House Budget Committee product balances budget over ten years

  • Stuff that didn’t make Drudge, at least yet*
  • Is it fake news, or is it just a rumor
  • Must be good – Nancy Pelosi already demagoguing  it
  • Budget work does not make the Kansas mistake

Thanks to Doug Kelly, of our southern ~~ libertarian  ~~ command, for bringing it to our attention.

House Unveils Budget That Balances, Achieves $9 Billion Surplus, Increases GDP to 2.6%

Budget’s implementation of tax reform and repealing and replacing Obamacare aims to increase economic growth

From Ali Meyer writing at The Free Beacon, quoting from the Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (excerpts)

The budget not only balances within a decade, but aims to increase economic growth by implementing tax reform and reducing government regulations, as well as reforming several government programs to ensure taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and appropriately.

The committee notes that under the Obama administration, federal spending grew at a rate that increased the debt to unprecedented levels. They found that if spending continued along this path, in the next 10 years there would be $9.4 trillion more added to the debt. Instead, the House is introducing a budget that reins in this spending and puts the government on a path that will balance in the next decade in order to pay down debt.

“Overall, our budget achieves $6.5 trillion in deficit reduction, resulting in a $9 billion surplus in 2027,” the committee said. “We do not do this simply by cutting spending and reducing the size of government. Rather, our budget also enables states to find solutions that work for them, and it empowers individuals and small businesses to increase economic output and unleash the power of the American free market.”
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Rep. Diane Black (R., Tenn.) who chairs the budget committee said that the status quo is unsustainable and that the budget is the first step in having an optimistic vision for the future.

“In past years, our proposals had little chance of becoming a reality because we faced a Democratic White House,” Black said. “But now with a Republican Congress and a Republican administration, now is the time to put forward a governing document with real solutions to address our biggest challenges.”

“It will lay out a path to balance, promote job creation, give our military the resources they need to protect our nation, and hold Washington accountable,” she said. “This budget also sets out reconciliation instructions to fix our broken tax code and make long-overdue reforms to mandatory spending.

That we noticed, Drudge either has not listed this or did not do so for very long if he did. It would seem to merit the time provided shall we say lesser items he finds intriguing.  It is significant because it is fulfillment of Republican campaign promises.

Will it be amended to hell? Perhaps. And maybe that is the presumption behind the rather sparse attention. Depends on Ryan of course and then McConnell. Still, it rates ongoing attention we should think. The Democrats will use it to stir the troops.  Republicans should do the same, not violence but rational defense. We really do have compelling arguments more powerful than the Democrats. Now if Republican congressional leadership and party leadership down to the county level would come together in a chorus, a balanced budget could pass.

The latter group is as key as any. Local leadership needs to “find their tongue”. Rock Island County Republican leadership has done a commendable job in directly confronting Democrats through earned media.  Scott County leadership of late not so.

Drudge for a short time did post Nancy Pelosi’s reaction but without a “balancing” or antecedent link to what the Budget Committee did,  that we are aware of.

Nancy Pelosi: Republican budget stirs up violence

The budget, as least as far as we can tell from the sketch provided, does not make the Kansas legislature mistake of presuming growth from tax cuts and a better small business climate will carry excessive spending immediately.  Cuts must be made and shifts of responsibility must occur to the governing entity closest to the problem to be addressed (and many problems are not government problems and should not be addressed by government).

We are not persuaded that budget responsibility was previously impossible because of Obama.  Where there was will there was a way, and the way was the U.S. Constitution which gives the power of the purse to the legislative branch. But we will give “atta boys and girls” when they are due, which we extend to the House Budget Committee based on this report.

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“Phoning it in” to the Republican phonies

  • Note comments and references below article*

From Tea Party Patriots:

Traitorous Republicans protecting ObamaCare

Roger-

When we stood outside of the US Capitol in 2010, the night that ObamaCare passed, we knew that it was going to take a monumental effort to repeal this new entitlement. What we weren’t expecting was that when Republicans finally controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House that we would have to fight traitorous Republicans attempting to block ObamaCare repeal.

Sadly, that’s exactly what is happening right now!

Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV) have all said they will not vote for the stand-alone ObamaCare repeal bill. This is the same exact bill that they voted for in 2015!

According to The Hill newspaper, “the 2015 measure would gut ObamaCare by repealing authority for the federal government to run healthcare exchanges and scrapping subsidies to help people afford plans bought through those exchanges. It would zero out the penalties on individuals who do not buy insurance and employers who do not offer health insurance.”

However, we must note that the 2015 bill will not repeal all of Title I of ObamaCare, and we would still need to work to repeal that. But this is likely the closest thing to full repeal we’ll be able to get right now, and these traitorous already voted for the legislation in 2015 – so they have no excuse not to vote for it this time.

And remember, these Senators, their staffs, AND their families have a special exemption from ObamaCare that none of the rest of us enjoy!

If this angers you as much as it angers me, you must take action today. The best thing you can do is call. Call your own Republican Senator(s) if you have them. Call these traitorous Republicans. Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. And finally call the White House.

Tell the Senators that you are fed up with their games that they must repeal ObamaCare and nothing less – this is a promise they must keep or they will surely lose their majority and any faith the American people have left in them. Tell them that you are going to call the White House and ask President Trump to direct the Office of Personnel Management to rescind Congress’ special exemption from ObamaCare. Then call the White House and tell President Trump to finally have OPM rescind this ridiculous special exemption so that can Congress will finally be as motivated as everyday Americans are to repeal this terrible law. The more we have gotten to know this law, and the more we have been forced to live under these onerous regulations, the more we have wanted full repeal. Our bet is that these Senators would be a lot more eager to repeal ObamaCare if they had the kind of first-hand knowledge we have with it.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R)

135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-3744 202-224-3744
Tweet: @ChuckGrassley

Sen. Joni Ernst (R)

111 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-3254 202-224-3254
Tweet: @SenJoniErnst

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)

317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-2541202-224-2541
Tweet: @McConnellPress

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R)

522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-6665202-224-6665
Tweet: @LisaMurkowski

Sen. Shelley Capito (R)

172 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-6472202-224-6472
Tweet: @SenCapito

Sen. Robert Portman (R)

448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Call: 202-224-3353202-224-3353
Tweet: @SenRobPortman

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Call: 202-456-1111 202-456-1111
Tweet: @POTUS

I know you probably never thought you’d have to pick up the phone and call Congress like we did before the Republicans were in charge, but the most effective thing you can do right now is call, call, call, call. Melt the phone lines. Remind them who sent them there and what we expect of them.

Our window of opportunity to actually repeal ObamaCare is closing and we must take action now to force these Republicans to keep their promise to us – the American people.

Thank you for all you do to preserve freedom for us and for our future generations.

In liberty,

Jenny Beth Martin

Tea Party Patriots chairman makes important points.  Some references relevant to the congressional exemption a.k.a. scam-on-America include these as published in The Hill and Forbes:

Trump should end congressional exemption from ObamaCare

Congress Is Getting A Special Exemption From ObamaCare–And No, It’s Not Legal 

Just wrong: Congress quietly takes ObamaCare waiver

We would emphasize or add to her points that the latest leadership proposal is to repeal Obamacare  but that the repeal is set to take effect in two years, so no specific replacement is part of it but plenty of time to formulate one is. To vote in support is consistent with promises made.  The grand standing “I won’t repeal without a replacement that does such and such” is political BS intended to inculcate Obamacare by some lying Senators/ RINOs who previously said they opposed Obamacare. Given they have up to two years to protect and even build in what they think is important as Obamacare stammers along, they are charlatans.

All Republican Senators have a lot at stake in this, that promises made be promises kept. Senators Grassley and Ernst are generally dependable, they should be given support but they need to take off the gloves with their fellow senators. These three prevaricating Republicans doing Democrat Schumer’s bidding need to be called out. They are destroying Republican chances of retaining majority control of congress by obliterating any confidence in promises made. They should be made very aware that the Republican Senatorial Committee owes them nothing and will support primary challenges. Certainly that their obstinance and phoniness will not be rewarded.

R Mall

*Graphic not in original

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Everybody’s had one

They come in all forms. It could have been a (step) parent. The neighbor lady, Maybe a teacher. Might have been a boss, spouse, or landlord. I’m referring to the person in your life who you cannot please. You may or may not know why, but you are on their “list”.

It doesn’t matter what you do, how hard you try, or what you say, you’re wrong. Damned if you do or don’t. There’s no hiding, they seek you out. They criticize, sabotage, and embarrass. Not satisfied with the damage they alone can do, they’re in a constant state of recruitment. A mission to make others share their disdain. You are the nail, they’re looking for hammers.

What does one do? Often the recipient of the abuse tries to compensate by redoubling their efforts to placate the tormentor. That’s a fool’s errand. Any effort to assuage the anger is only met by more.

Eventually, most learn to ignore the din. The abused realize the fault doesn’t lie within them. The mindset of the hater can’t be changed. At this point, the victim becomes free.

I see a parallel between this “Cinderella” situation and the media’s coverage of President Trump. I read every day and cannot recall a single Democrat saying or the media reporting anything positive about Trump. This constant barrage of criticism is having a numbing effect.

Right now, this Russia/Trump collusion story is nearly a year old. Hearings, investigations and rumors have been plastered in the headlines daily. What do we have as evidence? Zippo!

At this point in time, we have the Trump supporters viewing these “reports” as fake news and ignoring them. The Democrats see them as gospel. Eventually, when this Russia/Trump/Impeachment bubble gets popped, and Jim Comey, Susan Rice or Jane Sanders come under serious scrutiny, what happens to the Democrats’ view of the media? Will they then adopt the “fake news” mantra? You can bet on it. Are the conservatives coming back? No way. The news reporting industry is heading toward a reckoning. They’re “dead men walking” and they don’t see it coming. The anger clouding their minds has destroyed their ability to think. Good.

Eugene Mattecheck Jr.

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What will be the reckoning

So we see that the attempt to repeal Obamacare may, or has at this writing, failed

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski won’t back ‘repeal-only’ health care bill

 . . .Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska quickly announced they would not back repeal, dooming the fledgling effort.

They said they would not repeal without a replacement.  The simple repeal proposal ends Obamacare two years  hence thus giving time to devise a replacement. Their vote was to inculcate Obamacare.

Their vote affects the Republican Party, its good will and their status within a majority party.   How should the Republican Party respond to them, the Republican Senatorial Committee?

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Promises: half- baked or insincere; redeemed or repealed

  • Iran Treaty repeal promise “repealed”
  • Obamacare repeal promise reinvigorated?
  • Cynics can claim vindication, realists can still rely on that the alternative was immensely worse (prospects of a Clinton administration)

Our advice to voters, instead of “Trust but verify?  Better: “examine, verify, hold accountable”


From The Daily Caller: (excerpt)

The Trump administration recertified the Iranian nuclear deal Monday

The agreement, also known as the JCPOA, went into effect in October 2015 and is between China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the U.S., the European Union, and Iran. President Obama said the agreement would stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, although then-candidate Trump slammed it and promised to “rip up” the deal.

“My number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump said in a May 2016 speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Senior administration officials, however, told reporters that Iran has followed the conditions laid out in the nuclear deal and thus it will be recertified. A senior official said that Iran is not following the “spirit” of the agreement, therefore new sanctions will be levied against Iran. A senior administration official pointed to Iran’s missile development, hostility to Israel, cyberattacks against foreign nations, and human rights abuses as causes for concern.

A senior official said that “moving forward the administration intends to employ a strategy that will address the totality of Iran’s malign behavior and not just narrowly focus on the nuclear agreement.”

All I can say is WTF and please educate us ignorant deplorables. Indeed, from the above regarding Iran’performance  vis a vi Obama’s agreement with them: “has followed” but “not kept to the spirit”?  So the conditions of the agreement were weak, the only thing Iran would keep to is weak conditions, but because IRAN technically kept to a weak deal for peace-loving people, the Trump administration will recertify something he vociferously opposed,  a “deal” that was unconstitutional. It was a treaty requiring Senate confirmation.  Great. Forget the human rights abuses of a nuclear bomb, the purpose of which is cataclysmic hostility to Israel and the West. Lets work on the cyber attacks hostility.

Also from The Daily Caller

BREAKING: Trump, McConnell, Pence Call For Full, Clean Obamacare Repeal 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for the full, clean repeal of Obamacare in late-night statements Monday.

The statements were released after four Republican senators backed away from the repeal-and-replace bill, leaving McConnell unable to reach the 50 votes required to pass the Obamacare rewrite. (RELATED: Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill Dead In Current Form)

“Regretfully, it is not apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell followed in a statement 31 minutes later, at 11:48 p.m.

“So,” he continued, “in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a state transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”

Republican Sens. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative, and Susan Collins, a Maine liberal, had opposed the Senate’s second repeal-and-replace bill early on. Paul, because he felt it left Obamacare in place; Collins, because she opposed repealing the welfare programs it entailed. They were joined in their opposition Monday by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

“If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now,” Trump tweeted on June 30, referencing the first attempt to repeal and replace, “they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”

The plan to pass a clean repeal bill was first heralded by conservatives, including Sen. Paul and Heritage Action, because they believed the horse-trading necessary to accomplish both repeal and replace at the same time would hobble the effort. Their plan was to push for a two-year window where congressmen and senators would be able to craft replacement legislation after Obamacare’s fate was set.

Democrats, who have vowed to torpedo any GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, might then be pulled to the negotiation table, enabling Washington to pass a bill with support from both parties.

The likeliness of bipartisan support is still low, given the atmosphere in Washington, the parties’ widely differing agendas, and the polarized mood of the parties’ supporters.

There is political hope in this if it gets around Susan Collins, or isolates her enough to provide the necessary margin from others. For the record, because this was apparently not feasible even a few weeks ago, in part for lack of explanation to the general public, (the time period for the actual repeal is two years giving time for replacement), Ted Cruz’s amendment offering “choice” had much merit. “If you like your mandates and cost of Obamacare you can keep it”.  The problem was it was being amended down so as to adulterate the economics. But it was a worthy effort with potential.

Now bets are being taken as to what will happen in two years should this pass, another two-year extension with a promise to replace after that?

R Mall

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Old Mad Dog not mad anymore?

…and what about the GOP congressional majorities’ priorities?

Has old Mad Dog opted for his own neutering, (tax supported of course)?

Did ‘Ash’ Carter and Ray Mabus really leave the Pentagon?


The latters’ “wisdom” still seems to prevail…

Recruitment and Exceptional Accommodation of Transgenders Continues, 25% of our Navy Still Putters Around On $29/gal.”renewable” fuel; Army Latrines are Open to ‘Gender Integration”!*

Is “gender recognition”, climate change, anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training and spending still crowding out the military’s mission-specific training and spending (not that there’s anything wrong with that)?

But our armed forces continue to endure severe budget crises…and “unit cohesiveness” is better than ever!

But wait! We still don’t have an openly gay service secretary since Eric Fanning left with the outgoing Obama administration…or did he leave?

Most of Obama’s Green Policies Persist at Department of Defense 
Fred Lucas at Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal

“The Pentagon paid $58.6 million for 2 million gallons of alternative fuel from 2007 to 2014—which would be about $29 per gallon for alternatives. Conversely, over that same time, the department spent $107.2 billion for 32 billion of petroleum, which would only be $3 per gallon.

“A Department of Defense comptroller general’s report in February 2016 found that the cost of environmental compliance increased by more than $119 million from the previous fiscal year.”  

Read the entire depressing report:

Most of Obama’s Green Policies Persist at Department of Defense

DLH

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Why not “breast augmentation” for Seaman Recruits?

Susan Wright (not all the time but this time*) writing at Red State posted the names of the Republicans who voted to sustain the use of tax dollars to mutilate some seriously mentally unstable individuals who are members of the armed services and in the process grossly compromise unit readiness.

BETRAYAL: 24 Republicans Join Democrats in Vote to Keep Obama-Era Transgender Military Policies in Place

Excerpt (read more at the link)

(Rep Vicki) Hartzler forced the vote in the House to restrict the Obama-era policy of paying for the surgeries, hormone therapy, and other measures to accommodate those military members stricken with gender dysphoria.

If someone has a known mental illness, they should not be allowed to join the military, period. The battlefield is no place to test the resolve of those who are mentally unwell.

. . . Say, if I want breast augmentation, believe it’s necessary to fix my mental health, but I can’t pay for it, can I just join the military and have them foot the bill?

 Hartzler’s comments in June.

“By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications.”    . . .

Hartzler maintained that her amendment would increase readiness, however. “The deployability of individuals going through the sex transition process is highly problematic, requiring 210 to 238 work days where a soldier is non-deployable after surgery,” she said. “This recovery time equates to 1.4 million manpower days where transgender personnel cannot deploy and fight our nation’s wars, therefore relying on an already stressed force to pick up the burden. It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve.”

Republicans voting in opposition Hartzler’s amendment:

California Rep. Paul Cook
California Rep. Jeff Denham
California Rep. Steve Knight
California Rep. Darrell Issa
Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
Florida Rep. Brian Mast
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
New York Rep. John Faso
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
New York Rep. Tom Reed
New York Rep. John Katko
New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
Washington Rep. David Reichert


R Mall

*Red State is no longer a favored site for us as trust in its objectivity has been damaged by  its stable of writers’ betrayal of conservatism’s practicality by their approach to Donald Trump after his nomination. If only they could defend conservatism without obsessively going out of the way to inject something undeservedly snarky about Trump. It seems like each has to prove to the others that they are still maintaining the in-house purity of never Trumpism or something.

That said we are still on their e-mail list and occasionally an article’s title catches our eye. We also note that they do not accept criticism well as we tried to correct an article on a matter unrelated to Trump a couple of years ago with a mild admonition and we were banned from commenting. No other conservative blog site that we are aware of is so pathetic in its sensitivity. So when we do refer to an article of theirs we will not avoid employing the same presumptions of good will and tone they offer other conservatives. We just won’t ban them unilaterally.

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John, we find it hard that we know ye*

Not surprising, John McCain is headline grist again, slamming fellow Republicans and Conservative views

REPORT: John McCain WasThe Globalist Point Man In Efforts To Destroy Trump Campaign (Excerpts below)

Evidence is now mounting that Senator John McCain was among the highest ranking members of a globalist effort to dismantle the then-insurgent Donald Trump presidential campaign. This evidence points to Mr. McCain’s direct involvement with foreign agents to do so – the very kind of election influencing he has repeatedly charged against POTUS Trump and the Russian government.

Check out this excerpt from a now breaking report by the Daily Mail:

•  “…McCain dispatched a ‘trusted emissary’ who flew across the Atlantic to meet the source of the documents at an airport that the Guardian did not name.

•  The aide was instructed to look for a man with a copy of the Financial Times and that’s how the individuals met, with the source taking McCain’s emissary back to his house and giving the American a copy of the documents.

•  Within 24 hours, the dossier was in Washington, though the contents of the file couldn’t be verified without an investigation.

•  McCain, the Guardian said, was worried that his actions might be interpreted as revenge for some of the controversial comments Trump made about him – such as knocking the fact that the longtime senator had been a prisoner of war.

•  However, McCain decided to hand over the documents to FBI Director James Comey on December 9.

•  ‘Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI,’ McCain said Wednesday in a statement about that matter.”

All of this anti-Trump cloak and dagger machinations were initiated around the same time of the stunning Brexit vote that had Great Britain withdrawing from the globalist EU organization – an outcome Donald Trump applauded and globalists leaders seethed over. It is unlikely the timing is mere coincidence.

Senator McCain is now claiming his apparent obsession in obtaining the anti-Trump dossier was purely motivated by concern over American security.

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But, perhaps this Michael Walsh column from 2013 presents a bit fuller picture of the legendary American Hero (including attached comments both criticizing and praising the article) .

I believe that more than ever, there is a very strong case to be made that nothing you read or hear or are told is to be believed without reservation.

The whole “John McCain Saga” is becoming my best example.

For how long have the American people revered this guy as a genuine hero? For how long has he sought to burnish his image by playing the “maverick”, much beloved by the liberal media and Democratic operatives…until McCain seeks the “Big Office”?

A “fearless” young fighter pilot, shot down over enemy territory, captured, imprisoned and subject to unspeakable torture and yet, refusing to accept freedom when offered to advance the enemy’s propaganda objectives.

Eventually returning to his native land with great honor and going on to serve a grateful nation as a US Senator, always fighting for America’s values and democracy and honorable stature in world affairs.

Ultimately becoming a candidate for president, losing gracefully, but all the while defending the nation’s founding principles, blah, blah, and, blah!

Put me down as a damnable skeptic. I think it’s time for the whole nation to take another look at Senator John McCain.

Given that I’ve never been a big fan of the senator, and I despise his actions with regard to the Trump presidency (one small example noted in the story referenced above) and his always ready willingness to sell out his party and its voters for a gushing headline in the NY Times, I undertook a small effort to research “the man versus the myth”.

The Walsh article is not an unattributed smear job such as many we have seen directed at President Trump. Rather it is an accurate account of facts and events, none not previously widely known but, of course, not widely disseminated to the general public.

It is not a flattering profile of Senator McCain, but rather a recounting of the reasons he does not deserve the ‘Olympian” status he is often accorded when he repudiates a conservative or Republican position.

While it is an excellent piece, Mr. Walsh does not choose to note several aspects of Senator McCain’s ‘curriculum vitae’ which we believe offers additional insight into the senator’s character.

Among them would be an examination of McCain’s marital history…perhaps to many, neither here nor there; to others, possibly disturbing:

“But Ross Perot, who paid her medical bills all those years ago, now believes that both Carol McCain and the American people have been taken in by a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.

‘McCain is the classic opportunist. He’s always reaching for attention and glory,’ he said.”

(If anyone is interested to read an account of this phase of McCain’s life, this  2008 article  may be as accurate as any).

Another would be his quest for the presidency in 2008. This was not just a spectacularly inept effort. It was a campaign in which McCain ran more aggressively against his party and its other candidates than against Obama, all the way through the down ticket.

McCain campaign’s dismissive attitude toward Iowa’s 1st District congressional candidate

Anyone recall how McCain’s campaign engineered the dismissal of a county GOP chairman because in introducing McCain at an appearance he made reference to Barack HUSSEIN Obama!

And, how many local voters remember the senator’s campaign refusing to invite Iowa’s 1st District GOP congressional candidate David Hartsuch to join him on stage at a campaign appearance. The reason? The candidate had several years before allegedly made remarks which the fabled Mr. McCain regarded as unkind to the gay community!**

Recall also McCain’s support for ‘cap and trade’? And his touting of buying pharmaceuticals in Canada, sponsoring legislation to allow consumers to get drugs from other countries. To many McCain seemed to run an anti-business, Democrat-light campaign.

He was extremely bold in slamming the Bush administration for its handing of Katrina?

Of course, that was consistent with his bashing Republican presidents, most recently claiming US leadership was better under Obama!

Makes me wonder if, indeed, the whole story has been told about Senator McCain’s time as a POW and his legendary courage and loyalty.

Nevertheless if it happens to be at variance with what has been told, the American people are unlikely to ever learn it.
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Here are links referred to in above commentary

John McCain Slams Trump: U.S. Leadership Was Better Under Obama 

REPORT: John McCain WasThe Globalist Point Man In Efforts To Destroy Trump Campaign

John McCain, American ‘Hero’


DLH

*Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye

**Bettendorf News article references the matter in order to “do a number” on Hartsuch but fails to mention that  The election result in Hartsuch’s senate district was that John McCain received 46 percent of the vote in his race for President and Hartsuch received 45 percent, a one point difference in the total vote. The figures in Scott County were McCain 42 and Hartsuch 40. The presidential campaign dominated with paid and “earned” media throughout the summer and fall but Hartsuch’s performance locally was close to John McCain’s in spite of the lack of resources and running against an incumbent.

 

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She has been so right on all things Trump

PEGGY NOONAN ADVISES WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIANS HOW TO “HELP OUR POLITICAL CIVILIZATION”

Her advice: Tell Hillary Clinton’s campaign that someone has offered to provide “disparaging” information against her

Having sufficiently defiled and blackened the image and reputation of Donald Trump, Jr. over the “Russiaburger” (no meat, no relish, served without bun), will ‘Miss Peggy’ surely turn her attention to the other side of this non-issue, on which there is far more substance.?

Unfortunately Ms. Noonan will probably not be inclined to do so. For the ‘renowned conservative” columnist to present the other side of the story totally undermines all of her predetermined conclusions and would expose her affections for establishment Republicans and Democrats to question.

In her latest column, Noonan establishes that Donald Trump, Jr. is a “bumptious oaf ” who thinks himself sophisticated.

She then helpfully informs her readers who the really wise and sophisticated folks in Washington are.

She invokes the undeniable wisdom and judgement of Lindsey Graham, recalling the senator’s exhortation to President Trump’s FBI nominee last week. Graham pleaded with the nominee that, if he, himself, or other politicians “get a call from somebody suggesting that a foreign government wants to help you by disparaging your opponent, please tell us all to call the FBI.”

Oh Lindsey, we must all fervently hope that your sad, plaintive appeal for advice on how to handle such a situation will not fall upon deaf ears!

The always helpful Peggy added her own advice to Lindsey’s and his fellow politicians’: “…send word of the contact to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign that you have not and will not respond. Because…(that would help)…our political civilization.”

The other side of this story probably lies within the information presented in this piece in the “conservative tree house”. Such a likelihood, though, would most certainly heighten Ms. Noonan’s fears that her own ignorance could be exposed.

The “Vast Russian Conspiracy” Was One of Two Available Narratives…

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THOUGHTS ON A DIFFERENT ASPECT OF “RUSSIA, RUSSIA…”

A personal observation we’d like to make regarding another aspect of the “Russia, Russia…” journalistic disgrace:

A panel discussion Saturday morning on FOX involved a group of presumably regular ‘Moms” discussing their take on the Russian “scandal” besetting the Trump presidency. Most of the group pretty much dismissed it as an attempt by the media to impede any progress by the Trump administration and had become very boring while other more important issues were being ignored.

One “Mom”, however, expressed a view that is often heard or published, especially by many Washington politicians and political pundits. It is occasionally repeated by regular Americans:

It goes something like this: “I am tired of hearing about this story. But there’s some new revelation coming out almost every day. I believe that the Trump people should be forthcoming about this matter and just ‘put it all out there’, everything about the ‘Russia thing’ and then we can move on.”

In our opinion, an interesting position. It is one that we believe is a position firmly espoused by two types of people:

1.- corrupt Democrats in congress and the party’s leadership, and by many “never-Trumpers” in both parties, the pundit class, and the media. This ‘type’ is well aware of the disingenuousness of this assertion. They dishonestly express it knowing full well that a “full disclosure of everything” is not possible and the sincerest attempt to do so would not put the matter to rest so the nation could “move on” to address the really important issues. They want to feed on it. They know and fervently hope for as much information as they can get, however genuine and in good faith it is proffered. These are that unique breed of political animal whose greatest skill is in turning and distorting positive information on a political opponent into damning misrepresentation.

2.- the other type, likely their views sincerely held, is a segment of the regular, ordinary American. These are the politically naive who go about their business of working a 40 hour week, raising a family, trying to keep up with the world around them by skimming a newspaper or catching 20 or 30 minutes of “news” on TV or radio.

For the latter  it is probably inconceivable that they would be held accountable for, or have their most innocuous remarks or actions…some going back months or even years, recalled and picked apart in the most distorted, malicious, or negative terms.

To truly believe that the administration should “just put everything about their Russia “connections” out there and be done with it”, these are people who would have to believe that they lead such uncomplicated lives that they would never need to recall their every conversation, activity, or interaction every minute of every day over the past 2, 5, 10 years or longer, however minor or innocuous.

They would have to believe that virtually every action or meeting or conversation they have had is not possibly or likely to have been recorded, subject to revision to mislead or mischaracterize.

They would have to believe that every person they have interacted with over the years always had their best interests at heart.

These would be folks who cannot imagine how their most innocuous remarks could be turned into the appearance of wicked intent.

Could they “put everything out there” regarding their movements, relationships, and conversations and not have forgotten or misremembered something which could not be distorted to reflect other than reality?

These are people who probably have never met a man like Robert Mueller or a typical CNN reporter, or a nasty politician like a Maxine Waters. They’ve probably never experienced the treacherous, tenacious, intrusiveness of a bitter political opponent.

No, Virginia, “putting it all out there” will not stop, or even slow that “drip, drip” you are so tired of.

DLH

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Byzantine political/diplomatic maneuvers are as Russian as Pirozhki

  • Maybe Russia plays both ends to disrupt and to hedge — A possible nexus of analysis by a Trump champion and never-Trumper ,
  • Even the most prominent liberal lawyers are critical of hyperbolic accusations from the liberal media and Democrat political operatives (yes that is redundant)
  • Our estimation of the matter of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, not that they would not want to be instrumental as that is what powers do all the time, when administrations think they can have a useful effect.

Reading this collection of articles from the ardent Trump defender Gateway Pundit, and never-Trumper Eric Erickson (formerly of Red State now of The Resurgent), they sort of  seem to be in agreement.  THE MEETING that Donald Trump Jr and two other campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer lobbyist (s), the latter using a tease about having dirt regarding the Hillary campaign provides seems Byzantine. But that would not be out of character for Russia. We are not so sure it is that complicated, only that the Democrats accusations are all wet and likely transference as out illustrious senior editor has opined.

Right now the matter is still murky enough or possessed of enough rabbit holes that one might conclude a score of different things regarding THE MEETING:  maybe the Russians were probing to figure out what the Trumps knew or thought they knew, and to ~ go from there; or maybe the Russians were hedging by ingratiating rivals to them (Russians had already been most gracious with payments to Clinton. Or maybe a different sort of hedge, instead, sullying both with your association thus preventing scrutiny of you as both camps avoid letting scrutiny get too deep; or maybe the Russian’s figured serving as a whipping boy for both is a good life, as long as you have the goods on both; or maybe the wisdom of  having something in your back pocket with whomever you play with.

Or maybe more likely, Occam’s razor,  just a lobbyist using intertwined connections doing what they do – gaining access with suggestions of favors. Or for all we really know, THE MEETING was inscrutable Boris and Natasha stuff (with Donald Jr being a bit of a Bullwinkle).

One thing is certain, it now involves the Democrats trying to shift scrutiny and accuse others of what they are hip deep in  — collusion activities of one sort or another.

Cristina Laila articles at Gateway Pundit

THE PLOT THICKENS=> Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya May Have Been in US Illegally 

Leaked Documents Show Democrats Plotted to Blame Russia For Hacking

As TGP reported earlier, the pro-Russian hacker site “Cyber Berkut” published links between the Ukrainian government and the Hillary Clinton Campaign Thursday.
According to Cyber Berkut the Ukrainian foundation transferred 10 to 25 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

A whistleblower provided a very damaging email showing that the Democrats were plotting to ‘manufacture false evidence of the Russian security services’ involvement in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential elections 2016′.

GPS Fusion Founder Behind Debunked Dossier Was on Payroll of Russian Lawyer Who Met With Donald Jr

GPS Fusion founder, Glenn Simpson, among other Democrats were on the payroll of the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. in June of 2016.

GPS Fusion is the company that reportedly commissioned the garbage dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele which was subsequently published by Buzzfeed. The debunked dossier was a hit piece on Trump with outrageous stories about his encounters with Russian prostitutes.

The Daily Caller reported:

A national outcry has erupted in the establishment media about Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya. But there has been little focus on the Democrats who willingly served for years on her payroll helping to wage a Russian-led lobby campaign against the law. Congress passed the legislation, the Magnitsky Act, in response to the murder of Sergei Magnistky, a Russian lawyer who alleged corruption and human rights violations against numerous Russian officials.

Radical left-wing icon former California Democratic Rep. Ron Dellums was a hired lobbyist for Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. June 9, 2016.

The former congressman is only one of a notable team of partisan Democrats Veselnitskaya hired to defeat the Magnitsky Act.

Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, also joined the Russian lawyer and “worked with her on a legal case for years,” according to The Washington Post.

According to a report by the Washington Post, Fusion GPS admits to working with Veselnitskaya for more than two years, but had no involvement in the meeting…right…

Erick Erickson writing at The Resurgent

The Russians and the Democrats 

Because of leftwing outrage and media obsession, the nation has focused on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the American election. In the hype and hysteria, we have been distracted from an obvious issue. If, as the Obama Administration claimed, the Russians merely wanted to undermine American trust in the democratic process, would not they work both sides against each other? It is looking more and more like that may be the case.

Were Democrats Working With Russia Against Trump? That Russian Lawyer Has Ties to Democrat Oppo Researchers

This will not get nearly as much coverage as Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, but it does raise the issue of whether Democrats and Russians were as collaborative as the Democrats claim the Trump team was. There is a remarkably small degree of separation between Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS, the Democrat opposition research firm that came up with the Trump dossier.

Liberal lawyers/ law profs — there is no illegality or collusion in Donald Jr meeting with Russians

OPINION | Don Jr.’s Russia meeting wasn’t collusion — just amateur hour
By Jonathan Turley 

Alan Dershowitz: Donald Trump Jr.’s conduct likely covered by First Amendment

Prominent Harvard law professor and liberal author Alan Dershowitz says Donald Trump Jr.’s controversial meeting last year with a Russian lawyer is likely protected under the First Amendment.

“There’s a big difference between the act of stealing, or the act of hacking, and the act of using it,” Mr. Dershowitz told Fox Business host Neil Cavuto in an appearance Wednesday.

“And there’s really no difference under the First Amendment between a campaigner using information he obtained from somebody who obtained it illegally and a newspaper doing it,” he continued. “So I think this is conduct that would be covered by the First Amendment. It is also not prohibited by law. And there’s been so much overwrought claim. There are people are talking about treason. I can’t believe The New York Times had an op-ed yesterday in which treason was mentioned.”

Our estimation:

The DNC e-mail leak was an inside job and there was no effectual Russian involvement in the election process to hurt Hillary or help Trump. There are a plethora of analysis offering that summation about the source of the leaks, just do a Web  search “DNC e-mail inside job”.  Strangely even Google does not seem responsible for quashing the links on that score or keeping the Democrat narrative alive by giving prominence to their rebuttals, as is common for them.

Further, as we have pointed out before, Russia unilaterally helping Trump defeat Hillary would be “against interests”

Gary Bauer writing at Campaign for Working Families summarized those reasons again this week:

Trump vs. Putin

President Trump sat down with Pat Robertson for an interview on CBN that aired today. They discussed several issues, including the media’s current obsession with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Trump put it plainly when he said, “Well he wants what’s good for Russia, and I want what’s good for the United States. . . Sometimes you’re not going to get along on things and sometimes you will.”

President Trump also mocked the notion that Putin somehow preferred him over Hillary Clinton. Here’s what he said:

“I’m a big military person. . . if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me. And that’s why I say, why would he want me? Because from day one I wanted a strong military, he doesn’t want to see that. . .

“We’re going to be exporting energy — he doesn’t want that. He would like Hillary where she wants to have windmills. He would much rather have that because energy prices would go up and Russia, as you know, relies very much on energy.

“So there are many things that I do that are the exact opposite of what he would want. So what I keep hearing that he would have rather had Trump, I think ‘Probably not.'”

The president is absolutely right.

He is making the point I have repeatedly emphasized and, frankly, it is the point every Republican official should be making in every interview when Russian collusion comes up.

Hillary Clinton would have continued Obama’s policies. She served with the president who wanted to apologize for America again and again. Trump’s slogan was “Make America Great Again.”

Hillary Clinton and the left reject American exceptionalism and want to “fundamentally transform” America. Trump’s theme was restoring American confidence.

As Trump pointed out in the interview, he wants to unleash America’s domestic energy production, which drives down prices and guts Russia’s budget. The left wants to shackle America’s domestic energy industry.

Under Obama and Hillary, we did virtually nothing to help Ukraine. We withdrew from the Middle East and invited Russia into Syria. We cut a nuclear deal with Iran, Russia’s ally, while we isolated Israel.

It just doesn’t pass the straight face test that Clinton’s left-wing policies would have been tougher on Russia.


R Mall

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