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What’s New Is Old…

New Is Old In California

It’s not a surprise to readers here that Governor Newsom won yesterday. The day the recall vote was announced we told you to watch the hype, because this was not going to be close. Consider these facts:
Gov. Newsom won in Nov. 2018 with 61.9% of the vote. As of this writing he has 64% in the recall.
Thus, he is stronger now. That could well strengthen his hand going forward.
Larry Elder did win the vote to replace (Newsom was not listed) with 46% of the votes in a crowded field.
Remember all the hype about Caitlyn Jenner? Well she got 1.1%.
Here’s an early take away from the left leaning Hill, which most of the left will share:
TAKEAWAYS FROM CALIFORNIA’S RECALL ELECTION:
“Newsom’s margin was bigger than expected”
“Donald Trump is hurting the GOP”
“Democrats have cover to pursue recall reforms” 

Woodward Has Another Book

Bob Woodward, this rime with Robert Costa as a co-author, has another inside hit piece. Look at some of the leaks coming out:

General Milley, after a conversation with Speaker Pelosi, called his Chinese counterpart to promise we were not planning to attack, and if we were he (Milley) would let the General know in advance!
Wow, a General overstepping his bounds and acting as Commander in Chief? Milley should be gone for incompetence before this, but yet he is still there. Why?

One more message for General Milley. I’m sure you were proud of yourself when you did this and proud to report back to the Speaker that you did it. Now I have a question for you.
Since it was a conversation between you and her, who do you think leaked to Bob Woodward and told him this? I’ll give you a hint, it wasn’t you. Your friend the Speaker sold you out. RESIGN TODAY.

By the way, even your Democratic friends have turned on you. Did you know what Alexander Vindman, the Democrats’ star impeachment witness on Ukraine said.
“If this is true GEN Milley must resign, he usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that.” General, be careful in the future on how you pick your friends. RESIGN.

The book also reveals that Former President Trump is still angry with Republicans who blamed him for the insurrection, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The book quotes him as saying:
‘This guy called me every single day, pretended to be my best friend, and then, he f’.. me. He’s not a good guy.’ They also quoted Trump as dismissing McCarthy’s attempts to get back into his good graces.
“Kevin came down to kiss my ass and wants my help to win the House back.”

Wait Now, The President Said

The book says that President Biden didn’t heed warnings from Defense Secretary Austin and Secretary of State Blinken or a slower withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
Oh really, you mean President Biden lied and not everyone was in lock step?
Both Blinken and Austin are an embarrassment and should resign.

Add this:
The top U.S. general on the ground in Afghanistan told top Pentagon officials that he opposed the total withdrawal of troops before President Biden made the final decision. In a closed briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Austin Scott Miller confirmed that he registered his dissent with Mr. Biden’s decision with the top brass — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin; Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command.
Mr. Biden was asked in an interview last month whether his military advisers suggested that he keep a residual force in Afghanistan to avoid a total collapse. He told interviewer George Stephanopoulos
“No. No one said that to me.”  
Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday after the closed briefing that “we heard enough to know that there are inconsistencies between what the administration has said and the truth.”
“Clearly President Biden didn’t listen to all military advice,” Mr. Inhofe said.

On Resigning

We’re far from alone calling for resignations for two weeks now. Look what Sen. Hawley is doing:
Sen. Josh Hawley pledged to hold up confirmation votes for all Pentagon or State Department nominees until key members of President Biden’s Cabinet resign over the Afghanistan pullout. Mr. Hawley issued the threat during a speech on the Senate floor when he introduced legislation honoring the 56 Missourians who died while deployed to Afghanistan.
He called for the resignations of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
For each nominee, unanimous consent of all senators is required to open the debate in the full chamber. If even one senator does not agree, a hold is placed on the nomination. Mr. Hawley said he would not “consent to the nomination” of any nominee for the State or Defense departments until Mr. Blinken, Mr. Austin and Mr. Sullivan step down.“ Leaders take responsibility for their failures,” he said. “And the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration has cost Americans their lives”.
There are approximately 81 State Department and 12 Department of Defense nominees pending in the Senate.

He’s not alone in his anger at the administration. Read this:
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that he may subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to appear before the panel to discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and suggested he may consider blocking future Defense Department political nominees until Mr. Austin appears.
The sharp comments from Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey came at the opening of a long-awaited hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the only Biden administration official so far to testify before Congress about the disastrous U.S. military exit from Afghanistan last month.
Mr. Austin refused an invitation, Mr. Menendez said.“I’m very disappointed that Secretary Austin declined our request to testify today.
“A full accounting of the U.S. response to this crisis is not complete without the Pentagon, especially when it comes to understanding the complete collapse of the U.S.-trained and funded Afghan military,” Mr. Menendez said.

The $3.5 Trillion


Back to President Biden. The book says he called Senator Manchin into the White House for a face to face in which he applied pressure after which Manchin agreed to the $1.9 trillion dollar spending program a few months back. Remember the one where Mnachin caved?
Well guess what?
Today the President has planned separate meetings with Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on the $3.5 trillion dollar plan.

As they apply pressure to spend $3.5 trillion more, here’s what yesterday’s CPI reported on prices (inflation).
Price increases over last yr (CPI report)…
Gasoline: +42.7%
Used Cars: +31.9%
Gas Utilities: +21%
New Cars: +7.6%
Overall CPI: +5.3%
Electricity: +5.2%
Food away from home: +4.7%
Transportation: +4.6%
Apparel: +4.2%
Food at home: +3.0%
Shelter: +2.8%
Medical care service: +1.0%

How are they going to pay for it? Don’t worry, your kids and grandkids will. Here’s the NYT on payment:
The House Ways and Means Committee’s proposal to pay for $3.5 trillion in social spending leaves wealth gains and inheritances largely alone. It focuses instead on a more traditional target: income.
Oh that’s a good idea. I will say again, you can raise the rates as high as you want. It’s the deductions that matter.
And by the way, it’s not real income for the super rich, it is the value of the corporations that goes up. They don’t pay taxes on that each year.
But then again, this is about fooling the people, not solving anything.

Have a great day and evening.

The Hearing…

Blinken In The Senate

The hearing in the senate with Secretary of State Antony Blinken just ended. He had a rough day in the hot seat, to put it mildly. The attack came mostly from the Republicans as Democratic Senators tried to provide some cover for the President and Secretary. There wasn’t enough cover possible to deflect the direct attacks and questions.
The administration took it on the chin today — as they should have.

The main attempts to deflect were two. One was that they inherited a May 1 withdrawal date and simply executed against that. The beatdown of that was you moved the date to August 31, didn’t you? (Of course, first it was September 11th as unbelievable as that is.) He was asked why it wasn’t moved later to get past the fighting season and get people and equipment out. No answer. It’s not someone else’s plan when its your date.

The second defense was this was a 20 year issue and not solely on the doorstep of this administration. Let me address that.

First, the withdrawal and how it was conducted belongs to Biden and team. The sheer folly of how they did this and wanted to cover up the truth of what would happen is theirs. They were looking for a story and photo op, thus the September 11th original withdrawal date. They own the end.

The twenty year story has truth to it too. Except I extend that period to 24 years. Here’s my view on who owns what:

Bill Clinton owns this at the outset. He allowed terrorist acts to occur (like the USS Cole) with little or no response that enabled Bin Laden and team. He let them get established, grow and do acts. When he had a chance to take Bin Laden out, he backed off. By the time he left office the seeds and planning for Sept. 11th were in place.

George W. Bush owns the event occurring under his watch. The fact that on day one he knew who did the act tells you he was aware of the danger. Then he identified the mission. History will say the mission should have been to take out Bid Laden and team and not allow them to regroup. Adding a change in government to the mission, in a country that has never had one, created a long term mess. Going into Iraq and diverting attention from the problem in Afghanistan added to the mess.

Barrack Obama wanted out, but unlike Joe Biden, later he knew what the outcome would be. So he sent 30,000 troops back in to secure the area. He didn’t want an aggressive action, he then played defense. You’re either in or you’re out. He played for a stalemate and that accomplishes nothing.

Donald Trump, like Obama, wanted out badly. He saw ending the wars as a legacy and he was always playing to history. He had to be convinced on numerous occasions to stay, and every time he was faced with the choice he stayed. For election purposes he announced the May date to “keep his promise.” If reelected would he have left and let this occur? I don’t think so.

Along comes Joe Biden and decides to pull the trigger. He did so for a number of reasons, one was legacy. He never dreamed the timing would be what it was. He bet on history and lost.

Thus, if there are lessons go back 24 years. Get them before they get you. Certainly get them after they attack you and think they can do it again. When you take action, define a mission that makes sense. Taking out your enemy does. Creating a government in a country that has never had one is not it. Don’t leave for a date you set or a photo op you want. Manage it with your allies. Take your people out first. Take your equipment. Go on your timetable.

Plenty of blame for five Presidents. But this administration owns the closing act, no matter what they say.

Have A Great Day And Evening.

A New Week….

Short Takes On The News

Lots of hype, but expect little from the hearing featuring Secretary of State Blinken today. Each congressional member gets three minutes for questioning. Three minutes!
Nothing will be answered about our withdrawal, the policy and aftermath.

The $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan

House Democrats released their plan to pay for the $3.5 trillion dollar spending plan. Here are the tax highlights we’ve confirmed so far:
— Raising taxes on tobacco products.
— Hiking the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5%.
— Increasing the capital gains tax from 20% to 25%.
— Raising the top rate on individuals from 37% to the pre-Trump era high of 39.6%.
— Imposing a wealth tax in the form of a 3% surcharge on individuals with income above $5 million.
— Hiking the minimum tax on foreign income derived by corporations, from 10.5% to 16.6%.

Ask yourself if this partial release will drive jobs in the U.S., increase investment and keep prices down.

While on that, there is a divide in the Democratic party. Here’s an example:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on “Meet the Press” yesterday: 

“I’m just saying that we should be looking at everything, and we’re not. And that we don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting, or someone’s going to fall through the cracks. We’ve got child nutrition, out of all the things, I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work. We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled. Eight million people still are unemployed. Something’s not matching up there.”  

On the other side here’s Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on CNN’s “State of the Union:” (On Manchin’s lack of support for the $3.5 trillion bill:) 
“It is absolutely not acceptable to me. I don’t think it’s acceptable to the president, to the American people or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the democratic caucus. … The truth of the matter is … many of us made a major compromise in going from the $6 trillion bill that we wanted, supported by the overwhelming majority of Democrats down to $3.5.  “I know that Senator Manchin worked very hard on what’s called the bipartisan infrastructure bill — $550 billion of money to rebuild our roads and our bridges. What we have worked on is working both of those bills in tandem. They go together, and it would be a really sad state of affairs for the American people, for Congress, if both of those bills went down.”

Stay tuned on this one. There are 5-6 senators who may be on Manchin’s side, just not speaking up.
Plus note what is missing;
The repeal of the $10,000 limit for deductions. Remember the “centrist Democrats” in congress said they would not vote for it if this was not repealed. Not there. Why? The left says it is a tax break for the wealthy and can’t be there. Division in the party. Just not talked about in the MSM.

Are We Safer Today?

Look at the answers to that question from some people who should not still be in their roles:

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said:
A “resurgence of terrorism” out of the Afghanistan region is “very likely” in the next one to three years. 
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin asked: 
“Is the U.S. safer today since the U.S. has withdrawn from Afghanistan?”
The general said his “military estimate” is that “the conditions are likely to develop, of a civil war. I don’t know if the Taliban is going to be able to consolidate power and establish governance. They may be, maybe not. But I think there’s at least a very good probability of a broader civil war — and that will then in turn lead to conditions that could, in fact, lead to a reconstitution of al-Qaeda or a growth of ISIS or other myriad of terrorist groups. “The conditions are very likely, in my opinion that — I’ve testified this and I’ve said it in public — that you could see a resurgence of terrorism coming out of that general region within 12, 24, 36 months.”

Oh, really General? I ask again, the President said you agreed with his policy. Did you? If you did you should have resigned already because the blood that has been shed is on your hands.
If you didn’t you should resign. Both because he said you did, and you weren’t able to lead. The blood shed and the blood to come is on your hands. You failed. Resign.

The second person I call upon again to resign is General Austin, the Secretary of Defense. Here’s what he said:
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said “the al Qaeda extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to rebuild its operations there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power.”
He added that the Pentagon “is prepared to prevent an al Qaeda comeback in Afghanistan that would threaten the United States.”
Oh really, Mr Secretary, and exactly how do you intend to monitor that and what action are you planning? You mean military action in the same area the President said you supported surrendering in? Resign, General.

While on foreign policy, did you see this news?
“North Korea says it successfully test fired what it described as newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, its first known testing activity in months that underscored how it continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States.” 

You will see more from them, China, Russia and Iran, simply because they see weakness in the U.S. leadership. Remember Reagan’s words. We never got into a conflict because an adversary thought we were too strong. They did so because they perceived us weak.
How are our adversaries perceiving us today?

But Don’t Worry, Because

In three weeks a new book is coming out that will be another tell all on Donald and Melania Trump.
Stephanie Grisham, a former Trump White House press secretary is doing a “tell all” book.
Now Grisham briefly served as Press Chief and you may recall was known for not holding any conferences. Prior and after she served as Melania Trump’s Press secretary. Now she wants to cash in.
Isn’t it amazing how no one will resign, quit, or get fired for the mess over Afghanistan, and no one will speak about the President’s condition; yet with Trump we get interviews, books and endless stories? Why is that?

Have A Great Day.

The 2022 Election…

stickers with i voted inscription and flag of usa


As the nation pauses to look back tomorrow on the events of twenty years ago, we want to take a moment here to remember and honor too. Remember those we lost that day and in the years that followed from the aftermath. Honor those who took up the fight, tracked down Bin Laden and proudly sought justice for our citizens. We fear that with the events of this month there may be more to come, but are assured our people will arise to the challenge with the right leadership.
With that in mind we promised yesterday a look ahead to the 2022 election and what might be and what can impact it.

The Consensus Is A Change – But

The consensus looking out to the 2022 mid terms is that as is most often the case, the party of the incumbent President will lose seats. In a body like the House where a five seat switch would turn control, it is almost universal that will occur in 2022.
In the Senate, the Republicans have more seats up, more retirements and more in question. Thus, it is rated a toss up.
A large number of experts, judging by the state of affairs today think Republican control of both houses is a sure thing.
Here’s some thoughts:
First off, fourteen months away is a lifetime in politics and anything can happen. The state of the nation, the economy, war and peace, jobs, viruses, any world event at the time can make any look today a poor one. Keep that in mind.
But, assuming all things are equal to today, then what?
Well, in a normal election cycle the House would switch control by 15-20 votes. The Senate would be close, but likely tip because the turnout for the party out of power (The White House) is always far more motivated and greater.
The idea for the party out of power is let events unfold, motivate your voters and avoid at all costs any material that would drive your opponents to the polls.

Two Things That Could Change The Outcome

There are two things in the news today that could change the 2022 election because it would motivate and drive the Democrats. It doesn’t appear they will rush to the polls to vote and support the Biden agenda. As of this writing that is getting beat upon. It doesn’t appear that traditional issues of more spending or higher taxes would be a good positioning. So what can change the direction of the election?
These two factors:
1. The abortion decision in Texas and upcoming one in Mississippi.
2. Donald Trump.

Let’s take them one at a time.

On the first, it’s simple. There are more people bought into the my body, my choice on abortion than not.
If the Texas law holds and Mississippi gets the okay from the court, that will result in a deluge of Democratic funding, registration and turnout. This issue alone has the ability to alter the 2022 mid terms.

Now, if the Supreme Court in the Mississippi case rules the attempt to limit is too restrictive, then the issue goes away. It’s important to note that despite the coverage, the court in the Texas case did not rule against Roe V. Wade. That decision is yet to come.
One note here:
We are not passing judgement on the issue in either way, just presenting the fact that it is a hot issue that can impact turnout to the point it can effect the election.
No matter what, the Supreme Court will decide the impact of this when it rules on Mississippi.

Issue two is Donald Trump. He may well decide the election and congressional control.

His supporters will turn out to vote. They are angry about 2020, many feel cheated. They may well be more motivated than the average off year electorate. That is bad news for the incumbent party. But, Donald Trump may well save them.

He alone, by getting active, going around the country telling people he was cheated and planning to run again will not drive up Republican votes, as they are already going out to vote, but will drive up anti Trump voters who would sit it out That is problem one. Don’t motivate the opposition when your team is already motivated.

Problem two is he will divide the party somewhat. To win the Republicans must be united. They lost key states in 2020 because they were divided. Donald Trump holds the key to this. Right now I see division.

He is going to play out his vendetta against anyone who won’t agree he was cheated (see states like Georgia and Arizona), and idolizing him. Look at how he is dividing Georgia again. He is going after the incumbent (and running again) Governor by endorsing an opponent. He is supporting a candidate for one of the two lost senate seats (Herschel Walker) who cannot win. (Below you see the issues he brings to the campaign). This is true across the nation as he is thinking Donald Trump first, winning the House and Senate last. It’s the opposite an experienced political figure would do.

Here’s a reprint from Punchbowl on the havoc he is causing. Now this is a left of center publication but it gives a feel of what the left will be saying.

It begins with an unneccessary statement from the former President on the Robert E. Lee statue coming down in Richmond, Va thus week. Take a read through this, noting that some of these candidates are more admirable and worthy than Punchbowl portrays.

Just when we thought it was no longer possible, DONALD TRUMP has topped himself again — this time with a statement Wednesday celebrating Robert E. Lee, the Southern insurrectionist who fought to preserve slavery. Trump lamented the “desecration” of Richmond, Va.’s “beautiful” bronze statue of “genius” Lee, whom Trump imagines would have led America to a “total and complete victory in Afghanistan” if only he’d been born 150 years later. Trump’s megaphone has been muffled by the loss of his Twitter account, and the media has mostly tuned out the firehose of outrage he issues via email. Normally we’d ignore this one too. But lest anyone forget, he is the leader of the Republican Party and might well run for president again in 2024 .

Trump’s influence is seen the most in key GOP Senate primaries in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. In each of these states, Trump is backing a candidate with substantial political baggage. These Trump endorsements are also a problem for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who very much wants to win back the majority in 2022.

Yet the negative headlines don’t stop there. Trump-endorsed candidates for smaller statewide offices are attracting scrutiny over their past behavior as well.

Here’s a breakdown of scandal-tarred candidates endorsed by Trump so far this year:

→ Herschel Walker (running for Senate in Georgia): It wasn’t long after Walker announced he’d run that the former NFL star’s turbulent past came to light. In December 2005, Walker’s ex-wife secured a protective order against him, alleging violent behavior and receiving multiple death threats from Walker. Although Walker has been very open about his past struggles with mental illness, it is unclear how he will address the topic as a candidate. Walker is currently facing more recent controversies too. His current wife is being investigated for potentially voting illegally. Also, the exaggerated claims on the size of Walker’s company are being called into question. Walker asserted that his company employed hundreds of workers and grossed more than $70 million in income. That AP report disclosed that Walker reported only eight employees when applying for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan last year. In a recent court case, Walker was said to have made an average of $1.5 million a year in profit from 2008 to 2017.

→ Sean Parnell (running for Senate in Pennsylvania): The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this week that Pennsylvania officials issued two temporary protection-from-abuse orders against Parnell in 2017 and 2018. Parnell was forced to give up his guns in both cases and had to leave leave his home in 2017. Parnell also applied for a protection order against his estranged wife in 2018 and was denied.

→ Ted Budd (running for Senate in North Carolina): In late August, the Washington Post reported that a business deal Budd’s father conducted cost farmers millions of dollars. Court documents allege Budd’s father, Richard, improperly transferred millions of dollars in assets to the Budd family, including to Ted. In a subsequent bankruptcy case for the company, AgriBioTech, farmers and creditors were paid less than half the amount initially earmarked for them. 

→ Rep. Mo Brooks (running for Senate in Alabama): Brooks addressed Trump supporters at the Jan. 6 rally at the White House Ellipse, telling the crowd that “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.” Two House Democrats later introduced a measure to censure Brooks for his comments, although the House has never taken it up. Brooks is being sued by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) over allegedly helping incite the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Brooks has denied any wrongdoing.

→ Ryan Zinke (running for a House seat in Montana): When serving as secretary of the Interior under Trump, the department’s inspector general concluded Zinke improperly used a chartered flight to give a speech to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Zinke resigned in 2018 while facing multiple federal probes, including one about a Montana land deal that he was involved in.

→ Derrick Van Orden (running for a House seat  in Wisconsin): Months after Van Orden’s narrow defeat to Rep. Ron Kind last November, the Republican traveled to Washington on Jan. 6. During the riot, Van Orden was pictured in a restricted area beyond police barricades outside of the Capitol. Van Orden said he did nothing wrong and “left the scene of the insurrection when unlawful activity started.”

→ Ken Paxton (running for reelection as Texas attorney general): A Texas grand jury indicted Paxton in 2015 on two counts of securities fraud and one count of failing to register with state securities regulators. The case is still pending.

→ Vito Fossella (running for borough president in Staten Island, N.Y.): When representing Staten Island in Congress, Fossella was arrested on drunk driving charges. Fossella then admitted to having a child in an extramarital affair. The congressman declined to run for reelection in 2008.

→ Burt Jones (running for lieutenant governor in Georgia): Jones, currently a state senator, was removed as chair of the state Senate Insurance and Labor Committee in January 2021. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan stripped Jones of his position following false allegations of voter fraud during the 2020 election.”

In reviewing this, you can see what the threat is for the Republicans in 2022. United and focused on the opposition and their polices, the Republicans have a golden opportunity to win congress. Divided they will end with a few Georgia outcomes like they did in 2020.

Have a great weekend.



Just My Opinion…

Reflecting On The News Today – First The Media

How is it that a white woman wearing a monkey mask throwing eggs at California Governor Candidate Larry Elder is not getting the coverage it would if Elder were a Democrat? Where is the MSM outrage at the eggs and physical assault on Elder’s security personnel?
The lack of coverage and outrage is just another example of the media bias.

Where was the media’s hysterical coverage about the organization VP Harris touted and requested contributions to getting someone released who has now killed another citizen? If this were a VP Pence supported group, and it had this result, would it be a lead story?
Just another example of media bias.

About That $3.5 Trillion

Just so we’re clear. This started out as $6 trillion proposed program and was then lowered it to $3.5 trillion, which is why Senator Sanders and the Progressives are saying they gave up too much already.
Sen. Manchin, after his stand yesterday, is now saying that he wants the total to drop as low as $1 trillion or $1.5 trillion. That means he is ready to go to $2 trillion.
Remember the quote we shared yesterday from the President. Manchin makes a show but “comes around.”

Though they never define what is the “fair share” of taxes they can take from your income, I saw this report today on the top 1% in today’s NYT.
“The top 1% are evading $163 billion in taxes” annually. Oh, is that right?
Well:
1. If true, $163 billion does not pay for $3.5 trillion in new spending.
2. If you know that, why aren’t you going after it?
3. You will never collect any “fair share” by raising their tax rate. You have to take away deductions.
You won’t do that because it would impact their income and you will lose their support and contributions.
Thus, you do a show and say you are raising rates — all for show.
Where is the media on this?

Here’s another “oh really” story in today’s papers.
“Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge On Having Enough Chargers”. Did they just figure that out?
You better figure out, too, how people (in cities, as an example) who park on the street are going to charge their cars.
The story said the U.S. has about 100,000 chargers and needs ten times that to implement the planned switch. Good luck.
Remember, 50% of the autos by 2025 and 100% by 2030 is the mandate. Too, companies like GM who committed to 100% by that date or sooner — that was another great decision, and you wonder why you are losing share.

With all the infrastructure talk, you better hope the plan is more than redoing paving on existing roads. Chargers may be at the top. Here’s another idea.
Every year we have hurricane outages that last months. Then we throw billions to repair. How about with the money being thrown around we put the wires under ground so we reduce the issue. Wouldn’t that be infrastructure we could appreciate and get behind?

Afghanistan

As we write this, it appears that for the first time the Taliban is going to let a plane fly out with people on board. The indication is 200 people will be released. It is unknown how many are Americans. Let’s let this unfold so we can understand better what is happening and why.

Otherwise the story out of that country continues to be an American embarrassment. On Saturday as we remember and mourn our lost, in Kabul, at the same hour, they will be installing the government that gave Osama Bin Laden a haven to operate from.
When the President planned his photo op did he think of this?

Tomorrow we’re going to take a look at the 2022 midterms and how two things can impact the results that everyone is saying is inevitable.
In the meantime, have a great one today.

It’s The Media…

Long Time Readers Know

That I have long believed it is the media that is the problem in our nation. They certainly influenced the last election by what they covered and didn’t. That subtle support of leftist causes continues. Here are examples:

The NYT headlines, and the MSM reports all covered that the Taliban had established a new government. They all made a mention that there were no women in the leadership. You know what they didn’t mention?
None (outside the conservative sites) mentioned that four of the five terrorists traded for Bo Bergdahl were in leadership positions in the new government.
Now isn’t that something that should be big news? It certainly is to me and shows a poor decision to release them. Yet, as of this writing, I am guessing over 70% of the nation does not know this.
In my opinion, from what I’ve learned, Bo Bergdahl walked out on his own. We had brave warriors hurt in trying to find him. He was traded for five Gitmo terrorists who we were told were no longer in the fight.
We were either lied to, mislead, or naive. Choose which one.
Ask yourself, if a Conservative had made this trade would it have led the news today?

The MSM has covered it up. Disgusting.

While on Afghanistan

Why isn’t the MSM talking about why the planes holding over 100 Americans and 1000 Afghan nations are not leaving Kabul Airport? The charges by conservative groups are that our State Department is holding it up and not the Taliban.
Aren’t they curious as to why?
Was the leaked email from the State Department confirming that the Biden administration refused to grant permission for private evacuation flights from Afghanistan to land in third countries, even though the administration was aware official authorization was needed for them to do so, real?
Don’t they want to know why and inform us? Why no interest in finding out the truth?

Why, too, aren’t the media calling the administration on the initial claim they freed an American family this week? As soon as they said it, the warriors on the ground who did it said the administration was lying and they did it.
Doesn’t the media care about truth any more?

And while they’re at it, how about asking the administration how many Americans and Afghan supporters have they gotten released since they pulled out Aug. 30th. Didn’t they claim there would be many? What’s the number? Maybe they know it’s zero (outside the false claim above) and don’t want to embarrass the administration?

Another Issue They Should Be Looking At

The Intercept site obtained over 900 pages of documents (as part of a Freedom of Information Act request) against the National Institutes of Health. The documents detail how EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based nonprofit group that supports field research on coronaviruses around the world, awarded federal funding to study bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology
Details include two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Dr. Fauci).

Why is the MSM (and administration) not interested in getting to the bottom of where this Coronavirus began? Don’t we deserve to know?

On the virus, do you know deaths passed 650,000 yesterday from it? Remember when numbers were the lead story everyday? What happened?
Someone asked the other day what were the total deaths on the day Joe Biden took office. The answer just shy of 400,000.  

Joe Manchin And the $3.5 Trillion Bill

Again, long time readers know we think Joe Manchin talks a good game to fool people then goes along with his party. Well, we rest our case today as the New York Times has written this about $3.5 trillion spending plan:

Last week, Senator Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, published an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal calling for “a strategic pause” on the $3.5 trillion bill. Taken at face value, his position could doom the bill, since his vote is needed.
But Manchin frequently makes high-profile statements to distance himself from party leaders — and protect his image in deep-red West Virginia — while ultimately agreeing with Democrats on most issues, especially on economic policy. “Joe, at the end, has always been there,” Biden told CNN yesterday. “I think we can work something out, and I look forward to speaking with him.”

I rest my case.

California Election

There’s a lot of talk about the election and how California might throw out their Democratic Governor next week.
Don’t listen to it.
The election won’t be close enough to keep you up.
Here’s all the proof you need. President Biden is going out to campaign for Newsom. Think about that. If there was any chance Newsom could lose would they send Biden out? Of course not. They know how many mail in ballots came in and where this is headed.

Have a great day. Stay alert and follow the issues. Inform others.

I Keep Trying To Move On…

But They Keep Providing Fodder

Yesterday I watched the press briefing by Secretary of Defense Austin and General Milley. Two people that for over a week I have called for their firing. At the end yesterday, I was for it even more.

Here’s an example of the appeal from Secretary Austin. He said that I hoped the whole country would come together to support our troops, who preformed so admirably.

Hey, Mr. Secretary and General Milley, we are united on troops. Everyone is 100% behind them, appreciative of their efforts and fully supportive.
It is you two, along with Secretary Blinken, National Advisor Sullivan and General McKenzie we are angry with.
Did you miss that message?
We want all five of you out. You all either gave bad advice, or condensed to what the President wanted. Then you saw the debacle and stayed. In either case you should have had the courage your position requires and leave.

So I am clear. We want YOU gone, we SUPPORT the troops, every last one of them. If you did, 13 of them would still be alive.

Then I see the Chief of Staff (Ron Klain) make this big speech about how they did this “incredible job” with the situation they inherited.
No, no, no.
It was a situation you created, your decisions and actions caused the mess. Your administration made it the crisis it became. Stop lying. I know your followers and some brain dead supporters will back your version and repeat it, but a majority knows better.
Stop making us all look like idiots to the world. You’re lucky you have a friendly media or you would be gone already too.

Here’s another thing that irks me.
I hear the President talk about the cost of this war. The cost in dollars as if he is worried about spending.

The cost,Mr. President, over twenty years was not cheap in people or dollars. Here are the numbers:
2,461 U.S. service members were killed.
20,000 were injured.
3,846 U.S. contractors killed.
66,000 Afghan military and police killed. (Think about this number and the President’s charge they wouldn’t fight.)
47,245 Afghan civilians were killed.
51,191 Taliban and opposition fighters killed. 
You should probably add the 3,000+ of our citizens who were killed by the action on Sept. 11th that came out of Afghanistan.

Now in dollars the President has said over and over it was a fortune.
The tab  for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars over twenty years:  $2 trillion.

Yes, Mr. President, that is a lot of our tax money over the past 20 years. 2 Trillion Dollars.

Yet you are fighting for a $3.5 Trillion immediate spending bill.
You’ve already spent more than $2Trillion incrementally.
Here’s a message for you.
All Trillions count. All Trillions are adding to our debt. All Trillions are bills our children have to pay — not just the war cost.

A reminder, it’s a war you did NOT end. The war is a war on terrorism. You just gave them back a base to plan and operate from.

By the way, this question to all of you noted above and Jen Psaki. So how many Americans or friends of ours have the Taliban released to us since they took over? You all told us we would get our people and friends back. How many so far?

I think we’ll take off tomorrow, and like you, try to unwind a little this labor day weekend. We’ll be thinking as always of our warriors and remembering them.

Trying To Grasp…

Trying To Comprehend Words And Events

Yesterday the President spoke of the pullout in Afghanistan in such an angry tone. Who was he mad at?
Since he was speaking to the American people, why was he yelling at us?
He voted for the war. He headed the Senate Intelligence Committee. He was VP for eight years.
Why is he mad at me?

Let’s get one thing straight. He said he “ended the war.” No you didn’t. If you believe that then you are misguided.
The war is against Islamic Terrorism.
Afghanistan was their original base of operation. We chased them out, then to Iraq and then to Syria and Yemen. You didn’t end the war, you ended a chapter in one place.
Once those dedicated to our demise are able to reestablish, you own every drop of blood that will be shed.

You lied and are still lying.
You said we would stay until every American is out. You didn’t. You changed “no man left behind” to “ten percent is okay.” For 245 years that slogan meant something.
I saw a picture yesterday from WWII. Marines were holding a sign that said:
“The Coast Guard worked hard to put us here and now we’re going to stay.”
What a different time.

You said we did this evacuation (I call it withdrawal) in “an orderly manner”. No we didn’t.
We got thirteen soldiers killed, twenty wounded, left an estimated $85 billion of U.S. equipment behind, emboldened our enemies and destroyed our reputation with allies.
That’s orderly to you? Getting people and equipment out first is orderly. You had a different agenda.
And when you say it was “the best ever,” it’s because the United States never withdrew in such a fashion. You own the loss.

You said “everyone could have left.” Are you serious? Did you hear what happened to people trying to get to the Kabul Airport?
Are you following the stories of people now calling and begging because they couldn’t get out? Don’t you care, even about the Afghan driver who saved you? You know the one you spoke about so many times?
Who is going to ever trust our word again?

While I’m asking what you care about, are the stories from the families about your actions on the tarmac for the return of the bodies true? Are you that callous?

When you say they had “plenty of time,” who do you think you are fooling? Do people leave their homes when a hurricane is forecast before the final days? It is human nature to stay with your home and family.
Plenty of time? People wanted to stay because they trusted the word of the United States of America. Your actions is what cut their time and chance to leave.

You lied saying the US choice in Afghanistan was “to leave or commit tens of thousands of more troops going back to war.” That’s not true at all. You make it sound like we were in a ground war and  invading the country. No that was over. We were in a European, Korea, Japan type situation. Our soldiers were there to support and maintain the peace. It wasn’t an all out fight everyday with our troops dying. In fact, more died under your orderly withdrawal than the year and a half prior.

I know why you did it… for show, because everything you do is for show. You wanted to stand before the nation on September 11th and say “I, Joe Biden, ended this twenty year war.” You wanted to be the hero.
You’re not the hero. You disgraced our nation to the world and set us up for some bad events down the road. It will take a while for them to get organized and do it, but it’s coming and you own it.

President George W. Bush said this when we went to Afghanistan: “We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.”
Well we can add “Until Joe Biden wanted a photo opportunity.”

Let me point out one more thing and reason why I doubt you so much Mr. President.
You have been in Washington for over 50 years. Claim to be the expert and on top of everything.
Well, I can’t erase the memory of you on May 19th, 2020 as you launched your campaign answering a question about China by saying:
China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man.”
You totally didn’t get it then. After all those years in Washington and serving as VP you still didn’t see the Chinese threat. How could you have been so wrong?
I think you were wrong then and you are wrong now. no matter how much you yell at me.

There are two other things I don’t understand:

1. How were you able to surround yourself with such weak leaders? They didn’t recommend this action to you, yet you keep saying they did. How could they not love their country more than you and resign?
There is no honor there. None.
I know the Congress should be all over this, but your guards, Schumer and Pelosi, are not talking hearings and exposure. Does anyone do the right thing for the nation anymore? Is party more important than nation?
The one person to show honor is Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, and he has been relieved of duty. He called out his superiors for their lack of honor.

2. The second is who are these people in polls like the one from Morning Consult today? Biden has a 47% approval, versus 49% disapproval. This is in line with the Real Clear Politics Average of 46% approval vs 49% disapproval.
Who are these 47%? I realize it is mostly Democrats, but aren’t we all Americans first? Does it mean if you bankrupt the nation and give people free stuff that people won’t care what happens to the nation?
If that’s true, then the end is near for this democracy.

Pray for our nation and children’s future.

IN ADDITION…

In Addition to Afghanistan

With the emphasis on the failure of Afghanistan the past few days a lot of issues were set aside. Let’s review a few and then turn back to that.

Like, did you know that Sunday the price of a postage stamp went up three cents to fifty-eight cents? If you are surprised you’re not alone.
You see with “forever” stamps it is easy to quietly raise prices. Like the EZ Pass toll boxes people have in their cars, they have no idea what roads cost anymore and it is far easier to quietly raise prices.

How about this story that got no coverage:
North Korea appears to have resumed operation of its plutonium-producing reactor at Yongbyon, a move that could enable the country to expand its nuclear-weapons arsenal.
Isn’t this a story that in another week that would be all over the news, especially under a Republican President?
Next question, would this have happened if Afghanistan hadn’t?

This story out of California should have been covered. As we brought 13 heroes home and twenty others were in the hospital this teacher took this stand. She instructed her students to pledge allegiance to a gay pride flag after she removed the American Flag from her classroom because it made her uncomfortable.
Well I for one am tired of this. I was tolerating things until I saw once again fellow citizens coming home in a box covered by a flag. Enough.
I know many of you agree.

Meanwhile, the House Committee investigating Jan. 6th had no comments last week on Afghanistan but did take the time to put out statements on their committee work and plans to subpoena Trump supporters.
You can’t be serious.
In this week of pain how about dropping politics and finding out what went wrong with the withdrawals that did cost us lives. Just because it wan’t yours doesn’t mean it can be ignored.

in fact, you can start today to determine who lied. Was the President warned what was going to happen as the intelligence people say; or did he not follow their advice?
Were the Generals that wrong, or did the President say you can have 2,500 troops only, choose what airport you want?
We want to know. The families, friends and citizens of the nation deserve to know.

Who owns responsibility for the stash of weapons the Taliban now owns and will end up in China, Russia, Iran and with terrorists in the country? (2,000 armored vehicles, 60 Blackhawk Helicopters, 20 Aircraft among others)
Do you, Congress, have the integrity, honesty and political courage to answer these questions?
For the record: I don’t think you do on any of those character traits.

And if you ever get the courage to do this, answer this one too. A WSJ report said that:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the June meeting with President Biden, objected to any role for American forces in Central Asian countries undercutting U.S. plans to act against new terrorist dangers after its Afghanistan withdrawal.”

Did Putin tell our President “nyet”? What did he say back? Did he just cower?

On Afganistan

We left a day early. I’m grateful we escaped with no additional loss of any precious soldiers life.
I feel bad hearing we left behind some citizens and some who helped and were promised passage. That is alien to every thing I knew or learned of and in the military. No man left behind was the message. The times have changed. Now we’ll see how events unfold into the future. Stay vigilant.

The President asked this question:
“What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point, with al Qaeda gone?”
Well, Mr. President, your first answer was the deaths and maiming by the suicide bomber of our citizens and hundreds of Afghans.
You saw them unloading some other parents’ sons and daughters (as you talk of yours) in caskets.
You know there are hundreds more already near the airport in Afghanistan. They were sons and daughters too.
You will be getting many more (death) answers as we proceed and learn how many perish in that country and witness acts that come of the country.
How could you make that statement and ask that question?

Here’s an early poll on what the world thinks of us these days. You know. the people you told America is back. If declining belief in our nation is back you are doing great.

What are we back to in your first seven months?

On The Border

Here’s a few facts that tell the whole story.
In the first seven months of the Biden presidency, more than 1 million people have been stopped crossing our southern border, and a substantial number of additional people have entered illegally without being noticed officially by the federal government.
Rachel Peterson of Gingrich 360 translated the growing influx of people in the county illegally into city sizes. Imagine if the Biden administration had a plan to import a city a month of people in the country illegally.  
Here are their first seven cities:
 In January, 78,442 people came into the country illegally. This is the same size as New Rochelle, New York.
For February, 101,095 people crossed, the same as the population of San Angelo, Texas.
In March, 173,265 people crossed illegally, the population of Salem, Oregon.
In April, 178,850 people illegally entered the country, or the population of Newport News, Virginia.
In May, 180,641 people came in, equaling the population of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In June, 188,829 people entered, or the same as the population of Knoxville, Tennessee.
In July, 210,000 people came in illegally, the same number of people living in Birmingham, Alabama.

Now consider this story that you won’t hear about.
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. fell by 440,000 over the first three years of the Trump administration, from 2016 to 2019, according to new estimates released last week.
The drop was driven by a major change in migration patterns, with many Mexicans, traditionally the largest nationality among the unauthorized population, actually returning to their home country.
Central Americans have steadily increased, as have Asian illegal immigrants, but not enough to offset the outflow of Mexicans, CMS said. 
Over the three years, 1.75 million new illegal immigrants arrived — but 2.19 million left the population.

Pray for our warriors as we leave Afghanistan, the families who lost someone and for those we left behind.

Not Much More To Add

Seeing the pictures, reading their stories and feeling the pain of their deaths leaves little else to say. Since Thursday we have lived in hope there is no repeat, while unable to ease the memory of what did occur. With an average age of only 22 we lost thirteen fellow citizens willing to take the fight up for us. Some were barely born before the mission began twenty years ago.

Now we prepare to exit this terrorist haven. What does the future hold for the area?
The bet here is that internal strife develops with three constitutes. The Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS K. They will vie for control and attempt to bring their view to lead the nation. No matter who prevails they will not be a friend of the U.S.
One (The Taliban) supported the terrorist development in the nation before and is now emboldened that they can defeat the U.S.
The second (Al Qaeda) has long been dedicated to harming our nation, people and interests. With some of their leaders still in our prisons watch what they will do as time unfolds to get them free.
The third (ISIS K) wants to destroy, at any price, anything American and takes delight in doing it and in the most brutal fashion possible.

The question, thus, is this. How do we think abandoning the country now will work out three and four years down the road? Does any sensible person think these groups have changed their goals or ways? Does anyone not understand that the manner in which we are departing is fuel for their thoughts that they will own the future?

Watching the Sunday shows just added to my dismay. Do Secretary of State Blinken and National Security Advisor Sullivan really believe that the Taliban will be different? They both argued that we will be able to continue saving our citizens and those who assisted us after we leave because the Taliban will help. “They changed” saying of the Taliban.
Oh really? Do you believe that?
Then how come people were beaten and prevented from getting to the airport now? How come one of their leaders when interviewed this week said there is “no proof” that Bin Laden was behind the September 11th attack. Thus, he said, everything that has happened since then has been illegal.
Does that sound like a reformed Taliban to you?
Realize too that the Taliban, if it is possible, is less radical than Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Where Are The Principled?

Where are the principled people in this administration?
I seem to recall whenever President Trump (who is not without blame in all this) made a decision there were people speaking up, resigning, writing articles and books.
Where are they here?
Defense Secretary Austin has 13 bodies in caskets returned and 18 more severely wounded in hospitals. Did you recommend this action? If you did, you should resign. If you didn’t and the President didn’t listen, you should resign.

Generals Milley and McKenzie, how about you? Did you both support our troops to be sitting ducks at the airport? Your uninspiring leadership combined with either bad judgement or ability to convince the President should see you both gone.
In what part of your training were you taught that your soldiers can be in an area without a perimeter? In my personal experience a perimeter was a must to protect the interior. How did you allow this? If you say you trusted our sworn enemy to protect our troops, then look at the pictures of the 13 and quit today.

Another question on this.
We disciplined one soldier who was relieved of command because he spoke up demanding accountability for those above him. I understand your actions to do this in a matter of minutes after he spoke. It is military code, I get it.
So how come you didn’t take action against another Lt. Colonel who released classified information about a telephone call Donald Trump had? Why was Lt. Col. Vindman allowed to stay in his roll and retire on his own later? Can someone explain the double standard?

And where are the mouths from congress?
Nancy Pelosi, after calling the President’s action brilliant, has been silent. Hold a hearing? No way. She brought congress back to vote to spend $3.5 trillion more and went home. The mouth that roared for years is quiet. Why? Is politics more important to her than the lives of our young soldiers?

What about Majority Leader Schumer? The man who never saw a microphone he didn’t have something to say into, is where now?

Ask these leaders if they would have sent their son or daughter to stand on that wall in the manner we sent these troops.

Leadership has failed us, told us untruths, and I can only hope the American people are smart enough to figure this out.

Some Final Thoughts Today

I am a great supporter and believer in our military and warriors who serve in it. Our nation has been blessed with young men and now woman who are willing to risk their lives so freedom can reign. They have joined at young ages, and if you walk among the grave-sites at Normandy, Belgium or Arlington you can see how young. We just added thirteen more to a hallowed list and we did so on the run out of a country. Never again, I say, Never Again. If you are going to send warriors to fight you better back them, support them and provide them the best chance to come home. What we did here is a failure.

Pray for our military personnel and thank God for their service.

The End Is Near…

We Are Out On August 31


The President, after twice delaying his address, went to the microphones and said “no extension” and thus we are out of Afghanistan in six days.

There is nothing to add to what we’ve already blogged here, and you have heard on the airwaves. It is done.

What is left now is to see what happens to citizens left behind, those who assisted us and the lives of those left in the country, especially women.

Military historians will be left to judge how this withdrawal was handled.

Historians in general will be left to judge the leadership of twenty years in this fight.

Those of us here now, know that 20 years ago we were attacked. Over 3,000 of our non combatant citizens were killed. For no reason other than they were Americans and showed up for work that day. I will never forget that many of them thought their best chance in life was to jump from the 100th floor of the World Trade Center; or attack armed hijackers on a plane at 20,000 feet.

We went forward to get those who did that. The leader of that movement against us killed and buried at sea.

Now 20 years later those who allowed that movement to flourish in their country and many of his supporters are going to celebrate their return to power. They will claim victory and be emboldened to do more.

Maybe we’re too emotionally involved to pass historical judgment, but I think time will say this:

The mission on day one was to get Bin Laden and beat back his organization.
The mistake was to try and build a country and government that history says does not want one.
Three Presidents followed and had no idea on what to do.
One got out of a second war in much the same way we are now and ISIS was born. Not good.
The next one wanted to stroke his ego and be the President to get us out of wars. He lost reelection.
Then the fourth one came and had no idea. He voted to go in to all the wars and now wanted out, but had no idea on how to do it and caused this chaos.

So many died twenty years ago. Many more died to rid the world of evil. Then we left. Now many will die as payback in that nation and the question is how many will die because of the rebirth of those who hate enough to do what they did two decades ago.

The lesson? To me it is this. If you are going to enter into a conflict, you must define the mission and what victory is. Once you do that, you must complete the mission. There is no substitute for victory, so if you go, you go all out and win.

We’ll be watching along with you on how this President and his team lead us now.

The Questions…

After Watching and Reading All Weekend

I come away with questions that still baffle me on the whole Afghanistan fiasco.

1. Who gave the order and who thought it was smart and right to start with a withdrawal with the protectors first?
Did anyone in the room say “Wait, that’s backwards?”
Did anyone, the Generals included, not think to start with American citizens, the Afghan helpers and the weapons before the warriors?
How in the world could people in the positions they are, even if they wanted to end our entanglement, leave the weapons they did behind?
Didn’t they realize some of our latest technology would end up in the hands of the Chinese, Iranians and Russians?
How was this possible?

2. Why is it every time one of the leaders gives a press conference and gets how or why questions they answer in one of two ways:

A. “There will be plenty of time later for that.”
No, now there is plenty of time in your question and answer to provide an explanation. Every so called leader from the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, The General and Press Leaders in their departments have used this line. They need to stop, we want and deserve to know how this debacle occurred.

B. “You have to go to … for that answer.”
The other diversionary tactic they all use on the tough questions is that they “don’t know or can’t answer that question and they should go ….” They send the question and issue back by not answering and telling people to go to another department that won’t answer.
Well we want answers from all of you.

3. Who is going to pay the price for this mess?
Who is going to show dignity and resign first? Who has the class to do so?
Who is going to be relieved of their role first? Who will be made to walk the plank?
There are five candidates I can name who if all were gone wouldn’t be too soon for me.

August 10, 1949

Why am I listing that date?
Well it was on that date that we changed a name that had existed since 1789. You see we had created a Department of War, following the Revolutionary War that guided us through national wars all the way through WWII. Think about that. All those wars that we fought and won to build the greatest nation on earth.

In August 1949 we changed and created the Department of Defense. That department has led us through Korea, Vietnam and up to Afghanistan.

Now maybe its just a name thing, War and Defense, but haven’t the outcomes been different since the change?

Have A Great Day.

Wrapping Up The Week

Closing Out Frustrations of A Week

If the week wasn’t frustrating enough for the actions and avoidance of answering questions we had to sit through “an interview” by George Stephanopoulos.
The administration that promised “full transparency” decides the best single person to ask them anything is the former Clinton Chief of Staff. The man whose family promised to leave America if Donald Trump won. The man whose daughters couldn’t sleep in their beds after he did. Now a whole country’s daughters are about to be denied a chance, I wonder how they feel? He’s not saying now.

We didn’t find out anything in the interview. George, as usual, had his kid gloves on for his fellow Democrat.
Want examples?
Why didn’t George ask why we did military first and not citizens, equipment, and friends?
How did he decide the reverse is better? George wasn’t curious.

Why didn’t George call him on his statement that Afghanistan would never be Saigon like? If it were a Republican wouldn’t George have brought pictures showing it Saigon on Steroids? What happened here? When was the last time a President was so wrong? Not important to George.

When the President said “no one is being killed” why didn’t George call him on it? He knew people had died and more were dying each day. Why did Biden get away with that? George talks about Jan. 6th as if many died, and that isn’t true. Here they are actually dying, but nothing? Why George?

When George mentioned the 640 people on the transport plane, the President said that “was four days ago.” George, let it go. First of all, the interview was Wednesday, the picture was Monday. Allowing dismissal as if time had corrected the situation was a ploy George allowed. Where was the arrogant George tone, Mr. President that was two days ago? What if someone said George, Jan. 6th was seven months ago?

Add this, two days or four days, it’s the same illustration. How does that plane show the orderly evacuation that the President claimed? George let him off the hook.

If the press wants to tell you this is transparency, don’t accept it. It was a friend letting a friend off easily.

The Other Person I Have Had Enough Of Is

General Milley. He lied and mislead in his press briefing and thinks he put it over the people.
You didn’t all of us, General.
You can go back to apologizing for “your mistake” for walking to the front of the church with President Trump.
You can go back to your “woke” education you proudly mentioned a few weeks ago.
You can do that because you failed here.

You might think you put it over everyone with your constant “no one expected the Afghan government to fall in 11 days” line. I know the press never called you on it and you are proud of yourself.

You missed your military obligation and were surprised by 11 days? That was your job.
Yet, I heard Biden say he knew this would happen. He knew and you didn’t?
So General, how many days did you expect this to happen in? I know 11 surprised you, was it 12, 13, how far off were you off?
You should resign in embarrassment over your failure to identity the issue and do an orderly withdrawal.

Your other answer.
“Now is not the time” to assess the situation was another deflection.
Why not now?
Our nation is embarrassed, our allies are angry, our troops demoralized, our people broken.
Now is as good as any time. You own this failure and we want the answers now.

Finally Let’s Close The Week With

This question and answer in the above mentioned ABC interview. As you view, think how poorly this entire action was done. Think how England has condemned our actions. How the Afghan people are and will die. How we left behind equipment, people and supporters.
George asked:
“You don’t think this could have been handled — this exit could have been handled better in any way, no mistakes?”
Biden:
“No, I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that, we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look — but the idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”

81 Million of us voted for this. In 2022 we get a chance to decide if the direction and leadership are right.

Have A Great Weekend. Register To Vote. Your Vote counts.

Okay Now Let Me Understand…

I WATCHED THE ADMINISTRATION’S PRESENTATION

First, I saw Secretary Austin and General Milley’s press conference.
Verdict: Very unimpressive.
I won’t mince words: Both should quit or be fired – Today.
They missed the event and have no solution now. They are misleading the public. Time to go.

They both said they were surprised by the events that occurred so quickly. Really? You want to tell us that?
Here’s the NYT today. The same NYT that has your backs always:
“Classified assessments by American spy agencies over the summer painted an increasingly grim picture of the prospect of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and warned of the rapid collapse of the Afghan military.” 
How about this on their front page:
“Contradicting Biden, Reports Warned of Rapid Collapse.”
The Times even added this:
“By July, many intelligence reports grew more pessimistic, questioning whether any Afghan security forces would muster serious resistance and whether the government could hold on.”

They weren’t alone.
The Wall Street Journal had this on the same day:
“And it’s not just the intel agencies. Generals and diplomats gave similar warnings.” (“Biden knew of the risks.”)
The Journal added:
“Biden’s decision to bring home U.S. troops … was made against the recommendations of his top military generals and many diplomats, who warned that a hasty withdrawal would undermine security in Afghanistan, several administration and defense officials said.”
In a series of meetings leading up to his decision,” The Journal said, “military and intelligence officials told Mr. Biden that security was deteriorating in Afghanistan, and they expressed concerns both about the capabilities of the Afghan military and the Taliban’s likely ability to take over major Afghan cities.”

And you were surprised? The news reporters weren’t. It seems many in government weren’t. Either you lied or you’re incapable. In either case, you should be fired. Today.

Then I saw the President Speak and he never touched the issue or took questions. I was in shock as we walked away from the podium.
If you voted for the Biden/Harris team I wonder if you’re proud of their performance seven months in.

A message to Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi.


Your silence is deafening. Speaker Pelosi, you released a statement on day one that the President was taking the right action and how proud you were of his leadership.
Both of you being silent on this have failed the nation.
Your continued focus only on how to spend more money in light of this is an absolute disgrace to me.
One more thing to you both.
What you saw and see in Afghanistan is an insurrection. Stop disgracing yourself by applying that term to January 6th.

Schumer Wants To Arrest Who?

And Senator Schumer, your comments amid all this that we should “arrest people with a phony vaccine card” is so misplaced.  We have politicians and leaders lying to the public over Afghanistan. We have incredible crimes on the streets, from criminals you support being out of jail.
Your comments about vaccine cards is deplorable.
Is this nation so lost and the media so biased that we are allowing this?

Oh Yea, But You Forget

Here’s another story in the newspapers.
Congress is in the midst of a historic phase of policymaking that’s unlike anything we’ve covered before. You really do have to go back to the LYNDON B. JOHNSON era to find proposals at the breadth and scale of what Biden and Democrats have put forward in their budget.
Yup, spending is out of control and the deficit is growing. Our children inherit the bill and bankruptcy looms.
However, you could have added:
Afghanistan under Biden is awfully like Vietnam under Johnson.
Inflation, gas prices and hostages in the middle east is an awful lot like under Carter.
Let’s tell the whole story.

By the way, here’s a partial update of what’s in their latest spending bill:
The federal government would guarantee four more years of education for Americans.
It would open up Medicare for millions of people who don’t currently qualify.
It would subsidize a transformation to an electric car industry.
It would drastically increase the reach and power of the IRS.
It would make corporations and the wealthy pay far more in taxes. (Which means higher prices.)
Child care and time off from work for family and medical reasons would have generous new federal support. Unions would have more power.
Millions of undocumented immigrants could become American citizens.
It would all require a massive expansion of the size, power and cost of the federal government.

All of the above is on top of what already passed (quietly) this week: What was that?
“The Biden administration has revised the nutrition standards of the food stamp program and prompted the largest permanent increase to benefits in the program’s history, a move that will give poor people more power to fill their grocery carts but add billions of dollars to the cost of a program that feeds one in eight Americans.
“Under rules to be announced on Monday and put in place in October, average benefits will rise more than 25 percent from prepandemic levels.
All 42 million people in the program will receive additional aid. The move does not require congressional approval, and unlike the large pandemic-era expansions, which are starting to expire, the changes are intended to last.”

In America this free program is feeding one of eight!!

Folks, your vote counts. 2022 is your chance to stop all this.

Who Pays The Bill?

You hear all the time that you, the working class don’t pay your fair share. Well here’s a stat on the 40th anniversary of the Reagan Tax cuts that the media doesn’t report:
In 1980 the highest income tax rate was 70% on many types of income.
Today, the highest income tax rate is 37%. 
In 1980, the top 1% paid the same amount in taxes as the bottom 39% of taxpayers did.
Forty years later with rates cut almost in half, the top 1% now pay more in income taxes than the bottom 92% do. The one per cent pay more in taxes than 92 out of 100 taxpayers and the left still complains about “fair share.”

We need to vote and we need a fair media.

Have A Great Day. Register to Vote.

Day Three. What The Administration Did Right.

What They Did Right

We spent the past two days railing about how badly and trying to understand why the administration did what they did in Afghanistan. With that in mind we thought it only fair we discuss what they did right too.

Analysis Of Right Administration Moves In Afghanistan This Week


NOTHING.


End of Blog

Have A Great Day.

A Day Later…

man standing on stage

A DAY LATER – AND I FEEL THE SAME

Many comments from yesterday’s blog as I reacted to the events in Afghanistan. I have to admit upon reflection I feel EXACTLY the same.

THE PRESIDENT SPEAKS – AND THEN HEADS BACK

I watched the President say “the buck stops with me” — and then proceed to blame everyone else.
Trump had this plan, the Afghan army was to fault, the Afghan leader mislead me, blah, blah, blah.

Hey, Mr President, you ran for election on your foreign policy experience and expertise. You told us that over and over, that you were the most experienced of all.
Now, many of us thought Secretary Gates was right about you.
You have now proven he was and your self grandeur was misplaced.

By the way, you mislead and lied in your talk.
You played to pity by asking how many more woman and men must come home in body bags before this war ends. That was so misleading. No American warrior has been killed in 18 months.
They were bringing stability to the area. You weren’t greeting cargo planes bringing bodies home, there weren’t any. You were asleep.

However, there were bodies yesterday. Did you see the two that fell from the plane?
There were at least eight bodies by mid day, and many reports of what was going on inside the country as the Taliban took control.
You see, Mr. President, those bodies, sons and daughters themselves, are real too.
You own their deaths and the thousands (yes, I said thousands) to come.

YOUR FRIENDS ARE TURNING ON YOU TOO

Even some of your friends are turning on you. CNN wasn’t supporting you last night. (Don’t worry MSNBC still had your back.) Did you see this Axios headline?
“Rarely has an American president’s predictions been so wrong, so fast, so convincingly as President Biden on Afghanistan.”
These are your friends who have your back, even they can’t on this one.

BUT MR. PRESIDENT, YOU SAID….

You see in your speech you said you were prepared for this contingency. Really?
On July 8th you assured us all would be well with the Afghan army and people. It would seem to me if you were prepared you would have followed President Trump’s plan then. You know, the one you inherited.
That plan called for people out of the country, then equipment, bases and other material destroyed, then the military goes.
How come when you mention what you inherited his plan you don’t say you didn’t follow the plan?
A minor detail I guess for a life long politician like you.

Let’s take a look at a few of your comments (drawn no doubt from your vast experience).
Here’s one you (almost) delivered on:
“We will not conduct a hasty rush to the exit. We’ll do it responsibly, deliberately, and safely.” Okay.

How about this one:
“The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” I see.

Both you and your incredible Secretary of State both said this is not like “Saigon.”
Well Kimberley Motley,( an international human-rights attorney who has worked on Afghanistan issues for 13 years) told The Wall Street Journal: “This is like Saigon on steroids.” I think she is more right than you two.

How about this:
You said, “We were clear-eyed about the risks.” Really? With who? Certainly not the American people.

One more. This is a doozy. You said:
“We planned for every contingency.” Oh you did? But then you said, “The truth is: This did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”
Oh “every contingency” but not this one because it “unfolded more quickly…” I see. Others saw it, said it, wrote it and warned of it, but you and the administration didn’t. Yet you planned for “every contingency.” I get it.

PASSING ON TO A FIFTH PRESIDENT

Your supporters jumped on this as leadership. You didn’t want to pass this on to a fifth President. I see.
Five months into your first term you are worrying about passing this on? In other words you had no idea on what to do, except immediate surrender?
Let’s see this too.
President one was Bush 43. You voted in the senate to send these troops in. Then later voted again to send troops to Iraq. You voted for upheaval in the area.

President two was Obama. I seem to recall you were VP. What happened? Oh yea, you did leave Iraq, which led to the birth of ISIS and how many were killed and beheaded?
Then you drew that red line in Syria and backed down letting ISIS expand. Hmmm.

President three was Trump. You’re following his plan right?
Except, as pointed out above, not exactly as he planned it. Just a MAJOR difference.

So in you come as President and after sending the troops to war, seeing terrorism grow on your watch, watching people be decapitated on live television, you are going to end it.
Mr. President, you had a hand in this from day one. In fact your were in the senate when Bin Laden built his terror organization and killed Americans. You own the whole mess as much as anyone.

So now you think we will have stability? I say you’re wrong.
I think you opened the door to the point where in two years terrorism has its base back, ISIS reappears, the world becomes unstable and people die. You’ll add to this too by engaging back in a deal with Iran.

Let me ask you this.
If we left Korea in 1970 (after 20 years) what would that country look like today? What would that region look like? We have soldiers their to keep the peace. They’re not fighting and dying you say? Remember I told you that for the last 18 months we had no deaths in Afghanistan either.
We were a deterrent to what you allowed to happen this week. Like in Korea.
In fact, go back and look at the debate that took place 20 years ago in the senate. You may recall some senators saying if we go and stay we’ll be there 100 years — like Korea.

Think about Europe after WWII.
Why did we have troops there when the war ended? Yup ,stability. The exact thing we no longer have in Afghanistan.

Was the mission wrong twenty years ago? Yes. I wrote it then. The mission was to get Bin Laden and his team. We needed to make him and his team pay. The mission was to get those who attacked us, not take over a country that no one could ever tame. You voted for a different mission. Once you did, then it was Korea II and not surrender one.

One final thought. Mr President did you see that one of the leaders in the President’s office yesterday was a released (8 years ago) prisoner from Guantanamo Bay? He was back in the fight and leading the effort to get Americans. Who wants to close that base and release those terrorists? And who was President and VP 8 years ago when he was let go?

HAVE A GREAT DAY.
REMEMBER YOUR VOTE COUNTS. THE FUTURE OF THE NATION IS AT STAKE.

One week…

WHILE WE WERE AWAY





Let’s start with Afghanistan and the incredible events of the past week. With that let’s state outright that we have seen failed leadership from the President on this.

He can try all he wants to blame the previous administration, but Mr. President, the buck stops with YOU. Ask a former Democratic President who established that, when people still stood for their decisions.

YOU are the President. YOU failed here as every statement you made was counter to the events that unfolded. YOU were wrong on every statement. YOU were wrong to not even address this with the public, as both you and your VP were nowhere to be seen or heard this weekend.

YOU were in office when this war began. YOU voted for it. YOU were VP when Bin Laden was taken out, and the only one in the room to vote not to do it. YOU were VP or President for 9 of the last 13 years. How dare you blame someone else.

What you did in this crisis has given credence to Secretary Gates’ (Under Bush and Obama) statement that YOU “were wrong in every foreign policy issue for the past 40 years.”

Aren’t you embarrassed to even try and blame Donald Trump? His policy? Come on, Man.

How come you changed his border policy on day one? A border policy that was working. How come you undid everything he did, but not this? You are lucky, as always, that the media will allow you to get away with that ludicrous statement. But you won’t get away with it with me.

YOU failed here. YOU are lying here. Your failures on the border and here in five months has you in the running to earn an honor I hoped to never see. A new worst President of my lifetime. After five months I am beginning to mention you in the same sentence as President James Earl Carter.
Let me warn you, the press was on his side too. They voted for him over Ronald Reagan. All that did was give Reagan 44 states in that election, and 49 in the next, when the press voted for your friend Walter Mondale.

By the way, was it Donald Trump who told you to say we would never have to helicopter people out? That the Taliban would not take over the country? That you would protect the people who helped us?
When we see their heads cut off, YOU own that.

YOUR failed leadership here will have ramifications across the globe for decades to come.
You think Taiwan is more secure now? You think the middle east is more secure? You think China and Russia are less emboldened, or more? You think our nation is safer now or more open to terrorism? You still think your false words at the G7 that America was back is believed? You probably do because you are delusional. Those leaders are looking at you and shaking their heads. They see weakness.

Remember, too, your policy was so ill conceived you had planned September 11th as the date we depart Afghanistan. Can you imagine that? Luckily public outrage over that date forced a change, but it illustrates so well your failed leadership.

Finally, on this Mr President and Mrs V.P., YOU own the rebirth of Al Queda and ISIS. They will both thrive in Afghanistan, because they all know you are not going back. The blood of those impacted by what they will do is on your hands. I know you think Jan. 6th was the worst day, but you watch.

Cuomo

While we were gone he announced he was leaving. Oh yeah, he’s doing it for the people because the charges are false and he would win a trial.
Yeah, right.
But then again, he’s a Democrat and you can fool some of the people sometimes and many of them all the time.

OPEC

One more frustration I want to address. The President urged Opec to produce more oil in this key period to drive costs down.
This is such failed leadership on so many scores.
First of all, why did you shut down U.S. production? For the first time in half a century we were energy independent and prices were declining. YOU put us back in the need to beg OPEC. I didn’t understand it then and knew what would happen, why didn’t you?

Second, why do they want to drop prices? They know you cut back and in a free market you need them. Why in the world would they increase production to see prices drop? In what universe do you live?

Third, you are committed to putting them out of business with electric cars in 5 years. So now they should cut prices?

Fourth, the media used to point out how rising gas prices impacted everything and drove costs up for the poor. The same poor you say you care so much for and are willing to drive America into debt for. How do you justify that?

Are you and your team really that delusional? You are so Woke spending money here, you don’t understand work and free markets.

Let’s see now.
Gas problems with the middle east. Failed foreign policy with terrorists. Inflation on the rise. Rising prices. Decreased military spending….. Yup, I remember that, President Carter, in the late 1970’s. YOU just accomplished it faster.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. PRAY FOR OUR NATION.

You Don’t Need A Ticket – But It’s A Show

Editors Note: We will be taking a short break this week to enjoy some summer fun.

Does Any Personal Responsibility Exist?

Let’s see, first we decided to provide extended and increased unemployment, that in some cases provided individuals more to stay home than work.
Then we decided to mail checks to homes to cover costs, increased by the number of children.
Then we said to landlords, you can’t evict anyone for non payment no matter how long they haven’t paid. Now we added an extended pause on federal student loan payments through Jan. 31, 2022. Oh, and don’t worry, during the pause no interest will accrue on their balance.

Which raises the question, does anyone in America have responsibility for their own actions anymore? (Outside, of course, of those who were in Washington DC on Jan. 6th?)

Could They Be A Bigger Joke?

Get this, the Democrats who fled Texas are suing the Governor and Texas Republicans for their hardship. Wait now, they fled, they are getting paid, they stayed in a DC hotel and are not home doing their job, but they are suing?
If you need more proof than this to vote in 2022 to change the direction of this nation then you are part of the problem.

The federal lawsuit filed against three Texas Republicans was filed by a Houston lawyer now practicing under a probationally suspended license. He himself has had major issues in the state, giving their suit even more mockness.
Here’s a report in todays Washington Times Newspaper:
“Now the same group [is] filing a lawsuit by an attorney that apparently has his law license suspended, didn’t get the speaker’s name right, and [is] suing for a couple of bucks. They’re just showing how idiotic this whole adventure has been for them, and their credibility just disappears day by day by day. The nine-page document  seeks a temporary restraining order to stop Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from arresting the Democrats and hauling them back to the House chamber on the grounds that the move violates their constitutional rights.”

Remember, there are fellow citizens and many MSM outlets who see these legislators as heroes.

Is She For Real?

Is Cori Bush for real?
Yesterday she doubled down on protection for herself but defunding the police stance. If anyone has created more ad material for the opposition in 2022 than her I don’t who it is. Which is saying a lot.

Her comments have Democrats very concerned.  Here’s one off the record comment:
“Every time Cori Bush talks about defunding the police, she sounds more like a Republican in Washington than a Democrat with a functioning head on her shoulders, she’s done enough damage already.”

The Republican reaction has been over joy. Here’s a released statement:
“We want to thank Cori Bush for reminding everyone that Democrats are the party of Defund the Police. While violent crime ravages communities, Democrats are spending campaign dollars on private security for themselves.”

Now she’ll easily get reelected in her district, but look at this stat.
There have been 109 murders in Cori Bush’s hometown so far this year — 100 of those have been African-Americans.

Which just makes you wonder why the residents would be okay with protection for her and not them.

Never Happen In This Timeframe

President Biden on Friday put in place dual moves that will impact the auto industry and what you drive.

First, he imposed tougher fuel-efficiency standards on auto makers and challenging them to drastically ramp up sales of electric vehicles by 2030. 
The EPA proposed new rules would require auto makers to achieve a fleetwide average fuel-efficiency equivalent of 52 miles per gallon by the 2026 model year.
He then signed an executive order setting a target for electric vehicles, hydrogen-fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles to make up 50% of U.S. sales by 2030.

Thus, he has automakers going in a dual direction here. Both will be costly, and who do you think will pay the bill?

Now separately, there has to be spending programs to build vehicle charging stations and battery production, development and recycling plants. Who is going to pay that bill?

Since the 2022 models are being introduced now, does anyone see this happening by 2026 and 2030?

Oh yea, on paying. Did you know this?
The President’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package includes a pilot program for a national mile-driven tax. You know, the program that would tax drivers for the number of miles they travel. A tax per mile. See much coverage of this? Do you think they’ll cancel the gasoline tax for this or add it on?

And by the way, how does a mileage tax not defy the President’s promise not to raise taxes on anyone earning under $400K?

Is This As Ironic As It Gets?

Just a question to think about. A year ago, and throughout the entire Covid period, who did the MSM use as props for Governors who got it right? In my memory it was Cuomo and Newsom. New York and California.

Isn’t it ironic that one appears to be on the verge of resigning or being impeached and the other is under a recall that is increasingly tightening?

Just A Final Thank You

We lost a hero warrior at the end of last week and I want to recognize him and say thank you one more time. He passed at age 102. God rest his soul.
In 1945, Col. Dave Severance sent U.S. Marines to the top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima to plant a flag. The moment, captured in a photograph, remains an enduring image of American courage, fortitude, success and sacrifice.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. HAVE A GREAT WEEK AS WE TAKE A FEW DAYS FOR SUMMER FUN. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

It’s Interesting…

Helping the VP

A group met with the VP and staff to try and work on her demeanor and public perception. Here’s the story with some comments in ( ) and bold by me.

A group of the Democratic Party’s most influential women met for dinner at a home in the nation’s capital last month to game out how to defend Vice President Kamala Harris and her chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, against a torrent of bad press. (Bad press? She’s lucky she’s a woman, minority and Democrat or she would see what bad press is.)

Why it matters: It’s telling that so early in the Biden-Harris administration, such powerful operatives felt compelled to try to right the vice president’s ship. (Because almost everything she has done has been a disaster.)

The host was Kiki McLean, a Democratic public affairs expert and former adviser to both Clintons. Her guests included Harris confidant Minyon Moore; two former DNC officials, Donna Brazile and Leah Daughtry; Biden adviser and leader of his outside group, Stephanie Cutter; former Hillary Clinton spokeswomen and Democratic strategists Adrienne Elrod and Karen Finney; and former Obama White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri.(Oh don’t we recognize those names.)

The dinner had an urgent purpose. Harris had been hit with a series of press accounts describing rampant dysfunction in her office.(Er, because there has been dysfunction.)

A person familiar with the dinner said the point was “how can this group be supportive from the outside” and ensure her team was “making the most of this moment — as the first woman of color in the White House.” The women discussed how they could leverage Harris’ record as a prosecutor, California attorney general and U.S. senator to blunt criticisms of her performance as vice president.(Okay.)

Another source familiar with the dinner said attendees saw sexist overtones to the Harris coverage, and discussed how they could “make sure the press knows this.””Many of us lived through the Clinton campaign, and want to help curb some of the gendered dynamics in press coverage that impacted HRC,” this source said. “It was like: ‘We’ve seen this before.'” (Oh sure it’s sexist and racist, not her performance. Is this why she had to drop out of the primary before the first caucus in Iowa?)

Maybe when they finish here they can go over the White House and help. The approval numbers there are dropping. Then with 2022 maybe they can help Nancy and the House, because they’re to lose control there.

Nice To Have Friends. Here’s Another Story

President Biden nominated Mark Brzezinski to be ambassador to Poland. Who is he? Well his Dad was Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter. You know how great that foreign policy was. Oh yea, one more connection. The President called his sister, Mika Brzezinski of “Morning Joe,” to congratulate her. You know, that show that is 100% in his corner. Nice to have friends.

I Wonder Why – No, I Know Why

A record number of Americans in 2020 denounced their U.S. citizenship. In fact there was a 237% increase over 2019. Remember when you denounce it requires taking an oath in front of a State Department officer. So its serious and for real. Who’s doing it and why?
The study said that the people who flee tend to be the ultra-wealthy, seeking to reduce their taxes. The fear is that new tax and estate measures proposed by the administration could, if implemented, accelerate this trend.  
Thus, its not all those who promised to leave if Trump won, but those who are because he lost and taxes are rising.
Here’s an interesting report from David Lesperance, an international tax lawyer based in Poland who specializes in helping people renounce U.S. citizenship:
“There are probably 20,000 or 30,000 people who want to do this, but they can’t get the appointment. It’s a year and a half to get an appointment at a Canadian embassy … Bern [Switzerland] alone has a backlog of over 300 cases.” 
What they’re watching: The President’s proposal to raise the top capital gains rate to 43.4% prompted a lot of calls from people wanting to find out which foreign countries might grant them citizenship.

Why Isn’t There Media Coverage Of This

On Wednesday ten people were killed and a dozen more injured Wednesday in a crash in Texas involving a van carrying migrants.
The County Sheriff (Benny Martinez) said the driver was among those dead at the scene. He said the van was top-heavy and tipped over. He said there was no pursuit of the van.
The deaths are the latest in a growing, grisly toll of migrants who have lost their lives amid the border surge that began with the new administration, particularly on the roads. Thirteen migrants were killed in a crash in southern California in March after barreling through a hole in the border wall.

We hear so much about Jan. 6th, Charlottesville, and gun violence. Why not these deaths? Do they not matter, or does it not fit the left and media narrative?
It’s the media folks, its the media.

What A Joke

The Mexican government filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boston. They said that the gun makers have been complicit in driving the violence committed by drug cartels and other criminal groups.
Criminal-gang violence in Mexico has claimed more than 150,000 lives since 2006.
Mexico said 68% of the guns smuggled into the country each year come from the companies named in the suit—Smith & Wesson, Barrett Firearms, Colt’s Manufacturing and Glock—equivalent to more than 300,000 weapons.
Mexico is suing U.S. companies for violence in their country. They are seeking $10 billion dollars!
Think about this, they are suing our companies for violence!!!!
After all, haven’t they done a great job with their drug cartels? Are they serious? The cartels are running them.
I have an idea for you. Try controlling your border so you know what is leaving and coming in. Try controlling the drug cartels that are committing the violence and running you.

Your lawsuit has no chance. Doing your job running a real government is your answer.

I Watched And It Angers Me

I watched the President and Vice President once again use Jan. 6th to make political points. This time they gave out medals to the police and responders. That part doesn’t anger me, I support it. What does anger me is you continue to treat this day as if all the other riots, police injuries and deaths never happened. Why? WHY? WHY? Because this was in Washington? Because it was close to your home? Every town that had riots and upheaval suffered more police injuries. Why can’t you recognize and back them? Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland and more. Do you know they happened and what those officers went through? Sickening how you disregard them all.
And while you’re at it. Why don’t you ask the House Leader why there wasn’t more support for the officers that day? Why don’t you ask your FBI head if they didn’t warn more assistance was needed? Why is this so one sided? It angers me.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.

Is That Right?

Oh Yea They’re Not Dangerous

Interesting story in the WSJ that I think people may be interested in.
The Taliban commander overseeing an assault on the key southern city of Lashkargah is one of 5,000 former prisoners released by the Afghan government last year under pressure from the U.S., Afghan and western officials say. The presence of the Taliban fighters is a fresh strain in relations between Washington and Kabul.
Shouldn’t this be more publicized since the current administration is planning to close Guantanamo Bay?
We capture these terrorists who are dedicated to killing as many Americans as possible and then the do gooders among us send them back believing they are changed?

Interesting Election Results In Ohio

Two primaries that put both parties to the test.
The Democratic Primary was a true showdown between the Bernie and AOC wing (with one of Bernie’s earliest and most vocal supporters running to become the next squad member) against a “moderate” Democrat endorsed by the main stream.
The Bernie candidate (Nina Turner) led big early in the cycle, but the party “moderates” fought back. Going into the home stretch the race was a toss up.
In the final week, Sen. Sanders campaigned in Akron. A few days earlier AOC was in Cleveland.
On the other side House Majority Whip James Clyburn. (Remember him? He was the congressman in SC who saved Joe Biden in the primary). He visited and backed the “moderate” Brown. The Congressional Black Caucus PAC also endorsed her as did Hillary Clinton.
So the battle lines were drawn and it shows how concerned some Democrats have over the far left of their party. They should, no matter how much cover the media gives them.
When the results came in Brown won with 50% to Nina Turner’s 45%.  A new squad member denied.

The Republicans had some drama too.
They had a large field in a district they are replacing a congress person. Donald Trump had backed a candiate all out. The outgoing congressman endorsed another. It was the first test of a Trump backed primary candiate since the loss in Texas. This time his candidate (Mike Carey) won.  Which is why you didn’t hear much about it.
One thing to remember here. In the Texas race last week, Democratic voters appeared to undercut Trump’s candidate (Susan Wright). In Ohio, however, only Republicans could vote in the primary. Republicans must assure Trump does not turn out more anti votes than he does pro.
They have to look at the election picture and not the primary. This is their primary threat in 2022.

Did You Notice

How little coverage this report from the Republicans in the House Foreign Committee got?
I guess it is what they reported and the current administration and their media allies don’t want to put any light on China. The report said:
The coronavirus was genetically manipulated and accidentally released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in September 2019. The new evidence, provided in an update to Texas Rep. Michael T. McCaul’s September 2020 on the origins of the coronavirus, also points to efforts by Chinese officials to cover up the leak. “As we continue to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe it’s time to completely dismiss the wet market as the source of the outbreak,” Rep. McCaul said. “Instead, as this report lays out, a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead to the WIV.”

Now I believe that, as I bet most Americans do too. Yet no coverage in the MSM, why?

Evictions Ban Ends — Until

The President himself said the eviction ban was ending. He went from “We can’t issue a new eviction moratorium” to “We’re going to issue a new eviction moratorium.”
He even had mentioned the courts had ruled and he can’t extend it.
So why the reversal?
Answer: The squad and friends.
You saw Reps. Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Mondaire Jones’ and their media supported public pressure campaign which included camping out on the Capitol steps for five days.

Here’s what the Supreme Court said on banning the program on June 29:

In a curious 4-4-1 decision on a motion to stay the CDC’s eviction ban. 
The four liberals denied the stay.  Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Barrett would have granted it.
Brett Kavanaugh was the man in the middle.
He wrote: 
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its existing statutory authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium. Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order… In my view, clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31.” 
Clear enough, right?  It’s over on July 31, so that’s it.

No legislation, no more evictions ban.  Biden even said as much. 
Until the far left pushed back, and the CDC came up with the too-cute solution, an evictions ban not everywhere, but for about 90% of the country.  
This side steps  Kavanaugh’s words about a total ban.
Ridiculous.
Simply put the President and team caved into the loud left. End of story, except for this.
Notice in the “four liberals” who voted to keep the program, one of them is John Roberts. We told you years ago when they say a conservative court and include him they are wrong.

One more thing on the protest the left staged. Here is a picture video of before, during and after the shot. Take notice of AOC and Senator Markey (Ma) in front of her. Notice how masks are only for pictures.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/aoc-puts-on-mask-for-photo-op

Oh yea, this AM Realtor groups sued the Biden administration over the extension. Now what about Roberts and Kavanaugh?

A Rasmussen Poll

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey finds that 90% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is important to prevent cheating in elections, including 79% who say it’s very important. Only seven percent (7%) of voters believe it’s not important to prevent election cheating. 
Okay. Now what else do they support?
74% Of Voters Support Photo ID Requirement. They said it was vital for election integrity.
Does the media give you that impression, or do they support the Democratic position that it is racist?
The media is the problem.

Finally today: Why do you think these leaders did this?

There was a disclosure of gifts to President Trump by foreign leaders in 2019. It showed that three of them all had the same idea:
They gave him portraits of himself.
He received a Trump painting on dual-pane glass from then-Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong.
Trump got a “large double frame carved from black stone with his image in precious metal on one side and the coat of arms of Egypt on the reverse,” from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. 
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave Trump a framed photo of Trump and his wife.
The gifts were turned over to the National Archives.

HAVE A GREAT DAY. CANCEL THE CANCEL CULTURE.