We have become used to both parties focusing on battling each other rather than working together. This week we had some good news from Congress.
The Dodd-Frank bill was enacted after the financial meltdown. Regulatory reform was obviously needed but it went too far. One of the biggest problems was the paperwork burden on small community banks. A bill to correct this was passed and signed by President Trump. A number of Democrats voted for it.
Unfortunately, I believe that any cooperation between the parties will rarely happen. We deserve better.
Sadly, we have experienced another mass casualty school shooting. This one is puzzling since the shooter does not fit the profile.
It seems to me that there are two things we can do to make our schools safer. We can tighten school security and try to reach those most likely to commit such acts. Everyone from the FBI to child welfare knew about the Florida shooter but didn’t react.
Many talk about gun control. That is a legitimate issue that should be discussed. I would like to think reasonable people could come to a consensus. Unfortunately, reason is in short supply in Washington, D.C.
Unfortunately, some see these disasters more as a political issue. Some are talking about how President Trump doesn’t care about student safety. The most ridiculous suggestion came from Arne Duncan, a former Secretary of Education. He proposed that all children boycott school until gun control legislation is passed.
Our best hope is that schools and local governments work to make our schools safer. All we are likely to get out of Washington is more talk.
We have all heard President Trump complain about fake news over and over. At times it seems that his definition of fake news is any story he doesn’t like. However, he does have a point. The media often does get it wrong. We just saw an example.
He was asked a question about the brutally ruthless gang MS13. Part of his reply was that they were animals, not people. Many stories said he was referring to all illegal immigrants, not just MS13. It would have taken a minute or two to get their facts right, but some media outlets didn’t bother. To their credit, some issued corrections but others are standing by the story.
It is no secret that the vast majority of reporters and editors are liberal. I think most tried to honestly report the news but would at times let their bias show. Now many see producing anti-Trump propaganda as more important than getting the story straight.
Seattle is blessed to be the headquarters of two of the most successful companies in the country: Amazon and Starbucks. They have brought untold wealth and thousands of jobs to the community. Instead of being thankful for their good fortune, the mayor and city council see them as sheep to be sheared.
State law doesn’t allow them to establish an income tax. Instead, they set up a “head tax”. Large companies must pay a tax on each employee. This is the dumbest tax ever. Most cities want to encourage companies to hire more employees. Not Seattle.
There is no telling how many potential jobs will be lost. New startups will likely follow the example of Microsoft and Boeing and set up shop in the suburbs. Undoubtedly Seattle will react by increasing taxes.
It is pathetic to see Hillary Clinton come up with more excuses as to why she lost. After eighteen months, it’s time to move on. Lately she came up with a reason that actually had merit. She said she lost votes from the left of the party because she was a capitalist, not a socialist.
Barack Obama was the most liberal president in our history. Now he is part of the moderate Establishment wing of the party. The Left want to create a world in which people need not take any responsibility for their lives. One house of the California legislature passed a bill giving everyone free medical care without coming up for a way to pay for it. Many want free college tuition for all. The latest proposal is to guarantee everyone a $15 hourly wage. If they can’t find a job in the private sector, the government will give them one.
Margaret Thatcher said “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. Venezuela assumed there would always be sufficient oil revenue. Things aren’t working out too well for them. American socialists assume the rich will gladly fork over the money. If their utopia would come to pass, we would be another Venezuela.
It’s also a bad election strategy. Back in 1964, Barry Goldwater supporters believed that if they were really conservative, millions of voters would join them. It didn’t work out very well. If the extreme left captures the Democratic party, they will see a similar result.
Much of the focus of the midterm election is on the House and whether Democrats will gain control. They face a much tougher challenge in the Senate. They currently trail 51-49 counting two independents that caucus with them. Their only real chance to pick up seats is in Nevada and Arizona. They must defend ten seats in states Trump won.
If Republicans can gain seats, it makes it much easier to for them to pass legislation (the repeal of Obamacare fell one vote short). However, they often sabotage themselves by choosing candidates that cannot win a general election. Remember the lady that wasn’t a witch? Or the guy who said abortion isn’t needed in the event of a rape because a woman’s body “shuts down”. We all remember Roy Moore.
The GOP stands a fairly good chance to win in West Virginia and Indiana. Both hold primaries tomorrow.
West Virginia has a three-man race between Rep. Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Don Blankenship, a former coal executive. Blankenship fits in well with past problem candidates. He spent a year in prison for mine safety violations from an accident which claimed twenty-nine lives. He refers to Mitch McConnell as “Cocaine Mitch” (this stems from accusations against a company his in-laws are associated with). Incumbent Joe Manchin will breathe a huge sigh of relief if Blankenship gets the nod.
Three men are vying to go up against Joe Donnelly in Indiana. They are Reps. Todd Rikita and Luke Messer along with businessman Mike Braun. None of them are in the same category as Blankenship. It has been one of the nastiest campaigns anywhere in the country. The risk is that the party fails to come together.
The passage of President Trump’s legislative agenda for the next two years might well depend on the result of tomorrow’s primaries. We should pay attention to the results.
Lately there has been turmoil in the Trump legal team. Lawyers are coming and going and one is even under federal investigation. It looks to me like things have just gone from bad to worse. I believe that Rudolph Giuliani is a disastrous choice.
I think they had a system that worked reasonably well for them. President Trump would spout off, the White House communications will smooth things over and the lawyers stayed out of the limelight.
That has all changed. Both Trump and Giuliani are spouting off. Giuliani is running around giving interviews. The communications office is totally out of the loop. The last thing they need is another loose cannon.
Anyone serving a president should realize that it is all about them. Giuliani only cares about himself. He will cause a lot of damage until he is off the case.
Many years ago, a close friend suddenly found his job in jeopardy. He was accused of destroying company property including pouring a soft drink in an expensive printer. Every single allegation was totally false. Fortunately, they believed him and he kept his job.
Now the same thing has happened to Admiral Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s nominee to head the VA. I think it was a poor choice because he doesn’t have any experience running a large bureaucracy. Instead of opposing him for legitimate reasons, some Democratic senators and their staff chose character assassination. They interviewed a number of his associates. They took every negative comment and released it to the press. It didn’t matter whether the accusations were true or false.
People in the resist movement care only about one thing, hurting President Trump. They happily went after Jackson. They have little interest in anything else, including the welfare of our country.
Facebook has been much in the news lately over the way they have played fast and loose with our private information. They are certainly not alone. There is another issue that also has me concerned. CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares it.
Silicon Valley is overwhelmingly liberal. At times their bias is showing. Some pro-choice organizations have a hard time getting their ads place. A church’s ad was recently denied because of the violent imagery. The ad showed a crucifix. Bans on hate speech only apply to conservatives. A conservative comedian was recently kicked off Facebook. Those that threatened his life can stay. Apparently, death threats are fine if the target is right of center. There are a number of other examples.
This is part of a growing trend by the Left to Silence the Right. All opinions should be heard in the marketplace of ideas. We should all cherish the rights given to us in the First Amendment and not try to stifle those holding different views.
Many have expressed concern over the possibility of President Trump firing Robert Mueller. Members of both parties introduced a bill in the Senate that offers Mueller some protection. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn’t allow a vote on it.
I have to agree with McConnell on this. If such a bill passed, it would almost certainly be vetoed. More important, I believe it is unconstitutional. Our whole government is based on the idea of separation of powers. One of those powers given to the president is the right to fire anyone in the executive branch except the vice president. Congress has absolutely no right to take away presidential rights.
It’s probably a moot point since I doubt Trump would be dumb enough to fire Mueller. The firestorm over the dismissal of Comey would seem like a tea party in comparison. It would likely have little effect on the investigation. If you are my age or older, you probably recall when Nixon fired Archibald Cox. A new special prosecutor was named. The investigation continued and Nixon had to resign.
There are plenty of serious issues that Congress should be addressing. There is not need to go outside of their constitutional responsibilities.