WE HAVE A BI-PARTISAN INFRASTRUCURE DEAL — OR 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.
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.
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.