A busy week ahead for the President and news. The highlights:
He goes on primetime TV with his Supreme Court pick. Noise to follow.
He heads to a NATO meeting with European leaders. Noise to follow.
He is meeting with Teresa May in London. With Brexit, noise to follow.
He has the private meeting with Putin. Lots of noise to follow.
Isn’t it funny how the left is yelling so loudly about court ideologues? When was the last time you heard an Obama or Clinton appointee not voting as a left ideologue? How come that is okay? Only a conservative can be unfit because they lean right? And by the way, it is conservative appointees who have voted different, not the liberal ones. Examples:
1. Chief Justice John Roberts, nominated by George W. Bush, let down conservatives when he twice voted with the Supreme Court’s liberal wing to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
2. It was former Justice David Souter, chosen by George H. W. Bush, is probably the best example of a GOP-nominated justice breaking with the conservative flank, as he would more reliably side with the liberal justices—not just every once in a while.
3. Don’t forget it was Justice Anthony Kennedy, nominated by Ronald Reagan, who disappointed many evangelicals—a key base for Republicans—in siding with the court’s liberal justices in a landmark decision in 2015 that legalized same sex marriage. He wrote the opinion, in fact.
Again when did any liberal justice appointment by Obama or Clinton do the opposite? How come when they were chosen it was okay to have a check for their stand on liberal causes like Roe vs. Wade, but not now? And by the way, Roe vs. Wade is not being overturned — ever. It may end up with some states having the right to limit actions, but there is no overturn in the future.
Our guess is he chooses Judge Thomas Hardiman. He was second choice to Gorsuch last time.
The people under pressure of those Democratic Senators in red states up for reelection. It’s party loyalty or survival if this plays out in an October vote.
So what is the real story with North Korea? Are they backing off the deal that Trump says he had? Was there really a deal, or did N. Korea fake left, dive right and make believe? Were the administration critics right or was Trump?
The Trade War
The trade war is underway. The U.S. and China have imposed $34 billion tariffs on each other. Neither side has blinked yet. Trump promises more to come, the Chinese promise to match dollar for dollar.
So far the market has shrugged it off. It may be expecting this to be a major topic at NATO and a resolution to be found.
The world can ill afford a protracted tariff war. We think there is a solution out there.
Expect to hear a lot about this out of NATO, as well as Trump’s continued push to get them to meet their commitment of 2% GDP defense spending. He is unrelenting (and rightfully so) on this one.
The Unemployment News From Friday
The government reported a 4.0% unemployment rate on Friday. That was up .2 from the previous month, but not because of a bad economy. The number edged up because people who had quit looking for a job were again entering the work force. A sign of a strong economy.
The numbers showed 601,000 reentering looking for a job. That’s good news all around, and if they find jobs additional people come off government assistance, taxes increase and maybe we can begin discussing the deficit.
One thing the MSM did not report was the Hispanic unemployment information. It was 4.6%, the lowest level it has achieved in the 45 years the bureau has tracked it.
News From The Weekend
Who does Chelsea Handler think she is? Did you see this tweet to the world? “To every country on the Fourth of July. We’re sorry about our president. He doesn’t reflect all of our views — and we hope you know that the majority of us are ashamed. We will rally each other and come back to the world one step at a time”.
Well, Chelsea, you don’t speak for me, so stop. Who elected you to anything?
Did you see the letter a black congresswoman sent to Schumer and Pelosi?
A group of black women sent a letter this week to the two top Democrats in Congress demanding that they apologize for their veiled criticisms of Rep. Maxine Waters and threatening repercussions at the ballot box in November if they do not.
“For Black women, who are the most loyal base of the Democratic Party and the Progressive Movement, Congresswoman Waters is our hero”.
Maxine Waters and hero, words I never thought I would use in the same sentence.
The continued harassment of Trump supporters at stores, restaurants and outlets and the silence of the left on it is a badge of shame for them. For a side that always said free speech was their right, how can they set out to deny others today? This weekend’s harassment of Steve Bannon in a book store and Senator McConnell in a restaurant is going to turn people against the far left. No one likes that.