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Trump Plan B: Take on Elite GOP and Progressive Left Alone!

Congress, the Elite GOP, The Never-Trumpers, the Progressive-Left and the Main Stream Media have set up the perfect storm for Trump to initiate the takeover of US politics in 2018!  Trump was never an ideologue on the right or left.  Trump is a died in the wool America First Populist!  He has consistently stated his goals and aspirations for this nation for the past 30 years and they have not changed!  He gave McConnell a chance and McConnell failed.  He gave Ryan a chance and Ryan failed.  He gave Pelosi a chance and Pelosi failed.  He gave Schumer a chance and Schumer failed. 

Now, the Trump Plan B is being initiated!

Trump’s Plan B is merely a strategy to enact his agenda via executive orders; take his case directly to the American People for his agenda items; and finally to set up RINO Republicans and vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018 to be “primaried” and defeated by Trump America First Populist.

Trump’s first choice was to work with the Republicans in Congress to enact his legislative agenda on Healthcare, Taxes, Infrastructure, Education, and immigration reforms.  But, Ryan’s lukewarm support coupled with McConnell’s outright disdain and stonewalling of the Trump agenda forced the President’s hands.  And as he told us, he has really big hands!

Obamacare (ACA):  We are all totally fed up with Congress and their giving us the fickle finger of fate and their outright treasonous refusal to Repeal and Replace Obamacare.  Trump has been beating his head up against the Congressional stone wall trying to get the Elitist to own up to their promises to their constituents.  Even the House bill was a fraud and not a true repeal as promised.  Then McCain and Co. made sure that the Senate built a legislative wall against Trump and Repeal.

Obamacare Phase II: 

Now, Trump is taking the dismantling of Obamacare into his own hands.  Thankfully, the Democrats and Obama wrote a really flawed Obamacare bill that left a gaping hole of executive privilege in changing the execution of the ACA.  Further, the subsidies to insurance companies actually violated the Constitution in that it allowed payments to the insurance companies WITHOUT Congressional approval:  

Article I, Section 9, Clause 7:  “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

President Trump is merely not going to cut checks to the Insurance companies citing US Constitutional grounds that is backed by the Department of Justice and a Virginia Federal Court.

In addition to this unconstitutional payment that Obama took upon himself to approve, President Trump just signed orders to pave the way to allow groups of citizens to ban together to create insurance groups.  These groups can set their own plan requirements and negotiate with any or multiple insurance companies for coverage.  To increase the feasibility of these groups, the President also signed an executive order to allow for insurance policies to be purchased across State lines.  While the implementation of these steps could take up to a year to set in place, they will certainly change the direction of health care insurance in the US.  The left and their MSM media set their hair on fire today bemoaning these changes so Trump must be doing the right thing. 

If you are masochistic enough to watch the MSM, you will hear that these are radical changes that will hurt the poor, seniors, and the middle class.  These changes allow the poor and the middle class to have access to healthcare insurance that is exactly the same as the access big corporations and business have today which equals 50% of the total healthcare market in the US.  Remember, Obama kept delaying the forcing of Corporations and big business to have to join Obamacare for his own reelection and that of Hillary Clinton.  So, Trump is merely allowing the poor and middle class to have the same rights as 50% of the currently insured citizens!  Note;  The left continually state that the changes will impact senior citizens.  In fact, seniors, like me, are covered by Medicare and this has no impact on me or my fellow seniors.

Tax Reform/Tax Cuts Phase II:

After Trump witnessed the demise of the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, he decided NOT to leave the passage of this signature legislation to McConnell and Ryan.  The latter two told Trump that they had his back and did not need Trump to go the people to sell the repeal and replace legislation.  Burn Trump once, and you are done!

The President is making weekly addresses to rallies and groups regarding the need to push Congress to pass his framework for tax reform and tax cuts.  He is highlighting the need for citizens to hold their congress men and women and senators to accountable for passing the Trump tax plans.  Trump also use social media to hammer Congress almost daily on the need to pass his tax agenda.  In short, if Congress screws this up, they will own it!

Unfortunately, the President will not have much wriggle room to use executive orders to change tax laws.  He can tweak some of the IRS regulations that may be hurting some taxpayers but he will not be able to reform the tax code nor make changes to the tax brackets.  IF Congress does not pass the Trump Tax Reforms and Cuts, Trump will use this in his “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” as outlined below.

Immigration Reform-Phase II:

The good news regarding immigration reform and controlling the borders, Trump can and is using existing law to authorities to accomplish many of his immigration goals.  In this case, Congressional ineptitude has worked to Trump’s advantage.

The President has rescinded all of Obama’s orders that curtailed border enforcement and enforcement of immigration law.  This has been backed by the DOJ and ICE aggressively enforcing the deportation of illegal aliens with criminal records and other federal law violations.  Trump is cracking down on Visa overstays as well as setting immigration limits to the lowest levels in years.  Trump has also put DACA squarely on Congress’s plate.  If Congress fails to authorize DACA, it will end and Trump will lay the potential deportation of 800,000 illegal DACA immigrants at the feet of both the GOP and Dems in Congress!  Trump has also put the funding of the border wall in his budget that is up for a Congressional vote.  IF Congress fails to fund the wall, Trump will also dump this on them as well as use it during the 2018 midterms.  Trump has also created a 70 item framework for Congress to consider in reforming the major portions of immigration law.

As stated above, the “trump” card Trump holds is that if Congress does not enact his immigration reforms, he will use this against any legislators who stonewall him as discuss in the “2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II” below.

Education Reform-Phase II:

Trump is working with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reform the DOE and the US educational goals and regulations.  They have already rolled back the Obama Title IX changes that basically allowed for male students to be considered guilty of sexual aggressions without due process.  They are also reviewing other federal mandates to States and School Districts to turn back more control to the States and local school boards.  

One of the major changes to education that Trump is pursuing is School Choice, especially for minorities.  Trump views this policy as the long-term fix to inner city poverty and crime reduction.  Trump will need to work with Congress on funding and revamping a few laws to pave the way for this policy change.  While school choice is favored by poor American-Blacks and American-Hispanics, the Progressive-Left and Democrats will fight this change tooth and nail.  They are owned by the teacher’s unions and rely a great deal on their contributions in local, State and Federal elections.

While Trump and DeVos have been somewhat off of the radar on school choice, Trump will ramp this issue up around the first of the year and make it part of the 2018 mid-term elections.

2018 Primary Strategy-Phase II

Trump’s recent dust-ups with Senators Corker, Flake, McCain, and others in the Senate and House, signal the Trump strategy to change the make-up of the Republican Party to include a majority of American First Populists.  There will be three major areas of focus in 2018.

  1. Target Sitting Democrat Senate Candidates:  Senators like Joe Manchin are up for reelection to the Senate in 2018.  Manchin is the Democrat Senate candidate in West Virginia where Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016.  Manchin and his seat is a prime target for Trump in 2018.  Claire McCaskell (D) of Missouri, Joe Donnelly (D) of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp (D) North Dakota, Joe Tester (D) Montana, Bill Nelson (D) Florida, Bob Casey Jr. (D) Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow (D) Wisconsin, and others are in a similar pickle in their efforts to retain their Senate seats against the Trump America First Populist machine!  The map below shows how vulnerable the Democrats are in 2018.  They have 23 seats up for grab compared to on 8 open GOP seats.
  2. Target Elitist, Anti-Trump Republicans in the House and Senate:  The focus of the Trump America First Populist machine will include Jeff Flake (R), Arizona, and Dean Heller (R) Nevada.  Both Flake and Heller have openly opposed Trump and have been vocal in the media and on social media against Trump.  The House Republicans may also be “primaried” by more conservative and Pro-Trump candidates and this will unfold between now and the 2018 primaries.  The House Freedom Caucus will seek to extend its membership and power to assist the passage of the Trump agenda.  There will also be a concerted effort in the House and Senate to unseat the leadership teams of Ryan and McConnell.  Ryan could be replaced by Mark Meadows and McConnell could be replaced by Roy Blunt!
  3. Engage “We The People”:  The President will probably be one of the most active Presidents in history campaigning for Trump America First Populist candidates.  Trump will also aggressively campaign for his MAGA agenda in order to stalemate the remaining Anti-Trump Elitist!  The President will hold Trump rallies in key states and districts pushing his America First Populist candidates.  The House and Senate reelection committees would do well to work with the Trump team or they will find themselves at odds with the President’s Bully Pulpit that will continue to grow in strength!

Donald J. Trump has not changed his priorities for America in the past 30 years and will continue to push his America First Populist agenda.  The Republicans that continue to oppose him will do so at their own peril. 

The Russia probe will be out of steam by the 2018 primaries and the media’s messaging will continue to lower their own credibility. 

The Democrats will more than likely remain insignificant and I believe that their will lose more House and Senate seats.  They have no message and no leadership.

Hold onto your seats as 2018 nears.  Trump’s energy will continue to overwhelm the wusses in Congress and continue to confound the media.  Trump’s work ethic and focus will overcome the elites self-aggrandizement and the impact of their big money donors.  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/2018-senate-democrats-are-very-exposed/

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/347394-the-7-most-vulnerable-senators-in-2018

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/12/14/2018-crystal-ball-senate-democrats-are-very-exposed-n2257591

#DumpNFL-Racial Equality is a Smoke Screen

Can you pick the photo that shows Racist Hypocrisy,

True Heroism, or the result of Progressive-Left Policies?

Talk about the WRONG STUFF!

The take-a-knee crowd in the NFL now don’t even know what they are kneeling for.  Those mouthpieces who seem to want to talk for the kneelers are now using the term:

RACIAL EQUALITY

What the heck does that mean? 

What would make Race Equal? 

Can Race be Equal? 

Can you define Race Inequality? 

Who is making Race Unequal?

When We Reach Race Equality, How Will We Know? 

When you talk to or watch a Progressive-Left race-baiter and they cite “Race Inequality” as the cause for the dreadful plight of many American-Blacks, (I intentionally put American before Blacks), you can translate that to mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  The athletes who are now taking a knee cannot even state coherently why they are taking a knee. 

I watched one “professor” from Johns Hopkins University who used the Racial Inequality card as the reason for the NFL protest!  She was clueless when trying to define what she meant.  She maintained that it was increased brutality and homicide of Black men by White law enforcement!  Really, White Police shootings of Black men has declined by over 70% since the 1960’s and continues on a downward trend.  Not so much for Blacks shooting law enforcement officers!

Now you are hearing comments from NFL Team personnel that the protest is NOT against the flag or NOT against the POLICE!  Really?  Someone tell goofy Kaepernick who wears socks with a picture of cops as PIGS when he started this protest nonsense.  Any show of disrespect for our flag and our anthem is a show of disrespect for our military, our veterans, our fallen, and our law enforcement.  

  • So is Racial Inequality defined as forcing Black women to be the sole support for their families at the rate of 70% when White women suffer the same fate at a rate of 25%?  the vast majority of these Black single parent households are at or below the poverty line! 
    • Root Cause-Progressive-Left welfare rules rewards single mother families and takes away benefits when there is a father in the home!  Under the Democrat Welfare regime the Black men are used as non-resident sperm donors to impregnate Black women and enslave these women into a life of welfare that translates to a lack of opportunity and abject poverty.  
    • This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO WELFARE ENSLAVEMENT AND THE BREAKUP OF THE NUCLEAR FAMILY.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as Blacks being slaughtered by other Blacks in our major inner-cities?  The US has 4 of the top 50 cities with the highest murder rates in the WORLD!  Bet you can’t name them in order!  Remember this is murder rate per 100,000 population.  They are in order; St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Detroit.  Chicago (500 murders so far this year) has the most murders but with 2 million citizens the rate per 100,000 citizens kept them out of the top 50.  The vast majority of these deaths are the result of Black on Black shootings.
    • Root Cause-Lack of Choices for Black and other minorities in our inner cities forcing them into a life of crime!  The Progressive-Left promotes forcing minorities into the failed public school system creating a criminally high number of illiterate children in the inner cities.  70% of prison inmates are illiterate so there is a direct correlation between failed education and the propensity for lawless activity by those devoid of a good education.  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO ENSLAVING BLACKS BY INSURING THAT BLACKS HAVE EDUCATIONAL AND OPPORTUNITY CHOICE.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as 22% of Blacks Living in Poverty compared to 8.8% of Whites living in Poverty?  The real median household income of Whites was $65,041, Blacks $39,490, and Hispanic $47,675.  
    • Root Cause:  Once again the lack of upward mobility opportunity driven by illiteracy and abject poverty is at the core of the “Black Poverty Issue”.  Black poverty is being driven by the Progressive-Left stranglehold over public education and their absolute refusal to allow poor Black families any educational choice.  Further, the Democrat Left creates “social gulags” in our inner-cities and warehouses the impoverished minorities until it is time for them to vote!  This is probably the sickest irony of our modern history.  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO ENSLAVING BLACKS BY INSURING THAT BLACKS HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL AND OPPORTUNITY CHOICE.
  • So is Racial Inequality defined as the Infanticide of Black unborn children by Progressive-Left abortion supporters and led by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, and now Cecile Richards, the current President of Planned Parenthood, the Left’s WHITE Eugenicists who believes that the reproduction of people of color needs to be held in check so the Whites can maintain their Superiority!  The Democrat Left’s support of racial eugenics is the true definition of White Supremacy!    Today, Black babies are aborted at a rate THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN WHITE BABIES.
    • Root Cause:  The Progressive-Left has wholeheartedly embraced Abortion on Demand and the Eugenics teachings of the inferiority of persons of color and the need to control their reproduction.  Keep just enough Black babies alive to ensure a large voting block.  How sick is this!  Where are the Black Athletes protesting the slaughter of millions of unborn Black babies!  This is the epitome of RACIAL INEQUALITY IMPOSED BY THE DEMOCRAT LEFT WHO THE BLACKS, AS A VOTING BLOCK, SUPPORT AT LEAST 9-1 OVER CANDIDATES OPPOSED TO BLACK INFANTICIDE.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to have a true national dialogue on all of these issues as the Democrat Left has so highly charged these issues that opponents of their policies are immediately labeled as racists and more.  Black and White Race-Baiters fill the air ways, along with the complicit Main Stream Media, with hate and charges of discrimination and White Supremacy on the right.  This is the Democrat tactic to insure that the Left’s hegemony over American-Blacks is maintained at the expense and to the detriment of American-Blacks.  

Only Blacks can stop the continued economic enslavement of their own.  The Democrat Left creates voting blocks by creating “VICTIMS” rather than promoting personal self-worth.   Those of us on the right who literally and physically supported the movement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those that continue to try to change the Left’s dominance over American-Blacks, are labeled White Supremacists and Racists and those Blacks who are trying to awaken the Black Community are labeled as “Uncle Toms”.  Just ask Dr. Ben Carson or Justice Thomas. 

As long as the Left continues to succeed in enslaving impoverished Blacks, the plight of those impoverished Blacks cannot change.  President Trump was right when on his campaign he said to the Black community that they should support him as; 

“What do you have to lose?”

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/107-children-in-single-parent-families-by#detailed/1/any/false/573,869,36,868,867/10,11,9,12,1,185,13/432,431

Chicago Marks 500th Homicide Of 2017

https://singlemotherguide.com/single-mother-statistics/

http://time.com/4607059/murder-rate-increase-us-cities-2016/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_murder_rate

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2017/income-povery.htmle

http://www.blackgenocide.org/sanger.html

Trump Must Send Troops into Harms Way-#DumpNFL Is Personal

Trump’s Biggest Nightmare!

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Wonder why Trump is so passionate about the Anthem and the Flag? 

Everyday when he wakes up, he has the lives thousands of troops and the future of their families in his hands and must make decisions that put them in harm’s way. 

The Anthem and our Flag have a life and death meaning to the President.  Seeing the faces of those he puts into the crosshairs of our enemies, leaves no room for disrespecting the Anthem and Flag that are the symbols of their sacrifice and the sacrifice of millions who have stood for this nation. 

Not so much to pampered multi-millionaire professional athletes and Hollywood Elites.

The saddest part of the so-called protest by this bunch of pampered athletes, and throw in the Hollywood elite, is that they have little or no interest in fact-finding before engaging in idiotic, and baseless protests and rhetoric against this President. 

Kaepernick’s False Premise

Kaepernick started his protest in August of 2016 following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.  Black activists whipped up the false conclusion that Brown was feloniously shot by a white police officer as Brown had his hands up leading to the chant, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”.  The police officer has since been exonerated of any wrongdoing based on the testimony of many Black witnesses.  So, the resulting Kaepernick “justification” for protesting the National Anthem and our Flag is based on a LIE.  

The Progressive-Left is using these athletes and goofy Hollywood elites to frame the President as a racist and White-Supremacist!  This was started by Crooked Hillary during the last election.  But, the President’s actions belie this falsehood.

Progressive-Left Kills Black Potential

The lack of opportunity for Blacks and Hispanics has been created and perpetuated by the Progressive-Left control over education.  For years, Black parents have supported School Choice via vouchers but have been denied choice by Black Activists and the Progressive-Left Democrats.  Obama absolutely opposed offering Black children school choice and thus a chance for a future.  24% of Blacks in America are functionally illiterate. This denies Blacks from participating in the American Dream and the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.  Democrat city mayors have thwarted efforts in the past to implement changes to improve their communities.  Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore have become the poster children for failed inner cities and Black lack of opportunity.

President Trump has done more for the Black community in 8 months than Obama did in 8 Years. 

Trump’s cuts in regulations and Executive Orders have enhanced Black economic opportunities.  Under Obama, Black family incomes fell by more than $900 per year.  Under Trump in 8 months, those same families have seen their income rise by over $1,000 per year.  Trump has reduced Black unemployment by over 1% in 8 months and increased the number of Blacks with a job by over 600,000 since he was elected.  The rate of growth of Black jobs has increased by 40% under Trump versus Obama!  This equals 30,000 new jobs for Blacks per MONTH!

Trump is also moving to create EDUCATION CHOICE for Black children to increase their life opportunities.  Trump is being fought by Obama holders, Obama himself, Teacher’s Unions, and the main Progressive-Left media machine.  The Left has demonized Secretary of Education DeVos since her nomination.  She is a committed education pro-choice advocate for years.  Her family has been involved for decades on education choice.  The more she succeeds, the more the Left squeals.  

Maybe the Multi-Million Dollar Professional Athletes and Goofy Hollywood Types could get Behind this Program to Really Help Blacks!

So, when Trump seems to get overly animated when defending our country, its auditory symbol, the National Anthem, and the visual symbol, the American Flag, he sees this through the prism of the young men and women who sacrifice everything to defend this country to allow us all to seek the American Dream. 

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He sees this nation as the hope for Blacks, Hispanics and all peoples to seek and achieve the American Dream.  He sees past the noise of fake issues and dreams of an America where its role models (athletes and other entertainers) would promote the opportunities that this nation offers to lift all of its citizens out of poverty, lives of crime, and achieve their dreams.  Further, that these same role models would join in the effort to lift all boats!  But, by railing against the very fabric of this nation and its President, these role models tamp down the dreams and opportunities for those who need a hand up.  

Pray that President Donald J. Trump never loses his passion to defend this nation and its revered symbols.  If he does, opportunity for our inner cities will die.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-race-trump-economy-progress-0822-story.html

#DumpNFL VS Progressive Left Activism

One of the questions facing this nation today is whether it is appropriate for a group of highly paid athletes to use two of our nation’s most revered symbols, the National Anthem and the American Flag, as props for their political protest? 

Also, why the anthem and the flag? 

Further, if the originating event that spawned the protest was proven false, is the protest still valid. 

Finally, is this display of disrespect for the anthem and the flag part of a larger political agenda?

Why Disrespect the Anthem and the Flag?

The flag is worn by every military person and by the vast majority of first responders, including law enforcement.  The anthem is a reminder to all American citizens that this nation was born and defended under many trying circumstances in order to afford its citizens the freedoms and opportunities they all enjoy today.  Taken together, there are no more powerful symbols of the United States Of America.  If you want to punctuate your displeasure of this nation, what it stands for, and its place in this world, there are no other symbols that would elicit an emotional response, positive or negative, as a protest set on the backdrop of disrespecting the anthem and the flag.  

False Genesis of the Protest:

Colin Kaepernick  kicked off the NFL kneeling protest in August of 2017 by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem before a San Francisco 49er game.  After the game, Kaepernick stated:  “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Ferguson Michael Brown Shooting:  Kaepernick’s comments and protests followed the August 2016 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a White police officer.  The incident also spurred the protest slogan, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot”, that is used by Black Lives Matter (BLM) even today.  BUT, the shooting of Michael Brown by the police officer was found to be lawful and an act of self-defense!  This conclusion was reached following the testimony of several Black witnesses to the actual event.  To underscore the validity of this acquittal, even the Obama Justice Department declined to pursue prosecution of the police officer further underscoring the officer’s innocence. 

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Also, at the core of the incident was that “another” White police officer killed a Black 18-year-old so America is racist and unjust.  In other words, White cops (who represent the entire United States) target Black victims. 

  • In 2015, the FBI statistics show that 50% of the police shooting deaths were of White people while 26% were Black.  Ok, Blacks only comprise 13% of the population while Whites comprise 62% of the population. 
  • BUT, Blacks were charged with 57% of the murders and 45% of the assaults in the 75 largest counties of the US.  In these counties, Blacks represent 15% of the population. 
  • Further, more Whites and Hispanics are killed by police than are Blacks.  12% of White and Hispanic deaths were the result of police officer shootings, while only 4% of black homicide deaths were the result of police officers.  You can try to argue that Blacks and Whites actually perpetrate unlawful violent acts at the same rate and that Blacks are targeted for arrest and Whites are not.  But, this argument simply defies logic and sociological studies on the subject.  

So, why did Kaepernick and other NFL players join and still continue in a protest that at its very core, was illegitimate? 

Is the Disrespect of our Anthem and Flag Part of a Larger Political Agenda?

Taking a step back from the ongoing NFL player kneeling protests, President Trump’s statement that anyone taking a knee should be removed from an NFL football game and perhaps be fired, and the media frenzy and outrage today at NFL games in the UK and in America, we really need to dissect the protest validity, the state of our union, and the psyche of its citizens regarding race relations, the rule of law, and respect for our institutions of government.

Valid Protest or Political Activism?

The Ferguson/Brown case as the genesis for Kaepernick taking a knee is truly a non starter.  Brown was found to be at fault and the White Police officer acquitted of any wrong doing.  You can choose to ignore the facts, but you cannot change them! 

So, how can you continue to protest an event that did not happen (intentional murder of a Black man by a White police officer)?  OK, so you claim that the protest is of the larger issue of Blacks being targeted for some reason by White (or Black) police officers.  The problem is that there is no evidence that this is true.  Have Blacks, and Whites and Hispanics, been wrongfully shot and killed by police.  Of course and they have been prosecuted and incarcerated. 

So, maybe Kaepernick and the other protesters claim there is an inherent racism in America that is leaving Blacks uneducated, lacking in opportunity, and discriminated by Whites in general?   Well, look in the mirror.  Inner cities where Black illiteracy abounds are almost 100% controlled by Democrat city councils and school boards.  Education is the springboard for equal opportunity, social and economic equality.   14% of our population (32,000,000) can’t read.  70% of prison inmates cannot read!  OF our total population, 24% of Blacks and 41% of Hispanics are illiterate!  If 70% of the prison population cannot read, don’t you think that a systematic failure of our educational system is a root cause for criminality and leads to the death of many of our Black youths and men at the hands of cops?    Much of the Black crime is due to a lack of economic opportunity resulting from a poor education for Black and other minority youth.   This lack of a solid education perpetuates the lack of opportunity for their lifetime.  

Rather than take a knee against a perceived “racism”, why aren’t these protesters taking a knee against a lack of opportunity for minorities that is being perpetrated by the Progressive-Left, and not President Trump!  

The other goal of the Progressive-Left is keeping the victims and their supporters ignorant of our actual history!  You have Black civil rights leaders today, who were beaten by Democrat Progressive-Leftist in the 50’s and 60’s, who now support the political agenda of the very people who oppressed, hanged and beat them!  Ignorance and illiteracy are powerful weapons when creating victims and sewing class and race violence.  

The Progressive-Left agenda can only thrive in a chaotic society by creating victims and pitting groups against one another.  Victimhood is easy to create when you can create a population that is poorly educated and thus are sentences it to a life of poverty as these created victims cannot take advantage of the economic opportunities this nation provides.  The Progressive-Left blames “conservatives” for blocking Blacks from taking advantage of the American Dream when in reality it is the conservatives who strive to take back education and offer minorities real educations for their youth through choice.  The Progressive-Left owns the Teacher’s Unions both nationally and in each State and fights any attempt to truly reform education for the benefit of disadvantaged youth.  

Black and White professional athletes today, (I was once in this group), have seldom if ever been the subject of any kind of discrimination or mal-treatment.  They are multi-millionaires who are adored and revered by their fans and held up as role models to our youth.  (When I played in the South, (1960’s) there was real discrimination where Black and White teammates could not stay in the same hotels or apartments.  We all fought back on these unjust practices.)    By disrespecting our National Anthem and our Flag, they are disrespecting our Nation, its history, and the millions of men and women who fought and were wounded or died for this country from its inception, including some 750,000 who fought in the Civil War that resulted in the end slavery in the US.

These athletes can and should advocate for any cause they deem appropriate.  But, to disrespect the Anthem and the Flag others hold dear, is an insult to those who love their country and seek to make it a better place for all.  You are disrespecting the very core of a nation that allowed you to live a life few enjoy in this world.  God gave you a gift.  You maybe should use the fruits of these gifts to better those less fortunate around you.  Take some time to really understand your history, to really understand what this nation stands for, and to stop abetting the creation of more victims that will be enslaved by ignorance for the rest of their lives.  Trump, our National Anthem, and our Flag are not your enemies. 

Progressive-Left policies are your real enemy and only hard work, not merely kneeling for 2 minutes a week, will help to provide the American Dream to all of its citizens.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-missouri-police-shooting-20141224-story.html

http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops-killing-aaron-bandler

http://www.statisticbrain.com/number-of-american-adults-who-cant-read/

DeVos Ends Obama Gestapo Tactics Against College Males

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Ends Illegal Title IX Anti Due Process Violations

In 2011 and again in 2014, Obama issued a “Dear Colleague” letter followed by a “Question and Answers on Title IX Sexual Violence” that stripped the accused male of his due process and imposed a “sentence by letter” system of punishing males of sexual misconduct.  In most cases, this action led to expulsion of the accused with little or no recourse to pursue to prove his innocence or even confront or question his accuser or any witnesses if present.  In many cases, the accused was not even able to present a defense or even a verbal rebuttal to the charges!  Due Process is protected under the fifth and fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution and cannot be violated via an executive order or administrative fiat, both have been favorites of the Obama Administration.  Many sought and won relief in civil courts but these were years after the person’s due process rights were obliterated.  

Fox News Investigation:

Fox News Martha MacCallum hosted a special investigative report on the unfairness of this Obama imposed Title IX regulation on December 13, 2015.  (http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/02/martha-maccallum-untold-story-campus-rape-crisis.html)  In the report, Martha discussed the regulation and its impact on specific men “prosecuted” under this regulation.  It was not until Betsy DeVos was named as the Trump Secretary of Education was this miscarriage of justice addressed and fixed.

Secretary DeVos stated in September of 2017:

“This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly.  Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes.”

You will hear nothing but negative comments about Secretary DeVos in the Media on from the left.  The truth is that the Secretary and her family have devoted their lives, and fortunes, on trying to improve our education system.  Secretary DeVos also donates the use of her own airplane, at absolutely no cost to the taxpayers, plus she pays for her own hotel and travel expenses, when traveling on OFFICIAL BUSINESS.  How many of the MSM or left-wing would do this?  

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/22/devos-rescinds-obama-era-sexual-misconduct-policy-and-implements-new-interim-guide/

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/22/obama-era-school-sexual-assault-policy-rescinded-243016

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-title-ix-201709.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

http://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015e-aa10-d809-a17e-ee7e74760001

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/12/02/martha-maccallum-untold-story-campus-rape-crisis.html

GOP Elites & Progressives Join Forces to Drive a Wedge Between Trump and Trump Supporters!

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You would think that media supporters of President Trump, the likes of Hannity, Ingraham, Dobbs, Bannon, and others, would know by now not to be played like a bunch of rookies by the Anti-Trump crowd when it comes to Trump’s core values and campaign pledges. 

Gee, have they ever heard of FAKE NEWS!  They should also know that Trump, unlike Obama, has a deep-seated reverence for the US Constitution and knows that he needs Congress to get his core values enacted!  But no, one false narrative following a dinner meeting with Tweedle Dee (Schumer) and Tweedle Dumb (Pelosi) and the rats abandon the Trump Ship!

Get a clue guys.  Anti-Trump forces joined up to drive a wedge between the President and his supporters.  The so-called conservative pundits stabbed Trump in the back and believed Pelosi, Schumer, the MSM, and leftist pundits rather than POTUS.  Good grief, haven’t we learned anything over the past 50 years?  Apparently not.

Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs (for one night), Ann Coulter, Steve Bannon and other less Trump supporting conservative pundits piled on Trump following his dinner meeting with Schumer and Pelosi.  First, they bought into the AP story (hook, line and STINKER) that quoted Schumer and Pelosi stating that, “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,”  Obviously this statement was intentionally misleading about the meeting and intended to state that Trump abandoned his core value commitments to build the wall and not to back amnesty for illegal immigrants in addition to his commitment to end chain immigration and fixing the Visa programs.  Sean, Laura, Ann and Lou took the bait rather than giving the President the benefit of the doubt and actually believe that he is committed to principles that he has espoused for the past 30 years.

The old saying, “with friends like these, who needs enemies” apply to these fair weather “friends” of the President.  They may as well have gone on the air with “Joe and Mika” and help to bash the President.  Now, the MSM and anti-Trump news outlets and blogs are doubling down on their condemnation of the President’s so-called back-stabbing of his MAGA supporters.  They are convincing some of his mushy supporters that Trump reneged on his campaign promises on immigration issues such as the wall, amnesty, chain immigration and DACA.  

In spite of the fact that Trump has stated and/or Tweeted emphatically that:

  • On the dinner meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, “No deal was made last night on DACA,”
  • On Chain Migration, “CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!”
  • On DACA legislation, “We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty.”  “We’re looking at allowing people to stay here,”
  • On building the Wall, “We have to have the wall. if we don’t have the wall we’re doing nothing,”  Read, I will veto immigration reform that does not include the wall even if there are multiple pieces of legislation.

There are more along the same lines but in the last two days Trump has reiterated his core values when it comes to protecting the border and immigration reform.  Our post on August 4th, titled, “Immigration Reform-Trump’s Approach Is Correct But Global Elites will Kill It!”, lays out Trump’s core immigration policy goals.  (Link http://wp.me/pY51c-15r). 

Everyone has to remember that a REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED Congress has to pass the Trump immigration values into law, Trump cannot merely wave a magic wand.   The Trump critics should be blasting Ryan and McConnell AND THE REST OF THE GOP IN CONGRESS, for not passing the Trump immigration agenda.  Trump is trying to peel off enough Dems to overcome the GOP Trump-haters like McCain, On-again off-again Graham, flaky Flake from Arizona, and many others in the house and senate.  If he can’t, he will have to compromise to some degree, like St. Ronald Reagan did in 1986. 

How far will he compromise?  Read his statements.  He says what he means.  Trump is not a nuanced communicator.  He is a Queens-New Yorker!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/national/trump-denies-deal-with-democrats-on-young-immigrants/article_a0ae80f2-996f-11e7-be7a-e33b5a0bcb9f.html

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-immigration-daca-dreamers/2017/09/15/id/813795/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/trump-voters-throw-maga-hats-twitter-bonfire/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/9-family-members-of-americans-killed-by-illegal-aliens-respond-to-possible-daca-deal-with-democrats/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/14/9-lies-about-daca-trump-is-buying-into/

 

GOP Freedom Caucus Join RINOs Against We the People & Trump!

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Mark Meadows. leader of the Freedom Caucus, and Jim Jordan, founder of the Freedom Caucus, have both condemned President Trump for increasing the debt limit without gaining offsets to the national debt which is currently 19 Trillion 800 Billion dollars. 

Then, Why Hasn’t Congress Passed a Budget in  9 Years! 

The Federal Budget is THE Way to Control the National Debt! 

Raising the National Debt by Passing A Continuing Resolution is What Really Increases the National Debt Without any Real Accountability by Congress.

President Trump joined with Democrats to increase the debt limit in order to QUICKLY authorize the funding for the Harvey and now Irma  Hurricane relief.  The President did not want Congress to get embroiled into yet another silly “principled” fight that would result in a delay for the funding and even setting up a government shutdown and possibly postponing relief dollars for Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  90 of the Freedom Caucus in the House and other RINOs voted against President Trump’s request as did 17 RINOs in the Senate.  

The RINO Way-Increase Spending and Complain About the Debt!

Meadows and Jordan try to take the moral high ground as “conservatives” when the issue of the debt limit comes up.  BUT, they knew Paul Ryan would follow the lead by his predecessor, John Boehner, and give Obama a free pass to raise Federal Spending and increase the National Debt.  Under Boehner/Ryan speakership, Obama and the Congress (both GOP and Dems), the National Debt increased from $10.6 Trillion to almost $20 Trillion dollars.  Obama, Boehner and Ryan almost doubled the National Debt!  Where were the “conservatives” pressuring Boehner and Ryan to stop the Obama march to national bankruptcy!  

Fast Forward to Today

On August 23rd, 2017, Meadows stated that Ryan and McConnell could “could lose their jobs”  if they did not back the Trump agenda.  Then, on September 8th, Meadows backtracked stating that “I can tell you there is no plan there is nothing there” when asked if he planned to oust Paul Ryan as the speaker. 

So, if Paul Ryan, and McConnell have both badmouthed the President at every turn, and have intentionally stalled the Trump agenda, how can the Freedom Caucus not step up and insist on a change in Congressional leadership so Congress can support the Trump agenda? 

  • How can Meadows and Jordan stand against the President’s request to raise the debt limit and fund the Hurricane Relief efforts so he can get Congress to pass his tax reform and relief plan? 
  • Where are Meadows and Jordan on insisting the “Wall” be built? 
  • Why did Meadows and Jordan take the “August Recess” instead of staying in Washington DC and protest the “vacation” supported by Ryan and McConnell?
  • How can Meadows and Jordan insist on “Entitlement” reform that include Social Security and Medicare, that were paid for by the recipients of those programs?  
  • How can Meadows and Jordan not insist that the Trump Budget be passed in order to start cutting back on the federal debt via a balanced budget?
  • How can Meadows and Jordan not insist Trump be allowed to pare down the Federal bureaucracies  per the Trump Budget when RINOs attack Trump’s cost cutting efforts?

Simple, they don’t understand how screwed up this country is and how disgusted We the People are with political platitudes and high and mighty politicians feeding at the pig trough provided by taxpayers.

WE fully understand that the National Debt may increase in the short-term if the:

  • Trump tax cuts take place,
  • We have to pay for increased military spending in order to address the failings of past administrations, and we have to pay for national disasters like Harvey and Irma. 
  • WE also understand that if Congress will get behind President Trump in cutting costs of a bloated, out-of-control federal government, Trump will get the budget balanced and actually start to reduce the national debt.

But, to drape yourself in the mantel of fiscal conservatism while not backing the Trump Budget is the epitome of hypocrisy.

IF the GOP Congress does not rally around Trump, We the People will get behind a movement to “Trump-The-Congress”!  The GOP will begin to fade away or merge with the Progressive Left that they so often agree with.  The birth of a Trump led “America-First” party may emerge if the Establishment continues to thwart the Trump Agenda.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

 

Hat Tips

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/obamas-tax-holiday-a-pois_b_793526.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/1/obama-presidency-to-end-with-20-trillion-national-/

http://www.usdebtclock.org/#

https://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2017/09/mark-meadows-im-not-plotting-paul-ryan/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_debt_ceiling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_bond#Second_Liberty_Bond_Act

 

Leverage with China-One China Policy VS One Korea Policy!

John Bolton Wants a One Korea Solution

How About Using the One China Policy Rescission as Leverage?

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Shortly after the end of WWII, World powers created “Lose-Lose” relationships and sovereign status agreements concerning both Taiwan and Mainland China, and North and South Korea.  From a US perspective, Taiwan and Mainland China should have remained as individual nations and North and South Korea should have remained as a single nation.  The resulting outcome was to destabilize both sets of nations and set up a semi-permanent state of either or both diplomatic or military conflict that remains today.  Keep in mind, Mainland China is at the epicenter of both of these potential powder kegs.

Background:  (highly condensed) 

Most people born after 1950 are somewhat clueless when it comes to Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China (ROC), and believe that it is an always has been part of Mainland China known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC).   In fact, Taiwan is still a sovereign nation and only due to concessions to the PRC has most of the West recognized Taiwan and Mainland China as “One China”.

The US policy of adhering to a “One China Policy” was first formalized in 1972 when Nixon signed off on the Shanghai Communique in order to establish “normalized” trade and military relations with mainland China.  While the US maintained close relations with the Taiwan government, it did agree to reduce our military installations and support.  This was in return for both the US and mainland China to agree not to seek to dominate the Asia-Pacific Region.  (How is that working out for us!  NOT)  Not surprising, it was Jimmy Carter in 1979 who actually BROKE OFF RELATIONS WITH TAIWAN recognizing on mainland China (PRC) as the real China!  Unfortunately even President Reagan did not reverse this policy and Taiwan has remained a step-child since 1972 with the US still adhering to the One China Policy. 

Enter President Trump:

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Remember right after President Trump was elected and he received a call from the Taiwanese President Tsai Lng-wen.  Following that call, President-Elect Trump said that the US was not necessarily “bound” to the One China Policy!  President Trump later agreed to “honor” the One China Policy after meeting with President Xi Jinping at Mar-A-Lago in February of 2017.  

So, How Committed is President Trump to the One China Policy?

It is becoming increasingly obvious that China’s President Xi Jinping is not going to put the screws to North Korea and force “Kim Jong-un” to give up his nuclear arms and/or leave office.  China views having an adversary of the US and Japan on the Korean Peninsula as being in China’s strategic interest.  China does not have to lift a finger and the US and Japan can be held hostage by a country the size of the State of Pennsylvania!

Will Trump Dump the One China Policy and Arm Taiwan & Japan to the Teeth?

President Trump has Leverage in the Asia-Pacific Region on Three Fronts:

  1. Arm (or threaten to arm) South Korea with a strategic Missile Defense System and tactical nuclear weapons.  Seoul, South Korea is only 120 miles from Pyongyang, North Korea.  
  2. Arm (or threaten to arm) Japan with Nuclear Weapons.
  3. Recognize (or threaten to recognize) the sovereignty of Taiwan Vs adhere to the One China Policy and re-arm Taiwan to the hilt, including tactical nuclear weapons; plus establish a pro-Taiwan trade policy to strengthen their economy.  Taiwan is only 80 miles from the coast of Mainland China)
  • China will threaten the US with everything it has if we take these steps.  But we will probably end up doing #2 and #3 anyway just to halt the Chinese expansion in the Asia-Pacific region even though they agreed not to seek hegemony over this region in the 1972 Shanghai Communique!  (Clearly the building of man-made islands for military purposes negates the Shanghai Communique)
  • The Pro-China interests in the US, includes big business, US Chamber of Commerce, Neocons, Never Trumpers, probably most of Congress (led by McCain and Jeff Flake), Henry Kissinger and Jimmy Carter and their ilk who crafted the One China Policy, and Jennifer Lawrence even though she couldn’t find Taiwan on a map.  (Couldn’t resist the J-Law reference)

China’s False Negotiation Strength:  Contrary to the talking heads on the MSM and political hacks on Capital Hill, China only holds $1.3 Trillion or 7% of our PUBLIC National Debt.  (Social Security Trust Fund holds almost double this amount!) The balance of trade deficit between Chain and the US is roughly $350 billion in China’s favor.  Both of these factors put China, not the US, at a negotiation disadvantage.  If China attempts to dump our bonds, the price will go down lowering Chinese cash out.  IF China threatens trade sanctions, they would only hurt themselves as we buy a lot more from them then we do from them.  Yes, some US countries would suffer and some of the items from China sold in the US would go up in price.  But, is that better than having a nut job in North Korea lob a nuke at San Francisco or Los Angeles?  I would not mind paying more for a broom from China just so I could not have to take Ambien at night to sleep!

Would China take Aggressive Military Action?:  China has too much to lose to take military action against the US.  Losing $350,000,000,000 per year in a net trade advantage and possible see a loss in the bond yield for the US debt they hold would equal economic suicide for China whose economy is slowing anyway. 

It would take a lot of guts to put all of our chips in on this move but we will probably have to force this issue, and, the build up of Chinese military assets in the Asia-Pacific Region, and, balance our trade.

It is nice to “HOPE” for a China that would assist the US in dealing with North Korea but it is NOT in their best interest to do so, from their perspective.  

If anyone has the guts to pull this trigger, it is President Trump.  It is an extreme version of playing chicken but I would bet 10 egg rolls that it would work!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Hat Tips:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan

https://www.britannica.com/place/Taiwan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-China_policy

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/tw.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_debt_of_the_United_States

DACA-Trump May Get the Blame for Past Presidents & Congressional Failures

 

Even Rush Limbaugh failed to connect the DACA dots today!  The DOT is the fact that Trump is the ONLY President, including the venerated Reagan, to uphold the immigration law by killing an illegal Executive Memo and the illegal past practice by so-called conservative and liberal Presidents.

Rush and other “conservatives” posited that Trump will tick off his base if the GOP and the Left get together and pass a DACA amnesty bill, and force Trump to sign it or own the deportation of 800,000 DACA beneficiaries.  They conveniently forgot to point out that Presidents Reagan, HW Bush, Clinton, GW Bush and Obama ALL created de facto DACA programs by merely turning a blind, and unconstitutional, eye to those kids brought to the US by their illegal parents and failed to deport any of them.  Obama merely codified, albeit illegally, the past practice of these President’s failure to enforce the law!  Trump, stood up against both the practice and the resulting Obama Executive Memo by wiping out DACA and telling Congress to act, or NOT!  The Constitution TRUMPS Emotion!

IF Congress Passes Amnesty, Will Trump Be Held Accountable?

I have been a Trump supporter from the get-go.  If the RINOs and Left in Congress come up with a DACA amnesty or an all out Amnesty for all illegal immigrants, and send it to Trump, will Trump sign it?  Will the bill have enough votes to override a Presidential Veto?  Will the Bill also contain tough border security and the completion of the border wall?  The devil will be in the details.  In the end, Trump’s action to sign or not sign it will not lessen my support for him!

Trump is in a “Historical Fulcrum Position” as the President During this Critical Period in American History. 

The Republican Party has morphed into a party that is to the left of the Democrat Party of the 1960’s .  Past administrations have created global tensions and conditions that threaten the very existence of the West.  The American People are confused between having a country based on the rule of law or the rule of emotional feelings and identity politics.  Capitalism is no longer thought to be the correct foundation of the US economy by many.  Police are thought to be the enemy of minorities.  States and cities openly defy Federal Law.  And our school system is nothing short of a cesspool of corruption, political correctness, and identity political teachings.  We are destroying historical statues and monuments leaving our history up for individual interpretation.  Our industries have been deported to other nations while deporting illegal aliens is thought to be cruel.  Our economy is on the edge of tipping into the abyss of socialism.

Trump is one man, not God! 

Trump stated in May of 2017 that,

“Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God”. 

It is Freedom that Trump was elected to regain and protect for us to the best of his ability.  Not one single issue or policy.  Trump may not be able to right all of the wrongs of our past, and there are many, but Trump is the START of taking our country back.  Reagan said that “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction”.  Trump is here to represent that populist, America First generation who wants to start to take back our freedom and thus our country.  Our Freedom is not his responsibility but ours!  It is up to us to help Trump fight to take back this country and not to waver every time there is a bump in the road.  Trump has 4-8 years to overcome decades of decay and lawlessness that has overtaken this land.  If he is 50% successful, that would be a tremendous accomplishment.

Conservative commentators and pundits forgive all of the sins of past so-called Presidents and legislators and are laying the blame of this world and the fate of this world at the feet of Donald J. Trump.  Don’t make the same mistake whenever Trump cannot overcome all of the obstacles in his way.  Could you do any better?  Try supporting and lifting up our President rather than joining in the mob noise against him.

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Trump to GOP, Get in Line or Get Out of the Way! Populism V Swamp

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Everyone is trying to understand why Trump jumped into the debt ceiling/government funding negotiation and cut the deal with Schumer and Pelosi over McConnell and Ryan.  It is simple.  On Tuesday, The House GOP leader, Kevin McCarthy stated that the RINOs would NOT push to fund Trump’s Border Wall until December.  This is after delay after delay by the RINO Leadership, Ryan and McConnell, to keep pushing off approval of Trump’s border security bill.  Trump viewed this additional snub as a personal attack, again.

So yesterday, after Ryan and McConnell publicly stated that they would not agree to a debt ceiling hike unless it was for 18 months, use a continuing resolution to fund the government, and not tie anything to the bill, like Harvey Relief, Trump stopped the back and forth bickering between Pelosi-Schumer and McConnell-Ryan by saying that the debt ceiling and government funding would go through December 15th and fully fund his request for Hurricane Harvey relief!  Period!  His priority was Harvey Funding and the other issues were mere political noise to him! 

He later added an additional insult to the GOP leadership by complimenting Schumer and Pelosi by name and merely mentioning that GOP leadership was also at the meeting and agreed to the deal. On Air Force One in route to North Dakota to give his Tax Plan a plug, Trump Said:

“We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, we agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred – very important – always we’ll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it.”  He followed up by saying the GOP Congressional Leadership were also in the meeting!  

Step in Trump’s shoes for a moment; he has a major cleanup in Houston to deal with; A new hurricane about to hit Florida; A nut job in North Korea threatening nuclear war; a sabre rattling whack job in Iran threatening retaliation if Trump kills the US-Iran sell-out; A tenuous negotiation with China over trade and NOKO policy; He is still managing the annihilation of ISIS around the world; deploying his new Afghanistan policy; a media who hates him; and the sun is going down on his Tax Plan, Obamacare, and his appointees for 2017.  So, to sit there for an hour listening to Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer quibble like a bunch of spoiled brats over how and when and how much to increase the debt ceiling, (which is truly non-existent), and arguing for political advantages in terms of timing for how long the debt limit covers, and ignoring the real issue, Harvey Relief, Trump merely had enough.  

The Border Wall snub by Ryan and McConnell was just another log on the fire from Trump’s point of view.  Every time the media attacks something Trump says, even if the media is dead wrong as they usually are, Ryan and McConnell cannot get to a camera fast enough, usually having to wait for McCain’s bashing of Trump, to distance themselves from the President!  Trump is deeply frustrated with the lack of GOP support for his agenda and for him personally after he basically got all of those limp-wrist RINOs elected on his coattails.  The chickens are about to come home to roost.

Make no mistake, Trump knows that he will not get support from either the Democrats nor the media.  Many of the latter used to be personal friends of Donald and Melania Trump but since the election cycle, they have mercilessly attacked both of them and their family.  They oppose him and his agenda.  “Resist” is alive and well and the Democrats are too stupid to see the handwriting on the wall. 

But, Trump also knows that both Ryan and McConnell’s leadership is shaky at best.  He has tried to everything he can to support them and let them carry the ball for his agenda.  The problem is that they hate his agenda as his agenda offends their donor class!  These two have run away from Trump’s agenda and have at the same time alienated their conservative caucuses.  Mark Meadows could challenge Ryan’s leadership in the house but it is unclear who would challenge McConnell in the Senate.  There are a lot of “professed” conservatives in the Senate but not too many like Mark Meadows in the House who walk like a duck and quack like a duck.

Trump the Populist-First!

BUT, Trump is not a hard-core conservative nor a hard-core liberal.  Trump is a Populist!  He will back measures that are in the NATIONAL INTEREST of the nation and its citizens and not merely to adhere to someone’s view of conservatism or liberalism.  His America First Trade position is a good example as is immigration.  So the conservative caucus in the House and Senate need to understand he will not bend to mere ideology.  There has to be a pragmatic benefit to America if he is to embrace it.  He sees ideology as a possible barrier to “Make America Great Again”!  (Trump’s Trade Doctrine is an example)  He definitely sees ideology as a barrier to getting things done in the name of some lofty doctrine.  Case in point, the 60 vote filibuster rule in the Senate that is used by Senators to avoid making hard votes and being held accountable.

Trump has some real mine fields to navigate going forward. 

  • DACA will test his base as he viewed killing DACA and making Congress deal with this to be a Constitutional issue, more than an immigration issue.  (Separate Article to Follow)  the GOP and the Dems are sure to try to force Trump to sign amnesty for DACA beneficiaries before March 15th.  They may even try to tie it to a RINO/McCain/Rubio Gang of Eight amnesty bill.
  • Passing Tax Relief and Tax Reform will be a bigger battle within the GOP than Obamacare R&R.  Simply, corporate interests (Ryan and McConnell’s constituency) want lower rates but they want to keep all of the carve outs and tax breaks.  Dems will not support breaks for evil corporations and the “rich” and will push for more “tax rebates” for those who don’t pay taxes.  In the end, the middle-class could end up with the shaft rather than a tax break.
  • Obamacare Repeal & Replace will probably not happen before the 2018 Mid-Terms.  Congress will try to force Trump to subsidize the big insurance companies to keep Obamacare afloat longer.  The bottom line is that the RINO and DEM donor class wants to have national healthcare.  If a corporation is no longer responsible for providing healthcare for its employees and their families, just think how much the corporation  can add to their bottom line without doing absolutely anything!

Final Thought!

One other unmentioned comment Trump made yesterday following the meeting was that he expects Congress to take up and pass a real budget.  This is probably the most important statement he made yesterday and no one is talking about it!  Trump hates the now normal use of Continuing Resolutions to fund the government rather than formerly adopting a real budget.  As a business man, this is totally unacceptable.  How can you run a $4 trillion economy without a budget?  How can you expect to balance a budget without a budget.  The conservative caucus in the House and Senate need to wake up and insist on Congress passing Trump’s budget!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

 

Hat Tips:

http://nypost.com/2017/09/06/white-house-and-congress-agree-to-raise-debt-ceiling/

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/trump-sides-with-democrats-on-debt-ceiling-throwing-gop-plans-into-chaos-20170906.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/trump-mnuchin-debt-ceiling-239208

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/06/trump-agrees-to-fund-the-govt-raise-the-debt-ceiling/

https://hotair.com/archives/2017/09/05/kevin-mccarthy-well-fight-funding-border-wall-december-not-now/

 

Saving our Nation through Vigilance

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