• Green New Deal More Proof Left Intends to 'Fundamentally Transform' US

    Green New Deal More Proof Left Intends to ‘Fundamentally Transform’ US

    Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.”

    The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a ” … 10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the existing social safety net.”

    The 14-page resolution was proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

    Conservatives mock her for proposing, among other things, the complete transformation of every building in the U.S. and trains that would span the oceans as airplanes are phased out. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t appear to know how any of this will be paid for, but when one is liberal it doesn’t matter. It’s the thought that counts, not the outcome. READ MORE...

  • Partisan Gridlock Remains Despite President's Worthy Calls for Unity

    Partisan Gridlock Remains Despite President’s Worthy Calls for Unity

    Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and combative language that has characterized his first two years in office.

    It was also well-delivered and well-received, if not by every member of Congress, then by 76 percent of those who watched it, according to a CBS News instant poll. READ MORE...

  • The Frustrating Flip-Flopping of Politicians Over the Border Wall

    The Frustrating Flip-Flopping of Politicians Over the Border Wall

    Despite advance billing that President Donald Trump’s border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: Criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them.

    The president named families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants. A case could be made, though, that American citizens are killing each other at higher rates during an average weekend in Chicago and other big cities than are killed by immigrants.

    Whose facts to believe? There are plenty on both sides of the argument.

    Raul Ortiz, the deputy chief of Border Patrol agents, says his agents are arresting up to 641 illegal immigrants every day. Other sources say arrests and border crossings have substantially declined in recent years.

    What frustrates average Americans is the flip-flopping by politicians who were for a border wall and holding people who broke our laws accountable before they were against it.

    These include Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Chuck Schumer, all of whom once championed stronger border security. When he was a senator from Illinois in 2006, Obama said:

    Those who enter our country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. Americans are right to demand better border security and better enforcement of our immigration laws.

    Those remarks are in line with what Trump is now saying.

    The president tweeted a comment Clinton made as recently as 2015 to underscore his claim of hypocrisy by Democrats: “I voted, when I was a senator, to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in.”

    The major media and their Democrat allies claim that the decline in the number of people crossing the southern border is proof that a wall or other barrier is not needed. But a case could be made—and the White House made it in a statement—that walls already in place are proof that barriers work.

    Since San Diego built its wall in 1992, the statement notes, apprehensions of illegal aliens have declined by 92 percent; El Paso, Texas, erected a wall in 1993 and illegal border crossings dropped 72 percent the first year and 95 percent over 22 years; Tucson, Arizona, built its wall in 2000 and apprehensions dropped 90 percent over 15 years; the Yuma, Arizona, wall went up in 2005, contributing to a decline in crossings of 95 percent over nine years.

    Yes, many went to other places where they could cross more easily, but that’s an argument for expanding the wall or constructing other barriers.

    Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged the president in a sleight-of-hand deal to re-open the part of government that is closed and then continue the debate about a wall. That reminds me of the “deal” offered to President George H.W. Bush by then-Speaker Jim Wright, D-Texas. Wright said Congress would cut spending if Bush would OK a tax increase. Bush was blamed for the tax hike, never got the spending cuts, and lost his re-election bid.

    In the end it is going to be a battle of images. One image is of people trying to cross the border illegally, throwing rocks, a few engaging in criminal activity; the other image is of 800,000 suffering federal employees going without paychecks.

    Which side will win is less important than what is best for America. If only more politicians cared about that higher goal.

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  • No Surprise Boy Scouts Headed for the Ash Heap

    No Surprise Boy Scouts Headed for the Ash Heap

    The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of assimilation, and political divisions that grow wider by the day.

    It’s now the Boy Scouts of America’s turn to join the parade.

    The organization, which began in 1910 to, according to its website, ” … train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance” so they become honest men, worthy of admiration and respect, is now in danger of dissolving because of lawsuits filed alleging scouts were sexually abused.

    In response to the suits, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh issued a statement: “We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting.”

    Yes, they do, but what about their “moral responsibility” to keep sexual predators out of scouting so that boys won’t be harmed in the first place?

    The Scout oath says: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

    What does this mean in our anything-goes culture?

    On my honor? In today’s twisted thinking, how should honor be defined and by whom?

    Duty to God? What about the atheist? What does “best” mean and doesn’t that discriminate against boys who can’t live up to such a standard?

    Physically strong? Doesn’t that mean that the physically weak might feel excluded?

    And then we have the most offensive of all, at least by ever-shifting standards of what constitutes morality. Scouts are to be “morally straight.”

    According to whose morals? And what does “straight” mean? To certain activists, it could sound like an anti-gay slur.

    But this is not a gay issue, this is a criminal issue. This is about sexual predators taking advantage of lax leadership and mutable organizational guidelines that make it easy for them to gain access to vulnerable children.

    How many Boy Scouts must suffer abuse before someone at the top of the Boy Scouts of America organization admits they made a mistake by opening the door so wide it became inevitable that some very bad people would enter? How many more children will suffer before the Boy Scouts of America admits it did not do its due diligence?

    Some of the alleged abuses go back to the ’60s, according to The Wall Street Journal, but that is precisely where the rending of American culture began. The cultural decline was facilitated by court rulings banning prayer and Bible reading in public schools and the Playboy philosophy of Hugh Hefner and his counterpart, Helen Gurley Brown, who told female readers of Cosmopolitan magazine they could be as promiscuous as men.

    Some scouts and scoutmasters have announced they are leaving or have already left the scouting program, and have either aligned themselves with church programs or abandoned scouting altogether. If the Boy Scouts of America files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, its so-called leadership will have only itself to blame.

    The last time I checked, a “tolerance” badge was not one of the awards Boy Scouts can earn. Given the lowering of standards in the scouting program, it should be no surprise that the Boy Scouts of America is headed for the ash heap that has claimed other “morally straight” entities.

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  • The Establishment's Full Fury Against Trump Is Now Unleashed

    The Establishment’s Full Fury Against Trump Is Now Unleashed

    Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but scorning the Washington establishment produces even greater anger.

    The establishment’s full fury has been unleashed against Donald Trump and is not about to subside until its goal is reached: the removal of the president from office, either through impeachment or defeat in the 2020 election.

    If there were more than the kitchen sink to throw at Trump, the establishment would be throwing it. The latest is the hyping of private money paid to two women by Trump’s disgraced lawyer, Michael Cohen. The women claim it was money to keep them quiet over alleged affairs with him.

    Behavior that was tolerated, or overlooked, by previous presidents is now grounds for indictment and impeachment, says the establishment.

    Members of Congress who claim Trump violated campaign finance laws by making personal payments to these women are mostly silent about a $17 million congressional fund out of which have come payments in unknown amounts to settle sexual harassment cases.

    Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., used “office money” (translation, taxpayer dollars) to settle a sexual harassment case against him. He was eventually forced to resign.

    Beyond the sideshow that has rapidly become center stage in Washington is the question of where the country is headed. There is a school of thought which claims Trump is the “last man standing” against a wave of socialism that would be sweeping the nation were it not for him.

    That view was expressed Monday by Rush Limbaugh on his radio program, which is a go-to source for many conservatives. Limbaugh responded to an email he received from a listener:

    His point is, this is all worth it. The alternative to Donald Trump was unacceptable—Hillary Clinton and the continuation of the Obama agenda and the dilution of the United States of America as a sovereign nation and a continuation of its becoming a member of the global conglomerate—where there wouldn’t be any debate about climate change; we would just pay up. Where there wouldn’t be any debate about open borders; we would just keep them open. Where there wouldn’t be any debate about whatever American culture or society is. It would be whatever the socialists said it was going to be. READ MORE...

  • 2 Problems Democrats Face After Election Wins

    2 Problems Democrats Face After Election Wins

    We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington.

    Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, which wants President Donald Trump’s blood?

    Guess which scenario I’m betting on?

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who will likely head the Financial Services Committee, has promised to seek revenge on the banks, which she notes loaned money to people in the ’90s so they could buy houses they couldn’t afford. When the banks foreclosed, she says, some of her constituents became homeless.

    Waters seems to have forgotten that the subprime mortgage crisis began during the Clinton administration. As Investor Business Daily noted in an April 15, 2015, editorial:

    The evidence is overwhelming that Clinton was the architect of the financial disaster that wiped out trillions of dollars in household wealth. Under his National Homeownership Strategy, Clinton took more than 100 executive actions to pry bank lending windows wide open.

    Through executive order, he marshaled 10 federal agencies under a little-known task force to enforce new ‘flexible’ mortgage underwriting guidelines to boost low-income and minority homeownership.

    Waters also has repeatedly stated she wants the president impeached. She is not alone.

    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who will likely chair the House Judiciary Committee, boasted during the campaign of his qualifications to lead impeachment hearings. Nadler has hinted, and a few of his colleagues have done more than hint, that newly installed Justice Brett Kavanaugh should be subject to more investigations over alleged charges that he sexually assaulted women three decades ago.

    That is unlikely to happen since one Kavanaugh accuser admitted to lying about being attacked to “grab attention” and there is no corroborating evidence from any of his other accusers, and soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said she would not push to impeach Kavanaugh.

    Democrats have at least two problems.

    The first is they have no ideas that will do a better job on the economy and jobs than the Trump administration. “Experts” said it was a pipe dream to think economic growth could exceed 3 percent, as candidate Trump promised during the 2016 campaign. It has.

    Former President Barack Obama said some manufacturing jobs were lost forever. Trump promised to bring them back, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in February 2018 that, over the past year, manufacturing had added 224,000 jobs.

    According to an advance estimate by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, real gross domestic product increased 3.5 percent in the third quarter of 2018, down slightly from the 4.2 percent increase in the second quarter.

    Democrats’ second problem is that they will see the election as a mandate and will be tempted to overreach, as Republicans did after winning a House majority in 1994.

    Democrats, however, should be cautious. Many of the seats they won in Republican-leaning districts will be vulnerable in 2020. The question is whether Democrats will be able to resist the hardcore left in their party that wants to pay back Trump for beating Hillary Clinton.

    Don’t expect much civility in Washington, and don’t look for major media—which is as much an arm of the Democratic Party as Fox News is for the Republican Party—to find fault with any demonstration of incivility by any Democrat.

    Instead of seizing the moment, Democrats are likely to be seized by the moment.

    And what about Trump? Will he tone down his rhetoric, as he suggested in a recent interview that he has already done? Will that make a difference in future Republican prospects?

    Between now and the next election gridlock, no comity between the parties is the likely scenario.

    Welcome again to a divided government representing a divided nation.

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