Oh Oh…..

SOME NEW POLLS ALARM ADMINISTRATION

Two interesting polls this AM that have spread alarm in the administration. The first is an ABC poll where 55% of the public said they are pessimistic about the direction of the country.
This was a major uptick from the 36% that said the same in a May 2 poll.
In the same earlier survey, Americans were more optimistic than pessimistic by a 28-percentage point margin. Today optimism is now under water by 10 points.
Asked about looking ahead to the next 12 months, only 45% now are feeling optimistic about the way things are going, a significant drop from about two-thirds (64%) in the May poll.

What was even more disturbing for the administration is that optimism was down about 20 points among Democrats and Republicans and down 26 points among independents.

While 63% still approve of the President’s handling of the Virus, he us underwater on other key issues. Fewer than 40% of those polled approved of his handling of immigration, the Mexican border, crime and gun violence.

No doubt this poll from a friendly ABC set off alarm bells in the White House.

THEN THERE WAS THIS AXIOS POLL

We have heard much about whether transgender athletes should compete against the gender they identify with. If you watch the MSM, you would think, if you felt anything but 100% supportive of allowing people to choose their gender competition that you were out of touch. Well it turns out the country feels the opposite. It is the media who is out of touch.
Take a look.

Data: Momentive. Chart: Connor Rothschild

So, 39% say a person should compete in the gender they were born in. 14% say they would ban them from competing.
Only 20% support competing in the gender you ID with.
If you watch the media you would never guess that would you?
What’s also amazing is 23% had no opinion (or were afraid to express it).
Even only 35% of the Democrats supported gender choice ID participation.

There may well be a silent majority in the 2022 when you consider the parties positions and add issues like defunding the police.
If I were advising the Democrats it would be to stop trying to prosecute Donald Trump and let him get out in the stump in 2022. He is the only one that can save them!

ONE MORE POLL THAT COULD HURT

There’s lot of news about the January 6th commission and the MSM is reporting that Speaker Pelosi has stunned Republicans and outmaneuvered House Minority Leader McCarthy. Well this another MSM miscalculation. I have seen polls where 70% of the country disapproves of this panel and wonders why the riots, fires and murders of the summer are not being investigated instead.

Think about that. We are investigating January 6th because it was Washington DC and they were involved. Yet the only person killed was a Trump supporter shot by a security officer they won’t identify. (It is rumored that the person shooting the Air Force Veteran was part of the Schumer protection detail. Again, not confirmed). But no guns were taken from the protesters and nothing burned. That we are going to spend millions on. Businesses burned, destroyed and lives lost all summer in riots — nothing.

The American people have figured this out. The MSM and Washington Politicians haven’t.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE


A Few More Surprises…

ISN’T THIS INTERESTING?

So Disney owns the liberal ABC. They own the ever politically correct and left leaning ESPN. They cancelled police shows on A&E, as you remember (Live PD), despite their number one ranking. Now comes this story today:
The Walt Disney Company was born and thrived for decades in California. But now the business environment there is so toxic it’s relocating 2,000 jobs to Florida, which actually wants employers to succeed.  Josh D’Amaro, the chairman of Disney’s 60,000 employee Parks division, told employees it will be building a new campus in Florida, which he noted has “a business-friendly climate” and a “lower cost of living with no state income tax.”   Disney CEO Bob Chapek fumed for months at California Governor Gavin Newsom’s “arbitrary” lockdown restrictions which kept Disneyland in Anaheim closed for a year while Disney’s Florida theme parks were fully functional.
How funny is that?
Hey, Disney management, what you report and support makes a difference. ABC told us all through Covid how right California was and Florida wasn’t. Remember how negative they were on the Florida Governor? Your reporters always support more spending. Now you are leaving a high tax state, why? You’re leaving behind many people you influenced — without a job.
In fact, take a look at the states and where they are with job recovery from Covid losses. Where’s California?
Newly released data from the Labor Department for the 50 state employment picture shows the job market continues to be much better in the red states. Here is a summary:

Here’s more: The unemployment rate by state. Maybe you can share this with your reporters and they can actually report what policies seem to be working:

ONE MORE IRONIC THING TODAY:

The Minneapolis’ (radical) City Council led the nation in moving to defund its police last year. The charges and chaos against the police demoralized the department.
Crime exploded to the point that taxpayers sued the council and Mayor Jacob Frey for dereliction of duty.  
Well, now former council member Don Samuels, an African-American, has brought a lawsuit that he said was needed because children couldn’t go outside in an atmosphere where shootings, carjackings, and murders had skyrocketed.  
He has charged that the number of police officers being deployed fell below the minimum thresholds required in the city’s charter. The city (hold on to your hat) argued that the plaintiffs didn’t have standing because none of them had been hit by gunfire or been the victim of a serious crime. 
The judge ordered the mayor and council to “immediately take any and all necessary action” to make sure they fund a robust police force. He found they had “failed to perform an official duty clearly imposed by law.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

A Few More Head Shakers…

THE SAME PERSON?

We’ve been mired in this 1619 versus 1776 debate as to when America really began. You’ve read and heard much about the 1619 Project. Well now comes news that project journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones, has touted Cuba as the “most equal” country in the Western Hemisphere. She attributed the reason, “largely due to socialism and that the country’s socialist government affords residents a utopian form of racial equality unmatched anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.” 
Got that now? Cuba is the best example. The same Cuba, locking people up who are begging for food and freedom. I guess if everyone has a bad life then to her it’s good, because it’s universally bad.

She was asked in the interview:
“Are there candidates right now or even just places that you think have a viable and sufficiently ambitious integration agenda, and if so, what is it?”
Her answer:
“If you want to see the most equal, multiracial democ … it’s not a democracy — the most equal, multiracial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba. Cuba actually has the least inequality, and that’s largely due to socialism, which I’m sure no one wants to hear.”

Want more? In 2008 she wrote praising Cuba as a gold standard example for other countries to follow. She commended Cuba for its high literacy rate, low HIV infection rate, and for bringing about the “end of codified racism.”  Adding this: “It manifests in what Cuba has accomplished, through socialism and despite poverty, that the United States hasn’t,” she stated.

This is the hero of the left. I repeat there are no walls blocking anyone from leaving our racist society and moving to Cuba. In fact there are millions in Cuba who are willing to trade places. They don’t appreciate all they have in Cuba. Imagine how ungrateful people can be. Since you and others recognize it, what’s stopping anyone from going to their panacea? I tell you what, let’s call this the 2021 project. You would love socialism and think Cuba is the place, go there. We’ll be fine here and you’ll be happy, you think.
As for 1619, how does anyone claim a country 156 years before that country declares itself one?

WAIT NOW, HOW BIG WAS THE 2020 WIN?

The argument over infrastructure spending has come down to this. The two sides still haven’t figured out how to pay for their plan, and they’re still squabbling about the policy particulars. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer who got this enormous mandate (a 50/50 senate) gave Republicans an ultimatum: Either go on record and vote for the infrastructure deal or they pass it without them.
Sen. John Cornyn spoke for the Republicans when he said:
“If my constituents think I was voting on a bill that hadn’t been written yet … they would probably try to recall me.”
Mitch O’Connell said something familiar: “We need to see the bill before voting to go to it. I think that’s pretty easily understood.” 
Other Republicans spoke on it too. It appears that Majority Leader Schumer united the Republicans.
Sen. Blunt (Mo): “There’s no bill. You can’t expect that many Republicans to move forward on a pretty vague concept.”
Even the bipartisan Republican committee members were anti Schumer’s plans:
Sen. Susan Collins said there simply isn’t enough time to land the infrastructure plane ahead of Wednesday. Sen. Mitt Romney (a key negotiator), said he will not vote to proceed if no accord is reached.
When you lose them you’ve lost the Republicans.
It’s simple. There is no bill, no means to pay for it, but Schumer said it will be voted on this week.
The Democrats where are they? They’re with Schumer.
 Sen.  Warner (Va) said that he is “anxious” to get a deal done and thinks Schumer is doing the right thing. Moderate Democrats like Senator Testa: “It puts pressure on us to get some shit done.” 
Oh yea, Senator Manchin? He announced his support of the plan earlier in the week.

This is Washington today as we spend your kids future to satisfy a mandate that didn’t exist.
Someone needs to tell Schumer and pals that the mandate in 2020 was a vote against President Trump, not his policies and not a socialist one.
If Americans are paying attention like you are there will be a price to pay.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

It Can’t Be Just Me…..

OTHERS HAVE TO FEEL THE SAME – JUST NO MEDIA COVERAGE

The more the unrest in Cuba unfolds, the less it seems the MSM is covering it, and the less the current administration seems to be talking about it. An administration who has no problem calling us racist and asks the U.N. to investigate us, is awfully quiet on Cuba. Why is that?
We know many at the top of government now (like Senator Bernie Sanders) see Cuba as a model, but shouldn’t we be doing all we can to support the people of Cuba? What have you heard from the mouths of leaders like Schumer and Pelosi on Cuba? Why are they afraid to support freedom?

When Black Lives Matter said this:
Black Lives Matter “condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo. This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cuban’s right to choose their own government, is at the heart of the current crisis. Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.”
They blamed the United States for Cuba. Where are the Democratic Leaders standing for us?

The statement went on to praise the Cuban Government for harboring escaped U.S. police killers:
For providing refuge to “black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur,” (convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster). Shakur escaped prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro.
Do Democratic Leaders care about and support our police and nation?
The BLM statement went on to claim that:
“The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government.

Where was the coverage of the most outspoken Republican Senator (Marco Rubio) who said:
His Senate office is prepared to use its resources to help the leaders of Black Lives Matter relocate to Cuba. “My office stands ready to help the leaders of the Black Lives Matter organization emigrate to #Cuba. The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in #Cuba,” Rubio said.
Pretty strong right? Did you see coverage? Why not? Is it because most of the American people would agree with him?
It can’t be just me who feels this way.

ISSUE TWO: THE NEW ENTITLEMENT

The new temporary child support program, which we told you would never go away, is already getting pressure to become “permanent.” Here’s a story on the Congress person who pushed it:
“She’s not resting on her political victory. She’s vowing to keep pushing to make the expanded CTC permanent. “The expanded credit is in place for only one year. We cannot stop now,” DeLauro stated last week. “We must seize this moment to permanently expand the credit. Doing so would cut childhood poverty in half and help us rebuild our middle class for the next generation.”
Let’s pause right there for a second. Remember that quote from her and the President. Childhood poverty will be cut in half. That’s a lie. It won’t even cut in half their cries for us to increase payments is my prediction.

She went on:
If you did not earn enough to file income taxes in the past two years, you can sign up to receive payments by using the IRS Non-filer Sign-up Tool.” 
That’s funny. We know most of those receiving it did not pay taxes. You make it sound like the exception. It’s the other way around.

Finally, she said she sold it to the President this way:
“I said, ‘Mr. President, you’re under this portrait of Franklin Roosevelt. Think about it. With the stroke of a pen, he lifted 90 percent of seniors out of poverty with the Social Security Act. You can lift 50 percent of children out of poverty in the same way.”
Do we really want to talk about the almost bankrupt social security system again? Remember, if you earn $100K a year they take $6,250 from your pay and your employer must match that, so $13,500 to “invest” in your future. You realize if they invested that for real in your name you would have well over seven figures in your retirement fund and not be taxed again on an average 2021 payout of $1,543.00.

Now, I know the argument is that “people would not do that on their own, so the government must do it for them.” Fine, I get it. But, since “it’s my retirement” why can’t the government give me options on how to invest “my retirement dollars?” You can control it, give me options, like the stock market. I guarantee you I would be better off, and the $1,543.00 would be much – much – much – higher.

It can’t be just me who feels this way.

ISSUE THREE – GETTING NERVOUS ARE WE?

Interesting tidbit in the news this AM. In New Hampshire the current popular Governor has indicated he may well run for the Senate seat held by a Democrat in 2022.
Guess what’s in the news on Monday morning?
Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan says she wants to build bridges as she tries to hold on to one of the most competitive Senate seats in the country next year.
She has indicated she wants to be part of the bipartisan group of senators now for the infrastructure group and no doubt other measures. Interesting, right? Now she wants to move to the center? Where has she been as we’ve spent the future of our kids and grandkids away, defunded the police and labeled us all racist? Now you see the light?
Here’s hoping Governor Chris Sununu runs and the people of New Hampshire get to voice their opinion.

I can’t be the only one who feels this way.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.


You Have To Be Kidding…

THIS CAN’T BE REAL

Why is there all this noise about the infrastructure bill must be tied to another spending bill? We all want a self funded infrastructure bill, all sides. Why does the Democratic party have to hold it hostage to another multi trillion dollar bill? AOC and the left say no infrastructure bill without the other spending.
Does that make sense to anyone? The nation can’t have what it wants without the left getting something else it wants? Well, I for one don’t want the added spending. Unbelievable.

Wait now, Big Tech is working with the Biden Administration? Jen Psaki let it out yesterday. She actually said: “We (the administration) are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” She referred to “Voices of trusted sources.” For its part Facebook said they removed 18 million pieces of misinformation. Oh really?
Well who are the arbiters of truth? Who else is providing safe voices of truth? How much false Russian Hoax stories did they remove? Who told Facebook that the NY Post was wrong, because they lied.
If you didn’t think Big Tech needs regulation, you better rethink that position now. It’s a short walk from the administration (government) truth and approving what is to be shared to lost freedom.

What? The Arkansas Law School in Little Rock has created a distinguished teaching chair at the state’s law school to be named for former President Bill Clinton.
Think about that for a second. Bill Clinton was disbarred in the state for lying under oath as a lawyer. Maybe that’s White Privilege — or is it just Democratic Privilege?

The NFL is going to play the Black National Anthem before games? We have one National Anthem, it’s the Star Spangled Banner. What is this? Are they trying to turn people off? Divide the country? Where does this come from?

Put this in the you can’t possibly make it up column. This administration, through the Secretary of State, has asked the United Nations to investigate racism in the United States. Read that again.
Then consider this, the committee to investigate includes Cuba, China and Russia. Read that again.
Can you believe or even imagine that? Cuba is arresting and killing people as you read this. China has in-prisoned millions they say. Try protesting against Putin in Russia and see how you are quickly eliminated.
This administration and Secretary of State thinks it’s a good idea for them to investigate us.
I guess he thinks if they do, then they will let the UN investigate them. Who other than him is that naive? Ridiculous and embarrassing if you ask me.

Oh now you think so? The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged that the U.N. agency was premature in ruling out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a Chinese laboratory leak. Does that mean when President Trump cut off your payments he was right? He did so saying you failed to do your job. Where is the MSM saying they were wrong and Trump was right?

Does the press still think they are not Marxists? Black Lives Matter reacted to the Cuban pro freedom demonstrations by praising the communist Cuban regime. That’s the government that oppresses its own people. Then they blamed the United States for the current unrest.
I wonder if all those athletes wearing the BLM shirts know this and how they feel about it. Then again they might agree. Well last I looked, we had no walls keeping people in and I am sure Cuba will open their walls to let them in.

Oh, catching up are we? Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell concluding two days of testimony said recent inflation is uncomfortably above the levels the central bank seek. He was also somewhat less confident about the economic outlook and the Fed’s policy path than earlier this year.
How can he be surprised by inflation when you aren’t? Mr. Powell, instead of worrying about getting reappointed how about speaking up to the administration on its spending polices?

The WSJ today had this story: Efforts to firm up a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure agreement before an initial vote next week have been snarled by disagreements over expanding the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers and aides said the group that negotiated the deal may abandon an effort to raise revenue through enhanced enforcement at the agency. That would mean they’d have to find alternative ways to cover the full cost of the spending.
Oh wait, I thought it was so easy to find fraud, according to the President. Here’s a secret I told you a long time ago. You want to raise taxes on the rich really? You don’t need more IRS agents, you need to take away the deductions they use. Very simple.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

We Keep Spending…

President Biden today touted the first distribution of the first child care payments as a tax cut.
Well this new spending, which is unfunded despite what he said, is not a tax cut.
Why?
Well 74% of the people receiving it pay no taxes. How do you cut what you don’t pay?
The impact goes even beyond that:
Today we added more deficit burdening to our children and grandchildren. A debt they can’t repay.
Second, with inflation clear we are throwing more money into the market. What do you think that will do? It will add to the inflation growth.
Finally, ask yourself, does our economy need more stimulus right now? I don’t think so.
We need more people going back to work, driving the economy, producing goods and reducing the deficit.

ADD THIS:
You know that our entitlement programs alone are on a course to bankrupt the country. Medicare and Medicaid already have a long term deficit of more than $55 trillion (Truth in Accounting). So what is this administration proposing to do?
If you said “to vastly expand them” you would be correct.
This administration in six months is making FDR’s “New Deal” and LBJ’s “Great Society” look like paupers.
The MSM is not telling you this, and as stated above, it’s a bill our kids can’t pay.

Will they pay a price for this in 2022?
Every indication is they will, and it could be a big one in the House.
What will save them? If they can make the election about Donald Trump and not Joe Biden.
That will be the strategy of the left and their friends in the MSM. The problem for those who want the change is that Trump may well accommodate them by continuing to go around claiming the 2020 election was stolen.
Watch how the left and MSM maneuver to do this. They will be one.

SOME OTHER HEAD SHAKERS

JUST BLAME COVID:
Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year. Why did they rise by 29%?
The government blamed Covid-19. Everything bad to this government is because of Covid.
Sorry, I am not buying it.
Try taking a look at the permissive society you have created with drugs. Try looking at the laws you have relaxed, the border you have allowed to open and the pampering we do to society today. Try looking at the manner in which you have tied the hands of the police.
Try putting some personal responsibility on people and not blaming the rest of us for their issues. Try telling people they were born to much, earned nothing and because they have so much, turn to drugs. It’s not the other way around.
Maybe instead of telling them how bad the government and society is, tell them how much they owe to those who came before them.
Too long ago we stopped teaching values.

HERE’S A SURPRISE  — TO NO SANE THINKING CITIZEN. 
Imagine this: Illegal immigrants caught and released at the border on promises of turning themselves in to ICE later are NOT showing up.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas assured us of a “high rate” of compliance when this began. You and I said, “Yea Right, Sure They Will.” We were right.
At best the appearance rate is less than 25%, according to data from members of Congress and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In fact, it may be much lower. 
That means thousands of illegal immigrants have defied their first orders from the Homeland Security Department and become fugitives. That bodes ill for the chances of getting them to comply with their court dates, and if they lose their cases, their deportations. Shocker!

THE ADMINISTRATION THAT CARES ABOUT WOMEN
Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan will result in “unbelievably bad” consequences. He said he feared how Afghan women would survive Taliban rule as armed insurgents continue to regain control of territory across northern Afghanistan. “It’s unbelievable how that society changed from the brutality of the Taliban, and all of a sudden — sadly — I’m afraid Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm.”
It’s a good thing Democrats care so much about woman rights.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:
He was very clear to Cuban citizens that they should not come to the U.S.. If they do, he said, “they will be turned away.” Really?
I thought our borders were open to those facing threat and death in their countries. Aren’t these freedom rioting Cuban citizens more in threat than all those you are letting across the border these days?
Ted Cruz put it this way:
“It seems for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the only immigrants on the face of the earth that they don’t want to come to America are Cubans. That’s the only instance in which the Biden Administration is expressing a resistance to people coming here illegally.”
Can you figure this out, because I can’t.

A FEW SHORT TAKES

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that inflation, which has been surging as the recovery strengthens, “will likely remain elevated in coming months“ before “moderating.” 
IMO: He’s Wrong.

A prisoner advocacy group launched what it says will be a multiyear effort to convince government officials to close more than a dozen federal prisons, which they say are a waste of taxpayer money.
IMO: WRONG. We need to lock up those who break the law, even if it means building more prisons.

Remember Jeff Flake, the Republican Senator from Arizona who continually blasted President Trump? He got a job. President Biden nominated him to be ambassador to Turkey.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

Senate Democrats told reporters that the added $3.5 trillion spending deal that President Biden spoke of was very positive and looking good in the senate.
Wait, I thought the “Democratic Moderates” like Manchin, Sinema and Testa said “no” to any more large spending?
Here’s what they are saying now:
Sen. Manchin, who was the most vocal critic within the conference of a potential $3 trillion-plus package, told reporters that he is “open” to supporting the $3.5 trillion framework. “No comments,” he told reporters regarding how he plans to vote on a budget resolution procedural vote. “Let’s see what unfolds.”
Sen. Tester said he will vote on the motion to proceed to the bill shortly after labeling the $3.5 trillion price point a “shit-pile of dough.“ The price tag is a lot of money but it doesn’t scare me, it’s just how it’s being spent. There are plenty of needs out there, we just have to figure out how it’s being spent,” he said. 
Sen. Sinema said she plans to review it based on what’s best for Arizona rather than the potential $3.5 trillion figure, according to her staff.

So folks, when they tell you they are bipartisan, I remind you to look at their record. Are they “bipartisan” when they have to stand alone? Parties matter to these people. Your vote counts, make sure you vote your values, because when it matters, you need them to stand for you.

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

My Opinion Continued…

LET’S GET INTO SOME MORE ISSUES

Surprise: Inflation is rearing its head.
The numbers released this morning showed inflation is coming in higher than our leaders thought and prices are rising faster than they thought. It’s a surprise to them.
Opinion:
Really, surprised? Have you checked prices in the stores? Have you seen the price of gasoline? Wasn’t it many of you who told us that higher gas prices impacted everything? Now you’re surprised? Didn’t you listen when many of us said that increased spending would drive inflation? Now you want more stimulus? What do you think that is going to do?
Between the VP yesterday saying people in rural areas cannot get a photocopy and the surprise about inflation, it doesn’t give me much confidence in leadership.


Beginning Thursday the Treasury Department begins monthly payments to families with children, a program created by the COVID stimulus in March. Another welfare program that will never cease, despite the one year they say it will last. The Treasury Department  says that 39 million households — covering 88% of U.S. children — will automatically begin receiving monthly payments through the expanded Child Tax Credit. Here’s a quote:
“With all but the most affluent families eligible to receive up to $300 a month per child, the United States will join many other rich countries that provide a guaranteed income for children … Experts estimate the payments will cut child poverty by nearly half, an achievement with no precedent.”

Opinion:
See that comment “experts estimate the payments will cut child poverty by nearly half…”? Want to bet? LBJ was going to wipe out poverty with his programs in the 60’s. All it did was drive us into debt. Watch this one.

Texas Democrats Leave The State:
51 Democrats in the Texas House fled Austin yesterday to try to block Republicans from passing a new voting law. They set up camp in Wash. D.C. until the 30-day special legislative session ends on Aug. 6.

Opinion:
Oh, so if you don’t agree the idea is you just leave the state? So if you don’t want voter ID, despite the people of the state saying they want it, you just leave. I see.
Well this is all a gimmick. When they go home this will pass, so this is a show for the liberal media to fawn over and call them heroes. Some day the people will wake up and say stop treating me like a fool. Apparently many on the left can’t figure that out yet. Maybe they really don’t know how to get an ID.

We’re getting out of Afghanistan and pulling our troops quickly and even abandoned Bagram Air Base.
All sides speaking up to this move. The President was smart to change the date from September 11th, which he initially announced. How could that have even happened? Abandon the country and base that Bin Laden worked out of on 9/11 and give the country back to the Tailban that supported Bin Laden?
Putting the date aside, is the move right? Time will be the judge.
If in the next decade the Taliban take back the country, women are again denied rights, thousands are slaughtered, Al Queda reestablishes itself and ISIS renews, the answer is clear.
The problem here goes back to the outset under President Bush.
Afghanistan was a no win situation as far as establishing a government. Remember we helped Bin Laden and team to oust the Russians, who found themselves in a no win situation. Afghanistan has forever been a place others have gotten mired down in and could not get out of. The answer back then (in 2001) was to take out Bin Laden and Al Queda and leave. Monitor the area, and taking air action when necessary. Ground action over time in that area is costly and useless.
So what are the experienced experts saying? It’s interesting:
Former Democratic Defense Secretary and former CIA Director Leon Panetta said over the weekend that Biden should have coordinated more clearly with Afghans before emptying the Bagram air base. 
Jeh Johnson, former Obama Homeland Security secretary, said Biden could have left 2,500 U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “If I were advising the president, I probably would have recommended that we keep in place, in-country, [a] highly trained force of about 2,500 or so for counterterrorism purposes.” 
Senator Lindsey Graham was also clear: “President Biden does not understand conditions are developing in Afghanistan for a reemergence of al-Qaeda and ISIS which will directly threaten the American homeland and our allies.” He later added that “Americans should prepare for major upheaval as this decision by President Biden is a disaster in the making.”
Opinion:
There is no right answer here and it goes back to Presidents beginning with Bill Clinton, who was too “preoccupied” when they were ready to take Bid Laden out to say okay. Bush made the decision knowing this was a generational war, and sent us into the land of no return. Obama allowed ISIS to grow and could not find a way out. Trump hated the war and announced he was getting out, but now says Biden did it all wrong.
Thus, here we are, and because of the way we are leaving there are more chapters to follow. In my opinion (held since Vietnam), if you are sending our troops to risk their lives then send them to win and get home. Winning in war means destroying the enemy, and unfortunately that involves collateral damage. If the world doesn’t want us using our strength and resolve to get it done, well don’t attack us and you have nothing to worry about.

Infrastructure is still in the news. Senator Sanders says $6 Billion is needed and he won’t accept the current bipartisan agreement. Senator Manchin is on record as nothing more than $3 Billion. While these two Democrats were in a standoff we have that bipartisan bill on the hill.
This week, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) became the 22nd senator to support the bill. Rosen confirmed that she backing the blueprint after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) told an Arizona radio station that the group has expanded by one since mid-June. “We worked really hard … to build a coalition that is half Democrat, half Republican. We now have 22 senators who are supporting this framework,” Sinema said.  Rosen’s support now gives the package 11 Democratic senators and 11 Republican senators signing on. Why did she sign on?
Opinion:
She’s another Democrat up for reelection next year and the leftward move of the party has her in jeopardy. She needs to cultivate a “centrist Democrat” image. You are going to see more and more of this as the months unfold. The Democrats went too far left on crime and spending and those up for reelection know it.

Terry McAuliffe, Democrat Governor Candidate in Virginia said this: “Call me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun.”
Opinion:
Governor, I just went through the process to get a gun in my state. It took me almost five months to take the written course, take the range test and apply with the FBI and state background checks. I registered to vote in under a minute. Cut it out. Try taking action on those who use guns illegally. You will be surprised by the results.

Eric Adams, who won the Democratic primary in NY is getting a lot of coverage as an ex police officer and someone who is going to restore the police in the city.
Opinion:
Someone better tell him that the newly elected District Attorney (Allan Bragg) in NYC promised that he’s not going to charge alleged offenders in low-level cases. They can commit all the “minor crimes” they want. You know, opposite the policies that turned city under commissioners Kelly and Bratton. So we’ll see now.

Did you see that James Craig the former Detroit Police Chief resigned and is running for Governor? He is African-American and running as a Republican. He said:  
“Growing up in Detroit, you are born a Democrat. But over time you have your own life experiences and  Democratic policies have failed.”
He speaks with the experience of having worked as a street cop during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and up to Commissioner in Detroit. He approved of concealed pistol licenses as the police chief of Portland, Maine. His years of on patrol experience have convinced him the state must abandon a  “victimhood mentality.”
He criticized and sees the current Governor (Gretchen Whitmer) as weak and beatable. She is seen as vulnerable with an approval rating down eight points since February.  She won in 2018 with 53 percent of the vote based on a landslide 70 percent showing in the Detroit area. Craig was a highly popular police chief there. It could be an interesting race.

Remember when we told you that California Governor Newsom had filled the forms out incorrectly for the recall election and left his party designation off? Well yesterday a state judge ruled that he cannot identify himself as a Democrat on the recall ballot. The judge said he failed to meet the deadline to designate a party affiliation.

Opinion:
Haha Haha, how funny is that. Now, he’ll win easily, but how incompetent is that?

Final quote of the day is from former President Jimmy Carter:  “I think that, in general, Joe Biden has done very well.”
Opinion:
What do you think?

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

My Opinion On These Issues…

ISSUES IN THE NEWS:

Gun Control: The President and a number of big city Mayors are saying the problem with crime in the country and their areas of living is guns.
Opinion:
No it’s not. The cities in question have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. The guns they are using in your streets are illegal now. They’re not registered. You put more laws and only hurt law abiding citizens. The criminal element will continue using illegal guns.
How about you locking up law breakers and keeping them locked up rather than releasing them before the police finish the paperwork? How about not defunding the police? How about supporting the police and allowing them to do what police are supposed to do?
You made drugs illegal, how did you do with that? You made gambling illegal, how did that work out? In what universe is more gun laws going to limit illegal gun use? You can’t think of any, can you? I’ll give you one, use an illegal gun in a crime and add ten years to your sentence – and mean it.

Defunding the police: The left said this will cut crime because the police are the cause of much chaos, reaction and unrest.
Opinion:
Wrong again. You actually did this in cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. How did that work out? You can blame Covid, lock downs and everything else, but you would be wrong again. It’s how you govern.

Statues are coming down: Over the weekend Virginia removed statues that had stood for over a century of Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson. Add this to the taking down of Teddy Roosevelt and others this past month and you see a trend.
Opinion:
I understand the desire to remove some. I would hope the statues would be moved to a Statue Park where people can visit, because they are part of our history. I have mentioned before how I visited Budapest’s Statue Park and was fascinated by the statues removed when the Iron Curtain fell. It was historic.
But, I have this question too.
When twenty and thirty years ago people protested the movement to a change in laws of nakedness, sex and language on TV and the big screen the left said: “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, watch something else.” How come that doesn’t apply to statues? Don’t visit them.
Is that statement only a one way leftist statement?

Cuba erupts: The demonstrations yesterday in Cuba may be the start of a dramatic event. Clearly the people protesting have had it with the socialist policies of the past sixty plus years. What a difference it would make in the hemisphere if this ever came to be. It would impact well beyond Cuba to places like Venezuela, making the continent safer.
Opinion:
We should all be pushing to support this, the upside is so great, but what will far left politicians who support Cuba say? Senator Sanders praised Fidel Castro only recently. Mayor DeBlasio honeymooned there when it was illegal to do so. There are others and some Hollywood elites too; where are they now?
The silence is deafening. Socialism never works. Our citizens better remember that. Every haven they mention has not stood the test of time.

SOME POLITICAL OPINIONS

Governor Cuomo yesterday said this: “Very few people were going through what we went through (with the pandemic) and we went through it together. And speaking for myself, it was a tremendous personal benefit.”
Opinion:
How could he possibly say this knowing about the deaths and suffering of so many, including from his nursing home decisions? Disgraceful. He benefited? And New York is going to vote for him again?

The Alaska GOP yesterday endorsed the primary challenger to their elected GOP Senator Murkowsi.
Opinion:
She won election last time despite losing the Republican primary in a three way general election running as an independent. I don’t think she can do it again.

Former President Trump spoke at C-Pac yesterday and again claimed the election of 2020 was stolen from him.
Opinion:
No it wasn’t. You did all you could to lose. See debate one, you blew it completely with your demeanor. See debate two, you cancelled as a reaction. Go back and watch your performance at the daily Covid updates. You lost it.

Former President Trump at C-Pac also blasted Big Tech for what they did in the election and since.
Opinion:
He is so right on this. How can they take a sitting President and other supporters off of social media venues when there are no alternatives? He didn’t tell the truth in their opinion? Well, then who did they ban for the Russia Hoax? A three year lie; who has been denied access? They had congressmen on their platforms who “saw the clear evidence.” Why are they still there?
They all blocked the NY Post expose on Hunter Biden that has proven correct, yet before the election they killed the story. Did they ban themselves?
Any constraint of free speech is wrong and Big Tech is getting away with it. If you don’t care, wait until they come for you. By then it will be too late.
By the way, Michael Avenatti got sentenced Friday for lying. How about all those who called him a saint, did you ban them?

Let’s pause here for now, with more to follow.

Have a great day. Cancel the cancel culture.




Weekend News…

QUICK HITS FROM THE WEEKEND

President Biden back in March said if we followed the rules we could have some small family gatherings for July 4th. We had the gatherings but the parties were big, with fireworks and gatherings all over the nation – except Mount Rushmore. The federal government said “no” there.

The President fell short of his goal to have 70% of the country vaccinated by July 4. We ended up at 67%. I still say this was the first real vaccine goal they set. No need to go through that again.

Bob Woodward has a new book coming out. It will cover the last days of Trump presidency. It is set for a September release. Remember the last one where Trump “confided” in him and Bob buried him? I’m sure Trump wasn’t friendly this time.
Can’t you wait for Woodward’s book telling us all about who is running the White House now and why the President has had some issues? Keep waiting.

The NYT on the Supreme Court today is interesting. “Majorities often transcend ideological lines, with decisions sometimes disappointing conservative activists and pleasantly surprising liberals. “It’s nowhere near as bad as people thought,” David Cole of the American Civil Liberties Union said.
No the court was very balanced this session. What never is balanced is the left’s hysteria on what the court is going to be. Does anyone in the media, including the NYT, call them on their hysterics?

MEANWHILE THE POLLS SHOWED

The good for Biden: 
His job approval is steady: 50% approve while 42% disapprove. And his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has strong support: 62-31, a plus 31 points.
The bad for Biden: 
He’s underwater on two major issues. His handling of the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border (33-51). The second issue is crime (38-48).

Here’s a survey of some powerful senior Capitol Hill aides from Axios and the Locust Street Group:
73% of those responding said that Republicans will control the House in 2022. This is down five percentage points from our last survey.
75% say that Democrats will keep control of the Senate that’s up five percentage points since last month. 58% said enhanced unemployment benefits are hurting the labor markets. Only 24% say they are helping.

Speaking of the Senate, did you see where the President said he hoped the Senate was in the future for Rep. Maxine Waters. Then made it clear he had not misspoken. “Senator, I hope,” Mr. Biden said as he shook hands with the congresswoman, adding, “You think I’m kidding. I’m not.” I hope he is.

REMEMBER THE RULE YOU CAN’T USE THE FUNDS TO CUT TAXES?

A federal judge ruled that a provision in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law limiting states from cutting taxes is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole issued the permanent injunction requested by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who argued the administration was trying to impose a “tax mandate” on states. “The Biden administration reached too far, seized too much and got its hand slapped,” Mr. Yost said. “This is a monumental win for the preservation of the U.S. Constitution — the separation of powers is real, and it exists for a reason.” Mr. Yost had filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, saying that the provision in the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” barring states from using the federal aid to offset tax cuts “directly or indirectly” is unconstitutional.

LIZ CHENEY TAKES A ROLE – FROM PELOSI

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming Republican, an outspoken foe of the former President, to serve on the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Cheney said she was “honored” to be chosen. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called her decision to accept the appointment from the Democratic leader “unthinkable.” He had warned GOP colleagues not to participate in the panel.“I was shocked that she would accept something from Speaker Pelosi,” Mr. McCarthy said at a press conference following the speaker’s announcement. “It would appear to me, since I didn’t hear from her, she’s closer to [Mrs. Pelosi] than us. I don’t know.”

WAIT NOW, WHAT’S AN INSURRECTION?

A major Hispanic Group  issued an Independence Day demand to the President to confront growing efforts by red-state governors to impose border security on their own, calling it an “insurrection” that the federal government must put down. The League of United Latin American Citizens delivered a letter to the White House on Sunday calling on the President to block state governors who have said they would send their National Guard or other assistance to help Texas secure the border.

Let me understand this. They say our protecting the border is an insurrection, not people crossing illegally into our country. One of us is crazy.

CLOSING COMMENT YOU DIDN’T HEAR

The charge that Republicans are defunding the police hasn’t gone over well with them. Here’s what Senator Ted Cruz had to say:
“Democrats now claiming it’s Republicans who want to defund the police is like an arsonist showing up at a fire and blaming the firemen, it’s like the Chinese blaming Americans for the Wuhan virus, and it’s like O.J. saying he’s going to help find the real killer.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND WEEK. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Back In The News…

TRUMP BUSINESS INDICTMENT

The Trump Organization’s finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to New York prosecutors this morning as he prepared to face the first criminal charges stemming from the New York DA’s multiyear investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business affairs.  
Now, the former President accused the prosecutors (both Democrats) of being politically motivated.
The charges will be made public this afternoon. What they are rumored to be arraigned are that the company and Mr. Weisselberg illegally evaded taxes on fringe benefits.
You got that? Fringe Benefits. If after all this time that is all they have, they should be embarrassed. Should the organization have collected additional taxes on a company car someone used? Sure. But if you do years of research and this is all you have — not good. Wonder what they might find of a real investigation on all politicians. Biden, Clinton, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, et all. I bet a lot more.
There better be more charges coming or this is just another joke. Let’s see.

“DO YOU APOLOGIZE FOR JAN. 6TH?”

That was the question CNN’s Jim Acosta was yelling to former President Trump yesterday while he visited the border. The same station that was asking President Biden his favorite ice cream flavor.
Here’s my answer to Mr Acosta.
You can ask the former President that after you and your station apologize for:
The Russian Hoax, The False Church Story, The Trump Cages, Trump was a Russian Agent, The Dossier, Trump was a White Nationalist …..
In fact, Jim Acosta, you and CNN have much more to apologize for than I can list here. How dare you yell that one question. Even on Jan. 6th you owe us an apology. You have called it an “insurrection.” Really Jim? How many guns were confiscated that day? If you answered zero you were right. How do you have an insurrection with no weapons? How many officers were killed? If you said zero, you would be correct again, despite what the current President lied about. In fact, the only person who was shot was a war veteran by the police entering the building.
You apologize, Jim.
While I’m at it, how about asking the politicians who supported defunding the police and made them the enemy if they want to apologize to the families of loved ones murdered, and the store owners who had their businesses destroyed. They have suffered far than the pampered Washington elite.

WHILE ON JAN. 6TH:

The House yesterday voted 222-190 to establish a select committee to probe the events before and during the Capitol attack. House Democrats were joined by two House Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.). — to launch what is expected to be a partisan battle over the facts on Jan. 6 and the aftermath.
What a joke this is to me. No one killed, no building burned or destroyed. Yet, this deems a multi million dollar study and report while all the cities and towns that had riots, deaths and destruction get nothing.
Your congress at work.
Now the Speaker gets to pick the committee. Minority Leader McCarthy issued this warning to his caucus. If any Republican accepts an appointment from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the select committee, “they better be ready to get all their committee assignments from her.” In other words, they are done with the Republican Party.

SOME SHORT TAKES

Former President Trump said that football legend Herschel Walker is running for the US Senate from Georgia. This is interesting, and I’m nor sure he would be the favorite in a general election. One other issue, he’s not currently a resident of the state. 

Did you hear this? California Governor Gavin Newsom made a bit of an error in filing his paperwork for the upcoming recall election when he left off his party designation. He’s suing the state’s Secretary of State, the one he recently appointed, to be identified as a Democrat on the ballot.  You can’t make this up.

Not much coverage, but gas prices just hit a seven year high for the holiday period. Wonder why there’s not a lot of noise about the burden on people. The national average is now almost 5 cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than this time last year. I guess the burden on the poor is less because Biden is President.

As we get ready to pull out of Afghanistan the top U.S. military commander said security across the country is deteriorating just weeks before the last American forces withdraw.
This is not going to be pretty.

This from Politico:
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) said he’s willing to support a Democratic-only infrastructure package that bypasses the Republican filibuster.
Wait, I thought he would not agree to any bill that was not bipartisan. What did I miss?

Here’s an example of when telling the truth is a mistake and you try and catch yourself:
Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney was caught on tape yesterday during a press conference inadvertently telling the truth about why employers in the city he runs can’t get workers back on the job. Philly has a problem getting life guards – even when offering $18 an hour – so they’ve had to keep the pools closed during a heat wave. Here is the quote:
“Every industry in the country is having difficulty getting people to go to work… I suspect when the assistance runs out in September people will start getting — but that’s not gonna solve our problem this summer…”
Oh really? Soon, like Police Defunding was a Republican idea, so will the extended unemployment!

HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND. STAY SAFE.

So Who Do You Believe?

TRUST YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT ON THIS ONE.

Is cancelling extended unemployment payments driving people to work? The WSJ and NYT both did a review on Missouri, one of the first states to reduce the rate. Guess what? Their studies differ.
The WSJ says it is, but the NYT says it isn’t. Oh yea, the Missouri Governor is a Republican.
WSJ:  
Americans are leaving unemployment rolls more quickly in states cutting off enhanced and extended pandemic-related benefits. The number of unemployment-benefit recipients is falling at a faster rate in Missouri and the 21 states canceling those payments this month, suggesting that ending the aid could push more people to take jobs. The number of workers paid benefits through regular state programs fell 13.8% by the week ended June 12 from mid-May—when many governors announced changes—in states saying that benefits would end in June, according to an analysis by Jefferies LLC economists.
The NYT says different:
In the St. Louis Mo. metropolitan area, work-force development officials said they had seen virtually no uptick in applicants since the governor’s announcement, which ended a $300 weekly supplement to other benefits. And the online job site Indeed found that in states that have abandoned the federal benefits, clicks on job postings were below the national average. …

So you’ll have to decide for yourself. Me? I have no doubt it is. In polls most Americans agree with my assessment, even a NYT survey.
Just over half of Americans — 52% — want the extra benefits to end immediately, according to a survey of 2,600 adults conducted this month for The New York Times by the online research firm Momentive.
An additional 30 percent want the benefits to end in September as planned.
Only 16 percent want the additional benefits to continue indefinitely.

SOME OTHER SURPRISING (MAYBE) NEWS:

Look at who is having a fundraiser today — and it is doing well:
Governor Cuomo of New York has a $10,000 per person fundraising event in New York City.
Remember all the charges about nursing home deaths and sexual harassment? They sure quieted down didn’t they? It’s nice to be a Democrat surrounded by Democratic office holders.
The event will be one of his first big in-person events to raise money for a campaign since the coronavirus pandemic began and since the Governor lifted Virus restrictions recently.

Remember all you heard about the Department of Justice being political in the last administration? Which is funny since the former President fired his first AG (Jeff Sessions) for failure to act and ended up at odds with his second to the point where in his book Barr says that the President asked him “why do you hate Trump?”
Well here’s news from this DOJ.
They are suing the state of Georgia alleging its new voting law aims to restrict the rights of Black voters. If you’ve followed this whole travesty in Georgia, you know their new voting laws were better than the President’s home state (Delaware). Even Stacey Abrams has changed her tune on the law and ID requirement.
In fact, if you saw the surveys you know minorities were more supportive of the ID requirement than whites.
So is this DOJ political? You won’t see that analysis in the NYT or in any MSM report.

Did you see the Supreme Court refused to hear a Virginia school board’s appeal of a lower-court ruling that allowed transgender students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity? Thus, the student can use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. Now weren’t we told that adding Judges Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett was going to change everything? Where are the left who made those charges and their supporters in the media apologizing now? I haven’t seen nor heard them. Have you?

Along those lines, where are the Republican leaders telling the American people they were lied to?
Where are those leaders demanding Speaker Pelosi speak up on the infrastructure bill? She hasn’t said a word since saying she would bring it up without the second spending bill to get to the trillions more they want. Since the President had to back down and explain himself why aren’t they after her?

WHAT ARE OUR KIDS LEARNING?

In this released Axios and Momentive poll half of younger Americans say they hold a positive view of capitalism; while socialism’s appeal is growing, driven by Black Americans and women.  
Here are some numbers:
Down from 81% in Jan. 2019, now only 66% of Republicans and GOP leaners ages 18-34 have a positive view of capitalism.
56% of younger Republicans say the government should pursue policies that reduce the wealth gap. This was up from just 40% two years ago. 
In 201958% of Americans ages 18-34 reacted positively to the word “capitalism.” Today that has fallen to 49%.
Socialism has positive connotations for 60% of Black Americans, 45% of American women and 33% of non-white Republicans. 
The bottom line according to Axios is this: 
Politicians looking to attack opponents to their left can no longer use “socialist” as an all-purpose pejorative. Increasingly, it’s worn as a badge of pride.

We can hope that Winston Churchills famous “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain,” holds true for the generation to follow.

WHAT’S THE REAL STORY WITH IRAN TODAY

We bomb an Iran supported terrorist outpost. They retaliated yesterday with a counterattack and we reacted. Then the President meeting with an Israeli leadership team announced that Iran “would never have a nuclear weapon under his watch.” Sounds ominous at a time we are supposedly disengaging from the area.
So what gives?
In my opinion it is all a set up for a reengagement of the cancelled Iran agreement by President Trump. The negotiations have been ongoing. The polls are not exactly supportive. Isreal was in town. So lots of noise and stay tuned to hear about the progress on putting the agreement back in place. Of course the end date of the agreement will be after the administration leaves office, to “keep a promise” — if you trust everything.

OH I DIDN’T KNOW THAT

I saw the President’s aide and then his press secretary support the argument that its the Republicans who are defunding the police. That doesn’t even need a comment, except this one. You know the old you can fool some of the people all the time. Watch this and see how many are fooled.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

It Was Clear To Me.

OBSERVATIONS ON FRIDAY’S VISIT TO THE BORDER

First, the V,P in response to the question said, ” It’s not my first trip to the border.’ Yes it is since you took office. Since you were asked to set policy. Since you were put in charge. You know what they were asking.
Second, she said the visit to the border was a continuation of her “root causes” visit to Guatemala and Mexico. No it wasn’t.
Third, how do the first two points square? If you went to the border “many times” why are you only now learning and addressing the “root causes?”
Fourth, if you wanted to really see the situation you would have gone to the border for real and not to the outskirts.
Fifth, your comment that “we have seen extreme progress over the last few months” was a total fabrication. Unless, of course, the real goal is open borders and anyone can enter the country. Then you did.

Then there was Congresswoman Veronica Escobar who welcomed everyone to “the new Ellis Island.” No it isn’t. Ellis Island was a welcoming point for legal immigrants to come, register, be examined and move on – without government assistance. How dare you compare illegal crossings to what those on Ellis Island did and experienced. Shameful.

OH, AREN’T THESE STATISTICS A SURPRISE?

Here’s something that will surprise no sane thinking American:
On June 1st, the State of Florida started requiring proof of job search again (after they suspended it for Covid). Guess what? Total unemployment claims fell 26% in the week of June 5th.
Just so you have a comparison, the U.S. less Florida, fell 3%.

The result of non support, defunding and allowing criminals to run free on policing:
 A survey of almost 200 police departments indicated that retirements were up 45 percent and resignations rose by 18 percent in the year from April 2020 to April 2021 when compared with the previous 12 months.
A few of the cities most in the forefront led the way:
New York City saw 2,600 officers retire in 2020 compared with 1,509 the year before. Resignations in Seattle increased to 123 from 34 and retirements to 96 from 43. Minneapolis, which had 912 uniformed officers in May 2019, is now down to 699.

These two examples point out the question our citizens must answer in 2022 and 2024. More of this, or a reverse in course? Of course, with the media telling people what they want, how many will know what you just read?

One more thing on crime. The President is under fire for not announcing an extension of a home confinement program for prisoners that was started during the coronavirus pandemic. The left wants the program that has 24,000 prisoners on home arrest and out of jail extended (or made permanent). The program was started with the Covid outbreak under the Trump administration and was to end with the virus lifting.
Here’s a quote from the advocates:
“It’s so frustrating for me that the answer that we keep getting from the administration is we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, when the emergency is over. It’s so tone deaf and cruel. People are reconnecting with their families and getting jobs, so they need to know if the government is going to toss them back into prison,” said Holly Harris, the president and executive director of Justice Action Network.
Image, convicted criminals have to go back and pay for their crimes. How cruel we are.

WAIT, NOW YOU MEAN WHAT?

We wrote Friday how crazy the White House ceremony was with the President touting the bipartisan infrastructure agreement and then walking into the White House and threatening to veto it.
Well it changed again on Saturday as he sought to clarify his remarks.
On Thursday he first appeared with the bipartisan committee and praised the work and agreement.
Then he goes into the White House and says that he would not sign that same bill unless a larger reconciliation deal was passed through the Senate.
Friday he took the heat.
Saturday he released this:
“At a press conference after announcing the bipartisan agreement, I indicated that I would refuse to sign the infrastructure bill if it was sent to me without my Families Plan and other priorities, including clean energy.”  Yes, that’s what you said.
Then on Saturday he added: “My comments also created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent.”
It wasn’t? Then why did you say it?
Want to know why? He was trying to appease the left because Democrats immediately said they were not going to vote for the bipartisan bill without the second spending bill. So he reacted. Then the pushback from the Senators who made the deal, who said that was never discussed. The president ended up in the middle.
It’s call failed leadership.
Actually, its an added element to the old John Kerry statement. Remember that?” I was for it before I was against it.” On this one Biden was ‘for it before he was against it and then for it” again.
Stay tuned, this is not over yet. Especially since Speaker Pelosi said she would not take up the bipartisan bill without the added spending bill. This weekend she was “unavailable” for comment. Not over yet.

REALLY, THEY CAN JUST GET AWAY WITH THIS?

You know how every election cycle and hearing we get the message from the left that the right is racist and can’t be trusted? Well, how does that fly with the latest revelation?
One of the most liberal (and outspoken) Senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of R.I. is a member of what has been called the most exclusive club in America: Bailey’s Beach Club of Newport, Rhode Island. How can that be when for years Senate liberals have railed against judicial nominees who belong to private clubs with no minority members, saying it disqualifies them from being confirmed? Why the silence now?
And oh yea, after his membership became an issue in 2017, he promised to disassociate from all-white clubs. But in reality he merely shifted his ownership shares to his wife – leaving her one of the largest shareholders in Bailey’s.
On Friday, Whitehouse defended the club saying  “It’s a long tradition in Rhode Island and there are many of them and I think we just need to work our way through the issues, thank you”. What? Say that again.

When you add the Governor of Virginia and his blackface, his Lt. Governor and the rape charges, Governor Cuomo and his charges, I guess it’s just good to be a Democrat and have the media on your side. Don’t forget Hunter and his use of racial terms. It’s simply not reported.

SENATOR BACKBONE STANDING TALL ON FILIBUSTER.

Senator Manchin assured us all again he was standing tall against changing the filibuster. Of course he is, and he will be VERY vocal on it. Why? Because he is not alone and the one holding it up. Here’s a Washington Post story:
Senator Sinema called the filibuster “a guardrail of democracy.” She noted that 31 currently serving Democrats opposed elimination of the 60-vote threshold to end a legislative filibuster in 2017, when they were in the minority. “I am confident that several senators in my party still share that belief.” In fact, Sinema says she wants to restore a 60-vote threshold for other elements of the Senate’s work including bills that change taxes and spending.
Don’t worry, Manchin’s got this — as long as there are fellow Democrats standing on his left and right.

IS THIS WHAT THE MEDIA IS REPORTING?

Here’s an assessment on how the Biden agenda is going from a non partial source:
President Biden came out of the starting blocks with the most sweeping agenda of any recent administration — and he is drawing ferocious resistance in federal courts, where his opponents are filing lawsuits at what appears to be a record pace. Most of the cases are in their infancy, but Mr. Biden already has encountered some serious setbacks.
A federal judge in Texas quickly rejected his attempt on Day One to pause deportations of illegal immigrants, and a federal appeals court late last month shot down an attempt to create a racial preference for distributing coronavirus relief to bail out struggling restaurants. The court ruled that giving racial and ethnic minorities an early window to apply for aid from the $29 billion fund was unconstitutional.
Last week, a judge halted another pandemic program to send money to Black farmers. This week, a judge slapped an injunction on the Biden administration’s  attempt to pause new oil and gas lease sales on federal lands.
Leading the courtroom assault are attorneys general in red states. The Republican Attorneys General Association said its members brought 22 lawsuits against the  Biden administration its first four months. At the same point in the Trump era, Democratic attorneys general notched just five lawsuits.

Sometimes the facts are surprising to even the informed because the media limits what they report.

TRUMP EMERGES

The former President had a rally on Saturday night in Ohio. He drew a large and supportive crowd as he always does. He repeated his charge that the election was stolen from hm. (Of course not mentioning he blew two debates which were his best opportunity to expose his opponent.) He indicated a desire to win the Presidency “a third time.”
Meanwhile one of the most respected members of his cabinet the former AG, Bill Barr was being interviewed. He said he investigated whether the machines manipulated votes by switching Trump votes to Biden. Barr said the charge was “B.S.”
I repeat again for Republicans, Trump policies, yes. Trump – no.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

When a deal isn’t a deal…

WE HAVE A BI-PARTISAN INFRASTRUCURE DEALOR DO WE?

I watched the President and a bipartisan group of Senators in the Rose Garden announcing an infrastructure deal of $1.2 trillion. Very Nice.
The deal is half of what the President proposed and has no new taxes, but does address what I would call infrastructure. Great.
But wait.
The President, back in the White House, says he will not sign this unless the other half of what he proposed passes too. The Speaker of the House announces she will not bring the bill up unless the other half the administration proposed is brought forward as a separate bill.
What was the Rose Garden ceremony for, what did I miss?
An agreement on a plan that is no plan unless there is a second bill that includes the rest of the spending?
Does that make sense to anyone?
At least one Senator that was part of this group (there were 21 senators) walked away and refused to be part of this – Lindsey Graham. For the others like Senators Romney, Collins, Manchin and Testa, can you please explain.
For his part the President said this:
“We have a deal. They have my word, I’ll stick with what they’ve proposed. And they’ve given me their word as well. Where I come from that’s good enough for me.”
Is the deal what you talked about or is it for the original $4 trillion? Someone should tell us. If the deal is what you talked about, $1.2 trillion and no new taxes, that’s a lot different.

SOME OTHER SURPRISES (OR NOT) IN WASHINGTON

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will create a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6th riot in Washington. She will do this on her own since no agreement can be reached with Republicans.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Garland announced “We have now crossed the threshold of 500 arrests” in the investigation of the Jan. 6th insurrection.

So, they can arrest people for months for the Jan. 6th riot and they are dropping charges on the other riots? NY was the latest this week to announce they weren’t prosecuting. Think about what happened there this summer.
It goes back to what we’ve been saying, their lives apparently matter more than citizens in cities where destruction, burning, murder and mayhem occurred. In the end, their office (The House) was still standing as opposed to so many others who were looted and burned. I guess they just matters more.

Are they really surprised that as crime spikes and police are vilified that they (police) are quitting and retiring at record numbers? They are acting like they are shocked. I don’t think you are.
The officers are citing the constant harassment and stress from citizens and powerful politicians turning against their profession.
Here’s a quote from a NYT story today quoting the Asheville NC Police Chief where 80 of 238 officers left:
“Chief David Zack, 58, said that officers were pushed to quit because the protests were directed at them. ‘They said that we have become the bad guys, and we did not get into this to become the bad guys.'” Suddenly the Democrats are becoming concerned. Watch the scrambling to reverse their rhetoric and some policies. Did you notice the President talking positive about the police this week? The closer we get to 2022 the more you will see how good and valuable the police are. Do you have a short memory? Me either.

One more study on police to share:
 A Survey of 194 police agencies, released this month by the Police Executive Research Forum, found that for the year ending in April, retirements were up 45% — and resignations up 18% — from the previous year.
My only comment is too bad this is the police numbers and not politicians. We need to retire them.

A STORY THAT MAY HAVE BEEN UNDER REPORTED

I am betting you heard the noise from Adam Schiff and others that the Trump administration used the FBI to investigate them. It was all over the airwaves and yet another example of the bad actions of the administration.
Well here’s a story yesterday on the outcome of that. Did you hear this? A “slightly” different explanation:
The Trump Justice Department obtained communications records of some Democratic lawmakers in 2018 because they had been in contact with one or more congressional staffers whom prosecutors suspected of leaking classified information to the media, not because the law- makers themselves were targets of the investigation, people familiar with the matter said.
At the time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was examining leaks of classified in-formation, including potentially from the House Intelligence Committee, about a range of topics related to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign’s contacts with Russia and the secret surveillance of former Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser Carter Page, the people said.
When investigators sought records and data related to the communications of committee staffers in February 2018, they cast their net to include records related to their contacts, some of whom weren’t immediately identifiable. The contacts turned out to include the com- mittee’s then-ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, and another California Democrat on the panel, Rep. Eric Swalwell, who weren’t subjects of the investigation, said some of the people, including one who has direct knowledge of the subpoena. 

STATUE UPDATES

Much coverage yesterday of some defacing the George Floyd statue and citizens out cleaning it up.
Now we agree, no one should deface anything.
Now talking about statues, did this story get much coverage, and why is it happening?
The statue of President Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City will officially be removed due to complaints of it being a symbol of racism and colonialism. The New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously on Monday to relocate the statue that has stood at the museum steps since 1940.

WRAP UP THOUGHTS AND NEWS

We talked about Hunter Biden’s art in our last blog. Here’s an interesting quote on that:
“The notion of a president’s son capitalizing on that relationship by selling art at obviously inflated prices and keeping the public in the dark about who’s funneling money to him has a shameful and grifty feel to it.” —Walter Schaub, Obama’s senior ethics adviser, on Hunter Biden’s “art” sales

Remember Democratic Party head Tom Perez? He’s running for Governor of Maryland.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

This, That, What and The…

This is not a surprise to readers here but the administration now says they will fall short of the 70% vaccinated goal by July 4th.
That goal for me was their first real goal with the virus since taking office. The goal of a “vaccine” was in place before Jan 20th.
The goal of “100 million vaccinated in the first 100 days” was fallacy. There were 1.2 million vaccinated on inauguration day.
The changing of that goal to 200 million was a joke since we were on pace for 225 million at the time.
This was the first stretch goal and they will fall short. The media will not report it that way.

That Joe Manchin voted with his party yesterday, despite the absolute promise he would not support any voting rights bill that was not bipartisan, is just another example of what he does every time. He gets all this coverage on anti voting like he was John McCain, but show me once when he was the lone deciding vote.
Never, is the answer.
Now you’ll hear his name on the filibuster. Of course, there are five or six others in the party against changing it, so he will be vocal and out front and vote that way.
Political coverage is standing alone; Manchin never does.

What will start as a temporary program in a few weeks with 36 million American families receiving up to $1,800 monthly checks from the IRS as part of the expanded Child Tax Credit is supposed to end in December.
It won’t. The left will assure it lasts. Once a program starts, it becomes forever. Just watch.
Here’s VP Harris on the program: “Through tax credits and food assistance and housing assistance and healthcare coverage and direct checks, the American Rescue Plan will lift half of America’s children out of poverty.”
That sounds a lot like President Johnson in 1964 and his “Great Society” spending programs. How did that work out?

This is the day President Biden will speak on crime.
The problem won’t be liberal issues, no bail, police defunding, jail release, closing prisons and no arrests. It will be guns. You know, all those legal guns the criminals buy to commit crimes.
You can’t solve a problem if you won’t recognize the true cause. It’s not gun control that’s the problem, it’s self control. In fact, it took me six months to get a carry license in Connecticut.
It’s self control of individuals on the streets and self control of government to take criminals off the street.
If the solution is take guns from law abiding citizens because the government won’t lock up those braking the law count me out.

What led to this talk is the fact that the crime problem has emerged in polls as a potential issue for Democrats in 2022. The latest surveys show the Dems paying a huge price.
I don’t think talking guns is the answer.
The results from NYC’s Mayoral Primary might be a sign. A former police officer and supporter of funding the police led after round one with 31% of the vote. In second place was AOC’s candidate, who actually said in a city ravaged by crime that she wants to defund by $1billion and that police carrying guns might need to be stopped. She was at 22%.
I think he will win as NY goes to second choices in their new ranked voting system. Still that 22% of New York Democrats, in an eight person race, voting for a candidate to the left of Bill DeBlasio tells you the strength of the progressive movement.

In fact, just look to western New York. Last night the Democrats voted to oust their longtime Mayor (Byron Brown) in favor of a self described socialist (India Walton).

What is happening in foreign policy should be alarming to our citizens. Some examples:
China is continuing its expansion at a pace that should have our leaders open eyed. Yesterday they shut down Hong Kong’s free newspaper, Apple Daily. They were a pro-democracy newspaper. Beijing is shutting off all thought in the country. Free democracy individuals are being locked up.
The world is allowing China to break agreements and do this in Hong Kong. They (China) are claiming other areas and water territories as theirs.
China has overhauled Hong Kong’s election system. Before anyone can run for office, they will have to pass a screening committee set up by Beijing. The central government had gotten worried that pro-democracy residents were going to try to sweep the upcoming legislative elections. So Beijing passed another top-down order, as it had with the security law. There are a few major changes. Only “patriots,” defined by a screening committee, will be allowed to run for office.
The silence from the world is astounding. Does anyone remember what appeasement leads to?

Here’s another story in today’s WSJ on China involving an American basketball player.
Jeff Harper, a professional American basketball player, was held against his will in China for eight months in squalid conditions as part of a secretive Chinese detention policy called “residential surveillance in a designated location.” According to research by a Madrid-based human-rights nonprofit called Safeguard Defenders, such detentions were up 91% in 2020 compared with the previous year. Harper says he was detained after he came upon a violent fight between a couple and pushed the man to protect the woman. A few months into his detention, Harper was informed the man had lapsed into a coma and died. He was ultimately released without being charged or ever appearing in court.

This reminds me of Vietnam.
As the administration plans to pull out of Afghanistan what happens to those who supported us? Here’s a story out today as an example.
An Afghan fighter says he worked for the CIA for 10 years. Now he needs to flee the country, but lacks the paperwork he needs to get a visa to the U.S. His story is emblematic of the hurdles that Afghans, particularly those in intelligence, face in joining a visa program aimed at relocating people who worked for the U.S. government to the U.S.
Why would anyone ever help or support us if we abandon them? We are letting people in across the border with no issue, what about those who risked their lives to help us?

What the right is saying about Hunter Biden:
What does Hunter Biden have to do to become a scandal around here? How about cheating on his wife and children to sleep with his dead brother’s widow? Nope. That just spawned waves of pity over the tragic loss of his brother. Yet, somehow there is this religious hysteria among the media to cover-up his misdeeds no matter what he gets caught doing. Hunter Biden uses incendiary, racist, anti-black and anti-Asian language casually with family and colleagues. It would be enough to destroy a political career or get a child kicked out of school. But Hunter Biden? Hardly a peep. Hunter Biden gets caught using his father’s powerful position as vice president of the United States to secure lucrative contracts with international concerns — including our global adversaries. No big deal. Naked pictures, sex tapes, crack pipes, sleeping with hookers, sleeping with crack pipes — it’s all out there. What happens to Hunter BidenHe gets a $2 million book deal. Now — finally — Hunter Biden claims to have accomplished something. Art. Using a metal pipe about the size of a glass crack pipe, Hunter Biden blows some kind of mixture of paint and alcohol onto special paper to create colorful blotches. It is the sort of thing you would tape to the fridge door if your kindergarten child created it with finger paints.But Hunter Biden? It’s a generational wealth windfall. “For years I wouldn’t call myself an artist,” Hunter Biden told one newspaper earlier this year. “Now I feel comfortable saying it.” Dutifully, the art world was “floored,” as one New York art dealer put it. That art dealer predicted that Mr. Biden‘s works could fetch as much as $1 million.That same dealer admitted that the prices Hunter Biden could expect are at least a 1000-percent mark-up because his father is president.“He‘s the president’s son,” the dealer said. “Everybody would want a piece of that.”Nice work — if you can get it.
Now do you know the purchasers of the art will not be identified? If you’ve seen the pictures, I ask you this. Are they buying them for the art or is maybe access and support of the administration? I know what I think.

The counter from the left has been, “He’s not working in the administration is he?” I’ll answer that if you answer these three questions. What did the former President, Jared and Ivanka get paid? (If you said zero, you would be correct). When the former President left the WH, was his net worth up or down? (If you said down you would be correct.) Can Presidents Clinton and Obama say the same?

HAVE A GREAT DAY, CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.








News of the week…

SOME STORIES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION

THE SUPREME COURT:
Remember all the talk from the left that if we approve these conservative judges the ACA will be overturned, abortion rights will cease and every other civil right would be gone?
Well the court has proven to be pretty pragmatic and ruling almost down the middle and pretty much together. Two examples:
It voted 9-0 in favor of religious organizations allowing them to have a First Amendment right to turn away same-sex couples adoptions. Now they can still do adoptions and not break their religious beliefs. Kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? The government had wanted them to cease all adoptions if they couldn’t do same sex couples. The court thought of religion and the kids 9-0.
Then it voted 7-2 to preserve the Affordable Care Act, saying the Attorney Generals (Republican) did not have the legal standing to bring their lawsuit.
So, one liberal decision and one conservative. No 5-4 as they all feared. Just sanity.

ANOTHER COURT RULING THAT MADE SENSE:
Remember when the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act passed earlier this year?
The Department of Agriculture offered assistance to “socially disadvantaged” farmers and ranchers who are black, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American or Pacific Islander. The USDA said those producers face “systemic discrimination” and, therefore, apparently deserve systemic favoritism and no white farmer was eligible.
That raised a question, is racism still racism no matter who it is against?
It went to court and Judge William Griesbach of Wisconsin’s Eastern District said that this discriminatory practice must stop. He ruled strongly in favor of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, which filed suit in April on behalf of farmers in Wisconsin, as well as Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, and South Dakota.
Griesbach halted the $4 billion program, saying the plaintiffs “are likely to succeed on the merits of their claim” that they have been denied pandemic relief dollars simply because they’re white. Indeed, the USDA’s “use of race-based criteria in the administration of the program violates their right to equal protection under the law,” Griesbach said. “The Court recognized that the federal government’s plan to condition and allocate benefits on the basis of race raises grave constitutional concerns and threatens our clients with irreparable harm,” said Rick Esenberg, president and general counsel for WILL. “The Biden administration is radically undermining bedrock principles of equality under the law.”

NOT MUCH COVERAGE:
I didn’t see the coverage but the House dropped their investigation against three Republicans that they accused of “instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.” You know, the only riot and protest that mattered because it was against them. They made a big deal that the rioters had inside help from Republicans and now are forced to admit there is no evidence.
You heard the charges. Did you know this?

THEY CAN MOVE FAST:
The Senate and House passed in back to back days and President Biden signed a bill to make Juneteenth (June 19th) a federal holiday. It will be the first new holiday since 1983, when Congress made Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday. It is the twelfth federal holiday we will have.
Juneteeth will be a day that marks the end of slavery in the U.S., and the holiday will be celebrated as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

THE CHANGE IN ISREAL:
You saw the change in Isreali leadership as the era of Benjamin Netanyahu came to end. Did you know the vote in the Israeli parliament was 60-59 to elect Naftail Bennent? After four elections it was that close.

WAIT, ARE WE FAIR?
You’ve heard of the Congressional Black Caucus, right? It’s made up of members of congress who are minority and want to discuss and fight for rights and legislation. Sounds good, right? Well a black Republican congressman wanted to join (Rep. Byron Donalds, Florida). He made several overtures to join. Rep. Donalds was a Trump supporter. He has been denied.
Why would that be, are conservative views not allowed? Wouldn’t they want all members and all views? Maybe they should change their name adding Liberal to it.

A FEW STORIES THAT MADE ME SAY “WHAT?”
– The administration has lifted sanctions on more than a dozen former Iranian officials and energy firms. Why? Iran is more active than in years and soon we’ll see their activity in Afghanistan. Shouldn’t sanctions lifting be a reward for positive behavior?
– The U.S. budget deficit grew to a record $2.1 trillion during the first eight months of the fiscal year.
Does anyone care about the debt of our children and grandchildren, or is all we care about is us and today?
– China has slowed its efforts to cut emissions. Here’s a direct quote: “China’s top economic planners have put the brakes on attempts by environmental officials to reduce carbon emissions.” Wait.
They’re the largest polluter, and now they’re slowing efforts to be better? Aren’t we all in on this Green Deal, no matter the cost? Does this make sense?
Is anyone surprised by this story other than maybe Biden, Harris and climate czar John Kerry?
– On that same score, gas prices rose 56.2% since last year. That’s the highest increase since Jimmy Carter’s last year in office. This is before we became an importer again.

THERE WAS A GLIMMER OF HOPE
A story that did not get much coverage but offers some hope was this one.
A federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land. Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court in Monroe said the administration doesn’t have the legal right to stop leasing federal territory for oil and gas production without approval from Congress.
Of course, Congress in its current format, may agree we should stop.

ANOTHER RULING, BUT WHY FIX A PROBLEM AT THE BORDER?
Homeland Security officials said they are “legally required” to spend billions of dollars Congress allocated to Mexican border wall construction, but said they will focus on projects that “mitigate” damage from previous construction rather than on finishing the wall President Trump had planned.
Sure, why fix the problem, that might make too much sense.

INFRASTRUCTURE:
There is much push back here and over 20 senators have signed on to a bipartisan compromise.
“We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group of 20 senators — 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats — said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.”
The group is closer to a $1trillion dollar plan than the proposed almost $3 trillion. In addition, they are proposing no new taxes to pay for it. They want to take from spending already approved and not used.
Imagine that. Let’s see what happens.

THE FILIBUSTER:
It is becoming clearer that there are more Democratic Senators other than Manchin and Sinema who are against changing it. Senator Tester is another, and there are a number of quiet members who are afraid to speak out. One who was, Senator Rosen (NV), told the Washington Post she was opposed to changing the 60 vote threshold. Within two days she was forced by the left to backtrack and say she was still open.
But, you get the idea, the support is not there. This upcoming week will see this issue front and center.

FINALLY, HOW MUCH HAVE WE CHANGED FROM OUR PARENTS GENERATION?
Here’s an example. This month in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Couldn’t possibley be done today. In fact there are factions that want to take it out.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

The President’s trip…

SO WHAT HAPPENED?

Depending on who and what you listen to it probably impacts your thoughts and observations about the President’s trip. There are factions that will praise the administration no matter the outcome. On the other side there are factions that will cede nothing he accomplishes. With that, here’s some thoughts:

Let’s start with the G7 and skip over the visit to England and the meeting with the Queen.
A simple question about the G7 meeting. What do you remember about it?
What you just remembered, was that an accomplishment for the world or more personal interaction?
If it was “America’s back,” what does that mean? Back to what? World leadership? Paying the bills?

What were the accomplishments for policy at the G7? The hope I had was they would take on China’s human rights violations and demand from them the truth about Coronavirus. It didn’t happen. In fact, I remember more China saying, that the days of small groups of countries controling the rest of the world is over.
I was hoping they would mount a united and clear front to confront ransom attacks. I didn’t see it.

In answering the question, ask yourself what came out of the conference and what is memorable. If you need help, remember the former President’s first G7. Whether you agreed with him or not, you remember him telling them they needed to pay their promised share of NATO costs.
This time I remember them all saying “America is back.” Back to what is still the question.

The summit:
I ask the same question here. What is the accomplishment or forward movement that you recall?
If it’s that President Biden and President Putin sat and talked, is that what you wanted and expected?
What is the take away from the summit that stands over time?
When you watched the post press conferences did either say they would change a policy, or the other would? Did either say they had made progress on the issues of the day?
Putin took 55 minutes of questions from one and all and countered every one. On ransom, a big issue today, he called the U.S. the number one country in the world for cyber attacks. He didn’t appear like a leader who was walking away with a new attitude to me.
President Biden’s conference as I watched was scripted. He read a statement on the meeting and took limited questions from reporters. In fact, the most memorable moment was when he went off script to get angry at a CNN reporter for a question she asked.

IN SUMMARY

The President was in Europe for a week. If you’re like me and the most memorable comment from the G7 was “America is back”, and the CNN incident from the summit, then I have to question what we accomplished. I realize though, that depending on what you see or watch could influence your thoughts.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Wrapping Up ….

WRAPPING UP A WEEK OF WOW

RANSOM AGAIN?
I couldn’t believe when I read that JBS, our largest meat supplier who when faced with a ransomware attack this week, actually paid money. $11 million in ransom payments!
What is going on? Since when does the U.S. allow ransom payments? Since when do we cower to anyone or anything?
What is going on here?
On top of the Colonial Pipeline payment that’s back to back rewards for wrongdoing. Does anyone think paying for this behavior is going to cease it from happening?
I know our press touted the $2M recovered from the Colonial payment, but $11M plus $4M is $15M. We are down $13. Kind of like our federal budget.
This has to cease.

Russia Again.
Since this hacking came from Russia too, and since the administration allowed the pipeline to Germany from Russia to go forward, are you surprised that Putin would allow this? Did we get nothing back for approving the pipeline for them? Was this just another Trump said no, so we say yes?
To me, it just shows a lack of respect for the new administration to allow this. No respect in fact.
With that in mind, spare me the media stories this upcoming week on how tough President Biden was in the face to face meeting with Putin.
How about the media doing some fair reporting for a change?

Wait now, that was a lie too?
It seems every week we get another story that receives little coverage but goes back to wide spread reports about what President Trump and his administration did, but we find out it was media misinformation.
Yesterday a federal report cleared President Trump of accusations that he ordered disbursement of Black Lives Matter protesters at Lafayette Park last year so he could walk from the White House across the street to a church.
You remember that coverage no doubt. The President gassed and beat his own citizens for a photo op, right?
Forget this same group set a fire in this historic church the day before and almost burned it down. Forget the park department was charged with building a fence to protect the White House. We were told this was the President’s doing.
Well, well.
The report said that the U.S. Park Service had the authority to disperse the protesters and did so to construct a fence, which was completed by 12:30 a.m. the following day. “We found that the USPP had the authority and discretion to clear Lafayette Park and the surrounding areas on June 1,” said the report from the Interior Department’s inspector general.
That, it turns out, was long before the President decided to make the walk across the street.
But, as is often the case, the lie is around the world before the truth gets out the door. If you surveyed America today how many would say Trump did this for a photo op? A great majority, because they were told it constantly and for a year.
Shameful performance from the media and just the latest example of how they mislead on the former President.
Now, he did enough to put himself in a negative light with his mouth and tweets. The media reporting falsely is just unacceptable. I didn’t think they could lose more respect, but they continue to surprise me.

They need the money.
Now we hear that criminals may have stolen as much as half of the unemployment benefits the U.S. has been pumping out over the past year, experts say.
Half the money was stolen? How much is that?
The report said unemployment fraud during the pandemic could easily reach $400 billion, according to some estimates, and the bulk of the money likely ended up in the hands of foreign crime syndicates — making this not just theft, but a matter of national security.
Oh, so now we’re passing on our debt to the kids and half the money is going overseas and to criminals? Is that why the left said we needed more?
Now I know they’ll blame the former President and his administration deserves some of the blame, but let’s not forget Pelosi and Schumer and all their charges of not caring for the starving people.
Maybe they should check closer on how they’re spending our kids future.

Speaking of your kids debt:
The President, yesterday while overseas, promised to deliver vaccines to the world, that totals a cost of $4 billion for us. Ask others to help pay? Come on Man, what’s wrong with you?
Not a problem, our kids will pay the bill.

A Democratic Spilt:
It started with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s statements equating the U.S and Isreal to Hamas and the Taliban. Basically she said we were terrorists. The other members of her squad supported her. When a group of 12 Jewish congressional members attacked back the party spilt became public.
Speaker Pelosi spoke up in the afternoon and sided with the Jewish members, but stopped short of taking official punitive action against Rep. Omar. (Action like that is reserved for members like Republican Majorie Taylor.)
Speaker Pelosi said:
“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies. But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Isreal and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
Now that got a reaction from a new squad member Rep Cori Bush:
“Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us, I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia. “
Then came AOC:
“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus. They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”
We heard a lot from the media on Liz Cheney dividing the Republicans. Did they cover this like that?

Let’s close the week with this: The world loves us again since we changed Presidents.
This is from a Pew Research Center survey:
The United States’ image around the world has sharply improved since President Biden took office after dipping during the Trump administration, according to a 16 country survey. (Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.K.)
Here are some top line numbers:
Over 60% in the surveyed countries said they have confidence in Biden to do the right thing in world affairs.
In 12 of the surveyed countries, a median of 75% expressed confidence in Biden, compared with 17% for Trump in 2020.
A median of 62% across 12 nations now had a favorable overall opinion of the U.S., while only 34% held that view last year.

Now isn’t that interesting. What was it about Donald Trump that had them so angry?
Was it standing up to China?
Asking NATO to pay the share of costs they promised?
Maybe telling them to do their share in climate control and good bye to Paris Accords?
Changing the North America agreement so America got a better deal?
Destroying ISIS for real?
Making America energy independent?
Telling Iran no more and putting sanctions on them?
Trying to solve the North Korea problem?
Or maybe – just maybe it’s:
They didn’t like America’s President saying I am going to represent my country (America First) in our negotiations.

The VP and the border:
What a joke. The border is closed? Oh, so those numbers we hear about are at what border then? I heard this AM that about 1 million people will have tried to cross in the first six months. Someone enlighten me or them.

Then she keeps getting asked when she is going to the border since she is in charge. Why does she not want to visit the closed border? She had no trouble when the previous administration actually closed it. Does she want to go to Europe first? Does she think she really is the President and should be at the G7 meeting in Europe? Is that what she meant?
I am confused. Who is in charge here? Too bad the MSM doesn’t see the story here.

A stat on the G7 that says a lot:
When the G7 was formed in 1975, its members made up 70% of the global economy.
Today its members account for 40%.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

More of it…

I GUESS IT MAKES SENSE TO SOMEONE

California seems to be developing a new game.
Elect someone who espouses far left policies and then after they start doing them, well, then recall them. The latest is Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon. He is facing a recall drive just six months after he took office!
Why?
He is being criticized as being soft on crime. Now he was one of a number of George Soros backed Democratic prosecutors who won election promising to deal with crime by employing social justice tactics such as reducing charges and sentences against accused or convicted criminals, ending gang task forces and easing parole requirements.
Well.
Six months in and the outcomes have been less than encouraging. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has reported a 73% increase in shootings during the first four months of the year. The city is on pace to end the year recording its highest crime and death tally in more than a decade.
Well, what did they expect?
The man was doing exactly what he said he would. I guess hearing it and living it are just different things.

The Progressives still think this is the solution though:
Here’s what Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez had to say about New York where violent crimes are also at alarming levels. Shootings are up 75%, robberies 46%, grand larceny 35% and felony assault 20%.
AOC has a reason, we don’t do enough for people.
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you… maybe have to… they’re put in a position… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.” 
Get that? It’s not that we reduced police activity and support or we defunded them. It’s not the repeat offenders with reduced (or no) bail. It’s not the reduced sentences. It’s not drugs or gangs running free on the streets. No, they’re hungry, we don’t provide them with enough.
Her solution is even better.
“If we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them. … It’s to support communities, not throw them away. It is not acceptable for us to use jails as garbage bins for human beings. We need to treat people and see them as human.” 
In todays America it’s never the person, the act and personal responsibility. It’s society’s fault. The same society and system that people around the world are risking their lives to get to. Maybe we should ship them out, like a baseball team sends players to the minor leagues for a while. I bet that short visit might cure a lot.

By the way think of this with New York.
In 2014 when DeBlasio was elected the city was considered the safest big city in America. This was following the terms of Bloomberg and Giuliani. The safest big city in America. How did two terms of progressive leadership work out there? You get what you vote for.
They have a primary this month to elect a new Mayor.

Taxes get leaked and released.
With perfect timing as the bipartisan infrastructure discussions ended with no agreement, mostly over additional taxes the Republicans would not support, comes a tax leak.
What does it show?
Well, the big guys with the money, who all talk that the rich can pay more, are not paying now.
Warren Buffett who is famous for saying he pays a lower rate than his secretary was on the list. So was Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Mike Bloomberg, Carl Icahn and George Soros.
From that list, with the exception of Icahn, I can recall the others saying higher rates were fine. Isn’t that ironic? Maybe we should tell them anything they will pay is higher than zero.
The next time you hear them spouting progressive policies and increased taxes for you, remember this leak.
Remember this too:
It’s not the rate, it’s the deductions. You can raise their rate to 90%, but if you don’t take the deductions away, they will do the same.
Nice timely release, though, considering the talks breakdown, right? A coincidence? I don’t think so.

The Supreme Court this week ruled:
The Court ruled unanimously that non-citizens who entered the U.S. unlawfully can’t obtain permanent residency even if the government has permitted them to stay under temporary protected status.
The decision was written by left leaning member Justice Elena Kagan. In it she said current immigration law only permits those who were admitted lawfully to the U.S. can apply for permanent residency.
Now doesn’t make complete sense?
Let’s see how long before the left tries to change the law or stack the court.

Really, how is this not a lead story on every station and in every publication?
This Hunter Biden story shocked me. Leaked conversations from his computer with attorney George Mesires, were shocking to me. The racist exchanges were stunning. The lewd sexual talk have come to be expected from him, but the use of racist words?
Here’s a few direct quotes:
“Because n—a you better not be charging me Hennessy rates.”
“That’s what I’m saying n—”
“OMG n—-a,” 
The more I read the more upsetting it was. How could the President’s son be talking like this? If any of my kids or grandchildren were the ones saying this I would feel like I failed in life.
Then it got worse.
Biden had a meme on his computer. The only way to explain it, I think, is for you to read it.
He kept a picture on his laptop of President Biden and Mr. Obama embracing, according to the NY Post and the Daily Mail. The meme’s text reads:
“Obama: Gonna miss you, man.
Joe: Can I say it? Just this once?
Obama: *sigh* go ahead.
Joe: You my n—a, Barack.”
Folks that turned my stomach and I bet yours. How could this not be headline news in a nation so race conscious?

The President shares the vaccine:
The administration announced it will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to share with the world, with the option to buy 200 million more.
Once again the U.S. comes to the rescue of those in need in the world. Aren’t we always the one who does the most? Yet our people walk the streets bringing down the nation. No one does more to feed, support, and help the world. No one.
On the vaccine, remember the President’s announced goal 70% of the population vaccinated by July 4th? This is the first goal that’s his with this vaccine. This administration did not develop the drug or set up for 200 million to be vaccinated in the first one hundred days. The vaccine and rollout were in place, though they have taken credit. This goal they own. Let’s see if we achieve it. I have my doubts.

While the Pipeline is officially canceled.
The developer of the shuttered Keystone XL pipeline announced yesterday that it has pulled the plug on the project, citing President Biden’s decision to rescind its cross-border permit, bringing the 13-year battle over the major infrastructure project to an end.
That takes care of that. In the end, Germany gets approval for a Russian pipeline, we get higher gas costs and the loss of energy independence. if you can explain it, let me know.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

The Humor In It…

IN FACT IT WOULD BE FUNNIER IF NOT TRUE:

Infrastructure:
Let’s see, if you’re surprised that the President called off the bipartisan infrastructure negotiation, then you haven’t been following things too closely.
There was never a chance the Republicans would agree to all the administration wanted, especially with much unrelated to what you and I might call infrastructure. Then add the taxes they wanted and you know Republicans are not approving any tax. It would be political suicide.
Now, I know the administration made a gesture of cutting some spending, but never near where the Republicans were willing to go, and no compromise on the taxes. So it was all for show.
In the end the administration gets to say the other guys are unreasonable. The left got the chance to yell when the President went down on his spending demand a little. The Republicans get to say we cannot agree to raise taxes.
They all won with their constituents.

Psaki explains D-Day miss, or at least thinks she does:
Now the White House communications office just forgot (or didn’t care enough) to issue a statement on D-Day. It was terrible and a mistake. No President since that fateful day has failed to remember and honor.
It’s a joke how they tried to explain it.
Press secretary Psaki says World War II veterans should not consider silence by President Biden on D-Day as a slight. Oh? I’m sure they’re happy you remembered Pride Month so bright and early.
Psaki added that the President’s D-Day commemorations of years past should allay concerns about his “reverence for those who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.”
I see, the old Biden spoke up, just not now. By the way, what happened to the old Biden?
She added, “It’s close to his heart and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more we would have to say on it.” I see. Just not on the day, uh?
Maybe he was enjoying the “long weekend” in Delaware as VP Harris told us all to do.

Harris didn’t bake the cookies:
The White House said that Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t bake the cookies in her likeness that she handed out to reporters. The “cookies that were provided to passengers on Air Force Two were a gift from a member of the staff.”
Don’t you wonder who made the judgement to give the cookies with her likeness out to reporters? Do you trust whomever that was to negotiate for us?
Maybe it’s the same person who told them that the border is closed.
By the way, can you imagine some of the comments as they gave out Kamala Harris cookies? Oh boy!

The White House Budget Office Chief – Another Administration Gem.
The White House’s acting budget office chief said that President Biden’s agenda is in jeopardy if Congress won’t go along with his trillions of dollars in proposed tax hikes. Oh, so if Republicans don’t want to raise taxes you can’t do what you want? Sort of like not giving someone money to build a wall, right?
She added, “My guess is if the Senate doesn’t pass the offsets that the spending is in danger.”
No kidding?
Is that what they call checks and balances? I remember hearing something about that.

And these are the people who write about it:
How about this gem from a New York Times editorial writer. You know the paper of record, all fairness.
Well this representative, Mara Gay, said that “dozens of American flags” flying on Long Island during the anniversary of D-Day left her “really disturbed.” She explained, “I was on Long Island this weekend, visiting a really dear friend, I was really disturbed…”
I see, poor writer.
If you ever wonder why the last time the NYT endorsed any Republican Presidential Candidate was in 1956, remember this editorial writer is an example of those choosing.

Harris answers on visiting the border:
What a great response she had to Lester Holt.
Sure, she didn’t go to the border, but she didn’t go to Europe either. I see. Well that clears that up.
One thing for sure. She didn’t insult any European leaders, I am not sure about the Guatemala leader. Plus, wait until he finds out she didn’t give him a Kamala cookie.

i was going to share the crime numbers but:
Everyday the numbers come out on crime increasing. The excuses are laughable, though none more that the lost Mayor of New York.
He says the reason is because people were locked in due to the virus.
So freedom let them loose and they are robbing, attacking and shooting others. I see. I would never have guessed that.
Silly me, I thought it was the defunding of police, the lack of bail, the release of criminals and the see no crime attitude.

About that unemployment and job openings:
Yesterday I wrote about the 8.1 million job openings, which was a record, and how the left is still saying there is no proof that the enhanced unemployment funds are contributing. I thought that was laughable.
Well after we published came the latest numbers. Unfilled jobs is now 9.2 Million. Another record. I want to shout a borrowed (and slightly changed phrase) – Can You See It Now?

This would all be funny if it wasn’t so true.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Backing Up….

MESSAGING AND A NOVEL IDEA:

Only a few months ago the Democrats and their friends in the media were calling the Republicans cruel, uncaring and insensitive. Why that time?
Because they wanted to cut the long term extra unemployment to “only $300 per week” and not extend it as Democrats wanted for the balance of the year. Now take that in for a second and apply it to all you are hearing today that businesses cannot hire workers because people are getting more not to work.
My first reaction is:
Shouldn’t the Republicans be messaging how they were called those names and look at how wrong and irresponsible the Democratic left is. Shouldn’t they be painting the Democrats with their own words that were so misguided? Shouldn’t they be painting the left as nothing more than big spenders who are passing a debt of unimaginable numbers to your children and grandchildren?
If the situation were reversed wouldn’t Schumer and Pelosi be all over the airwaves? Where are the Republicans? Don’t they know how to message a winning argument?

Even the President gets the message on this. Here is what he is saying now. “It makes sense to let supercharged federal unemployment benefits expire as scheduled in September.” After the new employment numbers were released last week he got the message.

Well, twenty five governors are ending it now, because they see what the extension caused. The White House refused to denounce them to the media. Even though all 25 are Republicans and not one Democratic Governor has done it. They said the governors have “every right” to end the supercharged unemployment benefits ahead of the September expiration date. “Those governors, who have made the decision have every right to pull back on unemployment benefits,” said press secretary Jen Psaki.
You can be sure if they weren’t sure those governors weren’t right they would be attacking the mean and uncaring right.

Shouldn’t the MSM be asking some tough questions of those they called heroes for the downtrodden when the extension fight was on? Shouldn’t the MSM be taking some tough questions themselves for their failed reporting and failure now to do the right thing? In fact, here’s a good challenge for the media.
We have 25 Republican Governors ending the added benefit (only 2 aren’t). We have 23 Democratic Governors keeping them in place. Why don’t you measure jobs, unemployment and work place participation in those states come the fall and winter? It would be a great measure of the question, are we better off when people do for themselves or the government does for them.

By the way, the unemployment number declined in May, but labor force participation dropped. There was a 1.7 decline in this key number from the pre epidemic in Feb. 2020, and the number on unemployment benefits was higher than two months ago. How can that be? Aren’t there 8.1 million jobs open?
The best explanation is, of course, the obvious one: if you pay people to stay unemployed, guess what, millions of workers stay home. 

Here’s a novel idea. Maybe instead of just more and more spending how about we begin to focus on living within our means and try balancing the budget again? How about something really radical, like balancing the budget and then begin paying the debt back so we can give our children a country?

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.