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I was very surprised that Governor DeSantis joined Donald Trump in declaring that protecting Ukraine isn’t in the “vital” interest of the U.S.
Other candidates in the primary have said the opposite, so we have a true policy difference.

Senator Thune of SD, acting on behalf of minority leader O’Connell (he’s in rehab from a fall) and a majority of the Republicans in the senate, had this to say:
“This is incredibly consequential for Western democracies. And if Russia succeeds here, I think it sends a message to other countries that are considering provocative actions, specifically China. I think there’s a direct correlation between what happens here and how countries like China see the U.S. and the West respond.
Some of the suggestions that have been made about us shutting down any support for Ukraine, I think it’s just unrealistic given the threats that we face in the world today.”

At this point, I am on the side of Senator Thune. I don’t want our soldiers in the fight, and we need to keep watch on the creeping involvement we have, but how can we allow Russia to take over Ukraine now?
We allowed them to take pieces before, and they went for the whole thing. If you allow them to succeed now, does anyone think their expansion dream will end here? If you do, then do some research on Neville Chamberlain and his “peace in our time” before WWII. For despots there is never enough, until they are stopped.
Now if you told me the Europeans, who would be most threatened should be doing as much, if not more than we are, then I am in agreement. There is no way we should be carrying the burden; we should be an added piece.

While on foreign policy, how about the comments from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador this week?  He felt free to lash into us and even declare Mexico a safer place than the United States.
With all the publicity Mexico’s getting for the recent kidnappings and murders, he better do something to protect their tourism business.
Now one thing he said did strike a cord with me. Commenting on the drugs coming across the border and the noise about it, he said that we (the U.S.) have a demand problem. If we stopped using them, there would be no reason to ship them in. Something we have long written here.
Don’t those buying the illegal drugs understand or care they are supporting the cartels and all they are doing? Aren’t they some of the same people telling us how to live our lives? How about you caring a little?

The other issue we harp on is the politicization of the social security system.
Yesterday the Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young was pressed at a Senate hearing about the system and how it will bankrupt in a decade. (The Congressional Budget Office says the year of bankruptcy is 2032.) She was asked, what’s the plan?
Her answer: “This president believes the biggest threat to Social Security is those who want to cut it.”
Senator Mitt Romney asked again, “Where’s the plan?”
He never got an answer, but we will hear again that Republicans want to cut the system.
Remember this, because the day of reckoning is coming. Someone is lying.

On stories, one more this week that had me shaking my head: President Biden said President Biden told a story about how he came to an “epiphany” on same-sex marriage in high school. The President, as he does so often, said “he wasn’t joking” about this story.
“I can remember exactly when my epiphany was. I hadn’t thought about it much, to tell you the truth. I was a senior in high school and my dad was dropping me off. I remember getting out of the car, and I looked to my right and two well-dressed men in suits kissed each other.”
His father turned to him and said, “Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.”
Ever since he saw, he was for the whole movement.
Nice story. So how come he was vehement on “Meet the Press” in 2006 saying:
“Marriage is between a man and woman; what’s the game going on here?”
How come he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 which said marriage should be between a man and a woman over a decade later?
Did he not stand for what he believed or was the story not real?
Where’s the media asking the questions about this story and so many others?
Does truth matter anymore?

One final word on the media from this AM.
Yesterday the House held a hearing on the crisis at the southern border. The person testifying was U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz.  The Chief.
The Democrats decided not to show up anticipating what Ortiz was going to say. Thus guess what? The MSM didn’t show up either. Is the border crisis any less because some don’t show up? Is it not news if only some congressman ask questions?
Well Ortiz was clear under questioning that the border was out of control and his team didn’t have a handle on how to control it under the current rules. A direct opposite position than Homeland Secretary Mayorkas had testified too.
Who do you believe? Not news worthy?
He even disagreed with the President on the wall and said he needs it to control the area. Isn’t that news?
Now if Republicans didn’t show up for a Trump border hearing would there have been coverage?
Oh, but don’t worry they covered Stormy Daniels this AM and that she testified before a grand jury behind closed doors. An open hearing on a border crisis, not so important – to them. Stormy – yes.
The media is a problem.

Just Thinking Out Loud.

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