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Some Wow Stories…

WOW:
Wait, Katie Couric withheld Justice Ginburg’s harshest comments on kneeling during the national anthem?
Why?
She did it to protect Ginsburg? Why? Because Ginsburg called the act “dumb and disrespectful.”

If you weren’t convinced about the media bias before then, there it is. Would Couric have “protected” any conservative judge on any issue?

WOW:
California announced it is going to ban the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers.
Let’s go back to the questions we’ve been asking as the President begs OPEC and Russia to increase oil output.

When the U.S. was energy independent, did we care the price of oil dropped? No.
You’re committed to freeing the U.S. of all oil usage. Do you care about OPEC then? No.
Your largest state is setting the pace to ban oil based products. Do you care about OPEC? No.

And yet you want OPEC to raise production and lower costs now? Yea, right.

WOW:
The Supreme Court justices are divided over the fairness of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence?
The liberals are questioning the district judge’s exclusion of mitigating evidence and conservatives finding little reason to second-guess decisions made at his 2015 trial.

Really, you’re worried about the bomber?
I am more concerned about the police officer’s family and the others killed and maimed by his actions. To me he gave up his rights when he bombed and shot them.

WOW: 
This morning we saw Jobless claims declined to 293,000 last week, the first time benefit applications fell below 300,000 since the pandemic began in 2020.
Hmmm.
Less people in the workplace, lower unemployment rate and declining claims.
I wonder if free benefit pull backs have anything to do with it.

WOW:
The inflation report said it is hitting levels not seen in 13 years. An annual pace: up 5.4%.

Prices were higher for houses, rent, food, gas, electricity, furniture, new cars, TVs and restaurant meals. Children’s shoes, as an example, are up 11.9% — a record-high gain in data that stretches back to the 1950s.

Let me understand again why you want to infuse $3.5 trillion more into the marketplace now. 5.4% is not high enough?

Oh yea, I hear the talk of higher wages.
Well, the government said that higher prices are outstripping pay gains workers have achieved.
Average hourly wages rose 4.6% in September. Inflation cost them 5.4%. Think they’re winning?

WOW:
Add this warning to the above. The winter report for heating costs said:
Americans can expect their home heating bills to jump significantly over the winter months compared to last year. The EIA reported some citizens could be paying 54% more.
They said:
We expect that the nearly half of U.S. households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend 30% more than they spent last winter on average — 50% more if the winter is 10% colder-than-average and 22% more if the winter is 10% warmer-than-average. 
We expect the 41% of U.S. households that heat primarily with electricity will spend 6% more — 15% more in a colder winter and 4% more in a warmer winter. 
The 5% of U.S. households that heat primarily with propane will spend 54% more — 94% more in a colder winter and 29% more in a warmer winter.

How does the administration survive this? I saw Psaki’s news conference yesterday, she said all was well and under control. Oh.

WOW:
The Democrats best hope (Donald Trump) helped them again yesterday.
Check this statement he released:
“If we don’t solve the Presidential Election Fraud of 2020 (which we have thoroughly and conclusively documented), Republicans will not be voting in ‘22 or ‘24. It is the single most important thing for Republicans to do.” 
WHAT? WHAT? Not voting so the socialists can expand and do more damage? What?
I can’t even begin to understand or explain that.

WOW:
By the way, neither could other Republicans. Look at these comments:
Trump’s words sent a shiver down the spines of Republicans of all stripes, especially after comments of a similar ilk suppressed GOP turnout ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs on Jan. 5, handing the two seats and control of the upper chamber to Democrats.  

“Republicans may have invited Trump to live as master of their hearts, but hopefully they’re blocking his voting advice from their heads,” one GOP strategist told the Morning Report. 

“Because if we get fewer votes than Democrats next November, we won’t win.

The news also frustrated those who deal with voters day-to-day. When sent the statement, one Republican who will be on a ballot next year expressed pure exasperation. “F—ing hell. It’s just unreal,” the Republican candidate told the Morning Report, adding that at least 75 percent of voters bring up election fraud at stops along the campaign trail.

RICH LOWRY said:
”I guess unnecessarily losing the Georgia special elections — and empowering JOE BIDEN to spend additional trillions and get through a bunch of dreadful executive branch and judicial nominees — was just the proof of concept.”

And by the way:
A Georgia state judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit from a voting group that sought to inspect absentee ballots cast in Fulton County, a day after state investigators said they hadn’t found any counterfeit ballots there.

Maybe you can explain it because I can’t.

WOW:
Now the New York Post broke a story today on the election that basically said (and provided evidence) that in the 2020 election:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars to turn out likely Democratic voters. But this wasn’t traditional political spending.
He funded a targeted, private takeover of government election operations by nominally nonpartisan — but demonstrably ideological — nonprofit organizations.
Analysis conducted by our team demonstrates this money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states. In places like Georgia, where Biden won by 12,000 votes, and Arizona, where he won by 10,000, the spending likely put him over the top.


Their conclusions:
1. The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes.
2. This unprecedented merger of public election offices with private resources and personnel is an acute threat to our republic and should be the focus of electoral reform efforts moving forward.

You can read the study and story here:
https://nypost.com/2021/10/13/mark-zuckerberg-spent-419m-on-nonprofits-ahead-of-2020-election-and-got-out-the-dem-vote/

HAVE A GREAT DAY. REGISTER TO VOTE. YOUR VOICE COUNTS.



Real Or Illusion?

The VP And The NASA Kids Video

Where’s the media on reporting this? The released video of VP Harris talking to kids about safe travel and all they will experience was staged. Did you know that? The kids were actors who tried out for the part.
The administration put it out as real, but it wasn’t.

The lack of coverage of the real story is just another example of media bias.

Did They Think Anything Else Was Possible?

Now we hear there is a supply shortage on oil and that is driving up pricesIn fact, yesterday it was above $80.00 a barrel for the first time since 2014.
The average price of a gallon of gas has risen steadily all year and is now $3.28 per gallon.

The report also said that energy shortages are slowing factory activity around the world and contributing to inflation. Even if fewer consumers travel and consume fuel, many analysts expect energy companies’ declining investments in new supply to prop up oil prices.

If any of this is a surprise to you then you must have not been paying attention. We have the President of the U.S. just about begging OPEC and the Russians to increase production, because we and the world need more.

A year ago in the U.S. we were energy independent. This administration shut down U.S. production to the point they are driving up world costs.
Why, you ask?
Well first they said to protect the environment. Really? What’s the difference between us producing the oil and begging others to do it?
Second, they have told oil producers we are putting you out of business. We are going electric with automobiles, and going quickly.
Now you expect them to produce more, and lower costs, so you can put them out of business?
Does anything with the administration’s policy make sense to you?

Imagine if we had a media that reported this fairly.

Does This Idea Make Sense To You?

Does this administration proposal make sense to you? They want to give the IRS access to all financial transactions above $600.
First of all, what are they going to do with the information?
Next, what is the cost of hiring agents to monitor all these transactions?
Then, where do we live that the government is monitoring your transactions?

Here’s what we know:
Democrats are pushing for regulations within President Biden’s $3.5 trillion, 10-year social welfare bill that would require banks to report annually on the “inflows and outflows” of personal and business accounts.
The reporting requirement would cover any transaction above $600 or bank accounts with deposits totaling that sum.
Some Democrats are also pushing for rules to cover mobile money transfer systems such as PayPal and Venmo. 

What does the opposition say?
Critics say the low reporting threshold would essentially give the IRS unfettered access to how ordinary Americans spend their money.
Some Republican lawmakers say the expansion of federal powers would amount to a “surveillance state.” “It feels a lot like communist China surveillance, doesn’t it?” said Sen. Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Republican and a former ambassador to Japan. “They’re going to insert themselves in every aspect of American lives. People don’t want this.”

Is this what America voted for? I don’t think so. I think they voted against Donald Trump without understanding the consequences.

Speaking Of The $3.5 Trillion, Think Of This

Only in Washington could spending $1.5 trillion be considered the conservative position. 
Sen. Joe Manchin’s “ceiling for spending” in a budget bill would be the biggest single price tag of any spending bill in U.S. history.
It is equal to the Trump tax cuts, is double the cost estimate for Obamacare when it passed in 2010 and dwarfs the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill.
Got that?
Yet, liberal activists and fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill are villainizing Mr. Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, for lowballing what they want to spend.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Vermont independent who serves as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said Mr. Manchin is sabotaging hopes for a massive overhaul of the country’s social welfare programs, including proposals for tuition-free college, paid family leave, more child care payments and dental care for Medicare beneficiaries.

The MSM is for the spending. Imagine if they were fair and not biased in their reporting.

And By The Way

Do you wonder where all the funding is coming from to support the harassment of Senators like Sinema and Manchin? Well, here’s a report you won’t see in the MSM.

Progressive groups tied to left-wing billionaire George Soros are using the congressional recess to pressure the two Senate Democrats standing in the way of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion expansion of the federal safety net.

How The World Sees Us

The world, especially China, Russia and the Islamist population, has looked at the U.S. as having lost its moral compass and in total decline.
They believe when you lose a sense of right and wrong, your end is near.
On the other side, we call it enlightenment.
You can decide who is right, but I will say this announcement yesterday will be fuel for both sides:

It was announced that:
The new Superman, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane, is concerned about the environment, does not shy away from politics and will soon begin a romantic relationship with a male friend.

Superman! Moral decline, or enlightenment?

One More Thing On The Press

Remember how they treated every statement from former President Trump and the Covid Virus? Sometimes fairly, often not so much.

Well how about some scrutiny of what President Biden has said and the results?
Especially as we report that more people have died in 2021 from the virus than in 2020. (Now more died before he took office – 398,000 – than since 325,000, but more died this calendar year).
As an example, President Biden said this on Sept. 17th 2020:
“If the president had done his job right from the beginning, all the people (who have died from coronavirus) would still be alive.”
Shouldn’t the media be asking what happened now, and why so many are dead?

Have A Great Day. Defend American Values.

Over The Weekend Stories That Surprised Me…

What’s The Holiday Name Now?

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

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

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

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

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

To Take It One Step Further


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

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

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

Let’s Talk Debt. The CBO Said

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

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

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

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

McConnell Reacts To Schumer

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

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

How Come These Stories Weren’t Covered?

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

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

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

STORY 2. This is from the AP:

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

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

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

The Republican Divide?

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAPPY COLUMBUS DAY TO ALL.

Wrapping Up The Week…

The Jobs Report

The good news in the report – unemployment was down to 4.8%.
That’s close to everyone wanting a job has one.
We only created 194,000 jobs last month. So how did the rate go down?
Well 183,000 people left the workforce or stopped looking. Why? There’s almost 10 million open jobs available so its unlikely they stopped looking.
Also, there are 5 million fewer jobs now than before the Covid.
And, only 61.6% are in the workforce. Where are the workers?

So the question, do we need more benefits for people not working, or more people working? The answer seems obvious to me, but leaders in Washington DC see it differently.

The Debt Deal

There was plenty of drama as this deal was reached and even more after it was announced.
Senator McConnell backed down and allowed the debt ceiling to be raised until later this year.
Many of his party reacted as if he had caved forever.
He just moved the date, the problem is still real and a quarter away.

Then Senator Schumer went to the floor and harshly criticized Republicans for provoking the crisis!
It was the wrong message.
All it did was harden positions for the opposition for the next discussion and brought reactions from his own party.

Schumer felt he won this round in his battle with McConnell, and he wanted to make sure everyone knew it. That is not leadership.

Republicans — and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — didn’t like the tone of Schumer’s remarks.
Senate Minority Whip John Thune complained personally to Schumer on the floor, while Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) complained to reporters.  
Manchin told Schumer the speech was “fucking stupid,” according to four sources. Then Manchin complained to reporters too.

Schumer should have taken the high road and tried to bring the senate together. Instead he increased tensions and assured future negotiations are tougher.  

The legislation raises the nation’s borrowing limit by $480 billion, the amount the Treasury Department says is needed to meet the country’s cash needs until Dec. 3. 
Mark that date because it is not going to be pretty.

They Think You Are Dumb

They told us that Hunter Biden’s art sales would be secret to all, so no influence. Okay.
Now read the story about the night.
This from The Daily Mail:

HUNTER BIDEN showcased his art to about 200 people at Milk Studios in Hollywood, Calif. Guests included “World Champion boxer SUGAR RAY LEONARD … Los Angeles Mayor ERIC GARCETTI  — President JOE BIDEN’spick to be ambassador to India — and the artist behind BARACK OBAMA’S iconic Hope poster.” Prices ranged between $75k and a half-million dollars.
The White House has said that Hunter won’t know who the buyers of his art are — even though he’s talking with potential buyers face-to-face.


Okay, sure, I get it. Hunter’s straw blow art is worth $500,000. Okay, right.
You can fool some of the people…

What’s A Weekending Report Without A Trump Story?

This from the AP:
new Senate interim report released asserts through witnesses and documents that former President Trump made an all-out effort to undo November’s presidential election results with help from senior Justice Department officials.
The account from Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats is another in a series of evidentiary findings about the lengths to which the former president and his allies were willing to go to try to overturn a democratically held election in which no evidence of fraud has been uncovered in multiple states, despite GOP searches.
The pressure campaign by Trump, which continued into January, included a draft brief the White House wanted the Justice Department to file with the Supreme Court to overturn the election results. The department refused to file the document, which the Senate report describes as raising a “litany of false and debunked claims.” 

The NYT reported further:
Trump reportedly gathered DOJ leaders in the Oval Office on Jan. 3 to discuss his plan to fire acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and install a loyalist, Jeffrey Clark, to help him contest the election. Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and others threatened to quit if Trump went through with his plan.

Now, of course, he is endorsing only candidates that say he was cheated. That is his criteria number one for any 2022 endorsement.
It should be can the person win.

America Is Back

Here’s one more example of a foreign policy that I believe is failing. This from the Washington Times:

Iran’s theocratic regime has ramped up its drone manufacturing operation in recent years and is now smuggling an increasingly sophisticated slate of the weaponized remote control aircraft to allied militant groups around the Middle East, according to intelligence gathered by a leading Iranian dissident group.

Do they do this when we are respected or when they think they can get away with it?

Have A Great Weekend. Defend American Values.


Some News Follow-Up…

Some Follow Up On Stories From This Week

This is from The Hill and this should not be a surprise to you:
Senator Manchin has said he is open to a budget reconciliation bill in the ballpark of $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion. This is above the limit he set just last week of $1.5 trillion.
He added:
“I’m not ruling anything out, but the bottom line is I want to make sure that we’re strategic and we do the right job and we don’t basically add more to the concerns we have right now.”


Well, thanks for the strength of your non leadership Senator. As usual you made noise and caved.

This is from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity:
Is Bad Manchin Back Already?
Joe Manchin is once again all over the map. In his contract with Chuck Schumer he said emphatically he wouldn’t go over $1.5 trillion price tag.
Well, never mind. 
The West Virginia senator told CNN that he was open to a $1.9 to $2.2 trillion version of Biden’s Budget Busting bill, a number much bigger than the $1.5 trillion top line he’d previously said was his limit. The White House is now redrafting its plan to fit into a $2 trillion box.
By our reckoning that’s about $2 trillion too much. He previously had joined with other Democrats to endorse a bill that would have the federal government seize control of elections from the states. That bill likely comes up for a Senate vote this week.
He also told activists who surrounded his boat this past weekend that he is in favor of “tax the rich.” That’s some ally we’ve got there. 
Manchin is up for re-election in 2024 and rumors are he may try to recapture the governorship he once held. A new poll finds only 36% of West Virginia voters approve of his performance, while 55% disapprove. Two of three West Virginians voted for Trump.


Maybe you can’t fool all the West Virginians all the time.

On the $3.5 Trillion and the new agreeable limit by Senator Manchin, here are two more comments:

This from the Manhattan Institute:
Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl warns the supposed cut down to $1.5 trillion may be all smoke and mirrors:
Democrats are scaling back their proposal even further by simply stuffing the same level of annual spending into a smaller number of years. This means that expensive child care subsidies, family leave, and ‘free’ community college benefits may have their full cost hidden with fake expiration dates early into the 10-year scoring window. Lawmakers fully expect to extend these policies later.”


This from the Wall Street Journal:
The Journal reported that Democrats are now talking about only scoring four or five years of the programs over the 10 year period. This is like a business telling shareholders we made a profit in the last year by counting a full year of the revenues and only six months of the expenditures.

Remember When The President Didn’t See China As A Threat?

This is also from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity:
With each passing week it looks like World War III – between America and China – is coming sooner than we think. It’s not going to be fought with bullets or aircraft carriers. This will likely to be an all-out economic war for global supremacy. The Yuan versus the Dollar. The Nasdaq versus the Shanghai Exchange.
This wasn’t a great time to exchange a president who put America first and recognized the China is a predator economy for a half-witted president who thinks that climate change is a bigger threat to the world than the Maoists in Beijing. While Washington under Biden is embracing economically illiterate big government socialism policies, China is sprinting back to command and control faster than the U.S. That’s a big reason why our stock market is outperforming theirs in 2021. 


We were up 20%, China declined by 15%. 


The Chinese stock market jitters reflect global investor irritation with iron-fisted political interferences in business affairs. As Foreign Affairs magazine recently put it in a story on the risks of investing in China: “President Xi has placed China on a risky trajectory that threatens the [free market] achievements of his predecessors.”  
Sadly, Maoists are firmly entrenched in Beijing and capitalism is losing. Xi’s administration simply doesn’t get what George H.W. Bush once so eloquently describes as “that freedom thing.” Militant social controls and restraints on individual liberty are now being matched with economic controls on Chinese mega-corporations that are trying to vie for industry supremacy in technology, biology, manufacturing and transportation. Is all of this reminiscent of Japan circa 1939?

Gallup On The Media

Here’s a survey released from Gallup that says a lot:
Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend.
In all, 7% of U.S. adults say they have “a great deal” and 29% “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio news reporting — which, combined, is four points above the 32% record low in 2016, amid the divisive presidential election campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
In addition, 29% of the public currently registers “not very much” trust and 34% have “none at all.”

When only 7% say they have a great trust in you and your job is about trust you have a problem.

The Democratic Divide

Here’s a new example of the divide in the Democratic Party. This from Axios.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) withheld support for a joint statement condemning last weekend’s protests against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) because it also wouldn’t include a rebuke of her political views.
Axios reports that in an email exchange between Senate Democratic leadership aides, Sanders withheld his name from a joint statement declaring protesters who followed Sinema into a bathroom — and filmed her while using the restroom — as “plainly inappropriate and unacceptable.”
He wanted this statement included:
“While we hope Senator Sinema will change her position on prescription drug reform and support a major [budget] reconciliation bill, …”
The request was denied and when it was Senator Sanders office replied that, “Sanders will not be signing, so please cut ‘Senate Democratic Leadership Team’ from headline.”
That’s a divide.

The Noise Over The Debt Ceiling

All the noise over the debt ceiling and now it’s who caved to moved the date back a few months. Blah, blah, blah.
Basically Senator McConnell is telling the Democrats to use reconciliation to solve the issue. His reasoning, you spent without us, you raise the debt limit without us.
The Democrats are howling about the non cooperation and how difficult it is to use reconciliation. Here’s Senator Chris Murphy on that:
“Because it takes an enormous amount of time. You only have one reconciliation a year. So you have to hope that the debt ceiling comes up at a moment when you have a [budget resolution] available.”

Here’s my idea again. How about living within the budget you set, which already contained a debt raising of trillions and not adding more? How about reducing some spending elsewhere to stay within budget? You know, how people do it.

Have A Great Day. Cancel The Cancel Culture.

Just Asking…

Wait Senator

Let’s see if I have this right.
Senator Manchin has made a lot of noise about the $5 Trillion of new spending. Now as of this morning he has agreed to the $1.5 trillion infrastructure, and said last week he would do $1.5 trillion additional.
So $3 trillion.
Today he indicates he is willing to go to $2 trillion on the non infrastructure.
Thus, he is now on board for $3.5 of the $5 trillion, and negotiations are not over yet.
What I expect is he will go another $250 billion before this is over.
Thus, we will end up with with two bills totaling $3.25 trillion of new spending.
Who won?
Well 50 Republicans said infrastructure only. The Democrats said no, $3.5 trillion more. We’ll end up with $2.25 additional.
You decide who won, but I can tell you who lost. The future generations who will pay the bill.
Is that what you thought Manchin was saying when he said we can’t afford the spending?

The New Taliban

Remember Afghanistan? You know that disaster of withdrawal we did? The one we left citizens and supporters behind in? The one the media never mentions? You remember, right?
You know the one where the President said there was a new Taliban that was different?
Well this morning we awoke to three cranes in the middle of Kabul, all holding a hung body blowing in the wind. New Taliban? Come on now, you know in the old regime there would have been six hanging.

You Can’t Be Serious

Remember the debt issue we promised would become an issue? The clock is ticking, and as reported the Republicans told the Democrats, “You spent the money on your own, raise the debt ceiling on your own.”
Well, some Democrats are floating possible changes to the Senate’s filibuster rule to resolve the impasse.
Get this, they are discussing a possible one-day elimination of the 60-vote filibuster in order to raise the debt ceiling, or potentially a permanent carve-out that would make it against the Senate rules to filibuster debt-ceiling increases.
You can’t be serious.
We elected these people? You either have a 60 vote filibuster or you don’t.
If you carve out a 50 vote one when you need it, well here’s news, you don’t have a filibuster.

You Can’t Be Serious II

So John Kerry does an interview and says the President had no idea about the sub deal with Australia and the reaction of France, where Secretary Blinken is trying “to mend fences”. Kerry said the President asked what happened? He said this out loud in an interview.
Headlines no?
The President didn’t know about the issue?
Who is in charge in the White House? What does the President know? Who is making these calls?
Kerry’s words are damning and should be all over the news.

While I am asking questions, where is VP Harris and what is she doing?
Can someone in the media provide an update on what she has done to fix the border issue that she is in charge of? How come you (the media) can’t ask?
By the way she is also is in charge of:
Expanding voting rights, increasing broadband access, addressing Black maternal mortality, racial inequality, promoting women in the workforce, and is the leader of the Space Council.
How’s that going?

We Don’t Always Agree With

We don’t always agree with former President Trump, but in this case he is one hundred per cent correct.
The Story:
Former President Donald Trump formally asked the Pulitzer Prize board to revoke 2018 prizes given to major newspapers that reported on suspicions of a link between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russians who interfered in the contest.
Mr. Trump said the board needed to correct the record after it lauded The New York Times and The Washington Post. He cited the report by special counsel Robert Mueller that found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Russian actors.
“Specifically, the prize was awarded for a series of articles centered around the now-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory,” Mr. Trump said.  
He continued:
“The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and leaned heavily on unsubstantiated anonymous sources, as a result, the public was deprived of an independent means of assessing their credibility, their potential for political bias, and the source of their knowledge.”
Then he highlighted the recent indictment of an attorney in Hillary Clinton’s orbit on charges of lying to the FBI, saying it debunked claims the Trump campaign had secret communications with Russia-based Alfa Bank.
His closing line:
The ex-president said if the reporters won’t relinquish the prizes voluntarily, the Pulitzer board should take them back to preserve its reputation.

We agree with him. Just like Gov Andrew Cuomo had to give back his Emmy, these rewards should be taken back. They did not withstand the test of time.

Have A Great Day. Stand Up For American Values.


Short Takes Day Two…

Some Additional Short Thoughts Today

The Government announced that federal rental assistance could soon be taken back from groups that haven’t acted to spend enough of the money, so that it can be redistributed.
Here’s an idea:
Since the money wasn’t needed how about returning it and reducing the debt?
Why is the only reaction always to spend it elsewhere? Can’t we develop a mindset like people do with their personal budgets and pay down debt?

What If?


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was accosted again by an illegal immigrant Monday — this time while on a flight.
Now to be sure you read that. Did you see it said “illegal immigrant?”
Does “illegal” mean anything anymore?
It’s also illegal to harass a fellow passenger on an airplane.
Where was the outrage?
If this was a right winger harassing would the person be universally condemned?
Have we truly lost all sense of right and wrong and allowed the looney left to control the nation?

As for the President and his Press Secretary saying this was part of the job, that was unbelievable.
So Mr. Macho President, you who wanted to take President Trump behind the gym, and supposedly popped “Corn Pop”, you would be fine if Jill Biden was harassed in the ladies room? (Er, sorry, in the non gender restroom.)
You’d be okay if this was your daughter and granddaughter? I don’t think so.
I think you would be ranting about the disrespectful right wingers in this nation. “C,mon”, Mr President.

Now If This Were A…

Do you remember amid the choas last year the incident in Rochester, NY where the mayor immediately sided against the police and caused more havoc? Of course she got a lot of coverage.
Well, she’s in the news again, but not much coverage for this. Why?
Headline: Lovely Warren, the Troubled Rochester Mayor, to Resign in Plea Deal.  
Why? Ms. Warren will leave office early as part of a plea deal on campaign finance violations. The deal also resolves gun charges against her.
If she were a Republican and not a Democrat would this have been bigger news? I agree.

America Is back

As Secretary Blinken continues to try and mend fences in France and get them to send their ambassador back to the U.S. we have more going on.

The Chinese military has flown a record 145 fighter planes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) during the past four days, escalating Beijing’s campaign of intimidation toward the self-governing island.
China commemorated its 72nd annual National Day on Oct. 1 by sending 38 warplanes through Taiwan’s ADIZ. That record stood until the following day — when it sent 39 more.
China’s growing aggression toward Taiwan is raising fears of a catastrophic war.
Why are they doing this?
As Ronald Reagan said, they don’t do it when they think we are strong, they do it when they we are weak.
It appears to me that “America is back” is just a word for those against us to act as they wish because we will do nothing.

The $3.5 Trillion Bill And The Debt

Get ready by months end for a deal on additional spending.
It won’t be the $5 Trillion ($3.5 they wanted plus $1.5 infrastructure bill) they wanted.
What it will be is $3.5 Trillion. The infrastructure bill plus an additional $2 Trillion.
$3.5 trillion of new spending to add to our debt and bill to the future.

The left will yell they lost and wanted $6 Trillion above the infrastructure as if they lost something.
Senator Manchin will claim he stood strong, because we are only spending $3.5 Trillion.
Meanwhile we spend what we don’t have and bill the kids of tomorrow. They are the losers, and we are the responsible adults allowing it.

The Debt Battle Is Underway

The President yesterday blamed Senator McConnell for not supporting a debt level raise.
McConnell’s response (as we told you) was you spent without us, raise the debt without us. You own it.
Watch how the media plays this. (Though you already know, don’t you?)
The money runs out on October 18th.
See who cares about the debt we are passing on, and no, nothing is free.

What’s A Day Without Trump News

Politics wise he said if/when he announces a run he expects the other Republican candidates to clear the field.
I am guessing he believes that, but it is not going to happen.

He’s also in the news with this story.
A New York State judge said Monday that former President Trump will be deposed before Christmas in a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, a former “Apprentice” contestant who alleges that Trump sexually assaulted her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 and defamed her during his presidential campaign when he said she lied about it. He denies her claims .

Just another day in Trump World.

Have A Great Day. Stand Up For America and It’s Values.


Short Thoughts…

Quick Thoughts On A Monday Morning

Here’s an editorial opinion from the Sunday New York Times that I wanted to share:

OPINION | THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Jan. 6 Was Worse Than We Knew 
By The Editorial Board The Electoral Count Act needs to be fixed

Well here’s some thoughts back to them from this blog.

You can’t be real with this. You want something to look at that was far worse than reported, try looking at the lie you perpetrated for three years over the false Russian Hoax story.
You reported a lie day after day after day for three years. You won awards for fake reporting. You divided the nation. You cost the country millions in false studies and commissions. You helped destroy a presidency.
You helped dent our democracy. You never lived up to your false reporting and you are failing to cover its unraveling now as Durham acts.
This editorial is a disgrace, shows your bias and why your credibility is at a low point.

The Zero Lie

Imagine the internal meeting at the White House where they are planning on how best to sell the additional $3.5 trillion spending program. Free everything, including two years of community college for all – illegal or not.
So you’re there and someone says, “I got it, just tell the people it costs zero, they’ll believe us.” Then everyone at the table says, “That’s a great idea, and the media will support us.”
Can you believe the people who made this decision are running our country?

Now zero is not zero.
Even if you had the funds, it would still be $3.5 trillion of spending. Do they not get that?
I have an idea.
If you really have the $3.5 trillion how about paying back some of the debt? You know, the one that we are passing on to our kids and grandkids.
Wouldn’t that be nice to do? After all we try and live so we can pass something on to our heirs, how about not a bill?
Does anyone care about the debt?

Next, you say the rich are going to pay. Oh really, and how is that?
You’re going to raise the rates you say. You do that in the same sentence you tell us how many don’t pay any taxes at all. Oh, so by raising the tax rate they will magically pay?
How come you don’t get it’s not the rate, its the deductions you allow.
I haven’t heard a word yet on what you’re doing there – except you want to eliminate SALT – which is a real tax break for the rich. How dare you do that to appease the high tax states and drive more debt for us.

Finally on this, can you for once define “fair share.” What is it?
You want federal to go up (39.7%), so if you live say in NYC (14.7% state and city), that would equal about 55% tax before social security, medicare, advantage etc.
Is 60 cents taxes on a dollar earned fair share or is it more? Is that how you encourage hard work?

Let me see, the 1% of earners pay 40% of all the U.S. federal taxes. Is that fair? What is fair to you?
The top 5% pay 60% of all taxes. What is their fair share?
The top 10% pay 71% of all taxes. What is their fair share?

Take a second to look at that.
The top 10% of earners pay 71% of all taxes. Does that sound like a fair share?

Now the bottom 50% pay 3% of all taxes. Read that again. 50% pay 3%. Are they being overburdened?

Imagine if the left and their friends in the media presented the facts. They never ask what a fair share is.
Instead they concentrate on “some pay zero taxes.” I get it, but most pay. You want all to pay, me too. Take away the deductions and stop playing games.

The Real Deplorable’s

The left and media had no problem or issue naming a whole group of supporters for a candidate “deplorable.”
Well I saw deplorable over the weekend. They followed Senator Sinema into a bathroom stall because she wasn’t supporting them. They took to the water and gathered around Senator Manchin’s houseboat because he dared have a different view than them.

Hey NYT editorial board, I have another example of something worse than you reported. It’s the deplorables you support.

The Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is headed to France to “mend fences.” Mend fences? I thought the adults were in charge now and the U.S. was back. What happened?

Have A Great Day. Stand Up For America and American Values.


Wrapping Up Loose Ends…

Afganistan Hearings

There were a few things from the two days of hearings that did not get much coverage and deserve review.
It was revealed the Taliban offered the United States a chance to secure the entire city of Kabul while exiting the country. Think about that. We could have held the city while we orderly transported our citizens and supporters to the airport for evacuation. We could have avoided the chaos, the deaths and the upheaval that went on.
When asked why we didn’t do it, General McKenzie said we didn’t have the troops. Did he ask for them and was he turned down?
Just another example of the failed leadership, all the way to the top, that we had here. Whoever said “no” owns the outcome and blood that flowed.

General Milley said he knew six years ago that the war in Afghanistan was “stalemated.” So the General in charge did nothing to change it? Was it just he was unable as the lead military person to convince two administrations we needed to do something? Was he lacking a strategy? Plan? What was he doing with the lives of our warriors who were serving there?
Another example of how he failed us and why he must resign.

When Secretary of Defense Austin was asked why we didn’t withdraw people earlier, he said they tried but the State Department said no. So again this administration messed up. Did Secretary of State Blicken pay a price for a decision that cost us lives, respect and world standing?

Then think about this that should be headlines on every news show. The testimony, under oath, was that the Pentagon knew within a short period that the U.S. drone strike that killed civilians, including seven children, in Kabul in August did not involve ISIS fighters.
They knew and never told us?
The administration used it as a tough guy approach and our ability to strike without resources on the ground? They didn’t concede it was a mistake until a newspaper started producing documents?
Now we know the truth and no one pays for misleading us? No one pays for the wrongful killings? No one pays for lying? We allow the President and administration to walk away without answering questions about this?

The media being so biased is failing us as a free nation.

The Spending Bill(s)

The drama of which or any spending bills will pass today is in the balance as of this writing.
Speaker Pelosi just reassured us at her conference we would get both bills today.
Senator Manchin just spoke to reporters and said he could not get on board “yet” as the spending was too much.

As exasperated as the progressives are with Senators Manchin and Sinema, the senators are equally back to them. The President who caused this, as you may recall when he came to the White House Lawn with the bipartisan team of senators to announce an agreement on the infrastructure bill; only to walk back into the oval office and announce (to appease the progressives) it was tied to the additional $3.5 billion spending plan.
That shocked the bipartisan team and we never got back on track.

Now Manchin, who we have long said backs down, said this:
“Respectfully, as I have said for months, I can’t support $3.5 trillion more in spending when we have already spent $5.4 trillion since last March [2020]. At some point, all of us, regardless of party must ask the simple question — how much is enough? If there is one final lesson that will continue to guide me in this difficult debate ahead it is this: America is a great nation but great nations throughout history have been weakened by careless spending and bad policies. Now, more than ever, we must work together to avoid these fatal mistakes so that we may fulfill our greatest responsibility as elected leaders and pass on a better America to the next generation.”

Now how much sense does that make to you and me? Progressives, not so much.

What I don’t understand is this.
We have more job openings than people to fill them.
We are spending more to support people not to work than ever.
We have inflation looming to the point that even the Fed Chair sees it now.
Do we really want to throw $5 trillion more into the market?

Speaking of inflation, if you didn’t see it before just take a look at what Dollar Tree said…The $1.00 forever store is going to change policy and sell things for $1.25 and $1.50.

Proving again “free” is not “free” when the government spends your money, borrows from your future and creates an artificial market.

Covid Update

Isn’t it funny that when we had that outbreak in Florida it was national news headlines over and over?
Now with no lockdowns, mask mandates, school closures, or business limitations, the Florida wave has crested and fallen dramatically in recent weeks. The virus has declined dramatically there while growing elsewhere.
Coverage? Zero.
What happened was hospitalizations fell dramatically (Chart at bottom of this blog) shorty after Governor DeSantis actively promoted monoclonal antibody outpatient clinics, an early treatment that has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalization risk. (When Biden seized control of the supply and unexpectedly slashed Florida’s allocation, the governor arranged a private purchase from GlaxoSmithKline to meet demand.)

One more thing, the U.S. covid death rate will exceed 700,000 this weekend. Let’s see how it is covered by the media.

On The Border – Really – I think

Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it has formed a task force to “rebuild” the Remain in Mexico policy the Trump administration used to solve the last border surge.
At the same time, the Department said it still intends to issue a new memo canceling the policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, “in the coming weeks.”
What?
The confusing — and seemingly conflicting — announcements come as Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tries to battle a court ruling that ordered him to restart MPP. The judge said he must act in “good faith” to revive the program. Mr. Mayorkas’ critics have accused him of slow-walking the restoration, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading the lawsuit seeking to get the secretary to get a move on.

With Friends Like This

It continues to amaze me how the Trump appointees continue to write books and turn on him. We told you about the book by Stephanie Grisham that is coming out. Here’s a “leak” from it:
In her book, titled “I’ll Take Your Questions Now,” Ms. Grisham claims that Mr. Trump berated her frequently and even requested that an unnamed young, female press aide visit his cabin on Air Force One just so he could ogle her rear end. She said Mr. Trump’s temper was “terrifying.” “I should have spoken up more,” Ms. Grisham writes. “The truth was that pretty much everyone eventually wore out their welcome with the president. We were bottles of milk with expiration dates.”

And in the current administration we can’t get people to resign for lying, people dying and failed polices.

Have A Great Weekend. Cancel the Cancel Culture.

Florida’s Covid Chart:



Lost Trust…

When you lose trust as an individual, you lose a part of your being. When you lose trust as a leader, you can no longer lead. Watching the past few days the mistruths, misleading and outright lies by so many I think the time of reckoning has come for some.

I would start with General Milley.
You, the highest ranking military member in the U.S.. While doing the most confidential job in the military spoke to five authors – off the record – writing books about the administrations you served and were serving.
In any military, in any organization that is unacceptable.

You called the evacuation a “logistical success but a strategic failure.” Well General, as the leader of the military you are charged with strategy. You failed.

You testified that you wanted troops to stay. Your boss, the President, disregarded your counsel. Totally disregarded. You failed in your mission.

General Milley, even now when asked you claim you didn’t know why President Biden picked September 11th as his original date of withdrawal. I can’t believe that. Really, you can’t figure it out? You who were duped in a picture op as you claim?
On the other side, if you can’t figure out why that day, then no wonder we had a strategic failure.

General Milley, thank you for your service, but you must resign.

Now there are others who should be gone, yet no one was fired or resigned over this mess. Why is that?
Here’s the answer.
No one recommended the policy to the President. They recommended the opposite of what he did. How could he fire anyone? The President made this call against his closest counselors.
Why didn’t he ask anyone to leave? How could he? It would say something was wrong, and the only thing wrong was the President’s decision.
The fact the President went on the air and said no one gave him other advice says a lot about each of you not resigning.

Which brings us to the President’s lies.
He clearly lied and people died.
The blood is on his hands, no matter what he says. How can we believe anything he says after these blatant lies?

President Biden has lost the one thing every leader needs – Trust.
When JFK messed up the Cuban invasion, he stepped up to the microphone and took responsibility. This President lied into that microphone.

One final word today to Secretary Austin.
You have struggled to answer questions the past few days and protect your President. I understand that. I don’t understand your answer over and over to the question about citizens and supporters left behind. You keep saying,” We’re staying focused on getting people out”.
Here’s my question: How many have died waiting for you?

Also Head Scratching

The President and his Press Secretary keep saying the proposed $3.5 trillion spending program will cost us “zero” and is “free.”
I can only guess the people who believed the Afghanistan lies believe that. How dense do they think we are?

Then Psaki added this statement yesterday:
The White House believes it is “unfair and absurd” if businesses raise prices in response to the Biden administration increasing corporate tax liability. 

Does anyone in the administration understand business? Business and profit is at the base of capitalism. Do they understand that? You are going to raise the corporate tax by over 20% and the businesses shouldn’t do anything? Why are you raising taxes? Businesses don’t print money, they manage their products to make money.
Do they have a clue, or are they truly socialists?

How is it that you say any new taxes will only go after the top 1% and yet the bill says you are going to double the number of the IRS agents? You need 85,000 new agents to do that?
You expect me to believe that? I’d say tell us the truth, but how would I know you are?

A Few Other Things Today

With the market tanking as it has the past few weeks, and the dramatic drop yesterday, does anyone find it odd (as I do) that the media wasn’t blasting its newscast with: Your 401K took a major hit today as…
it seemed like in years past with a market that doubled at the first sign of decline this was a headline.

Also lost in the reporting this week were these released FBI crime figures.
The number of violent crimes in the U.S. rose by 5.6% in 2020, the first increase in four years. Aggravated assaults rose 12.1%. Murder increased 29% — the highest single-year spike in 60+ years.
Much coverage? Why not?

I was unsure on the fed and whether Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell should be renominated by President Biden. Then I heard Senator Elizabeth Warren say he should not be reappointed.
Now I know where I stand.

The Party Divides

This from The Hill today:
The political future of the Democratic Party could turn on what liberals and centrists decide next in a battle over President Biden’s spending and infrastructure agenda. Right now they are pummeling each other.  The infighting continued on Tuesday as progressive members issued another threat in the direction of Democratic leaders to sink a planned Thursday vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without assurances from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) that they will vote for a wide-ranging reconciliation package. 

And the threat from Donald Trump to the Republican Party:
Yesterday he endorsed KARI LAKE, a former local news reporter, to succeed term-limited Arizona Gov Doug Ducey. Lake is running against a handful of other Republicans but she’s the only candidate so far to have said she believes Trump won Arizona in the 2020 election.

Have A Great Day. Cancel The Cancel Culture.

Lies And Mistruths…..

When Are Lies -Lies?

The answer to the question seems to be when the MSM decides if they like the President or not. You see, President Trump’s lies and his “Big Lie” were (and are) reported on daily.
President Biden, not so much.
Why is that?

As I write this the hearing with Secretary Austin and Generals Milley and MacKenzie is airing live. One thing for sure already is the President’s statements on all that occurred and is occurring in Afghanistan were filled with misstatements and lies.
Yet the MSM has been soft in their assessment, though it will be a lot tougher after this hearing.

These three gentleman, none of whom had their advice and counsel followed, and all were quoted by the President as supporting his efforts had the courage to walk away. I haven’t seen individuals have such a bad day in a long time.
If the MSM doesn’t report this as we are witnessing it, then we have a banana republic media in this country.

What About?

Let’s take a look at what I believe have been mistruths this administration has gotten away with while the media looks at “The Big Lie.”

We will leave no American behind, the President said on national television. Then we did. How many?
Well, Secretary Blinken and the President have said it was about 100. When asked today Secretary Austin could not answer how many Americans were left. (He was reamed for not being prepared.)
Then none of the three disputed the number 400-500. What? Four to five times more than we have been told?

If you think they said 100 and it was just a mistake, then you must work for the administration or be in the MSM, because they lied.

The President said that all his advisors and military personnel agreed on an August 31 date to leave.
What he never said was that advice was given on August 25th after he disregarded their advice that troops were needed.
By August 25th the military could do nothing and said we need to leave. The President mislead us.

If you think that is being truthful, then you either work for the administration or are with the MSM.

This is a new Taliban, the President told us to justify his dealings with them. I guess the bodies I have been witnessing murdered and hung in the streets is something I see, but isn’t real.

If you believe the President and don’t see this, then you are part of the administration or in the media.

There are a half dozen more misleading statements already emerging. The President did not tell the truth in this whole fiasco. Today’s hearing is blowing up all the lies we have been told.

This Is A Pattern

We are lied to about the border. Where is the media on this?

“The border is closed” they claim. Do you think that? We just released “10,000 or 12,000, it could be higher” into the nation. That’s a closed border?
You released them because the Del Rio coverage on some stations was embarrassing you. There have been close to a million people crossing.
If you believe that’s a closed border then you are in the administration or the MSM.

Border agents on horses are the problem? The President was judge and jury for these agents simply doing their job. Imagine hard working and dedicated Americans getting thrown under the bus by a President for his personal gain. How can we allow these loyal Americans to be put on leave and threatened by a President?

If you support the President on this lie, you are either part of the administration or in the media.

The NYT yesterday printed a correction on their reporting of the border agents. They had claimed (as the President did) that “mounted agents had struck Haitian migrants.” They backed off.
So, when does the President apologize for his lie or get called on it?

There is no reason to go into this more. The lies and disception began at the outset when the President said there was no vaccine when he came into office. He was vaccinated a month before!!!
If you believe all the false covid claims you are in the administration or part of the media.

There is so much more, but the point is clear. Trump tweeted and there were questions. The media called him on it as they should have. Biden lies outright and the silence is deafening. It is time to hold him accountable. Let’s see how they cover this hearing, that as of this writing, is a debacle for this administration’s statements and words.

Have A Great Day. Cancel the Cancel Culture.

The Divide Within…

The Gap Between and Within

We are all aware of the differences between the parties in the U.S. today and how that gap has widened. One party has gone further left, the other to the right. In the great middle is where elections were generally won. Whenever one party veered too far, the result was devastating for them. The great examples are the Republicans in 1964 and the Democrats in 1972. In that eight year period both parties went to extremes and were totally wiped out in the elections.

Today the divide is spreading within the parties, and this week it is hitting big time. Let’s take a quick look:

Remember when Speaker Pelosi said today was the day the House would vote on the infrastructure bill?
Over time when she has set a deadline that has been it. You could agree or disagree but she was in charge.
Well, she has moved that date back as she struggles with the division between the moderates and progressives in her caucus. The entire agenda is on the line and her team is not in lockstep.

Here’s a report from one outlet this AM that summarizes the challenge:

The House and Senate are moving toward votes on legislation dealing with government funding, the debt limit, infrastructure, social programs and taxes worth trillions of dollars, although the details of some of these bills aren’t close to finalized yet.
This would be a big agenda for an entire month. The House will try to tackle it in one week, while the Senate attempts to avoid a government shutdown.
Democratic leaders in both chambers also still have to figure out how to avoid a catastrophic debt default in October.
It’s a huge moment for President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer; the biggest so far in the 117th Congress. It’s fair to say what happens in the next couple weeks will go a long way toward deciding whether Democrats have any shot of keeping the House or Senate next year.
Failure on any of these issues would be a political disaster for the Democratic triumvirate and the party. Pelosi hasn’t faced a legislative challenge quite this daunting since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 — nearly a dozen years ago. Schumer hasn’t ever been involved in a highwire act of this nature as Senate Democratic leader.
Biden, of course, has never dealt with anything remotely like this in his eight months as president.

The reason they can’t just plow ahead is the divide within their caucus. The closer the election comes, the more the divide will appear as the progressives try to move the party left, and the moderates see election doom if they go along.

Here’s an example of the divide in the party on issues. The President was judge and jury on the horses used at the border. Well not everyone agrees with him. Tulsi Gabbard said this:
“I consider Joe Biden a friend. But he’s absolutely wrong and he needs to apologize to the American people for saying what he said. Here’s why: He’s somebody who’s been very outspoken as being against autocrats, autocracies, dictators. But what he essentially did was act as judge, jury, and executioner for these Customs and Border Patrol agents on horseback.”

Now On The Other Side

We’ve written here for months that the biggest threat to Republicans winning in 2022 is the divide with Donald Trump.
Now read this quote:

“Stacey Abrams would be a better governor than Kemp.” The former President said that in a Georgia speech to his loyal followers this weekend. Just stop and think about that for a second.
Stacey Abrams who organized the Democrats to win in 2020 is being endorsed by Donald Trump over the Republican Governor.
Why?
Because the former President thinks the Governor did not do enough to overturn the Georgia results!
He added this:
“Stacey, would you like to take his place? It’s OK with me.”  
Then he went even further.
He attacked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan as well as Gov. Brian Kemp, all Republicans. They all, after investigating, dismissed the claims the former President was making.
I heard them on tape say directly to Trump, we didn’t find anything. If you have evidence give it to us and we will act. That was not good enough for Donald Trump who became the first Republican presidential candidate to lose the state in three decades.

Now Kemp and team are running for reelection. What chance do they have with the former President turning his loyal followers against them? Trump has given Georgia to the Democrats.
He also has lost the Georgia senate seat with his pushing of Herschel Walker into the race. The Democrats are waiting to pounce on Walker’s issue with his wife and voting state and address.

What’s even worse is this statement from the former President. He made clear that he and his supporters will keep pressing for audits of the 2020 election results in other states as part of the Republican campaign for 2022. “I bring voter fraud to the forefront to save our nation from corrupt elections and to make sure this never, ever happens again,” he said.

Great for the Republican party to renegotiate the 2020 election to fulfill his ego, motivate the Democrats and blow their chance to win control.

Thus

Both parties are working hard to divide themselves and hand the 2022 midterms to the other.
The advantage could well be with the Democrats. No matter how they come out this week the issues will be a year old, and though they may not motivate their party, they will have the former President to do that for them.
He may motivate Democrats to vote and divide his own party handing states and seats in Congress to them.

The dumbest thing the Democrats can do now is indict the former President on taxes or anything else. If they drive him out of the race, they lose. The more he is out there, the better the chance they have to win.
Will their desire to get the former President outweigh a smart political move? Both these parties are blind to reality and anything is possible.

Have A Great Day. Cancel the Cancel Culture and Save America.

Do These Stories Surprise You?

Interesting Stories & Issues Out There

So the issues dividing the two parties among themselves are clear and evident today.
The Democrats are struggling to get a bill on spending out as the moderates and progressives have a wide disagreement on how much to spend.

The Republicans are divided on the question should Donald Trump control the party going forward.
Which of the parties are facing the bigger divide? Do you think one is a shorter term divide than the other?

Me? I think this divide is going to hurt both in 2022, and I’m not sure which party more. By 2024, I think the leftward challenge in the Democratic party is very dangerous for them.

Here’s an example of the Republican Party divide.
Yesterday we told of the announced retirement of Rep. Gonzalez, one of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump.
Well Liz Cheney is taking the opposite approach and look who is backing her; this from the WSJ:
Former President George Bush is backing Rep. Liz Cheney  with his first fundraiser of the 2022 cycle.
The event, Oct. 18 in Dallas, will draw a stark battle line between Trump and Bush in the hotly contested proxy primary for the GOP’s future.
Among the co-hosts for the Cheney fundraiser are Karl Rove (Bush Advisor) and former Sen.Kay Bailey Hutchinson. (Who served in the Trump administration.)  

Me? When two former Presidents of the same party get involved against each other like this, that is not good.

Here’s an interesting story on another “Never Trump” whose family signed up with President Biden in 2020:

Meghan McCain is mad at President Biden. In her inaugural column for The Daily Mail, the former commentator for ABC’s “The View” has a thing or two to say about the 46th president.

“Eight months since President Biden was sworn into office, the anticipation of a tone change and ‘return to normalcy’ has utterly disappeared. The man I once considered a friend and confidante has morphed into a feckless and unreliable leader I no longer recognize. He gives all the signs of stubborn cantankerous naiveté, surrounded by idiotic sycophants anyone who has spent more than fifteen minutes around politics should easily recognize as the worst type of corrupt bureaucrats,” Ms. McCain advised.

Well now, isn’t that interesting.

On the spending plan how do you feel about this from Stephen Moore and his team?
Biden’s Spending And Borrow Binge Is “For The Children”
Biden keeps trying to sell his $5,000,000,000,000 social welfare bill as benefiting “the children.” 
Seriously?
Who does he think is going to pay off this spending and debt? Not any of us. We will be dead.
CTUP in partnership with FreedomWorks have calculated how much every child born today would have to pay in higher taxes over the next 30 years if Biden’s plan is enacted. 
We will be bequeathing $300,000 of debt repayment to every child born today by 2050 in today’s dollars.
On behalf of my children and yours: gee, thanks, Joe.

Me? I don’t want to pass any debt to my children and grandchildren. I can’t understand Americans who don’t want to live within their means. Why is it always spend more and not less to balance the budget?

What do you think of the plan in Minneapolis? They have experienced a surge in violent crime since the riots that engulfed the city in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year. As an example, they recorded 84 murders last year, and another 67 murders so far this year. At least five kids under the age of 10 have been gunned down in crossfire. 
Now, despite this record, the “Social Justice Warriors” in the city have placed a referendum on the November 2 ballot to disband the police department and replace it with a nebulous Department of Public Safety, which may or may not include police officers but would focus on public health. The details are vague, but backers have referred to it as a de facto “Defund the Police” effort.
The funny thing about all this is that in a recent poll it was white voters who think that fewer cops make sense. Minorities, who bear the brunt of any increase in urban crime, overwhelmingly think the notion is crazy.  

Me? I want more police and fully understand minority concerns about defunding.

In fact, murders are up across the nation this year. The NYT reports that upcoming FBI data is expected to show 2020 had the highest single-year spike in U.S. murders in at least 60 years.  
Some more from the Times report:
FBI data shows a 29% spike in murders last year. That would be the biggest single-year increase since national record-keeping began in 1960. Previously, the largest one-year increase was a 12.7% rise in 1968. 

Me? Not surprised at all. We don’t trust the police, lock people up and then we release them early. Isn’t the logical outcome more crime and murder?

Is the government going to shut down? We’re less than a week away, as we wrote yesterday, and here’s what happened. Politico reported these two stories:
1. How can you tell the threat of a government shutdown is real? The Office of Management and Budget, which oversees federal agencies, will send out its shutdown guidance today. Its standard practice is for OMB to send out such guidance seven days before funding lapses.

2. GOOD NEWS FOR MCCONNELL: The latest weekly POLITICO/Morning Consult poll is out this morning and finds that more voters would blame Democrats than Republicans if the U.S. were to default on its debt. The finding comes as Senate Minority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL is rallying his members to oppose raising the borrowing cap. Asked which party they would blame more, 33% said Democrats, 42% said both parties, and only 16% said Republicans. Nine percent didn’t know. 

Me? This will come down to the end as always. The question is, will Democrats do it alone since they own both chambers and the Presidency? I think the answer is yes. Their defense will be people need the money today to survive.

Here’s another story that shouldn’t be a surprise to many. It’s on Iran and involves what I think was a weak speech by President Biden and then what Iran said:

President Biden promised to thaw diplomatic relations with Iran and to resurrect a global nuclear deal shunned by his predecessor, but nine months into his term Mr. Biden has little to show for that effort amid growing signs the administration may have misplayed its hand and created an even bolder, more belligerent regime in Tehran. Tuesday’s United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York offered fresh evidence of the deep gulf that remains between the two sides and how a massive American diplomatic effort hasn’t moved the needle. In his maiden U.N. speech as president, Mr. Biden held out an olive branch to Tehran and said that the U.S. remains willing to return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. But Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi just hours later openly mocked Mr. Biden and his political catchphrase that “America is back” on the world stage. The Iranian leader declared that his country believes it has outmaneuvered Washington and now holds a much stronger hand at the negotiating table. “The United States mistakenly believed it would render us desperate and devastated, but our perseverance has yielded results,” he said.

Lastly, this story on the ever interesting Donald Trump. He announced a new lawsuit. This against his niece.
Former President Donald Trump is going on the offensive, filing a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece, Mary Trump, as he seeks to withhold disclosing his tax information. Trump filed the lawsuit in the Hudson Valley accusing both his niece and the Times of “tortiously breaching and/or interfering with his contractual rights and otherwise maliciously conspiring against him” as they continue requesting a report on his 2018 taxes.  The lawsuit alleges that the Times coerced Mary Trump to “smuggle records out of her attorney’s office and turn them over to the Times,” despite a confidentiality agreement. It is alleged that Mary Trump had access to “more than 40,000 pages of highly sensitive, proprietary, private and confidential documents, including, but not limited to, financial documents, accountings, tax records, income tax returns, bank statements, legal documents, and other related documents.”

Have A Great Day and Weekend.

I Can’t Help But Think (Part II) …..

I Could Be Wrong But…

There’s going to be a big debate with lots of media coverage on raising the debt limit so spending can continue. This often leads to noise about the government being shut down. The media always seem to blame the Republicans, whether they control congress and a Democratic is President (Gingrich and Clinton) or vice a versa (Trump and Pelosi). So get ready for noise.

Now here is the Republican position before the noise starts. You decide if there is merit:
First, this from Mitch O’Connell.
“Democrats as so eager to adopt Sanders’ socialist shopping list that they were willing to move without Republicans. They sought to leave our kids and grandkids with a massive bill. They deserve to have total ownership of that decision.” 

This from Senator Ted Cruz:
“Democrats are intent on going on a reckless spending spree — spending money we don’t have on things we can’t afford, which will fuel runaway inflation and harm American families. Despite the fact Democrats have total control of Washington and can raise the debt ceiling on their own, they are playing political games with the debt ceiling.”

Now does that seem like a reasonable argument?
Congress and the President certainly deserve full credit for all the spending and programs they have and are enacting, so why are they saying they want Republicans to vote to raise the spending and national debt limit? It kind of makes sense to me.
Now I could be wrong, but I am betting on which way the media will illustrate this.



This story got little coverage. The Senate Parliamentarian (Elizabeth MacDonough) ruled against the Democratic plan to add an amnesty plan for as many as 8 million illegal immigrants to the $3.5 trillion budget bill. Her ruling said the move would violate the chamber’s rules.  

Democratic leaders pronounced themselves disappointed and insisted they’ll try to find other ways to work toward legal status for illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” holders of Temporary Protected Status and “essential” workers. Senator Dick Durbin said: “Senate Democrats have prepared an alternative proposal for the Parliamentarian’s consideration in the coming days.”

Now I could be wrong, but I doubt many people knew of this ruling much less the proposal. Why is that? It involved at least 8 million new citizens.

Do you think this is a coincidence?  
A Manhattan judge set a trial date schedule for next summer for ex Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg and the Trump Organization. The fact that it will run smack into 2022 midterm elections is just the way the calendar fell.

Now I may be could be wrong, but I don’t think the date is a coincidence.

On the other side this story continues to be under played and not covered. A new book (by Ben Schreckinger) entitled: “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” has been released.
Did you hear about it?

The author finds evidence that a good part of the purported laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October’s controversy.  A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. Oh really?
The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?” This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals, but the content was verified.

Now I could be wrong, but I think if this were a different President this would be the lead story 24/7.  

A note on Covid.
This week Covid deaths in the U.S. exceeded 676,000. That passed the known fatalities from the 1918 flu pandemic (675,000). We don’t hear much about the numbers anymore, do we. 276,000 have died since we changed Presidents.
Now I don’t think we can blame any President; but didn’t it appear we had no problem doing that last year?

And don’t you wonder how reporting would be with another President? The President said he spoke to China’s leader for an hour last week. You know what he never brought up? The orgin of the virus. Kind of odd for a man who cares so much. Why are we afraid to pursue the truth?

Now I do wonder if another President had not brought it up, with 676,000 dead, what the media would be saying.

Just for the record, the U.S. population was 103 million before the 1920s. Today it almost 330 million.
That means the 1918 flu killed about 1 in every 150 Americans as opposed to more than 1 in 500 today.  

Did you see that Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced he will not be running for reelection? Rep. Gonzalez was one of the ten Republican House Members to vote to impeach. He already had a primary challenger. In fact, all ten are facing a challenge and it illustrates the Republican divide that former President Trump can close or rip open next year.
Stay tuned for that and what happens in the Democratic Party between the far left and moderates.

Have A Great Day.

I Can’t Help But Think…

Let’s See Now…

The coverage of the Gabby Petito tragedy seems to have masked some major new stories. Like:

France recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. for “unacceptable behavior between allies and partners.” Now that is not normal for allies. The President had promised we were “back” and Macron was so happy. Isn’t this big news? Do half of our citizens know this happened?
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

The U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul that we were told was a success actually killed ten civilians and seven children instead. Yet no one has been fired nor resigned. In fact it was covered up until exposed.
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

Remember, too, we were told that the U.S. would respond to that Kabul airport bombing. We bombed two guys out in the desert that seem to be low level members of something, we’re just not sure what. Then we droned at the airport and killed children. So what have we done?
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

We’re still shaking our heads at the shocking manner we pulled troops out of Afghanistan. We did it before ensuring the safety of Americans trapped behind Taliban-controlled enemy lines. We did it before keeping promises to our friends that we get them out. We did it before taking out of equipment. We did everything wrong and our nation is less safe. Yet no one has been fired or resigned. Where is the press asking the tough questions?
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

I see the border crisis worsening and the conditions in some areas intolerable. I hear of deaths. I hear of drug traffic increasing. Then I hear the Homeland Director saying “the border is closed.” Really? I wonder where the VP who is in charge is. Not a word from her. The administration took a closed border and created a mess.
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

Then I think of the all the restrictions we are under because of Covid 19. Travel restrictions for non vaccinated. Masks for little kids in school. No dining inside if not jabbed. I wonder why all those coming across the border are okay and non vaccinated allowed?
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

While on Covid, I was wondering how come Los Angeles has a mask requirement for all indoor events, regardless of vaccination status of attendees, that the Emmy Awards were mask-less for all attendees. I know they claimed a “loophole” for an event to be considered “outdoors” if the event is being held in a tent. Forget that the ventilation isn’t better than a literal indoor space, and never mind that there are walls, lighting, and climate controls for the tent — by rule, these folks were “outdoors”. Why was there no outcry in the media over this?
I can’t help but think that under another President or group this would be headline news continually.

Special treatment? How about this. We saw all the coverage of Rep. Ocasio in her “Tax The Rich” dress. Did you know this? Aurora James, the woman who designed the gown is a “notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts … in multiple states?” New York and federal authorities have issues with her corporation. The New York state Department of Taxation and Finance reported that in 2018 and 2019 there were three open tax warrants for failing to withhold almost $15,000 in income taxes from employees’ paychecks. Separately, between April 2018 and April 2019 the Internal Revenue Service placed six federal liens for failing to remit more than $100,000 in employee payroll taxes. Pretty amazing, uh? I guess Tax The Rich is not for all.
I can’t help but think that under another President this would be headline news continually.

More tomorrow.

Have a great day.

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…

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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.