Over The Weekend Stories That Surprised Me…

What’s The Holiday Name Now?

As the nation celebrates a holiday today, did you know that the current administration is the first to officially commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day? The President issued a proclamation, noting injustices against Indigenous peoples.

The proclamation honored Native Americans for their commitment to the U.S. military, and in fighting COVID. 
It also recognized U.S. injustices against those it now honors: 

For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.

President Biden is switching from former President Trump, who last year denounced “radical activists [that] have sought to undermine Christopher Columbus’s legacy.”

Can he change the holiday name?
No. It would require an act of Congress.  Another example why your vote in 2022 counts.

To Take It One Step Further


Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the nation’s first Native American Cabinet official, tearfully described the White House grounds Friday as “the ancestral homelands” of two Native American tribes. 

During an event with President Biden on the North Lawn of the White House, Ms. Haaland became choked up as she praised the president’s action to restore territory of two sprawling western national monuments that had been reduced in size by President Trump. 
“We are here today on the ancestral homelands of the Anacostan and Piscataway people, bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice,” Ms. Haaland said. 

So what is justice? Giving back the land the White House is on?

Let’s Talk Debt. The CBO Said

The United States ended fiscal 2021 deep in the red, calculating the government ran a $2.8 trillion deficit, the second-worst on record. (Second Worst Ever)
The COVID-19 pandemic has pried open the government’s wallet unlike anything since World War II, pushing spending even higher in 2021 than it was in 2020.
The economy recovered enough to lift revenue, so the overall deficit was better this year, according to CBO’s estimate. Final figures will come from the Treasury Department, likely later this month.  

Now remember, this estimate comes as Congress is debating a new round of spending in the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 trillion makeover of the nation’s social welfare policies and comes on top of a historic spike in spending over the past 18 months.

For the record, spending in 2021 was $2.4 trillion more than it was in 2019, the last full year before COVID-19.

I ask again, does anyone care about the debt we are occurring? Remember when American values were you and your family were a unit that took care of each other? Now we’re moving to a cradle to grave government support. You have to wonder what happens to American initiative.

McConnell Reacts To Schumer

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) warned President Biden that Republicans won’t help raise the debt ceiling later this year, and stated that a recent speech by Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) had “poisoned the well.”
He added:
“Last night, Republicans filled the leadership vacuum that has troubled the Senate since January. I write to inform you that I will not provide such assistance again if your all-Democrat government drifts into another avoidable crisis,” McConnell wrote in the letter to Biden. 
Then:
“I am writing to make it clear that in light of Senator Schumer’s hysterics and my grave concerns about the ways that another vast, reckless, partisan spending bill would hurt Americans and help China, I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement,” he added. 

That’s a line in the sand he drew. Even some of Schumer’s people said he went too far. Now what? Who blinks next?

How Come These Stories Weren’t Covered?

Remember the Kenosha riots last year? Remember the support Democrats like President Biden and VP Harris gave the victim? The case where the perpetrator had a warrant not to visit and went to the home and the police were called? Well it was resolved by the Justice Department late Friday.
What did the DOJ say?
The Justice Department said that it would NOT seek federal criminal civil rights charges against police officer Rusten Sheskey of Kenosha, WI, in the shooting last summer that reignited social-justice protests.
The department said there was insufficient evidence to prove that Sheskey used excessive force.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced in January that his office would not seek charges against Sheskey, who had been on administrative leave since the shooting. He returned to the job in April and was not disciplined by the police department.

In other words the state and feds said the officer did nothing wrong. Now is anyone going to pay for the looting, burning and damage that occurred? Will those who supported the street actions apologize now?
How many people even know the police action was justified?

STORY 2. This is from the AP:

The Taliban said Saturday that it would NOT help the U.S. contain extremist groups in Afghanistan.

“Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations. However, Taliban political spokesman SUHAIL SHAHEEN told The Associated Press there would be NO cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

Well I bet that surprised the administration. This is the new Taliban isn’t it? Did you see coverage of this?

The Republican Divide?

Here’s an update on the problem Republicans face to take advantage of these issues.

Republicans feel good about their midterm chances if the race is focused on President Biden’s agenda and record, given his softening job approval ratings.
But, the fear is Donald Trump is making it about him, as he did this weekend in Iowa.

This from Politico: The problem for Republicans. 
Many of them want to make the midterm elections about the issues — inflation, the border, Afghanistan, etc. — to set the election up as a referendum on Biden’s presidency.
President Trump doesn’t. He spent the bulk of his speech in Iowa this weekend “devoted to his baseless claim [that] the 2020 election was stolen.”
In focusing on that issue above all others, Trump effectively makes the 2022 election a referendum on him instead of President Biden.

This from “The Hill.” One thing is crystal clear:

Most GOP senators think Trump announcing a bid before the midterms would hurt them.
“The 2022 election ought to be about the Biden administration and its rolling disasters so anything that would detract from the public being focused on what Democratic governance is doing to this country would be ill-advised,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a Trump ally, when asked about the possibility Trump could announce his campaign in the next year.
Johnson, a top Democratic target next year, hasn’t decided whether to run for reelection, but expects Democrats to make the Wisconsin Senate race all about Trump.
“That’s what they always want to do. They want to distract and most of the mainstream media will be trying to do that as well. We need to focus — not only Republicans but the country needs to focus on what a disaster the Biden administration has been,” he said.

Another Republican senator whose seat is up for reelection in 2022 said Trump’s reemergence as a candidate would be a gift to Democrats who want to make next year’s midterms about Trump, regardless of whether he announces a 2024 presidential campaign. “The way my colleagues see it, he’s an asset in the primaries if he’s with you and then it creates challenges in the general election,” said the lawmaker. “He’s different than any political person that I’ve ever known.”

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY TO ALL.

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