trump threatened to broaden U.S. tariffs to cover essentially all Chinese imports”.
Now follow this. China lowers the value of their currency. That lowers the cost of their goods. They need to keep their factories humming and really can’t allow the prices to rise to where sales decline.
That means they are trying to cover the tariff, or at least a good part of it. Thus prices are not going to rise to the level the MSM was screaming about.
It also means the government may well get revenue from the tariff. You see the tariff costs full upon the importer. If the importer is paying China less, and the government a tax, but its bottom line is the same, then costs should stay stable. Only China would lose here.
Was this side covered on the news, or only the negative side?

Notes Heading To Weekend

Some Tidbits

Even though the media hasn’t been covering it as much, since the public
is not following it as closely after the Mueller hearing, the Democrats are continuing to build impeachment momentum. They are now up to 116 members coming out for the impeachment hearing. That is more than
half their membership in the house.

In the spirit of “you can’t make this up” did you see that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home was burglarized last weekend? The break-in took place at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday at the house.
According to local outlet WJZ, he owns and lives in the rowhouse with his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. She is the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party.

One of the success stories of the Trump term has been judge appointments. Quietly this week the Senate confirmed nine more of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees to the federal bench. 
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also called for the Senate to confirm 19 judges before it leaves Washington for its month long recess today.
This latest package of nominees also signals the Republican-controlled Senate is now turning its attention to the confirmation of district judges, after initially focusing on filling circuit court vacancies. 
A major story that does not get covered and makes all the difference as the courts get so involved.

President Trump announced he is extending tariffs to essentially all Chinese imports. This is an escalation of the trade conflict that is going to have some impact at some point. It did yesterday on the market which was up big until the news hit and immediately went straight down.
Overnight China threatened countermeasures.
“The ministry said if the U.S. measures took effect, China will have to take the necessary steps to resolutely defend its core interests.” The statement issued Friday continued, “All the consequences will be borne by the United States.”

If China is playing the long game to outlast the President’s term this will get ugly.
Now the MSM presentation of this is so one sided it just points out their bias. They create panic about higher prices, lost jobs, recession and worse. What they never mention is what this administration is trying to fix. When all the jobs were leaving and going to China where was the media then?

In politics, on Thursday night the lone black Republican Congressman Will Hurd announced he will not seek reelection. This is a building trend and issue for the Republicans. It is now double digits the number not running. Hard to retake the house with all these resignations. But there is a better chance with Trump at the head of the ticket to hold them than there would be in 2022 and an off year election.

With all the noise about healthcare and costs the President appears to be preparing to sign an executive order next week on Medicare (with an eye on the 2020 election). That is, moving ahead with allowing drug imports from Canada. He wants to drive lower drug costs and cast himself as the President who got it done.
As long term readers here know, we have believed from the outset of the healthcare debate that you simply cannot insure up to 40 million for free and reduce costs. That is why administration after administration has gotten bogged down on this.

A new tape released by ISIS in Afghanistan showed shocking images of its fighters beheading a Taliban as children watched and cheered. Think of the long term implications of that.
It is why we must always remember what the mission is. We need to protect the nations future for our children and grandchildren.

Debate Two, Night Two…

I think the best way to provide analysis to last nights debate is to share two messages from readers that I received. The first came last night immediately at the close and said:
“Thank goodness it’s over.”
The second recived this AM. The person referred to themselves as “an average American” and said this:
“If they keep having these debates they are gonna put Trump right back into the White House”.
Both statements were so true.
If only the President could control his message.

So at this point I guess both sides seem intent on keeping the other alive.

I know they went after the President last night, but I think they may have attacked President Obama and his presidency as much. I guess to attack the frontrunner Joe Biden, they have to do that, but much of what they say will be used again in the general election.

If I had to pick people who moved their candidacies forward it would probably be Cory Booker and Julian Castro. But both of them supported open borders and that is a losing issue with independents in the general election. You will not win in 2020 advocating that.
Michael Bennent tried to the middle of the roader, but he didn’t have enough time to do it.
Kamala Harris proved she is a great attack dog but seemed awfully weak on counter punching. Tulsi Gabbard absolutely destroyed her. But then Gabbard said “our president is supporting al Qaeda.” What?
Bill DeBlasio played to those on the furthest left he could. Maybe he is playing for 2024.
Gillibrand did her pandering, Wang promised his money for all, and Inslee proved he didn’t belong there.

That leaves Joe Biden. Now he was better than in debate one, but he still left lots of questions. He had trouble finishing some thoughts and sentences. He just doesn’t seem sharp and ready. I think he survives but you have to wonder as the debate stage narrows to less in September, can he withstand the assault.
Plus they are forcing Joe to back off so many things he did over the years that he will be challenged on what he stands for and his judgement. It’s like he was for crime punishment before he was against it. He is for women in the workplace after he was for them staying home. Pick the issue, and where is he now?
Contrast that with President Trump. Do you know where he stands?

Okay, the next debate is in September and with the rules for participation ramping up the 20 from this week will be down to one night.

other thoughts

Don’t you think the Democrats are truly moving so far left that the independents who will decide the winner in 2020 will be more scared of them than four more years of Trump? They challenged Biden last night to say Obama was cruel and mean to deport illegals. They want the border open. They want criminals free. They want higher taxes. They want fossil fuels gone. As you go issue by issue they are out of touch, and I think this is going to hurt them.

One thing that didn’t come up last night with Kamala Harris was this. She has called the President every name in the book from “vile” to “un-American”. Well did you know that in 2011 she took a $6,000 donation from him while running for Attorney General?
Amazing isn’t it?

Non debate news

Osama bin Laden’s son and terrorism heir was reportedly killed in a military operation that involved American forces. Just a month ago I was reading of his work with Al Qaeda and vowing to avenge his father’s death.
The State Department had put a $1 million bounty on bin Laden in February.

A quiet story with little coverage was this about James Comey. It is from The Hill.
“Fired FBI Director James Comey told agents he appeared to have lost track of two memos he kept detailing conversations with President Trump, according to new documents revealed Wednesday by Judicial Watch.
The FBI sent agents to visit Mr. Comey at home in 2017, after his firing, to speak with him about the memos, which the former director had leaked in order to embarrass Mr. Trump.
Agents collected four memos from Mr. Comey ranging in dates from February to June. But Mr. Comey told the agents two memos he believed he wrote “were missing.”

The Hill story said the IG report coming out will be very critical about Comey, but no charges will be brought.