Iran heats up: First, the Iranians take a tanker off the high seas and a few hours later the U.S. shoots down an Iranian drone. Then this AM the Iranians say “no” we didn’t lose a drone. The U.S. is lying they “must have shot down their own drone”. Now who do you believe? Who do you think The Squad and their leftist friends believe?
The heat over a chant: The MSM is running with its newest anti right and anti Trump story, the rally chant of “send her back”. Now the chant should not have occurred and the President missed an opportunity to stop it by saying: “No, we can’t send anyone back. This is America, but if anyone wants to leave because they don’t like it here, they can. We build walls not to keep people in, but to keep illegals out. Maybe that’s why they’re against the wall, they think it will keep them here”.
That said, the MSM is playing politics with this. Do you ever see them playing the words of the left that have been as outlandish, over and over? Do you see them showing videos of Antifa over and over? Of course not.
How about this: Chuck Schumer called on the Republican party to help end the President’s rhetoric. He said, “There’s no John McCain anymore” to do this job.
Really Chuck, so who’s the Scoop Jackson of your party? Who’s the counter voice to the far left? Why don’t you look inward too?
Omar gets a royal greeting. Did you see the coverage of the joyous and supportive greeting for Rep. Illhan Omar as she arrived home yesterday? That should answer any questions you have about whether the four can be beat at the polls. As Nancy Pelosi herself said, “a glass of water running as a Democrat can win there.”
The next Democratic debate field. Night One: Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Klobuchar, Williamson, Delaney, Hickenlooper, Ryan, Bullock NIGHT Two: Biden, Harris, Castro, Yang, Booker Inslee, Bennet, Gabbard, Gillibrand, de Blasio
Biden better be careful or Harris can provide the knockout punch here. Sanders has to go after Warren as she is now ahead of him.
Finally how good is this story? Bernie Sanders staff is suing him for $15.00 an hour wages. Read that again. Bernie Sanders staff is suing the man who started the whole $15.00 argument. Bernie will say his campaign cannot afford it. But he knows every small business can. Just reminds us of Margaret Thatcher’s famous words. “At some point you run out of other people’s money”.
Congress was busy solving our problems yesterday as they:
1. Voted on impeachment, with 95 Democrats voting for it. On what grounds do they want to impeach? What is the crime? Winning the 2016 election is not an impeachable offense outside liberal and MSM circles.
2. They voted to hold AG Barr and Secretary Ross in contempt. In a vote that has no legs or meaning it was done for political purposes. Why solve real issues when you can do political actions?
3. They further reduced the ACA (Obamacare) reach as they cut it again. This time they eliminated the Cadillac tax. In a bipartisan vote they repealed the tax on high-cost employer plans. That was supposed to be another way to pay for the free coverage to millions. Force everyone to buy, tax the high benefit plans. Both are now gone.
Speaking of congress here’s an interesting quote from Mitch O’Connell: On FoxBusiness this AM he said: “The President has gotten more help from Mexico than the Democrats to find a solution”.
Well that may be unfair, after all Mexico doesn’t have to deal with impeachment fixing the 2016 election and finding people to hold in contempt.
Finally on congress their are some real issues out there. This AM, Iran is claiming to have seized a foreign tanker off the high seas. Congress needs to meet quickly and figure out how to blame the President.
Trump and epstein
The MSM continues to try and find any means possible to marry the President to Epstein.
Yesterday and again this AM, I saw the 1992 tape that the MSM is now running to try yet again to link the President to Jeffrey Epstein. I tell them again, you’re looking at the wrong President’s tie to Epstein. Keep digging. You’re in the right years now, just look closer.
One more thing on 1992. I also saw a tape of Oprah in that period gushing over young Trump and asking him to run for President. Well in ’92 she was for him and I was against him. I didn’t like his ego and lifestyle. Here we are in 2018 and Oprah is totally against Trump, while I have not seen him do anything with a woman while in office that is scandalous. So surprise, Oprah and I have been on different ends in 1992 and 2018.
Maybe the MSM should wake up to the fact this is 2018 too.
On the MSM they are really on this racist kick. Here’s the AP this AM: “Not since George Wallace’s campaign in 1968 has a presidential candidate — and certainly not an incumbent president — put racial polarization at the center of his call to voters. Though Trump’s comments generated outrage and even a resolution of condemnation in the House, the president and his campaign believe the strategy carries far more benefits than risks.”
Now is it Trump calling people racist, or the media calling him racist? Hasn’t “The Squad” said more racist things than anyone? This is all Trump?
Well the NYT has it all figured out. This from their OP Ed page today: Racist to the Bone Trump’s hate is evident from his jawbones down to his thumbs and little toes.
So does Democrat leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the Dem. Caucus chair: Trump is ‘ripping apart the civil fabric of this nation’ Yup, it’s all Trump Representative. I suggest you take a look at the caucus you chair and you might see the problem. Then look at the media and you might find some more issues.
Get ready. They closed the Cohen investigation with no additional charges. BUT: Redacted materials related to an April 2018 FBI raid of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s home, hotel room and office are expected to be released todayby 11 a.m. The MSM will find something to focus big on. After all, Trump could not have won in 2016.
So congress bogged itself down in political theater yesterday and got through a partisan condemnation of the President. Congratulations. Now as we’ve stated all week the President was out of bounds with his statement. But, so were “The Squad”in their statements and remember when Speaker Pelosi decided not to condemn them? She passed a resolution not naming any of them but said the congress as a whole should be mindful.The resolution yesterday would have more meaning if she was consistent and not so political. Then consider this. She has now married herself and the party to the four. She took their side and owns them now. The fact AOC was on CBS and said she and the Speaker have not spoken since February tells you about their divide. So, Nancy may have won a skirmish, but in the zeal to do so may have set herself and the party up for a long term battle she may not like.
NOW THIS TODAY:
They are not done yet. The House will vote today on holding A.G. BILL BARR and Commerce Secretary WILBUR ROSS in contempt. Think about that. We have border issues, deficit problems, looming international challenges and what is the house doing? They’re passing resolutions to condemn and holding people in government in contempt. Is this what America wants? And oh yea, don’t forget Mueller is coming next week. We get to rehash collusion. You know things like this only happen in good times when people are working and jobs available. People get diverted to things like this.
I BLAME THE MEDIA:
In my opinion the MSM is what’s allowing this to go on. Their bias in favor of the Democratic liberal position is allowing this to occur.Once the media in this country just reported the news. Take a look back at an old video of Walter Cronkite reporting the news. Tell me where he stood on any issue. You couldn’t tell. Today the media in their words, expressions and outrage no longer do that. They have made a decision and it is always with the left. That bias leads most people who are not as well versed as you to get only one side. It sways their thoughts and thinking. Here’s an example. What I see on every MSM news broadcast regarding the border is a one sided presentation as if this administration created the problem and is out to harm people. They give the impression we are being mean and won’t let people in. Someone watching that would think America is mean and the administration is going against the wishes of the people. This is especially true of ICE “raids” or enforcement actions. Well consider this now. Fifty-one (51%) percent of voters supported the sweeping raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, compared with 35 percent of voters who oppose those efforts.Do you get that impression watching the news? Do they report that? I venture to say the numbers would be even higher if the MSM presented the true facts and information.
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died yesterday. He was 99 and in the news earlier this year when he first backed Brett Kavanaugh for the court then changed his mind. Stevens was appointed by President Ford to the court. He was another Republican appointed as a so called “conservative” who became as the USA newspaper headlined today the one who “Led the Liberal Wing” of the court. I’ve asked this before, can you name a liberal appointee who turned or voted with the conservatives? Yet, the MSM beats upon conservative judges as being ideologue. One story about Justice Stevens, unrelated to the court you might find interesting:On Oct. 1, 1932, in the midst of that year’s presidential campaign, [FDR] threw out the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series — the same game in which Babe Ruth (allegedly) pointed to the outfield before hitting a home run, sending the Yankees on to victory and an eventual four-game sweep of the Cubs. … Also in attendance at Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field: 12-year-old Chicagoan John Paul Stevens.
Everything we wrote yesterday as soon as we saw the President’s tweet played out. He has taken the focus off the Democratic in-fight and united them along with the MSM against him. Just a bad move. We condemn the tweet, words and can not support it.
Now, that said, it does not make “The Squad” right or their positions any more tangible. If Nancy Pelosi wants a vote today to condemn the President, we should have a vote to condemn some of the things these four have said. There’s a reason they stand alone even in their own party.
What’s the best Republicans can hope for here? That somehow they get past this without having to speak publicly about it. If I were them, I would say “I don’t agree with the words and how they were presented, but I also condemn some of the statements each of the four made”. I would not defend the President nor let the four off the hook. They should hope time passes and the dust settles with Democrats defending the four so my side could tie the four of them to the party as a whole. The Democrats do not want to be married to the four, and the danger they run here is they end up doing that.
This will blow over but you can count on the President and the four saying, tweeting and doing so many more things between now and the November 2020 election. The President will do it out of ego and the four out of belief.
One final thought on this. The MSM joined today by George Conway (KellyAnne’s husband) have called the President a racist for his comments. Let me ask you a question. If this were four left leaning socialist males don’t you think he would done the same thing? I do. This is a lot of things but racist I don’t think it was.
This was interesting yesterday as the Iranian situation remains tense. First this interview on NBC with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister. He suggested for the first time that the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program could be up for negotiations with the U.S., a possible opening for talks as tensions remain high between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal. “In an interview with NBC Nightly News, Zarif said the door is ‘wide open’ to diplomacy if Trump removes the array of sanctions he has imposed since 2017 that have slashed the country’s oil exports and damaged its economy. Once those sanctions are lifted, then … the room for negotiation is wide open”. A little opening by Iran that shows the impact of the sanctions.
Now, we have said constantly that the European Union lacks the inner fortitude to stand up to Iran. Yesterday we got this from them in a NYT story: “E.U. Ministers, Scrambling to Save Iran Nuclear Deal, Play Down Breaches”. Scrambling to save the nuclear agreement with Iran, European foreign ministers declared Monday that Iranian breaches so far were not serious enough to take steps that could lead to reimposed international sanctions and a collapse of the accord. “That conclusion, reached at a meeting in Brussels, effectively extended a lifeline for the 2015 nuclear agreement in defiance of pressure by the Trump administration. The agreement has been increasingly imperiled since the United States abandoned the accord more than a year ago and renewed its own sanctions on Iran.”
So Europe says “yes” Iran has breached the agreement, “but not so badly” that we have to walk. In Trump’s world a breach is a breach. The difference between the countries and leaders.
An interesting move is happening today. The Presidentis tightening asylum rules at southern border. Since congress won’t act he is taking action, and the action could be a game changer. The White House moved to limit Central American migrants’ ability to seek asylum at the U.S. border. People are being required to apply for asylum at the first country they cross. So, they will no longer be allowed to travel through two or three countries to get to our border. It says, if you truly need to seek asylum then do it across the first border you cross. Individuals will only be allowed to cross multiple borders if they denied asylum in the new countries too. In that case there may be a reason for the U.S. to do so too. Add this to upgraded Mexican actions and we may see in the months ahead a difference.
Congress is angry about this and the ACLU is going to court to challenge the action. I am sure they will find a judge to agree and it may end up with John Roberts again. Do you see an issue with this?
The President’s daily numbers have shown a drop this week — surprise, surprise, surprise. As for the Democratic candidates here’s the latest poll from New Hampshire: Biden: 20.8%, Harris, 17.5, Warren: 16.7, Buttigieg: 11.5, Sanders: 9.9, Yang: 4.9, Klobuchar: 2.7, Williamson: 1.5, Booker: 1.2, Gabbard: 1.0, Everyone else: < 1
Looks like Bernie is fading and there are four top tier candidates. We are sticking with Harris as the eventual winner.
First A Tweet: With the Democrats hemorrhaging at the seams, infighting going public, “The squad” calling the Speaker names, and the debates getting heated, what does the President do? Unite the opposition.
His actions this weekend are the example that with all things being equal to today, the election next year would be a landslide. Instead it is clear his uncontrolled actions, tweeting and words will make it close.
What did he say? “So interesting to see Progressive Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
Immediately they stop fighting each other and unite against the words. All he had to do was be quiet and let them rip each other. No, he had to step in. You had the infighting going on, you had candidates like Mayor Pete saying “Medicare for all could not be implemented immediately”. You had the Democrats facing their inner division. You had the Democrat reps on the ropes during the Sunday shows trying to defend their actions on the border and ICE raids. It was shaping up really bad, then along comes the President to unite them.
Then the ICE Plans: So why would the President announce we are going out Sunday to collect illegals (who have been through the system and ordered to leave) and deport them? Why would you warn people you are coming to knock?
Once he did that the storm arose. The left and MSM were untied on the sob stories about family separation. Where is the White House and Republican machine to explain these are people who have broken the law twice? Why do they allow the left to paint them as heartless as opposed to standing for right?
Then once you announce this and it’s clear you can’t execute the plan you know what they should have done? Target a dozen or so of the real hard core criminals. Go get them and set up the press to see and understand who you are deporting. Can you image if people saw and heard the story of why these people were being deported what their reaction would be? They would see people who came illegally, went through the process, were ordered by the court to leave and committed crimes while here.
Why aren’t they smart enough to manipulate as their opponents are?
Finally: Why can’t the Republican Party and White House articulate the Democrat position on the border? No border, no money to hold anyone who comes across, no checking people, no limits, no deportations of anyone here illegally. Why can’t they lay that out with one voice so Americans can decide what they want?
Second, why is it racist every time the President tweets or says something but not racist when the left say things about him? Why is it racist when he says if you don’t love America leave; but not racist when they call him every name in the book?
The answer is because the MSM supports the left and allows them to get away with it. The simple truth is that their hero President Obama deported over double the people that Trump has, and you heard not a word. Who’s racist?
Third, when congress finally gave some money for the kids at the border, after calling it a “manufactured crisis”, what happened? This from KEN CUCCINELLI on the scene VP MIKE PENCE saw in Texas, speaking to JON KARL on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “Well, because Congress has let it happen. It’s that simple. Look at just the supplemental appropriation last month. It was overwhelmingly focused on children — and all of us prioritize care for children. And in one month we went from about 2,500 kids in overcrowded — being in CBP detention facilities down to about 300-some-odd with only a handful of those past the 72 hour metric that is when we try to ship kids out of — of Border Patrol custody. So when Congress provides the professionals at the border what they need, success happens, success being measured as avoiding overcrowding.”
Karl who started this interview in the normal left leaning ABC tough manner had to back up. Is it so hard to get this message out?
Fourth: Mr. President, Nancy Pelosi is not your friend and never will be. You went out of your way to defend her against “The Squad” calling her a racist by saying she wasn’t. Well twenty-four hours later here’s her tweet when you needed help: “When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. … I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids Get the message?
You noticed the progress this month at the border now that Mexico has taken action after the tariff controversy. Not much coverage. Now consider this. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales plans to discuss a deal in Washington Monday that would require migrants from El Salvador and Honduras to seek asylum in Guatemala rather than the U.S., as the Trump administration seeks to slow migrant flows. That would be progress.
We talked about the deficit last week. Here’s an update: The U.S. budget deficit increased by $140 billion during the first nine months of this budget year to $747.1 billion as government revenues and spending both hit records.The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the deficit for the current fiscal year through June is up 23.1% over the same period a year ago with receipts rising by 2.7% while spending increased 6.6%.
As we head to Mueller week lets’ wrap up this one with these thoughts.
The Census: So, there will be no question on whether you are a citizen in the census next year. That still baffles me.
The same people who want no census question are now helping illegals avoid agents this weekend to deporting them. Now remember, these are people who went to court and the judge ordered them out of the country. They had their hearing and disobeyed. Now the left and their apologists in the MSM are providing warnings and legal advice. Wait, they are breaking the law and you are assisting?
To carry that one step further think about how they are portraying the administration for carrying out the law. It’s as if they are breaking the law and not the people they seek.
Add this. President Obama deported under the same circumstances more than double the number of individuals President Trump has. Was he portrayed like this? Other than media bias is there a reason?
Is the new NA trade deal in trouble? Congress has still not taken this up and with the 2020 election coming up do you think the Democrats want to avoid giving the President a win? You have to begin to wonder. You would think since this is a better deal for the U.S., and that Mexico and Canada are already on board that would be enough. But not yet. In fact, the leading Democratic contenders are amping up their opposition to the agreement.
But don’t worry: The congress is bringing in Bob Mueller next week for a hearing and have already subpoenaed over a dozen individuals who already testified to come back. Here’s a prediction (that I really hope is right). If after four hours of questioning Mueller they come away with nothing and people know about the dozen repeat individuals they want to bring back, maybe, just maybe they will have had enough. Maybe the people of the country will say “enough” and demand congress get onto real business. Like a border crisis, like out of control spending, like a loose Iran. How about some real work now and enough of the 2016 election.
Meanwhile the Democrat infighting: When AOC dropped the racist line against Speaker Pelosi it set off Democratic alarms. The left of the party is now experiencing a tactic they have used for decades. “You are a racist”. It was only a matter of time the far left began to use it against the left. They don’t like it. Nancy, like Joe Biden before her in the debate, was angry it was used against them. Of course it took 48 hours to use it again against the President. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, doesn’t apply here. I guess that’s an example of Democratic separation of church and state.
By the way that can apply to Megan Rapinoe of the US Women”s Soccer Team too. She said “we have to be better, we have to love more and hate less. Listen more and talk less.” We could have used less four letter words in your speech before young girls while celebrating the win at the parade, and a lot less anger and political vehemence in what should have been a unifying moment.
New Polls: A new NBC/WSJ poll says: Biden 26%, Warren 19, Harris 13, Sanders 13, Buttigieg 7, Yang 2, O’Rourke 2, Klobuchar 1, Castro 1, Booker 1, Inslee 1, Williamson 1, Delaney 1, Hickenlooper 1, Bennet 1.
We’ll say it again. Joe Biden is not winning the presidency. Yesterday he talked about taking us back to the Obama era foreign policy. No thank you. And Joe, you did not defeat ISIS, it was this administration.
The President: I told some people this week that without his ego that he would be in such better shape. Here’s an example from a NYT story on the day the England Ambassador resigned referring to other country ambassadors. ‘It Could Have Been Any of Us’: Disdain for Trump Runs Among Ambassadors: Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador who resigned Wednesday, was not alone in his criticism of the Trump administration and its habit of leaving foreign envoys in the dark.
A second example was yesterday. The CEO of Lockheed announced she took another look at the President’s request and decided not to close the Sikorsky plant in Coatesville, Pa. This saved the plant and 465 jobs. A great success story right? So what does the President tweet? “So happy that I was able to keep Sikorsky Helicopter in the Great State of Pennsylvania …..,”
Did he say “We”? No he had to say “I”. And that is the President in a tweet.
The media is continuing with all its might to tie the President to Jeffrey Epstein. “They were friends once, they were neighbors, his secretary of labor is the former prosecutor”. It goes on and on. If you didn’t know better you would think that Trump was the President flying on Epstein’s plane to a private island and not Bill Clinton.
As the administration continues to try and find a way to get the census question on the form did you see what a judge ruled yesterday? He rejected the administration’s plan to switch its legal team on the case. What? Did you ever hear that before? You cannot have the lawyer(s) of your choice?
What will the market do today? Well the Federal Reserve chairman (Jerome Powell) is set to appear before the House Financial Services Committee at 10 a.m. What he says about plans to hold or cut rates will make all the difference.
Yesterday we commented on the issue of continued deficits. This is from The Hill today: “Indeed, far from delivering on his promise to cut America’s trade deficit, Trump has presided over a ballooning deficit that’s on pace to be some 25 percent higher than when he took office. This is happening at a time when the budget deficit is widening and the country’s public debt is well on its way to exceeding 90 percent of GDP. Sadly, the Trump administration seems unfazed by the country’s deteriorating long-run financial position. It shows no indication of correcting policy course to put the economy on a sounder long-run economic footing”.
Yesterday we also told you about the court hearing in Texas that could rule Obamacare illegal. This today from Newsmax on that session: “A federal appeals court panel appeared sympathetic on Tuesday to Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare, expressing skepticism to Democratic calls to overturn the ruling of a Texas judge who found the landmark U.S. healthcare reform law unconstitutional”.
This morning, the British Ambassador to the U.S. is resigning. “The U.K. Foreign Office says Britain’s ambassador to the United States has resigned just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump were leaked”. Kim Darroch said in a letter Wednesday that even though his posting was due to end this year, he believed “since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador”. You think?
Have you followed the growing rift in the Democratic House between Speaker Pelosi and the “gang of four” leftists? The war of words is escalating. Yesterday Speaker Pelosi reacting to their comments on the vote to provide border dollar relief said: “It wasn’t dismissive, it was a statement of fact…nobody followed their lead”. AOC has now responded: “It’s not even the four of us. It’s like ‘These ones What the speaker said… it’s not true. It’s just wrong… as progressives, it’s okay not to vote for the legislation to make a point.” Stay tuned.
Right below the surface remains Iran. Yesterday theywarned they will take further steps to breach the 2015 nuclear accord if it doesn’t receive relief from sanctions. They have already begun enriching uranium above limits set out in that deal and threatened to quadruple that level. Senior U.S. officials signaled that Washington had every intention of continuing its economic pressure. No backing down they said. The President for his part has questioned why the U.S. is bearing the burden of protecting the flow of oil tankers past Iranian waters. This one remains dangerous and we need to see how our “allies” react.
Well yesterday we reported one new candidate was about to enter the Democratic primary (Tom Steyer), and today we can report one has exited. Eric Swalwell became the first to exit. Some will miss him, we are not part of the some.
We’ve written and expressed our frustration and anger about Jeffrey Epstein any number of times. We think this AM he is where he belonged decades ago — behind bars. We want every politician and self centered friend of his that participated with his actions to join him. It is also interesting to see the MSM knowing that Bill Clinton is a friend of Epstein to drag President Trump into this in the same sentence. Not close. Epstein was Trump’s neighbor in Palm Beach, but in fact Trump barred Epstein from Mar A Lago. You know why? According to court documents because Epstein attacked an underage girl at the club. Did the MSM report this?
Another judge is making federal policy. The President you may recall wanted drug companies to list drug prices in their TV ads. A judge said he cannot do that.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Barr said the administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census question on citizenship. He didn’t say, how but did say President Donald Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms. The fight goes on.
2020Issue:Deficits. One issue we think that will arise in the campaign is deficits. Under President Obama we doubled the national debt the nation had accumulated from Presidents one through forty-three. It was an issue in 2016.
Well in Trump’s first two years the deficits have continued at an alarming pace. So let’s look at that.
The latest budgeting review and report shows that budget deficits are expected to remain in the $1 trillion territory for years to come. It appears that 13 digit deficits are the new normal in Washington.
Thus the question is this. Do we have an income or spending issue?
Well the left says that the President’s tax cuts are the problem. The right says the cuts drove the economy. So is government revenue declining because of the cuts? Well here are the numbers: — 2017: $3.316 trillion — 2018: $3.330 trillion — 2019: $3.511 trillion Thus revenue is up, so why are we maintaining the trillion dollar budgets? Maybe we just spend too much? And, this is before any added price tags for the tens of trillions of dollars in the Democratic presidential candidate playbook. Think, Medicare for All, reparations, student loan forgiveness, free college, guaranteed income and the Green New Deal.
Before we even consider that spending ask yourself this question. If we cancel the tax cuts and even raise taxes do you think congress will apply the money to the deficit or spend it? We have no doubt they will spend it. One more issue to consider here. We (the government) spend money on interest for the debt. As the debt rises, so does the interest charge, driving spending even more. The deficit is real and must be addressed. Watch for the issue discussion.
Immigration: This weekend immigration and the NYT story of “deplorable” conditions dominated the MSM. We have made our position on this clear and ask again: – How is forty years of failed border security this administration’s issue? – How does congress’ failure to secure the border or pass laws that return illegal crosses, this administration’s issue? – How come the deplorable conditions for children they talk about is so improved since congress finally gave some money? – Why is the MSM not pointing there instead of the administration?
The administration is guilty of something in this mess. They raised the issue and actually are trying to address it. After decades of no action they tried something. The left and MSM may not like the administration’s plan to fix the issue, but what is their plan except open borders?
Politics. Biden, Amashand Steyer: Joe Biden: He apologized now for his comments about working with past Democratic senators who now are seen as segregationists. This after saying he had nothing to apologize for. Joe is weak and ready for someone to tip him over.
Justin Amash, the former Republican congressman who turned independent after calling for Trump’s impeachment said he hasn’t ruled out a presidential run. Amash may run as the Libertarian candidate. He has zero chance there, but even that is better than running in the Republican Primary against the President.
Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who has spent millions supporting both leftist candidates and impeach Trump movements, has told people he plans to announce that he’s entering the race for the Democratic nomination. Until now he said he would not run, and this would be interesting with the money he spends. Let’s see what he does.
One more thing in politics. Jeffrey Epstein was formally charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy this morning after being arrested over the weekend. The 14-page indictment alleges that Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations” between 2002 and 2005 and perhaps beyond. The girls were as young as 14. What makes this more interesting is the names of people associated with him. Think Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Prince Andrew attended numerous parties with Epstein, and at least one alleged underage victim claims that Prince Andrew had sexual encounters with her at Epstein’s behest. Think Bill Clinton who flew on Epstein’s private jet (nicknamed “the Lolita Express”) on dozens of occasions. We have written here numerous times that Epstein’s prior plea deal was a miscarriage of justice. Let’s hope this one goes all the way and we learn the truth.
Obamacare: No news coverage on this but this afternoon the 5th circuit in Texas has a major hearing. They will hear oral arguments this afternoon in “State of Texas, et al v. USA, et al,” the lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Remember John Roberts ruled the AFA was legal (5-4) because the mandate to buy insurance was a tax. Well, after the administration dropped the mandate Texas went to court to challenge the law. A judge ruled that since the mandate to buy is gone, the act is illegal. Now comes the appeal and it may well be headed for Roberts’ court again.
Foreign Affairs: A respected former deputy director of the CIA, John McLaughlin, wrote this weekend that North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear arsenal. We agree with him. It is that arsenal that keeps Kim in office and makes North Korea matter to anyone. Kim looks at others who gave up their weapons what happened to them. Gaddafi (Libya) and Hussein (Iraq) are two examples. He can’t give up his weapons and expect a good result for himself. Which is why when Trump claimed victory after the first summit with Kim he was so far off base. The best that can be achieved is freezing activity today and begin opening the country with a planned down turn in the future.
Meanwhile Iran’s deputy foreign minister said they would take additional steps over the limits on uranium enrichment in the accord unless it gets sanctions relief. The thing to watch here is to see what European and other leaders do. They stayed in the deal Obama and Kerry did, when we walked. So does Iran respect them at all? Do they bind with them and isolate the “Great Satan”? If they do decide to continue enriching uranium what do the other leaders of the world do? Do they give Iran an out or call them on it?
Let’s see. a customer was disturbed when six police officers were starting their day (as they normally do) and getting a cup of coffee at Starbucks. One customer wanted the police officers to move or leave his area of sight. The Starbucks’ employee had a few choices. Did they ask this person to move his sight line? No. They asked the six officers to move or leave. A sign of the times and another example why the 2020 election will decide what kind of country we have in the future.
Finally, today get ready. Your MSM is about to begin hyping the biggest story of the year. What is it? Bob Mueller is coming to congress July 17th to testify. They are going to run with this and look for any tidbit to bury the President.
I watched and listened carefully to the President’s July 4th speech to make sure I caught all the left and MSM pre criticisms about how this would be a campaign rally. How it would be all about him. You heard all the noise.
Well, I listened and I don’t think I heard one “I”. I didn’t hear one he “made America Great Again”. All I heard was a salute and patriotic honor to our past and those who serve and continue to do so today.
So this AM, do the candidates running against him and the MSM eat crow? Well, the candidates didn’t of course, they switched to costs and wasted dollars. (Think about that, Democratic liberal candidates being concerned about the U.S. spending money). What a joke that is. What about the MSM, did they back off? Of course not. Despite being completely wrong about the tone, they too focused on costs and that there was a tank on display.
Folks, the media is getting exposed everyday and have no clue to how many people recognize their bias. Let me repeat again what I’ve told you many times. They don’t even know how biased they are. They are surrounded by like thinking people and don’t get there is another side. When the writers and video people get together to decide content, their natural bias with no opposition filter, leads them to say and do what they do. They don’t even know how biased they are. Remember this, as we’ve also written here before. The networks look for any edge. If another network creates a successful show they immediately copy it. They want ratings. Yet, with FoxNews beating them all with growth and popularity, how come none of the other stations have moved slightly to the middle? They simply don’t see another side, because everyone on their staffs and in the meetings think they are right.
News for the weekend
Despite the Supreme Court 5-4 ruling (with John Roberts joining the liberal justices) the White House is continuing to search for a legally acceptable way to include a citizenship question in the census. The court gave them until this afternoon to do so. Image, a country cannot ask if you are a citizen. Here I apply the same logic that I shared earlier in the week concerning what I would expect if I entered a country illegally. (I expected to be apprehended and arrested). On this one if I was in the country and it was their census time I would expect to be asked if I was citizen. Wouldn’t you?
For the Democrat debate this month, fourteen candiates have qualifed. There are spots for six more among the eleven candidates if they get to the criteria. So, at least fourteen on stage this time. By the way, Julian Castro is one of those yet to qualify, which is why he has been making so much noise at the border.
A sign of the times. Senator Schumer is calling for Mark Morgan to be fired from CBP. I guess you say well that’s not a surprise, Schumer would want all Trump appointees fired. Well, but Morgan doesn’t work there yet. He starts next week.
Here’a an interesting story from the AP on the Biden/Harris busing battle. B
— Biden comms director Kate Bedingfield (@KBeds): “It’s disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden’s position on busing — particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him! — The Harris campaign’s @IanSams replied: “VP Biden said: ‘Who the hell do we think we are that the only way a black man or woman can learn is if they rub shoulders with my white child?’ He called busing an ‘asinine concept.’ C’mon. Y’all are better than this.’ … AND NOW THE FLIP: AP’s ALEXANDRA JAFFE and THOMAS BEAUMONT in West Des Moines: “Sen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that busing students should be considered by school districts trying to desegregate their locations — not the federal mandate she appeared to support in pointedly criticizing rival Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week. … On Wednesday, though, Harris characterized busing as a choice local school districts have, not the responsibility of the federal government. … “Harris’ comments Wednesday were far from the indictment she delivered during the debate last week.”
As we get ready to celebrate July 4th and the nation’s birthday let me first wish you a happy holiday. Those who are patriots and love their country will enjoy the day far more than those who want to only rip the nation apart. Be proud of your patriotism.
I can’t say the same for the NYT who ran this in their Opinion Page: Please Stop Telling Me America Is Great “Politicians love to say it’s the greatest, but the numbers (and reality) don’t back them up”.
Can you believe that? You know last I looked there were no walls or borders keeping anyone here. In the piece they talk of Europe and other places, well you only live once, why not try somewhere else? In fact so many promised “If Trump won they were leaving”. Why are they all still here?
Speaking of borders: I cannot express my outrage enough at the coverage and words of hypocrites in congress over the situation on the southern border. Here’s the lead NYT story today: Government Watchdog Finds Squalid Conditions in Border Centers A Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s report detailed overcrowding and children without showers or hot meals, and lawmakers demanded answers.
Demand answers? Where is the coverage that tells the facts? The border people have been to congress begging for funds because of the situation all year. They (and the MSM) called it a fake crisis, a manufactured one, and a Trump made up one. They refused to act, support any funding, provide beds or anything. Now they are appalled by the situation? They caused it. Yet they are on TV, supported by their friends in the media, and deriding the border patrol and administration. It’s sickening. And, AOC is the perfect example. She still refused to provide a penny to help. Then goes down there and cries by a fence, with nothing on the other side, and goes into a facility and makes up a story. Does the media go after her? No they treat it as the truth. Well I am telling you that she, her fellow left members, congressional inaction and the media are the issue. You know that, I do and so many others. But there are many who get their only news from the main stream media and believe otherwise.
On this July 4th I am angry at them.
Instead of congress solving that real issue, what are they up to? This from the WSJ today:
The House Ways and Means Committee sued the Treasury Department and the IRS for access to Mr. Trump’s tax returns, putting the clash over the returns and audit records exactly where Committee Chairman RichardNeal (D., Mass.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have predicted it would land.
After months of epistolary exchanges and subpoenas, the dispute over President Trump’s tax returns has finally landed in federal court. This collision has been building to this moment since Mr. Trump took office without releasing his returns voluntarily as his predecessors did. Democrats’ victory in House elections last year assured that lawmakers would invoke a 1924 law that lets them get anyone’s returns. The administration, unsurprisingly, hasn’t complied. Now we’re in for months, at least, of motions and rulings and appeals, potentially all the way up to the Supreme Court.
And that friends is what this congress sees as a priority.
Don’t forget Mueller is coming: That’s the other focus of this congress. After two years and the Mueller report being released, we need him back. Why? Politics. No need to solve the border issue when we can get MSM coverage.
The President, by the way, hasplanned a rally in Greenville, NC on the day Mueller is set to testify. He is calling it: “The Keep America Great Rally”. It is scheduled to air at 7 that night.
Have a great 4th with your family and friends celebrating our nation.
Well AOC and friends went down to the border yesterday (finally) and really stirred it up.
Let’s start with this. If her charge is correct that the guards are forcing people to drink from toilets, then whoever is doing that should be fired and charged with inhumane treatment. If guards threatened her as she claims they should be disciplined.
Now on the other side, if her story is not true then AOC should be reprimanded by congress and considered for expulsion. Let’s get the truth now. And by the way, AOC voted against any additional aid last week, so since she has been in congress she has not supported any solution.
As far as the border crisis, to me the history is what the MSM should be talking about and not how bad our people are. The history is: The left and MSM failed to realize there was a crisis. They called it a manufactured crisis by the administration. They refused to protect the border to stop illegal immigration. They failed to provide funds to address the number of people coming across. Congress and the media failed ICE and the holding facilities.
Now there’s something before that too. They failed to protect our border. Let me ask you a question. If you tried to enter illegally any socialist haven like Cuba, Venezuela , Russia or China, what would you expect if caught? Would you expect an open border of welcome, let us give you food, drink, free healthcare, free college and retirement? No, you are bright enough to know they would lock you up. You are also bright enough to know that countries have laws and you would expect that. So why do the Democrats and MSM expect different for our country than anywhere else?
The first problem is we refuse to protect the country’s border. Congress failed here. Then we add laws that if you put one toe in, you can claim asylum. Congress failed here. Then we are treating people at facilities designed for and budgeted for 10% of what they are getting. Congress failed here. Finally, as you would expect, trying to enter those other countries above, we have raised the specter that it is fine for people to come here and cross our border. Why? Because congress failed us. That’s how I see it.
Iran: The Story in today’s WSJ:
Iran said it had “exceeded a nuclear fuel limit” set out in the 2015 deal it made with the U.S. and others.
The breach does not give Iran the material to produce a nuclear weapon, but it does signal that the country may be willing to restore the far larger stockpile it possessed in the years before the Obama-era deal.
The Trump administration had no immediate reaction, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that the U.S. would never allow Iran toget within one year of possessing enough fuel to produce a nuclear weapon.
So my question is how come Iran is breaking the deal now after the European countries stayed in it when the U.S. backed out? If Iran is so reasonable, why are they betraying all of them like France?
The answer is because Iran is the problem, not the U.S.
After the Sunday news shows and coverage I came away with some questions:
Do the Democrats and MSM who are blaming President Trump for everything realize he has only been in politics for two and a half years? The potential candidates against him have been in Washington for up to forty years. How are these long term problems he inherited his issue and not yours?
The Sunday News shows made it seem like it was all Trump’s fault on things like North Korea. Do you realize it was 40 years of doing nothing that he inherited and he is coming closer to a solution than the others who claimed “peace in our time” did? If Obama was doing things like meeting Kim at the border would they be saying the policy has been a failure? I doubt it, in fact they gave Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for a lot less. For this they would create the Nobel/Nobel Peace Prize.
Now while on past President’s, Jimmy Carter reminded me again this weekend why he was the worst President of my lifetime. Saying the Russians won the election for Trump and he is an illegitimate President was despicable. Actually Watergate won the Presidency for you and look what a disaster that turned out to be.
How come there was no coverage all weekend about Kamala Harris saying that she had misinterpreted the debate question about eliminating private health insurance in favor of a government-run health insurance plan? That night on stage she raised her hand alongside Bernie. She had already flip flopped once before, so when asked the next day, she said she “misinterpreted”. She thought they were asking “about her giving up private insurance”, not forcing all of the country. Well Kamala, that’s a lie and I respect your intelligence to much to even consider that. This weekend I saw the play “Barnum” and your comment reminded me of his famous saying. “You can fool some of the people …. all the time”. Maybe you can, but not all of us. And again I ask if this were Trump would the MSM be playing it up over and over?
Remember when Joe Biden was lauded for calling Republicans racist (“they’re going to out you all back in chains”)? Well Joe, how does it feel now your own party is calling you a racist? I know you’re not, you know it, but it hurts doesn’t it?
Did you see this post debate poll? “New polling from Morning Consult, conducted starting at the end of the debate Thursday night and running through all of Friday, now has Kamala Harris in a dead heat for third place with Elizabeth Warren. Both senators are at 12 percent, behind only Joe Biden (33 percent) and Bernie Sanders (19 percent). It’s only a roughly day-long chunk of Morning Consult’s weekly tracking of the Democratic primary, and the next full update won’t be available until Tuesday morning. “But, compared to the results from the weekending June 23, the post-debate data show Biden losing 5 points, while Harris had gained 6 points. Sanders and Warren were mostly steady, but there is a red flag for Bernie: He was the only major candidate to see a significant drop in his favorability.”
China: President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, and agreed to a cease fire on their tariff increases. This is good news for the market and I wonder if the media will ever realize he is using tariffs to negotiate.
The President needs some deals with the new N.A. agreement, China and/or N. Korea as he heads toward 2020. The question is do the other countries use that leverage to get a better deal and what does the administration do?
G-20 leaders unite against social media. A statement signed by all members at the summit demands operators of online content-sharing platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, step up efforts to ensure violent terrorism-related imagery can’t be streamed or uploaded.
Debate two was like watching the varsity with day one being the JV. The voices were louder, clearer and far more confrontational. There were clear winners and losers.
As long thought and written here, Kamala Harris is the one we expect to emerge as the nominee. She decisively took Joe Biden apart and won the night. With the California primary moved up, she is in great position.
Mayor Pete had a good night and gets to move on. That’s it for winners last night.
Joe Biden was exactly what we thought he was. Hesitating, stumbling at times and unable to answer charges against him. He may not know it yet, but he is not getting the nomination. Imagine Rep. Swalwell saying to Donald Trump that it is time to pass the torch, that he is too old. Joe’s response, “I still have that torch”. Trump would have said something like “There are people to pass the torch to, but they aren’t on the end of this stage, I can tell you that”. Biden also got beat up on school busing in a moment that will live on. Well here’s a question. Does America favor forced school busing even today? Let’s see, you work hard, often at two jobs, to save and be able to buy a home and raise a family. Then the government comes along and says you have a decent school here, but somewhere else we don’t like that school. We are going to bus your kids there. What? Do the Democrats on that stage think we want forced busing? We want raising the standards so all schools follow rules, have discipline and teach.
Bernie had a bad night. He has won because he moved the party all the way to his socialist thought process. They may not win the election with his thoughts, but he took them there.
With the others, Kirsten Gillbrand just turns me off. The woman who changes positions, depending on the office she is running for, is obnoxious. No chance. Senator Bennet, Gov. Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Rep. Swalwell and Author Marianne Williamson (oh vey) thanks for stopping by.
One last thought on debate one. Eleven to go. The fear the party should have is that to win the primary you go so far left you can’t win in November. Open borders, government run health care, free health care for illegals paid for by working Americans, school busing, free college, and higher taxes may not be a winning message. The question being formed for 2020 is this: Is America a place where you work hard, pull yourself and family up by your bootstraps and achieve your dream; or is it a place where the government does for you? I grew up in the former and want my kids and grandkids to do the same. Each person must decide what America they want.
Justice Roberts: When Justice Kennedy retired we predicted here that Justice Roberts, in his desire to maintain the integrity of the court, would be the new five in any five to four vote. Well he came through again yesterday when he said the government in doing its census cannot ask if you are a citizen. Not because it was wrong he said, but because of why they may be doing it. He looked for a loop around the issue as he did when he was the fifth vote okaying Obamacare. He alone found it was a tax, and the government could tax he said. Again we ask, ever see the Clinton or Obama justices being the five in a five to four vote? The NYT finally caught up to this today. Here’s their headline and story: After 14 Years, Chief Justice Roberts Takes Charge A pair of stunning decisions on Thursday showed that the chief justice has replaced Justice Anthony M. Kennedy as the court’s swing vote.
They should have been reading this blog for the last two years.
US Women Soccer: Megan Rapinoe, did you have to ruin it for so many of us by bringing politics and your personal hate into the games? We know you don’t like the President and you don’t want to go to the White House. That’s your business. How about winning the cup first and then you and whomever else doesn’t want to go not go? Let the others who want to go have the opportunity. In the quarterfinals you have to be using the language you did and causing this disruption? What a great example for the kids you are trying to influence.
Okay, round one of twelve (Democratic debates) is in the books. Here’s one person’s take on what I saw and heard.
The Democratic party has truly moved left. Positions every candidate took would have been unthought and unheard of just a few years ago. You never know, as seventeen months to the election is a long time, but I didn’t see winning positions last night.
Open borders, federal tax rates of 70% (add state, city, social security and medicare on top of that), do away with private health insurance, free college and an economy not doing well, were examples of the positions. I just don’t see America in agreement with this. In fact their own party wasn’t here eight years ago. They began the drift to the extreme in 2016 and last night, at least, they were all there.
By the way, since so many voted for Obamacare (without knowing what was in it) are they now saying they were wrong? Obamacare is still the law of the land, what happened? Also, aren’t manufacturer jobs up on average of 16,000 a month? Listening last night you would think they were still disappearing at a greater rate. In fact I suspect the Republicans will play the tape of Obama saying you need a “magic wand” to bring jobs back.
Now the candidates. Beto continued his dive down. The man the MSM made a hero against Senator Cruz looks like an empty suit. He is done. Delaney and Gabbard made the most progress. You know why? They were as close to the center as Democrats are allowed to get in a primary. DeBlasio went all out as far left as you could and probably won some converts in this primary. By the way, while he was talking about the police in NY, they were tweeting their distaste for him. Booker appealed to his base and moves on. Castro will survive to another day. Inslee had his moment in the race. Ryan is not ready. Both are done. Warren didn’t gain or lose. She didn’t stand out, but her standing going on allows her to move on. Amy Klobuchar disappointed. We expected more from her.
I keep hearing on the MSM how mean this administration is for the “migrant camps”. Really? Let’s see, people coming across our border illegally in record numbers. Congressional members called it a “manufactured crisis” and refused to provide finances or assistance. Now it’s Trump’s fault? Imagine a fair media and how public perception might be.
On the same theme, what are the Wayfair employees in Boston doing? They walked out over sales to border camps.They are protesting the retailer’s sale of $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to a southern border facility for migrant children seeking asylum in the U.S. What? They are protesting their company’s sales? They are protesting bedding sales for illegal migrants being held pending investigation? They want open borders. Can you believe that? Now if people boycott Wayfair and they lose their jobs then what?
Finally, today did you see that two more Police Officers were fired over their failure to act during the Parkland School attack? Remember the arrogance of that Police Chief blaming the President in the immediate aftermath? Since then we learned his department failed to take action despite warning signs, and when it occurred they cowered under. Any MSM coverage that maybe there was more to the story?
Mueller: The never ending drive to make the President look bad goes on as Robert Mueller will testify in open session on July 17. He will testify before two committees. The chairs are Representatives Nadler and Schiff. Democrats will try and get him to say he would have prosecuted the President if he could. Republicans will press him on his staff and why he didn’t investigate the dossier and its origins. Mueller will want to say nothing and refer to the report over and over. How do you think these ratings will be?
The President: Heads to the G20 and there will be lots of news over the next week.
First South Korea: He’s stopping in Seoul first to meet with President Moon, who today said: “The U.S. and North Korea have been engaged in informal talks about a third nuclear summit between the two countries’ leaders”.
The President really wants a deal with N. Korea before the election, and the Democrats really hope he doesn’t succeed.
Then on to China: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Wednesday that the U.S. and China were almost there on a trade deal. “We were about 90% of the way there (with a deal) and I think there’s a path to complete this”. He added: That he’s confident President Donald Trumpand Chinese President Xi Jinping can make progress in stalled trade talks at the forthcoming Group of 20 (G-20) meeting this weekend. ‘The message we want to hear is that they want to come back to the table and continue because I think there is a good outcome for their economy and the U.S. economy to get balanced trade and to continue to build on this relationship.'”
Meanwhile: THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE is tonight in Miami at 9 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. On night one the debaters are: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Julián Castro, John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Good Luck To: StephanieGrisham has signed up to be the new administration Press Secretary. Imagine you wake up everyday and your job is to be the person between the President and the Press.
Backing Down: Steny Hoyer the Democrat Majority Leader announced yesterday he was cancelling the plan to vote on a pay raise for congress. He said he “didn’t have the votes”. We asked weeks ago if he thought the American people thought congress deserved a raise. Now even their own members know better than to pass it. They’ll wait until the election is over and do it.
There is a crisis: Five months after calling the border a “manufactured” crisis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led Democrats on Tuesday to approve a $4.5 billion humanitarian assistance package that the President had requested to deal with the record surge of illegal immigrants.
But Democrats took their pound of flesh in the vote, deleting some of the president’s priorities from the final bill, such as money for investigators to stop human traffickers or more detention beds for ICE. Instead, they packed the measure with new rules on how the administration can spend the money, and on the conditions migrants can face when they arrive at the border.
Let’s start with Iran again. Since 1978 when President Carter failed, they have been an issue. The number one exporter of terror and unrest in the world. So now they attack tankers in the open seas. Destroy a $130 million drone over the international water and the President shows restraint. He doesn’t retaliate and cause them loss of life and harm. He adds some sanctions as an answer to their war like acts and offers dialogue. Their reaction? Iran’s President Rouhani mocks President Trump, saying the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.” He added, that the sanctions are “outrageous and stupid.” They “threaten global security”.
That, my friends, is an example of allowing terrorists to do what they want for 40 years. At some point Iran will have to be dealt with. This administration is hoping the change comes from within and the people arise. We’ll see.
Mexico and a little reported story in the NYT: “Mexico’s Crackdown at Its Southern Border, Prompted by Trump, Scares Migrants From Crossing.” THE STORY SAYS: “Mexico’s mobilization of its security forces has been halting, and for most of the past two weeks it seemed to fall short of the dramatic show of force that the government had promised. Still, the deployment has already disrupted the usual flow of people and commerce passing over this historically porous border, and sown fear among migrants and their smugglers alike.” So a negative followed by praise — which is about all the President will ever get from the NYT.
Think of the reporting on the Trump kids: Now consider the continued stories on Hunter Biden and how little coverage it is getting. This week we hear of an Arkansas woman who is suing him for child support, claiming he is the father of her 10-month-old baby. The woman said he fathered the child “during his relationship with his late brother’s widow”. This on top of the announcement he has left his brother’s widow, for whom he divorced his wife to be with, and now after a ten day courtship has married an Australian woman. Oh, if only this were a Trump kid what juicy headlines and stories we would have.
One day before debate one Move On.Org released a straw poll: Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads her 2020 Democratic rivals both nationally and in early presidential states in a straw poll of MoveOn members released Tuesday by the liberal advocacy group. Ms. Warren of Massachusetts was the first choice of 38% of MoveOn members nationwide, followed by Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont at 17%, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden at 15%, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at 12%, and Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California at 7%.
Speaking of polls, here’s a Politico one on canceling the military strike: Most voters agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to call off airstrikes in Iran last week, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that also shows little public support for U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf. According to the poll, just over a third of voters, 36 percent, support military action in Iran after the Iranians shot down an unmanned U.S. drone aircraft — fewer than the 42 percent who oppose it. Roughly two-in-10 voters, 22 percent, said they have no opinion. A majority of self-identified Republican voters, 59 percent, do support further military action in Iran. But support for striking Iran is much lower among Democratic voters (23 percent) and independents (28 percent).
Let’s start with Iran today. We still don’t get the whole policy decision here. We were clear in that we questioned why it was our fight if the countries of the tankers attacked were “unsure” it was Iran who did it. Why was it our fight if Iran was blocking the strait? We are energy independent.
Someone responded here that it was because we are part of NATO. Really, that’s it? Well then, how about first these countries admit Iran is the culprit, and second pay their agreed to share of NATO costs?
Then the President sent ships, planes, drones and troops to the area. We disagreed with that. Once you put them in harms way, harm can come. So if you make that move, then you must be prepared to act if attacked.
We were attacked. The President promised swift action. Then he cancelled it. The ramifications: – When you draw a position and fail to act you lose respect for what you say. – When you build your reputation on decisiveness and toughness and fail to act you lose respect. – Then you embolden other bad actors to test you.
The bottom line is that Trump is anti war and knows any action in the middle east is never ending. His instinct is to avoid conflict. His mistake was to take control of allies who refused to see wrong and send the ships, planes, drones and troops.
His backdown did him nor us any good. If he thought Iran would suddenly be happy he was wrong. Look at their parliament yesterday chanting “death to America”. His actions this weekend on cyber activity, adding sanctions and sending Pompeo to put together a coalition, could have been done without our losing a $130 million dollar drone.
What’s next? Expect our “allies” to continue to waiver. Expect Iran to act again.
The President also backed down and called off the raids after a conversation with Nancy Pelosi. Now let’s cut through the liberal and MSM noise of what was planned. From the Washington Post: “President Trump has directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to conduct a mass roundup of migrant families that have received deportation orders, an operation that is likely to begin with predawn raids in major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to three U.S. officials with knowledge of the plans”.
So it was directed at people who had received a court order to leave the country. Did you know that? A minor fact they failed to tell. The President tweeted this: “The people that Ice will apprehend have already been ordered to be deported. This means that they have run from the law and run from the courts. These are people that are supposed to go back to their home country. They broke the law by coming into the country, & now by staying.”
Now does that sound like a crazed round up? Yet we halted that, as if suddenly the dire situation will be recognized and congress will act. Let’s hope.
I think people don’t realize this President wants to get along and wants people, (even opponents) to like him, and he is more than willing to compromise.
Roy Moore announced he is running for the Republican nomination for senate in Alabama again. Are you kidding Roy? You had no defense of the charges a year ago and now you want to cost the party a seat again? We think the Republican voters will have more sense this time.
In Queens NY, the home of AOC, there is a primary race for District Attorney tomorrow. (The winner of the primary is assured of election in November). It is between a “traditional” Democrat and an AOC backed socialist. One traditional liberal NY Democrat backed out to back a party candidate because of the AOC challenge.
Tiffany Cabán, is the AOC backed candidate. She pledges to “prosecute” ICE, end cash bail and legalize prostitution. She wants to close Rikers Island while opposing any new jail openings. In addition to AOC she has scored endorsements from presidential hopefuls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.).
Now they call Caban’s opponent “traditional”. Here’s a summary of a recent study of the Queens DA office: According to data provided by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, more than one-third of people charged in Queens with either homicide or robbery were on probation, parole or had a pending case at the time of their arrest. These numbers indicate that the criminal-justice system is not keeping the public safe, because people already known to be dangerous are roaming free. But given the field of candidates vying to become Queens district attorney in Tuesday’s primary election, it seems likely that whoever gets the job will only make the problem worse. The picture that Cabán paints of New York City and state — punitive governments, over-incarcerating legions of nonviolent offenders — bears little resemblance to reality. Less than 2 percent of NYPD arrests result in a prison sentence, and only about 10 percent of NYPD arrests result in a jail admission. Between 1999 and 2016, the state’s prison population decreased by 31 percent; between 1998 and 2018, the city’s jail population fell by about 50 percent. According to Cabán, that’s not good enough — more inmates need to go free. The problem, though, is that the only way to expand decarceration in New York any further is to start turning loose the most violent and chronic offenders. Unfortunately for Queens residents, Tiffany Cabán seems willing to do that. She wants to close Rikers Island while opposing any new jail openings.
The Democratic debates begin Wednesday. It will be interesting to watch how Beto and Warren handle each other in their debate, and then how the others go after Biden in the second.
How about this in Virginia? Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said Thursday that he is ‘very hopeful about the future’ and ‘thinking very seriously’ about a gubernatorial run in 2021. “Fairfax, who faces sexual assault allegations by two women, said the scandal has raised his public profile for good. Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do”, Fairfax said. “People come up to me at gas stations, they say, Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.”
Did you hear about his in SF? From the Washington Times: Historical images of George Washington’s life will soon vanish from San Francisco’s Washington High School over accusations of racism.
“It is a racist mural. My history should not be racist but it is. I came from slaves,” said Virginia Marshall with the Alliance of Black School Educators.
Yesterday we wrote that the Iran fight wasn’t ours and that others needed to step up. Over night the Iranians made it our issue.
Now we can argue sending our ships to the area then flying drones to try and prove to France, Germany and Japan, that Iran was a threat put us into a position to be attacked.
Well Iran was foolish enough to attack one of our assets. Why they think that is smart is beyond me. It puts the President in a position that he has to act. Trump has walked and acted with bravado since taking office. He has been tough in words and now must do something or risk losing that image. A failure to act would send a message to North Korea that they can do what they want. It will tell others that America is a paper tiger. In fact we think the President must take a definitive and strong action. He must send a message to prevent any future threats. So buckle up and watch what happens, and what happens because of our action. After 40 years of supporting terrorism Iran is about to be called for its actions. What do they do when pushed back?
Biden gets hit
We continue to believe there is no way Joe Biden survives the primary season and wins the nomination. He got himself in a heap with the left wing of his party again last night. Marc Caputo captured our thoughts with this in Politico today: “But rather than bolster his image as an effective pragmatist, Biden’s parables of working with long-dead Dixiecrats have started to reinforce two of his biggest liabilities: his age and his record on race. A 76-year-old centrist who spent 36 years in the Senate before serving as vice president, Biden was already out of step with the Democratic Party’s left wing, which wants a fresh face, a woman, a candidate of color or at least an unapologetic progressive torch-bearer.”
And there’s more. This story today too: IT’S NEVER A HEALTHY SIGNwhen a campaign is airing its dirty laundry in the press. And there are reams of old Biden remarks that don’t jibe well with contemporary liberal views on race in America. Consider his favorable comparison of the late Sen. John Stennis to Confederate general Stonewall Jackson, unearthed by CNN last month. Or his eulogy for Strom Thurmond, when he hailed the segregationist senator for holding what was once the longest filibuster in Senate history … without noting it was to block the Civil Rights Act.
Joe’s reaction this AM when asked if he wanted to apologize was “What for”?
And, this AM I saw a story on a MSM channel beginning to question Joe and his son’s deals with the Ukraine and China. The story was not kind, and they went after Joe who didn’t answer any questions.
We know his base is loyal, the question has always been is that base big enough to get him over the top. Well after his announcement on Tuesday in Orlando that he was running he raised almost $25 million dollars in donations. You saw how loyal his supporters were and they reinforced it with their wallets. Is it enough of the population?
One place they are looking to grow is with the Latino vote. From the WSJ: President Trump beat expectations with Hispanic voters in 2016 and now his re-election campaign is launching a national effort to win over more, beginning in Florida. The “Latinos for Trump” rollout will take place in Miami on Tuesday—a day before the city hosts the first Democratic presidential primary debate.
Finally this Friday, remember we told you how he had reached highs for approval in the Rasmussen daily poll? Then the ABC interview fiasco destroyed all that, and he was back in the disapproval area. Well after his speech on Tuesday he was back up a little. This Friday he is at 50-48 plus on approval/disapproval.
What he does with Iran will be a key to this in the weeks ahead.
I was wondering, why is it us (the U.S.) that is doing this face off with Iran? We used to be involved in everything middle east because of the oil supply. Well we are now self efficient and independent, we don’t need middle eastern oil. So: Why, if European countries like France and Germany are “not sure” it was Iran who hit those tankers, should we have to prove it? Why, if one of the tankers hit was a Japanese rig and their leader was in Iran at the time and he isn’t speaking up, should we? If we backed out of the Iranian deal that Obama and Kerry orchestrated , but everyone else stayed in because they trusted Iran and now Iran is going to break it by moving closer to nuclear capability, why is it our issue?
I don’t understand why we are sending 1,000 more troops. Why is it our battle? It seems like everyone else has more at stake than we do, so why aren’t they doing more? Why are they making us look like the bad guy?
Why aren’t we just saying to the others, you know where we stand, we think Iran leads the world in terrorist support and activity. This is your fight to lead. If they attack us or our interests we will take immediate and sure action. In the interim you lead and deal with them as you see fit.
We have learned through blood and costs that regime change in the middle east is not easy, maybe not possible. There are too many factions and overthrowing despots just leads to civil unrest and never ending chaos. Afghanistan and Iraq were lessons learned.
The President to Announce
The President is set to announce his reelection bid tonight in Orlando, Florida. That state of course, as always is a key. Here’s a story from the Orlando Sentinel this AM that says it all: “Trump supporters line up 42 hours early for Orlando campaign rally at Amway Center, with tents, sleeping bags and coolers of water in tow. Donald Trump supporters began lining up early Monday for Tuesday’s campaign rally in Orlando, nearly two full days before the event. Then they wrote: “The line had grown to about 50 as of 3 p.m. By 9:30 p.m., the line “ballooned to about 250, with people snaked around to Central Boulevard”. A good story right? Something that should get positive coverage. So what does the President say and do? “Around the same time”, Trump tweeted, “there were thousands of people already lined up.” Why? It has to be bigger and better for Trump.
Tariff Watch – From the WSJ
The New tariffs on goods from China are getting closer. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is holding hearings this week on the 25% levies for $300 billion worth of products. For the first time, many consumer goods, like cell phones, could get hit.
Economists (surveyed by the WSJ) think that will outweigh any potential long-term economic gains. Tariffs “don’t benefit anyone—the U.S. economy, revenue into government—and they certainly don’t benefit the Chinese,” said Ameriprise Financial chief economist Russell Price.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross doesn’t expect leaders from the U.S. and China to strike a trade deal later this month. President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping may meet at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, but “I think the most that will come out of the G-20 might be an agreement to actively resume talks,” Mr. Ross said.
Also on tariffs did you see or hear that we are restoring the aid we cut off to the Central American countries because of their failure to control immigration? Makes you wonder if this was part of the “Mexico Deal”. If it was then the question arises. Was the cutback a success? Did it lead those countries to take action; or was the cut a failure? The argument from the administration was “if you don’t take action there is no aid”. The argument on the other side was, “we need to build up their countries so people stay”. Let’s see what unfolds over the next day or two.
Finally on tariffs, it appears this AM that there may be an agreement for Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping meet at the G20. If so watch the market react today.
The Broadway Show Bill and Hillary is closing early. There was lack of demand for tickets. Can you imagine that?