Is Ryan Waiting for Romney to Run as 3rd Party Candidate?
Or, Does Ryan Oppose Trump’s Illegal Immigration Deportation?
Is Ryan Waiting to See if His 2012 Running Mate, Mitt Romney, Will Launch a 3rd Party Challenge in 2016?
I have to admit that I do believe that Speaker Paul Ryan is waiting to see if Mitt Romney throws his hat into the ring as a 3rd party candidate.
I do not believe that Ryan would join Romney on the ticket this time. But, Ryan would have cover to stay “neutral” and not have to endorse Trump as the GOP candidate due to Ryan’s old relationship with Mitt.
If this is Ryan’s motivation, we will know shortly, and obviously before the November elections. If Romney enters the race and Ryan plays the “neutral card”, Ryan’s congressional opponent in Wisconsin, Paul Nehlen, will gain a lot of steam. There will be a lot of Trump supporters, including Sarah Palin, out in force to defeat Ryan. Ryan lost his home town in his last re-election while Trump won Ryan’s home town in this year’s primary. Ryan’s could be “Cantored” and lose his Speakership!
Or, Is Ryan Opposed to Trump’s Illegal Immigrant Deportation Plan?
Paul Ryan is adamantly opposed to Donald Trump’s “mass deportation” rhetoric. During a town hall meeting in Georgetown in April, 2016, Ryan said:
“I’m a person who believes that for the undocumented, we have to come up with a solution that doesn’t involve mass deportation, that involves people the opportunity to get right with the law, to come in and earn a legal status while we fix the rest of legal immigration,” (Except that is not the law and not what the senior member of the 2012 ticket thought!)
Trump’s position is that all illegals have to leave and reapply for legal admission into the US. But, Trump’s position on the deportation of illegal immigrants is not that different from Ryan’s 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney . Romney stated in 2007, and restated this position during the 2012 campaign:
“My plan is this, which is for those that have come here illegally and are here illegally today, no amnesty. Now, how do people return home? Under the ideal setting, at least in my view, you say to those who have just come in recently, we’re going to send you back home immediately, we’re not going to let you stay here. You just go back home.”
Now, Ryan has changed his position, assuming he agreed with Romney as head of the 2012 ticket. Ryan now is adamantly opposed to deportation?
Is this why Ryan is withholding his endorsement of Trump? If so, than Ryan has to forfeit some of his “conservative” creds! Deportation is the law of the land and a conservative always follows the rule of the law! Ryan did not oppose it in 2012 so why now?
If Ryan withholds his endorsement for the designated GOP Presidential Candidate, based on another candidate entering the 2016 Presidential Race, than Ryan SHOULD step down as the Speaker of the House of Representatives. At a minimum, he should step down as the Chairman of the GOP Convention in Cleveland.
This action by Ryan, is jeopardizing not only the 2016 Presidential race, but the House and Senate races as well. People are fed up with the Establishment. Ryan and Romney are the poster-children for the establishment.
Governor Susana Martinez is not a “Woman” or an “Hispanic” to Trump, She is the Governor of New Mexico
Trump’s Criticism of the Martinez Record, was Based on a Lack of Economic Achievement in New Mexico; Not a Calculated Pandering to the “First Hispanic, Female Governor”
Trump’s Criticism of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Lack of Economic Achievement Proves Trump View of Success or Failure is Not Based on Gender or Race/National Origin!
Trump Views on Success or Failure is Solely Based on Performance!
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream for America
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Are we to assess the Successes or Failures of WOMEN or HISPANICS based on their gender and national origin or on their CHARACTER, SUCCESSES AND FAILURES?
If I may humbly paraphrase Dr. King, the American Dream, and the promise of our Constitution, is that everyone’s value is solely based on their CHARACTER, rather than their gender, race, ethnic origin, religion, or economic status.
“Character” in Trump’s business consciousness, means that one meets or exceeds the critical success factors for the business venture or for one’s assigned tasks.
Trump lives this “dream of character assessment” as a core business principle that drives his assessment of his own success or failure, and his employees’ success or failure in their assigned roles.
When Trump criticized Governor Martinez, all of the pundits, PC police, RINOs, and even some of Trump’s well meaning advisors, shuddered that Trump just DUMPED on THE FIRST FEMALE, HISPANIC GOVERNOR IN THE UNITED STATES! Remarks like; “Trump just killed the Women Vote”, Trump just turned off the Hispanic Vote”, “Trump just lost New Mexico”, and more!
Before the Trump rally in Albuquerque, NM, Trump looked at the economic stats for the State and found them lacking! NM, as of January, 2016, had the 3rd highest number of people on food stamps in the nation, 144,768 people or 22% of its population. He also called out the NM high unemployment rate and poor job creation. He has done the same analysis and presentation for practically every State he has campaigned in. His performance review is hand written, on half folded 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper. He pulls out his notes when he begins is rally remarks. His economic indictments are of the Obama economy but also for shortfalls within the State.
Trump also criticized Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin just shortly before the GOP Wisconsin primary. Trump lost in Wisconsin but never back-tracked on his comments or indicated he had second thoughts of saying what he really thought of Walker’s shortfalls!
Ivanka Trump, speaking about her father’s criticisms or characterizations of women stated: “You could also list a few comments he’s made about men that are unflattering. I think he’s highly gender neutral,”
Will Trump’s criticisms of Governor Martinez cause a backlash among Women and Hispanics? Who knows, but probably not. The MSM will play it up to the hilt as well as his RINO insider critics.
In the end, Donald Trump was being Donald Trump. Uncensored and unrehearsed.
There is a an anachronism,
“What – You – See – Is – What – You – Get”!
That should be on Trump’s Logo! You want another 4-8 years of a “community activist teleprompter president? Vote Hillary. If Not, Hang-on and Vote Trump!
In that article, you defend your position by saying:
“If Clinton were to win, the Republican Party could vigorously and credibly oppose her, but if Trump were to win, it would be very awkward for it to criticize Trump if he were to govern as a liberal or do something outrageous.”
Seriously? David, where have you been for the past seven and half years? When did our Republican Congress oppose Obama and the Democrats on anything? They would be more at ease opposing Trump than Clinton. They agree with Clinton on unbalanced “free trade”, open borders, and a bloated government as the solution for everything that ails this country, that serves to increase their own power base.
Then, you go on to quote the Hamilton Rule:
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.”
That may have been great in Hamilton’s time but it does not hold one drop of water in this race with this Congress. Further, if our Republican congresses are the definition of “conservative”, then all of the self-proclaimed “conservatives” are absolved from any responsibility for Trump.
Further, you go on to say:
“I am extremely concerned that he would be our political enemy in a number of areas and also that he has a tendency toward authoritarianism, a tendency many of his supporters seem unlikely to oppose.”
I have been an entrepreneur all of my life and I can tell you that a businessman, versus career politicians, understand that you have to “bring the team” along with any decision you make. Your team, in this case the Congress and the American People, would have to be engaged for Trump to be even marginally successful. I have less trust in a Republican Congress enacting a “conservative” agenda than I do Trump.
After being involved in elections since Barry Goldwater, and watching the “conservative” candidates put forth by the Republican Party, I have no idea what “conservatism” means to those claiming this title.
Will Trump “build the wall”, probably; lower taxes, probably; limit government, probably; have a coherent foreign policy, as opposed to what we have had for 16 years?, probably; Transgender bathrooms, as a State issue, probably; and abortion, this will require a SCOTUS decision, so, probably.
Do I know that for sure? NO, What I do know for sure is that Clinton will continue the Left’s destruction of this Nation. What I do know that under Bush, with both Houses of Congress, we increased spending and the national debt, increased the size and scope of government, failed to secure peaceful transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, expanded Medicare, and on and on. If that is the definition of conservatism, then I guess I don’t fit the mold.
The final quote from your article that I will address is:
“At the very least, I believe that conservatives should withhold their support for Trump until they can extract meaningful concessions from him on major policy issues.”
Concessions, like what? I cannot think of one meaningful act of this Congress to assert conservative values and stop Obama. $2 Trillion + Omnibus Bill? Did Congress use the US Constitution effectively? Impeachment, off of the table. Shutting down the Government, no stomach for that. Withholding funding from the Executive branches, no stomach for that.
The founders gave us two tools to reign in the executive, impeachment and the purse strings. Republicans have “aborted” both of these tools.
Let me finish with another quote from Alexander Hamilton:
“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”
The saddest thing to watch is Hillary Clinton trying to guess what people want her to be, and then her trying to adapt to her various changing personalities like she is changing her pants suit. Charisma, a “compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others”, is not something you can learn, emulate or fake.
You either have it or you don’t. Probably the most exasperating thing for her is Bill Clinton. Here is a serial womanizer who is the poster-boy for charisma. He can still mesmerize crowds and takes over a room when he enters. His age is diminishing some of his charisma and he gets a little testy at times, but even being somewhat diminished by age, Hillary cannot compete with his innate allure. His appeal has also been an Achilles heal for him, and her, with women!
Hillary and her handlers then compound her lack of “animal magnetism” by having her try to alter her delivery when she is talking to African-Americans or other ethnic groups. Her veiled attempts at “fitting in” comes off as pandering.
The Catastrophic Reality for Her is that She is Just Not a Likeable Person!
Her testimony at the Benghazi hearings when she said “What Difference Does it Make”, was a turning point for her in this election cycle. Her remark turned off many women, and men, who viewed her remark as her being uncaring, cold, and without empathy for the four families of those that died in Benghazi.
She is also inept as an actor trying to play the part as a charismatic, caring, presidential candidate. Trying to play the women card would work if women liked her but she is just not that warm and fuzzy and apparently is incapable of faking it!
If Hillary Cannot Play the “Woman Card”, What is Left for Her?
If Hillary were running against the typical Republican candidate like McCain, Romney, or Jeb, she could stalemate their attacks by shrinking into her victim persona ala the “woman card”.
Trump does NOT view women as being different than men, and as such does not see women as weak, but rather as an equal.
Trump is a Feminists Worse Nightmare.
Trump actually thinks of and treats women as an equal! He doesn’t see Hillary as a female opponent but merely as an opponent. It would not matter to him if rather than Hillary, he was running against Sanders, Biden or even Obama. Trump would use their weaknesses against them the same way he is against Hillary. As an opponent, nothing is off of the table and winning is the goal. Period!
As an equal, Hillary will have to run on her policies! Unfortunately for her, she is currently opposed by an avowed socialist who dragged her to the far left. Also, she is not innately a “centrist” or a “pragmatist” like Bill Clinton. Bill knew when to triangulate an issue and make it like his own!
Hillary seems incapable of playing this game.
Trump’s Conservative-Populist Message is the Antithesis of Clinton’s More of the Same Message
2016 is a Year of the Outsider–Clinton is the Definition of an Insider
Why Isn’t There an International Aviation Terror Response Team?
Egypt Air flight 804 went down on May 15th, some 5 days ago, and we have not located the Black Boxes yet? The Black Boxes are critical to understanding the fate of this doomed flight. They are also critical to understanding whether the crash was an act of terror and if so, how was the act carried out?
Floating Black Boxes:
Apparently the Black Boxes onboard of all commercial airliners work better if you crash on land! In the water, not so much. As we found out with the lost Malaysian airliner last year. The aviation industry and “oodles” of government geniuses came up with a Black Box that could withstand hard impact on land but not one that “Floats” when the crash occurs in water. 72% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water! For those who like Las Vegas, that means that there is a 7.2 in 10 chance that you may crash in water.
Don’t you think that maybe, since Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea can be 10,000 feet deep (2 miles) or more that it may be a good idea to work on a floating Black Box?
One, that when the impact is in the water, the black box ejects from the plane and floats so it does not go down to 10,000 feet? You will know the point of impact from the GPS coordinates in the Black Box at the time of the impact. You could even put strobe lights on it in addition to the signal ping. Gee, we maybe able to see and hear it!
We all spend millions trying to find the Black Boxes when a water crash occurs. Why not spend that money in developing a system that is easier to locate? Time is also a factor in recovering the Black Boxes as we need to hone in on the cause of the crash as quickly as possible. If it is terror related, the faster we locate the Black Boxes, the sooner we can analyze the cause and locate the wreckage for further analysis. Which leads to…
Why Don’t we Have an International Aviation Terror Response Team?
Obviously our behemoth “Homeland Security” agency is not to good at staying ahead of terror tactics much less detecting attacks beforehand. (See TSA Lines) I guess you can’t blame our Homeland Security agency as they have yet to figure out what to call Islamic Terrorism.
So, how about we create an International Aviation Terror Response Team that is dispatched as soon as there is an airplane crash? We don’t have to wait for some agency to determine if the cause was terrorism or not. This Team could immediately start to confirm or eliminate the terror component. Also, and this is key, THIS IS A PRIVATE SECTOR TEAM. The team is also apolitical and does not take tactical orders from any one government NOR THE UNITED NATIONS! The US could actually go it alone as if a European Nation is involved political correctness will get in the way. Probably would stay away from involving Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and some other nations just to avoid a possible conflict of interest, just saying.
The team, when there is nothing much to do, it is also charged with developing possible new terrorist tools that may be used in the future. Would be nice to develop testing for specific materials before they explode! (Maybe get rid of outdated TSA checks like taking off your shoes!) They could also work on screening procedures for anyone connected to the aviation industry. Maybe even talk to the Israelis as they seem to be pretty good at airport and airline security.
Stuck on Stupid!
Growing Larger and Larger Bureaucracies Is Not the Answer.
We need to interject a little common sense into our thought processes and not succumb to our typical “the government will solve all of our problems”model! Until we rid this planet of hate, never, we need to do everything we can to protect those who are targeted by mass violence.
Moore’s Law, stated by Gordon E. Moore, the co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, observes that “number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years”. In other words, computing power would double every two years.
The same is holds for the increasing sophistication of terrorists as they acquire more dangerous and high-tech components, especially when the terrorists are well-funded by a country like Iran or are self-funded like ISIS.
The terrorists seem to be outpacing our ability to get ahead of them in terms of what future generations of bombs would look like.
We are Giving Up Our Vital Industrial Capacity to Potential Enemies!
Since 1988, there has been a steady stream of US manufacturing moving out of the United States. These include “Industries” rather than just isolated plants within an industry.
In order to bring back jobs to this economy, Trump will have to rebuild our industrial base with core industries such as Steel, Coal, Oil, Food, and Precious Metals. Then Trump can start to ramp up the production of goods for consumers and our military.
Steel: US steel production has fallen 33% since 1967 while China’s steel production has increased by a factor of 57 since 1967! US production was 115 million metric tons in 1967 and fell to only 88 million metric tons in 2015. Conversely, China’s production in 1967 was only 14 million metric tons and in 2015 surpassed 803 million metric tons!!! Today China produces almost 10 times more steel than the US. China also uses their dominance in this market to drive down world prices and force other nations out of steel production. What do you make out of steel? Ships, planes, tanks trucks cars, and a whole host of products that are required for our military as well as for civilian applications. If we had to ramp up building warships and other equipment needed to fight a war, we would have to import steel from China!
Great as long as we are not at war with China!
Coal: 22.6% of the world’s coal reserves are in the United States. Russia and China follow at 14% and 12% respectively. Coal is vital as a source of fuel and is a key component in the production of steel. While the EPA has been cracking down on the coal industry for decades, the Obama administration has focused on coal as the major contributor in the US to “Global Warming”!
As such, even though the US has 23% of the total world coal reserves, we only produced 14% of the world’s output of coal in 2014. Contrast this to China who produced 49% of the worlds coal in 2014. In order to remain competitive in the world, the US must have a cheap source of energy for its various industries.
Coal has typically been used to produce low-cost fuel to generate electricity. In 2008, coal produced 50% of the US electricity. Today, coal only generates about 33% of the US electricity. EPA standards have bankrupted many of the large US coal producers since 2008. In the event of a war, we will need low-cost energy, produced in the US, to gear up and sustain a war effort. We will also need low-cost energy to revive our economy and reinvigorate our manufacturing capacity in the US.
Oil: In 1989, the US produced 7.6 million barrels of crude oil and consumed 17.3 million barrels of crude per day. We produced 44% of the oil that we consumed. Our oil consumption spiked in 2015 at 20.8 million barrels per day while our production had fallen to only 5.1 million barrels per day. In 2013, our consumption continued high at 18.9 million barrels per day while we only produced 7.4 million barrels per day or 44% of the oil that we consumed. The US has the oil and natural gas reserves to become self-sufficient in oil and natural gas production. This will have to be a vital part of Trump’s manufacturing revitalization plan in order to provide a constant supply of energy, at stable prices and supply.
Even more importantly, until the Middle East and other oil-producing regions stabilize, we must not be reliant on nations who may be at odds with our national interests. Militarily, reliance on foreign oil is dangerous and the US should do everything possible to eliminate this dependence. Obama/Clinton have done everything they could to kill domestic production while destabilizing the Middle East and a thus a major portion of the world’s oil supply. Geologic exploration in the US in the past decade has uncovered oil reserves that would make the US reserves the highest in the world. The left, Obama/Hillary would have you believe that we only have 2% of the world reserves and that we “have to” move to “renewable” energy.
Trump should create a North American Version of OPEC to Compete Internationally Against OPEC Nations. Why Should the US be Held Hostage by Middle Eastern Dictators In Terms of Oil Prices and Oil Supply?
The Danger of Not Becoming Manufacturing and Energy Independent
Globalist Taking Down the US: Progressives and some neocons who are committed to globalism, believe that by reducing US manufacturing capacity, the rest of the world can rise and the world will become more peaceful and the international jealousy against the US will subside. REALLY!! They sell this dribble by stating that US consumers will be able to benefit from lower prices as it is cheaper to make a shirt in China and ship it back to the US than it is to make that same shirt in the US in the first place. What they don’t tell you is that they, Progressives, abetted by some neocon Republicans, have enacted labor, EPA, immigration and other regulations aimed at making US manufacturers unable to compete against countries like China! Trump uses Carrier Air Conditioning as an example of a company moving to Mexico in order to increase their profits. Carrier is only one of hundreds of US companies who have either moved production or ceased to exist. GE no longer produces light bulbs in the US!
Reduction of Middle Class Purchasing Power: The fallacy of the Progressive argument is that the US working middle class, as they lose their jobs, will be unable to afford even the cheaper shirt from China! Oh wait! The government will pay the middle class not to work! Right now we have 95,000,000 people, 35% of the total US workforce, who have left the workforce and are no longer looking for jobs! Those without jobs cannot consume at the same levels as those who are gainfully employed and this will stagnate our GDP as we are now experiencing!
Weakening of Our Military: The Progressive Globalist see the weakening of the US military as a good thing. They panicked when the Soviet Union fell apart leaving the US as the dominant world power. They see a “JUST” US Military as one who is checked by a powerful enemy. As such, they have allowed key US industries, such as oil, steel, and coal to erode and become uncompetitive with our global competitors. They have allowed military troop, ship and airplane levels to fall below Pre-WWII levels leaving the US vulnerable and weak.
Trump Will Need to Rebuild the Base US industries While he Renegotiates Global Trade Deals.
The Rebuilding of the US Industries Will Also Allow The US to Strengthen Our military and Its Capabilities.
The Rebuilding of Our Infrastructure Will Require Considerable Expenditures and May Drive our National Debt Higher for a Period of Time as We Experienced During the Reagan Administration.
But, Increased US Production and Job Participation Will Drive Up Tax Revenues, Reduce Welfare Expenditures, and Allow the US to Begin to Pay Down our National Debt.
Trump is Facing a Monumental Task to Rebuild US Manufacturing and its Employment Base.